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|This is the third task in a series of four (the end result being your 69th level spell/tome). It begins with Brovil Pallivineg in Corathus Creep (southeastern part of the zone: location -750, +375).
Speak with him once you've completed the previous two tasks:
You say, 'Hail, Brovil Pallivineg'
Brovil Pallivineg says '_____! You're back just in time. I've been studying Cicero's notes more closely and the section on the cocoons the shiliskin were trapped in has been particularly interesting. Guessing from his writings and with other information we've gathered since, I believe his disappearance was the work of the [drachnids]. If you'd like to [search] for Cicero's notebook or the fauna samples again let me know.'
You say, 'What drachnids?'
Brovil Pallivineg says 'If he was attacked by the group of drachnids that captured the shiliskin he wrote about, he himself may have become trapped in one of those cocoons. Since most of the drachnids live in that vile hive it stands to reason he would have been taken there if he were captured and kept alive in one of those cocoons. Of course there is always the chance they just captured and ate him. We'll never know unless we [go] find out!'
You say, 'Let's go.'
Brovil Pallivineg says 'When I said we, I meant you of course. You wouldn't find me anywhere near that place. Since you've been so helpful I do hate to put more of the burden on you. But, since you're offering to go, I can at least give you a place to [start] the search.'
You say, 'Where should I start?'
You have been assigned the task 'The Search for Clues'.
Search the hatchery for any information on Cicero. If he was there you should be able to find some trace of him.
Find a way into the hatchery chambers in the Hive 0/1 (The Hive)
The instance is located deep within the regular Hive zone. To get there, go to the third cocoon and enter the tunnel extending out from it. The entrance is in the first large opening (it is also marked on your compass).
LOADING, PLEASE WAIT...
You have entered The Hatchery.
(Note: "Living Larder" and "The Hatchery" are the same zone. Their names are used interchangeably.)
Search the chambers for any sign of Cicero 0/1 (Living Larder)
In a room to the southwest you find a drachnid named Wicyl, the Watcher.
Wicyl, the Watcher says 'So, you've come after the gnome have you? Foolish adventurers, there is nothing here for you except your own demise!'
He's a shadowknight, quads for ~1,100, casts Harm Touch and Fear as well as Web of Hooks. At 50% health, he becomes invulnerable.
Wicyl, the Watcher says 'I don't have the time to deal with pests like you. My assistants will see to it that you meet the same fate as that gnome you've been looking for. Enjoy the remainder of your short pathetic lives.'
He summons a few adds called "a drachnid broodtender" (also shadowknights) and teleports away, updating this task step.
Task Window Says: This drachnid appears to know something of Cicero! Destroy it and then search the room for any further clues.
Wicyl is now found in a room to the northwest.
Wicyl, the Watcher says 'You survived my assistants? Impressive, I will have to take care of you myself then!'
You have slain Wicyl, the Watcher!
Your faction standing with Scions of Dreadspire got worse.
Your faction standing with Shiliskin Empire got better.
Your faction standing with Free Traders of Malgrinnor got better.
It sounds like Wicyl may have known something about Cicero. Search their corpse and see if you can find any additional clues.
At this point, everyone in the task receives a loot reward:
Melee: ? ? ?
Caster: Drachnid Collective Bowl
Melee: Hivegrime Stone of Deflecting
Caster: Hivegrime Stone of Warding
Melee: Drachnid Bone Mantle
Caster: Bloody Drachnid Collarbone
Loot from Wicyl (1 per task)
Hardened Chitin Arms (lower-level)
Molted Drachnid Chitin Gloves (lower-level)
Blood Fire Wand (normal)
Crystalline Webbing of Deflecting (normal)
Crystalline Webbing of Warding (normal)
Drachnid Cane (normal)
Molted Drachnid Chitin Vest (normal)
Official Expedition 328 Britches (normal)
Tempered Drachnid Breastplate (normal)
Blood Fire Wand (hard)
Blood Rage Pauldrons (hard)
Cocoon Skin Gloves (hard)
Dark Web Bowl (hard)
Soiled Plate Arms (hard)
Succumbed Victim Skull (hard)
Random Rare Zonewide Drops
Drachnid Ritual Mask (hard)
Fang of Bloodlust (normal)
(Optional) Loot 1 Hasily Written Note 0/1 (Living Larder)
(Optional) Return to Brovil with the note from Wicyl 0/1 (Corathus Creep)
Task Window Says: Bring the note back to Brovil. This bodes well for his hunch on Cicero's fate.
Brovil Pallivineg says 'I can't believe Cicero could still be alive. From the looks of this note he is in one of the drachnid's main cocoons. I would hate to throw you back into danger, but if you're up for it I'd like to [continue] our efforts to find Cicero.'
This leads into the final task in the series, "Rescue Cicero".
|Submitted by: Saliny Ixxsaarr, Saraban of Darkwind|
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