Elder Longshadow #1: Freeing an Elder  

Quest Started By:Description:
Maximum Level:105
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Advancement
  • Loot
Quest Items:
Related Zones:
Related Creatures:
Related Quests:
Era:Depths of Darkhollow
Group Size:Group
Min. # of Players:3
Max. # of Players:6
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Tue Nov 29 10:06:25 2005
Modified: Sat Feb 23 20:17:27 2013
This group task is the first in a series of five and begins with the Shadowalker Dustspirit who can be found in the northwestern part of Stoneroot Falls at location -685, +850.

You say, 'Hail, Shadowalker Dustspirit'

Shadowalker Dustspirit says 'Something strange is going on. Elder Longshadow has been captured and will likely be enslaved by the evil in our lands like the rest of my clan -- even those who willingly chose to be slaves. I feel a strong presence from you. Would you seek to [aid] our cause?'

You say, 'I will aid you.'

Shadowalker Dustspirit says 'I knew the prophecies would hold true. They speak of outsiders coming to us in our moment of need. Yes, Elder Longshadow is the leader of this small Shadowmane resistance we have against the dark figure that has been placing a shadow upon our lands and enslaving my kind. Many Shadowmanes chose to serve the dark figure, but we saw the flaw in their quest for power. We will not join the bestial, uncivilized Ragepaws though. You must help find our elder and where she has been taken and free her. Take her this note so she knows you for a true friend.

There are three versions of this task: Hard High Level (group average level 66+); Normal High Level (66+); Low Level (65 and under). The only difference between them is the quality of loot and difficulty/levels of mobs.

You have been assigned the task 'Freeing an Elder'.

Receive Dustspirit's Note.

Find the cave entrance to the Hive 0/1 (Stoneroot Falls)

Task window says: Find a way into the drachnid hive and see what may have befallen Longshadow.

The entrance is marked on your compass. It is in the drachnid part of Stoneroot Falls.

Deliver the note from Dustspirit 0/1 (The Hive)

Task window says: It seems as though Elder Longshadow has been held prisoner here for some time. See if you can slip him [sic] the note from Dustspirit, as he may be wary of your motives.

Clear your way to the second tower. Elder Ritualist Longshadow is found inside the tower and up one floor. She does not respond to hails and says nothing upon handing her the note. Doing so updates the task.

Slay Taskmaster Shadowspin for a key 0/1 (The Hive)

Task window says: The drachnids have imprisoned him with special shackles that seem inpenetrable. The taskmaster must have the keys needed to release the shackles. Seek out the taskmaster!

Taskmaster Shadowspin spawns at a campfire a short distance in front of the tower. Multiple enslaved corpses spawn throughout the fight. They are unmezzable/unsnareable, but can be aggro kited.

Taskmaster Shadowspin looks at you with a malevolent hunger in his eyes.

Later into the fight:

The Taskmaster suddenly leaps into the air and lands several feet away and renews his attack.

Taskmaster Shadowspin says 'I control my slaves even after death! Rise, servant, and destroy these intruders!'

Rocks fly into the air as a corpse rises from the ground to do the Taskmaster's bidding.

an enslaved corpse lumbers forward with evil intent towards you.

You have slain Taskmaster Shadowspin!
Taskmaster Shadowspin's corpse has the fear of death frozen in its countenance.
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.

Your task 'Freeing an Elder' has been updated.

Loot 1 Drachnid Shackle Key from Taskmaster Shadowspin 0/1 (The Hive)

Task window says: This must be the key. Quickly, use it to free Longshadow before the drachnids realize what has happened!

Deliver 1 Drachnid Shackle Key to Elder Longshadow 0/1 (The Hive)

Task window says: Once you free Longshadow, hurry back. Dustspirit must know what has been going on! Return to West Korlach and give her the good news.

Taskmaster Shadowspin will have a Drachid Shackle Key and an item of loot. Loot the Drachnid Shackle Key and take it back to Longshadow to complete the task.

Upon giving Longshadow the key:

Now that Longshadow has been freed, return to Dustspirit and give her the good news. There must be something bigger behind this kidnapping - we must find out what the drachnids are up to!


Hard 66+ Rewards
Melee/hybrid - Wurine Runner Belt
Caster/priest - Wurine Shaman Belt

Normal 66+ Rewards
Melee/hybrid - Earring of Wild Rage
Caster/priest - Earring of Spiritual Fury

65-and-Under Rewards
Melee/hybrid: Ragepaw Wild Ring
Caster/priest: Shadowmane Wild Ring

Dropped Loot (Hard 66+)
Barbed Chain Helmet
Beastly Leather Gloves
Fur-Lined Plate Arms
Stitched Wurine Paw Wraps
Wurine Chain Collar

Dropped Loot (Normal 66+)
Beastly Leather Boots
Fanged Chain Arms
Fur-Lined Plate Bracer
Shadowmane Leash
Wurine Spiritual Headpiece

Dropped Loot (65 and under)
Jagged Chain Arms
Paw Wraps

Possible Rare Zonewide Drops
Mask of Ardent Spirits (66+ hard ONLY)
Swiftmantle (66+ normal ONLY) (been reported in hard as well, but this is not confirmed)
Totem of the Wurines (65 and under ONLY)
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Confirmed Swiftmantle
# Jul 17 2017 at 1:13 AM Rating: Good
40 posts
Confirmed Swiftmantle drop in Freeing an Elder [68+] today, 7/17/2017
I Live to Serve!
Ride the M Train!
wrong rewards
# Feb 23 2013 at 7:10 PM Rating: Good
37 posts
The rewards for this mission are wrong for the under-68 avg level rewards. They are swapped with Longshadow 2.

This quest gives rings (rewards listed in Longshadow 2) , and the Longshadow 2 mission gives the earrings (soft/hard paw earrings).

Confirmed today when I dragged a buncha people to get earrings and they ended up getting rings instead.
Mask of Ardent Spirits
# Feb 17 2010 at 12:03 AM Rating: Decent
13 posts
I can confirm the Mask of Ardent Spirits does in fact drop in Freeing an Elder (Hard) after about 40+ missions i had it drop for me from a drachnid champion.
Marlox Stormfire - Povar - 85 Druid
Assassin Learoy - Povar - 85 Rogue
Noxly, Warrior of Lothlorien - 62 Rune-Keeper
Mask of Ardent Spirits
# May 26 2016 at 2:00 PM Rating: Decent
25 posts
Seconded. Dropped today in (hard) #1.
Finding Elder Longshadow
# Jan 11 2010 at 7:34 PM Rating: Decent
86 posts
I cleared the entire second tower yesterday. Elder Longshadow was on track the whole time but couldn't find them anywhere. Anyone have any advice?


85 Druid
How not to get the Totem
# Apr 15 2009 at 7:57 PM Rating: Decent
18 posts
How not to get totem....stay lvl 85, 12 clears later, gave away 3 swiftmanes(levitation clicky). Then read my previous post
Totem of Wurines
# Apr 15 2009 at 7:52 PM Rating: Decent
18 posts
Shrouded down to lvl 65 on me and 2 bots..got the Totem of Wurines after 2.5 clears
level average
# Apr 27 2008 at 1:51 PM Rating: Default
You can't shroud down to 50 for this one but you can shroud down some to make the kills faster. For normals the level average is 65, mobs are 63/64/65. For hard the level average is 68. I think the level spread is 10, I could be wrong though.
Easy DOD Dueo'd
# Mar 08 2008 at 11:33 AM Rating: Decent
24 posts
Gravewarlord (80 SK) and I (80 SK)dueo'd this mission and won. we cleared second tower and then we pop'd him. we FD split and taged surrounding adds, and pulled him to instance ZI. I was buffed to 17k and 3.2k ac with a 12k mana pool. Also, Gravewarlord has about the same. also, we are 800+ aa's. He took care of the adds and i MT'd. was an easy fight due to the fact the spider kept trying to cast more than Hit. The way we got the instance was had a AFK'r in GH take 3rd slot. any questions about this, i am on the trib server.

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You can only go so far in Science and then theres God...

# Feb 19 2008 at 8:50 AM Rating: Decent
184 posts
Please update this swiftmantle is the random rare of the zone
In days gone by, I remember the flowers and the sky
# Jun 18 2007 at 2:42 PM Rating: Decent
184 posts
swiftmantle drop today from the werewolves on the top floor of the 2nd tower on normal mission. Date 18 June 2007. Please update accordingly
In days gone by, I remember the flowers and the sky
# Jul 07 2007 at 10:35 PM Rating: Excellent
Ungainly Ninja
6,998 posts
dylothe wrote:
swiftmantle drop today from the werewolves on the top floor of the 2nd tower on normal mission. Date 18 June 2007. Please update accordingly

Updated, thanks.
Adds summon
# Feb 23 2007 at 6:00 PM Rating: Decent
8 posts
The "an enslaved corpse" mobs summon.
zonewide drops?
# Dec 14 2006 at 10:40 PM Rating: Decent
217 posts
Is Witheran Prowler Mask a Confirmed zonewide random drop in this instance?Seen one mention of it in all of EQ.

Witheran Prowler Mask
Slot: FACE
Charges: Unlimited
AC: 10
STR: +13 DEX: +6 STA: +6 CHA: +6 WIS: +13 INT: +13 AGI: +13 HP: +120 MANA: +120 ENDUR: +120
Required level of 65.
Effect: Illusion Water Elemental (Any Slot, Casting Time: Instant)
WT: 0.5 Size: SMALL
Class: ALL
Race: ALL except DRK
Slot 1, Type 7


Totem of the Wurines
Charges: Unlimited
AC: 10
STR: +10 DEX: +5 STA: +5 WIS: +10 INT: +10 AGI: +5 HP: +115 MANA: +115 ENDUR: +115
Recommended level of 67. Required level of 53.
Effect: Divine Barrier (Must Equip, Casting Time: 2.0)
Recast Delay: 28800 seconds, Recast Type: -1
WT: 0.8 Size: SMALL
Class: ALL
Race: ALL except DRK
Slot 1, Type 7

Both items are rumored to drop in this task.

Edited, Dec 15th 2006 2:07am by FCseven
zonewide drops?
# Dec 15 2006 at 3:45 AM Rating: Decent
1,352 posts
Witheran Prowler Mask -random drop Elder # 4 on hard
(according to Another Life website

Totem of the Wurines - Elder Longshadow Task #1 (zone wide random on EASY instance- must have group lvl average of less than 65)

Feral Guardian Channeler - Elder Longshadow Task #5 (normal difficulty)

Edited, Dec 20th 2006 8:30am by DukeLatan
BACK on the Test Server 3 boxing or 6 boxing
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zonewide drops?
# Jul 07 2007 at 8:51 PM Rating: Decent
151 posts
I was in a group that completed Longshadow missions #1 - #4 tonight. We had the Witheran Prowler Mask drop off trash on mission #2, normal setting.
Hard or normal? Swiftmantle
# Nov 13 2006 at 6:12 PM Rating: Decent
Swiftmantle is the random drop from trash mobs in this zone. It doesn't matter which difficulty you choose it can drop in either hard or normal missions.
Xeraxis ScaledSpirit
80 Arch Animist
Pactus Aquilus - Druzzil Ro
Screenshot of Swiftmantle from random trash.
# Nov 12 2006 at 11:05 AM Rating: Decent
71 posts
( Not listed here )


Sorry the previous screenshot link did not work, this is a new one.

Erollisi Marr

Edited, Nov 15th 2006 at 8:59pm PST by Dragkila
random trash mob drop
# Aug 16 2006 at 6:46 PM Rating: Decent
130 posts
Mask of Ardent Spirits (summon ale insta clicky) dropped off a drachnid champion on hard version of Freeing an Elder quest.


Easy? setting
# Aug 16 2006 at 1:42 PM Rating: Decent
22 posts
70/70/70/63/63/63 group could get easier task than normal.

Melee Reward:Ragepaw Wild Ring

Caster Reward:Shadowmane Wild Ring

Boss Drop:Beastly Leather Bracers
LvL requirment for loot
# Jul 27 2006 at 10:51 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Well tring to get gear for people in my guild we did this mission little did we know do to ala not listing it as loot hybrids got a crappy ring with stats at +8 and +7 hps/mana/end like +100 and svs at +10. Called Ragepaw Wild Ring. casters got about the same stats diff name. should be listed as loot so people will know that if you do it with to low of a group ave lvl you get crap loot instead of what you think you should get.
Kleeves 75 Ranger
(Undaunted Spirits)
oops sorry
# Jul 03 2006 at 12:47 AM Rating: Default
208 posts
sorry everyone for the double post added a little info on the second one. again SORRY all for you to read 2 times
# Jul 03 2006 at 12:46 AM Rating: Default
208 posts
could the easy one be done with 3 peopel all 70s? and if so what are the bets classes to play? and has anyone 3 boxed thsi mission, any info would be great
# Jul 03 2006 at 12:45 AM Rating: Default
208 posts
could the easy one be done with 3 peopel all 70s? and if so what are the bets classes to play? and has anyone 3 boxed thsi mission
# Apr 12 2006 at 6:21 PM Rating: Decent
I have to agree Kullayen...went in with 3 people... all level 70...each one of us had a bot..wizard/cleric...ranger/enchanter...druid/warrior...we aren't well geared and after 4 failures of trying to kite the adds and killing the cleric we just let the ranger offtank the adds and we won..both the ranger and the warrior have about 9500 buffed hitpoints..so much easier
Mektana Runeseeker
Highlord "of the Seekers"
Tarew Marr/Drinal
Kill the Adds no need to kite
# Jan 27 2006 at 1:55 PM Rating: Decent
530 posts
Did this last night 2 people both 3 boxing.
Tried to kite adds and did not do so well kiting with 1 hand and trying to slow and heal on other.

Second go - just killed the zombie adds with Ranger tanking them - was far easier they drop quick and only 3 adds spawn during fight period it seems. Adds hit me max for 898 but very rarly mostly 200 avg hits. Off tanking them was alot easier as they have serious heal agro issues it seems.

Was fun we did it a second time for fun - and finished in 40 mins from start to end.

EQ1 WoodElf Ranger Maelin Starpyre
Regular reward
# Jan 20 2006 at 10:47 PM Rating: Decent
24 posts
for caster Shadowmane Wild Ring

AC: 12
STR +7 DEX +8 STA +7 WIS +8 INT +8 AGI +8 HP +100 Mana +110
SV Fire +10 SV Disease +10 SV Cold +10 SV Magic + 10. Required lvl 53
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hard random reward
# Jan 15 2006 at 3:05 PM Rating: Decent
36 posts
Random reward in hard mission:

Stitched Wurine Paw Wraps

AC: 14
STR +12, DEX +12, INT +14, AGI +12, HP +140, MANA +150, SV FIRE +12, SV DISEASE +12, SV COLD+12, SV MAGIC +12
Regeneration +1
Mana Regeneration +1
Recommended level 68. Required level 65.
Race: ALL
Slot1, type 7
Roanne LeFaye
Warrior of the Tribunal
Outsider Domination
The Seventh Hammer
random drop
# Jan 08 2006 at 2:47 AM Rating: Decent
42 posts
While doing the normal version of this mission we had Swiftmantle drop off a random trash mob.

magic item, lore item, no trade
ac 15
Effect: Levitation (must equip. cast time: 0.0)
Str 12, dex 8, sta 8, wis/int 10, agi 8, hp 140, mana 140, end 140,
svf 12, svd 12, svc 12, svm 12

Made our cleric very happy.

As for the mission itself, we had a FD puller, its an indoor zone. Mobs did not respawn. We cleared the area leading to the second tower, cleared the first and some of the 2nd floor. I went and turned in the note. i stood in the corner with the elder and the remaining mobs didn't agro.

We killed the name without too much trouble. I didn't see it hitting me for over 1k. nothing speicial, no enrage, flurry or rampage that i noticed. We had 3 adds spawn which gave us a little trouble, we tried agro kiting them, but the cleric was still getting agro. We managed to kill named but we had lost some party members, after named died the cleric died. The ranger ended up attracting all three add's attention due to low health, and i was able to loot the key and the slippers and zone to clear the agro.

We left the adds up and just went around them. I turned the key in no problem, everyone else hung out at their bind spot and rezzed after we finished the mission, ie i turned the key in.

Easy fun mission, and the earring was a nice reward.
Willowynn Whispers
Amazon Storm
7th Hammer
random drop
# Aug 18 2006 at 7:29 PM Rating: Decent
130 posts
Confirmed that Swiftmantle drops on the normal version of Freeing an Elder mission. Dropped off a drachnid infiltrator trash mob just now for us.
Normal Mission
# Dec 20 2005 at 11:37 PM Rating: Good
18 posts
named dropped this on normal version

  • http://lucy.allakhazam.com/item.html?id=86511
  • named drop on hard
    # Dec 11 2005 at 4:33 AM Rating: Decent
    27 posts

    in the hard task, named dropped Stitched Wurine Paw Wraps.
    Dropped from Taskmaster Shadowspin
    # Dec 09 2005 at 9:41 PM Rating: Decent
    Did this last night and had the following drop from Taskmaster Shadowspin:

    Fanged Chain Arms
    Slot: Arms
    AC: 27
    STR: +12, STA: +12, WIS: +12, INT: +12
    HP: +125, Mana: +125, Endurance: +125
    Sv Disease: +15, Sv Magic: +15, Sv Poison: +15
    Recommended level of 67. Required level of 60.
    WT: 1.6 Size: Small
    Class: RNG ROG SHM BER
    Race: ALL
    Slot 1, type 7


    [Edit: Found the link on lucy.]

    Edited, Fri Dec 9 21:41:30 2005
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    # Dec 03 2005 at 10:09 PM Rating: Decent
    ok did normal task
    Elder Longshadow is lvl 70 on second floor dont need to clear room (we did but waste of time)
    Taskmaster Shadowspin is 72 spawns outside by fire near the south wall.
    Every 90sec's the Taskmaster will spawn single add An Enslaved corpse lvl 68 hits 900 same as Taskmaster not fast, nether can be snared or mezzed.

    task is easy to do clear path to West Obelisk then clear all mobs outside, then pull mobs on ground floor all spiders of one type or other hit me tops 700.
    then pull 3 mobs from top of stairs on frist floor Skinwalkers random type again once clear you can hand the note to Elder, Taskmaster will spawn outside make way out, then kill Taskmaster till add spawns have someone kite that and keep the burn on Taskmaster. Worked well, easy fun.

    Ellenor Wolfpack, Ranger 70 Seasons
    update data with the following
    # Dec 02 2005 at 10:42 AM Rating: Decent
    184 posts
    1. get mission in stoneroot falls from shadowwalker dustspirit.
    All of this fight is done in an instanced zone ofthe hive. Mobs are dark blue mostly with some intermitent whites. Mobs are unpacifable by 70 monk.
    2. zone line is the instanced zone line to the right as facing the wall to the drachnid city near the right side of the delta.
    3. kill back to the second obilisk. Suggestion to clear all mobs that path and at least the first three spider camps going left to the obilisk.
    4. clear the first floor of the 2nd obilisk of mobs. Clear the next floor down ramp of mobs to ensure no adds on pulls from top floor. Clear top floor of first 2 mobs.
    5. do turn in to Elder Longshadow whom is on top floor and turn right can't miss him.
    6. taskmaster spawns. Kill him, he spawns adds as you knock him down, these spawns are unmezzable they don't hit for to much 900 or so. Best idea is to kite them.
    7. take key from taskmaster back to longshadow turn in key.
    8. quest complete

    Edited, Fri Dec 2 10:55:55 2005
    In days gone by, I remember the flowers and the sky
    Normal Mission
    # Dec 02 2005 at 4:01 AM Rating: Decent
    41 posts
    This quest is easy enough, the boss, Taskmaster Shadowspin pops adds after 50% or so, he popped 2 adds during fight. Dropped the following

    Fur-Lined Plate Bracer
    STR+14 DEX+5 STA+5 WIS+11 INT+11 HP+130 MANA+120 END+120
    SVFire +15 SVCold +15 SVMagic +15
    WT 2.0 Size:Small
    Race: ALL
    Slot1, Type 7: empty
    RE: Normal Mission
    # Dec 17 2005 at 7:48 PM Rating: Good
    385 posts
    We got this bracer doing the normal mission. Boss popped three adds during our fight. Didn't seem to be tied to his health, nor to time. He popped one add, then later two within seconds of each other.

    Edited, Sat Dec 17 18:51:18 2005
    Sir KyrosKrane Sylvanblade
    Luclin (Veeshan) Server
    Lord, Lightbringer, and Redeemer in the service of Erollisi Marr
    Master Artisan (300 + GM Trophy in All)
    Master Fisherman (200 + 5%) and maybe Master Drunk (2xx + 20%, too drunk to tell!)
    The regular reward
    # Nov 30 2005 at 10:22 AM Rating: Decent
    3,128 posts
    The regular rewards are as follows with lucy link:
    Melee/Hybrid = Earing of Wild Rage

    Caster = Earing of Spiritual Fury

    Very nice items for the effort and they are 60 reuired not 70 required like the hard mission items.
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