Open Sea: Protect My Ship  

Quest Started By:Description:
Maximum Level:110
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Faction
  • Loot
Time Limit:02:00:00
Factions Raised:
Factions Lowered:
    Quest Items:
    Related Zones:
    Related Creatures:
    Era:The Buried Sea
    Group Size:Group
    Min. # of Players:3
    Max. # of Players:6
    Appropriate Classes:
    • All
    Appropriate Races:
    • All
    Entered: Wed Feb 14 20:31:26 2007
    Modified: Fri Oct 10 00:57:47 2014

    There are two versions of the "Protect My Ship" task: One involving live pirates (in zone "The Open Sea: Merchant vs Pirate") and one involving undead pirates (in zone "The Open Sea: Merchant vs Undead"). Which task you get, is random.

    Note: Unlike most group missions, this task only has a two-hour timer.

    Also Note: This task scales in level. Shown here is the highest level of difficulty (Level 73+). You can get it at lower group levels where the mobs won't be as difficult as suggested here.

    This group mission begins with Whendt Goldspire (click for map image) in the Barren Coast at approximate location 10, -155. There are no pre-requisites for requesting this task.

    You say, 'Hail, Whent Goldspire'

    Whent Goldspire says 'Well, hello there! My name is Whent. I guess you'd say that I run the [Freetide Cartel], though that sounds far more impressive than it really is, considering that the cartel is pretty much three merchants and some hired mercenaries. Not that we have a lot of mercenaries, and there's always work for those willing to [take some risks].'

    You say, 'I'll take some risks'

    Whent Goldspire says 'I have several odd jobs that a single adventurer might undertake to earn some disposable income, if you are [interested]? I've also got some more dangerous work that I can't ask you to undertake unless you've got some help. I might be a merchant, but I have a heart beating in my chest just like you. I don't want to see anyone die alone. If you've got some friends, however, then we can talk about [some business] I need taken care of.'

    You say, 'Some business?'

    Whent Goldspire says 'Good luck.'

    You have been assigned the task 'Protect My Ship'.

    Whent has asked that you travel with his ship and protect it from attacks. He has also asked you to try to do something to reduce the number of attacks in the future, whatever that may be.

    Step #1

    Purchase tickets to the open sea and catch the boat 0/1 (Barren Coast)

    Dockmaster Weatherby says 'You look like you've been at sea on a dangerous mission for a while? Perhaps you plan to head back out, in which case you're going to need to purchase another ticket before boarding the Isabeau.'

    Buy a "Seafarer's Ticket: The Open Sea" from any of the Dockmasters along the coastline and keep it in your inventory. When the ship docks, step onto it and wait for it to sail out to the Buried Sea. Upon zoning, you'll find yourself on board a ship.

    Steps #2-4

    Steps #2-4 will vary according to which version of the task you have:

    Kill 20 Pirates 0/20 (The Open Sea)
    Kill 1 pirate captain 0/1 (The Open Sea)
    Deliver 5 Sack of Booty to Captain Horatio Ongel 0/5 (The Open Sea)

    General pirate population hits for a max ~1,350. Named mobs (other than the captains) will hit for a max ~1,800 and have ~125,000 hitpoints each.

    For the captain, your kill target is "Captain Black Bill" (just inside a door from the top side of the pirate ship). He hits for a max ~1,900 and has ~145,000 hitpoints.

    For the "deliver" step, find chests throughout the pirate ship and loot them. Turn in five of these sacks to the Freetide's captain (located at the helm of the Freetide ship).


    Kill 20 Undead 0/20 (The Open Sea)
    Kill 1 undead captain 0/1 (The Open Sea)
    Destroy the magical power of the undead pirates 0/1 (The Open Sea)

    General undead population hits for a max ~1,350. Among the undead are two named skeletons, Clatterbones and Shufflefeet. These mobs hit for a max ~1,800 and have ~125,000 hitpoints each.

    For the captain, your kill target is "Captain Undertow" (just inside a door from the top side of the undead ship). He hits for a max ~1,900 and has ~145,000 hitpoints.

    For the "magical power" step, this involves destroying "a source of undead power" at the bottom of the undead ship (this NPC may not be visible by any means, so if you can't see it, do "/target a_source"). At around 80% health, it spawns a single undead add. At around 55%, it spawns two undead adds. At around 35%, it spawns three adds. After killing the power source, a named called "Clinging Doomshade" spawns (Enchanter mob; hits for a max ~2,000; has ~120,000 hitpoints). All adds, including the named, are stunnable and mezzable. NOTE: it's not necessary to actually kill any of these adds or the named -- you only have to kill the power source to update the task.

    Step #5

    Speak with First mate Fortuna Gelukk 0/1 (The Open Sea)

    First Mate Fortuna Gelukk is at the helm of the Freetide ship.

    You say, 'Hail, First Mate Fortuna Gelukk'

    First Mate Fortuna Gelukk says 'Thank you for your help, mate. We'll be able to get you back to the dock safely now.'

    First Mate Fortuna Gelukk says 'Hello. Do you wish for us to [flee] at this time?'

    You say, 'Let's flee' (this zones your entire group out to the Barren Coast)

    You have entered Barren Coast.

    Step #6

    Speak with Whent Goldspire 0/1 (Barren Coast)

    You say, 'Hail, Whent Goldspire'

    Whent Goldspire says 'Aye, well done! Thank you for your help.'

    You have driven off the undead and destroyed their magical power source. Hopefully it will be a while before they return to endanger merchants in the Buried Sea.

    - Doubloons (varies)
    - Faction with Blacksail Smugglers (+10)
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    # May 23 2015 at 9:47 PM Rating: Good
    Every time I attacked the source of the undead's power my EQ client would crash. Did this twice and on the last one I apparently killed it while LD from the crash. Very annoying but got the win in any case.
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    Two Different Versions ???
    # Aug 31 2009 at 7:06 PM Rating: Decent
    41 posts

    I don't understand this mission. I did it once, killed the pirates, delivered the booty, no problem.

    Tried a week later (Same level) got the undead version. Complete different story. Got my A$$ handed to me. On the first ship, be prepared to take on 5 undead mobs at a time. I was boxing two characters plus mercs, took two down, wiped. Came back. Bypassed first ship. Crossed to 2nd ship. Ran into two named undead, Clatterbones and Shufflefeet, plus two adds. Wiped. Removed mission.

    I see clatterbones and Shufflefeet aren't even listed as mobs for this mission and not even in the bestiary database at all. Can anyone shed some light ?
    Task info
    # Aug 01 2009 at 8:55 PM Rating: Decent
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    Purchase tickets to the open sea and catch the boat.

    (You will zone in)

    Kill 20 Pirates 0/20

    (most any blacksail pirate counts.... dont kill the freetide, they are on your side)

    kill 1 pirate captain.

    (This is Captain Black Bill)

    Deliver 5 Sack of Booty to Captain Horatio Orgel

    (They are looted fro A Chest in the enemy ship.. you cant loot them if there is any aggro)

    (Sack of booty, No Trade, Magic, Temporary, Size Medium, Weight 10.0... they stack to at least 5).

    Speak with First mate Fortuna Gelukk

    (hail her and you will zone out in short order)

    Speak with Whent Goldspire

    (hail to finish)
    The truth is out there! The truth hurts! But the truth can set you free! So says Mithaniel Marr the Truthbringer! All hail the Freeport Knights of Truth!

    Bonzz of the Knights of Truth, Bertoxx Server

    (please excuse my dyslexic typing skills)
    Undead source of power & low level info
    # Mar 09 2007 at 2:28 PM Rating: Decent
    18 posts
    After clearing the entire undead ship, I found that the undead source of power doesn't bring adds. Instead, it spawns them. Spawns will happen each time a chunk falls off. I'm not sure of the exact percentages, so I've put a range in my table.

    75 to 80: Spawn 1 undead
    50 to 55: Spawn 2 undead
    30 to 35: Spawn 3 undead
    --dead--: Spawn named

    So, if you stop hitting the power source after a spawn, you can kill the spawns, and then continue until the next spawn. The named doesn't drop anything special. The power source goes down pretty quick, so you can just kill it, and then possibly die due to the adds. If you go that route, leave somebody up on the top deck to do the final stuff.

    For the low level version of this mission (group averge level below 68), you don't need to deliver sacks of booty. Instead, you need to hail the first mate. That will kick everyone out of the mission. Then you need to hail the mission giver (Whent Goldspire).
    tips + location of powersource + corrections
    # Mar 04 2007 at 4:52 AM Rating: Decent
    35 posts
    1) Purchase tickets to the open sea and catch the ship (OPEN Sea)
    2) kill 20 Pirates 0/20 (the Open Sea)
    3) kill 1 pirate Captain (The Open Sea)
    4) Destroy the undead source of power
    5) Deliver 5 sacks of Booty to Captain Horatio Orgel

    The powersource is right at the back of the ghost ship - on the lowest deck. Make sure you clear the room with the source and the room above - attacking the source brings a lot of adds from each room.

    Key to this mission is simply DPS .. DPS .. DPS

    Captain can be a pain too .. but was a ranger tanking. Died first attempt - killed him second.

    # Feb 15 2007 at 12:02 PM Rating: Decent
    271 posts
    The booty is located in chests that cannot be looted unless all mobs in the area are dead. It's only 2 hours, so a couple of wipes due to bad pulling or no CC will hurt ya.

    The captain is in the cabin under the First Mate whom is at the helm (both yellow cons to 75). When we pulled the First Mate, he came with an add called "the Badly Burnt". When we killed those two, we single pulled the Captain with ease.

    Reward is 30 Doubloons

    Group Make-up:


    Edited, Feb 15th 2007 12:06pm by Narpok
    # Feb 15 2007 at 1:37 AM Rating: Decent
    237 posts
    1) Purchase tickets to the open sea and catch the ship (Barren Sea)
    2) kill 20 Pirates 0/20 (the Open Sea)
    3) kill 1 pirate Captain (The Open Sea)
    4) Deliver 5 sacks of Booty to Captain Horatio Orgel

    booty was in crates around the hold of the ship.
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