Words of Darkness  

Quest Started By:Description:
Time:4 hours
Maximum Level:85
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Factions Raised:
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Quest Items:
Related Zones:
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Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
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Entered: Tue Jun 5 10:24:59 2001
Modified: Thu Oct 13 10:03:48 2011
Vurgo is standing at /loc 356, 87 in the Temple of Solusek Ro.

You say, 'Hail, Vurgo'

Vurgo says 'Welcome! I am Vurgo, follower of Solusek Ro and holder of the [harvester] and the [Words of Darkness].'

You say, 'What Words of Darkness?'

Vurgo says 'I can scribe for you the Words of Darkness, but you will need to bring me the correct [word components].'

You say, 'what word components?'

Vurgo says 'The first thing that I need is a shadowed book from our mortal enemies, the shadowed men.'

A Shadowed Book is a very rare drop from Shadowed Men in several old world zones.

After handing Vurgo A Shadowed Book:

Vurgo says 'A shadowed book! Well done! The more banished shadowed men the better. As the items of the shadowed men tend to disappear, I have given you a note to remind me that you have indeed supplied me with a book. Give me the note with the following items, and I will scribe for you Words of Darkness: a book of darkness from the Erudites in the tower by Lake Rathe, a book of frost from the icy goblin in Permafrost Keep and 300 golden coins. Bring me these items, and I will scribe for you the Words of Darkness.'

You receive a Note (identifies as "A Note"). Go hunt erudites near the tower in Lake Rathetear until you find a Book of Frost. Note that killing them has the following faction hits:

-Guards of Qeynos
-Order of Three
+Opal Darkbriar

After handing Vurgo a Book of Darkness (from Cyanelle in Lake Rathetear), a Book of Frost, 300 gold piece, and his Note:

Vurgo says 'Solusek Ro does not believe in half measures.'
Vurgo says 'Solusek Ro does not believe in half measures.'
Vurgo says 'Solusek Ro does not believe in half measures.'
Vurgo says 'All of the necessary components for me to scribe the Words of Darkness! Very good, adventurer. Take your tome, you have earned it.'

Your faction standing with Temple Of Sol Ro got better.
Your faction standing with Shadowed Men got worse.
You gain experience!!
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Dialogs for this quest
# Apr 19 2008 at 11:50 AM Rating: Decent
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You say, 'Hail, Vurgo'
Vurgo says 'Welcome! I am Vurgo, follower of Solusek Ro and holder of the [harvester] and the [Words of Darkness].'
You say, 'What Words of Darkness?'
Vurgo says 'I can scribe for you the Words of Darkness, but you will need to bring me the correct [word components].'
You say, 'Which word components?'
Vurgo says 'The first thing that I need is a shadowed book from our mortal enemies, the shadowed men.'
>>Hand Vurgo the Shadowed Book.
Vurgo says 'A shadowed book! Well done! The more banished shadowed men the better. As the items of the shadowed men tend to disappear, I have given you a note to remind me that you have indeed supplied me with a book. Give me the note with the following items, and I will scribe for you Words of Darkness: a book of darkness from the Erudites in the tower by Lake Rathe, a book of frost from the icy goblin in Permafrost Keep and 300 golden coins. Bring me these items, and I will scribe for you the Words of Darkness.'
>>You receive a note
Your faction standing with Temple Of Sol Ro got better.
Your faction standing with Shadowed Men got worse.
Hand Vurgo the note that he gave you, along with the Book of Darkness, the Book of Frost, and 300 gold.
Vurgo says 'Solusek Ro does not believe in half measures.'
Vurgo says 'Solusek Ro does not believe in half measures.'
Vurgo says 'Solusek Ro does not believe in half measures.'
Vurgo says 'All of the necessary components for me to scribe the Words of Darkness! Very good, adventurer. Take your tome, you have earned it.'
>>You receive Words of Darkness.
Your faction standing with Temple Of Sol Ro got better.
Your faction standing with Shadowed Men got worse.
Still dropping confirmed
# Mar 02 2007 at 6:13 AM Rating: Decent
12 posts
Just completed this quest. Killed Erudian chick in Lake rathe first, third spawn dropped it. Then did Perma and that took 3 ph spawns but icy gobby dropped book on first kill. Then levant to perma zone line and run to magus, port to commonlands and one of the shadowmen there had the book in hand. Very lucky i am indeed. Nice little quest. Good luck to others who my try.
Shadowed book
# Jul 31 2005 at 4:44 PM Rating: Decent
22 posts
If anyone has had this item drop in the past month please post. I have killed around 200 shadowed men and haven't seen one yet. If it still drops, it is definitely rare. In all those kills I have only seen the shadowed vial twice so that seems to be rare also. It seems like SK or WC are the places to camp this since most people have gotten the item there. I have been in SK for hours today and nothing. Going to try WC tomorrow /sigh

Edit: Camped WC/Kithcor for about 3 hours...would kill all spawns in WC then run to kith kill all spawns...repeat...was timed where I would get back to each spawn right about when mobs were popping. Sadly, no book. I am done for today...maybe will try somemore tomorrow.

Edit: Book still drops I have had very bad luck though. Got the Book today, thinking it could be MQed to my necro. I turned in shadowed book to vurgo he gave me note...I ran my necro to vurgo...he was indiffernt faction and talked to vurgo without problem. I logged on main turned in frost darkness books and note...then logged on necro turned in 300 gold and Vurgo says "Solesuk Ro doesn't reward half deeds." or something similar. Logged back on main...had words on darkness in my inventory. /sigh back to camping

Edited, Tue Aug 2 11:03:18 2005
Numb Nutz
# Jan 12 2005 at 3:57 PM Rating: Default
Ok for all you NUMB NUTZ out there who don't look up EACH ITEM..

The Shadow book is NO RENT.

This means if you go for that book FIRST you are crazy. Get the other 2 books. Once you have those then camp the shadowmen for the last book (no rent) and do turn in.

Incase you dont know,... No Rent means if you log off and are gone more then 30 min the item goes POOF!
RE: Numb Nutz
# Apr 10 2005 at 3:41 PM Rating: Good
I'm sorry, you're dumb - and obviously never done this quest.

Vurgo gives you a note in exchange for the book, because the book is No Rent. The hand-in itself is NOT done with the book, but with the note along with the other items.

Camp the book every chance you get, just be ready to run on over and turn in the book if you get it.

Do the quest, then come comment.

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RE: Numb Nutz
# Jan 13 2005 at 3:14 PM Rating: Excellent
3,705 posts
Its easy to keep a no rent item. Just duel someone before you log off, die, and loot everything except the no rent item.

Used to be that would only work for a week, but now, with shadowrest, you can save items basically as long as needed this way.
Xaanru's stuff
# Dec 06 2004 at 3:30 AM Rating: Decent
78 posts
This thing better be MQ'able or i'mma be ANGWY!
Shadowed Book
# Apr 21 2004 at 7:15 AM Rating: Decent
304 posts
Shadowed Book can be really hard to get sometimes and other times they'll be holding it when ya get there. Just be patient and you'll get one in the end. Smiley: wink2

Edited, Wed Apr 21 08:14:52 2004
Easy and useful
# Mar 25 2004 at 9:43 AM Rating: Decent
139 posts
I did this quest last night with my lvl 27 Necromancer. Between the 2 turnins (Shadowbook first and then the rest of the items) I got 2.5 blue bubbles of xp at lvl 27. Very nice.

The book is also an instant clicky and can be cast while on the run. Very nice. Now it's time to camp Jboots!

The Quest took me about 2 hours total. I had to wait for 3 spawns of the Icy Goblin. The Eurdite in Lake Rathetear dropped that book on the 1st try and the shadowmen dropped the book after the 3rd spawn cycle in South Karana.
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Maelin Starpyre
# Dec 26 2003 at 10:31 PM Rating: Decent
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# Feb 19 2003 at 12:51 PM Rating: Good
61 posts
I just spent all day doing this quest and, at the end, while trying to find Vurgo I hailed the stupid efreeti guy and lost faction and now Vurgo just took the **** shadowed book from me.

RE: omg
# Mar 31 2003 at 10:04 PM Rating: Default
You have to hand a weapons to a charmed shadow man who is visibly holding a book. The books still seem kinda rare but I didn't get any books when I didnt force them to de-equip the book.

Edited, Tue Apr 1 00:24:53 2003
RE: omg
# Jan 17 2004 at 6:20 PM Rating: Decent
14 posts
drowquee is right, it's a myth.

I'm camping the s-men in WC right now and the book has dropped twice. No pushing books on them required.
RE: omg
# Dec 09 2003 at 6:38 AM Rating: Decent
227 posts
Definitely a myth. You get a book by killing lots of shadow men, its that simple. I seriously seriously doubt that giving anything to shadow men effects the drop rate of any item. I've killed probably a couple thousand now while farming essence and have seen the book drop many times. Its probably a very rare drop (1 in 100), because I definitely don't see it as commonly as the other loot. Rapiers are a dime a dozen in comparison.
RE: omg
# Oct 04 2003 at 8:27 PM Rating: Decent
Handing a weapon to a charmed shadowed man is an old wives' tale, probably from beta when nothing was certain. I got two books from the shadowed men in WC in under an hour, maybe 40min max, without charming or handing anything to them. I had also gotten 2 hands and saw 3 eyes drop.

On the other hand, I didn't get book, eye or hand from the shadowed men in Nektulos in the hour and a half that I was there.
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RE: omg
# Apr 24 2003 at 1:47 PM Rating: Decent
7 posts
You don't have to do anything to get a book to drop. Reportedly you can increase the chances that a book will drop by force-feeding a shadow man weapons, but it isn't required.

I got my book just by killing them. Nothing special.
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what note?
# Jan 20 2003 at 11:08 PM Rating: Decent
2 posts
In the description of the quest it mentioned a "note". Does anyone know how to get this note?
Quest working?
# Oct 19 2002 at 7:29 PM Rating: Decent
Can anyone confirm this quest as working? Noone I know ever looted a shadowed book off the shadowed men, and I cannot find any information about it here on allakhazam either.

*EDIT* --> Book found.

On Wednesday, Oct 28, some friends looted 2 of the shadowed books while waiting for their rapier.

Now I'm off to see if I can get the one from permafrost.

Edited, Mon Oct 28 15:31:47 2002
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Kael Drakkal
# Aug 16 2002 at 11:32 PM Rating: Default
75 posts
What is the Cast time on this ? Instant? Insant and it has to be Equip? or (Set Time) ? or (Set Time) from inventory??
RE: Question?
# Oct 30 2002 at 6:32 PM Rating: Decent
103 posts
Just MQ'd this for my necro last night (ranger got all the books, necro just had the 300gold) It does work from the inventory, and is instant-casting. I killed a LOT of shadowmen before the book dropped, if you need the book, i would HAVE to recommend WC. I killed the innothule and lesser fay Shadowmen about 3 hours each, with no luck. I was about to give up on the book in WC and camped for a bit. Came back about 30 minutes later and a druid was camping them for the rapier, and said one had just rotted =/ So i decided to hang around and test my luck. Miraculously, about 15 minutes later another dropped, at the same time as the druids rapier, so i call her my lucky druid now ;)

All in all, great item, especially on a lower level necro, if you can take camping those shadowedmen for a while.
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RE: Question?
# Nov 27 2004 at 4:14 AM Rating: Default
130 posts
dude In all do respect today I tried to MQ it the exact way you said you did.. and it didnt work.. I as a 66 BL got the book sure would be great if it worked for me but it doenst so im way mad :D But Im not mad caus eyou said you MQed it Im just saying.. it sucks :D Ok well I'll explain. I got the 3 books I turned all 3 in first then had my necro do the 300 gold my Beastlord got the note which was no drop and then I had him turn it in and he got it.. why in the world did my beastlord get the note when my necro did the gold....
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RE: Question?
# Jun 15 2005 at 10:27 AM Rating: Decent
13 posts
When you turn in the Shadowed book you recieve a note back. Then you turn in the note + book of darkness + book of frost, and then have your alt hand in the 30p. Worked for me doing it that way.

Edited, Wed Jun 15 11:30:15 2005
#Anonymous, Posted: Jul 03 2002 at 12:02 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) i have it on all my chars so i think it is the best one for my lvl chars
HP on Cyanelle? (mage)
# Apr 13 2002 at 12:45 AM Rating: Decent
27 posts
Ok, so I know she melee's for 117, nukes like a normal 30 mage, her friend (Eldreth, a wiz) nukes like a 49wiz (w/ Ice Comet?) and melee's for 90.

My question is, does Cyanelle have the HIT POINTS of a level 30 mage? Which would be 500-600?

Basically I ask this because I have a level 60 wiz and 55 dru friend who are willing to help me - provided I can get all the info needed for this kill (seems to be the toughest - druid and I invised to Icy Goblin in Permafrost...but he didnt have the book that time we killed him)

So, if 60wiz pulls with a big nuke, closely followed by a 55druid nuke and then followed by a 43war melee (prolly will open with Oggok Cleaver for MASS opening dmg...hopefully enough to kill) - can we take her down easy?
After she dies, i plan on logging my war and gettin on necro to loot book from corpse...

Can it be done? Me thinks so...but I just need some more input.
Baadan - 75 Warrior
RE: HP on Cyanelle? (mage)
# Jul 28 2002 at 9:21 AM Rating: Default
Last night, myself (53 warrior), a 44 monk, and 42 wizzard killed her. She WAS assisted by the wizzard, which is the only reason it was at all tricky. We had her dead in 16 seconds, In a total of 35 seconds we were gated out with the book in hand, with both her and her pet dead, but the wizzard allive and unharmed.

From this and that she maybe landed one hit on me, that she really is as easy as people post here. The 1k hp loss was pretty much the wizzards doing.
RE: HP on Cyanelle? (mage)
# Apr 15 2002 at 11:37 AM Rating: Default
She was so easy it was funny I soloed her (wiz didnt assist me) at lvl 50 or so (as a necro). Take yer wiz walk in and Blast her. she'll either be dead or running of by then. Her wuzzard friend shouldnt assist as you are to high a lvl.

Shouldnt need the druid or the war there at al
RE: HP on Cyanelle? (mage)
# Apr 16 2002 at 8:39 PM Rating: Default
ok, great, thanks much for info.

helps alot :)
RE: HP on Cyanelle? (mage)
# Jul 25 2002 at 2:30 PM Rating: Decent
23 posts
BAH too lazy to run after scared mobs? Just get the wiz to go in and AoW em for like 1k that will make the erudites pay for there treasonry.
Just look me up man thaz all http://www.magelo/eq_view_profile.html?num=717973
Proc lvl?
# Apr 09 2002 at 8:45 AM Rating: Default
4 posts
Might anyone happen to know when your able to use the effect on this item? Thanks.
RE: Proc lvl?
# Apr 13 2002 at 12:47 AM Rating: Decent
27 posts
begins to work at 20 - which is the same level necro the spell

**For those who are complaining about the level 20 limit - this item is not for twinking...it is most useful when used to SAVE A SPELL SLOT!
In my set-up, Fear and AoD share the same slot (#6) so it's hard for me to fear-kite and have AoD up - with this book I can have fear memmed AND have AoD up with no troubles!!
Baadan - 75 Warrior
# Mar 18 2002 at 7:20 PM Rating: Default
I gave the shadowmen 2 weapons and he didnt drop the book. I've killed about a hundred shadowmen so far. No book. Maybe i'm doing something wrong....
# Mar 29 2002 at 3:16 PM Rating: Decent
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For the record, I've had 2 books drop off the WC shadow men without using the weapon trick. If you buy into the theory that some shadow men drop some items more than others, this might be the place to go.
# Dec 12 2002 at 10:53 PM Rating: Decent
86 posts
If the WC guys drop it more often then the others, then I shutter to think what the drop rate on the others are. I've been killing WC shadowed men for 6 hours a night for 6 nights now and I've never seen one

8 days and counting. No books. This is rediculous

Edited, Mon Dec 16 14:29:02 2002
How I did, but tough
# Feb 18 2002 at 12:30 PM Rating: Default
39 posts
By the way, I believe Eldreth is for the Cleric epic, so I would guess that if you kill him, you might **** off some Clerics.

I did that portion of the quest at 32 and was 31 by the time i finished with Cyanelle. Here is how i did it:

Went invis into room... drop invis for aggro of both Eldreth and Cyanelle (make sure someone gave you Sow). Ran like **** toward zone and died. However, this pulled Eldreth out of tower to edge of island. Accidentally aggroed Eldreth on CR, but that just ended up pulling him over to the dock and i didnt die so was actually good. Now to take down Cyanell: I tried to darkness fear dot pet her, but she resisted too much and pet was a pain and i died first time. Changed tactic to send pet in on her (pet will die), fear her pet, then dot her with all dots, med a sec, my pet died and she came in melee range... 2 spirit taps and she was dead and i was at less than 1/2 health so i FD with my last mana. I think pet poofed after FD cause i never saw it again. Buffs i had on: shielding and leatherskin without leatherskin i would not have been able to keep up with her damage output. If you can wait to 34 to get this, do so, and u will have steelskin + better pet + root. I would highly recommend 34 and a couple bubs exp into it to do this quest. You say why would I want at 34 with Call of Bones... so I dont have to mem a slot for it particularly in zones with multiple types of mobs like LGuk (dead/live frogs).
Daeandor 90 Ranger, Bristlebane
# Feb 13 2002 at 10:51 AM Rating: Decent
128 posts
Do not listen to what the description says about the Erudite mage/wizard part of this quest. I just went there last night (34 DE Necro) expecting it to be fairly easy. The mage (her name is Cyanelle) melee punches for 117 and she is lvl 30 not lower 20's, and she has a pet. She almost killed me. So i brought a 52 Druid over to help me out. He killed the mage. The wizard killed him 3 times. Turns out the Wizard (name is Eldreth) melee punches for 130's and one nuke does about 504 damage. He has ice comet. He is really level 49! he conned dark blue to the druid. Finally, a 55 cleric and the 52 druid killed the wizard, but they both went OOM and it took a while, this guy was TOUGH, they had to ensnare and fear, and he has a ton of HP. I dont even know if this guy drops the book of darkness cause i got mine from the mage, but i hear he is actually for someone's Epic quest. I kinda doubt he does drop it cause it would take a high 50's necro to solo him, and quest is meant for 30's or 40's necro.
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# Feb 09 2002 at 7:52 PM Rating: Default
It IS multi questable. I did quest with 50 druid, handed in pieces to Vurgo. Logged out and logged in baby Necro. Gave npc the coin, bam, got words.

Every necromancer should own this. 45 Mana is ALOT of juice at lower levels, and it saves a spot in the icons for another spell. Great item.

The goblin camp in perma is *** though. You'll either get lucky and get the book within a few kills, or you'll be there for hours :(
# Nov 19 2001 at 6:14 PM Rating: Default
What lvl does this book proc????? I you know please e-mail me at elitet2t@aol.com
# Nov 19 2001 at 2:42 PM Rating: Default
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There is no doubt this is a cool item and looks good when equiped. You can't really balk at the Mana +45 that you get with this. Additionally, Allure is a nice safe spell for those of us who do not know how to handle the major regen of CoB.

I write this however,after reading many posts from so many necros saying that CoB is dangerous to use and they almost kill themsleves using it, etc. I'm at a loss as to the source of the problems unless it simply stems from failure to understand how to manage this much more powerful mana regeneration spell. Personally, by the time I got to 34 I was so ready to get CoB it hurt. Allure provided almost no real mana regen capability worth mentioning and did not cut downtime very much at all. When I got CoB, it was a godsend.

Im sure everyone has their own style. So far mine has never gotten me even closed to killed. Only time I had a problem was when I was playing gems while medding and did not look at the hp bar until I was at one bubb. But hey, that was my fault not the spell. Personally, I always have it mem'd as a spell and I always have it on during the whole fight. That way I am getting extra mana even when standing up. Only time I take it off is when I get to two bubbs hp. Otherwise, its skell city. I solo Uthorks in EW in 36 and 37 this way. I usually end the fight with about 3 bubbs of mana using the root-dot method with my pet standing by for back up fear kite if need be or mana is low. YOu lead with Vamp Curse to offset the effect of CoB and then proceed to root DoT (with Dooming as my pull spell). Have spirit tap up incase you want to augment VC. Simply root, DoT and med while the mob dies. I usually cast about 2 VC's during the fight and end with a VC when almost dead to offset CoB hp effect during downtime. This works wonders. I use the same tactic in Overthere and almost all situations. It never fails me. Only had the CoB bug one time so far and I use it alot. Simply recasted and ducked. No problem.

Good luck all you CoB'ers. Say Hi sometime if your near by I will be the dude that looks like a skelly 90% of the time.
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# Feb 16 2002 at 5:17 AM Rating: Default
There was once a time when Call of Bones was bugged. The reason a majority of the people who complain about it getting them killed is even after clicking it off, you life would continue to plummet. Of course if you aren't being attacked, you know you have clicked the spell off, and you are busy chasing down a feared mob you aren't really looking at your health at the time. (After all, nothing is hitting you so everything should be safe.) Next thing ya know, you are unconscious and have no clue why.
# Jan 16 2002 at 1:12 PM Rating: Default
You can also turn it off, via clickin' it. I never understood why people would die to CoB unless they were simply not paying attention (which I have done.. numerous times)
Metman Karmastorm
# Nov 05 2001 at 10:00 AM Rating: Good

Just so you know, Vurgo *WILL* accept 30PP, in place of the 300GP.

I finished this today. Handed in the note and books. (Forgot about the coins. Once I finished cursing that the quest was broken, I check here...) Opened my wallet to find lots of PP and very little GP. Handed over 30PP. (hoping...) And got the book.

Hope that saves ya luging a small mountain of GP.

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My Problem
# Oct 16 2001 at 8:41 AM Rating: Default
Now I have spent a little time on this quest I am 35 necro befor you even ask ...now the icy book easy I step into Permafrost the zone was empty so I just made my way to the cell cleared a few gobos got my book. Now the one in lake Rathe I have to say thanks varent Place a Rouge epic npc next to the mage I need to kill ...smart move there .....have a good day ..
Why it hits for 100+!!!
# Sep 29 2001 at 7:05 PM Rating: Default
Because its part of the rogue EPIC.
You give the male eruidit some PP some milk and a note and he gives back a translated note for rogues epic.
# Aug 07 2001 at 6:12 AM Rating: Default
5 posts
Can someone PLEASE confirm if this is now Iskar usable please.

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RE: Iskar
# Nov 05 2001 at 9:52 AM Rating: Default

This is most definitely Iksar usable.

I got mine today.

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#Nert, Posted: Sep 16 2001 at 1:21 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) No, iskar's cannot use it. I don't think iskar's can use any items in the game. Are iskar's even in the game? These are the races that can:
RE: Iskar
# Oct 13 2001 at 10:54 AM Rating: Default
The picture is prolly pre Kunark...I would assume Iskar can use this.
Erudite necro that wants to do this quest
# Jul 17 2001 at 3:09 PM Rating: Default
I heard that this quest hurts ur faction with erudites when u have to kill the mage and the wizard in the tower. I am a Erudite so i would like to know what i should do. How can i get my faction back with the Erudites.
RE: Erudite necro that wants to do this quest
# Sep 21 2001 at 12:43 PM Rating: Default
42 posts
if you're an erudite necro, then chances are that Erudin-erudites already want you dead, therefore this really wont change anything as far as faction goes.

one real quick note, i helped a friend do this on my 45 sk and eldreth, the male erud wiz, conned red to me, but my siphon str. (to pull him away from Cyanelle) hit him, sdo i guesss he's 48-50...odd thing was he never went back to tower after i feigned by the shore, making it easy to kill cyanelle 3 times to get book to drop. kindve suprised me when a green to me erudite mage pounches me for 117...ah well, she didnt hit hard when she was feared anyway =) only has 700hp about so she drops fast, if you can get someone to kill/pull/harmony Eldreth, Cyanelle is a quick kill. GL everyone
#Anonymous, Posted: Jul 10 2001 at 5:01 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) this book rules i just got mine tonight and i love it all ready ill reconfirm a prior response that say this thing looks awsome and you can lose it no matter what you do unles you destro it of course well it was a long stange trip but i will jus talk about the time i had in permafrost trying to get book of frost killed hte ict about 9 or 10 time b4 i got it about 12 to 15min spawns i was cool a high lvl help me and a upper 20s lvl group get to the room then we kill everything try and get book nothing one of the 4 people with me left the high lvl had to log so me lvl 30 and a lvl 24 and 23 all the way up in the jail area then another goes LD and its me and one then she has to go to still no book so i decide to risk my neck and camp the room alone with my pet payed off 3 more spawns and i was nearly dead but book droped i gated got a port back to wc got book had one from lake and wa laa no more meming allure and its fast plus it cant be interupted i love it +45 mana killier uber items have +30 mana i say its a nice book all together and for a necro de how did harvester and shadow bound glove quests already it fits right in i ditch my +10 int stien of maggok for harvester and book looks awsome well thats my 2cp
RE: brumaden (torv) server
# Oct 25 2001 at 8:37 PM Rating: Default
Holy crap, man! Use some punctuation already!!!
Erudite Magician - Another experience
# Jun 21 2001 at 2:08 PM Rating: Default
4 posts

40 DE Necro here.

Seems to be alot of varied experience with the Erudite magician. My first try resulted in near instant death. Both aggroed on me as I was coming up the ramp to the tower. Wizard hit me with 2 516DD in quick sucession. The mage was green however.

Came back and the wizard was now standing outside the tower. Parked new pet in back of the tower by the water. Ran up the ramp with Harmshield on and into the back of the tower - Wizard didn't aggo and I stayed very close the ramp wall.

Was able to root the mage to avoid melee damage - she does hit hard and nearly killed me in subsequent attempts. Pet even jumped in without running up the ramp and aggroing the wizard.

Got the book on the 3rd kill.

From others experiences it sounds like the Wizard isn't always there or if he is then he doesn't aggro on non-DE necros. Would definitely recommend DE necros to do some invis scouting first.
Just did this quest
# Jun 18 2001 at 2:23 PM Rating: Default

Just did this quest last night. Here's the shakedown on it coming from a 40th Necro.

Frosty book first. Total camp time was about 4 hours. The Icy goblin ONLY spawns in the 2nd cell in the jail (when you go into the jail area, turn left, the 2nd door on your right is the icy gob room). There are 4 spawns, only the middle one will spawn the Icy. This room is weird, the icy PH pops about once every 25 mins, but the rest of the room doesnt. Easy to break and hold for a 40th necro. Dont let the gobs run. Got the book on the 10th or so Goblin.

Book of Darkness is easy, the erudite woman is named Cylrene or something along those lines. When you go to kill her the first time, she will be tough. She self buffs herself and her pet with runes and dmg shields. Her melee damage hurts. I feared her pet, rooted and dot'd her and sent the pet in. Pet died because of the dmg shield, but she followed pretty soon after. Book dropped on the second death, about a 25 minute spawn or so?

Go to lavastorm, get a wolf form from the druids at the druid ring. Shadowmen will con scowls, but wont attack. Give the necro shadowman 2 weapons (i gave him 2 shadowed weapons). this forces the book into his inventory. Single pulls from camp were easy at 40.

Find Vurgo in the temple and you got yourself a nice little item. All in all, about 6 or 7 hours to do this quest, including running time, Nk to Permafrost always sucks.

Faction in Sol Ro Temple
# May 07 2001 at 10:48 AM Rating: Default
If you have done something to Offend the Temple of Solusek Ro, there is an easy way to fix it....simply kill dervs in Sro, get the rings they drop and turn them in (BY 3's) to Ortallus for easy faction with Temple of Solusek Ro!

Alor Evermind <lvl 50 Necromancer>
Celestial Temple - Tholuxe Paells
RE: Faction in Sol Ro Temple
# Jun 07 2001 at 12:31 PM Rating: Default
3 posts
if you are after the faction you can turn in just one ring at a time and get faction. no xp but faction
RE: Faction in Sol Ro Temple
# Jun 05 2001 at 2:26 PM Rating: Decent
119 posts
killing shadowmen as well helps betaneutral faction (and more fun than turning in rings hehe)
Human Mage
Walkthrough of quest
# Apr 28 2001 at 1:22 AM Rating: Default
Vurgo first wants a Shadowed Book.

You should start out by getting the book (since it's no rent, and all). To get the book, clear the shadowmen camp until a necromancer shadowman is up. Give it a weapon or two and kill it. THIS DOES WORK. It will drop a Shadowed Book. Head to the temple and give Vurgo this. He will give you a note.

Next, head out to Lake Rathe and kill the erudite magician until the next item (Book of Darkness) is dropped.

After that, head to Perma, invis in and setup at the icy goblin camp. Camp him til he drops the Book of Frost.

Finally, head back to the temple and hand Vurgo the note, book of darkness, book of frost and 300gp.

You should now have Word of Darkness. Great item.
RE: Walkthrough of quest
# Dec 12 2002 at 10:45 PM Rating: Default
86 posts
This does NOT WORK. I tried giving him the weapons and he returns them saying 'I do not need this'. Charmed him and gave him the weapons and killed him. No book
the mage in the tower
# Apr 26 2001 at 8:48 PM Rating: Default
Ok she isnt all that hard..i killed her last night..with the help of a 21 orge shaman and 22 chanter..i am lvl21 necro...Just pull with darkness..someone take pet..Then you nuke the tar out of her..she hits for 80 nukes for 45-80..when pet roots you shadow step then tap..gets bad figen then get a hea...fear kite her like necros do with everything

Ikia kitte
21 necro
Rallos Zek
Is this the tower with Eldrith?
# Apr 24 2001 at 6:45 PM Rating: Default
21 posts
If so... Eldrith is now red to me at lvl 46 and scowls (DE necro).
--Mortaelia Ex'Mortum
Necromancer of Lanys T'Vyl
I like this item
# Apr 07 2001 at 10:15 AM Rating: Default
I am lvl 41 and I still do not use call of bones very much, it takes so much hp away that by the time i'm fm, i'm just about dead, so by getting this book i could free up a spell slot. And don't try and say you can just vamp curse something blah blah, when your camping a spawn there isn't always something to curse.
RE: I like this item
# Sep 14 2001 at 1:48 PM Rating: Default
1 post
Well don't keep CoB on so long. You don't need to keep it on until you are fm. Just take it off when you think your HP and mana will get to full at the same time. For example, if I have CoB on and I find that I have 4 bubs of health and 3 bubs of mana, I take CoB off cuz I know that I regain mana about twice as fast (in turns of bubbles per time) when medding. That way I know that when my HP is back to full, I will also have fm. That might be kinda confusing but it's really helpful. Cuts back majorly on down time.

Ralazar Shadowcreeper
lvl 38 dark elf necromancer
<<Acolytes Reborn>>
RE: I like this item
# Sep 26 2001 at 8:52 AM Rating: Default
Just outta curiousity, doesn't that break your meditation?

The animation shows you stand up and sit again...
"Te aurdire no possum. Musa sapienum fixa est in aura."
RE: I like this item
# Oct 31 2001 at 6:26 PM Rating: Default
That's just the skin changing. Besides, med goes in ticks. As long as your **** is on the ground when the tick goes off, you get the med bonus to mana regen.
RE: I like this item
# Nov 05 2001 at 9:56 AM Rating: Default
I know meditation works in ticks, but...

I read somewhere a long time ago, that meditate works better over long periods of time. I kinda assumed from this, that the amount of mana you gain per tick rises the longer you have been meditating. (Never tested this, so I don't have any empirical input on this one.)

Is this not the case?

"Death is coming..."
"Te aurdire no possum. Musa sapienum fixa est in aura."
How i did this quest.
# Mar 18 2001 at 4:57 PM Rating: Default
Ok i started doing this at 20, i went to the shadowed man camps in west commons, i got some friends to blast away the shadowmen, the necros didnt drop the books until we got someone with wolfform to hand them two weapons then they dropped it right away, i then went to lake rathe and got a high level mage (level 40 something) to kill the erudite, she hit in the 100s but her hit points were normal so the mage pet beat on her and she dropped the book first kill, then i went to permafrost, got a friend, a 51 druid to kill the icy goblin for me, it happened to be up at the time and dropped the book first kill. i then got a port to lavastorm went in and turned the stuff in.
im pretty sure i didnt get lucky with the book of frost, they probaly changed it somewhere along the lines to a common drop.
Yeah it's fixed alright
# Mar 07 2001 at 4:54 PM Rating: Default
Just got the book from the female Mage.. got a lil help from ppl in LR.. She was red to me at 20 but was blue to a lvl 29 shammy .. she also hits REAL HARD .. so try your best to not get too close
Shadowmen and Book of Darkness
# Mar 02 2001 at 6:48 PM Rating: Default
To get the book, you can give a necro shadowman a weapon or 2 and then the book will be in their inventory (YES this does work), or you can keep killing them in the hundreds and maybe one will drop (VERY VERY RARE).
RE: Shadowmen and Book of Darkness
# Mar 03 2001 at 2:52 AM Rating: Default
Just a follow up, I got my book after camping the Icy Goblin for 1 1/2 hours and 15 minutes in Lake Rathe for the Erudite mage. Strangely, after I cleared the room, no other goblins popped in the Icy Goblin room but the Icy Goblin himself. Took 3 kills to get hte book though (not including the first PH). I'm very happy.
Has any Iksar done this?
# Feb 22 2001 at 2:50 AM Rating: Decent
64 posts
I plan to do this quest even if no other iksar has done it. Unless someone says they have tried and failed becausse they are iksar
to do quest
# Feb 17 2001 at 10:11 AM Rating: Default
you get the shadowed book and hand it to vurgo he gives you a note because shadowed items disappear. Then you go to lake rathetear kill the erudite magician which was very green to me at lvl 45 and no wizzy there. Then go to permafrost and go to the prison and the icy goblin spawns in the middle room and has a ph which is a wizard. Get the book of frost, book of darkness, note from vurgo, 300 gp and hand it all to him and walla your very own Words of Darkness
Just got book
# Feb 17 2001 at 10:06 AM Rating: Default
It was awesome the magician was up and dropped book first time and then the icy goblin was up after i killed it ph and dropped the book first time!! This book is really great because now i can put on an extra spell so its like 9 spell slots!!!
This book is great :)
# Jan 26 2001 at 7:18 PM Rating: Default
I recommend every necro should do this quest because this book is great. But this quest is a big time sink, you have been warned.
All items at once ?
# Dec 31 2000 at 5:22 PM Rating: Default
Do i have to give Vurgo all items and money at once ? He only wants to have the Shadowed Book after hailing and talking to him.
little help with the lake rathe ppl
# Dec 10 2000 at 12:38 PM Rating: Default
the lady with the book in lake rathe DOES hit for 117 melee.. however she doesnt have more hps or better resist than anyone else her level.. so if you need to kill her i suggest you start off with casting darkness on her.. so you can kite her around.. make sure you dont get hit by her melee..your pet will attack her pet.. you fear her and nuke her to ****.. a word of percaution though.. the highlevel wizzie inthere called something with E will assist.. so you need to pull him away first.. far away.. and then feign.. he will stay where you pulled him so you can concentrate on the female..(she will pop back to tower with full health so no use in trying to seperate them by pulling her)

hope this helps.. worked for me anyway .. only died twice.. heh

Its Fixed!
# Nov 18 2000 at 4:50 PM Rating: Default
The quest is now fixed! The female erudite is now low 29s and her pet is 19 ish. I did this quest today and got the book. Hurrah!

RE: Its Fixed!
# Dec 08 2000 at 1:44 AM Rating: Default
what about the wizzy :( coned red to my 40th lvl necro
RE: Its Fixed!
# Dec 09 2000 at 4:18 PM Rating: Default
Did not see a wizzie but the female magician hits for 117!! and is green to a 39 necromance 117 for a greenie?!?!?
RE: Its Fixed!
# Dec 15 2000 at 3:27 AM Rating: Decent
19 posts
When I killed her, the wizard didn't assist at all. Just her pet, who rooted me at first and got me killed... errr.... but, i got the book =)
erudites in lake rathe
# Nov 16 2000 at 12:14 AM Rating: Default
i went to help a necro out of boredom while i was camping lord begurgle. both erudites were blue to 51 and i remembered killing them at 30something long ago. they were green then. oh well i think...

and then i nuke for 516 and hp doesnt move - and this chick starts punching me for 100 and the WIZ is punching me for 133 - and nuking the holy **** out of me. i managed to zone and live.

well. i think ill get help! haha.

i got a 49th ranger buffed the crap out of him - he has 900+ ac.

we BOTH almost died! this is a ranger with a flux axe and a revultant whip and a fbss - he doesnt make a dent.

so yes, virginia, this quest is BROKEN.

has anyone else tried to get the quest from the sol temple guy? we tried that and he said "first get me shadowed words from the shadowed men." wouldnt tell me anymore.

i petitioned this btw and the guide said "are you sure they werent RESISTING? sometimes if you are far away you dont see it."

i almost said "are you a guide from another game who got lost or something?"


baguette ovenfresh
51 vicar
RE: erudites in lake rathe
# Nov 23 2000 at 7:20 PM Rating: Default
I have had this same thing happen to me in Lake Rathe Zone. The bandits near the Rathe Mountain zone are about the same level as dervs, and once in a while you get a brigand (equivilent to a thug). I was a level 41 cleric at the time and I decided to help out some newbies there while waiting for kermit (revenge thing). Anyways, Brigand spawns and the group (3 tanks) were not putting a dent in it and decided to run. I cast wrath on the brigand to get its attention so they could zone. Wrath used the last of my mana (I had been healing the tanks) and damaged the mob maybe 75%. it turns and starts to run away. it heals completely in about 10 seconds and comes back and beats the snot out of me. I zone. The group is healing and I med. I tell them what happened and we group together to kill it (41st cleric and 3 teen tanks). I go in with full firepower (wrath, force, wrath, holy might, wrath, stun, wrath) and next thing I am out of mana and the damned thing is (in a matter of seconds) back up to full health and we are running. Med. Go back. A level 50 shaman is there. We both nuke the ******* and it dies.

what does this all mean? If you nuke the eruds and hit for full and their hp does not move, get out right away. anyways, hopefully it is fixed.
Con red?
# Apr 05 2001 at 6:31 PM Rating: Default
Hmm, checked this quest today, 4/5/01, the female was green, the male was red to my 35 nec. I have no thought on trying this quest now.
It is broken
# Nov 11 2000 at 11:38 PM Rating: Default
GM today confirmed the Erudite NPCs are for the necro uber quest now. Vurgo in soltemple still wants the book of darkness from them, but the don't seem to drop it anymore and they are near impossible to kill. They each have 10k hp and regen like 200 hp per tick. Once again Verant has screwed up royally.
This quest sucks!!
# Nov 06 2000 at 6:18 AM Rating: Default
This is a post lvl 50 quest now
RE: This quest sucks!!
# Nov 06 2000 at 7:42 AM Rating: Default
No Drop?
# Oct 17 2000 at 7:10 PM Rating: Default
I know the Words of Darkness is no drop, but are the components no drop too? I know the shadowed book isn't, but what about the others?
easy...I think
# Oct 13 2000 at 3:25 PM Rating: Default
I got all the parts for the book....took them to the temple and gave all 3 items to the guy. He said "I HATE YOU", basically. For some reason the guy doesnt like me anymore, and after reading above, what would hailing the geenie do? I am trying to remember if I hailed him before I went to talk to Vurgo. Which I dont think I did because the shadowman in Mistmoore didnt like me either. BTW DONT KILL THE dude in Mistmoore. He is a SM convert and if you kill hime you will get negative faction with the temple. Kill the guys in LF, the book drops alot there. I camped WC and it never dropped after 3 hours.

Reguardless, whenever you do a quest give items one at a time so you dont possibly lose all the items if something goes wrong.

Good Luck,
RE: easy...I think
# May 18 2001 at 11:20 AM Rating: Decent
54 posts
I know what you did. He asks for a book from shadowed men first. Give him that item and then get a note. Then turn in the note, the book from lake rathe, and the bok from permafrost to get the words of darkness. Oh and for shadowed men, give the necros 2 weapons and they will always drop the book.
the quest has been modified
# Sep 22 2000 at 3:22 PM Rating: Default
the erudites are blue to a lvl 50 now and use lvl 44 spells good luck killing them now
RE: the quest has been modified
# Oct 02 2000 at 4:56 AM Rating: Decent
5 posts
The Erud-Magician is yellow to lvl 43. And I saw only this femur mage, no others in tower or around. And she doesnt have erudian FS. The casters in Erudin con kindly to me, but she is duby.

RE: the quest has been modified
# Sep 22 2000 at 7:14 PM Rating: Default
yeah no kidding... i just decided to start a necro to see the erudites red to me at level 40. how is this still a mid-level quest?
RE: the quest has been modified
# Oct 03 2000 at 5:18 PM Rating: Default
me a lv 50 necro and a 49 necro tried atleast ten times to takes these guys out and could not do it. Firt they have pets, cast dd spell for 600 dmg, and seem to have a ton of hps for being casters. I would say you need at least three lv 50 plus to take both of them
RE: the quest has been modified
# Oct 27 2000 at 12:49 AM Rating: Default
uhh i have the book of darkness in the bank :) got it at 30th lvl maybe before that nor shure ummm that was awhile ago? was easy
RE: the quest has been modified
# Oct 29 2000 at 10:47 AM Rating: Default
I think one of the people working on the Epic Quests thought they were unused NPC's and decided to modify them for use in Epic Quest
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