Halloween: Digging Their Graves  

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This Quest is Seasonal
Level:1
Maximum Level:90
Monster Mission:No
Repeatable:Yes
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Items:
Related Zones:
Related Quests:
Era:Seeds of Destruction
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Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
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Entered: Mon Oct 26 18:58:59 2009
Modified: Fri Oct 21 02:02:25 2011
This is a shared Halloween task, available only while Halloween events are open. Its purpose is to serve as task updates in a grand task called "The Hunt for Tattooed Flesh" (you'll be automatically assigned this after completing "Digging Their Graves" the first time).

It begins with Edmund Strangeways in the Plane of Knowledge and has an 18-hour lockout timer.

You say, 'Hail, Edmund Strangeways'

Edmund Strangeways leans on his shovel and peers at you from beneath a wrinkled brow. 'You fool, step carefully! You're disturbing my graves! And aren't you a brash one, running here and there without a care during Harvester's Haunt, oblivious to the [danger] lurking beneath your feet!'

You say, 'What danger?'

Edmund Strangeways says 'This time of year the dead are [restless]. They can't lie still.'

You say, 'Restless?'

Edmund Strangeways says 'I know the dead. I've been putting them in the ground for many [years], and they've taken me to every corner of Norrath. If there's a fire, a plague, a battle, I am there. The dead need burying. But you best bury them deep, for every Harvester's Haunt they toss and turn, yearning to breach the barrier of earth and rejoin the living. It's the right time to [find] them.'

You say, 'Years?'

Edmund Strangeways says 'I've been digging graves since I was but a lad. The disease came swiftly, decimated my village. I buried my friends, my sister, my brother. I buried my father and mother on the hill overlooking our farm. I buried them all, every last one. The village square looked freshly tilled by a herd of oxen, sewn with the seeds of death. The wind in the trees and the rasp of metal was all I heard when I scraped my shovel over the last pile of dirt, packing the soil over the face of the village elder. Not one voice called after me as I walked out of town, carrying my shovel. Somewhere there were more people dying. Somewhere there were more graves to dig.'

You say, 'How can we find them?'

Edmund Strangeways says 'The twitching of the dead churns the soil, and disturbed earth rises. You see a gopher's burrow, I see revealed graves of men long dead and [hidden].'

You say, 'Hidden?'

Edmund Strangeways says 'Ah, made you curious, did I? You may be naive and foolhardy, but I know an adventurer when I see one. I'm old and stiff. . .too many years with the shovel. My legs won't carry me far. But you could go in my stead. You could [bring] me what I [seek].'

You say, 'What do you seek?'

Edmund Strangeways says 'Many corpses have I seen, and many coins have I earned for disposing of them. But money can rot for all I care. I'll be dead soon, and someone will bury me. All that matters is my [collection].'

You say, 'Your collection?'

Edmund Strangeways says 'That ephemeral art that dissolves with a man's flesh--tattoos. Before I cover the dead, I search every inch of their bodies. Such beautiful paintings on rotting canvas. . .I cut them free and preserve them. You should see the [images] that hang on my walls.'

You say, 'Tell me about the images'

Edmund Strangeways says 'A mother, a father, a town, a ship's maiden voyage, a lover's face--things we wish were eternal but know are not. Images of the dead on the skin of the dead, all fading from time and memory. [Bring] them to me, and I'll preserve them.'

You say, 'I'll bring them to you'

Edmund Strangeways says 'Now is the time to find the ancient corpses. Those long dead reveal themselves in the disturbed earth. The art they hide on their bodies hasn't been seen for hundreds of years. Just imagine what beautiful sights and mysteries have been lost from the world all this time. Dig up the corpses and bring me any tattooed skin you find. Here, take my shovel. By the looks of you, I'd say you should head to the Field of Scale or the Loping Plains. The dead there are worth your while. But be careful: restless as they are, the dead don't take kindly to your disturbing their place of slumber. If you forget where to dig, come to me, and I'll remind you.'

You have been assigned the task 'Digging Their Graves'.

NOTE: The zones to which you are directed depend on your level:
- Field of Scale or the Loping Plains (level 85)
- Loping Plains or the Steppes (~75)
- the Steppes or the Buried Sea (~65)
- Barren Coast or Goru`kar Mesa (~55)
- Goru`kar Mesa or Emerald Jungle (~45)
- Emerald Jungle or Firiona Vie (23-32)
- Nektulos Forest or Lake of Ill Omen (1-22)


You receive Edmund's Shovel.



Loot 1 intricately tattooed skin 0/1 (ALL)

In the zones Edmund mentions, you will find piles of brown rocks called "disturbed earth". You cannot /open or attack them, but you can use the click effect on your shovel. If you do so in a zone you're not supposed to be in, you see:

The graves in this area have nothing of interest to you.

If you use it in a proper zone, either a disturbed spirit or a tattooed zombie spawns. Only the zombie drops the skin, so you may need to go through multiple spawns.

Deliver 1 intricately tattooed skin to Edmund 0/1 (Plane of Knowledge)

Deliver 1 Edmund's Shovel to Edmund 0/1 (Plane of Knowledge)

Upon turn-in, you see:

Your task 'Digging Their Graves' has been updated.
Your task 'Digging Their Graves' has been updated.

Also upon completing "Digging Their Graves" for the first time, you are assigned the task "The Hunt for Tattooed Flesh". This is a grand task that makes you repeat "Digging Their Graves" multiple times.
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Trying to interrupt
# Oct 28 2012 at 2:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Trying to interrupt the shovel effect can still spawn the mob without activating the timer, so that you can go spawn another one. Unless the RNG just really, really hates me, it's either that or get a group all clicking their shovels so that one person can get the skin within the six-hour time limit. Or start it early, so that you can put in six hours of spawning PHs each day for many days, and get the tattooed zombie on four of them.
Another PH
# Oct 26 2012 at 10:25 PM Rating: Decent
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PH can also be "a turbulent specter" or "turbulent bones". The specter dropped a lucidem and a versluierd fungus.

Edited, Oct 27th 2012 12:42am by Jakmagister
Another PH
# Oct 27 2012 at 5:28 PM Rating: Excellent
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Can be "a tossing spirit", too.
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Field of Scale Locations
# Oct 26 2012 at 6:59 PM Rating: Decent
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For your oldfieldofbone_1 file:

P -1853.7595, 251.6314, -47.0952, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -393.7848, 2160.8762, -53.9355, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -529.0391, 2047.0686, -49.8508, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -866.0444, 2154.2390, -52.3656, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -2078.1196, 2322.3718, -20.9399, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -1789.6617, 2290.8486, -43.5190, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -1766.9424, 2248.8577, -43.1507, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -1496.7668, 2042.7635, -30.2538, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -1530.3815, 2219.2324, -30.8682, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -501.5741, 2031.0663, -50.9999, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -517.1176, 2124.2578, -51.3030, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -607.6125, 2367.1965, -52.4149, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -2341.0303, 2242.3591, -47.5119, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -2232.2471, 2025.0629, -45.4162, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -2157.5166, 1357.4984, -36.1914, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -1913.6086, 1124.1812, -50.9867, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -1060.9205, 192.4941, -35.1705, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -916.1946, 173.5967, -53.7829, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -842.7390, -225.7756, -51.7693, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -585.4457, 492.8762, -32.7548, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -570.6860, 720.5974, -51.3024, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -453.4633, 840.8943, -52.3644, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -256.0966, 1237.9698, -50.0858, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -360.3162, 1573.6633, -45.8186, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -635.0904, 1828.5612, -50.2499, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)
P -440.8572, 2554.0415, -52.4053, 240, 127, 0, 3, Disturbed_Earth_(Halloween)

Good Luck
Steppes
# Oct 31 2011 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Character: Level 68 Druid

Locations found:
187.22, 1019.71, 94.04 in-game
-467/27, -544.81, 96.28 in-game
-145.80, -724.32, 96.28 in-game
127.36, -543.84, 124.08 in-game
265.56, -373.79, 125.67 in-game
-798.33, -388.88, 73.98 in-game

map file
 
P 53.7550, 1682.8251, 10.4556,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P -326.4495, 1527.9928, 11.0067,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P 387.0944, 797.7548, 71.5075,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P 375.0117, -263.5169, 123.0364,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P 544.4624, -128.3700, 123.0391,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P -121.8717, 897.1731, 62.7756,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P -1031.1062, -180.3380, 90.8875,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P -618.8032, 1106.8197, 88.1546,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P 719.5211, 147.0954, 91.7489,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P 552.4243, 459.4619, 91.8565,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P -1257.4102, -375.1935, 93.4862,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P -884.6857, -311.3601, 130.3539,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P -571.1242, -427.6145, 123.8833,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 
P -294.1238, 1227.4009, 41.0974,  127, 127, 0,  1,  disturbed_earth_(Holloween) 


Edited, Oct 31st 2011 5:58pm by goldbishop
Edited, Oct 31st 2011 9:23pm by goldbishop
Edited, Oct 31st 2011 9:44pm by goldbishop
Added more map-file locations.

Edited, Nov 1st 2011 4:33pm by goldbishop
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not right level WTF!!
# Oct 25 2011 at 10:28 PM Rating: Decent
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im lvl 90 and tried getting this task and it says im not the right level?? so since im lvl 90 i am to high to get to hiring a scarecrow merc, COME ON!!!
not right level WTF!!
# Oct 27 2011 at 3:27 AM Rating: Decent
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shroud to get task and to do task, take a box or buddy with you to kill the mobs.
RE-cast Delay bugged
# Oct 27 2010 at 4:55 PM Rating: Decent
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Target your pile of rocks (disturbed earth) from a distance. Begin running toward the rocks and click the shovel as you run over top. The cast will continue and the mob will spawn without the shovel timer activating. Hence the shovel is ready to reuse without the wait.
Recast Delay
# Oct 25 2010 at 11:41 PM Rating: Decent
Now, what's the purpose of the recast delay? By the time I find the next set of rocks, the 16 minutes hasn't passed yet. =/
Recast Delay
# Oct 26 2011 at 12:17 PM Rating: Default
Just a way for Sony to waste more of your time with useless waiting around. Just like the quests where you have to camp a rare spawn for weeks at a time, through several hundred place holders, for an item that by the time you get it, is of no use to you anymore, other than a "See what I got" effect. Point in fact, the Epic weapons. No one even does them any more except for the Oooh! effect, or in the case of the 1.5 and 2.0, the clickies.

And before you flame me for stating a fact, I do in fact still do the Epic quests on my characters, since I like being able to be proud of an accomplishment. I just wish Sony would understand, we really DON'T want to sit around for 15 minutes doing nothing productive. Granted, most of the zones you will be able to do this quest in have mobs that are relative to your lvl to kill for exp, when you're doing a quest, no one really wants to go kill other mobs that aren't related to the quest.
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shovel recast
# Oct 25 2010 at 10:43 PM Rating: Decent
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I see the picture says the shovel recast is 2seconds, while the effect info says 1000 seconds. In games its 16min 40 seconds...thats a long **** recast, especially if you have some bad luck, everyone in my groups has now clicked 3 times each(for those math geniuses thats 18x) and not one zombie=P
86-90 bug
# Oct 25 2010 at 5:09 AM Rating: Decent
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as of October 25th 2010 this quest is broken if you are above L85 possibly able to shroud around this issue though

Edited, Oct 25th 2010 8:10am by Eldoff
86-90 bug
# Oct 16 2011 at 5:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Was able to get mine shrouded as a lev 15 in Nek. recast delay is the major pain and delay in doing this.
Location in EJ
# Oct 31 2009 at 10:43 AM Rating: Decent
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-598 +4159 -54, just east of the succor point near the building.
Update
# Oct 27 2009 at 3:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Task name id Digging THEIR Graves... not Digging THE graves as currently shown.

I did the 1st 2 in LP and the 2nd 2 in FoS. In LP the MOB's were Light Blue at 85, both times.

In FoS the MOB was Dark Blue at 85 (got the right one on first earth).

On the 4th round, also in FoS, they conned even at 85.

My guess is the MOB's get a bit tougher each round, but after 4 rounds, so far, for a 85 pally with his Merc they have not been any trouble to kill.

In fact, if you click and back away fast enough, you can avoid aggro all together.
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Sor far.....
# Oct 27 2009 at 2:57 PM Rating: Decent
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This task serves as "steps of the Master task called, "The Hunt for Tattooed Flesh.

No actual rewards and a 17.5 hour lock out.

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@lvl45
# Oct 27 2009 at 12:55 PM Rating: Decent
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I can select between digging at EJ and Goru'kar Mesa at level 45.
Not Necessary to kill all spawns
# Oct 27 2009 at 4:43 AM Rating: Decent
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You can use your shovel and click the stones.....IF your quick enough you can run backwards and not aggro the mob. If tattooed one don't pop move to the next one.



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Not Necessary to kill all spawns
# Oct 27 2009 at 7:45 AM Rating: Decent
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Quote:

NOTE: The zones to which you are directed depend on your level:
- Field of Scale or the Loping Plains (level 85)
- Loping Plains or the Steppes (~75)


I don't know what the level range is, but you get Loping Plains or Field of Scale at level 80.

The graves look like a pile of rocks. In LP, I found them on the path to Hills of Shade, with a lot of worgs around. In FoS, I found then not far from Kurn's Tower. They were easier in Kurns because the basepop is more wide spread (so less aggro problems. I had several worgs to deal with in LP). Was an easy root rot for a level 80 druid.

I've only finished the first 2 tasks so far. The 2nd task was the same as the first. I got the tattooed zombie on the 3rd click for the first task (in LP) and the 1st click on the second task.

Speculation is that the reward is a new merc that looks like a scarecrow. Yet to be confirmed though.

Edited, Oct 27th 2009 9:48am by amastropolo
mob names
# Oct 26 2009 at 9:34 PM Rating: Decent
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In Loping Plains, all of the mobs that pop from the rock piles (except the "a tattooed zombie" that drops what you need) are called "frenzied _____"

In The Steppes, they are "a turbulent _____"

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