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|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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