Anniversary Shared Task: Rumor Has It  

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Level:90
Maximum Level:100
Monster Mission:No
Repeatable:Yes
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Experience
  • Loot
  • Money
Time Limit:06:00:00
Success Lockout Timer: 06:00:00
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Era:Veil of Alaris
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Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:6
Appropriate Classes:
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Entered: Fri Mar 16 02:40:44 2012
Modified: Fri Apr 12 13:37:55 2013
Anniversary events tend to run from mid-March to mid-April (sometimes to mid-May) each year. They are not available during the "off season".

For an overview and list of EverQuest Anniversary events, see this quest entry.



This is a shared task (1-6 players) introduced with EverQuest's 13th anniversary. It's expected to only be available during anniversary season (mid-March through mid-April).

It begins with Sam Napth, a Halfling in the Plane of Knowledge at about -215, -90, -155 (next to the Soulbinder).

NOTE: There is a special achievement associated with this task. As it has nothing to do with the task's completion, details about this are found at the bottom of this writeup.

You say, 'Hail, Sam Napth'

Sam Napth says 'I've been expecting you. I have great need of adventurers to help me deal with an important issue. There are a lot of tasks that need doing, I'd be grateful if you could help me out. You see, I've been trying to prove to some important people that such things are foolishness. So I've arranged some tests to prove it.'

A task window pops up offering several anniversary tasks.

You have been assigned the task 'Rumor Has It'.

Sam Napth has heard a rumor that there is a specific way to summon forth a creature in the desert of South Ro.



Speak with Sam Napth 0/1 (Plane of Knowledge)

You say, 'Hail, Sam Napth'

Sam Napth says 'You know, _____, I am a man of culture. I have traveled to every corner of Norrath more times than I can count; my name known to every barkeep and maiden from here to the dark side of Luclin. I've heard a lot in my travels, [rumors] of treasures that could make even the richest man green with envy.'

You say, 'What rumors?'

Sam Napth says 'I'm normally not one to buy into this nonsense, but I have it on good authority that an elusive [creature] wanders the southern deserts of Ro and carries with it many rare treasures and trinkets.'

You say, 'What creature?'

Sam Napth says 'The creature is a mummy, known simply as Mumreh, the Long-Dead. Of course, no one has any proof this monstrosity actually exists. They say that those who lay eyes on the beast always die at its hands. Rumor has it one adventurer who set out to find Mumreh kept a [journal], detailing all the steps he took to coax the creature from its hiding place.'

You say, 'What journal?'

Sam Napth says 'Sadly, the journal was destroyed, its pages lost to the sands of South Ro - or so it's been said. My source, however, is certain that the pages do exist, and can be found in the hands of the Dervish Cutthroats that roam the desert. If you find these pages, chances are you'll be able to find out how to summon forth Mumreh. Now why, you ask, would I share all this information with a stranger and not collect the loot for myself? The answer is simple. I am a man of much wealth already. I have no need for Mumreh's treasures. I only ask that if you find an amethyst shard among his loot that you return it to me. The rest of his spoils are yours to keep! Do we have a [deal]?'

You say, 'You have a deal'

Sam Napth extends his arm, offering a firm handshake to confirm the deal. 'Wise choice, _____! While I'm not willing to get any dust in my boots, I can [send] you to the desert when you're ready.'

You say, 'Send me there'

Sam Napth says 'Excellent. I await your return.'

LOADING, PLEASE WAIT...
You have entered South Desert of Ro.

According to rumor, dervish cutthroats within South Ro may have the missing journal pages.

Recover Missing Page No. 1 0/1 (South Ro)

Recover Missing Page No. 2 0/1 (South Ro)

Recover Missing Page No. 3 0/1 (South Ro)

Recover Missing Page No. 4 0/1 (South Ro)

Reassemble the journal pages to form a journal 0/1 (South Ro)

Just right-click a page to reassemble the journal:

You combine the pages to form Jansan's Journal.

Clear the ruined spires of all undead 0/1 (South Ro)

The ruins are the Wizard Spires (895, -1365 -- central part of the southern half of the zone).

Find and kill all sand giants 0/1 (South Ro)

Find them around 2355, -410 (northwestern corner of the southern half of the zone).

Obtain a midnight veil from Merchant Ulyssa 0/1 (South Ro)

NOTE: The task locks when you buy the veil.

Find her around 2025, -1230 (next to Dervish Camp 3 -- just south of the passage to the upper half of the zone). It costs 74 platinum and change.

Make your way to the top of the Oasis tower 0/1 (South Ro)

This is in the northern section of the zone at around 3975, -1510.

After sunset, face west while using the dark elf illusion in the tower 0/1 (South Ro)

You can do this after 7 P.M. game time (if it's not dark in game, you can go to the Inn to rest; this will change the sky).

Investigate the disturbance on the west bank 0/1 (South Ro)

Defeat a Youthful Cyclops 0/1 (South Ro)

This mob is found around 3910, -1025 (western coast of the oasis).

a youthful cyclops rushes towards you, prepared to fight!

It casts "Cyclops Smash":

Cyclops Smash: Single Target, (-920)
1: Knockback (2) and Toss Up (6)
2: Decrease Hitpoints by 21200

Return to Sam Napth 0/1 (Plane of Knowledge)

You say, 'Hail, Innkeep Tizzy'

Innkeep Tizzy says 'Welcome, _____. The Inn is open to all travelers who are in need of [rest]. If you don't wish to stay in this establishement, I can also show you the way [home].'

You say, 'Send me home!'

LOADING, PLEASE WAIT...
You have entered The Plane of Knowledge.

You say, 'Hail, Sam Napth'

Sam Napth speaks in a voice unlike his own as his face flushes with frustration, 'You mean to tell me you didn't find the amethyst shard?!' The halfling pauses for a moment to regain his composure while flashing a forced smile, 'Oh well, what can you do? Sometimes a rumor is just a rumor. I won't let you leave empty handed, however. Your efforts do deserve some sort of reward.'

Following the instructions in Jansan's Journal you were able to summon forth a youthful cyclops, even though it wasn't the creature Sam Napth was looking for.



Rewards

Experience (about 1 AA at Level 95) + one of:
---- Option #1: 135 platinum
---- Option #2: Ring of the Ancients



The Achievement

You may see emotes indicating what to do. You'll need to give a "Water Flask" to 16 of the "a thirsty madman" mobs that wander around the zone. Upon a turn-in, the madman turns into "an enraged madman" and must be killed (Level 89; regular mob difficulty).

"Atraydees, Prophet of the Dunes" spawns in the tower to the southeast after completing these 16 turn-ins and kills.

Atraydees hits for a max ~13,290 and has about 4 million hitpoints. He casts a damaging AE with a knockback and spawns adds called "a sand worm" (believed to be timed, one add every 50 seconds?).

Killing Atraydees completes the achievement which grants you the title "Prophet of the Dunes".
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# Apr 19 2013 at 12:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Actually it's not the reason I didn't get the title..the title is only granted after completing sub-task achievement: give a flask of water to 16 "a thirsty madman", which will become kos and change into enraged madman", all which must be killed in order to spawn Atraydees, Prophet of the Dunes. Killing him AND completing task will give the title "Prophet of The Dunes".
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# Mar 22 2014 at 10:26 PM Rating: Good
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I'm aware it's been awhile since this post, but when you initially posted about it I had made the assumption that the title was gained by the people in the mission. I had previously myself done one of the initial write-ups for how to attain the achievement.

Given that this knowledge was readily available on the page already, I jumped to the conclusion that it was followed. That misunderstanding is on me. With the information just posts below yours, you already had the information to have made that post unnecessary.

Edited, Mar 23rd 2014 12:35am by Zaaqen
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# Mar 08 2014 at 10:59 AM Rating: Decent
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Completing the task is not a requirement of attaining the title suffix.
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# Mar 27 2013 at 4:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Whne u buy the midnight veil the task locks at that point, so make sure u do any TA before that. today ran it with my 100 ranger and 100 shammy, didn't take very long, 30 min at most. kinda sad ranger HS didn't work on the cutthroats oh well they are LB anyways =)
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# Mar 19 2013 at 3:47 PM Rating: Good
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a Level 80 Rogue in my group reported he received 20 AA @100% AA upon completion of this task.
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There is now an achievement associated with this quest.

Achievement: 13th Anniversary Tasks (Bonus)

This achievement is gained upon completing the bonus elements of the following 13th anniversary tasks.

- Obtain the following titles by completing the 'hidden' bonus elements in these missions:
--- 'Prophet of the Dunes' from 'Rumor Has It...'
--- 'Feraling Feeder' from 'Ferocious Feralings'

Reward: None
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# May 05 2012 at 3:39 PM Rating: Decent
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Unfortunately, after doing the whole mission, i clicked the DE illu mask at the top of the tower then went to the cyclop. I pulled him and killed him before having the spot update... Waited some time after that but he doesn't pop again :(
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# Apr 25 2012 at 2:00 PM Rating: Decent
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I was a level 81 when I was added to the task. I never came anywhere near the instanced zone, but still received the Ring of the Ancients http://everquest.allakhazam.com/db/item.html?item=103710. I didn't receive the title, Prophet of the Dunes (I'm assuming that since I was not level 90+). Bummer, seeing as how my main toon's name is from a character in the books/ movies (Feyd Rautha). Would've been pretty cool.
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# Apr 27 2012 at 4:01 PM Rating: Good
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You didn't get the title because it is awarded to anyone inside the instance at the time of the kill. Much like conquest achievements. Simply being taskadded and outside of the mission isn't enough.

Like if you do a time trial in a House of Thule mission, only the people in the instance when the chest is opened will get it. The same thing is going on here.
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# Apr 21 2012 at 9:49 PM Rating: Good
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The tower spectres do not see through normal invis. They do see through IVU, regarldess of whether you have DE illusion on or not. The easiest way to deal with this part is to click the DE mask outside the tower, invis and then run to the top and face west. After that, the only thing you need to be careful of is to run to the spot the cyclops stands. You can pull him and not get the "investigate the disturbance" update, unless you run over his spawn point (or close to it). I had him below half life before I realized I still lacked the investigate update.
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# Apr 20 2012 at 7:49 PM Rating: Good
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This information is specific to the title unlocking extra that can be done inside this instance.

Atraydees, Prophet of the Dunes spawns in the tower to the southeast after giving giving water to, and killing all the madmen. (Some yellow text pops up explaining something of this nature.)

His minimum hit was 2019 (bash), Maximum hit was 13290 (6.8k ac max aa monk), average of about 3990. He took just over 4 million total damage.
He cast an AE, but my parse did not show any of the damage from it, or even say that he cast anything, but there was certainly a damaging AE with a knock-back.

A single 'A sand worm' spawned 50 seconds after initial engage. I didn't pay attention to what percent Atraydees was at, but since people have mentioned getting more than 1 it's very likely they are timed adds.


Fight stats

Min Hit - 2019
Max Hit - 13290
Avg Hit - 3990
HP - 4,000,000

Has a damaging ae with knockback. Spawns 'A sand worm' possibly every 50 seconds.
Prophet of the Dunes
# Apr 12 2012 at 2:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Bring a stack of water flasks and give them to 16 thirsty madmen. These change into enraged madmen (kos). Kill these and after 16th you should get yellow text across screen about tower to SE(?). Go to tower and kill named madman. He's yellow to 95, but after nerf he's an easy kill. Spawns an add and had a minor ae. Get title Prophet of the Dunes.
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# Apr 14 2012 at 7:02 PM Rating: Good
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Molo this guy is no push over. I had multiple worms spawn (i think they might have been % based but I am not sure). I got him to around 30/5~% before getting wasted (twice). When you zone back in he appears to have depopped but wait a min or two and he pops back in his tower.
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Rumor has it anniversary task
# Mar 19 2012 at 6:04 AM Rating: Decent
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The mission locks when you buy the mask.

The spectres don't see invis.
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# Mar 18 2012 at 9:10 AM Rating: Decent
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The 4 pages drop off the Dervish Cutthroats... there are 4 camps

When you get to the step where it has to be after sunset.... and it isn't.... go to the Innkeep Tizzy and say REST... you will FD... wait a sec as it turn dark (despite the real /time) and then continue

You also zone out with Inkeep Tizzy by saying HOME
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# Apr 01 2012 at 3:48 PM Rating: Good
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Whilst there might be four camps the notes are random drops from the dervish. On my map, dervish camp 4 had four mobs and dropped 2 pages whilst dervish camp 3 had 2 mobs and dropped no pages.
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Before I illusion'd, the spectres (undead), did not see through IVU

after I did the DE illusion (mask from instance) and got the update going to the top of the spectre tower, they saw through IVU, but not regular invis. I didn't test at that point w/o the illusion and IVU.

I didn't kill any of the spectres. I took off the illusion, invis'd up (ended up with reg invis from myself and IVU from the cleric), headed to the top and clicked the illusion while facing west (after nightfall) and took a beating during the 6.0 sec cast from the only spectre up there, then ran out of the bldg w/ levitate on .. got the update :0 didn't kill any spectres. Be careful because if you run out straight west, you will run just right of the youthful cyclops ...

In the end, took me quite a while, but it was just me (93 shm) and a cleric merc with a boxed (80) cleric mainly watching. The only pull that wasn't single was the dervish camp with 2 guys in it near Merchant Ulyssea's camp. I ended up tagging one with the box cleric and then pulling with the shaman ... ran off agro with the shaman and the one that the cleric tagged came back to kill her while the shaman found the other one walking back to the camp ... not the prettiest pull, but it worked ;)

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# Mar 17 2012 at 4:44 AM Rating: Decent
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... was db to 93.
... everything hit about 7k on a 93 shm w/ full (for 93 CA/CS) and about 5500 ac, including the final cyclops.

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# Mar 17 2012 at 3:24 AM Rating: Decent
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... summons.
... immune to changes in run speed.

At least all the mobs for the task are ... I am on the sand giants right now.
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Getting home
# Mar 17 2012 at 1:33 AM Rating: Good
Say "home" to Innkeep Tizzy to get out of instance and back to PoK
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# Mar 16 2012 at 11:18 PM Rating: Decent
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say rest to innkeep tizzy to make some time fly by.

also, i didnt check to see or not, but any DE illusion might work. I was already DE'd from the temp mask this task gives ya when i turned to face west.

Kinda redundant anywho since you have to buy it anyway lol.

Edited, Mar 17th 2012 1:25am by XmoneenX
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locks after you buy the mask
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Recover Missing Page No. 1 0/1 (South Ro)

Recover Missing Page No. 2 0/1 (South Ro)

Recover Missing Page No. 3 0/1 (South Ro)

Recover Missing Page No. 4 0/1 (South Ro)

Reassemble the journal pages to form a journal 0/1 (South Ro)

Clear the ruined spires of all undead (this means the wizzy spires)
[need loc]

Find and kill all sand giants 0/1 (south ro)
[+2355,-410]


Obtain a midnight veil from merchant Ulyssa 0/1 (south ro)
[need loc]

Make your way to the top of the Oasis tower 0/1 (south ro)
[+3974,-1510]


After sunset, face west while using the dark elf illusion in the tower 0/1 (south ro)
[7pm game time]


Investigate the disturbance on the west bank 0/1 (south Ro)

Defeat a Youthful Cyclops 0/1 (South Ro)
[+3908,-1026]


Return to sam napth 0/1 Plane of Knowledge
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# Mar 16 2012 at 1:14 PM Rating: Decent
Merchant Ulyssa loc:

[2024, -1230] .. she's next to Dervish Camp 3.
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# Mar 16 2012 at 12:38 PM Rating: Decent
jonark wrote:


Clear the ruined spires of all undead (this means the wizzy spires)
[need loc]



Center of the spire ruin is 892, -1363, 84.
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# Mar 16 2012 at 6:51 AM Rating: Decent
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How we reassemble pages to make journal?
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# Mar 16 2012 at 6:53 AM Rating: Decent
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Right click a page.
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