Illegible Cantrip  

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Level:5
Maximum Level:115
Monster Mission:No
Repeatable:Yes
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Quest Goal:
  • Faction
  • Loot
  • Money
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Era:Original
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Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
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Entered: Fri Jun 15 15:03:35 2001
Modified: Sat Feb 9 21:25:32 2019
Tara Neklene may found on the upper level of the Academy of Arcane Sciences at -130, -915, reachable by walking over the glimmering circles in the floor of the main chamber. A find will not locate her because of the teleportation involved.

You say, 'Hail, Tara Neklene'

Tara Neklene says 'It is always a pleasure to meet a new face. We have many who travel far and wide to visit our great academy. Many who brave the long trip by boat. Many who dare to cross the territory of the [Deathfist orcs].'

You say, 'What are the Deathfist orcs?'

Tara Neklene says 'The Deathfist are a clan of orcs. They are not very powerful, yet I hear they dabble in the circles of magic. Their skills in the ways of magic are limited. It is my duty to study them. I shall pay for your services. Will you [assist with the research]?'

You say, 'I will assist with the research.'

Tara Neklene says 'Yes. You will do. Go into the lands which surround Freeport. There you shall encounter Deathfist apprentices. They are as young as yourself and each should carry an orc cantrip. Return one for further studies. Do so and you will earn your pay as well as our respect.'

Head to the orc camps in Commonlands and kill an "orc apprentice" to loot an Illegible Cantrip. Bring this back to Tara.

Tara Neklene says 'Very fine work, my young apprentice. This shall be very useful in understanding their ways. I have heard rumors of a scribe who can decipher these scrolls. He is said to frequent the local taverns. Bah!! If I cannot decipher them, no one can!! Continue with your work. Soon you shall advance enough to [test the might of the orc oracles].'

Your faction standing with Arcane Scientists has been adjusted by 10.
Your faction standing with Knights of Truth has been adjusted by 2.
Your faction standing with Opal Dark Briar has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with The Freeport Militia has been adjusted by -1.
You gain experience!!
You receive 6 copper from Tara Neklene.
You receive 15 silver from Tara Neklene.

You receive a minor item.

You say, 'I will test the might of the orc oracles.'

At somewhere mid-amiable:

Tara Neklene says, 'You have heightened your knowledge to the appropriate rank. You are ready to challenge the Deathfist oracles. Do so and return one oracle scroll which any of them may have. If I am in a good mood when you return, you shall soon be summoning elementals.'

Hand in illegible scroll..

Tara Neklene says, 'Wonderful! You have survived the might of an oracle. With this we can now continue our experiments. Now you may continue your teaching and study the power to summon those of earth, air, water and fire.'

Your faction standing with Arcane Scientists has been adjusted by 15.
Your faction standing with Knights of Truth has been adjusted by 3.
Your faction standing with Opal Darkbriar has been adjusted by -2.
Your faction standing with The Freeport Militia has been adjusted by -2.
You gain experience!
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# Feb 07 2019 at 2:08 PM Rating: Excellent
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3 times I did it: water flask, torch, iron ration.
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# Jan 28 2016 at 2:23 AM Rating: Good
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at amiable faction or above upon handing in the cantrip:

[Wed Jan 27 23:29:23 2016] Tara Neklene judges you amiably -- You could probably win this fight.
[Wed Jan 27 23:29:26 2016] Targeted (NPC): Tara Neklene
[Wed Jan 27 23:29:26 2016] Right click on the NPC to consider her.
[Wed Jan 27 23:29:34 2016] You say, 'test the might of the orc oracles'
[Wed Jan 27 23:29:34 2016] Tara Neklene says 'You have heightened your knowledge to the appropriate rank. You are ready to challenge the Deathfist oracles. Do so and return one oracle scroll which any of them may have. If I am in a good mood when you return, you shall soon be summoning elementals.'

upon handing her the illegible scroll (dropped by orc oracles in commonlands)

[Wed Jan 27 23:29:41 2016] Tara Neklene says 'Wonderful! You have survived the might of an oracle. With this we can now continue our experiments. Now you may continue your teaching and study the power to summon those of earth, air, water and fire.'
[Wed Jan 27 23:29:41 2016] Your faction standing with Arcane Scientists has been adjusted by 15.
[Wed Jan 27 23:29:41 2016] Your faction standing with Knights of Truth has been adjusted by 3.
[Wed Jan 27 23:29:41 2016] Your faction standing with Opal Dark Briar has been adjusted by -2.
[Wed Jan 27 23:29:41 2016] Your faction standing with The Freeport Militia has been adjusted by -2.
[Wed Jan 27 23:29:41 2016] You gain experience!!


Edited, Jan 28th 2016 3:24am by starwhisp
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Response at amiable faction
# Nov 18 2015 at 4:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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at amiable faction I got:

Wed Nov 18 23:20:59 2015] You say, 'i will test the might of the orc oracles'
[Wed Nov 18 23:21:00 2015] Tara Neklene says 'The word of mouth in the Academy of Arcane Science is that you are no foe, but you have yet to prove your worth to us. Perform a tasks for the great Tara Neklene.'


Edited, Nov 18th 2015 11:25pm by Melissandris

Edited, Nov 18th 2015 11:25pm by Melissandris
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# Dec 20 2014 at 12:08 AM Rating: Excellent
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Your faction standing with Arcane Scientists has been adjusted by 10.
Your faction standing with Knights of Truth has been adjusted by 2.
Your faction standing with Opal Dark Briar has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with The Freeport Militia has been adjusted by -1.
quest continuation
# Aug 14 2010 at 10:13 PM Rating: Good
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The scrolls can be deciphered


thiers a gnome by name of Lozani who spwn in the bar south across from the brew barrel. Thier atotal of 5 possible placeholders. Just be patient and lozani will eventualy spwn. Hail him and he will give al long story about were he is from and in brackets will say orc oracles. say to him "what orc oracles" and he will talk about his expirementts with orc oracles. will also give quest text in brackets talking about oracle scrolls and apprentice cantrips.

when you say "what oracle scrolls" he will talke about what giving hime one of the scrolls and 4 gold and he will translate the oracle scrolls.


When you say "what apprentice cantrips" he goes on to talk to you about how these are easy to translate. giving him 2 and you will get random spell. the end result he warns can be any of the schools of magic necro, wizard, enchanter, magician. YOU CAN ALSO GET RECIPES.


Hope this helps
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# Aug 15 2010 at 1:26 AM Rating: Excellent
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Glunier wrote:
The scrolls can be deciphered


thiers a gnome by name of Lozani who spwn in the bar south across from the brew barrel. Thier atotal of 5 possible placeholders. Just be patient and lozani will eventualy spwn. Hail him and he will give al long story about were he is from and in brackets will say orc oracles. say to him "what orc oracles" and he will talk about his expirementts with orc oracles. will also give quest text in brackets talking about oracle scrolls and apprentice cantrips.

when you say "what oracle scrolls" he will talke about what giving hime one of the scrolls and 4 gold and he will translate the oracle scrolls.


When you say "what apprentice cantrips" he goes on to talk to you about how these are easy to translate. giving him 2 and you will get random spell. the end result he warns can be any of the schools of magic necro, wizard, enchanter, magician. YOU CAN ALSO GET RECIPES.


Hope this helps


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# Jan 06 2015 at 2:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Can more than one of these be acquired at a time?

Edited, Jan 6th 2015 3:51pm by Omnicronimous
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# Jan 27 2007 at 12:31 AM Rating: Decent
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-132, -916

... she's is in the upper level of the academy that you enter by walking over the glimering circles in the floor of the main chamber. A find will not locate her because of the teleport.

1st turn in - ration, 4cp, 16sp
2nd turn in - torch, 6cp, 12sp
3rd turn in - iron ration, 7cp, 12sp

The faction adjustments are correct as listed.

Edited, Jan 27th 2007 3:34am by dethwite
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# Jul 04 2007 at 5:01 PM Rating: Decent
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I was about to punch a hole through my monitor, then I read this post. It's quite upsetting when you don't know about a teleport area; I was tracking the guy and just thought he was running from me. Any-hoo,...my,

1st turn-in: 17s, 7c & an Iron Ration
2nd turn-in: 13s, 7c & a Ration
3rd turn-in: 13s, 9c & yes,... another Ration

With Freeport Militia faction getting worse, I might not make it out of here. Who'd-a-thunk it?!?!?

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Illegible Cantrips
# Jul 07 2006 at 12:22 AM Rating: Decent
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The Illegible Cantrips also drop off orc apprentices which rarely spawn in Misty Thicket. I had one drop just tonight. It conned green to my level 13 high elf cleric.
What the....?
# Jun 20 2004 at 4:45 PM Rating: Default
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Wow, when I first saw the title for this quest, I thought it said "Illegal Catnip"
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# May 13 2003 at 2:27 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm a half elf druid and just came across one of these. I am always solo, well, nearly, so I don't usually frequent the camps. Tonight I was grouped, camped and got the scroll. Went onto this site to see what it is. My faction in fp...I think, is amiable. Maybe indifferent. I don't want to mess this up, do I? Your advice appreciated.
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Next level...
# Dec 26 2001 at 2:28 PM Rating: Decent
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Okay we all know that you turn in the cantrips for some trinkets and such. Later you can hand it The oracles scrolls for a slightly better prize(er...sort of). But does anyone know about the alleged translator that frequents the bars in Freeport. I have heard rumors he is a gnome, but I have no reall info. What do you all know about it?
RE: Next level...
# Jun 17 2002 at 8:33 AM Rating: Decent
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There is a quest in HighKeep with Illegible Scrolls for a gnome that _may_ be what she is referring to. But I am not sure.

I am working this quest for faction since my Dwarf Pally cannot shop in the Magic Guild (The only place in town I can't!) and once I get away from dubious I can do the Rat ear quest to pump him up faster.

My 2 coppers.
not so great
# Nov 24 2001 at 6:59 PM Rating: Default
this seems like a very sucky quest i have seen better and done better(but not by much). most the quests i have seen in my young warrior life aren't that great. including this one. i tried to complete this quest before and couldn't find tara to turn the cumb cantrips into.

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confusion for cantrip
# Nov 03 2001 at 10:30 AM Rating: Default
ok for the confusion there are 2 cantrip one off the oracle and one on the apprentice the one on the oracle is lore just for the thought



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FP Necro Faction
# Nov 01 2001 at 10:47 AM Rating: Decent
Being a Dark Elf, would it hurt me any to have bad faction w/ the Necro guild in the sewers?

I can't see any reason for trying to keep faction on the good side with them, as I can train and buy spells in Neriak..
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# Oct 01 2001 at 12:34 PM Rating: Decent
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I want to be able to buy spells from vendors in WFP.

I am a worshipper of Bertoxx.

The guildmaster and vendors con Dubious.

From reading this site it appears that the casters are on both Knights of Truth and Arcane Scientist faction. Can I raise KoT faction enough so they will become apprehensive?

I have killed nearly 200 orcs and have turned in about 30 belts, and the guild still cons dubious to me. I've done the Rebby quest so the other merchants in town are Amiable.

Ideas?
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# Mar 10 2002 at 9:36 AM Rating: Default
>> From reading this site it appears that the casters are on both Knights of Truth and Arcane Scientist faction. Can I raise KoT faction enough so they will become apprehensive? <<

Actually the casters are only on the Arcane Scientist faction. That faction is "aligned" with the KoT, but that does not mean that raising the KoT faction will improve your faction with those on the Arcane Scientist faction. You need to focus on performing quests which raise the Arcane Scientist faction directly, assuming you can find any that do this.

Try the Illegible Cantrip quest to see if that one will work. It's the only one that is even remotely likely to work when you have a starting faction of "Dubious."

If that one doesn't work, well, you're pretty much out of luck.

For future reference, a worshipper of Bertoxxulous is going to have some of the absolute worst faction problems in the game. I mean, think about it. Bertoxxulous is just about the most evil God in the game.

Militia Faction Repair
# Aug 27 2001 at 8:15 PM Rating: Default
Do not let yourself become KOS! Every time the Freeport Militia begins to "glower dubiously", do the Note for Janam and Note for Rebby quests repeatedly.

Yes, it's tedious, but on the upside: 1. the faction is ALL good for both quests. 2. the quests begin and end in the same spot. 3. the quests are completely in town.

And really, is it so awful to have the merchants regarding you as an ally?

These quests will not repair your Opal Darkbriar faction.

Be well,
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5 cantrips
# Jul 25 2001 at 12:07 AM Rating: Default
It took me 5 cantrips (as an evil gnome mage) to go from dubious to apprehensive
5 cantrips
# May 14 2009 at 7:16 AM Rating: Decent
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It took my dark elf, agnostic mage 8 illegible cantrips to get from dubious to apprehensive.
Wolf Form?
# Jul 20 2001 at 7:06 PM Rating: Default
Anybody KOS to AS tried to do quest in wolf form? Tried Raphias quest in QH but he saw right trhough wolfie (and he was green to me)
RE: Wolf Form?
# Jun 17 2002 at 9:31 PM Rating: Good
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of course this won't help you if you're not an enchanter, but as a DE enchanter i go from KoS to Amiable by using Illusion: Human. I'm sure if i coupled that with alliance (can't afford it yet =P) it would go at least as high as low warmly. It's one solution for DE Enchanters to train/buy spells... (of course i'm stating the obvious here)
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Illegible cantrips
# Jun 16 2001 at 11:33 AM Rating: Decent
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I've hunted orc 1 several times, and have seen at least a dozen of those illegible cantrips. Nobody wanted so we left on corpses to rot. If you're a magic user, just hang around the orc camps and ask. I'm sure most will give with no prob, or let u loot the old corpses.
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# May 16 2001 at 11:04 PM Rating: Default
The cantrips CAN be found at BOTH orc camps in EC. Of course you do need to find the apprentice for the illegable cantrip.

I have turned in NUMBEROUS cantrips with still no luck in advancing to the oracle quest.

I just do this quest for the fraction hits.

I also just collect the belts for the guy in seafarest.

Is it worth it? I wouldn't go out and do this just for the quest itself now. But for some small money and if you are in the area. You will probably need to go to freeport for something and this just adds to your visit.
Anyone know?
# May 13 2001 at 3:37 AM Rating: Decent
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Can anyone make a guess as to how many Illegible Cantrips it would take an Agnostic Dark Elf Magician to get from dubious to apprehensive? A rough estimate would be great...
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# May 12 2001 at 10:29 PM Rating: Default
This quest is worth it... sure the loot reward isn't so great, but neither are the HP Orc/Gnoll/Goblin quests, you do it for the faction.
The Other Quest?
# May 11 2001 at 9:55 PM Rating: Decent
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In HK today I spoke to a gnome NPC who wants illegible cantrips and scrolls to decipher . . dont remember the details but am about to find out. Will post results.
I like it
# Apr 25 2001 at 12:23 PM Rating: Default
I appreciate this service, as now I know I have the chance of gaining cool stuff from something I enjoyed. I was a Wizard of 9th level (High Elf Cha) and found the scrolls right away with a good party. Maybe those not getting the additional stuff are of different classes or not possessing high cha?
I had three with me.
# Apr 12 2001 at 11:31 AM Rating: Default
I had three cantrips in my inventory over the weekend. I think I got a ration for the first, and some other things for the second and third. Good exp, and faction. I still don't have high enough faction to get any of the other quests at this location. There are several to be had from talking to the NPCs in this area.
It's still Lore
# Apr 01 2001 at 2:24 AM Rating: Default
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I was hunting orcs just a few hours ago and the cantrip and regular spell are still lore items.
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