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|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.
Initiating the Task
This is an anniversary group mission introduced with EverQuest's 14th anniversary. It begins with Huckle Thornleaf (map) in the Valley of King Xorbb. This is a halfling (disguised as a rabbit) at location 480, -1280, 155. This is in the north-central part of the forest in the eastern part of the zone. He is easy to miss, as he's hidden between a tree and a rock towards the eastern zone boundary.
You say, 'Hail, Huckle Thornleaf'
Huckle Thornlead removes his disguise, revealing his true form.
Huckle Thornleaf puts a finger to his lips, signaling you to be silent. 'Shh! Can't you tell I'm trying to [hide]?'
You say, 'Why hide?'
Huckle Thornleaf checks his surroundings, making sure it's safe to speak. 'These woods are a dangerous place. I would give anything to be back in Rivervale.' The halfling sighs, 'But I'm doomed to spend the rest of my days in hiding, awaiting the return of my [comrades].'
You say, 'Your comrades?'
Huckle Thornleaf explains, 'I am a member of a covert [task force] comprised of individuals with unique skills whose sole focus was to gather intelligence on Xorbb's army.
You say, 'A task force?'
Huckle Thornleaf says 'Each of us had a special role within the task force. My specialty is deception. I can craft almost any disguise, allowing the bearer to walk among their enemies, undetected by most. Holagato was in charge of weapons. He knew what to wield and when to wield it. Zavitar conducted all interrogations. His untraditional methods could make anyone talk. Jenrenee was a master of poisons. She could craft a concoction to take down any enemy, big or small. Wonderous was our group's medic, adept in healing wounds that would be mortal to most. Marcy was a master of stealth. She could sneak our group into otherwise unreachable areas. Amio was skilled at blowing things up, sometimes not even on purpose. And then there was [Baris]...'
You say, 'Who is Baris?'
Huckle Thornleaf says 'The halfling's eyes begin to tear up as he recalls the memory of his lost comrade, 'Baris is about as crazy as they come, but you couldn't ask for a better leader. He was the glue that held our group of misfits together. When he failed to return from an [undercover mission], our task force began to fall apart.'
You say, 'An undercover mission?'
Huckle Thornleaf says 'Baris was determined to infiltrate Xorbb's army, even if it meant going into deep cover. With my help, he was able to disguise himself as an evil eye. Weeks went by without any word from Baris. Lost without our leader we lingered in the woods, tired and hungry, fearing the worst. When our group finally decided to send in a search party, we drew sticks to determine who would stay behind in case our leader returned. I guess you could say I was the lucky one, though now I'm not so sure. I've been waiting in these woods far too long, bound by honor to remain here until my comrades return, and too crippled by fear to [search] for them myself.'
You say, 'I could search'
Huckle Thornleaf's eyes fill with hope, 'Are you offering to find Baris and the others? I can provide you with a disguise if you're truly willing to [help].
You say, 'Sure, I'll help'
Huckle Thornleaf retrieves a journal from his back pocket and thumbs to a page with a map drawn it. 'During our time in the Valley, we were able to locate areas we believe to be Xorbb's strongholds. If Baris is being held prisoner, it's likely in one of these key locations.' The halfling points to a few areas on the map. 'I think it's best if you search those spots first. I'll give you a fitting disguise whenever you're [ready] to begin.'
You have been assigned the task 'Evil Eye Operative'.
Help Huckle Thornleaf find his task force leader, Baris Brinebale.
You say, 'Ready!'
Huckle Thornleaf cloaks you in the disguise of an evil eye.
LOADING, PLEASE WAIT...
You have entered Valley of King Xorbb.
While the task window makes no mention (until the very end of the task, when it's too late) of other members of Huckle's team, there are six other NPCs you can rescue here.
NOTE: While the task makes mention of "rescuing" these NPCs in order to gain additional rewards, it is reported that doing so doesn't actually add loot to the chest. If you want a chance at additional rewards, you have to kill the optional NPCs (Huckle Thornleaf probably wouldn't appreciate this, but then, he doesn't need to know).
Amio (map) - found beside the throne in Xorbb's throne room
Holagato (map) - found in the end room west of the tavern
Jenrenee (map) - found in the far western part of the mines
Marcy (map) - found in the prison area
Wonderous (map) - found in the room east of Baris
Zavitar (map) - found in the crystal storage room
Note that these NPCs are hostile, social with the zone's general population, and have their own special abilities in fighting them.
Explosion: Targeted AE 30', Unresistable (0)
1: Decrease Hitpoints by 34000
Bash: Single Target, Unresistable (0)
1: Decrease Hitpoints by 38000
2: Stun (3.00 sec)
? ? ?
Subtle Poison: Single Target, Unresistable (0)
1: Decrease Hitpoints by 28000 per tick
2: Unknown #430 (100/2/0)
3: Unknown #431 (100/0/0)
Wondrous Haste: Self 0', Unresistable (0)
1: Increase Hitpoints by 25000 per tick
2: Increase Attack Speed by 100%
3: Increase AC by 300
Hostile Summons: Single Target, Unresistable (0)
1: Decrease Hitpoints by 43000
2: Pull target towards caster (6)
Each of these NPCs has a chance to drop a unique loot item:
Holagato's Decorative Blade
Zavitar's Ale of Intimidation
Alternatively, you can "rescue" these NPCs after you defeat Guardmaster Fergik and the two goblin guards (after you lose your evil eye illusion). Without the evil eye illusion, these NPCs will be non-KOS to you. You can speak with them and get them to follow you to Huckle Thornleaf's location (you'll have to clear the way of hostile NPCs, however). This reportedly does NOT grant additional rewards, however.
Progressing the Task
Search within the Valley of King Xorbb for Baris Brinebale 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)
Task Window Says: Huckle has asked you to check various locations within Xorbb while searching for his missing leader: the mines, the crystal storage room, the tavern, the prison, and the throne room.
You will need to search these five locations (map):
- the mines (the largest room of the mines in the far northern zone)
- the crystal storage room (Gronk's room in the static zone - this is the square room due south of the mines)
- the throne room (the large room southwest of the storage room)
- the prison (the circular room in the southeast part of the underground area)
- the tavern (in the small rooms to the west of the prison)
Speak to Baris Brineblade 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)
Task Window Says: Baris doesn't look like he trusts you.
You say, 'Hail, Baris Brinebale'
Baris Brinebale backs away as you approach, clearly fooled by your disguise, 'Why do you keep staring at me?! Don't you have something better to do than lock your evil gaze on a helpless captive? It makes me feel very uncomfortable ... and angry. So angry, I could poke out your only good eye!'
Beat some sense into Baris, but do not kill him! 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)
Task Window Says: Maybe a good knock on the head will help Baris see clearly, but don't kill him! Huckle wouldn't want his leader dead.
NOTE: You're not supposed to kill him; only DPS to 50%. If you DPS too fast, it's possible to kill him before the task realizes you've passed the health mark. This causes the task to fail. He hits for a max ~12,000 and has no special abilities. He goes non-aggro at 50%:
Baris Brinebale blinks a few times while rubbing his aching head, 'You're not one of Xorbb's allies... who are you? Did Huckle send you to rescue me?' Relief begins to spread across the gnome's face as he realizes you came to release him from captivity. 'I'M SAVED!' Baris' excitement draws the attention of nearby guards.
After a few knocks on the head, Baris is able to see through your disguise.
2x "a goblin guard" and 1x "Guardmaster Fergik" spawn and attack.
Guardmaster Fergik senses a threat nearby and prepares to fight!
a goblin guard senses a threat nearby and prepares to fight!
Defeat the goblin guards 0/2 (Valley of King Xorbb)
Defeat Guardmaster Fergik 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)
Task Window Says: A few goblins have shown up to try and thwart Baris' escape!
Each of them hits for a max ~10,000. They are immune to stun, but are mezzable and rootable/snareable. They have no special abilities.
Guardmaster Fergik has been slain by _____!
Guardmaster Fergik's corpse collapses.
Baris Brinebale calls to you as he dashes by, 'Thanks for the help. I'm going to make a run for the exit before more guards show up. I suggest you do the same!
Your hostile actions have exposed you as an enemy of Xorbb. Your cover has been blown!
Make your escape now that your cover has been blown! 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)
Task Window Says: Head back to Huckle, but be careful - your cover has been blown!
Head back to the zone-in, where Lord Soptyvr and an add ("Lord Soptyvr`s Lens") appear.
Defeat Lord Soptyvr and his Lens 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)
Task Window Says: Defeat Xorbb's ally, Lord Soptyvr and his minion.
Lord Soptyvr and his Lens are both immune to mez and stun. They are, however, rootable and snareable.
Lord Soptyvr procs a 1-tick mez on its target:
Enthralling Gaze: Single Target, Unresistable (0)
1: Mesmerize (1)
Note: The task locks upon the death of these two mobs.
Lord Soptyvr has been slain by _____!
Lord Soptyvr's corpse drops to the ground.
Speak with Huckle Thornleaf 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)
Task Window Says: Return to Huckle and ensure that Baris escaped successfully.
You say, 'Hail, Huckle Thornleaf'
Huckle Thornleaf says 'Thank you for finding Baris before it was too late! I'm sure if we weren't part of such a secret task force, your rescue would have been one for the history books. I can now [leave] this forest with my honor intact.'
Claim your reward 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)
Task Window Says: Take your reward from the chest that Huckle has provided. If you managed to rescue any of the other task force members, Huckle may have an additional reward for you.
You rescued Baris Brinebale from the clutches of Xorbb's army.
Possible Chest Rewards (2 items + 0-1 aug per task):
Amio's Melted Ring
Band of Soptyvr
Holagato's Crescent Pendant
Jenrenee's Shoulder Guards
Sword of Wars
Zavitar's Plated Pauldrons
Zuke's Ruby Stud
Blue Stone of Power
Green Stone of Power
Red Stone of Power
White Stone of Power
Yellow Stone of Power
Other Possible Rewards (note: see the section towards the top, "Optional Components"):
Holagato's Decorative Blade
Zavitar's Ale of Intimidation
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