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The Darkened Sea Info & Guides: Overview | Progression & Task List | Raiding | Visible Armor
This solo task begins with Firiona Vie (click for map image) in Arx Mentis, located at the zone-in.
Pre-Requisites for Requesting:
- Completion of "A Rising Storm" (Tempest Temple)
- Completion of "Gathering Clouds" (Tempest Temple)
- Completion of "Clearer Skies" (Tempest Temple)
- Completion of "The Edge of Balance" (Katta Castrum: Deluge)
- Completion of "The Abscent Scholar" (Katta Castrum: Deluge)
- Completion of "Just Recompense" (Brother Island)
- Completion of "The Cover of Night" (Brother Island)
- Completion of "Loyal is the Heart" (Caverns of Endless Song)
- Completion of "Leave No Brother Behind" (Caverns of Endless Song)
- Completion of "Two Sides of the Shield" (Caverns of Endless Song)
- Completion of "The Sacred Profaned" (Degmar, the Lost Castle)
- Completion of "Crying for the Dead" (Degmar, the Lost Castle)
- Completion of "Burden of the Past" (Degmar, the Lost Castle)
- Completion of "An Endless Cycle" (Thuliasaur Island)
- Completion of "To Remake Eden" (Thuliasaur Island)
- Completion of "Fit for the New World" (Thuliasaur Island)
- Completion of "A Fickle Wind Blows" (Combine Dredge)
- Completion of "What Hate Begets" (Combine Dredge)
- Completion of "Deep Lies the Snow" (Combine Dredge)
- Completion of "Free Us From Ourselves" (Arx Mentis)
Say "path" to request the task.
You say, 'Hail, Firiona Vie'
Firiona Vie looks up at the citadel. 'Our [path] lies above us, and the nearby noctis viratum knows how to enter unharmed. We will rescue our friends who were taken from the [ship].'
You say, 'What path?'
Firiona Vie says 'Enter the citadel. Find the Unseen, Unheard Helper. Find my companions.'
You have been assigned the task 'A Beginning From an End'.
The Unseen, Unheard Helper has been offering macabre clues to the whereabouts of Firiona's friends. Follow his lead higher into the Citadel and learn what is in store for everyone.
Speak with the Unseen, Unheard Helper inside the citadel entrance 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
The Unseen, Unheard Helper hands you a note. You read it. 'Look at yourself -- closely, closer still, and yet closer. Look until you disappear. All you see are pieces -- pieces of the past piled up like the snows of countless winters, like the countless dead. To know yourself, you must know the past. Only then can you know your true purpose. Seek the study. Delve into its records.'
Find the study inside the lower floor of the citadel, near the garden 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
Pick up books in the study. Defeat the animated books to read their contents 0/4 (Arx Mentis)
Clicking on the book triggers the spawn of one auto-aggro mob. Updates are random upon kills of the triggered mob, so you may need to kill more than four. There are two regular zone spawns (with five minute respawn timers) next to the book trigger, and the general zone population assists the animated books. The regular mobs next to the book trigger each hit for a max ~21,000 and are immune to mez. The books ("a grand tome of history") each hit for a max ~18,500 and have a lot of hitpoints. They are also immune to mez.
a grand tome of history wildly flicks its pages as a breeze scatters symbols into the air.
a grand tome of history has been slain by _____!
a grand tome of history's corpse slams shut and lands with a thud.
You open the book to a marked page. '... Why would not our forbearers follow Seru to the moon? Why would they let the waves overcome them and remain beneath the sea, abandoning their legacy? They were afraid -- afraid of what it would take to establish an empire to rule over Norrath...'
You open the book to a marked page. '... We were not afraid of the light, of the skies, of the limitless possibilities beyond Tsaph Katta. We were not afraid of the pursuit of perfection -- tinkering, magic, life itself...'
You open the book to a marked page. '... There must be a hierarchy, a ladder of being. Not all have reached the higher rungs. Some must toil until we all may ascend...'
You open the book to a marked page. '... Arx Mentis shall stand upon their shoulders, upon their backs, and reach ever higher into the sky. And then our feet shall no longer touch the ground...'
Speak with the Unseen, Unheard Helper near the study 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
The Unseen, Unheard Helper hands you a note. You read it. 'A spark flashes in the dark. The spark lights a fire. The fire spreads into a blaze. An idea -- it spreads from one man to an entire empire, burning with the purity of shared purpose. All other considerations are consumed, forgotten fuel for the blaze. Seek the observation deck. View the Observation Matrix.'
Find the Observation Deck two floors above the entrance, containing a large window 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
Defeat the Keeper of the Matrix and loot the Observation Matrix 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
Note: The Keeper of the Matrix is leashed to the room in which she's found. She hits for a max ~20,000; buffs herself with "Mirrored Magical Coat" (non-dispellable 80% spell reflect for 90 seconds). She is immune to mez, and there are conflicting reports of whether she is rootable/snareable and puntable (may or may not be, but probably not). As mobs in the zone have a five-minute respawn timer, you'll want to be quick about it or bring crowd control with you.
Keeper of the Matrix says 'You dare test my skills?'
Keeper of the Matrix has been slain by _____!
Keeper of the Matrix's corpse says 'You'll never make it out... alive.'
Use the Observation Matrix and speak with the hologram it generates 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
Right-clicking the item triggers the spawn of a targetable hologram. Hail it for the update.
an instructive hologram begins talking as though picking up in the middle of a memorized speech. '... Calix taught us a truth our ancestors did not know: the lower races are not pure dross to be consumed in our furnaces of industry. Precious metals lie within. They only need to be extracted...'
Speak with the Unseen, Unheard Helper on the Observation Deck 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
The Unseen, Unheard Helper hands you a note. You read it. 'Magic is not enough. Beliefs are not enough. Power is not enough. Only purity matters. Purity itself is power, and all other weaknesses, like dross, must be burned away. Find the analysis room. Use the Observation Matrix. Read the notes.'
Find the Analysis Room two floors above the entrance, containing magical cages 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
Use the Observation Matrix in the Analysis Room and speak with the hologram it generates 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
Note: This hologram appears at a fixed location on the east side of the room.
an analytic hologram begins talking. '... We have identified and catalogued the races, from barbarians to dark elves, and all of those in between... Strength, night vision, resistance to disease, resistance to poison... For the progress of Arx Mentis, Calix shall bring them all together...'
Pick up the research logbook in the Analysis Room. Defend yourself against angry researchers 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
Clicking on this book triggers the spawn of 1x "a trait researcher". Kill these triggered spawns until you get the update (update is not guaranteed, so you may have to kill multiple researchers). These mobs hit for a max ~18,000.
a trait researcher has been slain by _____!
a trait researcher's corpse moans, clutching desperately at the air as nearby strands of light flicker and go out.
You read the research notes. '... The subject is stable. We have observed signs that disease resistance is present. However, ultravision and infravision have not expressed themselves. We currently have observed a 60 percent success rate in fostering the expression of these traits in subjects...'
Speak with the Unseen, Unheard Helper in the Analysis Room 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
The Unseen, Unheard Helper hands you a note. You read it. 'Purity of purpose gestates. It gives birth. Its offspring change the world forever. Go to the medical chamber. View the record disk.'
Find the Medical Chamber four floors above the entrance, containing numerous beds 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
Destroy the optic bot and retrieve the Record Disk 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
"an optic bot" hits for a max ~18,000 and casts a short-range frontal AE:
Cutting Beam: Frontal AE 8', Magic (-975)
1: Decrease Hitpoints by 90000
As with the Keeper of the Matrix, this mob is leashed to the immediate area in which it's found. Loot a "Record Disk" from its corpse.
Use the Observation Matrix and Record Disk in the Medical Chamber. Speak with the recording of Calix 0/8 (Arx Mentis)
a recording of Calix says 'Look at them, Una.' The recording of Calix points to each of the bodies lying on the surgical tables, each one of a different race. 'These are your fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters.'
a recording of Una's expression is as unchanging as the real Una's. 'I don't understand. You are my father.'
a recording of Calix smiles. 'You are right. I am. But they helped make you. Everything that is good, everything I want you to be, came from them and others like them.'
a recording of Calix continues. 'All that was weak or unnecessary was left behind. What remains is perfection: You, my daughter.'
a recording of Una looks at her father. 'I am perfect?'
a recording of Calix says 'You are the summation of my purpose and the start of a new world.'
a recording of Una says, eyes unblinking, 'Is that why everyone else is so weak?'
a recording of Calix smiles again. 'Yes, Una. The weakness shall be purged. I shall teach you all you will ever need to know. And you shall be my champion, my gift to the world.'
Speak with the Unseen, Unheard Helper in the Medical Chamber 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
The Unseen, Unheard Helper hands you a note. You read it. 'Firiona, do you now understand? Do you know what your companions are? They are fuel for the blaze. They shall refine purity and purpose. Come, try to save them. See what we have all become.' At the bottom of the note is a crude map marking sections of the citadel.
Speak with Firiona outside the Citadel 0/1 (Arx Mentis)
Firiona Vie crushes the note in her hand and looks up at the citadel. '[Lanys]...'
This task is repeatable with a 6-hour lockout from the time of request.
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