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Singing Short Sword  

Skill: 1H Slashing Atk Delay: 26
All Instrument Types
DMG: 16 Dmg Bonus: 31
This item is placeable in yards, guild yards, houses and guild halls.
STR: +15 DEX: +10 STA: +5 CHA: +20 HP: +100
Effect: Dance of the Blade (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 46
Focus: Performance Resonance 8
WT: 2.0 Size: MEDIUM
Class: BRD
Race: ALL
Slot 1, Type 4 (Weapon: General)
Slot 2, Type 20 (Ornamentation)

Item Type:1H Slashing
Instrument Modifier:1.8
Lucy Entry By:Suladan
Item Updated By:SwiftyMUSE
IC Last Updated:2022-11-27 19:42:42
Page Updated:Sun Mar 17th, 2013

Expansion: Ruins of Kunark Ruins of Kunark

Rarity: Rare
Level to Attain: 51

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This item is the result of a quest.
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Quest Name
Bard Epic: Singing Short Sword


This item is used in quests.
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Nobles' Causeway
Quest Name
Bard Epic 2.0: Blade of Vesagran

Northern Felwithe
Quest Name
An Epic Request (Bard)

Wakening Land
Quest Name
Bard Epic 1.5 Pre-Quest
Bard Epic 1.5: Prismatic Dragon Blade

Zone(s) Found In:

Zone Name

Bard Particle Weapon. The effect is of notes floating around and trailing after the player. The sword also works as every instrument.

Uploaded April 10th, 2020 by iventheassassin
Updated December 11th, 2022
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Easy on TLPs
# Aug 25 2020 at 5:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Just wanted to post an update on this Epic as I finished it on Aradune today. Finding and killing Eldric was easier than reading Prevail's post. Sorry for the troll Prevail.
Don't troll me
# Oct 22 2015 at 2:48 PM Rating: Default
Don't troll me for this but this quest is not only a nightmare but seriously, undifinitively, the hardest epic I've encountered; everso more difficult than my necro 1.0 which was pure impossible whereas I needed to get Every Piece Done aside from PoFear's Slime Blood of CT and go ahead and camp cazic, terror, or the other ultra- / perma-camped guardians who are the ONLY ones who ever drop the gloves, or buy them from the Zar for a immeasurably low price of 50k!!!, which is alright for a twink but near-impossible for an already newly toon; albeit, I find the SBoCT from some happy-go-lucky ranger after camping PoFear for over a month, shouting in Gen, Bazaar,and PoK for days on end, I trade my Fungi Tunic and 5k (closer to 5,123pp; which is all I had), and he hands me over my end-piece of Epic1.0; HUZZAH!!! Then my box for Zek server is my bard; cause what's the best box for an uber necromancer who ambushes everyone with swifts and can only be defeated by nobody; a bard; that's who; the undefeatable duo; so I camp for my Epic1.0 but the nightmarish part comes when I get everything, and I mean everything, but Skyfire Mountains ending piece dropped from eldrig the old who wont even spawn for me after clearing the entirety of the zone five times who wont spawn for me after standing days on end at a pathing area who wont spawn for me staying at 1 spot and being 51 able to highsun the zone highsunning and not even finding the ph for that one spot; im pulling my heair out on this one!!
Phinigel Autropos, Gorenaire, Talendor? All MQ'ed by main
Nezekezena? Wandered into BW first try and found
Blackwing? Wandered into RM and found after 1 hour of killing the PH
Amalgam Tentacle, Petrified Skull? All MQ'ed
To be stuck on this 1 part is just the worst. I can't find Eldrig the old ANYWHERE


Edited, Oct 25th 2015 4:39pm by Prevail
Ryanxp, Zek server
Confirmed level
# Jan 27 2013 at 5:49 PM Rating: Decent
If MQ'ing this for an alt I can confirm level 35 req. (1-27-2013)
Tried at 25 and 30, Baldric simply handed me back top of pg24.

No problems handing T-pg24, logging to main for 25, then back in to finish B-pg24 and Lute.
Iconic but outdated
# Jun 20 2012 at 12:34 AM Rating: Decent
It's a real shame that this is replaced by Defiant gear as you level, I was the happiest Bard in the game when I got mine all those years ago, but it's just sat in a backpack now :(
All done!
# May 17 2012 at 5:38 AM Rating: Decent
Just finished this for my alt... updated some pics etc, happy questing! :)
# Nov 23 2009 at 8:43 AM Rating: Decent
As of 11/23/2009...charmed Forpar with my 52 bard, turned in ww skull, amy whip, and kedge backbone...nothing...because I forgot to turn in Forpar's note to himself. Recharmed Forpar, gave him note, he gave me the head and body of the lute. Dont forget to give Forpar the note to himself!
# Sep 14 2008 at 2:02 PM Rating: Decent
MQd the final turn-in to Baldric to my level 35 bard today! When I tried at level 17 he gave the page back.

Turned top of page 24 in on my bard.
Logged SK, turned in bottom of page 24, and page 25.
Logged back to bard, turned in Mystical Lute, got Singing Short Sword.
Level to attain
# Mar 12 2008 at 5:29 AM Rating: Decent
Got it at lvl 43 on my bard
epics and stuff
# Feb 12 2007 at 6:57 AM Rating: Decent
I can confirm bard epic you gotta be 51 to complete, you can do it all the way up to the dragonscales turn in then you will just get your items back or eaten if your not 51... Yes some epics you can finish earlier and even equip, but you cant use the clicks till your 51, the cleric epic 1.0 is a good example of that, you can do it at level 1 but it wont click till your 51.. then some just plain wont let you move on till your of level or you cant pass a certain point till your 51. Hope this helps clear up some of the confusion
Level 51
# Jul 21 2006 at 7:38 PM Rating: Decent
For Bard epic you have to be level 51 to complete.
Level 51
# Dec 12 2007 at 2:52 AM Rating: Decent
33 posts
actually you can at 50...
ALL epics can be used at 50, some can be used at 46 (zerker epic for example)
I am wielding this cutie with my 50 bard tho...
Level 51
# Dec 06 2006 at 12:01 AM Rating: Decent
55 posts
Just got on my 46 Drakkin
Epic before 51?
# Mar 11 2005 at 12:03 PM Rating: Decent
There has been a recent rumor that you cannot finish any epic quest until you are level 51. Is there any truth to this? or is it just something ppl make up so they dont have to compete against alts who have higher level help?

47 Bard alt
Epic before 51?
# Nov 19 2006 at 11:02 AM Rating: Decent
34 posts
Berserker 1.0 (Kerasian Axe of Ire) can be started, completed, AND weilded at lvl 46. And is one of the best until the 1.5 (at lvl 65).
RE: Epic before 51?
# Mar 29 2006 at 10:33 PM Rating: Decent
it depends on the quest now, they have made it so that no beastlord can finish befor 52, the guy in val shar just wont accept the grimling parts of the quest befor then. as well rangers cant even talk to the guy untill 48 in burning woods. shamans cant start theres untill 50 ither i belive as the barbarion wont take the gem untill then.
RE: Epic before 51?
# Dec 12 2007 at 3:14 AM Rating: Decent
33 posts
ALL, and i repeat ALL epic 1.0's can be finished AND used at 50!!
my beast got hers at 50, my rogue had, my cleric had, my bard and my zerker had
RE: Epic before 51?
# Dec 12 2005 at 6:34 PM Rating: Default
you can most definatly finish epic before lvl 51, i know because i just recently finished my mages epic 1.0 at lever 47, and previously i finished my druids 1.0 not 2 minutes after she leveled 46. but i have found it impossible to finish before then, the quest mobs seem to ignore you. and tell you to go kill some rats or something.
RE: Epic before 51?
# Jun 11 2006 at 3:38 PM Rating: Default
it seems some quests vary as i am unable to finish my rogues epic at lvl 46, rumours have it that u need 51 to finish it. but i was able to get most of the items for the quest at 46 even without uber help.
RE: Epic before 51?
# Sep 06 2005 at 1:51 PM Rating: Decent
You can be lvl 50
RE: Epic before 51?
# Apr 02 2005 at 2:12 PM Rating: Decent
thought it was 50 but might be 51 certain of the quest npcs will not talk to you until you7 are at that level. you can get most of the pieces before that just con not complete the quest until then.
RE: Epic before 51?
# Oct 09 2005 at 11:22 AM Rating: Decent
I dont get how people jsut assume that you have to be lvl 50. You can finish cleric epic lvl 49. Other epics you can be lvl 46. Like beastlord epic (i think). people say that the NPC wont talk to you until your lvl 51. well I started my clerics epic at lvl 40 and they all talked to me. So dont listen to what anyone says you can do your epics at various level. It just depends on what zones you have to go to (like required lvl 46 to enter zones) and if some NPCs will talk to you before a certain level. If the NPCs will talk to you at any level and you only have to go to zones with no required level to enter than you could do your epic when you are level 1. You would need some help at every step but you could still do it any level.

If you need proof just send a tell to me on Maelin.

Musim 11 bard of maelin
Dulmar Holycaster 48 cleric of vazaelle
Lord Shadew Deathreaver 58 SK of vazaelle

Edited, Sun Oct 9 12:33:44 2005
RE: Epic before 51?
# Apr 27 2007 at 12:52 PM Rating: Decent
Old post, however on my level 24 warrior i have every single piece, minus the spiroc wingblade. On my shaman, i started the epic at level 20 or so, but died every time i went in the water from drowning or a shark ate me. I can vouch that if you have the cash and people to MQ the items, you can get the entire epic before 51 or 50 (atleast on the warrior one)

sorry for bringing up a semi-dead topic.
RE: Epic before 51?
# Aug 25 2007 at 11:42 PM Rating: Decent
my level 20 warrior has his epic 1.0.

soloing epics and then MQing them to alts ftw.
Haste explained
# Sep 19 2004 at 4:37 PM Rating: Excellent
Haste v1 is Item-based
Haste v2 is Spell-based
Haste v3 is Song-only (AKA over-haste)

The haste % of v1 is added to the % of a v2 effect and a v3 effect. However, if there are two or more effects of the same haste version (v1 for example), only the best haste % of the two effects for that haste version is used.

The total haste % of v1 and v2 combined cannot exceed the hard cap %, based on the player's level. However, v3 is not subject to the cap, and is added to the total haste AFTER the total for v1 and V2 are calculated.

Most bard songs, like Song of Celerity, are Haste v2 (spell haste), and thus their haste component only applies if it is greater than the haste % of any other V2 effects on the player. Any non-haste effects of the song will still stack with any other effects on the player, even if there is a better Haste v2 effect on the player.

Songs like Battlecry of the Vah Shir, however, are haste v3, and thus will stack with spell haste and item haste.

The proc from the Bard Epic weapon is Haste v2, and thus it's haste % will stack with v1 and v3. Keep in mind that even if the player already has a better haste % from another v2 effect, the ATK and STR boosts from the epic proc still stack with any and all other effects on the player.
RE: Haste explained
# Apr 09 2006 at 2:22 AM Rating: Decent
To Clarify:
V1 is actually spell type haste, equivalent to those cast by chanters and shaman.
V2 is stacking but NON-cap breaking haste
V3 is stacking and Cap breaking haste.

Worn+V1+V2 all stack, but cannot exceed the haste cap at a given level.

Worn+V1+V2+V3 will all stack, but only the v3 haste can push the total past the cap.

edited to add further explanation.

Edited, Sun Apr 9 02:26:04 2006
RE: Haste explained
# Aug 22 2005 at 12:13 AM Rating: Default
epic is haste v1. You are mixing the group cast with the haste. There are only 2 v2 hastes. Melody of Ervaj, and Composition of Ervaj. Don't bother twisting v2...
RE: Haste explained
# Sep 24 2005 at 6:41 AM Rating: Decent
I know that this is kinda an old post but the above poster is dead wrong. The effect proc from the epic is normal spell haste - the overhastes are the ervaj and vah shir/rizlona's line. The Vah Shir/ Rizlona's line is the cap breaker, the Ervaj line is not.
Old ss
# Mar 12 2004 at 11:42 AM Rating: Decent
There is an aug slot
Slot 1, type 4.
Epic haste = Spell haste?
# Jan 14 2004 at 10:28 AM Rating: Decent
Epic haste = Spell Haste?
Sung Haste = Song Haste?
Item Haste = Item Haste?

What is Difference between song haste for eg.
Battle cry of the Vah shir = 15% increaste.
Villias Choruse of Celerity = 45% increase.

Now how on earth do you work out, what haste is, if there are two different types of haste? What would happen if you twisted both of those songs??

Also Composers BP, Warsong of zek, is that Spell haste?
Also Lute of Howler, is that spell haste?
RE: Epic haste = Spell haste?
# Mar 22 2004 at 7:30 AM Rating: Default
Let me spell it out simply for you:

~If pre 60 with epic and no chanter: Lute of the howler will do nothing for spell haste as epic proc is 55%, str/atk/illusion WILL stack (string mod will override epic however as epic is 1.8 mod and LoTH is 2.2 mod). Sing Warsong of Var shir or Battlecry of the Vah Shir for overhaste as chorus of celerity and rousing rondo won't stack with epic.
You also get haste for 1 item.

~If Pre 60 with epic and chanter/shaman: LoTH can be used for illusion/atk/str/string mod, epic for str/atk/song mod chanter/shaman haste will overide. For Song haste sing Warsong of Vah Shir or Battlecry of the Vah Shir for overhaste, Rousing rondo for dmg shield (haste won't stack) Plus 1 item

~If Pre 60 without epic or haster: LoTH for haste, chorus of celerity if grouped, rousing rondo if soloing, Warsong of Vah Shir or Battlecry of the Vah Shir + 1 item.

~Composer's Chestplate is click Warsong of Zek; 62 group 60% str/atk/dmgshield. Haste is not overhaste so sing 64 Rizlonla's Call or Flame or 65 Call of Muse for 30% overhaste. Warsong of Zek's stats and dmg shield stack with shaman/ranger/druid/beastlord buffs and druid/mage dmg shields however.

Malorian 65 Bard Tunare

Edited, Mon Mar 22 07:44:04 2004
RE: Epic haste = Spell haste?
# Feb 29 2004 at 7:31 PM Rating: Default
Ok, lets make it easy. Forget any and all notions of "song haste" you may have ever heard. There are two 3 kinds of haste. Item haste, song/spell haste, and stacking haste. Item and song/spell haste stakc with each other. Multiple item hastes do not stack. The highest item haste you have takes prominence. The same goes for song/spell haste, the highest haste percentage overrides any others. Then there is stacking haste, stuff like Rizlona's and Battlecry of the Vah Shir. They stack with Item and other song/spell haste, but not with other battlecry/rizlona's haste. This stacking haste is also sometimes called Haste v3.

RE: Epic haste = Spell haste?
# Jan 23 2004 at 1:07 AM Rating: Decent
102 posts
Follow this link for an excellent explanation of haste stacking, particularly in regards to bard songs:
UBER bard
# Jan 05 2004 at 7:15 PM Rating: Default
This is my fake ubah bard bards only lvl 10 and hes my main :(...

My bard soon to be--->
# Dec 02 2003 at 9:34 AM Rating: Decent
Just for all those wondering, you can skip the head of the lute and do it last. I had the components for the body, while I was still missing the Amygdalan Tentacle for the head. I tried my luck and was awarded the body without having done the head. So now I am able to spawn Trakanon with the undead bard. I will still need to do the head part to finish the quest. But it is easier to have 1 Mystical Lute Body, then to have 1 Red Dragon Scale, 1 White Dragon Scale, and 1 Metal Bits. Less of a chance of deleting the body. Just FYI.
#REDACTED, Posted: Sep 28 2003 at 9:05 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I think I am like most players that love bards when they in a group, but hate to be around bards that are solo'ing. Drum kited mobs aren't strongly argo'd to the bard kiting them untill they(mobs) are starting to get low on hp. If the mob gets to close to another player, it peels off and attacks the bystander.
#REDACTED, Posted: Sep 29 2003 at 6:47 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) LoL. Oh well, I should have known better then to post on the epic of all places. Dumb, very dumb. I have learned my lession and will not repeat that one atleast.
# Sep 23 2003 at 11:09 PM Rating: Decent
49 posts
This epic has been somewhat upgraded by Songblade of the Eternal, although the songblade does not act as all instruments, only modifies singing, and you'd have to be in a very high end and elemental capable guild to enter the Plane of Time for this weapon. However, the effect of the songblade is a definite upgrade to the Singing Short Sword, since it can be manually triggered.
Dual Wield????
# Aug 28 2003 at 8:17 AM Rating: Good
Ok, I was looking around on some eq sites yesterday for pics of bards with the epic, and I found this.
If you go to that link, and look at the picture, you will see a bard dual wielding TWO epic weps. Was this pic doctored? Or is it actually possible to get two epics? I thought the epic was lore.
RE: Dual Wield????
# Oct 22 2003 at 11:16 AM Rating: Default
Yes, this is possible do to augmentations in LDON....but why? bragging rights or novelty seems to be the only reason as u can get better weapons once u get one epic...especially if u r capable of getting 2.
RE: Dual Wield????
# Nov 21 2003 at 12:47 PM Rating: Good
150 posts
LDoN augs don't make it possible to have 2 lore items.
RE: Dual Wield????
# Dec 04 2003 at 2:00 AM Rating: Default
72 posts
the druid epic isn't augmentable, they made a quest where you give your epic to sombody and they give you an augmentable version. they could have done somthing like that for bard epic. but that pic is doctored.
RE: Dual Wield????
# Nov 21 2003 at 11:32 AM Rating: Good
That picture is from before LDoN - so, yes, it's doctored.
Finally getting replaced
# Aug 05 2003 at 2:41 AM Rating: Default
This is still a great epic but with all the various instrument effects on lots of the new PoP loot it seems that it's finally gonna get faded out. Bard is the only class that I ever still hold on to their epic deep into PoP.
RE: Finally getting replaced
# Jan 02 2005 at 6:45 PM Rating: Decent
497 posts
Lot of monks probably hold onto their epics until Time or maybe Elemental gloves. Clicky self haste is always handy, though in most raid/group situations you'll have some better haste these days.
RE: Finally getting replaced
# Sep 11 2003 at 12:50 PM Rating: Default
So clerics have dumped their epic as of where in PoP?... I supposed you might not see them weilding it, but are you saying that they've given up using them?!
RE: Finally getting replaced
# Sep 24 2003 at 2:12 PM Rating: Default
Nixoh get a clue, you know exactly what he meant. Us bards still weild this weapon on the very high end, unlike every other class which has long ago given up their epic.
RE: Finally getting replaced
# Jul 22 2004 at 8:33 AM Rating: Good
55 posts
Until Times Antithesis (sp? sorry) most shaman will still be using their epic, at least that I see in the middle planes.
few points on epic
# Jul 26 2003 at 10:01 PM Rating: Default
I'm bard of 63 seasons, and just a little overfiew for you, in saying bard epic is bad
Epic is the only instrament for singing, and stacks with amplification
It also allows you to use the annoying *must have a instrament songs like occlusion, and the new harmony of sound, making them usefull

Third, epic is 20 percent, which is the same as troubs mace, gem inlade weapon for all instraments. This is abov e store bought, as they are 0 percent
4 resists... level 63 resist song is singing.. which means singing boost is more resists.. and this song does all resists, so unless you can puretone on every mob you want resists on, along with amplifications, you can get over 250+ to all resists with epic... This in itself blows damage away, as you save cleric mana

final note.. to the monk, at 63, i can out damage a 63 monk, without even meleeing, meleeing and dots, with epic, you have no chance.. and guess what, you still get to tank the mob :) 4dots = 75dps, then add melee dps, and dont' forget the bard 55haste proc, and 30atk... need not sing haste, with it.

Granted i wouldn't duel a monk, hp and mitigation is different, but throughput of damage, a bard is higher.
few points on epic
# Dec 12 2007 at 3:47 AM Rating: Decent
33 posts
sorry for late add, but this post is SO ridiculous :p
a bard OUT DPS'ing a monk???? you must be kidding :p not at this lvl when a monk has triple attack and a bard doesn't even have double attack :p
RE: few points on epic
# Aug 11 2003 at 7:52 AM Rating: Decent
If you think you got to melee in PVP as a bard then you dont got skill but good facts though about the dps
# Jul 18 2003 at 5:58 AM Rating: Decent
I was grouped in DL yesterday with this mage who had a 65 bard. She said she used Primal Spear and something called Tunare's Hair, and epic when she felt like it. "When you FEEL like it?" I asked, "Epic is awesome!" She continued to say that dmg/dly on epic sucks. My pride was injured greatly, I have always wanted the epic, assuming it was and is the best bard weapon available. Later, while thinking about what the mage said, I remembered the proc on the epic. I wonder what the haste on the epic brings the dmg/dly ratio to. Also, are there really bard weps better than the epic?
RE: ???
# Aug 01 2003 at 11:00 PM Rating: Decent
Some of the upper planar loot looks much better than epic, imo. But for a majority of bards this will be one weapon not soon tossed aside.

Granted the damage ratio isn't great, but the song bonuses and effect more than make up for it.

This should definately be on your wish list for any upper level bard.
RE: ???
# Jul 20 2003 at 3:57 AM Rating: Decent
Not in my opinion. The true strength of the epic lies in the instrument bonuses. Besides, it is by far the best looking of the epics in my, slightly biased, opinion. :)
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