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Vex xi Vius  

AC: 25
This item is placeable in yards, guild yards, houses and guild halls.
STR: +10 DEX: +10 STA: +10 AGI: +10
WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Race: ALL
Slot 1, Type 7 (General: Group)

Item Lore:The heart of darkness
Item Type:Armor
Lucy Entry By:Gwarg Smasha
Item Updated By:SwiftyMUSE
IC Last Updated:2022-01-12 08:19:22
Page Updated:Thu Oct 9th, 2008

Expansion: Shadows of Luclin Shadows of Luclin

Rarity: Common
Level to Attain: 55

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This item is found on creatures.

Akheva Ruins
NPC Name
The Itraer Vius

Zone(s) Found In:

Zone Name
Akheva Ruins

Uploaded November 27th, 2008
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What does this item's name mean?
# May 17 2003 at 12:25 PM Rating: Decent
Check out the Akhevan/English Dictionary Im working on.. email me for a copy at

Keep in mind its a work in progress!
RE: What does this item's name mean?
# May 19 2003 at 12:27 PM Rating: Decent
Vex vi Vius = Heart of Darkness
A few more strategy hints:
# Dec 10 2002 at 11:21 AM Rating: Good
72 posts
I've been thinking about things that I can tell you guys that won't get my guild mad at me, but that might help any of you trying to go after IV.

1: IV takes a significant length of time to kill. The average guild that has just gotten powerful enough to take him out will probably take about 10 minutes to kill him, give or take a few minutes. He just has a buttload of hitpoints. I am not sure if IV is one of the monsters that got "retuned" by Verant recently. If so, that might change things considerably.

2: IV can do some sort of "knockback", which can end up sending people flying a LONG way into groups of monsters in the room, causing adds. There are strategies to get around this, but I will let you hunt them down yourselves lest I get in trouble with my guild.

3: A certain amount of raw power and equipment is required to take this guy out. I don't care how skilled or coordinated your guild members are. If they don't have enough levels/equipment/AA, they will fail and fail miserably. It happened to us when we first attempted IV. I've seen it happen to other guilds too. For example, flowing thought items and other means of mana regen come in very handy because the fight is so long. A guild that isn't prepared will see all their clerics run out of mana halfway through the fight and that means you all die.

4: Expect to die the first few times you attempt IV. Even if your guild is overpowered for the fight, getting the tactics down right usually takes a few attempts. The second most powerful guild on our server wiped out the first time they attempted IV. Of course, they almost killed him that time and succeeded on the second attempt.

5: Uber guilds go after the real boss monster in the zone called Shei Ventras. On the way to him, they usually kill IV. I would say that IV dies much more often to guilds going to kill Shei Ventras that he does to people who are just there for him alone. Often, a guild that is going to kill SV will let you kill IV for them if you can do it without wasting their time by failing. Don't expect them to let you do this if you have never killed IV before though.

6: IV has a nasty, nasty DOT. I got hit with it one time when our guild wiped out on IV. I FDed when we got down to less than 10 people and had camped out our clerics. I managed to do a memory wipe on IV and get out of melee range of him and started to bandage myself when I was at around 50% health (about 2000+ hp). Although I can bandage 80+hp per bandage, I was unable to keep up with the DOT and died bandaging myself after the fight.

Regarding the item, I didn't mean to imply it was a bad item. It's a great item. I just wish it had hitpoints on it.

A recent change made by Illia prevents you from being able to use the words "m*nk" and "item" in the same posting. Unfortunately, this means that if you say something like, "We killed this guy with a warrior, a cleric, two wizards, a rogue, and a M*NK." at the beginning of your post and then say at the end that, "It's the best range slot ITEM I've ever had.", your posting will vanish into limbo.
RE: A few more strategy hints:
# Aug 03 2003 at 11:49 AM Rating: Default
Really? you cant say monk and item in the same post? this is a test
RE: A few more strategy hints:
# Jul 17 2003 at 8:33 AM Rating: Decent
You could easily Post a Strat and not say your server or Guild, this is a Site that is used by all Servers, how is you giving a Strat that might help someone on Emarr gonne hurt you Guild on whatever server you are on, that they would get mad at you.
#REDACTED, Posted: Nov 12 2002 at 6:34 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) BTW, Monks can wear this item. Ask anyone you know with it to give you a link to it and see for it yourself.
Just got one of these.
# Oct 07 2002 at 1:49 PM Rating: Excellent
72 posts
My guild killed IV recently and two of these dropped and I got one of them. I hate that it has no hitpoints, but the stamina does make up for that a little bit. Keep in mind that with the new PoP expansion, it will be possible to go past 250 stamina. Also, the saves and (to a lesser extent) the high AC will help prevent HP loss, which also makes up for the lack of HP.

I wish I could tell you guys some good tactics for killing IV, but my guild would probably disown me if I shared that sort of info. If you know how to use a search engine, I am sure you can find tactics as good or better than ours. I will say that there were about 50 of us there for the kill and about 90% or more of us were level 60 if that helps any. If this is significantly better than what your guild can muster for a raid, you probably shouldn't try IV. Dozekar, Lendianara the Keeper, and Sontalak are (in my opinion) easier than IV. If these guys are out of your league, then IV is probably out of reach as well.

One of the biggest dangers we have faced in killing IV is from morons who come to watch us and end up training the raid. I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt and assuming it actually was an accident. It's rather difficult to kill IV when a horde of monsters descends on your clerics. If you can spare the manpower, post a guard nearby to keep an eye out for intruders of this sort.

Although I wouldn't call this a "monk item", it is on my monk at the moment.
# Jun 20 2002 at 5:38 PM Rating: Decent
the lack of hp doesnt make this good....? its a damn range item for pete's sake, this is a really good item.

Edited, Thu Jun 20 18:30:59 2002
#REDACTED, Posted: May 10 2002 at 11:37 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) The lack of hp makes this item not so good :/
RE: Not that great
# Jun 20 2002 at 7:01 PM Rating: Decent
Keep in mind that the +10STA will bump your HPs up significantly. Add to that the fact that the AC will keep you from LOSING those hitpoints.

I'd add this to my equipment list any day!

Edited, Thu Jun 20 19:54:16 2002
RE: Not that great
# Jul 06 2002 at 8:55 PM Rating: Decent
You are both right ...chances are if you are killing IV 'most' of your members will have reached the AC soft cap as percieved pre PoP(who knows what it will be for most bosses on PoP) so all you should be worried about his HP(which should be the case anyway) But it is still a nice item due to the resists and the stam makes it worth getting.
# Apr 15 2002 at 10:34 PM Rating: Decent
K you got this rouges attention. I am always on the hunt for a better range than the good ole rbf. I am approaching Blackguard status and I need this. Please post some more info on the mob that drops it? Ie mr and such does he have friends who will aggro and whats the pull situation? Need 2 grps 1? Chanter or not? Def an epic cleric I bet hehe.

Desdmona Shadowborn
Female Rake and Loveing It
Knights Errant
# Apr 22 2002 at 9:59 PM Rating: Good
300 posts
Just to add, an epic cleric is not absolutely necessary (though it does make things go faster). However, one cleric won't help much, as they'll be OOM long, long before the mob is even close to dying. You're gonna want a chain.
# Apr 16 2002 at 6:04 AM Rating: Good
141 posts
The Itraer Vius

Level 65 mob in Akheva Ruins, hits for 500, casts a directional darkness (blind) spell, procs a 600 point spell with knockback, rampages, has an insane amount of hit points. Surrounded on both sides of his cavern by quick respawning mobs.

I think you'll be needing more than one or two groups, look to 30-35 people....

Having an epic cleric will help, but you'll be needing a necro just as much for the summonining of corpses.
# Oct 16 2002 at 11:07 AM Rating: Default
40 posts
30-35 lvl 60s at least decently equipped. not 30-35 "blackguard" quality people like the original poster here...
#REDACTED, Posted: Apr 12 2002 at 5:41 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) where did they come up with that crazy name? is it Latin?
RE: name
# Apr 13 2002 at 9:03 AM Rating: Excellent
75 posts
The Language is that of the akhevians. Vex has been translated as 'Heart'. xi is 'of', and Vius is 'darkness'. Hence, this item is "Heart of Darkness" (and if you ID it, thats what it returns).

RE: name
# Apr 15 2002 at 1:05 PM Rating: Decent
just kinda curious where u find translations for akhevian, lotta wierd names in there that i'd like to see what they mean =P
RE: name
# Apr 19 2002 at 11:25 AM Rating: Excellent
Check out The Safehouse. They have a thread there with a lot of translations.
#REDACTED, Posted: Apr 15 2002 at 1:06 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Eleena kicks ***.
RE: name
# Apr 13 2002 at 9:39 AM Rating: Decent
119 posts
Heart of darkness...good story by Robert Conrad. they made a movie off it, called it Apocalypse Now. mebbe you've seen it.
RE: name
# Apr 13 2002 at 1:06 PM Rating: Default
Joseph Conrad wrote the original tale, actually.
RE: name
# Apr 15 2002 at 12:23 AM Rating: Default
Hmm.. Vex Thal.. what is Thal? Heart...? bleh!
RE: name
# Dec 04 2002 at 8:10 PM Rating: Decent
thal means burn

vex thal=heart burn

thank you, I'm here all week. Try the veal
#REDACTED, Posted: Apr 09 2002 at 12:05 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) This is a pretty good item. You'd think it came from a high level zone or something!
# Jan 07 2002 at 12:32 PM Rating: Default
Your reflections on the obvious, i.e. "Very impressive", etc., are akin to looking up and stating sagely, "Hmmm...forsooth, the sky is blue"

And the ever moronic analysis of which class can/can't/shouldn't etc. is void and without meaning.

How about you don't post, idiots, unless you have specific information relevant to the actual acquisition of the items displayed.

You do not appear sage and experienced with your drivel, you appear as posers of the sort who would argue whether Adam or Eve had bellybuttons.
RE: Uh..losers...
# Apr 12 2002 at 5:41 PM Rating: Default
I'm with the original poster. You people are a bunch of ******. I have, for your convenience, summarized every post that has ever been placed on this site:

(a) This item should go to [class X (my class)] in the unlikely event that I ever find the thing in the first place. This item shall henceforth be declared as a [class X] item solely because I, or the bunch of retarded hacks in [guild Z (my guild on my server)] say so.

(b) Oh yeah? Well a bunch of guys in [guild Z] all got together to try to accomplish some stuff because individually we all suck. As a group however, a massive conglomeration of people that suck is inherently and objectively better than you, both as players and as human beings. You are probably of a lower level than me or any member of [guild Z] and we would never consider you for admittance based on your obvious lack of playing ability that does not 100% correspond to the ideas that were force-fed to me by somebody else, probably somebody in [guild Z].

(c) Perhaps when your video game character is of sufficient level your opinions will begin to bear weight. The presence or absence of reasoning does not validate or invalidate your point. Only your video game character level matters. Both in real life and in my life [game D].

(d) My opinion is somehow worth something now that I have joined [guild Z] and I think I know what I'm talking about better than you Mr. Previous Poster.

(e) Class [X] is better than class [Y]. Here's the asinine justification to an asinine issue that nobody wants to read except perhaps me. I shall provide it nonetheless since this is the internet and it's my god-given right to babble mindlesslywithout reading, considering or even acknowledging previous posts or opposing viewpoints.

(f) Well see here Mr. Previous Poster. I disagree with your opinion based on largely irrelevant anecdotal evidence that nobody asked about. This evidence, represented here by my invisible soapbox, utterly refutes your ridiculous point and I will provide it, regardless of its irrelevance because I have severe ego problems that only this kind of online ************ can solve. Thank Jeebus there's a game that measures my personal value with a simple numerical system so that I can provide meaning to a life that's otherwise full of ridicule by my peers, employer, and the dozens of women who do not consider me to be a viable mate.
RE: Uh..losers...
# Apr 13 2002 at 3:35 AM Rating: Default

Uh...right...the rest of us jerk-offs post silly irrelevelant bull@#$%. I'm reluctant to reply, with yet another irrelevant post...but here goes.

If you don't like it, set your message filters, and use your power to de-rate crappy posts. You will find that much of the the post I'm replying to...will be filtered out.

If you REALLY give a damn about relevant posts...You can find plenty of detailed info on how to tackle The Itraer Vius posted under his other drops; too bad THIS thread got derailed.
Spawn times, spawn layouts, all the mobs you'll face, who's perma-rooted, who's not, what they's all there.

But I suspect you are not here looking for information. You are only here to asssure yourself that you're not the only person on the planet with no life. At least some of us no-lifers are enjoying the hey, are we the losers?

You seem to enjoy writing clever invective more than playing EQ...fine, move along please. There's plenty of sites dedicated to nothing more than vituperous exchanges of wit. I wish you would go there. Have yourself a ball.

I guess you prefer to post someplace with more of a purpose though, even if it's just a game. Probably feels less like the mental ************ you mentioned.

In case you're wondering I've got a wife, kids, a boss and, well, a FEW friends, none of whom make a habit of ridiculing me...and I don't feel that wasting a lot of time playing Everquest, not to mention surfing these boards, makes me a jerk-off.

Yeah, we're all discussing minutae about a game. So? Doesn't mean we have no girlfriends. Sounds more like YOU need to get laid.

Granted, a huge number of posts are pointless. So? Show me a site with nothing but quality posts.
Set your filters and shut the hell up.

#REDACTED, Posted: Apr 14 2002 at 2:24 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) "In case you're wondering I've got a wife, kids, a boss and, well, a FEW friends, none of whom make a habit of ridiculing me...and I don't feel that wasting a lot of time playing Everquest, not to mention surfing these boards, makes me a jerk-off."
RE: Uh..losers...
# Apr 13 2002 at 12:31 AM Rating: Decent
79 posts
Does anyone else find it ironic that the man who chose the moniker "Sleez" for himself went to the trouble of creating an Allakhazam account for the sole purpose of decrying the very practice of posting in a post of his own? Heheh...

Your vituperous condemnation of these message boards is disturbing to me for the reason that you openly flaunt your ignorance by so cavalierly dismissing them. It's obvious that you've never actually perused their contents to any meaningful extent, because if you had, then you would have discovered the innumerable, informative contributions.

It's obvious that something has fomented within you an irrational anger toward this institution. I advise you to simply leave and not come back. Trust me when I assure you that you won't be missed, Mr. Sleez. :P

Lifegiver <Iratus Lepus>
85 Druid, Xegony
Bonecrushxx <Regnat Populus>
85 SK, Xegony

(various other alts)
RE: Uh..losers...
# Apr 12 2002 at 9:21 PM Rating: Decent
551 posts
hehe, you forgot one:

(g) I hate reading posts on [messageboard A] so I'm going to post more drivel to waste bandwidth.

I know that there are some lame posts on this board, but I still find a lot of use to it. Rather than complain about a post, just take a deep breath, rate their post down, and move on.
Pain Lord Darknyss Grimscale
92 Iksar Crusader of the Greenmist
#REDACTED, Posted: Apr 12 2002 at 8:00 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) just out of curiousity....which one are you?
#REDACTED, Posted: Apr 12 2002 at 5:32 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Well, now we all know what that pompous windbag Dennis Miller has been doing since Monday Night Football fired him, making his amazingly inane references on these message boards.
#REDACTED, Posted: Mar 09 2002 at 11:08 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) does it make you feel big to act like an intellectual superior to people by using big words? Get a life.
RE: Uh..losers...
# Jan 12 2002 at 1:43 PM Rating: Default

oh settle down and stop trying to act like some intellectual snob. jackass.
RE: Uh..losers...
# Apr 15 2002 at 5:21 PM Rating: Default
Haha, I think that might have been the funniest run of posts Ive read in a while. Thanks guys!
#REDACTED, Posted: Apr 12 2002 at 8:19 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Are you saying that he's not succesfully acting like some intellectual snob?
# Dec 18 2001 at 4:39 AM Rating: Default
Very impressive! For the classes that can use it, this is comparable to Hand of the Master. some of the stuff coming out of Luclin, especially in Akheva and Maiden's eye, has done nothing but impress me.
Damn, I thought I had them.
# Dec 17 2001 at 7:28 PM Rating: Default
188 posts
I was going to post "HAHAHA Monks cant use!" because of what Alla has for usable classes, but then I looked at the pic and saw MNK. :P Oh well, mabye next time.
RE: Damn, I thought I had them.
# Dec 17 2001 at 9:07 PM Rating: Default
haha retna....they should've made it un-usable for human war's :P btw gw on just recently gettign ur sta about 100 hehe :P

Chukrale <Jaggedpine Defenders>
38 Iksar Shadow Knight
Sol Ro
#REDACTED, Posted: Dec 17 2001 at 6:34 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Very impressive. While good for any melee class, i can also see why it would be especially good for a monk... they cant use bows so they usually have no range slot. Plus the weight is important. This is an impressive item, too bad its no drop :(
#REDACTED, Posted: Dec 17 2001 at 7:10 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) monks have no range slot?!? what in the name of tunare are you smokeing. the shuriken is made for monks and most have atleast a stack or two on them always.
RE: ^^See above^^
# Dec 17 2001 at 9:47 PM Rating: Decent
While monks use thrown items to pull, most of them don't have stats. So after you've plonked the baddie in the face, you swap in items that help you boot head.

Grisia "THHIN, put that away! Grown leezards don't play with dolls!"

:Thhin turns his back and continues his tea party with a Totem of Warrior Spirit.
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