Vhalen Nostrolo  

Quest NPC

Uploaded July 24th, 2007

Vhalen is often used as an introduction to the (rather enjoyable) pastime of bard-bashing.

He spawns at about -60 -120 (north-central part of the zone).


Category: EverQuest
This page last modified 2014-02-17 00:39:20.

Level: 31
Expansion: Original
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# Nov 28 2021 at 2:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Van Halen!
Faction Numbers Update
# Nov 22 2014 at 5:17 PM Rating: Excellent
362 posts
[Sat Nov 22 17:13:26 2014] Your faction standing with League of Antonican Bards has been adjusted by -300.
[Sat Nov 22 17:13:26 2014] Your faction standing with Knights of Truth has been adjusted by -45.
[Sat Nov 22 17:13:26 2014] Your faction standing with Guards of Qeynos has been adjusted by -45.
[Sat Nov 22 17:13:26 2014] Your faction standing with Ring of Scale has been adjusted by 15.
[Sat Nov 22 17:13:26 2014] Your faction standing with Mayong Mistmoore has been adjusted by 15.
[Sat Nov 22 17:13:26 2014] You have slain Vhalen Nostrolo!

Edited, Nov 22nd 2014 6:21pm by nekokirei
Savage Lady Nekokirei of Drinal
Predator Nekokirei of Stromm
# May 31 2012 at 8:50 PM Rating: Decent
He is located on a cement circle ring near mid zone at Neg 60, Neg 120, Pos 2
#Anonymous, Posted: Apr 24 2002 at 9:31 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) im a 41 woody elf on torv i have been killing him everytime i got to SK for about 20 min i already got a yellow bub and i have never liked qeynos so DOWN WITH U ALL QEYNOS GUARDS i killd millers all guards and eerything its just too fun running from the guards ) so to the heck with u all that disagree hehe and dont bother get faction back after killing him a few times after a while it wont matter u wont get iit up but i dont care hehe
Oh geez
# Mar 24 2002 at 12:35 PM Rating: Default
Um hey man oh mister faction genius,i dont care what faction you have you will ALWAYS be attacked in Mistmoore.Dont believe me? LOOK it up eq atlas will do fine geez people research a bit before writing these things
RE: Oh geez
# Aug 04 2004 at 6:04 AM Rating: Default
Hmm, wow just read this, looking for getting Ring of Scale faction...

Well I was Indifferent to all of Mistmoore from all my killing in Kunark, like HS.. so yeah you can be non KoS in Mistmoore..
MM Faction
# Feb 15 2002 at 9:19 AM Rating: Default
I kill the Antonican Bards whenever i see them. What are they doing in Nek anyway? bringing the news to the Freeport cowards?

I am Iksar SK and i don't care for any faction except Cabilis, Neriak and later Giants.

I hope to be non KoS to MM Faction Mobs like the spiders in FV, Mistmoore Castle etc one day. Would help PKing in that areas :)


BTW.: These Bards (lvl 25-31 range) are fighting like 3 year old female Iksar Broodlings and even death is too good for them. But its true... its funny to watch them die.

Edited, Fri Feb 15 09:22:31 2002
# Oct 07 2001 at 4:59 PM Rating: Default
Trust me on this, I was looking for some quick exp, though I was in a hell level, exp was slow, killed him 14 or 17 times, one or the other, got about 1 yellew exp, can't remember what level I was. When I was done, I gated, right to the wiz spires, got killed by a guard, then later I ran into a bard in Qeynos, lost more exp. So in less than a week I had already lost all the experience I made off him. Yeah, I was dumb, didn't know where to avoid at first, but I learned real quick. I have been trying to remedy my faction problems from killing him, I am good with qeynos guards now, and killed literally over one thousand mobs in MM, I make sure that I DS anyone I see fighting for faction hits, and I have not even made it to Threatenly yet. Killing Bards is the stupidest thing I ever did, even if it was for 14 or 17 times. IF I do finally hit dubious, I am going to check out the mail route from Kelethin the Felwithe, service will prolly be really got there for about a week straight, or until I hit ambiable, I am sick of MM. And people in there are sick of me, hey if a mob isn't engaged, it is free game for my pet. Derailing trains is fun too, that is if I can get a regen on my and my pet.

Serinna, 50 mage, TT
# Jan 06 2002 at 8:55 AM Rating: Default
Bad idea to kill 'em, if you plan on or have a chance of ever having to go into cities where they are close. I did kill Vhalen a bit. Well, enough to go KoS anyway. Faction back. Not yet.
I did have chat with the GM's about getting the faction up and they did tell me that killing in MM for faction is extremely slow. Questing is much more rewarding in terms of faction. Question is: How to get the faction hit for the quest if you are KoS to them. Wolf form doesn't help according to what I have found out.
Faction hit in groups? Not sure if thats even possible ?
And I haven't gotten past ready to attack either.

53 Mage.
# Oct 09 2001 at 10:18 PM Rating: Default
Okay, has anyone ever gone KoS to bards, then got it back, I am getting ready to give up. I have made 1kpp from the stupid things in MM, and I destroy the gold, got exp from like 3 kills ever in the zone, very very boring, am I just wasting my time? I am not even to threatenly yet.

# Jun 04 2002 at 9:22 AM Rating: Default
LOL, so what? Are you going to buy lute strings or something? I play an Erudite Necromancer and at lvl 8 i visited Gfay and in Kelethin i was attacked by a bard and almost killed - bards have payed with their lives ever after - get faction with the Evil cities instead - DE City, Paineel, Overthere and Cabilis...No bards there
ALL BARDS MUST DIE!!!! (The NPC ones anyhow)
# Oct 04 2001 at 3:35 PM Rating: Default
For alla yous ppls wonderin why we luvs tah bash in sum bard skulls juss go ahead an make a Trollie or Ogre type char and go out into ur newbie zone to explore. You'll get a REALLLL nice suprise of both stationary and wandering bards which ur big butt is KoS too. They even have a stationary bard lvl 27 or so that is about 200 feet from the entrance to Grobb . This means that every newby that picked Troll as their starting race prolly got killed by bards at least 10 or 15 times before they became powerful enough to take them on (or at least run to a zoneline) I mean HONESTLY WTF? a newbie zone with lvl 25+ mobs wandering thru killin everyone. I'd really like to see a few ogre bashers and troll slayers in the guddie guddie newbie zones. Bah kinda got lost there , anyhow lemme juss say that I kill bards everytime I see them and will continue to do so forever, mebbe i juss saved sum lowbies life yah never know. I've killed and camped all the ones in the southern part of antonica and cant kill them enuff to satisfy me.
In closing lemme juss say once again ALL BARDS MUSS DIE!!!!!!!

O yeah an massive cookies to anyone who cud give a actual reason why a Troll SK wud actually WANT gud faction with a buncha bards anyhow. I mean really lol they luk silly so I bashes there face in big deal.
RE: ALL BARDS MUST DIE!!!! (The NPC ones anyhow)
# Dec 30 2001 at 6:11 AM Rating: Decent
QUOTE<a newbie zone with lvl 25+ mobs wandering thru killin everyone. I'd really like to see a few ogre bashers and troll slayers in the guddie guddie newbie zones.> Well they may not be ogres or trolls, but griffons and hill giants do tend to make more than a few 'goodie, goodie' newbies wet themselves.
Killll da baard
# Jul 14 2001 at 7:09 AM Rating: Default
Killed this guy a few times its fun watching him die . He also raises faction with ring of scale so its not really that bad for evil races.
It's nothing personal
# Jun 03 2001 at 10:14 PM Rating: Default
It's nothing personal you bards. If a gnome was upset every time someone killed their guards, the tiny guys would rebell! Ppl kill this guy for the exp, not for the fun of killing a bard (well at least some ppl don't). So shut up and btw, evil classes are a great choice if you feel like being evil.

Samt Breezee 49 Shaman
Numdian Nimblefoot 30 Enchanter
Stop bard bashing
# May 23 2001 at 12:35 AM Rating: Default
Stop Killing us

What did a bard ever do to you, except get you some place faster and restore your mana.

Nadiena Devine
42nd song of Povar
RE: Stop bard bashing
# Jan 04 2002 at 4:11 PM Rating: Default
uhhh.. yeah

Everytime I pass a group it's "Oh we love you, join please!" k, I giv'm their mana, health, tank, save the casters and everythin' if it gets nasty... simply be the guy for everything to go smooth...

Well, bashers, just keep in mind that bards are of the most feared on PVP servers!

Sometimes I mind that you cant assist an NVP or I would camp this guy to hit the attackers ... ;)
RE: Stop bard bashing
# Oct 27 2002 at 3:19 PM Rating: Default
Bard PvP is feared because it is so gay. Hi, I have ubr skills... I can run away faster than anyone else, I can dispell the dots/snares cast on me, I can melee, and I can chant dots on you.

Yah... lotta skill required in that.
RE: Stop bard bashing
# Oct 08 2004 at 11:12 AM Rating: Default
I would absolutely love to see you attempt to twist four songs without letting one drop, on the first try. Bards ( PvP or PvE ) are in my opinion one of the most "twitch" based classes in the game. I do not mind it - I love it. However, before you go off saying how "gay" (which actually means homosexual - not "stupid", in case you forgot) a class is... try it. And also - PvP is all about tactics. If a bard ran up to a warrior and meleed without dotting or fearing, I am fairly sure the warrior would win. It's about knowing the limitations and strengths of your own class.
RE: Stop bard bashing
# Jan 26 2003 at 11:15 PM Rating: Good
HA! As if playing everquest with ANY class took any sort of skills....it's all for fun, hitting hot buttons will not get you anywhere in life. I could tell a 5 year old which buttons to push for my druid and you couldn't tell the difference.
RE: Stop bard bashing
# Oct 03 2003 at 5:27 PM Rating: Decent
An open admission that even a 5 year old could play a druid. Priceless.
# Apr 13 2001 at 10:41 PM Rating: Default
All i want to say to you bard slaughterers is im glad you find it fun killing my class! especially when entering south qeynos or traveling around north freeport, laugh your *** to the grave sickos! (unless youre an evil race [which is a pretty bad choice to begin with], then kill em all ya want)
# Oct 15 2000 at 3:15 PM Rating: Default
I saw a Troll Warrior killing this guy when I was medding. Then the Troll slashed him for 176 damage and I thought he was like level 60. I inspected him and he had a Weighted Axe (45 DMG 150 Delay). He killed him by using a SoW potion doubling for 100+ running turning around and doing it again.
BTW the Troll was LVL 31.

Hongo Hellfyre
Level 19 Mage of Truth
Erolislli Marr
# Sep 13 2000 at 8:31 AM Rating: Default
is it just me but does it look like it's suppose to represent vanhalen, heck the guy even looks like em somewhat, sorry just had to point it out, yeah and he talks about metala. sounds like metallica to me, dunno maybe it's clues about it if it's a quest, maybe it's some big secret in there or maybe it's just a pun, a joke or something more, but look at it close and tell me more Thengel
21st season cleric of bertox,

PS. the other dude he talks about sounds like a band name too but i don't remember his name.
RE: vhalen?
# Apr 14 2001 at 12:27 PM Rating: Default
LOL when my Druid camps this guy, and some shouts, "Camp Check!" I always reply, "van halen."

class of'83 hehe
(we listened to a LOT of v halen :O)
RE: vhalen?
# Oct 09 2000 at 3:11 PM Rating: Default
well he Is a bard... it would only make sense for him to talk about music...
Mail delivery
# Aug 21 2000 at 1:20 PM Rating: Default
Wouldn't the mail delivery quest that you get from bards all over the place raise the bard faction? I guess you could kill stuff in MM until you con dubious and then start doing this to rebuild your faction.
# Aug 10 2000 at 1:19 PM Rating: Decent
Vhalen has an insane faction hit per kill as opposed to the 25th level ones around the world. However, I have killed him and his cronies in the swamps of Antonica countless times, am Tier'Dal and yet the residents of MM still scowl at me. Go figure. I have heard that the Kunark dragons though are amiable [Ring of Scale]
Faction with Bards/Vhalen
# Aug 06 2000 at 7:57 AM Rating: Decent
1) Killing WK Bandits does NOT raise faction with bards.
2) 3 Kills of Vhalen and I am KOS to Bards everywhere. (Quite a Pain)
3) His spawn rate is 6 minutes.
4) His Loc is closer to -200, -200.
5) I reiterate, the faction hits and repercussions are HORRENDOUS.
RE: Faction with Bards/Vhalen
# Sep 03 2000 at 3:15 AM Rating: Decent
What was your faction with bards before you killed Vhalen the 3 times.Kind of important so I may judge whether or not to kill him.

RE: Faction with Bards/Vhalen
# Jul 02 2011 at 10:21 PM Rating: Decent
25 posts
I started out with kindly faction to Vhalen.

1 kill brought me down to amiable

2 kills brought me down to apprehensive

3 kills brought me down to dubious

4 kills brought me down to glaring

5 kills brought me down to scowling
RE: Faction with Bards/Vhalen
# Sep 15 2000 at 9:29 AM Rating: Default
Reguardless of what Bard you kill, it will lower by 1 bracket per kill with all bards. If you start out amiable, you will go to Indifferent after kill 1, Dubious after kill 2, and Apprehensive after kill 3.

The number of kills in Mistmoore needed to correct this is astonomical and probably not worth it. How often do you even see a bard npc? You only need to cast invis or go a longer path. Vhalen is one of the highest level bard npcs outside of the guild trainers that you will need to worry about, so who cares?

The only real factor involved here is how improtant the other associated factions with Bards are to you.

Correcting Knights of Truth faction is easy with Tumpy Tonics or the named prisoner in Highkeep, or turning in DF Belts to the warrior guild in Freeport.

Most people who camp Vhalen have already become KoS to the Qeynos Guards from the Millers anyway. Qeynos Guard faction is easy to raise, even if it is the most boring thing to do, because of Black Burrow and Bandits in the Karanas.

Just do it! Heh.
RE: Faction with Bards/Vhalen
# Jul 29 2001 at 9:57 PM Rating: Decent
Qeynos guard, non corrupt, is very easy to raise. just go invis, beat down a few corrupts, and your faction is fixed...because of that very reason, Dagarok is at the top of my "Revenge" list. Also, are the kelethin bards on the antonican faction? Id hate to take the long route every time I wanted to go to my guild.
RE: Faction with Bards/Vhalen
# Jan 03 2001 at 4:57 AM Rating: Default
This is not true. I started as a very young necro (lvl 12 or 13 i think) exclusively killing Trissa in West Freeport. She indifferent at that lvl (if I recall correctly). I killed her till I was lvl 17. Then at lvl 20 I started on Cordelia. I think at lvl 23 is when I went KOS. It took many, many kills to ruin the bard faction (but I did it...hehe).
RE: Faction with Bards/Vhalen
# Apr 05 2001 at 7:55 AM Rating: Default
I have been killing Cordelia with my druid since lvl 22 I think. There is a fast, simple quest to fix your bard faction in SQeynos (only IF you aren't KOS already). Went to do quest about 8 times, went from apprehensive to amiable. Kill her for 2 more lvls...still indifferent. Guards are the one that start lower for most. Another easy quest in Qeynos to raise that (or kill gnolls).

After about 150 bard kills, I am still indifferent to them and Kindly (I think) to Qeynos guards.
MM faction
# Aug 04 2000 at 7:41 PM Rating: Decent
Well answer me this has anyone gotten the mistmoore guys to stop scowling ?
I want to raise faction with mistmoore.
RE: MM faction
# Nov 19 2001 at 4:02 AM Rating: Default
Easy, kill Vhalen a few times and you can't raise faction any higher with Mayong Mistmoore. If there's any other faction there, I dunno, but that should help.

Willan Syphus, 40th magician
RE: MM faction
# Nov 14 2000 at 7:28 PM Rating: Default
Yes, it has indeed happened! A DE mage friend of mine killed a bunch of bards and was then not kos in Mistmoore!

However, it's like ogres raising faction with elves..it takes , literally, thousands
RE: MM faction
# May 13 2001 at 9:19 PM Rating: Default
Actually, I have a Rallos worshipping ogre who has actually killed a few elves, and done nothing to correct the faction, but I am still non-kos with Felwithe and Kelethin guards.
RE: MM faction
# Nov 08 2001 at 7:16 AM Rating: Default
i disagee here never killed any elf before an im kos to the banker in felwithe prob the rest also was invis went to bank an got raped quick am dubious in kelethin though just to big to bank there
Spawn Time?
# Aug 01 2000 at 6:12 PM Rating: Decent
What is this guys spawn time?
Only 1 reason
# Aug 01 2000 at 9:57 AM Rating: Decent
Bards are good to kill for only 1 purpose unless you are an evil race (kill all u want) when leveled and need exp to keep the level. they are the EASIEST mob for its level as they use meele and none of the songs,believe me if they used the songs they wouldnt be camped half as often.
# Jul 03 2000 at 3:22 AM Rating: Decent
Aye, i've had a run-in or two with Sollari bekines in Qeynos, luckily i was standing by the zone when she caught me, because she triple hit me for 340 each blow. at 35 i have 1028 hp.
Do the math and understand how scared i was.
Bad Faction with Bards
# Jul 02 2000 at 7:16 PM Rating: Decent
I once helped out a dwarf conduct some business in Qeynos: he needed my help because he was KOS to bards and one, Sollari Bekines, was red to him at level 50- this is, needless, to say, not a good thing, since you can't get to the bank without running by bards. It's a really bad idea, in my opinion, to hunt bards unless you're already evil. Besides, I'm a bard and I take it rather personally when my friends get butchered! Anyway, just my two bits' worth- luck to all of you.
Bard faction issues
# May 21 2000 at 3:45 PM Rating: Decent
Ok, I am currently KOS to bards which is a pain in the rear. If you can avoid it in any way, do not destroy your faction with the bards! Think of it this way: I have to run around in every city I go in with invis up, sow up, and gate memmed in case one of the bards sees through.

The ONLY way to raise bard faction is to kill a) in Mistmoore or b) gargoyles out in ocean of tears. The gnolls in blackburrow do not raise bard faction, nor to the bandits/raiders in the Karanas. (believe me I have tried)
RE: Bard faction issues
# Jul 15 2002 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
658 posts
There is another way to raise Bard faction, and it's the easiest of all.

Find Fabian in an East Freeport bar (near the gate) and hand him 2gp. You'll be rewarded with +bard faction as well as several others, and a negative faction hit from Ring Of Scale. You can do this quest at Dubious, which may be attainable via illusions or shared wolf form (if you're KOS enough that these don't help, then killing Mistmoore's minions is the only way to go.
easiest way to raise factions
# May 18 2000 at 11:42 PM Rating: Decent
THe easiest ways for you all folks who like to kill things with factions is to go slaughter bandits. bandits in WK are pelntiful, pick a camp and slaughter away, they drop bronze on the way so you make SOME moeny. the way to raise is to get the sashes, the sashes raise factions with bards and knights of truth i beleive, truths for sure, bards not positive, and you get even more moeny there so you should try it. i kited the millers out of qeynos hills so i had to slaughter em
# May 09 2000 at 2:26 PM Rating: Decent
The well where he hangs out is at 0,0 in South Karana.

But you'll be lucky if someone isn't already there killin' the guy
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