Level: 50
Expansion: Original
NPC Added: 0000-00-00 00:00:00
NPC Last Updated: 2019-05-04 22:14:20

Goods sold (5):
icon Dwarven Ale 6sp 8cp
icon Elven Wine 6sp 8cp
icon Gnomish Spirits 6sp 2cp
icon Ogre Swill 2sp
icon White Wine 6sp 2cp

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Complete List of Items on Merchant
# Jan 14 2011 at 2:31 PM Rating: Excellent
2,435 posts
5 items:

[Fri Jan 14 12:31:06 2011] Kelkarn tells you, 'That'll be 6 silver 8 copper per Dwarven Ale.'
[Fri Jan 14 12:31:07 2011] Kelkarn tells you, 'That'll be 6 silver 8 copper per Elven Wine.'
[Fri Jan 14 12:31:08 2011] Kelkarn tells you, 'That'll be 6 silver 2 copper per Gnomish Spirits.'
[Fri Jan 14 12:31:08 2011] Kelkarn tells you, 'That'll be 2 silver per Ogre Swill.'
[Fri Jan 14 12:31:09 2011] Kelkarn tells you, 'That'll be 6 silver 2 copper per White Wine.'
Lute is what it is
# Jan 13 2004 at 11:17 PM Rating: Decent
Killed him tonight and he dropped a plain old POS Lute. One of the other one of the other Skeles dropped a wooden flute. No stats on either.
The story goes like this...
# Mar 10 2002 at 12:56 PM Rating: Decent
A hundred years ago, Kelkarn was a Bard of some skill. Not one of the great ones... Not yet, anyway, but a fine performer and a particulary promising composer. He wandered the plains of Karana, honing his craft and playing for his supper.

One day he was caught out in a great and sudden storm. The only shelter he could find was a wangon, wherein he was greeted by an ancient crone with a shrouded face. Hearing he was a bard, the old woman asked Kelkarn to listen to a piece she had begun, but never finished. As a gracious guest, he could not refuse.

The hag produced a magnificent lute all inlaid with opal and played for Kelkarn a strange and wonderful piece like nothing he had ever heard. When she stopped she told Kelkarn that the opal lute could be his, but if he finished the piece.

Innocently, Kelkarn accepted the commission. Poor unknowing fool! Was he somehow singled out for this cruel infernal jest, or was it mere happenstance that brought the curse upon him? None may ever know.

If I were spinning a tale to frighten the yokels the next bit would be long and bloodcurdling, but I'll tell you straight. The song drove Kelkarn quickly mad. He concieved the notion that the only way to ever finish the song would be to pay for his inspiration in blood. Many innocent folk died slow and horrid deaths at Kelkarn's hands, their blood spilled in the srvice of this horrid song.

Did he finish the song? Oh yes, he did. He did on the very night the cityfolk found and captured him and carried him off to die for his crimes.

In his cell, awaiting the gallows, Kelkarn was visited by the very hag that had first put the curse on him, came to pay her unholy debt. She appeared from a shadow, gave him the foul lute she'd promised, and vanished again.

Kelkarn played till dawn, wildly and constantly repeating the song that had doomed him. None dared approach his cell till the music stopped. When they did, they found naught but a pile of bloody bones. The very music had flayed the flesh from Kelkarn's body. When they gathered the bones, they discovered that they were all made from opal. They buried the bones in a secret location and the evil lute with them.

If this was the end of the tale it would be awful enough, but there is a coda. The bones of Kelkarn were found and stolen, his soul disturbed. Now, Kelkarn plays at a bar in Paineel. He is still mad, though, restrained by the magic of his masters. It is said he only speaks in Rhyme. It was a foul deed and I do not wish to speak of it further.

Read the story's details for your Lute questions.
The story goes like this...
# Sep 02 2008 at 6:41 PM Rating: Default
490 posts
wow, i remember reading this short story in the prima's strategy guide for ruins of kunark, wayyy back in 2000ish (you know, the bible thick one?) and back then one of my goals was to hunt down this Kelkarn to aquire his prized lute. it's a shame most of the stories in that guide were just made up lore!
plz helpme
# Apr 25 2001 at 1:51 PM Rating: Decent
what sort of lute does this guy drop!?!?!?!?!!?!?
Valentear Wolfpaw
# Dec 07 2000 at 2:46 PM Rating: Default
In the Prima Guide to EverQuest, it mentions a Magical Lute and him dying because of it. I wonder just HOW magical it is, where I can get it and how...
What I know
# Nov 05 2000 at 6:55 PM Rating: Decent
He's one of the skeleton Musicians that play in the bar far back in Paineel. I don't remember any of them responding to hails, but I'd still try; I could be wrong =)
# Jun 30 2000 at 5:28 PM Rating: Decent
Interesting screenshot-- is this actually a monster as listed or an NPC that is designed to interact with? Also does anyone have more information on that lute?
RE: Lute?
# Mar 19 2001 at 4:25 PM Rating: Default
Heres a good way to get info , get a few lvl 50-60 friends and beat up all the skeletons, The Bartender merchant doesn't join in the fight, and neither do the guards agro
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