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Enchanter. Spawns in the "Taskmaster" undead room in southern Echo Caverns after it has been cleared of all other mobs.

First appears as an untargettable "a thought horror" which will emote you some backstory and explain the presence of the undead and the shissar Taskmaster in this area.

a thought horror stares at you as you feel a slight tingling in your head. You feel a flash of pain from deep within your eye sockets as a booming voice fills your mind seeming to come from the inside of your ears rather than out.'Are these the pathetic worms that destroyed my playthings? Fools, it took weeks for me to reach the mind of that witless slave, and even longer for me to fill his mind with visions of escape and freedom into the deep.'

a thought horror's tendrils flair about and you feel the strange sensation that a small worm is digging through your brain. 'Ah, I sense you seek to know the fate of these former scaled wretches. Once I lured the slaves into our realm it was much easier to plant the visions of their escape into that taskmaster's sight. He followed of course, how could he not and risk failing his precious emperor. All of their deaths were swift and sweet but, you see, that is where the fun just began'

a thought horror's eyes gleam as a horrible pounding pulses through your mind which you quickly identify, much to your horror, as laughter. The sudden image of a white temple with marble sculptures and ancient runes covering the walls flashes before your eyes. A serpent's tail flickers to the left, a whip cracks to your right. An Iksar is kneeling before you begging for forgiveness when suddenly, as quickly as they began, the images fade.

a thought horror's mouth twists into a cruel version of what can only be a smile.'Reanimating them was an easy thing as well, the real trick came in wiping their most recent memories and convincing them that they were still alive. Yesss, now you understand. What you saw was the decomposing remains of their bodies mindlessly set about useless tasks. But what they saw was themselves still within their temple, reliving the same trials over and over. Beautiful, yes?'

a thought horror's grip within your mind begins to slip as your will strengthens and your resolve to expel this being from your mind grows stronger.'Interesting, I sense your resistance growing. Perhaps it is time to end this game then. Whether you are the ones that destroyed my playthings or not matters little. I need replacements, and you will do just fine. Come to me fleshlings, come to Xilniov!'

Category: EverQuest
This page last modified 2016-10-17 06:32:13.

Level: 52
Expansion: Shadows of Luclin
NPC Added: 0000-00-00 00:00:00
NPC Last Updated: 2019-09-08 20:22:10

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  Echo Caverns

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# Feb 28 2006 at 1:57 AM Rating: Decent
I remember fighting this guy with a mid-40's group. He had the tank charmed at the start. Tank ended up killing a couple of others in the group. Pretty funny stuff looking back :P. Can't remember all the details but i know we didnt kill him. Fought him last nite with my 70 shammie and he conned lite blue. None of his spells landed on shammie and did almost no damage... but none of my DoTs would stick on him either except DoT "Curse of the Spirits" (epic 1.0 clicky). So someone might try a resist-debuffer and see if that works. Dropped the Gauntlets. Bah... the things you do when you're bored...

Elder Kaonee Spiritine
Soothsayer of 70 Winters
Swords Of Dawn - Xegony

Edited, Tue Feb 28 01:32:59 2006
# Sep 11 2005 at 9:20 AM Rating: Decent
19 posts
Tried to solo him today, My group spawned him 3 times today while on my level 40 warrior. Feeling frogy I grabbed my Necro and decided to see if he could kill him. So with stats maxxed at 255 and resists at 500 it was a long fight. But I still was not the victor. Guess I will go get my body now.
(P.S. Stats are from 2nd year veteran reward and only lasts 15 minutes)
One bad dude
# Aug 26 2005 at 6:46 PM Rating: Decent
95 posts
On my now 33 Rouge I was grouped with a 42 Ranger, 35 Warrior, and a 30 or so Cleric (Can't remember real level)

Ok, so we'd just gotten done clearing the Taskmaster room for 'bout the fifth time or so, and I see a mob in there with an unusual name. a thought horror. The Ranger went to pull and it turned into Xilniov. I was the first one to be charmed by it, followed quickly by the Cleric. After a while, the Ranger was charmed too.

A 65 Monk was in there at the time helpin' random people out and saw Xilniov and decided to help us. He finally killed it after being charmed a couple of times himself.

Luckily though, on a 65 with a few AAs I'm sure, the charm didn't last long.

If you're in a group killing the Taskmaster, stay away from this guy, unless you're looking for a big challenge.
Build a man a fire and he's warm for an evening. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.

Darkreaper Tineldar Sombretide of the Truthbringer <Callidus>
35 grp wiped
# Feb 13 2005 at 6:54 PM Rating: Decent
Was grinding the taskmaster room last night with a full 35-40 grp. We had a 56 cleric healing us also, and this guy popped. We had just clered the room of the rest of the skellies I went uo to pull and this guy walks out of the wall and sits down in the middle of the room. I called for the grp to come to where I was. I told everyone to buff and med asap he cannot be targeted when he first comes into the room. 5 minutes after he came into the room his name changed and he started mezing tashing making us his pets. Before we could do 50% damage 3 of us were attackignt the rest of our group the cleric was healing him and the taskmaster which happened to pop just as he agrooed us. Needless to say I logged on my 55 cleric with his clicky and rezzed the whole grp. He is a tough mob make sure you have your resist up and good luck
40 group wiped too
# Apr 29 2005 at 1:01 AM Rating: Decent
47 posts
That sucked...we had him to about 80 and then our 47 warrior was suddenly beating on me...and then he and I were both beating on the cleric...needless to say it was a total wipe. But I came back in sneak/hide to get corpses, he conned indiff, but as soon as I passed him I was tashed, charmed, and started punching some random, innocent passers by.
For some unknown reason, he took me, his new favorite pet I guess, across the zoneline, popped us down into the dev box, where both of us proceeded to maul the hell outta the druid and warrior that were already down there ahead of us. Then just to make the whole thing even weirder, he randomly booted me to charselect screen and I logged back in at the centre of the zone--but not in the dev box at least, and surprisingly not dead.
Definitely one of the oddest fights I've been in.
# Dec 01 2004 at 9:28 PM Rating: Decent
64 pally and 45 necro duoed him, hits for around 180, he tryed to Grav Flux, charm, mezz, nuke for 800, and the usual tash.
close call
# Aug 16 2004 at 12:41 AM Rating: Default
Just solo'd this guy today with myself 61 chanter, and a 65 cleric. It was a close call being that we weren't ready to pull him yet when he aggro'd, but we did kill him without a casualty and he dropped the boots for us.
RE: close call
# Aug 25 2004 at 10:43 PM Rating: Excellent
How do you solo with someone else in your group?
# Apr 28 2004 at 1:07 PM Rating: Default
Is this guy undead? And if so, could a 55 cleric take him out?
RE: /sigh
# Dec 06 2004 at 6:35 PM Rating: Decent
No he's not undead. Tried necro slow on him but would not even let me cast.
# Mar 08 2004 at 7:46 PM Rating: Decent
I've soloed with my necro countless hours in the TM camp and never seen this guy before, then suddenly I see him 2x in 2 days. For a brief moment, I was thinking maybe there was a chance this guy was part of the berserker epic or some other new quest... I was wrong, but still baffled how all this time I've never met him.

Anyway, I was there pl'ing my druid with my necro and decided there was no harm in killing this new comer. My level 55 necro was charmed virtually instantly and I proceded to slay my druid. My necro survived, thankfully, but just barely. As the TM was up and between charms and mez's it was tough to get FD off. I wish I would have realized he was a chanter so I could have boosted my resists. Nothing like killing one of your own guys.
Cake Walk
# Feb 05 2004 at 1:14 PM Rating: Decent
This guy was a wuss. My guild member spawned him, and I was asked to come kill it. I tried to pull with snare, but he was immune so when he started to cast I did the same. Loaded him with 5 dots, and then began my nukes. Took me about 3min to easily solo kill him. He however does chain cast his charm, and did land tash on me. However my MR was still 155, and he couldnt land anything else. He hits for 177-227 decent fast, a little surprised for a EC mob named or not. He did drop the boots which I gave to my guild member so it was a decent & fun fight.

Venerable Suriv Vonlikdanstein
65th Storm Warden

RE: Cake Walk
# Apr 26 2005 at 9:24 PM Rating: Decent
77 posts
Of course he's a wuss... he's a lvl 52 and you're beating him up with a lvl 65...
Cocked, Locked and Ready to Rock!
RE: Cake Walk
# Feb 08 2004 at 3:41 PM Rating: Decent
Aye. I saw this guy up and I decided to see how bad he was. Ran over, pulled with Summers Flame, danced back a bit. He does hit decent, around 200. Just aggro kited him around while I dotted or nuked him while he stood there and attempted to cast spells. He has decent fire resists as my summers flame was doing partial damage half the time.

Edited, Sun Feb 8 15:41:27 2004
Okay, BS
# Dec 20 2003 at 6:08 PM Rating: Default
Those people saying that all you have to do is clear the TM room twice are full of crap. I had my group there exping for 3-4 hours, probably cleared that spawn 20 times, and he did not spawn once. Must just be a matter of luck.
Owned by 65 bst
# Dec 16 2003 at 9:37 AM Rating: Default
Owned. 65 Beastlord. Cake. Dropped boots.
# Dec 04 2003 at 6:24 PM Rating: Decent
Killed this guy 3 times tonight with a 63 wizzie and a 60 druid x2 and on the last time the wizzie and a 59 paladin (and my toon a 40 bl) with the wizz taking the agro and kting back into the zone and the druid nuking (wildfire 1054hp) it was all over in about 1 min, but with the pally and bl trying to tank it was a different story, he charmed the bl pet sent it after the wiz then beat up me and the pally, so if you want to take him out easy just get 2 good nukers, and try to kite him
not to menchan he;s easy to spawn!
# Jul 25 2003 at 8:41 PM Rating: Excellent
This guys Easy to spawn. Go to the harder side of the zone, go to the TM room and clear it a coupel times leave nothing standing a few minutes later a untargetable Xil type of thing spawns wait til h becomes targetable and Wham there ya go yeh got xil. buff MR and everything before he Depops about 10-15 minutes after he spawns,.
Omg ouch ouch ouch...
# Jul 25 2003 at 8:38 PM Rating: Excellent
I tried to take this **** out with a 52 Beastlord, a 51 Rogue a 54 Enc ... shoulda Brought a Cleric this guy is a *** he Ae Mezzed us he killed my Bl's pet and charmed her killed the Enc and Rogue. really shoulda broguth a Cleric.
He sucks.
# Jun 17 2003 at 12:24 PM Rating: Decent
I listened to the a thought horror talk, and then bam, Xilniov spawns. BTM at 59, could not take him down solo. 59 wizard. I got him to 60%, then he charmed me and got back up to FM. Hit me max for 220ish. Considering the stuff he drops, he's a waste of time.
# Apr 30 2003 at 1:17 AM Rating: Decent
i wanted to know how hard this guy is so i went over and cleared the skellies and the taskmaster two spawns later he shows up. was a pretty easy fight for a 62 necro to solo never landed anything with a 162 magic resist. but the taskmaster isnt a ph for him since i had the taskmaster spawn on me in the middle of the fight just figurd i would add to the info here
RE: xil
# May 26 2003 at 8:00 PM Rating: Decent
574 posts
Ok i have solo'd grouped and hunted here longer than most people and i have seen him many times and spanked him a bit to.

The TM is a PH for him, but you need to meet certain requirements before he will spawn. Firstly kill all skele's, then TM, then all the skeles again and then this guy should spawn. If not he will spawn on the next cycle. Firstly a guy looking like him will spawn but is not targetable, then Xilniov will take his place. Every time i've thought him TM has either been an instantaneous spawn after or during though so i don't think that is a problem
The Real Iksar

RE: xil
# May 31 2003 at 10:40 AM Rating: Default
I don't mean to flame, but you are nuts. I spent alot of time here too, when i can get a camp, and cleared TM prolly hundreds of times. This guy popped once in all that time, so (imo) he prolly is either on a timer, or is just a random spawn. Don't think your gonna go here and kill 7 skellys, and a Task master, and then this guy will spawn. You may get lucky, but expect to be there clearing for several hours before you see him once.
RE: xil
# Jun 15 2003 at 12:28 PM Rating: Decent
haha Yeah, I've xp'd abunch of alts in echo caverns now, and this guy I believe has a chance to spawn after you clear tm and skellies, but dont count on it. I think I've personally had him spawn 2-3 times. He despawns also so gotta grab a couple kids fast to take him down.
RE: xil
# Nov 25 2003 at 1:26 AM Rating: Decent
nah he spawns after you kill the named then the skellys then the skellys again

should be able to kill the skellys the second time before the named pops doing that will spawn his ***
a real toughy
# Apr 01 2003 at 3:22 AM Rating: Decent
This mob is tough he charmed and enchanter 62 friend of mine.
# Jun 16 2003 at 10:03 AM Rating: Excellent
87 posts
your friend chanter have probably a really low MR that's all...
He isn't so terrible, just need to have some good resistance (MR 150+) a Tank, a healer( cleric/dru/Shammy is enough), and a damage dealer (Wizzy or Rog)
A lot of misconceptions....
# Mar 01 2003 at 7:18 AM Rating: Decent
Hi all,

I have found that on message boards and in game (at least on the Drinal server) there is a lot of confusion as to who this guy is and how hard he is to take down.

He is level 52, not level 55+ and not level 60 like people like to say =). If he spawns as anything other than 52 I have not seen it. As a level 52 mage he cons even to me.

Also as near as I can tell he is a random spawn. I spent levels 45-51 in the room below the TM and in the TM's room and only saw him twice. Of course that was only 2 days, but still I cleared the skellies countless times and only saw him twice.

Now at 52 I do AA exp there and have only seen him twice. A person was telling me earlier tonight though that they saw him twice yesterday, so if you're wondering where my conclusion comes from that he's random, it's just from my experience. I do however believe that the skellies need to be cleared before he will spawn but I can't confirm that.

Tonight he spawned while I was camping that room and I thought what the heck. I told 2 friends that were hanging around in the lower room (a 45 cleric and warrior) to stand back because I was probably going to get charmed, and I malise pulled him. The tunnel to the lower room drops you out of sight so he cannot see you and has to stop casting, then he comes to tunnel entrance and that's where I sent my pet in.

(On a side note, please don't flame me saying that mobs can see through walls. They can, but they have trouble with the Z axis and the tunnel drops you down below him, that's why it interrupts his spell and he has to show his ugly face).

Personally I didn't see what the big deal was. He charmed me off the bat and made me nuke my friends who hadn't backed away =P, and he sent me running around while he killed my pet. My pet dropped him 2 bubs of health before he died, and by the time he died I was well out of range and could have cast another pet. However there were afk people in the tunnel and I didn't want to attack him again without letting them know that I might come through charmed, so I zoned out. He did 0 damage to me, he just kept trying to charm me.

I went back to kill him but he had despawned.

My strategy next time is to pull him to tunnel entrance, send pet and get myself charmed (I'll warn the zone first). He'll send me on my rampage, when charm breaks cast and send again. I'm guessing 3 or 4 pets should wrap it up pretty nicely. I guess we'll see =)
RE: A lot of misconceptions....
# Sep 03 2003 at 7:26 PM Rating: Decent
I would just like to say that I was there today - for the first time. We were a group in our 40's and we got him to spawn 4 times. We did as the one post said - we killed all the skeletons - then we killed the taskmaster - then we killed the skeletons again. He popped for us each time. It was not an instant pop - usually a 2-3 minute wait after the last skell was killed the second time.
# Feb 21 2003 at 1:57 PM Rating: Decent
Ok, last night a 61 Shammy and I camped the taskmaster (who is a Shissar snake).
A really nice guy from 'Ring of Myrth and Mayhem' (lvl 48 ) was camping the room outside. (Had left his camp earlier to come show me where TM room was.)
Anyway, while we are waiting between spawns, we are helping the other guy, and he lets us know he cleared that entire room with no Xilniov spawning.
We clear the room, no Xilniov. (Since that time have checked here, and seen debate as to whether he randomly spawns after killing all the skellies or is on a timer.)
TM spawns about 4-5 times, we keep killing skellies, no Xilniov - then poof! A terror thought spawns (non-targetable). Now we did not try to leave at this time so don't know if it would have been even possible. We are fully buffed and FOM - guy from RoM&M joins group - we figure we can take Xilniov......needed to refigure. Terror thought transforms into Xilniov - ytm and guy, and db to shammy. First thing that happens is we are all stunned....uh-oh. Next thing we know, shammy's pet is charmed and attacking her. I cast celestial and then superior...it keeps her alive, but X agros on me-brings shammy and her pet to help him. I am knocked down to one bubble, charmed and then feared. After that, all I see is me running up against a wall. Shammy and guy manage to escape, but X did not follow. End of the story: We all made it to zone finally w/o dying and got no drops. Camped somewhere else now! LOL
Ahh scary
# Feb 19 2003 at 8:06 PM Rating: Decent
NUKE HIM NUKE HIM LIKE NO OTHER thats the best way to kill him its too hard to melee him because he stuns you for like 5 mins and will very easily kill or charm any pets you have
Does he aggro off anything else in room?
# Jan 30 2003 at 1:53 PM Rating: Decent
Just curious. Will he jump in and help if you are smacking skelly's or TM?
RE: Does he aggro off anything else in room?
# Jul 03 2003 at 8:50 PM Rating: Default
No He Won't, i was in the room below the other day soloing that low level shtuff and he popped when an enchanter was messin around up there and i saw him, he was casting damage shields on the skellies and on the TM, so the enchanter had to wait about 5 minutes for him to despawn
He is bad alright
# Sep 11 2002 at 11:47 AM Rating: Excellent
Was leveling my druid (I am a level 52 Paladin and my druid is 37) there and had the company of a 44 Beastlord, this guy spawns, I tell the BL that we can take him. Next thing I know, both me and the BL are charmed and attacking my druid, we both kill him and then I look and see that I am standing in front of Xil and he is making me heal him! Charm finally wore off, I DA'd and ran to the zone, the only one that ended up dying was the druid.
RE: He is bad alright
# Dec 15 2002 at 10:06 AM Rating: Decent
574 posts
I was tehre with my 43 Bst today me and a ranger took out the taskmaster and a couple of the skele's with a bit of trouble. anyways after some healing action i take a look up there to see if taskie is up again.

lo and behold this guy is up conning a big red to me. fortunately a 61wiz mate of mine was in the zone so i call him over for some action.

Xiliniov resisted all of his spells, admittedly (thankfully to) my wiz mate resisted all his spells, since i dont like the idea of a charmed 61 wiz running through the zone. we all managed to zone although my group memeber got charmed and took it out on me. fortunately for me rangers suck as MT(hehehe). all got out safely though
The Real Iksar

my alt got some boots from this mess...
# Aug 28 2002 at 4:12 PM Rating: Default
My guild and I went to camp the taskmaster for Shissar organs a few nights ago. Xil, taskmaster, and skellies were all currently spawned when we got there, they went after the taskmaster, and Xil agroed on me, charmed me, and me and my lvl 52 druid spells killed the rest of my group and Xil ran off and forgot about me so I lived through it. We had like one group and an extra person. there were ultimately about 9 people there but never more than 7 at any one time. All were high 40s to 50s, cleric, necro, druid, bard, 2 pallies, a shaman, and a war, I think someone else was there but I don't remember. anyway, he spawned again after about 3 taskmasters had spawned, we killed him that time, the next time, and the last time he spawned I ended up mezzed and some other people got charmed so we all died again, except for me, he forgot about me again. guess I'm not worth the trouble. I've heard he despawns after a while but I'm not sure how long, it's probably in here somewhere, and he was spawning approximately every 2-4 taskmaster spawn time periods. hope someone finds this info useful.
interesting battle
# Aug 11 2002 at 3:27 AM Rating: Decent
53 druid, 52 cleric, 51 war, 48 ranger .. saw a thought terror mob that looks like him in middle of the room untargetable so i used tremor to try to pull it and next thing ya know ,, theres Xinlaiv hitting me for over 270. Got him down to 40% before we figured out we were losing and i let everyone else run and i stayed to die. never got charmed by the way and root didnt stick of course.
Bad boy
# Jul 19 2002 at 4:37 AM Rating: Decent
This one ain't the toughest, but he is one bad mob. We took him down twice last night. The group consisted of 51 ranger, 51 druid, 51 mage, 52 bard, 53 shaman, and a 45 cleric. The second time around we had a 49 warrior in place of the bard. When I pulled this guy, we kinda did things backwards, as opposed to the usual. When the shaman saw him, he immediately started laying on the debuffs, of course this made the two tanks have to work a bit to get taunt, but the difference it made was worth the risk. With this mob debuffed we didn't see too many of the 285 damage slaps, like we did the first time.
In both fights, somebody got mezzed or charmed. Both fights ended with everyone at full health, and our cleric at 20 mana. Dropped the boots and the gloves.
Good camp, chain pull dungeon exp.
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