Researcher's Badge (Badge #3)  

Quest Started By:Description:
Maximum Level:115
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Quest Goal:
  • Loot
Factions Raised:
Factions Lowered:
Quest Items:
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Era:Planes of Power
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Mon Aug 20 16:25:41 2001
Modified: Sat Apr 20 00:49:58 2019
This is the third in the Qeynos Badge Quest series. You must do the first two before doing this one.

You say, 'Hail, Vegalys Keldrane'

Vegalys Keldrane says 'Greetings to you, citizen. By order of the Council of Qeynos I have been given the duty of apprehending the individuals [responsible] for unleashing this terrible plague upon the people and the lands of Antonius Bayle. The more I look into this matter, the more I come to find that this will be no easy task.

You say, 'I wish to further advance'

Vegalys Keldrane says 'Interested in advancing further are you? We have gathered
a great deal of information as a result of the latest series of arrests. We do require [interrogators] that are able to pry the information we require out those less then
willing to talk. Also, Velarte Selire at the Temple of Life is looking for help with his [research]. You may wish to talk with him.

At this part I thought that no new quest was added, but then I saw the second set of [ ]

You say, 'I will help with his research'

Vegalys Keldrane says 'Excellent! The more I learn from my investigators the more I find that these Bloodsabers have stretched their tendrils of influence all throughout our beloved city. Nevertheless, we are committed to exposing these fiends once and for all. Perhaps you would like to become an [investigator]?

This just leads back to the original quest. Instead of following that lead go seek out Velarte Selire. He is standing outside in the courtyard at the Temple of Life.

You say, 'Hail, Velarte Selire'

Velarte Selire says 'Hello Nandarr . Antonius Bayle and the council have ordered a full investigation of these folks that call themselves the Bloodsabers. I hear his
plan is to eventually round up every member of this strange disease worshipping cult and bring them in to answer for their terrible crimes against our city and people. [Vegalys] Keldrane is heading up the investigation.

Nice little loop they got going eh? Try asking "What research"

You say, 'what research'

Velarte Selire says 'We are currently in the process of conducting research into viable ways to bring an end to this terrible plague. This suffering has gone on long enough. Being a researcher doesn't take strength or brute force, though those qualities do sometimes help. Being a researcher takes intelligence first and foremost. No offense, but not everyone has that quality. This will be no easy task. Are you still [interested] in helping us with our research?

You say, 'I am interested'

Velarte Selire says 'Still interested? Very well then Nandarr, you look rather intelligent. As a show of your commitment to this task, please turn in your
[Interrogator's Badge].

At this point I give him the badge. He gives me a Research Briefing, which tells me how curing diseased rats with enchanted rats work (see bottom).

Velarte Selire says 'It seems Vegalys trusts you, so I guess I can trust you as well. Take this briefing. It explains the current state of our research and it explains the test you will be conducting. If you can conduct the test successfully, the Temple of Life shall be in your debt and we shall use the findings to continue our work. However, we have a [problem] we need assistance with first.

You say, 'what problem'

Velarte Selire says 'Unfortunately, those vile followers of the Plague Bringer are still attempting to foul up our plans. Several our [test animals] have been stolen from us by a gnome, a member of the Dark Reflection. These animals are very important to our research, as the briefing describes.

You say, 'what test animals'

Velarte Selire says 'These animals were enchanted with a sort of anti-disease aura. It sounds crazy but we thought that perhaps we could use a sort of 'anti-epidemic' to spread a cure to this disease. However, this aura is as of yet imperfect and also quite [volatile]. We had hoped to use rats to spread the cure, much in the same way they often spread disease.

You say, 'how volatile?'

Velarte Selire says 'Yes, the enchantment we placed on the rodents does not last long at all. It disperses its curing magic almost instantly. We fashioned several containers at great expense and they have the ability to preserve an enchantment for long periods of time. After enchanting a rat we [place them in the container] until we are ready to conduct our tests.

You say, 'place them in the container?'

Velarte Selire says 'Oh, I assure you it is completely humane and the rats do seem to enjoy prolonged exposure to the enchantment while in the container. In fact, it is all we can do to get them out of the containers once we put them in! In any case, those containers are dreadfully expensive to make and those rats. . . Well, we have begun to become sort of attached to them. Please find this [gnome].

You say, 'what gnome'

Velarte Selire says 'Her name is Oobnopterbevny Biddilets. She was last seen high tailing it across the Plains of Karana. She infiltrated our temple and stole the containers that had our beloved rodents, which were already enchanted and prepared for our next round of tests. I shudder to think of what this monster may be doing to those poor animals. Anyway, retrieve them at any cost. You will need them for the [test] you will be conducting.

You say, 'what test'

Velarte Selire says 'The briefing explains how the test is to be conducted but first you need to find the test animals. Get the rodents first from that gnome. Then give
me your Researcher's Briefing and we will start the test. Release all three rodents as directed then give me the three Empty Enchanted Jars. If you were able to cure all of the diseased rodents by properly using our enchanted rodents, we will consider this test a success and you shall be rewarded with the Researchers Badge.

The Gnome we need to find wanders in West Karana. I found a very nice lady by the name of Trisica who was able to bring me right to the spot where this gnome spawns , as she was killed earlier by Oobnopterbevny.

You will need to go to loc is -2061.01, -3813.94, 7.71, its near a farm. When Oobnopterbevny is up, she will shout 'What a lovely diseased filled place! Tra la la.' Now I was able to track her down at the loc above, she conned green to me (im 55)and indiff to me in wolf form. She is a necromancer but not a very tough one, however, I did get exp upon killing her. This leads me to believe that she's around 40 - 42, just a guess.

I looted "Live enchanter jar 1 thru 3" off her. These items are small so they will fit in yer bags. Then I returned to North Qeynos.

Since I was ready to start my test, having the jars that Velarte Selire wanted (NOTE: do not turn them into him yet) I turned in the book he gave me (NOTE: You have 6 Norrathian hours to complete this test)

NOTE: READ the book first! Study it, you'll understand whats going on below better. Upon turning in the book rats will spawn behind you each on its own tile. Facing Velarte Selire the tiles look as follows:

E = enchanted rat
0 = empty slot
X= diseased rat
1 = healthy rat

1 x x 0
0 x x x
0 1 1 x
0 0 0 0

So in order to have a successful test you need to cure all rats. So take your 3 enchanted rats and place them as follows:

1 x x E <---- FIRST
E x x x <--- THIRD
0 1 1 x
0 0 0 E <--- SECOND

"Dropping" a jar in a tile is just like handing something in to an NPC. (NOTE: make SURE your dropping it on the right tile) After all the rats are cured you should have "Empty enchanter jar 1 thru 3" these are also small items and will fit in yer bags. Now you can turn the 3 jars into Velarte Selire. After doing so he will despawn along with the rats.

Velarte Selire says 'You did it! You have proven you have the intelligence required and you may wear this Researcher's Badge with pride! Thank you for returning the jars.

Your faction standing with Priests of Life has been adjusted by 5.
Your faction standing with Knights of Thunder has been adjusted by 1.
Your faction standing with Guards of Qeynos has been adjusted by 2.
Your faction standing with Bloodsabers has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Antonius Bayle has been adjusted by 1.
You gain experience.

You receive the Researchers Badge
Submitted by: Nandarr Shadowood
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Faction for completion
# Dec 29 2017 at 12:39 PM Rating: Good
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[Fri Dec 29 13:35:44 2017] Velarte Selire says, 'You did it! You have proven you have the intelligence required and you may wear this Researcher's Badge with pride! Thank you for returning the jars.'
[Fri Dec 29 13:35:44 2017] Your faction standing with Priests of Life has been adjusted by 5.
[Fri Dec 29 13:35:44 2017] Your faction standing with Knights of Thunder has been adjusted by 1.
[Fri Dec 29 13:35:44 2017] Your faction standing with Guards of Qeynos has been adjusted by 2.
[Fri Dec 29 13:35:44 2017] Your faction standing with Bloodsabers has been adjusted by -1.
[Fri Dec 29 13:35:44 2017] Your faction standing with Antonius Bayle has been adjusted by 1.
[Fri Dec 29 13:35:44 2017] You gain experience (with a bonus)!
[Fri Dec 29 13:36:00 2017] You say, 'Researcher's Badge'

And yes if you fail or take too log examining the possibilities (as I did the first time) you have to start over with the first badge!
The Puzzle
# Feb 02 2009 at 9:08 AM Rating: Decent
76 posts
Apparently you get a different puzzle each time and if you fail the test then I guess you have to start back with Badge #1.
Cocked, Locked and Ready to Rock!
Wrong information
# Apr 28 2007 at 2:01 AM Rating: Decent

Player beware: the above posted configuration for placing the enchanted jars is wrong.

Edited, Apr 30th 2007 2:56am by Shadowhawke
Finding Oob
# Mar 06 2005 at 7:35 PM Rating: Decent
52 Mage here, Piece of cake, used sense summoned she was killing the two named cyclops'. She conn'd DB pet was green. After reading the posts here I was a wee bit nervous, but none of her attempts to cast on me landed, pet wnet down to 80% I was fine, cast Elemental Maelstrom, and 2 Lava Bolts she went down. Got exp too. Still hesitant on the 4th badge but will get to it soon.
Finding oob
# Jan 05 2004 at 5:35 AM Rating: Decent
47 posts
As a 51 Pally, i found the spell "Sense the Dead" very usefull to track her pet!
Tough fight, she got me to Full mana to zero mana and half health before she died... She was only Dark Blue, but not great xp...
For paly's reading this :
Make sure to buff you with "Endure Poison" and "Endure Magic", as she casts serious DOTs... and Fear!
I would recommand fearing her pet if you solo her, cancelling her buffs, stunning her as soon as she try casting... Should be an easy fight for 50+...
Only my 2 coppers...

Edited, Mon Jan 5 05:39:07 2004
RE: Finding oob
# Jun 10 2005 at 2:04 PM Rating: Decent

Hiya man. Just a quick note to let ya know that after a few great years, Library of Knowledge has called it a day. Safe journey and good hunting to you bro!

Riverhawk, 56 Outrider, Library of Knowledge, Terris-Thule

(formerly Wolfraven, 35 Druid, Guardians of Wolven Spirit, Terris-Thule)
Fun Stuff
# Oct 29 2003 at 7:17 PM Rating: Excellent
I just got my researchers badge after curing the diseased rats. It was the first quest I've seen done like a puzzle. I thought it was a refreshing break from the hack and slash turn ins I've become used to. (even though you have to do some hack/slash/nuke to get to that point.) I rated this quest excellent! Its a good item for the lvl to acquire and is a lot of fun to do. I'm in my 57th season, so the hardest part for me was the puzzle, and not too difficult. (just like playing Othello) gl, tk, and remember, the price of victory should never cost you your honer!
Messed up
# Aug 24 2003 at 6:51 PM Rating: Decent
When i did this quest today I didn't cure all the rats. I had about 3 or so that were still diseased after I turned in the jars. I got the jars back empty though and when i gave them to Velarte I still got the badge...broken in a good way for once...
Bayle Faction?
# Aug 04 2003 at 11:03 PM Rating: Decent
30 posts
Why would one take an Antonious Bayle faction hit for this?

Could it be for conducting experiments in his city?
# Jul 16 2003 at 4:34 PM Rating: Decent
674 posts
"those containers are dreadfully expensive to make and those rats" - A mayonase jar?
'Valdon Gravedancer' Terris-Thule. Dwarven Cleric 34th circle.
'Junglebug Sugarpants' Terris-Thule. Halfling Druid. 52nd season.
'Shinook Eldergod' Terris-Thule. Troll Shaman of 32nd rite.
'Soultree Vixen' Terris-Thule. Woodelf Ranger of 34th season.
Misplaced Jars
# May 29 2003 at 1:14 PM Rating: Decent
I put a jar in the wrong place. How can I start the quest over?
# Apr 03 2003 at 11:11 AM Rating: Decent
i am kos to Velarte Selire who we turn badge into to get book. which faction is he on?...i am a 50 druid ally w/ queynos merchants and amiable to guards kos to corrupt guards. any help would be greatly appreciated......which faction and some quests would be nce...
RE: faction
# Jun 17 2003 at 6:03 PM Rating: Decent
Temple of life faction, My Ogre war of rallos zek goes non KOS to everything in North qeynos using those shaman illusion human potions. Havent checked out the temple of life yet, but i can only hope its at least dubious.

Otherwise look into the moonstones quest, will take the slaughter of alot of gnolls that way tho.
RE: faction
# Jan 15 2004 at 4:06 AM Rating: Decent
Once get to dubious to temple of life, kill the bandits in karanas and save the sashes. Turn em in to Cheslin in Temple of Thunder. Will move your faction rapidly from that point.

Henor Wolfmoon
Pantheon of Heroes
possile lvl upgrade?
# Mar 22 2003 at 4:55 AM Rating: Decent
Just killed her..maybe thy changed her lvl because she was light blue to a 60 war. Easy enuff to kill but she went down a fighter.

At 3131 hp / 1195 ac she tok me below half. Armed at the time with a Swiftblade of Zek and Velium Maul of Superiority. I was a little surprised. Only conned her when i was down 2 bbs because i was wondering what the hell was going on.
Buff up!
# Feb 09 2003 at 1:54 AM Rating: Decent
I did this quest today. I am a 44 druid. After buffing myself up I took on the necro. She conned dark blue to me. I rooted her and her pet apart, then nuked them both. She dot'd me pretty good, but I managed to heal myself back up. Overall not the hardest mob I've ever soloed, but not exactly a piece of cake, either. My test was also totally different from the one posted above, but the advice is sound. Read the book and understand what's going on. You don't have to heal all the rats, just use the method shown and cure at least 3.
Help from the Cyclops
# Feb 03 2003 at 4:24 PM Rating: Decent
21 posts
Having tracked Oob for a while, I found that her path takes her past the 2 named Cyclops, (Choon & other). They then get into a fight between them. The cyclops are both killed but Oob and her pet have taken damage.

Some of her spells are spent and neither are at full health ... every little helps! Lvl 51 Bst and lvl 45 Rng took them down. The Bst took on Oob, while the Rng took down the pet, then helped finish off Oob. The Bst took a lot of DoTs in that time but both survived to tell the tale, hence this post now. :o)
quest complete
# Jan 14 2003 at 10:31 AM Rating: Decent
38 posts
If you are still having problems with this quest or want to get more information. Check out:

Feonyx 58th Paladin of The White Cross
Possibly Broken now
# Jan 01 2003 at 9:35 AM Rating: Decent
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I just tried this part of the quest this morning and I was given a totally different Puzzle then stated in the other posts. Here was the initial sequence.

X= empty
D= Diseased Rat
H= Healthy Rat
V= Velarte /sp
1= First Move



First Move

D D 1


I then had no idea how to finish the puzzle up. After 10 mins the Rat despawned and so did Velarte /sp.

Everyone else was showing 4 x 4 tile sequence where as I got a 3 x 4 Tile sequence. Anyone have any ideas about whats up with this?

Edited, Wed Jan 1 21:57:47 2003
RE: Possibly Broken now
# Feb 03 2003 at 10:42 PM Rating: Decent
I got the same pattern tonight. It looked like I only had the 3x4 pattern until I rotated and then I could see the 4th row of of tiles kind of sticking out of the wall.
Fun Quest
# Dec 06 2002 at 5:47 PM Rating: Decent
35 posts
I think this has to be one of the best series of quests in the game.

I got my Researcher's Badge last night. Had my level 53 guild chanter come with me. Did the dialogue, got the book and headed to WK.

I remembered from a few weeks ago that I passed Ooby while running along the wall from the Barb fishing village to the turn to head into QH. She was standing there with her pet and conned indifferent.

So, I went back to that spot, but she wasn't there. Then I noticed I was on the Y axis that was mentioned in the quest overview above. I followed that due East to just before the Miller farm (Clint Jr. was standing in the fenced area just west of the farmhouse).

We took a seat and waited for about 15 minutes. Ooby and her pet walked right in front of us. I pulled her with a slow while the chanter mezzed the pet. I got hit with three DoT's from Ooby, but she hardly was able to hit me at all, so I was able to get off a heal just in case. Took her down, but she does have a lot of HPs. The pet went down with little trouble.

I looted the three jars and proceeded back to the Temple of Life area. I handed in the book and the rats appeared. It is different for every person, but I did the overhead camera view to make sure I was placing the jars in the right squares. It is all very easy if you read the book and see what they are up to. Finished the puzzle in about 45 seconds.

At first I thought I had screwed it up because I didn't realize the empty jars automatically pop back into your inventory. I handed the jars back to Vel and he and the rats despawned. Thank goodness, as the rats all started squeaking at the same time and was driving me insane.

I got the badge and am now getting ready to go for the Qeynos Badge of Honor.

BTW, the line that Ooby utters when you kill her is just hilarious... and a great tie-in to the quest.

Good luck!

Edited, Fri Dec 6 17:24:21 2002
mean lil light blue
# Nov 18 2002 at 1:34 AM Rating: Decent
39 posts
56 chanter, fully buffed and sans pet:
mezzed her pet, rooted her, dotted her, and continued to cast my biggest and second biggest nuke in repetition till she died. I ended up with a little under 200 hitpoints at the end of the fight, and 2 bubs of mana. She's got tons of hitpoints, so be careful.
Popped at the miller farm (or walked by, wasn't looking at the time) around early morning. If you sit on the slight incline behind the farm facing the road and just wait for a bit, you can't miss her.
tracking him
# Nov 14 2002 at 3:12 PM Rating: Decent
If you have the spell, Sense undead, then if "OOBY" is up, you should be able to stand on the north side of the corn fields in WK, and track him with it. Just kill the scarecrows that pop up on it first, then when they're dead, OOBY pops up, if not, then you get some ogre pet.
re Antonius
# Oct 15 2002 at 7:15 PM Rating: Decent
514 posts
I can't Follow-up or Reply to posts, so I'll just add a new one. (Sorry folks.)
Okay okay, I had a brain siezure. After I logged in everything worked again. Duh.

Rearding Antonius Baye faction: it goes UP. Kane is not listed after curing the rats and the only hit you take for the Researcher's Badge is with the Bloodsabers, but we were expecting that.

I thought this quest series was going to be much longer four badges. (Yes, I am bored.) Glad to see there is one more in Jaggedpine Forest.

Edited, Tue Oct 15 19:59:14 2002
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my run
# Oct 09 2002 at 10:46 PM Rating: Decent
v = Velarte Selire'


Placing the first jar yielded this:

1 H X X

Placing the second jar yielded this:

1 H X X
H H 2 H

Now for the third,

1 H X X
H 3 H H
H H 2 H
# Sep 30 2002 at 2:18 PM Rating: Decent
with all the diagrams, where is the character in reserence to the diagrams?

X X X X <<character faces here?

character faces here?
RE: Rats
# Oct 09 2002 at 10:50 PM Rating: Decent
Iits not quite a "do this and your home free" you have to solve your own puzzle, but I added in V = were Velarte Selire is standing.

Antonius Bayle???
# Sep 24 2002 at 10:05 PM Rating: Decent
Can anyone verify that faction is LOST with Antonius Bayle on this quest? It doesn't seem right that this quest shows him on the same faction side as Blood Sabers and not with Guards of Qeynos.
# Aug 15 2002 at 2:10 PM Rating: Decent
38 posts
When me and a monk (36 shaman, 43 monk) attacked here she was red to me, it says you need to be 40 to do the quest, strange.

Edited, Thu Aug 15 15:21:32 2002
Rat Layout
# Aug 14 2002 at 10:45 AM Rating: Decent
115 posts
For the reference of others, both my wife and I had the layout below:

H x x H
D x D x
x D D D
H x x H

Placing the first jar yielded this:

H x x H
D x D 1
x D D H
H x x H

Placing the second jar yielded this:

H x x H
H x D H
2 H H H
H x x H

Now for the third, we both used the first diagram, but the second would have worked as well:

H x x H
H 3 H H
H x x H

H x 3 H
H x H H
H x x H

I hope this helps someone.
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