Essence Lens  

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Maximum Level:115
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
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Era:Lost Dungeons of Norrath
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
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Entered: Fri May 24 21:29:09 2002
Modified: Mon Oct 7 02:23:04 2019
Find yourself a Prismatic Dragon Scale in Sleeper's Tomb. These scales are rare drops off the warders. (If The Sleeper has been awaken, any mob in ST will drop it rarely).

Approach a dragon named Melalafen in the Western Wastes (indifferent by default, on the faction Disciples of Kerafym).

You say, 'What Prismatic Dragon Scale?"

Melalafen says, 'You have a scale? A scale from Kerafyrm himself? His long slumber, or the battles after he was freed, must have weakened him a great deal! One such as our master does not shed. If this is true, and you possess what you say, there is hope for us. With his scale, we can create a focus which gives us a chance to locate him in the far ether. But wait! If you have his scale, you must have been in his tomb! You are the ones who were responsible for freeing him, yes? If this is so, we owe you a debt, for carrying out Jaled'Dar's Plan. Give us the scale and we shall reward you well. We also require the key Jaled'Dar crafted for you to enter the tomb. His tomb is a holy place, and the likes of you should not be allowed to further defile it. We shall not compromise, the key and the scale.

Handing over just the scale results in:

Melalafen says, 'We require BOTH the key and the scale, mortal. Do not attempt to cheat us.

So hand in your key, too:

Melalafen says, 'Thank you for returning this to us. Here is your reward, imbued with the essence of a fool who held one of the keys to our Masters prison. If you are unhappy with your reward, return it to us and perhaps we can give you something more appropriate.

Your faction standing with DisciplesofKerafyrm got better.
Your faction standing with ClawsofVeeshan got better.
Your faction standing with RingofScale got better.
Your faction standing with Kromzek got worse.
You gain party experience!

The first reward is the Essence Lens. You can turn those in for something else, and repeat that process until you find something to your liking.
Submitted by: Zhua Zhing
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Quest is level restricted
# May 22 2020 at 5:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Melalafen would not accept the Prismatic Dragon Scale or Sleeper's Key from my level 5 Shadow Knight on Zek. I really wanted the Essence Blade to kill noobs with... :(
# Oct 05 2019 at 9:59 AM Rating: Decent
502 posts
is this quest available on TLP servers? on Mangler (as of this post currently 5 weeks into Velious) we have killed the Ancients and the other ST bosses well over a dozen times and have not seen this Prismatic Dragon Scale drop.

Edited, Oct 5th 2019 11:10am by Zaztik
# Oct 05 2019 at 10:07 AM Rating: Decent
502 posts
upon further research, it looks like the Scale doesn't start dropping until at least the Luclin expansion has been unlocked, however Melalafen the turn in guy for this quest may not be up until LDON has unlocked as well, not 100% sure on this but I will update later this year!
# Oct 06 2019 at 8:24 PM Rating: Excellent
Zaztik wrote:
upon further research, it looks like the Scale doesn't start dropping until at least the Luclin expansion has been unlocked, however Melalafen the turn in guy for this quest may not be up until LDON has unlocked as well, not 100% sure on this but I will update later this year!

Changed the era over to LDoN and all the rewards as well since this is locked behind the quest giver.
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Key Question.
# Feb 21 2007 at 12:56 PM Rating: Decent
73 posts
If I hand over my ST Key will I still be able to enter the tomb (The key is added to /key) or does the hand in actually strip the key from my keyring?
Cheap Melalafen
# May 22 2005 at 9:36 AM Rating: Excellent
387 posts
he is cheap. If the key was tradeable, i would give you a friggen cobalt bp, edge of envelopment, and 40k etc. I think it is a silly quest for now, as most of the rewards are out of date, and a silly quest back then, because the rewards were not on par with the rewards of ST.
# Dec 12 2003 at 5:41 PM Rating: Default
you dont have to lose your key..

quest to get it back, just turn in your essence piece and vola, your key is back. you could perhaps turn in your key for a nice sword, go xping or raiding something else, then when its almost time to raid warders, just turn in the essence thing and get your key back.

doh thats right, have to get another scale to get weapon back. too early for me to look stuff up. anyway, you can get your key back.

Edited, Fri Dec 12 17:44:50 2003
# Oct 08 2003 at 2:50 AM Rating: Decent
Any one know if this still requires lvl 58?
Quest has changed.
# Mar 23 2003 at 1:00 PM Rating: Decent
I won a scale in ST about 5 days ago. I'd remembered seeing this quest here so I looked it up again to find out the details after I left ST. For 4 days I roamed around Western Wastes and had trackers look for Melalafen and couldn't find him. A guy in my guild mentioned that there was a gnome outside the ST zone that said something about a scale when you talked to him. Upon hailing him he told me something along the lines of there used to be a dragon that would take your key and that if I had the trinket from the dragon he would return the key. He also said I had proof I had been in Sleeper's he wanted to see it, and that he was especially interested in a scale. I gave him the scale and he gave me the essence lens and a 2nd sleeper's key. I gave back the lens, got the mace, the mace and got the sword, the sword and got the pearl, the pearl and got the ring, the ring and got the lens and a 3rd key. Then I recycled back to the item I wanted.

Edited, Sun Mar 23 12:30:39 2003
# Feb 23 2003 at 1:36 PM Rating: Default
Fun zone :)
# Nov 08 2002 at 7:57 PM Rating: Excellent
Couldn't you do this quest now easy if you had a key? I mean, couldn't you turn your key in after it's on your keyring, get the reward, and still have access to ST?
RE: Keyring
# Mar 20 2003 at 4:05 AM Rating: Good
232 posts
I can only confirm that it does get added to /key and that alone lets you in every other zone. No clue if Sleeper's has special code though sorry.
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#Anonymous, Posted: Jul 29 2002 at 10:13 AM, Rating: Unrated, (Expand Post) Message has high abuse count and will not be displayed.
# Mar 28 2005 at 2:35 AM Rating: Excellent
387 posts
Calm down, take a double dose of tranquilizer. Why do you have to post the forums with such nonsense?

<edit> Thank you for taking the post down. The guy repeated the subject like a thousand times. I am sorry if anyone gets offended by the subject </edit>

Edited, Tue Mar 29 20:13:29 2005
people are forgetting something
# Jul 15 2002 at 1:20 AM Rating: Default
you may look at this quest and think: oh ill get an essence mace. then say some uber weapon thats better drops and u get it. does your essence mace rot? no, u go in and trade with melalafen for a lens. then that gets upgraded so u trade for earring.

in essence (pun intended), you are getting the inherent flexibility of any of the 5 items. only when you outgrow all 5 items will this quest be outlived.

since gear changes all the times, this flexibility is incredible and imo worth far more than any 1 of the 5 rewards. hell if i did this and was otw to a tov raid i might cycle items for a specific mob then cycle it back after leaving tov rofl.
#Anonymous, Posted: Jun 26 2002 at 1:20 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Do you fooktards beleive everything you hear? .... ahh hand in your key? lol your ******, yah lose your key.
# Jun 02 2002 at 2:19 AM Rating: Default
Anyone know how to raise Disciples of Kerafyrm faction if you're kos to melalafen?
Sleeper Coming Back
# May 26 2002 at 6:33 PM Rating: Decent
Um Not sure if anyone else noticed this but The NPC clearly states...."there is hope for us. With his scale, we can create a focus which gives us a chance to locate him in the far ether." So there may be a possibility that once the sleeper has been awakened ( forutunately he hasn't on Tmarr yet) that this is merely the beginning of a quest to get him back. Not that this would necessarily be a good thing. So perhaps this is like that Halloween quest in NRo where you turn in enough scales and the SLeeper respawns...Possibly asleep and possibly with the warders.... This quest opens up a lot of questions regarding the sleeper.....
RE: Sleeper Coming Back
# May 31 2002 at 6:46 AM Rating: Default
umm sleeper was awoken on TM by ED once another guild was able to kill sleepers 1 and 2 the next morning they awoke him...
RE: Sleeper Coming Back
# May 31 2002 at 6:47 AM Rating: Default
once another guild was able to kill warders 1 and 2 even
RE: Sleeper Coming Back
# May 27 2002 at 7:20 AM Rating: Decent
Sounds to me as if you have to do this a number of times, or be lucky. The NPC states: 'gives us a chance to...'

Probably too few people have been willing to give up their ST key to try.

It seems stange ti include one time content, where the sleeper could never be encountered again, so it makes sence to include quests to bring him back. It ALSO makes sence to requre turning in a ST keys, so whoever brings him back, cant just go wake him again.
I hate Inner Circle
# May 25 2002 at 2:02 PM Rating: Default
Sleeper woke up in Xegony server thanks to this stupid guild (Inner Circle), all b/c they were made at another guild...
Sure i probably wouldve never seen ST but if someone was to wake sleeper we wouldve liked an announcement so we can all go see and get killed by sleeper himself =)
all i wanted was a nice little screenshot of me sneaking up behind him and giving him a copper =)

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# May 25 2002 at 1:54 PM Rating: Default
do you lose your ST key in this quest? Pain in the butt to get... don't want to lose mine.
Just a Thought..
# Apr 08 2002 at 11:00 AM Rating: Default
When you kill malafen he drops an essense lens from time to time, anyone tried just getting faction and turning that in to get other rewards?
# Mar 02 2002 at 6:19 PM Rating: Default
Most people wonder why a guild would ever bother to release the Sleeper. Yeah... primal's pretty much gone, now you have to kill the 3 golems. Okay, so you can't get a ton of primal anymore. Guess what --- you can *still* get priceless, and tons of it. Priceless, compared to primal, *already* dropped like candy before the Sleeper was awakened. Guess what. Priceless still drops like candy. Know what this all means? The guilds that were killing warders and golems for a long time, before they killed Ventani and unlocked the Sleeper, have a ton of weapons with an extra bit of AC plus a proc that doesn't do anything a few buffs (not even avatar would be necesary) couldn't almost replicate.

The guilds that go up in the future won't have access to quite as many (well, a lot less...) primal weapons. Boo-hoo. Primals aren't the best weapons in the game. Just like epics were stepping stones to primals, primals (or priceless, big difference) are stepping stones to even better weapons.

I wasn't part of Paradigm when they were the third guild to release the Sleeper. They not only got to release him, but... due to a bug in the code that was supposed to release him, the Sleeper's messages were heard, but he didn't actually come out. GMs were confused and apologetic. Paradigm came in later and killed Ventani again, finally releasing the Sleeper. They not only got the prestige of being #3, they also got the prestige of essentially doing it twice. No other guild got the chance.

I'm not bitter about the primal access being limited. It makes the weapons people already have more of an icon, and weapons people get in the future all that more special due to increased rarity. Frankly, I think it's hard to complain about only being able to get gobs of priceless. They're still very good weapons.

As for these quests... yeah, rewards are kinda dippy due to the... magnitude of what you need to accomplish. If you didn't have to turn in your ST key, AND some changes were made.. (I dunno... add a lot of AC to the earring, upgrade AC / stats on other pieces).. I think it'd be a nice little bonus for the accomplishment of releasing the Sleeper. And remember --- Verant, as far as I know, is eventually going to do something MORE with the Sleeper (i.e. make a quest to kill him). Guess what --- betcha anything you first have to release him from the Tomb, *THEN* do the quest.
RE: Explanation
# May 04 2002 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
I don't give a flying crap about primal. It's the drops from the warders now dissapearing that concerns me. Luckily Karana is a generally peaceful server, so no one has awoken the sleeper to ***** others over yet
RE: Explanation
# May 04 2002 at 2:06 PM Rating: Default
khaguk, you're a ****

primals are NEEDED by guilds to take that next step up. avatar is a 10% - 15% dps increase to all melee classes and in primals its a proc saving shammy mana in primal avatar or emeralds in normal avatar. with 20 odd melee on a couple of minutes timer thats a LOT of mana / emeralds.

stop kissing paradigm *** you dipsh1t
RE: Explanation
# Jun 30 2002 at 12:54 AM Rating: Default
Actually, if you are in a guild with few keys, haveing the sleeper wokened makes its easier to farm primal (ie, you couldn't farm those big guys weekly, but you can get the 3 other guys every 2 days)And actually, avatar raises DPS about 15-25%, not 10-15 hehe.
# Jan 22 2002 at 11:50 AM Rating: Decent
I'm not going to get deeply involved....but why not do what our server does?

Kill Ventani all the time for the loot, but leave the first Warder up. That keeps the sleeper out of commission, and the rest of the server happy, while letting you have the pleasure of saying you killed Ventani, and letting you get his loot....
RE: Hmm
# May 04 2002 at 2:10 PM Rating: Decent
because some guilds are greedy fvcks

like triton

have a nice day :)
#Anonymous, Posted: Jan 22 2002 at 2:54 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) First of all, nobody asked you. Second, we didn't kill Ventani because of Vindication's actions. We did it because it was there. It was something to do that was challenging and fun.
#Anonymous, Posted: Jan 22 2002 at 12:47 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Sleeper got awoken tonight, 1/21/02, on Druzzil Ro by a bunch of losers in HOSS. Course, they only did it because a bunch of even BIGGER losers in Vindication went Free For All for all ubers on the server. If you ask me, it's all GHEY!
#Anonymous, Posted: Jan 03 2002 at 3:52 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Ok, I heard in guildchat once that primal dropped off the motg. So it is POSSIBLE to get primal after the ******** uberguild kills all 4 warders. (EVEN THO THEY DIDNT HAVE TO DO IT FOR VENTANI LOOT)
RE: primal
# Jan 11 2002 at 5:03 PM Rating: Good
After all 4 warders are awakened there are only 3 mobs in the zone who will drop Primal, and that is The Final Arbitor, The Proginator, and Master of the Guard. Each has a chance to drop primal, but they dont always drop it. None of the other golems or gargoyles will drop it, they drop priceless which is exactly the same as Primal minus 5ac and the avatar effect. And if your guild can get keys, chances are they will still go there for the small possibility of getting some primal. Stop Whining. If you want to whine to someone do it to Verant and tell them to put in a quest to reseal the Sleeper. Then your 4 warders will come back. Thank you have a nice day.
Essence Items
# Dec 03 2001 at 10:42 PM Rating: Default
These items are totally uber and virtually the best some people could ever hope to get...

People are saying the earrings are no good cuz they have no AC blah who cares they have 10stam and 65hps plus resists

Anyone who can get these earrings will already have copius amounts of AC and unless you are a main Battletank at this lvl you know that hitpoints and resists are far more important to you than AC..these items are awesome for the general raid population and anyone in possesion of the full set would be hard to kill...imagine duelling them..

Also the Ac on the other items makes up for the lack of iit on the earring anyway imho

Personally i would gladly delevel from 60 to 55 if my reward was a full set of this stuff though i doubt i'll ever even see someone else get it let alone myself

Congrats to you lucky ducks that have em 8)
i dont get it
# Nov 28 2001 at 9:34 PM Rating: Default
whaddaya mean by cycling it over until you get what you want? i dont get what that means to do
RE: i dont get it
# Nov 29 2001 at 9:25 AM Rating: Decent
35 posts
What that means is that when you finish the quest, the quest giver gives you an item that is a reward but may not be appropriate for your class. If you don't like the reward, you give it back to the quest giver, and he gives you a different reward. If you do this enough times you will get the first reward again. It's just a way to let you choose one of several different rewards.
#Anonymous, Posted: Nov 28 2001 at 2:44 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Ascent (A Uber Guild) go's to Sleeper's tomb sometimes on Rodcet Nife
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