Plague Knight Next Task  

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Maximum Level:115
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
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Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
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Entered: Tue May 7 19:12:10 2002
Modified: Thu Oct 29 02:20:38 2020
You say, 'Hail, Garret Zethkog'

Garret Zethkog says 'Hail Bertoxslaav! I am Garret Zethkog, first Shadowknight of the Dark Reflection. Long ago I made the journey far to the west to the human city of Qeynos. In the catacombs of the Bloodsabres, human disciples of the Plague Lord, Bertoxxulous, I studied the ways of the Shadowknight. I have returned to Ak'Anon with this knowledge and now tutor young gnomes that have [heard the calling] of the Dark Reflection in the ways of a Dark Knight of Bertoxxulous.'

You say, 'I have heard the calling'

Garret Zethkog says 'Bertoxxulous has gifted his faithful with the sight of the Dark Reflection, the ability to recognize the power of disease and decay and its importance as a catalyst of change and progress. We Shadowknights of the Dark Reflection are the champions of the Plague Bringer. It is our duty to embrace our gifts and use them to act as the agents of Bertoxxulous, doing his bidding unquestioningly. There are many however who oppose the Plague Lord and his servants. They do not understand the importance of our existence and we must [defend ourselves] against these foes lest they would have us destroyed.'

You say, 'how do we defend ourselves?'

Garret Zethkog says 'Every young Knight of the Dark Reflection must first learn the basics of combat and acquire a suit of armor to help turn aside the weapons of our enemies. Take this parchment to my sister Mimtia Zethkog and she will assist you in acquiring a set of suitable armor for a young shadownknight. Once you have been suitably outfitted return to me and I will instruct you on your [next task].'

You say, 'What next task?'

Garret Zethkog says 'There are many through out Norrath who oppose the Dark Reflection. Even here in our home, Ak'Anon, the Eldrich Collective and the Deep Muses oppose us and wish to see us exiled or eradicated. A Paladin of the Deep Muses, Donlix Bonkle, has been leading a group of zealots that is hunting young members of the Dark Reflection in the Steamfont Mountains. Seek Donlix Bonkle and eliminate him. When you have accomplished this task return to me with Donlix's Short Sword.'

Donlix Bonkle can be found at location -160, -1900 in the Steamfont Mountains. He drops Donlix's Short Sword. Give the sword to Garrett.

Garret Zethkog says, 'Well done _____. I am pleased that this threat to our young disciples of the Plague Bringer has been eliminated. Take this Dull Dark Reflection Short Sword and sharpen it in a forge with a sharpening stone. It may take you several attempts if you are unfamiliar with the process. Once the sword has been sharpened take it to Clockwork SmithXIII with an Ebon Drake Scales and he will put the finishing touches on your new weapon.'

Your faction standing with Dark Reflection has been adjusted by 10.
Your faction standing with Eldritch Collective has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Gem Choppers has been adjusted by -1.
Your faction standing with Deepmuses has been adjusted by -1.
You gain experience!

You receive a Dull Dark Reflection Short Sword. Combine it with a Sharpening Stone in a forge (trivial 19) to make Sharp Dark Reflection Short Sword.

Combine Sharp Dark Reflection Short Sword with a Sharpening Stone in a forge (trivial 19) to make Ebon Drake Scales.

Give the Sword and the Scales to Clockwork SmithXIII in the Ak'Anon mines.

Plague Knight Short Sword
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Froglok Shadowknights
# Oct 27 2020 at 4:56 PM Rating: Excellent
56 posts
Frogloks can't use this weapon since at the moment they can only be Innoruuk worshippers.
Wakk - 110 Berserker - Rosengard III - Phinigel.
# Jan 20 2005 at 8:17 PM Rating: Decent
Donlix is found at neg160, neg1900 among a group of other goody-goody gnome NPCs, the ones the other evil classes must kill for their newb quest. If you pull Donlix, his three buddies will most likely come, too. So, you'll be fighting a Paladin, Wizard, Rogue and Cleric!

Edited, Thu Jan 20 20:18:10 2005
The Drake Scale
# Oct 28 2004 at 1:05 PM Rating: Decent
Is the scale called, exactly, [Ebon Drake Scale] or can it be one of the lesser scales, such as [Pristine Lesser Ebon Drake Scale]?
Drake scale
# Jul 12 2002 at 11:01 AM Rating: Default
Well I have a 12th SK on Vallon.I was just exp'n near the Mino caves and kiled a Drake it dropped the scale.So it does drop.Oh another thing the rat obsolete modles in the mines of malf. drop the plates we need for our boots and gloves.
RE: Drake scale
# Aug 12 2003 at 3:31 PM Rating: Decent
78 posts
what does drake scale have to do with this quest?
RE: Drake scale
# Oct 28 2004 at 10:14 AM Rating: Decent
It has to do with this quest because after you turn in the sword, you only get a Dull sword. Then you must sharpen it with a sharpening stone. once sharpened, you have to turn the sword in, along with a ebon drake scale, to Clockwork VIII or something like that who is also in the mines (under smithing supplies) to get the completed sword.
Donlix Bonkle
# May 21 2002 at 12:47 PM Rating: Default
Where is he located in Steamfont Mnts? Does he spawn in a spacific place and does he have body guards??
The Completed Weapon
# May 15 2002 at 3:44 PM Rating: Decent
I've managed to complete the quest for this weapon. Sent the pic in, hope it gets posted.

Plague Knight's Short Sword
4dam 27del, weight is 6.0. It is magic, no drop, and lore. +1 to str and +1 to int.

Now, this would be a good level 10 newbie weapon, except for the fact you probally could not complete the quest till level 15. Donlix with bring all of his friends unless they all con green and Hunting Lesser Ebon Drakes around Meldrath's is a real pain, as the rolling spawn from hero bracer campers produces the hero and the Kobold Missionary alot. Worse, the ebon scale is very rare, as is most of the pieces needed for the armor.

I've filled out a feedback report to Verant asking them to improve the weapon. Honestly, by the time you obtain it, it is indeed nothing more than a trophy weapon.

Edited, Wed May 15 16:37:52 2002
RE: The Completed Weapon
# May 31 2002 at 4:26 PM Rating: Decent
311 posts
I managed to finish the full set of quest equipment by level 15, including this lame weapon. At level 15, my gnome shadowknight was getting her tail kicked by all of Donlix' buddies. But I have a level 42 druid on another account who buffed her fully before the fight with Skin Like Diamond, Strength of Stone, Spirit of Wolf, Regeneration, and Shield of Spikes.

As he sat down to avoid faction hits, my SK hit Donlix with her dot, bringing all four of them. Her plan was quite simple: kill Donlix and run for zone (LFay), then run as fast back to camp and get Donlix' Short Sword. It helped that she still had her harm touch, but they took her down to her last bubble of health when she zoned. Regen and SoW basically saved her skin.

She got her weapon; she has her full set of newbie equipment. She can proudly say that she completed them all. Her combat skills and most of her arcane skills are almost maxxed, also.

For those of you who don't like twinking, She never received any item from my druid, even tho he is a master smith (177), and I have a grandmaster jeweler (205). After seeing this stuff, it is time to twink...

I rate this item junk, the other items slightly more difficult than the recommended level, but at least better than cloth or leather that I would have gotten.

Xalamtikya (pronounced by me, I aim to till you) level 15 shadow knight
Windru Peacekeaper, level 42 druid
Bofor Shinystone, level 54 illusionist
Bo knows jewelry.
RE: The Completed Weapon
# May 28 2002 at 5:20 PM Rating: Decent
By the time you can complete this quest, you should have a pet... and this weapon is PET FODDER! (or would be if not NO DROP... can't even GIVE the darn thing away!!)

Tarnished Short Sword = 4/26
Plague Knight Sword = 4/27... oh and +1 STR, +1 INT... big yipee
Drake scales
# May 15 2002 at 1:02 PM Rating: Default
I am not yet high enough to hunt Donlix, but I found 2 ebon drake scales from the lesser drakes near the Minotaurs in less than an hour. I guess I was just lucky. I'm having trouble with clockwork spider legs, I haven't seen one yet.

11th circle Plague Knight
Lanys T'vyl
Weapon appearance?
# May 11 2002 at 12:28 AM Rating: Default
Well, I botched this drake scale part of the quest. Having gotten fed up with looking for a drake scale with no luck I tried handing int he sharpened sowrd with a moss covered drake scale (groun spawn) and he ate them both.

I pretty much assumed the weapon stats would be disapointing so thats not my main concern with wether its worth it or not. I want to know what the sowrd looks like. Does it have a special appearance (all black maybe?) or does it look like an ordinary shortsowrd.
RE: Weapon appearance?
# May 12 2002 at 4:46 PM Rating: Default
Im sorry to tell ya, but it looks like a normal boring old short sword.
Re: Don't bother
# May 10 2002 at 4:16 PM Rating: Default
Yeah, I did the quest, it's a 4dmg 27 delay btw, and honestly, it's probably not worth the time at the level that you can kill the sword bearer, but a lot of higher ups have been passing through steamfont on drinal lately, and I'm pretty sure there's a similar happening in other servers, most higher ups, if asked nicely, will aid a lowbie if they have nothing to do. I got my sword at level 7, then took 3 levels to get the drake scales, check vendors for those.
Ebon Drake Scale
# May 10 2002 at 1:17 PM Rating: Good
The Ebon Drake Scale that I looted for my sword dropped of a Lesser Ebon Drake Northeast of the Windmills in Steamfont. I killed about 16 lessers over the course of 3 hours and only 1 scale dropped in that time.
Don't Bother
# May 10 2002 at 1:13 PM Rating: Good
The quest results in a 4 damage 28 delay shortsword with +1 str and I think +1 int. Waste of time in my opinion as anyone high enough to finish the quest can easily get better weapons. I tried soloing Donlix and his friends as a level 15 Shadowknight and got my gnome butt kicked good. You have to take down 2 paladins, a cleric, and a wizard. They were all green to my level 30 warrior and did not agro when I attacked Donlix. So I would say, wait until you are 20 or so to solo Donlix and then why would you bother? There's bigger and better things out there for a level 20 Shadowknight to get. The Screaming Mace you can get at 15-16, for example.

Gnome Shadowknights got the shaft on this quest! The Gnome Paladin version results in a kick-a__ sword.

I say forget this quest and just get the armor. If they ever put in an upgrade quest, then by all means get the sword. But since there isn't yet, forget it.
Messed up???
# May 10 2002 at 8:48 AM Rating: Decent
Well I'm at least glad to see that I'm not the only one having extreme trouble getting an Ebon Drake scale. I even went to the trouble of doing the turn in with the sharp sword and a Ebon drakeling scale. No luck. The clockwork smith just ate it. So. Obviously it has to be an Ebon DRAKE scale. I've been killing all the lesser ebon drakes I've seen using my ranger and tracking. I've got numerous "Ebon Drake Wing" and "Ebon Drake Bile". NO "Ebon Drake Scale". I personally dont think they added the drop off them. Either that or its REALLY rare. I think I've had every other class drop possible including the runaway clockwork motors and brownie brains which seem rare. The drop has to be messed up. If anyone else has succeeded in getting an Ebon Drake Scale to drop please post it and what the result of the quest is.
RE: Messed up???
# May 13 2002 at 7:44 AM Rating: Decent
Ok where did you find the ebon drakeling scale? I can't find them at all but I have several ebon drake scales (off of the drakes in front of the mino tunnels).

All the drakelings seem to drop is a ruined drakeling scale (and that's super rare as it is).
Next Step
# May 10 2002 at 6:33 AM Rating: Good
Once you kill Donlix Bonkle and get his sword (he is in Steamfont with his band of followers) you give it back to Garret and he passes you back a 'Dull short sword of Dark Reflections' he then tells you to combine it in a forge with a sharpening stone untill it has a keen edge, this results in a 'Sharp Short Sword of Dark Reflections' he also tells you that once you have sharpened it to take both it and an Ebon drake scale to Clockwork Smith XXVII (or whatever there is only once such smith in the mines of disfunction) who will then finish the blade for you. I'm not sure what sword you get back as I'm still trying to get a drake scale.

Edited, Fri May 10 07:26:54 2002
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