Key to Vex Thal  

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Maximum Level:125
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Quest Goal:
  • Advancement
Quest Items:
Related Zones:
Related Creatures:
Related Quests:
Era:Shadows of Luclin
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Tue Sep 3 09:12:39 2002
Modified: Tue Dec 5 05:21:04 2023
Start off by obtaining yourself a Summoned: Wisp Stone (summoned by Mages) and an Essence Emerald (created when a Necromancer sacrifices a 45+ player). Then head to Akheva Ruins and kill the Sacrificed Remains inside the Sacrificial Pit. They are PHs for "A Shimmering Presence" and have a respawn time of about five minutes.

You say, 'Hail, A shimmering presence'

A shimmering presence's voice invades your mind, drawing images of past present and future together into a perverse harmony. Some images you recognize as your own, but the others seem to be coming from the spirit's own [memories].'

You say, 'What memories?'

A shimmering presence begins to glow a bit brighter. Your mind is filled with visions of a great swirl of clouds and lightning. You can almost feel the wind of the storm creeping into the chinks in your armor. It looks as if the storm is creeping across the surface of Luclin. You see several figures standing at the entrance of a [great temple]. The storm seems to be bearing down on them.'

You say, 'What great temple?'

A shimmering presence continues to flood your mind with images of the storm bearing down on the temple. Your view suddenly shifts. You're still looking at the storm, but it appears to be moving toward you this time. There is a creature beside you wearing a robe, holding a scepter in one of his...four arms! He is obviously the leader of the group, As he is wearing beautiful [ornate robes] compared to the rest of the four armed figures around you.

You say, 'What ornate robes?'

A shimmering presence glows brighter still as your vision turns to follow the robed figure up the stairs of the entrance to the temple. The figure raises his scepter toward the storm and begins to recite some unfamiliar words. A crackle of magical energy blazes across the sky seemingly in defiance of the raging storm. The energy quickly dissipates however, and the storm continues to bear down on the temple. The figure cries out in pain as the scepter in his hand shatters into many shards. The sofly glowing gem from the scepter head rolls silently down the steps and disappears.

Hand over the Summoned Wisp Stone.

A shimmering presence begins to quiver and shake. The formless entity appears to grow and shrink in complete disregard to natural laws. The light in the temple around you appears to slowly dim until you are surrounded by an impenetrable cloak of shadows. Fear grips your heart as your vision slowly adapts to accommodate the low light. When you can finally make out the figure before you, you find yourself silently praying for the darkness to return.
You gain experience!!

Once you give him the wisp stone, he will despawn and turn into The Spirit of Akelha`Ra.

You say, 'Hail, The Spirit of Akelha`Ra'

The Spirit of Akelha`Ra 's hollow eyes look up at you. You have the distinct impression that she can see right into the darkest shadows of your soul. She opens her mouth to speak but the sounds you hear come from inside your mind. 'Greetings mortal, thank you for releasing me from my [tormented prison].'

You say, 'What tormented prison?'

The Spirit of Akelha`Ra appears to be fading in and out of existence as you speak to her. The spirit's voice fills your mind. 'I am Akelha`Ra, once high priestess of Luclin and leader of the Akheva. This form you see before you now is a fading remnant of my former existence. The storm was the cause of my imprisonment in the world of undying [spirits].'

You say, 'What spirits?'

The Spirit of Akelha`Ra says 'We Akheva are immortal entities placed in this plane by the mistrees of shadow. We are her most perfect creation. Death has no meaning to us, as even in death we find rebirth through the power of the mistress. My imprisonment was caused by my seperation from the power of the mistress by [Atenha`Ra]. It was she who sent the storm to destroy me and all that followed me.'

You say, 'Who is Atenha`Ra?'

The Spirit of Akelha`Ra says 'It is more then a little ironic that Atenha`Ra is a reflection of myself. An entity created from my own consciousness, a reflection of a shadow. She now holds the seat of grand power in [Vex Thal], and I have not the power to gain entry to the city, let alone face her. You must find my scepter that was lost in the storm to gain entry to Vex Thal. The scepter has likely lost much of its power from being shattered. Once it is reassembled you will need to merge a Orb of Luclinite with a source of celestial power inside the scepter. The spirits whisper that the emperor of the Shissar holds the power to manipulate such energy. Be weary of him, he is heralded as the slayer of gods, the defiler of realities.'

You say, 'What of Vex Thal?'

The Spirit of Akelha`Ra says 'Vex Thal is the sacred home of the Akheva. The place where Luclin's power directly touches this world...ungh...I can not summon the frame of my scepter in my current weakened state. I need a soul to regain my pow...' As she speaks you can see her slowly fade out of existence. You wonder how long her spirit will stay with this world. She seems entirely unable to speak to you now, and can only muster the strength to point at the ground at ______'s feet. ______ reaches down a picks up a small emerald off the ground, but it disappears silently into the shadows. Akelha`ra looks as if she is trying to speak again.'

Quickly give her the Essence Emerald.

WARNING : at that point, do NOT say, 'What frame of your scepter?' or the spirit poofs and you will have to get another wisp stone and start over. All you would get is:

The Spirit of Akelha`Ra opens her mouth to speak, but the voice in your head is no longer audible. You reach forward to touch the fading shadow of a creature and draw back in horror as your hand disrupts the spirit before you. She evaporates into the shadows once more.

The Spirit of Akelha`Ra laughs quietly as the energy of the gem is absorbed into her being. She begins to chant in what you presume to be Akhevan. She suddenly cries out in pain and her image begins to flicker. She looks at ______ directly in the eyes and says, 'Vyanemis Tuis, use my gift wisely.' She disappears into the black marble leaving only a dark scepter frame lying on the floor. ______ picks it up.

Receive Shadowed Scepter Frame, 10-slot container.

You now need to gather together 10 Lucid Shards. These identify as different letters, and are thus each unique. They identify and drop as follows:

  • Dat - Fungus Grove from Shik`Nar Warriors and Royals, confirmed from:

    • Shik`nar Warrior
    • Shik`nar Royal Guard
    • Priest Kak`thak

  • Dax - Akheva Ruins, confirmed from:

    • A Shadow Reaver
    • A Shade Golem
    • A Rubble Rouser
    • Shaded Stones
    • Xi Xaui

  • Kel - The Grey, confirmed from:

    • A Sun Revenant (near the lake)
    • A Stone Beast

  • Kelera - Sanctus Seru or Katta, confirmed from:

    • A Legionnaire of the Hand
    • Named Legionnaires in the upper level of Sanctus Seru
    • An Intervallum Guard
    • Various Katta centurions (too many to list)

  • Lor - Dawnshroud Peaks from Rockhoppers and Sambata in the cave, confirmed from:

    • Sambata Tribal Worker
    • Sambata Tribal Hunter
    • A Rockhopper Ravager
    • A Rockhopper
    • Sambata Tribal Member

  • Raf - The Deep from Thought Horrors across the bridge, confirmed from:

    • A Thought Horror Spiriter
    • A Thought Horror
    • A Horror Guard
    • A Thought Horror Evoker
    • Koxiux the Imperceptible

  • Set - The Scarlet Desert from Sun Revenants and Reavers on the Plateau, confirmed from:

    • A Sun Revenant
    • A Sun Reaver

  • Tak - Maiden's Eye from named Goranga, confirmed from:

    • A Goranga Battlemaster
    • A Goranga Forager
    • A Goranga Prophet
    • A Goranga Savant
    • A Goranga Seer

  • Ved - Acrylia Cavern from Grimlings in Inner Acrylia, confirmed from:

    • A Grimling Prison Guard
    • A Grimling Deathguard
    • A Sanctum Bloodguard

  • Vin - Ssraeshza Temple from Skeletons in the Mines, confirmed from:

    • A Poxed Soriz
    • A Soriz Corpse
    • A Soriz Drudge

Combine these in the Scepter and you will create your Unadorned Scepter of Shadows. In the new container, you will need to combine the Planes Rift (obtained from Shissar Wraiths that spawn following Emperor Ssraeshza's death) and a Glowing Orb of Luclinite (dropped from various high end Luclin Mobs).

Upon combining those items, you'll create a Scepter of Shadows, which will get you into Vex Thal. Each member of the group must have a key to enter.

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the maiden eye additional drop mobs
# Dec 29 2021 at 10:56 AM Rating: Decent
22 posts
In the Maiden's Eye lucid shards also drop from

Xin Thall Centien
a reanimated skeleton
Xi Xaui

Edited, Dec 29th 2021 12:16pm by jimmy6154
lucid shard
# Nov 06 2021 at 7:58 PM Rating: Decent
13 posts
dropped off a skeletal minion today
loot-locked = multiple turn ins!
# Feb 29 2020 at 11:41 AM Rating: Good
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now that many npc spawn as loot-locked upon a turn in, you actually only need to spawn one The Spirit of Akelha`Ra for your entire group. after you hand the shimmering presence a wisp stone, it will spawn a loot-locked Spirit of Akelha`Ra. each person takes a turn and gives the Spirit their Essence Emerald to get their Shadowed Scepter Frame container.
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# Feb 19 2020 at 4:09 PM Rating: Excellent
47 posts
Did a video playlist series showing getting all of the lucid shards in era. Some were a pain and others were quite easy. Hope this helps out
Just need to know how to delete/destroy the shards
# Jul 30 2019 at 3:22 AM Rating: Decent
233 posts
Grabbed one accidentally and can't get rid of it and have zero interest in doing the quest. Its now marked 'No Destroy' which is stupid imo.

Anyone find a workaround other than wasting inventory/bank space?
Just need to know how to delete/destroy the shards
# Jul 30 2019 at 6:11 AM Rating: Good
458 posts
hullan wrote:
Grabbed one accidentally and can't get rid of it and have zero interest in doing the quest. Its now marked 'No Destroy' which is stupid imo.

Anyone find a workaround other than wasting inventory/bank space?

Give the item(s) to a Priest of Discord.
Should have stats.
# Apr 14 2018 at 2:40 PM Rating: Decent
18 posts
Ya know... for the effort involved... this should be a decent item to wear. Shissar ring is 10x faster and has great stats.
Should have stats.
# Jul 09 2018 at 4:14 PM Rating: Decent
244 posts
this was for the Key to Vex Thal, before they opened it up level based.
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Lucid shard on Xi Xaui
# Feb 10 2018 at 10:42 PM Rating: Good
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Confirmed the Akheva Ruins shard does drop from Xi Xaui
Careful what you say
# Sep 13 2017 at 6:02 PM Rating: Good
1,312 posts
Don't say "What frame of your scepter?". It makes the NPC poof and you will have to get another wisp stone and start over.
Lucid Shards are NO DESTROY???
# Jan 05 2017 at 4:37 AM Rating: Good
41 posts
Why on earth can't you get rid of a lucid shard? It's No Drop, No Trade, and No Destroy. We don't need the quest any more (thank all the gods of Norrath), and it appears that the only way to get rid of the thing is to do a turn in which involves handing in an essence emerald.
Lucid Shards are NO DESTROY???
# Jan 05 2017 at 8:10 AM Rating: Excellent
eqenchanter wrote:
Why on earth can't you get rid of a lucid shard? It's No Drop, No Trade, and No Destroy. We don't need the quest any more (thank all the gods of Norrath), and it appears that the only way to get rid of the thing is to do a turn in which involves handing in an essence emerald.

Turn them into any Priest of Discord NPC and that will destroy them.
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# Dec 02 2011 at 6:07 AM Rating: Default
if ur standing with ur back against the wall at the frame camp with teh mobs above and behind u. You can avoid agro altogether by never killing the one on the right furthest away from you. Just kill the other three w/ ranged and u will not have to worry about having a group.
Was worth the finish
# Jun 16 2011 at 11:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Don't talk just turn in the stone then the emerald and it's done. They should put that at the top of the quest as an addendum.

I decided to get the last shard instead of deleting all the items after returning to game. Turned in the stone and got stuck in the txt loop as mentioned earlier. I got attacked several times as I tried to work out the turn ins. At one point I let them pound on me while doing this which surprised me that I could continue, I had thought that there would be a 'distraction' issue if I was being attacked while trying to do the quest.

The Shadow finally vanished, I tried the quest again to see what can be done but no stone, no quest. I killed the mobs for the millionth round and gated. I came back with another stone to find the first npc there. I started to kill all the mobs but decided to do turn ins while they pounded me again. Got it all done, killed the mobs and left.

Good hunting

Shimmer Presence
# Mar 02 2008 at 4:49 PM Rating: Decent
Was on floor below the platform, did the dialogue and turned in the wisp essence. The Shimmering Presense just stood there. Nothing we could do. We went up the steps and jumped down, killed the npc, and respawned him. He turned into the other npc for the other group member and he got his container.
also drops on
# Feb 09 2008 at 5:52 PM Rating: Decent
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kel drops on a stone beast in the grey as well
Shadowed Scepter Frame
# Jan 04 2008 at 5:31 PM Rating: Decent
Did this several times this evening. A few points.

At the moment, it is not necessary to do the script. Once the shimmering presence pops, just hand in the Wisp Stone and hand in the Essence Emerald to the following spawn.

When you kill a remains, there is a good chance a Shower of Blood spell will go off. This could aggro one or two of the shades in front of the spawn point. The spell itself was resisted fairly easily by a group of mid 70's. When the shower of blood goes off, it does not appear as though the shimmering presence spawns.

There are three mobs that spawn right behind the remains. They are on the same timer and appear to aggro on anyone in the remains area.
Shadowed Scepter Frame
# Jan 05 2008 at 9:01 PM Rating: Decent
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Confirmed jan 5th, quest is indeed, broken as far as hails, spent several hours last night trying to follow the dialogue, and even handing him the items. simple hand the items in order as stated above without a hail.
# Jan 01 2008 at 3:38 PM Rating: Decent
I tried to do the turn in today, and could not get the next response after Vex Thal was mentioned. "What of Vex Thal?" made him repeat the previous message of Atenha`Ra. I tried every combination possible, but unfortunately I caught argo on a couple of mobs doing so and died. I even tried to skip it and ask about the scepter, but got the Atenha`Ra comment again.

Will try again once I stop pulling my hair out. Anyone else having a problem?
# Jun 20 2007 at 1:10 PM Rating: Decent
123 posts
Does it have to be a Wisp Stone? Or can Necros use Coldlight (Same exact type of spell, summons a light emitting piece of crap with no stats)?
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RE: Required?
# Jun 22 2007 at 5:52 PM Rating: Decent
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It's a quest hand-in
It MUST be a whisp stone.

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Shard - Sanctus Seru
# Jun 03 2007 at 3:22 PM Rating: Decent
Easy to get this shard:

As you enter from Dawnshroud just go up the hallway into the main large area and go LEFT

There will be a small set of STEPS with a wall hanging.. Click on the Wall hanging to inter between the walls

This is where the A Legionnaire of the Hand or Named Legionnaires and An Intervallum Guard all walk.. took about 10 min to get a shard...

Very quick and easy.. also took a friend there later and did a quick repeat performance.
Shard - Sanctus Seru
# Apr 04 2008 at 1:09 PM Rating: Decent
ON the other hand i killed the whole circuit of the interior wall for 6-7 hours, making 7 comlete circuits and a half of an eighth before it finally drop. At least I made some good plat- must have made 4k just in plat drops alone.
# May 15 2007 at 6:33 PM Rating: Decent
Gonna assume no Kelera drop in Katta anymore with the new expansion?
# May 15 2007 at 8:43 PM Rating: Decent
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you're thinking of katta castrum, which is a seperate city than Katta Castellum. Castellum is on luclin (the moon) and is where the shard drops.. castrum was built on norrath.
Wisp Stone
# Mar 29 2007 at 11:28 AM Rating: Decent
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What prompts you to get a summoned Wisp Stone?
There doesn't appear to be any connection with what the shimmering presence says/emotes, nor with any of the activity occuring once the shimmering presence has been spawned.
I don't see any indication that it would need a light source, so what's the clue?
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Wisp Stone
# Apr 01 2007 at 9:04 PM Rating: Decent
I assume you are replacing the "softly glowing gem" that fell from the broken Scepter of Shadows in the memory the presence is relaying to you.
Message sequence broken
# Mar 28 2007 at 2:16 PM Rating: Decent
Did the hand in to get the frame today and the above sequence of texts was broken at the stage where you say "What of Vex Thal". At that point I got the earlier text to which the response is "Who is Atenha'Ra". However, having used the only wisp stone I had on me I thought I may as well try handing in the essence emerald and this did result in my being given the frame.


Shimmering Presence
# Jun 25 2006 at 6:39 PM Rating: Decent
Camping the shimmering presence was kind've a pain to me. The remains are a one hit kill with a kick (lol) but adds around have a large aggro range and some vius above the pit repeatedly attack you, took me bout 20 min to spawn.
# Apr 09 2006 at 4:50 AM Rating: Decent
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For classes that cannot identify the shards. Get yourself a Holgresh Grand Vizer Beads. This has unlimited charges of <Identify>. Put Beads in open inv slot and hold your shard, right click beads and there ya go the item lore/name.
RE: Identify
# Jun 21 2006 at 6:57 AM Rating: Decent
or for the easier camp a Silvery Mask at Kael
RE: Identify
# Jun 24 2006 at 12:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Another easy quest for an identify item castable from inventory is the Star of Eyes. The quest is found in Everfrost iirc.
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Shard collection
# Mar 28 2006 at 11:18 AM Rating: Decent
For those classes that can't identify their shards when they get them..............
Ever think of making a list of the various zones the shards drop in and check them off as you get them? I did that and it made it way easier to remember which zones I visited and which ones I need to hit. I know most people work on the quest from time to time and do not run through it all at once, so the list proved to be invaluable and no need to have the shards identified.

I found what worked best was getting all the shards, saving the SSRA one for last, thus making it a good idea to run the commanders for the emp key and hitting basment in between spawns to get the shard and work on the bane weapon at the same time. Once you are done that you are ready to hit emp and go have fun in VT

Random spawn
# Dec 18 2005 at 1:21 AM Rating: Decent
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Just tried to get the container, A Shimmering Presence popped just 5 min after I started. Getting there solo can be done if you avoid the traps and have a few invis potions if you don't have invis spell.
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