Paranormal Research  

Quest Started By:Description:
Time:4 Hours
Maximum Level:120
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Quest Items:
Related Creatures:
Era:Gates of Discord
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
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Entered: Thu Feb 12 00:07:48 2004
Modified: Thu Feb 3 02:23:56 2022
Misan Rostenan may be found at the Wayfarers camp in Natimbi.

You say, 'Hail, Misan Rostenan'

Misan Rostenan says 'Welcome, adventurous one. You wouldn't happen to be interested in a little [paranormal research] would you?'

You say, 'What paranormal research?'

Misan Rostenan says 'That is wonderful. There are some ruins on the other bank of this channel. They appear to be quite old and are covered in strange markings. It is my theory that they were some form of religious or supernatural ritual area. I don't know what happened, but there are ghostly sightings there nearly every night. I have been studying them but thus far have had no luck in gaining anything solid that I can bring back for extensive study. I have seen some strange essence left behind, however. If you could bring me a few of those, say four? It would be most helpful. I may even have a mace in it for you.'

He needs 4 x Spectral Essence to complete the quest. These drop off of restless souls in the ruins across the river.
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The mace
# Jul 08 2012 at 7:07 AM Rating: Decent
Is this an Area damage weapon?
The mace
# Aug 31 2017 at 2:54 AM Rating: Decent
23 posts
No. Single target instant cast proc, (although it also states LoS like most bolts. But, if you are in melee range it's doubtful this would be a problem).

Edited, Aug 31st 2017 4:59am by Wyrdyn
# Jul 24 2010 at 8:25 PM Rating: Decent
i did my quest in ablout 1 hour ,did mine with my merc
# Aug 27 2009 at 11:05 PM Rating: Decent
1,342 posts
After I handed in the 4 spectral essence I got this text from Misan Rostenan:

Misan Rostenan says 'Oh my goodness, thank you! Take this mace, please!'
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oober rare
# Aug 07 2008 at 12:02 PM Rating: Decent
This quest info should be changed to DAYS. Nobody has or will do this quest in 4 hours.

Edited, Aug 7th 2008 4:00pm by PinkkMaggot

Edited, Aug 23rd 2008 6:41pm by PinkkMaggot

Completed today at noon. Bout damn time.

Camp easily soloed by 61 war, 170 - 190 aas. I made 20 damn AAs at this camp. Definatly not 4 hours. Be prepared to spend weeks here.

Edited, Aug 25th 2008 12:01pm by PinkkMaggot
oober rare
# Apr 26 2018 at 6:47 AM Rating: Decent
7 posts
PinkkMaggot wrote:
This quest info should be changed to DAYS. Nobody has or will do this quest in 4 hours.

Edited, Aug 7th 2008 4:00pm by PinkkMaggot

Edited, Aug 23rd 2008 6:41pm by PinkkMaggot

Completed today at noon. Bout **** time.

Camp easily soloed by 61 war, 170 - 190 aas. I made 20 **** AAs at this camp. Definatly not 4 hours. Be prepared to spend weeks here.

Edited, Aug 25th 2008 12:01pm by PinkkMaggot

Well, in TLP server took about hour clearing and voila, done :)
Happy 48 monk, used lvl 65 ranger with raid gear to clear camp, easymode, got 2aa

Edited, Apr 26th 2018 8:47am by Clibikie
oober rare
# Dec 05 2011 at 2:57 PM Rating: Decent
63 posts
Just did this quest for a guildie, again, took 4 days to get all the drops, not 4 hours.
just got mine
# Aug 01 2007 at 7:02 PM Rating: Decent
144 posts
MQ'ed to my 46 BST.. took a while to get the 4 essences.. but since I was there to farm research stuff for my Necro, and was killing souls anyways.. was a nice little bonus.
Min level
# Mar 13 2007 at 12:29 PM Rating: Decent
The minimum level for this quest is most likely 1, but i completed it at 43 via MQ. Main turned in 3 essences and alt turned in 1 ( both are on the same account ).

Edited, Mar 13th 2007 4:53pm by Daldaen
Mace of Focused Flame
# Aug 18 2005 at 1:06 AM Rating: Decent
have only given 3 Spectral Essences and he gave me the Mace anyone confirm?
Mace of Focused Flame
# Jul 31 2006 at 8:41 AM Rating: Decent
What happened is someone before you and since the last patch had given him one , either just by itself or an extra they had for some onknown reason. Either way it was to your good. It is still required four but can be MD'd like the Kiki book.
long but worth it
# Jul 07 2005 at 9:54 PM Rating: Decent
today i started the quest and about 4hrs later i was done the spawn time rotaiton was slow for me but compared to other posts i think i got lucky hope you all do the same
Nice procs
# Aug 09 2004 at 3:27 PM Rating: Decent
I have a lvl 62nd warrior and he just got the mace today and it was procing like crasy. He is also weilding a Copper Hammer of Striking in his primary, and the mace of focused flame in hid off hand its a great combo atm.
Proc rate
# Jun 24 2004 at 12:50 PM Rating: Decent
Wonder if this Procs alot or not might be worth it to play around with , can anyone let me know
RE: Proc rate
# Jun 29 2004 at 2:21 AM Rating: Decent
I camped the items to get this mace. for my 48sk. and I Have to say its a great hammer for him, it proc's all the time. at most 2-3 a battle
# Jun 16 2004 at 6:44 AM Rating: Decent
this is pretty cool, since you dont have to spend ur coins on other weps, i think i might just sell mine and do this quest with my 65 shammy friend.

Victorian 58 warrior <terris-thule>
I didn't think quest was hard at all
# May 04 2004 at 4:22 PM Rating: Default
I went over with a 62 Warrior, 63 Warrior , 65 Cleric and 65 Shammy. It took about 4 hours to collect 4 "essence" and we got the rare drop necklace from the named Restless soul (sells for about 60K on Lany's). If you need a good 1HB ... this isn't too bad !

Safe Journeys and Swift Kills!!
# Apr 19 2004 at 11:23 PM Rating: Default
--- Ive camped souls for totally different reasons- for a grand total of about 30hrs. I think I have destroyed 7-8 and turned in 4 and not looted others. Tis a quest-- QUEST -- camp it. You'll get it eventually.
got mine
# Mar 22 2004 at 8:45 AM Rating: Decent
lvl 56bst got mine today 8o)
# Mar 07 2004 at 1:44 PM Rating: Default
anyone know if this can be MQ'd? maybe hand in 2 essence and someone else hand in 2 and they get the mace?
RE: MQable?
# Mar 09 2004 at 11:49 AM Rating: Decent
151 posts
Yes it can be MQ, but becareful with the weapon, read my post on the weapon link
# Feb 29 2004 at 6:02 PM Rating: Decent
My firend got 3 essences in 15 mins and didnt get the next one until the third day lol and i got 2 in 10 mins and still havent seen one since well going on 6 hours now. The graphic is like a copper hammer of striking for those of you who care lol
# Feb 24 2004 at 7:24 PM Rating: Decent
took like four hours to get one spectral essence but i am still at it- will have freind on weekend and we will own the rexkless till i get my hammer har har har
Drops >_<
# Feb 22 2004 at 11:37 PM Rating: Decent
Been doing this quest for about 2 days now. Im a level 54 bst, but cant solo these things, so i hang around some ppl who are after the other drops and see if one drops for me (with their consent of course). Long story short: first day 2 essences, second day and waiting for 7 hours.... none. That was a very long day.
RE: Drops >_<
# May 26 2004 at 1:16 PM Rating: Decent
These mobs should be solo-able by anyone in the 50s depending on gear since the last patch (ie: today!!)
# Feb 16 2004 at 10:03 PM Rating: Default
Funny how the thing up their says Estimated Time 2 hours I take it this isnt true... and Im prolly out on a limb seeing as how im fully disapointed that Things are stronger than i tho for a lv 54 (tho theyd have like 50 level places and then like higher but i guess not...)and I was also shocked to see the monsters got so close to the camp but anyways lv 54 prolly couldnt right..? without help
RE: Hmm
# Feb 19 2004 at 9:39 PM Rating: Decent
Well, I spent a good 3 hours in this camp, saw the Queen at least 4 times and only one of the essence dropped for me and not one named spawned (unless someone pulled while I was fighting something else.) I think Sony did their old trick of making things drop and spawn more frequently the first couple days in a new expansion and then nerf it a little after that. Was a good camp tho. Took my lvl 49 cleric there for exp and she got all of lvl 49 and safely into lvl 50 before we left the camp.
# Feb 16 2004 at 4:08 PM Rating: Decent
Thought I'd help out here. Duo'd the camp with a druid for quite some time, paid attention to what pops where, and what dropped the item.

Here is the secret... Watch the game clock, at midnight game time an extra spawn appears near the flat platform at the bottom of the stairs, opposite from where the rest pop. This is the one that drops the essences. In my whole time there from about 6AM to midnight, not a single one dropped, and we kept the whole camp cleared the whole time. Midnight that extra one popped, and bam, essence. Cleared the whole thing none, on the extra one's pop, again the essence dropped.

Was able to get three in one night, next night got my last one. Head there around 10PM game time to camp it, you're camp will be much shorter at that one spot. Pretty nice xp for a mid-50s group btw, and the named that pops there a couple times every EQ day in any spawn point has some nice drops.
RE: Drops
# Feb 18 2004 at 9:46 AM Rating: Excellent
360 posts
Sadly, this didn't work when I tried it lastnight. I had the camp totally clear at midnight gametime (easily gauged since the Cragbeast Queen pops at midnight).

Midnight came...

...and nothing happenned. NO extra pop, no nothing. Sort of odd actually - the quest text does seem to hint about night spawning, though that could just be semantics.

Edited, Wed Feb 18 09:47:25 2004
RE: Drops
# Feb 17 2004 at 12:46 AM Rating: Decent
360 posts
Wow, I'll keep an eye on this.
After all, its the thrill of the hunt.
# Feb 13 2004 at 11:05 AM Rating: Decent
47 posts
Well, this feller was the first one I hailed. He said he had a mace. I thought that maybe since it was "paranormal research" that maybe the 1hb int casters could use it. As I found out. I cant. So I have another weapon trophy. Still it was exp, and got some neat items from the named that spawns pretty regularly in the camp.

Ok, what I have found. The pieces drop mainly from the ones that spawn at night. My mage is level 65 and it only dropped from ones that were dark blue con to him. I got a piece every 4 clearings. Although I do not put this forth as a %. I lost some of the mobs to people who ran through. Also lost some mobs to a couple of folks who would wait till I engaged a mob and then take one. Of course I got the "Sony doesnt recognize camps" answer so I left it at that. If any of the mobs I lost had the drop I do not know.

Not a bad camp though. Stay on the side of the camp with your back to the water facing the wayfairers camp. It is best to pull them to here because there are no wanderers. However be careful lots of people run through this camp (FOLLOW THE WALL MORONS), so you could easily find the whole camp pulled down on top of you.

Good luck. It is a nice hammer for the fact the only real thing to get it is time.
Long, painful camp for this one.
# Feb 12 2004 at 3:27 PM Rating: Decent
74 posts
Be prepared for a long and painful camp on this one. The Spectral Essence drops from the Restless Souls, but does so in what could only be called an 'Extremely Rare' ratio. In 3 hours of steady camping and killing (keeping in mind there is a steady rotation of some 5-7 Resless Souls), only 2 Spectral Essences drop.

Bring drinks, potato chips, and lots of patience.
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