DoD Level 69 Spell #1: The Lost Notebook  

Quest Started By:Description:
Maximum Level:125
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Advancement
  • Loot
  • Spell
Time Limit:06:00:00
Quest Items:
Related Zones:
Related Creatures:
Related Quests:
Era:Depths of Darkhollow
Group Size:Group
Min. # of Players:3
Max. # of Players:6
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Fri Sep 30 23:31:34 2005
Modified: Tue Dec 5 05:21:04 2023
This is the first task in a series of four (the end result being your 69th level spell/tome). It begins with Model XG CVIII and Brovil Pallivineg in Corathus Creep (southeastern part of the zone - location -750, +375).

Cicero's Torn Notebook drops off drachnids in Stoneroot Falls. The first page of the text says to return it to Cicero's assistant, named Model XG CVIII, who's in the southeast corner of Corathus Creep.

You say, 'Hail, Model XG CVIII'

Model XG CVIII doesn't respond to hails. Hand it the notebook.

Model XG CVIII says 'I-dent-if-ied, Cic-er-o's Note-book. Error. Con-tents missing. Sections one through nine un-accounted for. Current location of sections one through nine e-quals. . . unknown. Cicero's current location equals. . . unknown. Error. Initializing shut down. Click. Whirrr. Clunk.'

Brovil Pallivineg says 'You got Cicero's old clockwork talking again! How'd you do that? That [hunk of rust] hasn't moved or made a sound in over a hundred years.'

Target Brovil to continue the conversation.

You say, 'What hunk of rust?'

Brovil Pallivineg says 'That there is Cicero's clockwork assistant. He took it everywhere with him when he was researching around here. It hasn't worked since the day Cicero [disappeared].'

You say, 'Disappeared?'

Brovil Pallivineg says 'Unfortunately, last we saw of Cicero was over two hundred years ago. He ventured off over the waterfall to the south in pursuit of some spelunking sporali migration or some such nonsense. He never came back, although we did find Cicero's clockwork assistant with its cogs and springs tossed about near the lake of Korlach. It was mostly bound up in a thick web and hasn't really worked ever since. We believe Cicero was killed by the drachnids a long time ago, but we've been unable to organize a search party to verify anything. If you can [recover] Cicero's notebook pages, we would reward you as best we can. I'd hate to see Cicero's last great work disappear in this darkness.'

You say, 'I will recover the pages.'

Brovil Pallivineg says 'Many thanks ______. It will be most welcome to finally know more about poor Cicero's end. See if you can find any trace of Cicero's pages in the drachnid hive. Take any that you find and place them back in his notebook here. If you lose the notebook let me know and I'll see if I can come up with [another] copy for you.'

There are three versions of this task: Low-level (for those 67 and below), normal and hard. The only difference between them is the quality of loot and difficulty of mobs.

You have been assigned the task 'The Lost Notebook'.

You receive Cicero's Notebook, a 10-slot container. If you lose or destroy the container, you can say "another" to Brovil to receive another one. If you say it without the mission, he'll tell you:

Brovil Pallivineg says 'I'm sorry, I only have a limited supply of these copies of Cicero's notebook. I can only give them out to someone who is helping to recover the missing pages.'

1.Find the secret entrance to the Hive 0/1 (Stoneroot Falls)

In Stoneroot Falls, follow your compass to the instanced zone-in to the Hive.

2. Collect the 9 sections of Cicero's Notebook 0/9 (The Hive)

These sections will drop one by one from random mobs in the zone. Make sure to loot as they drop, or else you'll keep getting the same item drop over and over.

There are no respawns in this instance and the mobs do not summon (ie, they can be kited).

The task completes itself after you loot the ninth item. Optionally, you can combine them in the container received at the beginning of the task to produce Cicero's Reassembled Notebook, and deliver it to Brovil.

Everyone in the party receives a Spectacular Image Enchancing Prism + an automatic reward (listed below). As well, a chest spawns at the zone-in with one item in it:

Automatic Rewards
Normal (low level) - Melee: Hive Sentinel Collar
Normal (low level) - Caster: Drachnid Collective Mask
Normal - Caster: Hivegrime Stone of Thinking
Normal - Melee: Hivegrime Stone of Fury
Hard - Caster: Hive Silk Mask
Hard - Melee: Drachnid Skin Necklace

Low Level
Drachnid Cocoon Secretion
Hardened Chitin Helmet
Molted Drachnid Arms

Blood Rage Choker
Cocoon Skin Arms
Dark Web Mask
Damaged Expedition 328 Miner's Hat
Hive Warden's Choker
Wall Climber Ring
Web Weaver Chain Vest

Blood Defender
Crystalline Webbing of Musing
Crystalline Webbing of Wrath
Drachnid Soother
Hardened Chitin Breastplate

Random Zonewide Rare Drops
Hard - Drachnid Amice of Malice
Hard - Drachnid Leg
Normal - Drachnid Tendril Ring
Normal - Gory Belt

Completion of this task leads into the next task in the series, "Cavern Botany".

You can also come back and repeat this task at any time:

You say, 'Hail, Brovil Pallivineg'

Brovil Pallivineg says 'Greetings _____. Do you happen to have some time to help me out? I've been studying Cicero's notes you retrieved and have found quite a bit of information about the plants in the area. If possible, I would like to continue his work, though I don't wish to meet the same end he did. If you could [gather] some samples of these plants for me I would be very grateful for your assistance. If you'd like to [check] for Cicero's notebook again let me know.'
Submitted by: additional write-up by KyrosKrane
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cannot bypass notebook turn in
# Oct 25 2023 at 3:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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This quest entry contains fake news. Please remove this note from the description:

NOTE: You can bypass this and say "recover" to Brovil to request the task.

You cannot bypass turning in the notebook. Brovil will only respond after turning in the notebook.
Exquisite Deep Mushroom
# Dec 14 2022 at 9:06 AM Rating: Decent
202 posts
Supposedly this tradeskill item drops in this instance, from Sporali Defender.

Keep your eyes open - tradeskillers will pay handsomely for this item to complete their climb to 350 max Baking.
easy to solo
# Feb 26 2018 at 8:41 PM Rating: Excellent
157 posts
add 2 friends to group, and then you can get mission. Solo'd on a lvl 70 druid.. the 68+ one. Nothing summons, No boss to fight.
getting quest
# Jun 27 2015 at 10:59 PM Rating: Decent
Don't know if anyone still does this quest or not but we found out you have to have your faction at least to indifferent. We were apprehensive and could not get the quest but after we did the quests from Cartographer Slipgear for the aug we were able to request the notebook quest.
# Oct 16 2011 at 8:22 AM Rating: Decent
138 posts
All mobs in this mission are immune to pacify, but I was able to mez for splitting.
Cannot Bypass Task Request Prereqs
# Nov 25 2010 at 12:16 PM Rating: Decent
46 posts
As of 11/25/10, you CANNOT bypass turning in Cicero's Torn Notebook. There are no keywords to say to request the task without the turn in. Both Brovil Pallivineg and Model XG CVIII are unresponsive to anything other than the turn in of the torn notebook. Don't waste your time trying to start the task without book in hand.
Cannot Bypass Task Request Prereqs
# Feb 13 2021 at 9:45 PM Rating: Good
356 posts
This is still true, Both Brovil Pallivineg and Model XG CVIII are unresponsive to anything other than the turn in of the torn notebook
Fennin Ro (now Cazic Thule)

Qrow Magnon
85 Outrider
Dragonriders of Norrath
Fennin Ro
Cannot Bypass Task Request Prereqs
# Feb 05 2012 at 5:40 PM Rating: Decent
530 posts
Worked fine for me on 2/4/12
Jiriki Sa`Onserei, 120/67k AA Wood Elf Ranger
Anadriel Starfire, 120/46k AA High Elf Mage
Cannot Bypass Task Request Prereqs
# Apr 01 2012 at 9:09 AM Rating: Decent
73 posts
If no one in your group had handed the torn book to Model XG CVIII yet, you will not able to get this quest.
Brovil wont respond even you say the keyword.
Cannot Bypass Task Request Prereqs
# Nov 20 2013 at 10:09 AM Rating: Decent
97 posts
I Tried last night (11-20-2013) and i had to go get the book to get the mission.
No one in group had done it yet.
Petts 120 Beastlord of Torvonnilous (now on Bertox)
Slapau 120 Monk of Torvonnilous (now on Bertox)
Cirena 120 Druid of Torvonnilous (now on Bertox)
Dohbee 120 Ranger of Bertox
Time Limit
# May 05 2010 at 4:55 PM Rating: Good
50 posts
Six hour time limit to complete.
Mercs are useable
# Oct 23 2009 at 7:15 PM Rating: Default
Mercs can be used in this mission. I didn't know they could. 10/23/2009.
# Oct 09 2009 at 9:32 PM Rating: Decent
NM. Remove post pls.

Edited, Oct 10th 2009 1:34am by dewraith
Have to get the book
# Aug 22 2009 at 6:04 PM Rating: Decent
They changed it or somthing you have to get the book before you can get the quest.
fun mission.
# Oct 13 2008 at 9:57 PM Rating: Decent
204 posts
great for a bard + dps. get a necro or two in the group and pull the undead underneath and to the north of the first spire. i find largo's plus 5 dots is good until the necro gains aggro.. then i switch to my aura, aria, pyrotechnics and a mana song for the casters.
this works even better with only necros and druids so you can just root rot...
anyway, simple mission, just keep pulling the mobs until you get the drops. usually when i've pulled all the outside mobs in front of the 1st tower, the mobs upstairs and on the 1st lower floor of the spire, and half of the undead mobs, we have all 9 drops.
# Feb 17 2008 at 9:20 AM Rating: Decent
Anyone done this recently? I'm on "The Lost Notebook" step and it seems bugged. I got Cicero's Torn Notebook, turned it in to the spider, and then got the instance from the gnome beside him. Friend and I cleared the entire zone twice then and we only ever saw pages 6, 7 or 8. There are hundreds of mobs in the zone... You also have to loot them all in one clearing or you can't complete it, so it seems a little odd to me that after two full clearings we only ever saw 3 various pages. What are we doing wrong? Is it bugged?
# Mar 04 2008 at 5:34 PM Rating: Decent
34 posts
This zone does not re-pop so I am not sure how you are clearing the whole zone 2 times. As far as the drops I have had no problems with them at all
Not in Stoneroot
# Oct 19 2007 at 8:48 PM Rating: Decent
It says its in stoneroot, but you get the task in CC
Not in Stoneroot
# Dec 09 2007 at 4:26 AM Rating: Decent
you get the task in Corathus Creep. The mission itself takes place in Stoneroot.
slipgear gem
# Apr 09 2007 at 11:48 PM Rating: Decent
Will the instance verison of the hive for lost notebook allso work to update the slipgear gem quest?
? about looting pages-dropping and re-looting
# Mar 21 2007 at 1:48 AM Rating: Decent
OK lets say I did a mission ang got 6 pages to drop.I didn't do towers.The pages I see can be dropped and picked up again.Can I get a new mission /go in drop the pages on the ground and reloot them leaving me with only 3 pages to get again to finish the mission?Just a thought.Or if you had an enchanter to charm a mob /give it pages/kill mob/reloot?
? about looting pages-dropping and re-looting
# Oct 19 2007 at 6:37 PM Rating: Decent
1,273 posts
From what I remember both these tricks did used to exist some time after the whole task system entered the game. I believe they nerfed every variant of the trick - dropping and picking up, giving to pet, charming and killing, and even getting the flag from looting the items from your own corpse.
dracnid leg
# Jan 03 2007 at 7:28 PM Rating: Decent
the drachnid leg augment dropped in hard mission today

Sykek Bliss
75 Necromancer
Fennin Ro
PL spot?
# Dec 15 2006 at 5:07 PM Rating: Decent
2 posts
would a level 60 be able to group with a grp level 75s in a hard version of this? (reading comments below, i see a post mentioning a 10 lvl limit... and i remember seeing/hearing somewhere there is a minimum avg of 69?)

PL spot?
# Jan 14 2007 at 5:46 PM Rating: Decent
Forgot. 3rd version of mission is choosing easy when avg level is over 68. The cursor loot is a nice aug.
PL spot?
# Jan 14 2007 at 5:44 PM Rating: Decent
Yes, but you would need a 3rd person of the right level. There are two constraints on getting mission and there are actually 3 versions of the mission.

1) You need 3 people. For easy all in group must be within 10 levels of each other. For hard, the range is 15 levels.

2) For easy, the average level of the group must be 63 and for hard avg level must be 68.

So in the case of a 60 and a 75 you would need to do hard because it allows 15 levels and the third person would have to be 69 to bring the avg level to 68.

One last comment. If it's just two of you the third person can group for a minute to get the mission and then disband and evening log. As long as you don't remove him from task you've got a whole zone to yourself with nice mobs for PLing.
PL spot?
# Oct 19 2007 at 7:06 PM Rating: Decent
1,273 posts
Based on that math, your last chance to do the easy tasks are at level 71. At level 71: (71+61+61+61+61+61)/6 = lvl 62.6666. Whereas at level 72: (72+62+62+62+62+62)/6 = lvl 63.6666.

I've heard of people shrowding their levels down to get easy task, and then dropping the shrowds to run it. Never tried it myself though.
PL spot?
# Mar 21 2007 at 1:52 AM Rating: Decent
tried thids with a 71 necro/62 cleric and a 56 shammy.Did not work!!!56+15=71 for the shammy.I couldn't get a mission.It wouldn't allow it.anyone know why?.Since there is a 15 level gap?and group average is 71+62+56=63.
PL spot?
# May 04 2007 at 3:35 PM Rating: Good
48 posts
It wouldn't allow it because the group average level wasn't 68.

min lvl
# Dec 11 2006 at 3:17 AM Rating: Decent
if my friends are mid 60's can I get in if im mid 50's?
minimum Lvl
# Dec 10 2006 at 1:35 AM Rating: Decent
Is there a minimum lvl required to do this mission I know there is now a 15 lvl gap since TSS came out but I want to group with some of my mid 60's friends.
minimum Lvl
# Dec 10 2006 at 6:22 AM Rating: Good
3,705 posts
You can do it, with mid 60s, but cannot choose the hard version. If the average level is below a certatin point (62ish, maybe?) you get an even lower level version of it, that drops attunable gear with about 130ish hp and mana, instead of the normal drops.

Note: The cursor loot is still no trade, its the chest drop that's attunable.

Edited, Dec 10th 2006 9:31am by xaanru
Hard Version
# Nov 04 2006 at 10:03 PM Rating: Decent
Our Guild has done this mission many way's over the past 2 - 3 month's approx., depending on what classes we had available. Before I got my bard lvl'ed and geared well enough and all of us in much need of gear upgrades we used 2 lvl 70 Vah Shir bst which one was listed on average at 72 in the top 100 of his class. Lower stat bst pulled other tanked and if got an add enchanter kited. Another way is as some listed using kiting class to agro kite as rest of the grp send's in pet's dot's nuke's. Be sure and take taunt off pet's and if they are geared with procing weapon's on proc the mob's can eat the pet , suggest keeping cast pet spell loaded if you use this method. They are not pacifiable but can be mezzed if have a class with high enough spell. On pull suggest using annual magic or some type of strip. MOST are slowble about 50% at least, yet we have had to recast more than once to land slow , that has been our experience anyway. Some mob's have gated also. When using kiting method on zone in we coned the first 3 mob's if no see thru invis all invised up at line, one with root and or snare agro'ed them ran and zoned, repeated until had a single left. Then clear the field until we had enough kiting room. If one or more see thru invis. all must zone on pull or before as puller roots or snares one at or near zoneline. We have also gotten duplicate page's on several occassion's. If you clear all the field ,first floor of both hive's , top of the ridge first you may obtain all page's needed. The hole with the undead we found that the first mob as you approach it from zonein is linked to the spider. If you mezz the undead the spider does not agro you will get only the back 2 undead. We use my bard to pull/split now and has made it so much easier. Necro is also awesome at spliting them as well but we have lost the necro on pull/split more than we lose the bard.


Drachnid Amice Of Malice x3
Drachnid Leg x2
Hive Warden's Choker x2
Gory Belt x1

Multiple drop's of the same type item came from differant name's so I would say any spider can drop them at any time. However most gear drop's we obtained dropped from spider's we pulled from the below (2nd) floor and first 1 or 2 mob's from (3rd) floor.


Hardened Chitin BP x4
Blood Defender x8
Crystalline Webbing of Musing x4
Crystalline Webbing Of Wrath x2

Bard Horn which is only their class usuable , which I don't even use it most time's on mine has been the common drop for us as well which sony needs to revamp it's drop rate given that it is single class useable and Bard's are scarce by comparsion to most grp classs makeup's.

this quest is busted...
# Sep 25 2006 at 1:34 AM Rating: Decent
I have been in two groups today in here, and both times the end loot was an unusable item, since there was no bard in the group... the gory belt dropped juring the first 1...
gory belt still drops
# Sep 18 2006 at 7:04 PM Rating: Decent
got a gory belt today, last day before drakkn release
Kite it for easy XP
# Sep 15 2006 at 2:00 PM Rating: Decent
We had a kite group of 4 last night, doing hard version.. 68 Mage, 70 Mage, 70 Necro, 70? Beastie. Easiest xp in ages for me (the 68 Mage). No idea how hard they hit, cause they were chasing the necro and our pets were chewing their tails as we nuked away.

Mystyre Malkaw`Esh
Guild of Avalon
Just Did This
# Sep 02 2006 at 5:22 PM Rating: Decent
Only 1 person needs the initial book to start the mission. I boxed this with 5 of my toons, all 66-70. Shaman, Paladin, Cleric, Enchanter, Bard. Used bard to pull/fade(split) with snare, they would resist about 10% of the time. Bard is 70. I never tried to mez any or high sun any back so no idea on that.

Mobs are fast runners, I would pull with Dispell with Pally but didnt ever seem to make a difference on their DPS etc.

No mobs gated, all mobs ran, no mobs summoned me, didnt even try root so not sure on that, 66 shammy , 68 enchanter tash/slow resisted like maybe 5-6 times the entire time in.

Stayed up top cleared them all + most of the ones in both the towers to get all 9. Took me 4 hours but i wasn't even at the machine for over an hour with my little one etc and other RL stuff, so over all i think it is pretty easy.

Got 2 a couple of times and was no problem once slowed. Bard puller but no dps, only did pulling + snare.

Shaman main Q(OT) healing, Pally tank, chanter + shaman pets + ench nuking was DPS, cleric used for CH during fights when needed and a few nukes.

Unfortunately I got the darn Bard item at the end which i dont need bleh :-(, wish you could pick the darn item, oh well it IS really nice, no complaints, I just dont need it atm.


P.S. Dont forget to have a empty spot for the container he gives you, I didnt at first LOL and got lucky one of my bags didnt have any no drop crap in it.

Edited, Sep 2nd 2006 at 6:29pm EDT by mgern
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