A Dark Heart  

Quest Started By:Description:
(Average from 2 ratings)
Maximum Level:120
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Experience
  • Loot
  • Money
Quest Items:
Related Creatures:
Era:Serpents Spine
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Mon Oct 2 18:04:44 2006
Modified: Thu Feb 3 02:23:56 2022
This task begins with Vunder the Dark in Crescent Reach, found on the top level of Crescent Reach standing in the room with the elevator, at +1370, -1415.

You say, 'Hail, Vunder the Dark'

Vunder the Dark says 'Yes? What is it? By the looks of you I'd say you would not be interested or committed enough to [learn] anything I could teach you.'

You say, 'I want to learn'

Vunder the Dark says 'If you insist, I will tell you what it is I am doing. As a child of Draton`ra, it is my intention to become a master of shadow and necromancy. I will soon surpass the moniker of apprentice and become a very powerful citizen of Crescent Reach and perhaps even replace Vakk`dra on the council of the Scions of the Six. If you're interested in the ways of the dark arts, I could give you a task that gives you a [sample] of the type of spirit and disposition that is required.'

You say, 'A sample?'

Vunder the Dark says 'There is a scaleless barbarian that intends to train the drakkin. He has some items and ingredients on him that I need for my studies. You are going to have to kill him. There is no other way he will surrender the ingredients. He is in Artisan's Row on the second level of the city. You will need to be sure to kill him before the guards who patrol nearby catch you. They will not look upon a death within the city walls fondly. Then, take his bag of goods and return them to me.'

You have been assigned the task 'A Dark Heart'

Vunder the Dark wants you to kill a Barbarian by the name of Apothecary Shelga, loot Shelga's Pouch of Ingredients, and bring it back to him. Vunder seems to have some sort of plan to overthrow Councilmember Vakk`dra and this quest has something to do with it.

1. Kill Apothecary Shelga while no one is watching 0/1 Crescent Reach

Apothecary Shelga is a Barbarian found just inside the Alchemy section of Artisan's Row on the second level.

All you have to do is kill Apothecary Shelga before the patrolling guard, Warden Najja, comes by. Apothecary Shelga will start to flee around 20%. No one will assist him during the fight except for the guards if spotted. The other thing of note is there is no faction hit for killing Apothecary Shelga nor any for the final hand in of the quest.

2. Acquire Shelga's Pouch of Ingredients 0/1 Crescent Reach

Loot Shelga's Pouch of Ingredients from his corpse.

3. Return Shelga's Pouch to Vunder 0/1 Crescent Reach

Vunder is wickedly smug with your success. His plans to overthrow Councilmember Vakk`dra may soon be at hand.
You receive 5 gold.
You receive 2 platinum.
You gain experience!!

You have successfully been granted your reward for: A Dark Heart

2 platinum 5 gold
You gain experience!

Either Great Staff of the Dark Apprentice (WAR PAL RNG SHD MNK BST BER)
or Staff of the Dark Apprentice (CLR DRU BRD ROG SHM NEC WIZ MAG ENC)
Submitted by: Vatglut of Drinal
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Warder Najja Doesn't Give a Shit
# Feb 28 2019 at 1:07 AM Rating: Decent
7 posts
.Maybe it was changed, but every time I've done this quest -- including just now -- I've killed him literally right in front of the guard without being ganked.
Warder Najja Doesn't Give a ****
# Feb 28 2019 at 12:12 PM Rating: Excellent
1,738 posts
I confess Warden Najja has never paid much attention to me as I have slain Shelga repeatedly. Perhaps you have to step on his toes in the middle of killing in order to get him to notice?
A Dark Heart
# Apr 18 2017 at 3:39 PM Rating: Decent
67 posts
I have done this quest with all of my toons without a hitch.

I would suggest that you have a root or snare, he will run when he is low on health. I found out the hard way that when do the quest to make sure that Warden Najja is not around; he will kill you dead if you start to killing in front of him. Guess that Apothecary Shelga found a friend in Crescent.
maximum level
# Apr 29 2015 at 11:31 PM Rating: Good
117 posts
must be a level limit as he wont give the quest at lvl 18 nevermind I had the new task window minimized couldn't see the eccept button was able to get task at 20

Edited, Apr 30th 2015 1:44am by fistofice
NOT repeatable
# May 20 2012 at 7:16 AM Rating: Excellent
20 posts
Information is wrong, task is not repeatable.
Melee Reward
# Mar 09 2012 at 11:56 PM Rating: Good
171 posts
bad info
# Nov 23 2006 at 2:11 PM Rating: Decent
200 posts
You must have completed the Love in the Air series in order to gain access to this task.

this information is false, just recieved this mission with my level 26 enchanter and i have never heard of that series of missions, let alone done any of them :P
Shadriel Valshara'Slyan - DE Cleric (EQ)
Shyntrai the Noble - BE Hunter (WoW - retired)
bad info
# Jan 13 2007 at 5:41 PM Rating: Decent
702 posts
Shadriel is correct, this line of information is incorrect. I myself have only recieve the flower for the first part of the "Love is in the Air" quest. Yet I just finished this quest. I believe that one line needs to be removed and the rest is accurate.

bad info
# Apr 04 2010 at 6:18 PM Rating: Decent
41 posts
Just did this on my 11 necromancer...you do not have to do Love is in the Air =))
the Fight
# Oct 10 2006 at 5:31 AM Rating: Decent
Just did this quest with my 11th level Necro Drakkin. Twas a better weapon than what she had LOL.

Best time to start is when the Warder is walking away and turns the corner. He stands at the other end of that platform for a good length of time. just enough to kill Shelga.
I had my pet beat on Shelga while I sent in some nukes. Then he started attacking me. But Shelga went down fairly easily.
This one was fun
# Oct 08 2006 at 7:30 PM Rating: Decent
Ok so I read about this quest and went to do it. Killed the guy, went back and got my staff (cool graphic, will have to submit a picture).

It was about 3:00 AM MST (Real time) and I am all happy with my new staff. I come down to the first floor and, lined up like at a movie theatre, are five, count em five other toons with this staff in their hands. I laughed so hard I near fell off my chair.

Seems a lot of folks in Cresent reach did this quest.

Really is a good staff for the level.

Easy quest.

# Oct 03 2006 at 6:16 AM Rating: Decent
360 posts
Did this with my baby SK lastnight - disappointed that I couldn't use the reward. Ah well.
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