Solteris Access #1: Knowledge for Power  

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Maximum Level:120
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Advancement
  • Faction
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    Era:The Buried Sea
    Group Size:Group
    Min. # of Players:3
    Max. # of Players:6
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    Entered: Thu Feb 15 22:28:36 2007
    Modified: Thu Feb 3 02:23:56 2022
    This task is the first group mission in a series for Solteris access. It follows this 'A City in Peril' mini-task (required for progression and Combine Signet Ring upgrade).

    You say, 'Hail Associate Researcher Plik'

    Associate Researcher Plik says 'Ah, so Prim Researcher Elnot sent you to speak with the Sphinx about our [problem] yes?

    You say, 'What problem?'

    Associate Researcher Plik says 'I'm sure you are quite aware of the crisis facing the city and our failing powersource. After a long and confusing conversation with the sphinx, Yinihortinkah, I am quite sure that there is some valuable information there, if only I had the time to accept the [challenge] that Yinihortinkah has issued.

    You say 'I will accept the challenge'

    Associate Researcher Plik says 'Excellent _____! Please return when you have spoken with Yinihortinkah.'

    You have been assigned the task 'Knowledge for Power'.

  • Enter Quatermary Pyramid in Jewel of Atiiki 0/1 (Jewel of Atiiki)

  • Speak with Yinihortinkah and accept her challenge 0/1 (Jewel of Atiiki)

    Kill all efreetis, scarabs, etc. on the way to Yinihortinkah, clearing the bottom floor. Speak with Yin.

    You say, 'Hail, Yinihortinkah'

    Yinihortinkah says 'I see that you have entertained yourselves with my efreeti... I do hope that you are not too weary to accept my [challenge].'

    You say, 'I accept your challenge'

    Yinihortinkah says 'My blind efreeti have senses so sharp they can detect even the smallest nearby creature. I challenge you to evade them...If you are [ready] we may begin the challenge, be sure to follow the [rules].'

    You say, 'What rules?'

    Yinihortinkah says 'The rules are quite simple. Evade my blind efreeti for several minutes without leaving the pyramid. If you fail the challenge, return to me, and you may attempt it again...If you win, return to me, and I will answer the question you have come here to ask.'

    The other sphinx in the room, Dezthazkekol, stands to the side.

    You say, 'Hail Dezthazkekol'

    Dezthazkekol smiles broadly, '...srekees eht edave ot uoy wolla lliw roolf rewol eht no gnidih ylnO .egnellahc noisave eht gnitpecca erofeb sroolf rewol eht raelc ot esiw eb dluow uoY'

    (revsersed reads- "You would be wise to clear the lower floors before accepting the evasion challenge. Only hiding on the lower floor will allow you to evade the seekers...")

    Once your group is in hiding position, say 'ready' (to Yin).

    You say, 'We are ready'

    Yinihortinkah says 'My efreeti are moving into position for he challenge, I suggest that you run out and hide quickly before I release them.'

  • Evade the first wave of Efreeti seekers 0/1 (Jewel of Atiiki)

    You have a few minutes to get into a hiding place in any room on the bottom floor.

    You are advised to clear the entire bottom floor of zone to avoid the six roaming blind seekers. The seekers use five pathing patterns to try and find you: Azia, Beza, Caza, Dena, and Ena.

    Hand of Yinihortinkah shouts 'Seekers, search in pattern ______.'

  • Evade the first wave of Efreeti seekers 0/1 (Jewel of Atiiki)

  • Evade the first wave of Efreeti seekers 0/1 (Jewel of Atiiki)

    After evading all 3 waves:

    Hand of Yinihortinkah shouts, 'The challengers have completed your challenge oh great Yinihortinkah.'

  • Speak with Yinihortinkah to learn the _____ 0/1 (Jewel of Atiiki)

    You say, 'Hail, Yinihortinkah'

    Yinihortinkah says 'Well done, you may now ask me one, and only one, question. Choose your [words] carefully and correctly.'

    You say, 'Words?'

    Yinihortinkah smirks, 'Words are the basic atom of speech, and thank you for asking your one question...'

    You say, 'Hail, Yinihortinkah'

    Yinihortinkah grins evily, 'Oh? You wanted to ask me another question? I see...well, I suppose if you were to tell me how [great], [wonderful], [clever] and [intelligent] I am, I might be persuaded to answer another question.'

    You say, 'You are great, wonderful, clever and intelligent.'

    Yinihortinkah smiles smugly, 'Well I suppose you are so clever that I will allow you one more question.'

    You say 'What is causing the powersource to fail?'

    Yinihortinkah says 'The powersource does not function as you might imagine... in fact, it is not even a source, rather a conduit that serves to channel the power from the true powersource... it is that source which is failing, not the supposed powersource of the Combine.'

  • Return to Associate Researcher Plik 0/1 (Katta Castrum)

    Return to Associate Researcher Plik and hail him to complete the task.

    Orux (number varies according to the task's popularity)
    Faction with Combine Empire Merchants

    For progression purposes, you need to complete this 'A City in Peril' mini-task before moving onto the next group mission in the series, 'Locating the Statue'.
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    # Nov 29 2022 at 4:12 PM Rating: Decent
    16 posts
    And it is not on the map, nor find.
    # Nov 29 2022 at 4:07 PM Rating: Decent
    16 posts
    They do real good at giving directions to Yinihortinkah. NOT!!! There are none.
    # Nov 29 2022 at 4:31 PM Rating: Decent
    16 posts
    NVM I found it.
    Must clear (some) Efreeti from lower floors
    # Dec 02 2019 at 6:52 PM Rating: Decent
    189 posts
    I used a Rogue to SS up to the quest giver without killing any mobs on the lower floors, and I received the following reply:

    You say, 'ready'
    Yinihortinkah peers at you and smiles, "You could not possibly hope to evade my seekers with so many of my savage Efreeti roaming the halls below..."

    I was able to get the proper reply to 'ready' once I cleared the two floors below the Sphinx, but I didn't try to narrow it down further (a level 101 Monk makes quick work of those mobs).

    The Northern Doorway will not pass
    # Jul 23 2019 at 6:07 PM Rating: Good
    55 posts
    Do not use the Northern doorway. They will detect you. Instead use the Southern or southwestern doorways.
    # Apr 14 2015 at 12:00 PM Rating: Decent
    17 posts
    After trying this for over an hour and with reading all the comments that were giving bad advice I've now figured it out.

    -Do not bother with invis, a rogue SoS'ing or any of that. You are NOT hiding from aggro or the seekers "seeing" you. The Seekers do not find you that way. The way that they find you is with the blue bubble AE they cast. I'm not sure why people were saying to use invis or SoS to begin with when the Seekers see through both.

    -Get on top of the doorway WITH levitate on. You will now stand taller than the bubbles can reach and you will avoid EVERY pattern.

    I ran the mission an extra 3 times with 3 characters all standing in different doorways with levitate on, none of them were found by any pattern with this tactic. 100% success.

    +25 Combine Empire Merchants faction hit for finishing

    Edited, Apr 27th 2015 11:53pm by SirGoonie
    # Aug 09 2012 at 9:55 AM Rating: Decent
    dont need levi to get on top of the door frame. i just jumped on the small ledge then i ran up the frame.
    First wave is bugged
    # Jun 19 2012 at 7:41 PM Rating: Decent
    15 posts

    At the beginning fo the first wave you might get an emote saying you were sensed and failed the trial.....if you wait longer, while hiding up on top of the door frame, you can win the trial anyway. I think it is a bug when they sense you right away like that.
    # Jan 30 2011 at 12:13 PM Rating: Decent
    at 71 with my mage and necro box and two mercs i received only 25 orux for this mission.
    safe spot
    # Nov 12 2009 at 5:48 PM Rating: Good
    1,308 posts
    pos 994.09 pos 462.98 neg 452.54 of door frame.

    Wasn't shrunk.
    Bonesmasher/95 Nec
    Craseon/95 War
    Hyrax/95 Enc

    safe spot
    # Oct 03 2013 at 10:17 AM Rating: Good
    228 posts
    Worked perfect, South West room, I used the one side that is in the room, not the hall.
    You just GNOMED THAT!.

    Hoarder Stickietoes Budderfingers Debt Collector of the Freeport Militia - 105 Froglok Paladin, Luclin
    Mats 105 Magician of Luclin
    Fillip 105 Bard of Luclin

    "Man who runs in front of car is tired, Man who runs behind car is exhausted"
    safe spot
    # Sep 24 2011 at 7:48 PM Rating: Decent
    46 posts
    Confirmed. Great spot!
    That which you may not know....probably isn't important anyways
    # Aug 17 2009 at 9:31 PM Rating: Decent
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    You now have to climb up on top of a bottom floor doorframe and then levitate to successfully hide for all three waves and not have to bother evading.
    Recent run-thru 7-1-09
    # Jul 02 2009 at 6:14 AM Rating: Decent
    134 posts
    Performed this shared task last night with 72 Druid and 72 enchanter, each with a jourenyman warrior merc of the same lvl. Cleared the 1st level of the pyramid with relative ease. Most we had to fight at any one time were two Efreeti or a bug/efreeti combo. All Efreeti were yellow to us, as were most of the bugs with a few being even con. Enchanter paci worked fine as long as efreeti were not directly next to one another, as they are at many of the doorways, but two efreeti posed no major issues with enchanter crowd control.

    Once at Yinihortinkah (and after having cleared the 1st level, and clearing aggroing radius mobs on middle and upper level) I hailed him and followed quest text as outlined above, and my enchanter partner was already down on 1st level at entry room hiding above the doorway, in crouched position and invis. She was NOT shrunken down. After I said "Ready" to Yinihortinkah his Blind Seekers started to spread out. I ran down to 1st level invis and climbed up on same doorway as my partner, and crouched down. I almost immediately got a message saying that a Blind Seeker had spotted me and that he would report to Yinihortinkah that I had failed, but my partner did not get that same message, so we both just stayed where we were while the Hand of Yinihortinkah called out each search pattern. There were 4 search patterns called out, for each of 3 waves. After the end of 4 patterns we would receive a 'task stage completed' message for both of us saying that wave had been successful. At the end of the 3rd wave the Hand of Yinihortinkah shouted that we had successfully completed the challenge and that we should speak to Yinihortinkah. I ran back up and followed the text dialogue as explained above and received update to task to talk to Associate Researcher Plik. NOTE: I had the quest ring in a finger slot the entire time. As it needs level 75 to be used, it was yellowed out to me in my finger slot, but after talking to Associate Researcher Plik in Katta, it now had beginning stats showing up. Good Luck to all.

    Additional Note: I noticed in an earlier post that a claim was made that the Merc will get you spotted. Since my druid was the one spotted at the outset, and I was the text initiator...maybe there is a connection there, but my enchanter partner also kept her merc up throughout the entire process and she was never spotted...and we both had invis up, crouched, and in same spot.

    Edited, Jul 2nd 2009 10:37am by subaru
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    potential safe spot
    # Jun 08 2009 at 3:55 PM Rating: Decent
    22 posts
    I did this with 2 boxes, i camped 1 out on the lower level NW room; let the other one get caught and just went afk. came back and all 3 waves were evaded because of the group member that camped out at NW room
    # waves
    # May 17 2009 at 11:24 AM Rating: Decent
    128 posts
    Ok i just did this quest. I was hiding in the large room Shrunk behind a Brazer and i evaded all but the Azia patterns. So in the quest i had evaded 2 waves and got caught on the 3rd .. so i rehailed and hide again .. and i evaded the first wave and my quest updated that i had evaded the 3rd wave .. So i think you only need to evade 3 waves , Don't matter how many times yuo have to reahail
    # Mar 29 2009 at 2:14 PM Rating: Decent
    Just did this mission 75 wizzie, 85 wizzie, 85 healer merc.

    FYI the mercs get the owner spotted. Both toons sitting on top of same doorway, toon with merc spotted, other toon not.

    Just so you all know
    how Not to be seen (with apoligies to MP)
    # Feb 26 2009 at 2:43 PM Rating: Decent
    Just did this mission, sitting invis above the door frames, and we were being caught on both Beza and Dena patterns. Finally, one member of the party noted she was being spotted before the seeker even entered her room. She moved forward slightly, away from the wall, and had no further problem... turns out the same thing worked for all of us, we were shoved back far as we could get trying to not be seen. Scooting forward slightly, no matter which pattern they searched none of us got seen.
    # Feb 17 2009 at 9:49 PM Rating: Decent
    19 posts
    Hiding above door archways INSIDE rooms best way. Make sure you spread people out. I personally was inside the very large room at bottom of ramp, did not get found.

    Taela - 87 Chanter on Luclin-Stromm
    Nikabur - 90 Cleric on Luclin-Stromm
    Amerikann - 90 Bard on Luclin-Stromm

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    # Dec 29 2008 at 9:58 PM Rating: Decent
    50 posts
    Not everyone has to remain hidden. When one of us was found but no one else was found we was still able to get updates so I suggest that one goes tigger the seekers while the rest go hide ontop of a doorway invis'ed and shrunk. We hid ontop of the doorway in the biggest room on bottom floor. And yes all the mobs on the bottom floor must be dead to trigger the seekers.
    confirm archways
    # Sep 06 2008 at 10:27 PM Rating: Decent
    did tonight and can confirm that hiding behind firepots you get seen and hiding on top of arch ways you won't get seen...6 in group, 3 hide behind firepots and 3 on arch ways. all 3 firepots people we seen
    confirm archways
    # Sep 15 2008 at 11:03 PM Rating: Decent
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    I can confirm this as well. I was hidden behind a firepot and stood on the archway (shrinked twice and crouched down) at loc +1141 / +240 / -371 in the Sphinx room.

    All mates behind firepots standing on the floor instead of archways had been discovered.

    Btw, you have to clear the whole entrance level. Otherwise Yinihortinkah Sphinx will not send her blind seekers.

    Hope this helps

    Edited, Sep 16th 2008 9:01am by Fayendyr
    It works at door arches
    # Jun 25 2008 at 6:21 PM Rating: Decent
    323 posts
    Top Arch in crouched position with invis or SoS and levi at third floor and at bottom floor worked through all patterns today.
    # Mar 27 2008 at 12:53 AM Rating: Decent
    200 posts
    mission may have been changed with last weeks patch... did it tonite and NONE of the old locations were working to successfully hide from the seekers. we tried behind pillars, behind fire braziers, under desks, behind pots, up on doorframes, lev'd, not lev'd... you name it, we tried it... some places we were even being spotted without a seeker ever entering the room... what did work... there was one location we tried that we would only be spotted during search pattern azia. this is behind the far pillars/columns, in the corners, in the largest room on the bottom/ground floor. how does this help? well you just keep redo'ing until they make it thru a wave without using search pattern azia. each successful wave counts as the next one completed, so you do not have to make it thru 3 full waves in a row, just make it thru a full wave of search patterns without them using azia and u'll get your first completion... make it thru another full wave and u'll get credit for evading them for a second... ditto for a third.... pain in the butt, but it did eventually get it done at least.
    Shadriel Valshara'Slyan - DE Cleric (EQ)
    Shyntrai the Noble - BE Hunter (WoW - retired)
    Hiding Spots
    # Feb 09 2008 at 5:04 PM Rating: Decent
    Just did this mission. You can't have everyone hide in the Sphinx room, nor can you have everyone hide on top of the door in the zone room. Your best bed would be to spread people all around the zone, on top of door archways. Shrink twice, drop lev and sit. Some people might get seen, but your chances of everyone getting seen are a lot lower. All 6 need to be seen to fail.


    I had everyone in my group zone out, and then I shrunk twice (skeleton form) and hid inside the room with the sphinx, on top of the door, looking away through the wall. I didn't bother dropping lev, and I evaded all waves by myself just sitting there.

    Sounds like a winnar.

    Edited, Feb 9th 2008 8:27pm by Lenas
    # Nov 30 2007 at 11:38 AM Rating: Decent
    Wondering if something has changed with this mission. I've done this one at least a dozen times, and each time have hidden on the doorways by the big lower room, as described in previous posts. No problems at all until last night, when . . .

    They found us on the third wave. Noone moved an inch, was watching the map window, and all 6 little X's were neatly parked on teh same doorways where we've won this many times before.

    Is this a unique experience, or has it happened to others also?
    # Nov 04 2007 at 5:43 PM Rating: Decent
    After the mission the best place to hide is in the right hand corner just after you have said ready to the sphinx. Virtually next to her lol. Jam the whole 6 group in that corner and DO NOT MOVE. watch the text for the information telling you the 3 waves (4 sections to each wave - Caza, Azia, Beza and Dena)have passed then you get the instruction that you ahve passed the test. hail again and you get you orux and exp:))'.

    lev over any doorway
    # Sep 04 2007 at 3:41 AM Rating: Decent
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    I have found that you can not only lev over the doorway in the big room, as mentioned below, but you can lev over any doorway, even on the second floor, and the seekers never find you. hope that helps some.
    # Jun 17 2007 at 11:33 AM Rating: Decent
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    I tried this today. The search pattern simply froze. I was not found. I literally tried dancing around the blind seekers. I think after five to ten minutes of hailing them and running around them in circles one finally found me. The report never actually came though. I could not restart.
    # Jun 18 2007 at 7:35 AM Rating: Decent
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    I did a little more playing around and I think I may have left one djinn up on the bottom level for the bugged instance.

    Previously she would not start the quest for us if any djinn were up. It appears now she will, but the search will simply stop once a seeker encounters a djinn. Killing the djinn after it is found will not allow you to restart. Yinihortinkah claims she is sending out the seekers again, but the search patterns never start.
    # Jun 18 2007 at 12:56 PM Rating: Decent
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    Nope that wasn't it. I was very careful to make sure no djinn were up and the search pattern still stopped at the fourth wave of the first round. That is where it stopped the other time too.
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