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|This group mission begins with Arcanist Tivalin (click for map image) in Katta Castrum. He is located near the port-in point of Katta Castrum.
Pre-requisites for Requesting:
- Completion of "Confront Emperor Vaakiszh"
The starting NPC is bugged in that he won't reply properly, but you can still request the task by saying "survive" (the key phrase). You can interact with him normally if you're sneaking.
You say, 'Hail, Arcanist Tivalin'
Arcanist Tivalin says 'What's that? You! You're one of those outsiders! You must have had a run in with the Shissar while you were in this area. [Yes]?'
You say, 'Yes'
Arcanist Tivalin says 'Good, good, now since you've undoubtedly heard about their stronghold, Silyssar, I thought I would impose on you for a bit of help in my [research].'
You say, 'Research?'
Arcanist Tivalin says 'Ah you see we once shared quite a bit of information with the Shissar in regards to magic and enchantments. I admit I was quite taken with how they did things and have studied their methodology for many years. Lately though I've come across several bits of magic by them that I just don't quite understand. I just know if I could figure out how they managed [it] we could find some way to solve one or both of the major problems facing us.'
You say, 'How they managed it?'
Arcanist Tivalin says 'Well there are really two important things they have accomplished. The first is that the Shissar have found a way to power their magic domes outside of the use of the Pellarus Satum artifact here in the city. Their domes are not decaying at nearly the same rate as ours. Perhaps if we can discover how they are managing this, it will allow us to repair the damage that has been done. The problem is I need a brave soul to [venture into Silyssar] for me to retrieve information and artifacts regarding this accomplishment. Then there is their [second] achievement. . .'
You say, 'What is the second achievement?'
Arcanist Tivalin says 'I've hesitated to make much more out of these rumors than has already been made. From what we can tell the Shissar known as Saarisz has been alive and gaining power for generations. In fact, things point to her returning to life after being slain. All this without aging or losing any of her accumulated knowledge! Surely you [can see] the advantages to this sort of magic!'
You say, 'I can see'
Arcanist Tivalin says 'Of course you can, I knew you were a smart one. It is my hope, if I can find the secret to how she manages this, we can use this magic to revive Tsaph! I can see that hearing this has made you as eager for the secrets as I am. If you think you can [survive] a foray into Silyssar I will make all I know on the subject available to you. With your help I'm sure we can learn more of how this is done.'
You say, 'I can survive'
Arcanist Tivalin says 'Make sure you take some friends with you, I wouldn't want to lose your help. Come see me as soon as you have found anything. I'm eager to get to the bottom of this mystery!'
You have been assigned the task 'Immortal Coils'.
Arcanist Tinvalin needs more information in order to propertly research how Saarisz manages to survive and gain power as she does. In Silyssar he believes you can find the tools used in the Saarisz's rituals and even specific details about what occurs to give Saarisz such longevity and power.
Find your way in to Silyssar 0/1 (Zhisza, the Shissar Sanctuary)
The zone-in is the same as the non-instanced Silyssar zone-in (back of the cave just north of the Zhisza zone-in point).
Retrieve 3 of the Bloodletting Kris used by the Shissar 0/3 (Silyssar, New Chelsith)
Find samples of the skin used in the Shissar rituals 0/3 (Silyssar, New Chelsith)
Speak with any sacrificial slaves you find, after eliminating their captors 0/3 (Silyssar, New Chelsith)
Search the temples for a Shissar ritual book and return it to Tivalin 0/1 (Silyssar, New Chelsith)
"Bloodletting Kris" drop from Shissar mobs (most commonly from necrotheurgists, but dropped by any type).
"Shedded Snakeskin" is looted from chests called "an ornate chest". You'll find these in the dead ends of the pyramid's bottom two floors (their placement may be random and vary by task). They typically have 1-2 mobs next to them, though some have none.
You'll find mobs called "a sacrificial slave" (two of them in each pyramid's basement). Clear the rooms in which they are found (2-3 mobs per slave). After clearing their rooms, they stand up. Hail them at this point.
You say, 'Hail, a sacrificial slave'
a sacrificial slave says, 'Thank you for your assistance. I must find my way out to the Combine city. Perhaps I will be safe with the followers of Zhisza.'
A book called "Rituals of Essence and Blood" can be found as a ground spawn in any of the pyramids (confirmed in the second pyramid). You'll need to turn this in at the end of the task, so keep it on you all the way through.
Map points for "silyssar.txt" map file (note: the ritual book may be random - not confirmed):
P 11.9659, 545.0921, 467.2660, 0, 0, 0, 1, ritual_book
P -177.9736, -716.9775, 244.6139, 0, 0, 0, 1, slave
P -319.2432, -342.0287, 245.5819, 0, 0, 0, 1, slave
P -296.8516, 328.6665, 417.2742, 0, 0, 0, 1, slave
Deliver 3 Bloodletting Kris to Arcanist Tivalin 0/3 (Katta Castrum)
Deliver 3 Shedded Snakeskin to Arcanist Tivalin 0/3 (Katta Castrum)
Upon turn-in of the above six items and the Rituals book, you see:
According to the ritual book the Shissar are able to resurrect their leader through the sacrifice of other Shissar. The power and life force of the Shissar are then transferred to Saarisz. Unfortunately, all signs appear to indicate these rituals will only work with the Shissar themselves. These items and the rest of the information you brought back will go far into understanding just what forces are at work here. Hopefully with greater understanding a way of using these forces to the benefit of the Combine can be found.
Faction with Combine Empire Merchants (+30)
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