The Bloody Shank  

Quest Started By:Description:
Maximum Level:120
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Quest Goal:
  • Loot
Faction Required:
Highpass Guards (Min: Amiable)
Factions Raised:
Factions Lowered:
Quest Items:
Related Zones:
Related Creatures:
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Mon Jun 19 15:31:25 2000
Modified: Thu Feb 3 02:23:56 2022
This quest begins with Captain Boshinko in High Keep. He's found on one of the balconies at the entrance of the zone.

You say, 'Hail, Captain Boshinko'

Captain Boshinko says 'Greetings, stranger! Are you the [bounty hunter I requested]?'

You say, 'I am the bounty hunter you requested'

Captain Boshinko says 'It is about time. I have been waiting for you for ages! Your [reputation] precedes you.'

You say, 'What reputation?'

Captain Boshinko says 'You humor me, Slaythe! I would have guessed someone like yourself would have little time for humor. Nevertheless, would you [like to hear about the job] I have for you?'

You say, 'I would like to hear about the job'

If faction is too low, you'll see this response:

Captain Boshinko says 'Your name is as respected as the name of the Karana bandits. Leave my presence while you still have legs to run with.'

(Further dialogues needed.)

It seems a petty rogue escaped the dungeon in Highhold Keep but left behind crucial evidence. The rogue's Bloody Shank was sticking out of a guard's back!

The Captain gives you the shank to take to the rogue to let the rogue know why you are there to kill him. The rogue's name is Bronin Higginsbot and he hangs around the Deeppockets in Rivervale. He may sometimes be found around the southernmost tower in Misty Thicket. Hand him the bloody shank and then kill him, but be careful because a bodyguard sometimes spawns next to him when you hand him the shank and also the guards will help him if they are nearby.

Handing him the dagger and killing him results in these faction adjustments:

Bronin Higginsbot says, 'Hello. It is dangerous out in the woods. You should go to Rivervale. It's at the end of the path. You will find good times there. Travel safely, my friend!'

(handing in dagger)

Bronin Higginsbot says, 'AHH! You have been sent by the High Keep Guards! You will never take Bronin Higginsbot alive!'
Your faction standing with Deeppockets has been adjusted by -50.
Your faction standing with Circle of Unseen Hands has been adjusted by -2.
Your faction standing with Merchants of Rivervale has been adjusted by 2.
Your faction standing with Coalition of Tradefolk Underground has been adjusted by -2.
Your faction standing with Carson McCabe has been adjusted by -2.

Bronin Higginsbot says, 'Where is my trusty bodyguard?!'
Bronin Higginsbot tries to punch YOU, but misses!

Gobtik pierces Bronin Higginsbot for 247 points of damage.
Your faction standing with Deeppockets has been adjusted by -100.
Your faction standing with Circle of Unseen Hands has been adjusted by -5.
Your faction standing with Merchants of Rivervale has been adjusted by 5.
Your faction standing with Coalition of Tradefolk Underground has been adjusted by -5.
Your faction standing with Carson McCabe has been adjusted by -5.
You receive 4 silver and 7 copper from the corpse.

--You have looted a Halfling Head.--

Return to the Captain with his head, in exchange for coin, experience, and occasionally, a Scout's Blade. You'll also receive these faction adjustments:

Captain Boshinko says, 'Good work, bounty hunter! You have served your legend well. I hope a few plat is good enough and, please, take this item we confiscated from one of our guests now serving time in our dungeon.'
Your faction standing with Highpass Guards has been adjusted by 20.
Your faction standing with Carson McCabe has been adjusted by 3.
Your faction standing with Merchants of Highpass has been adjusted by 3.
Your faction standing with Corrupt Qeynos Guards has been adjusted by 1.
Your faction standing with The Freeport Militia has been adjusted by 1.
You gain experience!
You receive 3 platinum from Captain Boshinko.

(Interestingly, the steps differ in that steps 1 and 2 imply Carson doesn't like you killing him, but he likes it when you turn in his head?)
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No Head
# May 08 2002 at 6:41 PM Rating: Default
I am a 19th level Bard and have killed this halfling twice, cons green, but no head either time. Am I to high?

19th Bard
RE: No Head
# Aug 15 2002 at 9:46 AM Rating: Decent
U have to hand him the shank to have him drop the head
#Anonymous, Posted: May 02 2002 at 3:01 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) ???
Shayde Higgensbot
# Feb 26 2002 at 10:29 AM Rating: Default
Dont kill Shade Higgensbot because you get dead,.. a level 60 Rogue trainer pummels you for 200-300 quads,.. nice way to expore the world thou on your CR,.. send me a postcard ;)
killin' bronin
# Sep 15 2001 at 6:05 PM Rating: Decent
i was about a level 20 druid when i completed this quest. i'd suggest waiting to kill bronin until the halfling guards are not in the immediate vicinity of the tower bronin is on. to avoid falling to my death in the heat of battle; i climbed the ladder and targeted bronin, then went back down and cast a dot on him from the ground. bronin came off the tower and i pulled him away from the wall and the halfling guards. i had no problem killing him this way. on my first attempt, i just attacked bronin on the tower and was killed by the deputies. i don't remember bronin's buddy being a problem like some of the other posts said. i don't think his buddy came after me when i pulled bronin either. this quest was pretty easy.
Toe to Toe
# Aug 24 2001 at 5:14 PM Rating: Default
I just got through with this quest and I'm a 15 druid. I buffed myself with strength of earth, skin like rock, and sheild of thistles. I climbed the top of the farthest tower of the wall in Misty Thicket to find Bronin and his bodyguard. There was a guard below, but I paid no mind. As soon as I gave the bloody shank to Bronin has directed he and his bodyguard started attacking and so did I. I stayed atop the tower and didn't have time to cast so I just meleed Bronin with my fine steel scimitar; while letting his bodyguard beat me down. I eventually killed Bronin but by then his bodyguard had me at a bub and a half of health. So I looted Bronin's head and jumped off the side of the tower onto the walkway of the wall and Bronin's bodyguard was still on me, so I was dieing fast and saw no other way but to commit suicide and jump off the wall to my death. Thus I came for my corpse from being bound in Rivervale and delivered his head to the Captian for two platinum and a bronze mace. I've yet to try the quest again because of my death and the strength of Bronin's bodyguard at my level. So until then have fun with the quest if your in the need fer a few plat.
# Jun 25 2001 at 10:13 AM Rating: Default
I tried to do this quest at lvl 21 with a lvl 57 cleric buff on me and sow, but i was down 2 bubbles of health when i attacked bronin. hit him for 40 then for like 10 then like 25 then like 15 then i dont know what, then his lil body guard attacked me, they were both green so i kept fighting. then out of the blue, here comes 5 deputies and blixen entopptop! hehe i had to jump off the tower with 2 bubbles of health and that took down 1 of em, then i ran to RV and zoned right as sow wore off. hehe i think this quest sucks unless that scouts blade is really good and its not worth my time and effort when i can go kill gobbies in highhold for exp.
Rayge Inakage
21 warrior gnome of lanys
Bronin Higginsbott
# Jun 21 2001 at 8:36 AM Rating: Default
Shayde Higginsbott in the Fool's Gold is the bounty hunter that is expected by the captain to seek out and kill Bronin Higginsbott. Handing the bloddied shank to Shayde is pointless so don't waste your time. To take Bronin out root and stun are seriously needed and if you study the guard near the tower you will notice he wanders off for a short period of time. During this time you can pull Bronin awayto reasonably safe spot and dispose of him with considerably less worry of intervering guards.
The faction hit is a very serious one. If you are a halfling rogue DO NOT do this quest as you will soon become alienated in your own guild within Rivervale.
RE: Bronin Higginsbott
# Jul 03 2001 at 12:39 AM Rating: Default
The expected assassin is a named Froglok in Misty Thicket named Slaythe, not Shayde. Slaythe spawns behind a big stump outside the wall and to the right when saying a certain phrase to Bronin.
Items Recieved
# Aug 26 2000 at 7:32 PM Rating: Default
I have recieved a few different Med level weapons for completing this quest.
I have since quit doing this quest, however. There is a guard that hangs around near Bronin's Spot. If Bronin so much as takes one step in flight, this guard begins attacking from the bottom of the tower.
Roots and stuns are necessary to complete this quest safely.
Anyway, in addidtion to the Scout's Blade, I have recieved a Dwarven Axe and a Ogre War Maul from this quest.
#Anonymous, Posted: Aug 21 2000 at 6:27 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Deep Pockets faction, in fact, INCREASES when you kill Bronin Higgensbot. I was worried when I went out to finish this quest, since I was already Dubious with the Deep Pockets, so imagine my surprise on seeing the Faction messages after dropping the wretched little murderer.
RE: Faction on This Quest
# Mar 11 2001 at 1:55 PM Rating: Default
Ok, actually it goes down. WAY down. im a halfling rogue and after doin this quest, my own guild trainers con dubious and won't have anything to do w/ me. so be warned that this is a good quest but SERIOUSLY screws up your faction w/ the Deep Pockets. I have no idea why your faction went up.
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