Halloween: Out With the Old  

Quest Started By:Description:
Maximum Level:120
Monster Mission:Yes
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Experience
Time Limit:06:00:00
Success Lockout Timer: 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: Tue Oct 25 19:25:36 2011
Modified: Sun Oct 31 19:15:54 2021
This is a group task (a monster mission) that was introduced in October 2005, and is available every year around Halloween.

It's one of five tasks required to receive a Bone Mask of Horror (illusion click item).

In order to request this task, you must first obtain Bristlebane's Ticket of Admission from one of a few other Kithicor Halloween tasks.:

- The Hungry Halfling
- Missing Costume Pieces
- Trick or Treat for the Old Man
- The Bone Collector

Cathil and "a silly puppet" can be found outside a cabin in the north-central part of Kithicor Forest (location 1230, 1060).

a silly puppet says 'Hey! Hey! Not so loose on the strings! Sheesh! Just which one of us is the dummy here?'

a silly puppet says 'Whoa! Whoa! Watch the strings. . .will ya?'

a silly puppet says 'Ah...Burn baby, burn!'

You say, 'Hail, a silly puppet'

a silly puppet says 'Whadda ya want? Can't ya see I'm busy here? Do you think that I just 'hang' around here all day? Hahah, get it? I'm on strings! Bah, you bore me. Go bug the dummy here before I get mad.'

You say, 'Hail, Cathil'

Cathil says 'Why hello there! It seems that we are not alone in our curiosity of these woods. Let me introduce myself, I am Cathil and this here is Wenan. Say 'Hello', Wenan.'

a silly puppet says 'Hello Wenan! Snark! Snark! Snark!'

Cathil says 'You'll have to forgive Wenan here, it has been a long journey for the two of us for you see, for we are [wandering story tellers].'

You say, 'Wandering story tellers?'

Cathil says 'Yes indeed. You see we earn our keep traveling from town to town entertaining all who would listen to the tales of fancy our imaginations can dream up! Why in fact, I bet Wenan here might have a [tale] or two for you now, if you ask him nicely enough!'

You say, 'What tale?'

Cathil says 'I can't think of any right now but perhaps Wenan might have one for you. Better ask him.'

And if you ask the puppet about the "tale":

a silly puppet says 'Tale? Who told you anything about a tale? Well I might have a small story for you if you have something for me. That's right, I gotta eat too, you know. Life isn't all roses and honey for me, bub. So cough up the prize or get lost cuz you're blocking my view.'

Give the puppet a ticket of admission. If you're already assigned a different task, you'll see:

a silly puppet says 'Wow, this is exactly what I want but it looks like you're too busy to listen to my story. (You already have a Shared Task.)'

If without a task:

a silly puppet says 'Oh. . .ok then. . .I got a [story] for you alright but don't think of this as a history lesson. Naw, this is just something I came up with to entertain wee brains like Cathil here. I'll speak slowly so try to keep up!'

You have been assigned the task 'Out With the Old'.

A final battle will determine the fate of all reality. Defend the area near the cave entrance for that is the area the enemy marches upon.

You'll be able to choose from six templates:

Terris Thule (Enchanter)
Tunare (Druid)
Cazic Thule (Shadow Knight)
Rallos Zek (Warrior)
Erollisi Marr (Cleric)
Bertoxxulous (Necromancer)

It's recommended you have, at a minimum, someone playing Rallos Zek and someone playing Erollisi Marr.

You say, 'What's your story?'

a silly puppet says 'Sit back and relax as I spin you a yarn about the early days of the universe; when the newly borne stars burned their brightest. Before there was much of anything, [they] strode the lands.'

You say, 'Who is 'they'?'

a silly puppet says 'Their names lost in antiquity, they were from the void. They are the ones that came before. . .before the others whom we now call the gods. For you see, it was they who actually created all that you see before you. . . the sky, the stars, the land, and yes, even the [gods] themselves!'

You say, 'Gods?'

a silly puppet says 'Some say they created the gods to be their servants. Others say it was naught but folly and pride that led them to create such powerful beings. . .beings that would eventually challenge they-of-the-void, for [supremacy] of all reality.'

You say, 'Supremacy?'

a silly puppet says 'Not content to be mere underlings, the gods-of-today conspired to defeat the old ones. In secrecy did the plan form and in fire did it end. For the gods-of-today would not be stopped till each and every one of the void was sent back to it. Yet during the eons long war it seemed as if the new gods had underestimated the power and tenacity of those of the void. Till one fateful battle occurred, just beyond the hills behind us; a battle that would tip the favor of the war towards the gods of today. Why I bet if you close you eyes and quiet your mind, you can [imagine] the terrible battle that must have occured. . .'

You say, 'I can imagine...'

You close your eyes and relax your mind. . .the sounds of battle begin to slowly approach you

You have entered Kithicor Forest.

Task Steps

  1. Fight for control of reality 0/1 (Kithicor Forest)

  2. Claim your reward

Task Progress

From the time you zone in, you have approximately six minutes until mobs aggro. You'll see these emotes as those six minutes progress:

From deep within the shrouded woods, you can hear the sounds of an army approaching. . .

The din of their marching echoes through the fog. . .you can now feel the ground rumble as they stride towards you. . .

The army steps forth from the swirling mist. . .their eyes glowing with the same unholy power that animates them.

The final army settles into place. . . preparing to charge you at any moment!

a fragment of spite shouts 'The void shall claim you and your kind.'

The first wave consists of 1x "a fragment of spite" and 16x "a lost creature of the void". The fragment has many more hps than the lost creatures. This is a simple wave provided your healer stays alive.

After the last of those is dead, you'll have a little over four minutes until the next wave goes aggro.

a shard of hate shouts 'The void hungers for you!'

The second wave consists of 1x "a shard of hate" and 12x "a figment of hate". Again, this is a simple wave provided your healer stays alive.

After the last of those is dead, you'll have at least seven minutes until the final wave goes aggro.

The Legion Commander of the void shouts 'Fools! We, the true gods of this universe, shall not succumb to upstarts such as yourselves!'

The final wave spawns in phases:
- 1x "a shard of nothingness" and 9x "a creature of despair"
- 1x "a sliver of despondency" and 9x "a fragment of malice"
- 1x "The Legion Commander of the Void" and 9x "a wandering soul of the void"

The Commander and his skeleton army is non-active at first. He goes aggro after a certain amount of time has passed after you engage the others (six minutes? more details about this needed).

Killing the Commander completes the task (the other mobs don't factor into completion).

Loot the shard from the chest that spawns and you'll be booted from the zone within two minutes.

NOTE: The task will auto-fail after a certain amount of deaths (any five total? or if each god dies once?):

All of the new gods have been slain! The old ones have triumphed! MISSION FAILED!

Shield of the Void

The reward scales according to your level.
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bayle marks
# Oct 28 2020 at 6:42 PM Rating: Good
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pay mercs with bayle marks so they stay active without pp
brimak tha bard - <ascending Dawn> - ZeK
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+ Ooglaz [bst]
+ Kamirb [dru]
second task step
# Oct 17 2016 at 2:43 PM Rating: Good
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The second task step is to: claim your reward
This step is completed by looting the Shield of the Void.
second task step
# Oct 19 2016 at 6:38 PM Rating: Excellent
Sythik wrote:
The second task step is to: claim your reward
This step is completed by looting the Shield of the Void.

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Mercs & Stuff
# Nov 03 2015 at 9:53 AM Rating: Excellent
98 posts
You can take a Merc in with you, but they only last until the money runs out. Since you are shrouded once you enter, you have no money on you. When the Merc's timer runs out, they poof, and you're on your own. I'd suggest dropping the Merc for an alt. Maybe for an extra healer.

We tried this with two players (Rallos Zek and Tunare). On the last wave, we died repeatedly. When you die, you resurrect after about 15 seconds, but your buffs are gone. At that point, healers have no mana. My heal spell was taking 41% of my mana per heal. Medding is hard, and slow. My suggestion, have at least two healers.

The Tank doesn't have good agro control, and there are a lot of mobs toward the end, so expect that the healers are going to have mobs all over them. I found that if I stood way back, just within heal range, it helped to keep the mobs off me. But some do summon, so....there's that.

Dru - Prexus (The Rathe)
Mercs & Stuff
# Nov 04 2015 at 12:08 AM Rating: Excellent
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Yes .. Merc Poof when 10 min timers is up and no funds.
You Fail if all toons die and get zoned out. Means you need another card to get quest.

If your boxing its simple with mercs. I'm boxing 3
Easy way to do it is to select - War/SK/Cleric (just incase)
I didn't even use cleric. because i used merc for all of it

3 waves of mobs. 1 First 2 are simple. 3rd is Commander.
I zoned in 2 toon war/sk with both having caster mercs on burn or AE Burn. camp one inside. and let one tank solo it with merc timer running down. wait for 2nd wave and load in camped toon with merc ready to fight. :)
For the last one - I just waits outside zone till the commander fight started and zoned in with healer merc..

Nobody dies

Bingo.. your done. Congrats
Mercs & Stuff
# Nov 08 2015 at 1:02 PM Rating: Excellent
98 posts
Thanks to Looniticc we completed this on the third attempt.

We used three toons, Cazic Thule , Erollisi Marr , and Tunare. We each had a Wizard Merc on Passive (making sure they had been on passive for more than 15 minutes!). We enabled one Merc for each wave, though we were able to suspend the second Merc after the second wave. So, for the third wave, we used two Mercs. We put the Wizard Mercs on Burn AE until all the little mobs were dead, then Burn to kill off the boss mob(s) quicker. The Cleric toon took care of most all the heals, and the Druid toon nuked a few times.

We noticed that when killing the final boss mob, skellies started respawning. We had to speed things up to get the boss mob dead, to stop the respawns.

When the Mission was done, we had a few looting issues, so we were stuck inside for 10+ minutes. It appears that the shield MUST be looted. If you have troubles, you can zone into Rivervale (taking you out of the mission) then zone into Kithicor and go back to the Puppet to get back in to the mission.

Dru - Prexus (The Rathe)
Mercs & Stuff
# Nov 08 2015 at 11:38 AM Rating: Good
715 posts
Bayle Marks can be used to keep your merc up past the 15 minute timer if using platinum to pay for their upkeep. Or as suggested, keep someone outside to zone in for the last wave, or have someone port out of zone to refresh merc, then re-enter. Mercs are the way to go on this, makes it all trivial.
Mercs & Stuff
# Nov 04 2016 at 8:59 AM Rating: Good
57 posts
This is accurate. I 3-boxed this and took all three mercs in with me using bayle marks to keep them up. One melee damage, one caster damage, and one healer. Even on the last wave, with most of the mobs beating on the healer merc, there was no worry of her running out of mana. As Cylius stated, mercs make this trivial.
Lost ticket
# Oct 25 2013 at 6:25 PM Rating: Decent
If you don't have enough people in your party when you turn your ticket in, he does not give the ticket back.
Beating this mission
# Oct 26 2012 at 12:37 PM Rating: Decent
25 posts
I was able to beat this last night with two friends and a boxed alt. We used the warrior, sk, cleric, and necro. Things were easy up until the last wave, where we died repeatedly. It seems that you can die as much as you'd like, unless all the players are dead at the same time.
What I got...
# Oct 26 2011 at 12:11 PM Rating: Good
1,342 posts
My Berserker received this at level 54 back in 2005.

Lesser Shield of the Void
AC: 20
STR: +10 DEX: +8 STA: +4 WIS: +10 INT: +10
AGI: +8 HP: +100 MANA: +100 Endurance: +100
SV FIRE: +10 SV COLD: +10 SV MAGIC: +15
WT: 1.0 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL
Slot 1, type 7: empty

I believe the rest of the rewards are:

Chipped Shield of the Void
Cracked Shield of the Void
Fractured Shield of the Void
Shield of the Void
Alliance Artisan Demonicspawn Dealerofdeath, Scoundrel of the Oathbreakers
Ogre Shadow Knight
Tunare - The Seventh Hammer

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