The Escaped Catman  

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Time:6 hours
Maximum Level:115
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
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Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
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Entered: Mon Mar 12 19:51:53 2001
Modified: Sun Jul 21 00:06:24 2019
This is the quest for the Hero Bracers. You must do the first part at least once. It is possible that once you have done the first part, you can just get the shackles each time you do the quest. You also need to do the Steel Warrior initiation quest before doing this. You probably need a high faction with the steel warriors to complete the quest. Here are the details:

[1] Go to the basement of the arena in South Qeynos and talk to Grahan Rothgar. He will ask you if ' have a report of the [escaped catman].' Ask him What escaped catman. He will give you the story and ask if you want to '...[retrieve key seven].' You can continue the quest anyway, but you will get nothing for it; no faction, no xp, no item, no nothing.

[2] Grahan will tell you to go to Wisp Isle (in Erud's Crossing) and kill the catman named Nomala. Yes, there is a catman named 'Monola' but that is the wrong catman. The correct catman is named 'Nomala'. He is not as high level as any of the other cats but tends to gather a mob. Best strategy to kill him is in Step 3.

[3] Go to Wisp Isle (the only one in Erud's Crossing). Nomala will spawn by the fire. Once killed, he will not spawn again for another hour or two, so figure on taking a while to do this. Be warned that you lose faction with Prexus for killing these catmen. Anyway, he will stand there for a bit, then walk off toward the shore down by the dock. Milla is standing around close by, but if you wait about one minute, she will walk off and leave Nomala all alone. Kill him - but don't let him run, kill him quick. Best bet is to hit him once then run a few feet down shore away from their village. He does not always have the key.

[4] Return the key to Grahan and you get xp, faction, an item (along the lines of a bronze short sword), and a second quest. (faction results: +Steel Warriors, +Guards of Qeynos, -Corrupt Qeynos Guards, -Freeport Militia, +Knights of Truth).

[5] The 2nd Quest: He wants you to go hunt down '...a [second escaped gladiator]' Fine, sounds easy... nope. He wants you to return the shackles of the Minotaur Hero of the Steamfont Mountains.

[6] Go get em and bring em back. The hero's placeholder is the minotaur slaver in the front of the minotaur cave. When he dies, there is a chance that the Hero will spawn on the other side of the valley.

Minotaur Hero + Shackles = Hero Bracers.

Need all dialogues, current faction hits, /loc of quest mobs, actual quest prerequisites, rewards.
Submitted by: Thodor and Comdarion
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Dialog & Faction
# Mar 01 2016 at 8:57 AM Rating: Excellent
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You need amiably faction for dialog & turnin

[Tue Mar 01 15:53:55 2016] You say, 'Hail, Grahan Rothkar'
[Tue Mar 01 15:53:55 2016] Grahan Rothkar says 'Hail, Araiya! What business do you have in the pens of the Qeynos Arena? Have you a report of the [escaped catman]?'
[Tue Mar 01 15:53:57 2016] You say, 'escaped catman'
[Tue Mar 01 15:53:57 2016] Grahan Rothkar says 'We had a catman imprisoned here for use in future gladiator battles. He escaped. In the process, he bit off my assistant's hand which held the key to pen number seven. I now seek to hire a warrior to [retrieve key seven].'
[Tue Mar 01 15:54:00 2016] You say, 'retrieve key seven'
[Tue Mar 01 15:54:00 2016] Grahan Rothkar says 'Hmmm. You seem a bit young, but I shall give you a chance. Seek out the catman named Nomala. He most likely returned to [Kerra Isle]. He is not very powerful, but his people are surely watching over him. Retrieve the key for me and be rewarded.'

[Tue Mar 01 15:52:45 2016] Grahan Rothkar says 'I thank you. I must admit I had my doubts, but you have proven yourself a true warrior. I salute you. You can be of some assistance to me. It seems as though there has been a [second escaped gladiator] and I have a reward waiting for a human warrior.'
[Tue Mar 01 15:52:45 2016] Your faction standing with Steel Warriors has been adjusted by 10.
[Tue Mar 01 15:52:45 2016] Your faction standing with Guards of Qeynos has been adjusted by 2.
[Tue Mar 01 15:52:45 2016] Your faction standing with Corrupt Qeynos Guards has been adjusted by -1.
[Tue Mar 01 15:52:45 2016] Your faction standing with The Freeport Militia has been adjusted by -1.
[Tue Mar 01 15:52:45 2016] Your faction standing with Knights of Truth has been adjusted by 2.
[Tue Mar 01 15:52:45 2016] You gain experience!!
[Tue Mar 01 15:52:45 2016] You receive 5 copper from Grahan Rothkar.
[Tue Mar 01 15:52:45 2016] You receive 9 silver from Grahan Rothkar.

Got a Rusty Two Handed Battle Axe
Minotaur Hero
# Jul 20 2015 at 1:07 AM Rating: Decent
7 posts
Can confirm that he spawns by the tree other side of valley from entrance to cave.
Spawn is random spent 15 hours killing a combination of the first minotaur slaver as u enter cave and all others in side cave.
Pop after a kill of the first minotaur for me only to have it attacked by someone sneaky and item looted before I could run to other side of the valley
All the best and good luck
Easy Druid quest
# May 07 2006 at 1:15 PM Rating: Decent
Well, someone told me about this quest when I was like 32. I did the milk thing for a long time, then went to SF and got the hero to spawn. Killed him, went back to SQ (this time I binded by the turn in guy) and did the turn in. I got 16% exp. 16%. That's about 7 turn ins per level. Doing this, I went from 32 to 50 in about two months. Woot.

I'm on the Mac server, and it hasn't been nerfed there.

On the mac server, you get the minotaur hero to spawn BY KILLING 2 SLAVERS WITHIN A CERTAIN AMMOUNT OF TIME. That's the only way (on the mac server).
# Nov 21 2004 at 11:01 AM Rating: Decent
and what exactly are the stats on this bracer?
# Nov 04 2003 at 7:41 PM Rating: Decent
I'm lvl 40 now and still can't do this quest because I don't have enough faction for it. Anyone know how much faction I'll need with the steel warriors before they'll let me do the quest?

Edited, Fri Nov 21 12:36:45 2003
# Mar 31 2003 at 11:00 AM Rating: Decent
70 posts
After spending long weeks hunting in SF for Trueshot quest, I became well accquainted with the Hero (nice lad, bit low on the IQ tho) and was looking forward to getting some good xp at 34...and they've nerfed it...dem. Why? That now counts 2 of the best spots in the old world they've nerfed, Hero and BBM. Don't mean to whinge, but many of the peeps here posting that they're glad about both of these probably haven't had to do without expansions for a while. With only basic EQ the old world is now starting to really, really suck...<sigh> well done Sony, more money coming your way...

Anyway, did manage to make him pop once last night after about an hour. 3 Mino Lords popped and were killed in that time as well, so they're still up and running it seems. There atm to see if I can pop him again, but it's been 2 hrs without a sign...
# Mar 26 2003 at 11:34 AM Rating: Excellent
Smiley: bangheadok, does any one know the new spawn time for the hero?
Hero gone
# Mar 14 2003 at 1:56 PM Rating: Decent
Well, looks like thats it for the days of the hero. Only thing the hero is goina do now is ruin an noobs day. I have had my warrior campped there from an hour after patch thirsday, I have checked repeatedly, asked all my normal hero biddues, and even some of the pircks who do the quest, no a one hero!! No one has seen him. This spawn time used to be as quick as my warrior could doubble attack for 157, 157. Spawn time could be hours now, but the are soo many hero bracers out there, and there lore, I doubt the hero will ever be done again with any consisitancy. Just kill all the noobs, and despawn, like he used to when I was level 10, back in 1999. I really hope they put him back, it was soo nice to do a quest for real XP, even at level 61, it was still xp! =(, so, well have to see what happen. Post a time if any one finds out how long it take now. I also have not seen the mino lord!!

61 Druid of Black Tower
53 Warrior of Infinite Jest
RE: Hero gone
# Jul 06 2005 at 11:17 PM Rating: Decent
26 posts
Having camped there for a few hours today, killing minotaurs for faction, I have seen at least a dozen Minotaur Lord spawns, and only one Minotaur Hero spawn. I'm not sure about spawn time on hero, but lord seems to be fairly common.
# Mar 14 2003 at 8:34 AM Rating: Decent
Can anyone confirm whether the Spawn Time on the Hero has been extended? Was thinking of doing this for exp but if it's been nerfed probably won't bother with all the Faction stuff.

Quest was probobly nerfed as of today
# Mar 13 2003 at 8:07 AM Rating: Decent
Todays patch message -

"- Corrected the spawn times for the Minotaur Hero."

Most like this is going to mean that the Hero spawn has been upped from a few minutes to several hours in order to stop folks from banging out the quest over and over for easy XP.
Doh. Just doh.
# Feb 16 2003 at 11:08 PM Rating: Decent
70 posts
If you have been doing/eying this quest and having trouble with that pesky Minotaur Hero, you are really going to hate me. I'm not to happy with myself as it turns out.

Level 12 ranger running around Steamfont killing metal spiders as part of the Trueshot bow quest helps out a lvl 51 killing some minotaurs with a heal. Lvl 51 kindly leaves 3 (yes, 3) Minotaur Hero corpses for me to loot, which I do...ecstatic at the fact that most of the loot is selling for about 12 plat, and not liking the look of two nodrop shackles which I can't sell or use, I destroy the shackles to make room in inventory. Doh. So, so, doh. This is in spite of the fact that I have looked up the Hero bracers here before since they looked kind of sweet.

So later I read this and kicked myself a big one for throwing away one perfectly good chance to get not one but TWO hero bracers way above my level or price range. If it helps, I tend to atone, since I have many metal spiders left to kill, so as soon as a decent level PC comes along I intend to group and let them take the money and xp, and me those tasty little shackle things.

The lesson here kids is BANK YOUR NODROP DISCOVERIES until you have checked out that they are useless to you...
RE: Doh. Just doh.
# Sep 22 2003 at 11:42 AM Rating: Good
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The Hero shackles are NO DROP and LORE, so you could only save one at a time. However, if you had saved one and turned it in, and you actually got the Hero Bracer (I don't know if the NPC will give it to a low level player char or not) you also would've gotten enough experience to level at least once, maybe two levels in one pop. I started this quest with a 26 Druid, and each turn in Dinged me, up until 33 or so, then it slowed. But experience is still good into the 60's I heard. Too bad Hero's spawn time has been nerfed, but I will still look for him every time I pass through SF.
# Feb 09 2003 at 3:12 AM Rating: Decent
I started this quest today and was told to go to Kerra Isle to find Nomala, I waited there for 2 and half hours with no luck finding her. Anybody have any ideas as to what I can do to make her spawn?
RE: Nomala
# Feb 10 2003 at 2:31 AM Rating: Decent
actually, Nomala is not on Kerra Isle, which is reached by taking a boat from the coast off of Toxx forest (I think, I've never gone myself). Nomala is on Talysra's Paw, which is the island in Erud's Crossing, the expanse of water between Qeynos and Odus. To save time, take a porter with you for the trip out (unless you're one yourself) and take the boat from S. Qeynos docks. She's an easy spawn to get, about an hour to two hours, but there's rarely anyone here (at least, not on Drinal). I went earlier today and she was popped, standing calmly by the fire. Very low HP, below 57, one of my roots knocked her out cold. It's a timed, not triggered, spawn.

Tayachi - 48 Druid

Edited, Mon Feb 10 02:04:58 2003
RE: Nomala
# Feb 10 2003 at 1:08 PM Rating: Excellent
3,705 posts
You don't need to do the escaped catman quest.

All you need is to raise your faction with Temple of marr, until Mojax hikspin in WC will take milks from you, then turn in milks until Grahan responds to the question "what second escaped gladiator?"

I have helped several members of my guild get hero bracer quest faction. I find the easiest way is to:

1) kill orcs in EC/WC for faction and belts
2) Once you get 20 belts or so, turn them in to the guy in the Steel Warrior guild hall in Freeport (not the militia captain).
3) Buy 200 milks on your way to WC (second inn in EC sells them, in the small hut by the inn)
4) find mojax and give him ONE milk. If he takes it, and you get faction, you're good. (Otherwise, return to 1)
5) give him ALL 200 milks, 4 at a time (unstacked, one per slot).
6) go to S Qeynos, find Grahan Rothgar and say "What second escaped Gladiator?"
7) if he gives you the quest, go kill the hero, otherwise, go back to 5.

Edited, Mon Feb 10 12:38:37 2003
Hero Bracers
# Feb 06 2003 at 1:00 AM Rating: Decent
I do this quest with my 32 ranger all the time. I go to nexus and grab a c3, then i run down to SF.

Popping Hero)

Popping Mino hero is probably the easiest thing to pop in the game. Run into the mino caves, run to where the path splits into 3 paths, kill ONE (1) of the minos that spawn in these 3 tunnels, and the one by the ent to mino caves. HEro will pop. I snare, keep snare, and nuke like there's no tomorrow. It is very possible to kill him with a lv 32. but you MUST KEEP SNARE STUCK. Anyhow i looted the shackle (he ALWAYS drops them)


So i found i needed faction, i ran to WC, and Mojax is indiff, i go to orc camp, kill about 30, get about 15 belts, i run back to mojax, turns out just killin the orcs made me amiable, i gave him roughly 310 milks, made me dubious to FP guards =(. Anyway i ran to South Queynos, to get to the guy, hes underneath arena. you hail him and say

What second escaped gladiator?

then give him the shackle and SHAZAM u get ur nice hero bracer. Back to sf and do it again =).. BTW from lv 32 - 39 roughly , the turning in of the shackle is GREAT xp, it cannot be beat. When you get good and do the quest fast, you can get a lvl in about an hour. It is one of the few hidden xp treasures in the game. I hope this helped. (Oh BTW, hero is either yellow or red at lv 32 and hes white or dark blue to a lv 36)

I hope this helped and good luck!

Kamfdut Earthcaller 32 Ranger (Fateless)

RE: Hero Bracers
# Feb 06 2003 at 10:40 AM Rating: Excellent
3,705 posts
The hero does NOT always pop if you do as you describe. Sometimes, the hero pops immediately after killing the Mino just inside the cave. other times, you'll need to clear the whole cave to get him to pop.

It is MORE likely he'll pop fast, but won't always.

BTW, one of the side effects of this quest is: You end up MAX KOS in west/east freeport, and in Qeynos (corrupt guards).

Once you get KOS, this makes the quest MUCH more difficult to do, unless you can invis, camo, fd or sneak/hide.

Last thing: the hero bracers are lore, so you won't get one the second time unless you get rid of the first one.
Steel Warrior faction a snap
# Dec 04 2002 at 10:55 AM Rating: Decent
Finished this quest last night. Took about four or five hours. Mostly waiting for orcs to spawn. I turned in 30 Deathfist Slash Orc belts to Cain Darkmoor who is located in the second floor of the warrior guild. This allowed me enough faction to turn in the milks to Mojax Hikspin in WC. About 300 and the quest was history, ta ha. I wouldnt do it this way if your at all concerned about Freeport Militia faction decrease.

Fingwe Galadhrim
Disciples of the Pantheon
Ranger 39th Season

Edited, Wed Dec 4 10:34:35 2002
bad lvl 11 soung
# Nov 11 2002 at 5:25 PM Rating: Default
I did the quest with a lvl 61 bard for fun
mino hero was really green and went down easy lol
my lvl 11 song bring the quest gye to ambly after doing quest 4 times with song im kindly consider now. I did it with no faction work the song all you need to do quest bah if you need to do the quest get a half elf bard to lvl 11 and kill mino with your main when he dies log on your bard that works to
I found to get him to pop kill all 5 skelly and the Mino at the door and he spawn in least 5 min after man that gye pop fast now he spawn neer the skellys
Bard+Charisma song= Good Faction
# Oct 24 2002 at 9:29 AM Rating: Decent
Correct me if I am wrong, but wouldn't a bard's charisma song boost up your faction enough to be able to turn in the shackle with out doing any side faction quest? My bard has the shackle already, so I think that I will try this. If it works then I don't have to worrie about being KOS in Freeport :p .
# Oct 24 2002 at 8:21 AM Rating: Decent
i tried this quest with an enchanter using the faction increaseing spell. using this SPELL does not work. just some fyi
RE: faction
# Oct 24 2002 at 2:26 PM Rating: Excellent
1,088 posts
Faction spells raise your faction by X amount of points unless the NPC isn't tied to any faction (like animals).

Scowling, Dubious and Amiable are all major hurdles when factioning. Your faction may just be too low for the spell to push it to the next level.
RE: faction
# Dec 19 2002 at 5:25 PM Rating: Excellent
658 posts
With my high elf enchanter's default faction of Apprehensive, a cast of Collaboration was enough to get me high enough in the Amiable range to do the quest. After doing it once, he was Indifferent (with no faction spell).
faction is cake
# Oct 14 2002 at 5:57 AM Rating: Decent
I just got my faction from apprehensive to amiable in about half an hour.. The guy Majox in West Commons who hangs out around the lake on the south side takes bottles of milk in exchange for faction with steel warriors... but it drops your freeport milita faction so watch out... bottles of milk are sold in east commons at inn1 in the building on the west side.. a guy named panthor.. I bought 160(2 backpacks full). You hand 1 milk bottle at a time (1x4) to majox and you get faction. Sometimes Majox will run off to give "a sealed note" to Gix... Just hail him to keep him with you. I hailed him after every 5 times I handed him the milk bottles just to keep him with me. After 160 the guy that starts the hero bracers quest was amiable to me. Hope this helps =) BTW 160 might be a bit overdone but I just wanted to make sure I got it the first time.. Just make sure you watch your FP militia faction if you care about it.
# Sep 19 2002 at 11:22 PM Rating: Decent
My lvl 14 Woodelf ranger found this item on a mino that an uper lvl character let me loot. I think it might be no drop so I cant give it to my ogre warrior. So what should I do with it? Do I sell it at the bazzarr or try to do the Escaped catman quest? Can a lvl 14 do the rest of the quest (which involves killing the named catperson)? And if so how is the exp for a lvl 14?
# Oct 02 2002 at 7:33 AM Rating: Decent
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The item is "no drop" therefore you can't sell it at the bazaar. I have heard that you can actually turn in the shackle and get the hero bracer without killing the catman. You have to have amiable or better faction to it though. There are many ways to boost "Steel Warriors" faction. A search with relevant terms in would tell you any number of ways. If you go to Grahan Rothkar and say "What second escaped gladiator?" and he responds with a story of the minotaur hero, then you should be able to give him the shackle and get the bracer. Once you get the bracer, keep it for your ranger. He can equip it and it's better than an Ivy etched bracer IMO since it has the same AC, better saves and the +10 str and all you're giving up is +2 dex that the ivy has. Good luck
Not worth the Effort!
# Sep 19 2002 at 6:02 PM Rating: Default
I dont really think its worth the effort. But i may be wrong. Well 700pp is like a day er two of playing..ill just save up =)
# Aug 13 2002 at 4:28 PM Rating: Decent
For those of you that are looking to gain Steel Warriors faction, I have one word for you "Clothspinner". Yes it's a long run, But being indifferent to the Steel Warriors with my wood elf druid. I only had to make the trip 12 times. Much better then turning in several hundred gnoll's teeth or bottles of milk. I did not have good enough faction to turn in the milk. At this point I am now amiable to the Steel Warriors. I can also do the beginning bracer quest and get six positive faction hits each time I do it. Thus increaseing my faction even more. The best thing is that the sister that gives you the note is not a Steel Warrior so she will talk to you. Her sister will not however, but you don't need her to. Just give her the note and you get your faction. However alot of time is saved if you happen to be a toon class that can port and gate.
RE: Faction
# Sep 13 2002 at 8:11 PM Rating: Default
Another way to get your Steel warrior faction get about 2 stacks of gnoll teeth and take them to Halas and give em 3 at a time to the lady in the Pit of Doom.
RE: Faction
# Aug 21 2002 at 9:12 AM Rating: Decent
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Forget all that running around. I was indifferent to the Steel Warriors, so I did the initiation quest once. Although now amiable, he still would not talk about the Hero Bracer quest. Rather than doing other quests, I just did the beginning of initiation quest over and over. Grab about 30 bat wings and 30 snake scales, and get the bag and combine 5 of each, and just keep destroying the letter he gives you, and get another bag. You can keep repeating while standing in front of him. Every time you hand in combined bag you get faction. I got enough after 3 combines to do the quest, you might have to do more if you did not do the whole quest to start with.
double spawn...
# Aug 13 2002 at 1:10 AM Rating: Decent
aparently this guy is spawning alot easier now or somthing , i killed him once and a few minutes later he popped again. i wasnt even trying to get the bracer... was just killin him for some newbies that were gettin stomped, getting the hero bracer was a nice bonus though for helping newbies...
Lucky Break
# Aug 10 2002 at 4:56 PM Rating: Decent
I started this quest by looking around on Alla and researching everything. Then i went to get my shackles. Go down there, pulled up my warder told him to guard at the spawn point. Then i killed PH #1. No spawn, so i just hung out for a couple mins killed greenies. Next Slaver spawned, killed him and Bang, there was the hero. I attacked him(was a big mistake, forgot to self buff myself)Then the hero proceeded to kick my butt.
Warder was dead, i was at one bubble, then a nice wizzie came along and rooted him,nuked the hell outta him, and killed him. I asked if he was gonna take the shackles, and he said no(phew)
Basically, he is a bit weaker than a HG max hit i saw was 90, but he hit rather fast. a melee/hybrid probably couldnt do this at 35(maybe i SK could) but he had some pretty good resists. Hope this helps.

Edited, Sun Aug 11 01:19:12 2002
Not lucky, he spawns every five seconds now ;)
# Aug 12 2002 at 5:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Possibly due to the newbifying of steamfont and changes there, the hero now spawns like constantly.

I was there and found this out while killing steam elementals and other things to get more elementals to spawn. It seems the respawn rates are through the roof which is perhaps why this happens. It really doesn't seem that you need to even kill the slavers outside, though perhaps I or someone else was. I got one hero shackle thing and 3 more rotted while I was there and killed the mino guy.

The next day I was there again and some lower people were actually doing the area and kept asking for someone to kill the mino guy because he kept spawning as soon as I'd kill him... ahha. Since I already had the lore bracer thing I asked them to loot it when it dropped.

Another guy said he has made 50,000 plat since this was changed this way.. all off selling hero bracers for 250 plat each. I went to the bazaar and lowest price was about 250 plat on trib server with 12 people selling them. I'm going to go do the quest now and then get another shackle for another quest right away, I'll have to start dropping these on storage newbs.

So get one now if you want, because the sellable price on these is going to plummet like a rock as they reach maximum density and people in the bazaar in the "know" start undercutting. Either that or I imagine verant will eventually "fix" what is now an EXTREMELY common spawn.
Try Camping out
# Aug 07 2002 at 10:43 AM Rating: Decent
108 posts
Just want to post this so other peeps know....

I have killed many gnolls that I was able to obtain 189 fangs. I turned them into the lady NPC in the Pit of Doom in Halas and got faction with the steel warriors. Remember you have to turn in THREE fangs at a time to get it to tigger.

Went back to South Qeynos and they all con indifferent. Dammit! I was pissed. So I logged and when I relog the next day. They all conned Amiable. GO FIGURE. Looks like zoning really does not change anything. If you are in a similiar situation try camping out and logging back in in about 30min and see if that helps.

Just my 2cp.....

Quest Broken?
# Jul 30 2002 at 10:41 PM Rating: Decent
Ok Me and a good friend have been trying to do this quest for 2+ months. We both did the newbie quest then started the real quest. Both of our factions are Amible with the Steel Warriors. We get the orders to kill Momala so we do. We also kill Nomala who is on like a 2 hr spawn cycle. She is a druid so she is bond at the island and gates there every 2 hrs while playing. I am a war so i got to take the boat or transporters guys on the docks. No key has droped after we each have atleast 100+ kills on both mobs.

We tryed the quest with out the key, but only lost our hero monitor bracers wich are a pretty easy camp.

Anyone see anything wrong with what we are doing or have had simalar problems? Please shed some light on the quest if we are doing something wrong.

Edited, Tue Jul 30 23:30:48 2002
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