Anniversary Group Task: A Different Perspective  

Quest Started By:Description:
This Quest is Seasonal
Maximum Level:125
Monster Mission:Yes
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Experience
  • Loot
  • Money
Time Limit:06:00:00
Success Lockout Timer: 06:00:00
Quest Items:
Related Zones:
Related Creatures:
Related Quests:
Era:Veil of Alaris
Group Size:Group
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:6
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Fri Mar 16 07:42:48 2012
Modified: Tue Dec 5 05:21:04 2023
Anniversary events tend to run from mid-March to mid-April (sometimes to mid-May) each year. They are not available during the "off season".

For an overview and list of EverQuest Anniversary events, see this quest entry.

This is a shared monster mission (1-6 players) introduced with EverQuest's 13th anniversary. It's expected to only be available during anniversary season (mid-March through mid-April).

You must have completed all the other tasks prior to being able to request this one (this includes the group mission "Summoning the Master").

It begins with Sam Napth, a Halfling in the Plane of Knowledge at about -215, -90, -155 (next to the Soulbinder).

You say, 'Hail, Sam Napth'

Sam Napth says 'I've been expecting you. I have great need of adventurers to help me deal with an important issue. There are a lot of tasks that need doing, I'd be grateful if you could help me out. You see, I've been trying to prove to some important people that such things are foolishness. So I've arranged some tests to prove it.'

A task window pops up offering several anniversary tasks.

You have been assigned the task 'A Different Perspective'.

Six Monster Templates:

Mayong Mistmoore
Maestro of Rancor
Lanys T`Vyl
Warlord Ykesha
Venril Sathir
Valdoon Kel`Novar

NOTE: Of the characters, Mayong Mistmoore has the most hitpoints; Valdoon Kel`Novar is the most DPS (gets one disc/spell that usually kills outright with a 6-secong recast and another that partially-kills with a 12-second recast; also has an AE mez); Venril Sathir gets a group HP balancer which seems to be the only type of heal available across all characters).

Sam Napth asked you to see the Tower of Frozen Shadow through another's eyes in hopes of uncovering the location of the Shard of Fear within. Ascend the tower and reveal its secrets.

A certain vampire wants to get his grubby hands upon one of the shards of fear that has landed upon Norrath. Sam knows it landed in the Tower of Frozen Shadow, but doesn't know where exactly. Clearly if this were to fall into the wrong hands, namely not Sam's, it could be disastrous.

Sam can send you into the tower when you are ready.

You say, 'Ready!'

Sam Napth says 'Good luck! See you on the other side! Well I won't see you but, um, nevermind. Good luck!'

You have entered The Tower of Frozen Shadow.

a distant voice says 'She took us during the battle. She could feel us dying during our struggle with the heretics. She brought us here, far from home. Do you see why you must go back now? Look at what she has done. They do not see, they think they are home. She feeds her captive souls with knowledge to power her tools of domination. Soon they will be bricks and steel, used for nothing but war.'

To progress through, you have to loot keys from each floor. The key droppers are the same as the non-instanced Tower of Frozen Shadow:

Crystal Key - a large undead gnoll
Three Toothed Key - an angry librarian
Frosty Key - an enraged shadow beast
Small Rusty Key - Cara Omica
Bone Finger Key - an enraged relative
Large Metal Key - VhalSera

These mobs spawn randomly as you kill mobs on their given floors. You will sometimes have to wait on respawn (which is fast).

Discover a way up to the second floor 0/1 (Tower of Frozen Shadow)

Retrieve the key to the third floor 0/1 (Tower of Frozen Shadow)

Unlock the path to the fourth floor 0/1 (Tower of Frozen Shadow)

Discover how to reach the fifth floor 0/1 (Tower of Frozen Shadow)

Retrieve the key to unlock the sixth floor 0/1 (Tower of Frozen Shadow)

Unlock the way to the seventh floor 0/1 (Tower of Frozen Shadow)

Destroy Tserrina and claim the shard of Fear 0/1 (Tower of Frozen Shadow)

Return to Sam Napth 0/1 (Tower of Frozen Shadow)

Note: This step update is actually in the Plane of Knowledge.

The task has no reported lock point.


NOTE: Loot will vary based on your level and class.

Rewards Below Level 85
Option #1: 3 AAs
Option #2: Group Leadership Experience
Option #3: Distillate of Alacrity X
Option #4: Distillate of Celestial Healing VIII
Option #5: Distillate of Clarity XIII
Option #6: Distillate of Divine Healing XIII
Option #7: Distillate of Health XIII
Option #8: Distillate of Replenishment XIII
Option #9: Distillate of Spirituality XIII

Rewards at Levels 85+
Option #1: 3 AAs
Option #2: Group Leadership Experience
Option #3: Crystallized Shadow Band
Other Options: Armor useable by your class:
------ Shadowbone Earring
------ Laminated Gnome Skin Mask
------ Frozen Shadow Necklace
------ Frozen Shadow Cloak
------ Crystallized Shadow Mantle
------ Frozen Skull Earring
------ Gnome Skin Cloak

If you've completed all 13 previous tasks, you also receive a "Satchel of the Superstitious".
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Cara Omica on floor 4
# May 01 2024 at 1:23 PM Rating: Good
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We attempted this mission today. While up on floor 4, right near where we came up from 3, we encountered Cara. While fighting, Cara does some interesting things, including spin stun, fear, mez. While under these effects, I ended up warping to 3, back to 4, again to 3, back to 4. Due to those mechanics, I got tagged as a warper. They put my account under a 24-hour block. Be warned about this part of the task. It happened instantly with no recourse. Perhaps not fighting at the entrance would help, but I will not be trying it again.
# Apr 15 2023 at 8:30 PM Rating: Decent
430 posts
This thing sucks, first floor aggro to second floor, first floor every mob came when we fought 1, Cara Omica stun locked 6 people at once, kept us all stun locked for like an hour...eff this.
Life needs more cowbell.

# May 22 2021 at 11:39 PM Rating: Good
67 posts
All you need is Mayong for this. His abilities are:

fast recycle, short range, single target dd (it will let you cast long range, but it's wasted, use as 2nd attack)

medium recycle, long range, single target dd (this is your primary attack, use it to pull)

long recycle, pbae fear + dot (use this on multiples & bosses, reapply as it cycles to keep them feared)

the damage sharing ability doesn't matter.
Not Bugged Today
# May 02 2021 at 3:00 PM Rating: Decent
94 posts
Just did it. A bit hairy ar first until we settled into our monsters. 5 of us. Not bugged. Good detailed walkthrough
Whew this was kinda hard at points
# Apr 28 2021 at 10:07 AM Rating: Good
140 posts
So took my group in

1. you get their abilities by going into "their" AAs and making hotkeys (I had to ask lol)
2. I didnt see any kind of heal so much as a damage share.
3. I'd swear the regen after fights wasn't that great took forever to heal and respawn is fast
4. You can get drops for Epics/Quests etc in here along with the keys
5. The keys are good for ToFS outside this mission so its nice
6. I was lucky in that named spawned every time so I never really had to wait accept on 1 floor for respawn
7. Some of the named are tough.. stupid mez/charm lol make sure to use your abilities not just auto attack.
8. It was not hard so much as... tedious at some points.

Kill fast, dont let respawn get you on the last floor, it did me and it took me a bit to get that one done, otherwise it was fast
Whew this was kinda hard at points
# Apr 28 2021 at 11:10 AM Rating: Good
140 posts
I wanted to add that Vhal Sera spawned on the main floor, ,not when you click the mirror up, into the pool room where it usually spawns. I was clearly the reapers, when you come back DOWN from the usual pool room. That side he didnt spawn. ran to the other side and he was up. aggroed everything on the floor lol running back to my toons, which were all at the mirror versus with me. still lived (barely).
# Apr 26 2021 at 10:28 AM Rating: Excellent
258 posts
We had no problem once we realized it's best to aggro 3-8 mobs at a time and just cycle through the dmg skills. They go down FAST, despite many being red. The 6th step, unlock the 7th floor, never gave us credit. We spawned and kill Vhal Sera 5 times. We have the final key from regular ToFS, so we went up and spawned the boss. Killed her, looted the last key, got no credit. Zoned out via the mirror, hailed Sam, again no credit. This was out 3rd run on this mission and it bugs out at the same spot every time.
This Anniversary Task is Bugged
# Apr 17 2013 at 8:14 PM Rating: Decent
43 posts
We decided to try this again - exactly 1 month later... everything went smoothly until we go to the 4th floor - we killed Cara Omica and looted the "small rusty key"

However, when we went to the mirror to pop through to the next level it wouldn't let us... I checked my key ring - Tower of Frozen Shadows: 3

We decided to destroy key & kill again - exact same results - key ring 3 & wouldn't let us through.

Some people may have gotten lucky...
this is not bugged
# Apr 04 2013 at 7:09 PM Rating: Default
Okay, did this recently and was also worried it was bugged, it isn't. Well it's buggy, as in mobs don't spawn in the right places and some don't respawn, but nothing that will stop you from progressing. The bat you want to kill is not on the floor with a lot of other bats. It's on the next floor after you click on the red orb. In the room with the shaded torches there is a tapestry, go behind that, there is a bat there and tserrina will spawn right off it.

I spent a few hours thinking it was bugged when a guildmate logged on and explained it to me. I didn't bother to look up how tofs actually works because so much of this was different (cara omica spawns from an enranged vampire, for example. Also, she chain charms/stuns, so be prepared for that.)
Tserrina Not Spawning
# Mar 29 2013 at 10:37 AM Rating: Decent
7 posts
Is this bugged, we did it three days in a row. It clicks up all group members until the last floor, where we click in individually. Tserrina just didn't spawn after 3 hours preventing us from finishing the task. Has anyone had a similar issue.
Task - 2013
# Mar 17 2013 at 8:04 AM Rating: Decent
43 posts
Update - cleared the 1st floor about 20 times with no named mob - very frustrating. We dropped the task and went to do HoT missions. I agree this mission was a little too easy last year but, I think they went a little too far the other way. I would expect this mission to take about 1/2 hour or so would be reasonable (especially after you do 6 other mission just to request this one) - if it is going to take 2 hours to do this mission I'd advise you to take your chances camping names.
Task - 2013
# Mar 19 2013 at 8:53 AM Rating: Good
228 posts
They are spawning normal for me, and I didn't notice a change in the damage they do.
You just GNOMED THAT!.

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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"
2013 - Task
# Mar 16 2013 at 3:10 PM Rating: Decent
43 posts
Apparenly Sony did some "tweaking" to this mission - names are much more difficult and don't pop nearly as often as they should. Really? Stand around in an instanced zone where you get zero xp waiting on another round of spawns? We got the key for the forth floor but, wouldn't let us click through. Finally just dropped the mission. Decided to try it again maybe just bugged that time & are already on the 6th clear of the first floor and no named with the key. Looks like this is a big waste of time - better off camping rare named spawns - at least you get xp while waiting for names to pop.
Missing Item
# May 31 2012 at 12:07 PM Rating: Decent
5 posts
Gnome Skin Cloak is obtainable from this quest for only the classes listed on it. PAL RNG SHD BRD BST

Please update.
Player flags at lvl 95
# May 05 2012 at 9:14 PM Rating: Decent
at lvl 95 I get option for 5aas and player flags, anyone know what these flags are for?
# Apr 26 2012 at 8:14 AM Rating: Decent
This task is supposed to be repeatable. I beat this the other day and have tried requesting on the last 2 days but when I get task the only choice given is Mayong Mistmoore to all of us. Of course when I choose that one it tells the other people they must choose a different one but of course its the only one offered to all. So we cannot repeat? Bug or am I missing something? Thanks.
# Apr 30 2012 at 10:01 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
The reason this is is a bug with the quest window. try hoovering the mouse over the window and resizing the mini windows inside. had this happen to me last time they patched the game. its just that your quest windows have been all jacked up
About that soul bound key you thought you had...
# Apr 11 2012 at 11:20 AM Rating: Decent
514 posts
Prior to A Different Perspective /key showed, among others:
[Fri Mar 02 09:22:44 2012] Tower of Frozen Shadows: 6
(Never got 7th because she never showed up over the course of two nights.)

During the 13th Anniv. task I picked up a level 1 key and used it.
Checking my keys after the 4-11 patch, I noticed:
[Wed Apr 11 08:26:04 2012] Tower of Frozen Shadows: 1

Heading back to ToFS... after I finish my Hero's Journey.
~ Muse Temperance the Elf
~ Lyricist of <Mystic Coercion> on Erollisi Marr
~ with a <Variety> of alts to keep me busy
# Apr 06 2012 at 2:49 PM Rating: Decent
689 posts
level 80 (cleric)
1: 3 AA
2: Leader AA
3 - 9: various potions

level 88 (paladin):
1: 3AA
2: Leader AA
3 - 9: various potions
10 - 13: armor useable by paladin (gnome skin cloak, laminated gnome skin mask, crystallized shadow band, frozen shadow necklace)

level 93 (shaman):
1: 3 AA
2: Leader AA
3 - 9: various potions
10 - 12: armor useable by shaman (crystallized shadow band, frozen shadow cloak, frozen shadow necklace)

Silfh V'Ester - Holy Defender of Koada'Vie
Mahlah Tohsis - Spiritwalker
regular keys work
# Apr 04 2012 at 12:21 AM Rating: Decent
689 posts
If you have the (soulbound) keys from ToFS previously, they work. But, you still have to find and kill each named for the keys for mission progress.

The mirrors that would otherwise have taken you outside the tower do not work in this instance.

Getting keys during this mission get you the keys (thus soulbound) for the regular ToFS .. if you use them on the mirrors.
Silfh V'Ester - Holy Defender of Koada'Vie
Mahlah Tohsis - Spiritwalker
# Apr 03 2012 at 9:05 AM Rating: Decent
689 posts
The large undead gnoll charms (first floor key mob).
Cara Omica charms. She also spawned on top of the Amonhotepa death spot (not in the coffin as usual) as well as, again, when an enraged vampire warped (I think) and spawned on it's corpse.
Valshera spawned in the big room by the mirror to outside on that level (as opposed to up a mirror in the water like normal).

The locked door at the top (between the Tserrina spawn and the mirrors out) requires a key (a toon without the keys got stuck when the toon with the key logged ...)

When Tserrina spawns, she summons everyone to her.
Silfh V'Ester - Holy Defender of Koada'Vie
Mahlah Tohsis - Spiritwalker
Spawning Tserrina
# Mar 28 2012 at 4:48 PM Rating: Good
10 posts
Spawning Tserrina:
as you go into the room with the torches take them out as needed and go thru the hidden passage there where the cloth with the dragon picture is. there will be a bat in the first room to the right. kill it and Tserrina will spawn imediately.
Iaenadil 110th level Enchanter
Magicdude 110th level Mage
Bonovox 110th level Bard
Raklum 110th level Druid
Gornh 110th level Beast
Baroques 110th level Sham
Spawning Tserrina
# Apr 03 2014 at 6:23 PM Rating: Decent
Tested this today and it works.
VhalSera not spawning
# Mar 25 2012 at 6:16 AM Rating: Decent
During my fourth try of this mission, got all the way to the part where you are supposed to kill VhalSera and he just wouldn't spawn. Tried everything I could think of and ran out of time. Was even able to zone up to kill bats and to check out the red gem but no spawn of VhalSera. I tried the tricks mentioned for the old tower and still didn't get anywhere. <sigh>

Iamlion, ranger
Baliden, shaman
Edane, enchanter
Lectra, druid
Aaolyn, paladin
VhalSera not spawning
# Mar 31 2012 at 12:43 PM Rating: Decent
10 posts
I have done this MM several times now. what i have found is the odd looking spectre is somewhere on that floor. go thru the entire floor until u find him and kill him and VhalSera spawns imediately after this odd spectre is killed. Most of the time he spawns to the Big Room away from zone out but once he did spawn in the hallway where i killed the odd looking spectre.

Edited, Apr 4th 2012 11:53pm by Powerhitter
Iaenadil 110th level Enchanter
Magicdude 110th level Mage
Bonovox 110th level Bard
Raklum 110th level Druid
Gornh 110th level Beast
Baroques 110th level Sham
VhalSera not spawning
# Mar 27 2012 at 9:20 AM Rating: Decent
157 posts
vhalsera spawns when the only "normal" looking spectre is killed.

there's a few places on this floor where spectres spawn, but they are the older velious era model that wield giant axes and wear fur lined coats.

keep killing these spectres until a traditional modern day scythe wielding spectre spawns. killing this will spawn vhalsera in a large room on the 6th floor.

Edited, Mar 27th 2012 11:21am by NewbishTroll
Level 95 Additional Rewards
# Mar 23 2012 at 5:35 PM Rating: Good
56 posts
The items that are available vary based on class, so I cover what classes I've seen first hand and mention what other classes can use the item:

Crystallized Shadow Band - war/clr/mag/dru/wiz (usable by all/al)
Shadowbone Earring - war (also mnk/rog/ber usable)
Laminated Gnome Skin Mask - war/brd (also pal/shd usable)
Frozen Shadow Necklace - war/clr/mag/dru/wiz (usable by all/all)
Frozen Shadow Cloak - clr/dru (also shm usable)
Crystallized Shadow Mantle - enc/mag/wiz (also nec usable)
Frozen Skull Earring - mag (also nec/bst usable)
Level 95 Additional Rewards
# Mar 31 2012 at 4:29 PM Rating: Good
power hitter and newbish troll speaking gospel. take out the wierd specter and SPAWN!
# Mar 22 2012 at 10:29 AM Rating: Good
4,445 posts
I tried doing this mission on my Silver account but ran into some problems. The abilities are flagged with a required level 95 but it only upped my level to 90. So the only thing I was able to do is autoattack...
# Mar 25 2012 at 1:42 AM Rating: Decent
If you do not own VoA it will not bump you up to 95 only to 90.
# Mar 23 2012 at 1:20 AM Rating: Decent
Not sure what all is actually going on with this instance, but tried this mission 4 times tonite, killed multiple spawns on the 7th floor of a shrouded bat, no change in bats con at any time they were all dark blue. Finally on the 5th attempt, clicked up to the 8th floor and went thru the invisible wall to the north of the spiral staircase, did not go up the stair case at all, and killed a white con bat in the first alcove thru the invisible wall and pop she spawned. Looted the drop, another group member looted the key and zoned out and finished the quest.

Biente De'Amante
95th Enchanter
Final Assault
End mob
# Mar 22 2012 at 2:32 AM Rating: Decent
131 posts
"Destroy Tserrina and claim the shard of Fear"

just spent 4.5 hours killing the top 2 floors. Bats in the water room are on a 15 min or so timer , and only 2 repop. There is no "spiral stairs" in this section , so we also parked someone one floor up after a while , killing Shaded Torches , Emerald Familiars, Lesser Icy Shade, Frost Familiars , Crystallized Shadow Guard, and Blood Familiars. Did not see her spawn on either floor. All members in zone except when hitting mirror to zone out and run through tower again.Only stopped because of the patch.

methinks SoE has some more work to do on this task =P
Some char notes
# Mar 20 2012 at 10:30 AM Rating: Decent
110 posts
Valdoon Kel`Novar gets one disc/spell that usually kills outright with a 6 sec retimer, and another 12 sec retimer one that half kills and seems to have some distance to it. Also gets a AE mez but he was so powerful that I never used it. By far the most powerful DPS character.
Venril Sathir gets a group HP balancer which seems to be the only type of heal, but very useful.
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