Anniversary Group Task: Evil Eye Operative  

Quest Started By:Description:
This Quest is Seasonal
Maximum Level:115
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Time Limit:06:00:00
Success Lockout Timer: 06:00:00
Related Zones:
Related Creatures:
Related Quests:
Era:Rain of Fear
Group Size:Group
Min. # of Players:3
Max. # of Players:6
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Sat Mar 16 16:01:47 2013
Modified: Sat Feb 8 15:50:13 2020
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.

Initiating the Task

This is an anniversary group mission introduced with EverQuest's 14th anniversary. It begins with Huckle Thornleaf (map) in the Valley of King Xorbb. This is a halfling (disguised as a rabbit) at location 480, -1280, 155. This is in the north-central part of the forest in the eastern part of the zone. He is easy to miss, as he's hidden between a tree and a rock towards the eastern zone boundary.

You say, 'Hail, Huckle Thornleaf'

Huckle Thornlead removes his disguise, revealing his true form.

Huckle Thornleaf puts a finger to his lips, signaling you to be silent. 'Shh! Can't you tell I'm trying to [hide]?'

You say, 'Why hide?'

Huckle Thornleaf checks his surroundings, making sure it's safe to speak. 'These woods are a dangerous place. I would give anything to be back in Rivervale.' The halfling sighs, 'But I'm doomed to spend the rest of my days in hiding, awaiting the return of my [comrades].'

You say, 'Your comrades?'

Huckle Thornleaf explains, 'I am a member of a covert [task force] comprised of individuals with unique skills whose sole focus was to gather intelligence on Xorbb's army.

You say, 'A task force?'

Huckle Thornleaf says 'Each of us had a special role within the task force. My specialty is deception. I can craft almost any disguise, allowing the bearer to walk among their enemies, undetected by most. Holagato was in charge of weapons. He knew what to wield and when to wield it. Zavitar conducted all interrogations. His untraditional methods could make anyone talk. Jenrenee was a master of poisons. She could craft a concoction to take down any enemy, big or small. Wonderous was our group's medic, adept in healing wounds that would be mortal to most. Marcy was a master of stealth. She could sneak our group into otherwise unreachable areas. Amio was skilled at blowing things up, sometimes not even on purpose. And then there was [Baris]...'

You say, 'Who is Baris?'

Huckle Thornleaf says 'The halfling's eyes begin to tear up as he recalls the memory of his lost comrade, 'Baris is about as crazy as they come, but you couldn't ask for a better leader. He was the glue that held our group of misfits together. When he failed to return from an [undercover mission], our task force began to fall apart.'

You say, 'An undercover mission?'

Huckle Thornleaf says 'Baris was determined to infiltrate Xorbb's army, even if it meant going into deep cover. With my help, he was able to disguise himself as an evil eye. Weeks went by without any word from Baris. Lost without our leader we lingered in the woods, tired and hungry, fearing the worst. When our group finally decided to send in a search party, we drew sticks to determine who would stay behind in case our leader returned. I guess you could say I was the lucky one, though now I'm not so sure. I've been waiting in these woods far too long, bound by honor to remain here until my comrades return, and too crippled by fear to [search] for them myself.'

You say, 'I could search'

Huckle Thornleaf's eyes fill with hope, 'Are you offering to find Baris and the others? I can provide you with a disguise if you're truly willing to [help].

You say, 'Sure, I'll help'

Huckle Thornleaf retrieves a journal from his back pocket and thumbs to a page with a map drawn it. 'During our time in the Valley, we were able to locate areas we believe to be Xorbb's strongholds. If Baris is being held prisoner, it's likely in one of these key locations.' The halfling points to a few areas on the map. 'I think it's best if you search those spots first. I'll give you a fitting disguise whenever you're [ready] to begin.'

You have been assigned the task 'Evil Eye Operative'.

Help Huckle Thornleaf find his task force leader, Baris Brinebale.

You say, 'Ready!'

Huckle Thornleaf cloaks you in the disguise of an evil eye.

You have entered Valley of King Xorbb.

Optional Components

While the task window makes no mention (until the very end of the task, when it's too late) of other members of Huckle's team, there are six other NPCs you can rescue here.

NOTE: While the task makes mention of "rescuing" these NPCs in order to gain additional rewards, it is reported that doing so doesn't actually add loot to the chest. If you want a chance at additional rewards, you have to kill the optional NPCs (Huckle Thornleaf probably wouldn't appreciate this, but then, he doesn't need to know).

Amio (map) - found beside the throne in Xorbb's throne room
Holagato (map) - found in the end room west of the tavern
Jenrenee (map) - found in the far western part of the mines
Marcy (map) - found in the prison area
Wonderous (map) - found in the room east of Baris
Zavitar (map) - found in the crystal storage room

Note that these NPCs are hostile, social with the zone's general population, and have their own special abilities in fighting them.

Explosion: Targeted AE 30', Unresistable (0)
1: Decrease Hitpoints by 34000

Bash: Single Target, Unresistable (0)
1: Decrease Hitpoints by 38000
2: Stun (3.00 sec)

? ? ?

Subtle Poison: Single Target, Unresistable (0)
1: Decrease Hitpoints by 28000 per tick
2: Unknown #430 (100/2/0)
3: Unknown #431 (100/0/0)

Wondrous Haste: Self 0', Unresistable (0)
1: Increase Hitpoints by 25000 per tick
2: Increase Attack Speed by 100%
3: Increase AC by 300

Hostile Summons: Single Target, Unresistable (0)
1: Decrease Hitpoints by 43000
2: Pull target towards caster (6)

Each of these NPCs has a chance to drop a unique loot item:

Amio's Explosives
Holagato's Decorative Blade
Jenrenee's Poison
Marcy's Shroud
Wonderous' Lollipop
Zavitar's Ale of Intimidation

Alternatively, you can "rescue" these NPCs after you defeat Guardmaster Fergik and the two goblin guards (after you lose your evil eye illusion). Without the evil eye illusion, these NPCs will be non-KOS to you. You can speak with them and get them to follow you to Huckle Thornleaf's location (you'll have to clear the way of hostile NPCs, however). This reportedly does NOT grant additional rewards, however.

Progressing the Task

Search within the Valley of King Xorbb for Baris Brinebale 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Task Window Says: Huckle has asked you to check various locations within Xorbb while searching for his missing leader: the mines, the crystal storage room, the tavern, the prison, and the throne room.

You will need to search these five locations (map):

- the mines (the largest room of the mines in the far northern zone)
- the crystal storage room (Gronk's room in the static zone - this is the square room due south of the mines)
- the throne room (the large room southwest of the storage room)
- the prison (the circular room in the southeast part of the underground area)
- the tavern (in the small rooms to the west of the prison)

Speak to Baris Brineblade 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Task Window Says: Baris doesn't look like he trusts you.

You say, 'Hail, Baris Brinebale'

Baris Brinebale backs away as you approach, clearly fooled by your disguise, 'Why do you keep staring at me?! Don't you have something better to do than lock your evil gaze on a helpless captive? It makes me feel very uncomfortable ... and angry. So angry, I could poke out your only good eye!'

He attacks.

Beat some sense into Baris, but do not kill him! 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Task Window Says: Maybe a good knock on the head will help Baris see clearly, but don't kill him! Huckle wouldn't want his leader dead.

NOTE: You're not supposed to kill him; only DPS to 50%. If you DPS too fast, it's possible to kill him before the task realizes you've passed the health mark. This causes the task to fail. He hits for a max ~12,000 and has no special abilities. He goes non-aggro at 50%:

Baris Brinebale blinks a few times while rubbing his aching head, 'You're not one of Xorbb's allies... who are you? Did Huckle send you to rescue me?' Relief begins to spread across the gnome's face as he realizes you came to release him from captivity. 'I'M SAVED!' Baris' excitement draws the attention of nearby guards.

After a few knocks on the head, Baris is able to see through your disguise.

2x "a goblin guard" and 1x "Guardmaster Fergik" spawn and attack.

Guardmaster Fergik senses a threat nearby and prepares to fight!
a goblin guard senses a threat nearby and prepares to fight!

Defeat the goblin guards 0/2 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Defeat Guardmaster Fergik 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Task Window Says: A few goblins have shown up to try and thwart Baris' escape!

Each of them hits for a max ~10,000. They are immune to stun, but are mezzable and rootable/snareable. They have no special abilities.

Guardmaster Fergik has been slain by _____!
Guardmaster Fergik's corpse collapses.

Baris Brinebale calls to you as he dashes by, 'Thanks for the help. I'm going to make a run for the exit before more guards show up. I suggest you do the same!

Your hostile actions have exposed you as an enemy of Xorbb. Your cover has been blown!

Make your escape now that your cover has been blown! 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Task Window Says: Head back to Huckle, but be careful - your cover has been blown!

Head back to the zone-in, where Lord Soptyvr and an add ("Lord Soptyvr`s Lens") appear.

Defeat Lord Soptyvr and his Lens 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Task Window Says: Defeat Xorbb's ally, Lord Soptyvr and his minion.

Lord Soptyvr and his Lens are both immune to mez and stun. They are, however, rootable and snareable.

Lord Soptyvr procs a 1-tick mez on its target:

Enthralling Gaze: Single Target, Unresistable (0)
1: Mesmerize (1)

Note: The task locks upon the death of these two mobs.

Lord Soptyvr has been slain by _____!
Lord Soptyvr's corpse drops to the ground.

Speak with Huckle Thornleaf 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Task Window Says: Return to Huckle and ensure that Baris escaped successfully.

You say, 'Hail, Huckle Thornleaf'

Huckle Thornleaf says 'Thank you for finding Baris before it was too late! I'm sure if we weren't part of such a secret task force, your rescue would have been one for the history books. I can now [leave] this forest with my honor intact.'

Claim your reward 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Task Window Says: Take your reward from the chest that Huckle has provided. If you managed to rescue any of the other task force members, Huckle may have an additional reward for you.

You rescued Baris Brinebale from the clutches of Xorbb's army.

Possible Chest Rewards (2 items + 0-1 aug per task):

Amio's Melted Ring
Band of Soptyvr
Holagato's Crescent Pendant
Jenrenee's Shoulder Guards
Marcy's Mantle
Sword of Wars
Wonderous Mask
Zavitar's Plated Pauldrons
Zuke's Ruby Stud

Blue Stone of Power
Green Stone of Power
Red Stone of Power
White Stone of Power
Yellow Stone of Power

Other Possible Rewards (note: see the section towards the top, "Optional Components"):

Amio's Explosives
Holagato's Decorative Blade
Jenrenee's Poison
Marcy's Shroud
Wonderous' Lollipop
Zavitar's Ale of Intimidation
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Barkeep Zuke
# Mar 28 2018 at 9:08 AM Rating: Good
210 posts
A "Delicious Ham" dropped off Barkeep Zuke in anniversary mission today.
Bonus loots
# Mar 25 2017 at 5:54 PM Rating: Decent
The bonus loot was not in chest but on the actual mobs that you kill.

I killed Marcy before evil eye illusion dropped and got the shroud. Seems to not drop 100% of the time though I killed Zavitar too but no loot.
Bonus loots
# May 01 2017 at 7:34 AM Rating: Decent
39 posts
same, marcy dropped shroud after killing her. did not need to complete task
FYI at 105
# May 03 2015 at 7:17 PM Rating: Decent
5 posts
Baris can be killed (oops), and the task auto-fails and ends.
# Jul 21 2013 at 6:06 PM Rating: Decent
1,264 posts
None of the mobs you have to kill for the task updates (the goblins or eyes) summon.
Alternate NPC
# Jun 24 2013 at 6:51 AM Rating: Good
77 posts
The 6 other NPC can be rescued, past death of Guardmaster, since you will not be an eye anymore.
Once you recover your own appearance, you can talk to NPC and they will ask if you are here to rescue them.
RESCUE is trigger to let them run to Huckle Thornleaf, but you will need to clear mobs around first.
I succeed to rescue all members, but get no additional reward. All you get is a big meeting to look you loot your coffin.

Edited, Jun 24th 2013 8:54am by KrissII
Additional Fun Loots
# May 14 2013 at 8:47 PM Rating: Decent
14 posts
It appears that each of the additional "names" CAN drop an additional "fun" loot when killed (not always):

Amio - Amio's Explosives
Holagato - Holagato's Decorative Blade
Jenrenee - Jenrenee's Poison
Marcy - Marcy's Shroud
Wonderous - Wonderous' Lollipop
Zavitar - Zavitar's Ale of Intimidation

Edited, May 14th 2013 10:48pm by Eanelder
Task, Lock & Loot
# Apr 14 2013 at 9:51 AM Rating: Decent
18 posts
Lord Soptyvr and his lens seem to pop just after we pass the ladder, and before we reach Huckle. We just make sure we are ready before we pass that point.

Sophanya Steelquick
100 Cleric
Sacred Destiny on Tunare (formerly of E'ci)
98 pal/100 nec
# Apr 03 2013 at 8:05 PM Rating: Good
45 posts
The rooms are connected to each other one after the other simutaneously with what is posted on the guide so if you dont know where the rooms are dont panic. There is an emote as you travel through the rooms that tells you if you find him or not. Eyes see invis, but only had to kill approx 3 the whole time. We had to go all the way to the tavern to find Baris. The tavern is full of goblins but they are indifferent without invis. If you attack Baris in the room that he is in the goblins will not assist until after he gets to 50 percent and the other 3 goblin mobs you have kill appear. Me and Nec FD/faded after we killed Baris. Note that we were in the litte hallway behind where baris is and put our pets on him first. Once he died it was easy to FD/fade because we saw the ambush quicky after we got Baris to 50%. Anyway we pulled them easily into hallway. they are puntable. DO not LEVANT when you get to the next stage. You will levant right on top of huckle which spawns the next two mobs. Campire would be your best option here. Len's didn't do anything, easy to split didn't mez. Way easy.
Lady Ivei Veil of Tarew Marr
Task Treasure Chest Items
# Mar 25 2013 at 2:43 PM Rating: Excellent
2,439 posts
Chest had the following 2 items drop that are not listed above:
  • Marcy's Mantle
  • Red Stone of Power
Some precisions
# Mar 24 2013 at 7:37 PM Rating: Good
Defeat the goblin guards 0/2 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Defeat Guardmaster Fergik 0/1 (Valley of King Xorbb)

Task Window Says: A few goblins have shown up to try and thwart Baris' escape!

Each of them hits for a max ~10,000. They are immune to mez and stun, and have no special abilities.

The 2 guards and the Guardmaster are NOT immune to mez, All are mezzable, even the guardmaster,, at least by a bard (not tested yet with my chanter, but imho, it's the same)
They're also snareable (all), so by the way, easy to split with a group of "floppers" like mine (SK/Bard/Necro)

You lose the beholder illusion after the kill of the guardmaster, not after the death of any guard.

For Lord Soptyvr and his Lens, they're immune to mezz, but not immune to snare, at least the Lens.
So again, easy to split by a puller class.

And for the mezz proc, I don't know if I've been lucky or not every time, but the Lens has never procced a mezz.
Lord Soptyvr do mezz (annoying during the pull, cuz you lose aggro and he goes back to his bind point), and can mezz during the fight, generaly not the tank.
For me, it has always been my bard who got mezzed.

Edit: got a Sword of Wars on my last run, so you can add it to the mission loot table.

Edited, Mar 24th 2013 9:42pm by NadiTR
Some precisions
# Mar 27 2013 at 6:21 AM Rating: Decent
45 posts
They can be mezzed by a 100 rogue as well.
Last run
# Mar 23 2013 at 6:58 PM Rating: Excellent
300 posts
Jenrenee's Shoulder Guards dropped on our last run.

Also on our last run we had 2x Lord Soptyvr`s Lens spawn instead of the 1. And they seemed to spawn at a different point than the other times.
Task Treasure Chest Items
# Mar 23 2013 at 3:24 PM Rating: Excellent
2,439 posts
Had the following not listed above:
  • Amio's Melted Ring
Baris location
# Mar 23 2013 at 9:42 AM Rating: Decent
649 posts
he was in the throne room .. the last place we checked (had even looked in without getting the update and didn't see him).
Silfh V'Ester - Holy Defender of Koada'Vie
Mahlah Tohsis - Spiritwalker
# Mar 22 2013 at 11:38 PM Rating: Good
649 posts
wonderous mask x2 and yellow stone of power (so 3 loots)
Silfh V'Ester - Holy Defender of Koada'Vie
Mahlah Tohsis - Spiritwalker
Blue stone of power
# Mar 20 2013 at 6:50 PM Rating: Decent
6 posts
The blue stone of power is on the loot table from the chest. I just grabbed one along with an earring Zukes ruby stud.
Task, Lock & Loot
# Mar 17 2013 at 12:10 AM Rating: Good
43 posts

For us, Baris was in the tavern area, which was the 5th place we looked. Not sure if it's always the 5th place or not. When we fought the Guardmaster and his two buddies, 2 of the locals jumped in as we killed the guardmaster. Just be aware that many of the mobs that were indifferent on your way down, won't be once you get to this point in the task list. We took the scenic route out (we took the path that crosses 2 bridges and places you up top in the southwestern-ish area of the map) when we left the underground area. We then made our way back toward Huckle Thornleaf. Lord Soptyvr and his lens popped on us when we got close to visual range of Huckle's position. Our task locked right after we killed Lord Soptyvr.
Here is a screenie of the task lock msg.

At task completion we received (at level 100):
147p, 0g, 0s, 0c
and a choice of either
Alternative Ability Experience Only (5AA)
Experience Only (2%)

Our chest loot had 3 items:
White Stone of Power,
Zavitar's Plated Pauldrons,
Band of Soptyvr

Here's a screenie of our loot.

Yasashii Seppun, Golden Healer of the 100th Season - Xegony
Kitrianna Lafaign, Shadowmaster of the 86th Spire - Xegony.
Task, Lock & Loot
# Mar 20 2013 at 8:49 AM Rating: Good
43 posts

We've run this a few times now, mixing up the order we do the searches. So far Baris has spawned on the 5th update every time for us. In the most recent run, we did the crystal storage room update as #5 and that's where he popped for us.

This was our loot in the most recent run:
Marcy's Mantle x2 &
White Stone of Power.
Here's a screenie of it.
Yasashii Seppun, Golden Healer of the 100th Season - Xegony
Kitrianna Lafaign, Shadowmaster of the 86th Spire - Xegony.
Task, Lock & Loot
# Mar 18 2013 at 10:01 AM Rating: Good

We did this today, it was pretty straightforward. I (a dr00d) scouted around to 4 of the 5 places looking for Baris (missed the throne room somehow), and found him in the tavern area, same as Yasashii did. We got the group there (killing evil eye, outrunning some others). Then hailed Baris and fought the Guardmaster and 3 guards (all 3 were messable).

I then invised and succored the group to the begin area, not realizing that it would put us right next to Huckle. So of course Lord Soptyvr and his lens popped and attacked as soon as someone in the group was there. So if you are doing this with a druid or wizard that wants to succor/evac the group before the Lord part, be prepared for a fight immediately afterwards. :)

Poofiedog Needsabath
105 Druid on Drinal

Raid Sacrifice (for the win!)

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