Taking a New Step  

Quest Started By:Description:
Maximum Level:125
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Experience
  • Loot
  • Money
Success Lockout Timer: 06:00:00
Related Creatures:
Era:Rain of Fear
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Tue Jul 16 06:32:34 2013
Modified: Tue Dec 5 05:21:04 2023
Rain of Fear Information & Guides: An Overview | Group Progression & Task List | Raid Progression | Visible Armor

This solo task begins with the Anomalous Harbinger (click for map image) in the Heart of Fear: The Threshold (first level), found at 75, -30, 72 (the zone-in area in the center of the zone).

- Level 85
- No other tasks

You say, 'Hail, Anomalous Harbinger'

Anomalous Harbinger says, 'Can you feel it stranger? Fear. All my life I have been unable to feel it. I was raised to believe in it, to be afraid, but I couldn't. Something in me makes me immune to fear, hence my fascination with it. I came here of my own free will to study and understand fear. Perhaps, together, we can understand its [nature].'

You say, 'Nature?'

Anomalous Harbinger says 'I have come to understand that there are different types of fear. Some are common among all beings, others are not. I have reason to believe that in this place some of these [aspects] of fear might even reveal themselves in a physical form.'

You say, 'What aspects?'

Anomalous Harbinger says 'The most fascinating aspects of fear that I found in sentient beings are the fear of [death] or termination, the [terror] of harm from strangers, and the fear of the [unknown]. I suspect that the manifestations of these aspects are [roaming] these halls.'

You say, 'Death?'

Anomalous Harbinger says 'It would appear that all can be plagued by the fear of death. I find this a rather wasteful use of our energies. We should know, not fear, that one day, not too far away, we are going to die. We sometimes must fight our own [nature] in order to evolve.'

You say, 'Terror?'

Anomalous Harbinger says 'It is astonishing to me that most beings are scared of obscure entities that may never come to harm them. We must ask ourselves: where does this fear come from? Do we make up imaginary external threats? Is there really something out there whose purpose is to hurt us for no apparent reason? Where was this fear born? Perhaps something or someone has instilled this fear in us for its own ends. It could be a powerful tool that is being used to control us. But I digress, the [nature] of it is what counts, not its uses.'

You say, 'The unknown?'

Anomalous Harbinger says 'It seems to be a constant in sentient entities: the fear of the unfamiliar, the unknown. On a small scale, it makes perfect sense: it's a simple conservation mechanism. It's [nature]'s way of making sure we don't eat a poisonous berry. If we don't know the berry, we are scared of it. Unfortunately, in this ever-expanding world, it also means that we are scared of change. People will deal with unspeakable horrors as long as they are familiar with them. This could seem rather foolish if you had no fear.'

You say, 'You think they're roaming the halls?'

Anomalous Harbinger says 'Yes, I can almost sense them. The aspects of death, terror and the unknown have materialized in these very halls. Remember that these things we fear are not evil by nature. But it's the way we deal with our fear of them that makes them harmful. Please [find] them for me and gather all the knowledge that you can.'

You say, 'I will find them'

Anomalous Harbinger says, 'Look for the aspects' physical forms and seek to interact with them. The insight we might gain could prove invaluable.'

You have been assigned the task 'Taking a New Step'.

Seek out the Aspect of Death and confront it 0/1 (Heart of Fear: The Threshold)

Seek out the Aspect of Terror and confront it 0/1 (Heart of Fear: The Threshold)

Seek out the Aspect of the Unknown and confront it 0/1 (Heart of Fear: The Threshold)

Map locations for the above three mobs (for your "heartoffear.txt" map file):

P 775.3397, -630.1112, -59.5640, 0, 0, 0, 1, Aspect_of_Death
P 349.9612, -679.8002, -84.5621, 0, 0, 0, 1, Aspect_of_Terror
P -656.7003, 700.2340, 18.5781, 0, 0, 0, 1, Aspect_of_the_Unknown

In-game /locations:

Aspect of Death: 630, -775, -60 (click for map image)
Aspect of Terror: 680, -350, -84 (click for map image)
Aspect of the Unknown: -700, 650, 20 (click for map image)

Talk to the Anomalous Harbinger 0/1 (Heart of Fear: The Threshold)

112 platinum 5 gold (at Level 110)
Experience (6 AA's at Level 110)
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Lockout timer 6 hours
# Jan 15 2022 at 1:14 PM Rating: Excellent
1,312 posts
6 hour replay timer on this task Taking a New Step. Which makes it unfeasible for farming fragments.

Easy 6 AAs though for everyone in your group with the task, just make sure whoever hails gets the kill shot, no pets, no mercs.
Missing kill credits due to pets
# Aug 19 2021 at 4:11 PM Rating: Decent
If my SK pet gets the kill I get no update, FYI
No credit until I tanked them myself
# Jul 03 2020 at 9:58 AM Rating: Good
10 posts
I didn't get kill credit on Aspect of Death after killing it 3-4 times using my mage pet. I then put my pet on /pet hold, nuked it down and got credit.
No credit until I tanked them myself
# Jul 05 2020 at 9:22 PM Rating: Excellent
NeumannStromm wrote:
I didn't get kill credit on Aspect of Death after killing it 3-4 times using my mage pet. I then put my pet on /pet hold, nuked it down and got credit.

Ya some kill credit quests want a killshot from you and not your pet.
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# Jun 12 2020 at 8:07 AM Rating: Excellent
373 posts
Only had to kill each Aspect one time. Got all the updates. At level 110 each of the three players in group were awarded 6 AA and a Fragment of Legendary Alaran History. The fragment is new drop per recent patch to increase ways to obtain them.

We did the solo task as a group with mercs and all updates counted after each kill for everyone.

Edit also awarded 112 plat and 5 gold each

Edited, Jun 12th 2020 9:09am by Dogpaw
# Feb 23 2014 at 6:45 PM Rating: Decent
Took me a couple kills on the second Aspect, Terror one, need to kill him 3 times.

Altough an overall easy task, 3 mobs and finish, they're really close and accesible without killing many mobs, 6 AA reward and 0.9% of a lvl for maybe 10 mins.
# Aug 11 2013 at 11:51 AM Rating: Decent
13 posts
The Aspect of Terror will assist the indifferent Harbinger, but still be unattackable.
# Jul 27 2013 at 12:18 PM Rating: Decent
21 posts
The Aspects are yellow to 100 but not particularly hard. They are indifferent until you confront them and say their keyword.
The Aspect of Death did not update the first 7 times I killed it. I tried pulling to different places and finally got an update on the 8th kill, when I pulled it to the center of the clearing of which it spawns at the edge.
The indifferent "a murderous adventurers" that wander through did not add.
The Aspect of Terror did not update the first 6 times I killed it. I pulled it all over the room, even out into the main pathway. Nothing about location seems to make a difference.
Again, the "a murderous Adventurers" did not add, but if you get too close to the "a harbinger of Thule", which spawns in the room, it will add, even though it is normally indifferent. The Spectre and the evil eye in the general area are of course, normal scowling trash mobs, and will jump you if you get too close.
The Aspect of the Unknown did not update until the 4th kill. I didn't bother pulling it anywhere.
At this location there is 1 wandering "a harbinger of Thule" that paths directly through this shade's spawn area and will add if you are fighting when it comes by.

Just wanted to post this so fewer players will be alarmed if they kill them a couple of times and don't get an update. That seems to be somewhat random. Also, I didn't get experience for the ones that had no update.

# Aug 06 2013 at 4:53 AM Rating: Excellent
150 posts
I killed them all right where they spawned and got the updates all on the first kills. Not sure if being alone with just my merc made any difference? Possibly I was just lucky.
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