The New Worker  

Quest Started By:Description:
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Time:1 Minute
Maximum Level:120
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Quest Goal:
  • Loot
Faction Required:
Venril Sathir (Min: Amiable)
Quest Items:
Era:Ruins of Kunark
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Tue Mar 20 14:19:29 2001
Modified: Thu Jun 27 21:20:15 2013
"an undead foreman" may be found at +2385, +3305.

You say, 'Hail, an undead foreman'

an undead foreman turns to face you. You can see a faint green glow emanating from his vacant eye sockets. 'Are you a [new worker]? Huh? Speak or go!!'

You say, 'I am a new worker.'

an undead foreman says 'Hmmph!! Too much flesh!! If you want to work, you must first fill my eye sockets with my favorite gem. This shall be your payment for your Sledgehammer.'

His favorite gem is jade. Give him a Jade.

an undead foreman places the gem deep into his hollow eye socket. He pulls a giant sledgehammer from thin air and hands it to you. 'Here!! You shall be assigned to the lower decks of the Scaled Trident.'

You receive a Worker Sledgemallet and no experience, faction hits, or coin.
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Best Way to Fix Faction
# Jul 15 2016 at 11:06 PM Rating: Good
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It used to be that puppet strings were the best way to do this but by far the easiest way now is 2 very simple things (and a suggestion for a third for good measure).

1) Go to Veeshan's Peak and kill for about 15 minutes (much less if you AE or Swarm). You will receive +50 Venril Sathir Faction per kill. Keep killing until you are max.

-- At this point characters with EVIL races and deities will be able to turn in their jade for the hammer. Good races and deities still have 1 more step.

2) Buy or Make Essence of Troll (troll parts are the only dropped ingredient - the other 2 ingredients are ~52pp from Alchemist Redsa in PoK). Once acquired just make sure you apply the potion illusion in OT.

-- At this point I believe any race/diety combo should be able to turn in based on my dwarven follower of Brell who after maxing his VS faction was indifferent to the foreman before the troll potion and WARMLY after. For those keeping track at home this is at a minimum a +750 faction effect for the illusion (from memory I believe racial faction penalties are -800 but don't quote me on that).

3) If you still are not Amiable at this point (how?) I recommend having an enchanter friend come provide you with the best faction buff they have. You can choose from:
**Alliance(+100 Faction) - Level 8 Spell.
**Benevolence(+200 Faction) - Level 20 Spell.
**Collaboration(+300 Faction) - Level 50 Spell.

With all of this combined if you started max KoS you should be getting roughly +2000 faction from VP (after 40 kills), +750 from troll illusion, and +300 from Collaboration which I believe should be enough to achieve ally on any class/race combo.

So there you have it, no charming required. You just need a few minutes in VP and either a shaman friend or a little luck in your bazaar and you will almost certainly be able to acquire this without needing to charm anything.

Happy Hunting.

(edit: fixed 25pp potion ingredient quote to 52pp)

Edited, Jul 16th 2016 1:24am by Zarmak

Edited, Jul 16th 2016 1:25am by Zarmak
Bugged atm?
# Nov 24 2014 at 1:35 PM Rating: Decent
161 posts
Shrouded to goblin rogue, used puppet strings (took 5 tries), turned in jade and got the message "pulls a mallet out of..." but didn't get the mallet.

Zoned hoping it was a glitch but still nothing. Logged in and out still nothing. Checked parcels just in case but it was empty.

Then did it without the shroud. Got the same message and no mallet. Made sure i didn't have one from before.
Bugged atm?
# Nov 01 2020 at 7:14 PM Rating: Decent
Years late but not to late for others. Shroud bank. The first one went to your shroud bank. The second turn in would have worked....48 hours later after the shroud bank deleted the item. So sad it seems like I am necro posting.
My Experience
# Jun 27 2013 at 12:38 PM Rating: Good
75 posts
I was KOS as a Wood Elf Ranger. I did the faction run to Veeshan's Peak. Ran around till it said my faction couldn't get any higher. We back and still indiff ~ and not able to do turn in. So I did the puppet strings. Took me 4 charges (3 of which pissed him off and he whacked at me), but it held. Did turn in QUICKLY and got the hammer. He actually broke charm like 3 seconds later, and I ran off to the PoK book with a happy ending to my story.

Hope this helps the next schlep on this part. Anyway, I now have a way to gate next to a PoK portal from wherever, whenever. (always have Eye of Zomm items with me).
Puppet strings nerfed
# May 12 2012 at 1:43 PM Rating: Decent
228 posts
I tried using puppet string on my Rog and cannot hand jade in to get hammer, he'll just give the Jade back.
Yes charm landad was not reseisted.
You just GNOMED THAT!.

Hoarder Stickietoes Budderfingers Debt Collector of the Freeport Militia - 105 Froglok Paladin, Luclin
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"
Puppet strings nerfed
# Jan 16 2013 at 9:33 PM Rating: Decent
If it was nerfed at 2012 then it got unnerfed now. I just used Puppet String and was able to charm and turn in a jade to get my sledgehammer. I had to used 5 tries though.

Edited, Jan 16th 2013 10:35pm by panzeronenine
Puppet strings nerfed
# Oct 11 2012 at 1:45 AM Rating: Decent
48 posts
If you dont mind the faction change... just go to VP for about 15 mins and kill till your VS faction is maxed. It will seriously take you only 15 mins. The foreman will love you like a brother.
Puppet strings nerfed
# Jun 28 2013 at 8:29 AM Rating: Good
228 posts
I would have done it that way but my rog was only level 65ish at the time, and it's annoying having to hit everymob to get the faction hit if I were to kill on main :(
You just GNOMED THAT!.

Hoarder Stickietoes Budderfingers Debt Collector of the Freeport Militia - 105 Froglok Paladin, Luclin
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"
Crazy Simple....
# Nov 09 2011 at 1:45 PM Rating: Decent
I just charmed him on my 90 bard. using the newest charm spell. took a few tries to charm him. but once i did i just gave him the jade. didn't even have to go through the dialog

you can Buy a Jade from Kirem Deepfacet in PoK.

The hammer it yields is one of the must haves for all non-gating classes

# Jul 08 2011 at 6:38 AM Rating: Good
294 posts
Enslave Undead worked like a charm, had to make sure nobody was around me first (forgot to do that the first time).

Also, the weight is now 80.0 not 25.0 = ugh!
# Nov 28 2010 at 11:43 AM Rating: Decent
50 posts
I took my agnostic chanter alt to do this quest a few minutes ago. He conned apprehensive. I cast collaboration on one of the golems by the door and that brought him up to amiable. Did the turn-in and got the mallet without having to grind any faction.
Shroud still works
# Nov 08 2010 at 2:17 PM Rating: Decent
Evil Eye Shroud still works for doing this quest. Had myself and friends do the turn in np. Get yerself to the PoK Shroud vendor and get it started. If you need more directions on how this works or what to do, scroll down and read other posts; plenty of information.
Veeshan's Peak
# Mar 26 2010 at 6:43 AM Rating: Excellent
27 posts
I looked at all the suggestions from puppet strings to shrouds. All good options, but, I was pleasently surprised when I got mine in 45 minutes or less.

As a Drakkin I was KOS at the outpost in Overthere. Took the Pok book to Overthere.. Conned the golem...KOS!
My Venril Sathir couldn't be any worse.

Ran one zone over to Skyfire. Zoned into Veeshan's Peak. As a level 75 Rogue with Mercs, I could solo all the zone in Mobs.

I killed these for about 45 minutes and whalla, My Venril Sathir couldn't get any better!

Ran back to Overthere, bought a Jade from Tin Merchant IV at the outpost. 'Hail, an undead foreman' 'I am a new worker.'
gave him a Jade and got a Worker Sledgemallet.

One of the good things about wep is, if you set a bandolier with this as an option, get in a bad fight, switch to this, hit a couple time, and you gate right out.
just completed
# Aug 09 2009 at 11:46 AM Rating: Good
122 posts
Just completed this quest as a 69 Iksar Monk that is scowling to Outpost. I read the multiple ways you can do this quest if you are not already amiable, like factioning in VP, using shroud, or charming the foreman yourself. Well, I bought some "puppet strings" in Bazaar for 100pp and tried my luck with charming him, and it worked. It took 3 casts before the charm would stick, but they are instant casts so it wasn't a big deal. Basically I took OT stone from POK, then I swam all the way around and came through the back of the Outpost. I swam as far to the other side as I could then came up the shore near the broken down boat and the undead foreman was by himself. I got close enough to use puppet strings and casted, he resisted, so I cast again, he resist again, and I cast once more and it finally stuck. Turned in jade about 2 seconds later and got my hammer, and now I am sitting in Outpost FD'd and typing this up :]

So, if you are KOS to Outpost and have no way to charm yourself, I really suggest finding some "puppet strings" for sale in the bazaar and do what I did, unless you just want to make it harder on yourself.

Edited, Aug 10th 2009 9:43am by sLarkin
just completed
# Mar 23 2010 at 11:13 AM Rating: Decent
59 posts
You CAN NOT shroud, or have someone else charm, i just tried. The puppet string idea does work, as that's what i had to do. You have to be VERY quick with your reply and giving him the Jade, cause Allure drops off him within 2-3 seconds (on all 3 of my casts). Didn't resist me, but took 3 tries b4 i was fast enough with the turn in.
29 September 2008 CE.
# Sep 29 2008 at 6:48 AM Rating: Decent
17 posts
Does not work if someone else charms the Foreman. After the charm/hand-in with my NEC, I tried to do the same for my CLR and it just ate the jade.
# Sep 18 2008 at 5:37 AM Rating: Decent
I recently came back to EQ after a two year long hiatus, (75 SK, mostly anguish gear) and i did the OT hammer quest before with the braids. After that I killed those golems when i was bored, eventually i got maxx KoS and couldnt run by without being attacked.

One day smithing i had a lot of different hammers because i was tinkering as well, well i destroyed the OT hammer by accident, but later i decided to quit so never bothered getting it again.

Well when i came back i decided i wanted it again, so started looking for ways to gain faction, mainly because i didnt want to do the whole charm thing, its a clever way of doing it, but i hate playing shrouds.

So i got bored reading here on alla's and started exploring a bit. I had read that a lot of zones that needed keys were now open, so i went to VP as i had never been in there before, just to see if i could kill a few dragons, just out of boredom. After a couple of trash mobs I looked at the faction hits, I was getting good faction for VS. So i figured wth, might as well stay awhile and see if it was good enough to get the faction i needed. Later a friend of mine sent me a tell asking if i wanted to do anything and I suggested she come get faction for an OT hammer, just for the sake of having it, (she was an 80 cleric)She decided to get faction for her hubby's pally and we went thru about 40 or so trash mobs, 1 named, most didnt hit very hard, 250ish - 400, took about an hour, by then i read in faction that my faction with VS could not possibly get any better. All the mobs we killed in VP gave good faction for VS.

We gated out and ran back to OT and sure enough i was maxx ally (gnome sk, her hubby was warmly (human pally), and she was indifferent (high elf cleric), so me and the pally both got the hammer after turn in.

This is what i think is a good alternative to the braids and shrouds, i did the braids before and it took me days to collect enough, it was worth it when i was lvl 60, but if your high enough to solo or group in VP i'd definately do that if you dont like level'ing shrouds or gathering braids like me :D

Edited, Sep 18th 2008 10:34am by Krakajack

Edited, Sep 18th 2008 10:36am by Krakajack
# Nov 25 2008 at 4:47 PM Rating: Decent
20 posts
Thx for the info Krakajack, worked like a charm for my 68 war. Killed for less than 2 hours and then the faction was "couldnt possibly get any better".

Edited, Nov 25th 2008 7:53pm by nikkei
Nikkei Lvl 77 Barbarian Shaman

Kamandi Lvl78 Barbarian Beastlord

Weidar Lvl 75 barbarian Warrior (retired)
puppet strings
# Jul 24 2008 at 8:25 AM Rating: Decent
139 posts

Puppet strings cast allure, which is a 0 magic resist spell, and UF resists it pretty consistently - resisted 3 casts from me (71 zerker) before the goons were all over me. So - zoned out, back in with 75 shammy along with zerker, cast malis on UF, then puppet strings worked first time, turned in jade, got hammer, bailed.
hammer time
# Jun 18 2008 at 11:03 AM Rating: Decent
as of june 18 shroud still works charmed and turned in 1st try as 70 EE
The New Worker / Undead foreman
# Jun 05 2008 at 6:22 AM Rating: Decent
601 posts
I got the Origin AA thinking I'd end up pretty close to Nektulos and PoK as I'm a dark elf.

Geesh, it puts me in Neriak, 3rd gate, as far away from PoK as I can possible get and be in my home city. So I wanted a quicker port to get me to PoK.

So at level 78 I did this quest with my Necro.

buy A jade, charm the NPC with an undead charm spell, give him the jade, get the hammer back, you're all done.

You will get agro in several seconds from nearby guards afterward, but you can stand around safely before hand. Regular invis got me there no problem.

From the POK book, enter past the Golems at the entrance, hang a right and head to the ridge that's over the beach. Run along the ridge/beach towards the west, and just past the big boat there, up on land and by himself is the undead foreman.

Tried the effect out, it's not a clickie near as I can tell. It's a combat effect, you have to fight then you get ported.

Edited, Jun 5th 2008 5:21pm by morromid
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Still working
# Mar 10 2008 at 1:34 PM Rating: Decent
Just did this quest with my 57 Enchanter, was apprehensive.

Hit with Tashania, then a couple attempts with allure, finally got him, handed the Jade and had my mallet.
got it
# Jan 31 2008 at 7:32 AM Rating: Decent

just did this quest with a 53 necro. it wasn't easy died twice(once after i got the hammer and was running to safety. I had to cast annual magic 5-6 times in a row, put jade on cursor and then charm,cajole undead(then it took 2-3 charms).
faction song
# Sep 22 2007 at 12:48 AM Rating: Decent
Just curious is the bard faction song a group benefit or self only like the chanters. If group charm the foreman and then play faction song on it then do turn in. this could save alot of time for non charming classes
Evil eye shroud works
# Mar 17 2007 at 2:53 PM Rating: Decent
429 posts
I can confirm using chanty shroud still works.

I just did this quest about a week ago after leveling my wizard shroud to unlock evil eye. As a level 70 EE chanty, the charm landed on the first try. I don't know how well the charm would work from lower level so be ready to run!

A word of advice, if you are KOS in OT, you got about 15 seconds from when the charm lands until the goons gets all over you. You can safely skip the dialogs and just hand in a jade to get the hammer. Then run really fast.

I have not tried this but I don't think sneaking works because sneaking would only get indifferent faction with most npc and you need better than indifferent.
Evil eye shroud works
# Nov 27 2007 at 7:48 AM Rating: Decent
I just did this for the 3rd and 4th time using Puppet Strings. Unless there is some strange and unique code governing shroud usage, there is no auto-agro once you charm him.

I simply pulled him to the corner just up from his position and Tashani'd (J-stick) + Malosi'd, for a total of 84 MR reduction. Even so, he was still fairly MR for two level 53 characters.
Evil eye shroud works
# Jun 04 2007 at 10:09 AM Rating: Good
1,205 posts
Your enchanter shroud (Aberrations #2: Evil Eye Psion) must be at least level 50 to charm the undead foreman. Gaze of the Beholder charm is unresistable, up to 30 second duration, 5 minute recast.
Not bad.
# Dec 11 2006 at 8:25 PM Rating: Decent
36 posts
Heh he is very, very resistant. After full dispells and zonewide aggro on 2 dragoons and a cliff golem, I just mezzed them off (they're quite resistant too, but don't hit hard). Then I tried about 30 times to charm the foreman with level 75 chanter mez, rank 2 (-15 mr adjust).

Nothing worked. Then I realized duh, just AA charm him.

I cast dodh edict of command AA, stuck perfectly. Handed jade, got my hammer. I bet dire charm would work too. That would be also true for necros.
Not bad.
# Dec 11 2006 at 8:59 PM Rating: Good
3,705 posts
Well, if you were really trying to charm him with your 75 MEZ, I think I see the problem Smiley: wink
Not bad.
# Dec 11 2006 at 8:44 PM Rating: Decent
36 posts
Gah, or if I were not so stupid, I could have used one of the short duration unresistable charms. Smart boy.
Necro can charm worker
# Nov 02 2006 at 4:06 AM Rating: Decent
If you re necro, you have another way.

Cast on Worker Annul magic and FD.

Then cast o it cajole undead or better. After 3 try, worker resisted, i could charm him and give the jade.

Now i have my hammer.-_-

More fast than raise faction. I think it aslo work with a chanter charm.

Have fun.
Necro can charm worker
# Nov 26 2006 at 2:04 AM Rating: Decent
This does not appear to work anymore. I have tried it both ways: DE Illusion as well as chanter charming and trying to give jade to Captain Rottgrime. Amiably with both attempts, still no hammer for my High Elf chanter or my Hafling Rog. Has anyone really done this recently that can help me with either of these characters in getting this hammer. Can't see a halfing ever getting it if the Illusion does not work.

Thanks for any help or verification.
Necro can charm worker
# Feb 05 2007 at 8:16 AM Rating: Decent
16 posts
I did this a few weeks ago... You talk to an undead foreman near the boats, not Cappy Rottgrime!
Using Shroud
# Oct 29 2006 at 11:30 PM Rating: Default
Today I used the Beholder shroud to get this on my Shadowknight.

It took me a few hours to level up the shroud. I used the level 10 shroud and leveled him at Kurn's. Don't ask me why. If I could do it again I would probably shroud to level 15 or 20 and exp in Paludal. I used some DS potions I had. I also had a level 65 Shaman bot healing and buffing and rooting.

Anyway. My shadowknight is level 59 so I took the shaman and the level 55 Beholder shroud to OT. I first cast Malosi (whatever the level 42 version is) on the foreman and then he aggroed the shaman. I then cast the charm with the beholder. I had plenty of time to go through the entire dialogue and received the hammer with no problem.

A guard wandered by and aggroed the foreman, still in pet mode. They fought until the charm broke (a few seconds later) and then both aggroed the shroud beholder. I healed the shroud with the shaman to get aggro. The shroud did the whole shroud-gate thing while the Shaman tanked and healed himself, then the shaman gated.

Very simple.

edit: edited for clarity.

Edited, Oct 29th 2006 at 11:33pm PST by iplayeverquest
Wanted to add....
# Oct 04 2006 at 11:12 PM Rating: Decent
Can be done with lvl 50 Evil Eye. Just posting cause I wasn't sure if the charm that the Evil Eye had would of affected a lvl 50 NPC but it does so you can do this quest as soon as your lvl 50(have access to the lvl 50 shrouds).

BTW was thinking I would of had to wait until level 55 cause of the level caps for charm usually being lower than your level. Just so you have some backgroung into why im posting this.

Other information is all correct. About 1-1.5 hours to level shroud, considerably less if you have a BoT healer.

Good luck on getting your hammer
New way to get it
# Jun 05 2006 at 9:22 PM Rating: Decent
took from another post

The Overthere gate hammer the Worker Sledgemallet is easy to get now using shrouds.

You just have to level up the Abberation shroud from Imp Wizard to the Evil Eye Enchanter. The enchanter of this shroud has an 18 second charm you can use to charm the Undead Foreman in the Overthere. Then just hand him a jade and you get the hammer.

Previously if you were KoS you could not do this quest unless you were a charming class or somehow got the Puppet strings which were a charged charm item, very hard to come by since they are a drop from the golems in Fear.

Even if you were at dubious you had to do a lot of faction work turning in berzerker war braids for faction.

I used this method today and it worked easily, only took around 2 hrs to lvl up the shroud by using ds potions in PC.
New way to get it
# Aug 15 2006 at 12:02 PM Rating: Decent
96 posts
Ok, when it comes to using shrouds I'm a bit of a newb. I've wanted this mallet for a while. If you obtain an item while you're in shroud form, the item remains on your character after you un-shroud? For some reason I didn't think this was possible, but I've never messed around in shroud form, so I didn't know. Thanks,

New way to get it
# Aug 30 2006 at 3:07 PM Rating: Decent
1,340 posts
Yes, any items on your Shroud appear in a window after you de-shroud, allowing you to put them into your character's inventory, assuming you have a Giant capacity bag or an inventory slot open. You can choose not to do so immediately, but the items only remain in "limbo" (so to speak) for a certain number of hours, and I wouldn't want to run the risk of forgetting about them and logging out for a couple of days!

Alternatively, you could just go to the Bank, still in shroud form, and deposit it there until you do eventually de-shroud.
New way to get it
# Jul 15 2006 at 3:17 AM Rating: Default
What's better is Field of Bone. I got from 0% to 100% in the abberation shroud in an hour.
New way to get it
# Feb 17 2009 at 5:51 PM Rating: Decent
yeah i dont know why everyone tries to level up shrouds at higher levels. i get a lvl 5 shroud and hunt the newb areas. usualy an hour or so of non stop kills gets the next level unlocked. No healer involved, of course its quicker with a melee shroud. Its not the level of the mobs but the amount of killing you do! hope that helps some people=)
Master of puppets
# Feb 05 2006 at 12:45 AM Rating: Decent
75 posts
did it today (2/4/6). Had bottemed out VS faction (just finished getting Hand of Glory and killing lots in HS, which lowers VS). Had a 70 Chanter debuff, lower magic resist, etc. and I whacked him with the strings, handed in jade and got my hammer. broke in about 5-10 seconds. I had the strings on a Hotkey and jade in hand. hit the key and did turn in, no problems. No more gate potions for me!

/Shout NYAA!!!!!

Wulfmaster Shamonkey
65 Beastlord on Stromm

Edited, Sat Feb 4 23:46:02 2006
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