A Rotten Heart  

Quest Started By:Description:
Maximum Level:115
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Task
Quest Goal:
  • Advancement
  • Experience
  • Money
Time Limit:06:00:00
Success Lockout Timer: 06:00:00
Related Zones:
Related Creatures:
Related Quests:
Era:Call of the Forsaken
Group Size:Group
Min. # of Players:3
Max. # of Players:6
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Wed May 21 07:02:31 2014
Modified: Sat Feb 8 15:50:13 2020

Call of the Forsaken Info & Guides: Overview | Progression & Task List | Raiding | Visible Armor

This group mission begins with Dedire Harath (click for map image) on the zone-in level of the Tower of Rot.

- Completed "The Scions of the Tower"
- Completed "The Tower's Victims"
- Completed "Fenn's Job"
- Completed "Narius' Plan"
- Completed "The Adana Problem"
- Completed "The Source of Rot"

Summary & Requesting the Task

Say "final attack" to request the task and "start" to zone in.

- Hail Captain Deidre Harath at the zone-in.
- Make your way down the ramp, killing the two tower scions on the way down.
- DPS Fenn Tarrens to 25% health, then click on the blockade.
--- Casts "Dagger Barrage" (60' range AE for 17K dmg).
--- Casts "Tendon Slice" (negates dodge + avoidance).
- Make your way to the bottom of the ramp, killing tower scions along the way.
- Task LOCKS upon location update at Adana.
- DPS Adana Baxter to 25% health.
--- Casts "Splash of Acid" (single-target 6-second blind, cureable by sitting).
--- Casts "Mana Scorch" (single-target dispell + mana burn up to 15K hp dmg).
--- The scions behind her cast nukes on random targets (3k per nuke).
--- These three scions become aggroable after Adana flees.
- Make your way towards the heart, killing tower scions along the way.
- Say "interruptions" to make Narius aggro.
- DPS Narius to 50% health.
--- Casts "Life Siphon" (dispellable lifetap effect).
--- Casts "Wither" (increase incoming damage by 25% + DOT for 6,000/tick for 18 seconds).
--- Adana and Fenn (non-aggroable at this time) cast their "Mana Scorch" and "Dagger Barrage" spells.
- Once Narius reaches 50%, he goes non-aggro; Adana and Fenn attack.
- Kill Adana and Fenn, after which Narius re-aggros.
- Kill Narius.
- Hail Captain Deidre Harath, who runs down to the entrance of the heart area after Narius' death.
- Open the chest to complete.

You say, 'Hail, Deidre Harath'

Deidre Harath says 'The door's open, and the way is clear. I've sent the guards I can spare down to keep an eye on the door. Can you lead the [final attack]? If there is anyone you can gather up, it would be a huge help, I'm sure.'

You say, 'I'll lead the final attack'

Deidre Harath says 'I wish I could go with you on your way down, but we'd leave ourselves too vulnerable. I'll send what aid I can, but this is going to mostly on your shoulders. You've got our lives in our hands. Best of luck. Let me know when you want to [start].'

You have been assigned the task 'A Rotten Heart'.

Captain Harath has asked you to investigate what the Scions of the Tower are doing in the basement of the Tower of Rot. Rumors say that there is some sort of monstrous heart down there and the cultists have been talking about it. She insists that the Scions need to be cleared out of the tower and that you should not spare them a moment's pity. She needs to know what they are up to down there.

You say, 'Let's start'

Deidre Harath says 'Good luck!'

You have entered Tower of Rot: A Rotten Heart.


"Mad Martyr" has a chance to spawn next to the entrance to the heart platform (you can't miss her). She casts "Bludgeoning" (69K frontal AE) + "Telekaria" (targeted 40' range AE for 93K dmg + 3-second stun) + "Fire Beam" (123K frontal AE).

Known loot from this named:

Martyr's Loop of Dedication
Sanguine Bloodband
Strength of the Adherent
Shroud of the Forgotten (bonus)

Speak with Deidre Harath 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

You say, 'Hail, Captain Deidre Harath'

Captain Deidre Harath says 'Good, you're here. I'm not entirely sure what's going on here, but as you can see, it's been bloody. I need you to find out what's going on and see if you can find this massive heart that the rumors speak of. Clearly some of those Scions have been here too. That proves that they are involved in this, if not behind this whole mess. I expect you to deal with them harshly when you encounter them. If you need to [leave], I can assist you.'

Clear the area of opposition 0/19 (Tower of Rot)

This step updates as you progress through the task. Just kill "a scion of the tower" as you come across them while moving through the zone.

Locate the rumored massive heart 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

This location updates at Fenn Tarrens, a short distance down the ramp from the zone-in. Adana Baxter appears there as well, but leaves Fenn's side:

Fenn Tarrens says 'Well, it looks like the screams we heard weren't just those bootlickers seeing shadows. This doesn't look like a real problem, but you might want to go warn the boss anyhow.'

Adana Baxter says 'Sure. But make sure to kill a few before you die. We don't have the time to deal with this right now.'

Fenn Tarrens says 'Get out of here Adana before I kill you too.'

Adana Baxter smiles. 'As you say.'

Fenn Tarrens says 'You over there, come along then. I have to kill you quick so I don't miss the fun downstairs.'

Defeat Fenn Tarrens 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

Fenn Tarrens casts "Dagger Barrage" (60' range AE for 17K dmg) and "Tendon Slice" (negates dodge and avoidance).

DPS Fenn Tarrens to 25% health to update this step:

Fenn Tarrens says 'What? The life shield! Well, I guess the boss doesn't want me to finish this, lucky for you. Good thing this shield makes me almost completely invulnerable. That will make my exit much more expedient.'

Push past the blockade 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

Just click the table at the blockade.

_____ pushes aside the table, opening a passage through the blockade.

Fenn Tarrens leaps from the bridge, looking over her shoulder. 'See ya later, fools!'

Explore the rumored massive heart 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

Defeat Adana Baxter 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

Find Adana Baxter at /loc 240, -140, -849 (bottom of the twisting ramp).

TASK LOCKS upon the location update.

Adana Baxter appears alongside three cultist mobs (non-aggroable; will proc 3K nukes on random targets while Adana is engaged):

Adana Baxter says 'You're not getting past me. The boss has his ritual to perform and I'm not about to let you interfere. I have too much riding on this. It's cost me too much.'

She casts "Splash of Acid" (single-target blind, stun, nuke for 6 seconds) and "Mana Scorch" (single-target mana burn, up to 15K HP dmg). DPS her to 25% health to update this step. Note that the scions with her become aggroable after she flees.

Adana Baxter says 'Well, I guess I've been called back to work. Get 'em, lackeys!' A magical shield envelopes Adana as similar shields fall off the scions.'

Explore the rumored massive heart 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

This updates at /loc 0, -45, -841 (just enter the platform area that houses the giant heart).

Confront Narius 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

Follow his dialogue to update the step ("interruptions" makes him go aggro).

You say, 'Hail, Narius Grandon'

Narius Grandon says 'Hello. So you are the intruders that my friends mentioned. I can only assume that you have been fighting with them because you don't [understand] what is going on here.'

You say, 'No, I don't understand...'

Narius Grandon says 'Of course, of course. You see, I've come here to heal this place. I've studied the arts of healing and of necromancy and, not meaning to brag, I have mastered them both. I am the only one that can repair the damage that has been done here. I can heal this heart, which will surely weaken the undead and their terrible [master].'

You say, 'Who is their master?'

Narius Grandon says 'His name is Kyle Bayle. All these undead are under his control. They pose no real danger to me, but clearly they are dangerous to others. It's impossible to know what his plans are, but he can't be trusted with such power. This tower needs to be healed and [control] of it wrested from Bayle and his undead.'

You say, 'Who would control it?'

Narius Grandon says 'I am probably the only one capable of understanding and harnessing the power that resides here. The Scions of the Tower have studied this place and battled to gain control of this room. We have sacrificed much to be here, and we have earned the [right] to take that power!'

You say, 'You don't have that right!'

Narius Grandon says 'You doubt me? Are you one of those that mock the Scions? Are you one of those that doubt that we will find the source of eternal life? Look here, upon this great heart. It exists in a state of eternal decay. I can reverse that state. I can make it a source of eternal life! And once I have obtained that power there will be no more doubters. You and your kind will have to understand the truth of the Scions, the truth of the Tower! Now leave this place immediately! I have no time for foolish [interruptions]!'

You say, 'Interruptions!'

Narius Grandon says 'Fine, I shall encourage you to leave.'

Eliminate Narius 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

Eliminate Adana 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

Eliminate Fenn 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

Narius casts "Life Siphon" (dispellable lifetap effect) and "Wither" (increase incoming damage by 25% + DOT for 6,000/tick for 18 seconds). Fenn Tarrens and Adana Baxter (non-aggroable at this time) uses their "Dagger Barrage" and "Mana Scorch" abilities, respectively.

When Narius reaches 50% health, he goes non-aggro:

Narius Grandon shouts 'Enough! Fenn! Adana! Get over here and kill these heretics!'

Adana and Fenn attack. Adana is leashed to her spot. Each of them starts at 40% health, so it won't take long to deal with them. Once they're dead, Narius re-aggro's, and can be killed.

Narius Grandon has been slain by _____!

The remaining Scions flee:

a scion of the tower shouts 'Let's get out of here while the life shield lasts!'

Report the fate of the Scions of the Tower to Captain Harath 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

After Narius is killed, Captain Deidre Harath will run down from the zone-in, so it may take a bit before you see her. She stops at the entrance to the heart platform.

You say, 'Hail, Captain Deidre Harath'

Captain Deidre Harath says 'Thank you for your efforts. All of Norrath should be grateful for what you have done. It is time for us to [leave] this place, I think.'

Open the chest for your reward 0/1 (Tower of Rot)

Captain Harath was grateful for your assistance. She thinks you might have prevented a great tragedy.

225 platinum
Experience (3% in Level 100)

Chest loot includes 1 standard item (first list) + 0-1 armor pieces (second list) + + 0-1 Sword of the Sanative (bonus item):

Adana's Blade
Bloody Skull Pommel Chain
Fenn's Targe
Happy Memento
Narius' Spellbook
Narius' Staff
Pin of Deception
Spell: Putrescent Decay Rk. II

Bracer of Manifested Ether
Gloves of Manifested Ether
Helm of Manifested Ether
Leggings of Manifested Ether
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Mad Martyr
# Nov 11 2020 at 8:42 AM Rating: Good
131 posts
Got the named on the 4th attempt. At level 115 completing the mission awards you 0.17% of the xp needed to get to 116 or 4.23AA, and 11.93% of a mercenary AA.

On a comical side note, one of the bodies lying near the boss at the end of the mission was called "a dead undead".

Edited, Nov 11th 2020 9:44am by Stageguy
# Jul 16 2020 at 6:19 AM Rating: Decent
161 posts
got named on 1st attempt then along with 4 achievements inc a 40 slot bag annihilator bag also got a 40 slot ts bag out out all of it.

# Dec 10 2018 at 10:41 PM Rating: Good
259 posts
Today the chest dropped a Spell: Putrescent Decay Rk. II and Narius' Staff
Fennin Ro (now Cazic Thule)

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Fennin Ro
Named spawn timing
# Jul 25 2018 at 10:42 AM Rating: Good
31 posts
The named, Mad Martyr, or its placeholder spawn immediately after completing the step "- DPS Adana Baxter to 25% health."

If you want to kill the named only, the quickest way to do it:
- Hail Captain Deidre Harath at the zone-in.
- Invis and lev down to Fenn Tarrens. No need to kill any scions.
- DPS Fenn Tarrens to 25% health, then click on the blockade.
- Invis and lev down to the bottom of the ramp. No need to kill any scions.
- DPS Adana Baxter to 25% health. Adana is tethered to small area, but if you should be able to get her to slightly onto the ramp. If you do, when the 25% update happens, you are just outside agro range of the 3 scions, and also have a chance to invis to avoid their agro. If you have a pet class in group, they need to control their pet, or it will continue to attack after the update as Adana travels to the next location.
- Mad Martyr or PH will spawn.

Took me about 20 attempts to get Mad Martyr to spawn, but was very quick only having to kill two NPCs.
# Aug 19 2017 at 2:53 PM Rating: Decent
17 posts
Still freezes at Adana step.
# Aug 17 2017 at 5:05 AM Rating: Good
656 posts
is leashed to her spot
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# Aug 20 2017 at 12:46 PM Rating: Excellent
Silfh wrote:
is leashed to her spot

At what part of this encounter is she leashed to her spot?
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still freezes
# Oct 17 2016 at 5:11 PM Rating: Decent
165 posts
Still freezes on Adana, Had to restart computer, couldn't get out of EQ
# Oct 09 2015 at 8:12 AM Rating: Excellent
2,804 posts
Still freezes after Adana stops fighting. Had to reboot.

No collectibles. Didn't expect any but worth checking.

My favorite mob of this instance: a dead undead. Smiley: laugh

The last fight was a bit of a cluster---youknowwhat. The switch offs are confusing. We lost BOTH the mage and wiz, most of our dps, and still won. Thankfully the two dead casters got credit for the steps completed while they were in hovering mode. Have to admit this would have been much tougher back when this mission was first introduced. Level Uber Alles, as they say.

Reward is puny: 2 AA's. You get an additional 4 for the Curative achievement, which I didn't even know we had, er....., achieved. And that's with LotD running at the completion.

We won't be back! Absolutely no point to ever repeating this one.

Edited, Oct 9th 2015 10:19am by Sippin
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Task still freezing 07/16/15
# Jul 16 2015 at 3:00 PM Rating: Decent
85 posts
At the step mentioned in other posts where you beat Adana down to 25%, the task froze and all 4 players had to end the EQ session and log in again, the characters were stuck in the task, but once we had logged back in the task was progressible.
# Mar 12 2015 at 11:00 AM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Still bugged.. freezes still on Adana Baxter step
# Oct 08 2016 at 6:31 PM Rating: Decent
5 posts
Today it crashed on only 3 out of 4 toons. The three that crashed run on an AMD HD 7850. The one that did not crash is on Intel HD4000.

Edited, Oct 8th 2016 8:34pm by Sidire
# Jun 05 2015 at 6:22 AM Rating: Decent
282 posts
I had no issues with completing the task 6/5/15
# Aug 14 2015 at 9:25 PM Rating: Decent
14 posts
Definitely still bugged 8/14/15
Chest loot
# Sep 01 2014 at 9:37 AM Rating: Decent
23 posts
Add Manifested Ether Helm to the mix. I also have the same experience as Tobynn with the Sanative sword and any armor drops, which always seem to be a bonus loot item. Actually had the sword, helm and a spell in addition to the one standard loot on my last run.
Chest loot
# Sep 02 2014 at 6:16 PM Rating: Good
23 posts
Ran a few more times and also got Manifested Legs and Gloves. I guess it's safe to assume any armor piece can drop from the chest
bonus item?
# Jul 02 2014 at 5:50 PM Rating: Good
770 posts
The Sword of the Sanative seems to appear in the chest as a bonus item. Usually, the chest contains a single item only. However, on several occasions, I have cracked open the chest to find two items inside. On every occasion I have got two items, the Sword has always been in the second slot.
# Jun 12 2014 at 3:20 PM Rating: Decent
2 posts
As of 6/12/14 it is bugged with a freeze crash. 1st time only I crashed Second time all 3 accounts froze and crashed. Had to ctrl alt delete and reset.
# Dec 18 2014 at 9:21 AM Rating: Good
49 posts

still bugged
# Jun 24 2014 at 4:59 PM Rating: Decent
18 posts
Confirmed. Immediately after defeating Adana Baxter for the first time all 3 accounts froze. My main account recovered while the other 2 did not and had to manually close and re login.
# Aug 08 2014 at 8:48 PM Rating: Default
519 posts
I too can confirm this. I've done this mission a few times now and my entire group always freezes/crashes right at the 7th step: Defeat Adana Baxter. I have had to control+alt+delete and force shut down of EQ every time I run this mission.
Known Loot
# Jun 01 2014 at 2:48 AM Rating: Decent
46 posts
Mad Martyr can also drop the Shroud of the Forgotten.
# May 24 2014 at 10:18 PM Rating: Decent
88 posts
Three toons, three Mercs, one Aug loot. And zero collectables.
Even more loot
# May 24 2014 at 9:43 AM Rating: Good
37 posts
Bloody Skull Pummel Chain 16 base dmg aug, 2h only.
More Loot
# May 23 2014 at 11:26 AM Rating: Good
37 posts
then for the rare charm drop is Narius' Spellbook
114 AC, 2523 HP mana and end, slot 7 and 3. and of course all the other stats. So far seems to be 1 loot per chest, cheap.
# May 22 2014 at 11:24 PM Rating: Good
37 posts
Happy Momento
Charm, 114 AC, 2523 HP mana and end, all all but not list on what raises the stats, just shows max stats, so wonder if it is bugged.

On a Side note, I wonder if the mission is bugged, few of us has a freeze crash bug, had to totally exit out of EQ and relog to continue.
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