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The Darkened Sea is EverQuest's 21st expansion. It was announced on August 14, 2014, and launched on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (for All Access members) and Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (for Free-To-Play members).
As discussed in this letter from the producer, there will be no traditional pre-orders for this expansion. Instead, All Access members will have the option to buy the expansion on October 28 (its "early release" date). Two weeks after this, everyone (Free-To-Play members included) will be able to buy it.
Lanys T`Vyl and Firiona Vie are at odds, and Katta Castrum's emperor is in trouble... The Buried Sea is the backdrop as its storylines and characters will be revisited.
Firiona Vie has been travelling the world on a mission from the goddess Tunare to bring the realm back into balance. Her latest efforts have brought her to the Buried Sea, seeking to heal the ruler of the Combine Empire, Tsaph Katta.
Now it’s time for you to travel to the domed city of Katta Castrum and find Firiona! After Firiona came here with her allies to heal Tsaph, the city was attacked by Lanys T`vyl and a corrupt splinter faction of the Combine. In the chaos, Tsaph was kidnapped. Now, he must be rescued and Lanys must be stopped.
Main Lore article: "The Darkened Sea" Lore
Eight zones are included with this expansion, all of which will have full mob populations in their static versions:
Progression through The Darkened Sea is strictly linear with a storyline that spans 24 quests through all eight zones. Tiers 2 & 3 zones are unlocked as you make your way through the expansion storyline.
There are six heroic adventures in this expansion:
There are five primary raids and two "one-off" raids, all of which occur in Arx Mentis. ("One-Off" just means you only get one attempt at it: The lockout timer occurs upon engage rather than upon winning the event.)
Main raiding article: Raiding in The Darkened Sea
See the Hunter links here for map locations of named mobs in The Darkened Sea:
In the group game, there are three Tiers of armor. In the raid game, there are two Tiers.
Main armor article: The Darkened Sea Armor Guide
Each tier has an adventure merchant from whom you can buy gear using currency (Pieces of Eight) earned from heroic adventures:
There is also new Mercenary gear available, bought from a merchant on the zone-in level of Arx Mentis.
All AAs can be freely trained. There are no locked AAs.
Rank I Spells:
Rank II Spells:
Rank III Spells:
|The Ruins of Kunark • The Scars of Velious • The Shadows of Luclin • The Planes of Power • The Legacy of Ykesha • Lost Dungeons of Norrath • Gates of Discord • Omens of War • Dragons of Norrath • Depths of Darkhollow • Prophecy of Ro • The Serpent's Spine • The Buried Sea • Secrets of Faydwer • Seeds of Destruction • Underfoot • House of Thule • Veil of Alaris • Rain of Fear • Call of the Forsaken • The Darkened Sea • The Broken Mirror • Empires of Kunark • Ring of Scale|