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The Tenth Portent

This month’s world boss is called Remnant of the Lurker and looks like a slightly smaller version of the Lurker at the Threshold from the House of Crom. It spawns at the entrances to the House of Crom, on both sides (in Field of the Dead (550, 1285) and in the Eiglophian Mountains (165, 1280)).

Before the boss spawns, five green mobs appear, called Memory of X, where X = Khor-nu, Xan-phon, Queen Cao-Polyphya, Myk-ra, and Syth-los; they look like the bosses of the same name in the House of Crom. The Queen repeats the following speech in the /say channel a few times:

Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: Remember our pact, oh Threshold Lurker. That is not dead which can eternal lie. Give me nepenthe, give me sleep. Bring me a favorable dream.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: I dream. I walk up the steps of the ziggurat. I ascend toward heaven. The ritual is nearly complete. Below, my people cheer, and I love them.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: The gods have forsaken Atlantis to endless tragedy. Our culture breathes its final breath, but they cheer, for I, their queen, have a plan. My people love me with a love that is more than love and trust me past all calamity.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: Though the gods are silent, Valka will answer tonight. He must. For I carry a swaddling bundle, the Little Prince, divinely conceived. The god of land, sea, and sky will come down to see his son.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: Oh Valka, Lord of the Heavens, delight of the gods, from whom all evil retreats — to thee do we cry for banished children of Atlantis. Almighty Valka, your children cry out in the dark! Raise us from this ocean of tears.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: I stand atop the ziggurat. Bellow, my people chant the prayers I taught them. The ritual is complete. My people cheer. The eye of heaven opens! Valka, god of all gods, is about to answer our every prayer…
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: It is a pleasing fiction… A pretty lie… No, no! The truth flutters in as a moth-winged nightmare. Fie! Fie! Truths are poisoned thorns on a flower’s stem. I squeeze! I squeeze!
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: This dream turns rancid. Truth is the worm that devours everything in life that is sweet. Below, the people cheer, but only because they know not the truth: no one is coming to save us.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: The truth is, I kept a secret. How could I tell them? My people give me their love and faith, use the last drops of their blood and will to build this temple, because they believe in me. How could I tell them all was for naught?
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: The truth is, while I gave them hope, there was no one to give it me. A secret held grows inside, gestates and devours everything that was sweet and good. Truth is the conquering worm.

This explains the background story of the House of Crom and is similar to the things she’s saying in her room in the Vile Nativity. Once the boss spawns, the green mobs die from the first big aoe hit.

Some people compared the boss to a raspberry, but I’ll always think of it as a giant brain. It’s tempting to imagine the mighty Lurker shivering in fear while a mob of zombies approaches, drooling at the prospect of such a feast 😛


Braaaaaaaaainz!
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The mechanics of the fight are relatively interesting, and I was particularly glad to see that there are no knockbacks 😛 The boss does crushing white hits on the aggro holder. Occasionally he casts Tendril of Despair, which spawns a giant tentacle and does a crushing AoE hit to people around it. There’s another AoE attack called Soul Eater, which hits people around the boss with unholy damage; it also puts a 2-second debuff of the same name on them, but this debuff doesn’t seem to do anything. Often, but not always, Soul Eater also heals the boss, most commonly by 112500 points, though I’ve sometimes also seen other numbers, going up to 150000. They tend to be relatively round numbers, so I guess the amount depends on the number of players hit by the AoE, but it isn’t a plain old linear function. Life Syphon is a channeled spell which does about 10 ticks in 4 seconds; each tick does a small amount of unholy damage on the aggro holder and heals the boss for around 13k hit points. The boss has a special animation during this spell, rising in the air a bit and spinning in a circle. There’s also Fragment of Reality, which spawns an add (a small brain) on a random player. Finally there’s Transcending Reality, where the boss disappears into the ground and spawns a number of adds (Fragments of Reality); the boss reappears about 20 seconds later and the adds disappear. The Fragments of Reality tend to just float around randomly and eventually do an unholy AoE attack called Reality Burst.

In terms of loot, there’s nothing particularly new. Since the boss appears in Cimmeria, it drops the Cimmerian regional social armor sets (Black Leather, Hyperborean Shaman) in addition to the global ones (Shattered Colossus, Slayer’s). Among other social items, there’s the Crown of Winter again. Among crappy social consumables, Winterdream Wine seemed to drop particularly often.

There is of course also a new mini-pet, Remnant of the Lurker, which is decently large and surprisingly cute for an oversized floating brain 🙂


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The pet doesn’t do anything terribly interesting; it has a Life Syphon animation, and it can disappear into the ground like the boss does during Fragment of Reality.

Here’s an overview of the loot I got on my guardian from this boss:

Count

Item
Social animations, particles etc.
2

Bottled Spirits
2

Cowardice Remedy
3

Electric Boogie
5

Flaming Sanduca
4

Ritual Knife
3

Sticky Fresh Blood
10

Winterdream Wine
4

Ymirish Prayer
Food, potions, buffs
1

Potent Daggamalt, Dire Sweetpressed Haste
7

Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir
8

Kingsmight Ale
4

Elixirs (0 Guile, 0 Invigorative Rejuvenation, 3 Physical Might, 1 Precision)
0

Philtres (0 Constitution, 0 Strength)
0

Minor Elixir of Resurgence (self-rez)
Vendors of crappy social consumables
3

Traveller’s Merchant Contract
Social armor sets
8

Black Leather set
3

Hyperborean Shaman’s set
1

Slayer’s set
4

Shattered Colossus set
0

other social armor sets
Other social armor
2

Crown of Winter
5

Tigerskin cloaks
Raid gear
16

T1 armor
10

T1 weapons (3 swords, 3 shields, 4 polearms)
6

T2 armor
2

T2 weapons (1 sword, 0 shields, 1 polearm)
AA urns
6

Flask of Completion (20000 Mastery XP)
2

Flask of Direction (50000 Mastery XP)
4

Coffer of Radiance (62500 Mastery XP)
Pets
5

animal pets (1 Black Cobra, 1 Fat Harry, 2 Fire Salamanders, 1 Wolverine Kit)
2

dancing pets (1 Khitan female, 1 Stygian male)
Purple caches
4

Slayer’s Cache of the Lurker (purple cache)

And an overview of purple caches from all bosses so far, on all of my characters:

Boss Total
no. of
kills
# purple caches Drops from purple caches
from
blue
direct total Simple
Relics
Urns Rare
Relics
Pets

Gear
Dragon

185

6

2

8

7 (29)

0

0

1

0
Yeti

61

3

2

5

4 (15)

0

0

1

0
Basilisk

141

4

2

6

2 (7)

2

0

2

0
Serp. Man

78

3

6

9

7 (25)

0

0

1

0
Thrice Dr.

236

1

12

13

8 (31)

4

0

0

1
Ice Worm

191

1

9

10

8 (33)

0

0

1

1
Nergal

91

0

4

4

2 (7)

1

0

1

0
Leviathus

161

1

5

6

5 (20)

1

0

0

0
Execut.

122

0

6

6

4 (15)

0

0

2

0
Lurker

151

4

5

9

6 (29)

1

0

1

1

This is the third time so far that I saw a piece of non-raid purple gear drop from the world bosses; it was yet another crappy ring (Pearl Ring of Assault: 44 evade rtg, 55 hit rtg, 55 crit rtg, 44 immunity rtg, 120 protection).


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  1. haarax
    September 14, 2014 at 07:45

    Would be nice to read more about the lore behind things like the lurker and entity.

    • September 14, 2014 at 19:40

      Hm yes, but I doubt I’d have anything interesting to say on the subject – I could do little more than summarize what the NPCs are saying, since in principle all the backstory of the Lurker and the Entity is explained there. If this stuff contains references to any specific works of Lovecraft et al. (i.e. beyond the general idea that the Lurker is borrowed from the Cthulhu mythos), I’m not aware of them – which wouldn’t be too surprising as I’m not all that knowledgeable about the Cthulhu mythos literature.

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