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The Celestial Fists
You are required very early on in the Quest to hand in your RotWF, but it is possible to fight all the Celestial Fists to get the Demon Fangs, THEN complete the RotWF. The start of the Epic Quest originates with Tomekeeper Danl, on the second floor within the Erudite Library.
Although the finds I am interested in are quite high profile and would most likely only be found in the possession of very powerful or influential beings. Give me what you have found and I will pay you what it is worth to us.
The book he requires is called the book of Immortals, a book found in Skyfire. It drops from any of the following - 'Soul Devourer' , 'lava walker' , 'Black Scar', 'a wandering wurm', 'a Shadow Drake', 'Guardian of Felia', or any other of the named mobs there.
Giving Tomekeeper Danl the Book of Immortals, prompts the following:
Tomekeeper Danl gasps at the sight of the rare book and says, 'This is a great find indeed! I can only imagine who you had to.. persuade to give you the book. Our library would be very interested in acquiring this and I am prepared to give you this platinum and a referral that marks you as a friend of the library. If only [Lheao] could see this.'
'Who is Lheao?'
Tomekeeper Danl says 'Lheao was my predecessor here at the Library of Erudin. He has since retired, just a few years ago. I'm sure he would be most impressed with your find and offer insightful conversation on the subject. Although I'm not sure one of your profession would be interested in such a scholarly endeavor, no offense. If you are interested, find him and tell him you found the book 'Immortals.' I'm not sure where he has retired to, but I hear it is near an ocean somewhere.
Lheao is found in the Timerous Deep (EQAtlas) in the hidden oasis. To reach it, take the boat from Fironia Vie, and jump off as it turns towards the South East, and continue swimming South. The loc is approximately neg 11500, neg 2000, where you will run into a huge rock wall that is a huge ring of solid rock. There is an underwater tunnel, which goes under this wall, at approx neg 11357 neg 3657.
Once through that tunnel, you surface and see another huge rock. This second huge rock has another tunnel, (at loc -11354, -1365) which is at the opposite side to where you entered. This finally leads you to the hidden oasis, where you see a ramp leading to an inn, where Lhaeo stands outside.
The next step is someone called Kaiaren, who is located at Loc -1609, -2679, just as you come into the upper Sebilis Ruins in Trakanons Teeth (EQAtlas). He may be slightly off this location, as he chases Monks, and does not return to his original spawn point.
Handing Kaiaren the book Celestial Fists prompts: Kaiaren's eyes open wide and he attacks you!
Upon death he says 'Not bad.. Now lets see if you can find my trueform if you do we discuss this further.'
Note: You do not need to kill Kaiaren, as giving him the book and feigning him off (or /quit out) works fine. He is 52nd level, and hits for 145 damage (which hurts when you get a 'Bodi has fallen to the ground' message....)
Either way, you will recieve the Celestial Fists book back into your inventory.
The True Form
The next step is to find Kaiaren's true form, which spawns when the book is given to the mad Kaiaren. He is also called Kaiaren, identical to the 'mad' version, and is also located in Trakanons Teeth near the lake. He spawns at approx 300, 2400 in a building next to the lake. He is level 60+ and indifferent. When you hand him the book, he says the following:
Kaiaren says 'Now, then. Where did you find this, monk? This is not just some light reading to be borrowed from the town library. Who gave this to you?
Important Note: Now the Book has been returned to you, and as shown, it is NOT the same. The properties of this book have now been changed. Please DO NOT hand this book over again until the final stage, as he will expect the demon fangs as well.
The Celestial Fists
1 - Eejag
In Lavastorm, there is an wandering Imp, larger than the others, called 'a fire Sprite'. The sprite is pretty common and travels from the druid ring to the southeast and back again. He is a very low lvl imp (approximatly 14th level). If Eejag is already spawned he won't shout to the zone when you say the challenge to the sprite. To initiate the sequence, hail the Fire Sprite with:
Eejag shouts 'What imbecile dares challenges a Celestial Fist?! Do you even know who you are challenging? HA! You are nothing but an insect! I will enjoy crushing you, I have not charred the flesh of an idiot in decades! If you truly wish to fight me, the battle shall be held in my own element. Come, challenger, come down to the pits of flowing fire'.
The 'pits of flowing fire' is the large pool of lava by the Solesek's. At Loc 1061, 248, -132, roughly under the middle smoke plume, an Iksar will be swimming. He is lvl 55, and hits for a maximum of 157. Eejag will NOT be pulled, and he refuses to move from his spawn spot. He cons indifferent, so it is possible to gather round him beforehand. When you get summoned, you appear on the bottom of the lake directly beneath him, where he can hit you, but you cant hit him. He can summon you regardless of if you are in the lava or not. Visibility is VERY bad.
Note: Eejag can be summoned again almost immediatly (sometimes the Fire Sprite can take a few minutes to spawn) after death by challenging the Fire Sprite again, there is no 'respawn time'.
For more info, and details of my fight with Eejag, click the link below:
You then hand the Charred Scale to the True Form in Trakanon's Teeth. The scale is returned to you, and you get the following:
Kaiaren says 'Ahhh, impressive indeed! Now that you have broken the chain of the Fists, the others may come toppling down if you persevere. The Fist of Air is now the weakest, then Earth, and finally Water before the master of them all, Vorash. You must defeat them in order, proving the demise of the last to draw out the one you are after. The task before you now is to take this scale and show it to the Fist of Air wherever he may be. Good luck, Zadkiel .
Note: The Charred Scale does not have to be cycled through Kaiaren's true form before going to see Gwan. If you are completing the quest before you hand over the robe, you will not be able to hand in the scale to the True form anyway.
2 - Gwan
A presence, is found in the Plane of Sky, on Noble Dojorns Island, and is the Place Holder for the Fist of Air. The presence has a respawn time of approximatly 2 hours. He has the model of a shadowed man, but carries no items, so is invisible apart from his name.
When you travel to sky, (rather than paying 500pp for the sword keys from the keymaster), kill the spirits, and have everyone loot a miniature sword. You then kill the thunder spirit princess, and she will spawn Sirran the lunatic. When everyone hands in a miniature sword to Sirran, you will get a key of swords back.
Go to the West teleport pad, touch the key to it, and it will take you to Dojorn isle, where the presence and Gwan are.
Please use this excellent guides on Sky for more detailed information.
Handing the Presence the scale gets the following response:
Enrage: A Mob when down to 25 to 30 percent of hits, enrages, causing the Mob to riposte EVERY attack made from the front 45 degrees. If you are standing in front when he enrages, with a low delay weapon with max haste, you will kill yourself very quickly. At the point of enrage (a message is shown), turn off auto attack and taunt (if able) or attack from the rear while others taunt him.
Upon death, Gwan's corpse lets out one last, frustrated breath and gasps, 'Trunt! Prepare yourself!'
The 'a presence' is on Dojorn's island, which also contains the bladestorms, but they have been confirmed that they will not attack and help, or KS Gwan.
You cannot trade with the presence (i.e. give him the scale from Eejag,) while it is in the windmill. It is best to give the scale to a presence, causing Gwan to spawn, then pull Gwan into the windmill and kill him. Pulling him is recommended to be done while in Melee range, i.e. WALKING backwards with him. Running off nearly always causes him to path incorrectly, and disappear to another island.
It is highly recommended to pull him into the Windmill.
For more info, and details of my fight with Gwan, click the link below:
Important Note: Do not hand the The Breath of Gwan to the true form of Kaiaren, as it will be eaten. The Breath is required for the next step, Trunt.
3 - Trunt
Within the mines of Nurga, which is located in the Frontier Mountains, there is 'a sleeping Ogre', near a number of spiders not too far into the dungeon. A good marker is a unique graphic to this dungeon, which is a smoking hole in the wall, where you can see lava. When he is spawned he is looking right at that crevice in the wall. The Sleeping Ogres respawn time is approx 3 hours.
Either way gets this response:
a sleeping ogre says 'Your path of wanton destruction ends here, Southern . Gwan and Eejag were impatient and hot-headed. You will not defeat me, for I have the patience and perseverance of stone, unlike the children you have beaten before me. Are you sure you want to challenge me, Southern?
You do not get to reply to the sleeping Ogre, as Trunt, who is KOS, spawns, and attacks immediatly. He is around 59th level Ogre, hits for around 176, has approx 29k hp, is immune to magic, and his proc, 'Fist of Earth' is a 200dd.
For more info, and details of my fight with Trunt, click the link below:
4 - Deep
The next of the Celestial Fists is Deep. She is approx a level 58 Dark Elf, and lives under Lake Rathe (EQAtlas), and is surrounded by Bloodgill Goblins. Her location is Loc 2783, 134, under the 3 Bird platform (the one with the flame on it.)
No Experience is received and Deep despawns immediately. You get the Head of Trunt handed back.
Note: Trunts Head does not have to be cycled through Deep, and this part can be skipped.
The first Astral Projection is in the Overthere, at location 772, 860, in the bottom of the scorpion chasm. The Scorpians are casters, and can cast 340dd's and can fear you as well. The closest entrance to the chasm is at -1400, -1200, but going this way will mean plenty of sneaking (or an invis run) through the scorpians. Heading to a slope at loc 1810, 668 is the closest to the Projection. He does not need to be fought, is approx 52nd level, but if fought hits for 175 damage, and says nothing on death. He cons KOS, but will not attack, nor does he respond to hails.
'I am the one'
The Eye of Kaiaren is recieved when Trunts head is turned in (along with some experience), but it is only the final text (telling him that 'I am the one') that despawns the Projection. So it is possible to give in Trunts head, receive the eye and leave the AP without despawning him. How this affects the next person, I am unsure, so it may be wise to say the text, meaning the next person has a 'fresh' projection to turn the head into.
The Final Fight
The second of the Astral Projections is in the Lake of Ill Omen, and is on a platform on the lake itself. The Platform is too high to climb onto, but SoW and Levitation can get you up there. He is identical in appearance to the other Projection. He is KOS to all, but does not attack and will accept the eye.
Note: Again, due to the fact that there where some problems with this part of the quest, one way to minimize the chances of Vorash and Deep not spawning together is to have your groups on the edges of the platform, and hand the 'eye' in at the maximum distance allowed for trading, or obviously fight on the beach. You can never be too careful.
Both Deep and Vorash have no items.
Once killed, Vorash says: 'Foolish mortal! You think you have defeated me? Now, witness the true power of Rallos Zek!
Xenevorash will then spawn on the platform, regardless of where Vorash dies.
Tactics: The final battle was originally done with 4 groups, which where all 52 to 58th level, one group was on Deep, all with high CR, and 3 groups where all on Vorash, with high MR. Due to the large amount of people involved, the fight had no casualties.
The fight is normally done by pulling Deep and Vorash to the 'beach', or the fight can be done on the platform. However, fighting on the beach does allow a brief time to rebuff for the Xenevorash fight (I believe after 5 mins or so, he heads to the beach and slaughters all he sees.)
Xenevorash always runs on low health, so if fighting on the platform, he will run into the water, which is another reason to fight on the beach.
For more info, and details of my final fight with Deep, Vorash and Xenevorash, click the link below:
The Celestial Fists
Please read the following VERY carefully. It is confusing as the books are not differently named enough to make it that much easier.
Remember, that once you have given the True Form of Kairen the Celestial Fists book he will tell you of the Fists (ie Gwan, Trunt etc..), and return you the CHANGED book --the Book of Celestail Fists.
YOU MUST HAVE CYCLED THE BOOK THROUGH THE TRUE FORM!
Once the Book of Celestial Fists has been returned to you, it is now ready to be handed to either Kaiaren along with the Demon Fangs.
If you have followed the quest in order, you will end up with the Book of Celestial Fists and the Demon fangs, and may find that the 'True' Kairen is no longer about. If you have done it the 'proper' way, you can hand the 'Book of the Celestial Fists' and the 'Demon fangs' to the 'mad' version and still get the Fists.
Most people however, now that the quest has been completed, will fight the four fists to get the fang, THEN hand over the Robe to Lheao. This way, the first time you see the True Kaiaren, you can hand in the 'Celestial Fists' book, then when it is returned (and changed), hand him the 'Book of Celestial Fists' to him along with the 'Demon fangs' to obtain the Fists.
Are you handing these to Kairen? No? Then read the above again!
Handing either form of Kaiaren (Mad or True) the Book of the Celestial Fists and the Demon Fangs, results in the Monk Epic, the Gloves called the Celestial Fists being handed over, with the following text.
Kaiaren bows his head and breathes a long sigh as if relived of a great weight. He then looks up at you and says, 'I honestly did not believe you could have defeated Vorash. Even though he sought nothing but war and bloodshed, it is a life nonetheless and we must mourn him. I will sew these fangs into magical fist wraps and they shall be yours. Remember Xenevorash. A purpose can be found for every situation and individual. To achieve perfection is to perceive this truth.'
The experience recieved for finishing this quest was approximatly two and a half blue bubs at level 52.
They also change the Damage/Delay of both of your fists to 9/16, not including any Haste you may already have.
Because of the Songs 9 second duration, it is recommended to customize a hotkey (simalar to how your RotWF was set up), so that you will know when to refresh it. Try >>Here<< for more information.
The Particle effect does not show if 2 weapons are wielded, but a 2HB weapon or one 1HB will show the effect in the other hand.
If you are still unsure, please check this FAQ, which may answer any more questions.
[Version May 2002 - cosmetic changes done July 2004]
Thanks to all the Monks that have contributed to this page, the ppl within the text, Kage, Zadkiel, Southern, Arakos and Ashana. Carissa, Lerris and Brother Raker for nearly all of the pics, Hotrod, Leonardo and others for some additional info, and and obviously Wakefield for completing the quest first. Last but not least, Derra and Bloodscale, who handed in their RotWF before it was known to do so. Brave brave ppl......
Celestial Fist Amendments by Verant:
September 2000: The Lheao section was not very clear. He said something along the lines of "I need proof you are from Danl and proof of your mastery." but only AFTER you have already given him the note. Telling Lheao that you have the book 'Immortals.' did not trigger him like it should. The proof of Mastery, after a leap of faith from both Derra and Bloodscale, was found to be the RotWF. Kaiaren also says one more line than he used to. A patch added the information we have now.
October: Kaiarens true form was bugged, and turning in the scale from Eejag resulted in xp and the return of the scale. This was able to be done multiple times, and was rumored to have very quickly leveled a Monk from 40 to 60 in this manner. The following are patch messages from the time before the quest was finished.
Due to some difficulties regarding the Epic Quests implemented two patches ago, the epic quests for the Monk, Wizard, and Druid will not be completable until the next patch. While we would like to have implemented updates right away for these issues, we are mid-way in our conversion to support the DirectX changes that have been announced.
This was also added in a EQ Forum:
I verified that the Celestial Fist of Earth is spawning on live servers and made sure that part of the quest works. He is and it does. Kaiaren as you all know has been permakilled on live servers due to the Charred Scale exploit, something I should have caught in development and testing should have caught in testing and I apologize for it. He will be back up and fixed after the next patch.
It was (not long) later found that the Earth fist (a sleeping Ogre/Trunt) was indeed in the game, as at this time, Monks did not believe he was.
November: The Quest was completed on Test, due to the fact that Kaiaren was not (and is still not as of early November) back in the game on the live servers. The Haste is Item Haste, and the Robe was not returned, so effectively making most Monks able to do the quest, at a loss Haste wise. Those lucky enough to have CoF or Belt of Tranquility where already at 36% to 40% Haste, and that did not include the 25% Haste of the Robe. Even those with a FBSS (21%) and the robe where at 46% Haste total. Now they have increased the item haste to 40%, but lost the robes effects. This is not of consequence to some, but the Robe was one of our best Chest pieces, and makes the quest seem not too viable in some peoples eyes.
Wakefield, the Monk with the CF's was asked to do some feedback relating to the CF's, and sent a diplomatic email explaining that the Str and Haste where not really on par with an epic weapon, which is more or less what I have said above. He mentioned Att bonuses rather than Str, and perhaps better haste. He then received this email as a reply from Soloist, the Quest writer:
Thanks for the feedback. There are indeed some problems due to code changes that were made regarding the Celestial Fists and they are not currently working as I intended. I won't give you the details on exactly what they are supposed to do but we will have them fixed and working properly before our next patch. I just want to assure everyone in the monk community that they won't be going live the way they are, and that nothing on Test is guaranteed to be the same on live.
Wakefield then replied with this post a few days later:
A few days later, someone then cracked the SPDat on test, and noticed that the 40 bns to Str has been changed to Att instead.
The patch on November 15th Changed the CF's permanent effect of 40% Item haste, +12ac and +40str, to what they are now. Before the patch, the CF's also did not change the properties of the HtH of those who wielded them.
June 2001: A patch has resolved some stacking issues --where Haste higher than 40 percent would overwrite Celestial Tranquility, and we would lose the additional 40 attack and 12 AC from the effect. Now the haste is the only part overwritten, and we keep the att and AC.
August 2001: Another patch has resolved more stacking issues with Celestail Tranquility, this time with Call of the Earth, a Ranger 4 point damage sheild and 24 to 26 AC buff.