Fall of an Emperor  

Start Zone: Campacorentin Forest
Start Location:Caer Ulfwych
Start NPC:Grindan Halig
Avg. Time:2 hours
Related Zones:
  Catacombs of Cardova
Min Level:36
Max Level:50
Grants XP:Yes
Grants Coin:Yes
(Average from 3 ratings)
Related NPCs:
  Amminus Pilus
  Crotus Princeps Praetorii
  Emperor Seleucus
  Forgotten Emperor
  Iohannes Aldar
  Olivarius Princeps Praetorii
  Spirit of the Emperor
  Taras Princep Praetorii
Related Items:
  Olivarius' Scepter
Last Updated:Tue Aug 23 20:45:48 2011
DISCLAIMER: Your Steps and Tasks may be different

Per Patch 1.82:
- Players stuck on step 4 of the Fall of an Emperor can now use the Olivarius Scepter to advance their quest.

Talk to the shield merchant, Grindan Halig, in Caer Ulfwych and he send you to talk to a guy in Cornwall Station. He is to the left when you enter the station in corner.

He sends you to Catacombs of Carvoda, where when you enter the new area (that got added awhile back), you go down the spiral stairs and talk to the Emperor that spawns for quest. He tells you to do such and such and basically kill a bunch of undead.

From there, first kill, you go back up stairs and head towards ramp, turn left before ramp and head down the passage. You will go though 2 chambers and find first kill, then head back to where you talked to Emperor. There you equip the item in your hot bar and holding down the e key and hitting the hot bar number at same time you use the item (like using a charge item) then you stay in that area and do 3 other kills and do same thing and use item in same spot then you kill the named guy at the very end of hall. Then you enter the chamber with the snakes and kill the giant undead, then to exit you leave the snake chamber and go right and you pop right out side :)

Then go to back to Cornwall Station see the one guy then to CU and pick your cape.
Text of quest...

Grindin Halig says, "Hail (your class)! Do you [have a moment]?

Grindin Halig says, "I have long sought to uncover the mystery that surrounds the resting place of a once [roman emperor]."

Grindan Halig says, "Aye! The catacombs have stood for hundreds of years, weathering those who crawl about within and the attempts to steal what riches still remain. Vagabonds I tell you! The tomb is a place of the dead and should not be disturbed by those whose hearts still beat! While I too yearn to know what lay deep within its [hidden depths], I will not desecrate the emperor's tomb."

Grindan Halig says, "I am unsure if you know of Iohannes Aldar? He is a respectable arrow merchant up at the Cornwall station. Iohannes is known for his love of adventure. Unfortunately a [grievous injury] forced him to settle and take up fletching."

Grindan Halig says, "Very serious indeed! Though killed, the greater boogey Iohannes was fighthing took his left foot. Since this time, he has asked to hear the tales of any who pass through Cornwall station. Iohannes has not only become quite the arrow merchant, but also a wealth of knowledge to anyone who would listen to [his story]."

Grindan Halig says, "I recently visited Iohannes and heard a tale that has whet my appetite ever since. It seems some adventurer stumbled upon a new room within the Catacombs of Cardova. The undead that now inhabit the tomb were different than what she had encountered before. These new legions of the emperor [could speak]!"

Grindan Halig says, "After hearing this, I researched a bit on my own within Camelot. Just two days ago I came to the realization that it may be possible to learn the true identity of the emperor that was buried within the catacombs! Alas, I do not know what effect this may have upon the tomb as a whole, as putting name to the forgotten emperor could lead to greater tomb raiding. Yet, if I could find someone who would be [willing to bear the weight] of this task and do so quietly then perhaps the tomb will remain unchanged."

Are you willing to assist Grindan and descend into the depths to learn the name of the forgotten emperor? ACCEPT

Grindan Halig says, "Ah! Very good (class name)! I think you will do nicely. I do not know how best to proceed I suggest that you speak with Iohannes Aldar at Cornwall station. Perhaps if you listen to his story and study the tomb well, you will find the key to learning the name of the emperor. Best of luck (your name)!"

[Step #1] Travel to Cornwall station and locate Iohannes Aldar. Speak to him of the [catacombs].

Iohannes Aldar says, "Ah! You must speak of the Catacombs of Cordova! What a wonderful place of adventure this is. Lately the catacombs have become of greater interest to the adventures you see about you. It seems one foolhardy wizard was casting a spell within the depths of the catacombs and destroyed a wall. This wall appears to have been built to seal up the [lower levels] of the tomb."

Iohannes Aldar says, "Not many have returned from this new area, but those who have carry with them fabulous stories. Thier stories speak of a long hall, a hall with a light at the end. Within that light exists a great and powerful undead roman general. I can only imagine what else may lay within this [new found chamber]!"

Iohannes Aldar says, "Yes! I almost forgot to mention the voices! Some spirit that inhabits the passageways about the main chamber speaks continually. This is quite odd as from what I have heard, most spirits and undead are unwilling to speak openly. I would be willing to [pay generously] to have on hand the words that are spoken of this spirit."

Iohannes Aldar says, "Oh! You are offering your services then? This is great (class name)! You must depart immediately then. Travel into the deepest parts of the Catacombs of Cardova. Travel into these newly found chambers and locate the talkative spirit. I will await you here when you have found the words it speaks. Good luck (class name)!"

[Step #2] Locate the talkative spirit within the chamber of cleansing.

The Spirit of the Emperor says, "Welcome traveler! I have been [waiting many generations] for you to finally come to this place."

The Spirit of the Emperor says, "Long ago I ruled all that you see both here and above! The people worshiped me and even Emperor Nero accepted my counsel from time to time. The fools within Rome knew nothing of the land here. If not for thier meddling, my name might be spoken by all even to this day! Now it seems some fool witch has begun to raise my fellow generals and soldiers from thier graves. I have no interest in the events that now transpire above and seek only to [end the torment] she has placed upon me."

The Spirit of the Emperor says, "Yes! To exist as an undead is to know pain, a pain so horrible it can only be silenced through a second death. Do you not realize that this is the sole reason why my men continually attack all who trespass within this tomb? Thier only hope is for a swift end to thier awakened state and a return to the [sweet darkness]."

The Spirit of the Emperor says, "This is why you have come to me (your name)! I seek to once more join my brethren in the after-life. Unfortunately the curse that keeps me in this state is intertwined with my generals. Each one must be silenced in turn and thier [focus item] offered up to me within the chamber of cleansing."

The Spirit of the Emperor says, "From Olivarius will come a scepter, from Taras a sword, from Crotus a seal, and from Amminus an amulet. Each of these focus items with the exception of the last must first be used at this spot before the next one can be obtained. When you have acquired Amminus' amulet, proceed into the crypt of the displaced soul. If the amulet is used at this location my body will be summoned from beneath the crypt. This will be your chance to bestow your gift of silence upon me. Perhaps in my death, the [curse will be broken] and all who still walk within this tomb will be put to rest."

[Step #3,4,5] Kill Olivarius, Taras, and Crotus and offer thier focus items one at a time in the chamber of cleansing.

[Step #6] Kill Amminus and offer his amulet up in the crypt of the displaced soul.

[Step #7] Kill Emperor Seleucus (text is misspelled in quest).

[Step #8] Return to Iohannes Aldar and give him the Seleucus' book of deeds.

Iohannes Aldar says, "I welcome your return (class name). How goes the search for that spirit?"

Hand in book.

Iohannes Aldar says, "Oh my! This is most remarkable! I can barely believe what it is I hold here! I do hope it wasn't too much trouble to obtain this. I have little to repay you with save my thanks and the promise that I shall tell your entire story. I think I will close my shop early today. I have much to read now. Thank you once again (your name)!"

Award at lvl 37: 60,878,593 experience.
lvl 42 & 44 received 110,688,344 exp.

[Step #9] Return to Grindin Halig and tell him the name of the Emperor (misspelled).

Get your reward.

  Cloak of the Latent
  Cloak of Renitency
  Cloak of the Vital
  Cloak of the Resolute

Post Comment
# Jan 17 2005 at 10:36 PM Rating: Good
26 posts
The experience reward was the same for a 44 Reaver & a 42 Minstrel. We both got 110,688,344 experience points after meeting with Iohannes.
For Necros
# Oct 06 2003 at 8:42 AM Rating: Decent
4 posts
I did this fairly easy as a 40 Necro. The chamber where we have to go out of shade form to use the items has atleast 1 roaming mob, but generally can be done safely. Most things were blue, some yellows some greens and not many things attacked when i ran by them.
Necro screwwage
# Sep 22 2003 at 12:20 AM Rating: Decent
13 posts
It's not just necromancers. If you have a pet, and it gets Pilus' fury's aggro, you will most likely die. This is how my 50 cabalist got sauced in a level 35 dungeon. Sorcerors and minstrels also beware.
Def-Con Owl Traps. Kills owls dead.
# Jul 19 2003 at 8:37 AM Rating: Excellent
4 posts
Despite the problems with doing this quest as a necro, I was able to solo it at 36. There were a couple of close calls, especially the highly resistant Emperor at the end. You can avoid the fireballs altogether by doing what a previous post recommends and going around them. It's definitly one of the harder quests I've done, but it's do-able and the end reward is nice!

Edited, Sat Jul 19 11:18:04 2003
Further on necros...
# Jul 04 2003 at 12:23 AM Rating: Default
Do *not* enter the central hall way, even after you have supposedly turned it off. It will never be turned off if you are a necromancer. Further, the Pilus' fury will pursue you no matter where you may run (for all other classes, it will stop attacking you once you exit the hall.) I have politely appealed it but as of yet the CSRs have not bothered to respond (in fact, they cancelled my first appeal within 2 minutes; I have been waiting 20 now on my second.)
Necro's, don't bother
# Jul 03 2003 at 11:55 PM Rating: Good
You can not 'use' any of the items if you are in shade form. In addition to the running hither and yon to gather the trinkets, you must also return to the Chamber, release your pet (and get hacked down in your health if the pet is not 100% healthy), use the item, resummon your pet, rebuff, fetch next item. Very dangerous if any of the mobs are still green (as they are even at level 45.)
Child's play
# Jun 22 2003 at 11:34 PM Rating: Default
This quest was dead simple for my 50 cabbie. Just stay out of the chamber of cleansing. Take the side halls, and you don't explode every three steps. When you go for the guy at the end of the hall, get in the room as fast as you can, and get over to the side of the room. The explosions will stop. The emperor himself was disgustingly easy. This whole quest, I never had to cast anything but pet heals. I had a 37 inf in tow, and did it in one shot.

Oh, btw, there is no way a 50 wizard of anything but ice could live through this, and that'd be a real streatch. There's no way to get range on these mobs.
big hint !
# May 31 2003 at 1:32 PM Rating: Default
When you are ready to do the guy at the end of the hall: take the left stairs down, follow the hallway to its end and you'll find a stairs at your rightside up, go up, turn left and you have passed the BAF area !.
# Feb 22 2003 at 6:37 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
Ok. I just turned 36. Fire wizard all the way! And i recieved this quest.. i checked out forums for how to do it. and then i recieved help from A level 50 fire wizard, a level 50 body cabbie and a level 43 infiltrater and a level 45 cleric. and we all died about 4 times. we could not get this quest done. we think that changes were made to it that makes it harder as the body cabbie swears that she did it before and it was never this bad. She claims that she often killed the Amminus guy for fun and now we all could not even reach him. So if you want my advice. Blow this quest by for a long time. when you are level 50 or till you have nothing to lose. In the mean time i have to go level as i have lost 3 bubs doing this quest and for nothing.

Maligi Level 36 Fire Wizard
RE: omg
# Mar 29 2003 at 10:09 AM Rating: Decent
3 posts
I'm not sure how the quest use to be because I have never done it before, but my level 38 cleric and my friend (a level 38 paladin) just finished doing the quest a bit ago (as in the last hour). It is definately fraught with peril and dangers, but we only died once and that was because of errors on both our parts. My only complaint was/is that it didn't give out an item that was really worth while for a cleric. I must say though, it was a great quest. Took a lot of thinking and definately had the adrenilin going.

Edited, Sat Mar 29 09:42:18 2003
# Jan 14 2003 at 5:25 PM Rating: Decent
7 posts
Well test server was just patched to 1.54 and i tried this quest and stood: Like OMG what a freakin nice quest. Great story, verry cool with the gfx and all. Supah reward. Well evryone must do this quest. Its real fun to do and gives a nice item.
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
When was this quest added
# Oct 30 2002 at 6:33 PM Rating: Decent
7 posts
Topic, I play on the europe server Excalibur with patch 1.50 :( And didn't get the quest from the shield merchant...

Was it added in 1.52 or in 1.53 please tell
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
RE: When was this quest added
# Oct 31 2002 at 1:53 PM Rating: Default
I believe this came out with 1.53, as the quest is a fairly recent one. Looks like you'll have to wait till you get 1.53. Sorry Bro.
"Pain is your best friend, it reminds you that you are still alive"
RE: When was this quest added
# Nov 03 2002 at 3:50 PM Rating: Decent
7 posts
K tnx for tellin, now to find that stupid email of cam europe, otherwise i will have Slytchur cloak quest will forever be in my journal. Since Ange doesn't except the brown drake eye....
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Damn nice quest
# Oct 29 2002 at 1:45 PM Rating: Default
This is a Must Do quest, especially for any of Albion's Stealthers.
I did it with the help of a couple of Guildies (44 Inf 50 Theurg), and we breezed through this quest. If your under 40, dont attempt to solo it, you will need a group. It's possible to solo the first couple of Generals, but the last one BAF's, and will /yell for help near death. The Emperor at the end seemed easier in comparison.
The other 3 cloaks you can get are (i forget the names) a Con cloak with 2 resists on it, an Int/quick/dex cloak, and a str/dex/quick cloak. (i think anyway, i forgot to ss the dialogue box with the rewards mentioned)
All in all, a very nice quest, and an excellent cloak. I just wish that whomever the poster was who sent in the quest in the first place, had actually learnt to spell before they posted it.

Edited, Tue Oct 29 18:53:06 2002
"Pain is your best friend, it reminds you that you are still alive"
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