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An EQ Mac Progression Guild on Al'Kabor

The Hole

Location Key

1 West Tower with Niltoth the Unholy
2 East Tower with Ghost of Kindle
3 Room with High Scale Kirn
4 West Graveyard with Keeper of the Tombs
5 East Graveyard with Ulrik the Devout and Ghost of Glohnor
6 Courtyard with Commander Yarik
7 Entrance to Plane of Underfoot behind locked door, Master Yael who drops Brell’s Girdle, Earthshaker, Idol of the Underking, Loam Encrusted Robe, and Serpent’s Tooth, and Nortlav the Scalekeeper
8 Pool with Jaeil the Wretched
9 Room with Kejar the Mighty
10 Observation Room with Stonesoul the Unmoving who drops Loam Encrusted Cloak
11 Secret Vault with Mimics
12 Mushroom Cellar with Polzin Mrid
13 Jail Cell with Slizik the Mighty
14 Jail Cell with Caradon
15 Entry Observation Tower with locked door on east end
Note that all the lettered areas connect to the area with the same letter on a breakout map.

More Information

Adjacent Zones

    Paineel

Notable NPCs

Bejeweled Elemental, Commander Yarik, Caradon, Dartain the Lost, Ghost of Kindle, Ghost of Glohnor, Gibartik, High Scale Kirn, Initiate Sirlis, Irslak the Wretched, Jaeil the Wretched, Keeper of the Tombs, Kejar the Mighty, Master Yael, Niltoth the Unholy, Nortlav the Scalekeeper, Polzin Mrid, Ratman Guard, Rocksoul, Schnozz the Flighty, Stonegrinder Minion, Stonesoul the Unmoving, Ulrik the Devout

Unique Items

Bow of the Underfoot, Brell’s Girdle, Cracked Paineel Shield, Dirt of the Underfoot, Dusty Tome, Earthen Blade, Earthshaker, Elemental Binder, Engraved Ring, Fiery Jewel of the Underfoot, Living Heart of a Minion of Brell, Idol of the Underking, Imbued Granite Spaulders, Imbued Shield of Paineel, Loam Encrusted Armor, Mudman Enforcer, Paineel Splinted Cloak, Paineel Steel Armor, Ruined Heretic Long Sword, Serpent’s Tooth, Smoldering Brand, Withered Leather Armor

Description

The Hole was created at the end of the Erudin/Heretic war, when the Heretics used their magical powers to punch a hole in the earth deep into the depths of Odus. Within this deep shaft they built their city of Paineel. However, they penetrated too deeply and, unknown to them at first, they had touched upon the Plane of Underfoot itself, which had been cast onto the earth in eons past. In the years after the city was built, they became aware of the enemy below them and attempted to block them in, but with the arrival of the great Master Yael, the elementals and minions of Brell swept through the city on one gruesome night, destroying everything in their path. The Heretics were forced to retreat to their highest outpost, the site of the current city of Paineel.

Dangers

Levitate does not work in the Hole, so attempting to use it, either by dropping in from Paineel above or to move down the outer shaft around the castle, will be painful. Also, once you step off the very first ledge in the dungeon, you have to either be able to teleport out or find the key to escape, because there is no way to make it back up to the ledge without the key.

The rest of the dungeon is broken into several discrete areas. Most of the city area, including the front castle, is filled with elementals of various types, many of which are casters. There are also ratman warriors and rock golems that are mixed in with the elementals. These are all high level (around level 50) and some will summon. Combine this with wandering monsters and this area is very difficult to adventure in. Having at least one full group of level 50+ is necessary to do well here.

Further in stands the tower filled with undead. Unlike the rest of the dungeon, there are no elementals in this tower. The tower is tightly packed with rooms and monsters, and is vertical, so it is a dangerous place to hunt. Many of the undead are necromancers and shadow knights. This is generally considered the most dangerous area to hunt, because of the high number of aggressive monsters you will get with each pull.

At the deepest part of the Hole lies the area of Master Yael, the leader of the elementals. He stands before a locked door which, so far, has no key. This presumably leads to the Plane of Underfoot. Master Yael has the ability to death touch people fighting him.

Benefits

Many of the monsters in the Hole fit the category of “summoned” creatures, which means that classes that get the line of spells that affect summoned creatures (e.g. Dismiss Summoned) will be significantly more effective fighting in this zone. Most of the rest count as undead creatures, which is good for the clerics and paladins in the group.

Most of the loot in the dungeon is on a random cycle, which means that fighting any monsters of the appropriate type will give you any of the items on the random rotation. Some of the items drop off of specific creatures, and are very good, but these are the exception to the rule. Most of the named creatures will drop withered leather armor at times.

This zone is a haven for the high-level weapon quests for all the classes. No less than six different classes (that I can think of) have to make their own trips to the depths of the Hole to obtain vital components for their quests. Getting to know the area at some point is, therefore, a good idea.

Traveling To and From

There are two ways to enter the Hole, both from within the Erudite city of Paineel. The first is through the large hole with the waterfall in Paineel. This, however, is not a safe way to enter the city. Levitate gets stripped when you enter the zone, and you will fall for lethal damage at the feet of Master Yael at the bottom of the zone.

The other way is through a small, locked boulder located in the area just past the newbie area in Paineel. You will need to be able to pick locks in order to open this, but evil races can purchase the key in Paineel for quite a large sum (around 100-120 pp). Also, smaller races or creatures (like wolf form or some illusions) can fit through the rocks with a little work, although they must be careful not to drown while doing so.