|Coordinates||(793, 16, 1780)|
|Introduced By||None, he is an Unlockable Contact.|
Circle of Thorns|
- 1 Overview
- 2 Introductions
- 3 Store
- 4 Badge mission
- 5 Story Arc
- 6 Missions
Contact Introduced By
- None, Archmage Tarixus is an Unlockable Contact. To unlock Tarixus, you must earn the Lorekeeper Badge and be between level 25 and 29.
Approx 290yrds SE of Potter's Field Dot. (792, 16, 1784)
Archmage Tarixus is an ancient sorcerer who has always existed on what is now known as Potter's Field. His mortal body has long since passed on, leaving only his ghostly spirit. It's said that the Circle of Thorns tried acquiring power over him at one time, but Tarixus quickly put them in their place.
Requirements Not Met
I am the survivor of an ancient Eldritch War which raged over centuries. Learn of my plight if you wish to earn my respect! Seek out the histories of this war on Mercy Island, Port Oakes, Cap au Diable, and here on Sharkhead Isle.
I am Tarixus, and I am an old soul. You come to me not by chance, but by fate. There are grand designs at work,, machinations beyond your wildest dreams. You seek power. I can provide you with that power - if you do my bidding. Submit to my will and you have much to gain. Refuse, and you can wallow in your shallow existence from here until time's end. The choice is yours.
- You may speak.
- Who disturbs Tarixus?
- I acknowledge your presence, .
Resolve some of your other issues before speaking with me again,.
No More Missions
Your usefulness to me has ended. Begone,.
You have proven yourself worthy, treasures to pile upon you. You may contact me at any time.. I have
- Level 25 Magic Single Origin Enhancements (200% base costs)
Your power has become impressive, power yet if you are to survive.. But you will need greater
- Level 30 Magic Single Origin Enhancements (200% base costs)
Offer soul of Akarist
Even though this is a 25-29 arc, in Ouroboros, it's under the 30-34 range.
Capture soul of Akarist
Over the centuries I have made pacts with various entities, bartering for secrets. Now payment is due on one of my pacts, and I have a plan that will satisfy the bargain while eliminating one of my old rivals. There is a rogue mage amongst the Circle of Thorns known as Akarist, currently under protection by Longbow. I wish to offer his soul in place of my own!
Capture the soul of Akarist and offer it upon a Circle of Thorns altar!
These things happen all the time,. Checks and balances is all it is.
Take this soul crystal to capture the soul of Akarist.
I have ensorcelled the crew of a sub in Port Oakes. Go there to travel to the Longbow underwater base.
You have not captured the soul of Akarist yet!
You break past the access codes and into the Longbow base.
- Capture soul of Akarist
You captured the soul of Akarist!
- Akarist (Circle of Thorns Agony Mage)
You use the crystal to capture the soul of Akarist!
|This crystal contains the soul of the rogue Circle of Thorns mage known as Akarist. You have retrieved it for Archmage Tarixus to fulfill the terms of a pact.|
Offer soul of Akarist
I sense you have the soul of Akarist. Now offer it upon the Circle altar!
The Circle of Thorns have built a stronghold underground here.
- Offer soul of Akarist
You offered the soul of Akarist!
Completion of this mission earns a villain the Soul Taker Badge.
| Soul Taker|
The wizard Taraxis taught you dark secrets of the infernal realms in this mission.
That Akarist is a tricky one - he managed to broker a deal with the entity I made my pact with! Still, I am free of my debt, so all is well.
Upon successful completion of this mission, a villain will earn the Soul Essence temporary power.
| Soul Essence Self +Recovery|
This essence was taken from a Circle of Thorns altar, revitalizing you. This power lasts for 15 minutes.
Forging the Blackwand
Souvenir: Ancient Mu Relic
This is a souvenir found in an ancient Mu temple from a tale you like to call:
Forging the Blackwand
It all started when the ancient sorcerer Tarixus spoke to you of a ritual that would give his ghostly form more power over the world of the living. In order to enact this ritual, he needed to create a magical artifact called the Blackwand. The construction of such a device was detailed in a book called the Abyssal Tome, an ancient book you acquired from the Legacy Chain.
Next you tracked down a Scrapyarder leader who was an unwitting descendant of the ancient Mu civilization and gathered some of his blood.
You then invaded a gathering of Freakshow in an attempt to reacquire ancient Mu relics. The Freakshow were unsuccessfully trying to unlock the secrets of the relics when you arrived, and you quickly overcame them.
Tarixus created a Charm of Making and sent you to a hidden Mu temple deep underneath Potter's Field. When you entered the Temple the Circle of Thorns came calling, hoping to steal the secrets of the temple. Fighting through to the Obelisk of Yendor, you invoked the Charm of Making and created the Blackwand. The energies of the Mu temple were directed to Tarixus in the process. In return for your service, Tarixus allowed you to keep the Blackwand.
Retrieve Abyssal Tome from Legacy Chain
Time passes and Tarixus remains, as constant as the rising sun or the flow of tides. My existence is ephemeral, but does not need to be. Through rituals and ancient magics, I can be granted more power over the world of the living. Such is my desire, and through my will this shall come to pass.
There was once an artifact known as the Blackwand. It channelled dark magics in ways that broke barriers between life and death. This artifact is required for the ritual I wish to perform, but it has long since passed from this world, destroyed by those that feared its malevolent power. But there are other ways to achieve my goal. There exists ancient lore that details how the Blackwand was forged. Through manipulations that reached across the centuries, that lore has been brought to my doorstep, here on the Rogue Isles. The fools that possess it do not realize what this lore is capable of, their feeble minds puzzling to unlock the most trivial of secrets. I bid you now: go forth and retrieve the Abyssal Tome from the Legacy Chain vaults.
The Legacy Chain rightly fears what the Abyssal Tome can unleash, and will guard it fiercely. Remove the obstacles and acquire the tome.
The sands of time fall. I am eternal, but you are not. Retrieve the Abyssal Tome!
This office is another front for Legacy Chain activities in the Rogue Isles. Hidden somewhere within lies the Abyssal Tome Tarixus seeks.
- 3 bookcases to search
You acquired the Abyssal Tome!
- Tellus Legacy of Earth (Boss)
|This is an ancient book containing various dark rituals in various tongues. You acquired this from one of the Legacy Chain hideouts on behalf of Tarixus.|
Ah, the Abbyssal Tome. It preserves many nearly forgotten rituals, preventing them from passing into oblivion. The Legacy Chain must have thought they could harness its power. They are fools - I am glad I let it fall into their possession.
Harvest coral from Slag Golems
First, we must harvest the primordial essence contained within the manifestations known as Slag Golems. Defeat 20 Slag Golems and return to me with the coral shard fragments they possess.
The creatures you hunt are animated by the power of the coral shards, mere automatons. Be swift and merciless.
You do not possess what I seek. Go forth and gather the coral shards.
- Defeat 20 Slag Golems
You harvested enough coral shards!
And to think that these mere shards were once part of an entity so great... 'tis no matter.
Acquire Blood of Mu
The plans for building the Blackwand continue. The book you acquired from the Legacy Chain details what we require for the task. The coral shards you harvested from the Slag Golems provided us with primordial essence. Now we require someone possessing the blood of the Mu.
The Mu were an ancient race that possessed strong mystical talents - their legacy lives on in their descendants. Most do not realize the power in their blood, but with my magic I can discern the truth. I have found one close by, a Scrapyarder leader known as Steeltoe Joe. Go to the Scrapyarder hideout and bring me an extraction of his blood.
I care not for the man, only for his blood. The blood, you see, is compulsory.
Why do you linger? Bring for me the Blood of Mu!
The dust on the floor of this old warehouse is disturbed. Someone has definitely been here recently.
- Acquire blood of Mu
You have acquired the Blood of Mu!
- Steeltoe Joe (Boss) (Foreman)
|Blood of Mu|
|This is the Blood of Mu, taken from an unwitting descendant of the ancient Mu civilization. It is a vital component in the creation of the Blackwand.|
Excellent. Yes, I can sense the power of the Mu within the blood. It will do nicely.
Retrieve Mu relics from Freakshow
The pieces are falling into place. You have retrieved the Abyssal Tome, the Coral Shards, and the Blood of Mu, all essential for the creation of the Blackwand. Next we need certain relics from the ancient Mu civilization, technology that works in ways that you cannot comprehend. Sharkhead Isle housed some of these relics, but the scavengers known as the Freakshow have stolen it for themselves, hoping to unlock the secrets so that they can use it for themselves! Retrieve the Mu relics from the Freakshow.
These fools dabble with technology they don't understand. Retrieve the relics before they break something.
I have the patience of centuries, but I grow tired of your delays. Retrieve the Mu relics!
You hear shouts of excitement and the clanging of metal. The Freakshow must be near.
- Retrieve Mu relics from Freakshow
You recovered the Mu relics!
- Tank Smasher (boss)
|These are pieces of technology from the ancient Mu civilization. Their original function is unknown, but Tarixus requires them for the creation of the Blackwand.|
These Mu relics are the remnants of a once great civilization - how the mighty have fallen. No matter.
Gather soul essence of defeated hero
The components for the Blackwand are now almost complete! The Abyssal Tome, Coral Shards, Blood of Mu and Mu Relics have been gathered by you, and it comes time for one last task. The soul of a hero is full of potential, capable of achieving great things and changing the course of the world. A soul like this has great power... power we can harness for ourselves!
Once the hero is defeated, reciting an incantation of a soul crystal will gather his essence.
This is the last component needed to forge the Blackwand. Seek it out!
The Longbow base is abuzz with activity.
- Gather soul essence of defeated hero
You speak the incarnation, and the soul essence of Agent X transfer into the crystal!
- Agent X (Elite Boss)
|This soul crystal contains the essence of the Longbow hero Agent X. It will be used in an upcoming ritual by Tarixus.|
It is always best when soul essence is fresh. It is most potent then.
Forge the Blackwand
You must go to a place of power, an ancient temple deep beneath Potter's Field. Few know of this place, but once you cross the threshold the wards will be broken and the energies of the temple will call out to those sensitive to mystic vibrations. You will be beset by the Circle of Thorns and their demonic allies, but you must win through to the ritual chamber containing the Obelisk of Yendor. Enacting the charm of making will take great concentration, but when it is complete the power of the Blackwand will be ours!
Go now to forge the Blackwand. But be warned! Enacting the Charm of Making opens a gateway for demons from the netherworld who will come after you! Be prepared to fight these demons in order to escape the temple. Return the Blackwand to me and I will awaken the magic trapped within it!
I have prepared the components for the charm of making, but they will only retain potency for so long. You have 90 minutes to complete this mission.
It will be worth your efforts,. Do not doubt me.
The way is clear. Why do you hesitate,? Forge the Blackwand!
The air is stale. No living being has tread these corridors in a long while.
- Forge the Blackwand (Timed, 1:30)
- Invoke Charm of Making
- Defeat demon attack
You have forged the Blackwand!
- Agony Mage (Boss)
- Hellfrost (Boss)
- Portal x 3 (Object)
Upon successful completion of this mission, a villain will earn the Blackwand temporary power.
Nothing. It was all for nothing. I was beginning to think that I could trust you with ???
There, the magic of the Blackwand has been awakened! Ah yes - I feel the power of the ancient Mu flow into me!
You have proven yourself to be a powerful ally. Keep the Blackwand, and use it to break your enemies.
Notes Trivia: For the truly geeky amongst us, the Obelisk of Yendor is a homage to the classic game, Rogue (as well as its descendant, NetHack), where the player attempts to capture the Amulet of Yendor and offer it to their patron god.
Harvest coral shards from Slag Golems
The Slag Golems that rampage across Sharkhead Isle are not mere monsters created by random chance. They are animated by primordial magic originating from coral shards at their core. I seek to study this primordial essence. Go forth and harvest coral shards from the Slag Golems.
Do be careful with the coral shards. They are a precious commodity.
You haven't harvested enough coral shards. Return with your assigned quota!
- Defeat 20 Slag Golems
You harvested enough coral shards!
|These are the coral shards taken from the shattered forms of the Slag Golems. Tarixus claims that these shards are filled with a primordial essence that animates the creatures.|
These coral shards will allow me to explore what the capabilities of this primordial essence are.
Deliver puzzle box to Hardcase
There is an enterprising mortal on St. Martial named Hardcase. He and I have come to an understanding, and often exchange favors. I would like to deliver an item to him, and would like you to act as my emissary. Go to St. Martial and deliver this puzzle box to Hardcase.
St. Martial is a dangerous place to the uninitiated. While I can't guarantee your safety, I have concocted a Spirit Potion which will allow you to pass as an intangible entity through the more treacherous areas of St. Martial, unable to touch or be touched.
You have not delivered the puzzle box to Hardcase yet. Make haste!
|Ornate Metal Cube|
|This is an ornate cube made of a silvery-green metal which is cold to the touch. It looks like a puzzle box.|
After the Briefing you will receive the Spirit Potion power.
Your character will retain this power after the mission is finished.
- Deliver puzzle box to Hardcase.
Tarixus sent you? Damn, this puzzle box is an evil little thing. More evil than you can handle,.
You think you're bad? You don't know from bad. There are things of a more primal evil than you can ever imagine. Look me up next time you're in St. Martial and maybe I'll show you a few of them.
The puzzle box is delivered? Excellent. I am glad to rid of the vile artifact...
Retrieve talisman from Tsoo
While few things tie me to this mortal plane, there are certain objects to which I am inextricably bonded. One such object was looted from Potter's Field by a grave-robber, taken from the Rogue Islands to Paragon City. There it has fallen into the hands of sorcerers from the Tsoo, who seek to unlock its secrets.
This cannot be allowed to happen. Go to Paragon City and retrieve my talisman from the Tsoo!
The Tsoo sorcerers are a bunch of upstarts, but can prove dangerous if they tap into the wrong powers.
You have not completed your task at hand. Return to me with my talisman!
This building has been taken over by the Tsoo. Somewhere within lies the talisman of Tarixus.
- Retrieve talisman from Tsoo
You found the Talisman of Tarixus!
Brothers! To me!
- Death's Head (Boss)
|Talisman of Tarixus|
|This is a strange metal disc etched with varius runes. The runes seem to shift as you watch them.|
Ah, my talisman! I shall not let it fall into the wrong hands again!
Defeat Nomaris and his minions
The Circle of Thorns and I have a history of death and destruction. At this juncture most of the Circle in the Rogue Isles have realized that I am not someone who can be trifled with. Still, there are some who wish to control my spirit form as a weapon against their enemies. I have sensed a certain Circle mystic attempting to overcome my arcane defenses, and I want him squashed like the bug he is.
Nomaris has overstepped his bounds, and now he must pay the price.
Have you defeated Nomaris yet?
The air is heavy with incense.
- Defeat Nomaris and his minions
You have taken down Nomaris?
- Nomaris (Boss) (Agony Mage)
I no longer sense Nomaris buzzing around like an annoying fly. The deed is done.