I'm amazed nobody has mentioned it yet, but the NM Manohra
drops the Raider's Seal: Legs as well as the spider Athamas. Manohra is a forced spawn just north of Verdical Conflux #4 and his pop item is the Avian Remex which drops from Frigatebirds. I did some research and found him on wiki yesterday and farmed a few pop triggers (they drop decently and the ??? is a 3 minute respawn). Frigatebirds do not aggro but link with each other as well as the NM, so you will want to fight south of the spawn just north of the #4 conflux. The NM himself is a pushover except for one attack, Damnation Dive, which seems to be a 2 fold conal attack (yes conal) which can be absorbed by 2 utsusemi shadows. Damnation Dive has high accuracy and hits for approximately 500-700 and upwards of 1200-1400 damage depending on whether or not one or two hits land, and it has an additional effect of silence as well as a very LONG stun. The silence effect lasts about 30 seconds to a minute but the stun is lethal because if he hits you with it it means you have main hate, and it's a good 5-10 second duration. If you survive Damnation Dive he will probably kill you unless you get cured because he hits for approximately 300 damage per swing and you won't be able to defend yourself until it's too late.
Other than that Manohra is an easy NM and can be taken down by a group of 4-6 people. He does not cast and he doesn't have any AoE's, so aside from his conal Damnation Dive he doesn't have anything special to offer. He can drop Lancer's, Raider's, Ravager's, and Charis seals, although he only appears to drop ONE
seal per kill. I fought him twice and got Charis and Ravager's, but I intend to return today for another go or two. I'd MUCH rather attempt a force spawned NM than deal with a 30 minute respawn spider, and I went 1/15 on the cookbook quest and got one white mage seal to show for it and gave up. The cookbook quest is a waste of time and I could probably waste 20-40 traverser stones before getting my 8 Raider's seals that way. Not to mention it's a pain in the ass of a fetch quest. I'll take my chances with Manohra thank you very much. Edited, Sep 16th 2010 4:59pm by Melphina