This event went live with Patch 1.3 June 22, 2011.
Abyssal legions gather their power from black depths of the ocean, while the horrors of Hammerknell Fortress stir in anticipation of being unleashed. As an Ascended, you must stand against these nameless horrors, or all the world shall drown.
Waves of Madness is the event leading up to the opening of the raid instance Hammerknell Fortress. There are five phases of this event and many special invasions that take place in Moonshade Highlands. During this event you will be rewarded with Rune King's Seals by:
The Rune King's Seal can be traded to Runeguard merchants that are located in Meridian and Sanctum.
The Runeguard Dwarves take refuge in both Meridian and Sanctum after their caravan is attacked by Abyssals. Upon speaking with them you will learn of the recent attacks on various dwarven establishments and peoples of Moonshade Highlands. The Runeguard speak of sailors and fishermen who have gone missing and families found drowned in their own homes. They also speak of large numbers of Abyssals in and around Runic Descent.
This event boasts many new features including:
Phase 5 went live on July 27, 2011.
The dual threats of the Abyssal and the Endless have been quelled, for now. With the opening of the doors of Hammerknell Fortress, the Ascended seek glory and riches within its mysterious depths.
These achievements can only be earned during this event.
The repeatable quests offered for this event can by obtained from the Runeguard found in each major city. The quests remain the same for both Guardian and Defiant, though some may have slightly different names.
Only certain quests are available during each phase. Not all 21 quests are available at any one point.
|A Dire Threat||Ocean Friends|
|A Splash of Vengeance||Sea of Death|
|A Storm Brewing||Shell Comes to Telara|
|Blame the Plane||Something Fishy|
|Cannonfire||Stopping the Flood|
|Fallen Rain||Swift Action|
|Gathering Shadows||Time to Serve|
|Grave Consequences||Touched by the Rain|
|If It Slithers, Kill It||Treasures of the Runegaurd|
|Legendary Libations||War for Hammerknell|
|Lighting the Sky||Augmenting Wardstones|
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|Vial of Abyssal Water||10|
|Blue Shell Crab||250|
|Rune of the Abyssal Apprentice||350|
|Brew of the Abyssal Apprentice||350|
|Endless Marauder's Spiked Shoulders||500|
|Endless Skull Helm||500|
|Puffy Dwarven Toque||500|
|Rune of the Sea Squall||500|
|Touch of the Abyss||500|
|Luminescent Conch Shell||500|
|Barnacle Encrusted Source Machine||1000|
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|Barnacle Encrusted Lockett||75|
|Lesser Glittering Deepstone||75|
|Lesser Barnacle Encrusted Lockett||125|
|Greater Barnacle Encrusted Lockett||250|
|Greater Glittering Deepstone||250|
|Exalted Barnacle Encrusted Lockett||500|
|Exalted Glittering Deepstone||500|
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|Barnacle Encrusted Pendant||75|
|Lesser Coruscating Deepstone||75|
|Lesser Barnacle Encrusted Pendant||125|
|Greater Barnacle Encrusted Pendant||250|
|Greater Coruscating Deepstone||250|
|Exalted Barnacle Encrusted Pendant||500|
|Exalted Coruscating Deepstone||500|
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|Barnacle Encrusted Choker||75|
|Lesser Shimmering Deepstone||75|
|Lesser Barnacle Encrusted Choker||125|
|Greater Barnacle Encrusted Choker||250|
|Greater Shimmering Deepstone||250|
|Exalted Barnacle Encrusted Choker||500|
|Exalted Barnacle Encrusted Torc||500|
|Exalted Shimmering Deepstone||500|
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|Barnacle Encrusted Chain||75|
|Lesser Scintillating Deepstone||75|
|Lesser Barnacle Encrusted Chain||125|
|Greater Barnacle Encrusted Chain||250|
|Greater Scintillating Deepstone||250|
|Exalted Barnacle Encrusted Chain||500|
|Exalted Scintillating Deepstone||500|
Phase 1 ran from June 22, 2011 to June 28, 2011
The Abyssal are launching new rifts and invasions across the world. Visit Sanctum or Meridian to learn how you can help defend Telara and earn Rune King's Seals, which can be traded to obtain legendary items of the Runegard.
This is the introduction phase to the event. Merchant and Runeguard NPCs will show up in Meridian and Sanctum informing the Ascended of their plight and offering great rewards for any aid.
Repeatables - triggered by a Worn Treasure Map. Different colored maps start different quests
Rare Bosses - 25 Rune King's Seals each kill
Throughout this invasion many Slaughter Jaw will spawn and attack the various NPC encampments.
This phase ran from June 29, 2011 to July 7, 2011.
Jornaru has seized the steps of Hammerknell Fortress in Moonshade Highlands and is conducting a ritual to summon a powerful tempest. Close water rifts, defeat Abyssal invaders and destroy their Colossi across Telara to sever his connection to the Plane of WAter before the storm rips Telara apart.
This phase will introduce two new water rifts. One of them you must defend yourself against attacking waves of invaders. Each of these has new water rift scenery and rewards King's Seals. These new rifts will also spawn in every zone in the game, so everyone has an opportunity to participate and earn seals.
Repeatables - This is in addition to the treasure maps from Phase 1
Waves of Madness
This phase is very similar to a standard zone wide invasion event and begins with a zone wide announcement. The Ascended must defeat 45 of Jornaru's invasions and 14 of his rifts all while defending four wardstones spread throughout Stillmoor, Shimmersand, or Iron Pine Peak.
When all of the required invasions and rifts have been dealt with this zone wide message is heard:
The invasion objective will update with Defeat the Abyssal Invader. Two Abyssal Invader will spawn on opposite sides of the zones. After slaying them you will collect 25 Rune King's Seals and a Inscribed Sourcestone if you are lucky.
Phase 3 ran from 7/7/2011 to 7/16/2011
The doors of Hammerknell are cracked and the horrors within now run rampant across Telara. Your only chance to end this nightmare is to collect Death Shards to charge an ancient Rune Cannon that can grant you entry into the Fortress. Collect this sourcestone by closing death rifts, defeating Endless invaders and completing Runic Descent. Deliver them to the Runeguard collectors scattered throughout the world.
All quests scale to the players level.
Repeatable Quests All prior Treasure Cache quests are still in play.
Item-Triggered Quests All of the treasure maps quests are still active along with the torn scraps.Runic Shard
A Clash of Power
The Ascended must defend wardstones while dealing with these massive footholds. Each foothold has over a large amount of health and a continuous stream of invasions to help defend it. After all four footholds have been eradicated Warden of Corruption and Tidal Destroyer will spawn and head towards the remaining wardstones. Here they intend to destroy each other, but not before killing every Ascended that happens to cross their paths.
With the Warden and Destroyer defeated all that is left is to collect your 25 Rune King's Seal.
Phase 4 went live at 2:45pm PT July 16, 2011.
All quests scale to the players level.
Item-Triggered Quests All of the treasure maps quests are still active along with the torn scraps.
After the required shots have been fired at a given Cyst its barrier will drop. This will cause a death colossus to spawn. The colossus will spawn and be level appropriate to the zone it is in and have similar health to that of a typical zone boss. After dispatching the Cysts and colossi the event will complete and you will be rewarded with an epic quality sourcestone appropriate for the zone that the event took place in.
|ZAM would like to thank Envere, Guild Leader of Nexilis on Keenblade for some of the information in this article.|
|Waves of Madness
Rift: Patch 1.3