I thought that would get your attention. Yes, there's not a Secret World fan out there who isn't looking forward to the release of Issue #9 and all the glorious new areas to explore and missions to complete; in fact, it will be the first full new zone to come to the game since launch. Wait, so why all the fervor and why am I babbling on about Tokyo when we haven't even gotten Issue #8 yet? Because the Agartha filth event (as it was known up until now) was the first step toward both of these new issues. And now that step has been taken!
It's called The Whispering Tide event, and the mere fact that it has started means that Issue #7 is at an end and players must now actively work to open the Tokyo portal in Agartha. But this portal cannot be opened until the filth is pushed back and wiped clean from the World Tree. So if you want to get to Tokyo, you've got to jump in and contribute to the effort; the more players contribute, the faster it will go. And this guide is the perfect way to get started!
I also noticed after watching Flappy for a while that he entered into the severely infected gate (not to be confused with the one mentioned later). By Jove -- or should we say by Joel? -- I believe I might have found the Tokyo gate! I also predict that our friend Flappy will be the "brutal foe" that players will have to face at the end of the event, or at least a minion of said foe. Why do I make these predictions? Because we already know that the filth burst into Agartha through the Tokyo gate, and a giant filth-flinging monster going in and out of a specific gate point to that being The One. Of course, there is no way to reach it except through other portals, so the search for the pathway of filth begins. And portal number one has already been discovered!
So, you want Tokyo and you're willing to work for it. Good! This is what you'll need to do: Stock yourself up on some pure metal and head to Agartha. Pure metal is the highest level of metal crafting material and is created via disassembling most QL 10 weapons in the crafting interface. It can also be created by assembling lower components of metals, with five sacred metal pieces making one pure. Even newer players can contribute by either getting metal from friends or combining the lower-grade metals all the way up to pure (five base make an imperfect, five imperfect make a metal, five metal make a sacred, and so forth).
In Agartha, you have to take the pure metal to a special purifier called Apparatus of the Cleansing Protocol at the one infected portal currently accessible. To reach this portal, just go to the very edge of the platform next to the Seoul entrance and jump to the branch below. Follow that and you will come to this:
There's more than just the PvE loot way to contribute to the event. PvPers can earn Black Marks of Venice in the battlefields and convert them into White Marks and buy barrier QL 10 potions from the HQ PvP vendors. These specific potions break down into sacred metal, which can then be assembled into pure metal. [Update: Shortly after publish, the first portal was opened by the community. The refueld custodian has blasted away the filth and offers another quest for players to travel into Corrupted Agartha via that portal solo or as a group to clear out the filth. This quest awards one Extant Third Age Fragment and has a 30-minute cool-down timer.]
And that's it... for now. Once this portal opens, I suspect players will have to find their way to another portal and repeat the process, or do something very similar. Who knows what all tasks will be involved! Remember, this is only the first step in a long-term event, the rate at which we proceed is entirely up to the community! And speaking of community...
A few more of the folks contributing to the coordination effort are Allas, Rafferty, Mist-Rider, Ravena, Arivine, Manifest09, and Drako. And like the other events, during this event these helpful players have compiled a nifty FAQ for everyone to get all the info at their fingertips. So I am giving a hearty THANKS to Tolvi and the others who have jumped right in and pulled things together to help get this show on the road.
So what's available? For starters, there is a set of event lore. The first piece is located down at the first portal on the left hand side. Number two is at the very end of Corrupted Agartha for the Enter the Filth quest -- you can't miss it. The other
Completing the quest earlier also nets you 12 Extant Third Age Slivers. This is the currency used to purchase special items at the event merchant, who just happens to be a massive Agartha Custodian standing between the new York and London portals. You can buy turtlenecks or shirts for gals and turtleneck sweaters for guys, military pants, gloves, and one pair of bee pants (see inset). There is also a new Runic Automaton pet that appears to one of the Custodians. The clothing costs between 200-200 Slivers and 1-2 Fragments, with the exception of the bee pants, which take 20 Fragments. The pet costs a whopping 2,500 Slivers and 75 Fragments. The entire set of goods from this merchant will cost you 4,350 of these Slivers and 131 Extant Third Age Fragments (or 890 pure metal pieces).
All players also receive a special gift of five free Fragments via the item store (unfortunately, currently only one of two known ways to obtain the Fragments). Subscribers get a little something extra: On top of the Fragments, they get 21 Black Marks of Venice and 10 Black Bullion. These gifts can be claimed only once per account however, so be certain whom you wish to have them before claiming as they cannot be traded.
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