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Splitpaw Lair

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Splitpaw (now Infected Paw) used to be the home of the Splitpaw clan of gnolls. Now their tribal home has been overrun by another more powerful clan of gnolls, intent on their own political agenda, who use the Splitpaw clan any way that they can. Splitpaw is the site where in gnoll legend, their god set his foot upon the earth, and the surface markings are his footprint. Nobody knows if this is true, but hunters in Southern Karana know the three talons rising from the ground that mark the entrance to the lair.

Level of Monsters: 25-45
Types of Monsters: Gnoll Ranks (least to most powerful): Mas, Mal, Val; Gnoll Classes: Lteth--Rogues, Tesch--Warriors, Nisch--Shaman/Cleric, Rosch--Enchanter/Caster; Gnoll Prisoners, Gaduladian Widemouths
Notable NPC's: Brother Hayle, The Ishva Mal, Kurrpok Splitpaw, Tesch Val Kadvem, Tesch Val Deval`Nmak, Nisch Val Torash Mashk, Rosch Val L'Vlor
Unique Items:
Split Paw Hide Gloves
Split Paw Hide Gloves
Item 636.png

MAGIC ITEM
Slot: HANDS
AC: 4
DEX: +3 WIS: +2
WT: 2.0 Size: TINY
Class: ALL except NEC WIZ MAG ENC
Race: ALL

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Split Paw
A Split Paw
Item 743.png

MAGIC ITEM QUEST ITEM
Charges: 5
Effect: Dance of the Fireflies (Any Slot, Casting Time: Instant)
WT: 0.0 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

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Gnoll Hide Lariat
Gnoll Hide Lariat
Item 596.png

MAGIC ITEM
Slot: PRIMARY SECONDARY
Skill: 1H Slashing Atk Delay: 20
DMG: 3 AC: 3
Effect: Stun (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 25
WT: 3.0 Size: TINY
Class: WAR RNG BRD ROG
Race: ALL

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Dagger of Dropping
Dagger of Dropping
Item 592.png

MAGIC ITEM
Slot: PRIMARY SECONDARY
Skill: Piercing Atk Delay: 22
DMG: 4
Effect: Weaken (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 15
WT: 1.5 Size: TINY
Class: ROG NEC WIZ MAG ENC
Race: ALL except HUM ERU HEF

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Preserved Split Paw Eye
Preserved Split Paw Eye
Item 958.png

MAGIC ITEM QUEST ITEM
Slot: RANGE
Charges: 5
SV POISON: +2
Effect: Glimpse (Any Slot, Casting Time: Instant)
WT: 0.0 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

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Kicsh Der Pavz
Kicsh Der Pavz
Item 603.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: PRIMARY SECONDARY
Skill: 1H Slashing Atk Delay: 38
DMG: 10
DEX: +5
Effect: Strong Poison (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 20
WT: 8.0 Size: LARGE
Class: WAR SHD BRD ROG
Race: ALL

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Gnoll Hide Tome
Gnoll Hide Tome
Item 789.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: PRIMARY
STR: -10 WIS: +5 INT: +10 HP: +15
SV POISON: +10
WT: 1.0 Size: TINY
Class: NEC WIZ MAG ENC
Race: HUM ERU HIE DEF GNM IKS

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Vacra Av Svim
Vacra Av Svim
Item 577.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM NO DROP
Slot: SECONDARY
Skill: 1H Slashing Atk Delay: 31
DMG: 8
AGI: +6 HP: +5
WT: 5.0 Size: MEDIUM
Class: WAR BRD ROG
Race: ALL

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Devlas Ilkvel
Devlas Ilkvel
Item 676.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: SECONDARY
AC: 12
DEX: +5
SV POISON: +7
WT: 7.0 Size: MEDIUM
Class: WAR CLR PAL RNG SHD DRU BRD SHM
Race: ALL

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Robe of the Ishva
Robe of the Ishva
Item 940.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: CHEST
AC: 8
CHA: +5 MANA: +50
SV POISON: +14
WT: 1.8 Size: MEDIUM
Class: NEC WIZ MAG ENC
Race: HUM ERU HIE DEF GNM IKS

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Brain of the Ishva Mal
Brain of the Ishva Mal
Item 1018.png

LORE ITEM NO DROP
WT: 0.5 Size: TINY
Class: NONE
Race: NONE

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Tesch Val Sinisch
Tesch Val Sinisch
Item 776.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: PRIMARY
Skill: Piercing Atk Delay: 33
DMG: 9
WIS: +4 INT: +4
Effect: Weak Poison (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 30
WT: 7.0 Size: LARGE
Class: SHM
Race: ALL

Adjacent Zones: Southern Plains of Karana
Name in /who: paw

Respawn time (based on the Tesch Mal Gnoll near the entrance) is 22 minutes.

Map

Splitpaw Map.png

Splitpaw Lair (Note that there is an area missing from the above map. North of area 5 in the water, there is a secret tunnel that leads to a room to the east of that area.)

Dangers

This is a dungeon for middle level characters, and the difficulty of the dungeon scales relatively slowly from the entrance to the deeper parts of the dungeon. The front entrance has gnolls of around 25th and slightly higher level, and as you move further in, you will encounter gnolls that are much more powerful the deeper you move in.

The main danger in this dungeon, as in Blackburrow, is training. The trains here are not huge Blackburrow trains, but little mini-trains where the local gnolls decide to help out their buddies. Starting at the entrance, almost all of the gnolls are with a partner at least, and so you have to be able to take on two 30th level gnolls if you even want to walk in the front door. Gnolls, like all the half-sentient evil humanoids, have a tendency to flee. Since they have a fair number of hit points and are really chickens, they can make it quite far while fleeing, which makes it so that you have more gnolls joining in than you care to have. Snaring or rooting is required in this dungeon, since having several more jump in, or worse, start healing, when a gnoll is fleeing away could mean your end.

There is also a problem because in certain areas you will be attacking gnolls thinking there is nobody nearby, and some gnoll will come running around the corner. This is a "feature" of EQ where creatures can tell you are attacking their buddy despite walls being between you and them. This is of special importance at the small room on the other side of the first bridge. There are usually a few gnolls here, and are relatively easy to take (if you've made it this far, you can take them). The danger is that around the corner and through a gate lies two more gnolls, who will come running if he is close enough, and are tougher. Basically, if you hear the chains rattling, turn and run.

The other problem comes because the gnolls have a hierarchy of classes that is shared only with Solusek's Eye in all of Norrath. Basically, they have members from every class within their ranks, which can make for some interesting battles. You have warriors (Tesch), which are typical monsters, but then you have rogues (Lteth) who will backstab you if you aren't careful. The casters (Rosch) come from all different classes and include mages, enchanters, and necromancers, and the "healers" (Nisch) are both clerics or shamans. Few monster races can boast such a broad range of ways in which to kill you, and this makes strategy and tactics for taking them on challenging.

The prison cells are dangerous if you step inside, because when the door shuts you are without access to the lever, and you better hope someone comes and helps you out. The main prison hall does not have this "feature" however, so you can go through that door and escape easily.

There aren't really any other unique dangers to Splitpaw. If you know group monster management and how not to train, then you can get by well. The only other problem with the zone is that it's a long walk from Qeynos or Highpass Hold. If you can get bound in Arena, that would help.

Benefits

Splitpaw dungeon is, still, one of the least busy dungeon zones in the game. This means that you can make good experience and money, as well as some unique treasure, without having to worry about stepping on anyone's toes while hunting there. This is, in my opinion, it's main benefit.

The other main benefit in the dungeon is that the rare spawns are split off into their own little areas which you can hunt while not being worried about wandering gnolls. There are very few areas where there are wanderers, and they are only one at most, so you can easily learn their routine and account for them. Also, some of the best monsters to hunt are located near the "front" of the dungeon, and people can drop down from the front bridge to the level below and access them. Getting out isn't quite as easy, however...

Traveling To and From

There is only one way to get to Splitpaw, and that is by entering Southern Plains of Karana and traveling to the center. When you see the three bloody claws sticking up from the earth, pass in between them. In what would be the center of the paw, there is a small dark hole facing the claws that is the entrance to Splitpaw. This is easy to miss if you've never seen in before (and the first time I mapped Southern Karana in the beta, I walked over this and never saw it), so keep your eyes peeled, it's there somewhere.

What's in this zone?


NPCs - Found 25 NPCs that spawn in Splitpaw Lair:

NPC NameRaceClassLevelLocationKnown LootDescription
A Gnoll Prisoner Gnoll Rogue 20 See Discussion None Description needed.
A Lteth Mal Gnoll Gnoll Rogue 19 13% @ (644, -458), 13% @ (1409, 167) Various Description needed.
A Lteth Mas Gnoll Gnoll Warrior 21 12% @ (893, 15) Various Description needed.
A Lteth Val Gnoll Gnoll Warrior 24 10% @ (-8, -25), 10% @ (639, 107), 10% @ (382, -11) Various Description needed.
A Lteth Val Scribe Gnoll Enchanter 30 50% @ (374, -26)
Journal of Greater Enchantment
Journal of Greater Enchantment
Item 778.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM NO DROP
WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

A named gnoll that was found in the back of a passage after dropping off the first rock bridge and heading east into the...
A Nisch Mas Gnoll Gnoll ClericWarrior 29-31  ? None Description needed.
A Rosch Mal Gnoll Gnoll Wizard 31 13% @ (800, -98) Various Description needed.
A Rosch Mas Gnoll Gnoll Wizard 25 13% @ (736, -219), 13% @ (1274, -174) Various Description needed.
A Rosch Val Gnoll Gnoll Magician 35 12% @ (457, -88), 12% @ (441, -169), 12% @ (1266, -186), 12% @ (351, -99) Various Description needed.Tanned Split Paw Skin
A Splitpaw assassin Gnoll Warrior 15  ?
Hollow Skull (Skull of Wun Toque)
Hollow Skull

LORE ITEM NO DROP
WT: 1.0 Weight Reduction: 0%
Capacity: 4 Size Capacity: MEDIUM

Description needed.
A Tesch Mal Gnoll Gnoll Warrior 32 See Discussion Various Description needed.
A Tesch Mas Gnoll Gnoll Warrior 27 SK: 4% @ (-3119, 542),(-3228, 602),(-3046, 931),(-3491, 574) Various Description needed.
A Tesch Val Gnoll Gnoll Warrior 35 See Discussion Various Description needed.
A hiding gnoll Gnoll Rogue 19 50% @ (718, 212), 50% @ (800, 236), 50% @ (740, 224)
Wolves Bane
Wolves Bane
Item 1197.png

WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

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White Hellebore
White Hellebore
Item 1200.png

WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

The hiding gnolls can be found in the water cavern of Splitpaw Lair.
A one eyed gnoll Gnoll Warrior 35 50% @ (602, -12)
Gnoll's Eye
Gnoll's Eye
Item 886.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM NO DROP
WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

This one eyed gnoll can be found in a cave in Splitpaw Lair by himself.
An Ishva Lteth gnoll  ?  ?  ?  ? None Description needed.
Brother Gruff Gnoll Shaman 16 50% @ (357, 246) None Description needed.
Brother Hayle Human Cleric 24 50% @ (382, 329) None Description needed.
Kurrpok Splitpaw Gnoll Shaman 17 100% @ (1184, 113)
Ruby Pendant
Ruby Pendant
Item 964.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: NECK
INT: +1
WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

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Dagger of Dropping
Dagger of Dropping
Item 592.png

MAGIC ITEM
Slot: PRIMARY SECONDARY
Skill: Piercing Atk Delay: 22
DMG: 4
Effect: Weaken (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 15
WT: 1.5 Size: TINY
Class: ROG NEC WIZ MAG ENC
Race: ALL except HUM ERU HEF

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Split Paw Hide Mask
Split Paw Hide Mask
Item 771.png

MAGIC ITEM
Slot: FACE
AC: 3
SV MAGIC: +5 SV POISON: +5
WT: 0.5 Size: TINY
Class: ALL except NEC WIZ MAG ENC
Race: ALL

Description needed.
Nisch Val Torash Mashk Gnoll Cleric 39 (1062, -168)? Various Description needed.
Rosch Val L'Vlor Gnoll Mage 39 (1304, -21)
Gnoll Hide Tome
Gnoll Hide Tome
Item 789.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: PRIMARY
STR: -10 WIS: +5 INT: +10 HP: +15
SV POISON: +10
WT: 1.0 Size: TINY
Class: NEC WIZ MAG ENC
Race: HUM ERU HIE DEF GNM IKS

A rather nasty magician. Watch out for the AE Rain!
Tesch Val Deval`Nmak Gnoll Warrior 39  ?
Kicsh Der Pavz
Kicsh Der Pavz
Item 603.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: PRIMARY SECONDARY
Skill: 1H Slashing Atk Delay: 38
DMG: 10
DEX: +5
Effect: Strong Poison (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 20
WT: 8.0 Size: LARGE
Class: WAR SHD BRD ROG
Race: ALL

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Thick Amber Potion
Thick Amber Potion
Item 585.png

LORE ITEM TEMPORARY
EXPENDABLE Charges: 1
Effect: Greater Healing (Any Slot, Casting Time: Instant) as Level 45
WT: 0.4 Size: SMALL
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

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Tanned Split Paw Skin
Tanned Split Paw Skin
Item 682.png

LORE ITEM
WT: 0.1 Size: TINY

Description needed.
Tesch Val Kadvem Gnoll Warrior 39 50% @ (405, -154)
Vacra Av Svim
Vacra Av Svim
Item 577.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM NO DROP
Slot: SECONDARY
Skill: 1H Slashing Atk Delay: 31
DMG: 8
AGI: +6 HP: +5
WT: 5.0 Size: MEDIUM
Class: WAR BRD ROG
Race: ALL

Description needed.
The Ishva Mal Gnoll Necromancer 40 (719, -450) Various The Ishva Mal is a Splitpaw named mob. Formerly a 36-hour spawn, now a regular named with placeholder ([[an Ishva Lt...
Verishe Mal Executioner Gnoll Warrior 34 50% @ (1171, 113) * Split Paw Hide Gloves Description needed.


Items - Found 12 items that drop in Splitpaw Lair:

Item NameDrops FromSlotStats
Brain of the Ishva Mal
Brain of the Ishva Mal
Item 1018.png

LORE ITEM NO DROP
WT: 0.5 Size: TINY
Class: NONE
Race: NONE

The Ishva Mal (None) LORE ITEM NO DROP WT: 0.5 Size: TINY Class: NONE Race: NONE
Dagger of Dropping
Dagger of Dropping
Item 592.png

MAGIC ITEM
Slot: PRIMARY SECONDARY
Skill: Piercing Atk Delay: 22
DMG: 4
Effect: Weaken (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 15
WT: 1.5 Size: TINY
Class: ROG NEC WIZ MAG ENC
Race: ALL except HUM ERU HEF

Various Piercing Atk Delay: 22 DMG: 4 Effect: Weaken (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 15 WT: 1.5 Size: TINY Class: ROG NEC WIZ MAG ENC Race: ALL except HUM ERU HEF
Devlas Ilkvel
Devlas Ilkvel
Item 676.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: SECONDARY
AC: 12
DEX: +5
SV POISON: +7
WT: 7.0 Size: MEDIUM
Class: WAR CLR PAL RNG SHD DRU BRD SHM
Race: ALL

Nisch Val Torash Mashk Secondary AC: 12 DEX: +5 SV POISON: +7 WT: 7.0 Size: MEDIUM Class: WAR CLR PAL RNG SHD DRU BRD SHM Race: ALL
Gnoll's Eye
Gnoll's Eye
Item 886.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM NO DROP
WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

a one eyed gnoll (None) MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM NO DROP WT: 0.1 Size: TINY Class: ALL Race: ALL
Journal of Greater Enchantment
Journal of Greater Enchantment
Item 778.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM NO DROP
WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

a Lteth Val Scribe (None) MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM NO DROP WT: 0.1 Size: TINY Class: ALL Race: ALL
Robe of the Ishva
Robe of the Ishva
Item 940.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: CHEST
AC: 8
CHA: +5 MANA: +50
SV POISON: +14
WT: 1.8 Size: MEDIUM
Class: NEC WIZ MAG ENC
Race: HUM ERU HIE DEF GNM IKS

The Ishva Mal Chest AC: 8 CHA: +5 MANA: +50 SV POISON: +14 WT: 1.8 Size: MEDIUM Class: NEC WIZ MAG ENC Race: HUM ERU HIE DEF GNM IKS
Split Paw
A Split Paw
Item 743.png

MAGIC ITEM QUEST ITEM
Charges: 5
Effect: Dance of the Fireflies (Any Slot, Casting Time: Instant)
WT: 0.0 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

a Rosch Val Gnoll, Nisch Val Torash Mashk (None) MAGIC ITEM QUEST ITEM Charges: 5 Effect: Dance of the Fireflies WT: 0.0 Size: TINY Class: ALL Race: ALL
Tanned Split Paw Skin
Tanned Split Paw Skin
Item 682.png

LORE ITEM
WT: 0.1 Size: TINY

an Ishva Lteth gnoll (Vol 1?) (None) WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Tesch Val Sinisch
Tesch Val Sinisch
Item 776.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
Slot: PRIMARY
Skill: Piercing Atk Delay: 33
DMG: 9
WIS: +4 INT: +4
Effect: Weak Poison (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 30
WT: 7.0 Size: LARGE
Class: SHM
Race: ALL

Nisch Val Torash Mashk Piercing Atk Delay: 33 DMG: 9 WIS: +4 INT: +4 Effect: Weak Poison (Combat, Casting Time: Instant) at Level 30 WT: 7.0 Size: LARGE Class: SHM Race: ALL
Thick Amber Potion
Thick Amber Potion
Item 585.png

LORE ITEM TEMPORARY
EXPENDABLE Charges: 1
Effect: Greater Healing (Any Slot, Casting Time: Instant) as Level 45
WT: 0.4 Size: SMALL
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

a Tesch Mas Gnoll, Tesch Val Deval`Nmak (None) LORE ITEM TEMPORARY EXPENDABLE Charges: 1 Effect: Greater Healing as Level 45 WT: 0.4 Size: SMALL Class: ALL Race: ALL
Vacra Av Svim
Vacra Av Svim
Item 577.png

MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM NO DROP
Slot: SECONDARY
Skill: 1H Slashing Atk Delay: 31
DMG: 8
AGI: +6 HP: +5
WT: 5.0 Size: MEDIUM
Class: WAR BRD ROG
Race: ALL

Tesch Val Kadvem 1H Slashing Atk Delay: 31 DMG: 8 AGI: +6 HP: +5 WT: 5.0 Size: MEDIUM Class: WAR BRD ROG Race: ALL
White Hellebore
White Hellebore
Item 1200.png

WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

Various (None) WT: 0.1 Size: TINY Class: ALL Race: ALL