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EverQuest 2 Quest Information
Journal Category Tradeskill  (AA)
Journal Level 80 (Tier 9)
Journal Difficulty Heroic
Starting Zone The Village of Shin more
How to Start Hail Madria Varas at Outsiders' Landing ( -87, 3, 105 ) /waypoint -87, 3, 105
part of: Tradeskill Timeline
Preceded by:
Followed by:
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This is an unlimited repeatable quest. Though Madria Varas offers 4 different quests and you can complete any or all of them only once a day. Even if she offers you this quest (or any of the other 3) a second time in the same day, the instance you travel to for the subquest will not be reset and, therefore, you will not be able to complete it until the timer for the quest is reset. The minimum level to get this quest is 50.

NOTE: The rules for this may be changing. I received an 18 hour lockout for Shipyard instance, but only a one hour lockout on the other three in Dec 2014. To attempt to reset your lockouts, type the slash command /df for the dungeon finder and look at the bottom for the Persistent Instances tab. (The Lockout tab is not the right one, that's for instances you can't re-enter.) You must select the instance and hover over the Reset Timer button to see how much time you really have left before you can reset (meaning, set the instance back to the beginning).

  • The heroic tag means this can be completed in a group, but because there is no combat you can solo it if you prefer.

Mass Production can be used to complete this quest quickly

Quick, Hassle Free guideEdit

For more details, read below. I struggled to follow so wanted to provide a concise guide on what to do


See the time saving tips in the notes below to significantly reduce the time this quest takes
If Madria Varas gives you this quest:

Travel to Palace of the Ancient One (the special tradeskill instance)
  • For speedy travel (while still in Mara) talk to Koros Splinterlimb and purchase a Mission Stone of the Void which will zone you to The Overlook balloon pad. From there you can select the option to go to the tradeskill zone (Palace of the Ancient One).
  • Or, if you have completed the quest A Cannon to Sail By, you can use the cannons to get to the balloon pad and back. You can also use a leaping mount or flying mount to get across.
Hail Tomkin Cogsbottom <Construction Foreman> at ( -19, 13, 15 ) /waypoint -19, 13, 15 and take his subquest, Building a Better Portal.


You have the option to complete this subquest a total of 4 times if you choose. Turning it in 4 times is only advantageous if you still need/want the tradeskill XP you get from turning in quests. To determine if you are better served by completing the subquest each time, read the time saving tips below. Your tradeskill level and whether you are working on this mission as a group or solo will effect your decision to hail Tomkin Cogsbottom only once for the subquest, make all of the items before you turn in the subquest one time (to complete the main quest automatically) or if you should take her subquest 4 times and turn in the items he asks for in rounds.

  • The recipe book is on the table beside him; click it and scribe it before you begin crafting.
  • Click on the paper next to him and keep Tomkin Cogsbottom's list of items that appears on your screen open, until everything is complete; doing so makes it easier to search for the recipes at each table. The list will show that you need to make 3 of each item, but more can be made to speed up the entire process. (See time saving tips below.)
  • All materials needed to complete this quest/subquest are located within the zone. Gather them by clicking objects (barrels, boxes, etc.) near crafting stations. Gather more than you need to complete one round of the subquest.
  • To complete the subquest you will be asked to make 3 items on Tomkin Cogsbottom's list. If you hail Tomkin Cogsbottom and take the subquest 4 times, you will end up making 12 of each item on his list. His list asks for 9 different items. While this task can be carried out in this manner, there are ways to speed up the process considerably.
  • To complete the main quest from the Isle of Mara, you actually only need to hail Tomkin Cogsbottom one time. Ignore the red book that appears over his head (to turn in the quest when you've made 3 items) and complete multiples (at least 12) of each item on the list. This will give you less tradeskill XP if you are not at max level, but it makes completing the quest much faster. If you choose to only hail Tomkin Cogsbottom once and make all of the items in multiples, the feather above his head for the subquest will still reappear again. Wait for a little while, because the main quest will take time to update and auto-complete.
  • Time saving tips for solo and group missions:
  • Complete all the items at once, unless you are under max tradeskill level (95) and want the XP for completing the quest in stages, by turning in the needed items in rounds of 3 as shown in the subquest and Tomkin Cogsbottom's list. Getting the subquest 4 times and making the items in rounds is only advantageous for tradeskill XP gain, but doing so makes the process extremely time consuming unless you are working on this with a group of crafters.
  • Because the difficulty of making the items is much greater at lower levels, the ideal group for this special zone is best suited to have at least one artisan from the following tradeskill subclasses: Outfitter, Craftsman, and Scholar.
  • Within these crafting instances Mass Production, a Tradeskill Prestige ability, or the item The Hand of the Maker can be used to make multiple items at one time. With mass production, these can be made in multiples of 5 or 15 at once. To complete the main quest and the subquest, 12 of each item on Tomkin Cogsbottom's list is required, but making more than needed is considerably fast compared to making each item one at a time and picking up and turning in the subquest in several rounds that asks for multiples of 3.
  • You'll notice that if you click the list of needed items next to him again, you will see negative numbers for each item, meaning that you have completed all of the items. Sit back and wait; when the portal is rebuilt, the entire quest (including the main quest from the Isle of Mara) will auto-complete. After the auto-completion, a chest will appear in the instance.

Materials Needed Edit

All materials (including fuel) are harvested within the zone. The numbers in the parenthesis are the amounts needed if you plan to use Mass Production to craft 15 of each item.


After you have completed the subquest within this zone as described above:

Exquisite ChestEdit

After you have completed the subquest within this zone as described above, an exquisite chest also drops near Tomkin Cogsbottom in the zone.

Up to 5 items from the following list:

  1. Always 1 Far Seas Trading Company Token
  2. Always 1 Artisan jewelry item from one of the following sets:
  3. Possibly one of the following tradeskill items:
  4. Possibly one of the following recipe books:
  5. Possibly one or more of the following Tier 9 Rares:
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