I was told by nearly everyone that black belt was out of my reach... Well 2 months of persistence and getting up at odd times have finally paid off!
Bought from first 2 items from HNM shells, but the 3rd is the exciting story. On Saturday, a group of friends agreed to help me claim/kill Adamantoise, as it was guaranteed to be NQ. No drop, but we had ToD. A couple volunteered to come help the next day, but I told them not to bother as it would possibly be HQ pop.
Well, two amazing things happened. I log on at 6:45am on a Sunday morning... And lo & behold, two of the friends were already there! Bit by bit, more of my friends started gathering to help out. I really do have a great group of friends!
Second, about an hour and a half into the window, the usual HNM people start gathering. One of the shell leaders sent me a tell asking if we had enough people to kill the HQ spawn. I truthfully told him no. He then offered that if I gave his shell the ToD... He would give me the egg! Naturally, I gave it to him. NQ Adamantoise popped, they claimed... And the egg really did drop! True to their word, they invited me and gave me the egg.
And much punching followed.