Old Wounds - Sword Weaponskill  

Realm:San d'Oria
Start Area: Chateau d'Oraguille
Start NPC:Curilla (I - 9)
Related Areas:Western Altepa Desert
Related Mobs:Girtablulu
Min Level:71
Max Level:75
Weapon Skill:Savage Blade
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Items Required:Annals of Truth
Map to the Annals of Truth
Sapara of Trials
This Quest requires Zilart
Last Updated: Fri Jun 1 03:17:31 2012

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Curilla has agreed to help you polish your single-handed sword skills for the upcoming tourneys.


Min. Job Lvl: 71+ Min. Sword Skill: 240+

If you're ready to accept the mission, head to Chateau d'Oraguille in San d'Oria and speak with the leader of the Temple Knights, Curilla (Elvaan female in I.M. armor). If you meet the requirements, she will tell you that you have progressed sufficiently in skill level to compete in the San d'Oria tournaments, but that you need to perform one last feat of sword mastery before you may challenge San d'Oria's best.

She proceeds to hand you a key item as well as a sword, the Sapara of Trials. She instructs you to master the sword by weakening it's powers, which roughly means you need to remove the latent effect off of it by participating in skillchains and performing weapon skills. The number of SCs and WSs you need to do before the sword is sufficiently weakened goes by a strict point-based system, also please keep in mind that the monster you fight must also be EP or above:

Solo-WS or opening any level SC: 1 pt.

Close LVL1 SC: 2 pts.

Close LVL2 SC: 3 pts.

Close LVL3 SC: 5 pts.

Total Needed: 300 pt.

Participate in SCs until you've accumulated enough points for the latent effects on the Sapara of Trials to dissappear. Note: the text on the item description will remain, but the effects will expire. The best way to do this is find a SAM buddy and and do Swift Blade > Tachi: Gekko and then switch the order around on the next and so on. Chaining with a DRK and Cross Reaper would work too, but DRKs don't get TP as quickly.

After the latent effects are off of the Sapara of Trials, return to Curilla and trade her the sword. She will hand you yet another key item and tell you to proceed to Quicksand Caves.

PLD Weapon Skill NM: Girtablulu

You will Need: - Balanced alliance of 12+ Lvl70+ people, - Map of Quicksand Caves:(from Treasure Coffer), - Silent Oils, - Lots of patience.

After turning in the sword, Curilla asks you to go to Quicksand Caves, find a ??? inside and kill Girtablulu, a difficult NM scorpion. Of course, like most everything for us PLDs, it's not as easy as it sounds. If just killing the scorpion NM wasn't hard enough, getting to the ??? is an even harder task.

The Altepa Gate

You need to get this gate open before you can reach the NM. The gate is located at (I-6) of Western Altepa but is only accessible through Quicksand Caves and can only be opened when 4 columns/switches are activated. At this point, you're going to have to split up the alliance into 4 seperate groups to go after each column/switch to open the gate. Remember, mobs in Quicksand Caves will still aggro at 70+ so it's a good idea if everybody can Sneak themselves.

1) Emerald Column Send 2 party members to (D-12) of Western Altepa Desert. From there, have them zone into Quicksand Caves and head for (F-7) on the map. On the way, they may encounted a door that can only be opened by having 2 people stand on a weight-switch. Once at (F-7) they will find a sand whirlpool where they can drop through to a lower level. Once they've dropped, have them head to the zone at (H-4) on the map. Once they are back in Western Altepa Desert, they should see the Emerald Column. Have them click on the column and head back to join the rest of the alliance.

2) Sapphire Column Send another 2 party members to (G-5) of Western Altepa Desert. Have them zone into Quicksand Caves and pass through another weight-switch doorway and head for the zone at (D-8) on their map. Once there, have them look for the Sapphire Column and examine it to activate it. After they are done, have them catch up with the rest of the alliance.

3) Topaz Column Send the rest of the alliance to (J-9) of Western Altepa Desert and have them wait at this spot until the gate is opened. Send 1 party member into Quicksand Caves and have them head for (D-11). Then have them head to the farthest room on their right-hand side and fall through a whirlpool to a lower level. From there, have them zone to (C-6) to Western Altepa Desert where they can reach and examine the Topaz Column. When they are done, have them re-join the alliance at (J-9).

4) Ruby Column Once the other 3 switches/columns have been activated, gather the entire alliance at (J-9) of Western Altepa Desert and enter Quicksand Caves. Head north to (K-6) and drop through yet another whirlpool. From there, have the entire alliance zone to (N-4) on the map to Western Altepa Desert.

From here, send 1 person to activate the Ruby Column while the rest of the alliance heads north through the interconnected tunnels to the Altepa Gate at (I-6). The Altepa Gate looks like a tall set of double doors. Once all 4 columns have been activated, the Altepa Gate will open and stay open for about 15-30 mins. Make sure everybody hurries through the gate and once the alliance is gathered behind it, proceed into Quicksand Caves.

The ??? to spawn Girtablulu is at (I-6) on your map once you've entered Quicksand Caves. Be careful, the mobs in this area should check Decent or Even to 70+ and there is an NM that lurks around the center area and it detects through Sneak. Clear the room at (I-6) of all mobs and prepare for a fun fight.


Girtablulu can be fought like any mid-level NM. The scorpion has rotten accuracy but hits hard when it connects. There's not much AoE to speak of but keep your mages well away for safety. The only thing to really worry about is to watch the tank's hp when Girtablulu performs it's special attack, which can cause significant damage. Make sure to bring adequate healing power and this fight should go by without a hitch. Once Girtablulu is dead, check the ??? again to receive yet another key item.

Now head back to San d'Oria and speak w/ Curilla again. After a short cutscene where you learn a bit more about Curilla and her eye, you will receive your long-awaited prize: Savage Blade!

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Number of wepon skills completed
# Apr 14 2015 at 1:26 AM Rating: Decent
Use the Records of Emmescense challenge number of kills. Charts 200 kills. you should be able to WS or chain at least once on every mob.
checking your progress
# Mar 06 2013 at 10:54 AM Rating: Decent
It says you can trade the sword to NPC to check your progress, however after book burning in the sewers under sandy from 78-80 and then earning 21 Merit Points, i traded the sword to her and she still said i have a long road ahead.......i had full aurore doublet armor for haste/ store tp and used ever time i hit 100. Can you break the sword in an ally? Also what is the text for this check?
checking your progress
# Mar 07 2013 at 4:49 PM Rating: Decent
nvm, it finally broke. turns out " a long road ahead" means your almost done....why can SE just give a number.
# Dec 27 2008 at 2:16 PM Rating: Good
i was wondering if you get points while your level sync'd?
Quest summary
# Jun 27 2008 at 8:43 PM Rating: Decent
You could start by running to the room of the three gargoyles. Push in the right tongue and a door might lead you down a staircase into the wall climb. Here, you must choose your next path. You could race up to the observatory, spin the sundial and pass into the room of the golden idols. Once there, push down on their bases to release the doors, that may take you below or lead you into the shrine of the silver monkey. Assemble the statue there and you may be headed for the torch room. If the elevator is up, you could jump into the elevator and descend into the mineshaft. You might climb up the ladder or plow through the stone wall. Find the key and it may unlock the tombs of the ancient kings, allowing you to climb into the spider's lair. If you escape, you may have a chance to sit upon the throne of the Pretender. If the correct door is unlocked, you'll be able to crawl into pit of despair and finally make you way through the cave of size, back to the temple gate. The choices are yours; and yours alone. Good luck!
Quest summary
# Sep 13 2009 at 6:16 AM Rating: Decent
lol....awesome show!!
# Jan 19 2008 at 5:12 PM Rating: Decent
Very, very dumb question, but can anyone tell me what exactly a modifier is/does and how it works?

Thanks a ton!
# Dec 18 2007 at 2:49 PM Rating: Default
584 posts
anyone know if the sword can be broken in campaign battles?
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# Dec 19 2007 at 8:14 AM Rating: Decent
Hey, I just broke my Sapara of trials in Campaign ^.^
Female scorpion
# Oct 18 2007 at 2:42 AM Rating: Decent
6,424 posts
Girtablulu... Girtab Lulu... coincidence?
# Jun 18 2007 at 3:43 AM Rating: Decent
The NM was an absolute joke. As for the weapon skill itself, I never see ANYOEN ever talking about it. from my experiance, the damage seems to be a bit TOO random, I TYPICALLY do in the 300's to easy prey as rdm, but once in a while, I will see around 500, or as low as 70 @.@ and yes, vs the exact same mobs and exact same gear. No logical reason why this is, but it's definitely a better ws than fast blade if you are playign rdm without a sub that gives you vorpal blade, otherwise, vorpal does WAY more damage.

Well this Message is for Mrbuff. Salvage Blade is a nice WS, However without the multipliers it will be random, Try this.... (Modifiers: STR:30% ; MND:50% from your base) this will help with the STR and Acc of your Savage Blade.
can i?
# May 29 2007 at 5:47 PM Rating: Default
i tried getting this quest as my 75 cor(capped at 240 sword)...but cant open it. can cor not get this?
can i?
# Dec 16 2007 at 7:19 PM Rating: Decent
20 posts
My only guess is you may have had another WSNM quest active. That also will keep you from getting the quest.
Blue mage???
# Feb 18 2007 at 8:40 PM Rating: Decent
So do solo skillchains count? I mean, as long as you have the weapon in your main hand, are you aloud to use chain affinity to break the latent or can you only use weapon skills?
Blue mage???
# May 21 2007 at 11:55 PM Rating: Decent
nope u only get 1 point for solo sc
# Dec 28 2006 at 2:45 AM Rating: Decent
If you do more than one SC/WS on a single mob does each one count? I sure as hell hope it does...

I'm just scared because I thought when I helped my mnk friend break latent for Asuran Fists it actually broke at the end of the fight, so maybe it only counts at that point... but then maybe he killed w/ WS, or maybe it still counts all the points you should have gained.

Anyone know?
# Apr 23 2007 at 2:52 AM Rating: Decent
435 posts
I've done two WSNMs: Retribution and Savage Blade. The first time, I didn't bother counting because I figured it would take so long to get the Pole of Trials clean I'd lose count.

But the second time, I did count. Thus, I can tell you that the number of mobs doesn't matter, only the number of WS/SC. In addition, you only get the points for an SC if the SC actually goes off. If your WS kills the mob before the SC happens, you only get the point for a single WS. =\

Put simply: Multiple WS's per mob are just fine.
# Dec 24 2006 at 10:57 AM Rating: Decent
515 posts
Any job that can use the trial weapon and have 240+ sword skill can learn this WS, yeah not only for PLD.
Do the monsters in Dynamis count?
# Dec 10 2006 at 6:17 PM Rating: Good
1,085 posts
The monsters in Dynamis certainly are higher than EP to everyone, yet they don't give XP. Has anyone "broken" their sword during dynamis?

For those who counted their points, did you try it out in Dynamis and did you get points there?
My fight
# Oct 07 2006 at 10:40 AM Rating: Decent
I did this fight last night with a 75 Pld(me), 75 Pld, 72 Pld, 75 Rdm, 75 Drk, and 70 Whm. Getting there was fine. the 72 Pld and 75 Rdm knew exactly where to go and how to get there so they lead.
I tanked because I had highest base defense and I was the only one that had a taco. Everything went smooth until the Drk pulled hate. He had done alot of Absorb spells. So he was the only one doing alot of damage and was weapon skilling alot. It turned and 1 shotted him. The mob bounced around us then the 72 Paladin went through his spill of abilities to tank it. It hit him a few times then WS'd and killed him(about 900 dmg). The mob was close to dead so I 2 hr'd just to be safe. We killed it, Whm raise 3'd the Drk and 72 Pld. We touched the ??? and then went on our merry way.
RDM also
# Sep 28 2006 at 10:49 PM Rating: Decent
129 posts
Paladin is NOT the only job that can get this WS. Hello, RDM. :P Please, fix.
breaking in sword
# Sep 22 2006 at 5:47 PM Rating: Default
k please read this if u breaking in solo. 1st of u can only break this sword on ep+ mobs.as lvl73 palaldin west altepa was perfect 4me SE w altepa' the guide above does NOT mention mobs hav 2b ep+. bad move.. 2nd by strenghth+ rings and etc.as 73 pld go all out attack.2speed things up.also by some meat meathkebob this will help TP. do not try this on 2weak...
breaking in sword
# Nov 12 2006 at 12:45 AM Rating: Good
884 posts
Seriously, if you're going to bother posting please at least make an attempt to use proper grammar and spelling. No one is perfect but my god, your post just hurts my eyes
finishing the quest
# Sep 18 2006 at 4:20 PM Rating: Decent
you have to trade the Sapara of Trails to the NPC, not talk to her with the sword equipted
Finally done
# Sep 15 2006 at 7:51 AM Rating: Decent
After 3 months of asking for help and not getting ANY from my cowardly ls (Horizons on Alexander, now dropped, fair warning), I finally have this done, from joining a random pick-up party. Getting there took a while, but if everyone knows their specific task, getting there isnt so bad. Once there, clear the room and pull it into the hall. Save your tp for spirits within, and with full tp, and a party of 6 volleying it, it will die in a few seconds, lol. The NM was an absolute joke. As for the weapon skill itself, I never see ANYOEN ever talking about it. from my experiance, the damage seems to be a bit TOO random, I TYPICALLY do in the 300's to easy prey as rdm, but once in a while, I will see around 500, or as low as 70 @.@ and yes, vs the exact same mobs and exact same gear. No logical reason why this is, but it's definitely a better ws than fast blade if you are playign rdm without a sub that gives you vorpal blade, otherwise, vorpal does WAY more damage.
# May 04 2006 at 2:38 PM Rating: Excellent
48 posts
this ws looks so cool ; ; too bad the damage isn't all that great.
# Apr 25 2006 at 5:54 AM Rating: Decent
817 posts
I'm curious, this weapon is equipable by a 71 rdm, so say I was to activate the quest as my 75 warrior(with capped sword), and then try and get points as my 71 rdm, even though skill wouldnt be high enough for the weapon skill at that lvl, would it work?
RE: ...
# Jun 25 2006 at 11:50 AM Rating: Excellent
830 posts
I don't see why not. The game probably takes into account the weapon you're WSing with, not the job.
something wrong? glitch?
# Apr 24 2006 at 12:29 PM Rating: Excellent
79 posts
ok... i activated this quest as 74 rdm, and got my sword

at this point i never checked my quest log to see if the quest was open.. i just assumed it because i got the sword

i spent a couple of hours with a mnk friend in one sitting and about an hour with a sam friend breaking the latent

i am absolutely 100% positively sure the latent is broken... i no longer gain the bonus of the latent effect (+20HP and +10 fire/aero resist)

but i am told all i have to do is trade the sword back to the starting NPC and get a key item... however, trading the sword back does not do anything and when i talk to the NPC with the sword equipped or in my inventroy... she gives me the starting CS again... and at the end it tells me i cannot obtain the Sapara of Trials, come back after sorting my inventory... it says this obviously because i already have one.

ive tried everything... zoning... logging out... trading the sword... talking to her with and without the sword equipped

and also... how is it possible that i have been through the CS and gotten the sword... but the quest is not in my quest log?

hellllpp meeee... is this a glitch? or am i missing something?
RE: something wrong? glitch?
# Apr 24 2006 at 2:51 PM Rating: Excellent
79 posts
k well i dunno why... but it wouldnt let me edit my post...(lifes just full of glitches past couple of days i guess =\)

but anyways... just wanted to fill you in
I talked to a GM about this and yes it was a glitch... however, the GM did what GM's do and just said {That's too bad.} and that i need to DROP my broken sword... yes drop it.... and redo the quest from scratch....

i am quite P/O'd

but i try to keep my cool because the GM is being nice about it atleast and i know its not his fault.... so i ask him to take a screen shot with me lol... so he pops in Ghelsba Outpost (sp?) next to me (dont ask why i was there)
and we take a series of screenshots together... however the last one is the best... check em out.
(it was the least i could do for all the times GM's helped me out *cough*)

felt a lil bit better afterwards i guess =\

This is /hurray from us...

and this is my favorite.. u cant completely see it... but im wearnig Opo-crown, MAnnequin boots, and a Libra Subligar that u get from Phom. Aqueducts for the LV 50 JSE's... the white frilly panties ^^; and im humping the GM's leg
Taru taru ftw!

Edit: edited trying to get the pic links to work =(

Edited, Mon Apr 24 14:46:46 2006
RE: something wrong? glitch?
# Jan 03 2007 at 4:55 AM Rating: Decent
humping gm's leg,,,, friggin priceless
key item reward
# Feb 25 2006 at 3:55 PM Rating: Decent
If you flagged the quest as pld for example, and you go as mnk (still as example), would you still receive the key item after defeating the NM ?
RE: key item reward
# Mar 07 2006 at 1:48 PM Rating: Default
2 questions, one do you have to get points in one session or you can log off and come back and the points will still be intact and can you do more then one ws quest at a time?
RE: key item reward
# Apr 15 2006 at 3:39 PM Rating: Default
Yes your points get saved
No you can only quest one WS at once
You can cancel the current quest though, completely losing the points, if you want to start another
RE: key item reward
# Mar 05 2006 at 2:23 PM Rating: Decent
# Feb 09 2006 at 8:37 PM Rating: Decent
106 posts
You don't need a "Balanced alliance of 12+ Lvl70+ people" for this. We did it with just 3 people, WAR75,* WHM75 (me), and RDM75. It was a little bit difficult but we still beat it first try. Good luck. :)

*edit: Yeah, it was a WAR75, not a NIN75. Thanks for correcting me, Inia. XD

Edited, Wed Mar 1 23:52:01 2006
RE: fight
# Feb 10 2006 at 12:37 PM Rating: Decent
1,257 posts
It was WHM75, RDM75/BLM37(me) and WAR75/NIN37 actually^^

WAR/NIN spammed Rampage, Bigguy kept him cured, I did standard RDM stuff (Refresh, Haste, debuff, back-up cure, etc).

I now have Savage Blade :D

And Bigguy has Black Halo, and the WAR - also a BST75 - has Spiral Hell. WSNM 3x3 Aw, yeah. The Black Halo pot was harder than this scorpion.
# Feb 03 2006 at 11:40 PM Rating: Decent
I'm a rdm and I've been so disappointed by this...71rdm I thought that savage blade was 230, I get there and look here to find I'm wrong, but no problem I'm 232+2+2=236 sword skill when I leveled, and I would get 4 levels next time. I spend a long time trying to get 240 since I was in a skill up pt with 8 people and I was the only mage...hard to skill up...I finally get it and no quest. so lame...merits don't work for getting your trials weapon, you have to have 240 base skill, just trying to save some from the same trouble I had
# Jan 06 2006 at 5:05 PM Rating: Decent
nevermind... this NM is ridiculous easy... it's soloable with top notch nin or thief gear. It's definetly duoable with blink tank and red mage.

Edited, Sat Jan 7 01:11:56 2006
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