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Rata Novus

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the regular area. For an instanced version of Rata Novus that occurs as a result of the events that lead to the death of Mordremoth, see Rata Novus (instance).
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Rata Novus

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Map of Rata Novus

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Location within Tangled Depths

Tangled Depths

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Rata Novus

Rata Novus, referred to by asura as the lost city, is an old asuran city founded by Zinn whose inhabitants were conducting research on how to defeat the Elder Dragons—with a heavy focus on Primordus. While the Exalted were building Tarir, the Rata Novans allied with them due to their shared goal.

The city has natural lighting from the surface through means of optical cables that carry the sunlight. The rest of the city was powered by the energy coming straight from the ley lines, and the city itself is built atop one of the three large hubs of ley line energy in the Heart of Maguuma (the others being where Mordremoth and Tarir are located). This draw of ley energy attracted large amounts of chak, which eventually caused the downfall of the city when it was overrun with chak in 1173 AE. Only 2% of the city's population managed to evacuate, including its founder Zinn, who relocated to a colony still in development, Rata Arcanum. The last asuran occupants set the city's defense system to attack any intruders it could before they were finally overwhelmed. Without maintenance, the city's power eventually ran out and became inactive.

Locations and objectives[edit]

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Rata Novus Waypoint —
Points of Interest
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Rata Novus Command Center
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Rata Novus Orchards
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Rata Novus Perimeter
Rata Novus Vista —
The vista is accessed from the Decayed Hive. Just north of the vista there is an opening in the wall. Glide to it from the root on the ramp opposite.
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Bring golem parts to Agent Zildi (80)
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Collect spore samples and turn them in to Kott's Assistant (80)
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Draw the shielded golem's fire while Agent Zildi reprograms it (80)
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[Group Event] Kill the golem that is preventing Zildi from hacking the mainframe! (80)
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Power East Sentry L.O.X. with energy from the ley-line energy collectors (80)
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Power West Sentry L.O.X. with energy from the ley-line energy collectors (80)
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Protect Zildi while she hacks the defense matrix (80)
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Repel the invading chak. Power up the golem for added firepower! (80)
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Repel the invading chak. Power up the golem for added firepower! (80)
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Stop the haywire golems from tearing up the place! (80)
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Use ley energy to power the golem's shields so Zildi can reach the console room (80)





Ambient creatures


Crafting resources[edit]

Resource nodes
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Mithril Ore
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Rich Orichalcum Ore (not always present)
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Sawgill Mushroom


  • "Rata Novus" is an anagram of "our savant".
  • Two of the possible translations from Latin of "Rata Novus" are "Established new thing" and "New thinking".