Some of you probably already know all this stuff, but it came up last night so I'm posting this here so it's easy to find.

I hope this helps at least a few people with the process.

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Incandessence / Luminessence in order lowest to highest:
  1. Seminal
  2. Medial
  3. Eternal



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You can downgrade an Incandessence / Luminessence, to do so you need:
  1. Incandescent Culling Vortex / Luminescent Culling Vortex (175 Chrono from Zeb)
  2. 1 Chronobine
  3. The Incandessence / Luminessence you want to downgrade


Put the essence and the Chronobine into the Culling Vortex and hit combine - it will downgrade 1 level. So from Eternal down to Medial or from Medial down to Seminal.

Note: you can NOT use the 'free' vortex from Tavid Dennant to downgrade an essence, that one is ONLY for removing an essence from a piece of gear.
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To start from scratch and make the SoD essence gear you will need the Seminal essence that corresponds with the slot you want to make:
  • Distorted (Arms, Legs) Seminal Luminessence/Incandessence
  • Fractured (Wrist, Hands) Seminal Luminessence/Incandessence
  • Phased (Chest) Seminal Luminessence/Incandessence
  • Warped (Head, Feet) Seminal Luminessence/Incandessence



Now you need to buy the apropriate Tinea from Zeb.
  • Humming Mutating Tinea (Legs)
  • Hushed Mutating Tinea (Feet)
  • Murmuring Mutating Tinea (Chest)
  • Quiet Mutating Tinea (Hands)
  • Rustling Mutating Tinea (Arms)
  • Silenced Mutating Tinea (Wrist)
  • Whispering Mutating Tinea (Head)



Combine your essence and your Tinea in the appropriate Polymorphic Cocoon (10 Chrono from Zeb) (ex: Cleric's Polymorphic Cocoon, Druid's Polymorphic Cocoon)

Now you have your Concordant (Luminessence)/Discordant (Incandessence) gear item.
(ex: Concordant Mindhallow Plate Greaves http://everquest.allakhazam.com/db/item.html?item=79947 )

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To upgrade your new armor you now need a Medial essence that corresponds with the slot you want to make:
  • Distorted (Arms, Legs) Medial Luminessence/Incandessence
  • Fractured (Wrist, Hands) Medial Luminessence/Incandessence
  • Phased (Chest) Medial Luminessence/Incandessence
  • Warped (Head, Feet) Medial Luminessence/Incandessence



Take your Concordant/Discordant armor and your Medial Luminessence/Incandessence and combine them (make sure you remove augs FIRST) in a Temporal Molting Cell (from Zeb for 65 Chron.

Now you have your Vested/Balanced/Chaotic gear item.
(ex: Vested Mindhallow Plate Greaves http://everquest.allakhazam.com/db/r...l?recipe=16898 )

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To upgrade your new armor you now need an Eternal essence that corresponds with the slot you want to make:
  • Distorted (Arms, Legs) Eternal Luminessence/Incandessence
  • Fractured (Wrist, Hands) Eternal Luminessence/Incandessence
  • Phased (Chest) Eternal Luminessence/Incandessence
  • Warped (Head, Feet) Eternal Luminessence/Incandessence



Take your Vested/Balanced/Chaotic armor and your Eternal Luminessence/Incandessence and combine them (make sure you remove augs FIRST) in a Temporal Molting Cell (from Zeb for 65 Chron.

Now you have your Ordained/Tarnished/Inflicted/Tainted gear item.
(ex: Ordained Mindhallow Plate Greaves http://everquest.allakhazam.com/db/item.html?item=81019 )

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Temporal Polymorphic Cell (1000 Chronobines from Zeb) - Consigned Temporal Polymorphic Cell (15 free from Tavid Dennant):

This changes an Incandessence into a Luminessence and vise versa. e.g I turned my Distorted Eternal Incandessence into a Distorted Eternal Luminessence.
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The Culling Vortex can also be used to remove essences from your armor if you want to remake them, so if you've already combined all your essences and armor and now you want to change it, you need a Culling Vortex to remove the essence from the armor.

Consigned Incandescent Culling Vortex/Consigned Luminescent Culling Vortex

Removes a Luminessence from a piece of armor intact, not destroyed. I don't know why it's backwards right now -- Luminessence <-> Incandessence, maybe they'll fix it some day.

I used this to convert a balanced (orange + blue) armor into a chaotic (orange + orange):

1: Remove the aug from the armor first
2: Say "Incandescent" to Tavid Dennant in the Guild Lobby to receive a Consigned Incandescent Culling Vortex container
3: Combine your armor in the Incandescent Culling Vortex and receive the 1-teir-lower version of the armor that has the blue removed, and a piece of Luminessence (blue)
4: Say "Cell" to receive a Consigned Temporal Polymorphic Cell container
5: Combine your Luminessence (blue) in the Temporal Polymorphic Cell to change it into an Incandessence (orange)
6: Say "Molting" to receive a Consigned Temporal Molting Cell container
7: Combine your armor and your new Incandessence (orange) in the Temporal Molting Cell and receive your re-upgraded armor that is now all orange
8: Put your aug back on the armor
The color of each Tier of 'Essence is not a factor: a Tarnished piece made with a Seminal Luminessence, a Medial Incandessence, and an Eternal Luminessence, is no different than one made instead with a Medial Luminessence and an Eternal Incandessence. You can use a Luminescent Culling Vortex to extract an Eternal Incandessence or use an Incandescent Culling Vortex to extract an Eternal Luminessence from any Tarnished or Tainted piece regardless of the original materials used to construct it. Same goes for removing Medial 'Essences from Balanced armor.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------Incandescent Culling Vortex/Luminescent Culling Vortex

You can use this to do both, pull the essence out of armor or to downgrade an essence with the addition of 1 chronobine into the combine. The free ones from the Guild Lobby (consigned) can only be used to pull an essence out of a piece of armor.
http://eq2.zam.com/wiki/eq:seeds_of_..._guide#Tier_5_