Here's what does not make sense to me. The QUEEN was on the 1st level. Is it not usual the important stuff is at the end of a dungeon? Certainly where the toughest bosses are. I'm more thinking that the tefonim portion is on top of another, older level of dungeon. So it will be tougher and certainly come with better rewards. About the pillar of life I get what you are saying Cap...but how did that work out? There was a Crypt Mistress controlling the queens guards. Referring to the cores. The books mention many times that they are from long ago and they way to make them has been lost. Seems that the MV or Mist Empire dates back far enough that they were able to make them one point so why not use them all over the place if you can just make more. Heck for all we know the Mist Empire is what created them in the first place.