In doing the Vermillion Lens quest through the Hilt Fortress with a friend (@epicooger ), I was disappointed to find that it was a "solo" instance. I really don't see any good reason to make this solo, at least from a story point of view. For people doing the quests, this scene can be quite challenging, and being able to bring a friend (whether they are on the quest or not) would be great. The only real quest element in the scene is the forge itself. I think it's perfectly reasonable that it simply works for everyone in the party that has the quest. We were somewhat low level going through this area (< lvl 60). Therefore, we essentially had to run from everything until we got to the bottom, where we had to deal with the fire elementals. The one lich in the scene is very difficult now, and I suspect it just got an upgrade from R74 balance changes. Pinging @Sannio for his consideration.