A Lot of Questing Over the Weekend, Quest Runs July 24th to July 26th

This past weekend was full of questing :).  I kicked things off by taking Crawlller (Level 6 Ranger) out into the Tangleroot Gorge for some relatively swift slayer runs prior to work on Friday morning.  I did miss my afternoon run, as my wife and I went out to eat for dinner on Friday afternoon but I made it up back on up on later that night.  I logged on with Erdrique (Level 15 Rogue)  and joined up with Khamels and Hellbanisher.  We then made our way over to the Necropolis to take on the Tomb of the Tormented, Tomb of the Forbidden, Tomb of the Blighted, and Tomb of the Unhallowed.  We started out with the most annoying of the four quests, Tomb of the Tormented.  As I was moving a rat through the second maze, Hellbanisher lost connect and later I got an out-of-game message from him saying that his house had lost power.  So Khamels and I continued and we finished up the four flagging quest for the Cursed Crypt, which is planned to be taking on next Friday.  After we completed those quests I hit level 15 with Erdrique and then leveled up after which I called it a night.

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Erd and Khamels dealing with the annoyance of Tomb of the Tormented.

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Erdrique fighting the mephits of the Tomb of the Forbidden.

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Erdrique having to deal with undead casters in Tomb of the Blighted.

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Fighting the mummy boss of the Tomb of the Unhallowed.

I got on a little earlier than normal on Saturday night because my wife was out babysitting for a friend.  I logged on with Erdrique and I took him out into the Red Fens for his turn at acquiring the slayers out there.  I complete one circuit out in those bogs and then realized that I needed to upgrade my Spare Hand and Ring of the Stalker and headed off to the do some Cannith Challenges.  I then ran through Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals.  After a run through Dr. Rushmore’s mansion, I then went back out to the Red Fens and that was when a few other Crawlers logged on.  Gutterat and Khamels logged in and after a little bit of guild chatting, we decided to run the Web of Chaos Chain on epic hard.  Gutterat hadn’t played through this particular quest line yet since he had returned to the game, although he had run a number of the quests out in Eveningstar.  So Gutterat switched to his Shadar-kai, Lethalix (Level 20) and Khamels switched to his level 22 ranger, Friedrice.  I then logged out and brought on Garrrin (Level 22 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) and we headed off to Lords of Dust.  We rolled through Lords of Dust on epic hard and had some watching Lethalix figure out where the taps were.  Servants of the Overlord went pretty well too, as I was expecting on having some trouble in there.  However, I was pleasantly surprised as we moved through the drow, spiders, and raksashas will little problems.  The Spinnter of Shadows took us a little longer as we had to wait for the spiders to spawn who drop the crystals to relight the torches, but overall it wasn’t a problem either.  The last quest, Beyond the Rift, was also relatively easy, and I was glad to have Lethalix with us to disarm the numerous spell wards.  After we made our way through the Rift and back to Evenigstar to get our rewards, I then called it a night.  It was a good night and I was glad to take Lethalix through some quests he hadn’t seen before.

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Erdrique floating around in the Red Fens.

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Erdrique making his way through Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion in Picture Portals.

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Garrrin taking note of the travels through the Lords of Dust.

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Garrrin getting up close and personal of a fireball from a raksashasa lord.

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Garrrin noticing an eerie crevice on the way to the Spinner of Shadows.

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Garrrin battling the drow in Beyond the Rift.

Sunday was relatively quiet compared to Friday and Saturday but still quite active.  I logged on with Charlock (Level 14 Fighter) and decided to take him into the Ruins of Threnal where I completed the Threnal Arena.  I was little embarrassed to get destroyed by the last beholder but I got my revenge when I came back and took him down.  I then joined up with Khamels and we headed off for the Eastern Excavation and completed the quests: The Library of Threnal, Escort the Expedition, and Hold for Reinforcements.  After we completed Threnal East we decided to head over to Ataraxia’s Haven and to complete the quest Reclamation.  After we convinced the Duergar to leave the mineshaft, I logged out and called it a night.

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Charlock battling in the arena in Threnal.

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Charlock and Khamels looking for the library in Eastern Excavation.

So, definitely a nice set of quests this past weekend and little bit of a shift in my questing where I didn’t stay with Erdrique for the majority of the time  But it was good to group up with Lethalix.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Now That is a Familiar Banner

Awhile back, I wrote a blog post wondering about a particular banner I noticed while running the The Crypt of Gerard Dryden with my low level ranger, Crawlller (Level 6).  I had originally thought that this banner was some type of indication of the Duality, that Dryden family has been trying to understand.  However, now I’m not so sure.  Over the weekend, I took Erdrique (Level 15 Rogue) into the Tomb of the Forbidden and the Tomb of the Unhallowed and came across the same exact banner.

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Erdrique coming across a familiar banner.

When I noticed the banner in the Tomb of the Unhallowed I also noticed that it was behind a large symbol of the Sovereign Host.  This made me wonder a little more about this particular banner.  Its kind of unusual to see the same banner being represented in two different religious orders.  I’m not quite sure what to make of this.  Symbols on the banner don’t really represent anything I can think of for either the Silver Flame or the Sovereign Host, which is why I was originally thinking it was symbol for the Duality.  Most likely as some type of a warning to those who venture into Gerard Dryden’s Crypt.  However, with this banner present in the Necropolis, this seems to break down.  The Necropolis is ancient burial ground for the elite of Stormreach before Delera’s Graveyard was established.  This suggests to me that this tomb has been here much longer than the Catacombs in the Marketplace.

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Erdrique coming across the banner again in the Tomb of the Unhallowed nicely placed behind the symbol of the Sovereign Host.

There is one possible explanation, which opens up some interesting thoughts.  I’m wondering if the Dryden family ancestors, when they migrated to Stormreach, learned of the Duality and discovered that the secrets were within the ancient tombs of the Necropolis.  Perhaps Gerard Dryden was lured out into the Necropolis and explored the tombs to learn what he could and as a result he brought the banner back to the Catacombs during the early days of Stormreach.  This also makes one wonder if the Abott was using the Dryden family in some fashion to further his ascension to godhood.  This is a very loose link between the Catacombs and the Necropolis but it does hold some intriguing thoughts.

In any case, it was just something I noticed this weekend.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Necropolis!!

Haven’t Encountered That Before

This past week, I was running through the King’s Forest with Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Unyielding Sentinel) and had Dirtyrice (another guildie) with me.  We were making our way to the quest, The Lost Thread when we came across an encounter,  The encounter we came across was called Lights Out (Investigate the Suspicious Tree).  As we approached we had to deal with a little swarm of Will-o-Wisps.

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Wapoyei approaching the mysterious tree.

Once we defeated the Will-o-Wisps we continued on when something strange happened.  Well at least to me.  We came across the same random rare encounter again, Lights Out.  I haven’t seen this before in a single wilderness instance.

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And we have another mysterious tree.

I didn’t realize the newer explorer zones had the ability to respawn those encounters you have already completed during the same instance.  I wonder if this applies to all of them or to only a few of them.  Definitely very interesting.  I guess I need to run around the King’s Forest, The High Road, Storm Horns, and Wheloon a little more than I currently have.  I’m always learning something new in game :).

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the King’s Forest!!

Mixing it Up This Week, Quest Runs July 20 to July 23

Looking back at my questing activities in DDO this past week showed me just how diverse my characters are.  I don’t think I can say I will ever be bored because I run the same level quests or the same type of character or class.  This week I hit up some middle level and epic quests as well as playing some low level, middle level, and epic level characters.

Thing start out with my typical Monday morning slayer run.  I took Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) out into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) and collected some slayer out in the Stormfist camp.  Once I hit the 1,500 mark for Stormfist, I will probably move over to hunting in Eveningstar and in the King’s Forest.  Similar to what I did with Garrrin (Level 22 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild), Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Magister), and Kolll (Level 22 Ranger/Shiradi Champion).  I imagine I’ll do the same thing with Sluddge as well.  After I got back home from work, I then did a mid-day run with Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter) who continued to collected slayers in the Red Fens.  The most interesting quest run came on Monday night.  I logged on with Kolll and took him to Hawyire’s Foundry on Epic Hard.  However, Monday night is also my digital PNP game session and because I underestimated the time it would take to sell loot and level up my characters in that game, I ran out of time taking Kolll through Haywire’s Foundry.  I was doing so good too :(.  Oh well, I had to logout because I needed to get some sleep for work but I’ll knock it the next time I log on with Kolll.

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Larrs taking on the forces of the Storrmfist Brigade in Gianthold.

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Hamllin admiring the waterfall in the Red Fens.

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Kolll making a few warforged dance.

Containment (Level 6 Cleric) was called to duty on Tuesday morning and I took him out into Tangleroot Gorge to collect some slayers.  That afternoon, I took Erdrique (Level 14 Rogue) through the quest And the Dead Shall Rise.  I was expecting on having some issues with Validus at the end fight, where the floor breaks away and he can simply stand on the gaseous strcuture left behind while players fall through it like a rock.  However, once I got to the top of the Spire, I quickly ran towards him and I as able to destroy him before the entire floor broke away, which was nice.  Needless to say, Erdrique had no problem completing the quest.  Now Tuesday night turned out to be a little exciting.  The started out when I logged on with Kanndar (Level 12 Paladin) and completed my typical maintenance (dealing with auctions, mail, selling, breaking items down, etc..).  I then decided to run a challenge or two so that I could purchase a minor guild renown potion for him.  So I headed off to the challenge Extraplanar Palace: Buying TIme.  I entered the quest and just as the kobolds were collecting the crystals, a strong thunderstorm rolled through and knocked out power to my house :(.  The power didn’t come back on until nearly 1 am, so that was an early end to my questing on Tuesday night.

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Containment exploring the wilds of Tanglereot Gorge.

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Erdrique taking on the enemies in the Spire of Validus.

On Wednesday, I was scheduled to take Charlock (Level 14 Fighter) out into the Red Fens.  So made my way out to House Kundarak and into the Red Fens to collect some slayers of the sahaugin and the natural fauna :).  Keeping up with the Red Fens there, I then took Hamllin out there after I got home from work.  I was then able to finally collect the 7,500 slayer mark, with the help of major slayer potions.  Now it is time for him to move onto the Restless Isles.  Usually at this point, my Wednesdays are typically finished.  However, my weekly date night with my wife was canceled this week because she was asked to babysit her niece.  So, I took the opportunity to log in with Kanndar to make up for his shortened time on Tuesday.  I took him back into the challenge, Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time.  I took him through it twice and then I took him out into the quest, Tomb of the Shadow Guard and knocked it out on elite.

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Charlock battling away in the Red Fens.

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Hamllin preparing to surprise Sharkbiter.

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Kanndar staring at the portal that got them to the Extraplanar Palace. 

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Kanndar fighting umbral worgs in Tomb of the Shadow Guard.

For Thursday, I kicked things off with Lorrikk (Level 12 Monk) and took him out into Sorrowdusk Isle.  Later that afternoon, I took Erdrique through the Spawn of Whisperdoom and took out the infamous spider during my mid-afternoon run.  Later that night I was scheduled to play Hamllin.  However, a fellow guildie asked to play some epic level characters, so instead I logged on with Wapoyei and joined up with Dirtyrice.  We then headed out into the King’s Forest and completed the quest, The Lost Thread, on epic hard.  We then recalled and learned that Dirtyrice only needed four more exploring points/messages.  So we tracked those down and called it a night.

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Lorrikk battling the enemies in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Erdrique taking on the spider hordes of Whisperdoom.

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Wapoyei taking a look at some waterfalls in the King’s Forest.

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Wapoyei and the party coming upon some problems in the Abandoned Temple.

So, as usual, my questing was quite diverse.  I like this because it keeps me from getting stagnant with the same level content all the time.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Finally Finished Red Fens!!

Well, it only took me a few months, but Hamllin (Level 16 Rogue) has finally completed the Red Fens wilderness area.  Even being level 16, I still gathered over 15,000 experience for hitting that 7,500 slayer mark.  Working through the slayer area was not the most efficient experience per minute but was something I wanted to knock out.  I am definitely not the most efficient in leveling :).

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Hamllin’s experience report after hitting 7,500 slayers in the Red Fens.

Hitting the 7,500 slayer mark in the Red Fens is just a personal goal of mine for my characters.  That slayer limit is exetremely high when compared to the other slayer areas within that level range, making it extremely challenging to complete.  I’m not entirely sure what this mark is so high but it is definitely project.  Now it is time to move onto the Restless Isles and Ataraxia’s Haven which have a paltry 1,500 maximum slayer mark.  Should be a piece of cake compared to the Red Fens :).

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the slayer zones!!

Never Noticed the Tattoo Before

The other day I was taking Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) through the Bargain of Blood when I noticed something for the first time.  The First Mates of the Blood Tide Pirates have a pretty nice looking anchor tattoo plastered on their biceps.  I noticed as my little halfling was plastered between the wall and minotaur.  Upon seeing this tattoo and noticing it for the first time, I began to wonder about a few things.

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The Blood Tide Pirate First Mates seem to have a nice looking anchor tattoo.

First off, I wondered if any of the other Blood Tide Pirates had tattoos.  I haven’t seen any of them with tattoos and they have some pretty vicious monsters and enemies in their ranks including hobgoblins and orcs.  Where are there tattoos?  Then I began to wonder if this particular tattoo was some type of rank designations.  Perhaps the First Mates are just required/forced to receive this branding.  That way it show to all other subordinates not to question their orders.  I’m guess the other captains and higher officers are just plainly recognizable but the First Mates are more like the common ranks and need the distinction.  The, I thought, who would administer a tattoo to something like a minotaur?  I just know I wouldn’t want to it.  Perhaps it is applied magically?  Speaking of that, maybe the tattoo is also magical and perhaps it can be used by the First Mate to talk directly to his captain.  Now that would be interesting…

Another one of those small in game things that I’m positive I have seen before but just now really noticed.  Have to like finding those little discoveries.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

I Hate it When That Happens!!

One of the things I take a little pride in is setting my DDO playing schedule.  I set my schedule so that I will spread out my play time across all of my characters and so that I can get some DDO adventuring in throughout the day.  I also try to make sure that the quests I have picked out for those particular runs that I can complete during my scheduled time frame.  However, there is always that chance that I misjudge the time it takes me to get through a quest or that I get side tracked and start the actual questing in DDO later than I would have liked.  This is what happened last night to me when I was taking Kolll (Level 22 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) through Haywire’s Foundry on Epic Hard.

On Monday’s night I have a weekly digital table top PNP game.  It is digital because our group is spread out from North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, and Illinois.  So we play PNP D&D by using Skype and another free software program called Maptool.  Well, I always logged into DDO as well during those times so that I can do questing when it isn’t my turn.  This generally slows down my questing in DDO greatly but I’m still typically able to get through whatever I had planned for the night.  The problem I ran into last night though was that our PNP group had finally gotten out of stinky situation (literally as we had to climb our way out of a sewer) and rested up in town.  With our encounters previous to the sewer dive, we had gathered quite a bit of equipment and loot to sell.  Not to mention that one of my characters (we all play two characters) hit a new level.  As I was scrolling through my characters various loot items, I realized that this was going to take awhile.  It took nearly an hour and a half to figure out how much money I was going to get by selling my loot, transferring loot to my other party members, and then leveling my other character.  By this time, it was well after 11:00 pm, so I had less than an hour to try to get through Haywire’s Foundry.

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Kolll starting to make his way through Haywire’s Foundry.

I went ahead and gave it a shot anyway.  I took Kolll and his makeshift party of hirelings into the quest.  I had a level 22 favored soul hireling, my onyx panther, and my level 17 owlbear.  I was quite impressed at how well I was doing with them, even with being distracted by my PNP game.  I took Kolll and his party through each side of Haywire’s Foundry and was able to open up the access path to the center of the Foundry and I had started to make my way to the rune wheels which has the key to the large battle with the Master Unit and his fellow constructs.  However, buy the time I started up that path it was just after midnight.  I had no choice but to call it a night.  So although I didn’t get killed I had to call it a night without a completion :(.  I did some get experience though from some of the optionals.  I will just have to take Kolll through their next time and make sure he finishes it :).  In any case, I just hate it when I run out of time mid-quest and am forced to recall before I’m able to complete the quest.  At lease I didn’t get killed though :).

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!