Another Look Back, April 15th to April 17th

My quest runs over this weekend were light but it was still quite a busy weekend.  I was only able to get any questing done on Friday, April 15th.  The day started with a dual boxing session with Stoorage and Charlock; both are working on the Red Fens.  During their explorations of that mystical swamp, Stoorage and Charlock picked up 14 more slayers.  Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time to explore in the morning.

Stoorage dealing with the enemies of the Red Fens.

When I got home from work on Friday afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique who continued his assault on the Sands of Menechtarun.  With this excursion, he accrued 312 more gnoll slayers, 102 more scorrow, and 110 more undead.  He also defeated the rare encounters: Whirling Ozann, Haraja, Lieutenant Ayurro, Mendexethazz, Volrune, Utach, and Den Mother Fheena.

Erdrique taking on the gnolls of the desert.

Later that night I took Erdrique into the Ruins of Gianthold (Epic).  While out there I picked up 27 epic giant slayers and 28 epic other slayers.  I also found the 12th teaching f the Truthful One.  Those slayers netted me 10 and 25 slayer marks for both races.  I then entered the quest Return to A Cabal for One.  As Erdrique made his way through the quest (he was doing in on epic hard), he did suffer a defeat at the first named fight but the rest of the quest went smoothly.  He completed the optional objective for defeating Olos Nobroc.  I also picked up four mysterious remnants and 29 commendations of valor as a quest reward.

Erdrique encountering some giants out in the Ruins of Gianthold (Epic).

Erdrique making his way through the Return to A Cabal for One.

Those were the only runs I was able to complete over the weekend.  Saturday, April 16th, was the third Saturday of the month which my wife and I use for a weekend date night and I simply didn’t find any time to log in on Sunday😦.  With that said, I still had a good weekend of question.

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Questing from April 11th to April 14th

My quest runs from April 11th to 14th contained some epic level quests and slayer runs, some runs through the Anniversary party, some low level quest and slayer runs, and some time in Sands of Menechtarun.  Things kicked off on Monday when I took Rimuldar to Eveningstar and into the King’s Forest.  I didn’t have a whole a lot of time to do some questing prior to work but I did collect another 11 kills, with one of them being a dire bear, and I completed the random encounter for helping out the Eveningstar healer.  In the afternoon, I took Hamllin into the Sands of Menechtarun and ventured into the Valley of the False Tombs and collected another 60 slayers in the undead category.  However, he only came across one of the rare encounters out there, The Thirsty One.  To close the night out, while playing my digital DnD game, I took Wapoyei into the Anniversary Party and collected four party favors after I completed all of the objectives.

Rimuldar entering the King’s Forest.

Hamllin taking on the undead of the Desert.

Wapoyei checking out the Anniversary Party.

On Tuesday, I started my questing with another one of my dwarves, Garrrin.  Like Rimuldar, Garrrin is working on his slayers in the King’s Forest.  Garrrin collected 18 more slayers while roaming around the grand forest including a dire bear.  He also came across the random encounter to slaves of many masters but I couldn’t defeat the drow fast enough and failed that encounter this particular time.  In the afternoon, it was Erdrique’s turn to head into the Sands of Menechtarun and during this run he made his way past the Windlasher Canyon and into the Scar to collect some scorrow slayers.  While out there he picked up six gnoll and 87 scorrow slayers.  He also took down Mendexethazz, Utach Sandcrawl, and Wokran-kull.  He also looted some interesting items from these chests including Frigid 12 (insightful fire resistance 12) of Tumble 12 Bracers (masterful craftsmanship), Sting, and an Alluring 5 (+5 Charisma) Ring of Combustion (66 Fire Spell Power).  My run Tuesday night was a dual boxing session with Berann and Containment.  I took both of them into quest, The Snitch to continue on with the Phiarlan Carnival Series.  They completed the optional objectives for slaying Rusty and in returning the letter.  At the end of the run, Berann scored 700 points of favor and his second rank in House Phiarlan favor and Containment reached 600 points of favor.

Garrrin exploring the King’s Forest and battling drow.

Erdrique battling the scorrow in the Desert.

Berann chasing the snitch.

Wednesday, I started the day off with another dual boxing session, this time with Cannock and Crawlller.  I took them into Tangleroot Gorge, as Cannock was my primary focus for this run and he is still working on that area.  Crawlller already has this particular area maxed out.  While making my way through the jungle along the Tangleroot River, Cannock collected another 27 slayers and defeated the rare encounter Silkweave.  In the afternoon, I took Hamllin back into the desert and into the Valley of the False Tombs.  He collected another 117 slayers and defeated the rare encounters Palumak and Whirling Ozan.  From Palumak, he looted a Dusk Heart.  Those were the only runs I made that day, as it was date night🙂.

Cannock battling the wolves of Tangleroot Gorge.

Hamllin taking on Palumak once again.

To close out the week, all of my runs on Thursday were within the Sands of Menechtarun.  I started out by taking Tuhnn into the Burning Mountain Region to fight off the firebrand gnolls.  While hunting in the desert, Tuhnn collected 89 more slayers in gnolls.  He also found and defeated Haraja, Vorvand, and Lieutenant Ayurro.  By defeating Vorvand and Ayurro, he was able to complete all of the rare encounters in the desert.  He also looted the Gloves of the Falcon from Ayurro’s chest.  He also hit 750 gnoll slayers.  In the afternoon, I took Erdrique into the Menechtarun Desert and back into the Scar.  During this run, Erd picked up another six gnoll slayers and 88 scorrow slayers.  As a result, he hit the 1,500 slayer mark for scorrow.  He also came across Utach Sandcrawl and Volrune the Curate.  For my nightly run, I logged on with Sludgge and he also ventured into the sun baked Menechtarun Desert.  He also made his way to the Scar and to make his way to the quest, An Offering of Blood.  On his way to the quest, he collected 89 scorrow slayers.  Once inside the quest, Sludgge gathered a few monster manual deeds.  He picked up scorpion exterminator I for 423 experience, scorrow hunter for 2,260 experience, and scorrow exterminator for 1,130 experience.  During this run, Sluddge picked up two scrolls: Scroll of the Xuum and Scroll of the Bracers of Deftness.  He also picked up 41 fragments of the token of the twelve and received eight commendations of valor as a quest reward.

Tuhnn battling the gnolls in the Desert.

Sludgge making his way to An Offering of Blood.

Overall it wasn’t a bad week.  I had a nice mixture of quest runs.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Wondering About Another Spider, Shev’aal

There are a large number of named spiders in DDO.  A glance at the DDOWiki shows at least 100 different types of spiders documented in DDO, with a large number of them being uniquely named boss monsters.  Some of the more well known spiders in the game include Whisperdoom (even though she is also a magical beast), Redfang, Miasma, Blood-drinker, and Venom.  However, another boss spider caught my eye when I was taking Erdrique (now a Level 5 Bard)  through his rogue heroic past life and working through his first epic reincarnation.  That spider is Shev’aal.  Shev’aal is an Astral Harrower, a type of spider currently only located in the Forgotten Realms half of DDO.  Shev’aal is an orange named mini-boss in the quest, The Portal Opens, which is the capstone quest to the arc known as the City of Portals.

As I was taking Erdrique through the quest, back in the first half of the year, I wondered how this particular spider became a favorite for Hekta Szind, the end boss for The Portal Opens.  We really don’t know all that much for how Hekta Szind rose to her current position of high priestess to merciless goddes Lolth, but I’m going to go under the assumption that she brought Shev’aal with her when she rose up into the ranks.  Seeing a drow priestess of Lolth associated with a powerful spider isn’t unusual at all, but how did Hekta and Shev’aal get aligned together?

Erdrique coming across Shev’aal in The Portal Opens.

I’m going to assume that Hekta went on a personal mission to find a potential guardian or body guard and to do that she visited a nest of Astral Harrower spiders.  These spiders were probably located in some type of hallowed ground or sacred area.  Using some type of elimination process, she chose Shev’aal as her companion and protector to be.  Shev’aal probably showed some of those vicious qualities that the drow priestess favor.  Shev’aal very possibly was a larger spawn in the nest and I could easily see him (her?) tormenting and dominating the other younglings in the nest.  This power, greed, and determination was probably some of the attributes Hekta was looking for.

After selecting Shev’aal, I could then easily see Hekta giving the spider its name as well as enhancing its abilities with spells and powers granted from Lolth.  In this fashion, Shev’aal became a very powerful and dangerous protector and whom Hekta rewarded by feeding him a mix match of various slaves that the drow houses collected over time, therefore being given the title of “slave devourer.”

In any case, Shev’aal is a potent enemy and I can see him easily being able to put a large amount of fear into unwelcome, heroic adventurers.  What do others thing?  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

More Historical Runs, April 8th to April 10th

During the second weekend of April, my questing was dominated with runs by Erdrique.  I didn’t get a chance to do a morning slayer run or a mid-afternoon run on Friday.  However, on Friday night, I did take Erdrique into the High Road.  I was taking him to the quest, Lost in the Swamp.  While I was making my way through the High Road, I collected another 16 slayers.  I entered Lost in the Swamp on epic hard and made my way through the quest with little difficulty.  I collected eight mysterious remnants, defeated five wood woads, completed the optional objectives of freeing the spirits and destroying the evil presense, and for a quest reward I picked up 30 Commendations of Valor.  After I recalled and sold, I took Erdrique back into the The High Road to make my way to the next quest, A Stay at the Inn.  While he was in transit, he came across two random encounters: the druid brothers and helping the Orc wizard Dia.  I completed both of those and picked up a Commendation: Druid’s of the King Forest and Commendation: War Wizards.  I also looted a +4 Upgrade Tome of Skill (Hide +3 to +4).  The only slayers I picked up during this run were the two druid brothers.  Similar to Lost in the Swamp, I entered A Stay at the Inn on epic hard.  The only thing of note that I picked up was six mysterious remnants and another thirty Commendations of Valor as an end reward.

Erdrique making his way to the quest Lost in the Swamp.

Erdrique and his crew battling the native wildlife in Lost in the Swamp.

Enjoying the night life of the High Road.

Erd coming across a rare tome in the High Road.

Erdrique and his party fighting the mercenaries of the Netherese in A Stay at the Inn.

On Saturday, I continued with the High Road chain.  This time I was making my way to the quest, The End of the Road, when I picked up another 27 slayers which netted me the 100 slayer mark for the High Road.  I also completed the random encounters for defeating the druid brothers and to assist Arganon.  Once inside the quest, I completed the optional objective for defeating Greenstalker, picked up four mysterious remnants, and hit shadow exterminator IV in the monster manual (netting over 9,000 experience).  For the quest reward I picked up another 30 Commendations of Valor and for completing the Netherese Legacy story arc, I picked up the Nether Grasps.

Preparing to enter the End of the Road.

Well this doesn’t look entirely promising.

To close the weekend out, on Sunday I looked on with Stoorage and Lorrikk and took them through another dual boxing session.I first took them through a quick slayer run through Sorrowdusk Isle.  They collected 126 slayers and Lorrikk picked up the gargoyle exterminator I monster manual need for 442 experience.  I then had them start the Grey Moon Waning Story Arc and into the quest Freeing Achka.  As expected, I experienced no issues with this short quest and defeated the optional objective for slaying the winter wolf, Powder.

Lorrikk defeating Noozer in Sorrowdusk Isle.

Stoorage battling Powder in Freeing Achka.

That was the last run I was able to complete for the weekend.  So it wasn’t a bad weekend overall with Erdrique gaining some valuable Commendations of Valor and even coming across a rare tome.  I hope everybody else had a good set of runs that week as well.


Thoughts on The General Manager

I have always thought that one of the more interesting encounters I have come across with my various characters in DDO is when they first meet up with the General Manager.  If you aren’t sure about who exactly the General Manager is, you will find him in the quest Bargain of Blood which is part of the Sentinels of Stormreach story arc and is located in the Searing Heights.  The General Manager is actually not one enemy but two enemies.  These two enemies are quite an unlikely pair with the General being a huge and powerful minotaur while the Manager is a wily kobold shaman.  When you come across them at the end of Bargain of Blood, the Manager is perched on top of the General.  As you battle them, you first defeat the General which results in the Manager falling down and then you battle the Manager to finish the quest.  Definitely an interesting sight.

So how did these guys ever meet?

But I always wondered how did these crazy creatures ever meet and how did they form such a close bond.  And on top of that, how did they ever get involved with Captain Tew and the Blood Tide Pirates?  Whenever I think of these two, I can’t help but think about the story of the lion and the mouse.  I see the kobold as being the mouse and the minotaur as lion.  Where the minotaur stumbles across the kobold during his foraging and initially wishes to make a meal out of him.  The wily kobold takes notice that the minotaur seems to be suffering from some type of ailment, that the minotaur seems to be expressing concern about as he prepares for his meal.  By offering to help the minotaur, the kobold successfully heals him and therefore saves his life and then becomes an influential and important friend to the minotaur.  It definitely seems like a plausible theory but is it the most likely?

Another possible, although rather more unlikely theory, is that Manager’s clan might have hired the General’s tribe as a source of protection.  Perhaps these two unusual comrades knew each other from a young age with this type of association and as a result they grew up and headed out into the world together.  The reverse could also be said, perhaps the General’s tribe captured or bullied the Manager’s clan into being their servants and then an unlikely friendship developed.  This friendship and commitment to each other could have been recognized by Captain Tew who then added both of them to the ranks.

So what is the deal with the Manager?

But looking at this connection more analytically, it could also be surmised that the Manager has literally charmed the General.  The Manager is a shaman after all.  It is not improbable for the Manager to know a number of dubious charming spells.  It could be that the General just thinks he likes the Manager, while in reality he is literally charmed to protect and to work as the Manager’s muscle.

Another plausible thought is that Captain Tew recruited both of these villains to be members of his crew.  As part of the Blood Tide pirates, these two somehow developed this strange and powerful bond that Captain Tew was quickly able to pick up on.  He probably noted that they could make a very formidable enemy if they were to work together and so he promoted that growth in hopes of taking advantage of the unique talents of both them.

In tandem, this unlikely pair is a strong and powerful enemy.  Be prepared for them when you hit the end fight of Bargain of Blood.  What do others thing?  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!


Highlighting More Quest Runs April 4th to April 7th

The runs during the first full week of April started with a dual boxing session with Lorrikk (Level 14 Monk) and Stoorage (Level 16 Fighter) through Sorrowdusk Isle.  Stoorage already had that area maxed out and Lorrikk was only able to pick up three slayers before I ran into some computer issues and got booted out.  By the time I got everything up and running again, I had to head out to work.  I didn’t get on during the afternoon, but later that night I logged on with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Draconic Incarnation).  I then took him into the Sschindylryn and made my way to the quest, The Portal Opens.  As I took Rimuldar through the dangerous drow city, he picked up another 9 slayers for the drow and another 4 slayers for the Children of Lolth.  Once inside the Portal Opens, on epic normal, Rimuldar had no major problems dealing with the drow.  He defeated at least one priestess of Lolth.  His loot included two commendations (War Wizard and Village of Eveningstar), a sapphire of spell agility +15, and the blade of the high priestess.  He also picked up 11 commendations of Valor as a quest reward.

Lorrikk taking some time to explore Sorrowdusk Isle.

Rimuldar battling his way through Sschindylrynn.

Rimuldar making his way through the Portal Opens.

To kick things off on Tuesday, I started out with another dual boxing session with a slayer run through Sorrowdusk Isle with Lorrikk and Stoorage once again.  Even though I had taken Lorrikk and Stoorage into Sorrowdusk Isle the day before, I did this because of my shortened play time that unexpectedly occurred.  This time, Lorrikk collected 52 slayers.  Lorrikk and Stoorage also defeated Teargon, Barxer, and Kurmer.  Out of one of these chests, Stoorage looted a nice pair of boots, Boots of Diversion 7 that were masterful craftsmanship with Speed IV at level 7.  I didn’t get a chance to complete an afternoon run.  For my regular play session, I had another dual boxing session with Containment (Level 8 Cleric) and Cannock (Level 8 Druid).  Containment needed to complete the Sharn Syndicate series on elite so I took them into the next quest he needed, Bookbinder Rescue.  I had a number of issues getting through this quest during this go around.  I failed the quest twice because of various lag spike issues.  I did complete it on the third attempt but Containment was killed so I had to complete it with Cannock (as my focus was on playing Containment that night).  After struggling through the Bookbinder Rescue, I then took them both into Repossession.  I had no problems making my way through the quest and I had completed the optional objectives to smash the furniture, kill the master of hounds, and to steal 3, 6, and all artifacts.  I then called it a night.

Lorrikk battling Barxer in Sorrowdusk Isle.

Containment working on rescuing the Book Binder family.

Containment battling in the quest Repossession.

On Wednesday, I had yet another dual boxing session to kick things off.  This time I took Cannock and Crawlller (Level 8 Ranger) into Three Barrel Cove.  The morning slayer run netted both Cannock and Crawlller with 25 slayers.  In the afternoon, I took Erdrique (who is now a Level 3 Rogue) into the Sands of Menechtarun.  It was kind of a disappointing run though.  He didn’t come across any rare encounters but did collect some more slayers including eight gnolls and 89 scorrow.  That was the last run I completed on Wednesday.

Crawlller swimming his way back to the ladder in Three Barrel Cove.

Erdrique making his presence felt in the Desert.

On Thursday, I was only able to get in a single play session.  It was another dual boxing session, this time with Berann (Level 8 Barbarian) and Containment.  Berann was my focus and he still needed to work on Tangleroot Gorge wilderness area.  During this morning slayer run, Berann collected 28 slayers and defeated Clamor.  He also looted a Minor Circlet of Blasting from Clamor’s chest.

Berann looting some interesting things in Tangleroot Gorge.

So this particular week was heavily loaded with dual boxing runs.  I also had some minor issues with my computer and some lag issues causing some frustrations.  But overall, it was a nice but light week.  I hope everybody is doing well and thank you for reading!!



Another Look Back In History, Quest Runs April 1st to April 3rd

The first set of questing activities during the month of April was actually during the first weekend of April which actually started on Friday, April 1st🙂.  Questing started out with a typical morning slayer run with Lorrikk (Level 13 Monk) and Stoorage (Level 15 Fighter) through Sorrowdusk Isle during a dual boxing session.  Stoorage has this area maxed out so I had him in there to gather some chests and rare encounter experience if I happened to come across anything.  During the run, Lorrikk picked up 20 slayers but I didn’t come across any rares😦.  That was the only questing I was able to complete on Friday because the rest of the day and night I spent with my wife as it was our anniversary🙂.

Lorrikk taking on Teargon in Sorrowdusk Isle.

On Saturday, I started things out by taking Erdrique (who is now a level 1 Bard🙂 ), into the Sands of Menechtarun.  While out there, he picked up another 319 kills for his gnoll slayers, another 100 kills for his scorrow slayers, and 113 for his undead slayers.  He picked up a monster manual deed as well, gnoll exterminator V (account wide award) and gnoll expertise.  He came across the rare encounters for Den Mother Fheena, Palumak, Haraja, Workan-Kull, Utach, Volrune, and Ayurro.  From those rare encounters he picked up the Vulkoorim Pendant and the Collapsible Shortbow, as well as a sapphire of false life +20.  After the trample through the desert, I took Erdrique into the Anniversary Party.  While in the Anniversary Party, I got defeated by Severlin and his little gang of skeletons but I then came back in and took out all of the developers as well as the Jeets Overloard.  I picked up five party favors as the quest reward.  I called it a night after run and after working on some character maintenance.

Erdrique taking on the scorrow.

Erdrique making his way through the Anniversary Party.

I closed the weekend out by logging on with my first iconic character, Tuhnn (Bladeforged Level 16).  I also took him into the Anniversary Party.  He suffered or struggled quite a bit in there at level.  He was first killed off by Cordovan.  He was actually killed three times.  But during my last reentry, I was able to complete all of the star objectives to defeat all of the developers and overlord.  For his troubles, Tuhnn picked up to pretty interesting items from chests.  The fist thing he picked up was a +6 Venomous 4 Bastard Sword of Draining and then Prudent 8 Goggles of Deadly 6 with +7 Tendon Slice also attached.  Not bad at all.  Like Erdrique, Tuhnn picked up 5 party favors as quest reward.  That was the only run I was able to get done on Sunday night before I needed to head off to bed.

Tuhnn taking on Cordovan in the Anniversary Party.

So the first weekend of April was interesting in that I was taking advantage of running through the Anniversary Event.  It was a nice and light weekend overall.  I hope everybody else had enjoyed the weekend.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!