What a Coincidence!!

One of the things I like to try to stay on top of are the weekly DDO Store sales and coupons of the week.  If I remember correctly, last week’s coupon was for Omnispell dust * 50.  Well, while running with Erdrique (Level 10 Rogue) through the quest Redwillow’s Ruins this past weekend I came across something interesting.  In one of the chests I came across I found 1,000 Omnispell dust components!!

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Erdrique collecting his loot in a chest from Redwillow’s Ruins and finding something unusual.

Now I didn’t use the coupon code this past week and by the time I came across this chest in Redwillow’s Ruins the Omnispell dust code had expired and the new code was active.  I wonder if this is a sign that maybe I should have used that code :).  But then again, I wonder if I had used the code if these would have dropped for me.  The world will never know!! :)  In either case it was a happy coincidence and I’m sure one of my casting class characters will find these useful!!

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Working on Gathering Those Challenge Ingredients

Over the past few weekends, I have been taking some time with Erdrique (Level 10 Rogue) to go through the various Cannith Challenges.  I recently hit level 10 with Erdrique and what I would like to do is to obtain enough of the Cannith Crafting ingredients need to upgrade Ring of the Stalker and the belt Spare Hand up to tier 3 level 11 version so that everything will be good to go when Erdrique hits level 11.  When looking at what is needed for upgrading Ring of the Stalker, I will need 1,000 Jaded Scorpions, 200 Necromantic Charms, 200 Crude Talismans, 800 Arcanoloth Scrolls, and 800 Jeweled Goblets.  For the Spare Hand, I need 200 Jaded Scorpions, 200 Obsidian Arrowheads, 1,000 Enchanted Armor Fragments, 800 Arcanoloth Scrolls, and 800 Jeweled Goblets.  In total, I will need 1,200 Jaded Scorpions, 200 Necromantic Charms, 200 Crude Talismans, 1,600 Arcanoloth Scrolls, 1,600 Jeweled Goblets, 200 Obsidian Arrowheads, and 1,000 Enchanted Armor Fragments to upgrade both items.

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Erdrique clearing a path in the Lava Caves so the kobolds can earn him some Jaded Scorpions in Colossal Crystal.

Over the past few weeks I have obtained what I needed for the Jaded Scorpions (which come out of the Lave Caves: Colossal Crystal), Necromantic Charms (which come out of Kobold Island: The Disruptor), and Obidian Arrowheads (which come out of the Lava Caves: Circles of Power).  I’m currently working on the Enchanted Armor Fragments and I have completed the challenge Extraplanar Palace: Dragon’s Hoard a couple of times and will need to complete it a couple of more times to get what I need.  I will then need to head off to Kobold Island: Kobold Chaos to get when I need for the Crude Talismans (which should only be a single run).

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Erdrique defeating the many enemies in the Extraplanar Palace so that the kobolds can gather some crystals in the Dragon’s Hoard.

After I get enough Crude Talismans, I’ll have to rely on Charlock (Level 14 Fighter), Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter), or Tuhnn (Level 15 Bladeforged) to gather the rest of the ingredients.  The Jeweled Goblets are rewards from Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion:Picture portals which has a minimum level of 15 to enter while the Arcanoloth Scrolls are rewards from Extraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage which requires a minimum level 14 to enter.  This shouldn’t be much of an issue though.  I’ll imagine I’ll try to hit these up with Hamllin since he is my second heroic true reincarnated character and can use the experience as well.

In either case, things are looking good for the challenges and I hope I can time it right to have those ingredients by the time Erdrique hits level 11 :).  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Cannith Challenges!!

Black Sun Ogre’s A Little Confused!!

I have no idea how many times I have taken various characters through the Grey Moon Waning Story Arc but the more I go through there the more things I see that make me scratch my head.  During my latest run with Erdrique (Level 10 Rogue), I was fortunate enough to come across Flamefang and Powder.  But as I defeated them I began to wonder about this.  Powder is a winter wolf and Flamefang is a large fire breathing hellhound.  Can there be anything more opposite that those two creatures?

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Erdrique finishing off Flamefang in the Iron Mines and then realizing that something is off here.

Now there is no doubt that Grust has some powerful shamans or casters at his disposal and that they are probably the ones responsible for summoning both Powder and Flamefang.  Of course Flamefang could also be the mate of Teargon who lingers around the Sorrowdusk Isle wilderness area.  But in either case, in how many instances do you see a powerful hellhound in the same area as a powerful winter wolf?  It makes me thing that Grust has some competing shamans who want his favor and they are using their powerful pets to try to gather a stronger influence with him.  I guess they might be having some type of competition, which ever beast does best will help earn more respect for their master.  I guess ogres are really chaotic!!  :)

In any case, neither one of them did a good job!!  Although I did note that Powder was free ranging while Flamefang was locked up.  Perhaps Flamefang was having a little too much fun with his liberty!!

You have to love ogres and their competitive styles.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in Sorrowdus Isle!!

Productive Questing Over the Holiday Weekend, Quest Runs May 22nd to May 24th

It was a strong and productive set of quest runs over this latest holiday weekend.  The weekend runs kicked off early Friday morning when I took my druid Cannock (Level 7) out into the wilds of Korthos Island.  This was a nice little mindless slayer run prior to my meeting at work.  After work, I brought on Erdrique (Level 10 Rogue) and took him into the Searing Heights and into the quest Ruined Halls.  I’m still working on completing those level 6 quests.  After I completed Ruined Halls, I took a second to log on with Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter).  Since I didn’t get a chance to run him on Thursday because I had to stay late at work, I took the time to maneuver him through a circuit of the Red Fens.  Later that night, I logged back on Erdrique and hit up a number of quests after I added pure good to his acid quarterstaff in the Cannith Crafting hall.  First off, I ventured back into the Searing Heights and then I made my way out to Sorrowdusk Isle.  While out there I completed the Grey Moon’s Den Story Arc completing the Iron Mines: Freeing Achka, the Iron Mines: Justice for Grust, The Grey Moon’s Den: The Trollish Scouge, and The Grey Moon’s Den: Extermination.  Now Erdrique is flagged to start on the Cult of the Six Story Arc.  After those runs, I decided to collect some more challenge ingredients and completed a few runs of The Lava Caves: Colossal Crystal.  After that I logged out for the night.

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Erdrique looking for some of the traps in the Ruined Halls.

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Erdrique taking some time to upgrade his favorite quarterstaff.

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Awesome peak in Searing Heights.

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Erdrique looking for the key to free Achka in the Iron Mines.

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Erd looking down upon his enemies in the Grey Moon’s Den.

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Erdrique coming across Darksting in the Grey Moon’s Den.

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Erdrique dealing with the scorpions in the Lava Caves to clear the way for the kobolds to find the colossal crystal.

I was active once again with Erdrique on Saturday.  I took him back out into Searing Heights and wound up completing that wilderness zone before I logged out for the night.  I then headed off and ran Devil’s Assault on normal and then ran off into the challenge Lava Caves: Colossal Crystal.  Once I finished that run, I obtained the necessary jaded scorpions for my next upgrades.  I then headed off to Redwillow’s Ruins where I picked up a number of monster manual awards which gave me a nice amount of additional experience.  Once I completed Redwillow’s Ruins, I headed off to the next challenge, Extraplanar Palace: Dragon’s Hoard and started to work on gathering the enchanted armor fragments that I will need for my next set of upgrades.  I then called it a night.

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Erdrique getting harassed by the Consecrator.

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Erdrique feeling sorry for this poor little kobold.

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Erdrique spinning and dealing damage to the enemies in Devil’s Assault.

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Erdrique finds Redwillow in the ruins he wants to explore.

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Erdrique making his way through the Extraplanar Palace for the kobolds to collect crystals in the Dragon’s Hoard.

To close out the weekend, I logged Erdrique back on and joined up with Hellbanisher where we entered and took on the dangers of The Pit.  We made it through on the quest quite efficiently and that netted both of us well over 30 k experience.  Nice indeed!!

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Erdrique taking note of the view in The Pit.

So, as usual, it was another weekend dominated with runs with Erdrique.  I hope to continue on with my challenge questing because I would really like to have the necessary ingredients I need to upgrade my Ring of the Stalker and Spare Hand when I hit level 11.  We’ll see how that turns out.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy questing!!

The First Rare Encounter is the Last?

You can’t help notice some of ironies when you are playing DDO.  Over the past week, I was taking Erdrique (Level 10 Rogue) out into the Three Barrel Cove wilderness area to max out his slayers and to complete all of his rare encounters.  During my runs out there, I quickly gathered up the the 1,500 slayers and had that completed before finding the fourteen individual rare encounters.  However, I found especially ironic is that the last rare encounter I needed was the first one on the list in the quest journal, Ilmarin Tychonn, Air Pirate Captain.

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Erdrique finally stumbling upon the Air Pirate Captain in Three Barrel Cove.

Usually, I have a hard time coming across the tiefling, Ithun Orenah but not this time.  During this particular heroic life, the Air Pirate Captain had decided to make himself scarce for me.  That’s ok though because with some persistence I was finally able to track him down and to put him in his place :).  I wonder what other oddities I will encounter in the next set of wilderness zones.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

So Where are all of the Flowers?

Over the weekend, I was taking Erdrique (Level 10 Rogue) through Sorrowdusk Isle to tackle the Grey Moon’s Waning story arc when I noticed something.  As I was running through the wilderness area, I realized that the area is void of flowers.  I find this very interesting because whenever I enter Sorrowdusk Isle it makes me feel like I have entered a tropical rainforest.  I say this because the foliage in the area is dense with very tall trees, reaching vines, and deep green leaves.  With this in mind, you would think you would come across a number of flowering plants as well.  However, as you venture along the path to the quests you only come across a sporadic flower.

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Erdrique noticing that there aren’t a whole lot of flowers in Sorrowdusk Isle.

So what are some possible reasons for this?  Well, one possibility is that the flowers are simply not within range of view.  Perhaps they are primarily found in the canopy of this jungle like forest.  That is a possibility but I would be surprised if this was the case.  Another possibility, perhaps the ogres and other indigenous tribes have harvested the flowers for specific potions and spells, I’m thinking primarily of the various shamans in this case.  Another possibility, perhaps there just aren’t any flowering plants found on Sorrowdusk Isle.  Perhaps the environment is not suitable for this particular plant types.  In either case, Sorrowdusk Isle appears to be pretty sparse on the flower front so when you see them take special note of them!!

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Mixing It Up, Quest Runs May 18th to May 21st

Somehow I have fallen behind in my blog posting this week.  Actually, I fell behind because of a major two day meeting from work and then the holiday weekend so I’m going to try to catch up today.  With that I wanted to highlight the runs I completed last week.  The week actually kicked off some adventuring in another game because DDO was undergoing its maintenance downtime.  So, I started off by taking my low level spirit shaman, Ragnar, through the wild city of Neverwinter in Neverwinter Nights II OC on Monday morning.  Ragnar wound up picking up a few more quests as we continues to explore that intriguing city.  Later that afternoon, I took Erdrique (Level 10) through the quest Caged Trolls on elite as he continues to make his way through his level 6 quests on elite.  Then, while also working on our digital PNP game, I took Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Magister) out into the King’s Forest as I tried to make my way to the quest Unquiet Graves.  I should have planned a little bit better by printing out a map of the King’s Forest because I couldn’t open up the DDOwiki to help locate the quest entrance (between DDO and the PNP session, my memory was pretty maxed out so I didn’t want to open up my browser).  In any case, I did gain quite a bit of experience while hunting through the forest but I never did find the quest but I’ll be better prepared next time.

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Ragnar and his party picking up some more quests in Neverwinter.

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Erd having some difficulty with will saves in Caged Trolls.

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Rimuldar stumbling on a dragon’s hoard in the King’s Forest.

On Tuesday, I took  Berann (Level 7 Barbarian) out into Tangleroot Gorge.  Berann still has quite a ways to go to complete that area.  That afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter) and continued my obsession with catching up on his slayer areas and took him back into the Red Fens.  Hammy is slowly making his way to the 3,000 slayer mark but still has quite a ways to go until he reaches the 7,500 mark.  That night, I logged on with Containment (Level 6 Cleric) who is also working on Tangleroot Gorge.  After a quick run through that slayer area, I took him into the Catacombs where he continued on that story arc by working his way through The Old Archives and the Crypt of Gerard Dryden.

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Berann hunting in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Hamllin slowly making his way through the Red Fens slayers.

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Containment takes his turn in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Exploring the Old Archives in the Catacombs.

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Containment taking on the undead in the Crypt of Gerard Dryden.

Wednesday morning I kicked the day off by taking Rimuldar back out into the King’s Forest, although this time I was purposefully doing some hunting and slaying as opposed to looking for a quest entrance.  That afternoon, it was time to bring Erdrique back on and I took him back into Gladewatch Outpost to take on the hordes of the hobgoblins and their ogre leader.  After I completed that quest, I then went into Three Barrel Cove to work on completing that slayer area and wound up picking up my last rare encounter.  I didn’t log in that night but instead hung out with my wife for our weekly date night.

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Rimuldar hunting the drow in the King’s Forest.

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Erdrique doing what he needs to do to defend Gladewatch Outpost.

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Finally finding the Air Pirate Captain in Three Barrel Cove.

Thursday, I started off by taking Garrrin (Level 22 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) into the King’s Forest, who like Rimuldar, is working on those slayers.  I did this prior to heading off to my big meeting.  However, the meeting did last longer than I had planned and because of that I didn’t get a chance to log on during the late afternoon for that run.  But I did log in later that night with Stoorage (Level 12 Fighter).  I was also joined up with Khamelblade and we hit up a few lower level quests including Proof is in the Poison, The Troglodyte’s Get, and Old Gray Garl.  I was able to collect enough experience on him to hit level 12.  I called it a night at that point to close out the night.

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Garrrin collecting his kills in the King’s Forest.

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Stoorage looking for Thual Masmataz.

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Stoorage and Khamel making their way through the Troglodyte’s Get.

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Stoorage watching Khamelblade gathering a crowd prior to hitting up Old Grey Garl.

Overall, it was fun week.  I had the opportunity to mix it up quite a bit by taking some lower level characters through some of older quests while also taking some epic level characters through some hunting adventures.  The weekend was nice as well and I hope everybody else had a great week and a wonderful weekend!!  Thanks for reading and happy hunting!!