I have always enjoyed running around Smuggler’s Rest and Crystal Cove. During this particular go-round with Crystal Cove, I want to try to upgrade Kolll’s (Level 21 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) Ring of the Buccaneer. I had originally picked up the Level 20 version of the Ring of the Buccaneer when Kolll was still level 18. Kolll is now level 21 and so now I want to try to get ring upgraded and maybe re-outfit his other pieces of gear. So into Smuggler’s Rest and the Crystal Cove I go!!
Crystal Cove was restarted this past Thursday and I wasted no time running into Smuggler’s Rest. I had actually quested with Kolll that night and took him through the Claw of Vulkoor on Epic Normal with little difficulty. Once I made it through it there I decided to take my chances out in the Cove. I was happy to see when I got to Smuggler’s Rest that Crystal Cove was currently open and active. I looked to see if I had a compass and when I didn’t I looked to see if I could “buy” one. I had plenty of doubloons so it wasn’t a problem. Into the Cove I went!!
I entered the Crystal Cove on level 20 since I only had my hirelings with me (Onyx Panther, Level 21 Exalted Angel, and Level 17 Owlbear). I was expecting on having some trouble in here since it had been awhile since I have run some torches (haven’t done the Cannith Challenges in awhile either) but I was pleasantly surprised because I was able to get the kobolds to harvest 100 crystals in a relatively short amount of time. I didn’t run into too much difficulty in protecting the kobolds either. At least not until after I got a 100 crystals.
After I had the 100 crystal mark, I had to deal with Gregoir the Might and Jack Jibbers (the powerful wraith). I actually messed up at this point because I didn’t have deathward on, which Jack Jibbers took full advantage of. Before I knew it, I was taking massive negative levels and suffered from a nice, nasty Finger of Death. I got myself raised and applied deathward and took out my revenge.
Once the time ran out, I received about 68 green dragonshards and was back hunting in Smuggler’s Rest. I really enjoy running around the landscape. I like the pirate flags, camps, hidden alcoves, and spawns. I ran around taking on minotaurs and half-orcs and got myself a number of more doubloons and a few compasses.
Kolll stumbling across a pirate camp in Smuggler’s Rest.
On Friday, I brought Kolll back on late and took him back into Smuggler’s Rest. This time 1,000 map pieces were still needed to open the Cove so I helped by gathering some pieces from my kills on the island and the Cove opened about an hour later. I took Kolll back inside at level 20 again and came out with no deaths and another victory, another 65 green dragonshards. Also, during my run through the Smuggler’s Rest I came across a red named pirate: Bane Captain Bluebeard
So far, the Crystal Cove has been quite fun and I look forward to working at some more this week before it is turned off. I hope everybody else is having as much fun as I am and I wish you all good luck and happy hunting out in Smuggler’s Rest and the Crystal Cove!!