Over the weekend, Erdrique (Rogue) hit level 9 :). For me, this meant some updating to my gear. Up to this point I was using basically Cannith Crafted +3 stat items, +7 Cannith Crafted spot and search items, a Cannith Crafted pair of feather falling boots, a Cannith Crafted cloak of +3 protection, a Cannith Crafted +3 resistance trinket, and some Cannith Crafted leather armor. I also had a Deadly III necklace equipped. So it was definitely time to go ahead and do some upgrading.
At level 9, this is point where I typically start to have gearing issues. My main issue is that I just want to have too much equipped :). I then have to start mixing and matching and working with what I have and what I can get. I always pull out a number of things once I hit level 9, including the Nightforge Gorget and the Bloodstone. The Nightforge Gorget I like to have because it is a nice necklace with heavy fortification on it. The Bloodstone is the classic trinket I tend to use and has up graded with the Eldritch Resistance Ritual. I also have a pair of +25 Hit Point Bracers and a pair of Speed V gloves that I wanted to start using as well. This forced to shift some things around and this led to a number of complications. The first complication I ran into was that by replacing the Nightforge Gorget for my deadly necklace, I then needed to replace my deadly item. I couldn’t get a deadly item for a belt or for a ring because I’m using the Ring of the Stalker and Spare Hand, so I had lost two items right their. I also wanted to keep my goggles as my spot item, which I upgraded to +11. I did find a Deadly IV helmet that had an empty colorless slot which was fortunate because my helmet was my wisdom item. So, I replaced my helmet and purchased a +3 wisdom diamond and slotted that in there. I wanted to keep a wisdom item on to help with my pitiful will saves. Although I could get a deadly V items at level 9, I figured a deadly IV item with a Wisdom diamond would be more beneficial to me.
So then I had to worry about the trinket item. I decided to remove my Cannith Crafted protection cloak and Cannith Crafted on a different cloak that had a yellow augment slot. I crafted it with a +3 resistance shard and then I applied a fear immunity topaz onto the cloak. I could have crafted on a plain cloak to get a +4 resistance cloak, but I figured the Elderitch Ritual on Bloodstone and having a fear immunity topaz would make up for that. Oh, I also should mention that the Nightforge Gorget also has a yellow augment slot which I slotted with a feather falling topaz, which freed up my boots slot. So I lost my protection item but I’m figuring I can use blur and displacement scrolls to make up for that. I then moved off to my gloves and bracers. My gloves where a pair of crafted +3 Dexterity gloves which I replaced with my Speed V gloves. However, I then crafted +5 Dexterity boots so that was a simple swap. I also upgraded my +3 Constitution crafted ring to +5. The next problem I ran into was my bracers. I really wanted to use those +25 hit point braces but my bracers were slotted for my strength item. I wound up crafting a +5 strength shard for those bracers but have decided to use my hit point bracers instead. I wanted a strength item to deal with my loot weight limit and encumbrance issues. However, I can carry them with me and swamp them out if I need to. I think the hit point bracers will be much more useful.
Needless to say, the joys of swapping out gear can be quite interesting and its like a puzzle sometimes. Now I get to do this in two more levels or so and then once again at level 15. Until, then I will just focus on what I have for now :). Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!