A Light Week This Week

My questing in DDO was extremely light, for me at least, during this past week.  This was because I had to go to a workshop in Charleston, SC this week.  Usually when I head out of town for an extended period of time, and my wife can’t come with me, I bring my computer along so that I can still get some game time in.  Unfortunately, the work generated from the workshop and from the office preventing me from getting logged in.  Quite dishearteningly!!

I didn’t log into DDO until Monday night.  This was also during my weekly digital PNP game as well.  I logged on with Izmit, my level 15 Shadar-kai, and just took him through a few runs of Korthos Island and Cerulean Hills.  He was able to collect enough slayers to finish off the Korthos Island slayer area.  I then took him the Cerulean Hills where he collected 286 slayers, hit the 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200 slayer marks.  He also earned monster manual deeds for wolf exterminator and orc exterminator.  He also ran through into the rare encounters for Ebony, Twinfang, Kargoth, and Lotigath.  That was all I was able to get done on Monday.

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Izmit peering over the grounds of Korthos Island.

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Izmit watching a farmer taking down a bugbear in Cerulean Hills.

I didn’t log back into DDO until after I got back home from Charleston.  I logged on Saturday, and I took Erdrique (Level 10 Bard) and Sttollen (Level 11 Rogue) through Old Grey Garl and Tear of Dhakaan.  I took them into Three Barrel Cove and hit up Old Grey Garl first.  I had an interesting in here.  I was able to complete the optional objective for smashing all of the coffins and both Erdrique and Sttollen gain a monster manual deed for halfling hunter.  However, when I made it Old Grey Garl himself, it turned out that he spawned as a red named champion.  Erdrique didn’t last too long against him but luckily I had Sttollen who had a cleric hireling with him.  So I took Sttollen up to Erdrique, got Erdrique raised and was finally able to finish the quest.  It was definitely interesting.  They did get some remnants from him though, Erdrique got 7 and Sttollen got 15.

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Dealing with the slimes in Old Grey Gar.

I then headed off to Tear of Dhakaan.  Erdrique collected a monster manual deed for clay golem hunter while I took them through the quest.  I was also able to collect 5 out of the 6 shards.  Erdrique and Sttollen also came across the lieuntenants Morkag-khor, Graka-khor, and Karuk-khor.  They also came across the champions Tarkar, Prantag, Krazna, Guptrak, and Nartar.  I also picked quite a number of remnants, 67 for Erdrique and 23 for Sttollen.  After that, I called it a night.

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Making my way through the Tear of Dhakaan.

So, it was a really light week.  I hope to get more runs in this week!!  I hope everybody else had a great week!!  Thanks for reading and happy hunting!!

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Who Likes Taming the Flames?

There are just some quests that many players just cringe on hearing and hate dealing with them.  Some of the more common ones include The Pit, Coalescence Chamber,and Taming the Flames.  The latter of the three is quite challenging to do at level on elite.  It is still challenging to do if you do it an elite and are a level or two higher.

What makes Taming the Flames so difficult?  The quest is held in an area called the Scorched Caverns.  The caverns happen to be underneath the House Kundarak Ward, not far from the House Kundarak bank.  As you can tell from the name of the quest and the name of location where the quest occurs, you will be dealing with something that deals with fire in some form fashion.  It turns out that this quest has a large amount of fire elementals and fire mephits and then some earth elementals and air mephits thrown in for some good measure.  The fire elementals are extremely potent and numerous, spawning in many locations and sending a variety of fireballs in your direction.  If you have a character that doesn’t have evasion, this can be extremely problematic.  Hopefully, you stock up on your fire resistance buffs before you enter this quest!!

Some of the fire elementals spawn over lava pits and as a result they sometimes get healed when you attach them.  To make things worse, these fire elementals also respawn.  So you can’t waste too much time in any one area unless you want to be attacked from behind.  There are also a number of places where ambushes are set up with mephits, mostly fire mephits, that can only be passed after all of the mephits are slain.  To make things even more complicated, there are a few spots with some spike traps, just to keep you guessing.

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Sttollen making his way through the mephits in Taming the Flames.

Perhaps the most difficult portion of the quest is when you make your way to obtain a key to unlock a door that contains a host of mephits that need to be slain to lower a barrier to the person you are supposed to rescue.  Getting this key can be quite problematic.  The key is located in a pit that has a number of ledges winding down along the wall.  Of course you have to jump from one ledge to another because there are gaps between them.  And to make things even better, the ledges are protected by flame jets that are positioned in the wall and by fire elementals that are spread through out the ledges.  If you can run this gauntlet, then you get to the key.  The easiest way to do this is feather fall from the beginning of the pit down to the ledge with the chest with the key and to do this invisible.  Also make sure to be buffed with fire resistance and fire protection.

Overall, Taming the Flames is one of the few quests I find quite irritating, but definitely challenging, at level.  It is one of the oldest quests in the game, which makes this even more impressive concerning how our characters have increased in strength and power over time.  If you haven’t ventured in the Scorched Caverns, give it a try.

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in Taming the Flames.  Oh, if you want to farm fire elementals for your monster manual, I can’t think of a better place to do it :).

Berann, who is he?

Like many D&D players, I like to mess around and to think about my individual character’s background.  At one point, I had a biography for all of my characters but that little detail kind of fell off my radar.  So now, I want to go back and to write up some back ground and a biography for my characters that still need one.  The first one I wanted to take a look at is Berann.

Berann is a barbarian (currently level 10) and right now is training most of his enhancements through the Occult Slayer line.  He is also a half-orc.  One thing I wanted to do withe Berann was to have him specialize in the use of falchions.  I enjoy the look of the falchion and up until now I didn’t have a character that used them as their primary weapon.

Looking into some of the lore of half-orcs in Eberron, it appears they are fairly rare.  Although their appears to be some half-orcs of House Tharashk that have set up their own society in the Shadow Marches.  The Shadow Marches are a wild and untamed land.  It is primarily composed of swamps and is located in the lowlands west of the Byeshk Mountains.

Given this knowledge, I think I want develop a background for Berann that surrounds on him looking for a path to follow for his life.  He is basically on a personal quest to find his role in the world, not only in his half-orc lineage and society but in the world as a whole.  In order for him to do this, he needs to understand on how things work outside of The Shadow Marches and how other races view each other.

Berann comes from the wild swamp lands of The Shadow Marches.  The environment that he has grown up in and that which he has seen here in Stormreaach isn’t all that much different and in many ways it reminds him of home.  Berann favors the use of the falchion as his preferred weapon and is very capable of dealing anybody unlucky enough to feel his wrath a blow so powerful that it could split them in half.  Growing up in the wilds of the swamps, he has developed to become a very capable barbarian; relying on his brute strength, rage, and resistant to magical attacks.  He is on a personnel quest to learn more about the world and how his life fits in the grander scheme of life.  He currently feels confused on how he is perceived and how he should react, knowing that in many instances he should be able to shrug off prejudices but in other instances knowing that he should stick up for his racial background.  Perhaps he will discover where he fits in the world by adventuring in Stormreach, he surely hope so.    

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Berann, the falchion wielding barbarian.

I think that will work.  It leaves enough mystery about him for people to wonder exactly what he has already experienced and why he cares about how others perceive him.

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in Stormreach!!

Another Week of Questing, January 15 to January 21

This past week, I took on a wide variety of quests.  I started things out on Sunday, January 15th, when I took Erdrique (Level 10 Bard) and Sttollen (Level 11 Rogue) into The Temple of Elemental Part One.  I had a few problems making my way through the dungeon, in particular with some randomly spawning traps that weren’t in the passage when I first passed through but then appeared later.  This was a minor problem though.  Overall, I progressed nicely until I made it to the end fight.  At that point I rand into quite a bit of problems.  The air elemental spawned as a champion and I had a tough time dealing with him.  In the end, I died way too many times at the end fight and finally gave up.  I’m hoping I can come back to this quest and get my revenge soon.  I did complete the optional objectives for slaying 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200 enemies.  That was the only bit of questing I tried on Sunday.

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Erdrique battling his way through the Temple of Elemental Evil Part One.

 

On Monday, the only thing I was able to do was to run Cannock (Level 8 Druid) through the Tangleroot Gorge explorer area while I was also playing during my digital PNP group.  Cannock collected 434 slayers, finished collecting all of the rare encounters, and came across Gharjat twice, Jarak three times, Xassak, Vilesting, Clamor, and Kroshk.  I also came across Jana twice.

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Cannock exploring Tangleroot Gorge.

Tuesday, I didn’t log in at all.  This was because of a long day at work which carried well into the night.  Basically I  was just too wiped out to do anything.  But on Wednesday, I took Sttollen and Erdrique into the Searing Heights for my regular slayer run.  They both collected 120 slayers and defeated only one rare encounter, Ghamzee.  They both hit the 400 slayer mark and I completed all of the explorer points with Sttollen.  Shortly after that run, I took Hamllin (Level 20 Fighter) into the Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords.  It was the first time I had a chance to look at the quest.  While in there, mind you I was also doing this on heroic elite, I completed monster manual deeds for hell hound exterminator I (1,759 experience) and clay golem exterminator (2,559 experience).  However, I didn’t get a chance to complete it because I ran out of time and had to logout.

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Sttollen dealing with the hobgoblins in the Searing Heights.

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Hamllin looking for the slave lords.

 

Thursday, I did a simple slayer run with one of my iconics, Izmit (Level 15 Shadar-ki), who I took into Korthos Island.  He collected 146 slayers and took out Zeer and Vekz Spluhr.  I then brought on Erdrique and Sttollen once again and took them through The Scondrel’s Run.  They had no problem making it through the quest and completed the optional objective for defeating the minotaur lord.  That night, I brought on Sttollen and Erdrique once again.  This time I took them into Taming the Flames on elite.  Sttollen had some difficulties in there.  By the time  things were said and done, Erdrique collected a monster manual deed for fire elemental exterminator (1,130 experience) and the both picked up a monster manual deed for human hunter (1,400 experience).  They completed the optional objectives for slaying the mephits, fire elementals, and earth elementals.  Erdrique collected 26 mysterious remnants and Sttollen collected 9 mysterious remnants.

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Izmit takes in the sites of Korthos Island.

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Erdrique freezing some minotaurs in the Scondrel’s Run.

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Sttollen dealing with the mephits in Taming the Flames.

 

To close the week out, I logged on with another of my iconics, Burrland (Level 15 Purple Dragon Knight) and I took him into Korthos Island.  He collected 93 slayers and took out Zeer and Cicic.  He also collected the monster manual deed for rat exterminator (330 experience).   After that quick run, I logged on with Hamllin and took him back into Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords.  This time, partly because I knew what to expect, I made my way to the end of the quest and had an interesting time with the end fight.  In the end, I last long enough to complete the quest.  I look forward to doing this quest at level.  Hamllin collected two more monster manual deeds, one for clay golem exterminator II (account award) and one for mudman hunter (2,359 experience).  He looted a Hardened Hide Helm in the last quest.  That was the last run I did for the week, primarily because I fell asleep 🙂 and didn’t wake back up in time to log back in.

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Burrland exploring Korthos Island.

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Hamllin fighting some umber hulks on his way to fight the slave lords.

I hope everybody else had a fun week!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

 

My First Crafting Weapon in Updated Cannith Crafting

Although the Cannith Crafting update occurred awhile ago, I really haven’t had a chance to experiment with it.  The only thing I was doing was breaking down loot into Cannith essences and occasionally crafting some level shards.  One of the reasons why I didn’t play around with the new system was because you couldn’t really get the most out of it until you hit level 10, or at least until you crafted level 10 equipment.  So I waited until Erdrique hit level 10.

Once I hit level 10, I decided the first thing I wanted to craft was a new khopesh.  I had a blank khopesh with a red augment slot that I wanted to make into something new.  So I headed off to the Crafting Hall and crafted a minimum level 10 shard.  I then upgraded the level 10 khopesh to have an extra enhancement slot.  In the end, I made a +4 Biting 3 Khopesh of Deadly 5.  The only ruby I had at the time was one minor frost so I applied that and then I went to the Stone of Change and added the force damage eldritch alchemical recipe.  Not a bad little weapon :).

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Erdrique checking on his new weapon.

All I need now is a decent ruby!!

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Crunching Down the Numbers of My Monster Manual-Part 6

It’s been quite some time since I took a look at my monster manual.  The last time I looked at the numbers of my monster manual was with Hamllin back last March where I looked at the number of enemies he has come across and defeated.  One thing I have realized, looking back at this post, is that the links to all of my graphs appear to have “expired.”  I guess that is what I get for trying to use Facebook to save those images.  I’m going to have to see if I can save my images elsewhere.  In any case, I wanted to complete that analysis by looking further into the defeats Hamllin has suffered.  Now this data is obviously a little old so these numbers have changed but it is still fun to look at them.

 

Similar to what I saw with Erdrique, the tends I noticed here showed that Hamllin’s defeats by monster type tended to vary, slightly,  from those across my whole account. Hamllin’s  top five adversaries were humanoids, aberrations, player races, undead, and monstrous races (Table 1 and Figures 1 and 2).  For the entire account the top five enemy types that accounted for the most of my characters death were player races, humanoids, undead, aberrations, and monstrous humanoids.  So although the monster races that accounted for the majority of Hamllin’s deaths varied by rank when compared to my account, those were still the top five in both categories.  Across my entire account, Hamllin accounted for just about 11% of total deaths..

Table 1.  Number of defeats suffered by Hamllin, my account, and the percent Hamllin accounted for by monster type.

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Figure 1.  Proportion of Hamllin’s defeats by monster type.

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Figure 2.  Number of defeats by monster type for Hamllin and my account as a whole.

The next thing I wanted to look at was Hamllin’s kill ratio and his death rate and how these statistics compared to my account as a whole.  I explained how this statistics are calculated back in this blog post.  The idea behind these statistics is to get an idea on how dangerous the various types of enemies that are recorded in the monster manual that my characters encounter in DDO really are by trying to standardize encounter rates.  Basically they are two simple statistics, averages for the number of monsters my characters kill per character death (kill ratio = enemy kills / character deaths) and the average number of deaths my characters suffer per enemy death (death rate = character deaths / enemy kills).  Of these statistics, the death rate is probably the most telling because the higher this number the more dangerous this monster is to my characters (meaning I get killed more often against these monsters).  Ok, enough explanations, let’s look at some numbers.

Tables 2 and 3 and Figures 3 and 4 illustrated these trends.  Hamllin’s highest kill ratio were for monstrous humanoids, animals, giant, and undead.  These particular ratios were well over 1,000.  Basically, Hamllin encountered these enemies quite often and suffered relatively few defeats against them.  Now, one thing I must point out here, this statistic is only valid for enemies that my characters suffered at least one kill against during their questing.  This is because the equation is not functional if my characters have never been killed by a monster category (you can’t divide by 0).  Comparing these trends account wide, the highest kill ratio was for animals, miscellaneous, and vermin.  So the trends do vary between Hamllin specifically and for my entire account.

Table 2.  Kill ratio statistic by monster type for Hamllin and across my account (sorted by highest ratio for Hamllin).

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Table 3.  Death rate statistic by monster type for Hamllin and across my account (sorted by highest death rate for Hamllin).

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Figure 3.  Kill ratio by monster type for Hamllin and my account.

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Figure 4.  Death rate by monster type for Hamllin and my account.

Looking at the death ratio statistic, the most dangerous enemies Hamllin encounters were aberrations, humanoid, player races, undead, and giants.  A comparison to the death rate statistic account wide showed some divergent trends.  Account wide, dragons, aberrations, humanoids, and undead accounted for the top five deadliest enemies.  One thing to take note here is the jump of dragons in the death ratio statistic compared to when I did this same analysis for Erdrique.  This because I started coming across dragons much more frequently once they were added into the monster manual and with my higher level characters.  And their deadliness is reflected in the highest death ratio statistic for my acount :).  At the time I did this, Hamllin hadn’t encountered any yet so their impact on him wasn’t applicable.

I took a broader look at Hamllin’s defeats and compared them to my account as a whole across monster manual volumes (Table 4-6 and Figures 5-7).  Across the seven volumes (Prologue + Volumes 1 thru 6-all that were present at the time I copied the data over), the monsters in Volume 1 accounted for the majority (24 deaths) of Hamllin’s defeats than any other volume.  Comparing the trends of Hamllin’s defeats to all of my characters, the trends differed slightly.  Hamllin suffered the majority of his defeats from monsters in Volum 1, while across my entire account the majority of deaths were due to monsters in the Prologue.  Hamllin’s second leading volume was Volume 3 while account wide it was Volume 1.  Taking a look at the percentages that Hamllin accounted for by volume is also interesting.  Hamllin accounted for less than 10% in the majority of the volumes, but in Volumes in 1 and 3 the number of deaths he suffered accounted for 21% and 15% across my account, respectively.

Table 4.  Number of defeats by monster manual volume for Hamllin and my account and the percent Hamllin accounted for.

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Table 5.  Kill ratio for Hamllin and my account by monster manual volume (sorted by highest kill ratio for Hamllin).

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Table 6.  Death rate for Hamllin and my account by monster manual volume (sorted by highest death rate for Hamllin).

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Figure 5.  Total number of defeats by monster manual volume for Hamllin and my account.

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Figure 6.  Kill ratio by monster manual volume for Hamllin and my account.

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Figure 7.  Death rate by monster manual volume for Hamllin and my account.

Perhaps the funnest trends were exhibited by looking at the number of defeats by monster race (Tables 7-12 and Figures 8-15).  The monster races that accounted for the top five most defeats for Hamllin were hobgoblins, beholders, humans, troglodytes, and wraiths.  These trends definitely reflect those I saw when I looked at defeats by monster type.  Comparing these to the top five for my account; humans, beholder, skeletons, hobgoblins, and troglodytes we see a large similarity, again this is reflected when looking at monster type as well.  What I found really interesting is that Hamllin accounted for over 35% of my account’s defeats against wraiths and hobgoblins.  Looking at the opposite trends, monsters that accounted for the least number of deaths for Hamllin (excluding those that Hamllin hasn’t suffered a defeat against) include orcs, skeletons, sahaugin, dwarf, ogres, and wolves.  At the time I pulled this data, Hamlin hadn’t suffered a defeat against 52 different monster races, at least to date (a good portion of these he hadn’t yet encountered).  Account wide, this number is only 22 races.

Table 7.  Top five monster races by number of defeats for Hamllin, the number of defeats those races accounted for on my account, and Hamllin’s percent of those defeats.

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Table 8.  Monster races that accounted for the fewest number of defeats for Hamllin, excluding those Hamllin never suffered a defeat from.

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Table 9.  List of monsters that Hamllin has never been defeated by and the number of defeats those same monsters have accrued against my account.

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Figure 8.  Top five monster races that defeated Hamllin and their respective defeats account wide.

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Figure 9.  Monster races that accounted for the fewest number of defeats for Hamllin and their respective defeats account wide.

Taking a a more detailed look at the monster races that accounted for Hamllin’s most defeats, beholder’s had the lowest kill ratio and the highest death rates, indicating that these monsters are the most dangerous encounters for him, at least with those from the top five in defeats.  These trends are similar across my account.  Looking at the kill ratio and death rate statistics for those races that accounted for the fewest defeats, orcs and ogres were the most dangerous for Hamllin.

Table 10.  Kill ratio and death rate for the top five monster races by number of defeats for Hamllin and the same statistics for my account as whole for the same monster races.

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Table 11.  Kill ratio and death rate for the monster races that accounted for the fewest number of kills for Hamllin.

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Figure 10.  Kill ratio for the monsters that accounted for most of Hamllin’s defeats.

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Figure 11.  Death rate for the monsters that accounted for most of Hamllin’s defeats.

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Figure 12.  Kill ratio for the monsters that accounted for the fewest number of defeats for Hamllin.

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Figure 13.  Death rate for the monsters that accounted for the fewest number of defeats for Hamllin.

The last analysis I did was too look at the top 10 deadliest monster races for Hamllin.  Taking a look at the kill ratio and death rate statistics, the top 10 deadliest races for  Hamllin include: beholders, wraiths, troglodytes, hobgoblins, bugbears, orcs, humans, ogres, dwarves, and kobolds.

Table 12.  Top 10 deadliest monster races for Hamllin using the kill ratio and death rate statistics.

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Figure 14.  Kill ratio for the top 10 deadliest races against Hamllin.

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Figure 15.  Death rate for the top 10 deadliest races against Hamllin.

These trends I have observed with Hamllin are similar to what I expected.  Hamllin has had a good impact on these numbers for my account, but nearly as much as those as Erdrique has.  This makes sense, I play Erdrique much more than anybody else.  I really need to update these numbers.  We have had a few more additions to the monster manual since I last copied down these numbers not to mention new variations and more quests of varying difficulties which have no doubt affected these numbers.

Thanks for reading everybody!!  The next thing I want to do is took at Kolll’s stats and see how they compare to my account as a whole.  Happy hunting in DDO everybody!!

Starting off 2017 with Some Questing

I have been writing up short summaries of my quest runs for quite a while now.  I mainly do this to highlight the various types of quest there are in DDO and for me to help track my own progress over time.  I used to do compile two blogs a week to highlight these runs, one blog post would track my questing from Mondays to Thursdays and the second post would highlight my questing from Friday through Sunday.  With the start of the new year I want to continue the general thoughts of summarizing my questing runs but I want to one post to cover the week. Of course, this blog will cover two weeks, since I didn’t get a chance to do one last week :(.

To start the new year off, I took Erdrique  (Level 10 Bard) and Sttollen (Level 11 Rogue) through Mirra’s Sleepless Nights, Purge the Herectics, Sorrowdusk Isle, The Iron Mines: Freeing Achka, and The Iron Mines: Justice for Grust.  While making my way through Mirra’s Sleepless Nights I completed the optional for locating and destroying the source of the wailing.  In Purge the Heretics, I completed the optional objectives to slaughter the halfling mercenaries and all of the commoners.  When I went into Sorrowdusk Isle, to pick up and start the quests for Grey Moon, I collected 125 slayers for Erdrique and Sttollen, located all explorer points; collected the awards for slaying 10, 25, 50, and 100 slayers; and located and defeated Teargon, Furley, and Saate.  Once inside  the Iron Mines, I came across the rare encounter Powder in Freeing Achka and in Justice for Grust I defeated Corrosion, Chef Grank, and Champion Prienyl.  However, while running through Justice for Grust, Erdrique got  squashed by an ogre champion, which made the quest quite interesting.

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Erdrique making his way through Mirra’s Sleepless Nights.

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Erdrique fighting his way to Achka.

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Erdrique battling Corrosion in Justice for Grust.

 

 

On January 2, I took Erdrique and Sttollen into the Searing Heights explorer area to kick things out for the day. While out there, I collected 226 slayers for Erdrique and Sttollen.  Erdrique also picked up a monster manual deed for orc hunter and received 2.260 experience.  Both Erdrique and Sttollen collected the rewards for 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200 kills.  The kills included the rare encounters for the first mate, Ghamzee, Calcine, Giallo, and Itharn Ushu.  Erdrique also collected all of the explorer points.  Later in the day, I took Erdrique and Sttollen back into Searing Heights and this time I collected all of the explorer points with Sttollen.  I also collected 138 more slayers and collected the rare encounters for Shute Ruggzen, Hazai Haatha, and Cruor Russo.

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Erdrique taking on the sights of Searing Heights.

 

I didn’t log back into DDO until Wednesday, January 4th.  I took Garrrin (Level 23 Barbarian/Primal Avatar) out into the King’s Forrest.  While out there, Garrrin collected 45 slayers including six dire bears and one astral panther.  Shortly after that run, I then logged Hamllin (Level 20 Fighter/Shadow Dancer) and took him into the quest Memoirs of an Illusionary Larcenor on heroic elite.  It was the first time I tried this particular quest and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I’m embarrassed to say that I wound up getting killed near to the end fight, primarily because I wasn’t paying attention to the fact my cleric hireling went down.  But I did my revenge, eventually :).

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Garrrin hunting in the King’s Forest.

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Hamllin exploring the intricacies of Memoirs.

 

For Thursday, I started my questing by dual boxing with Cannock (Level 8 Druid) and Crawlller (Level 8 Ranger) into Tangleroot Gorge.  Crawlller already has this area maxed out but Cannock collected another 50 slayers before I switched characters out.  They also took out the wandering giant, Kroshk.  Later that night, I logged on with Containment (Level 8 Cleric) and Cannock (once again) and took them through The Cloven Jaw Scourge: Caverns of Shaagh.  Making my through that part of Shan-to-Kor, I completed the optional objectives for slaying the three ogres, slaying the three witch doctors, the three large elementals, and 75 hobgoblins.  Dealing with the champions, Containment collected 15 mysterious remnants and Cannock collected 11.

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Cannock illustrating who the alpha wolf is in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Containment prepping for attacks from some hobgoblins in the Caverns of Shaagh.

 

To kick off the weekend, I took Tuhnn (Level 16 Bladeforged) out into the Sands of Menechtarun for my regular slayer run.  I forgot to record my slayer numbers but I did collect a monster manual deed for zombie exterminator and finished locating all of the explorer points.  Tuhnn also looted a pair of the Gloves of the Falcon.  After that run, I took Hamllin back into Memoirs of an Illusionary Larcener and this time I was able to complete it on heroic elite with little difficulty.  That night, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them, first, through Gladewatch Outpost and then the Forgotten Caverns.  While in Gladewatch Outpost, Erdrique picked 50 mysterious remnants and while in Forgotten Caverns they took out the optional for slaying Moldfang.  After running through the Forgotten Caverns, I took Erdrique and Sttollen out into Tangleroot Gorge and completed Doom of the Witch Doctor: The Way to Zulkash and Doom of the Witch Doctor: Zulkash, Herald of Woe.  To close out the night, I took Erdrique and Sttollen into Devil Assault and defeated all of the waves.  In that run, Erdrique collected 17 mysterious remnants and Sttollen collected eight.

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Tuhnn hunting for some slayers in  the desert.

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Hamllin exploring the dangers of Memoirs.

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Erdrique battling his way through the seige at Gladewatch Outpost.

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Battling the trolls of the Forgotten Caverns.

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Erdrique taking on the hobgoblins of Splinterskull.

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Erdrique setting the rune wheels to make his way to Zulkash.

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Preparing for the Devil Assault.

 

Continuing with my weekend runs, on Saturday I logged back on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them through the quest Dead Predators, The Bounty Hunter, Caged Trolls, and the Bloody Crypt.  While in the Bounty Hunter, Erdrique collected another monster manual deed for warforged hunter gaining him 471 experience.  We also collected the optional objectives for freeing Annelisa and killing the troll chieftain and Ras Clowery.  Erdrique picked up two more monster manual deeds in Caged Trolls, dwarf exterminator (1,130 experience) and dwarf hunter (2,260 experience).  We also completed the optional objective of plundering the Emerald Claw’s treasure cache.  The end the night, in the Bloody Crypt we collected the optional objective for slaying Gullet the Famished, defeating the Black Abbot’s legion, and slaying three priests of the Crimson Heart, Burning Heart, Immortal Heart, and Sanguine Heart.

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Time to plunder some loot in the Bounty Hunter.

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Erdrique battling his way through the Bloody Crypt with some help.

 

The beginning of the second week, I started out by taking Stoorage (Level 15 Fighter) and Izmit (Level 15 Shadar-ki) into Caged Trolls and The Bounty Hunter for some simple favor runs.  I completed the optional for plundering the Emerald Claw’s treasure cache in Cage Trolls and for the Bounty Hunter we completed the optional objectives for freeing Annelisa and slaying the troll chieftain and Ras Clowery.

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Stoorage making his way through the Caged Trolls.

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Stoorage exploring the Knaves Hollow.

 

On Monday, January 9th I logged on with Stoorage once again and this time I dual boxed with my other fighter Charlock (Level 16).  I took them into the Red Fens to work on another slayer run.  While out there, Stoorage collected 118 more slayers (with the help of a slayer potion) while Charlock collected 95 more slayers.  They also encountered Sharkbiter and Vyk Ka.  Shortly after that run, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them through the quest, Bargain of Blood.  I completed the optional objectives for finding the Deneith party, freeing the slaves, and destroying the assassination logbook.  That night, I switched characters and logged on with Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader) and I took him into the High Road while I was also playing with our digital PNP game.  Wapoyei collected 81 more slayers and completed the random encounters for Wild Warriors, Trader Travels, and the Wood Woad.  I collected one Commendation: Cleric of Amaunator.

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Stoorage battling the sahaugin of the Red Fens.

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Erdrique fighting off the Blood Tide pirates in Bargain of Blood.

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Wapoyei exploring the dangers of the High Road.

 

I logged on Hamllin to kick off things on Tuesday and I took him into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) for some slayers.  He came across two of the rare encounters, Lord Cirrus and Uthgur.  As for the slayers, he collected 68 Storm Heart slayers and two Storm Fist slayers.  After that run, I then took Hamllin into the next quest of the Slave Lords: Secret of the Slavers’ Stockade.  I completed the two optional objectives to explore the abandoned tower and to speak to Lady Morwin Elissar.  Later on Tuesday night, I took Berann and Containment, dual boxing, through the Tomb of the Burning Heart and The Mystery of Delera’s Tomb.  The completed the optional objective of shattering the burning brigade in the Tomb of the Burning Heart.  In Delera’s, Berann collected a monster manual deed for skeleton hunter earning 1,356 experience and the objectives for slaying Omaren Deathguard, Omaren Sentinel, Shade of Destruction, and 40 ghostly skeletons.

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Hamllin fighting off some ogres in Gianthold.

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Hamllin making his way through the Slavers’ Stockade.

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Berann making his way through the Tomb of the Burning Heart.

 

On Wednesday, January 11, I took Suppply (Level 11 Paladin) and Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) into Sorrowdusk Isle.  They both collected 103 slayers and took down the rare encounters Thanolin and Vermilo.  Suppply also finished collecting all of the explorer areas.  That was the only run I was able to knock out on that day.

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Suppply exploring the wilds of Sorrowdusk Isle.

 

I took Wapoyei into The High Road, once again, to start things off on Thursday.  Wapoyei collected 40 slayers and came across the random encounter for Spectral Sightings.  After my slayer run, I took Hamllin into the quest Seigebreaker.  Hamllin looted a Mark of the Tzaryan Rrac and Garments of Equilibrium.  I completed the optional objectives for settng the tents on fire, poisoning the water supply, destroying the crates of provisions, and blowing up the explosive stockpiles.  He also defeated Tinkerstab, Skinny, Major Pain, and Brinky.  To end the night, I took Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) into the Chains of Flame on epic normal.  Sludgge collected a monster manual deed for mephit exterminator I and earned 423 experience.  Making his way through the multiple levels of the Burning City, he collected five fragments of the Token of the Twelve and a complete Token of the Twelve.  He also collected 11 commendations of valor as a quest reward.  As for the optional objectives, he spoke to Valgrim Force-Bound, defeated Valgrim’s elemental guards, freed Valgrim Force-Bound, spoke to Erath the Blinded, transferred Erath’s curse, defeated the ogre mages, and freed Erath.

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Wapoyei doing some hunting in the High Road.

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Hamllin battling the forces of Droaam in Seigebreaker.

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Sludgge fighting his way through the gnolls of the Burning City.

On Friday the 13th, I logged on with Sludgge and took him into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) for some simple slayers.  He came across Cirrus and collected 64 Storm Heart slayers and a single Storm Fist slayer.  Later that night, after some maintenance, I took Erdrique and Sttollen into The Black Loch.  Erdrique collected a monster manual deed for zombie exterminator and earned 1,356 experience and completed the optional ojbectives for killing the failed experiments and using the gold key.  Unfortunately that was the only run I was able to complete that night.

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Sludgge making his way through the Ruins of Gianthold.

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Erdrique battling and spinning his way through the Black Loch.

To close the two weeks out, I took Erdrique and Sttollen through Storm the Beaches and The Tide Tuns to complete the Sentinels of Stormreach Story arc.  In Bargain of Blood, they completed the objectives for slaying pirates, more pirates, and even more pirates.  In the Tide Turns they completed the optional objective for activating the barriers in the north and south barracks and trapping the pirates.  Sttollen looted two Tarnished Heavy Deneith Chains while Erdrique looted the Torn Chitin Bracers and a Chimera’s Breath at the end of The Tide Turns.

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Time to prepare to lay seige to an island fortress.

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Erdrique battling his way through the Tide Tuns.

So, a wide variety of runs over the first two weeks of the year that included epic and low level questing, numerous slayer runs, and range of character levels.  I hope everybody else had a great start to the year as well!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!