Now That is a Familiar Banner

Awhile back, I wrote a blog post wondering about a particular banner I noticed while running the The Crypt of Gerard Dryden with my low level ranger, Crawlller (Level 6).  I had originally thought that this banner was some type of indication of the Duality, that Dryden family has been trying to understand.  However, now I’m not so sure.  Over the weekend, I took Erdrique (Level 15 Rogue) into the Tomb of the Forbidden and the Tomb of the Unhallowed and came across the same exact banner.

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Erdrique coming across a familiar banner.

When I noticed the banner in the Tomb of the Unhallowed I also noticed that it was behind a large symbol of the Sovereign Host.  This made me wonder a little more about this particular banner.  Its kind of unusual to see the same banner being represented in two different religious orders.  I’m not quite sure what to make of this.  Symbols on the banner don’t really represent anything I can think of for either the Silver Flame or the Sovereign Host, which is why I was originally thinking it was symbol for the Duality.  Most likely as some type of a warning to those who venture into Gerard Dryden’s Crypt.  However, with this banner present in the Necropolis, this seems to break down.  The Necropolis is ancient burial ground for the elite of Stormreach before Delera’s Graveyard was established.  This suggests to me that this tomb has been here much longer than the Catacombs in the Marketplace.

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Erdrique coming across the banner again in the Tomb of the Unhallowed nicely placed behind the symbol of the Sovereign Host.

There is one possible explanation, which opens up some interesting thoughts.  I’m wondering if the Dryden family ancestors, when they migrated to Stormreach, learned of the Duality and discovered that the secrets were within the ancient tombs of the Necropolis.  Perhaps Gerard Dryden was lured out into the Necropolis and explored the tombs to learn what he could and as a result he brought the banner back to the Catacombs during the early days of Stormreach.  This also makes one wonder if the Abott was using the Dryden family in some fashion to further his ascension to godhood.  This is a very loose link between the Catacombs and the Necropolis but it does hold some intriguing thoughts.

In any case, it was just something I noticed this weekend.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Necropolis!!

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An Interesting Banner

I have mentioned a few times that one of things I really like about DDO is encountering those subtle and cool things that are in the game that make it just that much more immersive.  I noticed one of these things during a recent run through the Bloody Crypt with Kanndar (Level 11 Paladin) on elite.  I know I have seen this before but for some reason I really took notice to them during this particular run.  All of this pertains to the cool banners that are spread throughout the Bloody Crypt as pictured below:

 photo InterestingbannerintheBloodyCrypt_zps9db70c72.jpgKanndar admiring the banner in the Bloody Crypt and looking forward to talking to Salasso about his choice of banner.

The banner is just an interesting representation of the named boss at the end of the quest, Salasso, and for the design of the quest itself, as the quest is in the shape of a large bat.  The banner is on a brilliant red background, just implying its “bloody” nature, and the picture of the bat indicating that Salasso is a vampire with the ability to shape change into a bat as well as the shape of the dungeon itself.  One thing I am curious about though with the banner is the large “window” above the bat.  I’m not sure what that stands for unless it reflects the high chamber in which the Black Abbott uses to meet with Salasso (which is actually occurring as you enter Salasso’s lair and start to fight with him).   But in either case, this is just another example of one of those small things in DDO that keeps the game fresh .

I hope everybody else see other little things like these and that they make the game as enjoyable to them as it does to me.  Thanks for reading everybody and now get back to slaying the undead!!  Happy hunting!!