Light Weekend of Questing, Quest Runs September 25 to September 27

Well, this past weekend was extremely light for me.  This was because I didn’t do any questing on Saturday.  Each month, usually the third Saturday of the month, is spent as a weekend date night with my wife where we just spend the night relaxing.  Most of the time she has to work during the day on Saturday so I usually get a run or two in before she gets home but this time she had the entire day off so we went off on a mini-trip which resulted in no playtime on Saturday.  But, I did do some more dual boxing between my accounts and in fact that is the way I started the weekend out.  I was scheduled to take Berann (Level 8 Barbarian) out into Tangleroot Gorge.  Since Berann was heading out there, I decided to log on with Containment (Level 7 Cleric) and to join them together because Containment is also working in that area.  The maximum level to gain full experience in Tangleroot Gorge is level 7 but because Berann was only a single level higher than Containment, Containment still was able to credit for the slayers and rare encounters.  So I took them out prior to heading to work and accumulated more slayers for both characters.  In the afternoon, when I got home from work, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 20 Rogue/Fury of the Wild) and took him back into the Vale of Twilight and attempted to complete Let Sleeping Dust Lie.  The last time I was in there with Erdrique I killed too many of the Crimson Foot Hive spiders.  Well this time, I literally ran out of time.  I couldn’t find the second journal entry in a reasonable amount of time so I had to give up and call it for the afternoon.  However, I made it up that night.  I logged back on with Erdrique on Friday night and grouped up with Ohuatewontoo and we tackled the Vale of Twilight together.  We completed Let Sleeping Dust Lie, Rainbow in the Dark, and Running with the Devils on elite and collected a plethora of slayers, explorer, and rare encounter experience as well.  We called it a night after we made it through Running with the Devils.

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Berann watching the fiendish spider and wolf battling.

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Erdrique making his way through the Vale of Twilight.

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Erdrique fighting the Twilight Giant Rats in Let Sleeping Dust Lie.

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The party gathering in the Vale of Twilight.

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Taking down one of the ogre magi bosses in Let Sleeping Dust Lie.

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Battling the elementals in Rainbow in the Dark.

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Battling Tolarn in Running with the Devils.

On Sunday, I took opportunity to do some more dual boxing.  I was scheduled to take Suppply (Level 9 Paladin) through the House Deneith Depths quests.  Well, Berann also needed these four quests and since Suppply is on my premium account and Berann is on my VIP account and I logged them both in and paired them up and took them into depths quests.  We started from the beginning and knocked out Depths of Despair, Depths of Darkness, Depths of Discord, and Depths of Doom.  I was actually quite glad for this because Berann was able to open up these quests on elite.  This saves me from having to run them all on normal, hard, and elite with Suppply because Suppply doesn’t have that option yet.  So definitely a time saver.  After I finished the four Depths quests, I called it a night.

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Suppply battling an earth elemental in the Depths of Despair.

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Climbing the ladder to deal with the hobgoblin casters in Depths of Darkness.

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Suppply looking for Landslide in the Depths of Discord but finding trolls instead.

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Suppply fighting the ogres of the Depths of Doom.

It was a nice weekend of questing even being a relatively light weekend.  I was able to continue to do some dual boxing and I was able to take Erdrique through some of the Vale of Twilight quests.  Hopefully this next week will continue to be as productive.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Vale!!

What a Lazy Party!!

The other day I took Erdrique (Level 9 Rogue) through the rest of the House Deneith Depth Quests.  These quests are pretty much a staple for beginning adventurers to play through.  In many ways, these four quests are like a small story chain as they are linked to each other but in actuality the are treated as separate entities.  These four quests are The Depths of Darkness, The Depths of Despair, The Depths of Discord, and The Depths of Doom.  One thing that intrigues me about these quests are the quest givers.  You can see that the four individual NPCs that pass out these quests all belong to their own little party.  In fact, they are just sitting around together and guzzling down some drinks in the Hammersmith Inn, not showing any interest in going out to take care of the assignments they were given.

These quest givers are Keane d’Deneith, Scholes of Vedykar, Neville Stormhammer, and Giggs Elorreahi.  Just from a cursory glance, it looks like Keane and Neville are wearing some heavy armor while Giggs and Scholes are definitely wearing some robes.  We can also see that Keane is a human, Scholes is a halfling, Neville is a dwarf, and Giggs is an elf.  My assumption here, which could be completely off based, is that Keane is probably the party leader and is fighter, since he happens to have the d’Deneith name.  I’m also assuming that Scholes is a wizard, Neville is possibly a paladin or maybe even a cleric, while Giggs also appears to be wizard.  Since these quests were in the game from day one, and these were the primary classes at the time, that makes some intuitive sense.

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Erdrique is more than willing to do the quests that the “Lazy Party” doesn’t want to do.

However, what really intrigues me about this party is how lazy they are.  They have all been assigned to look into these four different portions of the House Deneith sewer and instead of taking some initiative and looking into these disturbances, they have actually decided to stall and to pass on their jobs to us to do.  It just makes me wonder about the motives of this party.  One would think that an adventurer would be more than willing to look for danger and to earn reputation and to hunt down some loot.  However, this party doesn’t seem to be too interested in it.  Although they try to say that they are waiting for the dwarf to sober up, it sounds just like an excuse to me.

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Erdrique also ponders this party.

It makes me wonder if these guys feel these jobs are too far below their stature.  I wonder if this particular group of misfits got called out for some other misdeed.  I can easily see some of them causing a little more harm than good and therefore getting “punished.”  Especially since they seem to have the means to “pay/reward” us for the completions of the quests, suggesting that they are definitely seasoned adventurers.  I really wonder what their back stories are.  I also wonder what “level” these guys are.  In any case, an adventure is an adventure and an successful mission boasts one’s fame and reputation so I have no problem running through these sewers .

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Primarily Low Level Questing With One Epic Run, Questing Over October 13th to October 16th

The questing for me this week was dominated with runs with my new druid, Cannock (Level 7), some more runs with Erdrique (Level 4 Monk) and Hamllin (Level 12 Fighter).  I did get one epic level quest run with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Magister) as well.

The week started with a Monday morning slayer run with Containment (Level 5) who finished up his Waterworks Slayers and then moved onto to start his domination of Tangleroot Gorge.  Later that afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin and took him back out into Sorrowdusk Isle and completed the quest The Sanctum: The Church and the Fury which was the last quest in the Cult of Six story arc.  For Monday night, I logged on with my newest character, Cannock, and took him through “The Voyage” and raised him up to level 7.  I then took him out into Korthos and completed the quests Heyton’s Rest, The Storehouse Secret, The Cannith Crystal, The Collaborator, Redemption, and some Korthos Island Slayers.  Even though I was over level, I also go back and run theses quest for the favor.  After hitting those up, I called it a night.

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Containment dealing with the kobolds in Waterworks.

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Containment battling Clamor in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Hamllin dealing with the scorpion king in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Hamllin stunning the drow scorpions in Cult of the Six.

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Cannock exploring the Storehouse.

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Cannock working to protect the crystal.

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Cannock dealing with the traitor.

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Cannock will do what he can to rid Korthos Island of trouble.

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Cannock resting in Redemption.

I was scheduled to play Charlock (Level 13 Fighter) on Tuesday morning for my slayer run so I brought him and out into Sorrowdusk Isle and finished that explorer zone.  Charlock is now ready to head out into the Red Fens.  My afternoon run was with Erdrique who I took into the Depths of Darkness.  Unfortunately I was running behind and that was the only quest I get in for my mid-day afternoon run.  Tuesday night, I logged on with Rimuldar.  Rimuldar was working on finishing up the Sands of Menechtarun quests on epic normal.  He only needed the quest, Against the Demon Queen, to finish all of the quests on epic normal before he moves onto the next set of quests.  The quest run went very well and I wrote about it here.  It was one of my more enjoyable runs in the epic setting so far.  After I took Rimudlar through the Court of Lailat, I then headed off to House Cannith and ran the challenge Buying Time on level 20 for some of the heroic ingredients.   I had no major issues in there, but I did actually get killed but I was still able to complete the quest.  After the run through Buying Time, I headed off to bed.

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Charlock is now done with Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Erdrique fighting his way through the Depths of Darkness.

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Rimuldar basking in his victory over Lailat.

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Rimuldar taking it to an animated armor in Buying Time.

Wednesday morning I was scheduled to start the day with Lorrikk (Level 11 Monk) and I took him out into the Searing Heights.  Lorrikk is nearly done with the Searing Heights, he only needs one last rare encounter (Guck) and he will be finished with the area and will be moving to Sorrowdusk Isle.  When I got home from work, I logged on with Hamllin and took him into the last parts of the Ruins of Threnal: Entering the Gate Chamber and The Gate Chamber.  While running through Entering the Gate Chamber, I just realized even more how much slimes and rust monsters annoy me…  I didn’t run anything Wednesday night because it was date night with the misses :).

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Lorrikk wanting to hunt in the Searing Heights.

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Hamllin fighting a flesh render in Threnal South and wondering about the floating floor pieces.

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Hamllin finally entering the Gate Chamber and being greeted. 

For Thursday, the day started out with me logging in with Crawlller (Level 5 Ranger) and I took him out into Tangleroot Gorge.  I was lucky enough to have another player join my party post in the LFM panel during my run through of explorer area which allowed us to power through the explorer area twice before I needed to head to work.  I didn’t log into the game for a mid-day run, as I took my wife out for a little celebration (she was accepted into a new college) but I did log in Thursday night with Erdrique and I took him through the last two quests in the Catacombs: Endgame: Marguerite and Endgame: Archbishop’s Fate.  After that,  I logged on with Containment and took him through Home Sweet Sewer, Kobold Assault (normal and hard), and into the Cannith Challenge Behind the Door.  For the challenge, I didn’t quite complete the quest as I ran out of time before I got to one of the boss monsters, however I did kill the Mother of the Nest and earned a supply chest.  After those runs, I called it a night.

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Crawlller exploring Tangleroot Gorge.

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Erdrique making his way back to the Archbishop’s chambers through the Eastern Catacombs.

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The Archbishop has been purged.

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Containment bringing the dogs out of the sewer.

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Containment working to defeat the kobold swarm.

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Containment making his way through Dr. Rushmore’s mansion.

To sum up the questing for the week, it was centered around low level and mid level runs with a very fun epic run on Tuesday night.  It was a good of questing!!  I hope you all had a strong week as well :).  Thanks for reading and happy hunting everybody!!

I Wish I Had Those Skills!!

For the most part, hirelings can have some pretty lackluster abilities and the complications of their AI is well known.  However with that said, there are some moments where the hirelings shine.  For example, I was taking Erdrique (Level 4 Monk) through the quest the Depths of Darkness and he had the hireling Maloren.  Well, during the last fight, Maloren pulled off something Erdrique could only ever hope to accomplish…he was climbing in mid air!!

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Maloren pulling off a feat that Erdrique could only ever dream of.

I’m not sure what quite happened hear but Maloren was actually climbing in the air like he was climbing a ladder.  I think what happened was that he was trying to follow me up to the balcony where I had taken out the hobgoblin spellcasters.  However, I defeated them before he started to climb the ladder to follow me and when I jumped down to engage the boss and his cronies Maloren ported back to my general location but he was in mid climb during that.  In either case, I thought it was worthy to show off.

Now I’m jealous of the hirelings…well maybe not…Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

The Awkward Silence of the Pug Group

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Erdrique and Khamel grouping with some pugs in the Depths quests….and with the awkward silence.

Yesterday, I logged in Erdrique to do his mid-day quest runs and I had targeted the House Deneith Depths (Depths of Darkness, Depths of Discord, Depths of Doom, and Depths of Despair) quests as my next set of conquests .  Just as a quick side note here, if you can pick the right starting quest, you can move from each quest to the next quest without having to recall out to House Deneith, but it never fails with me concerning these four quests, that I always pick the wrong “starting quest” and always wind up having one quest to return to after I have completed and traveled through the other three, talk about annoying. 

Well, another guildie was logged on and we paired up and since I would like to recruit more members into the Crypt Crawlers, I decided to open up the group on the LFM panel.  Over the past few days, I haven’t had much luck getting folks to join my groups, but in a short time frame we had a wizard and a paladin join our group.  We were also already using two hirelings. 

I brought the wizard and the paladin into the group and welcomed them and made sure they knew where the quest was.  I also mentioned that we had just started.  I received a few acknowledgements through Party Chat but that was about it.  For the majority of the run, we had complete and utter silence, LOL.  You know that silence, that awkward silence where nobody wants to say anything and that everybody is just being shy.

Now, I’m not the most “talkative” or “open” person in the world but I tried a few times to stir up some conversation and congratulated the group after each successful completion but I didn’t get a peep at all back.  I’m not sure if these players had a microphone or not but I didn’t even get that much back from the type chat either.  Heck, even my poor guildie was having problems with his microphone so he wasn’t using his voice chat either.  LOL, just one of those awkward silences I guess.

Needless to say we completed the runs with very few problems on elite and extended Erdrique’s elite streak into the 200s, albeit very quietly!!