The Enemies in Diplomatic Impunity

Awhile back, I wrote a blog about the quest Diplomatic Impunity.  In that original blog post (sorry about the pictures being blocked 😦 ), I wrote about the general characteristics of the quest and some of it’s unique characteristics: the ability to parlay with the wildmen, watching the invasion force make it’s landing, and the end fight.  This time I want to focus a little bit more on the various types of enemies you will encounter while you make your way through the jungles of the Skyfall Coast and to the ruins that Droaam is using as their initial staging area.

When you first set out in the quest, the first things you will most likely encounter will be the native creatures of the Skyfall Coast: scorpions, panthers, and wild men.  In many instances you can avoid the scorpions if you wish.  The scorpions are hidden in their underground burrows and will spring up to attack when you travel over and through them.  The clearings that mark these locations are generally pretty evident.  There does appear to be a named scorpion (Needleclaw), although I don’t think I have ever encountered him (I will have to check my monster manual on that one).  Avoiding the panthers and wild men is a much different story.  Unless you have a very good sneak ability or invisibility you will most likely have to combat some of these creatures.  There is a possible named panther (Bashevis) that you can defeat as well.  Both, the panthers and wild men tend to stay in their own groups, which makes fighting them challenging at times.  When you run across a pack of panthers, you can expect to be tripped a couple of times and when you run across a group of wild men, you can bet their will be a shaman among them creating a wealth of havoc for you.

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Erdrique and his group taking on one of the scorpion nests in Diplomatic Impunity.

After you make contact with Ullevian and observer the Droaam forces making their landing is when you will have to start dealing with those particular forces.  The majority of the Droaam forces are clustered in groups spread throughout the rest of your pathway as you make your back to the ruins where Ilos Hrolk has made his lair.  Each skirmish tends to have two gnolls, one warpriest and warmage, a couple of half-orc archers (skirmishers), a couple of melee (including orc infantry soldiers and half-orc conscripts).  If you don’t take out the warpriests and warmages relatively quickly, things could get messy.

Ilos Hrolk, is a half-orc fighter and is quite a brute.  During your end fight with him, we will keep bringing in reinforcements to help him and the whole scene could get pretty hectic rather quickly.  Couple that with some miscellaneous traps to catch those parties who try to retreat and regroup, it does get interesting.

Overall, the enemies in here can be quite challenging.  Although the diversity isn’t large, their makeup allows for some interesting synergy between them and makes your attacks on them more disciplined.  If you haven’t explored Diplomatic Impunity, go check it out.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Skyfall Coast!!

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Having Some Fun in Diplomatic Impunity

Relatively recently, I took both Erdrique (Level 17 Monk) and Hamllin (Level 15 Fighter) through the quest Diplomatic Impunity.  Diplomatic Impunity is a fun quest and it is part of the Deception of Stormreach quests from Update 7 that leads directly into the Attack on Stormreach Chain and the battle with the tremendous forces of Droaam.  For me, I typically start out with Diplomatic Impunity when I start to run these quests.  The quest takes place in a beautiful landscape area called the Skyfall Coast, which appears to be a remote area of Xen’drik.  The Skyfall Coast contains an expansive sandy shoreline that is protected by an expansive jungle and rocky outcroppings.

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Some of the natural hazards on the Skyfall Coast include these scorpions.

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Hamllin dealing with the wilds of the Skyfall Coast.

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Erdrique learning that the Vinethrashers like to attack first and ask questions later.

The Skyfall Coast is rarely traveled and we see this during our questing here.  The area contains a number of natural dangers including powerful scorpions, dangerous jungle panthers, and secretive wildmen who are very protective of their forests and village.  There are also a number of scenic outlooks throughout the jungles that line the Skyfall Coast, including one that overlooks the expansive beach, which we see is being used quite extensively by an invading force from Droaam.  Speaking to this, we also discover that situated along the Skyfall Coast are some ancient ruins that the Droaam captain is using as staging area.

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Hamllin admiring the large force of the Droaam army at the Skyfall Coast.

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Some of the infantry have already begun their invasion.

Working our way through the wilds of the Skyfall Coast we encounter a number of dangerous and interesting obstacles while trying to protect the Coin Lords diplomat and trying to discover any underlying treachery from Droaam.  Many of these include patches of scorpion nests, a pack of jungle panthers, various entanglements with the wildmen, and encountering a number of Droaam scouting forces.  We also have the opportunity to parlay with the wildmen in order to reach the Coin Lord diplomat more quickly and in order to bypass a number of the Droaam scouting party.

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Coming upon the staging area just outside of the ruins at the Skyfall Coast.

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Preparing for the final fight in the ruins on the Skyfall Coast.

The end fight is also quite interesting.  The captain of the forces, a brutish half-orc, will try to convince you to join him and then he gives you an honory salute when you decline before he attacks you viciously.  To make things more interesting, he calls in his reinforcements and body guards to join the fight while also setting off a series of traps that were evidently laid down in the ruins prior to your arrival.  This particular fight can get hectic but it also quite a bit of fun.

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Fighting the Droaam scout forces in the Skyfall Coast.

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Hamllin making his way through the Vinethrasher Village along the Skyfall Coast.

Between the various enemies you encounter, the interesting storyline with the underlying deception that is occurring, having the ability to use different techniques to get through the wildman camp (bypassing it completely, using diplomacy, using intimidate, or just fighting everything), the interesting landscape, the view of the invading force, and dealing with the forces and traps in the end fight lead to a fun and exciting quest.  If you haven’t ventured out to the Skyfall Coast I would recommend it!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Fun Questing Over the Weekend, Quest Runs February 6 to February 8

My questing this weekend was quite interesting.  However, I started out questing not in DDO but in Neverwinter Nights II.  So instead of my typical slayer run, I took Ragnar further into the city of Neverwinter to investigate the corruption of the Neverwinter guard.  Later that afternoon though I did log into DDO with Erdrique (Level 17 Monk) and I took him out into the Sands of Menechtarun and into the quest, Against the Demon Queen.  This particular run was quite interesting.  It was perhaps one of the easier runs I had through here.  I did get bowled over quite a bit of times but I did get back up and knocked the queen about to her Circle of Eternity.  It was perhaps the easiest run I have had.  Later that night, I brought Erdrique back on and decided to try to knock out the Tomb of the Tormented.  However, I ran into some issues.  I was working on the last maze when my internet connection dropped :(.  It probably was a good thing because I kept getting my rat killed in the trap.  I was able to get back on in about another 20 minutes after I lost connection and decided to work on  Tomb of the Tormented once again.  This time I was able to make it through the quest with only on rat getting killed in the last maze.  So to say I was relieved would be an understatement.  I then logged out for the night.

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Ragnar and his party looking out into Neverwinter Habor.

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Erdrique taking on a champion efreeti in Queen’s Lailat domain.

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Edrique making his way through the Tomb of the Tormented

On Saturday, I brought Erdrique on again and took him back into the Sands of Menechtarun and finished up my 3,000 slayers in the undead zone.  That gave me just over 20,000 experience and gave me enough experience to move up to level 17 :).  So after leveling up, I took Erdrique out into the quest Diplomatic Impunity on elite and breezed through it.  I then was starting to miss running some challenges so I then took Erdrique into Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door and level 15.  After that I called it a night.

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Erdrique looking for some undead to slay in the desert.

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Erdrique making his way through Diplomatic Impunity.

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Erdrique hunting a boss down in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion.

Sunday, I was planning on logging in with Wapoyei (Level 23 Cleric/Exalted Angel), who I did log in, but I started the night with Kanndar (Level 11 Paladin) and helped out Hellbanisher complete the quests A Path to Madness and Xorian Cipher on elite.  After we completed that run, I then brought on Wapoyei and Hellbanisher brought on Hellsbain and we hit up the quest Servants of Overlord on Epic Hard.  The quest was quite fun.  I also brought along with us my onyx panther and my owlbear.  We progressed easily through the drow, spiders, and outsiders.  Overall, it was a good run.  After that, I had to call it a night.

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Kanndar and Hellbanisher fighting the undead in The Path to Madness.

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Kanndar and Hellbanisher hunting in Xorian Cipher.

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Wapoyei and Hellsbain making their way through Servants of the Overlord.

So it wasn’t one of my most productive runs but it was still quite fun.  I did get Erdrique another level and I did get another epic quest completed which was nice.  This week, I’m going have to work on getting some Risia Ice Games in before they go away.  I hope everybody had a great weekend and thanks for reading!!  Happy hunting everybody!!

A Good Week of Questing, August 4 to August 7

Last week, was another fun week of questing in the realm of DDO :)!!  However, the week’s questing activities didn’t begin with any adventures inside DDO, but instead within Neverwinter Nights II (Original Campaign) as I took my Aasmir Spirit Shaman (Ragnar Level 8) into the quests and adventures surrounding Highcliff early Monday morning.  I was playing NWN II instead of DDO because DDO had some downtime due to Update 22 Patch 3 being released.  So after I took Ragnar out into the surrounding wilds of Highcliff, I headed out to work.  When I returned from work, for a midday run prior to dinner, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 15 Druid) and took him into the quest Diplomatic Impunity on elite.  I actually ran into one rough spot while running through the quest as I somehow lost track of my cleric hireling but besides that the quest went well.  Later that night, I was scheduled to play Erdrique again but prior to that I logged on with Stoorage (Level 10 Fighter) who I as supposed to run that morning but due to the downtime I couldn’t.  So I took Stoorage through Three Barrel Cove and completed that explorer area with him.  After completing that, I re-log on with Erdrique and took him through one of my more favorite quests, A Relic of the Sovereign Past.  Since it was Monday night, I was also multitasking with my digital PNP group through Skype and Maptool, so I took my time through the Black Anvil Mines and by the time I completed it, it was time for bed.

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Ragnar investigating Shoudra’s farm outside of High Cliff.

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Erdrique noticing the fence line in Diplomatic Impunity.

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Stoorage locating some hidden treasure in Three Barrel Cove.

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Erdrique exploring the quest A Relic of the Sovereign Past.

On Tuesday, my slayer run was through Tangleroot Gorge with Hamllin (Level 10 Fighter).  I have to laugh when I compare Hamllin’s and Erdrique’s questing paths, as they are both Heroic True Reincarnated players, but Erdrique is much more thorough in getting his slayers completed and closure to his level but then again Hamllin has only undergone one reincarnation and doesn’t need as much experience.  In either case, Hamllin is still working on Tangleroot Gorge and after beating up on some hobgoblins for a little while I head out to work.  Later that afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin once again and took him through The Prisoner on elite.  The quest went very smoothly, although the quori stalkers did make Hamllin helpless more than once by draining his petty charisma, lol.  For Tuesday night I was scheduled to take Lorrikk (Level 11 Monk) into The Tide Turns to complete the Sentinels of Stormreach Story Chain which I completed easily.  After that run, I logged out for the night.

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Hamllin admiring his work in the Gorge.

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Hamllin fighting some Tharahk Hounds in The Prisoner.

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Lorrikk staring down the Crimson Moon.

For Wednesday, my questing started out with some slayer runs through Three Barrel Cove with Suppply (Level 8 Paladin).  For my midday run, I logged on with Hamllin and got some help from Twotoe as we headed into The Gateway to Khyber and The Jungle of Khyber, better known as VON 3.  We ran into some difficulties in the beholder area and with the named beholder.  We didn’t have any other real issues until we faced the Marut itself, where we were both hampered by some lag issues at the same time we were getting sonic punched.  Needless to say, those two things didn’t match so we didn’t get a chance to complete the quest (especially since I didn’t have time to reenter the quest).  However, the Marut has been put on our hitlist!!  After that run, I called it a night and spent the rest of the night with my wife for our weekly date night :).

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Suppply noting the eerie moon in Three Barrel Cove.

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Hamllin making his way through the Gateway to Khyber to get to the Jungle of Khyber.

On Thursday, I was scheduled to log in with Wapoyei (Level 23 Cleric/Exalted Angel) so I brought him on and took him into the High Road.  I took him around the area and was a little disappointed as I made my way to the Winter Werewolf rare encounter at the camp where he seems to only spawn at night.  So I waited as long as I could but I eventually had to logout to head to work so I didn’t encounter him :(.  For my midday run, I logged on with Erdrique and took him into the quest Frame Work.  Erdrique had a fun time taking on the plethora of minotaurs and had little difficulty completing the quest.  That night, I logged on with Garrrin (Level 21 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) and took him into the quest, A Small Problem on epic normal.  Garrrin didn’t have any issues with the quest but it was apparent to  me that I need to upgrade some of his gear. 

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Wapoyei fighting in the High Road.

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Erdrique looking out at the minotaur fortress.

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Garrrin taking on the enemies in the Mammoth Valley.

So, that was my week in review basically.  I had a pretty successful week’s worth of questing and quite a diversity of run.  The weekend has also started out quite nicely and I hoping it ends just as strongly.  Hopefully all of you have had a fun week as well!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!