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!!

Review of the runs over the Weekend Feb 28 to March 2

This past weekend was a relatively productive weekend for me in DDO .  It started out with my regularly scheduled slayer run on Friday morning prior to heading to work.  I logged on with Stoorage (Level 9 Fighter), one of my premium account characters, and took him into Three Barrel Cove.  He has just started that particular area and has a long way to go before he gets close to maxing it out.  After I took Stoorage around Three Barrel Cove, I logged out and headed to work.  I didn’t get a chance to log back on Friday afternoon, as I met up with my wife to go out for dinner.  However, I did log in Friday night with Erdrique where I grouped up with Okhamel.  We decided to hit up the Waterworks Slayers and the quest The Captives in the Cerulean Hills.  After we tackled The Captives we went back into the Waterworks Slayers were I was able to cap it out and then we headed to the next quest in Shan-to-Kor: The Cloven Jaw Scourge-Blockade and the next two quests in Assault on Splinterskull: Yarckuch’s War Plans and Whisperdoom’s Spawn.  After that we decided to hit up the Sharn Syndicate series and we completed all of the quests in that storyline: Stand Your Ground, Dirty Laundry, The Stormreaver’s Fresco, Bookbinder Rescue, Repossession, Come Out and Slay.  After those runs, Okhamel called it a night and decided to work on my inventory management, for another hour.  Then I called it a night and headed to bed.

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Stoorage heading to Captain Dustdyn’s hideout in Three Barrel Cove.

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Smashing barrels in the Waterworks Slayer area.

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Sit orc, sit!!

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Moving to take care of an ambush.

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Time to take on Blood-drinker!!

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Fighting the hobgoblins to get to Whiserpdoom’s eggs.

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Protecting the Statler brothers.

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Fighting the money launders.

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Erdrique surveying the bank after hours in The Stormreaver Fresco.

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Taking down Quenrel in Book Binder Rescue.

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Looking for Zircon in Repossession.

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Surviving the Tenaments.

On Saturday, I logged Erdrique back in and kept on working on my level 4 quests.  I took him through next quest in Shan-to-Kor: Caverns of Shaagh.  After that, I moved through Rest for the Restless and two of the House Deneith Depths quests: The Depths of Despair and The Depths of Darkness.  After those runs, I decided to work on some more inventory issues/management and called it a night.

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Erdrique and his pack taking down a witch doctor in the Caverns of Shaagh.

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Fighting skeletons in Rest for the Restless.

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Erdrique fighting undead in the Depths of Despair.

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Slimes being a pain in Depths of Darkness.

On Sunday, I logged on with Harrgon (Level 9 Favored).  I was a little distracted on Sunday night from logging on later than I wanted to because I was running behind with tasks for the day and from some issue that my wife was having with her computer.  Even with those issues, I was still able to knock out three of the House Deneith quests on elite (he had already completed The Depths of Despair earlier): The Depths of Darkness, The Depths of Discord, and The Depths of Doom.  After those runs, I had to log out to get some sleep for work on Monday.

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Harrgon working in the Depths of Darkness.

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Harrgon not liking the oozes in Depths of Discord.

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Harrgon taking on the undead in the Depths of Doom.

So the weekend was dominated by low level runs but I still got quite a bit done, especially on Friday night.  Not bad at all .  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!