Moving Through Some Quests, Quest Runs October 19 to October 22

Overall, my questing this week was spread out across the level ranges of from 7 to 23.  This week was a little abnormal for me because my weekly questing didn’t really start until Tuesday.  This was because my wife and I headed out to the State Fair on Monday and I didn’t have the opportunity to get logged in having been out the entire the day at the fair.  With that said, my questing started on Tuesday morning when I dual boxed with Kanndar (Level 13 Paladin) and Stoorage (Level 12 Fighter).  Kanndar was scheduled to head into Sorrowdusk Isle and since Stoorage is still working on that area as well, I decided to log them both in and take advantage of the dual boxing capability.  I focused primarily on Kanndar and picked up some slayers in the area for both characters.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) and took him back into the Sands of Menectharun for another session of slayers.  Later that night, I logged on with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Magister) and I took him into the Underdark to find the portal I need to get to Sschindylryn.  Rimuldar is currently ready to start those particular quests and it was really the first time I had explored the Underdark since I put Hamllin through his current true heroic reincarnation.  I had a great time in there, coming across the drow, yuan-ti, and those purple worms.  I did find the portal to Sschindylryn so now he should be able to get to those quests much easier now.  After that, I called it a night.

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Kanndar making his way through Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Hamllin checking out the Burning Mountain from the middle of the desert.

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Rimuldar finding a portal in the Underdark.

Now Wednesday was a rather confusing day for me.  I had originally thought that the release of Update 28 Patch 1 was supposed to be that morning.  As a result, I logged on with Ragnar (Level 7 Spirit Shaman) in Neverwinter Nights II first thing in the morning.  Needless to say, I was quite surprised to log in on Thursday morning and see the downtime notice pop up on me.  But back to Wednesday, I took Ragnar and located Leldon’s Hideout with is a side quest I have obtained for Neeshka, my companion tiefling rogue.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 21 Rogue/Fury of the Wild) and took him into Tavern Brawl on heroic elite.  Erdrique now has all four quests from Update 28 completed on heroic elite.  The short duration of the quest and the fact that my wife was working late allowed me to get some extra play time in game.  Typically Wednesday is our date night, but with her working later than normal I was able to log in with Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) and with Suppply (Level 10 Paladin) for another session of dual boxing, with Harrgon on my VIP account and Suppply on my premium account.  I had originally planned to take Harrgon during the morning through a slayer run in Three Barrel Cove.  However, since I was expecting the downtime I had delayed that until this moment.  I took them both out into Three Barrel Cove and was lucky enough to complete the area for both characters.  Harrgon needed to finish up the 1,500 slayers and Suppply need to find two more explorers and one more rare encounter, all of which were completed :).  Now they will both move to Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Ragnar checking out Leldon’s Hideout.

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Erdrique fighting the devils in the middle of the Portable Hole.

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Harrgon making his way through the pirate lands of Three Barrel Cove.

Things started out on Thursday a little unexpectedly when I logged on with Cantlin (Level 12 Sorcerer) and with Stoorage (once again) for yet another dual box opportunity.  Like with Kanndar, Cantlin is working out in Sorrowdusk Isle slayers and I decided to tag Stoorage along as well.  However, when I got out there I say the global announcement flash up indicating that that servers were going to be coming down soon.  So I ran them around Sorrowdusk Isle for a short amount of time and gathered a few slayers before I needed to log.  LOL, I should have played Neverwinter Nights II that morning instead of on Wednesday but things still worked out ok.  In the afternoon, I took Hamllin through another circuit of the Sands of Menechtarun slayers who was able to hit 1,500 gnolls.  Later that night, I was scheduled to bring on Containment (Level 7 Cleric) who is another character from my premium account.  Containment is working on the Catacombs and I wanted to dual box with him and Cannock (Level 7 Druid) so that I could get it knocked out for him on elite, even though Cannock already had the chain completed.  So I brought both characters on and set up another dual boxing event and was joined by Rameses as well.  I picked up the chain, once again, with Cannock, and started from the beginning.  At that time, Containment was part way through the chain on hard.  Now, I restarted it and together with Rameses we knocked out the entire chain on elite (Friar’s Niece, Return to the Sanctuary, The Old Archives, The Crypt of Gerard Dryden, Setting the Wards: Lower Cathedral, Setting the Wards: Patriarch’s Crypt, Endgame: Marguerite, and Endgame: The Archbishop’s Fate).  Needless to say, Thursday night was quite productive.

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Cantlin hitting up the ogres in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Hamllin enjoying the view of the night sky in the desert.

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Coming across some spiders while looknig for Marguerite in the Sanctuary.

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This guy has seen better days in the Sanctuary.

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Following the librarian to his doom in the Old Archives.

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Looking for the Crypt  of Gerard Dryden.

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Battling the undead in the Lower Cathedral.

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Containment and Rameses dealing with the undead in Patriarch’s Crypt.

It was definitely a good week of questing.  I had a lot of opportunities to dual box which I continue to find helpful with my premium account.  I’m hoping to have a strong weekend and look forward to trying out the Night Revels.  I hope everybody else had a good week and has an even better weekend!!  Thanks for reading and happy hunting!!


A Look Back, Questing September 7 to September 10

My questing activities over this holiday week were composed of primarily higher level runs with a few epic and low level runs mixed in.  Also, being a holiday week, my normal questing routine was modified.  This was because my wife and I headed down to Myrtle Beach for Labor Day and we basically spent the whole day down there enjoying our day off (not very often that we get the same holiday off so we decided to take advantage of it:) ).  As a result, my questing didn’t really begin until Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, I started out the week with a morning slayer run.  I was scheduled to take Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader) out into wilds of the High Road.  Wapoyei still has quite a bit to do out there but I was able to continue to collect somre more slayers as I made my way through the beautiful landscape of the High Road.  In my afternoon run, right after I got back home from work and from the gym, I took Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) out into the Sands of Menechtarun and I was joined by Khamelbush.  Hamllin is steadily collecting his slayers out there and once he is finally done in that area I’ll considered him “caught up” on his explorer areas.  Khamel and I headed primarily into the scorrow area and then we tried to hunt down the rest of the rare encounters we needed.  It was a nice run.  Later that night, I logged on with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Magister) and I took him through the quest, Don’t Drink the Water.  I had only done this particular quests once or twice before and the last time I tried to complete it with Rimuldar I was with Hellsbain and we hit some major lag issues that caused us to have to forgo completing it.  However, this time the I was able to move my way through the quest much more smoothly and I wrote about the encounter here.  After I took Rimuldar through Don’t Drink the Water, I then logged out and logged in with Tuhnn (Level 15 Bladeforged).  Now even though I had planned on spending all day out and about for Labor day, I still had planned to close out the night by playing Tuhnn on Monday.  However, my wife and I got back too late so I made up that playtime on Tuesday night after my run with Rimuldar.  I took Tuhnn out into the Sands of Menechtarun and then through the quest The Chamber of Rahmat on elite.  The run went extremely smoothly and Tuhnn breezed through it.  I called it a night after that.

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Wapoyei causing some issues for the spiders in the High Road.

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Hamllin fighting the scorrow in the desert.

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Rimuldar and his makeshift band exploring the quest Don’t Drink the Water.

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Exploring the desert with Tuhnn.

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Thunn fighting the beggar in the Chamber of Rhamat.

Wednesday started out with some more slayer runs with another of my characters in epic levels.  This time it was with Sludgge (Level 21 Rogue/Shadowdancer).  I took Sludgge into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic), where he is currently working on his 1,500 slayer mark in the Stormheart zone.  In the afternoon, I logged on and quested with Erdrique (Level 18 Rogue) for the first time in the week.  I had scheduled to start the Harbinger of Madness chain and so I took him over to the Harbor and into the quest Missing.  Missing is one of those “hit or miss” quests for me.  At times I struggle through it while at other times I breeze through it.  Luckily for me, it was latter during this iteration.  I made my way through the flesh renders, tharaahk hounds, mind flayers, and taken fairly easily.  It was actually one of the smoothest runs I have done in this quest.  I ended my questing there for the day because Wednesday is my weekly date night with my wife.

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Sludgge creating havoc for the Stormheart forces.

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Erdrique can’t wait to track this guy down in Missing.

To close out the week on Thursday, I started by logging back into the game with Erdrique and I took him for another circuit of the Red Fens.  I believe Erdrique needs less than 1,000 kills now to complete that explorer area.  I find this ironic, as Erdrique was maintaining his slayer areas with respect to his level whereas Hamllin was surpassing well ahead of them.  It looks like this trend has reversed quite a bit.  Erdrique is level 18 and still needs to finish the Red Fens, Ataraxia’s Haven, Restless Isles, Sands of Menchtarun, Ruins of Gianthold, Orchard of the Macabre, and Wheloon Prison.  He has kind of fallen behind :).  In the afternoon, I logged back on with Hamllin and continued his own slayer run through the Sands of Menechtarun.  Later on that night, I logged on with Containment (Level 7 Cleric) and I took him into the Catacombs and completed Return to the Sanctuary, The Old Archives, and The Crypt of Gerard Dryden on hard (since I can’t open on elite with that account Containment is on).  I also was able to get a free challenge token and I ran an iteration of the Lava Caves: Circles of Power.  While working through those quests, I was able to hit level 7 :).

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Erdrique noting a beautiful scene in the Red Fens.

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Hamllin fighting a windlasher gnoll one on one.

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Trying to find another witness in the Catacombs.

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Containment battling the undead monsters in the library of the Catacombs.

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Containment using his turn undead ability in the Crypt of Gerard Dryden.

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Fighting some scorpions in the Lava Caves: Circles of Power.

So although it was a shortened holiday week, it was still quite a fun and active week!  I hope everybody else had a great week as well and I hope everybody has an even better weekend. Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Who Would Keep Their Treasures in the Sanctuary?

Yesterday, I wrote about the Catacombs and the Sanctuary.  I was wondering who else may have been an inmate of the Sanctuary but another thing came to mind as well while I was running Erdrique through those haunted halls.  Who would keep their treasures in the Sanctuary?  If you take the time to enter the various cells in the Sanctuary when you are working your way through the quest Return to the Sanctuary you will come across at least three different chests.

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Although not complaining, Erdrique is wondering who would keep treasures in the Sanctuary?

As mentioned previously, the Sanctuary is an asylum for those who are “touched”, in other words, insane.  This makes me wonder, who would store their valuable treasure/loot in the Sanctuary.  I have to admit, if I had anything of worth, my first thought wouldn’t be to keep in the cells of an asylum or with any family who may be incarcerated there.  However, maybe that is the point.  Maybe those owners of these chests are using some sort of reverse psychology.  Who would look for treasures in an insane asylum?  What better place to hide your valuables, especially if you are afraid somebody is going to be looking for them.  Another possibility is that these items are stolen goods and thieves are putting them here for safe keeping (maybe some of these thieves have family in the Sanctuary),  It would be a nice hiding space and I’m sure they could easily recover these items if necessary.  Oh, and we can’t forget about the members of the Silver Flame themselves.  Perhaps they are just taking advantage of the “patients” and using their rooms to stash their own valuables, knowing that people wouldn’t plan on going to an asylum to look for treasure and taking advantage of the security measures to keep in the “patients” in check (the iron defenders for example). 

Oh well, in any case the chests were hidden here waiting for me to find and loot.  Now the valuables are mine .    Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!