Quest Runs Over the Week December 29th to January 3rd

This past week wasn’t all that productive for me when it came to knocking out quests in DDO.  This was primarily because of the holidays and the associated travel that went with them.  We traveled from North Carolina to Florida to visit my family for Christmas and we traveled back on December 30th and December 31st we were still recouping and unpacking.

However, the day before we made our way back home, Saturday December 29th, I took Erdrique and Sttollen out into three explorer areas to find some dragon gems so that I could get into the Eerie Forest.   Actually, Sttollen had three gems he needed but Erdrique only had one. So, I first headed out to the Sands of Menechtarun to look for Thadargix’s Gem.  It didn’t take long to find one.  I came across it in the first Windlasher Gnoll village and collected 62 gnolls slayers and defeated Yurrugh while I was out there.  I then took them out to the Ruins of Gianthold to look for Sventusk’s Gem.  This one took me a little longer to find but I eventually found in Tarmor Stonehoof’s chest.  The only other rare encounters I found during this run was Chief Ogh and Pride Leader Xillic.  I collected 78 Storm Heart, 29 Storm Eye, and two Storm Fist slayers and found one explorer point.  Once I finished there, I headed back to the Reaver’s Refuge and turned in my gems and entered the Eerie Forest.  I didn’t stay long.  I collected 16 more slayers for the Reaver’s Refuge combined area and located two more explorers.  After that, I called it a night.

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Erdrique hunting for some dragon gems in Gianthold.

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Erdrique is finally able to get into the Eerie Forest.

On Tuesday January 1st, I took Erdrique and Sttollen through the Stealer of Souls.  It had been a little while since I had been in this quest so it took me a little while to get situated but the run went fairly smoothly, although I didn’t bother to try to kill Sor’jek at the end.  After that I collected some more slayers in the Sands of Menechtarun.  I collected 90 more gnoll slayers.  I called it a night after that, had to get back in the swing of things for work :).

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Erdrique making his way through the Stealer of Souls.

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Erdrique disrupting the gnoll culture in the Sands of Menechtarun.

I didn’t log back in until Thursday, January 3rd.  I logged on with Lorrikk (Level 14, Monk) and Suppply (Level 12, Paladin) and noticed that they still had the Threnal Ceremonial Blade in their inventory.  So, I went ahead and took them to the Ruins of Threnal to complete the Threnal Arena.  I was also a little short on time that night so this was a quick and dirty run.  I had no problems dealing with the various challenges.  After that I headed out to the Red Fens to get some slayers out there before I turned in for the night.  Only Lorrikk was able to get any slayer credit as he power leveled Suppply, but Lorrikk did collect another 63 kills out there.

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Lorrikk taking on the challenges of Threnal.

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Lorrikk exploring the Red Fens.

I hope everybody else had a great week!!  Thanks for reading and happy hunting!!

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Questing into the Second Week of March, Quest Runs March 7th to 10th

During the second week of March, my questing was pretty much with mid-level characters or epic level characters.  It was also an abnormal week for me because I had to do some traveling for work to get some management training so I didn’t get as much questing in as I typically would.  I started out the week with my typical slayer run on Monday morning.  I took Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader) into the High Road.  While out there I collected another six slayers and defeated the specter, The Eternal Wanderer.  Needless to say I didn’t have a whole lot of time to play that morning.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 18 Fighter) and I took him out into the Sands of Menechtarun for some slayers.  During this session, Hamllin focused on the gnolls and collected another 62 slayers in that area as well as taking down Stinkpelt.  That night, I logged on with Suppply (Level 10 Paladin) and Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) and I took them into Searing Heights to run the quest Bargain of Blood.  It was another dual boxing session and I wanted to get my revenge from my horrible attempt at Bargain of Blood from the night before.  On the way out to the quest, I picked up another 13 slayers for Harrgon.  In Bargain of Blood, I was able to the complete the optional objectives for destroying the assassination logbook, meeting up with the House Deneith Party, and freeing the slaves.  After completing Bargain of Blood, and getting my revenge, I then headed off and to do the quest Under the Big Top.  As I made my way through the quest, I only picked up one optional objective and killed Maz’il’tilnik.  In the end chest, Harrgon picked up The Big Top and Diamond of +5 Hide while Suppply picked up the Antique Greataxe as a story arc reward for completing the Phiarlan Carnival Series.

Wapoyei hunting in the High Road.

Hamllin battling the Windlashers in the desert.

Suppply making his presence felt in the Bargain of Blood.

Suppply taking note of the artwork in Under the Big Top.

On Tuesday morning, I was scheduled to play Neverwinter Nights II instead of the usual DDO.  I took my level 7 Spirit Shaman Ragnar further into the Warehouse in the Dock District of Neverwinter City.  For my afternoon run, I took Erdrique (Level 28 Rogue/Grandmaster of Flowers) into Sands of Menechtarun for some more slayers.  I also wanted to get something quick in before I headed out to Raleigh for my training.  While out there, I collected 57 gnoll slayers and came across Den Mother Fheena in the Windlasher Village.  That was all I could get in on Tuesday as I left shortly after that slayer run.

Ragnar participating in the battle in the warehouse.

Erdrique making his way to the desert.

I took my computer with me on my training trip in Raleigh and was able to get a few more runs in during the week.  On Wednesday, I logged on with Kolll (Level 22 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) and I took him into The Lords of Dust on epic hard.  Kolll picked up 54 fragments of the Token of the Twelve, eight mysterious remnants, the Golden Guile, a monster manual deed for Rhaksasha Hunter for 2,260 experience, and 17 commendations of valor as a quest reward.  However, that was the only quest I was able to complete.

Kolll taking down the cultists in Lords of Dust.

For Thursday,  I started out the day by taking Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) for some slayers.  Sludgge collected 51 Stormheart slayers, two Stormfist slayers, and one Stormeye slayer.  He also defeated the ogre mage, Uthger Runetusk.  That night I logged on with Kanndar (Level 13 Paladin) and Stoorage (Level 13 Fighter) and I took them both into the Tharashk Arena (VON 1) for another session of dual boxing.  The completed the optional objectives for defeating Angog the Champion, Myr’dril, the drunken ogres,  troll enforcers, Smashjaw, and Grogan.  I picked up a number of monster manual deeds during this run.  Kanndar picked up two monster manual deeds, one for minotaur hunter and another for kobold hunter, each awarding him 446 experience.  Stoorage collected a troll hunter monster manual deed for 1,943 experience.  Stoorage also looted a Diamond of +3 Intelligence.  That run closed out my activity for the week.

Sludgge doing some hunting out in Gianthold.

Kanndar battling the drunken ogres in the Tharashk Arena.

So, although it was an “off” week for me, I still had a number of interesting runs.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

 

Gathering Some Epic Quests, Quest Runs January 29th to January 31st

I kicked off the weekend by taking Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic).  Sludgge is working on gathering his 1,500 Stormheart Slayers.  During this quick morning session, he picked up 63 Stormheart slayers, 2 Stormeye slayers, and 1 Stormfist slayer.  He currently stands at 1,295 Stormheart slayers.  During this run he picked up one Ancient Dragon Relic from defeating Lord Cirrus.  In the afternoon, I took Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) into the challenge, Lava Caves: Colossal Crystal.  Hamllin completed the collecting of one progenitor crystal and the clearing out of the giant arena.  When the challenge was completed, he was awarded 284 Jade Scorpions.  That was the only afternoon run I was able to complete.  On Friday night, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 25 Rogue/Legendary Dreadnaught).  After checking in with the fellow Crypt Crawlers, I then headed off for the Red Fens to complete Into the Deep on epic hard.  I was expecting on having some trouble with crowd control in here and basically getting overwhelmed but that turned out not to be a problem at all.  While I was making my way through quest, Erdrique picked up a Water Elemental Hunter monster manual deed and picked up over 4,500 experience for it.  He also gathered a Scroll of the Greatclub of the Scrag.  I completed the optionals for reducing the loyalists forces (one times), the elimination of the scrag slaves, and defeated the Hezerou in the underwater pit.  In the end chest I gathered a Shard of the Raven’s Sight.  All told, I also picked up another 46 Fragments of the Token of the Twelve.

Sludgge collecting Stormheart slayers in the Gianthold.

Hamllin clearing the path of drow for the kobolds.

Erdrique battling the sahaugin in Into the Deep.

After making way through the capstone of the Red Fens, I then started on the Vault of Night chain on epic hard.  For this set of runs, I was joined by Friedrice and we headed off to do the Tharashk Arena on epic hard.  Again, I was expecting on having some issues with being over whelmed during the arena fight.  However, that didn’t materialize either.  Once we entered the arena we headed straight off for a set of gates and as soon as they opened up we rushed in and took out the enemy combatants.  As we made our way to the arena, through the arena fight, and to complete the quest we completed the objectives for defeating Angog, Durge’s contact (Myr’dril), took out the drunken ogres, killed the troll enforcers, defeated Smashjaw, and defeated Grogan.  The only thing of note that I picked up was 54 Fragments of the Token of the Twelve.  After we made it through the Tharashk Arena, we then headed to The Prisoner on epic hard.  The Prisoner was easier to make it through than the Tharashk Arena.  I picked up another monster manual deed while we were questing through The Prisoner, achieving quori exterminator I.  I also picked up a medium Eberron dragonshard fragment from a collectible, received a scroll for Stonemeld Plate, and picked up 46 Fragments of the Token of the Twelve.  We also completed the optionals for killing the arcane oozes, Ingstoldt, his pests, and the gargoyle guardians.  We both called it a night after that run through.

Erdrique and Friedrice battling in the Tharashk Arena.

Erdrique making his way through the maze in the Prisoner.

On Saturday, I did some Risia Ice Game jumping with Kolll (Level 22 Ranger/Shiradi Champion), who happens to be my default jumper, and picked up a couple purple coins.  Later that night, I logged back on with Erdrique and I took him into The Jungles of Khyber on epic hard.  The Jungle of Khyber is known for the large number of optional objectives it contains.  During this run, I completed the optional objectives for defeating Drinto Luridae, Blackheart Ambassador, Wumat Luridae, Chactar Luridae, and Huarn Luridae.  I also picked up  five mysterious remnants and 71 Fragments of the Token of the Twelve.  After that run, I headed over to Haywire Foundry and ran that one on epic hard as well.  While questing through Haywire Foundry I completed the optional objectives for defeating the elementals, RC-1, RC-2, disabling the flame jets, and defeating 10 mithral defenders while escaping.  I also picked up a scroll for the Cloak of the Silver concord, 5 mysterious remnants, and 60 Fragments of the Token of the Twelve.  Neither quest caused me any issues on epic hard.  After running through Haywire Foundry, I called it a night.

Kolll preparing to participate in the Risia Ice Games.

Erdrique battling the drow in the Jungles of Khyber.

Unfortunately I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked to on Sunday.  However, I did I get another opportunity to dual box :).  I was originally scheduled to play Kanndar (Level 13 Paladin).  So I also logged on with Stoorage (Level 14 Fighter) from my premium account and paired them up and took them out into Sorrowdusk Isle.  Kanndar is currently working on that explorer area and the Cult of the Six story arc.  I took them both through lower Sorrowdusk Isle and into upper Sorrowdusk Isle and ran the The Temple Outpost: Libram of the Six on elite.  While making our way through the explorer area, I cam across Teargon and Furley and collected 56 slayers for Kanndar.

Kanndar looking into the wild jungles of Sorrowdusk Isle.

Taking on the slimes in the Temple Outpost.

So those were my runs and activities over the weekend.  I actually gathered enough experience with Erdrique to take level 26 but haven’t done it quite yet.  I might go ahead and level him up but I was originally thinking of keeping that level “banked.”  Although, I don’t believe it really matters.  I still have quite a ways until I hit level 30.  Overall though, it was a good and fun weekend.  I hope everybody else had a great weekend as well!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in DDO!!

Reviewing My Questing, Quest Runs October 12th to October 15th

Things have finally gotten back down to normal for me.  My quest runs this week started out with a slayer run with Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader) into the High Road.  He still has quite a bit before he gets close to maximizing that are out.  My afternoon consisted of me doing another slayer run with Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) who is still working on the Sands of Menechtarun.  Hamllin is slowly acquiring his slayers across all three types and focused on the scorrow on Monday as me made his way to reach the 750 slayer mark.  Monday night was quite interesting.  While our digital PNP game was going on, I took Lorrikk (Level 13 Monk) into the Tomb of the Shadow King on elite.  Although, I didn’t die, I did come across some problems in there but I was able to overcome the diversity I encountered to make it through the quest. It was actually quite challenging, especially being distracted from my PNP game.  After I knocked out that quest, I took Lorrik into VON 1 (The Tharashk Arena) on elite and had little problems in there.  I still had some time left after completing VON 1 so I took him into the Cannith Challenge, Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time and I was able to get my first dragon kill for my monster manual by defeating the spectral dragon, Auraxyllon.

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Wapoyei taking a small gang into the High Road.

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Hamllin enjoying the night time of the Sands of Menechtarun.

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Lorrikk hunting down the incorporal undead in the Tomb of the Shadow King.

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Lorrikk finding an interesting longsword from a crate in VON 1.

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Lorrikk exploring the Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time.

My morning slayer run prior to work on Tuesday was with Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer), who I took out into the Ruins of Gianthold (heroic) as he continues to work on his Stormheart slayers.  In the afternoon, I took Erdrique (Level 21 Rogue/Fury of the Wild) back out into Eveningstar to start the Druid’s Deep Adventure Pack by going through the quest Outbreak.  It has been a little while since I worked on these quests and since I want the maximum amount of favor from them, I went in on heroic elite.  I still wound up having some issues in there, as the close quarter fighting made it difficult for my hireling to function properly but luckily this isn’t a very long quest.  Later on Tuesday night, I logged on with Garrrin (Level 23 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) and I took him through the Against the Demon Queen on epic normal.  He had no problem dealing with Lailat and her minions.  I will have to go back on knock it out on epic hard if I can.  I then took him through the Cannith Challenge, Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time and although I completed the quest, I ran out of time before I could finish killing Auraxylion.  I’ll have to get him again next time!!

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Sludgge making his way through the Stormheart Encampment.

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Erdrique getting ready to determine what is happening in the War Hospital in Eveningstar.

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Garrrin battling the scorrow in the Demon Queen pre-raid.

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Garrrin battling another marilith in Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time.

Wednesday was my short day, as it is primarily my weekly date night with my beautiful wife.  To start the day, I took Erdrique into the Red Fens to continue to work on his slayers.  He is slowly working on finishing up the slayers out there.  I’m hoping to finish up the last of the 7,500 slayers this weekend and then I can finally move forward.  In the afternoon, I logged in with Hamllin and took him back into the Sands of Menechtarun for his round of slayers.  This time I was joined with Khamelburger who happened to be working on slayers in the desert as well.  We quickly made our way through the scorrow area, which Hamllin was still primarily focusing on.  After clearing out the scorrow area, I called a night.

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Erdrique coming across darkfang hunter in the Red Fens.

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Hamllin and Khamelburger collecting some slayers in the Sands of Menechtarun.

To close out the week on Thursday, I took Kolll (Level 22 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) into the King’s Forest for some morning slayer runs.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique and I took him back out into Eveningstar and worked on the second quest in the Druid’s Deep adventure pack, Overgrowth.  Again, I ran this on heroic elite for two reasons, to get the favor and to get a refresher on the course.  I’m glad I did because I did wind up getting killed a few times as I wasn’t paying attention to my health and got obliterated a few times.  Of course the close quarters fighting seem to be creating havoc with the hireling AI as well.  I did complete it and I’m ready for the next quest in the line.  I then took Erdrique back out into the Red Fens for some more slayers.  Later that night, I logged on with Cantlin (Level 12 Sorcerer) and I decided to take him into the Temple of Elemental Evil Part 1.  It was no surprise to me, to see that I struggled in here.  I went in on elite with a hireling and watched as I got tore up quite a bit.  I wound up re-entering the quest twice after I got swarmed by the many mobs in the Temple.  I did wind up developing a routine with him, as I was able to take out many enemies from a distance with scorching ray (Cantlin is a fire savant).  Of course it didn’t help that I haven’t been back into the Temple of Elemental Evil since I completed it with Erdrique back when he was low level.  I actually have a few characters who need to make their way through the Temple of Elemental Evil so hopefully I will get “refreshed” to the map.  In either case, I wound up taking Cantlin to the ballista area and make it shortly past that point before I had to call it a night.  The Temple will have to wait until next time!!  I still got a little chunk of experience though for killing plenty of enemies and a few chests.

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Kolll hunting in the King’s Forest.

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Erdrique making his way through Uthe’s Lodge in Overgrowth.

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Erdrique noticing some of the landmarks in the Red Fens and wondering about their lore.

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Cantlin preparing to enter the Temple of Elemental Evil Part 1 for the first time.

So those were my runs for this week.  I had a nice chunk of epic questing on, which is always good to see.  Of course as Erdrique makes his way through the rest of the high level heroic quests and into epic quests, it won’t be surprising to see my questing being dominated by epic runs until I get back to maximum experience to do an epic reincarnate and then a true heroic reincarnate to start back over at level 1 as a bard.  Still have quite a bit of a ways to go before that though.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Thinking About Some Unfairness in the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic)

I have recently been taking Erdrique (Level 18 Rogue) through the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) and the quests located out there.  As I was making my way through the Foundation of Discord with Okhamel, a few random thoughts occurred to me.  These thoughts centered on some things that I consider to be “unfair” or perhaps unbalanced would be a better adjective.  To help explain some of this let me quickly describe how the heroic slayer area for the Ruins of Gianthold is divided.  The area is split between three powerful and distinct camps.  These include the Stormfist Camp, Stormheart camp, and Stormeye Camp.  The leader for the Stormfist camp is a stone giant named Jorgundal, the leader of the Stormheat camp is a fire giant named Blaze, and the leader of the Stormeye Camp is a cloud giant named Nimbus.  Now these three camps are currently undergoing some in fighting between themselves and within their own camps in order to get the favor of the Stormreaver.  When you explore the Gianthold map, you will learn that each area has three distinct quests, one flagging quest and two side quests exist for each camp.  The flagging quests being needed to get into Gianthold Tor and into the Stormreaver Raid.

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Erdrique making his way through the Gianthold.

Now each camp is composed of different races/organizations.  There is where I realized the first part of the “unfairness.”  There are two camps that have contributions from three organizations while the last camp only has two races/organizations.  Taking a look at the Stormfist camp we see that the camp is composed of the Windlasher gnolls, the Wyrm Cult orcs, and two tribes of hobgoblins (Cloven Jaw and Arzag-Khor, which I’m going to count as one entity).  A look at the Stormheart camp shows that the Runetusk ogres, Blackheart trolls, and Forsworn minotaurs.  However, the last camp, the Stormeye only have two active organizations in their mists, the Zakya cultists (including the rakshasa and jariliths) and the Concords (platinum, gold, silver, and copper).  So to me the first point of “unfairness” here is that the various camps spread throughout the Gianthold don’t access to the same amount of resources.  In this sense the Stormeye Camp seems to be at a large disadvantage here.

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Erdrique and Okhamel taking care of the Concord in Foundation of Discord in Gianthold.

The second “unfair” point I noticed had to do with the side quests and the monsters that are in these quests.  As you explore the various camps you will come across six different side quests which are essentially lairs.  In the Stormfist area you come across A Cabal for One which is the Hobgoblin Lair and the quest Feast or Famine which is the Orc Lair.  However, there is another race here that doesn’t seem to have its own lair.  Where is the lair for the Windlasher gnolls?  Moving onto the the Stormheart area, we have a Trial by Fire in the troll lair and a Maze of Madness in the Minotaur Lair.  However, the Runetusk ogres don’t appear to have an established lair of their own.  Luckily, in the Stormeye area both the Zakya and Concords have their own lair.

This makes me wonder why we see this discrepancy.  How come the Stormeye camp is only composed of two groups when the other camps have at least three races/organizations?  Could it be that the groups that make up the Stormeye camp are just that much more powerful than those in the other groups.  The raksashas and jariliths are outsiders and quite potent combantants while the Concord organization is known to be involved in a lot of sketchy and illegal activities and to be extremely powerful.  Perhaps Nimbus feels his camp of Zakya and Concords can easily stand up against the monstrous races of the other camps.  One would also think that the Concords could easily provide plenty of resources if needed.  The more interesting question is why doesn’t the Windlasher gnolls and Runetusk ogres have any established lairs or bases of operations in the Gianthold.  The Windlashers are quite prevalent in the Sands of Menectharun and in the Vale of Twilight while the Runetusk ogres are quite well entrained out in the Restless Isles.  Could it be that these bases of operation sufficient enough to maintain a strong presence in Gianthold?  I would think that the gnolls and ogres would want to set up another base of operation In Gianthold.  Perhaps they haven’t had a chance to locate a good place for a new lair and/or the other races/organizations already had a presence here before the Windlasher gnolls andRunetusks ogres were recruited out to Gianthold.

In any case, I thought that this was curious.  Perhaps we will see a few new quests in Gianthold that focus on these two races and maybe even see a new organization join the Stormeye camp.  One just never knows!! 🙂

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting out in Gianthold!!