Another Set of Quest Runs, February 19 to 25

My questing this week was relatively light once again :(.  This was because of a few work related activities that kept me from logging in on Wednesday and Thursday.  Wednesday night is also my weekly date night with my wife so I don’t log into the game for a typical night run but I usually get a chance to run a slayer prior to dinner.  This week though, an ex-coworker of mine retired and his retirement party was on Wednesday and Thursday I was traveling all day and was just too tired to log in.

But, I did get some questing in during the rest of the week.  On Sunday, I logged on with Kanndar (Level 14 Paladin) and I took him into the Ruins of Threnal.  I was running a little short on time and decided to go ahead and complete the set of quests known as the Giant Caves: The Giants’ Lair, The Giants; Supplies, and The Giant Lieutenants.  During these runs, Kanndar picked up a monster manual deed for hill giant hunter which netted him 1,179 experience.

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Kanndar facing off against the fire giants in the fire caves.

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Kanndar battling the giants on his way to destroy some crates.

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Kanndar fighting against a champion in the Giant Caves.

 

Monday, I took Hamllin (Level 20 Fighter/Fatesinger) into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) while I was playing during my weekly digital pen and paper session.  Hamllin collected 80 Storm Fist slayers, 99 Storm Heart slayers, and 116 Storm Eye slayers.  He also came across the rare encounters Zakaya Master Ragath, Expedition Leader Brazwold, Tarmer Stonehoof, Lord Cirrus, and Clan Chief Ogh.

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Hamllin hunting down some fire giants in Giant Hold.

 

I started off on Tuesday by dual boxing with Crawlller (Level 8 Ranger) and Cannock (Level 8 Druid) and did a slayer run in Three Barrel Cove.  They collected 104 slayers during that run and came across the rare encounters for Strinati, Dybesh Relix, Chortle, Brine, and Ithun Orenah.  After that run, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 11 Bard) and Sttollen (Level 12 Rogue)  and I took them into the quest Stromvauld’s Mine.  While in there they completed the optional objectives to slay Milos Baran, Boro Charidan, and Degren Marzat.  For my nightly run, I logged on with Charlock (Level 16 Fighter) and I was joined by Hellfiend and we decided to tackle the Slave Pits of the Undercity on heroic elite.  Charlock collected two monster manual deeds, one for ghast hunter (9,439 experience) and one for rat hunter (1,887 experience).  I’m still learning that quest and so is Hellfiend so it isn’t too surprising to learn that we got roasted in the massive fire trap room.  So we didn’t get the quest completed but we’ll knock it out next time.

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Crawlller battling Brine in Three Barrel Cove.

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Erdrique defeating the drow of Stromvauld’s Mine.

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Charlock preparing to deal with the slavers.

 

Friday night, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen, once again, and this time I took into the Xorian Cipher.  To get to the Xorian Cipher, I first completed The Path to Madness on elite and in so doing, Erdrique collected nine mysterious remnants.  While in the Xorian Cipher, Erdrique picked up a monster manual deed for scorrow hunter for 2,260 experience.  Erdrique and Sttollen completed the optional objectives for finding and entering the vault, sealing all of the rifts, and taking out Deathfang, Mastart Markud, Urtyan Markud, and the Vault Guardian.  In the vault, Sttollen picked up a mythic version of the Chaosgarde and a Reaver’s Ring.  Meanwhile, Erdrique picked up a Planar Gird and a mythic version of the Chaos Band.  Erdrique also collected 12 mysterious remnants.

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Erdrique slicing through the path to Xorian Cipher.

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Battling the undead of the Xorian Cipher.

To close out the week, Erdrique and Sttollen started things out by dual boxing Sorrowdusk Isle.  They collected 114 slayers and they both hit the 200 slayer mark as well as finding the rare encounters: Saate, Thanolin, Barxer, and Noozer.  A little while later, I logged on with Kolll (Level 22 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) to get the data I need for my monster manual analysis but after I did that, I took him out into  Tangleroot Gorge because I still have yet to finish that explorer are for him.  While out there, Kolll picked up a monster manual deed for wolf exterminator II and received 1,650 experience.  He also took out Gharjat, Jarak, and Silkweave.  Later on Saturday night, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen again and I was joined by Sornea.  I have been trying to get some help with the Temple of Elemental Evil Part 1 and this time I had it :).  So we headed to the Hall of Heroes and then to the Temple.  Erdrique picked up another monster manual deed, this one human exterminator III for 1,695 experience.  He also picked up 27 mysterious remnants.  We had a few deaths but we did complete the quest and completed the optional objectives for 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200 slayers.  After that we called it a night.

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Erdrique making his way through the caves of Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Kolll getting reacquainted with Tangleroot Gorge.

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It is time to go hunting in the Temple of Elemental Evil.

So overall the week was a little shorter than usual but still productive.  I was really grateful for Sornea’s help in getting through the Temple of Elemental Evil.  Now all I need to do is get through the second part :).  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in DDO!!

 

 

Starting off 2017 with Some Questing

I have been writing up short summaries of my quest runs for quite a while now.  I mainly do this to highlight the various types of quest there are in DDO and for me to help track my own progress over time.  I used to do compile two blogs a week to highlight these runs, one blog post would track my questing from Mondays to Thursdays and the second post would highlight my questing from Friday through Sunday.  With the start of the new year I want to continue the general thoughts of summarizing my questing runs but I want to one post to cover the week. Of course, this blog will cover two weeks, since I didn’t get a chance to do one last week :(.

To start the new year off, I took Erdrique  (Level 10 Bard) and Sttollen (Level 11 Rogue) through Mirra’s Sleepless Nights, Purge the Herectics, Sorrowdusk Isle, The Iron Mines: Freeing Achka, and The Iron Mines: Justice for Grust.  While making my way through Mirra’s Sleepless Nights I completed the optional for locating and destroying the source of the wailing.  In Purge the Heretics, I completed the optional objectives to slaughter the halfling mercenaries and all of the commoners.  When I went into Sorrowdusk Isle, to pick up and start the quests for Grey Moon, I collected 125 slayers for Erdrique and Sttollen, located all explorer points; collected the awards for slaying 10, 25, 50, and 100 slayers; and located and defeated Teargon, Furley, and Saate.  Once inside  the Iron Mines, I came across the rare encounter Powder in Freeing Achka and in Justice for Grust I defeated Corrosion, Chef Grank, and Champion Prienyl.  However, while running through Justice for Grust, Erdrique got  squashed by an ogre champion, which made the quest quite interesting.

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Erdrique making his way through Mirra’s Sleepless Nights.

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Erdrique fighting his way to Achka.

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Erdrique battling Corrosion in Justice for Grust.

 

 

On January 2, I took Erdrique and Sttollen into the Searing Heights explorer area to kick things out for the day. While out there, I collected 226 slayers for Erdrique and Sttollen.  Erdrique also picked up a monster manual deed for orc hunter and received 2.260 experience.  Both Erdrique and Sttollen collected the rewards for 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200 kills.  The kills included the rare encounters for the first mate, Ghamzee, Calcine, Giallo, and Itharn Ushu.  Erdrique also collected all of the explorer points.  Later in the day, I took Erdrique and Sttollen back into Searing Heights and this time I collected all of the explorer points with Sttollen.  I also collected 138 more slayers and collected the rare encounters for Shute Ruggzen, Hazai Haatha, and Cruor Russo.

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Erdrique taking on the sights of Searing Heights.

 

I didn’t log back into DDO until Wednesday, January 4th.  I took Garrrin (Level 23 Barbarian/Primal Avatar) out into the King’s Forrest.  While out there, Garrrin collected 45 slayers including six dire bears and one astral panther.  Shortly after that run, I then logged Hamllin (Level 20 Fighter/Shadow Dancer) and took him into the quest Memoirs of an Illusionary Larcenor on heroic elite.  It was the first time I tried this particular quest and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I’m embarrassed to say that I wound up getting killed near to the end fight, primarily because I wasn’t paying attention to the fact my cleric hireling went down.  But I did my revenge, eventually :).

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Garrrin hunting in the King’s Forest.

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Hamllin exploring the intricacies of Memoirs.

 

For Thursday, I started my questing by dual boxing with Cannock (Level 8 Druid) and Crawlller (Level 8 Ranger) into Tangleroot Gorge.  Crawlller already has this area maxed out but Cannock collected another 50 slayers before I switched characters out.  They also took out the wandering giant, Kroshk.  Later that night, I logged on with Containment (Level 8 Cleric) and Cannock (once again) and took them through The Cloven Jaw Scourge: Caverns of Shaagh.  Making my through that part of Shan-to-Kor, I completed the optional objectives for slaying the three ogres, slaying the three witch doctors, the three large elementals, and 75 hobgoblins.  Dealing with the champions, Containment collected 15 mysterious remnants and Cannock collected 11.

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Cannock illustrating who the alpha wolf is in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Containment prepping for attacks from some hobgoblins in the Caverns of Shaagh.

 

To kick off the weekend, I took Tuhnn (Level 16 Bladeforged) out into the Sands of Menechtarun for my regular slayer run.  I forgot to record my slayer numbers but I did collect a monster manual deed for zombie exterminator and finished locating all of the explorer points.  Tuhnn also looted a pair of the Gloves of the Falcon.  After that run, I took Hamllin back into Memoirs of an Illusionary Larcener and this time I was able to complete it on heroic elite with little difficulty.  That night, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them, first, through Gladewatch Outpost and then the Forgotten Caverns.  While in Gladewatch Outpost, Erdrique picked 50 mysterious remnants and while in Forgotten Caverns they took out the optional for slaying Moldfang.  After running through the Forgotten Caverns, I took Erdrique and Sttollen out into Tangleroot Gorge and completed Doom of the Witch Doctor: The Way to Zulkash and Doom of the Witch Doctor: Zulkash, Herald of Woe.  To close out the night, I took Erdrique and Sttollen into Devil Assault and defeated all of the waves.  In that run, Erdrique collected 17 mysterious remnants and Sttollen collected eight.

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Tuhnn hunting for some slayers in  the desert.

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Hamllin exploring the dangers of Memoirs.

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Erdrique battling his way through the seige at Gladewatch Outpost.

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Battling the trolls of the Forgotten Caverns.

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Erdrique taking on the hobgoblins of Splinterskull.

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Erdrique setting the rune wheels to make his way to Zulkash.

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Preparing for the Devil Assault.

 

Continuing with my weekend runs, on Saturday I logged back on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them through the quest Dead Predators, The Bounty Hunter, Caged Trolls, and the Bloody Crypt.  While in the Bounty Hunter, Erdrique collected another monster manual deed for warforged hunter gaining him 471 experience.  We also collected the optional objectives for freeing Annelisa and killing the troll chieftain and Ras Clowery.  Erdrique picked up two more monster manual deeds in Caged Trolls, dwarf exterminator (1,130 experience) and dwarf hunter (2,260 experience).  We also completed the optional objective of plundering the Emerald Claw’s treasure cache.  The end the night, in the Bloody Crypt we collected the optional objective for slaying Gullet the Famished, defeating the Black Abbot’s legion, and slaying three priests of the Crimson Heart, Burning Heart, Immortal Heart, and Sanguine Heart.

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Time to plunder some loot in the Bounty Hunter.

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Erdrique battling his way through the Bloody Crypt with some help.

 

The beginning of the second week, I started out by taking Stoorage (Level 15 Fighter) and Izmit (Level 15 Shadar-ki) into Caged Trolls and The Bounty Hunter for some simple favor runs.  I completed the optional for plundering the Emerald Claw’s treasure cache in Cage Trolls and for the Bounty Hunter we completed the optional objectives for freeing Annelisa and slaying the troll chieftain and Ras Clowery.

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Stoorage making his way through the Caged Trolls.

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Stoorage exploring the Knaves Hollow.

 

On Monday, January 9th I logged on with Stoorage once again and this time I dual boxed with my other fighter Charlock (Level 16).  I took them into the Red Fens to work on another slayer run.  While out there, Stoorage collected 118 more slayers (with the help of a slayer potion) while Charlock collected 95 more slayers.  They also encountered Sharkbiter and Vyk Ka.  Shortly after that run, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them through the quest, Bargain of Blood.  I completed the optional objectives for finding the Deneith party, freeing the slaves, and destroying the assassination logbook.  That night, I switched characters and logged on with Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader) and I took him into the High Road while I was also playing with our digital PNP game.  Wapoyei collected 81 more slayers and completed the random encounters for Wild Warriors, Trader Travels, and the Wood Woad.  I collected one Commendation: Cleric of Amaunator.

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Stoorage battling the sahaugin of the Red Fens.

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Erdrique fighting off the Blood Tide pirates in Bargain of Blood.

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Wapoyei exploring the dangers of the High Road.

 

I logged on Hamllin to kick off things on Tuesday and I took him into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) for some slayers.  He came across two of the rare encounters, Lord Cirrus and Uthgur.  As for the slayers, he collected 68 Storm Heart slayers and two Storm Fist slayers.  After that run, I then took Hamllin into the next quest of the Slave Lords: Secret of the Slavers’ Stockade.  I completed the two optional objectives to explore the abandoned tower and to speak to Lady Morwin Elissar.  Later on Tuesday night, I took Berann and Containment, dual boxing, through the Tomb of the Burning Heart and The Mystery of Delera’s Tomb.  The completed the optional objective of shattering the burning brigade in the Tomb of the Burning Heart.  In Delera’s, Berann collected a monster manual deed for skeleton hunter earning 1,356 experience and the objectives for slaying Omaren Deathguard, Omaren Sentinel, Shade of Destruction, and 40 ghostly skeletons.

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Hamllin fighting off some ogres in Gianthold.

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Hamllin making his way through the Slavers’ Stockade.

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Berann making his way through the Tomb of the Burning Heart.

 

On Wednesday, January 11, I took Suppply (Level 11 Paladin) and Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) into Sorrowdusk Isle.  They both collected 103 slayers and took down the rare encounters Thanolin and Vermilo.  Suppply also finished collecting all of the explorer areas.  That was the only run I was able to knock out on that day.

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Suppply exploring the wilds of Sorrowdusk Isle.

 

I took Wapoyei into The High Road, once again, to start things off on Thursday.  Wapoyei collected 40 slayers and came across the random encounter for Spectral Sightings.  After my slayer run, I took Hamllin into the quest Seigebreaker.  Hamllin looted a Mark of the Tzaryan Rrac and Garments of Equilibrium.  I completed the optional objectives for settng the tents on fire, poisoning the water supply, destroying the crates of provisions, and blowing up the explosive stockpiles.  He also defeated Tinkerstab, Skinny, Major Pain, and Brinky.  To end the night, I took Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) into the Chains of Flame on epic normal.  Sludgge collected a monster manual deed for mephit exterminator I and earned 423 experience.  Making his way through the multiple levels of the Burning City, he collected five fragments of the Token of the Twelve and a complete Token of the Twelve.  He also collected 11 commendations of valor as a quest reward.  As for the optional objectives, he spoke to Valgrim Force-Bound, defeated Valgrim’s elemental guards, freed Valgrim Force-Bound, spoke to Erath the Blinded, transferred Erath’s curse, defeated the ogre mages, and freed Erath.

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Wapoyei doing some hunting in the High Road.

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Hamllin battling the forces of Droaam in Seigebreaker.

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Sludgge fighting his way through the gnolls of the Burning City.

On Friday the 13th, I logged on with Sludgge and took him into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) for some simple slayers.  He came across Cirrus and collected 64 Storm Heart slayers and a single Storm Fist slayer.  Later that night, after some maintenance, I took Erdrique and Sttollen into The Black Loch.  Erdrique collected a monster manual deed for zombie exterminator and earned 1,356 experience and completed the optional ojbectives for killing the failed experiments and using the gold key.  Unfortunately that was the only run I was able to complete that night.

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Sludgge making his way through the Ruins of Gianthold.

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Erdrique battling and spinning his way through the Black Loch.

To close the two weeks out, I took Erdrique and Sttollen through Storm the Beaches and The Tide Tuns to complete the Sentinels of Stormreach Story arc.  In Bargain of Blood, they completed the objectives for slaying pirates, more pirates, and even more pirates.  In the Tide Turns they completed the optional objective for activating the barriers in the north and south barracks and trapping the pirates.  Sttollen looted two Tarnished Heavy Deneith Chains while Erdrique looted the Torn Chitin Bracers and a Chimera’s Breath at the end of The Tide Turns.

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Time to prepare to lay seige to an island fortress.

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Erdrique battling his way through the Tide Tuns.

So, a wide variety of runs over the first two weeks of the year that included epic and low level questing, numerous slayer runs, and range of character levels.  I hope everybody else had a great start to the year as well!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

 

 

 

Questing Over the Previous Week, Quest Runs February 15th to February 18th

Well, I think the theme for me during the last two months of 2015 and first two month of 2016 is to just fall behind :(.  I’m just over a week behind in my blog publishing so it is time to start getting back to being productive!!  Speaking to that end, I wanted to review what I did last week over the Valentine holiday.  On Monday, February 16th I kicked off the day by taking Cantlin (Level 13 Sorcerer) and Stoorage (Level 14 Fighter) for some dual boxing fun out into Sorrowdusk Isle.  While venturing the wilds of the tropical island, Cantlin picked up another 70 slayers.  Cantlin now needs less than 250 more slayers to max the area out.  He also picked up all of his rare encounters when I finally stumbled upon on Thanolin who was my last rare for him.  Stoorage I brought along but he already had the Sorrowdusk Isle area maxed out.  During the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 26 Rogue/Legendary Dreadnaught) and took him into Kobold Island: Short Cuts on level 25.  Unfortunately, I only picked up 475 crystals out of the required 500 crystals so I failed during that run.  Later on Monday night, I logged on with Tuhnn (Level 16 Bladeforged) and I took him out into the Ruins of Gianthold.  While out there, Tuhnn picked up another 59 slayers in the Stormfist Camp which pushed over the 50 slayer mark for that camp.  He also was credited with finding Hobgoblin Lair’s entrance and the gnoll’s breadth bridge.  I then took Tuhnn into A Cabal for One on elite.  As Tuhnn made his way through the hobgoblin ranks, he obtained Hobgoblin Exterminator I in his monster manual for just over 300 experience.  He also encountered a few champions that dropped him 11 mysterious remnants and he finished the quest and also took down Olos Nobrac.  I then took Tuhnn out to Korthos Island to do a quick simple favor run, Storehouse Secret since he is an iconic character and skipped all of those quests.  After I completed Storehouse Secret, I then headed to House Cannith to do another challenge, this time the Extraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage.  I didn’t have any issues at all and completed the objectives collecting 100 crystals and for defeating Auraxylion.  At the end of the challenge, I picked up 156 Arcanaloth Scrolls and a monster manual deed for Yuguloth, Yuguloth Hunter, which netted my over 2,00 experience.  I called it a night after that.

Cantlin hunting in Sorrowdusk Isle.

Erdrique running along the beaches of Kobold Island: Short Cuts.

Tuhnn making his way to the Hobgoblin Lair and taking down some of the Stormfist horde on the way.

Starting the quest for A Cabal for One.

Tuhnn collecting some favor by running through the Storehouse.

Making his way through the Extraplanar Palace, Tuhnn clears the way for the kobolds in Labor Shortage.

To start my questing activities on Tuesday, I took Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) out into the King’s Forest for some morning slayer action.  While hunting in the beautiful forest, Larrs racked up another 34 slayers.  In so doing, he killed off two dire bears, hit the 50 slayer mark, found the 10th message from Elminster, and defeated the drow hunters.  In the afternoon, I brought on Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter).  I then took him into the Extraplanar Palace: Labor Stortage and I ran into some unfortunate problems.  For some reason, I had a number of the kobolds decided they wanted to take a swim in the lava portion of the floor design and after I little while they died off one by one :(.  I only had one kobold left by the time the quest was over and then he got stuck on the pathing when I had 92 crystals collected, so needless to say I failed that run.  Later that night, I logged on with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Draconic Incarnation) and I took him into Sschindylryn and I made my way to the quest The House of Death Undone.  On my way to quest, Rimuldar picked up 13 slayers and took out the mindflayer, Enrhiikuz.  While in the quest, Rimuldar was able to the complete the optional objectives for killing 12, 24, and 36 drow zombies, destroying all of the cauldrons (slave quarters and priestess room), and for defeating Silan Szind.  It wasn’t a bad run at all!!  I then called it a night.

Larrs hunting the drow in the King’s Forest.

Hamllin hunting in the Exraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage.

Rimuldar making his way through Sschindylryn.

Rimuldar burning his way through the House of Death Undone.

Wednesday started out by doing some more dual boxing, this time with Containment (Level 7 Cleric) and Cannock (Level 8 Druid).  I took them out to Tangleroot Gorge for the morning slayer run.  They both picked up 56 slayers and while hunting Cannock picked up the Wolf Exterminator II monster manual deed which awarded him nearly 1,700 experience.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique and I took him back into Kobold Island: Short Cuts, but just like before I failed again.  I just ran out of time extracting those crystals.  After that run, I took Erdrique out into the Sands of Meenctharun.  While doing some hunting in the desert, Erdrique picked up another 63 gnolls and 87 scorrow slayers.  He also was awarded Scorrow Exterminator IV in the monster manual and picked up nearly 9,500 experience from that reward.  He also came across Volrune the Curate, Mendexethazz, and Den Mother Feena.  He still needs two more rare encounters to have those complete.  After that run through the desert I called it a night to spend the rest of the evening with my beautiful wife 🙂 for date night.

Containment looking at the entrance to the ogre cave in Tangleroot Gorge.

Erdrique battling hell hounds on Kobold Island: Short Cuts.

Erdrique leaving behind some carnage in the desert.

I logged on with Charlock (Level 16 Fighter) and Stoorage (Level 14 Fighter) and had another dual boxing session in which I took them into the Red Fens for the morning slayer run on Thursday.  While moving through the marshes and swamps of the Red Fens, I collected another 95 slayers for both of them.  This actually pushed Stoorage past the 400 slayer mark.  I also killed Gorger and Nab Ren.  I didn’t get on during the afternoon but later that night I dual boxed again, this time with Containment and Cannock.  I was scheduled to play Containment and he still needed to run The Captives and the Sharn Syndicate quests.  So I took them out into the Cerulean Hills and made my way to The Captives.  While taking down the Grul Tribe orcs, Containment and Cannock defeated captains Griznuk and Maknuls. I also defeated a wolf champion that dropped 64 mysterious remnants for Containment and only 15 mysterious remnants for Cannock.  However, in one of the chests Cannock looted a +2 Dwarven Axe of Feeding that also did pure good damage, a nice low level twink weapon.  After I took them both through the Captives, I then headed to Marketplace and started the Sharn Syndicate series by running through Stand Your Ground.  While in the quest, as I was playing Containment with Cannock piking around, I wasn’t paying attention to Rance’s health and I actually lost him during the battle.  I did pick up some more mysterious remnants from another champion though (16 for Containment and 11 for Cannock).  After that I took them both into the quest Dirty Laundry.  As I completed the quest, I also completed the optional of opening doors with the secret levers.  I then moved onto the Stormreaver Fresco where I completed the optional objectives of not opening the safety deposit boxes and not killing the guards.  That was the last quest I ran for the night.

Charlock taking some note of the spiders in the distance.

Containment battling his way through the Grul Tribe orcs.

The battle ensues at the doorway to the bar in Stand Your Ground.

Fighting the launderers in Dirty Laundry.

Containment watching Zircon in the Stormreaver Fresco.

Overall, the week was quite a mixture of various quest turns.  I had some epic runs as well as some low level runs.  The slayer runs were also quite variable and I even had a decent mixture of dual box and regular quest runs.  It was a fun week indeed.  I hope everybody else had a great week too.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

 

 

 

Working Through Some Quests, Quest Runs January 22nd to January 24th

This past weekend was composed of a few interesting runs.  I kicked the weekend off by taking Tuhnn (Level 16 Bladeforged) into the Sands of Menechtarun.  While exploring the desert, Tuhnn gathered another five gnolls and 25 undead slayers.  He also encountered The Thirsty One.  I didn’t get a chance to log in during the afternoon, I had a little minor emergency and had to go to Best Buy to get some new charger cords for a FitBit Charge HR.  My wife had bought me the FitBit for Christmas and I have been kind of addicted to it since and I somehow lost the charge cable for it.  In any case, we took opportunity to go out and eat as well which meant I had to miss my afternoon run.  However, I did get back on that night.  Now typically I run Erdrique (Level 25 Rogue/Legendary Dreadnaught) on the weekend but some of the Crypt Crawlers wanted to run through the Heroic Ruins of Gianthold.  They were running level 14 to 16 characters so I brought Tuhnn back on instead of Erdrique.  We then headed out into the Gianthold slayer area.  Tuhnn gathered eight Stormfist slayers on his way to the Crucible.  We (being Helldemons, Blackvale, and myself) ventured through the Crucible on elite.  Tuhnn had a few problems, as he suffered some unfortunate deaths at the hands of the gnolls.  However, we did get through it and received quite a bit of experience.  Helldemons had to call it a night while Blackvale and I continued into the Prison of the Planes.  On my way through the Stormeye encampment, I collected 30 slayers and also picked up the explorer points for the Beast and the Brothers, Fields of Immolation, Gate of Shavarath, Crystal Spin Peak, and the entrance to the Prison of the Planes.  While in the Prison of the Planes, Tuhnn wound up getting killed in the Marut room, the Lamannia Room, and the Risia Room.  LOL, it was a little rough :).  But we did complete it.  After that run, Blackvale logged out and I switched characters to Erdrique.  I then took Erdrique into the quest A Small Problem on epic hard.  Erdrique had no issues making his way though Mammoth Valley.  I even collected a champion quest (had to have been from the onyx panther killing a named, I believe from a fire elemental).  I collected 56 Fragments of the Twelve from the end chest and 13 Commendations of Valor.  I then called it a night.

Tuhnn exploring the desert.

Tuhnn making his way through the Gianthold.

Tuhnn checking out what fell from a barrel in the Crucible.

Preparing the Warden in the Prison of the Planes.

Erdrique making his way through A Small Problem on epic hard.

On Saturday, I logged on with Erdrique and I was joined by Hellorcish and Lunarhaze.  We then headed off into the Tide Turns on epic hard.  We had no problems making our way through the quest.  After that, we headed out to the Red Fens and made our way through The Last Stand and Fathom the Depths, on epic hard as well.  In Fathom the Depths, we also took out the cube guardian.  After we made it through those two quests Hellorcish and Lunarhaze both called it a night but I continued into the Claw of Vulkoor on epic hard.  I wasn’t skilled enough to pacify the guardian scorpions so I didn’t complete that optional but I did leave the treasure alone in the giant’s graveyard.  After that I called it a night.

Erdrique making his way down to deal with a Blood Tide pirate in the Tide Turns.

Erdrique and the Crawlers defeating the sahaugin in the Last Stand.

Making our way through Fathom the Depths.

Erdrique battling a fire giant in the Claw of Vulkoor.

Sunday night, I logged on with Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) and I took him into Tharashk Arena on epic normal.  I had a great time with him in there.  The spells Dancing ball, Otto’s Irresistible Dance, and Greater Shout quite effectively.  I also had a blast using the epic destiny ability Reign.  Overall, it was a very fun run.  However, it was the only run I was able to complete that night.

Larrs battling his way through the Tharashk Arena.

So, my weekend was primarily split heroic Gianthold runs and epic questing.  Not a bad weekend at all!!  I hope everybody else had a great weekend too and I hope your week is just as great if not better!!  Happy hunting in Gianthold!!

 

Strong Weekend of Questing, Quest Runs November 13 to November 15

Well, compared to last week’s set of quest runs, the weekend was much more successful.  As usual, I started things out on Friday morning with a slayer run through the Restless Isles with Erdrique (Level 23 Rogue/Primal Avatar) prior to work.  After I got back home from work, I logged back on with Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) and I continued with his questing through the Sands of Menechtarun.  Hammy continued to work on his scorrow slayers during the afternoon run.  After I made a circuit through the scorrow area, I then logged out with him and logged back in with Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) and I took him out into the Ruins of Gianthold to work on his 1,500 mark for the Stormheart Brigade.  I logged in Sludgge since I didn’t get the chance to log in with him on Thursday morning as planned so I wanted to catch up on that missed run.  On Friday night, I logged back on with Erdrique and I took him back out into the Restless Isles and came across Kaedak, perhaps the most difficult rare encounter to come across in game :).  I then took Erdrique out into the Storm Horns and ran the quest Lines of Supply on heroic elite.  It was the first time I ran this quest and I found interesting how the “suppliers” just seemed to refuse to attack, even when they were being attacked.  Once I completed Lines of Supply, I went out to Siber Atoll and into Mount Reysalon and ran Enter the Kobold on elite.  It had been quite some time since I was out there and I did struggle a little bit at the end and was forced to use one resurrection cake from the DDO Store.  But, I did get through it :).  I called it a night after that run.

Erdrique coming across some Runetusk ogres in the Restless Isles.

Hamllin working on his scorrow slayers in the desert.

Sludgge taking on the ogres of the Stormheart Brigade in Gianthold.

Erdrique coming across Kaedak in the Restless Isles.

Erdrique battling the huge frost giant in Lines of Supply.

Erdrique making his way through the jungle portion of Mount Reysalon.

Erdrique exploring the volcano of Mount Reyalson in Enter the Kobold.

On Saturday, I took the opportunity to make another circuit through the Restless Isles with Erdrique in between chores and yard work.  Later that night, I logged on with Erdrique and joined up with Friedrice.  We then headed off to the Twelve to finish up the Heart of Madness quests: The Palace of Stone and Fashion Madness on heroic elite.  Both of those quests were quite interesting and it was first time we had tried them.  After we made our through those quests we then headed out to Siber Atoll and into Soami Gardens and to take on the Monastery of the Scorpion on elite.  We made it through to the end and had some trouble solving the puzzle fast enough to take care of Sannyasi so we gave up on the puzzle and decided to just attack thim to get through the quest.  Erdrique is now good to run the Stealer of Souls, which is the last level 17 quest (that isn’t a raid) that he needs to complete on elite.   We then called it a night.

Erdrique using his skills to open the gates in the Restless Isles.

Erdrique and Friedrice in the middle of a battle in the Palace of Stone.

Erdrique making his way through a new portion of Waterworks fvia Fashion Madness.

Soami Gardens is a strange and mysterious place.

Erdrique, Friedrice, and their hirelings making it through the Monastery of the Scorpion.

Sunday, I logged on with Charlock at around 10:30 pm and immediately noticed that Khamellock was on.  We joined up and then headed out to the Ruins of Threnal.  I still needed to complete The Abandoned Excavation on elite (better known as southern Threnal).  So, we ran the quests The Missing Expedition, Entering the Gate Chamber, and The Gate Chamber all on elite.  After we completed those runs, we then headed out and ran Keeper’s Sanctuary on elite.  At that point it was just after midnight and I needed to head off to get some sleep to kick off my work week :(.

Fighting off glass spiders in the tunnels of Threnal.

Charlock taking some time to loot some chests while looking for the entrance to the Gate Chamber in Threnal.

Battling the last giant inside the Gate Chamber in Threnal.

Charlock and Khamellock exploring the Keeper’s Sanctuary in Delera’s Graveyard.

I really enjoyed the quest runs from this past weekend.  I did some quests that I hadn’t completed before and some quests that I haven’t seen or ran in a large amount of time.  I hope everybody else had a great weekend as well and I hope that continues throughout this week!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Siber Atoll!!

Wonder if DDO Is Trying To Tell Me Something

While taking Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) through the Sands of Menechtarun, one of the rare encounters I came across dropped a Sapphire of Defense +8.  Not a bad loot drop at all for an explorer area.

Hamllin checking out the loot left from Utach Sandcrawl and noticing an interesting Sapphire.

Well I later decided to bring on Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) since I had some time and since I missed questing with him in the morning.  I took Sludgge out into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) and came across Chief Ogh.  Surprisingly, Sludge looted the exact same augment:

Sludgge also finding a Sapphire of Defense +8 but this one in the Gianthold.

I’m starting to wonder if the mystics of DDO are trying to tell me something :).  I think I might need to look more closely at my defensive numbers across my characters!!  LOL.

I hope everybody is having a great weekend!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Desert and Gianthold :)!!

A Rough Week, Questing November 9th to November 12th

Well, this past week was an unusually rough week for me questing wise, overall, and for my blog :(.  I’m not sure what is going on with my blog posts lately.  There appears to be an issue with my screenshots and they appear in my blog posts.  I recently started saving my numerous screenshots at Google Images.  I started doing this because the Photobucket account I have set up for the Crypt Crawlers is full.  That isn’t too surprising since I have been using it for years.  But for some reason, the images are not showing up correctly from the Google Images library.  Although they appear for me perfectly fine, they aren’t showing as viewable objects for other readers or when my blog posts get re-blogged or linked to other media sources.  I’m going to try something a little different in this blog post and hope it works.  I would like to continue to use the Google Images and I have a forum post in the Support section for WordPress so we’ll see if I can get any help.

So those are my woes with the blog, as for questing it has also been a little rougher for me than usual.  Things started out normally on Monday with me slated to Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) out into the Sands of Menechtarun.  Hamllin recently hit his 1,500 slayer mark in the undead area and is now working on the 1,500 milestone of the scorrow.  I also continued with my slayers that afternoon with Hamllin.  It was later on Monday night when I ran into my first rough patch.  This was entirely on me not planning more appropriately.  I was scheduled to take Kolll (Level 22 Range/Shiradi Champion) through the quest Chains of Flame.  I planned on doing this on epic normal because Monday night is also our digital PNP night.  So I knew my attention would be split between both games.  However, I under estimated how much attention was needed during this particular session.  I also started questing in the Chains of Flame later than I had anticipated.  To make a long story short, I actually ran out of time when I was about 3/4 of the way through quest :(.  It was almost 12:30 am by the time I got to that point so I decided to call it a night.  I’ll just have to plan better next time.

Hamllin collecting slayers in the desert.

Hamllin continuing in the Desert.

Kolll making his way to the Burning City.

Tuesday was a better day.  I started out the day with another slayer run, as typical, by dual boxing with Suppply (Level 10 Paladin) from my premium account and Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) from VIP account.  I took them into the Sorrowdusk Isle wilderness area to work on those slayers.  During the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 23 Rogue/Primal Avatar) and I took him into the High Road and I completed the quest The End of the Road on heroic elite to finish off that story arc.  That night, I found myself with another opportunity to do some dual boxing.  I was scheduled to play Kanndar (Level 13 Paladin) from my VIP account so I also logged on Stoorage (Level 13 Fighter) from my premium account.  I was also joined by Twotoe and Rewbeey and we made our way through The Shadow Crypt, Stromvauld’s Mine, and The Haunted Library on elite before we called it a night.

Suppply battling the ogres of Sorrowdusk Isle.

Erdrique exploring in the High Road.

Erdrique taking on Shadowpaw in The End of the Road.

Kanndar making his way through the Shadow Crypt.

Kanndar fighting a huge scorpion in Stromvauld’s Mine.

Kanndar coming face to face with a clay golem in the Haunted Library.

I was fortunate enough to have Wednesday off because of the Veteran’s day holiday.  I took that opportunity to take Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/ Divine Crusader) around the High Road adventure area.  I was able to find all of Oriphaun’s Journal entries except for two, so that was good.  I gathered quite a bit of experience during that run.  In the afternoon, I took Hamllin back out into the Sands of the Menechtarun for some more slayers.  I didn’t complete any more runs that night because the rest of the night I spent with my wife for date night :).

Wapoyei battling the Netherese in the High Road.

Hamllin hunting the scorrow in Desert.

Now Thursday was just a day that was more like a comedy of errors.  I was scheduled to take Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) through the Ruins of Gianthold for my morning slayer run but for some reason I couldn’t log in that morning.  I know a few others also had the problem as well.  Then after I got home I had more loggin issues as I was supposed to take Erdrique out into the Stormhorns for the second quest out there.  However, by the time I had everything situated it was too late to run anything because I had to prepare for dinner.  So, I’ll have to make those runs up over the weekend.  The rough patch continued Thursday night though.  I had decided that the next time I was going to run Hamllin, I was going to take him through the Temple of Elemental Evil on elite for the favor.  Well, I also knew that the Temple of Elemental Evil was a long quest and it had been a while since I was in there.  But I figured with Hamllin being level 17 that I could push through it quickly.  Boy, I was wrong on that aspect.  While I was trying to move through the Temple relatively quickly I just gathered way too much aggro and would up getting overwhelmed.  I tried it twice before I ran out of time once again and had to log out for the night.  Thursday was just a rough day, lol.

Hamllin hunting in the Temple of Elemental Evil.

So, the week wasn’t as positive for my quest runs as it normally is.  And my blog post issues has been irritating.  I guess all of my week’s of questing and DDO activity can’t be flawless :P.  In any case, I’m hoping for a better weekend of questing and I’m hoping to get the image issues with the blog corrected.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting this weekend!!

Making Some Progress, Quest Runs October 23rd to October 25th

I had a pretty active weekend in DDO :).  Questing started out on Friday morning when I logged on with Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) and took him into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) and accumulated my 1,500 slayer mark in the Stormfist zone.  Now that he has that, I think I will move him over to Eveningstar to start working out in the King’s Forest for awhile.  After I got back home from work, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 22 Rogue/Fury of the WIld) and tried to make my way through the quest Mask of Deception on heroic elite.  At the time I was trying it, I was level 21 and it was the first time I had seen this quest.  Needless to say, things didn’t quite work out so well which I commented on here.  So my afternoon run on Friday didn’t quite work out so well.  However, I logged back on with Erdrique on Friday night and took him back into the Mask of Deception.  I took a different tack this time and although I still had some problems with it, I was able to complete it.  I then took Erdrique through a run of the Lava Caves: Colossal Crystal to get some ingredients.  I actually took him through that challenge twice during the night.  The next quest I ran was Thorn and Paw on elite.  After I knocked that out, I decided to check out the Night Revels.  It didn’t take me long to get a key and I soon found myself heading into the quest Haverdashed and completing it.  I then called it a night (after I did some character maintenance on my other characters).

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Larrs making his way through the Gianthold and collecting Stormfist slayers.

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Erd noticing that the Cult of the Dragon Below knows how to relax.

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Erd noticing the little pumpkin crown of the champions in Mask of Deception.

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Erdrique clearing the path for the kobolds in the Lava Caves: Colossal Crystal.

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Erdrique making his way through Thorn and Paw.

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Erdrique battling the shadar-ki in the graveyard during the Night Revels preview.

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Erdrique checking out the spooky quest Haverdashed.

Saturday started out by logging back on with Erdrique and taking him back into the Night Revels before it was turned off, onice again taking advantage of the fact that I was able to quest between chores and yard work.  I was able to gather three keys and to knock out the other three quests: Kobold’s Newest Ringleader, Under New Ravagement, and The Snitch and the Lich.  Overall, I found the event quite fun and wrote about here.  I then took Erdrique through another run of the Lava Caves: Colossal Crystal and then through a two runs of the Extraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage.  Those were the runs I was able to complete throughout the day but I also knocked some quests out with Erdrique later that night.  After I logged back in, I then headed out to Eveningstar and completed the The Druid’s Curse on heroic elite to finish out that storyline (The Druid’s Deep).  After the Druid’s Curse was completed, I did another run through the Extraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage and then for a circuit through the Restless Isles slayer area.  I then decided to head out to the next set of level 17 quests I still have to complete on elite, Reaver’s Reach.  It has been a long time since I have been out to the Reaver’s Refuge so I was looking forward to running those quests once again.  I started out by taking Erdrique into Aussicraex’s Valley and running Prey on the Hunter.  It took me two runs but I completed it on elite.  To close out the night, I logged on with Tuhnn (Level 15 Bladeforged) and took advantage of the free feat respect that was being offered and got rid of Cleave (because he has Exalted Cleave) and picked up another feat in the two handed weapon line, I then called it at night (after more character maintenance).

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Erdrique making his way through the Night Revels in Delera’s Graveyard and looking for key

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Getting ready to fight undead kobolds in the Kobold’s Newest Ringleader.

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Erdrique battling the zombie horde in Under new Ravagement.

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Battling an undead Roderic Nettle in the Snitch and the Lich.

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Erdrique watching the poor kobold lug the colossal crystal.

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Erdrique coming down to deal with the marilith in Labor Shortage

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Erdrique eager to run into battle with a spectral dragon.

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Erdrique checking out that staff!!

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Erdrique taking on the spectral dragon of the Extraplanar Palace in Labor Shortage.

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Erdrique collecting slayers and monster manual slayers in the Restless Isles.

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Erdrique hunting in Aussicraex’s Valley.

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Erdrique making his way through Prey on the Hunter.

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Tuhnn talking to Fred about a feat switch.

In comparison to Friday and Saturday, my question on Sunday was very limited.  I didn’t get the opportunity this time to log in and quest throughout the day.  However, I was able to dual box with Stoorage (Level 12 Fighter) and Cantlin (Level 12 Sorcerer) and I used Cantlin to open up Under the Big Top on elite for Stoorage (who was previously working on the House P Carnival series through elite).  Cantlin, being on my VIP account, was able to ulnock the elite setting for Stoorage (who is on my premium account).  I did find it interesting that I came across a rare encounter in Under the Big Top that I hadn’t seen before, a tiefling named Maz’il’tilnik.  So that was quite interesting.  However, I didn’t have any major issues taking Stoorage through Under the Big Top on elite, but then again Stoorage was five level higher that CR level of the quest.  That was my last run for the weekend.

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Stoorage finishing up the Carnival Series by running Under the Big Top on elite.

The questing over Friday through Sunday was quite numerous and quite fun.  I had good time with the Night Revels and completed another story arc just to start another.  We’ll see how Erdrique progresses through the rest of the Stormreaver’s Refuge.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in Reaver’s Reach!!

Crystal Cove Type Weekend, Quest Runs September 18 to September 20

This past weekend was a break from my norm.  Some of this was due to the Crystal Cove being active while another was a change in which character I ran on Saturday night.  To start the weekend out I took Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) for some slayer runs.  He is slowly making his way to the 1,500 mark in the Stormfist Camp.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) and I continue him through the Sands of Menechtarun slayer area.  I was hopeful that I could get his last rare encounter but Commander Errulf decided he wanted to allude me once again.  On Friday night, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 20 Rogue/Fury of the Wild) and took care of some maintenance tasks and then I grouped up with Tipsyblood and Delaran and we ran through all of the Web of Chaos chain on heroic elite: Lords of Dust, Servants of the Overlord, Spinner of Shadows, and Beyond the Rift.  We did have some difficulty in Spinner of Shadows but we eventually blasted our way through it.

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Larrs fighting the Stormfist in the Gianthold.

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Hamllin noticing the mummy avenger trying to hide in the Desert.

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Erdrique looking for the missing brother in Servants of the Overlord.

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The Crawlers making their way to the Spinner of Shadows.

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Erdrique battling the enemy drow in Beyond the Rift. 

Now Saturday was where things differed for me.  I took the opportunity between my weekend chores and yard work to log on with Erdrique and I was fortunate enough to get up with Okhamel and Delaran and we did a circuit of Smuggler’s Rest and Crystal Cove.  Saturday night, instead of logging back in with Erdrique, I logged in with Charlock (Level 15 Fighter) instead.  I did this because Hellbanisher, who is currently level 15, was looking for some help to get through Madstone Crater on elite.  So I wound up grouping up with him, Khamelburger, Clairique, and Tipsyblood and we went through the Ruins of Gainthold and completed Madstone Crater will little difficulty.  We then decided to do a few runs of the Crystal Cove on those characters but Hellbanisher had to logoff unexpectedly but the rest of the group decided to continue with the Cove especially since it was only going to be active through the weekend.  We ran through it twice and then called it a night.

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Erdrique battling the crowd in the Crystal Cove.

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Charlock making his way to Madstone Crater and running across some giants.

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Charlock battling the ogres in Madstone Crater.

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Charlock hunting around in the Smuggler’s Rest.

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Charlock protecting the kobolds in the Crystal Cove.

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Charlock battling Jack Jibbers in the Cove.

On Sunday, I tried to run the Crystal Cove once more with Erdrique during the day but the Cove wasn’t open and still needed another 400 map pieces before it was going to re-open.  I logged back on Sunday night with my low level druid, Cannock (Level 7).  I then took a quick look at his equipment and quickly swapped to Erdrique who I used to craft Cannock a number of shards.  After I crafted the shards I needed, I switched back to Cannock and then I joined up with Khamelapple, who was waiting for me, and we went through The Swiped Signet, The Friar’s Niece, To Find a Witness, The Old Archives, and the Crypt of Gerard Dryden all on elite.  Not a bad night at all.

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Cannock battling Scourge in The Swiped Signet.

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Cannock hunting down some spiders in the Catacombs.

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Cannock looking back at the Sanctuary after finishing To Find a Witness.

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Waiting for the librarian.

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Khamelapple and Cannock battling in the Crypt of Gerard Dryden.

Overall it was a nice weekend even though it was outside of the normal routine.  I hope everybody else had a great weekend as well and I hope everybody else has a great week to.  Thanks for reading everybody 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!!