Powering Through the Cove and Threnal Over the Holiday, Quest Runs July 3rd to July 5th

The holiday weekend was quite productive for me.  To kick off my runs over the weekend, I took a character from my premium account, Stoorage (Level 12 Fighter), and took him into Sorrowdusk Isle for some slayers and picked up all of the explorer points and a few more rare encounters along the way.  Later that afternoon, I continued with that theme, and took Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter) into the mystical Red Fens and continued to wrack up kills to his 5,000 slayer mark.  That night, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 13 Rogue) and took him through the rest of the Cult of Six completing The Fane of the Six: Fall of the Prelate, The Sanctum: Quench the Flames, and The Sanctum: Church of the Fury.  As I was finishing up the Cult of the Six, Twotoe had logged on and we grouped up and headed out to the Ruins of Threnal and completed Secure the Area which is the last quest in the Western Excavation.  While we were working our way through Secure the Area, Hellbanisher logged in and we decided to make our way out to Smuggler’s Rest and the Crystal Cove.  He wound up completing three rounds of the Crystal Cove before we all called it a night.  And after the first run through of the Crystal Cove, I leveled Erdrique up to 13 :).

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Stoorage hunting in the wilds of Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Hamllin making his way up a stream in the Red Fens.

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Time to take down the Cult of the Six.

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Erdrique working to stop the summoning of mephits.

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Erdrique taking on a fire reaver in the Temple of the Six.

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Erdrique making his way through Smuggler’s Rest.

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Erdrique taking note of the crystals and the waterfall in the Crystal Cove.

Saturady night was even more productive for Erdrique than Friday night. I kicked off Saturday by taking Erdrique into the Cannith Challenge, Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door.  I took him through the challenge to get some ingredients to trade them for some guild renown elixirs.  I then headed back out to the Ruins of Threnal and completed Threnal East and South (Abandoned) Excavations.  This included knocking out the following quests: The Library of Threnal, Escort the Expedition, Hold for Reinforcements, The Missing Expedition, Entering the Gate Chamber, and The Gate Chamber.  I then headed out to Smuggler’s Rest and ran around for some time until the Crystal Cove opened and popped inside.  I was actually a little disappointed that I had to trade for a compass but it worked out just fine as I collected another completion out there.  After the Crystal Cove I called it a night.

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Erdrique slotting a crest into the door in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door.

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Erdrique battling his way to the library in Threnal.

On Sunday, I logged on with Stoorage.  I was pleasantly surprised to see a long time Crypt Crawler logged in when I popped on.  I saw that Silkashie was on and chatted with him for a little while.  It was good to see him back on and into the world of DDO since it had been a number of years since he stopped playing.  Now to work on the rest of those old Crawlers :).  After I caught up with Silkashie and gave him a quick tour of Smuggler’s Rest, I headed out to the other pirate themed area, Three Barrel Cove.  Silkashie had to log for the night, so I headed out there to complete the Scondrel’s Run, the last quest Stoorage needed to complete for heroic Three Barrel Cove.  I hit it up three times: normal, hard, and elite.  I then called it a night.

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Stoorage landing the killing blow on the minotaur shaman in Scondrel’s Run.

So it was a very nice and productive holiday weekend.  I hope everybody else had just as much fun!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting.

Low to Mid-Level Questing, Quest runs from March 30th to April 2nd

Last week, I primarily ventured with low level to mid level characters in the world of DDO.  My questing activities started last Monday morning by taking Hamllin (Level 15 Fighter) out into the wild jungle of Sorrowdusk Isle to wrack up some slayers out there.  Later that afternoon, Erdrique (Level 3) entered the Quickfoot Hideout and got his revenge in The Swiped Signet.  Monday night I was scheduled to play Kanndar (Level 12 Paladin) during our digital PnP session, so I took him out into Three Barrel Cove and completed the Old Gray Garl and the Scondrel’s Run on elite with no issues.

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Hamllin taking on Furley in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Erd waiting for Grudge in the Swiped Signet.

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Kanndar takes on Scortchtusk in Three Barrel Cove.

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Kanndar dealing with the undead in Old Grey Garl.

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Kanndar taking on the challenge of the minotaurs in Scondrel’s Run.

Tuesday, I kicked things off by taking Suppply (Level 9 Paladin) out into Three Barrel Cove.  Suppply acquired some more slayers out there prior to me heading off to work.  After I got home from work, I logged on with Hamllin and took him back into Sorrowdusk Isle ton continue his domination of the ogres and trolls out there.  I then ran Hamllin once again that night, as I took him into the quest Eyes of Stone take on the medusa Hestess and her minions.  That run went surprisingly pretty smoothly on elite :).

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Hamllin enjoying his spoils in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Hamllin staring down the makeshift tunnel used by the Droaam troops to infiltrate the palace.

On Wednesday, I started out the day by taking one of my epic characters out into the High Road, Wapoyei (23 Cleric, Exalted Angel).  Wapoyei fought a few of the Netherese before I headed off to work.  That afternoon, I took some time to take Erdrique out into the Catacombs and completed The Friar’s Niece and To Find a Witness on elite.  After those runs I called it a night to spend date night with my beautiful wife.

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Wapoyei activates his aura and casts his buffs to explore the High Road.

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Erd is glad he wasn’t the Warden in the Catacombs.

Thursday was a little bit busier because I had Good Friday off for work which allowed me to treat Thursday night like a weekend :).  I started the day by taking Sludgge (Level 21 Rogue/Shadowdaner) out in the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) for some slayers.  Later that afternoon, I took Hamllin back into Sorrowdusk Isle and later that night I took Charlock (Level 14 Fighter) through the Shadow Crypt on elite.  After I took Charlock through the Shadow Crypt, I logged on Erdrique and took him through the next two quests in the Catacombs: The Old Archive and The Crypt of Gerard Dryden.  I then took Erdrique through his first challenge for this time: Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door.  I then called it a night.

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Sludgge takes on the Runetusk Ogres in Gianthold.

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Hamllin battling a trio of ogres in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Charlock fighting the enemies in the Shadow Crypt.

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Erd taking on undead in the Old Archives.

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Erd looking for Gerard Dryden’s tomb.

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Erdrique takes on the Mother of the Nest in the basement of Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion.

Definitely an interesting set of quest runs.  These runs were primarily dominated by low level runs with only a few of the slayers having some epic level characters.  We’ll see what this next week holds :).  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

The Idol of Halokh

One of the more interesting objects, to me at least, in DDO is something that is called The Idol of Halokh.  If you don’t have access to Three Barrel Cove and the quest the Scondrel’s Run, then you might not be aware of this unique item.  The Idol of Halokh is an idol that has been broken up into five separate pieces and have been hidden throughout the mines of the Scondrel Run.  To complete the quest, you have to gather the pieces and then assemble them on the altar at the beginning of the quest entrance. The assembled idol looks just like a form of turtle.
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This is what drives my curiosity about this item.  I find it puzzling that an important idol would be in the form of a turtle.  When one thinks of a turtle, they don’t think of a powerful force of nature and they don’t think of a creature that is nimble, clever, or creative.  However, when I think about a turtle I think about how the species as adapted over time to develop strong defensive mechanisms, are long living, and are persistent.  I happen to have two of my own turtles and these are the traits I see in them.

But when I think of an “idol”, especially one that is being used to test ones strength, agility, and ingenuity, and that is guarded by a clan of powerful minotaurs I don’t imagine the idol as taking the shape of turtle.  I would think the idol would be more representative of a more “ferocious” creature or race.  Maybe something more akin to a shark, kracken, or hydra or some other type of powerful water based mountain to show how it is linked to being a test for pirates.

But, now that I think about it, there are a few other things to keep in mind.  In Eberron we not only have the typical pirate but we also have airship pirates as well.  Also, one has to think about those attributes I mentioned previously when one thinks about a turtle.  Everybody knows that a pirate has to strong, agile, and be able to think on their feet but also a pirate needs to be adaptable in order to maintain a strong defense to stay alive and has to be persistent in their trials if they wish to prosper.  As for living a long life…well maybe the turtle shaped idol is also used to “inspire” that thought, but we all know that being a pirate is a very risky job…just like an adventurer .

Thanks for reading my rambling about the Idol of Halokh.  If you get a chance, take on the minotaurs of the Scondrel’s Run and put it together to see the idol for yourself!!  Happy hunting everybody!!

A Week’s Worth of Questing, June 23rd to 26th

Last week’s quest runs started not with questing in DDO but instead in Neverwinter Nights II instead.  This was because DDO was undergoing its period of maintenance.  So I took Ragnar (Level 5 Spirit Shaman) and his party into the town of Highcliff to gather information about lizard man blockade that is preventing all ships from leaving the harbor in Highcliff.  After running around the town for a little while and picking up some side quests I needed to head out and go to work.  Once, I got back home from work, I took Hamllin (Level 9 Fighter) into Tangleroot Gorge and then I logged on with Erdrique (Level 13 Druid) and I took him into the Restless Isles and ran the Slayers of the Shrieking Mines.  After that run I logged out for a little while and logged back in that night but only worked on character maintenance as I was also playing our weekly digital table top game.

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Ragnar and his party in the midst of battle in Highcliff.

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Hamllin enjoying the starry night in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Erdrique dealing with the glass spiders in the Restless Isles.

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Erdrique feeding on some mind flayers in Slavers of the Shrieking Mines.

On Tuesday morning, I was scheduled to take Suppply (Level 8 Paladin) into Three Barrel Cove.   I ran around out there and collected some more slayers prior to work.  Shortly later I logged out and headed off to work.  Once I got home, I took a little advantage of my wife having to work a later shift than normal and logged on with Hamllin who took on Gwylan’s Stand on elite and then I logged on with Garrrin (Level 21 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) and took him into the final quest of the Sentinel Series, The Tide Turns on Epic Normal.  After a quick dinner break, I then logged on with Cantlin (Level 11 Sorcerer) who is still working on his level 6 quests.  So I took him into another one of the “oldie by goodie” quests, Redwillow’s Ruins.  I had time taking Cantlin through those jungles and ruins and burning up the trolls, ogres, bugbears, scorpions, and hobgoblins.  After taking out the named hill giant at the end of the quest, I logged out for the night.

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Suppply takes a stroll through Three Barrel Cove.

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Hamllin having a fun time tripping the trolls in Gwylan’s Stand.

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Garrrin staring down Captain Tew in the Sentinel Tower of House Deneith.

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And boom goes the bugbear in Redwillow’s Ruins.

Wednesday I was scheduled to take Wapoyei (Level 22 Cleric/Exalted Angel) into the High Road to deal with the multitude of half-orcs and Netherese agents.  After traversing the High Road for a little while I headed out to work.  My afternoon questing session was dominated withe Erdrique running through some Red Fens slayers and then heading out the Sands of Menechtarun for the first time on this life and taking on the Tomb of the Physician.  I always enjoy running around the desert and had a fun time taking on the mummies and other undead forces in the Tomb of the Physician.  I logged out after that run but logged back on later that night with Rimuldar (Level 22 Wizard/Magister) and took him into the desert as well to run the Tomb of the Wizard-King on epic normal.  This was my first attempt at the Tomb of the Wizard King on epic difficulty and I had a great time running it.  After that run, I logged out and called it a night.

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Wapoyei and his party surrounding the sellsword in the High Road.

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Erdrique doing some hunting in the Fens.

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Erdrique prowling in the desert.

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Erdrique doing some hunting in the Tomb of the Physician.

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Rimuldar having fun with Prismatic Spray and stoning a clay golem.

Thursday started out with a slayer run into the Ruins of Gianthold with Sludgge (Level 20 Rogue).  I took Sludgge around the heroic version of the Gianthold landscape and had some fun toying around with some of the Stormfist.  Later than afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin and ventured into Three Barrel Cove and took on the Scondrel’s Run on elite.  Hamllin had no problem dealing with the minotaurs and scorpions that are prevalent throughout that quest.  My wife was off on Thursday so we switched our data night from Wednesday to Thursday this week so after my run through Three Barrel Cove and the Scondrel’s Run I called it a night.

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Sluddge assaulting the Stormfist in Gianthold.

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Hamllin hunting in Three Barrel Cove.

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Hamllin fighting the scorpions in the Scondrel’s Run.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad week’s worth of questing at all.  I was actually on a little more than normal because of my wife’s work schedule.  I hope everybody else had a nice set of runs last week.  Thanks for reading and happy hunting everybody!!

Who Excavated all of These Mines?

Over the past few weeks, I notice that I have been running a lot of quests through various mines.  For instance, I ran Stromvauld’s Mine, The Iron Mines in Sorrowdusk Ilse, and the Scondrel’s Run.  So I started to wonder, who excavated these mines to begin with?  Now we know that Stromvauld’s Mine is an active mine and in fact that is why we are heading in there, to look for the missing mining parties.  However, the Iron Mines and Scondrel’s Run are abandoned mines that are now inhabited by ogres and minotaurs, respectively. 

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Stromvauld’s mine is still actively producing rare gems.

The Iron Mines suggest that at one point iron was harvested with great quantities out of there.  I’m thinking that a clan of dwarves probably started this mine.  But what happened to them?  If dwarves didn’t set up the mine then who did.  As for Scondrel’s Run, I have no clue.  The mine has now be turned into a pirate challenge and it is hard to determine what was mined from those caverns, in either case it looks like it was picked clean, which makes sense because it is constantly full of pirates.  I wonder if the ever elusive gnome started that mine…hm..

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So who created the mine for the Scondrel’s Run?

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Where the Iron Mines originally hallowed out by dwarves?

Any thoughts?  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

A Run Down of Quest Activities, April 21st to April 24

The week of Good Friday was an abnormal week for me, however this past week was more of a typical week.  The only change to my normal runs was that I also tried to get in as many runs as I could for the Festival of the Traveler.  The week’s runs started out with me taking Berann (Level 7 Barbarian) out into the wilds of Korthos Island for my slayer runs of the week.  So far, I have really enjoyed playing my half-orc falchion wielding barbarian.  Although I haven’t done anything quite challenging yet with him, I like his “feel” and enjoy the play style.  After I ran around and cleared out Korthos Island, I then logged out to head to work.  Once I got back home, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 10 Druid) and took him through a round of the Festival of the Traveler to me get re-oriented with egg hunting route.  After I ran that, I logged on with my other heroic true reincarnated character, Hamllin (Level 8 Fighter).  I was scheduled to take Hamllin through Three Barrel Cove and into the Garl’s Tomb: The Troglodyte’s Get.  The Troglodyte’s Get can be a pretty touch quest if you aren’t prepared to handle a ton of slow, hold person, and fire ball spells being cast at you from a multitude of troglodyte shamans and warlocks.  I made it through the Troglodyte’s Get with little problems and then logged out to make dinner.  I then logged on later that night (while also being logged on with Digital PNP group) and brought on Rimuldar (Level 21 Wizard/Magister).  The first thing I did was to take Rimuldar through a circuit of the Festival of the Traveler.  I then noticed that Rimuldar had never completed the Web of Chaos chain so I started that out with Lords of Dust on Epic Normal.  Using my onyx panther, owl bear, and a exalted angel hireling I had no difficulty getting through it.  Since I was also playing the digital PNP game, things were slow going so I was only able to make it through Lords of Dust.  Will need to hit up the other quests next time.  After that run, I needed to log out for the night.

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Berann running through Korthos Island.

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Hamllin on his way to Garl’s Tomb decides to take some pirates down in Three Barrel Cove.

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Hamllin fighting Zaokh in the Troglodyte’s Get.

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Rimuldar looking to collect some eggs for the Festival of the Traveler.

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Rimuldar and his gang in Lords of Dust.

Tuesday morning started out with a quick run of the the Festival of the Traveler and then a slayer run with Rimuldar.  I was planning on working out in the High Road but since I couldn’t get to Eveningstar (without using the Hall of Heroes from the login screen) I instead went to the Vale of Twilight since I hadn’t been out there in awhile.  It was good to get into the Vale, even over level.  After gathering some Shavarath Slayers, I logged out to head to work.  Later that afternoon, I logged back on with Erdrique and did another run of the Festival of the Traveler.  I then started to take Erdrique out to Three Barrel Cove to do Scondrel’s Run.  The Scondrel’s Run was the last quest Erdrique needed to finish up Three Barrel Cove.  As I was getting ready to head out there, Twotoe logged on and joined me.  We quickly tromped through the pirates of Three Barrel Cove and then entered Scondrel’s Run on elite.  The Scondrel’s Run is perhaps the first quest where you encounter significant numbers of minotaurs, but they didn’t slow us down at all.  After the run through Scondrel’s Run both Twotoe and I logged out to take care of dinner and other things.  I logged back later that night with a character from my premium account, Containment (Level 3 Cleric).  Because Containment is on my premium account, I can’t open quests directly on elite, and this night I was planning on finishing up the Baudry Cartamon Chain on elite, since I had already ran it on normal and hard.  So I started the chain, entering Protect Baudry’s Interest, on elite.  As I was working through the quest, Hellbanisher logged on and he had just finished going through a heroic true reincarnation.  So after I got through the first quest, I joined up with Hellbanisher and helped get through Redepmtion and Sacrifices and then we came out to the Harbor where he opened the entire Baudry chain on elite (Protect Baudry’s Interest, Stop Hazadill’s Shipment, Retrieve the Stolen Goods), as well as The Kobold’s New Ringleader, Durk’s Got a Secret, and Walk the Butcher’s Path.  During the run through Durk’s Got a Secret I was fortunate enough to pull a Muckbane .  After all of those runs we called it a night.         

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Rimuldar looking for kills in the Vale of Twilight.

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Erdrique and Twotoe dealing with the scorpions and minotaurs of Scondrel’s Run.

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Containment and his hireling protecting the crate.

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Containment and Hell looking for Arissa in Sacrifices.

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Containment and Hell working to keep the crate safe.

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Containment and Hell looking for the Stolen Goods.

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Looking for the kobold’s new ringleader.

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Taking on the slimes with our hands.

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Contaiment and Hell taking a stroll through the Butcher’s Path.

Wednesday morning was a light day in the world of DDO for me.  With the DDO being down Wednesday morning because of the hot fix, I played Neverwinter Nights II instead.  I logged on with Spirit Shaman Ragnar and took his party through some of the crypts just north of Fort Locke.  After work, I logged onto DDO Hamllin and took him through the The Forgotten Caverns.  After that I brought Erdrique back on to do another circuit of the Festival of the Traveler.  I then called it a night and spent the rest of the night with my wife as it was date night .

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Ragnar leading his gang through the Crypt.

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Hamllin taking on the ice mephits of the Forgotten Caverns.

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Erdrique looking for some more eggs.

Thursday was quite an active day.  I started the day with Stoorage (Level 9 Fighter) and took him into Three Barrel Cove for my morning slayer run.  After gathering the majority of the explorers, I logged and headed out to work.  I then logged back on with Erdrique and ran through the Festival of the Traveler, Sorrowdusk Isle, and the first part of Grey Moon Waning (The Grey Moon’s Den: The Trollish Scourge).  I then logged out to take care of dinner and logged back on later that night with Stoorage once again.  Like Containment, Stoorage is one of my characters on my premium account and he was in the process of finishing up the Assault on Splinterskull on elite.  Khameltoe logged on and offered to help me finish up Assault on Splinterskull (Doom of the Witch-Doctor: The Way to Zulkash, Doom of the Witch Doctor: Zulkash, the Herald of Woe, The Last Move: The Way to Yarkuch, The Last Move:Yarkuch’s Last Stand).   After we got through out, I asked Khameltoe if he could open the Sharn Syndicate series for me on elite.  We then headed off and completed: Stand Your Ground, Dirty Laundry, The Stormrever Fresco, The Bookbinder Rescue, and Repossession).  That just left me with Come Out and Slay to worry about.  We called it a night after those runs.

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Stoorage gazing at the wreck in Three Barrel Cove.

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Erdrique traveling the roof tops looking for eggs for the Traveler.

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Surveying the ogre camp in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Erdrique taking on the Black Sun Ogres of Grey Moon.

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Stoorage on his way to battle Zulkash.

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Stoorage on his way to deal with Yarkuch.

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Stoorage following Khameltoe into the last fight in Splinterskull.

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Having fun in Stand Your Ground.

Time to take out the laundry photo Timetotakeoutthelaundry_zps65733557.jpg
Stoorage is working on cleaning up the dirty laundry.

Don't trust Zircon photo DonttrustZircon_zps3c7e3517.jpg
Never trust a warforged like Zircon.

Rescuing the Binder Family photo RescuingtheBinderFamily_zps248e11b5.jpg
Rescuing the Binder Family.

Time to Repossess the Fresco photo TimetoRepossesstheFresco_zps6592aca8.jpg
Time to take back the Stormreaver Fresco.

So, it was a pretty productive week overall, at least in the number of quests tackled.  I hope everybody else had a productive week and hope that your weekend is even better!!  Happy Hunting everybody!!