Getting Some More Questing in Over the Weekend, January 18th to 20th

Although last week my questing was lite, the weekend was a little more productive.  On Friday, I dual boxed with Erdrique (Level 23 Bard/Fatesinger) and Sttollen (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) and I attempted to complete Terminal Delirium on heroic elite once again.  However, just like the previous weekend, I failed horribley…twice.  I died both times in the mirror room :(.  Those were the only runs I got in on Friday night.

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Erdrique and Sttollen trying Terminal Delirium once again.

I didn’t log in again until Sunday night.  Once again I logged in with Erdrique and Sttollen and took them out into the Sands of Menechtarun.  They picked up 274 scorrow and 59 undead slayers.  They also took down Wokran-Kull, Utach Sandscrawl, Volrune the Curate, Mendexthazz, and Palumak.  I was then joined by Hellsblaster (Leve 26 Artificer) and he mentioned he would help with Terminal Delirium.  With his help we ran into a lot less problems.  Our biggest area of concern was the mirror room but once we made it past that the balloon and tile pieces were easy to take care of.  Needless to say, I was very grateful for the help!!  Erdrique also picked up a monster manual deed while in there, mind flayer exterminator II (2,540 experience).  Hellsblaster called it a night after that so I took Erdrique and Sttollen back out into the desert and collected another 133 scorrow as well as defeating Utach Sandcrawl, Volrune, and Mendexthazz.  I then took Erdrique and Sttollen into the Inspired Quarter where I ran the Dream Conspiracy on elite.  I had little problems in that quest.  I then picked up the quest for The Shipwrecked Spy and ran that quest on elite as well.  I had little difficulty in this quest as well and picked up the optionals for getting past the first two waves of enemies as well as finding the hidden treasure.  During these runs, Erdrique hit level 24, so not a bad night.  I called it a night after completing The Shipwrecked Spy.

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Erdrique is hunting scorrow in the desert.

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Trying Terminal Delirium yet again, but this time with Hellsblaster.

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Going on another scorrow hunting expedition in the desert.

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Working our way through Dream Conspiracy.

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Looking for the shipwrecked spy.

I hope everybody else had a great weekend!!  Thanks for reading and happy hunting in DDO!!

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Runs Over January 11th to 13th

Well, the weekend from January 11th to January 13th was more productive than the weekend previous.  The first thing I did was to complete the quest Lord of Eyes with Erdrique (Level 23 Bard/Fatesinger) and Sttollen (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) on elite which also closed out the story arc for the Reign of Madness.  Erdrique wand up looting Belashyrra’s Cleansed Scepter in the end quest.  As quest rewards for completing the Reign of Madness story arc, Erdrique picked up the rune arm Glorious Obscenity and Sttollen picked up Fleshshaper’s Brigadine.  I then took Erdrique and Sttollen into the Sands of Menechtarun where they picked up another 502 gnoll slayers and hit the 3,000 slayer mark completing that portion of the slayer quests.  They also picked up another 45 slayers in scorrow.  During this run they took down Commander Errulf, Vorvand Darkfur, Utach Sandcrawl, and Stinkpelt.  That closed out my runs for Friday night.

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Erdrique preparing to finish the quest Lord of Eyes.

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Erdrique hunting gnolls in the desert.

On Saturday night, I took Erdrique and Sttollen into the quest Good Intentions.  It was the first time I tried this quest.  I remembered reading about it and how it contains a lot of constructs.  Boy, was that not overstated.  Even being level 23, Erdrique wound up getting kicked twice, primarily because I just wasn’t prepared for what to expect.  However, I did get through it.  Erdrique would up looting the Dashing Gloves while Sttollen picked up the Ring of Prowess.  I then took Erdrique and Sttollen back out into the Sands of Menechtarun to get some more slayers, focusing this time on the scorrow.  They picked up another 133 slayers and came across Volrune and Utach Sandcrawl.  I then started to run down the level 18 quests in the Adventure Compendium and the first quest in line was Terminal Delirium.  I wasn’t quite looking forward to this run.  I entered the quest and immediately ran into trouble with the beholders and medusa combinations.  I immediately got obliterated and re-started the quest.  I then made it to the mirror portion of the quest and then got punished rather harshly.  Needless to say it don’t go well.  I decided to call it a night at that point.

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Encountering many constructs in Good Intentions.

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Going hunting for some scorrow in the desert.

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Erdrique isn’t liking the looks of this in Terminal Delirium.

Sunday night I logged on with Tuhnn (Bladeforged, Level 17).  I didn’t do anything substantial with him, just worked on favor.  He completed the quests Stealthy Repossession, Smuggler’s Warehouse, Recovering the Lost Time, and Missing in Action.  he also collected another 165 slayers in Cerulean Hills.  During these adventures he picked up several monster manual deeds: Orc Exterminator 1 (1,110 experience) and Human Hunter (444 experience),  That closed out my weekend.

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Tuhnn finishing up Stealthy Repossession.

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Tuhnn making his way through the Smuggler’s Warehouse.

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Tuhnn working his way through Recovering the Lost Tome.

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Tuhnn looking for the lost part in Missing in Action.

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Tuhnn doing some hunting in the Cerulean Hills.

Thanks for reading everybody and I hope everybody had a great weekend worth of questing.  Happy hunting!!

Talk about Delirious!!

The “Delirium” set of quests in DDO are some of the most difficult quests to complete on elite at level.  These particular quests included Delirium, Acute Delirium, and Terminal Delirium.  All three of these quests deal with the insane denizens that come from the plane of Xoriat which included beholders, mind flayers, tharaahk hounds, flesh renders, fire reavers, ice flensers, and other demons and aberrations.  As Erdrique (Level 22 Rogue/Fury of the Wild) continues to work his way through completing all of the heroic quests on elite (excluding raids) he came upon the quests that were released with the Heart of Madness adventure pack, which includes Terminal Delirium.  The quests in this pack; Terminal Delirium, Palace of Stone, and Fashion Madness, are all level18 on normal, making them level 20 on elite.  Now although this particular quest pack has been out for some time, I haven’t had the opportunity to run any of the quests, until recently.  This is because I was hitting level 20 with Erdrique and going through the heroic true reincarnation process well before I got chance to venture into them.  And my other characters are either too level to hit them up in heroic currently or not high enough to hit the epic versions of them.  So, this past weekend was my first real look at one of these quests: Terminal Delirium.

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It doesn’t take long to get into trouble in the Sleeping Spell Inn.

Now I wasn’t completely unaware of the mechanics for Terminal Delirium.  I remember reading about various aspects of this challenging quest on the forums.  But then again, reading about the aspects of the quests and actually playing through them are two totally different things.  I joined up with another Crawler (Okhamel), who also hadn’t seen this quest yet, as we entered in on elite.

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Dealing with the beholders in the rafter.

Like the other “Delirium” quests, Terminal Delirium takes place in the Sleeping Spell Inn which is located in The Twelve.  The quest giver is located in the open air tavern (if I remember correctly) is named Verona Jethro.  Verona tells you that she reserved the Inn for some guests but has discovered their true nature and has asked for some help in dealing with the Xoriat forces.  The enemies you encounter in this go round include beholders, mind flayers, medusas, evil eyes, and shadow gargoyles.  The quest is based around joining a “team;”  You either join up with either the Lord of Eyes or the Lord of Stone as they have a little competition against each other.  Once you pick a team, you have to complete four challenges.  The first three of these challenges can be extremely brutal.

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Yeah, this looks rather interesting.

Once you join a team you then have to make your way through these challenges.  The first challenge is to deliver a “balloon” to your chosen team leader (either the Lord of Eyes of the Lord of Stone).  During this iteration, we had selected the Lord of Eyes.  As you search for a balloon, you find a air canister and realize that the objective here is that you need to be turned into the “balloon” and have to navigate through the rafters of the Sleeping Spell Inn and back to the two Daelkyr lords.  The only issue with this, you have to defeat a number of powerful enemies, beholders and medusas, not to mention to navigate your way through a set of serious blade traps.  Luckily I was able to disable them but I could only imagine how much damage those things would have caused if you couldn’t get them turned off, especially being a “balloon.”  Talk about some challenge here.  Needless to say, it took us a little while and a few deaths to make it through this area.  I also found navigating through the rafters, similar to flying in the Stormreaver, a little cumbersome.

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Erdrique making his way through the rafters as a balloon.

The second challenge was the most brutal, in my opinion.  This challenge required you to bring a “mirror” back to the lords.  To do this, you had to go into the guest rooms and find a mirror.  While you look in the mirror you see a reflection of yourself.  When you interact with the mirror, the guest room goes into lock down and your reflection is assaulted by mind flayers and spectral like gargoyles.  You have to then enter the reflection and destroy the enemies.  The only problem here, at this point you are considered a “mirror”, basically a sheet of glass, and you become extremely vulnerable to melee damage.  I found myself as a soul stone quite a bit during this particular encounter.  I had initially thought that the your character’s reflection would only take a certain amount of damage to find out later that your reflection is basically invulnerable.  We also learned that the monsters are a strong aggro mechanic on the reflection and not our actual characters.  Once we realized this, we were able to pick off the mobs one or two at a time.  Of course this became problematic at times because I was using my quarterstaff and Okhamel wields a greataxe so it was frequent when we pulled more than one or two monsters and stole aggro away from the reflection.  In the end, we got past it but we both died numerous times and had to leave and repair a few times to get past this part.

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Finding the mirror, now what could possibly go wrong?

Now the third challenge was interesting.  We had to bring back a puzzle, and yes that meant we had to become a piece of the puzzle, back to the lords.  Essentially we had to enter the basement and to become the power floor tile puzzle piece for a set of puzzles.  We also had to defeat the undead version of the beholder from the original Delirium quest, Knizzleknack.  I’m usually not a fan of the puzzles but I found this iteration fun to do.  Especially since I was the puzzle piece.

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Erdrique has been converted into a floor tile piece.

The fourth and final challenge was a dance off.  Now this was completely unique.  You basically enter onto a dance floor and have to use the dance emotes to “out dance” your enemies.  In my case, this was a set of medusa’s.  You can disrupt your enemies dance flow by knocking them down or similar fashion.  Very unique mechanic indeed.  Once the dance contest is over, the quest completes.

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Its time to dance!!

Overall, Terminal Delirium is quite unique.  There isn’t another quest quite like it.  It is extremely challenging.  Between the two of us, Okhamel and I had 60 deaths wracked up, 30 for each of us.  I wonder if the death counter just gave up :).  That is definitely a new record for me!!  If you haven’t tried this quest, it is definitely something to look into, at least for once.

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Yeah, that was a rough one!!

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Sleeping Spell inn!!

An Active Halloween Weekend, Quest Runs October 30th to November 1st

I always enjoy the Halloween holiday and this past weekend was no different.  I was a little bummed out that we couldn’t dress up at work on Friday, October 30th but I made up for it by dressing up on Halloween to pass out candy to the kids.  But another aspect I always enjoy with Halloween is playing DDO and slaying many monsters :).  This year was no different.  I kicked off the weekend by taking Berann (Level 9 Barbarian) out into Tangleroot Gorge for some slayers.  I also took the opportunity for Containment (Level 7 Cleric) to tag along with him by dual boxing with my two accounts.  After work, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) and I took him out into the undead zone of the Sands of Menechtarun as he continues to work on his 1,500 slayer mark in that region.  I then took him out to Delera’s Graveyard and to participate in the Night Revels.  It took me about three minutes or so to accumulate two keys.  I used one to enter Haverdashed on level 20.  I was expecting it to pretty easy but I underestimated the ability of my hireling cleric and my lack luster damage output with piercing weapons and found myself a soul stone during the fight with the skeletons with my hireling quickly following suit.  However, I did find out that when you fail an instance a key is still consumed.  No worries though, I had my revenge :).  I then called it for a little while and then logged back on Friday night with Erdrique (Level 22 Rogue/Fury of the Wild).  I had originally planned on knocking out the quests in the High Road so I headed out there and completed Lost in the Swamp and A Stay at the Inn on heroic elite.  It was the first time I have done these quests and I found them interesting.  In between those runs, I also took Erdrique through a run of the Night Revels and Haverdashed and through a run of the Extraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage.  I called it a night after that.

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Berann and Containment exploring Tangleroot Gorge.

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Hamllin fighting the mummies in the desert.

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Hamllin looking into the Night Revels.

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Hamllin taking care of the zombies in Haverdashed.

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Erdrique noticing some interesting red crystals in the cave to the yuan-ti encounter in the High Road.

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Coming across a medusa in the swamp.

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Erdrique exploring the Inn in the High Road.

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Erdrique working in the Night Revels.

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Erdrique having some fun tripping a bunch of skeletons in Haverdashed.

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Erdrique moving into position to protect the kobolds in Labor Shortage.

Halloween was quite an interesting day, especially with my questing!!  I took as much opportunity as I could to do some challenge questing and Night Revels questing in between my chores and yard work.  The first thing I did was to log on with Hamllin so that he could get another shot at Haverdashed.  This time I went in on level 17 and switched weapons and had no major issues, so he got his revenge there.  After that, I logged on with Erdrique who then participated in the Night Revels as well and completed runs through Haverdashed, Kobodl’s Newest Ringleader, and Under New Ravagement.  I also had some time to complete two runs of the Extraplanar Palace: Dragon’s Hoard and a run through Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals.  After the trick and treating, I logged back on Saturday night and I grouped up with Okhamel and took him through the Night Revels and through the Snitch and the Lich.  We then headed out to the Twelve to try the quest Terminal Delirium on heroic elite.  It was first look at the quests from the Heart of Madness quest series and all I can say is that it was an interesting experience.  We were in there for quite some time and when we completed it I needed to call it a night.  But I can say that we did completed it :).

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Hamllin taking note of the crimson sky in the Night Revels.

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Erdrique taking on the spectral dragon in the Dragon’s Hoard.

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Taking on the spectral dragon once again.

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Erdrique looking around the observatory of Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion in Picture Portals.

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Erdrique exploring the graveyard.

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The mind flayer cooking up some zombies in Under New Ravagement.

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Taking on the undead kobolds in the Newest Ringleader.

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Erdrique hunting the undead and shadar-kai in Delera’s Graveyard.

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Erdrique and Okhamel dealing with the undead in the Snitch and the Lich.

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Time to get our groove on in Terminal Delirium.

On Sunday, I had hoped to log in during the day like I did on Saturday but unfortunately the opportunity didn’t arise.  I did log on that night though but I had made a mistake in my calendar.  I forgot to update my calendar and had logged on with Stoorage (Level 13 Fighter) but I was supposed to play with Cannock (Level 7 Druid).  I didn’t realize this mistake until this morning when I started to think about it more.  Oh well, in either case I played Stoorage and dual boxed him with Cantlin (Level 12 Sorcerer).  I also joined up with Twotoe.  Stoorage still needed the Necro I series on elite (he hadn’t started them yet) so we ran through all five quests on elite (Tomb of the Immortal Heart, Tomb of the Sanguine Heart, Tomb of the Burning Heart, Tomb of the Crimson Heart, and The Bloody Crypt).  Even being well over level, I still wound up getting enough experience to move Stoorage and Cantlin from level 12 to 13.  Now I will just have to remember to log on with Cannock during my next scheduled run with Stoorge to get back on track.  The dilemma of having a plethora of characters :).  While running through these quests, I ran into some internet connection issues and when we were more than halfway through the Bloody Crypt my connection dropped.  It took me about another 20 minutes (if not longer) to reconnect and luckily Twotoe stayed on and waited for me.  Definitely an interesting night.

Stoorage making his way through the Tomb of the Sanguine Heart.

Stoorage and Twotoe making their way through Tomb of the Burning Heart.

Exploring Tomb of the Immortal Heart.

Stoorage and Twotoe hunting down Salasso.

So, the weekend was quite fun.  I ran a wide variety of quests ranging from some low level slayers, to the Night Revels, to challenges, and high level heroic quests.  I hope everybody else had a fun and safe weekend as well!!  Thank you for reading and happy hunting in the Night Revels.