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!!

Taking a Brief Look at the Shadow Series Necro II Quest Line

Over the weekend, one of the quests I completed with Erdrique (Level 14 Rogue) was the Shadow Crypt.  The Shadow Crypt is the capstone quest to the Necropolis II quest chain.  To obtain the Shadow Crypt quest, you have to complete the Tomb of the Shadow Guard, Tomb of the Shadow King, Tomb of the Shadow Lord, and Tomb of the Shadow Knight.  I have written about most of these quests in one aspect or another before but I figured this time I would take an overall look at the entire quest line here.

The Shadow series (what I call them anyway) is composed of the four level 8 flagging quests and the one level 9 capstone quest.  You can complete the four flagging quests in any order you want.  However, one thing to be mindful of is that once you complete one of the flagging quests make sure you do not reacquire the quest you just completed.  The only way you can obtain the quest for the Shadow Crypt is if the four flagging quests are marked as being currently completed in your quest journal.  This can get quite aggravating at times.

As you can imagine, the entire quest line is composed of “shadow” type monsters.  These will include shadows, wraiths, umbral gargoyles, umbral worgs, invisible stalkers, and phase spiders.  You will also encounter various cultists as well.  Needless to say, having a ghost touch weapon of pure good or some other type of ghostbane weapon is extremely helpful for all melee characters in this set of quests and having access to large area of affect spells such as firewall and blade barrier are extremely useful for arcane and divine casters.  Some of the most annoying monsters you will encounter in these quests are phase spiders as they tend to have fun jumping in out of the material plane making your attacks miss quite a bit.  They also have the annoying capability of making you wait until they face back to continue on.  Definitely quite annoying.  There are a various of optional names monsters spread throughout these quests that tend to boost your total experience you can get when you complete them, which is a nice benefit indeed.

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Erdrique and Hellbanisher preparing to explore the Shadow Crypt.

The maps to the tombs themselves are quite unique in a few ways.  The Tomb of the Shadow Guard is primarily underwater and can get quite frustrating to move through until you get a nice idea of the maps layout.  The Tomb of the Shadow Knight is the rogues/artificer’s playground as it is littered with traps that can make an adventurer’s life extremely short.  The Tomb of the Shadow Lord forces the party to split up and to explore various levels of the tomb and to meet back up in the center to take on the end boss.  The Tomb of the Shadow King is perhaps the most annoying of these quests as it is designed to be circular with torches that need to be put out with respawning mobs that chase you tirelessly throughout the quest.  And the last quest, the Shadow Crypt, is a multi tiered maze that requires you to find special gears to unlock the last room to get to the end fight.  In all these quests have some interesting mechanics that are found in a lot of other areas.  The Tombs and Crypts themselves are pretty nicely designed in terms of their artwork and spookiness.  I really enjoy the various tapestries, markings, and feel of these areas.

The last thing I wanted to mention is that these quests offer quite a stockpile of experience.  When I completed the Shadow Crypt last weekend, I received over 43,000 experience on elite and I was level 14 in a level 11 quest.  Running these series quests with a streak going on can net you a significant amount of experience.

The Shadow Series is a fun series to run overall, as long as you ghost touch weapon or ghostbane weapon.  One other thing to keep in mind if you use Cannith Crafting.  You will need to make sure that whatever weapon you enchant with ghost touch also has a +1 enhancement applied as well.  You will need this to bypass the damage reduction of the wraiths (at least) in these quests.  Having just a ghost touch weapon of purge good will not mark your weapon as “magical,”  You need to have that +1 enhancement to beat that damage reduction.  I figured this out the hard way :P.

In any case, take a look at these series of quest.  They are different and can be quite challenging, especially during your first go through.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Shadow Tombs!!

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!!

Two Days of Questing over the Weekend, December 26th to 28th

This past weekend was a very strong weekend of questing for me, at least in terms of knocking out high experience awarding quests.  I was traveling during Friday, December 26th from North Carolina to Florida and didn’t get any play time :(.  So my questing activities didn’t start until Saturday.

I devoted the entire weekend to questing with Erdrique (Level 12 Monk) to take advantage of the 10% experience bonus and the additional 10% experience VIP bonus.  To start out the questing I took Erdrique out into Sorrowdusk Isle and completed the rest of the slayers and rares out in that zone.  After I completed that zone, I then moved off to finish up the Ruins of Threnal.  I then took on and completed the quests of the Abandoned Excavation (The Missing Expedition, Entering the Gate Chamber, The Gate Chamber) and then I completed the Threnal Arena and the Giant Caves (The Giants Lieutenants, The Giants’ Lair, The Giants’ Supplies).  After completing all of Threnal I then moved off and head on to The Pit.  However, before I did that I leveled up from 11 to 12.  I then blasted through Pit and still earned well over 36,000 experience for the run :).  Once I completed the Pit, I then headed off to the Tomb of the Shadow Guard and completed it on elite.  After the run through the Tomb of the Shadow Guard, I called it a night.

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Erdrique working on completing the Sorrowdusk Explorer area.

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Working to locate the missing expedition.

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Erdrique stunning a beholder in Entering the Gate Chamber.

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Erdrique stunning a hill giant hunter in the Gate Chamber.

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Erdrique approaching the arena of Threnal.

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Working through the Giants’ Lair.

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Erdrique doing what he can to destroy the Giants’ supplies.

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Erdrique looking to take out the giant lieutenants.

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Erdrique gazing down the shaft of the Pit.

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Erdrique fighting phase spiders in the Tomb of the Shadow Guard.

On Sunday, I continued through the Shadow Tomb series of quests.  Before I did that however, I went to the Cannith Crafting Hall and decided to create some ghost touch of pure good handwraps because I was having a number of annoying issues in the Tomb of the Shadow Guard from incorporeality misses.  After I created the new handwraps, I head pack out to the Necropolis and hit up the Tomb of the Shadow King and Tomb of the Shadow Knight.  Once I completed these two quests, I was then able to gain access to The Shadow Crypt and I worked my way through that shifting maze to gain gears to finally take on Nerezza.  The Shadow Crypt netted me over 50,000 experience :).

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Fighting and more fighting in the Tomb of the Shadow King.

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Jading a shrouded terror mage in the Tomb of the Shadow Knight.

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Fighting Dontre Lebram in the Shadow Crypt.

At that point, I called it a night.  So even though I missed a day of questing because of traveling issues, I still wracked up quite a bit of experience over the weekend.  I still plan on focusing on Erdrique during the week as well to continue to take advantage of the experience bonus that is currently active and to take advantage of my time off of work before things head back to normal.  Thank you for reading and happy hunting!!

A Diversity of Quests, Adventures October 6 to October 9

My quest runs this week were quite diverse.  I began this week with some questing in Neverwinter Nights II Original Campaign where I took my Spirit Shaman (Ragnar, Level 5) through the ruins of High Cliff and now his little band has made their way to the city of Neverwinter.  I did that early on Monday morning prior to work.  I didn’t get a chance to run anything Monday afternoon because I had some real life activities to take care of.  But on Monday night, while also playing during our weekly digital PNP game, I brought on Erdrique (Level 3 Monk) and took him into The Smuggler’s Warehouse, Recovering the Lost Tome, Missing in Action, and some slayers in the Cerulean Hills.  After those runs I called it a night.

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Neeskha scouting out for Ragnar in the ruins of Highcliff before setting sale for Neverwinter.

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Erd tripping a shaman in the Smuggler’s Warehouse.

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Erdrique looking for the missing parties in Missing in Action.

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Erdrique exploring the beauty of the Cerulean Hills.

During Tuesday, I logged on with Kanndar (Level 11 Paladin) and started the day with a slayer run through the Searing Heights.  Kanndar was able to max out his slayers but he still needs one more rare encounter before he is done with that slayer area.  Because of a meeting at work, I didn’t get a chance to do my typical afternoon run again.  But I did log in Tuesday night with Lorrikk (Level 11 Monk).  The first thing I worked on was the Cannith Challenge Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door, in which case I was actually able to take out Dr. Rushmore and Ugg.  After that run, I took him into Gwylan’s Stand on elite and had a good time making my way through that classic quest.

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Kanndar fighting enemy drow in the Searing Heights.

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Lorrikk making his way through Dr. Rushmore’s mansion in Behind the Door.

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Preparing for battle in Gwylan’s Stand.

Wednesday morning I logged on with Harrgon (Level 10 Favored Soul) and took him out into Tangleroot Gorge for some simple slayer runs that morning.  But, do to yet another meeting, I didn’t get my afternoon runs in and so that was the only run I was able to do .

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Harrgon continues to explore Tangleroot Gorge.

Cantlin (Level 11 Sorcerer) was my next character scheduled for a slayer run, so I logged him in where he finished up all of the slayers and rares in the Searing Heights.  He then moved over to continue to work in Sorrowdusk Isle.  After doing some hunting in those explorer zones, I then logged out and headed off to work.  This time I was actually able to get in an afternoon run.  I took Hamllin (Level 12 Fighter) into the Shadow Crypt.  Although the Shadow Crypt can be annoying, it does give a ton of experience.  I completed the Shadow Crypt with little difficulty and was able to collect enough gears to open up the extra chest at the end and even being a level higher than the CR of the quest (so I didn’t get the additional bravery bonus experience) I still wound up getting over 40,000 experience (including the optional names I encountered).  I logged out after that run and logged back in with Garrrin (Level 21 Barbarian).  Garrrin is currently working on the Phiarlan Carnival series on epic, so he battled The Snitch and had little difficulty.  Continuing my push to run some challenges, I then took him into the Cannith Challenge Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time.   I went in on level 20 because I was looking for regular mephit wings.  I had fun time directing the kobolds and took down the Marilith and the Rhaksasha but got ported out when I was battling the Hag.  I still had gathered enough shards so I was happy with that result.  After that, I called it a night.

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Cantlin burning up some enemies in Searing Heights.

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Cantlin begins to explore Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Hamllin preparing to face off against the Shadow Council.

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Dealing with some annoying mephits in the Snitch.

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Garrrin directing the kobolds in Buying Time.

To sum up the week, it was quite a diverse week  I ran some low level adventures, ran some challenges, took on a epic quest, and hit up some slayers.  I good questing week indeed!!  Thanks for reading everybody and I hope everybody has had a good week and will have a good weekend!!  Happy hunting!!

Rundown of the Quest Runs During the Week, June 16th to 19th

Well, I have fallen behind in my blogging this week, primarily because of my busy work schedule this week.  So hopefully I can catch up today.  My quest runs last week started with an exploration of Tangleroot Gorge with a character from my premium account, Crawlller (Level 5 Ranger).  Crawlller just started his adventures out there and I look forward taking him through the wilds of the gorge.  Later in the day, I was scheduled to take Hamllin (Level 9 Fighter), through Sorrowdusk Isle and to help clan Greymoon in the Greymoon’s Den Story Arc.  I also took Hamllin into the Caged Trolls, I guess I just wanted to beat on up trolls Monday night and afternoon 🙂 !!  During Monday, I was also playing with my digital D&D PNP group so those runs were the extent of my questing on Monday.

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Crawlller exploring the Tangleroot Gorge.

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Hamllin disrupting Noozer and his trolls.

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Hamllin not enjoying the beat down of ogres in the Grey Moon’s den.

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Hamllin fighting the slimes in the Grey Moon’s Den.

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Taking down the Emerald Claw in Caged Trolls.

On Tuesday, I was scheduled to take Berann (Level 7 Barbarian) into the Cerulean Hills but I realized that I didn’t complete Korthos Island yet with him (the explorer area).  You have to love trying to keep track of the accomplishments and quest runs across multiple characters :).  So, I decided to take Berann into the Cerulean Hills that morning and then that afternoon, after I got home from work, I logged Berann back in and took him into Korthos Island to get closer to completing that explorer area.  That same afternoon, I was scheduled to take Erdrique (Level 13 Druid) into Ataraxia’s Haven and into the quest Sykro’s Jewel.  I always enjoy the Haven and find it as a quick source of a large amount of experience.  Tuesday night, I was scheduled to bring on Charlock (Level 13 Fighter) who is still working on finishing up some favor runs that included The Pit.  I really enjoyed that run on Tuesday night and wrote about it here.  After my tromp through the Pit, I headed to bed.

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Looking around the Hills.

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Berann watching the vileness of some cultists.

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Erdrique enjoying the night in Ataraxia’s Haven.

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Erdrique taking on the scrags in the Smuggler’s Hollow.

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Charlock fighting the trogs in The Pit.

Now Wednesday’s are typically date nights for my wife and myself but unfortunately she had to work so we switched the date night for this week to Thursday.  So this allowed be to do some questing on Wednesday night.  However, Wednesday started with a slayer run through Vale of Twilight with Rimuldar (Level 22 Wizard/Magister).  I’m taking Rimuldar through this explorer area because of two reasons: 1). I didn’t realize I couldn’t get him out into Eveningstar to run out there, although this is now corrected, and 2). because I’m still playing around with some of his skills and my button selections with him.  Rimuldar has so many spells that I’m still working on his effectiveness.  I’ll get there though.  Later that afteroon, I logged back on with Berann and finished up Korthos Island with him.  I then logged on with Hamllin, who was scheduled to take on the Tear of Dhakaan.  The Tear of Dhakaan is a great experience quest at level and so I ran it with Hamllin using his elite streak.  I had very few problems in the quest and at its completion I earned well over 24,000 experience :).  Later that night, I brought on Erdrique who needed to complete two level 9 quests to completed with that level of runs in his Adventure Compedium: The Shadow Crypt and Into the Deep.  I decided to run The Shadow Crypt because that run can sometimes take a little longer than planner because of its unique quest mechanic.  The run went really well (which I wrote about here) and even though I was over level for elite streak bravery bonus, I still earned over 40,000 experience 🙂 !!

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Rimuldar exploring the Vale of Twilight.

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Berann stalking through Korthos Island.

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Hamllin takes on the Arzag-khor hogboglin tribe.

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Erdrique takes on the shadow army in the Tomb of the Shadow Crypt.

My questing continued on Thursday morning with Garrrin (Level 21 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild).  I took Garrrin back into the Gianthold (Heroic) and continue to work on his slayers in that region.  That slayer run was the last of the questing for the week, as I got held up after work and had date night moved to Thursday.

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Garrrin fighting the Gold Concord dwarves in Gianthold.

Overall, I think it was quite a varied week for me.  I didn’t have any epic level runs in per se, although I did play Rimuldar and Garrrin (both dwarves, ironically, and above level 20) but those were through some slayer areas and not quests.  I’m steadily moving Erdrique and Hamllin through their current lives, I expect they both be level 14 and 10, respectively, relatively soon.  Thanks for checking out the blog and giving it a read and I hope everybody else had a fun week in DDO!!  Happy hunting everybody!!  

Exploring the Shadow Crypt

One of the last level 9 quests I needed to complete with Erdrique (Level 13 Druid) on elite was The Shadow Crypt.  The Shadow Crypt is the capstone quest to the Necropolis II adventure pack and you have to complete Tomb of the Shadow Guard, Tomb of the Shadow Knight, Tomb of the Shadow King, and Tomb of the Shadow Lord to properly flag for it.  The quest is bestowed by a member of the Emerald Claw camp, called The Herald.

The quest is actually a very unique one and I can’t think of another quest that employs the same mechanic.  The entire tomb is basically a “tiered” maze.  The quest starts out with a member of the Emerald Claw (I think) laying on the floor and she indicates that she was betrayed by the Shadow Council and she warns you that the entire tomb is maze.  You are then attacked by a series of shadows.  You then have an option to go into any direction. 

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Erdrique burning up shadows and other incorporeal undead in the Shadow Crypt.

When you pick a direction to head you are transported to another room in the tomb and when you turn around and go back the way you came you might be transported to the original room but most likely you will be transported to an entirely different room.  The objective of the quest is to gather 2 gears of four different colors (red, yellow, green, and blue).  When you move to a new room, the room will be shaded in one of these colors and when you enter the room and kill the enemies a chest will spawn with the appropriate color gear (there is a set of rooms that have a swimming maze instead of mobs to kill).  If you collect three of each colored gears then you can get access to an additional chest at the end.     

The quest contains a number of optional rare encounters that help add to the total amount of experience available in the quest.  Once you do gather at least two colors of each gear, you need to continue to move forward through the quest until you come to a room that has a translucent/spectral banner the covers one of the exit ways.  This particular room is the room that leads to the locks and levers needed to reach the Shadow Council and the named vampire at the end of the quest  Finding this particular room can sometimes be really aggravating, but you’ll find it eventually.  The DDOWiki has a few of the paths laid out to help in this endeavor.

In this quest, firewall pretty much rains supreme and ghost touch weapons are essential for your melees.  The quest isn’t very hard but just can be annoying.  At the completion of the quest Erdrique received well over 40,000 experience (including the optionals) and I was able to get the bonus chest.  As I mentioned before the uniqueness in this quest comes from the ability to “zone” into each room, no other quest is like this that I’m aware of.

So, now Erdrique is now done with the Shadow series and will begin moving into the the Cursed Crypt Series, eventually.  Those quests are base level 11 and Erdrique is still working on his level 9 and 10 quests.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!   

Since the Servers Are Down I Will Write About Yesterday’s Runs

Well I am typically logged onto Thelanis by now but unfortunately the DDO Game servers are still down due to a data center power issue (or something like that) so instead I’m going to take the chance to write up about my runs from yesterday which were quite nice!!  Early on I logged on two of my characters on my free account, Containment and Crawlller.  I took them through the Korthos Island Slayers and the Cerulean Hills slayers, respectively while taking breaks between my chores

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Containment working his magic through Korthos Island.

I don’t move very fast with my free account at all, as my highest level character is only level 8 but that is mainly because I’m currently focusing on my reincarnated characters at the moment, so it was nice to give these characters some play time.

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Crawlller taking his time in the Cerulean Hills and enjoying the night skyline.

After getting some more chores done around the house and outside, I brought on Erdrique to run some slayers in the Red Fens.  I was taking advantage of a Major Slayer Boost and was enjoying racking up the kills as well as the scenery:

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Erdrique cleansing the Red Fens under the beautiful rainbow.

But the most productive part of the gaming session came last night when I was joined by Hellbanisher, who had just converted his character over to the Eldritch Night enhancement line.  We decided to hit up the Necro II because we both needed that series and I had that already scheduled to run for the weekend.  We started off with the Tomb of the Shadow Guard and blasted through its under water maze, even with Hell getting loss.  We then moved over to the Tomb of the Shadow Knight and avoided the majority of the traps with Hellbanisher using the spell Knock to get pass the locked door.  After we blew through the Shadow Knight, we then moved over to the Tomb of the Shadow Lord were we split up and took on the myriad of shadows, wraiths, phase spiders, umbral worgs, and umbral gargoyles quite easily.  We then moved over to the Shadow King, and ran around in circles extinguishing the lights to take on the restless mummy, which Hell wound up killing before we got dragged into the light room.  Those four quests took us about 20 minutes each and we earned close to 15,000 xp per run.  So in about an hour and a half we had earned around 60,000 xp.

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Erdrique and Hellbanisher dealing with the incorporal undead in Tomb of the Shadow Guard.

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Erdrique catching up to Hellbanisher in the Shadow Knight.

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Erdrique and Hellbanisher enjoying a run through the Tomb of the Shadow Lord.

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Erdrique and Hellbanisher lighting things up in the Tomb of the Shadow King.

It was perhaps the fastest I had ever completed that series before and we only had the two of us with our hirelings.  Although we were level 12 and the quests were level 10 (on elite) I still haven’t seen them done that fast.  Since we blasted through those easily we decided to do the Shadow Crypt, which is the last quest in the series.  Hellbanisher looked up the maze directions and in about 15 minutes we made our way to the end of the quest.  I have never seen this one done this fast either, as getting those gears and getting lost frequently occurs in this particular quest.  Before we knew it, we each had earned around another 40,000 xp.  Overall, not a bad night .

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Time to wrap up the Shadow Series by burning things up in the Shadow Crypt.

Well hopefully the servers will be back up soon!!  Happy hunting all and thanks for reading!!