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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Who is Volrune the Curate?

One of the things that I have mentioned on my blog perhaps a thousand times or so (if not more :P) is how much I enjoy running through the Sands of Menechtarun.  The Sands of Menechtarun is not only a remarkably beautiful landscape, especially for a desert, especially at night, but also has quite an array of rare encounters.  One of these rare encounters is Volrune the Curate.  Volrune the Curate is a scorrow (half drow and half scorpion) that can be found in the eastern portion of the desert that is dominated by the scorrow, not far away from the explorer point Paragon Plunge.

The scorrow are supposed to be the paragon warriors and believers for the diety, Vulkoor.  Although not much is known on the biological aspects of a scorrow, it is believed that Vulkoor can grant his blessing to his drow worshippers transforming them from a typical drow to a scorrow (as evident at the end of the Claw of Vulkoor).  So I wondered how this aspect of the Vulkoori life applied to Volrune.

Erd coming across Volrune the Curate in the Sands of Menechtarun.

A curate is a member of the clergy indicating that Volrune was a drow cleric or priest of Vulkoorim and now has been blessed to be as scorrow cleric or priest.  This is quite evident when you encounter his in the desert and he begins casting the typical cleric spells including comet fall. searing light, and sound burst.  I also think he might cast blade barrier.  In any case this seems to indicate that he is still a powerful priest for Vulkoor.  Volrune also seems to be quite influential with the drow tribe in the Menechtarun desert as he appears to be spreading Vulkoor teachings across a small contingent of other Vulkoori drow, which always seem to be guarding him.

Realizing this, I wondered what evil acts Volrune committed to be granted this status by Vulkoor.  One thing that i realized as well is that some scholars believe that Vulkoor is actually the god known as the Mockery.  The Mockery is one of the Dark Six and is known for creating havack and bloodshed.  Couple this with influence Lailat has had on the region, you get a recipe for creating some potentially horrendous and evil warriors.  I believe that Volrune is just one of these warriors.

I suspect that Volrune has committed a number of heinous acts to gain the favor of Vulkoor and in this current environment he was able to take advantage of a number of opportunities to gain that favor.  I suspect he was a leader in a number of raids on the caravans that travel back and forth through the Sands of Menechtarun and that he has captured, tortured, and sacrificed a number of prisoners and slaves to Vulkoor.  He probably employed a number of ritualistic rites as well to increase the inluence that Vulkoor has in the area.  The real question is how many of these acts did he commit and what else does he have planned.  It is a good thing that we destroy him when we find him because who knows what the limits to his ambitions really are.

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the desert!!