Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

Boy, did 2007 have its downs and ups or what? Just today, I got my villa items back, including the Virindi Mask inscribed by Fong Sai-Yuk, my old Aussie mate (who doesn't like that there is no comment function on this thing!). I also got back a ton of quest items I'd earned, complete with my oh-so-droll inscriptions. Pretty cool.

I owe a HUGE thank you to:

Adept of Dereth.

I bow to you, good sir. You rock. And I was WAY wrong about the fate of my items. They were just muled and held onto. Seems my stuff isn't that uber, lol. ;-)

So having gone through the returned items, some stuff is missing, but I don't mind. The set of Greater Olthoi Armor I bought years ago, wore once, and muled just isn't missed by me. I do indeed miss the Globe of Aubrean I had floor hooked, but I can buy one of those.

Or can I?

Because I'm me. I insisted he take a "bounty" of items for his trouble, and gave him a War Rare (100 MMD value), a X-Bow rare, a melee D rare, a Sword rare, and 9 Burning Coals (all I had). Plus, I gave him 25 MMDs.

Meaning?

LOL, I'm broke again. ;-)

But this isn't a huge issue. I've got about 15 MMDs left to buy a Globe of Aubrean, plenty of supplies otherwise to live on, and even have Diamond Powders for Writs. This will just prompt me to get my Tradebot up and running again, and try to sell those Deception Rares I have. Ubar.

Happy New Year. Be safe. 2008 is starting off on a good note for me, hope it is for you!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Har.




I love how the idiot little children are bleating about their "l33t" PvP skills, and how they're amazing at this game. WTF? THIS is what you want to declare your uberness at? Um, I'm too busy kicking ass in RL, that I don't mind saying it -- I SUCK AT THIS AC THING!

There is NOTHING I can't die against. Monsters level against me. Drudges use my skulls for bocce tournaments.

I am not leet.

I think there is some SERIOUS penis compensation going on at the VN boards right now, and it's hysterical. I'm not sure who called it a "circle jerk" but that just about sums it up.

Excuse me while another monster kills me. Hope my ego can handle it. ;-)

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Low score Harbinger

I did NOT have time to go on a Harbinger quest today, but I did anyway. I first blew a good 30 minutes looking for a couple of Snowflowers (grrrrr), but netted 4 diamond powders during the search. So my villa's paid for another two cycles! :D

Anyway, the quest didn't go well -- I didn't have ANY bloodletter charms, nor any Telemiat Essences, so I was stuck just turning in a Peerless charm for a couple of points in Magic D (the 118 million XP step, plus the next one).

The problem was that we had a couple of deaths, and a couple of missed jumps. This normally isn't a problem, except that I had a serious time constraint, and I couldn't believe my eyes when it was 5pm, and we were waiting for ANOTHER Harby spawn. So I took the exit portal, got my XP, and figured I'd recall back to the Harby room, where if I died, who would care?

One problem -- if you get your reward, you don't go back to the Harby room -- you start at the top.

Oops. So I tried running back to the Harby room directly. There were only two problems:

1. I don't know the way.
2. I am Tai Fung.

Therefore, I died after the FIRST ramp. Because I was stuck between two plants and two lizards. I would have lived, but I was busy writing in @a about why I had disappeared, and asking why I hadn't just beamed to the fight room at the end again.

Sooooo, I died, cleared my body (I had dropped pyreals, and hated leaving it on display), and logged off. RL wasn't just calling, it was deafening! I had to go.

Feh. I don't begrudge the Quest leader, but only myself. I have just been having too much fun lately, and should have passed on this quest.

Double Feh. =P

Friday, December 28, 2007

What's Chu Problem?

Sorry, bad attempt at a pun there.

While I'm off dying to stuff half my level, I'll sometimes chat with Chu-Chu. She seems perfectly nice, and is definitely a character. The other day, she asked me if her alt, Wolfen al'Thor (currently alone and a monarch) could join up with the EOL under me. I pointed out right out of the gate that I'm a HORRIBLE patron, and that my time is so irregular, that I wouldn't be a good fit. But, I offered to run the idea past Marie to see if we could get her approved to join (I knew there had been some drama in the past re the EOL, so I thought it best to check in).

I give Marie a lot of credit here -- apparently, there was tons o' drama with Chu in the EOL previously, although not of her own creation. It was mostly caused by Kiaya (I'm not her biggest fan, and found her puffing about her "published book" (done by a vanity press-type publisher) to be insufferable). Chu's hubby, Stee Jans, jumped to Kiaya's defense (and Chu's), and stuff went downhill quickly.

But, for all of the bad history, hurt feelings, and drama, Marie and the EOL gave the idea of Wolfen's membership a fair shake. It was debated pretty heavily, and Marie got back to me a couple of days later --

no dice.

I think the whole thing was handled well, and I saw in Marie the same thing I felt myself about Chu -- genuine regret that Chu's alt was alone, and a desire to get Wolfen into a clan. That goes a long way in my book, and indicates that the eventual denial wasn't based on venal feelings. I likely would have gone the other way on the call, but I can't say the counter-decision was definitely wrong. Reasonable minds differ.

Marie explained her decision in detail to me via an EOL PM, and could not have been more patient in showing her analysis/thinking behind the process. It was well-done, and showed careful thought. If my original clan (the old "Covenant of the 7 Circles" under B'an al-Azir) hadn't fallen apart so badly after I was persona non grata after RL drama, I could understand protectiveness over an alliance. I was all about the C7C for so long, until they screwed me but good.

For her part, Chu took it very well, laughing that she's still disliked by association. She mentioned that she'd leave Wolfen as a "lone" player, and despite any drama in the Wandering Stranger clan right now, she'll "continue to squelch the poopieheads, lol."

Ha -- love that line. It's good advice for ANYone running around Dereth. :-)

Got a poopiehead problem? Squelch 'em!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Let there be (holiday) light!

So laaaaaate last night, I did the "original" Gift Box quest, the one where you have a chance to get "holiday lights" that are in the "round" (i.e., not string) form. I had two of those on my villa, and still need one more "round" set.

Got it!

Only died once.

In a dungeon that is 80+.

I'm level 192.

Yes, I sincerely suck at AC. :-(

Friday, December 21, 2007

Um . . . holy crap.

I just bought a solo villa.

Me.

I frickin did it.

I didn't even have to ask anyone for the item, or even get a heads-up that it was available. Since this past Monday, the 17th, I've been "available" to dump my cottage and buy a villa to replace the other one. Since I've been on more anyway, I've been checking the "@house available villa" thing. When I see one (or two!) available, I alt/tab over to Maggies, check to see where the villa is, what the rare item required to buy it is, and whether it's a 1 or 2 courtyard type.

So for the past few days, I've had very little luck. The villas either are 2-courtyard (I prefer single), or not available that long. Then today (Friday, 21 December), I noticed 2 villas available from like 1:30am (so probably since 20 December). The items were a White Virindi jewel, and a Gold Wasp Wing. The Wing-Villa wasn't impressive to me, although it did seem to have items available for "salvaging" (i.e., getting the person's stuff when they lose their villa, and you get it -- I learned all about that the hard way, by being fed a total cock-and-bull story about where my major Covenant suit and other house items are).

Anyway, while "salvaging" someone's items might be fun, the Wing-Villa wasn't right. As for the White Gem, I didn't have one. I thought I might, and noticed that people (well, one guy) was offering 100 MMDs(!!??) for one of them. Yikes.

I spent part of this morning trying to find a decent place to hunt Virindi, and found it too tedious to get to the Crater, where a dungeon filled with them was located. So I put together another inventory of my stuff, and realized I had enough Writs to buy a villa, plenty of money, and a few of the rare Villa-items.

This afternoon (about 1 hour ago), I saw a Villa available. I just alt-tabbed to Maggie, and hit "find" for the first coords. Bam, it came right up. The exact Coords:

A lone villa.

http://www.thejackcat.com/AC/settlement.asp?settleID=1490

Villa. "Island on the NE Coast"

Holy crap -- that IS a lone villa. And all it takes is an ASH tooth? I've got THOSE?

After logging onto a couple of mules to FIND them (grrrr), I got the tooth. I knew I had the writs and the cash. I tracked the place down, keeping calm, telling myself that if it was bought, no worries, there'd be more.

And all the while, every 30 seconds or so . . . "@house available villa."

Still available.

Coming up on the place was amazing. It really is a little island, complete with its own little park bench nearby. Call it a sandbar, an atoll, whatever. But it stands alone out there, on its own.

And it's 1-Courtyard.

Holy crap.

Scanning for white dots (none), I slapped down the money, item, and writs.

Nothing.

Oops.

I forgot to abandon my cottage. =P

Congratulations! You now own this dwelling.

WOOOOOOOOT!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

About to move again

Starting tomorrow, I can buy a villa again. I would of course prefer my prior one, as I'm rather attached to its location, but I've noticed more and more villas becoming available. So it occurred to me . . .

. . . why not a Solo Villa?

Hmmm . . . .

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tai Fung has acquired the Enduring Enchantment augmentation!

TAKE THAT, DEATH!!!

So . . .

1. No more dropped death items.
2. No more lost buffs after dying.


Just my beautiful body strewn all over Dereth's dungeons, plains, and seashores of Vissidal.

Oh, plus all those rares on it. =P

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sigh.

I'd forgotten -- I had 2 sets of holiday lights, about 3-4 golden gromnies, quest bows, and stuff like that also lost in "Tai Fung's Katrina."

There are times I go from trying to chin up over losing the stuff, to just thinking that I should quit, despite how much enjoyment I get over this game when I do get to log on.

Bah.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I'm homeless, part 2

I had a thought about this situation. I mean, this seems like a perfect excuse to just unsubscribe. But on the other hand, maybe the answer is to become a "prospector."

Aren't there people who buy up cottages just to open up the storage and see what's in there? Then, they release the cottage and buy another one?

I'm homeless.

As detailed elsewhere in this journal, when I'm not getting killed (often) in AC, I have a pretty intense job, one that can be incredibly rewarding, but also can suck out tons of time. Plus, I was trying to train for another marathon, and just lost track of time.

LOTS of time, it appears.

Tonight, Kitra was asking, "Hey, you're paid up on your villa, right?"

OMG.

NOT good.

I logged in, and sure enough, there's my mule who typically paid rent, standing in front of the house located at my "coords for life": 36.1N, 36.1W.

Not my house anymore.

Now owned by "Moo Im A Fish"

Damn.

Punched in the stomach doesn't begin to describe how bad I felt, but it wasn't for any items in storage. As I recall, there was nothing THAT irreplaceable. I think at worst, there was a noble helm, and 1 piece of ancient armor dye. I had some stupid stuff in the chests, like a tree trunk, a Colban plant (don't ask), and perhaps some MMDs (not many, this is me we're talking about).

It was all the mounted items. I had one from Fong Sai-Yuk, and old Aussie UA mate I met as Ken Po, who was a blast, and an all-around cool guy. I lost my little bouncy Golden Gromnies. My fireworks.

My Wi Flag.

The really painful thing about this was that I knew I had to get on and pay rent, but was just so tired as of late that I couldn't get on. It looks like I missed it by about 2 weeks.

I looked through "Moo's" villa. She has a chalkboard up now, and people have left her all these notes, raving about how nice it is. They seem really happy for her.

Part of me is happy someone is happy over this. The user Moo Im a Fish is "Dalyia" on VN, but she apparently got/bought the villa from "Lord_Hastur." Dalyia knows Nastazio and Calimad, because those names were on her chalkboard congratulating her on the villa. Like I said, at least someone's happy over this.

What really jarred me was logging on to go through my mules (I'm not sure why, but my majors, rares, MMDs, and salvage were typically stored on mules, not in the chests). I never realized how so many times when I needed to just kind of "reset" in AC, I would hit @house_recall and go to my villa, to just (literally) sit up on the roof and rearrange my packs/ammo/etc.

Now, all that's left is my RAZR's wallpaper, which is of me in my Dapper Suit, up on my roof, arms akimbo -- standing next to my Colban-colored Wi Flag.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Did it!

I finished the marathon (no, not just now!). It was actually FASTER than last year's marathon, which was weird, despite training less for it. I'll post a picture later.

And in the meantime, just weathered another storm of busy-ness at work, so I'll be able to get on at more regular hours soon.

Yay all around!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Another Marathon this Sunday!

My second Marathon, again the Marine Corps Marathon is set for this Sunday, 28 September.

I'm psyched, but it's why I've missed a ton of AC.

I should post another "wish me luck" post on VN, but I haven't been posting much (lurking lots), so I don't feel right about the attention. Ah well. :-(

Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

To grief, or not to grief?

There's this whole thread on AC:TD regarding the players who grief Gibbon Raver when he's on quests. Talk about being truly neutral on a debate, lol.

While I dislike griefers, what people on AC:TD fail to recall is that Gibbon Raver, aka David Prince, has been PERMAbanned multiple times from VN. He has gone off the deep end, "on tilt" as poker players say, numerous times.

My personal experience with him came from him accusing me of shill bidding in an auction (which I won, nice shilling, lol). It had something to do with me taking advantage of an auction with no stated sniper rule, and winning. He wasn't even a party to the auction (didn't even bid), but immediately accused me of being part of a conspiracy, with the seller, Asper. When I dared challenge him, and put my points up against his, he started sending me e-mails (from his personal Yahoo account, thus I know his name) to me. The usual stuff, the usual insults, and all of it done to make someone who has one foot in the grave (he's terribly old) feel better about himself.

This guy gets off on the AC:TD kiddies picking on him, because he feels like he can debate them and win. But he's just a rather flabby guy with awful blotchy tattoos and gripped with a huge need to hang onto long-lost youth.

Oh, and the whole DNS attacks he did on Kaos' site were the cherry on the cupcake (back when I was doing double duty posting there and on VN). The kicker was that he didn't know we had his IP & source, and then lo-n-behold, he approached Kaos months later asking to join. I pointed out to Kaos that I would not "blackball" his membership, but I personally would not stay a member. Davy was sent on his way.

So from my point of view, while I have problems with griefing, this kind of stuff could NOT happen to a better target.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Fox too tries to give you Major Mana Stone.

Too exhausted to write this last night, and I don't have the chat log here at work (your tax dollars paying for this!). ;-) I'll edit the relevant parts in later.

Anyway, I had just thanked Sunami Jen, and was logging off, when I noticed that Foxy was on. So I thought I'd just send her some well-wishes, love, etc. (I know, I'm lame, but I dig Foxy, and have my reasons for making sure she's doing ok). Anyway, she asked if I was in the MP, and I said that I was, but had just recalled.

So she told me to come back, and I did. She logs, and Fox too comes on. I'm standing there, looking dopey as usual, when she walks up, and . . .

Fox too tries to give you Major Mana Stone.

WTF? (Heh, I keep "accept items" off).

Fox too says, "Pfth turn on accept"

So I did, but not before saying,

You tell Fox too, "Why do I need a mana stone?"
Fox too says, "you'll see"

WTF x2? So I figured it was probably inscribed with something silly.

Accept items back on.

Fox too gives you 100 trade notes (250,000).

WTF WTF WTF??????

Oh, nonononononononono.

Fox too says, "Now go buy ALL the scrolls"
Fox too is recalling home.

Oh, nonononononononono.

So I start frantically attempting to hand her the notes back, but she was recalling, and I couldn't do it.

Although I DID manage to drop them on the ground. In the Marketplace. 100 MMD notes.

(Don't worry, you cretins, I did pick them up in time!).

You tell Fox too, "PUNISHMENT!"

Someone's a pretty awesome chick, but she's SO still getting a spanking. ;-)

Off shopping I go!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Bot wub.

Sunami Jen tells you, "have two scrolls for ya"

Sunami is a bot. Bots talk to me sometimes. ;-)

Anyway -- woot! Just got two more scrolls for my attempt to learn a full array of Creatures Self 7 spells. I shop with Sunami a lot for scrolls, and this owner of the bot has been making a point to find me scrolls I need, based on my !search inputs. Gotta love businesspeople!
;-)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

The epilogue to the scroll chest thing

Eventually, I did find a SIK chest. It wasn't far from Candeth. I used every SIK I had, and got . . .

*drumroll*

1 scroll I could use.

ONE.

As in, "I've done better on the nickel slots in Vegas, because at least there some skank will offer to (blank) me while I'm pulling the one-armed bandits, and as creepy as that is, I think I'd rather be (blanked) by a skank instead of opening chest after chest, because at least in Vegas I'd be the one doing the (blanking) instead of getting (blanked)."

So I went to the MP and spent like 20 MMDs on bots buying MOST of the scrolls I need. I still have a few spells I'm looking for, but plenty of time to find them, since I don't want to train creature until I have every spell, and need all the XP I can save for the "don't lose your buff when you die" augment.

Time to sell that War Rare. =/

SIK, SSK, what's the difference?

Oh, only about 3 days worth of running around.

So I've needed scrolls, and as I have previously mentioned, they're a touch expensive. So, why not just go to those "scroll chests," and use up all these SSKs I've got?

This started last week. Last Sunday to be exact.

I complained (a lot) to Foxy, and in @a chat, about not being able to find a SSK chest (I have 2 rings on me just for emergencies), like when I need cash, etc.

Pretty early on in my running about to find a steel chest, I found a . . . "Steel Chest."

Woot! So I popped a SSK off a ring, and . . .

"The key doesn't fit this lock."

WTF? You mean that SIK chests are Steel?! Gack!

Off I run some more. And more. And more.

Found just TONS of SIK chests. No SSK chests.

But flipping DAYS of running around passed by. No hunting, no questing, not a thing but looking for SSK chests. And complaining to Foxy. =P

Anyway, yesterday, I FINALLY found a SSK chest (sooooo far outside Ayan, near the Drudge Aviator quest location).

I take the key I'd previously popped off the keychain, and viola!

Lots of treasure. Maybe 1 scroll.

WTF? Isn't this supposed to have 2 mana charges and 2 scrolls?

So I asked in @a.

And found out that I wanted sIk chests, not sSk ones . . .

That sound you heard was my palm hitting my forehead. Hard.

OMG. I suck. I suck. I suck. Gack.

Time to go find a SIK chest (I had a couple of rings of those left at the house).

Guess what I couldn't find?

Found tons of SSK chests, though.

Asheron tells you, "I hate you so much, your pain brings me pleasure."

What was that about the economy going down again?

I recently made the decision to switch to Creature (from Lockpick), although I'll have to re-learn Pick temporarily to take Kitra (finally!) on the Aerlinthe Quest.

So I need scrolls. Off to the MP to buy them! I used to charge a plat each on my bot. Let's see how deflation has treated them. 3 for a plat? 5 for a plat?

You tell Fizz Bang, "Point."
Fizz Bang tells you, "MMD= 1 point."

Um . . .

You tell Fizz Bnag, "Check scroll of Bravo Watchers Tend to be Gay, or whatever weird name level 7 scrolls have"

Fizz Bang tells you, "The cost of What is This Rash is 1 point."

OMG. AN MMD FOR ONE SPELL?!

Time to sell that War Rare.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Damn, another lost weekend.

I really wanted to do a Harbinger Run on Saturday, and then promptly forgot to bring my laptop with me so I could get on for a few hours. So Saturday was totally flushed. :(

Now here I am on Sunday, and my dog is destined for the hospital later today, so he can be readied for surgery Monday or Tuesday (discs in his back). He's resting comfortably at the moment, but we know he's going to have to go in. So today is flushed.

"Poop" seems like a good weekend theme. :-(

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Ninja tells you . . .

. . . ehehehe I R hding!

I noted that they made Ninjas "easier" for melees and archers, so I gave into the temptation and (dun dun dun . . . ) went back to the EO to test out how I would do against them.

Number of Ninjas who spawned on me (you already know the answer) -- ZERO. And all I did was fight Rippers.

Ninjowned.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

ME?! A creature mage?

So I'm afraid I've been thinking.

LeFou tells you, "A dangerous practice"

You tell LeFou, "I know."

What if . . . what if? I dropped Lockpick, despite it being necessary for my solo questing, and instead (drumroll) trained creature?

That sound you hear is a paradigm shifting without a clutch (apologies to Dogbert).

One problem -- I understand NONE of those spells. "So and so's boon, Pritzi's Honor, What Is That Rash, etc." It could take freakin' FOREVER to learn them all. Because I'd have to learn "other" spells as well, if for no other reason than to throw buffs on Mules.

Hmmm.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Gawd, this is why I still read VN: TD

OMG -- TOO FUNNY!

This is the tool who stalked me years ago, sent Doomherald some picture of a shotgun, DNS attacked Kaos's old clan web site, and yet (wait for it) -- says that people who grief in game are overcompensating for having no life(!).

IRONY ALERT!!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Deep "doo-doo"

Seriously, is there ANY way I can manage a run to "The Deep" without having to drop 2 bodies there at the same time? Those baddies cling to me like Lindsay Lohan to a bottle o' Chivas.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Har! Cheated death again!

Because I received a couple of @tells last week about this issue (and more than a few naughty zingers from Marie and Foxy), for the record, I logged back into the fort . . . and survived.

Sure, I had to crack an Aphus gem with 78 health left from all the spells that were pounding my tight be-hind, but I made it.

So there!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Drudges built THAT?!

I was going to see "Harry Potter" tonight, but wanted to kill a little time on Vissidial, preferably with me doing the killing more than, oh, EVERY FREAKING THING I RUN INTO!

Alas, just as my buffs ran out, I recalled to the mansion for some more 2-hour buff loving. As I was recalling, someone in @a mentioned that there was a "Drudge Fort" quest going out.

I thought, "Well, hell -- Drudges can't build anything bigger than balsa wood," I'm in!

So after digging through a dungeon looking for a shovel, we head off to . . . Cragstone.

Cragstone? I was dumbfounded.

[Fellowship] You say, "Hey, we're in Cragstone."

See?

So we head off to the "Fort," at which point I'm finally putting together all of those "Cragstone is under attack by Drudges!" messages.

Finally we get to the Fort.

Obi-Wan Kenobi says, "That's no fort. That's a space station."

Holeeeeey crapola. That thing might as well have a freaking ZIP CODE! Ack.

Oh, and did I mention it has Balloons? I remember those from the Drudge Aviator Quest, an underrated tough quest.

Balloon tells you, "OMG u are so effing owned."

[Fellowship] Lelldorin of Arendia says, "when fighting our way in, watch out for the balooons. They chain cast"

Oh, THAT'S what the Balloon meant. =/

So we get to this freaking Aircraft Carrier made of what appear to be sharpened redwood trees, and I realize we're shooting at the wall.

@e has Gaerlan flashbacks. Except in thise case we don't have giant Indiana Jones balls rolling all over us.

Grammar Police tells you, "You don't mean "Indiana Jones balls" in a possessive noun sense do you?

Anyway.

We shoot Le Door. Le Door "dies."

We fight our way through the fort, which was pretty cool, only to find: Another Door.

Another Door tells you, "Har!"

We shoot THAT door. Door dies.

At this point, about 1001 drudges run out onto us. We promptly whack 'em, and move to The Last Door.

The Last Door tells yoy, "I got somethin fo' you, beyotch."

Whatever, we kill it. Only to find a little house at the top of the fort, complete with a Withered Banderling inside, and an NPC Drudge standing outside. Eventually, the NPC told us to go look at dead "Biter Drudge" bodies for some blueprints. So I went looking.

Outside The Last Door. The one we killed.

When, at that point, Ye Olde Last Door respawns. And so do the 1001 drudges.

Um, oops.

Thank goodness Winter's Boon was stuck out there with me, otherwise, I would be in Standard Tai State, i.e., Toast.

It was then that something interesting happened:

You resist the spell cast by Drudge Ballooon.

Ok, never mind that I resisted. What the hel is a Ballooon?

Grammar police tells you, "And you were worried about Possessive Nouns? Turbine can't spell."

So, I finally got back through the door, and even got my "blueprints" off of a dead "biter."

So now what? I have to hand them over to an NPC Bandering (I hadn't noticed him earlier), and he gives me a key.

Just in time for . . .

. . . the point where I had to leave to see Harry Potter.

Potowned.

I bid goodbye to my fellow, thanked them for letting me tag along, and realizing how late it was, I logged off.

Postscript -- I was going through the log, trying to see what I could write about for today (I'm trying to get back into adding more entries again), when I saw this -- I missed it during the quest (I sometimes get random tells when I'm on):

Lelldorin of Arendia says, "Bail Tai, and not here"

Oh, crap. I can only imagine what's waiting for me when I log in . . . Toasters.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Bang! Zoom!

Happy 4th, belatedly. ;-)

*sheepish*

I've actually been playing AC a lot this past month, although at very weird hours. It's been great. Random happenings . . .

. . . I had a completely botched attempt at running Kitra though the Vissidial flagging quest (thank you "stuck in portal" bug!). That seriously sucked. But fortunately, the good ol' EOL scheduled another quest, and we ran her through -- she's flagged now!

. . . on my first time taking Kitra on an "orientation tour" of Vissidial, I died not once, but FOUR times, almost all of which were in front of Foxy and 2 other EOL members standing near the Vissidial lifestone (I unfortunately didn't have chat logging, so I missed the spellings). Kitra lived.

Feh. This new blogger is troublesome in Firefox. Lemme publish and work on the next draft.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Oooooh! Hunter's Crystal! SWEET!

Using this gem will increase your Assess Creature skill by 250 for 15 minutes.

Hunters "assess" things?! WTF? Sigh.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Not my proudest moment.

Foxy was on as one of her 72 characters, and she mentioned she was getting jaws. Perfect! Kit and I were getting jaws as well (we'd gotten the 125 and 110 so far). Off we go to the 90+ dungeon, where Foxy was hanging out waiting for us.

So the whole way down, I'm pwning Ravenous Eaters -- woot!
There's Foxy -- woot!
She's on as her new UA char -- woot, I'm Sho! I've got UA trained!

So I figured I'd show her how it's done!

Ravenous Eater spawns.
I try and show Foxy how it's done, and fight the thing -- barehanded.

During this time, I'm trying to work the camera for a good screenshot, when I see this message:

(Foxy's character) says, "lol you are taking damage"

I thought, "What?"

Ravenous Eater runs Tai Fung through!

Dammit.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

For those of you keeping track . . .

. . . I just received my third Clutch of the Miser Augmentation.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!

For YEARS, since I've been Ken Po, to even now, death has been a huge hassle because I invariably drop stuff I need. That's so done!

Now then:

--I have 3 Clutch augments
--I have the critical hit augment
--I have 1 of the 20% burden reduction augments.

What's next? Don't lose buffs when you die?

Hmmmmmm.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

First Colosseum Run!

So I decided to make a Colosseum run. Alone. Just to see what the fuss was about (I had never done a run before)

The first thing I did was go to the AC Vault website and read up on what damage types you'll need. Hrm. Nothing for levels 1-5. But no worries. I've got tons of piercing arrows left over, and I might as well use them up first.

Master Arbitrator says, "Arena One is now available for new warriors!"

You make a big bundle of deadly fire arrows.

Apparently, I need these for mossies.

Master Arbitrator says, "Arena One is now available for new warriors!"

I get it, I get it.

You have created the Fellowship of Tai Flagged.
Tai Flagged is now an open fellowship; anyone may recruit new members.
Fox too has come online.
You tell Fox too, "Heyas =)"

So do I invite Foxy? But she KNOWS what she's doing. And the only way I'll learn about this place is if I do a run-though at least once by myself.

You make a big bundle of deadly lightning arrows.

I'll need these for the Blues.

Master Arbitrator says, "Arena One is now available for new warriors!"
Fox too tells you, "hey tai"

Let's cut her a break. No sense in getting her killed asap.

Master Arbitrator says, "Arena One is now available for new warriors!"
You give Master Arbitrator Colosseum Ticket.
Your fellowship is now locked. You may not recruit new members. If you leave the fellowship, you have 15 minutes to be recruited back into the fellowship.
Tai Flagged is now a closed fellowship.

A fellow (army) of One. One gimp.
Well, I've got this lockpick rare. It's not doing any good for me, so . . .


Master Arbitrator gives you Colosseum Ticket Stub.

[Fellowship] Master Arbitrator says, "Your fellowship will be battling in Arena One."
Master Arbitrator says, "Attention Patrons! Combat will soon begin in Arena One."

Don't TELL everyone I'm doing this alone! I mean, there was no one there at the time, but STILL!

[Fellowship] Master Arbitrator says, "Use one of the two portals to enter your Arena. If every member of your group is powerful enough you may skip the lower battles by using the Advanced Colosseum Arena, but any one member of your fellow may be restricted from using that portal so be careful or you may be split up."

[Fellowship] Master Arbitrator says, "Don't forget that you must wait one full hour after the time you enter the colosseum before I will reward you for your achievements in the Arenas."

[Fellowship] Master Arbitrator says, "Good Luck!"

After thinking about it, I'm sure of it -- I want to make one run through the whole thing first.

Master Arbitrator says, "Arena Two is now available for new warriors!"

At least he'll spam a little differently now.

Colosseum Arena teleports you with Colosseum Arena.

Ok -- first off, we have golems. Obviously a piece of cake, even for me.

Iron Golem's perforated corpse falls before you!
Granite Golem is fatally punctured!
Granite Golem's death is preceded by a sharp, stabbing pain!
Copper Golem is fatally punctured!
You resist the spell cast by Unstable Magma Golem
Magma Golem explodes from your attack!

You say, "I AM SPARTACUS!"

You so have to know I was saving up time JUST to scream that out in the Colosseum. ;-)

Next spawn. Yawn. Not that I'm complaining.

Skeleton Lord tried and failed to cast a spell at you!
Skeleton Lord's death is preceded by a sharp, stabbing pain!
Risen Knight's perforated corpse falls before you!
As the skeletal archer clatters to pieces on the mossy battlements, it groans the name of Aerfalle.

You say, "The Colosseum's floor is a "mossy battlement?" Looks pretty clean and well-kept to me!"

A Door appears on the North wall.

Oooooh. THAT is cool!

What's in here?

Oh. Dolls.

Innocent Doll tells you, "We prefer action figures."

Whatever.

You resist the spell cast by Contained Rift
Contained Rift is fatally punctured!
You resist the spell cast by Pristine Doll
You knock Innocent Doll into next Morningthaw!

And fire elementals. Glad I'm using a physical attack.

You resist the spell cast by Flare
You run Gout through!
You resist the spell cast by Flamma

You say, "I AM SPARTACUS!"

Woot! After action figures, what's next? Transformers?

Oh -- bandies.

Banderling Striker's death is preceded by a sharp, stabbing pain!
You resist the spell cast by Banderling Striker

Banderling Striker cast Bludgeoning Vulnerability Other IV on you

WATAF!!?!???

The deadly force of your attack is so strong that Banderling Striker's ancestors feel it!

Beyotch.

Whoops. Out of ammo. Don't bandies hate piercing attacks?

You make a big bundle of deadly armor-piercing arrows.

You resist the spell cast by Banderling Striker
You resist the spell cast by Banderling Striker
You resist the spell cast by Banderling Striker
You resist the spell cast by Banderling Striker
You resist the spell cast by Banderling Striker
You resist the spell cast by Banderling Striker
You resist the spell cast by Banderling Striker
You resist the spell cast by Banderling Striker

Spell-happy, ain't they?

Banderling Striker cast Bludgeoning Vulnerability Other IV on you, surpassing Bludgeoning Vulnerability Other IV

Oh, FFS. It's not going to affect me, but sheesh.

You slay Banderling Striker viciously enough to impart death several times over!
A Door appears on the North wall.

Woo hoo. That's cool, but creepy.

Time for more fighting!

Your missile attack hit the environment.

Whether there's an enemy or not.

Oh, I like Tummies. Taste my death, j00!

Tumerok Gladiator's perforated corpse falls before you!
Tumerok Gladiator's death is preceded by a sharp, stabbing pain!
You run Tumerok Gladiator through!

Oh, crap -- I forgot

You say, "I AM SPARTACUS!"

Bobo's Quickening has expired.
Brighteyes' Favor has expired.
Ketnan's Eye has expired.

Time to keep drinking!

You cast Bobo's Quickening on yourself, surpassing Ogfoot
You cast Brighteyes' Favor on yourself, surpassing Honed Control
You cast Ketnan's Eye on yourself, surpassing Calming Gaze

Woot.

Demented Zharalim cast Magic Yield Other IV on you
You resist the spell cast by Demented Zharalim
Demented Zharalim cast Vulnerability Other IV on you

I still don't know what the heck a "Zharalim" is, but I'm thinking they look like weird Mujahadeen.

Demented Zharalim nicks you for 34 points with Force Bolt IV.
Maddened Zharalim's perforated corpse falls before you!
Demented Zharalim singes you for 16 points with Flame Bolt IV.
You resist the spell cast by Maddened Zharalim
You run Demented Zharalim through!
You resist the spell cast by Maddened Zharalim
You lose 6 points of stamina due to Crazed Zharalim casting Drain Stamina Other III on you
You resist the spell cast by Maddened Zharalim
You lose 30 points of mana due to Crazed Zharalim casting Drain Mana Other III on you
You knock Demented Zharalim into next Morningthaw!

This is taking too long, and I'm taking too much damage. Time to switch attacks.

Your lightning coruscates over Demented Zharalim's mortal remains!
Blistered by lightning, Maddened Zharalim falls!

Well, THAT worked.

Demented Zharalim cast Imperil Other V on you
Demented Zharalim cast Magic Yield Other IV on you, surpassing Magic Yield Other IV
Demented Zharalim cast Imperil Other V on you, surpassing Imperil Other V

Wow. So much for lowering Magic Defense to trained.

You heal yourself for 93 Health points. Your Treated Healing Kit has 5 uses left.
A Door appears on the North wall.

Okies. Now according to my little ol' chart here, I'm to face bugs.

You say, "I HATE BUGS!"

I wonder if I can get away with using piercing on these guys.

Red Rune Silveran Bow cast Moderate Bow Aptitude on you, surpassing Moderate Bow Aptitude
Red Rune Silveran Bow cast Honed Control on you, but it is surpassed by Brighteyes' Favor
You run White Phyntos Wasp through!

That would be a yes. But I bet bludgeoning would do better. I'd just be burdened if I made THOSE kinds of arrows, too."

You resist the spell cast by Black Phyntos Wasp
You obliterate Black Phyntos Wasp!
You resist the spell cast by White Phyntos Wasp
Black Phyntos Wasp's perforated corpse falls before you!
Black Phyntos Swarm sparks you for 32 points with Lightning Bolt V.
Black Phyntos Swarm shocks you for 37 points with Lightning Bolt V.

You say, "I AM STILL SPARTAGUS!"

But I *am* starting to take some damage.

You resist the spell cast by Black Phyntos Swarm
Black Phyntos Wasp sparks you for 22 points with Lightning Arc IV.
You resist the spell cast by Black Phyntos Swarm
Black Phyntos Swarm sparks you for 9 points with Lightning Blast V.
Black Phyntos Swarm sparks you for 10 points with Lightning Volley IV.
Black Phyntos Swarm sparks you for 9 points with Lightning Volley IV.
You resist the spell cast by Black Phyntos Wasp


You heal yourself for 101 Health points. Your Plentiful Healing Kit has 67 uses left.

Whew.

This is weird now. There are two hives left. Just standing there, doing nothing, like the monoliths from 2001. Except these two don't have a pack of screaming monkeys surrounding them.

Black Phyntos Hive is fatally punctured!
Black Phyntos Hive is incinerated by your assault!

Time for the second round.

You say, "WFT? More bugs?"

Yes, I actually typed "WFT." Sigh.

Hey, fire worked well on that last hive. Let's try it on the bugs.

You bring Black Phyntos Wasp to a fiery end!
White Phyntos Wasp is incinerated by your assault!
White Phyntos Wasp is incinerated by your assault!
Black Phyntos Wasp's seared corpse smolders before you!
Black Phyntos Wasp's seared corpse smolders before you!
Black Phyntos Swarm is incinerated by your assault!
You obliterate White Phyntos Wasp!
You bring White Phyntos Wasp to a fiery end!
Black Phyntos Wasp is incinerated by your assault!
You bring Black Phyntos Swarm to a fiery end!

THAT is a yes.

Oh good. More hives.

Black Phyntos Hive's seared corpse smolders before you!
Black Phyntos Hive is incinerated by your assault!

You say, "EFFING DRUDGES?!"
That's code for, "And now drudges."

These guys HATE fire, right?

You bring Augmented Drudge to a fiery end!
You bring Altered Drudge to a fiery end!
Altered Drudge catches your attack, with dire consequences!
Altered Drudge's seared corpse smolders before you!
You bring Altered Drudge to a fiery end!
You knock Altered Drudge into next Morningthaw!
Augmented Drudge is reduced to cinders!
Altered Drudge is reduced to cinders!

Seems it.

Baktak the Human Slayer says, "Time for a little payback!"
Kerthump the Ear Taker says, "I'm gonna bite me off some human ears!"

Ooooh. How neat! Named Drudges?! I bet they're something out of the Drudge "fight club" quest. Wish I knew about it more than that.

You smite Baktak the Human Slayer mightily!
Baktak the Human Slayer says, "Not Again!"
You resist the spell cast by Kerthump the Ear Taker
You resist the spell cast by Kerthump the Ear Taker
You say, "Har"
You knock Kerthump the Ear Taker into next Morningthaw!
Kerthump the Ear Taker says, "No! Don't take my belt you dirty humans!"

Oh, DEFINITELY from that fight club quest.

A Door appears on the North wall.

Next round. Me and my fire bow "blaze" in. Get it? Har.

You resist the spell cast by Cursed Wisp
You resist the spell cast by Fire Wisp
You resist the spell cast by Fire Wisp
You resist the spell cast by Fire Wisp

Um, maybe I shouldn't be using fire.

Fire Wisp is fatally punctured!
Fire Wisp's perforated corpse falls before you!
You run Cursed Wisp through!
Stasis Wisp is fatally punctured!

You say, "Well, just as well that I switched from fire!"
You say, "I HATE WISPS!"

I'm not always this negative. But this is like a hit parade of things that have killed me. A lot. In a row.

It's at this point that things got bad for the first time.

You say, "Gromnies? Who let the dawgs out!?"
You say, "Har."

But not so fast.

I'm doing SQUAT for damage. I realized that the colors of these dawggies corresponds to what damage you shouldn't do to them, elemental wise.

@e is color blind.


You say, "Uh oh."

So I hit on this method --

Royal Runed War Bow cast Moderate Bow Aptitude on you, surpassing Moderate Bow Aptitude
You cast Gossamer Flesh on Emerald Gromnie
You cast Gossamer Flesh on Emerald Gromnie, surpassing Gossamer Flesh
You heal yourself for 111 Health points. Your Plentiful Healing Kit has 66 uses left.
You heal yourself for 76 Health points. Your Plentiful Healing Kit has 65 uses left.
Red Rune Silveran Bow cast Moderate Bow Aptitude on you, surpassing Moderate Bow Aptitude
Red Rune Silveran Bow cast Honed Control on you, but it is surpassed by Brighteyes' Favor
Emerald Gromnie's perforated corpse falls before you!

I hit them with my War bow until I Gossamer'd them, then I switched to pierce vuln'd weapon.

This.
Took.
Time.


You cast Gossamer Flesh on Brass Gromnie
Brass Gromnie's perforated corpse falls before you!

Royal Runed War Bow cast Moderate Bow Aptitude on you, surpassing Moderate Bow Aptitude
You cast Gossamer Flesh on Sapphire Gromnie
Red Rune Silveran Bow cast Moderate Bow Aptitude on you, surpassing Moderate Bow Aptitude
Red Rune Silveran Bow cast Honed Control on you, but it is surpassed by Brighteyes' Favor
You obliterate Sapphire Gromnie!

And more time.

Royal Runed War Bow cast Moderate Bow Aptitude on you, surpassing Moderate Bow Aptitude
You cast Gossamer Flesh on Amethyst Gromnie
Red Rune Silveran Bow cast Moderate Bow Aptitude on you, surpassing Moderate Bow Aptitude
Red Rune Silveran Bow cast Honed Control on you, but it is surpassed by Brighteyes' Favor
You run Amethyst Gromnie through!

Whew. Finally.

Then (naturally) more came in.

You say, "MORE OF YOU IDJITS?"
You say, "What more could go wrong?"

The spell Inferno's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment has expired.
The spell Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots has expired.
The spell Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets has expired.
The spell Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings has expired.
The spell Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers has expired.
The spell Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment has expired.
The spell Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm has expired.

You say, "Uh oh"

The spell Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings has expired.
The spell Gelidite's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment has expired.
The spell Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots has expired.
The spell Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets has expired.
The spell Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings has expired.
The spell Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers has expired.
The spell Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment has expired.

The spell Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm has expired.
The spell Astyrrian's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment has expired.
The spell Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots has expired.
The spell Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets has expired.
The spell Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings has expired.
The spell Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers has expired.
The spell Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment has expired.
The spell Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm has expired.

So I have to rebuff. And yes, the MOBs are STILL IN THE ROOM. Ignoring me. They've literally walked away, and aren't even FACING me. I had taken that long to kill the others, that the second crew got BORED.

You shake your fist.

But I'm not stupid.

You cast Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots
You cast Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets
You cast Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment
You cast Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings
You cast Inferno's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment
You cast Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm
You cast Inferno's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers

You cast Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots
You cast Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets
You cast Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment
You cast Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings
You cast Gelidite's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment
You cast Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm
You cast Gelidite's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers

You cast Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots
You cast Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets
You cast Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment
You cast Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings
You cast Astyrrian's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment
You cast Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm
You cast Astyrrian's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers

You cast Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots, surpassing Tusker's Bane
You cast Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets, surpassing Tusker's Bane
You cast Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers, surpassing Tusker's Bane
You cast Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment, surpassing Tusker's Bane
You cast Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings, surpassing Tusker's Bane
You cast Tusker's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment, surpassing Tusker's Bane
You cast Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm, surpassing Tusker's Bane

You cast Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots, surpassing Swordsman's Bane
You cast Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets, surpassing Swordsman's Bane
You cast Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment, surpassing Swordsman's Bane
You cast Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings, surpassing Swordsman's Bane
You cast Swordsman's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment, surpassing Swordsman's Bane
You cast Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm, surpassing Swordsman's Bane
You cast Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers, surpassing Swordsman's Bane

Almost done!

You say, "Malar Quaril"
Your spell fizzled.

Or not.

Fast forward -- back to it.

Emerald Gromnie's perforated corpse falls before you!
You cast Gossamer Flesh on Sapphire Gromnie
You cast Gossamer Flesh on Emerald Gromnie
You run Brass Gromnie through!
Emerald Gromnie is fatally punctured!
Sapphire Gromnie's death is preceded by a sharp, stabbing pain!

You say, "24 minutes left!"

The spell Archer's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment has expired.
The spell Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots has expired.
The spell Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets has expired.
The spell Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings has expired.
The spell Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers has expired.
The spell Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment has expired.
The spell Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm has expired.

The spell Swordsman's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment has expired.
The spell Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots has expired.
The spell Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets has expired.
The spell Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings has expired.
The spell Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers has expired.
The spell Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment has expired.
The spell Swordsman's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm has expired.

You say, "COULD EVERYTHING STOP EXPIRING ON ME, PLEASE?!"

Back to it.

You cast Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers
You cast Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots
You cast Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets
You cast Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment
You cast Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings
You cast Archer's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment
You cast Archer's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm

The spell Tusker's Bane on Asheron's Supreme Raiment has expired.
The spell Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Long Boots has expired.
The spell Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Helm has expired.
The spell Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Gauntlets has expired.
The spell Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Leggings has expired.
The spell Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Bracers has expired.
The spell Tusker's Bane on Ancient Armored Vestment has expired.

And now, the mossies. THESE guys I know don't like fire.

You obliterate Mosswart Swamp Lord!

Mosswart Scrounger is incinerated by your assault!
Mosswart Scavenger is incinerated by your assault!
Mosswart Swamp Lord is incinerated by your assault!
You bring Mosswart Scavenger to a fiery end!
Mosswart Scrounger is incinerated by your assault!

You say, "So, I'm liking you guys better than the Gromnies . . ."

Understatement of the year.

Mosswart Scrounger's seared corpse smolders before you!
You resist the spell cast by Mosswart Swamp Lord
Mosswart Scavenger is reduced to cinders!
You knock Mosswart Swamp Lord into next Morningthaw!
Mosswart Swamp Lord is incinerated by your assault!

You say, "WTF?"

I have thought and thought about this -- I have no idea why I said that.

You expertly heal yourself for 99 Health points. Your Plentiful Healing Kit has 65 uses left.
You heal yourself for 93 Health points. Your Plentiful Healing Kit has 64 uses left.
You heal yourself for 200 Health points. Your Plentiful Healing Kit has 63 uses left.

Unless it was because I was nearly dead, and hadn't noticed??

So now, according to the chart, you are supposed to use lightning on the lugians and mattys.

But I am having a freaking TOUGH time, even with the War Bow.

Royal Runed War Bow cast Moderate Bow Aptitude on you, surpassing Moderate Bow Aptitude
You cast Gossamer Flesh on War Mattekar
You cast Gossamer Flesh on War Mattekar, surpassing Gossamer Flesh
Your lightning coruscates over War Mattekar's mortal remains!

Remember - I filter all combat, so trust me, this took a LONG time.

So I decided to take a look.

You succeeded to remove a global squelch.
You evaded War Mattekar!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You spark War Mattekar for 57 points of electrical damage!
Bobo's Quickening has expired.
You evaded War Mattekar!
Gotrok Juggernaut grazes your abdomen for 4 points of bludgeoning damage!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You spark War Mattekar for 51 points of electrical damage!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You evaded War Mattekar!
War Mattekar scratches your upper leg for 2 points of slashing damage!
You evaded War Mattekar!
Gotrok Juggernaut grazes your lower leg for 4 points of bludgeoning damage!
Brighteyes' Favor has expired.
Ketnan's Eye has expired.
You spark War Mattekar for 68 points of electrical damage!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You evaded War Mattekar!
You spark War Mattekar for 62 points of electrical damage!

This is NOT a lot of damage.

You spark War Mattekar for 28 points of electrical damage!
In fact, it's downright sucky.

Screw it. Let's try fire.

You scorch War Mattekar for 116 points of fire damage!
You scorch War Mattekar for 140 points of fire damage!
You scorch War Mattekar for 107 points of fire damage!
You scorch War Mattekar for 114 points of fire damage!
You scorch War Mattekar for 128 points of fire damage!
War Mattekar is reduced to cinders!

Ok, so I like that MUCh better.

Critical hit! You burn War Mattekar for 292 points of fire damage!

WAY MUCH BETTER.

You say, "Ok, so whoever had "Lightning" as the attack on IGN can BITE ME"

Har. Back to filtering.

You succeeded to add a global squelch.

You bring War Mattekar to a fiery end!
You say, "Ok, so this is MUCH easier"
You say, "No offense, Mattys"
War Mattekar is incinerated by your assault!
You bring War Mattekar to a fiery end!
War Mattekar is incinerated by your assault!
You bring War Mattekar to a fiery end!
You bring War Mattekar to a fiery end!

A Door appears on the North wall.

I am SO happy to see a door at this point. Sheesh.

Ok, here we go again.

You have killed 9 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.
You say, "PUGS?"
You have killed 10 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.
You have killed 11 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.
You have killed 12 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.

You say, "Woo - hoo! I'll make great headway on that kill task!"
You say, "And it only cost me a rare! Oh . . ."

You split Ravenous Eater apart!
You cleave Ravenous Eater in twain!

You say, "Not just Pugs. =("

You have killed 13 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.
You have killed 14 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.
You have killed 15 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.
You have killed 16 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.
You have killed 17 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.
You have killed 18 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.
You have killed 19 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.
You have killed 20 Repugnant Eaters! You must kill 50 to complete your task.

You say, "8 minutes?!"
You say, "Holy crap! I might not die in this place!"

You say, "Er, but it would be helpful if I --DID--"

I meant this. Because I wanted the answer about whether you got vitae and/or dropped items. I'd heard both.

And then the Blues showed up. Pshaw. I have lightning arrows, fool! I eat you idiots for breakfast!

Blistered by lightning, Viamontian Tribune falls!
Blistered by lightning, Viamontian Tribune falls!

See?

Adept of Acid sears you for 44 points with Disintegration.
You resist the spell cast by Adept of Fire
Adept of Frost chills you for 50 points with Icy Torment.
Adept of Lightning sparks you for 14 points with Luminous Wrath.
Adept of Lightning cast Wrath of Harlune on you
Adept of Frost cast Wrath of Harlune on you, surpassing Wrath of Harlune
Adept of Fire singes you for 15 points with Silencia's Scorn.
Adept of Acid blisters you for 17 points with Dissolving Vortex.
Adept of Frost cast Wrath of Harlune on you, surpassing Wrath of Harlune
Adept of Lightning cast Wrath of the Hieromancer on you
You resist the spell cast by Adept of Acid
Adept of Fire scorches you for 46 points with Ilservian's Flame.
Adept of Fire cast Wrath of Harlune on you, surpassing Wrath of Harlune
Adept of Frost cast Wrath of Adja on you
Adept of Lightning cast Wrath of Harlune on you, surpassing Wrath of Harlune
Adept of Acid blisters you for 23 points with Dissolving Vortex.

You say, "WTF?"
You say, "YOU BROUGHT SPELLCASTERS!?"

Adept of Frost cast Pacification on your Teak Electric Bow
Adept of Acid blisters you for 25 points with Celdiseth's Searing.
Adept of Fire singes you for 22 points with Silencia's Scorn.
Adept of Lightning sparks you for 20 points with Luminous Wrath.

Uh oh.

You fail to heal yourself. Your Renegade Herbal Kit has 33 uses left.

Uh oh uh oh.

Viamontian Tribune beats you to a lifeless pulp!
You have retained all your items. You do not need to recover your corpse!

You say, "Ahem . . ."
You say, "Let's see . . ."
You say, "All spells gone? Check."

You're no longer protected by the Lifestone's magic!

You say, "Tons of arrows stuck on me, leaving me burdened? Check check."
You say, "Oh! 6 minutes left! Woot!"
You say, "Shurov Thipaj"
The spell consumed the following components: Prismatic Taper
Colosseum Arena teleports you with Colosseum Arena.

You say, "Sweet! I can go back where I was!"
You say, "Wait. Not rebuffed yet."
You say, ". . ."
You say, "And I *do* have vitae!"

You say, "Well, the mossies were relatively easy, I'll kill them and get rid of vitae"

Tai Fung rings the bell in Arena 6
Tai Fung waits

You say, "Oh."
You say, "Ah, what the heck -- how fast can I die in the Viamont room, anyway?"

Adept of Frost frosts you for 123 points with Icy Torment.
Adept of Fire singes you for 18 points with Silencia's Scorn.
The thunder of Viamontian Tribune crushing Tai Fung is followed by the deafening silence of your death!
Adept of Fire cast Wrath of Harlune on you
You have retained all your items. You do not need to recover your corpse!
The Lifestone's magic protects you from the attack!

You say, "Oh."
You say, "Ahem"
You say, "Now it's personal"
You say, "Shurov Thipaj"
Your actions have dispelled the Lifestone's magic!

Colosseum Arena teleports you with Colosseum Arena.
You cast Blackmoor’s Favor on yourself
You cast Asheron’s Benediction on yourself
You say, "BITE ME, BLUE SKINS!"

Blistered by lightning, Adept of Frost falls!

Ha. Got one. I'm pleased.
You say, "HA!"
See?

Adept of Lightning tried to cast a spell on you, but was too far away!
Its lifespan finished, your Colosseum Ticket Stub crumbles to dust.

Well, now -- time for my fat reward!

You've earned 500,000 experience.

You say, "..."

Master Arbitrator tells you, "You fought well! You are a skilled combatant."
Master Arbitrator tells you, "You shall be known to all as a "Gladiator"!"
Master Arbitrator tells you, "Take this knowledge as a reward for your accomplishments."

Master Arbitrator says, "Arena Two is now available for new warriors!"

Master Arbitrator says, "Arena One is now available for new warriors!"

Because the gimp just left Arena One. Don't mind his pee-pee puddles.

Wrath of Adja has expired.
Inferno's Gift has expired.
Wrath of the Hieromancer has expired.
Wrath of Adja has expired.
Gossamer Flesh has expired.
Logging off...
You have left the General channel.
You have left the Trade channel.
You have left the LFG channel.
You have left the Roleplay channel.
You have left the Allegiance channel.

Sigh.

Overall, it was actually great fun. I'm genuinely pleased. I think I lost a TON of time with the Gromnies, and whoever wrote to use lightning on the mattys can bite me. I can see why that place is addictive, though.

Doing this solo for my maiden run was no Aerlinthe (when I soloed it on my first time through that quest, but it took me 2+

hours, and a consult from Capt. Justice). But it was fun.

And that is what Asheron's Call is all about.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Saving, searching, saving . . . oops.

When I logged in patch day (night) Foxy told me to check my pack for a robe . . . nothin.

Okies, she says, you just have to do the Search for Asheron quest. So I talk to this guy, and he sends me ALL THE HELL OVER DERETH to pick up necklaces, rings, goblets . . . whatever.

As I'm doing all this, I'm thinking to myself, "Damn, this seems familiar somehow." Anyway, I finish up the quest, and talk to the guy in Cragstone (Osment something).

And get the same message.

So I do a little research, and it's the SAVING Asheron quest that I have yet to do, in order to get Bur recall (and presumably this stupid robe?).

There goes a perfectly good Thursday night -- glad I'd already run, and had a decent dinner before I settled in.

Foxy griefed me, and she didn't even KNOW it! ;-) :-P

Monday, April 16, 2007

Va Tech

--Initial reports indicate the shooter was a foreign student here on a visa, which we (the US) give out like candy. You think my RL work was intense before? This could be really, really bad. I might not see the light of day soon.


--So, remember all these emo college kids who post on VN about how (1) they hate cops, (2) cops are pigs, (3) cops are fascists, etc. Who was it that charged into the building where the shooter was? Who was it that laid on top of the students, and hustled them into cars and/or safety? Nice.


--Think also of how you have these people saying, "Those who would trade freedom for security (blah blah blah)." So, you want to ban all guns now, or increase gun control, but you don't want to take your shoes off at the airport? Hypocrisy, anyone? Security isn't a bad thing, and the Constitution is not a suicide pact.

May those poor students and their families find some peace.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Oh good, more Biakas . . .

. . . I jumped on a Sepulcher run mid-afternoon today (sans Decal, which is still giving me significant problems). We fought Zefirs and Biakas.

Biakas, as in "Dragons."

http://gimpyarcher.blogspot.com/2005/03/dragons.html

Ugh.

WOOOT!

I think I just got Decal reinstalled! Marie suggested I retry it, and it seems to have worked!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Woot!

Looks like I made quite an impression! :-D

Pardon me while I laugh. A lot. :-)

If I can find the YouTube link, I'll put up a route to Jon Stewart's view of the Duke case, complete with showing Nancy Grace for being quite the, um, "Marcella."

Hell, I am cracking up big time over Marcella's reaction to the Duke implosion, but with the video, pardon me while I laugh even MORE now.

*giggle*


Edit: Found it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXizCq6ODTg

*snort*

Remember, in Marcella Chester's world, you have to prove you DIDN'T commit a crime once you're accused. Marcella Chester and Nancy Grace . . . separated at birth?

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Death says, "I've missed you!"

But Harby didn't.

It's well after midnight as I write this (Foxy was right, I wasn't able to crash so quickly), so allow me to toss a few choice events from the Harby run tonight as I think of them (I forgot to run a chat log, still rusty):

--There were only about 7 of us there, prompting Don II to go on the @cg channel to see if anyone from "genpop" wanted to come. Nada. Uh-oh.

--We plow through to Harby, and beam in. At this point, things took a turn for the worse. Kinda like Titanic post-iceberg.

--As SOON as we beam in, Harby focuses on me like I'm a long-lost brother, just pounding me like crazy. I am working the "4" key, eating field health rations, when Harby hits me with the "drain 100% of your stamina" spell. Ugh. So I reach for the "2" key (which is the field stamina rations). Instead, because it's been a while since I've played, I hit the "3" key. What's the "3" key?

Hello, Aphus Lassel. Damn.

Time to run back to Yanshi.

--By the time I got back, I saw that Foxy died early, as her alt Shysie. Of course, me being who I am, I died pretty fast.

Time to run back to Yanshi. Damn damn.

I followed, quickly (naturally, this time, and ran back to Yanshi).

--Since I don't have self-buffing anymore (no Covenant), I hit on the brilliant idea to recall to the Whispering Blade Chapterhouse, touch the life crystal, and THEN run back to Yanshi. I'd be missing certain creature buffs, but I had a full array of beer, and the super-duper-composite bow seemed to pick up the rest (bow buffs, major coord, etc).

--That lasted about 5 minutes, when Harby put the Harbing-ownage on me again.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

At this point, we're up to 2 deaths, when we get Harby down to (this is true) like 2-5% of health. Here we go! We're on him! Free XP awaits!


--Insert 3rd death here.

You say to your fellowship, "As if on cue."
Shysie says to your allegiance, "lololol"
(Yes, she posted that in flipping @a chat!!!)

I made it back JUST in time to get my Arm token, as well as depart via the right portal so I could get my other XP.

Anyway, we get our XP, and I'm thinking of logging, when Don says, "Time to clean up the mess."

Oh good. More elementals. Except these are the ones dressed in the Viamontian-looking suits of armor, called "Knights of Verdancy/Strife/Whatever."

I'm serious -- at one point, I had 3 pounding on me with spells, weapons, debuffs, you name it. I was surrounded by so many buff men in colored armor, you'd think I was Liza Minelli at a Gay Pride march. All of this led to . . .

--Insert 4th death here. And at that point, I wasn't just doing heals for myself, I wasn't even fighting. And yet ZAPZAPZAPZAPDIEPORTALPORTALPORTAL.

Grrrr. Time to run back to Yan---ah, you get it.


--So now, by the time I'm back, we have the "Reflection of the Harbinger," who had arrived within (this is true) SECONDS of me saying, "Back!" in open chat.

And yes . . .

--Insert 5th death here.

Some things NEVER change. At this point, Foxy is just doubled over laughing, one person I hadn't met in the alliance actually had to apologize for laughing so much, and I seriously think I heard a wood target drudge snicker at me as I ran by for the SEVENTH time.

In the end, the competent folks got pseudo-Harby. But I got a free pack Harbinger from Enos. With the inscription, "5 times. ;)" on it. Now THAT is a welcome-back gift. ;-) :-P

--The good news was that I remembered to bane.

Time for bed. <3 to all. ;-)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Creeeeeeeeeaaaaaak!

I'm psyched to go on a Harby run tonight (I spent last night getting the kinks out by running to the train/untrain place for some gems). Hopefully, I'll be 700 million XP richer after tonight (and that much closer to my last Clutch o' the Miser gem!).

:D

Sunday, March 04, 2007

De-can't

I've just spent the evening trying to install Decal. Crash n' burn. Feh.

Friday, March 02, 2007

That's two!

So I found myself with 2 billion XP saved up (thank you Harby, despite you complete bastard).

And now I'm faced with a question, based on the advent of the Coliseum/Collesseum/Col/ (I prefer to call it "the vitae bowl").

Do I get the "no drop buffs after you die" augment? That's FOUR billion XP. Up until this point, I was waiting for another "Clutch of the Miser" augment.

What to do, what to do.

Actually, not much of a choice. I freaking HATE dropping items, even if they are pretty easy to recover. It will be GREAT not to have to carry a pack full of DIs around.

And besides (I hate to admit this) . . . I still haven't been to the Coliseum.

Tai Fung has acquired the Clutch of the Miser Augmentation!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Yay for (more) memory!

I typically play AC on a laptop. I have a (very stable) iMac for photos, e-mail, music, etc., but since I can't play AC on it, I use my relatively older Dell Laptop. As of late, I've noticed performance dropping waaaaaaay down, so I bought some memory on the cheap, and went from 256MB of RAM to 1GB. Biiiig difference.

Yay. :-)

Now then, comes the question -- should I install Decal? I can only imagine how many majors I must miss out on, and while I only used Decal for about 9 months (tops) over the 7 years I've played AC, there has got to be some good apps out there.

Hmmmm.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Wow. Rough night.

I missed doing the EOL's coliseum run tonight (I confess that I still actually haven't BEEN to the place yet, with all the quests and/or running about I'm doing).

So I thought I'd hit Vissidial for no other reason than to try out my Royal Bow again. I'd previously had a great time with it, killing everything I saw.

TWO deaths (in 15 minutes!!) later . . .

Ouchie. Time for bed, I think.

You've earned 6 million XP.

WTF?

If you go to Yanshi, there's this tomb of Antius Blackmoor. You go downstairs to the tomb, "use" it, and you'll see that you will (1) pray over the guy (with it saying something like, "despite any political differences you may or may not have"), and (2) cry over the guy.

You'll then be given a %age of XP. In my case (level 183) it was 6 million points.

Um, yay?

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Same Harbinger . . .

. . . same result.

Hello, Lifestone. Gawd I suck.

On the other hand, I at least made it back to the bastard in time to get my 800 bazillion points, so I'll deal. I'm 100 million points away from my second "clutch of the miser" augment, so I'm that much closer to being like Cyrano and leaving bodies everywhere all over Dereth.

But at least Foxy died too. <3 :-)


P.S. There was one bright spot. I'd died with Harby at (this is true) 5% of health, and the EOL deliberately just kept him at bay (by this point 3% of health) so I could make the quick recall back to Yanshi, and then run for the dungeon (at 124% burden). Thank goodness I keep a backpack full of town gems (like 25 each) for quick zips around Dereth. Anyway, it was really cool of them to hold on like that. And really typical for me to croak that close to Harby's friggin demise. :-(

Effing Bloodletters

In preparation for tonight's Harby quest, I just spent NINETY MINUTES looking for a lousy Drudge Bloodletter Charm, must have killed a good 100 of those buggers before I finally found one.

Kit needed a Bandy Aggressor scalp, and had spent nearly 30 minutes out where she was, trying to find one. Of course, because I'm a sap, I decided to help out with that, and found one on about the 10th Aggressor I killed.

And I know that I could just go untrain/retrain something, and pump it up to within 2 points, but it's not that easy. EVERY time I go to the Train/Untrain temple, I get pwned. I SWEAR, I pick something up, read the little blurb about how long you have to wait, and the next thing you know, BAM, there's a two week period imposed, and I'm there with a 51 bow skill.

So pardon me if I stick to things by the book, and keep looking for Bloodletters. Because even if it takes 90 minutes, that's still shorter than two weeks. ;-)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Oh, well, thanks Turbine . . .

. . . for THAT vote of confidence!

I was going to pre-pay for AC for a year. But for some reason, there's no explanation from Turbine about that "no refund" policy sitting out there.

Soooooo, I went to the page where you go to pre-pay, and instead of writing in my credit card number, just submitted a question. Specifically, I stated that I loved AC, and had a concern about the "no refund" thing, and how that worked out for the pre-pay.

Here's the response I got:

"Thank you for your inquiry. Turbine does have a "no refund" policy in the Terms
of Service. If you
are concerned about renewing for an entire year, we do offer the 3 and 6 month
renewals as well. "

Um, is THAT not the answer I was hoping for, or WHAT?!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

And with that, Death started to cry --

Congratulations! You have succeeded in acquiring the Clutch of the Miser Augmentation!

Only 4 billion XP to go!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Royally Pwned.

"Oh! You're huntin Vissidial now, Tai? Well, you just GOTTA get a Royal Runed Bow!"
"Hey Tai! Did you get that Royal Runed Bow yet?"
"Tai! You suck if you don't get that Royal Runed Bow!"

Ok, I get it. I should go get the Royal Runed Bow. Fortunately, it looks like it's no big deal.

1. Run to dungeon.
2. Kill humanoids in dungeon.
3. Get key.
4. Open chest.
5. Recall back to Whispering Blade place for some XP Lovin.

This, of course, means it's a problem. Specifically:

1. The dungeon is located just on the other side of a range of mountains, only slightly more impassable than the Germans had at Omaha Beach.

Of course, after getting stuck on top of various sharp angled mountain points, I finally jump off of Mount Polygon to (eventually) land near the portal. Which is un-tie-able.

2. The humanoids are all wearing what looks like GSC armor, and proceed to gang attack me like I'm Rodney King.

So after dying (this is a surprise why?), I repeat step #1 (getting stuck AGAIN) and finally get back to the dungeon (although this time I loaded up lightning arrows).

3. I decided that instead of fighting, I'd just do the patented "Tai runs like hell through a dungeon, while the baddies chase after him like he's the Beatles" method. Eventually, I found the acid pit.

Which I fell in, and thus had to recall out (see Step #1 YET FRIGGING AGAIN).

Anyway.

So I finally find the "Chief Bad Guy," and kill him, and loot his key.


4. I open the chest, expecting to see a range of Royal Runed Weapons (I was only planning on taking the bow, really!). Instead I see: A Mace. I wonder if Lews can use it?

(censored)


5. I go back to the Whispering Blade chapterhouse thing, get my 15 million (which I could have gotten in 10 minutes elsewhere), and then re-read up on the quest.

The only bright spot was a quick chat with Lews and Chu-Chu, who is still as nice as ever.

I'm off to bed. Eff the freaking Royals. Call me a peasant. ;-)

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Aw, the drama

Back from Chicago!

It was FREAKING cold, but there was plenty o' good food and beer.

Anyway, VN looks like it has TONS of good drama threads (particularly compared to lately). Why does all this good stuff happen while I'm gone? And Anna Nicole died too!?

Can't wait to catch up! ;-)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Um, oh.

I think I need to re-figure out how to do that character builder.

Skill credits with the layout I'd picked = -8

Oops.

Screw it. I don't want to pick between life or creature, so what the heck.

Spec lore. =D

Move to 3 schools?

Someone posted on VN about an archer template, and everyone was crapping on specing lore.

@e is lore-spec'd.

Is that bad? Um, oops?

So I just went through my favorite character generator, at AsheronsGuide.com, and it seems that if I ditch missle D completely (already done), and ditch lore completely, I actually might be able to:

Train Life AND Creature. So I'd be:

Spec'd in:
Bow
Melee D
Magic D

Trained in:
Lockpick
Healing
Item
Life
Creature
Fletching
Mana Conversion

Sure, with Life trained, I wouldn't land Imps on anything, but the good news is that I'd be back to being a self-buffer.

Hmmmm.

This could be fun. I mean, sure, I wouldn't have 2 hour buffs anymore (I'm saving ALL my XP for Clutch of the Miser, and the "no need to rebuff after you die" augments).

But -- I could just rebuff after I die without having to go get a bot. Hell, in THAT case, maybe I bail on the "Enduring Whatever" Augment, and pump those points into the magic schools?

Heh. Guess it might be time to learn the names of those stupid spells after all. ;-)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Woo-hoo!

I am no longer a "3-D" archer. I used to be spec'd in Missle/Melee/Magic D's, but I've realized that I'm probably wasting serious skill credits through the missle D spec'ing. I asked Marie, who said that NONE of her chars even have it trained, so out it went.

I know this much -- I DEFINITELY don't want any other magic schools right now. I can barely keep myself alive as an archer, and have a helluva time even remembering to freaking BANE, so I give myself a 0% chance or remembering spells with names like, "Fafhard's Gratiutious Wedgie," or "Lithia's Greater Benediction of Wii," or whatever.

So what does that leave? I'm not sure. So far, I've trained up Mana Conversion, so that when I DO remember to bane, it won't take me 30 minutes of doing that insipid "Casting Stein Trick Thingie" (although I'm thankful for it).

Now I'm left with 6 skill credits, and too many to specialize at this point (so far, I'm spec'd Bow, Melee, Magic D, and Lore).

Of course, I wonder if there's room to spec Run? ;-)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

AGAIN with the chopping off of heads?!

I've been faced with a problem as of late: I moved my LS from Ayan, to the one just outside the Viss. Isle portal (the cool, gyroscope looking LS), but sometimes I still need to get to Ayan.

What to do?

Ohhhhh! I'm a member of the Whispering Blade thingie (the good guys). There's a recall orb I can just quest for and then I'll have a nice quick and easy way back to Ayan! Woooooot!

But first, you have to get to Ayan, to get to the WB chapterhouse. I went to Holt, and couldn't get my typical method (a bot named Mia) to cast. Grrr. So off I run to Ayan, using a FREAKING LONG WAY I DON'T MIND TELLING YOU.

Anyway.

After getting your orders at the WB Chapterhouse, the quest starts with having to go to Eastwatch, and find some idiot called "The White Spear." I kept thinking of "The White Shadow," from that old TV show. But instead of being surrounded by troubled black basketball players, "The White Spear" is surrounded by penguins.

Anyway, you're supposed to whack Whitey, and then, as if that's not enough, chop off his head.

I blogged about getting the head of Baron Entemerrewhatever a while back (he was the torturous tyrant, who it turns out is the height of a Pack Drudge). But you're supposed to whack him, and then take his head.

Same deal with the Dereth version of Ken Howard (Google that line, it's hysterical). Whack, kill, chop.

Sigh. Whatever, I killed him, and went back to Ayan (taking another FREAKING LONG WAY because I couldn't get the portal bot in Holt to work).

But THIS head isn't good enough for the chick. She wants: ANOTHER shubbery, er, head!

Grrrrr. Yup, I'm to run to Vissidial, where I'm supposed to run to some Mukkir place, and chop off yet another head.

Which I did. After only dying twice (once running to the dungeon, once in it).

So I got the orb, and some bow-thingie, and then triumphantly announce that I have a quick way to Ayan in @a chat.

At that point, someone said something like, "Yeah, I really want the Ulgrim Spell, so I can get back there fast"

Which prompted me to (literally) smack my head.

OMG.

I actually HAVE that spell.

Another Sunday night, down the drain.

Whispering Bladowned.

Foxy cracks me up.

Short version (har) of the conversation I just had with her:

--She has, apparently, half the population of TD on her accounts. By the time we were done talking, I became convinced that I need to start sending @tells of "<3" to freaking VENDORS.

--She drinks Cheerwine. The only people who I've ever known who drank that stuff usually had thick white handlebar mustaches, and were, technically, Robert E. Lee. On the other hand, believe it or not, Cheerwine drinkers are just seriously old-skool, like folks who still drink Tab.

I dig that chick. She's smart, funneh, and damn knowledgeable about this game.

Then again, she's also likely the person who plays Asheron, so she should know.

I bet she's sorry she called me. =P

Saturday, January 20, 2007

A 310 million XP mistake. Ouchies.

But oh, so typical. =/

It was a nutty Saturday afternoon, when Kitra asked if I had the time to make a quick Harby run. I really didn't. But she hates doing that stuff alone, and I thought I'd try to help out (and basically be a target).

The trouble was that I still hadn't:

1. Untrained/Retrained Bow
2. Found a new Bloodletter Drudge Charm

So I was scrambling to do that stuff (a huge tip-in/save from Marie, who just handed me one, I so heart her), when at the same time I've got something going on in RL around me (distracting me), as well as trying to type out/talk out to guide Kitra to the train/untrain place. On top of that Polendra something, who was totally nice to chat to was also talking to me.

Oh, and in @a chat, people were trying to explain how you could (this is baffling) actually RUN Harby BEFORE you give Vincadi the item. WTF? I have a hard enough time getting flagged for a freaking "Go kill 50 Repugnant Eaters" quest!!!

Anyway, in the middle of everything, I started to raise up my XP in to Bow. You know, where you get it to where you need 310 million for a point, and then stop, so you get the extra 310 and 350 million?

Click. Click. Click click click click click.

And just like that, in the middle of everything: Click.

Your base Bow skill is now 380!

Um, oops.

So I didn't get any XP post Harby, just so I could "Fred Berry" my ass to the Train/Untrain dungeons.

"You may complete this quest again in 6d 14h 23s."

Crap.

At that point, I just recalled to Yanshi, talked to Vincadi, and got my free 350 million.

That's 310 million XP down the tubes, but it's a lesson learned: I do NOT like to rush to get ready for a quest. I'd rather miss it. And sometimes, I need to just let a few lines of text fly by, and catch up on the reading later.

Bah.

Monday, January 15, 2007

That Gwyd vs. pkhere bet

That's a seriously gutsy move, and Gwyd handled herself with class. She was the one who first stepped up to the plate and was willing to absent herself from VN.

Friday, January 12, 2007

To run, or to run?

There's Harby run coming up this Saturday, and I'd love another free 700+ million. But I've got a 10 mile training run scheduled for the same time.

Grrr.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Hot Monkey Love

That's what was going on with my bodies when I got back to them.

Freakin' Assailers. Again. Twice.

It all comes down to forgetting that there's those "Tusker's Gift" spells hitting you every which way (and me without life magic).

Ouchie. Maybe going back to my Life/Critter Major Covenant suit is the way to go after all?

Hrm.

At least I look good in both outfits. What's that quote about leaving a pretty corpse? ;-)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

500th death, and it was memorable.

This was a wierd weekend. It had good, bad, and ugly moments as usual. But what was funny was that my 500th death, which I'd been planning to be something momentous, was actually pretty stressful. I even had to get an Envoy.

The Good: At the last minute tonight (Sunday), I saw that Enos, Kasen, someone named "Lyr" who I think was actually "Ashai," and Legend of Bow were going off on the Composite Bow Upgrade Quest. This seemed fun, and while it was REALLY frustrating at times (you have to find this portal tucked deep in these caves), it was all worth it, and the upgrade is quite nice. It apparently does really well against Harby, so I'm looking forward to trying it out soon.

The Bad: 20% vitae. Including 2 deaths in about 10 minutes. Some things never change. I can't get over how bad I am at this stuff.

The Ugly: That would be death #500. Specifically, I died in the PoTB, above the pit, after being too stingy to crack an Aphus Gem. Humph. Fine. So my body is at PoTB, being used as some sort of marionette by the Lugies ("Now make him kick like a Rockette!"), when I head back.

I pretty skillfully (lots of experience at this) manage to open my body, loot a bit, heal, loot a bit, heal, etc. And JUST as I get the last pyreal off of myself, I took about two paces back, and slap my finger down on the "3" key, for an Aphus ejection to safety. But I looked up just in time to see this:

The force of Tukora Lieutenant's attack flattens you!

So maybe I'm not THAT skillful at this stuff. Anyway.

Hello, LS, goodbye (again) buffs. At this point, I'm having a hard time reconciling what to do about augments to not drop items, or to not lose your buffs. I know that I'm wasting bots' time by using them repeatedly from dying.

Anyway, I recalled back to the PoTB, and ran to where I died to find: Nothing.
So, maybe I actually DID hit that recall gem! So I recalled to Aphus (via another gem, because the lugies were yet again beating the crap out of me), to find: Nothing.

At this point, I know what you're saying: TAI OMFG YOU GIMP! YOU WERE IN THE WRONG POTB!

Nope. Because I went to EACH of them at this point. Right to where I know I died, to find: Nothing.

No body. But I'd dropped items. I sure as hell had vitae (10% now). And I was a mite confused.

So I LS recalled. No body. I LS "floated." No body.

I paged for an Envoy, and while I was waiting, it occurred to me that maybe I should log to the desktop and back in. I did that, and hit the PoTB main: No body.

So I hit PoTB West: Oh. "Corpse of Tai Fung" Right where I'd left it.

At that point, I grabbed by body's stuff, recalled (goodbye another gem), and kind of thought -- did I just have a brain lock? Was I not in Main? But I just *KNOW* I went through the three dungeons first. It had to have been the desktop logging.

Because I can't suck so badly at hunting in Dereth that I forgot where I was, can I?

I think the Envoy peed himself from laughing at me so hard.

And I checked -- this was my 500th death. Well, it turned out to be memorable after all. Env-owned.

Oh, I was wrong, too!

Got a PM from the guy who is (was, etc.) The_Corinthian. It's apparently him. At least the PM was more convincing. I remember him as being this class act, at the time he was a TD monster who people looked to, etc. For lil' ol' Ken Po (with no schools of magic, not even item), it was pretty intimidating.

Anyway, it seems to be him. Lots of old players coming back as of late.

I dig that.

My nemesis is named, "Bur Lizk?!"

I've been trying to do the Gateway to the Deep quest for months. Months and months. Hell, Es has been promising to take me for about that time. But, lo and behold, the EoL set up the Quest for 31 December, Sunday, right at 11am. WOOT!

Anyway, Kitra wasn't available for this quest, but I was, and I thought it was time to jump at the chance. Here's the log. My comments have this type thing "--" Everything else is the actual chat transcript, with appropriate snips.

Sorry for the length, but it was a long quest, probably one of the longest I've ever done in years.

[Allegiance] Colette Hawkins says, "Gateway to the Deep quest meeting at mansion for buffing in 10 min"

---Ah, ha! Just what I’ve been waiting for! This calls for decisive action! This calls for independence! This calls for the actions of a true SOLOIST!

You tell Gbb, "bow"
Gbb tells you, "Your 'bow' request added. You are first in line.. Tell me REMOVE to delete your requests."
Gbb tells you, "Now starting your 'bow' request."
You tell Gbb, "*afk*"

---Screw you. I went and got a diet coke while he was buffing me. THAT is decisive. =P

Timarra says, "Hi folks :)"

---That’s actually Marie the Loyal. She’s my Monarch, i.e., boss.

Xarkath says, "Hi Marie"

---See?

Brown Trucker says, "hello fearless leader"

---Who the heck is THAT? What an effing name, lol. =D

Gbb tells you, "Finished! Your buffs required 00:02:02 to perform. using 10 tapers and 0 plats."

---Ah, never mind. Time to go get access to the Deep! Or Vissidial! Or whereever the heck we’re going.

You have been recruited into the Deep fellowship, a fellowship led by Colette Hawkins.

Timarra eyes the golden boy

----Sheesh – it was someone all in gold. The guy looked like a walking academy award.

You say, "Is Marie here?"
Timarra says, "yup :)"

--Clearly, I not only am a gimp. I have the retention of a lab rat. But everyone’s a comedian.

Kasen says, "no =P"

-—Some better than others.

You smack your head.
Kasen giggles
Colette Hawkins says, "ok, who here is going for flagging"
Fluker waves.
Alanna Mosvani =D
You wave high in the air.

Biaka is now a member of your Fellowship.
Biaka has given you permission to loot his or her kills.
Biaka may now loot your kills.

Colette Hawkins says, "biaka, i know you are"

-–This Biaka guy is formerly Puncture. I think he was a TD bigwig back in the days when I sucked. I realize that’s not a very good differentiation, since I’m not exactly Mr. Uber Guy now, either. But when I was REALLY sucky. As in, “I can TEN shot a Drudge Slinker” sucky. I better do something to show this guy that I mean business! That I have CLASS!

Tai Fung sends himself up a flagpole

-–That’ll do it.

Timarra says, "Tai and Alanna also I believe"
Tai Fung nods

-–I heart emotes.

Alanna Mosvani nods

–-I heart chicks who emote too. ;-)

-–And now for the Most Optimistic Statement to Date(tm), 2007

Colette Hawkins says, "ok we should have no problems with this group"

-–Har. She don't know me very well, do she?

Colette Hawkins says, "most of my instructions will be for those that are flagging"

Biaka says, "me sister got engaged today <3"
-–Well, yay for Sister Biaka. Two words: Get. A. Prenup.

Dark Balrog counts his DIs
–-I don’t know who THAT guy is, but he’s smart.

Fox too says, "grats :)"
–-Oh look. My new Patron. Kind of. Well, mostly. But not really. She hates me. But also wubs me. Is it any wonder I have issues?

[Fellowship] Kasen says, "wow grats!!"

Colette Hawkins says, "anyone not ready?"

Kasen says, "wow grats!!"
-–For the record, this is now way too excited to be over someone else’s marriage. =P

Alanna Mosvani says, "poor girl =)"
-–Har. I already dig this chick.

Alanna Mosvani says, "just kidding"
–-Noooooo! Don't back down! OWN it girl!

Colette Hawkinssays, "ok, please head in the portal"

–-This is going to be a messy New Year’s Eve.

Biaka says, "going to be a messy night"
-–Ok, whether he's referring to his engaged sister or not, when you’re right, you’re right. ;-)

At this point, we talk to the first of many Talking Rocks. Talking Rocks are very important to this quest, despite their worthless-looking appearance. Kind of like Tom Petty's impact to the music industry.

Colette Hawkins says, "E side of town is a lugian, talk to him"

Shuthoth tells you, "Welcome, friend. I seek warriors in search of great adventure. I represent one who would grant the Isparians of this world much power, much knowledge."

Shuthoth tells you, "She has found something. Something powerful beneath the waves of this world. A city, ancient and doomed. The blue-skinned King did his part to raise it from the deep, but I daresay he could not have done it alone."

-–Yeah, yeah, yeah. Gimmie flagging, dammit.

Shuthoth tells you, "Now that the island exists, the lady would ask Dereth's hunters and adventurers to explore its mysteries."

–-Yawn.

Shuthoth tells you, "If you seek such a challenge, I bid you take this gem and place it within the empty eye of one of Aerlinthe's Watchers. The Watchers will tell you what else you must do."

--By “Watchers,” he means those Talking Rocks. Or the Heartbreakers, who I think are all now working at "The Gap." One or the other.

Shuthoth tells you, "You have the spark of adventure within you. Good luck, my friend."
Shuthoth gives you Watcher Token.

[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins says, "when you are done here, please use Aerlinthe Recall"

–-Ok, so let’s have a big YAY for solo flagging of this quest a few months ago! Only took me 3 hours to do it! ;-)

Silver Staff cast Major Item Enchantment Aptitude on you

-–I might be Item-Only, but my Staff is a serious Kickass stick.

Silver Staff cast Item Enchantment Mastery Self V on you, but it is surpassed by Celcynd's Boon

–-Well, that and the buffs.

You say, "Shurov Thiloi"
The spell consumed the following components: Prismatic Taper, Prismatic Taper
You have been teleported.

[Fellowship] You say, "I actually HAVE that spell! Woot!"

–-Not that I’m immodest or anything.

[Fellowship] Alanna Mosvani says, "lol"

–-Guys dig chicks with senses of humor. And those who laugh at corny jokes.

[General] Leggy says, "i know i got in it a long time ago"

–-Humph.

You tell Timarra, "Glad Kitra couuldn't make it -- she still has to get Aerlinthe recall yet!"

-–Throwing Kitra underneath the bus at this point.

Timarra tells you, "she could have gone the D note route"
-–Women always take each other’s side. Humph.

--Anyway, off we go to run. But where, I wonder?

Biaka says, "87.3n 51.2e"

–-Thanks. So I take off running. So does everyone else. But for the record. I got there first. By a mile. My run is INSANE. I figure, I have no other real defenses, might as well go with that one. I still pump points into it.

Death tells you, "And yet Lugian rocks are still faster."
You tell Death, "Eff j00"


You resist the spell cast by Banderling Mangler

-–SCREW YOU, BANDIE! I AM *NOT* THE LITTLE GIMP YOU REMEMBER!

Specter cast Blade Vulnerability Other IV on you

-–Oh, for eff's sake. He landed it. A freaking FOUR? Pardon me while I drink drano now.

Specter tells you, “owned, lolza”

-–I’m freaking coming back here, that’s for sure. Not that I’m petty or anything. (Insert Tom “Petty” joke here. Where’s DM when you need him?)

Altered Drudge tried and failed to cast a spell at you!
Altered Drudge tried and failed to cast a spell at you!
Altered Drudge tried and failed to cast a spell at you!
--Har. So I run by. Only to see this.
Altered Drudge was laughing too hard at Tai’s speed to get the spell off.
Altered Drudge pities Tai.

–-Sigh. Even mobs emote at me. Must have been a Dev at the keyboard for that one.

[Fellowship] You say, "@e Marvels at the body imprints he's left all over these beaches from back in the day"

-–That’s true. You wouldn’t believe the imprints. Like I was filming the effing scene from “From Here to Eternity” or something.


[Fellowship] Fox too says, ":P"

-–Beyotch.

[Fellowship] Alanna Mosvani says, "nasty boy"

-–If she only knew!

Fox too says, "xar gonna diiieeeee"
-–Har. At least she griefs EVERYONE!

Blade Vulnerability Other IV has expired.
–-Well that was quick.


--Anyway, Giant Talking Rock, meet Tai. Tai, meet the Rock.
Death tells you, "WTF, don't you know enough Lifestones now?"
You tell Death, "Eff you. The LSs don't talk back."

You give Devastated Watcher Watcher Token.
The gem clicks into place within the Watcher's empty eye socket. The statue hums to life and looks down upon you. You hear a whisper in your mind, "Appease the Gatekeepers," then all grows quiet.

Colette Hawkins says, "ok, from here on this is very important"

-–I leaned in real close here, at this point. Just to see:

[LFG] Unarmed One says, "Anyone lvl 42-52 want to fellow in wasps?"

-–STFU NOOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins"at every NPC, please form a line"
[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins says, "do NOT use or hand the NPC anything until the person in front of you is done"
[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins says, "they will usually be portaled so that will tell you if they are done"
[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins says, "those that are being flagged will go first"
[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins says, "as for the dungeons, we'll be running through them for the most part"

–-This concept, I am quite familiar with.

[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins says, "at times we'll have to stop and fight"
[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins says, "please watch your health carefully"
[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins says, "anyone want to be a dedicated healer?"


Timarra nominates Foxy
Timarra grins
Fox too says, "lol i will"

–-Nooooooooo! You’re playing into her hands!

Colette Hawkins says, "ok"

Tai Fung counts his health rations

–-Seriously.

[Allegiance] Jaid al-cya says, "I was stuck in portal space earler, and when I relogged, I was standing in front of Gbb. I don't know how long I was there, but hope it didn't inconvenience anyone. : )"

–-Random point. See how nice folks in the EoL are? What a nice thing to point out.

Colette Hawkins says, "any questions?"

-–Um, lots. Like, “Can you just cast “Vissidial Flagged VII” on me and let me go rock in the fetal position in the corner?


Colette Hawkins says, "ok, let's do it =)"

Doomed Spirit scratches you for 14 points with Bed of Blades.
Your killing blow nearly turns Entropy Wisp inside-out!

-–Hahahahaha! Die wisp! Taste my arrows! Bleed! (Well, as much as a cloud can do that)

Doomed Spirit is utterly destroyed by your attack!

–-OWNED!

Doomed Spirit cast Healing Ineptitude Other VI on you

–-Sigh.

You say, "EEEK!"


Colette Hawkins says, "hold here"
Colette Hawkins says, "ahead is a large room"
Colette Hawkins says, "there is a stair case there, go to teh right side of the staircase and fight there"

---Oh, hell. Asheron save us. Directions.

Tai Fung prepares to run smack dab into the nearest wall.
Kasen says, "ok"
You smite Doomed Spirit mightily!

-–What the heck ARE these things? Can I fight them, like daily? No wonder they’re “Doomed.” I mean, if *I* can beat them . . .

Colette Hawkins says, "ok, portal is just ahead, i'll open the door"
Colette Hawkins says, "when i run off, wait 10 seconds, then run up and S"

-–CRAP! Is that 10 “seconds seconds,” or 10 “ Mississippis?”


[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins says, "go"

-–AIEE!

You resist the spell cast by Lightning Trap
Entropy Wisp casts Enfeeble Other VI and drains 39 points of your stamina.
Entropy Wisp scorches you for 47 points with Flame Bolt VI.
You resist the spell cast by Bone Scourge
Bone Scourge bashes you for 44 points with Crushing Shame.

-–Ok, this could suck.

Timarra casts Adja's Gift and restores 83 points of your health.

–-Have I mentioned I heart Scottish Lasses?

–-At this point, we’re blocked from the portal. By what? A cloud. A wisp. A freaking CLOUD is stopping our progress. What is this, the first Star Trek Movie? Effing V’ger is our means of demise. I bet someone will help us.

Alanna Mosvani says, "trapped"
You resist the spell cast by Entropy Wisp

-–That’s the culprit. I bet an experienced EOL’er will help us.

[Fellowship] Fox too says, "pfth hit the port in in in"

–-But not her. >:-(

Healing Ineptitude Other VI has expired.

Alanna Mosvani says, "cant"

–-Crap.

[Fellowship] Alanna Mosvani says, "in"

–-Whew.

[Fellowship] You say, "Baddies were blocking the port. =( Did you see all those bodies?"
[Fellowship] You say, "Ick."
[Fellowship] Alanna Mosvani says, "yeah i saw =)"

–-Heh, yeah, I bet YOU noticed. You were blocked. ;-)

[Fellowship] Fox too says, "and see, you didnt add to it :P"

–-Seriously, she’s enjoying this waaaaay too much.

[Fellowship] You say, "First time for everything. ;-)"

Colette Hawkins says, "well done on that part everyone"
[Fellowship] Fox too says, "stick w/ us tai, find a whole new way to quest :p"

–-What’s she implying? That I can’t die with them?

You put your hands on your hips.
You let out a hearty laugh.

Colette Hawkins says, "please line up at Shemza"

–-Shemza? All I see are spinning rocks.

Colette Hawkins says, "do NOT do anything yet"
Colette Hawkins says, "first you must talk to Shemza, then give it the Yellow Gem"
Colette Hawkinssays, "do this one at a time"
Colette Hawkins says, "when the person ahead of you is portaled, then the next person can start"

-–WTF is she talking about? There’s nothing here but us and spinning rocks.

Biaka says, "go?"
Alanna Mosvani nods
Colette Hawkins says, "ok, first person"
Colette Hawkins says, "next"
Alanna Mosvani says, "*poff* lol"

-–Then I realize. They’re talking TO the rocks.

You say, "That thing has a name? It's a rock."

–-No one responds, since I'm stating the obvious. I shrugged, and then I double click, er “talk” to it.

Shemza tells you, "A warrior! A warrior comes! Brothers, feast your eyes on one who would give their lives willingly to the great lord!"

-–Oh, for eff's sake.

Fox too says, "pet rocks 4 the win"

[Fellowship] You say, "You want me to do WHAT to the rock Foxy??! =O"

-–I crack myself up.

-–Anyway, at this point, I’m dumbfounded. We’re now talking to ROCKS for our quests. ROCKS.

Shemza tells you, "You seek to bask in the glory of Grael, do you not? You seek to join us in the worship of he who is more powerful, more glorious, than all who have come before? My brothers and I, we were the first to join his side. We were there when he led us to victory over the old ones. We helped him slay the mages and lay waste to their cities. We were there when he led an army upon the heretics of the light."

Shemza tells you, "When defeat fell upon us, we knew that our ascendance was only delayed. One day, we knew that our god would rise from the depths and claim that which is his. And we knew that ones such as you would seek to free him from his chains."

Shemza tells you, "And now you are here. You seek to barter with us who have given our souls in exchange for life eternal. Those of us who have lengthened our lives for the sole purpose of delivering warriors unto him."

Shemza tells you, "Yes. You are here now. And now you will aid me. And then you will aid my brothers."

Shemza tells you, "I seek a boon. One small boon. The masters of the portal carry a token of golden hue. A token that I would claim as mine own. Find it and deliver it to me. Then the first part of your quest shall begin."

Shemza tells you, "I have altered your body. You may now use our portal near Ayan Baqur."

-–Yeah, yeah, yeah, you effing Stalagtite. Bite me.

You give Shemza Yellow Jewel.

Shemza tells you, "Seek out the Radiant Crystal. Bring a shard to my brother Lurza. Then he will treat with you."

–-Oh look. The rock has a brother. It’s like Bananarama, but with rocks.

Colette Hawkins says, "ok, at the end of this part is a crystal that we need to kill, it will drop shards, everyone that needs flagging needs a shard"

Colette Hawkins says, "same as the last dungeon, mostly running"

Tai Fung scotch guards his armor since he's wetting it so much

Doomed Spirit scratches you for 22 points with Sau Kolin's Sword.
Doomed Spirit scratches you for 20 points with Sau Kolin's Sword.

-–WTF? They have personalized weapons? Eek.

Your killing blow nearly turns Doomed Spirit inside-out!

-–So much for HIM

Timarra casts Adja's Gift and restores 38 points of your health.

-–This is becoming a recurring theme with me and Marie.

Doomed Spirit cast Blade Vulnerability Other VI on you
You cleave Doomed Spirit in twain!
Doomed Spirit cast Imperil Other VI on you

-–Moral of that stuff? You lose some, you win some, you lose some.

Entropy Wisp cast Exhaustion Other VI on you
Doomed Spirit cast Imperil Other VI on you, surpassing Imperil Other VI

-–Some of us lose more than others.

Colette Hawkins says, "everyone in"

-–No kidding. Lemme out.

Doomed Spirit cast Blade Vulnerability Other VI on you, surpassing Blade Vulnerability Other VI

-–Sigh.

Colette Hawkins says, "ok when we jump, run W, then come to the wall, then S"

-–Again with the directions???? This is gonna hurt.

You resist the spell cast by Entropy Wisp
Doomed Spirit is torn to ribbons by your assault!
Doomed Spirit cast Blade Vulnerability Other VI on you, surpassing Blade Vulnerability Other VI
You resist the spell cast by Entropy Wisp
You resist the spell cast by Entropy Wisp
Blade Vulnerability Other VI has expired.

Colette Hawkins says, "kill here"

-–I seriously wondered at this point who she was talking about. Me or the wisps?

You resist the spell cast by Entropy Wisp
You cleave Entropy Wisp in twain!
Entropy Wisp cast Mana Depletion Other VI on you
Imperil Other VI has expired.
Exhaustion Other VI has expired.
You cleave Doomed Spirit in twain!

-–Haha! I rock!
Colette Hawkins says, "we'll kill as we go from here"

-–Must have meant us killing THEM. ;-)

Imperil Other VI has expired.
Blade Vulnerability Other VI has expired.

Colette Hawkins says, "kill all here"
Colette Hawkins says, "those for flagging get a shard from the ground"

-–Righto! Time to contribute my share to this quest!

Your missile attack hit the environment.

--I can't believe how much I suck.

Colette Hawkins says, "well done"
Colette Hawkins says, "ok, this time line up at Lurza, talk first then give the shard you got"
You say, "Oh look, another talking rock."

-–And it was. Another rock. That talked.

Lurza tells you, "You must bring to me a shard of the Radiant Crystal. Only when Shemza sings your name to the lord of the deep will you gain access to that Crystal."

Mana Depletion Other VI has expired.

You give Lurza Radiant Shard.

Lurza tells you, "Long have we waited, trapped within these crystalline forms, waiting for those who would join him in his quest. And now you come. You come seeking our approval. But are you worthy?"

Lurza tells you, "There is something I seek. The key to one who once followed our cause. A traitor who makes his home among the winged demons of the dark. Bring the key to this fallen lord, and I will grant you passage."

You give Lurza Sezzherei's Lair.

Lurza tells you, "The demon Sezzherei once called himself our brother. But when he betrayed our lord to the ancient mages, he fell from Grael's favor. Our brother Tursh slew Sezzherei on the battlefield, or so we all believed. Now he claims the dark as his master, and seeks to appease its twisted whims."

Lurza tells you, "Sezzherei will once again know the taste of his own blood. When Grael rises and marches across this land, Sezzherei will kneel once again."

Lurza tells you, "Now find the Dazzling shard, and give it to my brother Dmesne."

Colette Hawkins says, "this time we kill as we go"

-–I am contributing TWICE as much this time!

Your missile attack hit the environment.
Your missile attack hit the environment.

–-Sigh.


[Allegiance] The Elite Ua says, "morning all"
[Allegiance] Timarra says, "hiya"
[Allegiance] Kasen says, "hiya elite"
[Allegiance] Tai Fung says, "Hey there"

Colette Hawkins says, "ok, we have to run this part, we are running S after the jump"

–-A jump?
–-Running wildly?

Colette Hawkins says, "when we get to the end, stand where i will be standing and do a full power jump to get on the ledge"
Colette Hawkins says, "here we go"

–-Ok, this is NOT going to go well.

You suffer 14 damage from acid!
You suffer 14 damage from acid!
You suffer 14 damage from acid!
You suffer 13 damage from acid!

-–See?
--Still trying to make the jump. A simple jump, "up."

You suffer 14 damage from acid!
You suffer 14 damage from acid!
You suffer 14 damage from acid!
You suffer 13 damage from acid!
You suffer 13 damage from acid!
You suffer 12 damage from acid!
You suffer 13 damage from acid!
You suffer 13 damage from acid!
You suffer 13 damage from acid!

–-See see?

Fox too casts Adja's Gift and restores 81 points of your health.

You suffer 14 damage from acid!
You suffer 14 damage from acid!
You suffer 14 damage from acid!
You suffer 13 damage from acid!
You suffer 14 damage from acid!

You say, "ROFL"

–-At this point, I manage to finally make the jump up out of the acid.

You say, "Whee"

[Allegiance] The Elite Ua says, "kool i got hellos from the monarch, the "new" toon, and the death by the chicken guy :P"

He’s referring to this picture, my photo signature on the EOL page:
http://www.photodump.com/direct/Tai_Fung/TaiFungsignature.jpg

--Is it any wonder I inspire so much respect?

Colette Hawkins says, "ok, this time line up at Dmesne"

Rock. Talking. Again.

Dmesne tells you, "I require a shard of the Dazzling Crystal. Until you have acquired one of these from my brother Lurza, I will have naught to do with you, little one."

[Fellowship] Biaka says, "not gonna behappy if the quest breaks because someone can't wait 3 seconds for me to hand stuff to a crystal"

-–This struck me as weird. I make it a habit to stand back and/or go out of my way to hit the back of a line. I didn’t notice anyone else crowding either. Ah well, people can be tense on quests.

[Fellowship] Alanna Mosvani says, "we all do our best"

-–Bingo.
-–Anyway.

You give Dmesne Dazzling Shard.

Dmesne tells you, "There is a metal, a pure metal of great power. You use it to strengthen your arms, barbarians that you are. One bar is all I ask. One bar and you shall have my blessing."

You give Dmesne Pyreal Bar.

Dmesne tells you, "Within this chamber lies the Brilliant Crystal. Take a shard to my brother Rhujun, and you will be escorted to the isle of water."

Colette Hawkins says, "we are fighting through this time"
Your killing blow nearly turns Bone Scourge inside-out!
You split Bone Scourge apart!
Your killing blow nearly turns Bone Scourge inside-out!

-–Well, hell. NOW I’m cooking!

Doomed Spirit cast Imperil Other VI on you
Your missile attack hit the environment.

-–Or not.

Colette Hawkins says, "take out the crystal"

-–No screwups THIS time!

Your missile attack hit the environment.

-–Yup. 100% with these guys every time.

Colette Hawkins says, "when you get the shard, head out"

Colette Hawkins says, "ok, this time give the shard to Rhujun"

-–AGAIN-ROCKTALKING-BLAHBLAHBLAH

Rhujun tells you, "A shard of the Brilliant Crystal is all I require. Until I have it, you are not fit."

You give Rhujun Brilliant Shard.

Rhujun tells you, "There are those of wet skin and barbaric means. They carry the meanest of stones, a stone whose power is unknown even to them. I would have it, little one."

Rhujun tells you, "I would have it now."

You give Rhujun Swamp Stone.

Rhujun tells you, "The cousins of these young ones make their homes on the bones of the ancients. They know not the power that surrounds them. Such simple creatures they are."

-–So we hit the portal, and now we’re on this little island. It looks like the Islands of Veseyanwhatever, so I’m immediately pissed. And wary. But on the bright side, this person isn’t a Talking Rock. He’s just a Guy on Fire.

Flame Guardian tells you, "Welcome to my lonely isle, little one. You seek the mysteries of Vissidal, do you not? Many have come before you. Many will follow in your footsteps. The power which once lay dormant beneath the waves has surfaced. I fear the new rulers of this world will regret their meddling before all is done."

Flame Guardian tells you, "You seek a boon from me, do you not? You seek my permission to further your quest?"

Flame Guardian tells you, "You must prove yourself, little one. You must bathe in the cleansing waters of the deep. You must destroy the spirits of Water that lay claim to this isle."

Timarra says, "ok go kill 5 golems"

-–Kill 5 golems? WATER golems? WTF???

You say, "5 little water golems? Easy!"

Water Golem casts Harm Other VI and drains 42 points of your health.
Xarkath tried to cast a spell on you, but was too far away!
Water Golem casts Harm Other VI and drains 48 points of your health.
Water Golem frosts you for 71 points with Frost Bolt VI.

-–Uh oh.

Timarra casts Adja's Gift and restores 62 points of your health.
Timarra says, "not normal golems :p"

-–Yay, Boss-Lady.

You have killed 1 Water Golems! You must kill 5 to complete your task.
You flatten Water Golem's body with the force of your assault!

Water Golem cast Cold Vulnerability Other VI on you
Water Golem frosts you for 126 points with Frost Bolt VI.

-–Double uh oh.

[Fellowship] Biaka says, "done"

-–This guy is like 34 levels below me, and he’s DONE?

–-Anyway, after a while:

You have killed 5 Water Golems! Your task is complete!

Timarra casts Adja's Gift and restores 86 points of your health.
Fox too casts Adja's Gift and restores 47 points of your health.

–-My babes watch out fo’ me, yo.

Flame Guardian tells you, "The waters of the deep cover your flesh. You have been cleansed. I sense the spirit of Grael about you. I deem you worthy, little one."

–-So we portal to . . . The Hub.

You say, "Am I nuts, or is this the Hub?"
Colette Hawkins says, "ok, this place is just like Hub, except at the jump, when we get there do NOT jump down"
You say, "Oh"
Fox too says, "not hub :p"

Colette Hawkins says, "ok, high level undead down there"

Colette Hawkins says, "mages please debuff all except the boss"

–-There’s a boss?

Colette Hawkins says, "you can imp the boss, just do NOT vuln"

–-Clearly there must be. I'm hitting the "+" key furiously, trying to find him.

-–But then I finally ID the boss. His name? “Bur Lizk.” Seriously now. Say that out loud. For the record, “Bur Lizk” is basically a sound you make after eating day old pizza and drinking warm diet coke out of a 2-liter bottle. "Whoa, sweetie, stand back, I might have to Bur Lizk in a hurry!"

-–At this point, I’m incredulous. Effing talking rocks. More rocks. That talk. Exits being blocked by CLOUDS. And now, the boss’ name is an Intestinal Event. So (in the spirit of his name) I vented a bit.

You say, "Wait, the Boss' name is "Bur Lizk????" That's not a name, that's a body sound."

--While I'm complaining (and emoting)
Tai Fung had too much pasta, and makes a "Bur Lizk" sound.

Colette Hawkins says, "get in portal"

--They kill him, and we hop in the portal.

Colette Hawkins says, "ok, this place is like the last island"
Colette Hawkins says, "only those that are flagging, talk to guardian"
Colette Hawkins says, "then head out and kill 5 golems"
Colette Hawkins says, "return here when done"

-–Wait – now we’re talking to a guy made of water? He looks like he’s in a commercial for Pepto.

Water Guardian tells you, "You have done much to reach this point. You have appeased the Gatekeepers. You have been bathed in the waters of the Deep. You have bested the warrior Bur Lizk. And now you seek my blessing."

Water Guardian tells you, "As you were bathed in the waters of the deep, now must you be cleansed by its fires. Slay the spirits of Flame. Bask in their glory."

[Fellowship] Colette Hawkins says, "just to let you all know, this is the last test"

-–Glory be. At this point, I’ve had it. I run out there to kill.

You say, "PREPARE TO BUR LIZK YOU EVIL BEINGS!!!!!!!!"
You say, "WHO DARES DISTURBE THE SLEEP OF BUR LIZK??????"

Fire Golem cast Fire Vulnerability Other VI on you

-–Ok, so these guys are “special,” too. But at this point, I’m just totally Done. I want my effing flag to Vissidial, dammit!

You have killed 1 Fire Golems! You must kill 5 to complete your task.
You beat Fire Golem to a lifeless pulp!

You say, "FEAR MY BUR LIZK, I JUST HAD IT CLEANED!"

Fire Golem cast Fire Vulnerability Other VI on you, surpassing Fire Vulnerability Other VI

[Fellowship] Biaka says, "done"
-–Speedy McUber Buff, did it again. Time to show him how *I* roll.

Your missile attack hit the environment.
Your missile attack hit the environment.
Your missile attack hit the environment.
Your missile attack hit the environment.

--Someone please just buy me WoW so I can start over in anonymity.

You have killed 2 Fire Golems! You must kill 5 to complete your task.
Fire Golem is shattered by your assault!

Your missile attack hit the environment.
Your missile attack hit the environment.
Your missile attack hit the environment.

–Sigh.

You have killed 3 Fire Golems! You must kill 5 to complete your task.
You flatten Fire Golem's body with the force of your assault!

You say, "I HAD BUR LIZK UNTIL I TOOK SOME PEPTO BISMOL!"

You have killed 4 Fire Golems! You must kill 5 to complete your task.
Fire Golem is shattered by your assault!

You say, "VOTE BUR LIZK IN 2008!"

Fire Golem casts Harm Other VI and drains 36 points of your health.
Fire Golem cast Fire Vulnerability Other VI on you, surpassing Fire Vulnerability Other VI
Fire Golem cast Fire Vulnerability Other VI on you, surpassing Fire Vulnerability Other VI
Fire Golem cast Fire Vulnerability Other VI on you, surpassing Fire Vulnerability Other VI

You have killed 5 Fire Golems! Your task is complete!
You flatten Fire Golem's body with the force of your assault!

[Fellowship] You say, "Done, my Bur Lizk is sated"

Colette Hawkins says, "we still have 2 out there"

[Fellowship] You say, "Bur Lizk will not wait much longer!"

Fire Vulnerability Other VI has expired.
Fire Vulnerability Other VI has expired.
Fire Vulnerability Other VI has expired.
Fire Vulnerability Other VI has expired.

--Ok, so I did wait a while, in fact.

Water Guardian tells you, "You have been cleansed by the spirits of Flame. The essence of Grael wraps about you like a lover's embrace. Soon, you will be his."

Water Guardian tells you, "Give this to the Watcher of the Deep, and then you shall know glory."

Water Guardian gives you Watery Token.

Colette Hawkins says, "those that are flagging, give the token to the watcher"

You give Watcher of the Deep Watery Token.
You feel a low rumble, and the statue looks down upon you. You hear a whisper in your mind, "The isle of the deep is yours," then all grows quiet.
You've earned 190,000,000 experience.

Colette Hawkins says, "you are now flagged to go to Viss Island =)"

You say, "WOOT!"
You say, "Thanks Collette!!!"

You have attuned your spirit to this Lifestone. You will resurrect here after you die.
You hear a low rumble deep within the stone artifact. The sound lasts for just a moment, then falls silent.

And with that, I now have a whole new Island in which to add to my vitae. :-)