I started Blintz out on the heritage quest to get the legendary Journeyman’s Boots last night. I have actually done this quest on four characters already (my ranger snuck in and did it at 30 before they put in a level restriction on the last stage) so I am reasonably familiar with the routes. Still, doing it with a fae this time adds in a new dimension.
First, of course, as a fae, I can just jump off of anything and glide to safety.
Second, because I chose Glide as one of my fae racial traditions (it seems lame, but it is more useful than you might think, so I highly recommend it) I get a lot more distance off of every jump.
The first phase is the run around Antonica. This is, by far, the easiest phase. You have 14 minutes and can do it without any speed boost by just choosing an efficient route and sprinting every so often.
You start between the two towers on the Qeynos Highway and your first destination is the Tower of Vhalen. That point is nearly visible from the two towers, so it is a fast leg. But once up the hill to the tower and updated, as a fae you get to jump off the cliff and glide in the direction of the next objective, the Keep of the Gnollslayers.
I did not look up the quest before hand, and I could not recall what the most effecient route between Vhalen and the Keep was, so I just skirted south of the covered bridge, jumped the river (which a fae can do without touching the water if they have Glide!), hooked around the cliff and hit the south side of the moat surrounding the Keep for the update.
The next location is the Ruins of Caltorsis. The old, approved method for hitting that point was to run south to the griffon station, take the griffon to the Tower of the Oracles, then run back to Caltorsis for the update. I decided to modify this slightly based on some information I recalled from one of the updates while I was away. You can jump off the griffons. And as a fae, you can glide on down with no damage.
So I took the griffon towards the Tower of the Oracles, but jumped off around the northern covered bridge, recalling that the griffon takes a southward loop around to the tower station and would come no closer to the Ruins. I ran north to the ruins, having to come in pretty close to get the update, then headed to the Tower of the Oracles.
The tower is easy, you can run right up that sheer cliff on the eastern side if you choose the right path. You get the update at the top and can turn to the next objective, the Keep of the Ardent Needle. On the way there I stopped to pick up a sparklie that was in my path. As luck would have it, it was a shard that completed one of my collection quests!
I skirted the west side of the Keep for the update the headed back to the start/finish line between the two towers. On the way I picked up another sparklie, which turned out to be another shard I needed, then sprinted to the finish line.
With pathfinding (a 16% speed boost), some sprinting, and fae enabled pathing efficiency, I was able to finish with 4:58 left on the clock even with the two stops to collect items.
Not a bad run. Everything is grey in Antonica at level 31, with a few exceptions, so aggro mobs were not an issue. I know I could cut a little more time off of it between Vhalen’s and Gnollslayer Keep and I probably did not jump off the griffon at the exact, optimum location, but there is no extra reward for being further ahead of schedule.
The next run is the Commonlands. I wonder how the aggro Freeport guards will change the run. They were all happy/friendly the last time I did it.