Daily Archives: December 15, 2008

The Way Questing Used To Be

Being back and playing EverQuest II, I have been going through some of the “classic” content, like the Commonlands and Nektulos Forest.  Questing can get a bit annoying.  In the last four years some of the quest mobs have moved, but not all the quest text, which frankly wasn’t ever that great at directing you, has been updated.  So, once in a while you run into a quest that sends you in the wrong direction.

On top of that, the new map system that came out with The Shadow Odyssey killed EQMaps, for now, so there are no tips to be had in that regard.

Still, having spent a bit of time back in TorilMUD served to remind me how easy we have it when it comes to quests.

A friend of mine there told me that there was a quest to upgrade the armor that my paladin is currently wearing.  He told me the quest giver was a dwarven blacksmith in Bryn Shander.  That put me miles ahead because in MUDs there generally is no nice bright exclamation point marking out NPCs with quests.

Generally, to find such quests, you have to wander around talking to any NPC you run across.  Fortunately, most of them will start off if you just ask the right NPC “hi” or “hello.”  Most.  Not all of them, of course.  Some only respond to “hi” or “hello” but not both, while others have a special key word.

Fortunately, the dwarven blacksmith was not too tough to find and he responded right away.

A dwarven blacksmith is here working on a piece of metal.

ask blacksmith hi

The blacksmith stops hammering and glances up at you.
The blacksmith says “If yer lookin to buy something, talk to my apprentice in the other room. I’ve not got time fer making any special pieces of equipment right now.”

As in EverQuest, you have to actually read the quest text and respond correctly to it.  Of course, in EverQuest, the keywords are usually highlighted in brackets.  That was a “dumbing down” of the old method, where you had to read and respond correctly.

ask blacksmith special

He nods and says “Aye, I make special pieces of armor on occasion for adventurers and mercenaries, but I’m already working on a suit of armor for someone right now and don’t have time to work on anything else.”

Ah, see, we’re on the right path!

ask blacksmith suit

He finally lies down the hammer he’s been holding the whole time then shoves the piece of metal he was working on back into the forge.

He says “Tis what I said. It’s a suit of armor made from the finest of mithril. Shame that such a fine piece of work will likely be wasted on that old fool. He probably won’t even make it to Mithril Hall without getting jumped or killed by bandits or yeti on the caravan trail.”

Another correct guess.

ask blacksmith mithril

ask blacksmith work

ask blacksmith wasted

ask blacksmith fool

He says “Aye, he was an old adventurer that has seen some better days. About the only thing that really stood out about him was the sword he wore on his hip. It was a beautiful etched silver longsword. Everything else he wore was old and battered, much like the adventurer himself.”

The blacksmith chuckles and continues “However, he is paying me well to make him this armor so I’ll not complain. I am getting a tad concerned about him though, as it has been almost two ten-day since I sent him out to retrieve more mithril and other materials to add to the unfinished armor I gave him.

He shrugs before picking the hammer back up, pulls a piece of metal out of the
forge, and begins hammering on it once more.

So he has gone missing looking for materials?  Sounds like a job for me might be in the offing, if only I can find the next clue.

ask blacksmith materials

ask blacksmith more

ask blacksmith mithril

ask blacksmith unfinished

ask blacksmith concerned

ask blacksmith old

He says “Aye, he was an old adventurer that has seen some better days. About the only thing that really stood out about him was the sword he wore on his hip. It was a beautiful etched silver longsword. Everything else he wore was old and battered, much like the adventurer himself.”

The blacksmith chuckles and continues “However, he is paying me well to make him this armor so I’ll not complain. I am getting a tad concerned about him though, as it has been almost two ten-day since I sent him out to retrieve more mithril and other materials to add to the unfinished armor I gave him.

He shrugs before picking the hammer back up, pulls a piece of metal out of the forge, and begins hammering on it once more.

Hrmm, I’ve already seen this one.   Keep going.

ask blacksmith longsword

ask blacksmith silver

ask blacksmith paying

ask blacksmith complain

ask blacksmith worried

ask blacksmith sent

ask blacksmith retrieve

All give no response.  I fall back to conservative mode and start asking him every single word in his last statement.

Nothing.

I look at him, the room, the next room, his apprentice.

Nothing.

Maybe I already have the clue.  Maybe I have to go find this “old fool” or his corpse and bring something back for the dwavren blacksmith.  Materials? Mithril? The sword he went on about?

I’ll have to see what is on the corpse.

If I can find the corpse.  If that is what I am supposed to do.  And if he is dead and not just late.

All of which makes a bit of out dated quest text in EverQuest II seem pretty trivial.

Now about that old fool….