We thought we would fool Ingvar the Plunderer this week by setting ourselves up outside of Utgarde and then running off to do something else.
Actually, we intended to take a run at Utgarde Keep again, but got off to a really late start, so ended up just doing some quests. Once all there, we were:
71 Warlock – Bungholio
71 Priest – Skronk
71 Mage – Ula
72 Paladin – Vikund
72 Warrior – Earlthecat
We decided to see if we could not roll up a group quest or two, maybe get a nice quest reward, and then call it a night.
Unlike Lord of the Rings Online, where I pick up fellowship quests all the time, simple group quests that do not involve heading into an instance seem to be a bit rare.
So we took the griffon to Kamagua and road straight into Scalawag Point only to discover that if you do not do the lead-in quests for that area, not only are there no quests waiting for you there but the whole camp is aggro!
So Vikund, who had done the lead-in quests, was standing there in the pirate camp wondering why everybody was suddenly headed back to Kamagua.
Fortunately, everybody was on or able to quickly get on the quest chain we needed and soon we were back at Scalawag Point and being welcomed with open arms.
The quests in the area are fun and, like much of Northrend that I have seen so far, very few were of the “kill 10 rats” variety. If I recall right, there was only one kill and collect quest. Most of the quests did not penalize being in a group like so many quests in old Azeroth do, though Mutiny on the Mercy was a trial for a group of five to get done in a reasonable amount of time.
On the other hand, Vikund got to demonstrate what happens when you consecrate on a moving ship. The circle of damage stays put as the ship moves on, so he was able to pull the full lower deck as consecrate appeared to move towards the stern.
We also got to take on Abdul the Insane, an elite mob with a mini-boss’s hit points and a very fast respawn time, as we went after the Staff of Storm’s Fury. We ended up having to fight him both coming and going.
Capping off the night was a chance to travel in another gnomish flying machine. Here is Vikund on the outbound flight.
And on the return trip we managed to fly together.
Over the course of the night Bung, Ula, and Skronk all hit 72, making the group just that much more powerful for our return trip to Utgarde. And, finally, at the end of the night I remembered to off up the Egg-Warming Blanket of the Invoker that I got as a drop off of King Ping a couple of days earlier. After some discussion, Ula ended up with it.
Now we just have to get ourselves back into Utgarde and finish of Ingvar.