Post-Cataclysm Norrath, 6 Years Later

The whole re-use of the idea of a Cataclysm is buzzing around in my head and will be good for a post at some point.  But right now I am not referring to the Cataclysm that will grip Azeroth in a few weeks, but rather the one we were presented in Norrath six years ago.

For a Cataclysm is part of the lore that makes up the history of EverQuest II.

The moon Luclin exploded, Antonica was ripped apart and became the shattered lands, and players venturing into the world were found it to be… well… less of a world than we left in EverQuest.

I did, at last, manage to get EverQuest II installed and was able to get into the game just in time for the 6 year anniversary of rolling up my first character, Nomu Stonemantle.  Thanks for the tips on my post about trying to install EQ2 again.  It only took two more attempts before everything worked.  Now it is nostalgia time.

Nomu, age 6

There is Nomu in Greystone Yard, the barbarian/dwarf ghetto in Qeynos.  He is standing in front of the Sigil Games Online logo the Stone of Kaladim that sits as a fountain outside the bank.

Speaking of the bank, there is one thing you cannot complain about in EQII: Bank storage space.  Look at all the bank storage to which Nome has access.

How Many Slots?

And that doesn’t even include the house vault.  There is enough storage space that Nomu has some pretty old stuff hanging around.

Unblemished What?

All those little brown flask icons… all the same damn icon, one of the many flaws of the early stages of crafting in the game… were once required for making potions.  Nomu has 3 world first discoveries from making low quality versions of obscure concoctions like Chamomile mixture, along with a couple dozen server first discoveries.

I should probably vendor the most of the contents of those two boxes.  I don’t think any of it has any value now.

And our guild was still there, formed the day after I made Nomu.

Knights of the Cataclysm

Again, cataclysm comes into play.

Nomu was a founding member of the guild, which was made up of a mix of a guild that came over from EverQuest and our TorilMUD guild.  His join date shows as a later date as, due to some guild politics, he was out of the guild for a stretch, then back in.  Hint: Don’t openly mock your guild leader’s choice of guild web site graphics, no matter how hideous or over-sized they may be.

Anyway, as part of the usual autumnal nostalgia, I’ll probably dig around in Norrath and see what I miss about the place and what I do not.  There are still three weeks left until the next Cataclysm, the one so many people are poised for, shows up.

The Setting of the Shattered Moon

And there is lots to see.

6 thoughts on “Post-Cataclysm Norrath, 6 Years Later

  1. We Fly Spitfires

    It’s funny comparing EQ2 to a cataclysmic world, isn’t it, but you’re dead on. It was Everquest’s Cataclysm.

    I wonder what they’re going to do for EQ Next? Have another cataclysm? Poor Norrath :P

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  2. Bhagpuss

    “I should probably vendor the most of the contents of those two boxes. I don’t think any of it has any value now.”

    The main value is to link some ancient item in /crafting or /auction and sit back and watch the frenzy as people drop everything they are doing, run to the bank or their house and link the most obscure and outmoded things they can dig out of the clutter. You should see some of the things I still have in EQ, let alone EQ2…

    As for EQNext, apparently it’s a “re-imagining” of Norrath, so no cataclysm required.

    I think it might be quicker to make a list of the MMOs that DON’T feature a “cataclysm” rather than pick out those that do. It seems to be almost required.

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  3. VikingGamer

    it is worth creating a new character in Kelethin just to see that starting area. They have even redone the quests, npc locations and all the gear rewards so they are more in line with the new starting model. So not only is the continent and zone new since the game has begun, it has already been revamped. I was rather impressed with it and my first experience with the game was at the Echos of Fadwyr expansion.

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  4. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    @VikingGamer – Oh yeah, Echos of Faydwer was probably SOE’s most on-target expansion for the game. I played EQ2 from launch through to Kingdom of the Sky, which I declined to purchase, then came back for EoF. I rolled up a Fay who ended up at level 62 before I let things go.

    Part of the instance group has come over and played in Norrath as well, but it has never been able to keep us. WoW happens to work out better for us, as it delivers group content targeted at a 5 person group in very regular doses.

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