We have been haunting the Estate of Unrest for about a week now.
It is a place filled with memories and danger. It is dangerous both to the lower levels on the periphery of the zone and to the mighty who attempt to tame the basement.
When things are not so crowded, Potshot and I have been very successful inside the Manor. At least when we have stayed around towards the back. Towards the front we have been involved with a few epic trains.
The whole group has managed to get into level 18 so far.
However, on the more crowded evenings… which is most evenings, we often end up on the periphery kill green con death beetles and anything not gray that pops up.
As I mentioned before, crowding does seem to be an issue and even Thom Terrazas, the EQ Producer, jokes about it in the latest EQ Producer’s Letter.
That leads to very slow progress. And I, personally, am starting to get a bit itchy to hit level 20.
Not that level 20 is as magic as it once was… you can still get a last name at 20, right?… but it is a milestone and we haven’t made a lot of progress since Najena. Or at least it feels that way, though that could just be a case of double experience weekend hang-over.
So we decided to bid farewell to the Estate of Unrest and look for greener, or less crowded, pastures.
The plan, so far, is to meet up back in Freeport and then take the southern loop through the Desert of Ro, Innothule Swamp, the Feerrott, the Rathe Mountains, and into Lake Rathetear where will will bind at the arena. That should give us access to the Rathe Mountains, Lake Rathetear, and South Karana for hunting options.
How crowded things will be there we shall see. The spaces are wider at least.
So last night’s project was just to head to Freeport.
I did swing by Kelethin just to take a peek.
Looking at that screen shot, the volumetric fog seems to be part of the environment. I wonder why it seems to have been removed from the Plains of Karana, Surefall Glade, and other places around Qeynos.
I managed to find the spell Levitate for Thrall in Kelethin. I had been unable to find it in Freeport and we are a long way from Qeynos. The vendors in Kelethin also seemed to be much more favorably disposed towards Tistann and Thrall compared to the reception in Kaladim.
After that, it was off to the docks in Butcherblock for the trip across the Ocean of Tears.
I did the return trip the old fashioned way, via the boat. I managed not to fall off the boat this time and the trip was uneventful.
I am now bound in Freeport. Potshot reports that his characters are likewise. Our next adventure will be the southern route safari.