There we stood out in front of the Halas guild hall door, money in hand, a buying decision to be made.
I had insisted on the Halas guild hall.
First, Halas seems to be a lot more lively than Qeynos, chopped into so many little zones, and a lot less prone to falling deaths than Kelethin, up there in the trees.
Second, The guild hall in Halas is right next to the broker, the bank, other player housing, and other things that are nice to have close to hand. Yes, we could but guild hall amenities to replace most of those things, but we are only allowed so many at level 30 and they can be pricey.
And finally, I just picked the rent free five room Halas house as my Legends of Norrath choose your loot reward. (I guess you had to be active in LoN before the outage to get that card, as nobody else I know got one, but none of them had opened up LoN before.) So I was committed to the neighborhood.
Gaff, who had been sitting outside the Qeynos level 1 guild hall waiting for me to log in, consented to the choice of locations and showed up with the cash to get us in the door.
I clicked “buy” and in we went.
The Halas guild hall, unlike the player housing in the area, is exactly the same as the Qeynos guild hall, so far as I could recall. That was mildly disappointing, since I like the Halas housing, but not all that big of a deal.
Gaff had enough on him for us to buy the gatherer hireling from the list of trade skill amenities. That was another 20 plat plus 2 million status points. It is a good thing that status copies over from EQ2 Live.
That added to our weekly rent, but I was hoping we could cover the cash part of hit by selling some of the harvesting take on the broker. Then I figured we could reduce the status overhead with some house and guild items.
Gaff dropped off a couple of crafting stations he had then logged off.
I went looking for some good house items.
I laid out a few items that had big status reduction values, 500 to 1,000. Then I looked at the access panel to see how much of a dent I had made.
The items made no dent at all.
It appears, after some digging around, that status reducing house items only reduce the status upkeep costs on personal housing.
And you can accuse me of being optimistic, but when I read the description on these items, the idea that they work only on personal housing does not leap to mind.
Live and learn I suppose.
Potshot showed up and began laying out a few items of his own with the very same idea, including the marble effigy of Al’Kabor, which I immediately christened “El Kabong!”
He had the same “you’re kidding, right” reaction to the status reduction thing, so I feel a bit vindicated in my expectations. I suppose we should have checked with Karen of the mighty guild Revelry and Honor on the Guk server (and also at Massively of late… and whom I have actually met in person), of which I think most of us are still members, if not members in good standing. I think Reynaldo Fabulous isn’t the lowest possible rank in the RnH, but he is pretty close.
Anyway, she would know the answers to our guild questions. RnH has quite a guild hall.
Potshot and I ran around putting up items here and there. Since there was a lot of space, we went for the “big as possible” theme for items. Hold down the shift key and you can use the scroll wheel to make your house items huge.
Then Mrs. Potshot showed up. She is actually interested in decorating the guild hall and was, I suppose, keen to find out exactly what we were up to.
I was unable to convince her that these pictures were scenes from The Good Earth.
I am also pretty sure that the Firiona Vie picture was a bit too much.
Note the giant (ogre size, in Potshot’s terms) bonsai along the wall. We were definitely on a “bigger is better” kick.
Still, aside from some of our more egregious decorating faux pas, she seemed to like the place. I’m not sure she got all the details on the cost, but she was happy.
We will have to see if we can come up with the weekly toll for the place.
I think, if we stay committed to the game, it will not be a big issue. The first few rounds of harvested roots covered the cash side of another weeks rent. But we’ll probably have to look into doing some heritage quests along with the usual writs to build up some status points across the group.