It was Saturday night and everybody ignored the instructions and brought potato salad.
People were supposed to show up with another level or two on their character. Our next target instance shows up in the dungeon finder thingy as requiring level 34 to enter and we were… short of the mark.
- Hillmar level 32 cleric
- Jollyreaper level 32 mage
- Gizalia level 31 mage
- Zahihawass level 31 cleric
- Earlthecat level 31 warrior
Still, we were a couple of levels up from last time. So we thought we might ride out there and take a swing at the yard trash at least. So we headed out to King’s Breach just to see what we could see.
The usual over usage of visuals after the cut.
There we were.
We went in and found pretty much what we saw last time; a lot of level 35 mobs roaming the open area before us.
So we thought we would see what we could manage. Initially things went okay. Earl was able to pull single mobs from groups and we took them down.
That quickly changed when we pulled one of the big guys roaming the middle area of the instance. He put the beat down on Earl before I could get a heal off. After reviving, the next pull got a group that went okay, but only because we pulled back far enough for the NPCs around the entrance to assist us. And the next pull ended up in another wipe even with their help.
After the next wipe, we got another one of those big guys who killed us AND the NPCs without breaking a sweat, we decided that perhaps level 34 was more than an idle recommendation. We took one last look and headed out.
Unfortunately, due to unequal efforts across the group, we were completely out of sync on the quests from Perspice, the main hub in the zone, so following quests seemed to be off the table as well. So we went and did what you can always do in Rift. We chased Rifts.
There seemed to be some sort of new event going on in addition to the wind down of the Carnival of the Ascended involving earth and fire rifts. So we ran around Scarwood Reach knocking those down.
And for each we got the usual planarite as well as the glass beads for the Carnival of the Ascended. But we also got another currency as well, molten gold or some such. Gold appeared to be the key to this new event. It was all some people could talk about.
As we ran around the zone, we picked up another player who joined our open group, and who stuck with us for the whole night, which seemed kind of odd.
It wasn’t odd that he joined us, but we must have seemed like the most unfriendly group around. Because, of course, we were all chatting away on Skype and only saying an occasional word to him.
Oh, and we wiped a couple of times assaulting a Guardian outpost, which seemed like a perfectly good time for a stranger to decided we were idiots and go some place safer. But he stuck with us through until the end of the night as we killed a lot of earth rifts.
After a bit, we did see that there was a zone event going on in Scarlet Gorge, which is right next door, so we ran over to participate in that. There were enough people online Saturday night for the event to be a success. Mid-week zone events in mid-level zones tend to fail due to lack of participants. You just can’t do it all yourself or even in a small group. Especially the final boss fight.
The zone event marked the end point for us and we headed back to Meridian to count up what we had accomplished.
We had all gotten at least one level further along. We might have to do another week of Rift chasing or questing to get in the zone for King’s Breach though.
The guild finally finished the “kill 1000 rift creatures” quest we had picked up over a month ago. At last! The next quest ought to push us to level 5.
We collected quite a few more glass beads. I have to figure out what to do with mine by tonight. Should I trade them all in for one of the other currencies or will I be able to convert them after the Carnival is gone?
And we each ended up with nearly 300 units of the new currency and we found the vendor over in the corner of the event area in Meridian.
He looks kind of like the Lorax from the recent movie… if he had been really old and lumpy… and on fire rather than being furry. So just like him.
We will see if we can get into the right level bracket for King’s Breach this coming week. I think as a warm up we might go hit the Droughtlands. We are at the very low end of the level range, so the experience will be good, we can do the same quests, and we might have to work as a team in the face of some higher level, but not elite, mobs.