Meet Solyndro. He is my mage.
Early on in playing Rift I made one character of each of the major classes, warrior, cleric, rogue, and mage. At the time I had heard that pyromancer… fire mage… was a good path to follow and named him after the wreck of the solar power company just up the highway from me which now stands as yet another monument to government waste and stupidity. I made the name a little more masculine by substituting an “o” in for the “a” at the end.
I played Solyndro through the tutorial and then left him sitting in the corner of Freemarch where you first enter the main section of the game, the right timeline, the past world you have been sent back to save… along with so many other people. Personal storylines are tough in MMOs.
I did play him a bit when we had to move servers. You have to be at least level 8 to do a server transfer it seems. But that was back in January. I haven’t done much with him since. I sent him some surplus cosmetic items. There was an extra Santa hat I had around, and somewhere I came up with an Ancient Kelari robe, which ironically occupies the chest equipment slot yet does not actually cover the players chest. (Not an issue limited to Rift. I wonder how it looks on a female Kelari? I’m guessing they don’t wear it so low.) I decided that this would be his look. Nipples free in Telara.
And so he sat for months, until last week. Last week I noted in my month in review post that I had a level 50 rogue and a level 50 warrior and that Hillmar, my instance group cleric, was close enough to level 50 that it would not be a big deal to get him there. The instance group will get him there. All that I was missing was a level 50 mage.
And so this past weekend I got Solyndro out again. I respec’d him in one of the pre-defined soul plans that Trion put into the game back in February. Despite his name, I went with the Gravelord plan.
It seemed like the best choice for me. I have never been good at mage types. I have tended to avoid them since the days of Bard’s Tale. But Gizalia has been using this plan and it seems to have some nice extras… good pets, self heals, and even feign death.
So there he was in his Ancient Kelari robe, Santa hat, and a pair of industrial strength gloves (because he hates digging through icky stuff with his bare hands) ready for action. I played him a lot over the three day weekend. He has gone from level 8 and just starting in on Freemarch to closing in on level 26 and into the north end of Stonefield, having made the residents miserable along the way.
The climb to 50 was on. And then last night it became a race.
Trion finally announced the ship date for Storm Legion, the first Rift expansion. It will be showing up on November 13th of this year.
This actually surprised me. Trion has borrowed so many winning plays from Blizzard (and I don’t blame them for doing so one bit) that I naturally assumed that when they did their “Subscribe for a year and get Storm Legion for free” offer, that meant Storm Legion was way out in the mid-2013.
I mean, that was the Blizzard method. They offered a one year deal and then deliver the panda expansion 11 months later. But no, just three months will elapse between the offer and the expansion launch.
The Storm Legion page has been updated, they have a new video, and things seem to be set for November. That puts it at the far end of the launch marathon, with Guild Wars 2, Torchlight II, Mists of Panderia, and Riders of Rohan all going live in the gap before Thanksgiving and the launch of the Holiday Shopping Season(tm).
And so the race for 50 is well and truly on.
At this point, given my progress and the help that I know instant adventures will give, I am feeling pretty good about hitting level 50 before Storm Legion launches. It is a good, solid goal.
Of course, the early part is also the easy part. Somewhere after Scarlet Gorge, the game gets kind of blurry to me until I get to Stillmore. There is a chance I will lose momentum and get distracted. I mean, Torchlight II is coming out pretty soon here. Still, I remain resolute.
Solyndro the nature boy, the topless Kelari of Telara, is on his way to level 50. We shall see if he gets there.
He might be my first mage type character at level cap ever.