Daily Archives: January 10, 2013

A Journey of One Hundred Deaths

A journey of one hundred deaths begins with one’s first corpse.

-A liberal interpretation of what Laozi meant

100 deaths is my estimate for the cumulative number of corpses our group left littered about the instance we assaulted last week.

Some of us died more than others.  I had to go back to the healer in Meridian twice during the evening because I had hit the “10 death penalty” point, as did Earl.  Zahi hit that point much earlier on due to an unfortunate turn of events at the first boss.  Jolly and Giz also had their share of deaths, with the combat ress capability of myself and Zahi allowing a couple of us to get in multiple deaths in a single fight.

But I am getting ahead of myself.  First, there was the usual cast of characters.

  • Jollyreaper level 50 mage
  • Zahihawass level 51 cleric
  • Hillmar level 51 cleric
  • Earlthecat level 52 warrior
  • Gizalia level 53 mage

And then there was our destination, which last week was Exodus of the Storm Queen, the first Storm Legion instance.

Zahi has scouted its location, found that it took place in the Chancel of Labors up in Storm Pine Peaks.  That being a small location, at least relative to other outdoor instances, and because it was the teaser dungeon for Storm Legion, we actually talked a bit about doing another instance after we wrapped up Exodus.  Due to a character swap, Zahi is missing the Realm of the Fae achievement, so we thought we might go back and do the expert version as our encore.

We got ourselves together in a group and on Skype, pulled up the LFG tool, and chose our poison.

50-54... we're good

50-54… we’re good

And in we went.  More after the cut because of pictures and spoilers and long winded descriptions of events.  You have been warned.

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First Bounty in Venal

I managed a few firsts last night.

I got into my first fleet op of the year.  It seems that Black Legion is up for fights in Venal.  An operation got called, so I put down World of Tanks and joined the fleet.

It was also my first time taking out my tech II fit Rokh in an Alpha Fleet.  My Maelstrom is gone.

Rokhs and Maelstroms

Rokhs and Maelstroms

I managed to get on my first kill mail of the year when an interdictor got a good bubble up on Black Legion.

Black Legion warps in

Black Legion warps in

I probably would have gotten more than one kill, but for some reason I decided to shift-click to target for most of the fight… which meant I targeted nothing.  Control-click is what I wanted.  I figured that out in time to get one broadside in on a Tornado.  That did 9% of the damage though.

I did also get rounds down range on a bomber later on, but it was gone before my shots hit.  Enough to get on another kill mail. (There is a battle kill summary here.)

And during the fight I got my first bounty payout from the system that came in with Retribution.

Bounty time!

Bounty time!

I got a payout for kills just by being in the fleet.  It wasn’t a lot cash, maybe 100K ISK total.  But it was something.

Nothing terribly exciting in all of that, but it was my first time out in a while and my first kill mail since October.