After my side experiment with an alt I went back to my cleric main and returned to Stonefield, the zone that is, in fact, mostly stone and fields. Aptly named indeed.
However, just because Trion had adjusted the quest experience didn’t mean that I was automatically back on track. I was still easily a level behind and had to spend a bit of time back tracking to make sure I hadn’t missed any quests as well as running the four daily quests in Granite Falls until I had gotten myself back into the sweet spot.
Despite some disdain I have heard for Stonefield, I still like it. It isn’t up to the standard set by Freemarch, and it does seem to have been named quite literally, being made up of a lot of stone with some fields scattered about, but it has its moments. There are some good quest lines to follow and a bit or irony.
For example, if you watch the loading screens, you might see this message go by.
I happened to see that one just in time to get to the point in a quest chain where the Defiants decide to summon a titan with their technology.
Of course, nobody asked the titan’s opinion on all of this and he runs amok and eventually you have to lure him back and slay him, which is a bit of a challenge as he is elite and hits like a truck. And if you’re a level low it is even more fun. So kiting him around was the order of the day, something doable by my cleric with his healing familiar to keep him alive.
I’ve run through the zone, made it up to level 26, and have gotten a chunk of the achievements from around the place.
And the exploration achievement I got much sooner than I expected. No need to find that corner I missed.
But I remain stuck on one key achievement that I want, which is for finishing up quests. The achievement is triggered when you complete 73 quests and I am five shy of that number. I know it is doable… or was doable… because I did it before, back in 2012.
I just have to find those five missing quests.
Quests seem to come in three flavors in Rift; those handed out by NPCs, carnage quests you get for killing one of a mob type, and quests from drops. Each has their own problem.
NPC areas and their quest givers can be overrun by various rift creature manifestations, so you might missed them. For carnage quests, you have to find and kill one of the creatures, and some of the quests are for killing one creature alone. And quests from drops are always problematic because you might not get the drop.
We shall see. I don’t want to move on until I have that achievement. The completionist in me demands it. But I have the lead-in quests for Scarlet Gorge already as well. That post from 2012 I linked above actually has a couple of hints, so I have something to run down. And I’ll kill some stuff along the way, just to see if I get a quest drop.
I also have to get that squirrel achievement. Can’t leave without that.
Meanwhile, I carry on. I remain invested enough to grapple with the next zone.
I also saw that I was getting close to the end of my 30 days of patron access, necessary for Rift Prime, so I logged into Rift to buy another 30 days with my pile of otherwise unused gems. I found that, since I was still a patron I got a bit of a discount on my next 30 days.
Normally it is 2,400 gems, but since I was still active it was only 2,160. Nice.
I realize I haven’t playing as diligently as some. There are people who hit level 50 in the first week or two who are now demanding that Trion unlock the next thing, which Trion has been cagey about when that might occur. But I am not so far behind as to be alone. I still run into enough people to make running around and closing rifts and such a viable activity.