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Getting to Freeport is a Breeze

Sunday afternoon, Potshot and I were able to get together in EverQuest and continue our adventures.

Both of us had been working on our armor quests and had gotten quite far.

Thrall, Tistann, and Tarlach in new outfits

Tistann is only missing his new helm, while Tarlach is just short a pair of gauntlets to complete all of his quests.

Thrall only has the sleeves, bracers, dagger, and robe so far, though when you look at that robe you might ask, “What else could he possibly need?”  Ming the Merciless reborn!  The collar on the robe is an especially good detail.

And then there is poor Deneldir.

The druid armor quests from Surefall Glade appear to be bugged, so he does not have any shiny new duds to show off.  But if things are going right, he doesn’t have to do much beyond heal and buff and toss in the occasional damage spell.

We though we ought to take our new threads out for a test drive, so we headed to West Karana and the bandit camp on the ridge where we have been a couple of times before as part of other groups.

We're hunting bandits

The combination of upgraded equipment and higher levels all around made for a very successful expedition.

We found we could take on as many as six bandits at once (or five bandits and a higher level brigand) without things coming unglued, even when some wise guy trained a few bandits over us while I was AFK.

That moved us right along experience-wise, and Thrall became the first in the group to hit level 14.

This was odd, since when I started out Thrall, he was almost two levels behind Tistann.  By level 11 he had almost caught up and now at level 14 he is a good 20% of a level ahead.  I have to think that this is the racial penalties in play.  Tistann has the half-elf burden while while Thrall, being human, faces no penalty.

Or maybe the bard experience table is just a bit tougher than the enchanter table.

Either way though, Thrall hitting 14 was a big deal, because at 14 he got the spell Breeze, one of my three favorite early game spells along with Spirit of the Wolf and Mesmerize.

Dinner time ended our bandit camping, but later on in the evening I got back online with a mind to run east again to the Commonlands to pick up that new spell.

I brought Tistann along for his song of speed and headed out.

Unlike the last trip, I was prepared both physically and mentally.  Specifically, I heeded my own “too late” advice that came to me on the last trip and just ran along the north wall of Kithicor Forest.

The only hazard here is falling off...

Nothing blocked my way to the Commonlands aside from an occasional tree that was too close to the invisible zone barrier for me to squeeze around.

Then it was just a matter of finding the right vendor… and not getting killed by the wrong one yet again.

I wandered around a bit and then vaguely remember that there were some spell vendors over in the tunnel to North Ro.  The tunnel that is effectively the Commonlands Bazaar.

Plenty to buy and sell... don't trip on the dead troll

Inside the tunnel I wandered around until I found the right vendor and was able to make the big purchase.

Worth every copper!

And so my main mission was accomplished.

I still had a giant fire beetle carapace to collect along with a coyote skull, but figured that could wait a bit.

As I was about to log off for the evening, Potshot logged in.

I mentioned that I had made it successfully to the Commonlands.  After a quick chat we decided that, since we now have bind affinity on two of our characters, it might be time for a change of scenery.

So I parked myself in Freeport while Potshot started out on his own cross-country journey.

Of course, once I bind in Freeport it will mean running the other way across Norrath to complete the armor quests.  But maybe the druid armor quests in Freeport are not bugged so Deneldir can get a few upgrades.

This will also test my EverQuest knowledge.  I have adventured around Freeport and on Faydwer before, but most of my memories are from west of Highpass Hold and involve leveling up in zones in the order: West Karana, North Karana, East Karana, South Karana (Aviaks!), and then the Rathe Mountains.  Outside of that, things are a bit blurry.

Nearly to Freeport

It was Saturday afternoon and it was pouring down rain.  My daughter’s soccer game had been canceled… yet again. (Three weeks into the spring soccer season and she hasn’t played a game yet!) So I had some time to play EverQuest.

Potshot was not around, so I thought I would try to find a few of the items for my armor quest scavenger hunt.

Tistann needed only three items to finish off the quests.  They were:

  • 1 – Coyote Skull
  • 1 – Giant Fire Beetle Carapace
  • 1 – Young Puma Skin

Some research indicated that while there was a very slight possibility that I might get these three items as drops west of Highpass Hold, they seemed to drop quite readily in the zones around Freeport, like The Commonlands and the Northern Desert of Ro.

So, it was time for a trip.

At first I was just going to run out there with Tistann.  His song of speed would keep him safe and dragging along a second character can be an issue if you are going into strange places.  But then I remembered that Thrall’s big level 14 spell, Breeze, is only available in The Commonlands (and somewhere on Faydwer), and who knows if the vendor would sell to Tistann.  Plus Thrall is getting close to 14.

So Thrall was coming along as well.

That also covered me in case the Giant Fire Beetle Carapace was a no drop item.

I dropped whatever I could in the bank, made sure they both had a bit of cash, and headed out.

West Karana is now, as it once was, a well traveled location for me.  I took the straightest possible path eastward, stopping to killing giant spiders and giant fire beetles, just in case I got one of the drops I needed.  That got me a couple of woven spider silks, which I did need, but no giant fire beetle carapaces.

Likewise, North Karana, after our hunting trips there, has been pretty well refreshed in my mind.  I stopped to check a few of the vendors, but found nothing I needed.

In East Karana is dangerous, but aside from the long path up to Highpass Hold, is actually pretty small, certainly relative to West and South Karana.  I checked the vendors, there being rumor of coyote skulls dropping from gorge hounds in the zone, but came up empty.  It was on to Highpass Hold.

The long run to Highhold Pass

The run went off without incident.  We did run across a gorge hound on our way, but since it con’d red to us, I thought I had best bypass.  So we made it up there without dying or falling into the gorge.

Top of the pass, zone line ahead

Remembering the unfortunate incident the last time I came to Highhold Pass, I started planning for how to deal with the gnolls.  But I found that the gnolls were being camped and were not an issue.

That just left navigating my way across the zone.  Since it had been revamped since I was last there on a regular basis, I managed the effort via the process known as “blind luck.”  I ran down every likely looking path until I hit another big group of people camping orcs at the other end of the zone.  I ran straight through them and the orcs hit the zone line.

Then I was in Kithicor Forest and memories became tenuous.

Kithicor Forest

(Map from the EQ Atlas achieve.)

I remembered there being a safe way to get across this zone at lower levels than we were.  I had done it many times back in the day when getting lost and dying in this forest was really, really bad new for a low level character.  But the memory of how stayed just out of reach.  But looking around triggered another memory.

Pondering Kithicor Forest

A path!

And, when you’re on Faydwer, that is how to find your way when you’re lost.  Paths are good things!  I’ll follow the path!

And so we ran down the path, dodging the undead inhabitants who all seemed to con red to us.

It is funny how the knowledge you need often turns up just a little too late.

Tistann turned sharp to avoid one of the wandering undead, but Thrall’s path cut right across another one, pulling aggro.  The undead was a caster, wound up and killed Thrall with a single spell.  And in that moment I remembered, “Run along the north side of the zone!”

Yes, that was it, that was how I used to get through.  I used to enter Kithicor Forest, turn left and get as high up the hill along the north side of the zone as I could, and then run all the way to the Commonlands entrance.  There was just one point with a big felled, where you had to be careful.

All of that came rushing into the forefront of my brain just a little too late for Thrall.

And now, of course, Tistann was committed.  Down the road he went, not daring to stop, trying to dodge zombie troopers and the like who all called out, when I got too close, “Join me in death, weak fleshling!”

Tistann ran and remained unscathed until he was almost to the Commonlands when he bumped another caster.  It was a race then.  He got off one spell, which knocked Tistann to just under half health.

Race to the finish line

Another shot like that would do Tistann in.  But he was just close enough to the zone line to hit it safely.  It was into the Commonlands

First view of the Commonlands

The revamped Commonlands.  It has been over four years since the two zones were revamped and merged into one, but the change still surprises me.

One thing had not changed… or had gone back to the old days.  The auction channel lit up with activity when I entered the zone.  It seems that the Commonlands tunnel is still the place for the buying and selling.

With Tistann successfully into the zone, it was time to start looking to fill my shopping list.

I started with vendors at the west end of the zone, but had no luck.  Eventually I decided to go straight to the source.  I ended up with two giant fire beetles in my first fight.  And when I had killed them both, in looting I found my giant fire beetle carapace.

One item off the list

I kept moving east.  I found another giant fire beetle and slew it, but did not get another carapace.  Then I ran into a young plains cat, a possible source for my young puma skin.  I killed it and was rewarded with both the young puma skin I needed and a puma skin, which was fortunately not a no drop item, as Thrall needed one.

I was on a roll.

I kept checking vendors as I moved east, while continuing to look for another giant fire beetle when I ran up to the wrong vendor.

Poor customer service

Apparently Rinna does not like bards, or my singing voice, or adherents of Karana, or some such, since I was dead almost as soon as I walked up to her.

Which put me back in North Qeynos, ending my trip.  But I had obtained a couple of the items I had been looking for.  I had to go farm some more ore from the gnolls of Blackburrow, but after that I was able to craft two of the remaining three items for Tistann.

Glowing Green Tistann

All that is left is the helm, for which I need the coyote skull.  But since I have “show helm” turned off, his look will not change any once he crafts that last piece.

Now I have to start working on Thrall’s quests.  So far I have managed to make exactly one piece of armor for him.