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One More Level

Vikund, my paladin, hit level 69 in World of Warcraft this morning.

It happened out in Nagrand while finishing off one of those awful, copied straight from Stranglethorn Vale, Hemet Nesingwary quests.

Die, clefthoof #30, die!

I can only say two good things about finding Hemet Nesingwary out there:

  1. His quests are easy to knock off in a group.
  2. At least Blizzard did not copy over that bloody “Green Hills of Stranglethorn Vale” quest

Only 770,000 more experience points to go to level 70.  I haven’t hit the level cap in a game since my Toril MUD days.

It looks like the whole instance group will be level 70 long before we see Wrath of the Lich King.

Level 61*

To kick off my journey to another level, I found a quest line in Lesser Faydark that I had missed before, one that actually ran through quite a bit of the zone and ended up delivering me nearly 40% of a level.

Not bad!

Okay, some of it was frustrating. I think the bulk of the experience had to come from Harvesting the Fungus, during which I think I slew mushroom people in greater numbers than… well… than the number of actual mushrooms I eat in a given year.

And I like mushrooms.

So slay I did. Many an animate fungi died that I might harvest a dozen Faydark Amanita! And these overgrown shiitake respawn like, well, mushrooms. I did my collecting between fights and eventually brought them to Duchess Maareanna.

Of course, like most of the quest lines, this one ended up in a heroic quest, so I had to drop it there.

I need to find some people to help clean up all of these heroic quests I keep dropping. This is never a problem in WoW, where we have a regular group, but in EQ2, on the Crushbone server, it is a rare thing lately to see anybody on my friends list online.

The fungus destruction out of the way, I gritted my teeth, grab a new round of writs, and headed back out to the Loping Plains.

I quaffed another Draft of the Wise (2 down, 10 left to go), vowed to be careful, and went hunting.

Dire wolves, blood gorgers, huntsman spiders, and not a few members of the Bummer Gang fell before Blintz’s flashing blades. I finished off writs and a couple of the quests in the zone. But I still was not there yet.

The draft of the wise wore off. (And shouldn’t that be ‘Draught of the Wise?’ The UK spelling always seems more medieval to me.) The experience boost it provided did not seem like that much. I wonder if my drafts have gone stale, having stored them for so long?’

Still, all that boosted me over 80% into level, so I went back to Kelethin, loaded up on the writs again, and went back to work in the Greater Faydark corner of the Loping Plains. Before I finished off three more writs I made it!

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Level 61 with 74 AA points and 601 quests completed.

I did notice one on thing on hitting my level. When I have hit levels in the past, the skills that became available at that level used to appear automatically, at least in my skill book. But now it seems that once you hit a level, you have to go make or buy the skill and scribe it before you have access to it in any form.

This behavior is more akin to the days of EverQuest.

Not that I mind. But I missed that change in the patch notes somewhere between July and now. And I had not thought to go looking for skills, so I was behind a few levels and had to go find the list of Swashbuckler skills on EQ2i to figure out what I was missing.

And now I have a big incentive to get to level 62. Back in June or so, when I hit 57, I asked Gaff to make be a full set of Xegonite chainmail armor because he was canceling his account and I did not want to have to grind Blintz from a level 44 armorer to a level 64 armorer just to get outfitted. My trade skill time in EQ2 was being used for more profitable items.

Gaff has come back and canceled his account twice since then, if I recall right. And I got diverted and played my rocket elf ranger for 7 levels during the summer.

So when I hit 61, I went and looked at that set of Xegonite sitting in storage, looked at the stat boosts it would give me, and knew I would have to get to level 62 soon.

Now to get back to the grind. Maybe I can finish a few more of those quests in the Loping Plains.

*Level reached only after the level cap had already been raised to 80.

And, Finally, Level 60

After getting to 59, I still had a couple more quests left to clean up in Lesser Faydark, plus two city writs, so off I went.

Running through the last couple of quests and the writs ended up with Blintz about 20% into level.  But at that point he was left with nothing but heroic quests in LFay. 

Wondering what to do, I decided to go on another spending spree.

I headed to the broker to buy out a few more collection quests.

Last time I spent all of two plat, which still seems like a lot of cash to me.  But I remember complaining when some of these collection quest items were close to a whole GOLD in price!  Now I do not even think twice about something that is only a gold.

This time around I splurged a bit more, forking out about 7 plat for collection items.  I even managed to get the rhino horn collection quest from Kunark.  At least I think it is from Kunark.  Rhinos are a theme there and all, at least when it comes to mounts.

This time the outlay paid off a bit better.  I jumped from around 20% into level to 97%.

With that little amount left to go, I grabbed one more city writ for creatures in the Shadowed Grove and headed to Lesser Faydark to get that level.

I like the Shadowed Grove primarily because of one creature, the void beast invader.

At rest, the void beast invader looks like a human silhouette, but when he moves, he suddenly unfolds into a scary looking creepy crawly critter, like this:

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Somebody did nice work with that creature idea.

Anyway, 3% did not take long.  A few Shadowed Man Invaders for the writ and the level was mine.

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60 at last.  Another level cap reached… the level cap for the two-year old Desert of Flames expansion.

Blintz was created on November 15, 2006, so it took about a year to get to level 60, though I have not played him very much over the last four months.

Time played 12 days 17 hours (1099685 seconds)

He as 73 AA Points and has completed 582 quests. (494 + 88 collections)

I was so happy that I grabbed some more writs and headed off to the Loping Plains where, after some initial success, I proceeded to get my ass handed to be repeatedly. 

I think I will cross Loping Plains off my list for a couple more levels and see what the Kingdom of the Sky has to offer.  I have not spent much time there so far.

And Then 59

I decided after getting that easy, discovery experience lift into level 58 that I should get out and try to get a little close to 60.

Kendricke had suggested I look at the Isle of Mara, the setting for the The Fallen Dynasty adventure pack and the only place in the game where you can put money down on a pig race.  Since I have chewed through the meat of the quests in Pillars of Flame and Lesser Faydark, I thought I would give Mara a spin.

Unfortunately, I forgot that I had been to Mara before, back when I had Station Access, and had run through some of the lower level quests.  There were a few left for me still and, once there, I decided to quaff one of my 55% experience bonus elixirs (only 11 left!) and grind pirates for a while.  They were not worth much experience however, and I ended up heading back to the Pillars of Flame to finish up two quests there and to grind some harpies (better exp, or so it seemed to me) while my experience buff lasted.

While on the Isle of Mara I did see the most curious bear corpse. 

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That bear seemed a little drowsy perhaps, but still quite alive to me. [Insert Holy Grail quote from the “bring out your dead” scene here]

But off to the Pillars of Flame The trip was: Recall to Kelethin, run to Butcherblock, evac to the docks, take the carpet to the desert, another carpet to the tears, and run on into PoF.  That sounds like a chore, but took me less time than five manual system jumps in EVE.

Once there, I ran down the clock on my elixir with the harpies, actually completing the harpy mastery quest, which gave me a nice new attack to use on them.  Then I finished up a couple more quests in the zone before I was left with nothing but heroic quests to do.  At this point I was 30% into level, which wasn’t bad considering I started out about 1 experience point into level 58, but I still had a ways to go for another level.

I decided to buy a vowel, so to speak.  Or several vowels.  I recalled back to Kelethin again and hit the broker to buy out a few more collection quests.  I actually spent a few plat on quest items just to finish them out, but the net total was only 45% of a level. 

I need to get into some higher level collection quests.  Those bone quests just are not doing it any more, even if they do give me ever more goofy screen shot potential.  Eeek!  Flying Ratonga!

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There I was in Kelethin with 25% of a level to go.  I opened up my quest journal to see what I might have available.

I had a series of heroic quests in Lesser Faydark, but there were also a couple of solo quests and a couple of writs I could do.  So off I went.

Even after a few levels in Lesser Faydark, I still do not have my bearings.  It is another one of those zones, like Feerrott, where to get where I want to be I have to start travelling in the opposite direction first to get around to that point.

Eventually I ended up in a dark corner of the zone where some level 60 solo quests lurked.  Also there were a series of giant shadow men and other strange creatures.  Fortunately, none of them appeared to be able to see through stealth, so Blintz was able to sneak around the around and strike when the coast was clear.  A swashbuckler can take on a mob a level or two above his level with a good chance of winning, but when it becomes two or three, the odds go down dramatically.

In the end I was able to get through the quests, then grind out a few more shadow men for the level.

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Blintz is still fairly secure as my highest level character in any level based MMO.  But he will have to watch out.  Vikund, my paladin in World of Warcraft is 54 and the road to 60 just got a lot easier in Azeroth.