There were some differences between our last run at The Fall of Lantern Hook and this time around.
Different people, different time, different levels, different classes.
But the biggest difference was that this was our first attempt at a group run since All Souls Day in Rift, the patch 1.11 revamp of every single soul in the game. Everybody was learning to play their class again.
One thing was the same as our last attempt though. We only had four in the group. Gizalia wasn’t feeling well and took the night off, which left us with the following:
- Jollyreaper level 42 mage
- Earlthecat level 43 warrior
- Zahihawass level 44 cleric
- Hillmar level 48 cleric (mentored down to 43 on Earl)
A short group learning how to play their roles with completely changed skills going up against an five person dungeon?
Recipe for a wipe, right?
Well, we had nothing else planned, so we figured it would be good training. We put on our mean faces and headed out to Lantern Hook.
Hillmar with his mean face on
How would we do?
The next Rift instance on our list was The Fall of Lantern Hook.
We were pushing to get everybody up to level 42 after the last run, the lowest level at which we could use the LFG tool to transport us to the instance.
I was kind of stressing that because the name of the instance made it sound like an event along the lines of the Caverns of Time, and I was wondering how that might be handled. Would it be a quest chain or some series of events we would have to trigger. All I knew was that it would probably be easiest to use the tool to get to Lantern Hook rather than ride out there, since I had yet to see the big green instance marker on the Droughtlands map.
Oh, Lantern Hook
We were also running short a person. Earl persists in having a life. So our lineup was:
- Jollyreaper level 41 mage
- Zahihawass level 43 cleric
- Gizalia level 45 mage
- Hillmar level 47 cleric
Earl had actually been on earlier in the day and had gotten himself up to level 43, so only Jolly was below the level 42 goal for the group.
We decided to do a reconnaissance in force to Lantern Hook to find out where the instance was and to see what we would be facing as a group.
More after the cut…