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Quick!! We have an escapee!!

Posted by revenants on December 11, 2007

Karnors Castle

Shadowraethe has been pottering around Karnors Castle fairly regularly. 


Since my last post, we have had a traitor to the Revenants cause!  That’s right Shadowraethe has defected and joined another guild. “Why?” I hear you scream, “The travesty of it all!”…OK, so maybe you’re not that interested, but I am going to explain why anyhow.


Since Shahlai left The Elven Blades due to my waning interest in raiding, all of my toons have been firmly ensconced in Revenants.  I was quite happy with things that way, and things were moving along nicely.  However, I have recently been playing a lot with the usual crew and they seem to have all experienced  a strange gravitational pull to the Order of the Black Hand guild. 

The reasons for this are a few, but the main ones are that my wife Emarald joined the guild, as our very good friend Hadyn persuaded her to. Ever since she has been having a ball and loving it over there.  Now wherever Ema goes, there are a small tribe of her errr… ‘hand maidens’ who seem to follow Ema everywhere. Some of these are in my regular hunting group. Then a couple of my best buds in RL joined the guild (Konador and Takoul {Daltieri}). So it eventually seemed that most of my regular group were all cosseted in the warm embrace of a Black Hand (You don’t half talk some rubbish – Ed).


So when I sit down to log in a few nights ago and my wife tells me that Hadyn has constantly been asking her to get me to join the guild. She promised him that she would try, even suggesting a few ways that she would try to entice me over ( I won’t even ask! – Ed). The thing is all she had to do was ask. Yes, I would have been more than happy to keep all of my toons in Revenants. I still have a general feeling of..meh…whenever anyone tries to get me to raid. But when a whole bunch of RL and in game friends that you have known for most of your life have made the move, then you are asked also, it’s not such a hard decision to make.


Now Revenants will continue on as Shadowraethe is the only one I have removed from there and in to OBH. For the foreseeable future though it seems that as I am spending a lot of time playing Shadow, that Revenants is going to be slightly neglected.


Now I think one of the reasons that Hadyn wanted me in the guild is that we hunt together a lot anyhow and have a lot of fun. However, I have the feeling his long term plans are to build a raid force.  With my hiatus from the raid scene and my apathy towards it, I am not sure how I feel about this.  I wouldn’t ever agree to do something I don’t want to do (unless Ema wills it – Ed) but I have the distinct feeling that with Hadyn and OBH, when I am asked to raid, of course I will help out and gladly. If for no other reason that I respect and like Hadyn so much. 

I left Elven Blades because although they were a casual raid guild with no raid attendance policy, they were getting more and more raid focused, which is no surprise when looking at the content they were cracking on with at a very nice rate.  At that time I felt guilty when everyone was being a team player and pulling their weight, and I wasn’t. Not that anyone there ever moaned at me about that. In fact they were more supportive of that decision than I could have hoped for.  Problem was that because I wasn’t attending these events, I found it hard to integrate in with the rest of the folks there, which is a shame as they all seemed really great.


Now I wouldn’t have that problem with OBH as I already know a good number of them and like I said, some I have known for most of my 30 years (30+ ye old git – Ed). So the feeling of awkwardness would probably not be present. Would this mean I will start enjoying raiding again as the banter and cosy feeling of ‘home’ is already there? Or will I find that my main problem is with the raiding itself ( I really do hate the waiting around).


I guess at the end of the day I will just have to wait and see what happens.  I do know for sure though, that being surrounded by such a great bunch if I made the decision not to raid, it would be respected and not challenged. I would also probably not have that guilty ‘not a team player’ feel as we do a hell of a lot together just grouping, duo’ing etc etc. Time will tell.  For the moment Shadowreathe is extremely happy to be amongst friends and I am loving my time in OBH even though I used to group with those folks all the time anyhow.


It’s nice to feel part of a family sometimes and being surrounded every time I log on with good friends from both in game and RL, EQ2 for Shadow at the moment is bliss. Oh and yes, she will still be carrying out the weekly Expose. Later this week, we will hopefully taking a look at either Konador or (his alt) Hurakahn.


Thanks to Order of the Black Hand for making me welcome.




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Gather round children….

Posted by revenants on December 7, 2007

Just a quick hello before a busy gaming weekend!

I wanted to let you know I have posted a TON of RP stories in that section.  So if you want a bit of ‘Storytime with Mother’, head over there and check it out.  Any feed back it gratefully received.  Gratuitous abuse will stored in a little box of love fairies to take away the bad feeling 🙂

See you all after the weekend and have lots of fun..what ever it is you are doing.

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Emarald Green…

Posted by revenants on December 5, 2007

Emarald Green 

 Emarald Green…lean, mean, healing machine!


Last week we had the first of what will probably be five or six in the ‘Exposed’ series of character profiles, with Perceptor Daltieri…exposed. Giving tribute to the friends I adventure alongside in Norrath.  This week it’s Emarald Green, played by my wife.

After complaining about the cold of Terens Grasp, our intrepid reporter Shadowraethe this time headed out to the more relaxed atmosphere of The Blood Haze Inn, West Freeport to meet Emarald Green.  Shadowraethe has known Emarald for many years, helping and advising the young Arasai in her journeys throughout Norrath. Over to Shadowraethe….

The last time I ever entered The Blood Haze Inn was a memorable one.  Drawn there to challenge the Vengeance Seeker Shahlai Vah’Khan, the results were not a pretty sight and poor old Broll had some cleaning up to do that day. But today, I visited for much more pleasant reasons.  I met up with my good friend Emarald Green – Warden of Neriak, to find out what makes the cute young Arasai tick.

I began with greetings. It’s always best don’t you think? Amongst friends or even enemies, there is nothing that screams ‘good breeding’ like manners. Ema’ was in fine spirits she always seems so bubbly that little one. I suppose it is a direct result of her young age.  It may be that in all our years as friends we have adopted the role of ‘big’ and ‘little’ sisters and as such I can’t help but want to look after this small fragile creature.

Although knowing some of her history, I thought I would get an insight as to how Ema saw her short, but distinguished past…

“Oh, I’m so glad you asked me Shadow, and it’s great to see you! We hardly get time to talk anymore nowadays. I guess it all began in Neriak. I do find it hard recalling my exact origins though.  I’m not sure why, but my earliest memories seem to flit around at the back of my head, and I can’t ever ever catch them *giggling*. I do know that I can’t find my parents. Well, I wouldn’t know where to start. I don’t think I’ve ever met them. I seem to remember some trouble in Neriak too, but I can’t quite put my wing on it.  I do have memories of at a very very young age having to glide away to safety as quick as I could, even though I don’t know why.  I must have been very young at the time. Maybe only a few years old. Anyway, I remember escaping Neriak and heading out in to Nektulos Forest alone.”

Emaralds bubbly demeanour took on an introspective tone and became quiet as she discussed this with me.  I couldn’t help but feel sad and sorry for her..

“Yeah, I escaped, but I don’t know why.  I was all alone and I remember being very scared. The noises of the forest petrified me. They seemed different to those of Darklight Woods. At one point I had to cross a wide river and I had never swam before.  I never did reach the other side.  The next thing I remember I was lying in a dark copse. I didn’t even know if I was still in Nektulos Forest. I was hungry though, very hungry I can remember that!”

I knew of her shaded past, but I was curious. There was a time from her escape from Neriak to her time where Emarald came to Freeport and we first met, that was, well…. blank. I was intrigued to know of her early years and how she survived. I watched as Emarald drifted off in to her memories. They must have been pleasant. I have never seen the young bubbly creature look so serene as she was reminiscing about her informative years.

“It surprised me as much as it’s going to surprise you. Like I said, I woke up, confused and a little dazed, and my wings were still wet through.  Obviously all other thought apart from food left me and I crawled on my hands and knees trying to find my strength.  It was then that I felt a nudge from behind and turned to see the blood red eyes of a wolf. I can’t tell you how scared I was when I realised that instead of looking for food, I was about to become dinner.  I curled up in my sleep ball and wrapped my wings as tight as I could around me. I knew it wouldn’t help. I was extremely young, but I knew my end when I saw it. I stayed like that for what seemed like an eternity, but when I finally felt nothing, I unfolded my wings and there right in front of me was a big lump of meat. Just left there. *laughing* It was all covered in dirt and fur, but that didn’t bother me, I tucked right in!”

So, I wondered how long she stayed with her unusual companion and how she came to be there.

“ I don’t know how I got there..silly big sis!  I stayed for a few years at least though.  It wasn’t a pack of Wolves or anything. There seemed to be only three of them, well four including me.  I guess we were all outcasts. We looked after each other. They would go out and hunt and bring back food and I would clean and tidy our…errr, nest? Well, one day they didn’t come back. It got dark and I was getting worried. The fear of being alone again was indescribable.  Then I hear something and saw the two smaller Wolves dragging the older large one ‘Greysnout’ back. He wasn’t moving. He had a huge gouge out of his throat and he was dead.”

Ema began to get upset so we finished our drinks and ordered another before continuing..

“I’m sorry . Where was I? Oh…yes. Well they brought old Greysnout in and just laid him down. We were all hungry but we forgot about that in our sadness.  I remember falling, laying my head so it was resting on Greysnouts chest. I was crying and as I fell asleep I started praying in my head. I don’t know who to. Just anyone who would listen. My grief was so huge that I think it clouds my memory about this, but.. I may have fallen asleep while praying for old Grey but I recall seeing, walking through the woods towards us, a bright green glowing Nymph type creature.  It didn’t stop, or pass us by…it just came up to me, with my head resting on old Grey.  Now, I can recall this clear as an Antonican morning…she asked me ‘You miss your friend?’. ‘Of course!’ I answered sobbing. ‘You have it in you. Did you know?’ she murmured at me. I didn’t have a clue what the strange thing was talking about and I told her that. She just leaned in toward me and whispered in my ear and I’ll never forget this, ‘You have suffered young Arasai. Your time of suffering is over. You now hold nature and it’s powers within you. You shall be Nature’s Warden. I give this power freely to you along with my spirit. You are Emarald Green’. Strange huh? Well, I woke up, I’m not sure how long later, and there was old Greysnout rolling around playing with Hooktail.  I couldn’t believe it. What I couldn’t believe more was when I reached out to tickle old Grey..I saw my hand and then the rest of me, and I was bright green.”

I was saddened by Emas story and wanted to move her thoughts on to brighter times.  Thoughts of her past were making me feel protective of her.  So, I asked about her new family here in Freeport, and how she came to be here.

“Sadly old Greysnout did eventually die naturally, and it was tough for us in the forest. So I went out journeying to find us shelter and a home. It brought me to Freeport. Although I didn’t find a new home for all of us, I now have a safe place where Hooktail and ClipEar can play and hunt. I visit them most days still. *giggling* You know what happened anyway Shadow when I came to Freeport, it was you who bumped in to me outside the gates. You were all terrifying on your big horse with that huge beast Demon thingy standing behind you. I was so scared. Then you spoke to me and you were so kind. Do you remember what you said to me Shadow?. *giggling* You said ‘My my! What do we have here then? You are a little green thing. You look new here. Would you like me to show you the city?’, you even had that big beast pick me up and carry me around if you remember?”

Of course I did remember, and I recall why I felt sorry for Emarald and decided to help her..but that story is for another day.  I wanted to know what Emarald thought of the rest of our group.

“Heh, so where to start. Errrm, My best friend I think is ranger Ddrow. I trust him so much and he is always helping me. Then there is Konador. He’s our warrior and he makes me feel safe. It’s strange really, we hardly ever talk but I respect him and follow his orders, but he respects me hugely…because of my…err, mending magicks? I guess we have a mutual silent respect. *giggles* then there’s Dal…Daltieri.  He’s so funny. He treats me like my age…young and fun! We have such fun together! Then there’s Ysabella. She’s a fae. We argue…a lot. I think she’s great, but something between us seems…strange. Maybe it’s our heritage, but we do argue. Constantly. Mostly because she starts it.. *giggle* and maybe because we are both very mischievous…. Then there’s you Shadow. You’re like my big sister. You know how I feel about you. I guess that’s about it for our gang. There’s that strange Assassin lady, what’s her name? Vah’Khan? Well she’s nasty and she scares me…she hardly ever speaks..did you know that? Well, not to me”

Obviously with the new lands of Kunark having being recently discovered, I was wondering if Ema had ever been there and what she thought of the place.

“ *clasping hands together* Oh, I love it there! It’s so so pretty. Don’t you think it’s quite a bit scary though Shadow?  I love the scenery and well, you know what I’m like around woods and the like.  I never travel there though without an escort. It’s just too dangerous. Ddrow takes me there to hunt quite a bit.  We’ve been running around the Fens of Nathsar recently. Now that’s really really scary, but I like it….errr, apart from the Swamp there. It’s kinda whiffy smelly…eww”

Finishing our drinks I wanted to ask Ema one more question. Her powers to heal are probably one of her most defining features (apart from the fact she’s green – Ed), yet she had only skirted around using them on her wolf friend. So what does she make of her powers?

“Eh? Powers?  Oh, my mending magicks *giggles*. Yeah, I can’t quite believe I can do those things still. It amazes me really, but ever since that time I have had the ability to do it and it just keeps getting stronger every day. Konador tells me that I’m probably one of the most efficient and proficient healers he has ever met. Don’t really know what those big words mean, but it sounded good. Anyway, that’s me really. That’s what I ‘m all about, my magick mending.  Being so young and with my mending magicks being so strong, I seem to get a lot of respect from my friends.”

It seemed strange watching the young Emarald skipping off as we parted in West Freeport. Standing outside the Inn, waving farewell to my friend, I watched as she moved between a skip and a glide with the occasional spin before leaving through the gates, and her young age seems more apparent than ever. It’s a world away from the calm, powerful Arasai Healer I have seen her be when taking care of her friends in battle.

Quite a remarkable creature. Emarald Green.


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RoK quest fatigue?..expand your horizons..

Posted by revenants on December 4, 2007

 Shard of Fear

The Shard of Fear (more screenies in Adventuring Gallery)


Fed up of questing yet? Quite a lot of people I know do seem to be getting bored with the questing in RoK. Personally I am still loving the feel and lore behind the constant quest lines. For sure, if I had been doing them non stop in a crazy race to get to 80 then, yeah, maybe I would be getting jaded with them, and I think that is what a lot of the complaints about the new expansion revolve round.  There are many who DO just want to power to 80, and of course their game choice is as valid as my own.  It is these people who are finding it a pain I guess. 

Now, don’t get me wrong. I seriously think that getting to 80 via only questing in RoK is totally do-able, in fact I am sure they designed it that way. The problem is though that it’s not super quick and if you are doing it to level and do not soak up the stories or quests and just have a clik frenzy, then’s gonna get boring and it’s gonna get boring fast.

So what to do? How have I kept my interest in the new expansion? Well, for one I haven’t even scratched the surface of the available content in RoK and am still excited about all I have yet to discover.  Secondly, I haven’t been concentrating on RoK exclusively. Now I am absolutely sure no one needs telling this, but when I have had enough of solo adventuring I have headed back to EoF or KoS for some raiding or group instances, and even tried out Karnor’s Castle in Kylong Plains.  I have found that doing this has kept me hooked. Interspersing grouping and solo questing means I am still getting the best out of the game both on my own and with the usual mad cap group.

Some examples? Along with the usual group of outcasts we headed to The Shard of Fear for the first time this week.  Having never been there it was yet another brand new experience for some of us. So, The Shard of Fear, or SoF.  Even though we didn’t have enough time to complete the zone (even though it is totally do-able..Did you know Emarald, Konador, Daltieri and a group cleared the whole zone including epics just 2 days prior? –Ed) I personally really really had a soft spot for the place and it seems like the rest of the group was the same. I loved the look and the atmosphere SoE have created. The constant red haze and heat waves that envelop the zone certainly give the feel that you are no longer on Norrath but in some God forbidden burning hell.  The quests in there seem to be a lot of fun from what I managed to complete during our time there and the mobs are certainly a challenge.  Overall everyone who is a little bored of RoK questing should give this zone a go, or another go if you have been there before.

We’ve been up to quite a bit actually in the ‘old worlds’… hitting Unrest, OOB, Valdoons, and Mistmoore Castle for the sage (Shadowraethe got her class leggings woohoo!). It’s all been the usual amount of great fun.  That’s the difference you see between soloing and grouping with your usual crew..when soloing you rely on SoE for the fun, content, lore etc. But when grouped with the crew, the content needs to be interesting, but is much more on the sidelines..the group provide the entertainment instead.  Whatever you like doing, as long as you intersperse your experiences in EQ2 you will likely never get bored. I know RoK is there and all enticing, but it’s ok to give it a break every now and again. Don’t forget the huge amount of development that has gone in to the already existing content and head back there. Enjoy some of it again in good company.

 You’ll have a riot.

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