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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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Betrayal, Crab Sticks & The Return of the King..

Posted by revenants on October 29, 2007


 Pirate Buckleton, the Brigand

Super super busy week for me folks!  Both in and out of game. Unfortunately this week my wife has been very poorly (she still managed to log on though eh? – Ed) with Bronchitus and as such some of my game time has been cut down being nursemaid / slave.  Not that I mind really, it’s always fun looking after those we love.  Get better soon hun.

In game..phew busy week…to name but a few things I have done since my last post…raided Crab, betrayed Buckleton to FP and a Brigand, basket quests, tanked a dynamite session in Breeding Grounds, a bit of harvesting, DoF instances with the uber-group, Village of Shin timeline, Court of Innovation, Sanctum of Scaleborn, Klak A’non, and writs.  Leaving the best until last…I finally met Brackishwater on Nektulos Docks! It was really great to see you! Always good to put a name to face, or a face to a…nvm, lol. I hope you got the feysteel cluster I sent you. Sorry it was late, I didn’t get around to sending it until a couple of days after we met. 

To top the weekend off tho, two of my mates returned to EQ2. One from Runnyeye server where they have been living for a few months and one back from retirement! Kaelkardan….welcome back buddy…glad to see you have returned to your roots !  I have known Kael only through game, but have known him for quite some time.  He is one of those guys that is golden, if I knew him in RL I just know we would all get on like a house on fire. Also good to see his better half great to see you folks back.  And one of the Stafford crew has returned to us from retirement!!  Close personal friend of mine and Daltieri since we were kids, the King Hurakahn – Konador has returned!   /kneel.  Awesome to have your godly tanking ways back amongst us buddy.

So the most fun thing this weekend..well it has to be Saturday evening. We all got together about 8pm and the group was Kondor tanking, Emarald healing, Sashka (Aurale) warding/healing, Buckleton & Daltieri dps’ing and Kaelgaiden on crowd control.  It’s always a guaranteed good night when the whole gang gets together.  We started off with a run through the Hidden Cache, which was a load of fun. Time to apologise to Konador, who I purposefully got killed by Mullok during an extended AFK he took. Sorry mate, I just couldn’t resist it. The funniest part was the inquisition that was held on his return to finding Konador eating the dirt and the rest of us just standing around innocently.  We followed up with a run into The Sanctorium which was a bit of a wash out, as we couldn’t work out how to get the last mob active. Always fun dodging epic x4 mobs though. From there we headed to The Court of Innovation. In the advent of druid ports it was just a very short hop to Steamfont then on to the dungeon.  For this one Kael sat out and I two boxed Buckleton and Shadowraethe who mentored down.  Sods law that when we got to the end mob I had to rush off due to RL stuff and missed the opening of the ornate chest…which dropped a very nice one handed piercing that Bucky would have loved…oh well, you win some, lose some.  All in all an amazing night really.  Not just for the pleasure of hunting with a group that gels so well no one has to ask questions at all we all just know what each other are going to be doing, but for the hilarious company on ventrillo and in game.  The downtime enforced by uncontrollable laughter was at an all time high.  Thanks for a really great night all, it will go down as one of those MMO memories that is not easily forgotten.

So what else…well Shahlai took part in a mini, ad-hoc Elven Blades raid on the Crab in Village of Shin.  It only took a very short time, but as ever it was nice to hang out with Shahlai’s family at the Blades.  Crab went down second time of trying. the first time, I messed up as I was supposed to be calling the DPS over TeamSpeak and was pressing the wrong button to transmit so no one heard a thing..consequently DPS went way too high and we wiped to the adds.  A valiant effort though as we very nearly did it even so.  Second pull was a lot better as I finally got my act together and the DPS stayed perfectly hovering around 3.2k… the Crab was turned into crab sticks in short order.

Lastly Buckleton decided that it was time to get to know his ‘bad self’ and the betrayal to Freeport and the journey to becoming a Brigand began.  On my various toons I have done the betrayal quests about 5 or 6 times now.  I have betrayed from Freeport to Qeynos, Qeynos to Freeport and Neriak to Qeynos.  never done the Kelethin ones though or betrayed to Neriak.  One thing I can say though, is wow…tedious!  The parts of any of the betrayal quests where you are questing to leave the city, or gaining your citizenship are usually quite good fun. It’s that bit in the middle when you are doing the faction quests so your new city will accept you and give you the citizenship quests.  I find it very monotonous.  Now I am not going to moan too much about it though. I did do the original betrayal quest back in the day and I can still recall the pain of it.  The new ones compared, are a walk in the park.  So Buckleton is now a Brigand sitting at 53rd level. He is only equiped with adept 1’s, as buying a whole new load of adept IIIs was not financially any way..phew even just buying adept1s it cost me a fortune!  He has taken up residence in Stonestair Byway, which is appropriate seeing as he is Kerran and I didn’t want to fork out anymore cash than I had too following the adept expense.  Reasons…I have already been asked a few times why I decided to move from swashy to Brig as Swashies do seem to dish out more DPS.  Well that is part of the problem. My main toon has always been Shahlai. She was the first toon I stuck with and the first to 70. She is just pure DPS though and I wanted a little of something else. The Brigands debuffs and spells like Dispatch add that little extra something for me.  A different focus, and I can relax a little later on and not just chase a parse top slot.  Anyhow, Buckleton decided to celebrate by doing the Far Seas quests in Village of Shin to get a new bed for his hovel!

Finally, I would just like to make a quick comment about the zone review. I did say i would do an EQ1 memory session on each EQ2 zone they request…well the most recent is Nektulos Forest.  I can’t really do a review of the EQ1 zone and my memories there, as they consist of 3 levels at newbie log before I got bored of my dark Elf and using it as a highway to Lavastorm.  So apologies…I really haven’t any memories of the origianal Nek Forest worth mentioning.  It does highlight the difference between the old and new though. The new Nek forest in EQ2 is pretty much the same in name only…it far outweighs what was pretty much a corridor that was used to get to other places.

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Mayong… little minx!

Posted by revenants on October 24, 2007

Mayong..Tough Guy

Mayong Mistmoore…Tough Guy…wearing my Dads slippers.

Mistmoore Inner Sanctum. Sounds mysterious, no?  For most experienced raiders this zone is now probably old news.  But I have only been there a few times, so the mystery and excitement value is still there.  It was quite a long night really, with highs and lows as is usual when raiding. Lows…well, I got reminded of one of the reasons that I started to get ‘raid fatigue’…the waiting around…it drives me crazy!  Of course it cannot be avoided totally with the need to sometimes swap out toons for certain fights, or when someone has to go unexpectedly and we have to wait for a replacement.  It still doesn’t stop me going a little weird while we all stand around and wait. After making myself a nice cup of rosey-lea, smoking a cigarette I am usually starting to get twitchy.  It has been known for me to move my remote mouse and keyboard well out of my reach so I don’t do something stupid just because I am bored.  Last night I had an overwhelming urge to charge a Blood Collosus….naked. No, I have absolutely no idea why. Yes, this does make me a little strange. Like I said…sometimes while waiting around, I can get a little twitchy. 

Joking aside though, I think too many afks, or 20 minute pauses has a pretty big detrimental effect on the effectivness of the raid force.  Pretty much everyone gets a little bored. They lose concentration. If it is later on in the raid and people are getting tired, the afks seem to have a huge effect on the force as a whole in it’s ability to gel as one. Reaction times and awareness of the player suffer. The ironic thing is later on in the raid, the effects of long pauses get worse…which is typically when everyone needs to be on the ball and totally alert as the nameds typically get harder further in to most raid zones.

Last night as we got to waiting to attempt Mayong, our necro had to leave due to the lateness of the hour.  They disbanded from the raid but before they left the zone they stuck around handing out hearts at the request of a few raid members. Now the only problem was, in the mean time the gap in the raid that was left after their leaving was filled.  When our standby member zoned in…our Defiler got a message saying something along the lines of “You have exceeded the total amount of players allowed in this zone. You will be removed from the zone in 5 seconds”  And so our Defiler was kicked back into the castle before they any time to do anything about it.  Obviously with the lock-out timer in place, we were all more than a little cheesed off.  Some of us knew about this zone rule (I have had it happen to me in Unrest when someone invited another in to our zone to collect their SoD statue) but unfortunately due to afks etc, we didn’t catch the problem in time.  So, our Defiler was sitting outside MMiS, the raid force was dejected and pissed off. Enter GM Galatee…hero of the hour.  Now I was under the impression that GMs will never mess with zone timers..I was wrong. GM Galatee turned up after chatting to one of our raid members and all of a sudden..pop..our Defiler was back..bloody awesome!  A HUGE thank you to GM Galatee for your time and efforts.  You saved our skin!! 

Someone made a joke comment before GM Galatee left, saying “Now if only they can just stick around to help with Mayong”…oh how I wish they had.  We only tried four times due to the late hour, but Mayong pretty much pwned us from the start. I honestly reckon we could have done it. Our DPS was certainly high enough with an average of 26K +. So what was to blame? Personally I think it was what I was talking about earlier. Fatigue, loss of concentration and tiredness.  When everyone was fresh, we decimated all the other nameds absolutely no problem at all.  When we attempted Mayong, we had just been standing around for best part of 40 minutes.  Again , no ones fault. I guess these things just happen.  We are hoping to get him next week.  I cannot see any reason why we won’t…as long as we start a bit earlier, everyone is on time and we don’t have too much time standing around. 

So I mentioned the lows…the highs? GM Galatee saving our asses, spending time with a bunch of fantastic people, Shahlai (me) being raidwide parse leader up until the last three nameds (where I slipped to fifth overall), and plenty of very useful loot for our raid force.  I had a great time. Thank you to the Elven Blades, Shahlai’s guildmates for your amazing company, helping to rid me of a little bit of ‘raid fatigue’ and of course the fun. Thank you to GM Galatee (again) for surprising us all and sorting our zone timer problem.

See you next week Mayong.

Oh btw, congratulations to Daltieri on your 59th Level. Well done mate!

Mayong getting feisty

Mayong getting feisty…the little minx…with Shahlai’s furry ears in foreground !.

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The Warg Whisperer…

Posted by revenants on October 23, 2007

Warg Whisperer

Morriana an Killzum, The Cheese Factor

Quite a lot has happened since I last posted a few days ago. Morriana is now only 18% off 60, which I am getting really excited about.  The reason? Well, at 60 she will be able to pick up the ‘Sentry’ writs. Most probably know about this, but for those who don’t have a clue what I am talking about, here’s the low down.  At level 60 the city writ givers finally give out a set of 4 writs that can be completed by killing just one type of mob, Scaleborn Sentries in T.T.  This means a very quick turn around in getting the writs completed and a way to gain a huge amount of personal and guild status in a short amount of time. Revenants needs the status boost badly.  With the Guild sitting at level 22 for some time now I plan on doing the ‘Sentry Writs’ for some considerable time in a bid to get to Guild Level 30.  OK so it is going to monotonous but it will definitely be worth it in the long run.  The only problem is that the writs stop getting handed out at level 65, so I think I will do them until I get to around 62 and a half then will probably turn off my adventure exp.  It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but well worth it.  The only problem is that in the midst of all that Morriana needs to complete her Ivy Shrouded quest-line, as the quest giver in Lesser Fay won’t talk to her until she is 60th.  I may have to turn off exp whilst doing the quest, but of course it won’t stop me getting quest reward exp.  If it looks like giving me too much then I may have to put the quests off until after level 65.

Other things..hmm. Well as you can see from the picture at the top Morriana now has her very own puppy. Cute isn’t it?  When it came to deciding what colour / pattern type to buy there was of course no alternative but to get exactly what Killzum has got.  Just when you thought their image couldn’t get any cheesier (making up words now? – Ed).  In truth it is a bit of a Godsend really as Morriana was getting fed up floating around on her carpet like some Shahir from Maj’Dul. I mean come one…how’s a bit of carpeting supposed to support the weight of full plate armour!

Daltieri and Morriana got themselves on a Courts Raid at the weekend courtesy of my good friend Hadyn who was running things.  It was my first time there and I have to say I really enjoyed it.  Which is weird considering my recent fatigue with raiding.  I think what tipped the scales was the constant tells from Daltieri who was quite clearly inebriated and kept me entertained all night. I think the funniest was when a quite obviously young kid who was playing a Necro asked what an I.S.P was over ventrillo.  Daltieri had been quiet for some time until I received just three words from him in a tell “Intercontinetal Striking Penis”.  Yes I know it’s purile and childish but hey, I really couldn’t stop laughing. Things went downhill for us both from then on with countless tells with different meanings for ISP heading back and forth.  Several deaths in my group however brought me back from the brink of insanity and I had to start concentrating again.  Whilst I am on a ‘raid’ theme, I am supposed to be raiding MMiS tonight with Shahlai who is in The Elven Blades.  The guild leader specifically asked if I could go as they needed an assassin.  To be honest I am quite looking forward to it. I think my break from raiding is just what I needed to get rid of a bit of that ‘raid fatigue’ I have been experiencing. I’ll let you know how it goes.  It is just a shame Shahlai hasn’t quite finished her SoD questline..I really would like the Soulfire Sabre from Mayong.  It will come soon enough though.

To finish off I had probably the nicest surprise I have had in game for a long long time last night.  My wife was messing about in EFP doing whatever it is she does (I never ask!) when she shouts across to me slumped on the couch..”Malodius is on!”.  I was pretty excited. Malodius is a very good American friend of ours from across the pond but due to RL stresses hadn’t been able to log on for quite a few months. To say we both have missed him is an understatement. Sure we have occasionally spoken to him on the phone, but nothing quite competes with that ‘messing about with me buddies’ in EQ2 feel.  It was really really grand to see him again and we spent some time with him trying to catch him up to speed with what has been happening in game, such as the dressing room feature and appearance slots.  OMG I have just realised…I never mentioned anything about Legends of Norrath to him.  Anyhow, we are planning to do a whole days adventuring together soon and quite honestly I can’t wait.  We always seem to have a complete riot when Mally is about!

Mally, simply superb to have you back buddy.  I understand you still won’t be able to get on much…but I’ve had my Mally will keep me going for a while!

Malodius and Shahlai

Shahlai and Malodius, Freeport Guildhouse.


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