First Saturday after vacation

I logged on on Saturday for the first time in 8 days and was immediately a bit overwhelmed. πŸ™‚ I wanted to say hi to everyone and prepare for Thazara’s Saturday elite shroud… and was planning to run something before that, but I never got to it. Oh, how I had missed u guys! Yes, to be honest I like several of my DDO friends better than I like a lot of people in my real life. Sorted Thazara’s inventory, and was then gonna do a few quick runs of Rainbow in the dark for gs twigs, but shortly after I put up the lfm someone sent me a tell that they would give me the twigs. πŸ™‚ Thank you very much! But of course I messed it up. 😦 I was going to make a cloak for Thaz and was sure I had made Green Taper before (I didn’t check, but believed I remembered correctly), that I was missing Filaments of Toil and Wondrous Oil, so I made those two only to notice I now had two filaments and no taper and not enough mats to make the taper. 😦 Well, at least the filaments aren’t bound so I can either give them to Cerge for his gs or sell them.

So, on to Thazara’s Saturday Elite Shroud. πŸ™‚ I have been mentioning it, but I prolly should add a notice to my myddo page as well. I had 2 friends join before I put up the lfm, and had a 3rd one promise to join. I put up the lfm at exactly 0:00 Finnish time or 5pm EST. My lfm was as usually 18-25 “Elite. Have hp, breakers. 2xheals, rest dps. No first timers”. I was surpriced at how slowly we were filling. My lfm rules are always, first come first served, unless I’m specifically looking for a healer or trapper. I got a few casters and a sorcerer at only 300 hp. I wasn’t paying attention, and when I got a tell asking if the sorc doesn’t have too little hp, and then a healer joins only to tell us “you’re gonna fail”, I throw the lead to my friend who’s got a lot more experience leading raids than I do. Yup, I chickened out.

Takes too long imo to fill, but we do and people try to help the sorc out to make him a bit more durable. Party is for sure semi weak, but I have faith, as I always do. πŸ™‚ I switch Thazara’s ED back to Unyielding Sentinel before the raid, and before phase 4 I change from my fav stance Vigor of Battle (+100 hp, heal amp, and on a successful hit stacking +10 hp for 1 min) to Unbreakable (+5 AC, DR 10/epic and diehard feat). The squishy sorc dies from the blades in phase 3 and 4, otherwise things are pretty good all through phase 4. I keep DoT’ing and we take out Harry in 3 rounds.

On to phase 5. Our monk parks the ellie, we kill the others and buff up. We’re ready, or so we think. Harry arrives and we fight and suddenly Harry teleports to me. I’m like wtf, how did I suddenly get aggro? πŸ˜€ lol. Thaz is sturdy as hell in her stance, and when people start dropping likes flies, I can still stay put, block and raise. For some reason we loose our third healer who ends up in the beginning, out of battle. The second healer who’s on a lvl 25 fvs (or, I think he is lvl 25, at least he has a lvl 25 fvs, lol) also drops a couple of times, and at some point Harry is down to maybe 10% and I say, now I’m just gonna continue DoT’ing (instead of raising people). But I get con damage and get helpless… and die. I get a raise from Niv, but Thaz get super squishy with death penalty, so I don’t even have time to heal up before I drop again. Everything’s messy, most of the party’s dead, but someone get’s the killing hit, runs over to the altar and we finish. πŸ™‚ Everyone can raise at the shrine that’s now available, to get loot. πŸ™‚ This has got to be the toughest Shroud I’ve run where we still finished, so kudos to everyone participating. Oh, and I did chug 3 pots compared to last time 0.

Sat Shroud

I almost forget to turn in the quest, and then I wanted to send a tell to the cleric who told me we were gonna fail, but he was offline. Forgot to add him to my friend list, so I could send him a tell later. πŸ™‚ I wanted to do the “ha-ha! we finished!”. I love proving people wrong, lol. I jump on a party doing eVON raid epic hard as their second healer and switch Thazara’s ED back to Exalted Angel before entering. I’m thinking, eHard with only 2 healers, and the other is a clonk with a lot less sp than me? Party is pretty weak (compared to the ones I’ve previously run with) and it’s a bit of a difficult ride to the end fight, but we get there. The other healer forgets to rest, so only me is at good mana, while he’s out, but he tells us he has 15 turns left, so I tell him to just keep spamming them and we’ll be fine. Takes us way too long to take out the boss in VON5 imo, but we get it done and Thaz get’s 50k XP for her ED, even with -30% repetition penalty (5x).

We enter VON6 and I go to the 3rd base as I’m told, even though, someone says at some point that the cleric didn’t go to the base she was suppose to and I’m not sure if it meant me or the other one. I was told 3rd base, and to me that’s the one that’s furthest away, i.e. wind. But anywho, we get to the dragon fight and Thaz gets close to dropping a couple of times. Man! She’s so much squishier in EA than in US. πŸ™‚ But we finish. Yay! Oh, and during VON5 a party member sends me a tell “Nice to finally run with u, I read your blog” (or something like that). πŸ™‚ Hi there, always nice to meet readers, but I do love getting stars and comments as acknowledgement that people have read it, so please, do comment. πŸ™‚ Or, send me a pm.

Saturday eVON

After VON I jump on a party doing Lords of Dust eNorm, looking for a divine to bless the altars. They’re almost done, only missing the altars and boss fight. So, I get some quick XP from that, and then decide to head over to King’s Forest. I put up an lfm “Just running around King’s Forest looking for commendations”. I somewhat quickly get a full party and a wizard who leads us around. We do 3 instances and in the third one we meet the second green dragon, my first time. I get a nice amount of XP, and enough commendations to get Star of Day for Thaz. Thaz got her ED to 1, that is, she is/ has now GMoF0, EA1 and US5. Also less than 300 slays for 1,500 in King’s Forest. I stayed with the group until the wiz had to leave (at around 6.30 Finnish time), then went to get my Star of Day, finally! But to my disappointment it’s required trait good, UMD 26. 😦 Thazara is true natural (I bought a change from Lawful good at lvl 18) and has no UMD. I’m really disappointed that I wasted 15 commendations on an item I cannot use. I added req good and umd 26 to wiki, but then I started thinking that maybe not all of them are that, if the enhancements are random? Maybe it was just bad luck that I got the good one? I’m not planning on farming for commendations in a while anyway, nothing I currently want.

Protect the fox rare:

Protect the fox

The second green dragon (Urklauth):

Urklauth

I don’t usually like putting pics of slain creatures here, but he did not disappear right away, so I took a pic. He was gone a second later.

Slain dragon

So, yup, my Saturday turned into a 8.5 h gaming session, lol. πŸ™‚ And I didn’t even get any favor, but Thaz did gain a bunch of epic token fragments and is getting closer to 20 tokens. I wasn’t farming for tokens before U14, so this is the most I have ever had. I was going to save up for 2 hearts of wood and one epic crystal for Thaz, but it seems as though I will buy the hearts and just use the tokens for a crystal for Thaz.

Alright, that’s all from me for now. Ty for reading and happy questing.

Tc.

P.S. tl;dr – I’ve got nothing. Just look at the pictures, lol. πŸ˜€

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12 comments on “First Saturday after vacation

  1. Congrats on your first night back πŸ™‚

    Awesome that someone mentioned they read your blogs, I joined a pug hosted by Samius once, sent a tell saying Hi to Tor and saw some of Geoffhanna’s toons running around, think thats it.

  2. ty πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ I love meeting people from myddo or the forums in game πŸ™‚ And we got the group on Cannith that’s mostly myddo people. On Orien I’ve run with Deahamlet, RaspberryX, Domfig and Krissonofpark at least. Oh and least a couple of clerics from the forums. πŸ™‚ It’s def a different feel running with people who you’ve gotten to know outside the game.

  3. Ty.

    I was hoping to get a better melee weapon for Thaz than the crystal cove scimitar, until I can make her a gs scimitar, but seems like it was a bust. I don’t feel like trying to get another one with different enhancements, I’ll just manage with what I have, and collect the commandments I get when running Eveningstar quests.

  4. Maybe look put for an annhilating scimitar of something, a guildie picked up a rapier and it procs often enough (400dmg+) for them that it makes a significant dps increase for them. They seem to drop well from all motu and epic quests.

  5. Poo! Idk how I missed that Dragon raid after the shroud! One inside thing on the Harry battle..after the FvS was killed, I stepped back and used I GS clickie to res him…only to watch him stand near Harry for a sec or two then accept it and immediately die again! πŸ™‚

  6. πŸ™‚ there was actually 2 lfm’s for eVON, the first one was filling pretty fast, I joined in the last spot. I felt a bit bad leaving Niv, he would have joined too, but I’ll run with him some other time, and he’s going to be a regular in my Sat shroud anyway.

    πŸ™‚ Oh, well, everyone makes mistakes sometimes. πŸ™‚ He was a lot more focused on healing than I was, I was doing every other spell dp, every other a cure mod mass, sometimes a mass heal. Until people started dying, then I focused on getting people back up. But death penalty is a bitch and people need to not jump into battle right away after getting a raise, but wait for at least fire resist, or they’re just gonna die again. I have no idea, though, how I managed to get con damage, and I should have played smarter and run off and hide, as well as after I died I should have used a heal instead of burst to heal up.

    It was a close call, but we finished, so yay!

  7. A standard baseball field layout would be (point of view is from home plate looking out into the field): 1st Base – East, 2nd Base – North, 3rd Base – West, and Home Plate – South.

    Not having run VoN Raid, I can only assume “3rd Base” is the one to the West – unless they have some weird layout.
    πŸ˜‰

  8. @John πŸ™‚ Is that official knowledge? So 1’s right, second left-left, third one left? πŸ™‚ See I was told both “everyone else go left” and “third”, so I got confused, yes. Previously the leader has always said fire/ice/air to me, so there wasn’t any confusion.

  9. Yes micki, that is official. And yes, 1st(Fire goes right), 2nd(air) goes left through ice, and 3rd(ice) goes left. Some groups will have everyone go right, but I have found the above method to be the safest.

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