Malinza asked if I couldn’t tell the story of my toons, so here’s Thazara’s story.
It was the last weekend of July 2011, when a friend of mine suggested I download and install the DDO client. I didn’t hesitate, but did so and looked at the different classes and races I could pick from. I wanted a caster who could melee, and from the class descriptions, the cleric seemed to be just that. I also wanted an elf, just because I like elves. My friend was asking me what kind of toon I’d want, and he suggested a dwarf paladin, but no. I wanted my cleric. As an elf, I wanted a fitting name, so I googled for elf names, and found this: Random Female Elf Name. I didn’t pay much attetion to the name meaning, but picked a name I liked. I picked Thazara because I thought it was pretty, but later on found out it means, Tha: fox, zara: lightning. Thaz the lightning fox. 😛
Edit Nov 11, 2013: Tha actually means vigil/ vigilance, not fox. I looked it up again a while after I wrote this post.
Thazara the gimp
My friend gave me starting stats and said to max out concentration, the rest was up to me. The stats he gave me I later on found out was all wrong, though. Anywho. During the lower levels Thaz was only meleing and maybe healing herself once in a while. She was always running with a hireling, and she didn’t know how to turn anything. At around lvl 7? I started pugging full time, as my friend wasn’t running with me much. I didn’t have any caster feats, but had things like tower shield and die hard. At the time I started only pugging, I also was a full time healbot. And a bad one at that. As I didn’t have radiant servant, no caster feats and wasn’t using scrolls/ wands. I was a pretty crappy healer, and a crappy melee.
Thazara the healbot
My friend had come up with the idea to run all quests, and on elite for max favor. I was following his example, but he wasn’t really waiting for me. I was keeping levels, so I’d never be more than 2-3 levels higher than the quests on normal, which means I was often xp capped. I was hating my toon. She was a healbot and a crappy one. I couldn’t melee, I was crappy caster, and I had to avoid aggro so I wouldn’t die. Basically that’s what I was doing, hiding too avoid aggro and just healbotting. I remember trying Diplomatic impunity elite at lvl 10, and party wiped in the first scorpion attack. Not because I wasn’t trying, but because I ran out of mana and we all died. Instead we ran a tough Dreams of insanity which required a few re-entries.
I was hating my cleric. She sucked badly at everything. I went on the forums asking for help, first considering adding a level of fighter: Cleric/fighter, then deciding to LR her: Lesser Reincarnation – build help, only to change my mind again and finally decide to do a greater reincarnation as soon as I got enough favor to unlock the 32p build. I did so at lvl 11 and GR’d after taking lvl 12. Taking in a lot of advice from the ppl on the forums, I changed Thaz into a caster with melee fallback.
Even though I now had a well built toon, I still didn’t know how to play her efficiently. I didn’t have my hot bars sorted and I wasn’t using hot keys. So, I asked Firesmall_at for help. He gave me a lot of suggestions on gear and how to arrange my hot keys (I didn’t copy, except for changing R from auto run to self target, which I thought was smart), and how to play as well as posting his UI: Divine- ur screenshot of your UI hotkeys and shortcuts. 🙂 This did help me a lot.
For a while I was refusing the healer role, though. I was first and foremost caster, healer second. I had a bit of an attitude, which almost caused us to wipe in A Relic of a Sovereign Past. I soon realised that I have to play healer first, everything else comes second.
End game plans
My plans for Thazara was to take her to 20 and keep her there as a support toon for other chars. But at lvl 15 I started thinking of trying to make her end game ready. I was getting comfortable with my toon. 🙂 So I went on the forums again, asking if this would be possible. First life cleric need advice. Again I was given a lot of good advice, and I got more focused. I decided to farm for the blue dragon scale robe (My name is Thazara), and thanks to Andy (who I befriended around that time), I got it at lvl 18, which was around last Crystal Cove. I was reluctant to run cove at first, but then ended up farming it a lot and then taking lvl 20. During cove I also entered my first epic quest, which was Lords of Dust. (Check out: Photo shoot)
During cove I met a cleric who was telling me that Thazara will never be allowed into high lvl raids for being melee fallback, and that I should have better gear etc etc. This got me kind of mad. I mean, just because u have sertain plans, like raids and stuff, doesn’t mean I have to rush to play the same way. My main plan with Thazara was to collect favor, and to run every quest on level.
Raids and epics
I didn’t run my first shroud until Thaz was lvl 20. I was still collecting favor (still had all quests lvl 17-20 to run), and was more interested in that, than running raids. I did run a few epics, though, and I was enjoying that. My irl friend had scared me, telling me epics are really hard. Well yes, the old epics were hard, without tactics. With a good party and good tactics, they weren’t. I soon started running shroud once a week, and then Andy started telling me to lead shroud. I was pretty intimidated at first, but I think must have gone well, as I started doing it weekly. I had to check my old blogs to see what else happened. Here’s one from June: Thazara and epics.
Around the time when I started to feel Thaz could do elite shroud, that’s when I met Cleazy. 🙂 He joined one of my “elite or hard depending on party” shrouds as one of my healers. I remember us trying elite, wiping and running again on hard. Here’s the post about my first time running with Cleazy: Give me my Shroud completion! … and epics.
Thazara the goddess
I bought the prepack of MotU base pack (as VIP I felt that’s all I needed), and picked Unyielding Sentinel as Thaz’s first ED. I was loving it. I took US to lvl 5, then switched to Exalted Angel. Wasn’t loving it as much, even though it gave me more sp. I think I had leveled both to 5 before Thaz got lvl 25, but now I have unlocked a few twist slots and I’m loving my toon and the ED’s. Yes, she’s not as good as some, but she’s mine, I know her and I like her. As I level more ED’s she will get even better. 🙂 I have also gotten comfortable leading raids, even though I still don’t know VON. 🙂 My 3 regular raids are Shroud, ADQ ad ToD. I will lead VoD, HoX and Reaver’s as well. The rest I only join, not lead, even though I probably shrould start doing that as well.
I’m sorry about the too long post again. 🙂 Thank you for reading and have a great rest of the week.
P.S. I played as f2p for 2 months, then got frustrated by not being able to run the syndicate chain or open elite, so I thought to myself “either I go p2p or quit playing”. I asked my friend about his vip subscription, and decided to go for it. I pay every 3 months.