When Thaz was still a baby, I ran harbor quests with a monk. An awesome, jumping around, kicking, hitting and fast moving halfling monk. Safe to say I was jealous. Thaz could not move like that in her dreams. After I went vip, I wanted to try out the monk. I googled and followed this guide: Making Your Monk: Strength vs. Dexterity and made a strength based drow light monk. As she was an elf, I again used Random Female Elf Name to find her a name, and named her Zilvlayna. Zilv did well, she wasn’t awesome, but she did ok. I played her once in a while.
The ninja spy
I was reading about prestige enhancements and for some reason I thought ninja spy just seemed cool. 🙂 So, I decided I was gonna make one as soon as I had unlocked the 32p build. Once I did, I sat down with the DDO Character Planner and tried to plan a build. After which I posted my build on the forums Dark Monk Ninja Spy build?. Since Zilvlayna was a strength based light monk, I wanted my dark monk to be dex based with weapon’s finesse. I picked halfling as race, only because I had seen halfling monks before.
After some advice from the ppl on the forums, I went back to the drawing board with a helf with cleric dilettante in mind instead. I kept replanning the enhancements til I got a headache and gave up. 🙂 Posted the new plan, and got some more help. Basically I used this plan as base, and adjusted it a bit. The name, since I again had an elvish creature, I googled for elvish names. Unlike the previous two, this name is my own combination. Mai: death/slayer dae: light. I also wanted to give her a last name, couldn’t think of anything too great, so named her Shadow. Maidae Shadow. And yes, it’s pronounced “May Day”. 🙂
So, I had a good plan, and even some monk gear saved, I ran Korthos elite, my only problem was in Redemption, because my hire couldn’t keep Lars alive. Got a pug and finished off Korthos. My next problem was running Catacombs, I didn’t have a holy weapon, and I didn’t know I needed one. 🙂 My light monk never had any problems with undead, my dark just kept hitting zeros. So, I bumped my build thread and asked for more advice: #24, and got some more comments on my thread, even a bit of a debate which is nice. 🙂
Blazing through the levels
After the first stumble, Maidae was doing really well. I solo’d Irestone Inlet elite at lvl 6, hated my time in proof is in the poison with a pug, because I ended up soloing big parts of it. In necro 2 she did ok, in 3 as well, add a few levels and she just kept getting stronger. I at least a couple of times hit an lfm that said “TR’s preferred”. E.g. a TR sorc and a TR barb was gonna run Invaders elite and then farm it. Party had just wiped, I joined and we trio’d it. Maidae did very well. We also farmed Trial by fire and I kept running after the sorc trying to hit stuff before he nuked them. 😛
Here’s a list of Maidae blog posts May-October 2012
- Spoiled rotten and invincibility syndrome
- Pug mess
- Monk night
- Sinvala elite (CR30) defeated at lvl 14
- Maidae maidae!
- Practicing the Crucible
- Maidae; my monk
- Maidae hit 20!
1. Xorian Cipher elite, 2. Frame Work elite, 3. soloing Invader’s normal
Quest report; solo Crucible hard
Hard Shroud on level
Micki the noob
To be honest, at lvl 18, I had never had Touch of Death, or used finishers. *blush* Maidae was never my main, and she was so easy to run, that I’d just use elemental punches, stun or void. At lvl 18 I redid her enhancements to add TOD, and at the same time I tried using finishers, in quests like Shroud and Dreaming Dark. 🙂 Maidae was a well build toon and had ok gear, so after 5 shrouds (1 normal, 3 hard, 1 elite), felt I was ready to TR her. I should maybe have flagged her for Tower of Despair and gotten her a holy burst ring, but it was never my plan to do so, so I just wanted to TR asap.
First TR and future plans
At some point I decided I wanted to make all my toons end game, sooner or later. For Cerge it will be very much later, if ever, for Maidae I see it potentially happening within a year or two. 🙂 I asked on the forums again, how many and what kind of past lives for a good end game monk. I was thinking 3 monk and 1 barbarian. It was suggested to me to do one fighter as well, and I might do so. After playing for over a year, I was finally ready to TR my first toon (I had made her hp gs goggles first, and unsuppressed a pale lavender ioun stone), and I didn’t want to wait.
So currently Maidae is lvl 8 and on her second life, this time as a strength based shintao. I went helf with cleric dilettante this life as well, mostly because I like being able to use heal scrolls and raise people at the higher levels. 🙂 At level 15 the cleric dilly gives you 100% on raise dead and 95% on heal scrolls.
Here are the Maidae blog posts for November-December 2012
So that’s Maidae’s story. I will write Cerge’s, Keronna’s and Jarvanna’s sometime in the near future.
Have a great rest of the week and ty for reading.
P.S. I was going to run both Maidae and Zilvlayna, but seeing as Maidae was superior, I turned Zilv into a bank toon at lvl 7.
P.P.S Maidae started as vet 1.