Maidae eTR 13

Maidae epic reincarnated last night. Here are her before and after pictures.

Before                                                                      After

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What they looked like on TR – Firetha

Firetha started on Cannith server (May 29, 2012) and had the name Keronna. Keronna moved to Orien server October 9, 2014 and her name was changed to Firetha. Keronna did one TR before switching servers and have done 3 since then. Firetha’s 2 ERs were done in combination with TRs.

TR 1 (Sep 3, 2013): Keronna as a half-elf, 18 cleric/ 2 monk/ 5 epic.
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What they looked like on TR – Cerge

Cerge has done 8 TRs and 12 ERs in the soon 7 years since he was born (Feb 24, 2012). Here are his “what he looked like on TR” pictures.

TR 1 (Apr 15, 2013): I didn’t do separate before and after pictures for Cerge’s first TR, but the picture to the left is his first picture. Cerge as a warforged, 20 sorcerer/ 5 epic.
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What they looked like on TR – Maidae

Maidae has done 5 TRs and 12 ERs in the 7 years since she was born (Feb 1, 2012). In between she’s stayed at cap running epics and raids. Here are the “what she looked like when she TR’d” blog pictures I could find on the blog:

TR 1 (Nov 12, 2012): I didn’t take a before picture when Maidae did her first TR, but this was her character picture on the blog at the time. Maidae as a half-elf monk, level 20.
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Thazara’s gear, Ravenloft edition

The last post I did about Thaz’s gear was posted April 15. Since then I’ve adjusted and readjusted her gear several times and I realised it’s getting difficult to keep track of it all. So, I decided to make a spreadsheet, and since I also wanted to also keep track of her old gear setup, I decided to do a new tab each time I do a major gear swap.

Here is Thaz’s spreadsheet. Click on the tabs to view old and new setup. The spell power and crits down below show her different values depending on offhand weapon. Higher spell power lowers dcs, lower spell power higher dcs. The intent was to get the Adherent set without losing too much of what she already had. Click on the picture to view spreadsheet.

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Regearing Thazara a bit

So, several new quests have been released and Thaz’s gear hasn’t been updated in a while. I looked at her gear and how to improve it. Ravenloft has a lot of nice gear, but some of them would lose me things that I can’t get anywhere else, so I couldn’t switch them out, for example the spell lore on embers and the impulse on earthen mantle.

This is what I came up with. I also want to point out that Thaz has the following tomes: +7 con and wis and +6 the rest.

Goggles: Visions of Precision with Mythic Goggle Boost +1, augments: Topaz of Fear Immunity, Golem’s Heart
Head: Epic Halcyonia, augment: Globe of True Imperial Blood
Neck: Epic Noxious Embers, augments: Sapphire of Resistance +8, Diamond of Insightful Intelligence +2
Trinket: Epic Litany of the Dead, augment: Diamond of Festive Wisdom +2, Diamond of Festive Intelligence +2
Armor: Platemail of the Celestial Sage with Mythic Armor Boost +2, augments: Sapphire of Spell Agility +15, Diamond of Vitality +20
Cloak: Legendary Earthen Mantle, augment: Draconic Soul Gem
Bracers:  Legendary Lore-Fueled Packbanner, augment: Sapphire of False Life +40
Belt: Legendary Plateshard Belt (Belt), augment: Diamond of Concentration +13
Ring 1 (always on): Legendary Chieftain, augment: Sapphire of Good Luck +2
Boots: Supreme Tyrant Green Steel Boots of Concordant Opposition (Blindness Immunity, +150 sp)
Gloves: Gauntlets of the Arcane Soldier, augments: Diamond of Dexterity +8, Diamond of Strength +7
Ring 2 (possibly swap): Legendary Brazenband, augment: Topaz of Greater Evocation
Main hand: Dusk, the Light Descends, augments: Meridian Fragment. Sentient gem with the following filigrees:  Embraced by Light: Healing Amp, Embraced by Light: Light Spellpower, Embraced by Light: Wisdom, To Hell and Back: Spellpower, To Hell and Back: MRR, Grandfather’s Shield: Healing Amp, Grandfather’s Shield: PRR
Offhand: Libram of Silver Magic, augment: Ruby of Devotion +138

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Jarvanna’s story ->Jan 28, 2018

It’s finally time to tell the story of Jarvanna. When I did the character stories last time, Jarvanna didn’t get one, as there wasn’t that much to tell. Instead I posted this blog about her. Now, almost 5 years later, Jarvanna’s story isn’t really that long, and yet, it’s been 5 years.

In July 2012, my sister decided to start playing DDO. Since I didn’t have a char at the right level, and since the druid class had been released only a short while earlier, I decided to make a druid. The very first post I found mentioning Jarvanna, was this one: While everyone’s off in King’s Forest…

Here are the blogs from Jarvanna’s early days:
July 7, 2012 Instead of Cannith night…
July 11, 2012 Thinking about my toons and about the game
July 14, 2012 Bugs or goofs?
July 19, 2012 Cannith night finally
August 5, 2012 Sort of a meh night
August 9, 2012 A return to Tangleroot Gorge
October 14, 2012 Saturday
October 17, 2017 Let’s dance
November 1, 2012 More mabar talk
December 3, 2012 Weekend runs 1/3

When I made Jarvanna, my sis was playing a fighter, later she decided to also make a druid. We were levelling slow, as we only played about once a week. It took us about a year and a half to hit heroic cap on our first lives.

Here are the blog posts from 2013 mentioning Jarvanna:
January 6, 2013 Dusting off my druid
January 14, 2013 1 week, 4 toons; quests and raids
February 2, 2013 Some memorable moments this week
February 4, 2013 9 days of gaming
February 22, 2013 Time, again. And my goals
February 25, 2013 My weekend, a quick blog
March 5, 2013 Cove cove cove
March 10, 2013 …and it’s a wrap!
March 23, 2013 Testing the limits
April 2, 2013 Jarvanna is growing up April 2, 2013
April 29, 2013 This weekend in DDO
June 6, 2013 Running stuff under level
August 13, 2013 Naming toons
September 30, 2013 Dancing… on the ship
October 2, 2013 Current plans for my toons
October 18, 2013 Heroic Elite Crucible on gimpy druids
October 28, 2013 Mabar mabar mabar
November 8, 2013 Update 20 approaching
November 21, 2013 This is kind of hard (Delirium)
November 28, 2013 Another one for the trolls, Acid Wit

In March of 2014 we did our first and so far only TR. This time I made a build plan for her, with some help from people on the ddo forums.

Here are the blogs from 2014:
February 8, 2014 Running the druids
February 19, 2014 Dancing… on the ship 2
March 6, 2014 Jarvanna 2.0
March 6, 2014 Jarvanna 2.0 take 2
March 8, 2014 Jarvanna TR’d
March 22, 2014 Jarvanna and Schoan pt 2
May 8, 2014 My ddo history so far
May 30, 2014 Jarvanna dancing on the ship
November 22, 2014 Jarvanna & Schoan adventuring again

After I moved from Finland to Sweden, our weekly runs turned into less often. In 2015 Valdayanie joined our group and we slowly made our way not only to heroic cap but epic as well. Once epic, I decided that I wanted us to finish all our EDs before the next reincarnation. This means that we are still on our second lives. We have run more often than I’ve blogged about it, though.

Here are rest of the blogs where Jarvanna is tagged:
April 3, 2015 The druid and her shadow
April 3, 2015 Questing week 14
May 23, 2015 How about some questing?
December 11, 2015 Reincarnation mapping
September 12, 2016 So this is Legendary
February 1, 2017 Same view, different image
May 14, 2017 Jarvanna and Schoan do EEs
July 1, 2017 LN TS with static group
July 8, 2017 CitW with static group
July 29, 2017 Raiding with the static group
September 9, 2017 Running U31 quests with the static group

What are the future plans of Jarvanna? After Jaravanna’s first life as a melee caster, I decided I wanted to do two more lives as a druid on her, a melee and a caster. As a melee a she’s been doing really well, especially since getting some points in her EDs, but I’m unsure if she’ll contribute enough to the group as a caster. Right now I’m considering turning her into a paladin for her third life. First we will continue working on our EDs and hopefully finish them all before we reincarnate. Since we are non iconic characters at epic cap, the plan is to do a double reincarnation, first epic and then heroic. What the actual future holds for Jaravanna is yet to be known.

To follow Jarvanna’s future story, look for her tag: Jarvanna.

Firetha’s story -> May 19, 2017

This is vol 2 of Keonna’s story that I posted January 19, 2013. Keronna, which means spell keeper in elvish, started out as a half-elf cleric with sorcerer diletante on the Cannith server. On Cannith we were running a 5 man group for a while, but soon we were down to 3. My friend Cat joined us and we were 4, but then Cat and Ness left, and it was just me and Rilosa. Before this, though, we had leveled past the heroic cap, done some epics and raids and TR’d. For Keronna’s second life I really wanted to try an undead staffer.. so I made her into a wizard-monk.

Now that I think of it, I can’t really remember much about the static Cannith group. We played together once a week for a couple of hours, we progressed slowly, didn’t acquire much gear and didn’t raid much. The few times I did host a raid, my character felt weak and the server natives didn’t know me or run raids the way I’m used to on Orien. When both Cat and Ness left the group, I felt that progressing would become a lot harder with just me and Rilosa, as neither of us ran a very high dps character at the time. So, after not too much hesitation, I decided to move Keronna to Orien to benefit from the gear and guild I have there. Rilosa soon followed and became part of my and my sister’s static group.

Things changed when Keronna moved to Orien. First I had to change her name, as there already was a Keronna on the server (although, I’m not convinced that there was). Since she had had an elvish name, I wanted her to still have that. I settled for Firetha, which in elvish means dark healer. I found it fitting as Firetha was a palemaster at the time, i.e. healing from dark spells. Then I capped her EDs and did a few raids before I decided to TR into her next life.

For Firetha’s third life I decided to make her an elf air sorc. I had seen some videos of how powerful one of those can be, so I wanted to give it a try. She turned out as a squishy mana drain who only did some of the dps I had seen on YouTube. I wanted more, and that’s when I decided that I was going to turn Firetha into the first character of mine to do a heroic TR train, TR’ing at 20. I started with wizard lives, of which Firetha needed 2. As I write this Firetha is on her third and final wizard life, after which she will be a sorcerer again.

Leveling a wizard solo in heroics was slow and tedious, so for her current life I’ve been leveling with a barbarian that I created on one of my alt accounts. Of course this limits me a bit, as that account does not have access to all the same content as my main.

Anyway, here are some old posts from Cannith:
January 26, 2013 In wait for U17
May 4, 2013 Keronna update; getting closer to epic
May 25, 2013 Cannith game night: epics and raids
August 28, 2013 Keronna 2.0
October 8, 2013 Cannith night – zombies!
October 16, 2013 Cannith again, zombie update
November 27, 2013 Cannith, Cannith, Cannith
January 14, 2014 Questing Cannith
March 19, 2014 When did this happen?
May 6, 2014 Static Cannith night
May 13, 2014 Not one shadowsight, but two
June 3, 2014 Keronna my pm henshin, finally hit 20
September 25, 2014 And then there were two

Firetha’s move to Orien:
October 10, 2014 So long, and thanks for all the fish…

Firetha’s reincarnation blogs:
September 3, 2013 True Reincarnation
March 9, 2015 Epic + True Reincarnation
October 5, 2015 Epic + True Reincarnation
December 2, 2016 True Reincarnation

Firetha’s videos:
Keronna/ Firetha

Since I’m not a big fan of running low level heroics, and since I’m dual-boxing my TR, I basically only run Firetha when I’m too low on time to run one of my other characters, or when the mood hits, which isn’t that often. Due to this, Firetha’s levelling is going rather slow, yet not as slow as it did on Cannith.

So, what does the future hold for Firetha? Currently I don’t really know. There’s no long time end game plan for her, as she was made as a just for fun character. I’ve been making it up as I go along. For the time being the plan is just to do 3x caster lives, after which we’ll see.

Cerge’s story -> May 5, 2017

This is the sequel to Cerge’s story that I posted December 25, 2012. I’m working on updating my character’s stories, and now the time has come to tell Cerge’s. Since you can read about his earliest days in the previous post, the story will continue from there.

Quite early on I decided that I wanted Cerge to be my end game caster. I wanted to do completionist and 3x all the caster lives, to make him the best caster possible. Then iconics and epic reincarnation was added to the game, and I decided that I wanted to follow my previous plan plus do iconics and epic past lives. Since I don’t really enjoy running the lower level quests, and I do enjoy running epics, as soon as iconics were added, Cerge became an iconic.

When it comes to Cerge’s reincarnation, when epic destinies were added I decided that I was going to do Cerge’s lives in epic sphere order. Caster classes first, then other magical classes, and last but not least melees. At the time when I first came up with this idea, melees were my least favorite class to play. Of course, each life was supposed to be different from anything I had played before, and on each life I wanted to do a few epic lives as well.

Cerge’s first life he was a pure warforged sorcerer that struggled in hard quests (I didn’t even attempt elite for the most of it). He was ok, but he didn’t really make playing a sorcerer feel like fun. It might of course have been my lack of gear and experience as well as his lack of past lives. On his second life I again made him a warforged (I had this idea that I wanted him to be wf all his lives… but I gave up on that pretty quickly) and this time a trapper wizard. I focused a lot more on his trapping abilities than his casting, and even though he could do some casting, he was mainly cc and quite bad at that. He was an excellent trapper, though.

Cerge’s third life I made him a human bardcher. That is an archer bard. I had fun playing this build, he could do some cc and pull aggro with his dps, but in general he had poor healing and his dps was only so-so. This was my first experience playing an archer, though, and a positive experience.

On Cerge’s forth life it was time to move away from the arcane sphere and move over to the divine (as I consider divine to be casters too). This was also Cerge’s first iconic life. I decided to use Thaz’s build and adjust it for a 1 cleric/ 19 favored soul sun elf build. The build worked out perfectly, and even without the gear he was beating Thaz’s dps. This was my first favored soul and I enjoyed it a lot. Soloing heroic elite quests had never been as easy. Cerge did one epic past life as an fvs. He previously got 2 epic past lives in combination with the heroic TRs.

For Cerge’s fifth life I wanted to do cleric, but since Thaz is my caster cleric, I wanted to do something different with Cerge. I think I remembered reading about someone doing a dual wielding melee cleric, and since I had never done something like that, this is what I wanted to do. I actually screwed up the build on my first attempt and ended up lesser reincarnating him at 20. I was convinced that the weapons I wanted the use were going to count as heavy, so I focused my whole build around slashing weapons, only to later realize they count as piercing. Cerge did quite well as a melee cleric and I even did som high level EEs on him. Cerge did 2 epic past lives as a cleric.

Sixt life was to be paladin. The last class in the divine sphere. Since I was in the middle of running EEraids on Thaz, and finding a good tank for EE deathwyrm was quite difficult, that was what I wanted Cerge to be, a dragon tank. I asked Short (like I’ve done with many of my builds since I got to know him) what the best build for a tank would be, a tank that would also have enough dps to solo stuff. He suggested I’d do a sword and board build using a dwarven axe. The build was decent. Cerge did a pretty good tank for Deathwyrm. His intim wasn’t top notch, but by using paladin additional hate in combination with Unyelding Sentinel’s added hate, no one I ran with could pull the mobs off me, and I was even able to steal aggro from others without the use of intimidate. All I had to do was touch the mob with my axe, it didn’t even have to do damage for the mob’s aggro to turn to me (tested in Fire on Thunderpeak when dragons had the purple orb). Cerge could have had better heals, though, and his dps was a bit disappointing. Cerge did 2 epic past lives as a paladin.

For Cerge’s seventh life it was time to move over to the primal sphere, the sphere of non casters but still magical beings. I decided to start with druid. Since I had heard good things about melee druids, I decided I wanted to do one. Short gave me a couple of suggestions and I decided to go with the dual wielding short sword build, only to realize the wolf doesn’t actually use the offhand weapon. I struggled through, I even did two epic past lives, but I didn’t really like this build. I felt like he was lacking in dps, lacking in heals and just felt really squishy. I wanted to do difficult quests and EEs, but I kept struggling to do them, so after the second epic life I was done.

And that brings us to Cerge’s current life, life eight, a shadarkai ranger. At this point Cerge has done three sun elf lives, which is the maximum, and I figured human would be the best for a ranger. I did shadarkai to do iconic and used a lesser heart to get rid of the first level of rogue. This is in my opinion Cerge’s best life so far, even beating the fvs. I have done a lot of soloing, even EEs at level and Cerge has just been getting more powerful. Cerge has capped at level 30 on his 8th life and I am planning to do a few epic reincarnations.

Here is the list of Cerge’s reincarnation blogs:
April 15, 2013 True Reincarnation
December 26, 2013 Epic Reincarnation & True Reincarnation
May 18, 2014  Epic Reincarnation & True Reincarnation
September 7, 2014 Epic Reincarnation
October 18, 2014 True Reincarnation
December 16, 2014 Lesser Reincarnation
January 31, 2015 Epic Reincarnation
April 14, 2015 Epic Reincarnation
April 29, 2015 True Reincarnation
March 6, 2016 Epic Reincarnation
March 31, 2016 Epic Reincarnation
May 5, 2016 True Reincarnation
September 18, 2016 Epic Reincarnation
November 8, 2016 Epic Reincarnation
January 30, 2017 True Reincarnation

Here’s the list of EEraids I ran on Cerge (that is the weekly EEraids I post/posted):
July 11, 2015 EEraids 21
July 18, 2015 EEraids 22
August 15, 2015 EEraids 23
August 29, 2015 EEraids 24
September 5, 2015 EEraids 25
September 12, 2015 EEraids 26
September 19, 2015 EEraids 27
October 3, 2015 EEraids 28
October 10, 2015 EEraids 29
October 24, 2015 EEraids 30
November 7, 2015 EEraids 31
November 21, 2015 EEraids 32
December 12, 2015 EEraids 33
January 2, 2016 EEraids 34

And here’s a list of blogs about Cerge soloing EEs:
September 11, 2014 Solo Impossible Demands EE
September 19, 2014 Solo Outbreak EE
July 3, 2016 Solo House D chain and first Eveningstar chain EE
March 15, 2017 Solo Bargain of Blood Reaper 1
April 23, 2017 Solo Flagging for Caught in the Web EE
April 30,2017 Solo flagging for The Fall of Truth EE

What does the future hold for Cerge? Well first he is going to finish his path to completionist, while doing epic lives in between. This would have meant artificer, monk, fighter and barbarian, but warlock was also added and kind of screwed up my TRs according to sphere. I plan to do warlock last. I also intend to do all iconic past lives as well, and at least epic completionist, if not all epic lives. Then I intend to do at least two more of fvs, sorc and wizard, and then maybe consider doing racial past lives, since racial reincarnation was added in the last update.

Running some reaper

I hadn’t done Tower of Frost on legendary, and I wanted to do the U35 quests on reaper. Yesterday I posted for The Newcomers 1 skull reaper, and my party filled rather fast. When I had a full party I suggested we do Black and Blue on 2 skulls, which wasn’t much more difficult. Today I wanted to do Tower of Frost on reaper 3, but after a long wait and no one joining, I lowered to 2 skulls and started solo. I was half way through second floor when I got my first joiner, and soon after we filled. The quest got a lot easier with more people, and we progressed nicely. The end fight was a bit challenging with the boss killing us over and over, but all in all it was a good run.

I noticed a few things during these runs, though. Thaz has been struggling to be useful for more than heals and rebuke foe in legendary raids, but here I was keeping up with the kill count. In the U35 quests I was imploding, spamming light spells and even mass frogging a few mobs… in Tower of Frost I couldn’t implode quite as much, but with comet and divine wrath in combination with the other spells, I too was getting some kills. I only had to step back a bit as I was draining on mana. Oh, and I noticed that I had healed Hoytarcher for over 10k with Divine Wrath one time. That’s more to him having awesome heal amp, than to me being an awesome healer, lol.

Anyway, here are Thaz’s stats at the start of The Newcomers:

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