On Saturday (May 26), I had decided to post for baba’s reaper 1 skull, since I won’t be able to post for raids next Saturday and I had planned to do a reaper try soon. My post went up at 9 pm my time, and in about 10 minutes we were ready to start. My lfm post had said “R1 first try”, as I wasn’t sure we’d complete on the first try, and I wasn’t quite sure on the tactics needed. The first part to beat baba down until the hut lands went well, and we had a plan for who goes where in the hut (spent an extra 5 min making said plan). While my lfm was up, before we started Stitchz sent me some tells about the difficulty of a reaper run, said the hardest part was the shadows. We quickly learned that for us the hardest part was lag – and the fact that the other side didn’t have an insta killer for the totems, while my side had both Thaz with mas frog and Kuz with hurl. We almost wiped from lag, and needed to jibber’s to get everyone up and when we got to the puzzles the bees had arrived behind us and we had to race against them to complete the puzzles. Puzzles went well though and we got to the crystal and beat down the shield.
Yesterday I wanted to flag Jarvanna for MoD, so me and the static group went to run epic necro 4. In the last update they released druid changes so I ended up having to redo some of my enhancements before running anything. We ran Vol, Inferno and Fleshmaker’s on hard, Ghost on normal and then went back and ran the first three on normal for more xp. Then I wanted to try Ghost on hard, and we did that successfully without too much issues. Here are a couple of pictures from Inferno.
Another new change to the wolf, they now sit when shrining
We have reached week 70 of the Saturday raids. Actually it’s the 70th post since my restart of EEraids, and I changed the blog posts from EEraids [number] to just raids when I stopped mainly posting for LE or EE raids. It was fun for a while to focus on trying to run raids on EE, but with the release of reaper and racial reincarnation, finding people at the right level and skill set to do the raids became more challenging than I had the patience for so I lowered the difficulty. I’d rather do more raids at a lower difficulty than wait for hours to do one run.
Anyway, raids 70 was yesterday and I logged on a bit after 9 pm Swedish time. There were only 16 people on in EEraids channel so I figured I’d struggle to fill my raids. I posted for baba’s normal and in 20 minutes we had a full party. Several people from Soko joined, and I liked that. I told the party to split up for puzzles, my only suggestion was that Leaden go left since I wanted to go right. Puzzles completed quickly and except for some issues with the red named scarecrows, they were getting completed in no time. In the first time through I got aggro of one of the reds and couldn’t go help kill the other scarecrows, which I believe slowed us down a little. Second time through one of them died and then respawned and ran across the already completed puzzle. The rest of the raid was good with few deaths. We completed in 30 minutes and as much as 3 named items dropped: Tremor, the Breaker of Bones, Torn, That Which Renders Despair, and Spite, the Fractured Shards. Sadly Spite got left in the chest since it got passed to the wrong person and said person recalled before this was noticed.
On Saturday it was Easter weekend, so I expected the raids to be hard to fill. I was a bit late on and posted for baba’s as the first raid. To my surprise, shortly after posting, people started hitting the lfm, and before 9.30 pm my time we had a full group. As always I told the party to split themselves up for puzzles, and I don’t believe I asked clerics and warlocks to split up, but we did. On my side there was a bit of confusion as to who should do the puzzles, so it took a bit longer because of that, second time through went better. We had some deaths but very little, and shamblers were being dealt with. We finished in 28 minutes and a con +7 tome dropped.
While working on our EDs, Schoan, Valdayanie and Jarvanna have been doing some EEs that we’ve never done before (on those characters). Last Sunday Valdayanie couldn’t make it, so Schoan and Jarvanna did Madstone and Cry for help as a duo. On the dps side we were doing, good, but surviving against the giant skeletons turned out to be a challenge. More than once my piker Evilynnn had to rescue us, but throwing raises from a safe distance.
One of the minotaurs jumped up out of reach
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.
As I may have mentioned, I run with Valdayanie and Schoan once a week or once every other week and the plan is to finish of our EDs, then eTR + TR. As we play so little, things have been going slow, and since Schoan doesn’t have all the packs, we have been running a bit of the same quests over and over. This week I suggested we do the U31 quests for a bit of a change. As we are xp’ing, running in off EDs, I figured it’d be best to stick to hard. Below are some screenshots from today’s runs.
Schoan, Valdayanie and Jarvanna have not done a whole lot of raids, mostly due to the fact that we don’t really play these characters outside the group and Schoan has had a lot of problems with lag in raids. As we hadn’t done Legendary Shroud together, I suggested I’d post for a normal run, and I did. We quickly got a few joiners, and when I felt we had enough to start, I suggested we run short man. My character felt terrible in the run, and I brought Evilynnn with me as a piker, which did cause a bit of distraction for me. The raid progressed slowly, but over all it was a good run.
My static group, Valdayanie, Schoan, Jarvanna.. and my piker Evilynnn have been doing our very first EEs of late (the characters’, not the players’). We just finished up the demon web last night, and I suggested we do a Caught in the Web. I decided on normal, as our characters aren’t maxed out and we’re running in off EDs. I had just switched to Grandmaster after capping Sentinel. I posted for the raid on the lfm, but we started just the 3 of us, well I did park Evilynnn at the start too, so she’d get a completion, xp and give us more loot.
Things were progressing nicely, the first Lolth fight, the legs.. even the optionals. We got a few joiners and things got easier. Ana was getting a bit beat up though. As we get to the end area, I figure since it’s only normal, we can fight up top. I forgot to tell the party to gather behind the rock. “It was only normal”, caused chaos, ppl died, fell off, we lost Ana and someone had to bring her back. The person leading her back got her as far as the ramp before he fell off. I grabbed her so she could activate Lolth and then went to fight Lolth, while the rest of the party was fighting trash and getting back up. Once most of the trash was taken care of, ppl came to help me with Lolth and we finally got the raid to progress. Getting the portal keepers prepped was a bit of a challenge, but not really as difficult as getting the trash taken care of, and finally Ana went through and we could gather in the end area. I also got Evil there.. but forgot to open the chests on her until after most had left. Luckily she didn’t get anything but trash, so nothing to pass to other players. A few comms dropped and Valdayanie got the rapier.
The static group characters don’t get a lot of love. We run together at the most once a week, and currently we’re running in off EDs to try and cap them out. I suggested we cap all our EDs before TR, but we’ll see if that actually happens. This time I wanted to attempts a short man Legendary Tempest’s spine. I spent a while crafting a str item for Jarvanna so she could do the str levers (yes my gimpy druid didn’t even have 47 str), and I brought in Godscraft for the int rune and Evilynnn just as a piker/ raiser.