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the adventures of reine du fromage de blight

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Author: velveeta

beginner gatherer trainers

Posted by velveeta Friday August 15 2014 at 8:03PM
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the first resource skewl we will explore is gatherer.  as with all basic skewls, you will meet your first trainer on the training island of new trismus.

elenna is the first trainer you will meet.  you can find her in the wood workstation in the middle of the cedar field, just off the road.  you will also meet her as part of the training quests offered on the island, as well as acquiring beginner formulas.

after leaving the training isle, you can find cassath in parsinia, a suburb of kion.  you can find him just inside the fort, in the left hand room.  he sells beginner forms like wood board and essence orbs.

moving on from kion, you will find the last resource trainer in the human city of dalimond.  nida can be found outside the city walls to the west, in the fabric workstation.  she also sells basic resource forms.

 

there we go with meeting the beginner gatherer trainers.  come back soon to meet the journeyman trainers!

my fave wood resource locations

Posted by velveeta Friday August 8 2014 at 12:06AM
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as i mentioned previously, there are 2 bipeds crafting skewls known as the 'resource' skewls.  miners (we will cover this later) harvest inorganic resources - metal, stone, and gems.  first, we will explore gatherers, who work with essence, fabric (including leather and hide), papyrus (a new resource), and wood.  let's explore wood resource locations.  as usual, i will give you the wiki information, followed by my fave places for working the different tiers.  please do keep in mind that most fields, of all tiers, will most likely be guarded by treants of the appropriate level.  they can be sneaky!  in addition, there may be other creatures - instead of as well as in addition to - guarding the fields as well.

tier 1:

wiki description:  cedar is the first tier wood resource.  as such, the fields are large and quick to respawn.  most locations will have a wood workstation handy.  the wiki lists the following places, altho there are more scattered around the beginning level cities and settlements:

my thoughts:  obviously, most newbies will stay on new trismus to do cedar.  and i can dig that.  it's a good place - large field near the road with a lovely wws smack in the middle and you can easily avoid the treants.  but i like kion.  near the road, even closer to town than new tris, wws, and no treants.  however, the road is patrolled by lieutenant tarn, and he can be a pain for low level players.  we have a love/hate relationship - i love to give him the royal smackdown and he hates when i do it.  payback for all the times i had to run from him when i was still just a princess.......
 
tier 2:
 
wiki description:  after cedar, you move on to working elm.  elm is actually the most easily found wood resource.  wiki sez you can find it at these locations:
 
my thoughts:  there used to be a settlement called elmnic.  it was perfect for elm, as you can prolly tell.  it seems to have been repurposed, as i can't find the fine field anymore.  so, i now do my elm work at abandoned isle or dalimond.  abandoned isle must be attuned to, and it is not the normal attunement - the initial portal to the isle to greet the gatekeeper is hidden on a very narrow cliff at the north tip of scorpion isle.  someday, i will post that attunement quest - for now, if you can't get to ai, dalimond is prolly the best place.  both locations are guarded by both elm treants and ruxus, so i might suggest a babysitter if you are lower level.
 
tier 3:

wiki description:  the next tier wood resource is oak.  you can find it:

my thoughts:  i know oak is at mahagra.  peeps who know have told me so.  i think i even found it once.  but for me, heather is so much easier.  very large field and, back in the day when blight was more populated, lots of player wws at the settlement. alas, that is not the case nowadays, but still a good place to find oak.  there are plenty of treants, and, as an added reason to stay on your toes, a nasty boss  werewolf named storm's shadow patrols the mountain area in the middle of the field.  not to be messed with, run when you get wind of him.
 
tier 4:
 
wiki description:  if you read this drivel, you already know about maple, the tier 4 wood resource.  the wiki, currently, only listed one location, but there are at least 2 more, including a very safe location that escapes at the moment - it being very late for me and i am old and losing my memory.  but anyway:
 
my thoughts:  at least until i remember the other locations, i go to sanctuary bay to harvest maple.  if you are lucky enough to have some player made wws at the settlement, you will be in good shape.  there is no game wws handy.  the field is large - but heavily guarded by treants.  not a pleasant place to craft in any circumstance.
o hey, i remember another location.  it's a widespread area near mithril's anvil and the imperial outpost.  very heavily guarded by metal golems as well as treants, and baddies sometimes make their way to the area from the outpost.  sanct bay is slightly easier to deal with in that respect.
hey, i remember another place!!  harton valley - it is a settlement deep in a wide valley near tazoon.  in addition to the normal treants, the boss, bitterbranch, patrols the field.  there is a port that requires attunement.  hopefully, there are plenty of player wws to use.
 
tier 5:
 
wiki description:  yew is truly a pain in the azz resource to harvest.  no safe fields, no handy wws.  find it at these locations:
my thoughts:  DO NOT go to harro.  you will die before getting a full load of logs.  just trust me on this one.  go to yewn.  with luck, it is built up and there will be a wws handy.  you will need to run off the cliff to get to it, so make sure you know where to go, cause you don't want to get tangled with the yew treants.
 
tier 6:
 
wiki description:  ah, blessed thornwood!!  thanx again to yildar!!  both the wiki and i both agree, the one and only place for thornwood is:
  • East and southeast of Harro
my thoughts:  now, safe harvesting of thornwood depends on where you go.  east of harro, you will find the field guarded by treants.  but, if you remember, yildar told us about the area southeast of harro proper where we can safely harvest.  plus, if there are player built plots available, a handy wws near a port pad!
 
 
and so, there we have wood resources and the locations thereof.  next time, we will begin to meet the gatherer trainers.  hope to see you next time!
 

expert scholar trainer

Posted by velveeta Friday August 1 2014 at 8:18PM
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there is only one expert scholar trainer, jalthor longbraid in aughundell.  you can find him in the last right room of the crafthall mine, between the scholar's desk and the essence channeler.

 

speaking of, scholars are responsible for making scrolls and spell shards.  in order to do this, both resources need essence orbs.  to harvest essence, one uses an essence siphon.  forming the raw essence into orbs requires both an essence shaper and an essence channeler.  unlike most other resources, essence working only requires one machine, the channeler.

scholars then scribe spells and such onto stone spell shards or papyrus scrolls.  scribing requires the use of a rune stylus and a scholar's desk.

 

and there we have the scholar trainers!  hope you found the info useful.  that also concludes the basic crafting skewls.  there are 2 other skewls that i consider basic - the game calls them 'resource' skewls - gatherer and miner.  we shall explore them next, starting with the gatherer skewl.  see you soon with wood resource locations to get us started!  see ya soon!

journeyman scholar trainers

Posted by velveeta Friday July 25 2014 at 8:32PM
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time to meet the journeyman scholar trainers!

first up is hubert hufflebing in new rachival. you can find the gnome trainer in the lower level of the fort, in the same building as other trainers we have met.  you will find him just inside the door, next to the scholar's desk.

in an environment as cold as new rach is hot, the scholar trainer in kirasanct is palaikis the fiend.  he can be found in the upper right building of the fort, in an alcove at the back of the main area.

the cold must be good for learning, as the next scholar trainer is revaan nosfer in mahagra.  since, apparently, most scholars are male - and so it is with revaan.  find him in the the back right tower of the fort.

the last of the jm trainers is a rare female - talyshae in sylvan feladan.  she can be found next to the scholar's desk in the lower level of the fort, to the left of the essence channeler.

 

i hope you will join me next time, when we meet the last scholar trainer and i introduce you to the tools of the trade.  see you soon!

update on some resource locations

Posted by velveeta Sunday July 13 2014 at 8:23PM
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well, my children, thanks again to yildar.  after so many recommendations, his was the final straw that made me download the map pack.  and why i waited so long, i don't even know!  if you are gonna play horizons for serious, you need to do so as well!  go to istariareference.com and download the mappack mod with updates.  you will thank the gods for it (altho, of course, it is a player made thing,,,,,).  i will be relying on it heavily to show you locations i can't get to, for whatever reason (usually time or attunement, i imagine!  lol )

anyhoo, to the topic at hand.

harro is a high level and dangerous place.  so, of course, there are several high level resources located in the surrounding lands.  today, i will show you how to get to some unguarded steelsilk (for outfitters) and radiant wisps (for scholars, if you want to check the related earlier posts).  you can also find thornwood in the area, which we will cover in future.  so, let's get started, shall we?

starting at the harro arrival pad, head southernly down the hill past the guard shack.  stay on the road as it turns southeastish and go up the hill.  at the top, you will see the settlement port pad.  head to the right, behind the middle plot (on blight, it is the only plot that is built on - that is unlikely to be the case on the live shards).  there is a scaleable 'pass' (you will need to jump up a couple times, but it is fair easy to climb) you need to climb.  once at the top, you are entering the safe resource area.

to get to the steelsilk and rads, you need to cross the top of the hill and go down another 'pass' to a lower plateau.  on that plateau, you will find the rad wisps - including some enraged, much easier to deal with than the blight hounds and other nasties in the other areas around here - to your right and the start of the steelsilk field to your left.  remember, the closer you get to blighted lands, the better your chances of running into trouble.  also, there are no convenient workstations for any of this, so you will prolly need to become very familiar with the harro settlement area, for access to player plots with workstations.

and that is how easy it turned out to be to get to some important high level resources.  join me again soon, when we will meet the journeyman scholars!

beginner scholar trainers

Posted by velveeta Friday July 11 2014 at 8:04PM
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before we jump into the trainers, i want to thank yildar for some very welcome resource location info that i will be incorporating into the appropriate posting.  i will also be post a short piece on both radiant essence and steelsilk that will use this info.  i just need to get ingame long enough to do the screenies, but suffice to say that yildar has advised me of an easily accessed safe area for several tier 6 resources.  i hope to have the new info soon, this weekend, with luck.

 

anyway, on to the topic at hand.

the first scholar trainer one usually meets is erelald on new trismus.  the elf can be found next to the stone workstation, between the gem mine and the cloth workstation.

kion is usually the next place to advance, and you will find geleon the saris in the upper level of the fort.  go up the stairs and you should see the trainer at the back of the room, next to the balcony archway.

in sslanis - non gender specific sibling city to kion - the sslik trainer is kesh.  it can be found in the upper floor of the main fort area, above the vault.

last but not least, beginner scholar trainer leah can be located in the building to the east of the outfitter's building in the heart of dalimond.  she will get you started with tools and formulas!

 

thank you for coming to read these, and we will see you very soon with another post.  whether the journeymen trainers or a resource location update remains to be seen!

my fave essencel resource locations

Posted by velveeta Saturday July 5 2014 at 2:46PM
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now it is time to meet the trainers for the last basic crafting skewl for istaria - the scholar.  scholars are the basic skewl for several crafting and adventure prestige skewls, and provides important skills for those seeking a magic using profession.

in order to scribe spells, one must first make spell shards, which require stone and essence to create.  essence is harvested from wisps and wisp residue.  wisps are living creatures - the only ones that you can harvest from while still alive.  harvesting essence from a dead wisp gets you tainted essence, which can be used to make blighted weapons and spells.  residue is a big pile of essence, affectionately known as wisp poo.

as with all resources, wisps come in tiers.  so here we go with the in game locations - with, of course, my fave places to harvest:

tier 1:

wiki description:  the first essence you work with is dim.  as the first tier resource, it is the most common.  the wiki shows these locations for finding dims

  1.  South New Trismus
  2. Above Nuthala to the easy
  3. Isle of Wisps
  4. Northeast of Sslanis
  5. Southeast of Genevia
my thoughts:  when it comes to essence, at least the first few tiers, you will make friends with wisp island.  small island with plenty of dims, pales, and glows, at least.  supposedly, you can find brights as well, but i can't remember finding them - if i have, it hasn't been worth it, as you will see in a bit.  also a very handy ews right across the bridge from the port area.
 
tier 2:
 
wiki description:  pale essence is the tier 2 essence.  pales can be found at the following places:
 
  1. Isle of Wisps
  2. Between Dalimond and Chiconis
  3. Abandoned Island
  4. Mambow Point
  5. Northeast of Kenaf Port northwest of Slate Hills
  6. Slightly northeast of Bristugo portal pad
my thoughts:  see above.  wisp island is the only real place to go.  unguarded, small field, with workstation.  can't ask for better.
 
tier 3:
 
wiki description:  next, you will learn to work glowing essence (glows or glowies).  you can find them here:
 
  1. Isle of Wisps
  2. North side of Heather
  3. East of Mahagra
  4. North of Acul in the oak forest
my thoughts:  see above two.  the only small drawback to the isle of wisps is that the different types are all mixed together, so you do spend some time running around sorting.  small price to pay, to my mind.
 
tier 4:
 
wiki description:  next tier, we work brights.  we are getting into the higher tiers, and that means rarity and guards.  
 
  1. Between Sanctuary Bay and Spire's Shadow to the north
  2. Just outside Feladan to the west
  3. Isle of Wisps
my thoughts:  you can find brights in the maple fields above sanctuary bay.  but, as you may remember, that also means maple treants - and they are no joke.  doable solo if you are high enough level, but for an easier time harvesting brights, i go to feladan.  a fairly large field, guarded only by an enraged wisp or 2.  much easier than 50 treants on your butt all the time.  plus, the ews is inside the city proper, very close to the field.
 
tier 5:
 
wiki description:  yeap, the last 2 tiers.  the killer tiers.  tier 5 essence is shining (shinies, of course).  wiki lists 2 places to find them:
 
  1. North of Harro
  2. Spiritous Swamp
my thoughts:  spiritous swamp is deadly.  don't go there at all.  if you have to, go with an army.  still prolly won't last long, but you might find some shinies....  that leaves harro - only slightly less deadly, but at least, if you are careful, you might actually do some harvesting.  it was here that i got my death point, as you can see from the screenie.  those bloodsnouts aggro'ed me while i was taking screenies, and before i could recall, i was written in the ded book.  there are several high level resources in this area and surrounding, so keep in mind you will need a babysitter and/or lookout while around here.
 
tier 6:
 
wiki description:  the rarest and most difficult essence resource is radiant.  wiki sez you can find some in these locations:
 
  1. East and southeast of Harro
  2. Just outside Feladan to the west
  3. Mixed in with the Glowing east of Mahagra
my thoughts:  believe me, i looked.  i looked hard.  i could not find any rads in feladan or mahagra.  both would be better than harro, which is where i go to die.  but, if you are lucky, you will find some before you croak.
 
 
so, now that we are familiar with essence, we can meet the trainers.  come back next time!

expert outfitter trainers

Posted by velveeta Friday June 27 2014 at 7:47PM
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time to meet our last 2 outfitter trainers.  before we start, tho, i would like to say a word about the city of kirasanct.

kira is a high level area, but the trainers are mixed between journeyman and expert.  in the current case, for instance, khania is listed on the wiki as journeyman in rank, but is really an expert.  therefore, in relation to all following posts on kira trainers, i will make sure i check the forms available for sale as the final word on whether a trainer is really jm or expert.  just to keep you in the loop, ya ken!

so, with that out of the way, might as well introduce you to the kirasanct outfitter, khania.  i have confirmed that khania sells expert forms and does not sell jm, so don't waste a trip!  you can find her in an alcove room at the top of the stairs to the left (you can see the archway to the stairs in the middle left of the screenie), in the main fort area.

in augh, you need to find bragha for your expert outfitter forms.  the dwarven trainer can be find inside the mine area, in the far left crafthall.  look for the outfitter sign!

 

when harvesting fiber plants, bipeds use (dragons have no need, usually, to harvest fiber) a scythe-like harvest knife.  using the unspun fiber, fabric scissors, and a distaff (a workstation machine), one makes fabric spool resources to make finished products.  outfitters use spools to make clothing and armor at a loom or mannequin, using a sewing needle.

 

well, that is about it for outfitters!  next time, we will discover essence (and i will tell you about how i died to bring you this info!  ;-} ) and find out about the last basic craft skewl, the scholar.  see you soon!

journeyman outfitter trainers

Posted by velveeta Tuesday June 10 2014 at 10:42AM
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(post has been updated with the appropriate maps!)

 

the first of the jman trainers we shall meet is kimmer in the gnome city of new rachival.  you will become somewhat familiar with the room where she is located, as several other trainers are also found in this section of the fort.

in the mahagra fort, frida deslo is the outfitter trainer to look for.  if you need to update your formulas to journeyman level, you can get them here!!

our last jman trainer is ciowel, found in the elven city of feladan.  find him in the fort area next to the essence channeler.

 

i am sorry i forgot to do the maps for these posts. i will be updating both this post and the beginner trainers with those screenies asap - hopefully in the next couple days.  however, if you just look for the sign, you will usually find the trainers in the room immediately behind.  remember, the outfitter sign is a vest symbol.

see you next time when we will meet the expert trainers and learn a bit about the tools you will need.

beginner outfitter trainers

Posted by velveeta Wednesday June 4 2014 at 8:24PM
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(post has been updated with the appropriate maps!)

 

well, here we go with meeting the outfitter trainers!

first up, the new trismus trainer is johald.  as befits the training island, he offers a lot of quests!  you can find the trainer in the fws in the middle of the flax field on the southern end of the island, between the sandstone field/gem mine and rancher elden's farm.

after the evil place, the next stop is usually kion.  the outfitter there is bolo.  this trainer can be found in the manor house at the top of the hill, between the two city gates.  find bolo just inside the doorway, in the left room.  

in sslanis, grash can be found in the main fort - look for the sign with the vest symbol.  remember, all trainers sell the appropriate formulas for their tiers!

the last beginner trainer is sela verin.  she can be found on the porch of the fws, near the ports, city gate, and the angel statue where the attunement gatekeeper is located.

 

join me next time, when we meet the journeyman trainers!