Weekend in Istaria started rather easily: standing in the hot sands of Lerena island and killing any Sand Scarab in sight. I managed to get into fight with multiple (sometimes up to 3) enemies thus gaining more xp points. Of course, it took a while, but finally I reached magic level 81.
Which left me with another set of trophies - since in Istaria, each 5 levels form a group with its own trophies. I went to Gnome city of Aughundell: it houses Trophy hunter who needs level 81-100 trophies. Turned in 35 trophies - and voila, level 82.
And then there was silence. I hoped for a quick advancement to lvl.91 and then I could use >100 trophies. I was wrong. First, I could not find suitable monsters: either too hard they were or too greedy. Then, I could not find a rather safe place. Yes, I knew about place in the heart of Eastern Deadlands where some monsters lived. The problem is - in order to get there, you should stay alive while running from top level monsters and each time I tried I failed.
Finally, found one Dragon who agreed to fight not so dangerous Fiyakis. This hunt was a failure again: was killed one more time, while unable to do any serious harm to Fiyakis. Result: some 15% advancement towards level 83.
I thought about returning to Lerena, but then it became clear: if I need 600.000 xp to next level and each Sand Scarab gives me 6000 xp (well, only two Harvesters give that much:others only 2000) - I need to kill 1000 Scarabs just for one level. If I go for my Fire opal golems, I would gain some 7000 from each and entire 8000 from named one - but this fight is risky and very slow.
Tried to hunt some monsters for next level group. Results: Forest Oastic was a bit hard, but still gave trophies; Giant Ice Beetle was hard, but gave me trophies. Went for Dire Icy wolves and this voyage proved to be disaster: was suddenly attacked by 3 of them and hardly escaped.
And so weekend ended with very grey mood. No real progress, no chance of advancing my combat school without over-grinding. Monsters above lvl. 83 are proven to be over-strong and even multiclassed person has a serious trouble while fighting ones.
Well, maybe this week would bring at least some light into my Istaria...