i got a personal invite to nia's autumn party on blight. after all the crafting and working on the plot, i deserve a little r&r!
i had to work yesterday, so unfortunately i missed the main festivties, but i still got there in time for some good fun! when i logged on, the party was playing with son of gigaroth, arguably the nastiest nasty in the game. one hit from him is usually enough to put even the highest level alt down. so, as i was already in cleric skewl, i decked myself out in my best battle armor, loaded up my resurrections and my most awesome spells, grabbed opener (my trusty warhammer - because you might not be able to use a sword on something, but everything succumbs to having the snot beat out of them) and my fave shield (i am thinking of calling it coulson, what do you think? ;-} ), and ported to mithral's anvil, the closest port to the settlement of old oaks, where nia had a haunted themed plot, and the imperial outpost - both on the very edge of the harro deadlands.
thanx to a blight anchor, the area is usually swamped with baddies, and soggy (as he is affectionately known) was in full party mode. several group members were down, and i decided to wade in with those remaining standing and try to bring soggy down before rezzing the fallen. this was not a wise choice. i thnk i managed to get in maybe one swing while he was busy before being swatted like the gnat i was. i was rezzed and almost immediately killed again! this time, i recalled and ran back, hoping to sneak up on a fallen friend and rez before soggy found us. this was not to be, however! soggy was waiting for me on the road, and before i could turn and run away, he nailed me again!
soggy seemed to back off for a bit, and we rezzed the group and headed back to the plot to recover. we thought were safe there, but boy, we were wrong. one minute we are discussing what to do next, then soggy was in the middle of us, rampaging away. and you guessed it, i died yet again! if you are keeping count, that's 4 death points.
this time, after rezzing and/or recalling, we decided to head to nia's plot at north crystal on shepherd's mountain. she has a tier 6 tavern and i had a lot of food. you can eat food at any time and any where and get a reduction on the death penalty time, but eating a full meal in a tavern can decrease the time to a vast degree - a full meal, consisting of an appetizer, side dish, main dish, and a dessert, eaten in a t6 tavern, reduced one full dp for me. so, the remainder of the party was spent feasting and chatting with one of the gods of istaria, sooty kins, who happened by.
the party is over, but ranq reminded me that i hadn't been on a pilgrimage to the lost god illy's mountaintop plot in a very long time. once, long ago, blight had it's very own god, illyist. during the time of trouble, we lost him, but the current gods of istaria have kept his good worx, in homage. in fact, shepard's mountain is considered 'holy' by the elders of horizons - it's the major reason i built the palace and industrial complex in middle cliffside. i believe the middle cliffs port is the closest one to illy's most holy shrine!
even with that, it is a very long and winding run up the mountain to get to the shrine. once you get there, you see that the shrine is still as illy left it, incomplete buildings and all. i spent a good few minutes wandering around in memory, then went back home, got back into my crafting duds, and recalled back to dralk, ready to get back to the cobalt construction.
and that's how i spent my saturday! i promise, we will get right back to the dragon quests next time! see ya then!