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the adventures of reine du fromage de blight

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Author: velveeta

turn to the left, FASHION! part five - to zhessix in sslanis

Posted by velveeta Saturday October 20 2018 at 7:31PM
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(i am sorry for taking so long to post.  my mother died sept 25 and i have been occupied with the aftermath.  altho it was expected and planned for as much as possible, there are many things that have to wait until a person has passed before they can be completed.)

when last we met, vrex at the barricades north of sslanis had tasked us with delivering a bag of herbs to zhessix in sslanis, so that a healing ointment can be made.  head out to the road running thru the barricades and take the south gate out of the area.  since you will be running thru hordes of the undead all along the way, make sure you buff up - swift feet if you don't want to tangle, battle buffs if you want to dance.

you will notice the changes the closer you get to sslanis proper, especially if you have been around long enough to remember what the city environs looked like less than a year ago.  to get to zhessix, cross the bridge and head up the first set of stairs to the upper level of the fort.  at the top, turn left at the hallway between the buildings, and you will find the sslik inside the building at the end of the hallway.

approach the sslik and greet it.  we have interrupted important work!  in order to make up for this, zhessix has tasked you to provide it with 24 kenaf spools and 16 iron bars.  chances are very good that you will have to craft these items yourself, but if you are lucky enough to have friends, they might be persuaded to make them for you.  

or, if you have been playing since god was a boy, you might have a plot (or two) - and on this plot, you may have silos for storage.  and you might have, once long ago, filled these silos with all the basic resources, that you might save some time in occasions such as this.  lucky me, all i have to do is take the sslanis portal (doing a search for 'middle' - the closest incoming portal to my plots is the middle cliffside pad) to cliffside on shepherd's mountain.  my plots are visible from teh port pad, so i just run to the first one, head to the silos at the back of the plot, access the proper silo (i have a master list of location and contents, of course), and transfer the needed spools and bars from teh appropriate silos into my inventory.  then, i simply recalled to bristugo and took the city portal back to sslanis.

go back to the sslik cook and regreet it.  you will get the balm, some quickstep potions, and instructions to take it back to vrex.  make the run back to the barricades - it should be very familiar to us by now - and go to vrex.

find out what happens next soon, i hope you come back for it!

tis the season!

Posted by velveeta Monday October 1 2018 at 8:21PM
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getting close to holiday season, and that means a seasonal event!  this year's will be exciting, based on this news!

a small tidbit - The contest will start today and run till the 30th of November. Your submission can be emailed to: If any modifications need to be made, our contest moderators will mail you back in regards to it.

We'll look at all the suggestions on December 1 and then provide a timeline for when the winning suggestions will be implemented. As was last year, the creators of the winning entries will receive a title. Please remember to include your account name as well as a character name in your submission so we know on which character you’d like to redeem the title.



now is the time to come back home, or make the move to istaria!  hope to see you there soon!

turn to the left, FASHION! part four - dimman in kion

Posted by velveeta Friday September 28 2018 at 7:15PM
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we have one last fashion designer, and that designer will end up netting us 2 town outfits.  it will involve traveling, exploration (for us both, as the areas we will visit have been revamped and are new to me as well), combat, and meeting new peeps - and it will be several posts to get thru it all, so let's get started, shall we?

we need to be in the saris city of kion, so make your way there (via portal, most likely).  once you pop up on the pad, take the west road a few feet to the turnoff to the new secondary fort.  enter and admire the huge new statue, then turn to your left and head for the building directly across the square, where you will find dimman.  approach the male saris and open the trade window.  choose the kion wear form and move it to the 'items receiving' field.  when you are satisfied with the trade, click the approve button and check your inventory for your new form.

now, don't leave!  right click on dimman and greet him.  notice that, rather than the usual blather, dimman has some exciting news!  he also offers a quest to get that long lost form - a complex and involved quest.  click the quest link, accept the quest, and get the details from dimman and your quest journal.

the saris fashion designer has tasked us with getting more info from our old friend vrex the learned, who we can find in the barricades, as we know from the 'bloodletter' series of mini quests.  head for the outgoing portals by running easterly from the fort.  the closest port to the barricades is parsinia, so search for it at the portal, highlight it when it pops up and click the teleport button.

at parsinia, the way to the barricades should be familiar.  buff your speed if you so desire, then take the south road out of the settlement.  cross the bridge and continue thru the signposts until you reach the north gate of the barricades.  once thru the gate, jog over the hill on your left into the tiny canyon where vrex is doing its research.

approach the sslik and greet it.  vrex wants you to deliver some herbs to zhessix in sslanis.


this is a good place to pause, so i hope you will join me again soon to find out what happens next.  see you soon!

heads up, elders and ex pats

Posted by velveeta Saturday September 22 2018 at 12:53PM
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hey, guys, all of us love reklar, so check this out!

watch the more than 2 hour video of the new place to hunt epically!


everyone else, i was too excited to wait to post this.  i promise the new quest will happen next time!

turn to the left, FASHION! part three - feladan and kirasanct

Posted by velveeta Saturday September 15 2018 at 5:40PM
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moving on to our next 2 fashion designers - i know i said alphabetical order, but kion is a special exception, as you will see next time - today we will visit the elven city of feladan and the fiendish town of kirasanct.

get yourself to feladan - any major portal will go there - and turn until you are facing the area where the wall and the corner of the fort meet.  go thru the arch into the fort proper, and head for the doorway of the building directly across from the essence channeler.  enter the building and turn to the left immediately, and you will find esteleora in the corner of the room.  open a trade with the elf female, of course.  choose the feladan wear form and drag it to the 'items receiving' field.  choose the amount you want to buy, and click the approve button to complete the trade.  you are now the proud owner of the feladan designer clothing formula!

next, port to the icy city of kirasanct.  when you pop up on the pad, head downstairs on the ramp.  once you get to the bottom level, run to the eastern corner, next to the outgoing portal.  there, you will find mokatos, the fiendish fashion designer.  open a trade window, click and drag the wanted form to the receiving field, choose your amount to buy and ok any requirement message that appears, click the approve button, and check your inventory for your new form.

there is one more fashion designer to visit - but that designer will ultimately net us our last 2 city wear forms.  this will be a mini quest series of sub posts, so i hope you will join me for the entire run!  i promise it will be well worth your interest.  see you soon for the beginning of the fun.


i will post the whole album link, as the following posts have their own album.  the fashion designer album is here.

turn to the left, FASHION! part two - aughundell and dalimond

Posted by velveeta Monday September 10 2018 at 8:27PM
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well, we have our hats, now we just need some patterns to make our matching outfits!  i will be visiting the racial cities in alphabetical order to call on the fashion designers of istaria.  not all cities have designers - dragons don't wear clothes (as a rule, they can wear dragon costumes), so we won't be going to dralk or chiconis - and one of them has 2!  mahagra (home of the half giants) has a designer, but she doesn't sell.  there is tazoon wear, but you can't get it in tazoon (no designer). new rachival has no designer, and you get sslanis wear via a quest (which we shall undertake later).  so you can see it will be a fun exploring time!  let's get started, shall we?

since we are already in bristugo, we will head to the portals and take the main city (blue) portalaughundell should be the first destination offered, so choose it.  you will pop up on the pad just outside the city gate.  go thru the gate and head for the first building on the left.  turn left on entering and you will find muirin, the dwarven fashion designer.  approach and greet the dwarf.  she will give you the 'standard' speech (most of the other designers will say the same, so i will not show the greeting again unless there is a change), indicating that she sells the patterns, she does not make the clothes.  exit the chat and open a trade with muirin.  muirin, as with most designers, sells 2 forms - commoner wear (the easiest, most basic clothes to make), and aughundell (dwarven) wear.  most city designers sell the clothing patterns of the race the city belongs to, but this is not a hard and fast rule, as we shall see.

the trade is the same as the other trades we have done.  in the trade window, highlight and drag the items you want to buy to the 'items receiving' field.  choose the amount of the items you want to purchase - if you are in a city that is too high a level for your skill, you will get a message letting you know that you can't use an/the item yet - and click the approve button.  you have bought your first patterns!

our next city is the human town of dalimond.  you can take the aughundell port to get there; when you pop up on the pad, turn east and you will see the building where dalimond's 2 fashion designers can be found.  you have to go around to the front of the building to go inside.

as you can see, there are 2 fashion designers.  i approached loselren first.  open a trade with her, choose the items you want (try switching to list view, it might make it easier to see what you are buying), choose the amount you want, and click approve when ready.  in addition to another common wear form (duh), loselren sold me the tazoon (human) wear form.

now, turn to the gnome, gebble dazzletop.  open a trade and choose the new rachival (gnome) wear form.  choose the amount you want, click approve and your trade is complete!

there we have it, 4 new forms!  join me soon, when we will visit 2 more cities and get more.  hope to see you then!

turn to the left, FASHION! - part one, hats

Posted by velveeta Saturday September 1 2018 at 3:24PM
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we have all this newfound coin, what to spend it on?  well, if you like clothes and fashion, you can visit the various fashion designers scattered around istaria and buy formulas to create your own haute couture (provided you have the proper tools, skills, and resources).

we will explore the cities with fashion designers (dragons have no need for fashion in clothing, so chiconis and dralk will not have them) in alphabetical order, but there is only one haberdashery in istaria, and it is in bristugo.

fortunately, the home of sheila jonis is right across the road from the shrine, so the haberdashery is easy to find.  step inside the front door, and you will see the hatmaker directly across from you.  approach sheila and greet her, as you would any other npc.  she has a short sob story, but doesn't offer me any quests.  exit the chat and open the trade option.

as you can see from her inventory, sheila doesn't sell clothing forms, she sells hats.  there are 4 different styles (with 4 variations on one style):

choose the items you want to buy by highlighting them, then right drag to the 'items recieving' field.  choose the number of items you want to purchase (the default is 1), check how much they will cost you in the 'items giving' field (for one each of all 7 items, a whopping 87 sp, 500cp), approve the trade, and check your inventory for your new hats!

now we have some new hats, time to go on a tour of fashion designers, so we can get some patterns to make matching outfits!  we start that tour (which includes a little surprise mini tour) when next we meet.  hope to see you then.

lucrative sidetrack, part three - technique resource consignor

Posted by velveeta Friday August 24 2018 at 10:26PM
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well, we have made great inroads in our inventory cleanout, but there is still one more trade we can try.  this is merely a temporary fix, but it is good to use to clear up space.

as i mentioned at the end of the last post, we need to port to bristugo (using the main city portal right next to baltorros).  just up the road from the shrine is the fort - that's where we want to go.  say hi to the other vendors along the path as you enter the fort proper.  turn left toward the grandfather clock and find sir aidan the reasonable.  sir aidan likes to research in the library, so you may also find him in there.

unlike stervineth and baltorros, sir aidan is a consignor.  consignors are different in that they are middle men - they sell your items for a fee, and if they don't sell in 14 days, the items are returned to your inventory.  so for our purpose, this is a temporary measure.  they also charge a fee to sell your items (altho there are several ways around this).  sir aidan specializes in technique resources - ingredients vital to the crafting of techniques to apply to weapons, tools, armor, clothes, etc.  

greet sir aidan as usual.  if you click the link in his speech, it will open a trade tutorial subwindow.  the tutorial will give you an indepth study of the different types of trades, so feel free to go thru it at your leisure.

now, exit out of the the chat window and right click aidan to choose the trade option.  here, the process is familiar; the usual trade window opens, switch from sir aidan's inventory to yours, find a resource (should be much easier now, altho some of them are small and hard to see), drag it to the 'items giving' field.

here's where things take a turn from what we are used to.  instead of asking you how many of the item you want to give, a subwindow opens asking you how much you want to sell the item for to other players.  you can charge as much as you want, but these are the lowest tiers of resources, so i usually just charge 1cp.  click okay to continue.

the process returns to normal from this point - you are asked to choose how many of the item you want to sell.  remember, the default is all of them, so change the amount if you want and click okay.  sir aidan will let you know how much he is charging you (if anything) to sell the items.  as a specialist, there are things he won't sell for you, and he will only take so many different items in one trade.  when you are ready, click the approve button and the trade is complete!

so, we have a bit more coin and a cleaner inventory, but i could still get rid of more!  i have 2 plots, and there is a lot of low level hoard - every little bit helps! - so i figured i would go home and dump it for mourningwood.  i used the handy portal right there in bristugo and headed to the industrial complex, so as to dump formulas and the hoardstuff.  all my alts are part of the same guild, so i knew i would be able to access mw's plot to store it all.  imagine my surprise when i was unable to access anything!  apparently, the plot permissions had been reset to default, which is locked.

of course, that meant having to log in mw to reset the perms, but since i was there already, i went over to the palace complex and reset the perms on it.  step one is to open the plot marker and click on a building in the lower left corner of the window that opens. step two - notice the structure permissions field on the middle right of the window.  you have three choices for a building's permission; locked (which is default), open (anyone can browse and access - very not recommended), and guild only (self explanatory).  choose your level (guild only is most usual) and wait 25 seconds.  once the timer is up, the new permission is in place.

not done yet, tho!  on the last tab - plot permissions - you need to set the overall plot permission.  you have 4 choices here: deny all, allow all, guild only, friends only (because you might not have a guild).  i choose guild only, click 'submit changes', wait out the timer, and i am all done.  time to dump the rest of the stuff!

and that is the end of that.  we should be a little richer and a lot lighter now.  next time, we are gonna spend some of that new pelf.  come back to find out on what!  see you soon.


the album for this series can be found here.

lucrative sidetrack, part two - chiconis trophy hunter

Posted by velveeta Friday August 17 2018 at 7:49PM
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so, we have dumped some inventory and gotten some coin, but we still have a lot of stuff we can sell.  before we leave chiconis in search of more filthy lucre, we should visit the chiconis trophy hunter to kill those 2 birds with one stone.

trophy hunters are stationed in every racial city, because they also give out trophy quests in addition to trading in trophies.  we may, at some point in the future, explore trophy quests; however, there are hundreds of them, and they are all the same - hunt a particular creature until you have the required number of trophies to turn in.

that's a topic for another day, tho.  today we are interested in trade.  since every racial city has a trophy hunter, we just need to find the one in chiconis.  fortunately, that is quite easy - baltorros is directly opposite stervineth, an equal distance from clerash, next to the main outgoing portal.  approach the dragon and greet as usual.  as you can see, baltorros feels i am too high level, really, to be hunting the trophies the dragon wants, but offers the hunts nevertheless.

exit out of the chat and right click baltorros and choose to trade.  the trade window will open - remember to switch to your inventory tab.  trophies will be easy to find - they are always round icons with a T in the center.  clicking the icon will show you the tier and a description of the token.  remember - brokers of this type only take their tier and lower in trade (hence, baltorros telling me i was too high level for his quests).

we went thru the trade process last time, and it is identical in process to the oddities broker.  after searching your inventory, click and drag the icon to the 'items giving' field.  choose how many of the tokens you want to sell (remember, the trade window always default to the max number).  the hunter will let you know if they want your token and how much they will pay for it.  trophy hunters, like most traders, have a limit to the number of individual items they will accept in one trade, so you may have to do more than one.  whenever you are ready, click the 'approve' button, receive your thanx, and exit the trade window if you haven't chosen the 'close window on trade' option.


that's it for what we can do here in chiconis.  join me next time, when we port to bristugo to see a different kind of trade.  see you soon!



lucrative sidetrack, part one - chiconis oddities broker

Posted by velveeta Sunday August 12 2018 at 6:22PM
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so, while looting the lapis lazuli golems from the last town marshal quest, i began to get the 'unable to loot due to full inventory' message - which i usually only get from crafting.  basically, tthru all the quests we have been doing, i haven't dumped any loot; therefore, my inventory was full of stuff and a decision had to be made regarding disposal of said stuff.

in istaria, there are 2 ways to get rid of (non-quest needed, more on that in a second) loot - sell or storage.  since i am basically out of storage options, i prefer to sell my loot.  except for hoard - hoard goes to dragon friends!  if you don't have any dragon friends, make some!

loot itself falls into one of 3 types (most times, you will get a combo of the 3):  odditites (aka junk items - things that used to get dumped from inventory), trophies, and technique resources.  in the old days, the first item was useless and worthless; since the revamp, you can now sell them for coin, which is kewl.  i believe there may be a couple quests that require them as well, but i haven't confirm that yet.  that being the case, let's start with the oddities broker.  brokers are a specialized form of pawnbrokers, and follow those rules in trading.  i know of 3 oddities brokers - rhagool in new trimus, his brother rhahool in bristugo, and stervineth in chiconis.  since they are so new, there is no wiki page on whether there are others in the main cities, but i would suppose at least most of them do.

since we are in chiconis, tho, we will visit stervineth.  the dragon broker is easy to find - he is almost directly behind clerash, next to the outgoing portal.  approach stervineth and greet him in the usual way - his speech will explain his purpose.  close that window, right click stervineth again, and this time, choose 'trade with stervineth' instead of the usual greet.

(the following process is pretty much s.o.p. for dealing with brokers and most trades.  small details may change, but the basic process should be familiar)

upon clicking the trade option, a trade window will appear.  most of the left side of the window is the inventory field.  the window opens by default in the vendor's inventory, so you must click the 'yours' tab to open your inventory.  in the upper right of this field is the list option buttons - you can choose from list or icon.  listing the contents may be easier for those not yet familiar with the icons.  if you hover on an icon, a details screen for that item will appear.  it will give you a description of the item and, most importantly, the tier level.

once you find an item you want to sell, click and drag it to the 'items giving' field at the lower right of the trade window.  when you release the item, a subwindow will appear, asking how many of the item you want to sell.  the default is all, so if you only want to sell some, here is where you will indicate that.  in the 'items receiving' field just above the giving one, you will see the amount of coin you will get for that item's trade.  when you click the 'okay' button, you will get a bit of commentary in the lower left of the trade window - remember, brokers only take their tier or lower items in trade - stervineth will take tier 2 and tier 1 items, but not tier 3.

fill up your giving field (almost all the brokers and trading vendors will only take a certain number of different items in one trade, so if you are like me and haven't been selling stuff, you will need to make more than one trade to clean your inventory) and the 'approve' button in the lower right of the trade window, under the giving field.  you will be thanked and a bit richer with a smaller inventory.



next time, we will meet the chiconis trophy hunter and learn about this particular type of trade.  hope so see you back for that!