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the adventures of reine du fromage de blight

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Author: velveeta

disturbance of the spirit part 4a

Posted by velveeta Sunday February 10 2019 at 7:26PM
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this is turning out to be a quite lengthy questline!  and it will take you all over the lower level island, getting you into a lot of hairy places for one so inexperienced.  from this point on, it is advisable to have at least one higher level bodyguard, to help you take on the incidental stuff you will have to face.  since showing is better than telling, let's get started with part 4 of the questline, shall we?

if you aren't there already, make your way to the kion shrine (by the way, it is safest for you to bind to kion shrine for the remainder of the questline - this will save you from having to fight your way to AND from the areas we must go to) and find the ghost of rysongreet him and choose the available quest, accept it, and listen to the details.  your quest journal will give a little clearer picture.

there are 2 roads out of kion you can take.  one is marginally safer (for low levels) than the other - i will take the safer road out to the circle shrine, and the more dangerous one back, so you will get an idea of what you will be facing.

starting from ryson, head thru the second fort and up the stairs to reach the upper south gate road, running in front of lady kendra's manor.  follow that road past the banana tree orchards until you get to the upper south gate.  stay on the road (there will be gruoks and grulets, including a named boss, along the road, so be aware) thru the flax fields until you reach the lava waterfall.  cross it on the hardened lava and stay on the path running next to it for a little run.  the road will turn more normal in appearance as you wind your way down the mountainside, past the ranger camp and continuing thru the flax and piggy fields.

this road ends at the signposts, and it is here where your real danger starts.  from here to the stone circle, the road is heavily patrolled by greymane wolves, and they are no respecters of personal space.  i literally was dragging wolves behind me all the way to the circle from this point.  group up or have your loyal babysitter with you.  you will know you are getting close when you see the spider isle (remember it, you will be back!) on your left and the garnet caves on your right.

map (i apologize - in this map of the road from the gates to the circle, i have mismarked your destination.  you are NOT heading for the lost shrine, as indicated.  you are heading for the beach area to the east.  on the map, it is marked by the red monsters and the monolith symbols.  i am sorry for this error)

keep running as fast as you can, and soon you will see your destination thru the trees.  try to avoid the wolves as you head for the blighted area.  you will know when you have arrived, as both your chat log and your quest journal will update.

before you can get to the circle, you will have to fight or avoid the weaker risen marauders that take over patrolling the area from the wolves.  the cabal agents you need to defeat are close to the circle itself.

now, this part is a bit tricky, and i would have been in a bit of trouble, if i hadn't looted everything i killed.  let me explain.  as soon as you kill your first cabal agent, your journal updates with what would seem to be the next step - returning to ryson's ghost.  i killed my first agent and just automatically looted it, and got this notice with the goodies.  in a moment of unusual insight, for me, i checked my journal to discover i had another task here at the circle.  if i hadn't noticed the update in my chat log, i would have written the agents into the dead book and headed back to ryson without looting the note.  a fine lesson in looting what you kill!

so, with both the note in hand and the agents dead, it is time to head back to kion and speak with ryson.  the way back is more deadly than the way out, as you will see when next we meet.  hope to see you then!

a disturbance of spirit, part 3c

Posted by velveeta Friday February 1 2019 at 8:22PM
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so, when last we met, we had spoken to lady kendra and she advised we pay a visit to her friend commander devins, headquartered in the militia building to the east of  kendra's manor.  as you see on the map, there are 2 good ways to get there - take the road thru town, continuing past the main fort and up the eastern road to the militia hq; or, take the road next to the manor house east and over the cliff overlooking the eastern gate, which should put you almost right above the hq building.

i, of course, didn't take either of these ways, and paid a bit for it, as you will see.  all ways to get there, tho, start with jumping off kendra's balcony, putting you near the gate for the secondary fort.  from here, you can pick which way to go, roads or - wrong way.  i thought that since i could see the building i was heading for just across the the fields, i would go that way.  

everything was fine until i got to the rock formation across from the hq.  standing on top of it, i was celebrating how i had found a shortcut, until i took the step to get down - and fell into a hole between the rocks that i hadn't noticed.  i couldn't get out (i tried jumping and all that, just no way out), so i had to recall - my bind point is bristugo, not kion - and head back to kion via the portal hub.  from the port pad, head southeastish around the main fort and up the road to the militia building.

once inside the building, go to the right and head up the ramp against the wall. go left up the second ramp and you will be inside devins' patrol area, between the office and the balcony.  approach and greet the saris soldier, and listen to his speech.  your quest journal will update and let you know to return to ryson's ghost at the shrine.

fortunately, the way back to the shrine is easy!  go to the balcony (if you aren't there already) and jump over.  follow the road west back to town, going past the main fort and the incoming port pad, always keeping the shrine beacon in sight.  approach ryson's spirit and greet him to get your just reward.


and that completes this subquest in the questline.  come back soon to see what else we have in store with the restless dead of kion.  hope to see you then!


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a disturbance of spirit, part 3b

Posted by velveeta Saturday January 26 2019 at 5:56PM
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so, we have been advised to speak to lady kendra, located on the upper porch of her manor house.  it is just a short run thru the new fort area, very easy.

from the door of geleon's room, head west past the port pad and up the road to the secondary fort, across from the shrine.  go thru the fort - under the statue or around it - and go up the steps behind the statue.  approach the manor and turn immediately left at the entrance.  climb the ramp and turn right to go to the balcony.  outside, you will find the good lady looking out over her beloved city.

the exquisite saris is lovely and regal (as befits the queen of fashion), but still approachable, so greet her.  kendra expresses her shock and recommends speaking to the commander of kion's militia, commander devins.


there are 2 right ways to get to devins and at least one wrong way.  guess which one i chose?  find out next time we meet.  see you soon!

disturbance of the spirit part 3a

Posted by velveeta Friday January 18 2019 at 9:23PM
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this subquest will be very screenie intensive, so i will be splitting it up into 3 blog posts.  let's get started, then, shall we?

you should be near ryson's ghost, so do the usual routine of greeting him, listening to the brief speech, accepting the quest, and checking your journal.

ryson wants us to speak to our old friend, geleon.  head east from the shrine area towards the old fort.  go thru the gate and into the library area when the scholar spends his time.  the ghost has come with, and lets the saris know why we are all here.  greet geleon and listen to what he has to say.  your quest journal will advise speaking to ryson before heading to lady kendra's manor, and fortunately for us, he is right behind you.

turn around and greet the spirit.  he agrees with geleon, and also advises seeking lady kendra's counsel. 


so sorry, but i forgot to screenie the quest journal for that last part of the quest, but i am sure, by now, you get the idea.  join me again soon, when the screenies really start to flow as we make our way to the manor house that is home - and workshop - for lady kendra and her high fashion clothing line.  hope to see you then!

storytime on chaos - what to do while

Posted by velveeta Saturday January 12 2019 at 7:14PM
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good readers, there is no meeting place on chaos (as yet, of course) to gather to hear the poetic words of the mighty and ever humble fool, so one is free to do as one will while listening to the story.

recently, a dear friend returned to istaria after a long and unwillingly absence.  she started new alts, and has made her home on chaos.  therefore, on saturday nights, we sometimes go hunting, to level up - because it is very hard to not be almost all powerful, as vel and mourningwood are.

tonight's session was particularly productive - we both gained 2 levels!  after hunting beets for a while, we determined that a greater challenge was needed, and decided to head to the north of the kion lighthouse, past the cedar forest and the copper and tin deposits.  there, we found plenty of spider, eager to assist us in our self imposed task.

here, our heroes are gathered for battle.

area attacking!

dual terrorizing of some spiders

pretty death

debuffing the punk

job well done


so, lest you think it's all doing quests, sometimes i like to just chill and kill.  grinding doesn't have to totes suck!

a disturbance of spirit, part 2b

Posted by velveeta Tuesday January 1 2019 at 5:31PM
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before we continue the current subquest, i would like to inform you that a friend and i did these first 2 subquests on a live (chaos) shard.  we are both 12th level.  and we both died several times before calling in a high level reinforcement.  this part of this questline is not soloable by the comparable levels, and groups will have a nice fight on their hands.  it is a nice challenge for lower mid level alts.

anyway, when last we left vel, she had just reached the trigger area and was facing a twofold battle - the diviner and the monolith marker.  keep a watchful eye on the agents that also patrol the area - the diviner and marker are plenty of fight for this part of the subquest.

i advise doing the diviner first, as it will come to the aid of teh embattled marker.  both of these foes require special attacks to do damage (and at 12th level, neither a hatchie nor a dryad had the needed special attacks), unless you can do massive amounts of damage at one time.  both creatures also have the ability to regen hps, another reason for the need for large amounts of damage at a time and on a constant basis.  as you defeat one or the other, you will receive both quest journal updates and chat log updates.

when you have defeated the foes, you are advised to return to geleon and let him know what you have discovered.  head southeastish along the beach, taking care to avoid the sand beets, thru the first cemetery and up the portal road.  head past the portals and up to the main fort area.  go thru the gate to the library room where geleon spends his time in research.  approach and regreet the saris scholar.  you will have to check your quest journal to learn you need to return to ryson's ghost to complete this part.

from the library, run thru town until you see the spirit at its post next to the shrine.  greet it and get your reward - you will have earned it!


join me again next time, and we will continue to explore this questline.  from the incidentals i have seen so far, it promises to be a fun and exciting questline.  see you soon!

an important message for players!

Posted by velveeta Wednesday December 26 2018 at 9:20PM
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in case you have missed it, there is an anniversary event happening on the live shards.  check out this forum post:


The Anniversary GM Events, where players can get additional Silver Anniversary Tokens, will be run on the following days:

Monday, 24th of December
Thursday, 27th of December
Friday, 28th of December
Saturday, 29th of December
Sunday, 30th of December

And at the following times on Chaos:

11 AM CET - 5 AM EST - 2 AM PST
4 PM CET - 10 AM EST - 7 AM PST
10 PM CET - 4 PM EST - 1 PM PST
1 AM CET - 7 PM EST - 4 PM PST

And these times for Order:

12 PM (noon) CET - 6 AM EST - 3 AM PST
5 PM CET - 11 AM EST - 8 AM PST
11 PM CET - 5 PM EST - 2 PM PST
2 AM CET - 8 PM EST - 5 PM PST

These times are for each day, meaning that there will be 4 rounds per day, for a total of 20 rounds per server! Players can participate in events as many times as they want, and every participant has a chance of getting a reward. Events will be announced some time before starting and rules will be laid out in the global chat channel. (tip: you can create a separate tab for the global channel using the chat settings window)

If your timezones is not included here you can easily convert it here.
Players of any level will be able to participate, and the event will mainly focus around exploration, so be sure to get your attunements ready. We hope to see many of you participate and wish you a happy anniversary!


time to take advantage of the renewal of expired accounts (remember, you only have to jan 15th.....) and come play with some old friends and new!

a disturbance of spirit, part 2a

Posted by velveeta Tuesday December 18 2018 at 8:54PM
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time to continue this new questline!

if you are not near him at the shrine, find the spirit of ryson and greet him.  chose the only quest available, accept it, and get the details - don't forget to check your quest journal!

the spirit disappears - he hasn't gone far, he is using us as a vehicle - after sending us to speak to geleon the wise.  we have made the good scholar's acquintance before, on our trainer tour.  fortunately for us, geleon isn't too far away.

from the shrine, head southeast to the main fort.  head strait thru the gate and the doorway directly opposite.  geleon patrols the area between the doorway and the library in the back center of the room.

pin down the scholarly saris on his patrol and greet him.  as soon as he speaks, the ghost of ryson appears and holds a conversation with geleon in the main chat window.  once the convo is over, regreet geleon.  the scholar will now talk to you directly - he advises you to search for the older cemetary and find out what is causing the undead unrest.

the old cemetary is to the northeast of kion proper, and we have been told to look around the beach under the lighthouse.  from the door of the library area, head northwest toward the lighthouse.  when you reach the shrine area, you have a choice of which way to go.  you can go along the shore line, which has many dangers for a low level alt.  the somewhat safer but slightly harder route is to climb the cliff that rises to the lighthouse mesa.

the climb is relatively easy (a matter of picking your way so you don't fall off the edge) until you get to about 2/3rd of the way up.  at that point, you can climb no further, so jump off the edge toward the beach.  when you hit sand, run thru the sand beets and around the plateau until you see the graveyard ahead.  keep aware, as the area is patrolled by withered aegis, as well as sand beets.  you should also get a notice in the chat window, prompting you to check your quest journal.

looks like it is battle time, so buff up and - when next we meet - prepare for some fighting fun!  see you soon!

check out this email!!

Posted by velveeta Wednesday December 12 2018 at 9:47PM
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Happy Holidays from Istaria!

Just as you think the year is getting started, a new one comes along. We've been busy over here, with lots happening in the world of Istaria. A Growing Danger was recently released, and of course the devs have more in the works. You can always check out past updates.

It's tempting to ramble on and on about the great things the devs have done, but we're going to keep this email short. With the holidays, there's two extras happening this month:

  • Double XP - it's a great time to get your wings!
  • Previously expired accounts are active until January 15.

If you need any assistance, please visit and the support team can get you fixed up in no time. You can always login / reset your password from the account management page:

Wishing you a happy holiday and all the best for 2019!

Istaria Development Team

now is a good time to head back home!  even the tutorial islands (spirit for bipeds, skalkaar for draggies) and new trismus have been totally remodelled, complete with new stuff to explore.  come back now!

a disturbance of spirit, part 1

Posted by velveeta Saturday December 1 2018 at 5:07PM
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squee!!  brand new questline, awesome!  and for low levels!! this first part is short and sweet, so let's get started, shall we?


if you aren't already there, hie thee to kion.  the shrine is just up the hill from the port pad, so go there and find the spirit of ryson stormbringer.  greet the spirit as you would anyone else and choose the available quest.  discover that you are linked to the spirit as you accept the quest.  the spirit will give you some info and instructions, and don't forget to check your quest journal.

we are to explore the new graveyard - new to us, as it was just recently put in game.  just follow the road, next to ryson, a few steps north around the mesa.  explore the graveyard (you will get notifications as you explore) until you get the notice of completion via chat and journal.

retrace your steps to return to the spirit, regreet it, and get your reward.  stay tuned - when next we meet, we shall find out more about our connection to the dead hero!

see you soon for more!