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the adventures of reine du fromage de blight

this is my blog of the mostest awesome mmo currently available! go to www.istaria.com for more information!

Author: velveeta

disturbance of the spirit part 5

Posted by velveeta Friday March 29 2019 at 7:57PM
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the next subquest in our current questline is part 5 of the 'disturbance of spirit' line.  it's an easy one that keeps you in kion, so let's get started!

when last we met, we were standing next to lady kendra, on the balcony of her manor house/clothing design studio.  greet her, and accept the quest on offer.  she expresses her dismay and advises you to speak with geleon the wise, back at the main fort, as does your quest journal.

the main fort is almost directly east of the balcony you are on - in fact, you can see the top of it thru the trees.  however, if you remember, in an earlier subquest, i got stuck in a hole and had to recall back to kion, so i advise taking the long way, this time.  so, jump off the balcony and head down the stairs into the second fort.   head around (or thru) the statue and out the gate onto the shrine road.   follow the road east to the gate of the main fort.  go thru the doorway directly across from the gate into geleon's office area.  ryson's ghost is also there (remember, he travels with you, as you are bound to each other), and speaks (in the chat log) to you and geleon as you arrive.

approach the saris scholar and greet him.  there is an informative convo between you, geleon, and the ghost.  geleon needs a moment to collect his thoughts, so regreet him to receive the conclusion of this part of the questline.

but, don't leave!  once geleon has thought about the matter, he will send you on the next part, which we will explore when next we meet.  it is quite an involved subquest - and we will need at least 2 posts, prolly 3, to get thru it.  i do hope that wets your appetite!  see you soon!

one more interruption

Posted by velveeta Wednesday March 13 2019 at 5:56PM
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i am getting really close to having my house in order, so i hope you will enjoy this one last interruption in our current quest.  i promise to be back the the 'disturbance of spirit' questline with the next post.

in the meantime, a new player has some questions, and the awesome community of istaria is quick to answer.

the thread is titled 'brand new player, some general questions', started by new player sutton.  here is the first post, with the questions i imagine a lot of new players may have:

Hey all!

First off, as a dragon, I'm not totally sure where I should put my training points (the stats). Since I'm brand new to the game I'm not sure what scales what. I have no idea what makes dragon breath stronger for example, Primal maybe? So far I've just been doing health and tooth and claw as the safe options, as I'm not sure allocating points to something like strength even increases my melee ability damage (it says increases weapon damage, but I don't know if that includes my claws). I wish that hovering over an ability told me where it draws some of its damage, but so far a lot of damage seems dependent on my level rather than stats (or perhaps some abilities get stronger as you use them like in some RPGs? Not so sure on that one). Also, I have no idea what my stat distribution should even look like in the end given my unfamiliarity of the game and the lack of resources regarding things like ability scaling and just general advice due to the game's low population. Dexterity seems pretty nice if you're going melee, but I honestly have no idea if it's even necessary for me, its not like Istaria has much in the way of "build guides" for me to follow. Some stats may be noob traps for all I know, like in a lot of games I've played.

My second question is in regards to the ancient ascension quest. Now, I know I'm very far away from that (only like level 6 atm lol), but I remember seeing in the tutorial that you might need to get a group together to do so, which seems problematic to me as I've only seen one other person in this game so far, and I think they just left the game open while they went afk for the night. This game seems like its hanging on by a thread, and it would seriously suck to invest a lot of time with it, hoping to get to ancient only to find out I'm never going to get the manpower to do so. None of my friends would care for a game like this. So my question is, can it be soloed?

My third and final question for now, is there a way to target an enemy without clicking on them? Think tab targeting in WoW or many other mmos. I like twisting the camera around to watch the combat because fighting as a quadruped is quite entertaining to watch I must say without staring at my back the entire time. However, clicking anywhere to drag the camera untargets the enemy, and I have a hard time re-targeting the enemy (small enemies) with my body in the way when the camera snaps back. This would be easy to solve if I could re-target the enemy being attacked with a press of a button, is there a way to do so?

Thanks for reading and answering in advance! Any advice you can give me will do.

 

so far, the post as replies from elders lovwyrm, gkoster, smaug, racktor, and quiiliitiila.  i hope their responses are insightful for you as well.

 

see you again soon, and we will be back to bizniz!

a temporary aside

Posted by velveeta Wednesday March 6 2019 at 8:33PM
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(i am currently in the process of renovating and moving into my childhood home, hence the long pause between posts.  i am hopeful i will be able to continue our current explorations very soon.  in the meantime, i hope you will be satisfied with this tidbit from the forums.)

 

as i have spoken of before, istarians love to express their love for the game.  video and story are used in equal measure.

i have been following a thread on the forums for some time now.  perhaps this taste of the first post will interest you to follow along as well......

 

As a law abiding citizen of these lands I bought a plot with the assurance of a lack of regional criminal activity. Despite The great city's assurance that no such activity exists, I found a document on the side of the road outside of Dalimond. Let the Istarian Public beware!! I asked my nephew's local vault employee to see that this is posted.


EyewitnessReport To (name scratched out) for the Department of Intelligence–Grey Council
Iarrived after the two primary cloaked suspects had already beguntheir discussion. Both were cowled as to not reveal their identities.One was short and heavily muscled the other one was very tall alsoheavily muscled. The first was probably a dwarf and the second one,was probably as half giant. Unbeknownst to them there was an unseenparty to the side hidden behind the first copse of trees.
“….....solet us begin”, said the short one.
Thevery tall one raised a hand without further ado painting an obscuresymbol in the air.


Thedrama of a prior event unfolded before them.


Nimbles cleared herthroat, reading through her notes. “After much ado and anaccounting of all department heads, agencies and racial supervisors(took first day) Then, second day was spent going over all accountsof all dues paying citizens, fees, fines, etc. Third day to theseventh day was fines and fees collected and available citizendisciplined but they.....”
“Shutup and get on with it!” Fingers yelled impatiently.
Nimbleslooked up from her ledger and flashed him an annoyed look. “Eighthday, general meeting began. Started with the minutes and findings oflast Grey Council General Meeting and then it got reallyinteresting.....”
“I'mnot paying you to dawdle!” Fingers yelled again.
Nimblesraised her eyebrows, clearly perturbed by his outbursts.
“Sorry,”he sighed.
“LikeI said,” Nimbles continued. “It got interesting. Sadly, I couldnot hear it all, but there was a huge fight that boiled up with a lotof cursing, fist waving, death threats and foot stomping.”
“What?You missed it?”
“I'mnot that good at lip reading, and you didn't pay me for life anddeath situations, so put a lid on it. But any ways, there was thisthundering grumble by Big Un, then dead silence. Like—undeaddead silence. So quiet, I could hear a half-giant up front mutteringas he was pinching off nits. Then, all pandemonium broke loose withshouts like Hand then over to the Assassins Guild! Plunder theirproperties. Loot 'em! You know, stuff like that. But then....”
“You'relosing me,” Fingers held up his hand to stop her.
“That'sbecause you're an idiot.”
Fingersfrowned. He might not be the smartest gnome on the block, but he knewwhen he'd been insulted. “Okay, okay. Get on with it.”
“Well,there is a rumor going up with the Big Cheeses....”
Fingerslooked hopeful, waiting with anxious anticipation.
“Supposedlya group of REALLY nasty dark wizards raided some...” she coughed.“Vaults. And did some forays into the Eastern Dead lands. Andthrough various, nefarious means found a way to get people out of theworld with a HUGE fee of course. And of course did NOT pay the properfees or taxes for illegal profitable exploits”
“What?”Fingers bellowed, going quite red in the face.
Nimblessighed, waiting for him to calm down. “Lawyers, idiot. Bribes andthe like, you know, the grease of property management and innercommunications with other third parties.”
Fingerslooked confused.
“Then,the meeting went on about....”
“Whatare you talking about?”
“Themissing settlements, dolt.”
“They'remissing?”
“Then,there were several theories about connecting all the oddities.”
“Youmean, I can get off world?”
“Yeah.Weren't you listening?”
“Wheredid they go?”
Nimblesground her teeth, clenched her fists and swished her tail, the verypicture of a furious Saris.
“Hey,now. That's enough. I'm paying you good shaved silver coins for thisinformation!”
“Tomove on,” Nimbles ignored him and examined her notes once more.“Then, there was a credible report of a famous, honest citizen outof Tazoon, who has been heavily guarded, who said that he could....”
“Didyou hear me or not?” Fingers exploded.
“Enoughof this!” Nimbles yanked the pudgy gnome off his feet. “Youlittle twit! I got a mylok sacrificial dagger put to my throat by anassassin Shadow Cleric. Then, I was taken to interrogation bysecurity. I don't have time for you to be your usual stupid self.Give me my silver!”
Whenhe didn't immediately comply, Nimbles yanked off his belt pouch andthrew him down. Fingers howled and babbled angrily as she counted outthe silver.
“There,I've been paid. I also took an extra fifty silver for my legalexpenses.”
“Legalexpenses,” the gnome squeaked.
“Yeah.Fines for not doing the paperwork for illicit spying. Then, there arethe probation, council costs, interest daily on the fines. But atleast I got a break.”
“Whatbreak? I didn't pay for you for this information. What about the....”
“I'mpaid already, so I don't have to say squat about anything else. Butthere are five fees with this which I did not get paid for. You willpay for it all!”
“Idon't owe you anything for borking the job!”
“Nexttime you need me, it will cost you twenty-five gold. I wish you thebest, Fingers. Have a great, famous criminal day!”
“I'mnot a criminal!”
“Yes,you are. You have not observed the laws including paying your duesfees and fines for the last few years.
Fingerssputtered, wild eyed with rage. 
“You'vebeen ratted out, Fingers. And the seventh day of the GreyCouncil....”
“Whatabout it?”
“Well,you wanted to be famous!”
Shechuckled evilly, disappearing into the woods. Flustered and afraid,the gnome rushed off in the opposite direction.


Theshort, figure spoke softly, “Anything else?”
Thetaller, figure watched the gnome disappear. “Yes. One more thing.”The figure whispered softly, 


“Thank you. Oh bythe way I put a bonus in there for you and thank you kindly for yourtime”
“Quitewelcome. Always a pleasure doing business with you, sir.” Hedisappeared, silent as the night.


“Interesting,muttered the unseen figure who then disappeared like smoke.


Thespy considered the situation quietly before recalling. The paperworkalways Had to be done properly. He arrived at a cluttered office.Gads I hate paperwork, he thought...


Doc#3467Z-AA-001 Intelligence Department