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the adventures of reine du fromage de blight

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Author: velveeta

trials of the gifted, part 1b - knowledge

Posted by velveeta Wednesday October 12 2016 at 6:04PM
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i'm not sure what is best - do i post the video before or after?  to me, it feels more natural to do it after, so you have had the opportunity to read the blog and see the stills.  there is a lot of pauses in the video where i am orienting myself or taking screenies or even selfies, as you may have noticed.  so, unless you guys tell me differently, i think i will keep saving the vids for last.

anyhoo, to recap, we ended last time with the imperial assessor advising us to speak to the other exiled scholars, to be found on an island (the island they share with the monk trainer, who we have met) northwest of the manor.  turn left when leaving the manor and keep running until you hit the beach.  watch out for sand beets - they aren't too aggressive as long as you keep your distance.  except for gritus maximus - that bastitch will attack anyone at any time.  once over the cliff, you should be between bammas the fisherman (on your right) and the beginning of the land bridge to the scholars' island on your left.  

i believe i have spoken about the possiblity of drowning in istaria.  in the video, you will see it a little better, of course, but basically - if you stay underwater long enough to run out of breath, you will die and need to recall to your bound shrine with a deathpoint.  keep in mind that your movement is slowed as well, just like you were severely overburdened.  every other way to die ingame is better than drowning.......

once you make it across the bridge, you will immediately see the copse of trees where the scholars hang out and discuss the old days.  the assessor told you to seek out the scholar of the age of dragons, and greet him to listen to his tale of history regarding the sky lords.  your quest journal will advise you to next approach the scholar of the age of warrior kings.

this human male is standing next to dragon scholar, ready for you to greet him and hear about the glory days of humans.  once he is done, you are told to speak next to the scholar of the age of sorcerers.

one doesn't usually associate dwarves with sorcery or scholarship, but this male embodies both.  once you greet him, he is happy to tell you all about how sorcerers came to be both feared and dreaded before sending you to the last scholar - that of the age of lamentations.

the half giant scholar is waiting for you next to the warrior kings scholar, so greet him to get the story of how the withered aegis rose to be such a menace to all the races of istaria.  once he has finished, he gives you the token of knowledge and tells you to seek out the assessor of swiftness for your next trial.

so, cross the land bridge again - don't doddle - and head back down the beach towward the shrine, avoiding the beets as you go.  you will be told to bind to the shine for the next trial anyway, so do stop and do so on the way.  after that, head back toward the port pads, in particular for the far northern building next to the outgoing port.  

but more on that next time.  hope to see you soon!

go here for the vid of part 1b of the trials.  this clip is just shy of being 17 minutes long.  at approximately the 4:05 mark, you will see the underwater effects on your breath and something of the possibilities of drowning, a very ignoble way to die ingame.