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Brann new FedEx

February 3, 2008

Warning: Skip this if you do not want to know anything about the mission arc to get the Brann hybrids.

Having completed the mission arc to get access to Forean hybrid characters I decided it was time to take on the next DNA cocktail, the Brann Hybrids. Picking another character to get a clone credit than my exobiologist, my engineer got the honour.

The mission arc starts near the waypoint in the Old Brann Landing Zone in Torden Mires and takes you to a number of different locations in Mires, pretty much a FedEx type of mission arc. At a point later it switches to kill mode where a couple of caretakers need to be killed.

Before the 1.4 update, this task would have been a non-issue. Finding caretakers would have been easy and they would spawn fast. After 1.4, the Mires zone has significantly fewer mobs around, including caretakers. Finding a couple of them to kill is not as easy as it used to be. There are also other missions in the zone which requires you to kill caretakers, so there is a good chance a number of people are out hunting for them.

After a while I got the required number it was not too bad still. Then comes there real kicker task – you have to get killed by a caretaker! (it all makes sense if you follow the storyline). This came as no surprise since I had ssen this mentioned a number of time in chat channels and people having trouble to actually get killed by a caretaker since they were too high level. There was some response to this that it did not have to be a caretaker in Mires.

When it was time for me to do this part I first stripped off my armor, this would make it easier for these field medics to do their dirty work. My first thought was maybe to visit the caretaker boss (Vir-something) that guards the entrance to the Tahrendra base instance. Off to Tahrendra and fighting off some guards nearby, only to find that there was no caretaker boss there. No corpse either and no players around. During my attempts with this mission I visited this location multiple times, I never saw the boss at any time. Has he been moved after this update? Time for plan B.

Wolf Sente, ready to get killed!

Plan B was to visit Valverde Plateau. Since my engineer was at 30, Mires and Plateau were the most suitable zones to visit. I remembered from previous visits that there is a Caretaker boss outside the prison area at Desolation Quarry (Rag-someting). So off to Desolation Quarry, kill some nearby Thrax and mind-controlled soldiers and there he was in all his glory, my saviour/killer. Stripped off armor and jumped down in front of him and gave him a punch to make sure he gave me his attention. He sure did and it did not take too many seconds to get killed. But…no mission update…

While I knew the result, I still went back and tried another time. Still no update. Sigh, time for plan C. I could not think of any good other good spawns in Plateau were I likely woulf find a caretaker and survive to kill off the rest of the group (i.e. CPs were ruled out…). Valverde Pools would have it, but would take some time and work to get there since I did not have any waypoints in Plateau yet. So plan C became back to basics and caretakers in Mires.

Note my previous mention of other missions where you have to kill caretakers and the more limited number of spawns in the zone nowadays? While hunting for killer caretakers I got into a few situations:

  1. Killing the caretaker’s comrades, only to have the caretaker killed by another player
  2. Killing the caretaker’s comrade, only to have the caretaker killed by nearby NPCs which took most aggro
  3. Killing the caretaker’s comrade and keep killing him when he was revived, only to get new spawns on top of us and then getting killed by the caretaker’s comrades

Finally I got to the point where I actually managed to get killed and also got the mission update! So finally back to the mission giver and got the reward and cloen credit. So now I can create Brann hybrids also. I have not made a clone yet though, there are only 3 different faces for each sex and they are all a bit ugly. I think I will wait with that decision until I played around a bit more with the different professions and the attributes on those.

The caretaker parts of the mission arc were a bit frustrating. I was ok with the story part, although I was not so keen on the Fedex-type structure and the last part. I liked the Forean one better. So it remains to be seen what the Thrax one will be like, which may be a while. Only one character is high enough to tackle it and she already has plenty of clone credits, so it will be another one – at some point later.

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