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The power of blood

August 9, 2008

Last few days has again been mainly a bit of Guild Wars play. My assasin picked his secondary profession (Ritualist) and started to head into the main story, which seems to be plagued with some gory issues, perhaps by a local branch of the Umbrella corporation?

Locals turned bad aside, the Canthian countryside is definitely quite beautiful in the game and certainly a nice touch to the oriental theme. It does make me think of some train rides in Japan and Korea, which also provided stunning views from time to time, in a similar vein.

Most of the exploration has still been in Elona though, where my necromancer has picked up a few more skill points, helped some Sunspear collegues back to Istan and got acquainted with some centaurs, the Veldrunners.

Before running into the four-legged fellows though a number of other quests was picked up though in the areas, one which included receiving a Signet of Capture. While I knew that getting new skills in the game could involve killing certain boss enemies, I had not checked the exact procedure. So this quest was an interesting revelation.

My first steps here was of course just to run out and kill some local boss enemies in the area. But neither of these were necromancers or mesmers (my secondary profession), so the skill list turned up empty. Obviously a bit more planning is needed.

Forward in time again and I am helping releasing the Veldrunner fellows from the Kournans in the Kodonur Crossroads mission. The bonus part of that mission is to take out some cruel taskmasters (bosses) and to my suprise it turned out that one of them (taskmaster Vanahk) was a fellow necro! He was not happy to see a collegue though and the usual beat-them-up procedure ensued. Not bringing the signet of capture presented a dilemma here. But since you can replay missions I completed the mission first, picked up the signet as a skill and then jumped back in and played the mission again.

Second time was much quicker, now knowing where to find things and what to expect. Mr Vanahk was still in a grumpy mode, but after some persuation I could use the signet and this time I got a list with a few skills to pick from!

One of them did stand out a bit and this was apprently an elite skill. Again I had not checked details on elite skills until now, but that should probably be the preference, so I picked that one of course.

So now I got my first elite skill, which is Blood is Power. It gives a short but good boost of energy regeneration to team compadres and taking a fair chunk of my helth in the process. Probably not an everyday use skill, but since energy is a problem sometimes this should come in handy in some situations.

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  1. August 12, 2008 at 14:32

    Awesome fun.
    We seem to be in about the same area in Nightfall.
    The search for elite skills has become a priority though so we have moved to EotN to acquire a few.
    After a couple of free shots though, the cost to buy the signet gets crazy expensive, so be careful what skills you buy for now if you wish to have a few Elites to pick from (and seeing you can only take one at a time)
    I think I saw on Tipa’s site you mentioning purchasing the armor also in the Docks.
    You should wait, and save the cash at this point. The prestige armor in Vabbi will be much better to look at, but costs an arm and a leg. But, it becomes a fun goal as well.

    good luck and have fun

  2. sente
    August 12, 2008 at 17:29

    Yeah, the good looking armor would be nice to get πŸ™‚
    But it did seem that the signature armor did not cover all parts when I looked at the GW wiki. But it sounds like a good idea to wait with the armor purchases.

  3. August 13, 2008 at 15:47

    Not the ultra geared armor, but the highe end stuff…here

    This is reasonable, and has full sets, and they look more unique and different than the standard armor.


  4. August 13, 2008 at 21:10

    Key being ‘different’ there – the stuff you get at Consulate Docks is statistically identical to the stuff you find right at the end of Nightfall, and will last you all the way from now on; functionally at least. the more expensive stuff found further on is purely cosmetic upgrade, so quite optional, depending on how fabulous you want to look πŸ™‚

    Be sure to look in to Insignias and Runes though, that’s where the upgrades and tweaks will come from next.

  5. sente
    August 13, 2008 at 22:36

    Arrived at the Kodash Bazaar, so I had the oppurtunity to have a look what was required for the Vabbian armor – the Consultate Docks armor was dirt cheap in comparision… πŸ˜‰
    Getting all that jewelry needed would be quite expensive, they seemed to cost almost 4 platinum each.

    I did look at a few of the other armor sets some of the ones in Eye of the North looks more interesting to me.

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