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The facets of gods

October 16, 2008 2 comments

Following up on a comment in the Van Hemlock podcast 22 (great show) about the Asura skill Pain Inverter, I did some investigation through the Guild Wars wiki to find out where this skill could be obtained. It turned out that this skill could be obtained as a reward from an Asura named Kerrsh, in a place called Tarnished Haven. This was of course not a place I had been to so an expedition with my necromancer to head off and have a chat with Kerrsh. Leaving from the town Rata Sum the traveling was mainly through dinosaur-infested territory, which turned out to be a bit painful. 

Visiting Kerrsh

Visiting Kerrsh

Some less careful moments with multiple dinosaur groups attacking and the health and energy of most of the group members had been reduced significantly, which did not make progress easier.

After some careful progress through the dinosaur areas were left behind and encounters were replaced with the Quetzal Tengu, a bird humanoid race. A lesson learned here was to take out the Quetzal Dark (necromancers) quickly, since their Well of Pain:s did a good job at reducing the health of the team quite quickly.

Finally arriving at Tarnished Haven and speaking to Kerrsh, it seemed that Keersh was interested in learning some more about the human gods and provided an item called the Divination to track down various facets connected to the various gods.

The Divination was represented by a bar which was filled more and more if the team got closer to the location of the facet and decreasing if the team was going further away from it. When the bar was filled completely the facet appeared and had to be defeated.

Fighting a Facet

Fighting a Facet

Each quest pointed to a different area to go and hunt down a facet connected to a god. In total there were six facets to track down and defeat. Each of them provided a new skill in the reward. I must say I was pleasantly surprised, since I was not aware of these skills and they turned out to be quite neat I think.

The quest for the Pain Inverter skill could only obtained after all of the other quests had been done. The quests were reasonably fun to do and the rewards quite nice I think, so next will be to explore the best use of these to create some new builds for my necromancer.
There is one master difficulty quest remaining which will provide the skill Air of Superiority as a reward, but that is a task I leave for later.
Categories: Guild Wars

The sands of blood and fire

October 16, 2008 3 comments
Smashing the Mantis

Smashing the Mantis

My fiery missionaire has continued her exploration of Khopshef Province, quite frequently leaving a trail of dead and burned corpses after her. Adhering to slightly different ethics than my Cimmerian Bear Shaman, she has no trouble with helping the local militia to hunt down and defeat a slave rebellion, punching some undead fellows or just just rampaging anything in the vicinity – reward or no reward, she just seem to enjoy that.

The local Mantis population did experience this in particular while exploring their part of the province. I guess the bigger they and the bigger thumps they make adds to this…

This is one thing I think Age of Conan managed to do better than most other fantasy MMORPGs out there – fun combat. I have quite enjoyed melee fighting in this fantasy setting, which is something I have almost never done in other fantasy MMORPGs (Brigand in EQ2 is an exception).

Burn Mantis burn

Burn Mantis burn

While trying to put up some compelling and burning arguments about the bliss of being a servant of Xotli is a nice activity, Tatiana also did some exploration of the parts of the province that she had not been to.

This included a big interesting building in the southern part fo the region, which she learned was called the Black Castle. A bit uncertain if there were any possible converts there, she left without investigating further. After all, a Black castle sounds a bit burned, so maybe the bliss of Xotli had already been told to its inhabitants.

Later though when helping with some espionage on a local citizen she learned that there might be some transformed human that need the to hear the message anyway! A nearby parked caravan also expressed their displeasure with the inhabitants of the Black Castle, although there were some more commercial motivations behind their less positive attitude.

 

Black Castle

Black Castle

 

But the explorer mind was also pointing towards the big pyramid in the area, which the locals referred to as the Pyramid of the Ancients. While the surroundings around the pyramid was nice to explore, there has not too many in the area to provide the message of Xotli to except for a few lions. So Tatiana decided to leave this part as well for the moment. An assignment she had picked up was a about killing a chicken handler and one of his chicken. The thought of some fried chicken for lunch was quite appealing, so she headed off to find the chicken handler.

Finding him was quite easy, but it turned out to be difficult to convince him to end the existance in favor of Xotli or prepare some fried chicken. In fact he beat Tatiana completly with only receiving a few scratches himself.

Pyramid of the Ancients

Pyramid of the Ancients

Maybe fried chicken is not the best food right now. Around this point it seemed that Tatiana hit level 30 and an old Destiny quest suddently became plausible. So she headed to Khemi to find out more about this and this is the point she is at right now.

Categories: Age of Conan