Tezcatlipocca : Ran through the Trial of Ash quest twice. It took too long to finish, plus I found myself fighting the farmers for goblins, so after I was done it was back to the Sprawl for faction.
Of all things, we had the Forsaken take over the zone. Two of us were there as high-levels chasing odd things (collections and faction), a party of four guys were exploring the zone and fighting and levelling up, and another guy showed up since the rest of us were there. I almost felt sorry for the other guy there, out of the guild, he had to feel lonely.
Harvested a bunch, grabbed every hard rock I could as well as the rest of the nodes, but it turns out what I needed was just the hard rocks. Tinkering consumes a ton of loams, and they are on sale at the broker for the low low price of 23s. Argh! Guess I’ll be doing a lot of harvesting. The good news is he can pass the stuff on to various alts to jump start their tradeskilling.
Ding 8 tinkerer. Tinkering is ……… different than the rest of the tradeskills. I didn’t think I would be a fan of the gain-a-skill-point-sometimes system, and I’m not. Still, the stuff you can make reputedly should be worth it. And doing things isn’t totally awful.
As far as I can figure out, I want to make only orange or red recipes to get skillups. I made five white recipes in a row without a skillup, while orange & red resulted in skillups at least every other time. And less tradeskill art buttons to push is a positive. But, had to quit when I ran out of loams.
Back to Pillars of Flame, where I did another faction quest before being offered a very special quest (read this as, last favor to do for Shu Fang Qi). Diplomatic Liasons required me to speak to an NPC in Elddar Grove, and afterward I headed out to speak with Zhao Wu, a new NPC who asked me to explore the Cave of Knowledge for him. Shades of Disney’s Aladdin.
I jumped into the water, discovered a large cave filled with Ashen Disciples, and zoned into the special zone. Two NPC’s inside offered quests which I happily did – gathered bushes for a medicine, and got a secret formula for another guy. Both were completed before I invised and headed to the end of the cave, bypassing some angry green creatures on the way. Spoke to Kufu the keeper of knowledge after de-invising.
Got the quest completed – well, almost complete, needed to speak to Zhao Wu again – and I thought, I’ll be cheap. I’ll train these nasty green heroics out of the zone and save an invis totem use ! The trick being I still need to turn in to the two NPC’s at the zone in, so I wanted to train out, rezone in, and complete the two quests.
One problem. The zone is on a lockout timer. I smacked myself in the head over the stupidity of this one. Scared about losing access to the zone, I deleted the Kufu’s Intentions quest, restarted it, and camped at the zoneline, planning to re-enter tomorrow. It was late anyway. 1,505 quests completed, and #27th mystic quester worldwide.
Picked a new blog theme after browsing the insane number of choices. Not everything I wanted, but it will do – it looks good. Also bought all the stuff for my new PC – should arrive in a week.