Barkscratch : 140 diplomacy. Heard last night about the coming double XP weekend. With that, decided it was time to head back to Thestra to be ready for that. I had a lot to do with diplomacy equipment there.
Turned in all my information and completely filled my bank, and the broker, with diplomacy clothes. This of course, meant it was time to travel to another continent again to fill up the bank and broker over there. Ugh. Well, it’s either that or vendor the stuff for 2cp each.
As I traveled, I made my way to a tiny island in the river, just south of Leth Nurae. This is an elf city and one which I am KOS in. I was thinking to do some faction grinding in this area, as last trip I came here and killed a few level 3 spiders, and received some faction points.
Except, it doesn’t work now. Shoot, now what’s going on ? Is that an intentional change or some kind of bug ? I guessed that I’m not getting the faction due to trivial opponents, and the world channels provided no help. So I continued on.
Continued making my way toward New Taragonar, and got killed while fighting a Shadow Fox. These beasties got some kind of bonus during a recent patch, because they were nowhere near this resistant to my spells last trip. The problem is I can’t get my roots to stick on them, they stick 1/3 of the time and resist my spells effectively. Avoided them and looked for Kaon Spark mobs.
The lore for Leth Nurae includes something about these Kaons being the enemies of the elves. OK – it would make sense that killing these beings would give you faction, and people in the world channel confirmed that. Except, once again, it didn’t work. So now I have no idea what to kill for Leth Nurae faction.
Drat, I wish I had done this earlier. It used to work !
Got killed multiple times after that – nasty 20ish mobs on the wrong side of the river, and elves on a delay aggro trigger. There’s apparently still a bug in the game related to KOS display; if you start out KOS with elves, you will see them with red names. Once you have even 2 points of positive faction with them (I think you need 200), the names change color, but the elves are still KOS.
But it’s not an immediate thing. It took some time until they decided to attack. I spoke to one elf gal and even got a quest from her, as she suddenly decided to waste me just as I’m hitting the accept button. Mmm. Deleting your quest bitch.
With all these deaths, I was in danger of losing my level. Last thing I want to do is go back to level 11. So as I traveled I killed what I could for some more XP until I got irritated by the whole thing and logged off.