Saturday, May 28, 2011

Taborean Geology

What monstrosity left this massive shell behind? In the northern reaches of Ravenfell rests a gigantic shell about the size of Tiktaalik residence - and as you can see, it's bigger than the palm trees.

Perhaps there need to be more Taborean geologists to study the sediment and fossils found on our maps. My theory is that maybe Ravenfell was once completely submerged by the sea, as evidenced by the very round and smooth mountains that suggest water wear, and a big aquatic shell wedged between two of those mountains.

My idea is that a huge currently undiscovered sea creature was swimming along between the two mountains (which would have been more like an underwater canyon) and got stuck, eventually expiring and leaving its hollow shell behind. It doesn't seem feasible to expect the primitive Tiktaaliks to have the technology to lift and strategically place a shell of that magnitude in a position that can withstand the elements. The only way to prove (or disprove) my theory is to have Taborean geologists study the sediment layers on the mountains and see what history they may uncover!

Friday, May 27, 2011

If you're not drunk ladies and gentlemen...

When I walk in the club
All eyes on me.
Im with the party rock crew
All drinks are free!
We like Ciroc -
We love Patron -
We came to party rock
Everybody, it's on...
Let's go!

Shots shots shots shots shots shots
shots shots shots shots shots
shots shots shots shots shots
Everybody! Everybody!

Youtube for those who don't know this song! ;p

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Did a little exploring after an LoDD run - behind the volcano entrance are a few lavafalls! Careful, they're pretty hot, and I had to run from a little rock patch to patch over lava to get a good shot.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Scout QQ, Mage Pew-pew!

The new set of preliminary patch notes had the server in a big debate today. What's going to happen now that scouts will no longer get an attack boost by stacking dexterity, and their arrows no longer completely ignore p.def? There were many players that re-rolled as scouts just for their massive dps capabilities, but little by little the game is starting to show mages a bit more love.

Imo, I think this scout balancing has been a long time coming. No game should be made so that one class rules over the rest, and the way scouts had it, it was almost as if they were favored. But what's going to happen now? Scouts are getting balanced, and mages are getting buffed - great. But running instances like RT Diamond almost forces you to have a full party of high-dps scouts that can drop the bosses in the immunity rotation time frame. And while I believe it's about time mages are getting buffed, I don't think it'll be enough to compensate for the dps lost from scouts in Diamond runs.

Or maybe it will, who knows until we try.

I'm happy to see that most of the mages in our guild stuck it out through Chp3 :] I'm all about balanced groups, and was never a proponent of recruiting and gearing up only scouts. I love the rainbow of names I see on the guild roster! :D

I'm hoping for a HoS-like instance in Chapter4. Take either Khoa or Flaf there and our tanks can basically pull the whole instance and watch them purg everything down to ash. I'm very much considering rolling mage for my third class - I'm hoping to run as a Mage/Knight and try my hand as dps'ing >:]

(Thank you Khoa and Flaf for being my models!)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Varanas, Silverspring

Doesn't Varanas remind you of DisneyWorld sometimes? I love the castles and architecture in RoM :]

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Ancient Dreamland, Part II: Guide

Lv5 Ancient Dreamland Boss
Kalek's Nightmare
HP: 5mil

The only real skill to watch out for is when he encases a player in a light-blue gloop stone. It completely immobilizes you, like the Demon Grasp from the last boss in HoDL, and the bubble cage from Paicha in RT.

Lv10 Ancient Dreamland Boss
Herugrim Dreamlava
HP: 5.5mil

Think of the last boss strategy in DoD. He places a dark cloud on a patch of ground with purple tendrils pulsating through it. Players caught in the dark cloud must move away, as it puts a DoT and slows your casting speed.

Lv15 Ancient Dreamland Boss
Mayvel Nightmaremuse
HP: 4mil

She places a purple skull debuff on a random player, making it so that while the debuffed target it near her, it will heal her. The way to get rid of this is for that player to run to the back of the arena and wait for the debuff to disappear - it only takes a quick moment. Be sure to keep running, because she can teleport you back to her. An unconfirmed strat is to cleanse the debuff off.

Lv20 Ancient Dreamland Boss
Hlethfir Deliriumscribe
HP: 6mil

At certain points he spawns clones of himself, and at that time the real boss is unable to be damaged. The clones must die first - and it's useful to mark the real boss before the fight begins.

Lv25 Ancient Dreamland Boss
Infected Dreamland Guardian
HP: 6.5mil

My memory is still a little hazy on how exactly this boss will react. From what I remember, he spawns un-killable adds that need to be ignored. All dps should only focus on killing the boss, and the healer should be able to out-heal the damage the mobs are doing.

Lv30 Ancient Dreamland Boss
Nightmare Beast Atollop
HP: 7mil

From what I've seen, he does a few things the previous bosses have done. He spawns the dark clouds beneath players like in lv10, and I believe he also spawns adds that cannot be killed. Big dps race here, not sure what happens the longer the fight goes on. Still need to confirm a few things.

Fury of the Defender of the Jungle

Our very first Fury of the Defender of the Jungle drop, and it was OD! We've finally made it to the point where we can farm RT Diamond for gear instead of spending an insane 40mil on that stupid bow from a non-guidlie.

Congratulations, Reactive, on the bow! This makes up for all the previous times your gear has been ninja'd from you :x!

Artisans, ftw! /proud

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Ancient Dreamland, Part I

The Ancient Dreamland, located directly in front of the entrance to Forsaken Abbey. The door of the instance belays the actual prettiness of its interior. This is the first time this mini-event is available on US servers, so I was very excited to try it out :D Unfortunately not many guildies were on earlier in the day when I made a group for AD - I brought a knight, rogue, mage and druid along with myself. Turns out mages are fabulous in here, lots of AoE for the trash mobs!

Turn around from the shiny portal into the Dreamland, and you're greeted by a crowd of floating houses and Eye of Wisdom researchers. It's a neat little place to go, even what's above us is rather pretty...just pray none of the houses decide to smoosh you like the Wicked Witch of the East :x

I always make it a point to look up, just to make sure I don't miss anything interesting or worthwhile. I'm also infatuated with the sky, and this is a fine specimen of a magical night sky! I'm a sucker for shiny things!

For Part I, I'm posting up a few screenshots I thought were rather sparkley :D Each of the shots below were taken in a different type of arena in the Dreamland. Part II will have some screenshots of the bosses that spawn every 5 levels, and some of their special attacks to watch out for. Enjoy the eye candy, and never forget to look up!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Flower Festival

Out of all the mini-events per patch, I'd have to say my favorite would be the Flower Festival. I'm a sucker for anything cute and pastel-colored, so what more could I ask for when we were given bunnies and flower petals? :D Not only that, they had some pretty cute outfits for sale and for prizes as well...I love this hat!

I love to jump in-game, it's the closest thing I can do to look like I'm flying, lol. I've made an obstacle jumping course in the Artisan guild castle to show my love for jumping, so when I saw that the Flower Festival involved a jumping course...I was all over it! By doing this we got a few event items, and an extremely lovely mount speed buff that stacks with the 30% mount potion and Galloping Gale.


It's a nice view from the top. Looking up I'm surrounded by pretty pastel petals, and looking down I can view the pretty glowing stepping stones that lead to the top of the tree. A few people found jumping up to the top a bit too difficult, and started spamming Zone chat for a port to the end ;] Cheaters!


A momentous era in Artisan history! We have just, as a guild, cleared Raksha Temple: Diamond Mode! It was surprisingly easier than I had anticipated, I was afraid for a moment that our dps wouldn't be enough...but who was I fooling, even with two priests we had Reactive, Ragingsoul and Washnock to be our machine guns :]

All in all, it was a very smooth run. It took a little longer than expected since life happened to interfere now and again (yay for afk's!), but we had no wipes and got a few tasty OD gear; Raksha's Earrings and Lekani Handguards

Other than that...the stat and gear drops made me QQ a bit. :< We were hoping to get a Fury of the Defender of the Jungle for Reactive so he could finally ditch his noob Desert Bow! ;] One day, Reactive, I promise we'll farm this for you until it drops! :D

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Old News, But Good News

I've been stocking up and saving screenshots for the longest time, but haven't been meticulous about posting them up :x!

RT Bronze Full Clear:

KT Full Clear:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

[PPM] Pink Priest Model: Kaelisra

[Specimen #1] Kaelisra

The Black Bunny Brigade! Did a 420mem PK trade with Kaelisra from the guild Centurions - everything seemed to go right. Two kills and the item dropped, and two new and cute outfits from my customer!

Flopsy, Mopsy, and Peter Cotton-tail. And Kaelisra. :D

And now his evil costume, rawr! Unfortunately he has the Hunter's Aura, so maybe he's not so evil after all :x We went out of our way to make sure the scenery matched his outfit though. :] Choreographed shot, ftw!