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DarkerMuffin
post Jan 10 2015, 05:37 AM
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And, an update! I tried documenting it with screenshots a bit, but Mordor doesn't always make for the most interesting screenshot material.

I went up to warrior 85~ and got a lovely quest.



Seems like all my solo characters get this quest...

I was hoping to hit warrior 100 to allow the other guilds to use the mithril dagger, but it was not to be. As it turns out, giant leeches are quite shy. On the other hand, the ZBrats kept showing up out of their lair, looking to surprise me. They showed up all over 7, constantly appearing in the route to the lake, blocking my path until I'd use a rod of ultimate power to blast through them. This was the most ridiculous ZBrat attack though.



They followed me INTO THE WATER! I didn't know they could even swim!

I ultimately finished the giant leeches quest after 125~ levels in other guilds. I think that's the longest I've put up with a quest without forfeiting. Strangely, the leeches were hitting me harder than the ZBrats. Maybe something to do with the higher strength?

I had a couple of interesting monsters join.





I ultimately became the guildmaster in everything joinable, but for the nomad and scavenger guilds. I brought seeker up a fair amount, but I think I'll focus on teleport in the wizard's guild instead this time. Maybe I'll get to a point where those mind spells are usable for once!

Other notable quests included one for an element mage who just wouldn't spawn in its lair, a nabutu one that blocked the healer levels for a long time, and an iron-shod staff quest.



I got lucky and had one in my inventory from the last trip down! All I had to do was not sell it and get enough experience to level up.



WHAT?!



I leveled up in thief some more after that.

I kept visiting the twisted elf and black pelagon lairs frequently, and eventually, fortune smiled upon me with a ring of entrapment! yahoo.gif I made sure to charm some rare monster groups after that for any future quests.

At some point, once I was feeling daring enough, I snuck down to level 9, went to the vampire lair, and exacted revenge for my previous mortal character's death 2 years ago. I haven't dared to visit the lair since.

Mostly I've been sticking to clearing out 7 and 8 for experience. I'm getting close to the point where I'll have to venture lower frequently, but generally I can clear 7 and 8, then start clearing the repopulated level 7 rooms.

Time for some stats!

CODE
VERSION: 1.1
CHARACTER: "Ulysses" (Neutral Human)

ITEM INFO
* 1. Vampire Fang (n)
* 2. Studded Leather Armor (n)
* 3. Cap of Defense (n)
* 4. Gloves of Strength (n)
* 5. Grey Cloak (n)
* 6. Bracers of Strength (n)
* 7. Girdle of Might (n)
* 8. Boots of Evading (n)
* 9. Amulet of Infravision
* 10. Ring of Defending (n)
* 11. Unicorn Horn [11]
* 12. Purple Sash (n) [84] (cursed)
* 13. FlameStone [5]
* 14. Crest of the Healer [6]
15. Scroll of Spells (n) [2]
16. Elixr of Restoration [6]

BANK ITEM INFO
0. Avenger (n)
1. Studded Cuirboulli (n)
2. Cuirboulli Armor (n)
3. Mithril Helmet (n)
4. Thief's Cap (n) [4]
5. Helm of Sight (n)
6. Master's Gloves (n)
7. Thief's Gloves (n)
8. Gauntlets of Might (n)
9. Robe of Insight (n)
10. Steel Bracers (n)
11. Elven Bracers (n)
12. Girdle of Strength (n)
13. Scarab of Protection (n)
14. Shield of Defense (n)
15. Steel Shield (n)
16. Crest of the Seeker [6]
17. Crest of the Wizard [6]
18. Crest of the Warrior
19. Crest of the Thief [12]
20. Crest of the Sorcerer [6]
21. Unicorn Horn [15]
22. Rod of Ultimate Power (n) [49]
23. Rod of Ultimate Power (n) [45]
24. Ring of Entrapment (n) [26]
25. Ring of Teleportation (g) [41]
26. Orb of Life Domination (g) [4]
27. Orb of Life Domination (n) [6]
28. Orb of Life Domination (e) [4]
29. Ring of Entrapment (e) [32]

Kills:
78,545
Died:
0
Comp:
0
Mon Quests:
70
Item Quests:
25
Item A/D:
57/66
Guild A/D:
128/139
Stats A/D:
80/80
Total A/D:
266/ 286
Time:
22:10:40
Date:
1/9/2015
Play Time:
250.37 Hrs (Not sure how accurate these are... I tried to avoid having my character loaded at midnight, but I know I left everything loaded while I wasn't at the computer some.)
Created on:
12/27/2014


Stats Nat(Mod)
Str 22 (6)
Int 23 (2)
Wis 23 (2)
Con 22 (1)
Cha 23 (0)
Dex 23 (2)

GUILD INFO
Nomad (32) 45/45
Warrior (167) 118.8/129.6
Seeker (78) 60.80001/74.10001
Thief (166) 87.99998/108
Sorcerer (161) 40.80001/85
Wizard (57) 15.6/36
Healer (101) 36/60

Abilities (Lead Guild)
Thieving (Thief)
Backstabbing (Thief)
Critical Hit (Warrior)
Multiple Swings (Warrior)
Fighting (Warrior)
Perception (Seeker)

Total Exp.
22,919,393
Total Gold
1,510,554,094

Monster sightings:
Twisted Elf: 124
Medusa: 1 (On a stud level 5 antimagic square, eek! Happened after I was a high level, but I was hoping to avoid seeing her at all)
Giant Crocodile: 4,177

Items held on slave characters:
Balls and Chain and other miscellaneous autoequipping curses, held by BallsChains: 14
Dalyn items. held by Dalyn: 5
Sashes, held by Sasha: 9


I also turned all the ZBrats encounters into a game where I'd screenshot them everytime I met them out of lair and ended up with 14 different screenshots. (Actually, looking at the times, one of them may have been the same group, but 23.5 hours later.) I'm glad they were something tame like ZBrats and not stoning monsters! So, my current trophy case!


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Nudibranch
post Jan 11 2015, 02:01 AM
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Yeah, I've encountered zBrats all over 7 too, including in the lake. Maybe they got water wings. tongue.gif


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ranagrande
post Jan 11 2015, 04:12 AM
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You're way ahead of me now.

I've only got to Nomad 30/Wizard 41/Mage 53/Ninja 67 so far.
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DarkerMuffin
post Jan 12 2015, 07:09 AM
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My solo character fulfilled a long term Mordor goal of mine!



I've been hoping to see one of these join for years now! I figured that I'd never actually see it happen, since they're pretty sure to begin with. The helplesson says something about other adventurers buying and selling creatures to the confinement, but while I've seen new ones appear, I've never actually seen the old ones disappear. Still, it's tempting to make a dummy character, give him the money to buy the morey, and hang on to it in the companion slot.

Similarly, I had this join, although they've never interested me beyond being uncommon uncharmeables.



Now if only I could find one of those rings of death...

I've had to venture down lower than I'm comfortable with lately. The questmaster decided to start assigning me to wretches, lamurian outcasts, and giant snakes. The giant snakes in particular have been hard to find. I'm too stubborn to lose that 400,000 exp it would cost to forfeit.

Thief's up to 231 and Warrior's at 201. I think I ran healer and sorceror up to 95,000~ exp per level before switching away from them. Thief starts taking a similar amount of experience per level around 275 and warrior around 265, so I'll probably stick around 7 and 8 for a while longer. Wizard will start taking around 95,000 exp somewhere near 145, which only brings teleport down to 32 SP and precognitive death to 34 SP and 200-400 damage. I'll hold off on leveling wizard until those two spells are more interesting, assuming the character lives that long!

QUOTE (ranagrande @ Jan 10 2 :rolleyes:0 15, 09:12 PM) *
You're way ahead of me now.

I've only got to Nomad 30/Wizard 41/Mage 53/Ninja 67 so far.


I imagine I'll burn myself out at some point... I've found myself with a lot of free time suddenly, so I've been mordoring around a lot.


QUOTE (Nudibranch @ Jan 10 2015, 07:01 PM) *
Yeah, I've encountered zBrats all over 7 too, including in the lake. Maybe they got water wings. tongue.gif


This is some WONDERFUL imagery. I'll have to draw that.

Edit: Found the snakes, unpinned myself leveling up, and immediately got hit by everybody's favorite quest.



Guess I'll have to give up that 400,000 exp after all.

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Nudibranch
post Jan 12 2015, 05:27 PM
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QUOTE (DarkerMuffin @ Jan 12 2015, 03:09 AM) *
Edit: Found the snakes, unpinned myself leveling up, and immediately got hit by everybody's favorite quest.



Guess I'll have to give up that 400,000 exp after all.


David Allen should've called it a T'Nada. rolleyes.gif


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ranagrande
post Jan 16 2015, 01:25 AM
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I finally became the Master of Fighting. I was surprised at how long that takes for a Ninja. Anyway, now I own the Hall of Records:



I might do one of those fancy codeboxes with stats sometime, but I'm too lazy to type it all now. tongue.gif
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DarkerMuffin
post Jan 20 2015, 12:07 PM
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Managed to break level 300 today, so time for some stats!

CODE
VERSION: 1.1
CHARACTER: "Ulysses" (Neutral Human)

ITEM INFO
* 1. Vampire Fang (n)
* 2. Studded Cuirboulli (n)
* 3. Magician's Helm (n)
* 4. Gloves of Might (n)
* 5. Silver Cloak (n)
* 6. Elven Bracers (n)
* 7. Girdle of Power (n)
* 8. Boots of Agility (n) [39]
* 9. Crest of the Healer [6]
* 10. Amulet of Infravision
* 11. Lamurian Ring (n)
* 12. Unicorn Horn [13]
* 13. Magenta Sash (n) [69] (cursed)
* 14. Scarab of Defense (n)
15. Scroll of Spells (n) [1]
16. Elixr of Restoration [7]
17. Elixr of Fate [4]
18. Rod of Ultimate Power (n) [40]
* 19. Mystic Shield (n)

BANK ITEM INFO
0. Dominator (g)
1. Cross of Commanding (n) [34]
2. Cross of Commanding (n) [41]
3. Cross of Commanding (n) [60]
4. Studded Leather Armor (n)
5. Cuirboulli Armor (n)
6. Thief's Cap (n) [4]
7. Cap of Protection (n)
8. Mithril Helmet (n)
9. Helm of Sight (n)
10. Helm of Knowledge (n)
11. Gloves of Power (n)
12. Master's Gloves (n)
13. Thief's Gloves (n)
14. Bracers of Strength (n)
15. Girdle of Might (n)
16. Boots of Levitation (n) [21]
17. Crest of the Warrior
18. Crest of the Sorcerer [6]
19. Crest of the Thief [12]
20. Crest of the Wizard [6]
21. Crest of the Seeker [6]
22. Medallion of Dragons [16]
23. Unicorn Horn [15]
24. Scarab of Protection (n)
25. Ring of Entrapment (n) [8]
26. Ring of Entrapment (e) [32]
27. Ring of Teleportation (n) [39]
28. Ring of Teleportation (n) [26]
29. Shield of Defense (n)
30. Rod of Ultimate Power (n) [49]
31. Orb of Life Domination (g) [6]
32. Orb of Life Domination (n) [8]
33. Orb of Life Domination (e) [8]
34. Grey Cloak (n)
35. Ring of Entrapment (n) [46]

Kills:
163,670
Died:
0
Comp:
0
Mon Quests:
120
Item Quests:
37
Item A/D:
75/99
Guild A/D:
198/215
Stats A/D:
88/88
Total A/D:
361/ 402
Time:
02:55:36
Date:
1/20/2015
Play Time:
397.41 Hrs
Created on:
12/27/2014


Stats Nat(Mod)
Str 22 (6)
Int 23 (3)
Wis 23 (3)
Con 22 (1)
Cha 23 (0)
Dex 23 (5)

GUILD INFO
Nomad (32) 45/45
Warrior (305) 188.1001/205.2001
Seeker (78) 60.80001/74.10001
Thief (278) 127.5999/156.5999
Sorcerer (207) 50.40002/105
Wizard (85) 22.1/51
Healer (207) 64.5/107.5

Abilities (Lead Guild) (Shift + F6 doesn't actually give the numbers on these, so I copied these in. I have no idea if )
Thieving (Thief)
67 from Thief
Backstabbing (Thief)
35 from Thief
Critical Hit (Warrior)
38 from Warrior
Multiple Swings (Warrior)
31 from Warrior
Fighting (Warrior)
64 from Warrior
Perception (Seeker)
80 from Seeker

Total Exp.
60,588,341
Total Gold
3,542,770,287

Autoequipping cursed items found: 27


I was hoping to go ahead and take warrior up to 324 for that extra swing, but I'm currently stuck on a daemon quest. The library records me as having seen 123 of the things, which is better than some other rarish monsters. I've seen a lot of them accompanying bigger demons around.

For a while, the questmaster took an interest in entomology and kept assigning me to rot grubs and giant silverfish. The silverfish in particular forced me down to 10 while I was trying to stay on 7 and 8, which I mistakenly thought were safer. In retrospect, I think I should have made the jump much sooner. The tazens are so common that, despite the extra mythical squares on 10, I was running into fewer stoners than before. I was also earning more experience per room, so that gave even fewer chances for a stoning encounter to head south.

But then again, if I had gone down to 10 earlier, I might have had an encounter like this:



I'm glad it was after I raised healer up for a stronger word of death...

Also on the questmaster front was a junnart quest in the thief's guild. When I found one, I went back to switch guilds to the quested and grab the ring of entrapment. I ran back down and captured it, then went back to the confinement, sold it, and realized I hadn't actually switched guilds. I decided not to shell out the money to rebuy the companion and see if I could track down another one. Of course, they never showed up until after I was ready to level in thief again.

At some point, I started making runs to the Mother of Serpents, where I'd use up half my SP, hoping for some interesting items. The most interesting item she dropped was a magenta sash. Unfortunately, while sneaking to her room, I met a minion of death...



I've made sure to introduce subsequent minions to the good word since. I should've done that with the first one I met, especially since it drained me as I walked in, but I wanted to save SP for the mother of serpents, so I only used acidic spray. I won't make that mistake again...

Eventually I switched to thief, bought the junnart, and did the turn on it and recharm it trick to fulfill the quest. I reidentified it and sold it back to the companion store (why don't they sell you identified companions?), then took my level up and got a new quest.



I had to buy the thing again! ranting.gif At least it wasn't a T'Mana T'Nada quest.

Right now, I'm gaining most of my experience on 10 and 11. 12 feels pretty safe now, so I'll probably start working on really mapping it out and consistently clearing it. Silent eagles are still pretty damaging, but not lethally so. Golden centaurs typically only do a tiny bit of damage in melee now. I don't think I'll ever feel comfortable around vampires, but they miss more than they hit now.

13 isn't lethal, but I end up using a lot of SP down there. When I've raised some other guild levels a bit more, I'll switch to leveling healer or sorceror with a cross of commanding to deal with that. First I want to cheapen the movement spells a bit more. With over 900 HP and 400+ defense (except as a thief, but the initiative helps there) it feels pretty survivable overall, as long as I blast the paralyzers.

None of the stoning monsters are too frightening at this point. They're all slow enough that I should almost always get initiative, bar a lucky medusa or something. They all melt instantly before acidic spray as well, so they don't usually have a chance to hit me. The asteryex can't see invisible and has a low enough attack that it likely won't hit me, but I'm uncomfortable enough with it that I use electric field until it dies. I always consider not even bothering it at all, but I can't resist that level 14 drop level.

Eventually I'll hit 15, and gorgons are fast enough that they will be frightening. I'm not setting foot on 15 until I can beat that 35 dex.

QUOTE (ranagrande @ Jan 15 2015, 06:25 PM) *
I finally became the Master of Fighting. I was surprised at how long that takes for a Ninja. Anyway, now I own the Hall of Records:


...Well, now I wish I hadn't run previous characters. bleh.gif Congrats on the full sweep!

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DarkerMuffin
post Jan 22 2015, 05:37 AM
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And suddenly, it's all over.



I met a group of 2 pit fiends and 3 harpies. Banish demon usually kills the harpies and will kill a pit fiends about half the time. This time it did neither. The group attacked and the harpies paralyzed me. After that, I just sat there and watched as they slowly lowered my 900 HP further and further down. I finally became unparalyzed when I had about 30 HP left, but the monsters were already attacking that round. and finished me off before I could run. RIP.

I waited for rescue so I could get a final shot of my stats. It took the rescuers 700 days to find me, then cost 2,000,000 for a raise. And then the bigest downside to humans showed up.



Truly a fitting end for a mortal character!

Final stats!

CODE

VERSION: 1.1
CHARACTER: "Ulysses" (Neutral Human)

ITEM INFO
1. Vampire Fang (n)
* 2. Studded Cuirboulli (n)
* 3. Magician's Helm (n)
* 4. Gloves of Might (n)
* 5. Silver Cloak (n)
* 6. Elven Bracers (n)
* 7. Girdle of Power (n)
* 8. Boots of Agility (n) [39]
* 9. Crest of the Healer [6]
* 10. Amulet of Infravision
* 11. Ring of Truth (n)
* 12. Unicorn Horn [13]
* 13. Magenta Sash (n) [57] (cursed)
* 14. Scarab of Defense (n)
15. Scroll of Spells (n) [1]
16. Elixr of Restoration [9]
17. Dalyn's Groan [1]
18. Ring of Teleportation (n) [26]
19. Mystic Shield (n)
20. Helmet

BANK ITEM INFO
0. Dominator (g)
1. Cross of Commanding (n) [4]
2. Cross of Commanding (n) [41]
3. Cross of Commanding (n) [60]
4. Studded Leather Armor (n)
5. Cuirboulli Armor (n)
6. Thief's Cap (n) [4]
7. Helm of Sight (n)
8. Mithril Helmet (n)
9. Cap of Protection (n)
10. Helm of Knowledge (n)
11. Master's Gloves (n)
12. Gloves of Power (n)
13. Thief's Gloves (n)
14. Bracers of Strength (n)
15. Girdle of Might (n)
16. Boots of Levitation (n) [21]
17. Crest of the Wizard [6]
18. Crest of the Sorcerer [6]
19. Crest of the Warrior
20. Crest of the Thief [12]
21. Crest of the Seeker [6]
22. Medallion of Dragons [19]
23. Unicorn Horn [15]
24. Scarab of Protection (n)
25. Ring of Entrapment (n) [3]
26. Ring of Entrapment (e) [32]
27. Ring of Entrapment (n) [46]
28. Ring of Teleportation (n) [39]
29. Rod of Ultimate Power (n) [38]
30. Rod of Ultimate Power (n) [49]
31. Orb of Life Domination (g) [6]
32. Orb of Life Domination (n) [8]
33. Orb of Life Domination (e) [8]
34. Elixr of Fate [5]
35. Shield of Defense (n)

Kills:
175,195
Died:
1
Comp:
1
Mon Quests:
132
Item Quests:
42
Item A/D:
54/93
Guild A/D:
204/222
Stats A/D:
59/59
Total A/D:
318/ 374
Time:
22:34:07
Date:
1/21/2015
Play Time:
423.90 Hrs
Created on:
12/27/2014


Stats Nat(Mod)
Str 17 (6)
Int 18 (3)
Wis 18 (4)
Con 17 (1)
Cha 17 (0)
Dex 18 (5)

GUILD INFO
Nomad (32) 45/45
Warrior (324) 194.7001/212.4001
Seeker (78) 60.80001/74.10001
Thief (278) 127.5999/156.5999
Sorcerer (207) 50.40002/105
Wizard (136) 32.49999/75
Healer (226) 69/115

Abilities (Lead Guild)
Thieving (Thief)
Backstabbing (Thief)
Critical Hit (Warrior)
Multiple Swings (Warrior)
Fighting (Warrior)
Perception (Seeker)

Total Exp.
69,298,843
Total Gold
4,180,549,735


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