It was only as I was about to close down the game at the end of yesterday evening's session that I decided to keep SirDarth levelling his drake overnight. This worked pretty well, though the computer did eventually "run out of memory", so that, continuing through the morning, the dragon hatchling did reach level 16 and become a drake. SirPerivale joined in in the morning, though he didn't start as early as sometimes, and the pale blue horse managed to reach level 31.
I was pretty busy downstairs, as I had expected, so pet-levelling was the only game in town. I suppose I ought to have done some further work in the early afternoon, but it seemed a good idea to get the Prokion Temple back room "booked", with the Friday "Happy Hour" from three to five promising to give us an extra 50% skill exp.
Some of my characters wouldn't find just 50% extra very useful, as they need to use rather stronger boosts, but for CaptainScarlet and MistressBlaze it seemed something worth taking advantage of, so they were the ones to head that way. Cap did borrow SirDarth's armour before setting out, as Galahad had done before him, and this meant that he didn't have to stay stuck in a corner, he could do some fighting, and also collect up the loot.
As usual I tried Auzura-4 first, but the back room was being used - luckily, however, over on Auzura-3 it was available, in fact if anything the Auzura-4 Temple seemed busier than the Auzura-3 one, even though 3 is generally a rather busier sub-server.
So, Cap and MB settled in, and thanks to still having a couple of the "beginner" platinum blessed irises to use, progress was pretty good for Cap, though once they had run out, things did slow down drastically. It was a bit of a marathon, but by mid-evening, level 31 was at last reached, and the +10 30/32 armour set, plus weapons and shield, duly appeared. As well as the experience gain, a total of 225.54%, Cap had gained 376 skill points, which were more than enough to get the level thirty skill maxxed out, and a few other things.
The food break was a relatively short one, and I was able to keep an eye on the room, with my characters still there. I saw a knight called EssenceofDefense come in, do some fighting, and die; he came back later when I was back at work, and shared the room for a while, to get the skill points he needed for the level 30 skill. While I suppose he did "ks" slightly, he did it in a friendly way, and supplied MB with the Divine Shield buff when Cap forgot to. He did manage to die again, but finally got the points he needed and left me to it.
MistressBlaze herself added 72.80%, which was helped along by her using a "beginner" pbi as she approached level 35. It looks as if the newbie items still work during that level, presumably expiring when one reaches level 36, as her last such pbi, and the unused resurrection scrolls, are still in her inventory. She gained 383 skill points... seven more than Cap as the older computer did manage to play its "run out of memory" trick twice, meaning that Cap had to log back in and return to the Temple while MB kept busy. MistressBlaze was, now that she had reached the new level, able to spend 150 skill points on the sixth level of Secret Study, increasing her magic attack by 6.
CaptainScarlet had one new quest in Dratan; luckily he had picked up enough Orc Ornaments to be able to complete it right away. He went down into Merac just to see how he'd do at pet levelling, but at the moment he, not surprisingly given his higher level, hits the Berserkers too hard, at 32 bare-fisted, so he wouldn't take very long to kill one. Running down to the Gnolls, which are only two levels higher than Berserkers, well they hit him too hard, though a mid-level pet with the Armour Increase buff might change that. We will definitely have to experiment with getting Cap a red name, and reducing his hitting power. If necessary we can plus up his armour a bit more, or perhaps move SirDarth on to level 27, which would allow him to wear the new armour set. though he too would need to go a bit redder, name-wise, by killing some people on a PvP-enabled sub-server. Presumably SirPerivale could volunteer for that, especially if he got to kill Darth a time or two as well, and got himself a blue name.
Anyway, it looks as if CaptainScarlet is now where we wanted to take him, with MistressBlaze getting a boost along the way. They are both relatively minor characters, though; characters that actually need to level up a bit include MistressDomina my wizard, MrChuckNorris my warmaster titan, Rage my ranger rogue, and of course my archer Kaerella. MD in particular could team with Chuck if she gained one more level, and level up in much the way that Chuck gained a few levels by teaming with Rage. And I think that, if Chuck goes up by a level, then he could profitably team up with Rage again, though that had better wait until MistressDomina has moved on a bit. The problem will be getting her through her current level, 38...the Orcs aren't much help, so a few trips to the Poison Mists may be needed.
SirDarth and SirPerivale went back out pet-levelling slightly earlier than usual. Peri should get his pale blue horse past the halfway mark in level 31, while as for Darth, well, maybe he has another night's work coming up...