Sunday, 28 February 2010

Memree Levels Up

At the last minute I decided to let ColonelScarlet keep pet-levelling on Katar-4 with his bandit duo overnight, which worked pretty well, although a couple of hours did get lost to a disconnection towards the end of the night. Still, at breakfast time he went back and continued the good work, soon getting his pink drake into level 32. SirGalahad got back into action in Maargadum Jail then too, moving his drake steadily through level 31.

After coffee Rage and RedRyder went off to Tairen-5's Prokion Temple. The back room was not entirely deserted, as an elementalist type sorcerer, Samael, went in a second or two ahead of me...but since many visitors to the room don't stay around, and he seemed to be hovering slightly in the doorway, I dashed in anyway and started attacking the orcs.

Samael didn't stay long, though I think there were just about enough orcs for both of us, so Rage and RedRyder had a full session there. By the time lunch was nearly ready Rage was up by 6.69% and 126 guild points, while RedRyder had gained 4.17% and 19 guild points... and they'd each added 121 skill points, which takes Red up to the 5.5k mark.

Over the lunch break SirGalahad and ColonelScarlet were back in action, and on the older computer Gal stuck around for the afternoon, while my Cariae cleric Kaerella logged in. The solo party Kae got into stayed active all afternoon, and so did Kae, out with the sphinx types - in all she gained 36.84%, 48 skill points, and 1600 pet points, so she isn't far short of level 57 now. There weren't any team-ups to fight the sphinx fighters etc, generally anyone who asked was too low-level, people have to be within 15 levels for it to work.

SirGalahad and ColonelScarlet signed back in over the early evening food break, and then for the main part of the evening Memree and Kaerella went to Prokion Temple, back on Tairen-5. Unsurprisingly at such a busy time my favourite back room was in use, but as usual the "mirror" half of the place wasn't as busy, and its version of the back room was free, and I had no visitors there.

By the time the Sunday Evening Quiz was drawing near, Memree had gone up by 52.53%, and 513 guild points, while Kaerella had got 31.50% and 78 guild points; they had each gained 346 skill points, so that, back in Randol, Kaerella was able to learn all three levels of advanced farming ("herbology"), plus both levels of flawed stone processing and the first two levels of imperfect stone processing, with a few points left over.

The Quiz, which Kaerella and MistressDomino attended on Tairen-2, was pretty slow again, taking a whole half hour for its 22 questions. Almost everyone survived to get their 10 tool aids, 10 moonstones, and 15 heaven stones this week, though I noticed one of the people who delight in running to the safe side at the very last second got kicked, because he ran back to the other side too soon - and a few odd people did disappear along the way. The question about the number of non player characters in Dratan City wasn't asked this week, but we did nearly have a problem with the one about the number of oases in the desert which, again, is the lower of the two possible answers. I set a good example, and I hope that helped persuade those who weren't sure to move across.

At nine the GMs announced that the "teatime" bonus of an extra 75% skill exp was starting, so Memree and Kaerella quickly logged back in on Tairen-5, got Elizabeth's Enhancement, and made straight for the Temple. This time we were in time to grab the proper back room; one sorcerer did run in, see Memree in action, and run out again, while towards the end a rogue called ACIDO stood in the doorway, and I thought she was just waiting for me to finish or something, but when I did leave after an hour she didn't go in, but stayed with the lower-level orcs in the corridor there.

That shorter session got Memree another 23.00% and 243 guild points, and Kaerella added another 14.80% - thanks to the skill exp boost they got 192 skill points each, so that Kae now had enough sp for the last level of imperfect stone processing, and the first two levels of flawless (or quality) stone processing. The extra 75% skill exp added on to the extra 100% from the Elizabuff, so was really only 37.5% more than usual.

That session also got Memree into level 35, which was useful as there was, from four in the afternoon until noon tomorrow, UK time, a free "raffle" going on, and each levelling-up during that time counts as a raffle entry, for a pack of 100 each of the skill point, experience, and item drop boosters. There'll be twelve winners on each server, so who knows, maybe Memree will get lucky. Reaching level 35 also means she can learn Coup de Gras 2's first level, for 150 sp, which will increase her chance of a critical strike, doing double damage, by 60.

As things were getting late, it was only ColonelScarlet who logged back in after that, with his pink drake, which by the end of the evening should be approaching two-thirds of the way through level 32, thanks to the kindly assistance of the two bandits. There was a Pandora's Box temptingly close by, which, since nobody else was around, I did risk opening - it just dropped ten small healing potions.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Out with the Sphinxes

I did manage to go along to the last pair of "100m races" last night, on Auzura and Tairen, though the event had slimmed down a little by then, and just involved dashing from the west gate to the north gate, via the haunted bridge, and, a few minutes later, back again. MrChuckNorris, my titan, represented me on Auzura-5. Titans aren't the fastest runners, which was slightly unfortunate as this time around the general consensus was that we should do the race on foot. Chuck gave a cute young mage three haste potions when asked, and used such items himself, though they are nowhere near as speed-inducing as the greater haste potions, which are a relatively expensive item that allows a player to dash around like a game master or a speed hacker for an hour. [GM]JediMike kept his 100% record though, and awarded the prizes to everyone who turned up with generous spawnings of loot.

Since healers are relatively swift runners, Kaerella was waiting at the west gate on Tairen-5 as 11:30pm approached, UK time. hardly anyone else was, just two or three others, though, and I felt that I needed to apologise, on Tairen's behalf, for the low turn-out. Mike took it in his stride, though, and put up a server announcement for people to come out and join us, which they did, in time for our two races. Kaerella did mount up and ride this time, which did at least mean she got the occasional glimpse of the GM zooming along. The two spawnings of loot were perhaps not as large as some had been earlier, but it had still been worth turning up, for sure.

At breakfast time SirGalahad got back into pet-levelling action for a couple of hours on Tairen-4, along with ColonelScarlet on Katar-4, and then after coffee the team of Rage and RedRyder went off to Prokion Temple. Our timing was just right, as the back room was empty, but with loot still on the ground from the previous occupant's efforts, including a moonstone box. So, Rage did the fighting, and Red dashed around picking up the loot.

TenshinoKami arrived after a while, and stayed for the rest of my session, using both the beginner pbis and pssps, for extra experience and skill exp; she had reached level 32 by then and opted to become a cleric. I said that a combat party wouldn't be a good idea, as Rage's relatively high level would cut back her experience gain, and she agreed. By the time I left, Rage was up 8.35% and 159 guild points, while RedRyder had moved on by 5.19% and 24 guild points. They had each earned 147 skill points.

Over lunch, ColonelScarlet on Katar-4 and RedRackham on Auzura-4 both did a little drake pet-levelling - and then Kaerella and Memree signed in, and headed for Prokion Temple. The place seemed a lot busier, which is hardly surprising for a weekend afternoon, but I finally found that the "mirror" back room was free, and settled in there to fight without any interruptions. Kaerella seemed to get attacked slightly more often there, so I had to stay alert, but it was a productive session, with Memree adding 61.51% and 558 guild points, and Kaerella getting 34.52% and 86 guild points from the combat party. With her on level 27 and Memree on level 34, they make a pretty productive team. The skill point tally was 377 each - enough for Kae to learn the final level of advanced mining, all three levels of advanced energy absorption, and both levels of basic herb farming.

SirGalahad got back into action for the food break, and stayed in Maargadum Jail throughout the evening, while my Cariae cleric Kaerella, now level 56, had a good long session out at the sphinx fighters and sphinx speer men - the usual location rather than the new place I'd found. I got into a solo party right away, though for a while another solo party member was fighting the elite sphinx speer man, so I had to move out of range. Then a little later a level 43 Italian specialist sorcerer called danjorge asked to party with me, so, since he was within range, that seemed a good idea, and we were able to take on the elite ourselves. I can solo it if I need to, but it sometimes takes Kae's health down slightly dangerously.

After the sorcerer reached level 44, he went back to town, so I joined a new solo party, and continued the good fight. It's strange, there was a level 27 titan that the rest of us were trying to persuade ought to be farming skill points in Prokion Temple - and then later there was a level 27 healer, who was also adamant that they needed levels rather than skill points. I had to rescue her a number of times from irate sphinx fighters, which she could do little damage to; she teamed with a sorcerer for a while, but I noticed that he died at least once. She resurrected him, but I'm guessing it was only level one of that skill she had.

I'd suspected there was a glitch with Elizabeth's Enhancement before, so was careful to make sure of my facts this time. When the buff was about to wear off, after the countdown of the three hours (or "days"), I took the teleporter back from Dratan to Randol - and arrived with the buff's countdown reset to 7.5 minutes, or four "hours". So I went back out again for the extra time and killed a few more sphinx types.

There was a double-chance upgrade event during the time I was out in Dratan, in memory of a recently deceased Last Chaos player called Misused. It was a nice touch, though I couldn't think of anything I had waiting to be upgraded at present, so just kept fighting. I didn't notice any extra lag out in Dratan, but trying to open Roy's merchant mart afterwards, it was extremely laggy - I'd given up and gone off elsewhere in Randol before I finally got some messages about "the work" being done, too late to be any use.

Anyway, Kaerella's experience gain for her three hours, plus bonus, was 57.64%, which can't be bad, plus 50 skill points and 1990 pet points, so that SirFrancis is now 83% of the way through level 48. I had looked through the merchant mart earlier in search of parts of the 60/62 armour set for Kae, but there was very little from that set on offer; I did spot two +9 items, from the same seller, but they had both had an extreme stone used on them, a risk-free upgrade which can only be applied once per item, and which I'd use to move from +12 to +13. I must check again in a day or so.

After Kaerella logged out, ColonelScarlet logged in for a while, and managed to get his drake to level 31 before the end of the evening; SirGalahad's drake had reached that level a bit earlier in the session.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Racing Through Juno

I got both SirGalahad on Tairen and ColonelScarlet on Katar into action at breakfast time, and didn't encounter any problems. With subserver four being so quiet, now that number five has Elizabeth's Enhancement on offer, for double experience and skill exp gain and a minor improvement to one's attack, when Gal goes into Maargadum Jail now he tends to find two or three knights just inside the entrance pet-levelling on the spike canines - but level five is still his best bet.

After coffee it was time for the first combat party team-up between Rage and RedRyder, and Red being three levels higher than Kaerella did mean that the experience and skill exp wasn't quite as good. Orc sergeants still give Rage around 10,000 experience and perhaps 2700 skill exp, but the orc axemen, two levels lower, just give around 1,400 experience and 1,700 skill exp. Still, that's quite a nice ratio of skill exp to experience, and even better for Red of course.

Rage and RedRyder did have visitors; my heart did sink when the level 32 specialist sorcerer hotrod and the level 30 healer TenshinoKami ran straight in, but hotrod was just there to supply a bit of moral support for his friend, and did chat a little, while the healer didn't kill very quickly, not having her +10 weapon yet, so it didn't really slow me down. By the time lunch was looming, Rage had gone up 7.82% and 148 guild points, while RedRyder was up by 4.87% and 23 guild points. They'd each gained 139 skill points - handy for Rage as she'd just spent 586 on the level 38 attack skills Piercing and Flame Arrow before setting out.

For the afternoon the other new team of Memree and Kaerella headed back to the same room. A rogue called CrimsonAssian had been using it very recently, there was still loot on the floor, but she was just sitting quietly in a corner, and continued to sit there for well over an hour, before getting up, heading for the doorway, and teleporting out. So, I'd timed my arrival well, and Memree set to work, with Kaerella standing at the side. It seemed a good team-up, with each orc sergeant giving Memree around 19,000 experience and 5,000 or so skill exp, and each orc axeman giving about 11,000 experience and perhaps 3,600.

TenshinoKami returned after a while, and accepted my invitation to join the combat party, which made things simpler, and meant I could attack orcs that were concentrating on her, and cut down a bit on the number of health potions she had to use. That got cut down a lot more when she reached level 31, and got her +10 armour set to wear. A bit later hotrod returned too, which surprised me as when he'd left in the morning he'd been on his way to bed, yet here he was again only about three hours later. He joined the combat party as well, which helped the experience gain along a bit.

They didn't stay for the whole of my session, but our Friends lists are now a bit longer. I stopped a little earlier than average, as I knew I'd need to be back in action at five o'clock, but Memree added 55.31% and 453 guild points, while Kaerella added 26.68% and 67, though she'll need to lose the experience again at some point. They each got 263 skill points, which in Kae's case were just enough for the final level of expert alchemy, the two levels of basic mining, the first two levels of advanced mining - and the two levels of basic energy collection as well.

Over on Auzura-4, my level 73 rogue Rage was at least ten minutes early arriving outside Merac Castle for the Auzura-only "Storm the Castle" - but [GM]Valsharyn was already there, and half a dozen or so players. Plenty more had arrived by the time the thorny mantises, male assassinbugs, and the other monsters had appeared, luckily, but too many people charged on through the gateway into the outer courtyard, I think, and I found myself soloing a level 106 boss Anubis Spear Man, having to run for it whenever Snare wore off. A sorcerer joined in, but when it turned and attacked him, he ran too far and the boss's health returned to 100%, which was annoying. Still, the second time around Rage did get a bit more help, and the Anubis Spear Man finally fell, though it meant some precious time had been wasted.

[GM]Valsharyn had warned that we had the traditional 20 minute deadline, and that there were flutons to face after the regular monsters, so it was a pretty close call. Most of us concentrated on clearing out the dark harpies and hell-otuu, and then, with the clock ticking down, we all concentrated on the last fluton - and killed it with seconds to spare.

Val called us back outside for the loot, and I was lucky - he'd given the location 1000.1000, but I'm never much good at steering in the right direction for coordinates, and went to where I could see him, where he was just spawning one of the traditional (for a StC) tightly-packed little circles of our usual loot. I'm sure there were other circles, including one at the announced location, but it meant that, until the loot was almost all gone, there were only three of us by this particular pile, and the others didn't seem to be grabbing much at all. So Rage did exceptionally well on the loot front then.

Two or three Almas appeared to attempt to avenge their dead comrades, but against our combined forces they didn't last long, and [GM]Valsharyn spawned one final pile - I got a couple more item drop boosters from that one, though of course with dozens of people grabbing what they could, it all vanished in record time. So, an even better StC than [GM]Cara's yesterday; Auzura is certainly a good place to go for events, and for loot.

SirGalahad had been hard at work moving his drake on through level 29 - and for a while on the newer computer RedRackham, my level 35 temple knight pet-leveller over on Auzura, joined in too, after a long time of inactivity. He has a level 36 drake, so was able to move it on for an hour or so, fighting a gnoll lancer down in south Merac, not too far west from where Rage had been busy.

The main evening session involved my level 55 cleric Kaerella, on Cariae-5. She went out to the sphinx fighters and sphinx speer men at the usual spot, though someone else in the same solo party was fighting the elite speer man so I had to move away a little. The place was pretty busy; another party member turned up there, but he was only level 36 so I couldn't team up with him, I'd have "capped" his experience gain. It was quite a long session, and in the later stages I moved away from the campsite, with the idea of finding the elite sphinx fighter that GAMER had led me to on Tairen - but my idea of where that particular critter might be was a bit vague, so I just followed the various paths, fighting the sphinx types as I went. As it happens, towards the end of the available time I discovered the other elite sphinx speer man, in a nicely out-of-the-way location, which I memorised, so if I want to fight an elite, while the regular place for that may be rather busy, I'll probably find this other spot available...

I just had time to get Kaerella into level 56 before Kae needed to log out, which meant that, including recovering the bit of experience lost in the Tuesday evening rollback, Kae went up 41.59%...and added 44 skill points, as well as 1612 pet points. Back in Randol, Kaerella was now able to learn level 6 of Fast Heal, boosting the amount of health that skill returns, which is useful; it cost 260 skill points, so that takes Kae back to about where she was, sp-wise, at the beginning of the old level.

The reason for a swift logging out was that [GM]JediMike was holding a racing contest on Katar-5 at nine o'clock, UK time. After the recent epic events, Mike is now a night shadow, but he soon shed the armour, to reveal his new skinnier body, toned for speed. The first race started from the west gate, went near to Berbank Mill and across his "haunted" bridge, and cut back to the north gate. My local Kaerella, on her stylish pale blue horse, did pretty well, though these things always look different on different players' computer screens - with his GM speed though Mike himself won. Luckily as always he was in a generous mood, and we got some useful spawning of loot. As I remarked later, my best event is the 100 small recovery potion dash.

We raced back to the east gate, and a little later we raced back again, but Mike, on foot, was faster than any of us on our mounts. Still, with the loot that was dropped, few people were complaining, and it was a fun event. At half past nine it was Cariae-5's turn, and Barbarienne was on her white horse for that, and again seemed, on my screen at least, to be among the leaders. The loot was lavish, which rather makes up for the offhand and ungenerous drops we got last night after Cariae's "Storm the Castle" event. I can't say that there was a huge all the more for Barb, who ended up at least 10% overweight.

Meanwhile SirGalahad had kept busy down on level five of Maargadum Jail, so that by the end of the evening his drake was about a third of the way into level 30.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Jaguary in February

Since ColonelScarlet's sparring with the bandits had been relatively uneventful and safe, I let him stay online overnight on Katar-4, which meant that the pink drake went up to level 28, and then soon after breakfast reached level 29. SirGalahad was back in action on Tairen-4 in Maargadum Jail by then, so that his drake was about three hours' worth ahead when they both logged out after coffee.

I had set MistressDomino up in merchant mode overnight too on Tairen-1, but Microsoft decided to release some sort of "urgent" update which required the older computer to restart, at some point. She did manage to sell her recently-acquired large attack and defence potions by then, plus moonstone boxes and skill point boosters, but perhaps I'll need to drop the price of heaven stones a little if I want to shift them.

The morning session wasn't a particularly long one, and had a few interruptions, but Memree and RedRyder went to Prokion Temple on Tairen-5 in their usual way. The back room was, again, in use, but the corridor room, with its orc sergeants and orc axemen, was free, so that's where Memree did her fighting. However, a mage called Stela did arrive not long after me and decide to share the place, which slowed things down a little. She was a member of a guild called PaRaZiTi, and I suppose you could call that slightly parasitic behaviour.

By the end Memree had added 28.00% (on top of the 0.55% from yesterday's mad monster spawn, plus 7 guild points and 3 skill points), along with 215 guild points, while RedRyder was up by 7.75% and 36 guild points. They had each added 134 skill points.

The afternoon session involved a final combat party team-up between Rage and Kaerella, again in Prokion Temple on Tairen-5. During it, Rage went up to level 38, which, with Kaerella staying on level 27, means that they won't be able to form a combat party again, as members of such a party can only be a maximum of ten levels apart. Still, we took full advantage of this final session, going on half an hour later than usual, to get enough skill points for Kae to get 282 skill points, enough for the last two levels of advanced alchemy, and the first two of the expert variety - so there's just one final level of expert alchemy to go, and then we shift over to the farming and processing skills.

I did have to share the room for perhaps an hour, but the people involved were friendly and asked if they could do so first. A mage called ICEcreamMAN did the initial asking, but it was her friend the titan JOEBLACK who did the fighting, and thanked me politely when he left.

Rage got 282 skill points as well, going up by 17.27%; after reaching level 38 the amount of experience per orc axeman fell drastically, but they still give useful skill exp, as do the sergeants, who still give around eleven or twelve thousand experience each, with the "Elizabuff" and the 50% experience "freeze" cancelling each other out. Rage earned 311 guild points, and Kae earned 44.

As I was running late, I only just had time to prepare a sandwich before [GM]Noburu's Parade started across on Auzura-4, with the usual firecrackers and transformation scrolls. While ColonelScarlet did a little pet-levelling over on Katar-4, we strolled nonchalantly around Randol to impress the NPCs - standing around Lorraine and letting off firecrackers, for example. The GM transformed into a jaguar, and commented that she felt very "jaguary", to which Kaerella commented "Jaguary in February", which got a smile at least.

[GM]Nobura reminded us that there was a "Pharaoh's Treasure" event later, and also at 8:00pm Auzura's "Storm the Castle", which sadly clashes with the Tairen one, which would have been interesting to attend, as it would be the first high-level type event on that server. It's lucky she mentioned that, as the website hasn't put them in the right order, listing Katar and Carie, at 10:00pm, first, followed by Sarissa and Hatzring at 10:30. Apparently the server that cleared out the castle fastest would earn an hour of extra skill exp...but that will be a bit too late in the evening for me.

Kaerella and MistressDomina went out to the sphinx types on Auzura-4 for less than an hour; we had the place to ourselves, since anyone below level sixty would have been on Auzura-5 to take advantage of the Elizabuff. Progress there was rather slower than it has been for Cariae's level 55 Kaerella (with the buff), but Kae added 3.77%, and 672 pet points, while MD added 6.17% - and they each got 14 skill points. Well, there wasn't time for anything more ambitious; if those two are to level up a bit they need to visit the Tomb of Theos.

It was then time for the "Pharaoh's Treasure" event on Auzura-4, so MistressDomina logged out, and ColonelScarlet went back to the bandits in Merac on Katar-4, while Kaerella rode out into Juno ready for the possible locations of the treasure hoard to be announced. Once the announcement was made, I rode past a couple of locations crawling with sphinx fighters and speer men - and when the announcement of the treasure's actual location was made, luckily I was fairly close by, and quickly rode in the correct direction, finding the loot, [GM]Noboru, and the first arrivals close to Border Guard Tamon. The GM kept replacing the hands of loot as more people arrived, so that we all did rather well. She also spawned some sphinx fighters, sphinx speer men, and even a squad of elite sphinx speer men for us to fight, before a final spawning of loot - Kaerella did pretty well, with ten or so each of the good stuff. Even if you don't get there quickly, at present a "Pharaoh's Treasure" event seems well worth attending, I'd say.

All there was time for after that and before the Auzura "Storm the Castle" event was a bit of herb-gathering and mining, so Kaerella replenished her stocks of green herb leaves and quality stones - and then Rage (or RAGE to be exact), my level 73 rogue on Auzura, logged in, and headed for Merac Castle. I had asked [GM]Noboru if she was going to be in charge, but she wasn't, and wasn't sure who was going to run it. She did hint strongly that she would be there as a regular player, though, which is nice.

[GM]Cara was in charge, we found, when the hour was reached, and everything went in the normal way - well I didn't notice any jumping devils or barren eises, and the zamaras didn't come out of the gateway at us but were inside, but the hell-otuu and dark harpies were all present and correct, as well as the anubis spear men, and a sphinx commander or two in the inner courtyard - as well as the invisible blood shadow dragon from Strayana. The loot was spawned back outside in the traditional (for that location) small densely-packed circles - it seemed to get snapped up rather quickly, but a second wave was spawned, to keep us happy, and [GM]Cara chatted with people. Auzura had managed the clearance in 10 minutes, and when I asked her, told us that that was considerably quicker than Tairen had managed.

Strangely, after I'd previously thought that Katar-4's Merac was deserted except for pet-levellers, ColonelScarlet did have some visitors. I noticved two that rode up and just watched, but somebody did kill the Colonel's bandit...and I think it was a player called "Seviper" who thought that luring the second bandit onto the Colonel would give him problems, when actually he has both of them attacking him more often than not. Still, ColonelScarlet made good progress, getting his pink drake to level 30 before the end of the evening.

The Cariae "Storm the Castle" event was scheduled for 10:00pm UK time, so Barbarienne went along to that one - the choice then was either Cariae-5 or Katar-5, and I decided that Barbarienne, my level 101 archer, deserved the chance to come out and play. The event itself was up to standard - Katar beat us on time, they managed 6 minutes to our 8. Strangely the inner courtyard was empty - and we had a disembodied, anonymous announcements-only GM, who made us ride well away from the castle, to 932.1007, for a tiny spawning of loot. I got a large attack potion, an item drop booster, and a tool aid or two. So, not as good an event as [GM]Cara's earlier, though the storming itself was fun.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

A Succession of Spawns

Kaerella did manage to log back in late last night; Cariae-5 was still down for "maintenance", but they had at least managed to unlock the trapped accounts, so Kae logged in on Cariae-4. There had been a bit of a rollback, and Kaerella had lost 1.62% experience, 2 skill points, and 66 pet points; I had to exchange the origami papers again to get the two moonstones, and do that first chocolate box again, before continuing and doing the second. It does seem that an older server like Cariae is more prone to that sort of crash than the ones I spend more time on.

The overnight patch apparently did nothing, other than remove the origami paper and Valentine chocolate events, leaving a number of issues and promises still unaddressed. Still, we remain patient and optimistic that one Wednesday some improvements will actually appear, preferably without bringing any new bugs with them.

For the morning session Memree and RedRyder went to Tairen-5's Prokion Temple, with the aim of finding a colony of orc axemen and perhaps a few orc sergeants. The back room was already in use, so we ended up in one of the square rooms close to the central stairs. A wizard called, um, Wizard, arrived before too long, and I thought she was going to try and fight there too, which would have been a shame as there weren't many spare orcs, but instead she just wanted to buff my rogues - she returned and did that again, too, which was kind, though as Memree doesn't normally bother to use any attack skills not strictly necessary.

A level 23 rogue called KAKASHSENSEN came along after a while and asked to join the party, which seemed a good idea to me, as her lower level did seem to increase the skill exp per orc. I got the impression that her English was a bit limited, but with a combat party she was an asset even when she took an extended "pause" sitting by the wall. Concentrating on the level 29 sergeants and level 27 axemen meant that things moved along rather more than usual, so that Memree ended up with 55.99% more experience (and 382 guild points), and RedRyder with 12.80% (and 59), while they each gained 213 skill points. Hopefully when Memree levels up the experience gain per orc will get cut back a little, but if Red's gaining skill points at a rate of over 1600 per level still, that can't be bad.

SirGalahad did some pet-levelling over lunch, and then it was the turn of Rage and Kaerella to head for Prokion Temple - and this time the back room on Tairen-5 was available. So, Rage settled in for a good long session, with Kaerella watching, and by the time the food break arrived, Rage had added 30.66%, meaning that her next session will get her up into level 38; that also added 496 guild points for Discipline. Kaerella added 28.81% and 72 guild points, and they got 332 skill points each, which means that Kae was able to get the last two levels of the expert armoursmithing special skill.

This was going to be one of my short evenings, but there was time for the series of low-level Mad Monster Spawns first, which were scheduled to start with Katar-5 at 5:30 UK time, so I sent my local level 31 rogue Memree along. Unfortunately the GM must have overslept or something - after ten minutes or so Memree enquired what was happening in the forum shoutbox, and the gamesage Pimorez passed on the message - and actually rode down to the location with her phoenix character, which was a nice touch. [GM]Darasuum finally started the MMS 27 minutes late, with the usual mass spawning of salamanders, sand golems, desert spiders, pilferers, corpse sergeants, butchers, goblin scouts, elder drakes, and much much more.

This meant that the Katar jumior MMS ran at just about the same time as the Cariae one, since when I switched across at 6:11, UK time, the battle against the mad monsters was almost over. Still, Karella, my level 27 rogue, was in time for the loot spawning, which seemed slightly more generous than on Katar, though still averaged out at not much more than two each of the good items.

My level 22 healer Kaerella was in good time for the next event, though, which was over on Sarissa-5. I found that [GM]Darasuum was already there, looking a very impressive night shadow in what I assume is pretty high-level armour. His wings weren't all that big, though, which may mean that he doesn't have a particular skill done. There were only three or four of us there when the monsters spawned, but as usual people arrived as the battle raged on - it might help if there was a pre-announcement, as well as the "the MMS has just started" one.

We never got a very large turn-out, though, which meant more loot per person, perhaps twice as much for Kae. When the hordes of monsters were vanquished, the GM disappeared, pretending to be thwarted.

The turn-out on Hatzring was even lower, I'd say - Kaerella is level 24 there, and was really the only person there at the start. [GM]Darasuum wasn't with us "in the flesh", but the monsters appeared in the usual way, and Kaerella set to work on the ones she could handle, such as Corpse Sergeants and the lesser ones. People started to arrive, the hordes were eventually vanquished, and the loot was spawned for the weary warriors, so Kaerella on Hatzring picked up roughly the same amount of stuff as on Sarissa.

Things were different on the last two servers, where [GM]JediMike took over running the thing. There were dozens of people there by the time things started on Auzura at 7:30, and the GM kindly respawned the monsters a few times so that we each had enough to fight. RedRider, my local rogue, is only level 27, but with the better armour and weapon was able to really take on most of the monsters, though avoiding the elite goblin scouts was still a good strategy. After the loot was spawned, [GM]JediMike asked if we wanted another wave, and, since the answer was in the affirmative, gave us more monsters - and another generous helping of loot at the end, so that despite the larger numbers present, I ended up with more loot than on any of the previous servers.

The final low-level MMS, on Tairen, was pretty similar; my rogue Memree, at level 32, was the character I took along, and she was able to fight in a similar fashion to RedRider, and drop hints for another wave after we'd finished picking up the first spawning of loot. Again the GM asked if we wanted more, and gave us more monsters followed by more loot, so that I probably picked up more stuff there than on the first three servers together. Since Tairen doesn't yet have a high-level MMS, as they still consider it too young a server, [GM]JediMike stayed around for a few minutes afterwards to chat - but it was time I logged out of Last Chaos, so I left him and the others there.

SirGalahad had been pet-levelling in Maargadum Jail during all that, and continued for the rest of the evening. At one point he somehow got into a spot where no pet points got registered - and the pet didn't lose any starvation points either. Moving him a few feet got things going again, though. The drake he has been working on got safely into level 29, anyway, which may be just about as high as it needs to go.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

A Crash on Cariae

I remembered that I had some work downstairs that needed finishing this week, so spent most of the morning getting that done, which meant that there was no trip to Prokion Temple this morning for any of my assortment of rogues. This meant that SirGalahad and ColonelScarlet had a clear run for pet-levelling; Gal's drake reached level 26 during the lunch break, while the Colonel's pink drake got to level 25 soon after he started, and reached 26 not long after Gal's.

SirGalahad was down in Maargadum Jail with the death mask lancer as usual, but, with his reduced attack, ColonelScarlet was out in the open in Merac fighting a pair of bandits. Well, as they are protective he was just fighting one of them, but the other one was fighting him too. While Pandora's Beasts may be a slight drawback to pet-levelling outside, the Pandora's Boxes can be a bit of a bonus. The Colonel's activities did cause a couple of boxes to spawn near him; if a level 50 Beast had been released he'd just have had to move to a different spot, but the second one just released an easily-killable level 30 bandit-style Beast, while the first one dropped five of the very useful (and rather valuable) level 12 magical defence minerals.

I had left both computers on overnight to do some selling. MistressDomino on Tairen did okay, though raising the price of heaven stones to 1.1 million meant that only a few of those sold. Over on Cariae, with a larger stock, MistressDomina boosted her stash of gold considerably, mainly by selling experience boosters at 1.45 million each, which seemed to be the price that other people were charging. Selling a few hundred of those is serious money, though if Barbarienne wants a top-grade new bow I still probably don't have enough. It may help get my local cleric version of Kaerella her next set of armour, though.

For the afternoon, Rage (or xRAGEx), my level 37 rogue, and Kaerella, my level 27 healer, got their "Elizabuff" and headed for Prokion Temple on Tairen-5; I was relieved to find the back room free, and settled in there. After almost an hour an archer called Astonia, in the WarriorsOfChaos guild, came in without a word, and started killing the orc axemen and orc soldiers too, so there was the occasional time when we both had to wait for the orcs to respawn. Things got worse when a titan called unkoye came in too; he was a member of the "RageClan" guild, so Rage said "Cool, the clan named after me", but got no reaction.

I don't think unkoye was high enough level, he seemed to get through a few health potions, and he didn't stay long. The orcs there do operate a strict dress code, if you don't have at least +10 armour they try very hard to kill you. Kaerella in her corner took a few knocks, but Rage managed to take any orcs off her fairly quickly. Astonia vanished after an hour, still without saying anything.

By the end of the session both Rage and Kae had gained 268 skill points - enough for Kae to get the other two levels of advanced armoursmithing, and the first of the three levels of the expert variety. Rage had gone up by 25.12%, and another 406 guild points for Discipline, while Kaerella, starting level 27 from scratch again, got 23.78%, and 60 guild points.

Aftre the food break, while ColonelScarlet went on working on his pink drake, it was time to get the Valentine and Origami event items sorted out, as after tonight's maintenance they'll probably no longer work. MistressDomino on Cariae had a good stock of the origami papers left from the previous time such an event had been run - they had said that it would be possible to exchange papers for 30 days after the event ended, but they had lied. She only had one gold paper, but putting that and two silver papers gained MD a heaven stone. It is possible to "combine" 5 silver papers to make another gold paper, but I must have done that ten times and it only worked once - still, that netted me another heaven stone. Three silver papers got me ten moonstones, which was useful, while three red papers got me ten great healing potions. Not a hugely generous prize, but those pots do cost 5,430 gold each, so it was worth standing by Lorraine and going through all my stock. Three green papers just gave 500 gold, less 100 for the cost of the operation...well, getting rid of those papers helped to subsidise the earlier folding.

Kaerella, still on Cariae, had three large chocolates and three medium chocolates, so spent 10,000 gold each on two chocolate boxes, and 1,000 each on six wrapping papers. The box with the three large wrapped chocolates got her five effort scrolls and five experience scrolls; the other box got her the same, plus five small defence potions.

Back on Tairen, Rage took my supply of medium and small chocolates along to the domain merchant, and, buying the wrapping papers and chocolate boxes from Magical Shopkeeper Coen nearby, got through eleven boxes, thus getting 55 each of the experience and effort scrolls, which MistressDomino is now looking after. MD also used up the Tairen supply of origami papers, getting some moonstones and great healing potions.

All of that took a surprisingly long time, but I still managed to let my Cariae cleric Kaerella have about 90 minutes out with the sphinx fighters and sphinx speer men. As before the area was pretty busy, as to have the "Elizabuff" you do all have to be on Cariae-5. I got into a solo party, which included another level 55 type, the titan SpAcCaInFeRnO, who, I could see on the map, was farming the dragons for skill exp - but he did move out to where I was a bit later, so that we teamed up, though he was so used to using health potions that I didn't need to do much healing. He drifted away into the wafes before too long, though.

Kaerella did well, going up by 29.10% and 30 skill points, plus 1092 pet points for SirFrancis. Back in town I found I had a silver origami paper and two red ones, so exchanged them for two moonstones; I had enough medium and small chocolate to do a box of each, and got the normal five each of the two kinds of ten-minute scrolls from the first box - but the storekeeper wouldn't sell me a second box, which turned out to be the first sign that Cariae-5 had crashed. So it was lucky I was safely back in town when that happened...the shoutbox as usual got busy with people complaining that they were "already logged in".

SirGalahad on Tairen-4 was unaffected, however, and got his drake well past the halfway point in level 26 by the time the older computer was switched off.

Monday, 22 February 2010

A New Recruit

Not that I usually have breakfast on a Monday, but SirGalahad went down to his favourite death mask lancer on Tairen-4 at breakfast time anyway. Since the session would only last a couple of hours, I didn't bother to run ColonelScarlet on Katar-4 down through Maargadum Jail's levels to the same spot, I just teleported him out to a location in the open countryside with a couple of bandits. There is a slightly higher risk of being ks'd perhaps, having someone come along and kill the bandit leaving knight and drake standing around uselessly, and there is also the risk of a wandering level 50 pandora's beast coming along, if somebody has released it from a nearby box - but as subserver 4 doesn't have the Elizabeth's Enhancement buff, there are unlikely to be many people around.

After coffee Memree and RedRyder teamed up as usual and, after getting the Elizabuff, since as usual they were on Tairen-5, headed out to Prokion Temple. The place seemed unusually busy for a Monday morning, and I found it a bit difficult to find a good place for orc axemen and fighters, moving on a couple of times when the available space wasn't big enough. I ended up on the gallery around the central stairways, fighting mainly orc axemen, with a few fighters and even a soldier or two - and orc sergeants as well, which seemed to spawn as replacements for axemen occasionally in some places.

So the experience side of things did move on slightly more than I'd expected, though that probably isn't a bad idea. It will be useful when RedRyder reaches level 31, for one thing, as that will allow Kaerella to have a +10 armour set. Memree went up by 26.14%, while Red added 6.50%; they each gained 146 skill points, to go some way towards replacing the ones spent yesterday.

There was apparently a "Shadow of Grei" event yesterday evening at Merac Castle, but the newbie GMs involved didn't really publicise it in advance, and any in-game announcements were only on the servers involved, so a 9:00pm Auzura start, and a 9:45pm Katar start, went unannounced on Tairen and Cariae, where SirGalahad and Kaerella were busy, sigh.

The afternoon session saw Rage and Kaerella head, in their turn, for Prokion Temple on Tairen-5, where our favourite back room was free, so we settled in there, with as ever some extra alertness needed for when Kae got attacked, standing at the side. Well into the session KateNash got in touch, and came to join me, though she remained in a solo party with a guildie of hers. She is worried about her skill points; it seems that she has spent all her gold on using 10-minute 50% extra skill exp scrolls, which stack with the Elizabuff, but is concerned that, even with +10 daggers, she doesn't kill fast enough for a productive hour using one of her pssps.

Still, when I left for my food break, she was just about to start using a pssp, so I hope it provided a useful boost for her total. By then both Kaerella and Rage had added 232 skill points; Rage had gone up by 21.56% in level 37, adding 349 guild points, while Kaerella had moved on by 20.26%, and 50 guild points.

After the break, it was time for [GM]Valsharyn's Auzura-4 Mad Monster Spawn. At the low-level location she uses, she started by assuring us that only monsters up to level 60 would be used, and anyone above that level really ought to go to the high-level MMS... hmm, I wonder how come I was nearly killed by level 67 wane spiders from the Temple of Forgetfulness? Luckily they didn't one-hit me and I was able to run for it, with the spiders returning to their starting point in time to be about the last things killed on that wave.

We certainly got plenty of waves, and plenty of loot spawned, but there were so many people there that the waves of regular stuff, like desert spiders, butchers, and salamanders, lasted mere seconds. Which led Val on to spawning skin walkers and scorpionmantises, and even at the end wight slashers. One wonders how high some of the people there were, as none of those lasted very long. Still, we got a new wave of loot every time, so we did pretty well.

Once the junior event was finally over, my level 27 rogue RedRider used a memory scroll to teleport directly to the high-level location, where the final wave was well under way. Strangely, there seemed to be a shortage of rogues, as often, on the remaining flutons and patriarch botises, I seemed to be the only Snare-flinger available, and the melee people seemed to melt away rather, so that I got killed at least four times, but beamed straight back, after re-applying the horse buffs, and began snaring again.

I ended up being chased by one of the final monsters, not wanting to get too far away or its two-thirds health would revert to full health, which would have been a disaster as we were approaching our deadline. Everyone else seemed to be just standing there or concentrating on the other surviving monster, so if my Snare failed, I was in big trouble - but after circling the field, finally some other people took an interest, and other snares and stuns were used, and, with the other monster down, this one too bit the dust at last, inside the deadline [GM]Valsharyn had given us.

The final loot spawning was generous, and I picked up my share...between the low and high locations I managed to pick up 13 item drop boosters, 8 large attack and 12 large defence potions, and 11 skill point boosters, plus lots of tool aids and the small recovery pots.

Back on Tairen Kaerella then had a total of 467 skill points to spend, so was able to get the final two levels of expert weaponsmith, all three levels of basic and the first level of advanced armoursmith, and the two levels of basic and the first level of advanced alchemy, so that's a reasonable step along the way to getting her special skills sorted out - there are still all the gathering and processing skills to get as well, of course. Then it was time for her to get rid of her 84.02% experience in level 27, and set the clock back to zero again.

Rather than head all the way south in Merac to the Misty Canyon entrance, Kaerella just went to Maargadum Jail, where the spike canines on the ground floor were pretty efficient at killing her. So, that little task was quickly accomplished.

KateNash got in touch while I was doing that, and asked for my help in levelling a new character of hers, which was pretty good timing - so I met her level 6 sorcerer IIGeorgeII back in Randol, and went out to the nearest elder werewolves and blood wolf, giving him the horse buffs for extra attack and defence, then leaving the party (as otherwise, being more than 15 levels ahead, I "capped" him). He levelled up pretty quickly there - and then after a few levels we moved across to Dratan, and ran out to Prokion Temple, with Kae doing any necessary fighting to clear a path past the silver foxes and the sand golems, and providing horse buffs in case of problems. Once George had got the entrance to the Temple onto a memory scroll I provided, Kae gave him horse buffs, and logged out.

MistressDomino, after making some inventory space, went out to join George, and stayed fighting the mummies and ghouls for just about two hours, by which time George was almost halfway through level 19, despite having his experience gain cut to 50% after a while - he'd volunteered to join Discipline, which was easily done as MD is a guild adviser, and SirGalahad was able to do the 50% freeze right away when asked.

MistressDomino did pretty well for herself too, helped along by an extra 50% experience gain for the second half of the session, when a "happy hour" began. In all MD went up by 313.27%, and earned 310 skill points - her hatchling, which started from scratch, got well into level 2, as well. The loot wasn't bad; it included a heaven stone, so when George had to go back to town for new armour, I traded across not just a "return to town" scroll, but 500,000 gold as half its value... with the stern warning not to let Kate get her hands on it, heheh.

SirGalahad kept busy all evening, and by log-out time ought to have got the drake pretty close to level 25.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Drama in the Quiz Room

I took both SirGalahad and ColonelScarlet down to the Underground Prison, alias Maargadum Jail, at breakfast time today, on Tairen-5 and Katar-4 respectively - and they both were back in action over lunch, too. Sometimes one can get into position and start fighting the death mask lancer without attracting the attention of an aggressive death mask soldier, and sometimes one can't - for the second session the Colonel did have to stand and fight, which takes a while as, with his red name reducing his attack power, even with his +10 sword equipped his normal hit is less than Gal's bare-handed attack, which that level of critter can take all day long. Luckily the critical and deadly hits, when they come, do manage to hurt the soldier, but killing it takes two or three minutes.

The morning session on Tairen-5 involved the usual Discipline Duo of Memree and RedRider, in their combat party. Before setting out from Randol Memree opted to become an assassin, which would normally mean using daggers for melee combat... but there's no reason she can't go on using her crossbow. I just felt I had enough rangers, and it would be fun to get, eventually, the "play dead" Death Motion skill.

RedRyder reaching level 30 may have slightly reduced the experience and skill exp per skill, though it is difficult to judge as, with the two party members together, the results do vary from kill to kill. When Memree reached 32, however, the experience from killing an orc fighter dropped greatly, with the skill exp down a bit too, so it seemed worth moving on from the "mirror corridor". So, the last part of the session was actually close to the corridor room on my usual side of the Temple, with orc fighters and orc axemen in similar quantities.

Before that I'd had one visitor, a rogue called FROSTY, who ks'd a few times, and then asked "lvl?" Memree told her "31", and she said "kk", and before long continued on her way, leaving a level 33 mage wand on the ground - she must have dropped it herself, as it was +1, and Prokion Temple monsters don't drop ready-plussed items. She asked the next person along their level, and seemed unsurprised when they said "50", which would be a bit high for there; they soon corrected it to "30". I feel that she must have been carrying a metaphorical clipboard to do some research.

Both my rogues added 159 skill points; Memree was up by 24.07% and 144 guild points, while RedRyder had gone up by 5.57% and 25 guild points. Back in Randol afterwards they both had new skills to learn - Memree spent 603 sp on the level 32 passive skills Dagger Mastery and Improved Mana, while Red spent 445 on the level 30 pair of Detect Weakness, increasing her hit rate by 265 apparently, and Invisibility, a useful skill in some situations which lasts 35 seconds, but which I assume can be reapplied any number of times.

Despite having his death mask lancer killed by some little dear over lunch, SirGalahad got his drake into level 20 safely, while by the end of the lunch break ColonelScarlet's pink, or mauve, drake was more than halfway through level 23.

For the afternoon, Rage and Kaerella went to Prokion Temple on Tairen-5. It was pretty busy, so we ended up in the "mirror" back room, with its orc sergeants and orc axemen, plus some orc soldiers. Kaerella managed to find a fairly out-of-the-way spot, but did get attacked occasionally, while Rage did all the fighting. By the end of the session they had each added 150 skill points, while Rage, on level 37, had gone up by 14.52% (234 guild points), and Kae, on level 27, had gone up by 13.63% (34 guild points).

My level 55 cleric Kaerella, the original version, had a brief outing to Dratan desert, though all the solo parties she applied to either didn't accept her application, due presumably to an afk leader, or were found not to actually exist when the application was made. It seemed about time to do the quest to kill a few level 57 Masters of Secret Technique, so Kae rode out past the giants and akane giants to get to them, and continued along the path that leads to the south-west grasslands where the sphinx types, and the Tomb of Theos, can be found.

It didn't take long to collect the "Fog Samples", roughly every alternate Master dropped one; as I'd reached the far end of their group, I farmed a few more, as they were pretty easy to kill despite being two levels above Kae - easier adversaries than those ravenous larvas, or the dragons, I'd say. The experience they give, however, is slightly less than either of those two types of monster - according to the Wet Paint LC wiki it is 26,400 per kill, or double that with Elizabeth's Enhancement on.

I continued along the main path, killing a few level 59 arcane golems if they were in my way, and soon reached the grasslands, and the various kinds of wafe - wafe debirch, wafe peeler, wafe revertin, and wafe debirch leaders, from level 58 to 62. They are unique in Last Chaos in that they act together as a team - they're not just protective of each other, they buff and heal, and if you kill a leader, three of the regular wafe debirches spawn in its place. The peelers and revertins have magic attacks, too. Luckily they are passive, so if they aren't attacked, they just ignore passing travellers.

After the wafes came the level 63 sphinx fighters and level 64 sphinx speer men, who are actually the highest-level outdoor monsters in Dratan, except for the raid boss, Kamira, on level 70. I actually only had to kill a couple of those before Kaerella reached the campsite which is such a useful place for levelling, with the elite sphinx speer man and his friends. So, Kae was able to add that location to her memory scroll, rather belatedly; she already has the Tomb of Theos on her scroll, presumably she was recalled out there by Barbarienne at some time.

The other monsters I'd fought or passed may only give about 26,000 to 33,000 experience, but the sphinx fighters give 192,907, and the sphinx speer men give 212,917... or double that with the Elizabuff. So, instead of 0.01% per kill, out there it was more like 0.10% - and while they are of course red-named for Kae, they seemed to go down quickly enough, it was just a matter of only attracting one at a time.

I didn't stay out there long; for one thing, my inventory was almost full, and the last couple of slots soon gained a level 53 knight shield and sword. Still, the adventure had brought Kae in 6.66% and 14 skill points. The location was fairly busy, with a rogue, a mage and a titan teamed up, and a lower-level knight who wanted to join them. I think I was probably too high a level to party with them, but I gave out the Charm and Encourage buffs when needed.

Back in Dratan City, I was able to conclude the affair of the Master of Secret Technique's Fog Sample. "I now have them!! I will get back to my study!!" the Magician exclaimed. He gave Kae 3.00% experience and 8 more skill points for her trouble.

There was still half an hour or so before the Sunday Quiz, but this got taken up with trading items between characters - mainly emptying Kae's inventory a bit, with quite a few items being passed across to CuddlesMcGraw, a junior healer of mine. A lot of Kae's loot got moved over to MistressDomina, my merchant on Cariae, too.

MistressDomino and Kaerella went to the Quiz Room on Tairen-2, as usual, with about ten minutes to spare. The GM Announcements for the Quiz were warning that "GMs and GSses will be monitoring the quiz rooms. Those attempting to circumvent the rules will be handled." This generally refers to people who sit down on one side of the room, and thus avoid being kicked out if that side is the wrong answer to the question, and also people who "multi-client", running multiple copies of Last Chaos on one computer, so that half a dozen titans with random names follow one player around. I have a slight suspicion that being in the middle of the act of casting a buff may also stop a person getting kicked, but I'm not sure about that... but better to miss out on a few heaven stones than get one's account banned, surely.

The questions for the Quiz were the usual selection, but, on Tairen-2 at least, it was a bit of a bloodbath. I did have a few followers clicked onto Kaerella, but although Kae was almost always one of the quickest to move, if that the question's answer needed her to move from the previous side to the other, my assumption that a number of other people were following my example proved wrong.

The question that tripped up almost everyone was the one about the number of NPCs in Dratan City - 27 or 29. I was sure that, from previous experiences, the lower number was the right one, but, while Kaerella and MD stayed on the "X" side for that, the same side as for the previous question, people in general migrated across to the "O" side...and as soon as the majority were over there, others started to follow. I was sure enough to stand my ground, though... and less than a dozen of us saw the majority wink out of existence, so that they were respawning in the middle of Randol.

The remaining people made it through to the end, and so I was able to trade Kaerella's prizes, and other recent loot, across to MistressDomino. I had thought early on that the GMs had left the Quiz Room doors open, but it must just have been a few people running around, as some do tend to do between questions.

After that, Kaerella on Cariae went back out to the sphinx types, and this time managed finally to find a solo party. The "Tea Time", starting soon after nine, UK time, was an extra 75% skill exp apparently, so that, with the Elizabeth's Enhancement buff, the 385,814 and 424,394 experience from each sphinx fighter and speer man (respectively) was coupled with 1650 and 1512 skill exp instead of 1200 and 1100. In not much over an hour Kae went up by 15.74% and 23 skill points, which, compared with sp farming on monsters her own level, is practically power levelling.

Reports on last night's Merac Castle Siege are a bit conflicting, but it seems a GM-type night shadow was at least seen there, though I don't think any mass "epic event" occurred. There had been hints of something tonight, with today's events page saying "
How is this possible?! Who could be so strong that they could wipe out entire guilds and storm a castle all on their own? These will be dark days for Iris if these Prophets cannot be stopped. Prepare yourselves heroes; the greatest conflict is yet to come!
" However, the only GM announcements I saw after the Quiz were for the start of the Tea Time, the item mall's special offers of the day, and the special Tiered Spender event, which tempted me to stock up on experience boosters, with a view to converting some at least into gold.

After the Quiz SirGalahad had gone back on duty, and he managed to get his drake into level 22 before the end of the evening.