It’s not just an excuse for my bad performance, I swear!
I finally coughed up the US$50 to move a Lv 70 Wizard I had on the Oasis server over to Najena and joined up with Nostalgia so I get to play with all the cool people in it from time to time. I’ve been meaning to do it for sometime now but I always ended up dragging my feet. But with the US dollar going up (1.4 Singapore dollars to 1 US dollar now), it was now or never.
Having read about Tipa’s problem with having her characters transferred due to sales crates, I wisely logged in and remove them before applying for the transfer. I had not logged onto that particular character for what must be at least a thousand days, and I almost felt guilty when I logged into an active guild with people going “that’s one name I haven’t seen in a long time”. That didn’t stop me though.
I didn’t want to play another Wizard since I already have one that’s Lv 80 on the Antonia Bayle server, so I went ahead and betrayed it to a Warlock. I had consulted with Shadowgeist earlier in the day and we both thought it was better that I betrayed first so that I got the chance to learn how to properly play one during the next 10 levels, which meant that I was forced to buy new spells, instead of getting a few levels in first then betraying which would give me the benefit of using my Ad3/Master spells that I had on Wizard. The nice thing about gaining faction for Neriak (betraying from Qeynos to Neriak) prior to being accepted as a citizen is that it comes with a fat load of AA from the series of assassination quest which gives +3000 faction each, including AA from both the easy peasy names and the quest itself. Being evil has it benefits. I made about 3 points worth of AA in total.
In addition, 6 repeatables that give +5000 faction each were also necessary after completing the above mentioned quest line to bring me up to the amiable faction required. Sadly, these quests were neither fun nor rewarding. I picked one which told me to grab 10 stones and to kill a certain number of vampires along the way. The specific mobs needed for the quest, the priests, had a poor spawn and it ended up taking a lot longer than I expected it to. The next one I picked (which I stuck to for the next subsequent attempts) had me kill spiders and collect eggs. The update from the spiders were rare, and therefore it didn’t go that much faster compared to the previous quest.
I emptied my bagful of eggs into the hands of the quest giver and strolled happily into Neriak after all that is done, ready to finally settle down, but not before I got involved in some bodyguard duty, child kidnapping and trafficking, vagabond and courtesan killing and a few pieces of paperwork.
The next hour was spent eating cold refrigerated chicken pieces leftover from my earlier attempt at cooking lunch and mulling over which spells I need to be getting.
I was later invited into an Obelisk of Blight group which I was hesitant to accept because I doubt my abilities. Here I am, a Lv 70 Warlock who has no experience in the class whatsoever. I eventually accepted it anyway and nearly got the group killed when I casted Rift and didn’t realize how much further its range was compared to other AoE spells I had and ended up pulling a ton of mobs. My mix mash of Adept 1 or Apprentice IV (for those which I can’t find Ad1s for, or were just heavily overpriced. 96g for a Ad1 root? I’m not paying that!) didn’t do me very good either and placed me near the bottom of the parse almost all the time. The group must have thought I was a pretty bad player.
Overall, it was a rather productive day in terms of gaming. Also, watching Stargrace’s reaction to me being in her guild sent me grinning and giggling. It was something that I’ve been waiting for all day.