Saturday, October 30, 2010

Barren Wastes and the Yeti

Today started off with me trying to kill the serpent for the other half of the Barren Wastes leggings. It didn't go so well doing it solo on my paladin - basically wasn't doing enough damage on my own. I called in a couple of friends and had more success. Sounds like the easiest way to do it next time is to have back up characters logged off in the room before and ready to run in as soon as someone dies. In the end we killed the serpent and he popped a fang. Like before I connected the fang to the serpent statue and opened an entrance to a room with a chest in it that contained a a small hide of brown scales. Finally took the loot to the wanderer and gave it to him like this:
> give fabric wanderer
You give a roll of feathery beige fabric to The wanderer.
The wanderer ruffles his fingers through the feathers, closely inspecting the roll of fabric.
The wanderer wonders 'Can't do much with this alone.  Have anything else?'
The wanderer drops a roll of feathery beige fabric.

> give scaley wanderer
You give a small hide of brown scales to The wanderer
The wanderer ruffles his fingers through the feathers of the roll of fabric, then bend the scaley hide back and forth, testing its pliability.
The wanderer thinks, 'Hmmmm.'
The wanderer says 'Shouldn't be too difficult.'

The wanderer takes a few unidentifiable tools from a small pouch and begins to work on the fabric and hide.

The wanderer tugs at the finished product, testing its durability.
The wanderer says 'Not bad, I'd think.  If you like feathers.'
The wanderer gives you leather leggings with a feathered trim.
 The leggings he gave me aren't bad at all for a mage type of character:
> exam leggings
You take a closer look at leather leggings with a feathered trim in inventory...

The leggings are made from a rough hide, tanned into a hardened leather.
Large beige feathers trim the sides of the leggings, which are soft to the
touch, but immediately bounce back when ruffled or bent.
As you look more closely, you notice that it is in superb condition.
It appears to be within or below your level range.
Object 'leather leggings with a feathered trim' is infused with your magic...
It is a level 50 armor, weight 2.
Locations it can be worn:  legs
Special properties:  none
Genres allowed:  sorcerer divinity shaman
This armor has a gold value of 250000.
Armor class is 14 of 14.
Affects hp by 45.
Affects mana by 45.
Affects wisdom by 1.
Affects constitution by 1.
Affects luck by 1.
Affects damage roll by 2.
All up The Barren Wastes was a success and not overly difficult. Next time I can do it quicker and better I'm sure. I just wish I could figure out the rest of that area. In return for helping me kill the serpent in Barren Wastes I helped out killing in the Northern Plains. The Northern Plains has a lot of barbarian equipment mobs - Julajimus, Shadowstalker and Yeti to start with. Today some new gloves were needed so it Yeti hunting time.

To make the gloves you need to kill the Yeti using a long blade and hopefully pop a hand. It took us 5 kills before we managed to pop a pair of hands but we also got ourselves enough hides in the process to also make a fur lined cloak of the plains wanderer. The final kill:

Your slash tears the Yeti of the Plains!
Your slash tears the Yeti of the Plains!
The Yeti of the Plains is DEAD!!
In a desperate attempt to fend off your attack, the Yeti of the Plains puts up i
ts arm to defend itself.
Your final blow severs the Yeti of the Plains's hand from its arm!
The Yeti of the Plains catches his guts in his hands as they pour through his fa
tal wound!
You get 300000 gold coins from the corpse of the Yeti of the Plains.
You split 300000 gold coins.  Your share is 150000 gold coins.
The corpse of the Yeti of the Plains holds:
     the gnarled hand of the yeti
What a great day - I killed a mob I'd never killed before, got some great loot and helped out some people.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Taking a sick day

Wasn't feeling well today in real life so I called in sick. Realms of Despair is great for when you're stuck at home not feeling well with not much else to do. I thought I'd start out by trying to kill Zyla by myself but that didn't work out well - basically I just wasn't doing enough damage. After giving up on that I took a couple of guild members with me to kill Captain Mandor in Solace. That went much better with five kills easily done.

After finishing off with Mandor I decided to take on The Barren Wastes. This is one area that I've been stumped on for ages. There are several puzzles I can half solve but every time I figure out something with that area it opens up two more puzzles to solve. Today however I was going straight out to kill an enormous winged beast.

I'd heard that a barbarian was the best way to go about killing the beast on your own so I loaded mine up and went on a chokefest. I managed to die 5 times in my attempt but the end result was this:
You choke the life out of an enormous winged beast as he struggles to break your grasp!
Your chokehold hits an enormous winged beast!
An enormous winged beast chokes to death under the weight of your overpowering strength.
An enormous winged beast is DEAD!!
You lose your death-grip on your victim's neck.
As the beast collapses against the trunk of the tree, a massive wing tears from
his body and lands safely between two thick branches.
The ground quakes as a ferocious roar resounds throughout the area.
An enormous winged beast screams furiously as he falls to the ground in a heap!
You see nothing like that in the corpse of an enormous winged beast.
The corpse of an enormous winged beast holds:
     an enormous bloody wing
The wing itself is pretty useless:
Object 'an enormous bloody wing' is infused with your magic...
It is a level 2 trash, weight 165.
Special properties:  organic
This trash has a gold value of 0.

> exam wing
You take a closer look at an enormous bloody wing in inventory...
Large ridged feathers stick together from the stained blood that has
poured from the stump of this enormous, heavy wing.
After killing the beast you need to take the wing back to the temple at the start of the area and attach the wing to open up another room...
> attach wing statue
You heft the enormous wing up to the statue and, using the somewhat dried blood
on the wing's stump, affix the wing to the jutting stone of the statue, causing the other wing of the statue to move upward and reveal a small passageway.
The dried blood fails to hold any longer and the wing slips from the statue and shatters onto the ground.
And in the room you find a chest with the following:
A Small Recess Behind an Alcove
The narrow passage created by the stone walls which lead from the
temple alcove remain narrow and make this alcove nearly impossible
to maneuver through.  The walls are covered in etchings of seemingly
simple symbols which reach to the ceiling high above.
Exits: east
A small leather chest sits on a shelf at the back of this small recess.

> exam chest
You take a closer look at a small leather chest on the ground...
The leather that makes this small chest is in relatively good condition,
most likely due to being kept in this hidden space and away from the
elements.  Two small metal hinges sit at the back of chest, connecting
the body to a rough leather lid.
A small leather chest appears to be nearly empty.
A small leather chest contains:
     a roll of feathery beige fabric
 Once again the fabric isn't much use but from what I've heard its half of what I need to make some nice leggings for a mage or cleric. I'll get to work on the other half when I'm feeling better over the weekend. Overall it was a successful day.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Percival and Hasi Zegdou

Logged on today and was a little disappointed there were no other people I could find to kill things with. When I can't find anyone else to do things with I like to either try killing things on my own, try to make some gold, go exploring or level. I'd like to start a fathomer or another cleric but it felt rather daunting so instead I thought I'd try killing something on my own.

The target I wanted to kill was Sir Percival. He has a crusade which is a nice light for devout fighter types and I have a spare warrior who needs one. I tracked him down in the Blood Sea and things were going well until I needed to repair mid kill with him at covered in blood. I fled and recalled out for repairs but by the time I got back to the Blood Sea he'd teleported out. I tried to track him down in the usual spots - KoTR, ToE and Shadowport. He was in KoTR for a short while then he disappeared but I couldn't find him anywhere until I spotted him in Vast Horizons. This was bad because he wasn't leaving VH. I gave up on Percival and went hunting for Hasi Zegdou.

If you haven't met Hasi Zegdou he appears at a random spot and buys random pieces of equipment. So far I've seen him in Revelation City, Cursed Lands, Bartok's, Shadowport and the Shire. He has at least one other area he hides in that I haven't managed to track down but today I found him in the Shire...
A Smial
You are inside a smial, a hole in the ground which serves as the proper
dwelling place for halflings.  As you look around this private abode, you feel
as if you were intruding and so quickly cover your eyes.  The only exit lies
to the east.
Exits: east
Hasi Zegdou is shrouded in flowing shadow and light.
A member of the village goes about her daily business.
Hasi Zegdou says 'I am always looking for new treasure, Vilexur.'

You say 'treasure'
Hasi Zegdou says 'I am currently hunting for a Cloak of Demons.'
Hasi Zegdou says 'I will pay you 930944 gold each time you give me a Cloak of Demons.'
He offers you around 1 million gold or so - more if you have higher charisma. I've seen him offering gold for templer gauntlets, crystaline teardrops, ring of magic, gloom's beckoning, golden plates, ice earrings and obsidian cloaks. For junk eq like ice earrings and obsidian cloaks its certainly worth stocking up on them for when he's buying.

Not much more to say about today. Working on a few other things still - planning to help out some people get some barbarian eq next week and talking about taking a group to Ha'rach in the Desert of Despair but need to stock up on a few items in between.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

The first post...

Welcome to my blog about Realms of Despair. Realms of Despair is a free text based multi-player online game. I grew up playing text based adventure games in the 80's on my commodore 128 and when I first started on the internet I found this game and got hooked. I recommend getting started on it for anyone who hasn't tried.

My aim for this blog is to show what I get up to on this game and anything I pick up along the way. My main activities on the game are exploring, killing things, levelling, making gold and helping out others.

Hope you enjoy the blog...