January 28, 2007

Fun in Stronghold and The Leap of Faith

Now that the game is live, I am finally getting to group up with my husband, which always makes a challenging evening that much more difficult.

We wanted to start in the same area together, so I rolled up a Kojani monk named Erika and he made a Half Elf disciple named Kurtz. We did our unspeakable acts of cruelty in Shang Village, endured humility in Dellerjuba Village on the first night, so last night we were ready for some real fun.

Above: Fighting in Stronghold. Don’t you try any of that flapping crane nonsense on me mister!

We began by catching a chicken….well it was really more like a creepy looking goose, named the Golden Ostard. The thing runs around the area behind Master Tallon’s house, near the red shrine with the jin crystal, and you have to click the leash in your inventory to capture it and bring it back. It’s a neat little quest, and the potion reward was nice considering it was from a newbie quest. I was really hoping that we could keep the leash, because I know a few gnomes that could use one, but no luck.
We also did a quest to retrieve a mushroom from the top of a large rock. I fell a few times trying it, although I swore I felt a pair of hands on my back the last time I plunged to the ground. Eventually we both got the mushroom and worked our way through the Ghost Wind quests.

We had a little confusion on the quest path later on that night. We had done some of the Stronghold quests, but weren’t high enough to do the group ones (like rooftops). We ended up clicking the mysterious essence in the abandoned hotel, and got ported to a quest area that seemed too high for our level. The better spot was heading to Garu’s house, near the Yeti, and doing his tests first.

Now, I’m not really a big fan of tests, mainly because I always manage to screw them up. But I loved these tests (even though I managed to screw them up!)

The test of wisdom was a series of riddles, and if you get them wrong you get smacked in the head. 50 smacks later, I figured out all the answers to the riddles and passed the test. (The answers are fire, soul, promise, name, broom, and key if you want to avoid being pummeled)

Above: Testing our mental prowess in the Trial of Wisdom. Stop hitting me!

My real favorite, though, was the Leap of Faith. We had to walk to the end of a plank that overlooked Tanvu, and prove our faith in jin. I love stuff like this. In Everquest, my favorite spot in game was the hidden bridge in the Deep. I loved slowly following the line of people, as we all tried to follow the little brown bags of dropped shruikens that marked the path. Or better yet, trying to sprint across with no real idea if you were aiming correctly along the bridge. In Everquest 2, I loved jumping down to Longdrop Falls, and hoping that I didn’t overjump and miss the little pond below.

Above: One….two…… THREE!!! (Below)

This jump didn’t fail to deliver, and I didn’t even screw this test up! My faith in jin must be strong, because I survived the jump and landed safely back at Garu’s room.

We finished our evening by reaching Master Ashaine and getting another series of tests. We’ll work on them tonight and then try to head back to Stronghold. There’s a woman crying somewhere inside that we still need to find. Very sad.

Posted by jayernh under Archive,Vanguard Level 1-10 | Comments (5)


  1. Hey Jaye!

    I love your blog!

    I was going to send this to you directly, but i couldn’t find an email address, so i hope it doesn’t come off like i’m spamming your site :-\

    I’m doing a Vanguard Podcast, and i’d love to get some feedback :) You can find me at http://www.teloncast.com. I just released episode 4 today!

    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Mikael — January 28, 2007 @ 5:36 pm

  2. man that quest looks like fun

    there are some really cool quests in VG

    Comment by navid — January 28, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

  3. Thanks for the info about your Podcast Mikael, I just listened to episode three and it seems like you are off to a great start. I’ll add you to my links section, and if you do need to get in touch with me further, my email is jayernh@hotmail.com.

    Comment by jayernh — January 28, 2007 @ 8:10 pm

  4. Thanks Jaye!

    Once the dust has settled a bit, i’d love to have you on the show for a little interview type thing. If you are interested i will let you know when i have an idea about what i would like to talk about.

    Comment by Mikael — January 29, 2007 @ 10:47 am

  5. Neat, sounds like fun! Just drop me a line here or through email.

    Comment by jayernh — January 29, 2007 @ 10:59 am

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