River Valley, and the Flower Palace, are two spots that I got a peek at during the beta griffin events, and when I saw them I couldn’t wait till I’d be able to see them on foot once I was high enough. I had mentally filed it away until I stumbled on it while looking for a spot to do some lumberjacking. I needed to find some evil Treants, and ended up finding a whole lot more.
Above: Volaren Towers in River Valley.
If you are level 28+, this is a great spot to do some solo and duo quests. It’s not easy to find, but it’s full of eye candy once you get there. You can reach it through the Shidreth Mining tunnel, just behind the Shidreth Mining camp in Qalia. If you did any of the Infineum stuff you’ll recognize the area. There’s a great little turf war too – the Shidreth miners tunneled right into the side of a cliff structure that is populated by Vizarian Sirens. While you start out friendly to the Shidreth miners, you can certainly choose to side with the Vizarians, and if you do, Imirial the Seducer offers you a few quests that, when completed, reward you with a panther illusion mask that give a run speed buff. The walkthrough is here at Vanguard Rangers, but be prepared to encounter overcamped tunnels and lots of waiting for spawns!
*Side Note* Vanguard Rangers now has a full walkthrough of the Infineum quest series, thanks to Legendamar. It’s great, and hopefully he’ll do a Pantheon walkthrough as well!
As far as quests for the Valley area, you can get a couple of quests at the Shidreth Mining camp, including one to kill treants, which worked for me since I was working on lumberjacking. There is also a quest offered inside the mine tunnel to kill Vizarians, and two quest tents in the Valley Itself. One is on the South side of the Valley, which you can reach by taking the first elevator on your left and heading west along the river wall. If you run into a bunch of lethargic filth, it’s just west of there. There is another on the north side of the river too, but I haven’t gotten to it yet, partially because of time and partially because I don’t have any more room in my journal. Almost all the quests are solo or duo tasks, so it’s a nice spot to get through the high 20s and low 30s.
Above: Outside view of the Vizarian cliffside structure.
At the far end of the Valley is the Flower Palace, which I got a peek at last night with a guild group. We killed one mob and decided that it was a bit above our heads, but it looks like there’s some kind of Vizarian worship going on in there. On the way out we killed a named shadowhound that took for freaking ever to kill, and ended up dropping a tooth. Must be a quest mob!
I like this spot a lot, not only because it’s visually stunning, but also because it’s a nice change of pace from the heavy quest lines I’ve been working on in places like Fallen Lyceum, Trengal Keep, and Infineum Plateaus. I love dungeon crawling and big quest lines, but it’s nice to also have a night or two of easy grind quests, surrounded by great scenery, that still lets you feel like you accomplished something by the end of the night.
Cool moment of the day: As I was lumberjacking, I noticed that the treant had a curious bit of carving on its back. A closer look revealed the letters “SB + LH 4VR.” I’d love to know who SB and LH are, and whether it’s a dev easter egg (I don’t see any devs with either pair of initials) or whether they are names of in game NPCs who wanted to immortalize their love for each other. Either way, I got a nice laugh out of it.
Above: SB + LH 4VR!