July 2, 2007

40s Something Hunting

I’m finally at the home stretch now, and have mostly been doing some solo and small group content lately – partially because I’ve been out of town on and off, and partly because it’s hard to flesh out a full group. Can’t wait for the big merge!

I read a lot of posts complaining that there isn’t any content past level 40. While it does drop off, there is stuff out there, and some of it does require a little exploring. Since I love exploring the world of Telon, I figured I would post up some of the spots I found to be fun and rewarding for the low 40s.

Above: Razad (Oasis in the foreground). Rhaz Inkur towers nearby.

Razad – This is pretty much a quest hub for solo players and small groups. There are a lot of “kill 15 of this, collect 10 of that” type quests, but there is also a fun quest where you have to race the quest NPC from Razad up to a marked spot on your map. (Spoiler – rent a wyvern right before you grab the quest. The NPC is located right at the front corner of Rhaz Inkur, so use the quest marker to pin point her location) There is also an NPC that offers some armor rewards for tokens, which can be acquired by doing various quests for him. I recall belts and bracers were the rewards for 7 tokens. I’m not sure if there is another tier or if that was it, since I didn’t follow through with it. The only quest I felt was a pain was the shovel quest. Trying to find those sand moles was impossible! Even with a /targ Sand, I still found them to be very rare. Overall, it’s a fun spot, and easy to get to, since it’s right at a rift stone, and just down the river from Ahgram.

Ruins Falls (Elani) – I just found this place last week, so I haven’t done much here yet, but it looks like a spot that you can settle into for a good long time. It has a neat storyline, and several good quests. Here’s the lore behind it:

Above: Hegnerian.

Elani was a place full of lush, vibrant woods, and peaceful spirits that wandered and protected everyone. One of the residents of Elani was a high elf named Typhon. Typhon was a master of the elements, and had four apprentices, one of which was Hegnerian. Typhon was worried that outside forces were trying to pull his power from him, so he divided his powers to his apprentices. Sure enough, he did die, although it’s unclear what happened exactly. Of the four apprentices that were given his power, Hegnerian got the most powerful of the four – Ezigoth, the Fourth Wind. Hegnerian was favored because he was the most talented, and seemed very calm and able to control such power, but he loved his wife deeply, and that would turn out to be the cause of such misery and destruction in Elani today.

Sadly, Hegnerian’s wife was abducted by the Prince of the Cartheon Empire and treated brutally while in captivity. She later died in the hands of a peasant woman, who passed on the story to Hegnerian. Hegnerian and the elven leaders pleaded with the Cartheon senate to take care of the matter, but their way was to remove all trace of the peasant woman and her family, rather than punich the Cartheon Prince. So, a few years later, when the Prince ascended to the throne, Hegnerian called upon his power – Ezigoth, the Fourth Wind – which caused the upheaval of the Cartheon Empire and which has brought such destruction to the lands around Elani. Hegnerian was imprisoned for his actions, but the lands are still in turmoil.

Above: Fighting Hopper near Elani, in Ruins Falls.

I’ve begun some quests here, and based on the storyline, this will eventually lead to the Swamp of Rumog, which is where the high level armor faction quests take place. Most of the quests in Elani are good for small groups at the low 40s. There is an encampment of hideous hags nearby at the Deadbog, and yes, those awful cockatrices hang around Elani too, although under a different name. There is another quest to cure bears, and it took me a while to find them. The trick is to head up a windy path, past an empty cave that’s screaming to be populated, and on the top you’ll find the diseased greatbears. (Skeletal Lashers don’t count btw)

My favorite quest was the one to kill frogs outisde the outpost. It eventually causes a giant frog, named Hopper, to appear, and you have to kill him to retrieve a lost backpack. Gotta wonder what happened to its owner…

Lost Canyon/Winterfang’s Resolution (Vulmane camp)
– Tucked in the Lost Canyon is an encampment of Vulmane, who offer lots of good quests for low 40s small groups. Again, I didn’t get through many quests here, but it looks like a lot of “kill 10 of these, scout this spot” type quests. There also seems to be some kind of dynamic event there, though, because there was a large named Sithar with two minions attacking the guards later in the evening, which were not there previously.

Above: Mysterious gathering of spirits inside ruined chapel at Haven’s Edge in Plains of Anguish.

Plains of Anguish – If you are low 40s, this is really the place to be. It’s easy to get to, since it’s right at a riftway, it has loads of quests for solo/small group, and full group, and it has some fun and refreshing encounters. This is also the home of the Cartheon, which I have to assume are the same Cartheon that caused Hegnerian to lose it. Haven’s Edge is where you’ll find quests, just make sure to have lots of room in your journal. First tip – don’t take the Bears of Beranid Hills quest, and in fact, stay away from the Undead Bears in general. They’re borked right now, and have regen on par with raid mobs, so it’s impossible to solo them, and almost impossible to kill even with a full group. Definitely not worth doing.

Above: Strange tower ruins near Drathel, in Plains of Anguish.

There are four areas that involve quests from Haven’s Edge – The Graveyard (which is right next to the Riftway), Drathel (Just across the road from the Graveyard, look for a bunch of run down houses), The Cartheon Village (When you head down the road from Haven’s Edge towards the griffons, take a right and follow the road), and the Brotherhood fortress (Past the Cartheon Village and up the road further).

Normally, it’s always prudent when traveling to stay on the roads for safety. Not here! Over at the Graveyard, Veela Traxis is summoning Cartheon Pawns from one of the vaults, and they slowly plod along the road, past the Cartheon Village, and all the way up to the Brotherhood Fortress. It’s like a big Cartheon conga line, but it means that following the road will net you a train from hell, and certain death. The nice part of that is that if you feel like having an evening of vanilla hack n slash, you can scoop up the repeatable “Cartheon Invasion” quest and settle in for a night of non-stop autopulls. In fact, one of the most enjoyable evenings I have had was when a group of us fought our way into the graveyard and right into the summoning vault itself. It was a ton of fun trying to stay ahead of the spawns, and there was little room for error! I had visions of Helms Deep as I sliced through scores of undead.

Above: Killing Captain Dreavers, in Plains of Anguish.

Another fun spot is the Cartheon Village, which has a multi step questline that eventually asks you to retrieve the body parts of Captain Dreavers, summon him, and then bring back his head. The Cartheon Village is more of a group spot, and it has its own mini-parade of cartheon denizens that roam around. If you are doing the Dreavers quest, his tombstone is a pile of rocks on the outer edge of the village. You need to collect an arm, leg, torso and head from the Cartheon Lieutenants, and then click the grave. He will charge across the village, and he’s not anything that tricky. He drops some nice loot, as well as some “Unmarked” items. These are important!

Unmarked items are the beginning of a questline that rewards you with a nice piece of armor that gives good stats and…skellie illusion! Funny thing is, it seems that hardly anyone knows about this. There are four items – shield (for tank classes), belt (for healing classes), mask (for casters) and gloves (for light fighters). Equip the unmarked item and then fight mobs – eventually you will get a quest window to open that asks you to see a guy in Haven’s Edge. Talk to him and he will direct you to kill 100 Brotherhood, and the questline begins. You can get the unmarked items from any named in Anguish, and so far, I have found Dreavers plus two nameds in Drathel.

Drathel is the village across the road from the Graveyard, and again, it’s more of a group spot. There is a multi step quest there that eventually has you kill Mayor Treslan, who is one of the named that drops unmarked items. There is also the Town Crier, who is found right along the road and has dropped unmarked stuff. One tip about Drathel – If you are doing the quest to kill forsaken scholars and get a scroll, you might have trouble getting the scroll. If you find yourself killing them with no luck, have the group disband and reform with you as leader (do that as many times as you need to in order to get everyone the scroll). For some reason, it sometimes gets fickle and won’t let anyone but the group leader get a scroll drop. I had my first horse pet here too – ranger tame + charmed steed = coolness.

Although there is a lot I learned about this place, there is a ton more that has me scratching my head. Why do I sometimes see a messsage saying “Veela Traxis’ power is weakened?” Does that signal some kind of triggered event in the Cartheon conga line? Who is the strange fairy in the hillside crypt near the Cartheon Village, why does she have a twin on a hill outside Haven’s Edge, and what’s the deal with the graves that I can open in the crypt? What’s the story with the smoke filled tower near Drathel that has the little red glowing dots? How come there are groups of spirits congregating in the Haven’s Edge chapel, only to dissapear in the center of the room? I feel like there’s either something I’m missing, or I’m experiencing what my guild has termed, “The Edge of Content.”

Above: Shipwreck near Tehatamani Harbor.

Tehatamani Harbor – Here’s another spot where I only scratched the surface. Again, this one takes a little traveling, and your best bet is to rent a griffon from Razad and fly east to the peninsula that juts out from the southern tip of Qalia. The harbor is right at the tip, and offers several quests. This spot really looks like it’s more suited to mid 40s, and does have a questline that involves grouping. The storyline here is really neat, involving the Lucent Circle, and the questline has several steps that allow you to upgrade a nice necklace:

The Lucent Circle is an elite group of fighters who are trying to drive back the Tehatamani Empire. Meanwhile, the Tehatamani found trouble of their own. They have been porting all over, swooping in on other civilizations and looting all of their treasure, but at some point, they became corrupted by one of the civilizations they had tried to pillage. The Xakrin, an evil civilization of stone cats and statues, is seeking revenge on the Tehatamani – and also looking to retrieve whatever the artifact was that the Tehatamani had stolen, and which had corrupted them even further.

Above: Quest hub at The Fallen Cove.

Fallen Cove – This one is not easy to get to, but quests are quests, and this is a cool place if you have the desire to explore a bit. The best way to reach it is to head to either Beranid Hills or New Targonor, and rent a griffon. Fly south to Flordiel, unlock the riftway there while you’re at it, and rent another griffon to fly further south to the Fallen Cove. Look for a little inlet on the eastern side of the peninsula south of NT, with two small islands near it. The quest hub is actually a ring of NPCs surrounding a flaming skull that reminded me of the Wizard of Oz’s floating head trick at the Emerald City. I have only begun questing here, but it looks like a good spot to solo and duo in the low to mid 40s. Lots of 2 and 3 dot mobs, and plenty of grind quests.

Above: The sun struggles to shine on this fortress near The Fallen Cove.

Still need ideas? You could try Dragon’s Backbone, Sunset Pointe, Rahz Inkur, Greystone, Ceros Island (great spot if you are a bard!), Xennumet Dungeon (although the final event, the All-Father event, is temporarily disabled).

Hope that helps! Happy Fourth of July!

Posted by jayernh under Archive,Vanguard Level 40-45,Vanguard Level 45-50 | Comments (4)

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  1. that was awesome! great screens too! wowwowweewow

    Best part about the merge, possibility to some day group with Jaye and her gang. that would be boss!

    Comment by lumio — July 3, 2007 @ 2:45 am

  2. hello, great guide here. wanted to add that in poa at the broken tower with the swirling smoke you need a “divine amulet.” where this breifly while killing cartheons and it will change slightly….then while wearing the necklace walk into the broken tower and a 5dot lvl 40-somthing spawns. he is like tresan and the other nameds…dropping yellows and a rare chance for an orange. oh yeah…the divine amulets drop in the divine grasp HQ. make sure only one of your party has one at a time or else it will consume them all even though only one of you summoned the fiend.

    Comment by Virithis Rojin — July 24, 2007 @ 8:26 am

  3. Hi Virithis, thanks for the tip. I actually added that side event to my most recent entry last week, (Plains of Anguish – A Closer Look) after having figured that event out. It’s neat to have little side puzzles in these zones. Thanks for your feedback!

    Comment by jayernh — July 24, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

  4. Tehatamani Harbor is southwest of Razad actually, not east. Around abouts (-17, -14).

    Very useful guide though, I found it very helpful for my level 40 forays.

    Comment by Karvok — August 27, 2007 @ 3:10 am

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