I’ve tried to write six different articles already today, and scrapped them all for some reason or another. Whatever. It’s Monday. I’m allowed to be a little bit hazy.
At first, I was going to write up a “re-introduction” to the characters I’m playing, as several have evolved (in a manner of speaking) from their original iterations when I started the blog in 2014. Also, I’d be willing to wager that the majority of the readers – all four of you! – probably haven’t gone back and read back to the second post ever, especially after being idle for over a year. But, that was boring. Or, I thought so, at least.
So, instead, I’m going to just ramble about some of the plans I have in the near future for several of my toons. More to keep things straight for myself than anything else, but if it provides you with a few minutes of distraction and/or entertainment, then that’s a win for both of us.
Adipostal (left) and Kemron, the intimi-tank of our static Reaper group and Adi’s bestamest friend for sneak attack damage.
Adipostal (formerly Immano of Llawriennal)
Level/Race/Class: 8 Halfling Rogue
Weapon of Choice: Great Crossbows
Song Stuck In His Head: “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
In a former life, Adi was an elf cleric/monk whose job was to stay at 20 and help other toons on that “final push” to 20. Which was a noble thing, or, at least the idea of it was. Except that he was barely ever used. So when a few friends decided to try a static Reaper-only group, with dedicated characters and party roles, he was the first to get “volunteered.” Nothing particularly special about the build – it’s an Intelligence-based Rogue Mechanic with the Dragonmark of Healing and Healing Words to throw around other folks in emergencies – which has been proven before on Orsyn Burr’s rogue life and Uncle Tubbs’ rogue life. But for this particular grouping, we actually wanted proven builds and not experiments. His current plans are to finish out the Heroic career, provided that irritating IRL Server can stop getting in the way with our scheduled night.
Bholgrin (right) with some folks in the Temple of the Deathwyrm
Level/Race/Class: 30 Dwarf Paladin/Monk/Rogue
Weapons of Choice: Dual longswords and fists
Spirit Animal: Swiss Army knife
Currently, Bholgrin is working on fleshing out his Epic Destinies. As of last night, he has his Divine and Martial spheres completed and has started in on Primal with Shiradi Champion. The long term goal is to start working on his Epic Completionist status. For the time being, that’s a very long-term goal, as there are other projects which are taking priority.
Fyrewoman (center) finally found someone else who shares her fashion sense.
Fyrewoman, Pastor of Muppets
Level/Race/Class: 30 Halfling Monk
Weapons of Choice: Quarterstaves and fire. Lots and lots of fire.
Notable Quirk: Guildless by design
Fyrewoman has what is simultaneously the easiest and hardest plan on my current to-do list. All she is missing for the “2016 Checklist” (which has still yet to be completed halfway through 2017) is to pull a Cursed Blade of Jack Jibbers and she’s done! Of course, as anyone who has tried to pull a Jack’s Blade – let alone twenty-one of them! – knows, they’re a pretty ephemeral thing, and can sometimes evade detection for months at a time. As with all items from the Loot Gods, I could pull it tonight, or I could pull it sometime in October. But that’s what she’s waiting on before reincarnating again – the long-term plan is to do the same Henshin Mystic based build again and get her three Monk past lives, all without ever using a guild ship, buffs, or amenities.
This shot is ancient. Apparently I haven’t actively played Kil in a lot longer than I thought.
Level/Race/Class: 30 Dwarf Warlock (but not for long)
Weapon of Choice: Concentrated blasts of ABBA music (sonic damage, for those at home)
Spends Tuesday Nights: Desperately trying to catch up on Critical Role episodes
Kiljoen started his existence as a sorcerer. He was my first character to hit 20, at which point he hit a screeching, grinding halt. When the Warlock class came out, I was super-excited and made two! Kiljoen was the second, a Fey-pact Soul Eater who ran in Divine Crusader and laid waste to pretty much everything.. as warlocks are wont to do. Nowadays, I’ve pretty much stopped using him, mostly because the “whole warlock thing” got old. Fast. Currently, I no longer have a Cleric in my lineup – which is making my “one of every class” compulsion cause eyeball twitching every time I think about it. Blargh! There it goes again! Anyway.. one unused Warlock plus needing a Cleric results in Kiljoen getting reincarnated. Originally, he was going to be a sword & board Warpriest – but I already have that build in the form of a Favored Soul named Whall. One comment from a friend and a flashback to a previous life immediately swapped the build around into a 18 Cleric/2 Fighter great-axe wielding Warpriest who plans to spend the majority of his time eyehole-deep in the pit. (That seems to be a common place for my characters… just sayin’. –Ed.) He’s got most of his gear ready to rock and is just waiting for some of my other projects to get some momentum before taking the plunge.
Smishy, being photobombed by Horace the Pseudodragon.
Smishy the Unfluffed
Level/Race/Class: 16 Dragonborn Fighter
Weapon of Choice: Khopesh and Tower Shield to the face
Favorite Food: Tacos
Smishy has had an… interesting history. There’s a running joke that he is cursed to be, well, smishy, regardless of whatever build and equipment he has. A joke which he has unsuccessfully avoided on this life – while he can take physical damage like a champ, spells still tend to wreck his face. Oh, well. The build I came up with was what some folks would call a “long game” investment – once he hits twenty and is able to step into his Epic Destiny, it’ll be an entirely different toon – but others would say is an “ER build.” Still others would call it “bloody stupid.” Ah, well, I’ve never been known to make the most intelligent of decisions. Only four more levels to go until Smishy (hopefully) becomes less smishy… and then an Epic career follows!
Riding the Storm Out. @DDOMicki told me to bring Energy Sheath. I didn’t listen. Still… five million hit points on that dragon!
Level/Race/Class: 30 Halfling Monk
Weapon of Choice: 10.8 Billion Shuriken to the Faceholes
Preferred Hot Dog Toppings: Mustard, chili, and onions
Fei-hung (named after a Chinese martial artist and philanthropist), better known amongst my group of ragtag buddies as the “mini-pimp” due to his outlandish getup, has had a wonderful run as a Shiradi Shuricannon. So he’s staying that way. I still need to finish some Caught in the Web runs in order to acquire his Celestia, Brightest Star of Day for his off-hand. He’s recently finished upgrading his Quiver of Alacrity for when he reincarnates back into Heroics – because we can’t have Fei-hung’s trademark “run faster than The Flash” compromised! – but that will come after he finishes three more Primal Epic Past Lives, so that he can toggle between Fast Healing (keeps hit point attrition down) and Multishot (for peak damage output). So that’s at least six more lives on the books for the diminutive flinger of frenzied facepaste.
Items in parentheses are finished Epic/Legendary versions.
…And the Rest of the 2016 Checklist
The original plan was to have the Checklist completed by the end of 2016, as a “one-up” to the personal challenge I’d set for 2015. Because we can’t just go on and get complacent, can we?
Of course, as folks who followed along already know, there was this nasty little bout with an IRL raid boss called “cancer” that hit me at the beginning of the year, which resulted in my near-immediate absence from the 2016 Player’s Council that I’d been quite excited to get accepted to. Dealing with the fallout from that, the disgusting medical bills, and getting back into the work groove just left me with no time or emotional energy to invest in the Council – for which I am quite sad. Alas, life moves on, and hopefully there isn’t any animosity from the Council. (which basically got ghosted. Oops.)
Anyhoo, moving on. The origins of the Checklist came about from my seemingly-complete lack of ability to prepare a character properly for a reincarnation. As such, I developed a list of items which I wanted to have before I went back to K-town again: an unsuppressed Ioun stone applicable to the next build, a Temple of Elemental Evil weapon (either mushroom-crafted or named), at least one piece of Green Steel, a Jack Jibbers blade, and finally a Mysterious Bauble for spell point users. Which is quite a hefty list for a single character – so, naturally, I wanted to get all twenty-one of my characters checked off.
Because I’m insane.
I even made a nice spreadsheet to track the progress – some may have seen intermittent updates on my Twitter feed (@TholgrinDDO). At present, it’s pretty darned close to getting finished, as you can see below.
Wow. So, that’s, like, a lot of stuff that I want to do. And of course, all of it wants to be done right nao, and I don’t have that kind of time. Blech! One of these days, I’ll get to a point where I only have one project on my books at a time.
Yeah, right. Like that’ll happen.
Until next time, happy slaying!