Sunday, 29 July 2007

The Deathga Reports: Murder at the Sacrarium

With the new CoP team reaching mission 4-3 after last week's win against Ouryu, and an increased number of people who want a swift belt, it was decided to hold another swift belt/subligar/sacrarium key farming session.
Bigger group than the last time we ran Swift Belt events. Beating down these Fomors should be a snap!

Of course the first challenge we faced was getting such a large group through the high-aggro labyrinth without getting lost or being eaten by the undead...
Deathga Round #1
It was phailure to the max. The first Noob Award of the night going to Zaeon for running headlong into the undead maze without putting on Sneak first. Snoop died during the rescue operation and Samuri died because Sneak wore in the middle of the maze.

Well, after we got everyone up, we set up camp just outside the classroom where Balor popped and started clearing the area of ever single fomor in sight. There were eight people with Fomor Codexes that night - nine if you count the fact that Dutrance has a "spare". We were in for a long haul, so there was no time for mucking around!

Dutrance had the first chance at popping Balor which went off without a hitch. Unfortunately Balor didn't feel like parting with his precious belt (T^T)

Second pop belonged to Samuri. Balor was feeling generous this time and he scored himself a Swift Belt - Congratulations!!
Deathga Round #2
It was either right after Dutrance or Samuri's pop that things started going pear-shaped. Note the guys wearing the blue linkshell in the background. They were there for Promathia Mission 4-3 - The Secrets of Worship.

We had just gone back to camp outside the classroom when, unable to take the heat, the guys in the blue LS came to the entrance of the classroom and one-by-one started dropping like flies.

The Good Samaritan Award goes to Snoop for raising the other guys when asked to.

Of course, being a Good Samaritan in FFXI is a double-edged sword. Good Ol' Professor Mariselle didn't like having his victims interfered with, and decided to start eating our alliance. Things weren't looking good, so I ordered my party to Escape.

The next 15-20 minutes would be spent watching shrieks of panic and disbelief as Professor Mariselle and his little Pupils continued to eat our alliance even after some people logged out to try to reset hate. Not even zoning helped. Mariselle took the trouble of sending one of his Pupils to send welcome us back - how sweet...

Lesson learned: Be a Good Samaritan AFTER NMs DESPAWN, otherwise they may decide to get revenge on you. Hate will not reset even if you log off.

Not since the first trek through the Phomiuna Aqueducts and the Library murders has there been a massacre so big among the SR ranks.

Since most of my party managed to get out in one piece, I wasn't there to witness the carnage. If you want to know more about how Professor Mariselle schooled the people of ShadowRavenloft, free feel to read Kysuke's account of it on the LS forums!
The Aftermath. Lookit all the dead bodies - not including the ones who logged off in the hope that Professor Mariselle would forget about them.

After picking everyone up and re-establishing the alliance, it was back to business. We cleared the room and Gruive popped Balor on Watabou's behalf while I used Dutrance's second trigger. Unfortunately Balor wasn't willing to part with anymore of his Swift Belts. The death toll continued to rise with Samuri getting beaten down by a pile of eyes who didn't find him very {Charm}ing and Tamahiyo eating Eagle Eye Shot by one very annoyed Balor.

It was quite busy that night in the Sacrarium with another group running a Swift Belt run. Kind of tried of begging Balor for Swift Belts, we decided to let the other group monopolise Balor and moved to the other side for some Mithra Fomor action.
Somewhere in that mess of spells and job abilities is Caithleann, the Mithra Fomor NM. She wasn't too bad although Chainspell could be dangerous to Ninja tanks. Luckily we had the numbers that night to make sure she didn't get any funny ideas with it.
Bigawkward was kind enough to use Foreversaijin's trigger on his behalf. Indich the Galka Fomor tried to use lolSoulVoice against us. Maybe it would have been more of a threat if he spamed Horde Lullabye or something...

Caithleann was robbed of Swift Belts two out of three times with Tamahiyo and Kariko receiving theirs and Spier, unfortunately missing out. Indich was kind enough to drop one for Foreversaijin.

We had one Fomor Codex pop left to do that night. Unfortunately quite a mass of people were still gathered outside Balor's room.
It's been a long night of struggles against the undead. Some of us were destined to become zombies in the morning if we didn't escape, so unfortunately, Kysuke's trigger was to be postponed for a later date.

Everyone was warped or teleported home, or deathga-warped out Ninja style.
Loot Report:
50% drop rate that night. Congratulations to Samuri, Tamahiyo, Kariko and Foreversaijin. Condolensces to Watabou, Dutrance (x2) and Spier for missing out.

Quite a number of underpants that nobody wanted dropped as well. lolDRG x2, lolBRD all fell to the floor. But Samuri (BRD), Tamahiyo (RDM), Kariko (DRK), Zaeon (DRK), Foreversaijin (SMN), and Bigawkward (MNK) went home with some.

Make sure you get Brygid to wash them before use!

Saturday, 14 July 2007

The Deathga Reports

So on Tuesday night, my broken static party was called off because I had to go out for the night. The following is an email exchange with Asheroth asking how the night went.

Lenor @ Work:
So, how did last night go?

Asheroth @ Work:
Luna and Minocia took me around Aht Urghan last night to get the runic portals. Though they may have been regretting it by the end of the night.

Lunakitty = 2 deaths
Minocia = 2 deaths
Asheroth = 4 deaths
Runic portals obtained = 3
Seeing your whole party wipe to your Paladin who is possessed and in frog shape = priceless.

Lenor @ Work:
lol wut?

Lenor on Forums:
So like, I heard the escort team got massacred when Minocia got turned into a frog and proceeded to eat the rest of the party.

Did anyone take pics? Sounds like something that should be on the LS Deathga Reports.

Minocia on Forums:
My PLD has never been stronger than as a frog, killing both Ash and Luna.


We didn't take pics, but we can do it again sometime...

So I decided to improvise...

Saturday Night Limbus, Temenos East

Desperately seeking the last two chips for another showdown with Proto-Omega, we decided to try Apollyon SW, but were beaten by the JP linkshells again. With people unable to queue because of time restrictions, it was decided to give Temenos East a try.

Roll Call: Lunakitty (BLM), Vashanti (RDM), Lenor (NIN), Marzanna (WHM), Kariko (DRK), Kryogenik (WHM), Jojax (RDM), Alvar (THF).

This is me, getting lost in a new area...
Temenos East consists of seven floors and four elementals of the same group on one floor. Each elemental drops a chest. You can only open one chest.

How stingy. I hate Limbus stages like these...

Temenos East, Elemental country. Being so meathead-oriented, this area would have been a nightmare for SRLS. Fortunately, the Elementals of Temenos East weren't that resistant to physical attacks.
Two of the elementals drop an Items chest. One is real, one spawns a Mystic Avatar that corresponds to the elemental group of that floor. We spawned Garuda on the Wind Elemental floor. Lunakitty over nuked as usual and got eaten by the Avatar 2 hour.

We also spawned the Mystic Avatar for the Earth Elemental floor. Man, he's one ugly guy. Luckily his 2 hour wasn't as nasty.

We wanted to win so just we opted to get the time chest on the second last floor, but the Dark Elementals on the last floor didn't give us much trouble. Especially since Alvar picked the right box and thereby avoiding the big bad puppy (Fenrir).

Loot Report: Ancient beastcoins. Congratulations to Kariko for finally completing materials for DRK AF+1 gear.

3/3 Temenos Chips means we can work towards getting Proto-Ultima chips.

Sunday, 8 July 2007

Saturday Night Limbus, Temenos West

Due to popular demand, the linkshell decided to have another Temenos tour tonight. So off we were to see the white, cermet walls of Temenos.

Attendance: Lunakitty (BLM), Lenor (NIN), Dutrance (THF), Xenonsmurf (BLM), Gruive (BLU), Marzanna (BRD), Alvar (THF), Kariko (DRK), Vashanti (RDM). Nine people - looks like the usual level of participation...
Temenos West - otherwise known as the "zoo". This tiger was really thrilled at the idea of being lynched for ancient beastcoins again. It was a smooth run overall, unfortunately we didn't clear the area because they were really stingy with the Time Chests.

Loot Report: I've been slacking with the LS Limbus reports so I've forgotten - lol. 5 ancient beastcoins for everyone, 6 left over. RDM AF+1 item for Xenonsmurf. WHM AF+1 item for Marzanna... I think...

Deathga Report: Lenor - mandies hit like a ton of bricks.