Collecting trophies in games

Last week Ravanel made a post about the trophy she got from beating a raid boss and some of the loot she got out of it. (Or at least that is the impression I got. Sorry, I don’t play SWTOR so I might have completely misread it!) At tthe end she asked readers if they showed off their trophies too or special mounts they earned. So I thought about making a post about my trophies collecting habits in different games. I think this can be an interesting topic as different people have a tendency to collect different things in-games where that makes sense. Perhaps it will be more clear what I mean during the post.

It all started with a sword…

Back in Morrowind there was a sword called Umbra that had a pretty infamous story about being made to trap souls and her creator being executed for creating such an evil item. The sword was also known to be very picky about its owners. So far, not anything all that original. What I think stuck in my mind is that in Morrowind it was held by an orc  wearing a very neat set of armor and who called himself Umbra too.

If you talk to him he tells that he basically lived a very intense life of combat but at that point he was just tired of it all and wanted to die. Since this is an orc we are talking about he obviously wanted to die in combat, which the player can accept or not (You can read the whole dialog here). It was a very tough fight but very worth it for getting Umbra. Since then I sort of started getting in the habit of trying to get Umbra with every one of my characters, regardless if they would use it or not. It would just be a memento of an NPC I was fascinated with.

Umbra, the orc in Morrowind

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[EQ2] Another fruitful weekend

Rakuno grinding writs

This weekend in Everquest 2 it was a double status event for members. Which to me meant a good opportunity to try getting Deus Ex Arcana, my tiny guild there, to level 60. To achieve that I decided a good mix of crafting writs and old raid dungeons were the best way to achieve it. About the crafting writs there isn’t much to talk about, lots of standing around just doing nothing but crafting whatever 6 items the NPC asked for. Efficient but also something that gets boring very fast.

The old raid dungeons however were way more fun. As friends logged in I tried to sweet  talk them to do some of those which they gladly accepted. We did Protector’s Realm, Shard of Hate and Perah’Celsis Abominable Laboratory. That last one was pretty new territory to us and to be completely honest I wasn’t too sure we could finish it. Turns out it wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared. We did have some trouble with a couple of fights (specially the last one!) but as we figured out some strategy for the fights we were able to beat them. As a bonus, Deus Ex Arcana won Perah’Celsis head which is now being nicely displayed in our guild hall. 🙂

We’ll still have to go back there to get that trophy head for Wayfarers, our friends and allies too, some day. But at least now we know we can beat it and what to expect from the fights.

After all that effort we were able to get to guild level 60 at Sunday evening which brought to us the possibility of buying 3 new amenities for the guild hall. We now have a training dummy, which was pretty much the reason I was trying to push to 60,  and a collector’s binder for convenience purposes. The third amenity I am still trying to decide on. I will have to bounce some ideas off with my guild mates to make a final decision.

Big thanks to Gracy and Serryna who helped with all the grind and to all my friends who helped with the raid dungeons. You people are what make this game worth playing! 😀

[EQ2] Don’t lose your head!

Rakuno staring at some of the guild hall trophies

This was a pretty good weekend in Everquest 2 for me. Thanks fo the Double XP, I was able to get Grulog, my dirge, from about level 61 to 70 plus a lot more AAs. Leontius, my coercer, went from 48 to 57. I wanted to see if I could get him to level 60 but I was pretty tired by that point and decided to not push further.

We also decided to go hunting for Woushi’s head since… I am not sure the reason, I think our resident beastlords wanted to kill something that wouldn’t die in 2 seconds so their pets could hit it and gain affinity with them? Either way, we were pretty successful at it and Deus Ex Arcana got another trophy to their hall. It is the head on the top right there. Eventually we’ll need to help Brave Legion, our allies and friends, to get one for them. From the 3 guilds (including Deus Ex Arcana) where all our characters and friends are scattered through they are the only ones who does not have it.

And yes, that is a sneak peek of the Deus Ex Arcana guild hall. I will post pictures of the whole place once I am done with it. If anyone is wondering where the rest of the trophies are, they are on the other side of that room, nicely displayed. You will have to wait until I finish  the rest of the hall and post pictures to see it though. 🙂

I hope everybody had a great weekend too and have a good Monday!