Ooh Shiny! Part 2 (The Return of the Ranger Raitaro)

For some reason when I re-roll a character repeatedly I think of V for Vendetta. Introducing Ratairo mark 4:

“Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the “vox populi” now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.”

Right, I’m a nerd. But then, you knew that anyway since only a nerd will blog about playing an MMO.

So, I determined that diplomacy was something I’m okay with dabbling in, but not something I want to delve into at this time. That being the case, I opted to go “hardcore” on my Ranger main. At least, I think he’s my main. We’ll see how these things go. In any case, I used the information found here to discover where I would have started off as an Orc back before the addition of the IoD and the combined racial starting areas.

It. Was. Epic.

The IoD and the Shang Village Kojani starting area are hand-holding hubs for sissies compared to what I put myself through. i started off on a boat, apparently some raiders from another clan had taken us prisoner to enslave us. So I escaped, freed another slave and fought my way to Clan Martok’s holdings. I died 3 times and ate half my food by level 4.

On the IoD, and even Shang Village, your quest rewards have stats, and are comparatively easy. To give credit where it is due: I find the IoD and Shang Village to be more challenging than say the WoW starting areas. But not by much. But Grimsea Watch to Martok? I didn’t receive an item with stats on it from a quest until level 8. When I got these leggings:


This was after receiving Belt, Boots, Bracers and arms Arms in the Darkscale set which had no stats, just AC, on them.

In fact, the random rare drop usable green item is an important part of my gearing up in this world. With a dropped mask, club for my offhand, and chestpiece providing stats along with those Darkscale Leggings – I’m pretty “geared” for what I recall from the early days of Vanguard. This experience readies one for a bleak, harsh world – where the strong and skilled survive. A flavor i find sorely lacking in the default starting areas. I didn’t run into a diplomacy quest until I was level 5, or a crafting quest until I was level 9 – very little hand-holding here. We Orcs are a hardy race! Not only am I highly impressed, I’m hungry for more.


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