May 7, 2009

Dragons, Turtles, and Death...oh my

Just your average day in Vana'diel...

Got myself another level in ranger, but then cut that short to go hang out with Davik and hunt down some Wyverns in Ifrit's Cauldron. That place confuses me to no end. I keep saying I'm going to get the map, but I usually go there to do an event, then never bother staying long enough to hunt down the coffer key. It's one of those things that will always be on my to-do list, but won't ever get done. I don't remember how many items we got, but I did get a chance to get some ws points towards Atonement. Hopefully it won't take me too long.

The breath from these things is a killer...literally.

Tripping the Light Fantastic

I just like that phrase. Next stop was off to Al'Taieu for a bit of fun in Limbus. While the event itself is usually nothing to write home about, the people I do this event with always make it fun. Probably because we're all on Vent and I get to hear the weirdest conversations. We've got one member who's unofficial nickname is Squirtle. Let your mind wander while you figure that one out. Our "Ultimate Paladin" unfortunately met ultimate death twice during the run, which gave Arc a chance to show how much he cared about his friend's predicament. In the end though, everything came out well. We laughed, danced, taught someone what running a train meant, and event walked away with 6 beastcoins for the run. Now I'm up to 21 again; almost time for a Boxer Mantle!

Dead body in Limbus = DDR dance pad.


To end the night on a strong note, the Epic Linkshell decided to work on tipping the scale of the Crystal War in favor of the Allied Forces by taking the fight straight to the Beastmen. That's right, we went into one of their strongholds and let them know that we were there to whip ass and take names (and hopefully get some awesome loot too, but don't tell anybody.)

All your loot are belong to us...

We had a small, two party alliance since it was pretty late and decided that we'd knock out three of the eight NM's needed to access the main fight for the stronghold we visited, Beadeaux [S]. First fight was with Blifnix Oilycheeks, a goblin who just loved to spam Bomb Toss and then leave a few mines behind to do extra damage. This was our fight attempt at any of the SCNM mini-bosses, but we surprisingly made it through the fight without a single death. We came pretty damn close though. Feeling brave, we moved on to the next one, Di'Zho Spongeshell.

Ok, this guy is cheap. Not only does he spam that blasted Wrath of Gh'Dha for huge AoE damage, but it also has the ability to absorb magic or melee every 20-30 seconds. This wouldn't have been much of a problem if we had more magic damage at our disposal, but all we had was Ninjutsu, an RDM, and myself as a SMN. The fight took us awhile, and not without a few deaths from that damned AoE, but we wore him down and proceeded to move on to our last fight of the night, Ra'Dha Scarscute.

Funny thing about this fight. First, he only uses Head Butt. No other regular attack. It's like a Blue Mage's dream match. Battle of the stuns. That's all this blasted turtle did. Divila, our WHM said the last fight was much more interesting. I think Ra'Dha heard that, and didn't like it much. Next thing we knew, it used Mighty Strikes and started spamming it's real TP move, Skull Smash. One of our SAMs was doing his thing and then found himself on the ground after taking a 1k+ hit to the head. Then Ra did it to our PLD. Down she went. Suddenly the party chat had a bunch of "o.O" and "wow!" lines going through as we realized that this guy meant business. No sweat though. One of our Ninja's had hate and with a bit of haste and constant shadow spam, he held hate and allowed us to finish the NM for good.

All in all, I think the whole SCNM battle is going to be a really fun way to improve the situations with campaign battles. Kind of beats the monotony of standing in one area fighting the same waves of enemies over and over. Not to mention, there's the chance of getting some sweet loot. (Unfortunately, we didn't get any this time, but there are 5 more NMs that we're just dying to tear into. ^^)

Oh, one last thing. My little claim to fame. I unlocked Death Blossom!! Go me!

Flower Power, fool!