October 10, 2010

Ignorance and Curiosity

Humans are naturally ignorant. It's just a fact of life that we really don't know much. The things we believe we know today will change in time and we'll be thrown on our heads as we struggle to cope with the new reality presented to us. Due to that ignorance, we're also very curious. We experiment and test new ideas at almost every available opportunity as we attempt to move from ignorance to enlightenment. This can be a very dangerous thing. As the saying goes, "Curiosity killed the cat."

Or in this case, curiosity killed the alliance.

There I was, remembering how to be a Paladin in Abyssea - Misareaux Coast. As much as I've been putting it off, I figured it's high time to get this class caught up with everything else. I'm not so sure this whole "main assist" thing is for me though. As soon as I target an enemy and get ready to do something, it's dead and I sometimes find myself struggling to target the next enemy amidst a crowd of bloodthirsty adventurers so they can smash it. I'm sure there's probably a macro for selecting the nearest enemy, but I've yet to figure that one out. See, there's some ignorance on display. Now to use my curiosity to find the answer...later.

The target for the day was none other than those damn birds, so I got to kiss my food goodbye and say hello to some facial beaking. It took me a minute to get my groove, but I think I did fairly well for the time we were there. I almost got a level and recapped my time, which is a great thing because I'm insanely low on stones. I really should get my fame up and do that damn abyssite quest. As we were fighting along, dropping bird after bird, I noticed something in the distance. Someone had died, but not by one of the birds we had pulled to camp. No, no...this was different. There was an NM in our midst, and I had no idea how it got there.

At first, I thought it was just going to deaggro and go about its way. Yes, that was a stupid thought. I wasn't certain what we were supposed to do. Then I saw it kill another person and I realized it was just going to wander around and peck the alliance to death. So, I did what any other sacrificial idiot would do: I provoked it.

Now the alliance had no choice but to fight. Someone did the call for help so we wouldn't lose the exp chain, so there goes the chance of any groovy rewards from it. What I didn't realize about this NM was that it copies the buffs of whoever it uses a certain TP move, and that other colibri link with this one as well. This should not have been a problem, but no one was sleeping the links and we ended up having a very bad time with this thing.

Needless to say, people were pissed. How the hell did this thing show up and cause a wipe. I figured it was a timed spawn and we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Someone else knew the truth, and that's why he was pissed. Avalerion isn't a timed spawn, it's a pop NM. No one else but people from our alliance were there, but everyone was silent when asked about what happened. Then it happened...

"Oh that's what it was? Lol, I traded the item but didn't think anything was going to happen."

Ignorance and curiosity are a very deadly combination indeed. Our scholar happened to receive the spawn item and just blindly traded it to the nearest ??? he saw because he was curious. Some people said to just get over it and continue, but other people didn't have such a kind reaction to his seemingly innocent action. He tried to say that he's only played for two years and has been to Abyssea a total of four times, with this being his first visit to Misareaux. I want to say something to defend him, but I honestly can't come up with anything. When you are new to an area and by yourself, then feel free to explore and sate your curiosity as much as you like. When you are new and with an entire alliance, the curiosity for later.

An entire alliance, wiped because someone thought it would be funny to randomly trade an NM spawn item in the middle of an exp party without knowing the consequences. Isn't curiosity great?


Evilpaul said...

...The world would be such a better place if it were possible to kill people with our minds. XD

I prematurely spawned a Promy-Vahzl NM when I was doing COP years ago, but force popping an NM because you don't know what a force popped NM is more than six months after Abyssea came out? That's...just painfully retarded.

Jacinda said...

I thought you were working on that ability so we could go on a mass killing spree?

Yeah, I didn't buy his reasoning either. At the end, he said "You gotta admit it was pretty funny." Sure, wiping an alliance is always great. >.>

Evilpaul said...

I'm too lazy to check, but do Scholar seals drop off the NM? That would explain it a bit. It would still be pretty stupid because nobody's going to be OK with ditching the chain so he could maybe get some seals (or not notice it's a freaking NM).

Jacinda said...

Actually, Scholar seals do drop off that NM. However, if he knew about those seals, then that could indicate he spawned the NM deliberately. I think that would've pissed people off even more than him claiming to not understand what he was doing.

Eldelphia said...

He almost certainly popped the NM on the off chance he could get away with it and you guys would kill it. I've seen so many fast moves pulled recently, I am becoming the ultimate cynic.

Fin said...

Well, I suppose I might just be too easily amused..
But it sounds like something I might do when I get bored in the middle of a long exp alliance.

I'd then watch everyone -including myself- wipe and sit behind my pc laughing heartily.

Of course, I also purposefully stayed out of AoE range on Charm NM's in Dynamis and then Astral Flow my own alliance.