Kiri and the Wheloon Prison, Part 1

ninjaWork is murderously long and my game time is proportionally less, among other personal challenges with the family. I wish I could go back to my halcyon days of youth when I posted more frequently.

Still, posting something once every two weeks at the latest is better than nothing at all. And, I’ve been saving up.

Update 28 and the Night Revels event brought a few but intriguing new items for players to enjoy. In the next posts, I’m going to show you how one new item makes a difference in stealth gaming. It’s the Long Broom of Mystery.

Teacher Saekee is familiar with it as he’s the progenitor of “The Flaming Sphere scroll Fan Club” on the DDO forums. He learned that Flaming Sphere is an incredible hate-magnet that lures enemies from a wide distance and gathers them around it. It’s a great tool to move mobs away from switches or tight passageways. Like Charm or Sap, however, any aggression to anything near the Sphere and enemies will ignore the Sphere and attack you. Now any non-arcane or low-UMD character can make a distraction. The twist is that you still need good Hide/Move Silently skills to walk past the curious enemies.

I wanted as well to enjoy the soloing adventures of Kiricletica, still in her second life at level 17. She takes on the entire Wheloon Prison chain on Heroic Hard difficulty as a demonstration, starting with “Friends in Low Places.”

Now “Friends” isn’t a stealth-dominant quest. You must fight through this to clear out enemies that attack the camps. I decided to add Isadora the Cleric, as her Blade Barrier will add some crowd control that lures enemies to her while inflicting damage where I can mop up, especially at the nasty end-fight where a red-named enemy keeps a series of respawning mobs coming until she dies. I generally don’t use hirelings with Kiricletica, respecting my own self-imposed solo parameters. But the end-fight of “Friends” is relentless, exceeding Kiri’s Single Weapon Fighting. She’s very good in escaping a horde as large as that, perhaps even luring the red-named away to fight her alone. But for brevity in the video, I opted to use a hireling. I’m hireling-less in the latter 3 videos.

Each of the videos highlights the central objectives. I tended to avoid the optionals for brevity.

Captions are included. Be sure to click the “CC” button on the toolbar to see them.

Here’s part 1. Next time: “A Lesson in Deception.”

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. saekee
    Dec 01, 2015 @ 11:48:53

    good to see you back and thx for the shoutout! Will watch the vid later. The Wheloon quests would be awesome if not for the big silly mob fights, otherwise they would have been an exercise in stealth and guile.

    I am also glad that you are prioritizing relationships in family over gaming. Wife first, DDO distant second

  2. DDOCentral
    Dec 02, 2015 @ 00:15:46

    Reblogged this on DDOCentral.

  3. geoffhanna
    Dec 02, 2015 @ 08:55:44

    I know I forgot something. I wanted one of those brooms! dammit. Next year I guess.

  4. erdrique
    Dec 02, 2015 @ 14:01:19

    Completely understand the issue of finding time to post…I have been running behind quite a bit lately myself. Why can’t I just be a robot and stay up 24/7 :P.

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