About this Blog
Dungeons & Dragons Online is a free-to-play (initially) massive multiplayer online role-playing (sort-of) game by Turbine, Inc. and Warner Brothers Gaming.
With the Great Demise of the original DDO forums and MyDDO blogs, The Order of Syncletica continues the discussion of the good, the bad, and the illuminating aspects of Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) from the perspective of one player, one guild and a lot of friends that come and go.
The name change from it’s MyDDO blog incarnation, “The Virtual Monk,” is to relate its content more to The Book of Syncletica, an unofficial web guide to the DDO Monk class, also written by Yours Truly.
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About Your’s Truly:
On the DDO Forums I’m known as “Spencerian.” I live in Indianapolis, Indiana and am a computer technician by trade. I’ve been on DDO since around 2010.
“Syncletica” is my first character rolled in DDO and, as you might expect, is a Monk. You’ll find my characters exclusively on the Ghallanda server, in the guild Tyrs Paladium.
I play most evenings on Eastern time. I take my relative time on leveling except when I find something new and get all obsessed with the new character, playing it for weeks before returning to something else shiny.
Quasi vir puellam pugnat.
(A man who fights as if he were a girl)
I’m a computer tech by trade. I love the Monk class and similar specialists, taking pages from my Neverwinter Nights days.
Most of my characters are girls because, simply, chicks kick ass. (That, and if I’m going to play for hours, I have something pleasant to look at.)
Everything I know about Monks has been generated through her, and in her 2nd life, she’s an incredible build.
A Grandmaster of Wind, Syncletica is nearly a blur during battle.
She’s not quite in retirement but seeking a new purpose in life.
Lynncletica: Light Monk tanker.
The Little Mountain.
Designed as a power-hitting defensive Earth Grandmaster Shintao III with high AC and HP that dares to venture where Archons fear to tread.
Hates giants. A lot.
Now in her second life, rebuilt for Epic Elite survival.
“The Mighty Quin” was once my “Avatar,” or master of all elemental forms before the new enhancement changes.
With Update 19, she becomes a master all finishing moves as a Mystic, generating tremendous damage with a quarterstaff and still leveraging her Grandmaster skills.
Now in her 2nd life, from a Halfling to a Human.
Ryncletica: Dark Monk Ninja Spy.
She enters most adventures completely alone, sneaking by hordes to kill the leader and steal their stuff.
She’s a ghost.
She’s a shadow.
SHE’S RIGHT BEYOND YOU
Allysen: (Not shown) My Acrobat Rogue. Fun to play but you learn your class’s solo limits hard with her.
Arcammedes: (Not shown) My Drow Artificer. ‘Medes specializes in construct destruction and is my master crafter. Semi-retired.
Pynthetica: A former Ranger/Arcane Archer, now a half-elf Arcane Zen Archer.
When I feel the need to go all “Legolas” on things, Pyn steps in.
She’s not a “Monkcher.” She’s a Monk with a bow.
Synthetica: (Not shown) My Warforged Monk. A Fire Stancer. A different feel than any other I’ve played. She’s stalled, reworking on a Kensei concept.
Theacletica: (Not shown) My first Kensei attempt. Still under construction.
Szyncletica:A Shiradi Shurricannon build.
One shuriken used for extremely fast destruction. Arguably a better ranged character than some “Monkchers.”
Currently my most versatile character, able to solo Epic Elite adventures.
Kiricletica: A Ninja Spy initially built to complete as much as the game as possible without any party/hireling support, with limited kills.
A great shortsword build that retaught me many things about finishing moves as well as Ninja Poison’s power.
She’s a Swashbuckler that loves to use Fascinate and charming to make your enemy armies her own. She also rips you several new ones with Single Weapon Fighting’s blazing attack speed.
Sure, she’ll be a Monk, someday. But her spell-like abilities, defenses and attack/movement speed make her very Monk-like at present.
Interested in playing a Monk but don’t know where to start? Been discouraged in trying Monks in the past?
“The Book of Syncletica” can help.
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