Week 38 of Nicholas The Traveler’s scavenger hunt was a bit nostalgic for me. I remember fighting elemental monsters in the Mirror of Lyss. Back in the day, I was farming points for the Lightbringer Title. For each slain Djinn or Roaring Ether equaled, I was two points closer to my title. That’s why I was pleased with this week’s item – Roaring Ether Hearts. A lot of people seem suspicious when I tell them that I’ve been playing Guild Wars for almost six years. (I started in February 2004.) But it’s true, just go back into the archives of this website. The years just seem to fly by. If you go back to May of 2007, you’ll see some familiar territory.
Roughly two years ago, I was farming in the Mirror of Lyss. So this week’s adventure should be cake, right?! Here’s the official mission text…
Wow, now that’s a gorgeous view! It’s truly astounding that such a place can exist amid such a parched landscape. That reminds me: desert nights feel like they’re chilly enough to freeze one’s innards, and tonight will surely be one of the colder ones. Maybe there’s a chance you can find me a Roaring Ether Heart before nightfall? They’re quite reliable fire starters, and I know I will be in desperate need of the warmth.
With each passing week, well almost, I seem to trust Nicholas less. If he’s cold and he wants to start a fire, why not get a fire wand? Considering that one of the professions is “Elementalist” shouldn’t there’s like a thousand ways to start a fire in Guild Wars? No, he wants five Roaring Ether Hearts. I’m suspicious. It’s a cold day in New York City, but I’m not running down to the Home Depot for monster parts.
While Grand Court of Sebelkeh is closest outpost to the traveler’s location, I prefer to start in Dzagonur Bastion. I can chat with the Whispers Informant for the Lightbringer bonus. The tricky part of this run is controlling the Resurrection Signet. Your fiery lion enemies can return from the dead. Your first response might be Frozen Soil. But as Lost In Ascalon #43 illustrates, that means you can’t res either. When you’re trying to farm for items, you want to lower your party size as lean as possible. That will maximize your chances in getting the loot you want. It’s a delicate balance. If the party is too large, you might not see enough loot. If the party is too small, it takes much longer to kill the monsters.
For this week, I started out with my mini-zookeeper build. Four pets and three heroes was working well, but I wasn’t too happy with it for this week. I added Mhenlo for extra healing. The enemy Elementalists hit hard. Even though they’re in a group of four, it’s still an insane amount of damage. One monk wasn’t enough. But with Mhenlo, I felt that I wasn’t getting enough loot. I eventually settled with Ogden Stonehealer, Gwen and Tahlhora. With two healers, I had enough defense to live. Gwen would interrupt the Resurrection Signets and I would do much of the damage.
With the slim party size, I had to be maximized for damage. I went with an effective combo – Lava Arrows and Mark of Rodgort. I also used Meteor Shower to help Gwen with interrupts. The reward for my hard work was pitiful…
- 10 Bottle Rockets
- 10 Aged Hunter’s Ales
- 5 Mysterious Summoning Stone
- 5 Mysterious Tonics
- 5 Mysterious Tonics
Just for fun, I tried selling the five Roaring Ether Hearts for 50,000 gold. No buyers, but some people volunteered to insult me. I don’t know how the community settled on 4,000-5,000 gold per gift, because it took me a long time to get the five items. I think it’s insane when 5+ hours of farming is common. I spotted a lot of complaining in the Dzagonur Bastion outpost. It’s no wonder Guild Wars is a target for account theft. The economy is brutal. I get the feeling that I would have gotten five gifts faster if I simply bought the gifts from players, and then punched dwarves to replace the gold.