Sep 052012
 

Heystack Ironhorse
Stay alive? You want me to stay alive? Huh. You mean, like, NOT die?

It’s like the official opening to every quest.

[DING] Your party member, Heystack Ironhorse, has died.

The only cleric hireling who needs – and I mean NEEDS – a cleric hireling of his own.

[DING] Your party member, Heystack Ironhorse, has died.

Using Heystack as a hireling is an art. It require finesse and patience and lots of practice. But no matter how careful you are, no matter how far away from danger that you plant him, no matter how sparingly you call him forward, eventually you are going to need him to heal you and then:

Heystack Ironhorse says, ‘I require healing, right away!’

And you know what comes next, inevitably, inexorably, immediately:

[DING] Your party member, Heystack Ironhorse, has died.

Part of the problem is his hitpoints. 250 was plenty when hirelings were introduced but it is not plenty anymore, not for a character that expects to survive level 18+ quests.

Part of the problem is his attitude. He loves the light spells and will happily pour through all of his mana casting tiny spells that draw agro while doing 30 points of damage each.

Actually, no, I think the problem is his hitpoints.

[DING] Your party member, Heystack Ironhorse, has died.

Sure, he forgets to heal you more than he remembers, but he’s still more likely to heal you than any of the Favored Soul hirelings. Plus, Deathward is required for most quests above level 18 and Heystack is the only top-level cleric that has it. So, [DING] or not, Heystack it is.

Heystack Ironhorse says, ‘I require healing, right away!’

Got to go, my hireling needs my dedicated attention. Again.

🙂 😀 🙂

  4 Responses to “[DING] Your party member, Heystack Ironhorse, has died.”

Comments (4)
  1. Strange i have had really good luck with the FvSs (is FvSs right?).

  2. I think the plural of FvS is Fvii

  3. I think I’ve blogged this before, but my favorite Heystack story:

    I was zerging Pit on my then-lvl-18 monk and brought Heystack along to pull the valves in the third furnace room. Go in, park him at the start and tell him not to move, start running the quest. I was probably about halfway through (second furnace room, I think), full health bar that hadn’t dropped below 3/4 if that at any point, when I see something in party chat, which startled me at first since I was soloing:

    Your party member, Heystack Ironhorse, has died.

    Turns out that for some reason known only to himself, Heystack decided not to stay at the start where I’d parked him, decided to go for a jaunt. He ran down the corridor and fell down into the lava, where he did not have the sense to either move one step so he’d be safely on a rock, nor toss himself a heal (as evidenced by his full mana bar), and thus died.

    I still haven’t forgiven him.

  4. I showed this picture to my 6yo daughter and asked. “Who is this?” She thought for a bit and said “I don’t remember his name but he’s that guy who always dies.”

What do you think?

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