The merchant had told them earlier that afternoon. Cyre had been destroyed by some sort of a catastrophe. Literally wiped from the face of Eberron. Everything Electric had known and loved was now gone. It hardly seemed real.
The officers of the caravan were busy arguing over their next course of action, now that they could no longer return to Eston with their cargo of Iron Defenders. The caravan commander was pushing a return to House Cannith in Fairhaven. The Second Officer wanted to go to Sharn. Some others agreed with the Quartermaster in returning to Korth. Electric didn’t like the Quartermaster. He always seemed angry, and she had glimpsed a symbol of Vol tattoo on his back once. As a former citizen of Cyre, she loathed everything Karnnathi.
Nobody was asking her opinion, of course. Aside from being a Halfling among a group of Humans, she was also the youngest and newest member of House Cannith’s Tinkers Guild present. Instead she was near the stream, washing the dishes for the evening and trying not to cry. She didn’t want to seem even more weak in front of the others.
She was jolted out of her reverie by shouting. Evidently the argument had escalated back at the camp. She couldn’t make out the words, but the sharp sound of steel meeting steel was easy to make out.
She snuck up to the feet of a crawler holding a few of the defenders, and poked her head around just in time to see the quartermaster shove a short sword into the heart of the caravan commander. The look of shock on his face was met with a battle cry from the other members in the caravan, and soon it was an all out brawl!
It only took a moment for the unarmed Halfling to decide what to do. She had no loyalty to House Cannith with her parents dead, and certainly no loyalty to these humans she had met only a day or so before. She quickly jumped up into the storage space of the transport, and grabbed the stowed toolset. The Iron Defenders in here had all had a collar placed on them that made them dormant for transport. She quickly selected the tool she needed from the pouch, a thin rod with a tiny dragonshard fragment as its tip. Working quickly, she had the nearest Defender free.
It wasn’t until the construct stood up and regarded her with glowing eyes that she considered the possibility it might attack her. A tense moment passed, with the sounds of combat raging outside. After a moment, though, the Defender had not moved. She realized it was waiting for an instruction, its last one having been to board the transport and stay in place. She told it “Follow” as forcefully and quietly as she could over the noise outside.
She hopped out of the back of the covered transport, and as she began to move towards the tree line she heard the Defender obediently follow, landing with a clank in the dirt. She glanced towards the battle, which was beginning to die down, but nobody had noticed. Moving into the dark, moonlit woods, she left her old life in Cyre and the Tinkers Guild behind for a new life of uncertainty. The Defender continued to follow.
And so the Silence Falls. For those of us who did not get the invite to the Beta, the forums are about to get very quiet, as the Devs will be focused on the now privatized Lammania forums. I only purchased my Standard copy and upgrade last week, so I will probably not get to see the new content until later. With MotU, I was on the other side of the coin, so I am not sure what to expect.
It will be interesting to see the random anger threads (there have already been one or two) that spill out of Lammania and into the public forums. I’m not to upset though. As much as I like to look at the pretty new things, I dislike Lammania. I don’t have a lot of time to play DDO, so spending time on a character that dosent mean much feels like a real waste.
Speaking of, I feel like I haven’t played DDO in forever. I know I have actually been popping in to try to earn the PDK favor I need before I TR, but thanks to sales on GOG.com I have been distracted. FTL was on sale, and since it is new and shiny I have been playing that a lot recently. Plus its difficult to get into playing DDO when the enhancement pass is so close. I know I said before that I would keep playing my builds until then, because they are just as viable now as when the pass was announced. However, its just not easy to build a character when you know in just a few weeks your work will be wiped out and you will have to retool it.
I am up to about 65 PDK favor now, so it wont take much more for me to get the Key. Probably through the Eveningstar quests on hard, with maybe some Challenge quests to round it out. I don’t score very well on the challenges though. I wonder if it will help me feel more motivated to play DDO if I make a personal challenge to TR before U19? Yeah, that might do the trick.
The hard part is reminding myself that I am not running the quests for loot or XP. I cant get the call of the optionals out of my mind, and sometimes it makes my poorly geared Sorc get wiped out. What can I say, I’m a rogue at heart.
Speaking of shinnies, I remember a recent DDO cast where (I think) Sig was going on about no collectables in the FR. Well, there is one in the new quests! On the docks past the PDK on the ship in Shadow of a Doubt, there is an adventurers backpack collectable.
I decided on the standard edition and the legendary upgrade because… well I wasn’t really interested in what the collectors edition had to offer. Which is weird, because this is the first time in my DDO gaming history where I have not wanted to buy the new thing. I am not a big fan of the FR. While the Bladeforged Iconic Hero really appealed to me (and made me make sure I got the early bonus), I just didn’t see any value in the Shadr-Kai and the Sun Elf (or whatever). I always say on the forums that you should let your money do the talking, so this time I had to be a man of my word.
I like running the quests, but the FR setting itself is uninteresting to me. If any dev is reading this, I would like to point out my previous posts in the forums begging for an Eberron Expansion pack. I would love one that took us to Khorvair, Argonessen, the Mournland. There are so many great places to visit, just like Wheloon is an expansion to Eveningstar.
Well, that’s it for now. Sorry I don’t have much to write about. Lots of distracting things for me in the game we call real world this summer, not all of them especially fun. I’m going to keep trucking along, and if you happen to spot Hypure in Khyber Eveningstar I would love some help favor grinding. Hirelings are pretty useless. Until next time, Don’t Starve.