On Wednesday, my long-gone, pioneer best friend Missy, a.k.a. Scarlet Deathblood, whom I mentioned a long time ago and made a "tribute" video for, has finally returned. We reunited in Unicorn Way, where she was given her return present of Swiftshadow Wings. Over the weekend, I did my best to explain the new Pet System and expectations to have for the coming of Celestia. We have been questing around together to help her towards her second Grandmaster (and my third), both of the same school! I'll update you guys when we're finally in Dragonspyre, but just for kicks and giggles, here's an interesting fact: my character has yet to finish the Lady Blackhope quest. At level 34.
On the same day, I managed to finish my third Epic pet: Duke Honey, the 2G (second generation) Magma Colossus. Check out what he got after hitting the 1000 XP mark:
These are his parents:
And this is him, in his entirety:
The Defender Pig had a max Universal Resist of 10%. This guy has 11%, plus 5% Power Pip boost. Durable and Tenacious were both needed to achieve the new limit.
Speaking of pets, I would like everyone to please welcome both Kestrel Shadowthistle from the Shadowthistle School of Wizardry and Heather Emeraldflame of Heather Emeraldflame & Friends...to the Petnome Team! Kestrel will be helping extensively with the internal stuff, like data and site management, while Heather will be out on the field, collecting resources that we do not have available (like pictures of pets, etc.). A round of applause to Heather, who has been more than kind to raise around a hundred of her pets to Teen to add to the database! So, yes, we now have two Heathers on the Petnome Team!
On Thursday, Cassandra Hexthorn of A Life of Fire and Fallon Deathslinger helped me with collecting the rest of my ingredients for that mammoth Grizzleheim craft: The Watchtower Hall.
The front page of the login screen revealed that Updates were coming that night...with the news that the Warehouse was not required to access Celestia. A frown inducer for many of us (9 to 6 vote, in favor of keeping the instance as a requirement) across Twitter and Facebook, but there lies the limitation of communication for Menu Chatters, who deserve as much as we Closed and Open Chatters do when it comes to traveling to the new world.
On the night of the update, Friday, I had a lingering thought about Earthquake's change to take off Spirit Armors created by Rebirth: what about Steal Ward? For those that don't know, Steal Ward does not work on Rebirth armor...I wonder if that will change sometime soon?
I noticed that Pet Abilities have also been updated. Originally, we were planning to release the Petnome results around this weekend, but the game changes put that progression to a halt. We are currently working on overcoming that issue, however :)
I emailed Professor Greyrose to see if it was possible for a changelog to go public or sent directly to us whenever Pet skills were changed...but her reply indicated that it was up to us...the Community and "loyal contributors"...to create a reliable fansite. We'll need everyone's help more than ever!
Back into the game: I lost Platae, my Tiger mount. But the highlight of that night: beating Warehouse with two Death and Ice: Gabriel Heart (Ronan Dawn), Missy, and me.
On Saturday, I finally got the recipe for the House after grinding in the Coven den. Then came a major Warehouse marathon as I powerhoused through the instance with the entire cast of Wandcast (Dustin, David, and Kestrel), my "employer" Leesha Darkheart, both of my Petnome teammates with the first name "Heather," and Scarlet Moonflower, and many others (I'm sorry if I forgot!!) with my good friend of a friend, "Taryn." No losses or defeats to report yet, but the runs were pretty formulaic, to be fair.
On Sunday, I mated Duke Honey with his predecessor, Rusty. That's right. Cross-generational breeding. I hope there are no negative repercussions to this ( >_< ). My intent was to use a Stat-filled pet (Rusty) and combine that with a pet with desirable skills (Duke Honey, with his resist and power pip), to create a child with even more resist and power pip potential (Mister Ruby). I ended up with a Magma Colossus 62 (the first Generation is 61), meaning Mister Ruby took on more Ultra-Rare or Epic abilities compared to his father-grandfather. (Oh lord, I am shivering now). And, he has an Epic talent that Rusty didn't have (meaning Spell-Proof, the resist, was inherited). Now I am hoping that actually manifests!
In the same day, I received a really great gift from Alric Ravensinger from The Raven's Vault:
On my unconventional leveling method, I learned that you can collect both "book quests" from Marleybone and Mooshu, and actually complete them at the same time (reading "Return of the Emperor" from the Jade Palace means you also read "Marleybonian Civil War"; reading "A New Beginning" also completes "The Golden Age"). I wonder if that'll be fixed soon...
Then yesterday, not too much went on other than chatting with friends while I waited for my crafting slots to open for my new Watchtower Hall!
I loved the way the interface counted down while the ingredients were consumed!
Here's another sneak peek at the Petnome results site (click to enlarge; click on the picture in the new window again to enlarge further!):
See you guys in the Spiral!