Thursday, March 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday (TBT): Forum Event - Storybook

Back in April of 2010, OutSpark hosted a forum event asking us to construct a storybook using Fiesta as the backdrop.  A lot of excellent entries were turned in, many hand-drawn.  Since I'm not one that's comfortable putting pencil to paper, I went the techy route and came up with this instead... It came out awesome, I think, and if I remember correctly, my entry was chosen as one of the two winners along with HamsterFest's beautiful book (Saharu on Bijou).

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fiesta's Worst Quests - Part II

Once again, we delve into the land of horrible quests.  I talked about this in the past here, but these ugly adventures just keep popping up.  I even listed this particular quest on that other blog posting, but I'm just so frustrated at this point that this particular quest deserves a second mention.

Ironically, or possibly intentionally, this chain of quests is called "Final Rest".  Each quest in this four-part series requires just a single drop.  Easy right?  Ho ho ho, no.  You would think that, but it just get progressively worse and worse.

Buoyed by the ongoing Attendance Event, I find myself playing my alts a bit more trying to use their mandatory 1 hour of in-game time to its fullest.  I've spent time picking herbs and toadstools, soloing low level KQs like Mara, chatting and dancing in Elderine, and also questing.  Since my Trickster is now 92, I decided to finally do the Final Rest, or "Luna" as I call it, quest chain.

The first drop, "Luna's Breath" isn't so bad, you do have to travel all the way into Flaming Mine to kill some Cursed Knights, but that's simple enough.  At least we can now ride a mount in Flaming Mine, we used to have to hike it back there.  The Cursed Knights die quickly and if there's nobody farming that particular land bridge, there are an ample number of them to slaughter.  There's also an added benefit of scooping up some Bellow Knight or Titanic Bellow Knight weapons while you try to attain that elusive quest drop.  Took me about an hour to get this.

The second drop, "Luna's Eye" is a bit harder, you now step up to the Cursed Knight Silvers a little further in.  They're a bit harder, but not by much.  Unfortunately there is nothing of value that they drop aside from maybe a license and a "B" rank card if you're a collector of such.  I think this took me about 2 hours.

The third drop, which I'm now stuck on, is the "Luna's Heart" quest drop.  This particular quest requires you to kill Cursed Knight Golds.  They are much harder than the Silvers, they hit harder and they have a lot more defense and HP.  On a lucky day, you may get some level 95 jewelry from them, but it's unlikely.  I've now been doing this quest for five days straight.  Five days, over one hour each day.  Not a single drop.  To add to the ridiculousness of this quest, I've now picked up 16 Cursed Knight Gold "A"-rank Cards.  I've already registered one on each of my characters on my main account and have this many remaining:

This is a pain.  I blow through SP stones really quickly on my Trickster and even more so when I happen to wander a bit too close to the Cursed Knight Lord, with whom I'll do battle with in the last part of the quest chain.

I don't remember this quest being THAT bad in years past, it was frustrating, but never to this extent.  I had a 105 Wizard friend help me out today for about 30 minutes, but to no avail, still no drop (thanks Lorcan!).  I know the last part will be particularly bad, especially with the 10 minute respawn time of the quest mob, but I need to get that far before I can complain about it. Wish me luck!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

Marriage In Fiesta - Fatal's Take and some history...

We've all attended them, and probably all of us have been a part of them.  I'm talking about Weddings in Fiesta.  Whether you marry someone out of convenience, for the stat boost, for their companionship, or out of love, one thing's for sure... Marriages oftentimes carry great importance in the lifecycle of your character.  For me, especially.

I've been married twice in Fiesta, by twice, I mean to two different male players (I've married their alts together with mine also).  The first was when OutSpark first launched the marriage system back in 2008 and again (after divorcing my permanently banned first husband) when I returned in 2009.  At this point, I don't think I will be getting remarried.

My first husband was a fighter named "Mercurial", we had met farming/questing Zombie King in the Graveyard of the Dead back in the 59 cap.  We continued to play together up until he got permanently banned for a combination of offenses including chargebacks and account sharing.  Since there was no gifting system in place back then, it was common for players to share their login info with their "gifters" so the gifter could login from their computer and charge SparkCash.  The giftee would then change their password.  Unfortunately, this practice was extremely hazardous, and he got "hacked" (for lack of a better term even though he knowingly and willingly gave out his password) by people he considered to be friends.  After he was banned, he lost interest in the game and left.  He returned from time to time leveling up other characters, but our dynamic just wasn't the same anymore and we parted ways amicably.

In early 2009, I had struck up a playful friendship with a fighter named "StomyRain".  He was the guild master of an up-and-coming rival guild at the time, Ryekarayn.  While I was in NoMercy, probably Bijou's top guild at the time, we chatted a little bit, but nothing too personal.  I knew him only by reputation, which as most people from Bijou knew, he was kind of a hard-ass and a shrewd businessman.  When NoMercy eventually dissolved, Stormy was there to offer me membership into his guild.  While I had considered it strongly, my heart was still with NoMercy and the friendships I had forged there.  I decided to set off on my own and run my own guild for a time, ChaoticEmbrace.  Some of the old NoMercy members followed me here, others splintered off into their own guilds and some joined our old rivals.  After a few months and never really recovering from the loss of NoMercy, I departed Isya.

After my own 8-month hiatus back in 2009, I returned to Isya to a new level cap and many of my oldest friends gone.  However, Stormy was still around.  He was kind enough to show me around, help me level up a bit, and mostly just encourage me.  At the time, it's what I needed most.  His invitation to join his guild was always open, there was no pressure, just let him know when/if I was ready.  Eventually, I came around.

We continued to play together, taking time away from our "mains" and focus on leveling up alts together since his Gladiator was already at the 105 level cap.  We went through Crystal Castle together as a Mage/Cleric duo and had a lot of fun with it.  We flew through KKP runs and Trumpy Remains, conquered Dragon's Tomb and grinded a ton of Lava Gargoyles back in Swamp of Dawn before the mobs were relocated.  Eventually we both hit level 100 at around the same time.  We took some time off away from Bijou and traveled to Cypion, where we switched roles and he played the Cleric role.  I thought it was funny, he's a terrible cleric.

The timeline is a little blurry, but we did get married.  However, I never did marry his "main".  His main was already married to an inactive Warlock named Kristeen, she would log in maybe once or twice a month.  The two of them were friends, but to what extent, I never really knew.  I don't think I really asked.  Stormy did say that he talked to her about divorcing, but she said she would be depressed about it even though she no longer played much.  Again, not one to rock the boat, I took the high ground and told Stormy to stay married to her and that we'd figure it out.  He decided to level up another fighter with the intent to marry me.  He eventually did, he leveled up a Knight and we got married.  We have 3 sets of characters that are married and 1 that was engaged (our Tricksters), but for some reason we never pulled the trigger.  When people ask, I consider "StormyRain" my husband and it will remain that way.

Stormy has been inactive for a very long time as he focused on his real-life business, I think he stopped playing around August of 2010.  He returned briefly when the Tricksters were released, but his interest in the game waned and he was extremely busy.  We had spent so many hours together and had so many great memories shared, whether he's inactive or not, I stay committed to him in-game.

I have so much respect for Stormy the character, and Jensen the player behind the avatar, that I wouldn't dream of divorcing him.  My avatars are and will remain linked to his.  I don't need the stat boost, I don't need the convenience of a summon, I don't need the items or SparkCash that people have tried to bribe me with, the memories are far too important.  It's funny, I wouldn't expect the same of him had our roles been reversed, but I do take solace in knowing that he would probably honor me in the same way.

Since my return I've been asked several times, especially on my SharpShooter since she is technically still "single", if I wanted to get married, but I always respectfully decline.  Even though Faytal has never married, she will continue to forge her own path by herself, again in honor of Stormy.

Maybe you think I'm silly and taking this all too far, but personally I don't think so.  I'm not one to trifle with relationships, even in-game.  I'm not one to casually throw around affectionate terms like "hun" and "babe", those are reserved for the man in my life.  When male friends call me by those terms even in casual conversation, I respectfully ask that they don't, I'm just not comfortable with it.  They're often taken aback by it, but respect my wishes and heed my request.

So, while the conveniences of marriage are definitely tempting, it's just not worth dishonoring the man I've come to respect the most.  FatalLace and StormyRain will be forever linked, from those days long ago until Fiesta finally shuts it doors.  FLSR.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Random Screenshots of the Day

Thanks Nanoha and Sara for keeping me company!  These one-hour attendance checks can be awfully boring with nobody to spend the time with...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fatal's Journal: The Return

Fatal's Journal - February 2013

My journey of discovery had been a long one, but the dawn of my return is upon us.  The insatiable desire to return to my roots has resurfaced.  Messengers have come calling only cementing my intentions.  It's time to journey back to Isya.

Rumors are that much has changed in the 14 months since I last wandered the streets of Elderine and amongst the ruins of Alberstoll.  A new government is in place, promising hope for the down-trodden and jaded veteran as well as the upstart newcomer.   The people of Isya are a vocal bunch, difficult to please and expecting so much.  I pray the new regime can deliver. 

I arrived back in Roumen via the King Crab's Folly, the ship was in need of repair, but still sea-worthy.  Roumen was quiet, a few veterans lined the docks, but remained quiet.  Even upon approach, the war-worn vets stared emptily at the sea, glowing weapons at their side, but little joy on their faces.

I spotted Roumenous near the fountain, but decided to avoid him.  He always seemed to gaze at me a bit too longingly.  It made me uncomfortable.  I decided to avoid the Free Battle Zone, no doubt there were familiar faces in there, but this wasn't the time for that.  I headed towards the portal to Elderine.

Before I reached the portal, I was stopped by Maria, a look of shock on her face, as if she'd seen a ghost.  No words were exchanged, just a teary smile along with a hug that lasted longer than normal.  It was nice to see her as well, we parted in silence.

I wandered the streets of Elderine, the once bustling hub of activity.  Sadly, it's not what it once was.  The marketplace is sparse, and those vendors that remain charge exhorbitantly for their wares, hoping to claim as much gold as possible from the dwindling population.  It's a sad state of affairs.

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