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22 May 2007 @ 04:30 pm
In Which GWG Introduced... Elvea Aurë  

I can babble about Guild Wars and my experiences all I like, but that doesn't take away the fact that it says little about what I play. You may (or may not, as the case may be) be interested to meet the people who bear witness to my experiences. Not my friendly guildies or the poor PUGs who've put up with me over the past two years, no... rather, I'd like you to meet those who have suffered most- the characters who followed me into the depths of Hell, following my orders even if they knew better.

I therefore present to you, as the first in a series, Elvea Aurë.




Elvea Aurë according to the Scribes of Ascalon

Place of Birth: Ascalon City
Profession: Elementalist
Level: 20
Experience: 1.3 million
Tools: Rago's Flame Staff, Flint's Fleshcleaver, Galigord's Rod and Galigord's Stone Scroll, Staff of the Forgotten, The Skybringer
Garb: Elite Flameforged, Kurzick, Elite Sunspear
Titles: Tyrian Pathfinder, Sunspear General, Brave Lightbringer, Ally of the Kurzicks
Companion: Miniature Whiptail Devourer


Elvea Aurë is not my first ever character, but she is my oldest still living one at the age of 20. The successor of Elvea of Ava, Elvea the Divine and Elena Cúthalion, whose tragic tales shall be told at another time, Elvea Aurë was the first to make it all the way to the Ring of Fire island chain. Here she defeated the Lich, the greatest threat to Tyria since King Adelbern had chili for dinner. As a reward, she acquired a set of 15k Pyromancer Armour to show off her accomplishments to the world.

I am ashamed to admit that she was later subjected to hours of farm runs on Perdition Rock, and afterwards turned into a mule. Even after the Xunlai introduced material storage, Elvea Aurë did not get to do much of the exciting stuff. Only with the threat of Nightfall did she get moving again, and through an odd kink in the space-time continuum, she defeated Abaddon before she ever got to Cantha to rescue Emperor Kisu from the clutches of the evil Shiro Tagachi.

She is now content to wait for greater challenges, and is not afraid to face the dangers of Hard Mode. No longer a farmbot, storage mule or simply gathering dust in a quiet little corner, Elvea Aurë has found her place in the world.
 
 
Whereabouts: Ascalon City
Mindset: chipperchipper
 
 
 
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
She's stunning. I especially like the armor in the middle picture.

I'm glad she's found her place in the world. Being a mule is never fun.
Elv: pyroelvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Hah! At one point I almost deleted her because I didn't like her looks, but given her age and achievements I decided against it at the time. I'm glad I didn't- she doesn't deserve it. There's some sort of nostalgia about characters once you've played for a certain time and they get to a certain age. She's turning two this month. :D

The armour is 1k Kurzick armour. It's a set you can get from Factions. It's one of my favourites. The skirt is HOMG short, though, but then again she's an Ele so no surprise there. xD
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
It may be short, but at least more covering than the Sunspear version. Gods, that one reminds me so much of a stripper.

You didn't like her looks? She's one of my favorites among your girls.
Elv: cold passionelvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, you should see the Luxon armour sets. Those are BAD. I like the 15k Sunspear, though- it's at least got the illusion of length. xD

I get that feeling with most of my toons every now and again. Perhaps I just tire of the same faces sometimes, I don't know. Looks-wise, my Derv is probably my favourite. :)
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
I'll have to look up the Luxon sets. A bit of illusion of length is good, the basic Sunspear armor for eles just looks so much like a cheap stripper's costume to me. Though I like the others.

I just wish you could have Dervs as native characters of other expansions too, as I like my Dervish that much. She got past the part where my characters ALWAYS end up dead, and she was still alive and kicking. That's despite me having no idea what I'm doing skill-wise.

Love the icon, by the way. Wish I could make ones that good. Don't have either Paint Shop or Photoshop anymore, though.
Elv: fire withinelvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
I can't recall the- oh no wait, I can. It's just it has so little fabric in it that it can hardly be called memorable. Sigh. One of the great things about having all the campaigns is access to more choices of armour. If you hate all of Factions, you can just buy the Proph stuff, for instance, which is wewt. :D

Naw, not necessarily native toons. I've just thrown my Derv on a ship to Tyria and Cantha. Gives you the fun, spares you another nub isle. Dervishes aren't a bad starter class, I agree. They have high health, decent defenses, and so long as they don't run into something with strong enchant removal, they're pretty unstoppable. Might I ask what point that is, by the way? :)

Aww, thankums. I don't make many icons anymore these days, but HOMG I NEED MORE GW ONES.
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
I hear you, it's laughable.

Yeah, I'd love to buy some of the armor from other places.

Oooh, I'll have to look up what part of the storyline I'd miss by hopping off to Tyria with my Dervish. At first, I felt so clumsy on her, but she's grown on me something fierce.

Er...this sounds so embarrassing, but there's this one part where one guy (one of the traders) asks you to go get his lost shipment off the corsairs. Really early in the game, I know. Anyway. I head off to get it to them, but for some reason, I ALWAYS end up mobbed right by the guy with the shipment, because of their numbers, usually ending up having to be rezzed by one of my henches, or poor Koss. Except this time, for some reason. No idea what I did different. Could either be the dervish, or me, as I've had far fewer hairy escapes this time around. Not sure what's up with it, but I'll find out. My poor Monk henchie tends to get really close to getting killed, though. So she's getting retired soon as I get a monk hero. :)

I need more GW ones too, of this dervish. I've taken way too many screenshots of her, I just can't do anything fancy with them. *mutters*
Elv: ...shit.elvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Well, I told you where to get a good deal on Prophecies and GW:EN... ;)

You don't necessarily miss anything. You can hop back and forth if you tire of one continent or the other. For Nightfall, I think you can travel to the other campaigns as soon as you reach Consulate Docks, I believe.

It could be any number of things. Too low a level, taking too much aggro (rather than pulling where you can), poor skilling (skills make ALL the difference in this game), and so on. I suggest reskilling, and if you can't think of anything new skills-wise, try bringing a different selection of heroes/hench. The heroway you choose also has a fair impact. Try bringing yourself, Kihm the monk, Sogolon the Para, and perhaps an Ele or such depending on what you are and what is available. Paragons have awesome attack, armour, and decent party support skills. Sogolon makes a fair buff really. Also try looking from which outposts you can start. If it's a quest in an area bordering on multiple outposts you have access to, start from whichever outpost gives you the highest level of hench. Don't forget to take bounties at the res shrines. ;)

If all that fails, just try levelling by doing a different quest or just by killing stuff. If THAT fails, get a D.I.D. sign or pm-spam a friend. :)


Practice makes perfect. Shame PSP is so pricy, though. :(
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
I know, and I intend to make use of the deal pretty darn soon.

So far, I still got way too much to explore in Nightfall, but I'd love to check out Prophecies too when I get it.

We'll have to talk about Dervish skills sometime, then. I've no idea what I'm doing with my Dervish's skills, but she makes it nicely anyway.

I took Khim the monk and Sologon the Para this time around, though Khim got replaced with Dunkoro just now when I finished the quest to get him. I never really used Sologon much.

Also been making sure Koss and Dunkoro have decent weapons for their levels.

I've also been having the highest-level henches I can get (or hench now, anyway, poor Sologon's the only one now, rest is me and heroes). I also spent quite a bit of time killing stuff before I got Dunkoro. I got him at level 7.

Never go without bounties either, so that's helped.

I rarely see a friend online, but I'll try that if I get a chance.
Elv: dark desireselvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Well, once you get the hang of the game you'll see exploring will go a deal faster anyway. :)

Dervish 101? Coming up. I'll read up on my own skills, Melyanna's been sadly neglected lately. I get distracted by Hard Mode so easily...

So, did taking Sogolon actually help? I hope it did. :)

Keeping heroes well-equipped is definitely good. It's pricey, but it's not a bad investment. Of course, weapons are only secondary to skills, but you'll unlock more of those as you advance a few classes.

One thing to keep in mind is this- (and if I told you this earlier, just ignore me here ^^) get skills the cheap way. Get them off hero trainers. I use all my hero skill points on skills in my own primary class. If you do, the skill will not just unlock for your heroes but also for that particular toon. It's a great way to save some gold you could better spend on something else. :)

I don't trust Dunkoro. He's old. [prods him with a stick]

Yeah, no worries about asking. Also, try missioning with other people, or doing difficult quests in teams. It's a great way to meet new people and make friends. Sure, it might not actually make things easier (I don't recommend taking three Wammos, for instance) but it's fun guaranteed and cheap entertainment if not also helpful. ^^
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
*nods* I still need a bit of practice.

Dervish 101 should be absolutely lovely.

Sogolon's helped immensely all the way since I was a lowly level 3 arriving in Kamadan.

Oops, I may have messed up on the skill points, then. I bought a skill for Koss last time I had a point handy. I wanted his silly ass to stick around and kill things for me. And given how much I neglected him a while back, I've been pampering him.

Dunkoro may be old, but he's done a good job so far, so I'll keep him around. I don't like having to hire new henches more often than neccessary, or more of them than I have to. I'll try Dunkoro out, and see. (likes little old men, even if Dunkoro doesn't smile all the time. :P)

How do I find new people to go on missions with, by the way? That's the part I can't figure out.

I only figured out what a Wammo is today, actually, through reading fanfic. Warrior/monk, right?
Elv: dark n sexyelvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Eh, I totally did the same thing with mine way back when NF first came out. I went crazy on the skill point abuse, and moaned about skill cost. I wasn't too happy when someone mentioned I could take advantage of hero points. xD

Dunkoro plots. I don't trust him. He's one of those sneaky monks in the back that keel j00 ded. Mostly by just neglecting to heal you at crucial moments. >>

Use Party Search. It's a great feature that really needs little explanation. Select purpose from drop down menu, type a little description/explanation, and press 'search party' (or whatever it says these days). Or, you could just use Local Chat once and ask if anyone feels like teaming up just for fun. :)


Warrior/Monk, yeah, but to be an actual Wammo is more than just that. It requires:
- the absence of a mind / brain / parasite that tells you what to do
- a skill bar with skills such as Frenzy, Healing Signet, Mending and Healing Breeze
- an insurmountable urge to run way ahead of the rest of the party (particularly the monks) therewith aggroing far too many mobs, and ultimately getting the whole party ganked.
See also the term 'Leroying'. ;)

There is GW fanfic? Do I want to know? Oo
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
At least I caught it early, so I didn't waste too many hero points. Nor have the skill costs hurt me too much. With so many characters started and restarted, I have a fair amount of gold.

Ahh, I'll keep a close eye on Dunkoro, and see if the healing's up to snuff.

Of course, I wasn't familiar with the Party Search thing. Don't know how I missed it, though.

Local chat is usually full of people selling stuff and speaking in Finnish or other languages, but I can try that too.

Ahh, so Wammo is a bit like what the WoW community call a loladin. Got it.
(What's wrong with that combination of skills, btw?)

I don't want to know either, I only read the humor fanfic, and one of them mentioned wammos. I've read too much scary fanfic to try anything but the humor stuff.
Elv: furry kitten loveelvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you just watch the old guy. I'm telling you, he's up to something!

A lot of people seem to overlook party search. It's a shame, because it's so damn nifty.

They're trying to get less people to sell in local using all sorts of scripts and reinforcing the rules. It's gotten a bit better than it was. I usually just comment in local chat referring them to party search, which also has a trade feature. If they ignore me or get rude, I screenie and report. :)

Just keep talking in English. Most people will understand you, even if they're initially too stubborn to use a language the vast majority of GW players comprehends.

Eh, I suppose. My WoW slang isn't up to scratch, what with me avoiding it and all... It's bad, because it doesn't work. It kills you. Read the descriptions on Frenzy and Healing Signet, and then try to work out why using them right after each other while stuff if slashing at you is a really bad idea. Mending and Healing Breeze have their uses. These uses just don't include general gameplay.
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
I'll watch him carefully, and tell him that he'll taste my scythe if he tries anything.

Thanks for the tips, I'll try it out.

I didn't think you'd know the term, I brought it up as the equivalent in WoW. Though I suppose the huntards are closer to wammos in their sheer ability to ignore any of the strengths of the class. I could go on, of course.

I'll have a look at those two, then. And I need to take a close look at Dunkoro, I think he has healing breeze on his bar. Bad Dunkoro!
Elv: help meelvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Just tell me what you think once you've seen them, I'm interested to see what conclusion you get to. :)

See?! I told you that monk was up to no good!
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Anything I really SHOULD have on his bar? Not just as a replacement, but in general?

I'll set him straight about his skills.
Elv: dreamerelvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Let's see... so long as you're in 4-man areas, make sure he has something from the Protection line as well. A skill like Dismiss Condition is really handy, and some sort of hex remover. A res, of course, and a few heals you think will work. Maybe something that will help him manage his energy. AI for Monks is tricky, I think. I find other hero classes easier. :)
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
*takes notes* Okay, I'll switch the Breeze for a hex remover, then.

I'm not sure how well it'll work, but I'm going to try him at least before dismissing him.
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Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 18th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
I got another proof of that today. I was out to do this quest where I had to recover some guy's ring from a bunch of harpies. I died six times. Even hit max on that death debuff. It could have been my skills too, however, but yeah, not impressed with ol' Dunky at the moment. I had hoped to get the Survivor track, but I guess I need to know the game better for that.

I did finish the quest in the end. Think I learned a bit about my skills in the process too.
Elv: fire withinelvea_aure on August 18th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I know the quest you mean. Harpies can be nasty if you don't know what to expect. It's one of those quests where you need to take care on a low level, and aggro group by group to prevent overaggro. Most mobs have monks too, so you need to prioritise targets as well.

Survivoring takes a lot of time and patience, and it's highly stressful gameplay. You really need to know what to expect to pull it off. It also doesn't allow for straightforward offensive play- you need to set your skills to adjust to a different purpose.

I'm glad that you finished the quest, though. I've always hated having to start over myself, it's so frustrating. Failure needn't be bad, but it's not the most fun way to learn. So what level is your Derv right now?
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Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
I got it at once, I think. The loss of armor from Healing Signet plus the double damage from Frenzy equals total insta-kill.
Elv: Destiny personifiedelvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Precisely. And this, my young padawan, is why we should always read skill descriptions, and then read them again to see how they would work with other skills in our bars.
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
I don't know how they miss it, though. When I looked at them together, I went "Bad idea!" But then, I LOVE high armor and high health.
Elv: Sexeh...elvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
Well that's just the thing. Wammos have no minds, ergo... they can't read. ;)

Yeah, it's pretty basic common sense, but you'd be surprised... anyway- high armour is mrawr, extra health isn't bad either. Doing backside-kicking amounts of damage... wewt. :D
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