The Mines of Meldrath, and the assassin gets a new look

Yamini picked up a few pieces of legendary in the Mines of Meldrath yesterday

Of every instance out there, besides the T7 ones, my favorite lowbie instance (for the time being at least) would have to be the Mines of Meldrath, located in the mines of Steamfont. There are 5-6 named in the zone, and the loot is very nice for the level. There’s a fabled dagger that drops there that I’ve been trying to get for my assassin (who is now a ranger, more news on that in a moment!) and there’s also a fabled hammer that drops that procs harvests when you use it. That’s right, a hammer that will give you crafting raws (you have to be a low level character to wield the hammer or else the proc won’t work) as you fight. That’s so cool. My defiler is 50% of her way through 62 and too big for the hammer to proc but I wanted to see what it looked like anyhow. There’s also very nice swords and some monk boots, lots of experience and it’s a fairly easy zone. I’ve been doing it daily in the hopes that the dagger drops. No luck yet, but the assassin (ranger) is still 4 levels away from using it anyhow, so I have time to farm it.

Now, anyone who knows me knows I get restless. I had made a fae ranger a few days ago, but was not exactly looking forward to leveling yet another alt up — even though I found the class exceptionally fun. There’s the evil fae coming out at the end of this month and I don’t want to be burnt out making lowbies before that even happens. So I decided that my 48 halfling assassin would just simply betray back to a ranger and I’d delete the fae ranger and make room for an evil fae warlock (once the free content of Neriak goes live). I’ve had Yamini since 2004, but never really spent any time leveling her. I love the class, but I’ve just always been side tracked. She started out as a ranger but betrayed the old way at level 14, slaughtering 500 orcs for the Overlord Lucan.

It was easy to betray her back to Qeynos, probably because I have such a history betraying characters already – former betrayals:

  • Stargrace = Illusionist -> Coercer -> Illusionist
  • Arysh = Warden -> Fury
  • Goudia = Dirge (freeport) -> Dirge (Qeynos) -> Dirge (Exile at the moment going back to Freeport as a Troub at T7)
  • Faydai = Necromancer -> Conjuror (contemplating moving her back to a necromancer for the rez and feign death)
  • Misako = Mystic -> Defiler
  • Yamini = Ranger -> Assassin -> Ranger

In fact the only one of my characters who I have not betrayed is my templar Dasie. Not sure why that is, I’ve never really had an impulse to betray her to an inquisitor. I don’t mind betraying as much as some do. It refreshes my characters for me. I’ve betrayed two at level 70, the rest were lower levels, where it doesn’t matter if your skills get re-set because you’re just going to get new ones. The two level 70’s had a lot of help from their guilds in order to betray and replace lost relic gear. It’s not something I take lightly, though I do get the impulse to betray quite quickly and then just do it and it’s over with.

Since the assassin is now a ranger, it’s looking fun. I love ranged attacks. Which is why I wanted to betray. I have a woodworker who makes arrows, and I never use her for that purpose. I’d like to try my hand at it. The Rain Caller heritage quest is something I’m eager to do even though it’s 10 levels away, it looks like a fun bow to play with.

Before betraying I did a few key things. I picked up all of the evil language primers so that I can speak both the good aligned and evil aligned languages. The rest will come from quests. I also went to the sage in the mage tower, and picked up all of the book quests that are sold there. The merchant won’t talk to me now that I’m a Qeynosian again. I can still purchase them from the librarian in the South Qeynos mage tower though, completing books for both sides. It may seem boring, but well, I do still love my house items and obtaining items for individual characters. I think that’s one thing that marks me as a little different then some people. I’ll treat each character as an individual and obtain their own housing and their own unique items as opposed to just mass sharing between all of them. Maybe that just makes me crazy though who knows *grins*. Had fun talking to Kilanna again a bit before servers came down, we have a lot of the same interests in game and that’s always fun to chatter about. Looking forward to delving back in and upgrading all of the rangers new skills. Then it’s off for some adventuring (I think..) looking at DFC at the moment.

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5 Comments

  1. I’d say you’d be fine with similar settings to mine then – see how it is with 1GB RAM. Only other thing I’d say my notebook has over your system is the duo core processor which may make a difference. I’d be trying it though :-)

  2. Cordanim,

    My video card is a 256MB Gefore 6600.

  3. I’ll make a suggestion on the system setup…your processor should be able to handle it – what video do you have? You may want/ need 2GB of RAM to handle the two sessions and you most likely won’t be playing on balanced settings without the high-end video like Stargrace has.
    Myself, I two-box on my notebook quite nicely – it’s an Intel duo-core 1.86GHz HP w/ 2GB RAM and a 256MB ATI X1600 video card. I run in High Quality mode when just on one character, and put it down to High Performance w/ 2…
    Hope that helps ya Fred – without knowing what video card you have, though, it’s tough to say if you can do it effectively or not – the video is the key.

  4. stargrace

    Well, two boxing is fairly easy on one machine, I’ve never done it any other way actually, though I hear all the time about people using two machines. My method is easy. I play windowed, once one character is logging in I click the shortcut to EQII and open another game, log in with the second account (also windowed). I play both accounts on balanced settings (or play on max settings if I have one account going) and have little to no lag. I tab between the two windows and since I’m always grouped with myself i just let the windows completely overlay one another, there’s no reason I need to see both at once. I’ve boxed in both EQLive and EQII as well as WoW, so I’m quite used to it, it does take time to perfect though. You adjust your play style slightly and learn to arrange skills on both characters in a similar pattern so you can remember them.

    As far as your computer, erms, I really have no idea. I have a duo core with 2 gigs of ram, and a 7600 GT e-Ge-Force video card, it runs like magic. But I also leave the computer stuff up to the fiance, so he’s the one I ask all my questions to *chuckles* I know Cordanim boxes, as does Gaff from trot line, they can probably help you out better then I could for that sorta info! :)

  5. Stargrace,

    Can you tell me how to two box on my computer? I have never done this, but think that it would be cool to switch my station access to two EQ2 accounts.

    Will I be able to do it with an AMD 3000 computer with 1GB of RAM?

    Thanks,
    Fred

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