I just hit level 34 in AoC. Conall’s Valley, where I have spent most of my time, is pegged for levels 20 to 32. It’s time to move on.
But I’m feeling some discomfort.
For starters, I’ve still got one unfinished quest in Conall’s Valley – taking down the leader of the Ymirish-Vanir warhost, Lodur Frostbeard.
I’m frustrated with how the last 30-32 quests – including Frostbeard’s – have worked out. They’re in the Ymirish-Vanir camp mentioned above, which is crawling with elite NPCs. And quests in the same quest chain will have you retrace your steps and return to the base to fight some more.
What this means is that if you’re lucky, you’ll get a pick-up party going and fight your way into the bowels of the camp. You’ll probably get three of four quests done, then call it quits. You’ll go back to the NPCs, turn in your quests – and have another quest to the same, elite-infested area. Meaning you need to put together a new pick-up group, probably on another night.
I’ve lucked out twice now. But another trip to the same tuft I’ve had hard fights over twice doesn’t sound too fun.
Secondly, I don’t know what to do after Conall’s Valley. There’s no Cimmerian areas for levels 32 through 40. There’s also no quests that take me to a new zone, something that I thought was pretty standard in MMOs.
I’ve stuck my head into Stygia for a few hours, but I plan to take my future Herald of Xotli there – I don’t want to ruin the new-car smell just yet. Aquilonia’s low mid-range area drops out at level 37, so I’ll probably have to go to Stygia.
Or… I could use my off-line leveling tokens, go straight to level 40, and keep fighting in Cimmeria’s next area, the Fields of the Dead.
Loyal readers, what did you do when you got to this point? How did things break down for you? Am I completely mistaken – are there quests waiting for me in the Fields of the Dead? That’d make my day.