Thursday, December 25, 2008

Shartak update! Completed circut of Shartak

So as you can see I have successfully swum around the entire island of Shartak. Just, not in one trip.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

CowNoseTheElf Turns Level 40!

You haven’t seen many pictures of CowNoseTheElf lately because I have been focusing my efforts on CowNoseTheKitty, my human character. However, I decided to level my elf up to level 40 so that my clan, SilverMoon, could get Clan Reputation points from my leveling. See, in Lineage 2 clans have an incentive to recruit new players in the game, and that’s in the form of Clan Reputation points. You get the points when a new recruit hits level 40.

And here I am, ding! Level 40! *Does the happy level dance!*

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Some Fun in Catacombs

It all started out as a normal dungeon crawl. Well more like normal dungeon camp, because that is what you do in the Catacombs sprinkled throughout the Lineage 2 landscape. Find a room, and camp it!

Looking down into the bloody water... I know the entrance to the catacomb is down at the bottom somewhere, but dare I dive in? Of course!

Once inside, I start killing things like usual!

Except... this team of bots decided to attack me! Well, actually, I attacked them. But they decided to fight back. It's always fun fighting these guys, especially when I win and kill them all.

Only later, a high level Tyrant came for me! He wanted revenge for my killing of his bot team. Thankfully a high level player helped me out and killed the guy for me.

So, I resurrect our fallen comrade Captain Beefheart and continue the adventure.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Just Playing Around With Settings

I was just playing around with settings and having fun taking screenshots like I always do, and I got this cool picture. Nothing much more to this post then the screen! But.. I think it's good enough to post. :D

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Tower of Insolence

The Tower of Infinity is one of my favourite areas in Lineage 2. Not to hunt in, but I love the architecture and the design of the place. Everything about ToI reminds me of the architecture described by H.P. Lovecraft in his stories, and indeed I strongly suspect the place was heavily influenced by his work!

The walls just feel... wrong.

The whole place feels, like it doesn't belong here!

And the tower rises far into the heavens...

Swimming around the Isle of Shartak

I'm making progress in my goal of swimming around the entire island of Shartak. I so far have made it past the farthest point I got my last attempt, and I have managed to avoid cannibalistic natives, angry outsiders, and ferocious sharks. Not much further to go and I'll have made it around the entire Island!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Rockin' Out The Forest of Mirrors

The adventure I'm going to take you on has some amazing screenshots. Really, they are some of the best I've taken. That's really credit to the designers of Lineage 2 who have created a truly beautiful game.

This right here is probably one of the best I've ever taken. Really, amazing. I had no idea Lineage could make a forest like this. I have taken a lot of great screens over the years, but this one is really special!

Continuing our adventure deeper into the forest...

This shot is more to point out the light coming from the ceiling of the forest. Another great effect that I had never noticed before, and you can only see it at night.

The Captain and I came across this interesting statue... a lizardmen relic? Or something left over from an age past?

All lizardmen must die!

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Barrier

In Lineage 2 there exists a part of the land infected with a strange fungus. This fungus, or fungi, infects everything it touches. It corrupts the land and the monsters, it's a great evil and a great danger. Thankfully, the magicians of Aden have used their powerful magics to create a barrier that keeps the infectious spores from spreading.

Well anyways, check out these pics of the barrier!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

C Grade!

Wohoo!! I got C grade! Yes I have had this armor saved for awhile, waiting to be used. I may have gone a bit overboard overenchanting three crystal daggers till I got this one at +5 but hey! It's all good fun. So here I am standing at the entrance to Dragon Valley showing off my awesome dagger and excellent Theca armor.
Don't I look great?

Who is this guy? And why did I kill him? Er, I forget actually. I'm sure he deserved it though.

Looking out towards the adventure ahead!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hunting around Death Pass

Hunting in Death Pass, the grass surrounding me.

When wandering closer to Dragon Valley I ran upon this person with the cutest name! LostKitten. Now is that just so sad and sweet at the same time?

Lost kitten showed me her pig transformation. You get it from buying the Lineage 2 4th Anniversary Edition box.

Where am I though? And what are those things? Well, I don't know what these are, but what you see is the entrance to the Lair of Anthras. Anthras is the fire dragon. This place is much too high level for me, but I think it's great how sometimes low and high level areas are mixed. There are only a few other places that are like this, the other that springs to mind is the Catacombs in the newbie Dark Elf area. Those are level 60+ dungeons in an area designed for a level 15! Indeed writing this it starts to seem like maybe that was a bad thing to do, indeed it was confusing as a lower level character to see all these high level people in my newbie city, but on the plus side it gives you a chance to get a look at the higher level armor.

Action pose!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

To the east, always to the east.

On the island of Shartak there is a conch shell rumored to hold great power. There is only one of these shells on the island and it is passed by blood from person to person. (You must kill the conch bearer to obtain it.)

What are the conch's powers? I don't know. I have yet to obtain it, though truthfully I haven't been looking for it as I care more for the hunt then for anything material.

Perhaps someday I will blow the conch!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Silver Moon

Finding the right clan in Lineage 2 is difficult. There are a lot of PvP clans out there, a lot of clans that are only looking for high level characters, and a lot of botter clans. Oh, and there are a lot of clans that are newbie start-up clans that can be awesome but are kind of hit-and-miss, sometimes they don't have the best orginization or leadership.

So when I found SilverMoon I was pretty happy.

SilverMoon isn't the perfect clan for me and I'll get into why, but I have been making an effort to fit in because I like the people in the clan and it's nice to have a place to call home.

SilverMoon doesn't do clan wars or PvP, it's a 100% carebear clan. And that's fine. Because really, if you look at what I actually spend my time doing in Lineage it is 90% carebear and 10% PvP.

So in joining SilverMoon I had to lay down the sword and stop PKing people. However, a member explained to me that if you PK too many people you can get on the bad side of the big clans and they can make it very difficult for you to level in the end game.

Basically SilverMoon tries to play it nice and not make any enemies. This is why I like Lineage 2's PvP! I would like to see Warhammer have such a level of politics and intrigue. (That is why to me Lineage 2's PvP is more "real" while Warhammer's is more of a "game")

Anyways, that said, say hello to our wonderfull leader Hunie!

I also ran into SyntesizeR in giran. Grats on getting hero!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dr Oleg I'll get you!

I log in today to find that I have been under attack! Thankfully the person wasn't able to finish me off... Who are you Dr Oleg?

Well I did a bit of sleuthing, and I found that Dr Oleg has only killed 3 pirates. So he is not a major PKer. And yet... I see that one of his most recent pirate kills was a member of my Anti-PK clan the Bloody Jewel! Is this guy a Jewel hunter? What did we do to him?

I don't know the answers to these questions, but perhaps someday I will find out.

I tried to track were Dr Oleg went but with all this water around it's hard to find a good trail. (I found his tracks at one point, but they just went into the river, and I couldn't find them again on the other side.)

But who knows, Shartak IS an Island and chances are I will run into this Dr Oleg again to exact my revenge!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I knew it would happen, did you?

Yes that's right, I'm back playing Lineage 2 again! I don't really have much else to say, but I (of course) do have a couple pictures to show you.

Fresh Water

If you don't remember, Shartak is a jungle adventure MMO you can play in your browser. Here I am at the river by the shipwreck getting some water for the adventure ahead.

In the days ahead I plan to continue my exploration of the island. Here, let me show you my map.

As you can see, I spent the last few weeks swimming the west coast of Shartak. I was unfortunately attacked by a shark somewhere around the southern part of the island. Injured but not dead I managed to make my way to York but unfortunately before I was able to get healing a hostile outsider killed me.

Thankfully, the native shamans here on the island weild incredibal powers. They have the ability to draw your soul back to your body and return you to life. That is why I am now back in the NE part of the Island.

This time I plan to try and swim the east coast of the island. I will keep you update on my progress in the days ahead.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Last Grimmwold Post (for now)

Ah well, all good things must come to an end. It's no fault of Grimmwold that I am leaving, it's just my nature. I can't stay in one place for long. So, in my last moments on Grimmwold I decided to take a little tour and visit some of the sights there are to see.

These guards are actually rather new, there have been some troubles in Grimmwold lately and people just feel safer with a guard at the gates.

One last visit to the windmill to stock up on rat carcasses for eating later.

After eating those rats, I set off to exlore.

And look what I found! Some amazing hotsprings! I didn't go in them (it was hard enough walking here on the snow) but I'm sure big people really enjoy these.

Well, that's all for now! There is a good chance I will return to Grimmwold again someday but for now I am off to other lands. I would just like to say that Grimmwold is an amazing private roleplaying shard! Grimmwold has one of the most amazing communities I have ever seen in a private UO server. I have been playing on RP servers for many years now so believe me I know what I'm talking about when I say that Grimmwold is the best! I would like to thank Lara and the other admins at Grimmwold. I would also like to thank everyone who roleplayed with me. :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The next day

The next day I decided to go back to that windmill and investigate it a bit further.

I ran into some really scary monsters, and I almost got killed, but this stranger saved me!

I never got the chance to know this person, but whoever you are you have my thanks.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Windmill

Feeling a bit peckish I decided to leave town to go and find something to eat.

Nope... this won't work, I can't eat vegetables!

Can't eat honey either...

I think I smell something edible down this dark hole!

Yes! I think I smell rats!

These rats are a bit bigger then I'm used to... I might only be able to eat one or two.