The ghost ships had returned, spraying cannonballs from afar at heroes and Oryx’ minions alike. Figuring that they had to put a stop to this once and for all, another raid was launched against the ethereal fleet. The pirates, always ones to horde their treasure, had a good deal of loot aboard, and our hero was able to snag some for herself:
After a long day of pirate-slaying (though they’re already dead, so… re-slaying?), Stormrage returned to her abode for some good old-fashioned quest chest whacking! The Tinkerer had given her four chests in exchange for marks from her numerous excursions, and she was ready to break stuff.
The first one didn’t give much of value, with the exception of some potions she could give to her friends. The second one had something quite interesting, however:
She had heard legends about a speedy armor capable of also boosting one’s defensive capabilities appreciably. She had now acquired one for herself, and looked forward to testing it against her bee items. She kept this one away from her ravenous cats.
The third chest contained an item which she had already received several of in recent times; the bee stinger pokey thingy:
She had hoped to get the bee hat, but that didn’t seem to be what RNGesus wanted her to get. Ah, well.
The fourth chest had another pokey thing:
All in all, not a particularly disappointing set of chests.
With the ongoing campaign to get the construction materials for the Nexus, Stormrage focused her efforts on defeating the denizens of the Realm and acquiring the building materials for the workers. As a part of this, she went against the Mad God himself a number of times. He never gave her the freakin’ T6 trap, but he did drop some other interesting stuff:
Earlier that same day, I was running on my trio ppe with guildies @Pegasusy and @Rmcgre, and I got the ST ring from the same set. Not all that interesting, but that day ended a ~1 year streak of me never getting any items from that set, despite religiously farming O2s on a few occasions throughout the past year during campaigns. And then I get two items in one day. Go figure.
A lot was about to change with the Nexus, but a lot had changed everywhere else, as well. The snake temples dotting the Realm had changed dramatically, and with these changes came changes to some of the items; namely, an unassuming ring made from the eye of the snake queen herself. Once a pathetic, near-useless item, it now had the ability to grant the user unmatched speed, and Stormrage had to have it. Luckily, it was common to get, and she was quickly successful:
Her attacks on the snake temples were far from over, however; they seemed to be one of the best sources of screws and nails out there, and so Stormrage found herself killing snake after snake in her quest for the items. Along the way, she got a musical instrument:
Sadly, our hero is tone-deaf and wasn’t able to use it.
Some friends were ransacking libraries once again, and she joined in. After brutally murdering the librarian and stripping him of valuables (as the heroes were inclined to do), she found herself a pretty neat pile of items:
“Oh look! A symbolic seal gifted to the most renowned philosophers of ancient times and an enduring garment of spectral steel worn by the shades of the shadows!” Stormrage exclaimed.
“Nom nom” said her cat.
But things were happening in the Realm. Big things. Like, the-sky-had-opened-up-and-portals-to-unknown-dimensions-had-popped-up-and-were-releasing-unfathomable-extraterrestrial-horrors things. It was time for the fight for control of the entire Realm.
With an alien civilization bearing down on the unsuspecting Realm, Stormrage and her comrades knew it was now or never. They slayed the attackers and leapt through the wormholes to confront the invaders, fighting advanced technology with swords and arrows. Stormrage found herself in the group fighting the onslaught from the world of Malogia, with very hostile wildlife. To make matters worse, the explosive rocks thrown by one of the most powerful enemies were invisible in the air, and thus were very hard to detect (DECA fix this glitch please (though no DECA employee will ever read this…)). Alas, @LeinanIII was slain by such an explosive rock.
However, in the end it was all worth it, when Stormrage was able to obtain a powerful bow channeling the full power of a foreign sun into each shot:
Seeing it as an upgrade to her current Doom Bow, she snagged it.
She also got a few random items, but none of them were particularly interesting:
As expected, none of these items lasted long before being devoured by the walking waste disposal unit that is our hero’s unmaxed rare pet.
Time for a quick update on our hero’s overall progress: fame, equipment, loot, etc.:
Vault chests specifically devoted to the PPE (I save a lot of marks, okay? Sue me.)
As you can see by “First Born”, our hero has surpassed all of my previous characters in fame on death. That’s pretty cool. It’s especially helpful because I’m getting close to making my third legendary pet, so I will need a decent chunk of fame for the fusing/feeding process there.