S.O.M. – Single file, Obscured, Monotony

20 11 2008
Think we can take it?

Think we can take it?

Babaoroody and Babaente set out for the Steps of Madness dungeon Wednesday afternoon after spending the last few days running practice missions together.  Babaoroody needed to re-arrange his hot bars a bit so they were more similar to those now standardized somewhat by Babaente and Tireen.  Standard hotkeys are things like stims, heals and nano rechargers and some really basic combat macros (only the officially sanctioned Anarchy Online type, using the macro command) like follow and assist.

As we have described it before, Steps of Madness, involves a very long, narrow, almost rail shooter exerience, with vaious types of lighting based obstructions, and numerous repetions of a handful of mob types.

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SOM - Steps of Madness Entrance

With a map of the Steps printed out for reference they buffed up and entered the dungeon.  Things went pretty well for the 1st half of the dungeon and they got to the halfway mark where the Notum Habit’s little side cave is in about 20 minutes.  It was slow going as Babaoroody did most of the fighting and since Babaente has no calms or roots that are powerful enough to be useful here; Babaoroody had to fight every mob one by one.  To avoid having to use health kits, Babaoroody also took the time to recast his absorb shield after every few mobs.

I think they would have made it all the way, but greed did them in.  The other times Babaoroody has made it all the way to Neleb, he has basically fought his way in, without stopping in any of the side rooms like the Notum Habits.  Before setting out Babaoroody had reviewed a guide at Anarchy Online Universe that told of some nice Phatz that drop from the Notum Habit, specifically Dark Dreams (20 NCU with 1% root resistance).  Babaente could really use one.  The problem turned out to be that the mobs in this dungeon have a fairly short respawn time, something less than 10 minutes.  Just in the time it took to stop and fight the Notum Habit and then a minute or two for both of them to rebuff, the mobs in the passage outside of the Notum Habits lair, were starting to respawn just as Babaoroody and Babaente had started to enter the next room.  While Babaoroody was taunting and fighting the first few mobs in the next room, several spawned in the previous passage and since Babaente was standing in the open doorway, they attacked her.

We may have to fudge the size of this one in our report.

We may have to fudge the size of this one in our report.

It was their worst nightmare come true, as we have discussed before, our big old enforcer is limited in that he can only fight mobs one at a time, and while he has the health reservoir to survive the time it takes to fight them all off, Babaente does not, and before Babaoroody could swing fast enough to kill all of the attacking mobs, Babaente was sent back to reclaim.  Babaente, as an NT, is meant for kiting or support, not standing toe to toe with multiple mobs at once.  She can face single mobs her own level one on one, but not multiple mobs at once. They know now, that if they want to reach Neleb’s room in the future, they need to keep moving forward, even if it means not re-buffing for a while.  There is room at the end to re-buff before the final fight with Neleb and his closest cronies.

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