My guardian finally reached level 75 over the weekend, and on the way completed the last of the non-repeatable quests in the Dunland & Isenguard regions. All exploration deeds complete, too. I’ve even hit kindred reputation with Theodred’s Riders, thanks, I think, to completing a good number of daily tasks out of Frothband (5 x 300 rep = 1500 rep from tasks, per day).
If you’re short of rep with Theodred’s Riders, don’t forget:
- the two repeatables in the ‘Pit of Iron’ (2 x 500 rep = 1000 rep)
- plus the four repeatables inside Isenguard itself (4 x 700 rep = 2800 rep).
Once you hit kindred with the Riders, it’s well worth checking in with the Rohirrim Quartermaster reputation reward vendor in Galtrev, to see if anything shiny catches your eye. This took my fancy!
Going back to the ‘Pit of Iron’, briefly…it’s a bit scary, but I’m actually beginning to find my way around. In fact, I seem to now know where I’m going! Maybe my sense of direction isn’t as bad as I thought…hmmmm!
On my way through Isenguard, I also made the little map (below) of The Savage Dens, a cave system that’s part of Fang Rider’s Warren. My map shows where to complete the following quests:
- Master of the beasts
- Horses gone astray
- Captain of fangs
- Recipe for disaster
- This is not the work of a cook
- Not cute at all
On the end-game armour front, I now have three pieces of the level 75 crafted armour (chest, shoulders and helm), but I’m thinking of holding off crafting any additional pieces due to the fact that the first four pieces of the ‘Draigoch set’* seem to be easier than I anticipated to get hold of. I can then keep those all-too-rare ‘Cracked Rhi Helvarch Sigils’ for jewellery crafting.
* – as outlined here, this is the current end-game raid-set, available via barter from Lugdagnir (Adventurers Quartermaster) in Galtrev. Four pieces can be bartered with superior fourth marks (chest, leggings, boots & gloves), while the helm and shoulders require coin drops from the Draigoch raid.
In the medium term, I can see myself running around with crafted helm and shoulders (Armour of Theodred), plus the chest, leggings, boots and gloves from the Draigoch set. I reckon it could take a while before I win a coin(s), from the Draigoch raid, that would enable me to enable me to get my dwarf-paws on the raid-set helm and/or shoulders :P
I’m finding that the easiest way to grind superior fourth marks (S4Ms) is to run ‘The School’ and ‘The Library’ (3-mans) on a daily basis. Running these two instances yields a total of six S4Ms, per day, and usually takes less than 25 minutes (if you only bother with the challenge quests within the instances). A handy by product of these two 3-mans is the acquisition of skirmish marks – which I need a lot of to bring my skirmish soldier up to scratch.
Speaking of the Draigoch raid, my kin ran this for the second time last night, my first time, in 12-man (challenge) format – and I had a ball. We didn’t complete it, wiping after hitting six (or was it seven?) fellowship manoeuvres. Enjoyable though!