|It's time for some side quests. First order of business: Finding Lob Omen.|
|Be careful if you spot this thing in the|
aqueducts of Nagapur. It's really strong!
Upon entering Wyrmskeep, it was all about chasing Lob Omen hither and yonder. The thing would be hanging out with other monsters, so I needed to do a lap of the place, fighting everything I saw. He wasn't tough by any means, so the whole quest did feel a little bit tedious constantly seeing him run off after a battle. The process repeated itself three or four times before we finally had him, but now Jager can summon a Remnant from time to time, and the creature has already been quite useful.
|Our second side quest took us to The First Path to close|
some magical gates.
The monsters here were about the same strength as my characters, but easy enough to beat. The ones that were summoned when approaching the magical gates were much stronger, though, and were often some of the more annoying types like giant birds, powerful evil eyes, and such. The last gate in particular was extremely challenging. It had a proper boss accompanied by two groups of powerful homunculi, and two more high-end evil eyes. There was a lot of one shot mechanics being thrown around and the boss had a powerful area of effect attack. Lots of wipes ensued as I tried to figure out a way to beat these guys. The time I was victorious was a bit of a fluke as Jager was able to summon Lob Omen and the thing wound up tanking half the enemy unions taking a lot of the heat off of everyone else. It was still a long, hard battle, and I still needed to play smart, but Lob Omen's presence made the whole thing far more manageable.
|Fighting the boss at the final gate in the First Path. This attack|
was, how shall we put this...problematic. =p
These quests out of the way, I decided to hunt some rare monsters, and general components to upgrade weapons. A lot of my teammates have constantly been harassing me to help them find this or that for some upgrade they're working on, and I want to get a better sword and shield for Rush as well.
|Traversing Mt. Vackel on the way to|
|They say Undewalt has seen better days, but it looked pretty great to me. =)|
All of that out of the way, it was time to head to Undewalt. This required trekking across Mount Vackel. There wasn't much in the way of exploration here, mostly just heading down corridors from one subsection to the next, but given that we were on a mountain it did make for some nice vistas to look at along the journey. Arriving in Undewalt, it's a very large, pretty city. After all, the God Emperor does live there. Some folks were giving the impression that the place was on the decline, but I didn't see it. The place looked pretty great to me.
|Meeting the God Emperor.|
|The area beneath Undewalt looks a lot|
like the Sacred Lands above Elysion.
So, it's an interesting revelation, and I'm glad the game finally got to the point with it. I am left wondering how his parents found him, then, why they took him in, and why their daughter just so happens to have Marion's Blessing. It just seems like too many important events tied together to be mere coincidence. Did they have their own plans for the world via a sentient Remnant and someone who can control them?
|Entering this room, it became blatantly obvious that there were connections|
between the Conqueror and Rush.