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Old 02-05-2018, 03:25 PM
Roswitha Roswitha is offline
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Default The Saga of Xyloriord

This is the tale of Xyloriord, Defender/Sorcerer (= Plate armor / lightning. The name was randomly generated). He did pretty well until about level 30. At that point, things started to go downhill because he had to fight through monsters to get anywhere, like down to the bottom level for the Overlord, or back to a gate for a town attack. He lost some towns to tornadoes and several to Barbarian attacks, which usually meant losing a Soulstone or three.

At about level 32, his win/loss/abandon record was 11/11/0 and his XP debt had looped at least once and was holding steady. I switched to smaller, easier dungeons and turned off town attacks, and he started winning more, but the XP debt didn't move much. He was frequently killed by boss monsters. Most of the Defender's skills are counters, and I don't have the reflexes to see that he just did a Parry/Block so a move is now available.

Then, he arrived at Rosey. It had a seven-level dungeon. At first, things were looking positive. The monsters were busy building machines and starting uprisings, but the staircases were relatively close together and he pulled a lever that activated the Level 7 gate. So he went down there to clear out the machines and such. Then, the Overlord sent someone to block the gate, and Xyloriord was killed trying to clear it. So he's back on level 3, trying to fight his way to the Level 7 staircase.

Around this point, the town lost a couple of a shipments. Then, the Warmaster started the plague, poisoned the food and water supplies, and went renegade. Naturally, the solutions were on level 7, along with most of the machines. Xyloriord worked his way down to level 6, mostly by drawing the monsters to a staircase/gate and ducking out when he had low health. The machines were piling up and the food and water situations were getting worse.

Xyloriord finally made it to level 7, looked around a bit, and ran into Nuz, the Overlord, with a minion. After being killed a few times, he drew Nuz to the staircase and got killed again. Nuz, of course, had Regenerate, so he couldn't be whittled down, and he was killing Xyloriord in two hits. So the gate is blocked, Nuz is at the bottom of the stairs, and the town is in a major crisis mode.

At this point, the Beastmaster arrives, and among the Imp Big Sisters and the Torvas is an Elite Dark Elf Reaver. Xyloriord actually has some money, accumulated during the previous town, where the vendors/smiths were killed off early and he finished the dungeon with no food and no potions. He hires the Dark Elf Reaver. (The Beastmaster traps the town and departs shortly thereafter.) The Reaver is much stronger than Xyloriord and they start cleaning out the dungeon.

They go down to level 7, where Xyloriord is promptly killed by Nuz, but he waits to resurrect until the Reaver is at low health, so the Reaver can pound on Nuz. After a few rounds of this, Nuz is defeated. Xyloriord and the Reaver rove through the dungeon, killing things and collecting items, and come back after about 5 minutes to turn in 20 quests to the Warmaster. All does not go smoothly--the monsters build a few more machines and the new Warmaster goes renegade---but the end is not in doubt. Xyloriord saves the town, with a prayer of gratitude to Din for sending along the Beastmaster and the Reaver, and makes a significant dent in his XP debt.
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