Day 258 – Accidental Diplomacy in the Cave of the Drywhisker Kobolds

Posted: May 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

The next day, after a stop at the Ironforge auction house to buy healing potions, I asked for help at Refuge point. “Does anyone else need to fight the Drywhisker Kobolds?” No answer. I headed there anyway and tried some more.  This time, a level 41 undead priest was wandering the foothills, also killing kobolds.

“Cool” I figure, I’ll just help him fight kobolds and he will do the same for me. 
Nope. It didn’t really work out that way. I was obviously free to slice up the guy(s) he was fighting, but he didn’t return the favor.
“Damn” I thought. Either he didn’t get it or he didn’t care. Being level 41, he could probably pull it off solo. I needed him more than he needed me.

He ran off in a different leg of the cave and I fought on, trying to improve my techniques and devise a way to finish this quest on my own.

I did better this time, banking rage when the threat was low and using execution to stop them from running for help. I also tried to  save my big guns (retaliation and last stand) for the epic battle between myself and the level 40 boss.

I inched closer to the final crystal, offing 10 or so kobolds on the way.  I rounded the last corner and was pleased to find that the elite 40 was gone! Only two standard magic dudes stood in my way. Still, this was going to be hard. I tried it, depending too much I guess on retaliation and was soon on my way to dead. I ran, but was caught by re-spawing kobolds on the way out.  Dead. To add insult to death, the Undead priest was there with an undead ladyfriend, hovering over my corpse.

The ladyfriend spit on my corpse!!

Aye! Thanks for the help! I was almost certain that I couldn’t do this alone, and I was definitely frustrated, but I realized that the undead pair was unwittingly clearing out a path for me. I would just have to wait for them to knock out all of the foes, then walk up and massage the crystal to complete my quest.

I ran in from the graveyard and tried to find an alcove to resurrect in.  Sure enough, during my 4-minute ghost run, the undead spitters had cleared a path all the way to the back! I popped back to life, ate an apple and attacked the final remaining kobold. He had no one to turn to for help and I ran him down.

The crystal was mine for the taking and I completed my quest.

Hooray!

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