I took Gaff and Lurk (both level 56) up to the Tenebrous Tangle this week, hoping to do some easy quests and perhaps pick up a level. It didn’t happen. I picked up the quests, and I think two location XP updates, and went to work on the mobs. I finished a few quests and realized I was better off back in Lesser Fay–the quests were not too high in TT, they just were not very productive. I did find old Bellygrub spawned, so we took him out after clearing a few other mobs. The general annoyance at pulling Droags and slow XP led me to plan B. Enter the Sanctum of the Scaleborn.
Traveling to that zone gave me another location update, but upon zoning I noticed the solo mobs lining the steps were level 62–still orange to my team. One bright spot to the trip–I can harvest tier 7 with Gaff! I have not kept up with the mystic’s harvesting, so one day I will have to spend several hours bringing him along from tier 4. My venture into SoS did remind me of some early experiences I had in game.
I was in the mid-20s with my first toon (now level 69). Some new friends were in some zone named “Varsoons” and let me tag along. I was overawed by the graphics, big skeletons, and the mobs. It was great–I think one strength of EQ2 has always been the vast amount of content in small nooks and crannies–although at this time, so close to launch, it was quite crowded. I wasn’t high enough to be the main tank at this point, but rose to that height in the 30s–another aspect of the game I really enjoy.
I am currently moving Lurk the Mystic towards my main status, once he reaches a level that will allow him to raid tier 7 content. I just am trying to find the happy mix between grinding and questing. Quests are addictive for the AA experience, but I am moving towards a grinding stance. I am going to try and pick up To Speak as a Dragon today, and then return to Solusek Eye and related zones. I believe the mobs will still be worth XP. I can also duo named mobs there, I think.