Friday, May 30, 2014

Khrysalis - Where The Shadow Things Are

Home to the alpha-arachnids of the Spiral, the Hive's "dark and twisted nature" is pretty apparent throughout, from the towering Magi to the mutation machines. The farther into Khrysalis, the weirder the creatures, apparently (even more so than this title's Maurice Sendak reference).

To start off the various references..

I finally realized that Taylor Coleridge has been quoting from "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" all this time. Samuel Coleridge probably wouldn't be amused with being portrayed by a rat :P

*Ding* new level cap :D
In the second arc, the level titles kind of fell off track. After Grandmaster, levels 60-100 would go better in this order: Archmage, Exalted, Transcendent, Promethean, Legendary. You can't really go much higher than that without sounding like a supreme being.
(Fun fact: The original title for level 80 was Omnipotent in Avalon's Test Realm, but was changed to Archmage, as the former basically means "god-like").

I get to celebrate my Exalted-ness by going down a spider web into subterranean depths. Cool.

Shrouded in secrecy - literally and figuratively - Old Cob appears to be a very complex and, well, ancient figure. The Khrysalis Orbs history quest expounds on this guy a bit --

In just two moving pictures (100% credit of Swordroll's site), the shroud becomes a little more transparent, yet more questions appear. As Grandfather Spider seems to be Old Cob, will Grandma Raven play a prominent role in the next arc? Will Shadow Magic be connected to Khrysalis as Astral/Sun/Moon was to Celestia? Will we have to battle even more spiders?

The clueless un-morphed bee best expresses 3rd Arc curiosity in five words.

Well that was... odd. I guess Coleridge will live out the rest of his days back in Scrimshaw as a crazy old guy no one bothers with.

Might as well bring a Valencian dude into this.

aaand an allusion to Pirate101's Hydra boss. The references have come full circle :P

As expected, The Hive didn't go without a shortage of colorful cheating warlords.

As if the new school wasn't volatile enough, Shadow has its own tree to guard the Palace -- and a Celestial Archway. Ravenwood can't live up to that.

Moros' roots are even more twisted than harpies, somehow.

And he falls.

Thus setting up a dramatic finale for the last questing post.

Happy Questing!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Khrysalis - Arc de Triumphant

If Khrysalis is like Australia, the Khonda Desert is its Outback. That would mean it takes up most of it's land mass though... so never mind. But, the Desert does contain some pretty exotic mice and rabbit tribes.

My tribe name shall be Arlen The OneWhoKills :P

Pyat's cuteness and Dyvim's awesomeness make a perfect tandem.

The other neighbors aren't quite as friendly, unfortunately..

Fun with Ninja Pigs :P

Dyvim will always be my FFF *hugs*

The Solar Arc. Time to unlock the gears of the machine, I guess. Sounds like a place the Armada would like.

I don't think we're in Unicorn Way anymore...

He's definitely not referring to tornadoes, though.

Finally, the wicked witch of the place. Who isn't so scary when you realize..

I want Shadow Creatures for Christmas! Pleeease?

Thank you Death Santa :D

I didn't ask for this though :(

Morganthe's weird obsession with spiders lies ahead.
And this.

Stay tuned for the dramatic entry of a seminal character sometime next week!

Happy Questing!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Khrysalis - Broken Dreams

It's the shortest area of Khrysalis, but probably the most informative. It's Radiance, but also Remembrance... in a really twisted way.

What did I say? Back to Ghost Avalon :P

PLOT TWIST! ... Well, not yet.

Eww, a slightly sympathetic Morganthe.

And an eviller Malory? D:

I must admit, it was fun playing as a weaker Death character. Even if it was Morganthe..

Which means, instead of terrorizing Avalon, she had to terrorize the whole Spiral *sigh*.

Theeeerrre's the plot twist.

So was colliding heads with Morganthe a possible catalyst for Malistaire's doomed Spiral takeover? Why did Morganthe seek [Undead] Malistaire's help in Azteca if they were at odds once? This opens up a lot of questions. The only obvious fact we learn from this episode is the final event that led to Morganthe's dismissal from Ravenwood. Ah well.

Battling enemies with an already set deck was sort of a cool throwback experience. The battles were pretty difficult, but brief and manageable. Kind of miss that type of system.

Time for Sardonyx!
Basically the Mantis answer to Bastion, Sardonyx (aka Zha-Te-:Ke:-Zang-Zeeyun) was likely a once vibrant community, but has withered under the Shadow Queen. Even the ruling Troika Council lost influence as Morganthe's warlord Balor took power.

This is a pretty awesome place to take over, admittedly.

Time out to get my Medusa pet! Really, Phorcys?

Got to chill with Mr. Taz afterwards :)

Had to deal with a little superiority complex to prepare for...

Well, his superiority complex is more well-founded.

Nothing a Ninja Pig - and a few other attacks - can't handle.

Viva la revoluciĆ³n!
(Happy almost Cinco de Mayo :P)

Next up is the Khonda Desert! I'll be back next weekend, hopefully.

Happy Questing!