Thursday, March 16, 2006

Great vengeance and FURYous anger

About a month ago Sony added PvP (player-versus-player) to Everquest 2. I had stopped playing about 3 months prior to that, but the lure of PvP was just to great for me to resist. Since February 21st, I've been playing a evil-aligned Fury called Exiok Thunderpants on the Nagafen PvP server. It's the same class I played on the PvE (Player-versus-Environment) servers, but hey, who am I to mess with a good thing.

The PvP has been mostly entertaining so far. While it's sometimes frustrating to be trying to just get quests and such done, and having an opposing player jump out from behind every tree to kill you, the vengeance I've been able to wreak on those poor souls has been worth it.

I had one of my most enjoyable PvP experiences yet last night.

I was over in Antonica, the lands of the opposition closest to their city, just doing some quests while I waited for some friends to come with me to help wreak havoc on other players. While wandering around, I saw something moving in a straight line in the distance, quite quickly. NPCs don't move that way, so I clicked to see if it was one of my side, or the enemy. I was surprised to see that it was another Fury, on the opposing side, of the exact same level as myself. I dropped what I was doing immediately, and headed towards him. I was rather interested to see how an even 1-on-1 fight would go. That is, assuming he didn't have any friends with him.

I gave chase, but was a long ways behind, and not gaining any. I used my sprint for a little bit to catch up, but was careful not to let my sprint use up too much of my power, which would have left me weakened even before the battle.

At level 24, the Fury class does not have stealth, or invisibility, as some others do, so there's nothing we can do to hide from other except to use obstacles. We also don't have "tracking", the ability scouts have to track players and NPCs they can't see, but that are within a certain distance. Chasing this Fury, this meant to me that if he turned his camera around while running, he would see me, unless I used obstacles to hide. But using obstacles to hide too much would have slowed me down, so I only did a little bit. Thankfully, he never saw me.

He arrived at the teleportation spires, and talked to the gatekeeper to start the teleportation. Thankfully for me, I arrived before he teleported, and using the spires as cover, I got as close as possible before jumping out. Booya!

I used a debuf on him, an ability that decreases his wisdom stat, the most important stat for a Fury. He engaged me, and the fight was on. It lasted a while, almost a minute, as the Fury is a healer class, so we just kept healing ourselves, and attacking the other. In the end, I think the fact that I struck first won the day for me, but it was a close fight the whole time. At one point I thought I was done for, but I managed to heal myself in time.

Wow. I realize that was pretty long-winded, but I just had to share that experience.

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