Monday, February 06, 2006


From wikipedia:

In Egyptian mythology, Serket (also spelt Serket-hetyt, Selket, Selkis, Selchis, and Selkhit) was originally the deification of the scorpion. Scorpion stings lead to paralysis, and Serket's name describes this, as it means (one who) tightens the throat. However, Serket's name can also be read as meaning (one who) causes the throat to breath, and so, as well as being seen as stinging the unrighteous, Serket was seen as one who could cure scorpion stings, and other poisons, such as snake bites.

I felt like a hobbit who had been invited on an adventure that he wouldn't have normally volunteered for, but couldn't resist once proposed. I was happily leveling my Alchemy in Bastok with my pearl off, when the HNMLS leader sent me an unexpected message: "hey get over to Lower Jeuno, we're heading out to Serket." Not a wordsmith, but I couldn't resist the allure of fighting an HNM. So I dropped what I was doing, ported to Jeuno, got my gear, and headed out to Garlaige Citadel.

We setup camps at the usual spawns and waited, and... it popped at my camp. I can't tell if I or the leader got the claim first, but we got it. And boy, were we NOT ready to fight this thing. No one pulled the links away, which is basically what killed me the first time. Then we were subject to a successful MPK attempt, but the people who did this called for help, which was highly amusing. They died, and the third LS got the claim, although Serket had time to heal up quite a bit before they engaged it. They succeeded in killing it, with some healing help from one of our own LS members (hey we play nice), and got the Serket Ring.

We congratulated them, took note of the MPK team (who had no pearl), noted Time of Death, and walked off a bit wiser. I lost 1000 exp in the process, but I feel like it was worth it, just for the adventure, and witnessing the longest ranging Area of Effect attack I've ever seen. These are the sights I wanted to see when I began this game. What a rush! Needless to say I took lots of pictures. This was our linkshell's first HNM, and getting the claim so quickly and fighting it for as long as we did was really quite impressive.

OK, back to crafting potions now. And I still have that pesky checklist to reduce.

Soundtrack: Awestruck silence

1 comment:

Strawberrie said...

Sounds like quite a few of my first Serket runs. >_< Just get LV72 and nothing but undead will aggro. At 73, you can sneak by even those guys from a pretty close distance.