My wife and I have constant arguments about where we are going to retire to when we get older. Now, my wife loves the beach and the warm sun. I, on the other hand, love mountains, trees and snow. I don’t know, maybe it is my Norwegian ancestry but give me cold mountains, lakes and trees over the beach. Anytime.
My wife would love Tortage, I mean as long as she ignored the blood-thirsty Picts and the 12 foot long Alligators. Oh, and the undead things. Those too. Tortage is bright and sunny. With long white sand beaches and a warm sun. Perfect for my wife. Not for me, though.
Maybe that is why I am actually enjoying Cimmeria more than Tortage. It is absolutely beautiful. No doubt one of the most beautiful areas I have been to in any MMO. It looks perfect. Right out of the books. Huge snow-covered mountains, beautiful pines and winding creeks. It is all there.
But for everything beautiful in Cimmeria, there is also a brutality. There is a war going on there between the Vanir and the Cimmerians and you can certainly tell. Forts with spiked walls, bodies stacked underneath. Vanir waiting in bushes to ambush you. Villages burned to the ground. Yeah it is brutal.
The quests here all center around defeating the Vanir. Killing the lookouts and the raiders. Gathering supplies for the camps. All in all they are your normal quests in an MMO war zone. Nothing special there. But, the environment makes it special. It was a bit of a shock the first time I clicked on a quest giver and, unlike Tortage, was not treated to a voice over but I quickly realized I did not really need a voice over. Yeah, they are nice but, really, who cares? Give me the quest and send me on my way.
One of the early quests I received had me working my way up a mountain, killing Vanir along the way, to face a Vanir boss at the top. I fought my way up, sometimes fighting 3 Vanir at a time. Here is where I truly started to learn my character. Each fight was intense and I came out of each with a sliver of health. I learned to use my AoE stun, step back and heal, to make sure I used all my HoTs constantly. It was a struggle.
Alas, I got to the top of the mountain and got one add too many and I fell at the feet of the boss I was sent to kill. I was disappointed but I actually look forward to scaling that mountain again. It was that fun.
On a related note, I sure could use another lowbie to level with! If any of you fine readers have considered getting into AoC, either for the first time or to return, now would be a great time! It’s tough to go it alone, even for a mighty Bear Shaman!