After YEARS of owning a Royal Estate (the large Marlybone house), I FINALLY finished the inside to a point where I am completely content with how it looks. 🙂
I bought the house the summer of 2011. It was the first house I bought on Emma. (Although she’s my highest and main wizard, she was the 3rd I created. I don’t remember if any of my other characters had houses before her–I think I got Jenna’s Wooded Cottage before though…) Anyway, it was my first, and for the longest time, only house on that character. As I quested through the Spiral and found new housing items, I slowly began filling the house. In October 2012, I bought my second house, the Wysteria Villa. I abandoned the Royal Estate to decorate the Villa, deeming the Estate complete.
Then about a year ago, I spent some time looking over my first housing project and decided I didn’t like it, that I had wasted so much potential by decorating it the way I did. So, I began emptying it, tearing it apart room by room. (Now, I really wish I had taken screenshots of what it used to look like…It’d be fun to compare before and after.)
Well, today I added the last finishing details. It’s not on tour because the outside is still a mess, but I’m excited to show off the inside of this house. Enjoy!
If I choose to put this house on tour after the outside is finished, then I plan on figuring out an elegant way to block off the crafting room since it doesn’t really fit the theme for the rest of the house. Anyway, what do you think?
Shortly after Jenna and Suri caught up to the Hawks, I realized that if I want to do any sort of questing when Cameron isn’t online, I’ll have to start questing on someone new. I’ve really liked duel accounting and questing on both Jenna and Suri at the same time, so when I decided that I wanted to start questing on my Storm, Kayla (who was level 26 and at the end of Krokatopia), I initially tried catching a second character on Suri’s account up to her. Trouble was, the second highest character on that account was level 5. Three of them. I did a little questing on both my level 5 Myth and my level 5 Life. After a couple weeks of minimal progress on both girls, I decided that Storm was a good school to experiment with true soloing.
A month or two ago, I finally did the Temple of Storms in Krokatopia with her and quickly moved through the first two parts of Grizzlehiem with help from Cam. Before that, it had been…a year or two since I had done any sort of questing with Kayla.
Yesterday, I logged onto Kayla with the intention to quest, but ended up deciding that I needed a decent pet–preferably one with Storm damage talents. After some research, I found out that the Arcane Helper pet (first generation) has the ability to learn Pain-Giver and Storm-Dealer so I decided it was a good pet to start training since I have two first gens. I got the first one to Adult yesterday and Epic today. I’m quite pleased with the way it’s turned out so far, even though it didn’t learn either damage talent I wanted. I still have one more chance at getting one or the other at Mega. (Crossing my fingers that the second one learns both!)
With my new pet equipped, I finally set off questing on Kayla. I was thrilled when I discovered that with this pet equipped and if I cast Lightning Strike (10% Storm Accuracy) before I hit, my Storm accuracy is 93%! Probably the hardest thing about playing Storm is the low accuracy, although the low health is an issue too.
I started today at the beginning of Hyde Park. With a TC deck full of Tempests, and Otis casting Galvanic Field or Amplify most battles, I zipped right through and started Chelsea Court within half an hour. I leveled up to 28 right after the first battle in Chelsea.
As soon as I leveled, I paused questing to go do my 28 spell quest. I’ve been waiting for Tempest since I decided to quest on Kayla again! I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the spell quest was. It was mostly a lot of running around talking to people. The only battle was at the beginning and it was with Krokenkahmen in the Throne Room of Fire. Usually spell quests are considerably more difficult than that…but I’m not complaining!
Twenty minutes after I learned Tempest, I was finished with Chelsea Court too! I’m always surprised by how fast Marlybone is, now that I’m not doing every side quest I see….
As I quested in Chelsea court, I realized having both Galvanic Field AND Amplify on a single pet isn’t as good as I first thought. Although KI fixed a glitch several months ago that allowed pet cast auras to override wizard cast auras, apparently pet auras can still override pet auras. Its disappointing when Otis will override Galvanic Field (+20% Storm damage for 5 rounds) with Amplify (+15% damage for 5 rounds). So far, Otis has only overridden Galvanic Field, and usually it’s been an immediate second cast. Oh well, I guess. Either way, I get at LEAST a 15% boost to my tempests. 🙂