The fall of Ashengate 2008-01-20
News Update

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It's been a while since the last update and even discounting the new expansion, extra levels and the holiday season, there's an awful lot of catching up to do. Last time we were delighted to report that with the fall of the mighty dragon, Vergalid, we had gained access to Ashengate. Since then, we've gone from strength to strength, finding ourselves now having steamed through this end zone and defeated its inhabitants! December saw Ancient Dominion blitz its way through event after event in Ashengate's North wing, overcoming most of them on the first visit!

Dynleth's Army showed itself to be a kind of organised chaos; ideal for us, since that perfectly matches our raiding style. Wave after wave of enemies tried to overcome us as we entered the temple, but all were thwarted and we prevailed. Next up, the Shade of Veldyn proved to be more challenging to photograph than to kill, quickly succumbing to our numbers. Lethar the Black, yet another dragon, was the next event to crumble under our advances, this time running away to hide in the shadows. More victories would follow, including DynLeth, Firstborn of Lethar and the fall of Lethar himself, but more on those another time (when I have the screenshots!!)...


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Of course, getting to the North wing was not without its challenges too. Prior to our victories in that final wing, there were other successes that would allow our admittance. Both the West and East wings of Ashengate needed to be overcome in order to progress further. The dragon, Sothgar (and his attendants), and the Drakkin, Stitch (and his spiders), were both extremely challenging events initially, but have become well practiced since. Both fell to Ancient Dominion, yielding great rewards and the possibility of advancement.


SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT...

...when making a hit record...

...when trying to win over the raid leader...

...when giving directions...

...when making yourself comfortable...

...when you have a ginger beard...

...when you really want something...

...when modesty prevails...

...when your reputation precedes you...

...when your inner monologue finds a mouth...

...when Sony run out of sensible names...

...when new menu options are presented...

...when honesty seems like the best policy...


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Elsewhere in The Serpent's Spine, there is still more work to do before we can claim to have defeated another expansion. The path to Frostcrypt, like the one to Ashengate, is littered with obstacles to overcome. Thankfully, we've had yet more successes on this front too and managed to clear our way there. While several members still need to complete some of their access tasks before we can start raiding there, we're close to taking on this next end zone and showing its residents what we're capable of. We'll have more on that in future updates.

And as if all that wasn't enough, we've also found the time to take on a couple of lesser targets to keep ourselves amused on the lower turnout nights. Events like Severan the Direwind Caller (above) and Pyre Lord Narseekin offered some minor rewards and a little entertainment on our travels.


I'll leave you this month with the best advice any dwarf could offer. Until next time...

Posted by:Ninelives

 
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