I have to say that I seriously respect anyone with a fire cape at the moment. I've just been in a marathon slog through the fight caves. It was easily 3 hours, if not slightly more, but Jad killed me. I was actually doing ok. I'd got him down to three-quarters of his health, but it seemed to me that my swopping prayers was more luck than remembering which actions matched which prayer. He hit me twice, but not for very much. I tried to calm, breathe and recall what Den the Men had told me not two minutes ago. But my head went blank and then I panicked. You can't panic at Jad. I did and so the inevitable happened.
Even so, those in Canting at the time were saying that it was quite an achievement to get all the way to Jad on my first serious attempt. Many thanks for all of the moral support coming from the chat channel. There were many times that I was sitting there resting, keeping myself entertained with all of the conversations in there. Particularly thank you to Den the Men and Arcturus, who were waiting for me at the door, when I finished. It was nice to sit down with you both and have a bit of a postmatch analysis.
I'm partially disappointed that I didn't make it, but only because I know that one day I'll have to do that marathon fight again. I really don't want to do it. It's just too long to be in one place and combat related things have never interested me too much. As I took on Jad, the reward foremost in my mind wasn't the fire cape or the 25k slayer xp, nor even the prestige that comes with such a notch in my sword. The reward would have been never having to go through another 3+ hours like that again. It just bores me.
Mostly though, I am proud of reaching wave 63. Early on, I was a real noob at trapping and so I'd used half of my Sara brews by the time I reached wave 45. After that, necessity taught me to conserve my energy and rest between waves. Most of the last two hours was spent resting between waves. I do feel that I'm more experienced now and could have survived longer with more Sara Brews, if I'd known early on what I knew by the end. I also learned that I prefer the Long Rock to the fabled Italy Rock. Every guide bigs up the Italy Rock, but I found it far easier to trap creatures around the Long Rock.
Just for the record, my worn and carried inventory were: Full Guthans (invaluable; I'd repaired it to 100% before I went in, so I knew it would last. It was a great asset); dragon boots; amulet of glory; black dhide body and chaps; barrows gloves; ring of recoil (this was an error, I didn't know that it crumpled after a certain amount of time); Ava's accumulator; Fally3 shield (in honesty, I didn't use it. I had it there as a prayer restore back up, but I didn't have time between waves at the end); 6 Sara Brews (I needed more); 1 range potion (I needed more); 16 super restore potions (I used an expensive majority of them, but brought some back out with); rune crossbow; broad arrows (did the job very well); and fully charged crystal bow (only got it out for Jad and I was too frightened to really note how I did with it).
As for the latter, *waves to Tankmau5* Me and Tankmau5 met by the magic trees just outside Lletya. We were both after recharging our bows, but we'd both gone to the wrong place. I checked on Wiki and found out where we should have been, so we hopped back to Lletya for anti-poison, then went on a spontaneous expedition together to find Ifleen. It was short, but fun. Nice to have met you, cariad. Didn't we look great with our shiny bows afterwards? :lol:
Edit: Completing the Fight Caves, including killing Jad, will leave you with just 8 volcanic creatures to kill in order to complete your slayer task.