Before I start, I'd like to remind all Canters that the deadline of the Warm Fuzzy project is this weekend. Thank you very much to Tanyakins for organising it.
This week was the Easter event, in Runescape. Entitled 'Holly and Hawthorn', I reckon it's the most Pagan event ever released into the game! We even had to invoke the elements, in order to complete the quest! So, is there a Pagan on the staff of Jagex now, or have they just been searching Google? I thoroughly enjoyed the Easter Event, even more so because I was tittering over the inclusions. It ran well and had a clear narrative. I enjoyed solving the puzzle of where to use my keys and claiming my two tiaras. I even have them both charged with six points each.
So what do I think was going on there? The battle is actually supposed to be between the old stag and the new stag. (Gentlemen, every testosterone battle of wills you've ever had with your Dad invokes this.) It's the chasing of the seasons and the push for supremacy over the moment. The Holly King is slain by the Oak King (you did note the Season Tree, didn't you?). When 'of all the trees that are in the woods, the Holly bears the crown', then winter can come. But when the Oak takes over, then summer can come. These are the Gods in the wheel of the year. The Goddesses are present too, but they award sovereignty, not take it. One of these Goddesses is Eostre (you do know how to pronounce it). She's represented by rabbits and eggs, all of those symbols of fertility. This is Beltane, the fertile time, when Spring is blossoming and Summer is on the way. You need Eostre to birth it all, with the Oak King, after he's defeated the Holly King. Incidentally, Eostre's symbol is the Hawthorn. See why I had a smile on my face?
In Runescape, we assisted Eostre (Sunrise Queen) by defeating the Evil Holly. As part of this, we invoked the elements (earth, air, fire and water). Once this was done, we heard the Queen say her ritual words and suddenly we were in Spring. But winter is always in the background. It will come around again, hence that nod of homage to the Winter Queen. Protect the Holly, defeat the Hawthorn. I did stop to see if the elements were at the cardinal points, but this wasn't done. Earth was at north-east; water at south-east; fire at south-west; and air at north-west. We did have to do them clock-wise though (which is the right way for invokation), in that earth was first, then water, then fire and air together (steam). Fascinating to see how they adapted it!
Of course, being a good Wiccan, I carved the only sculpture that made perfect sense in this Pagan narrative. As it was the first choice, I'm assuming that many people did.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
In the other news, now that my computer is stable, I've been dungeoneering again. I've had a couple of large dungeons, mostly with Coss, but also with MFI, Litster25, Ritster21 and Kayla. I'm getting loads more XP these days, after reaching the 42nd floor. I decided to solo some early ones last night. I was about to go in, when I heard an exclaimation from kingfredy101. He was in the foyee of Daemonheim and had logged on to find an unfamiliar IP address, as the previous log in. He'd been hacked. He had an anxious moment rushing to the bank, but his PIN number had saved him. He'd lost nothing! -.- I happy danced with him, then invited him to duo with me.
I've long since suspected that the combat savvy members of Canting cringe when I meet new people. They have to hunt them down, just to assure them that not all of Canting are at my level of noobishness. The clan's collective combat knowledge should not be judged by mine. If this is the case, then add kingfredy101 to your list. He was utterly confused as to how I sailed past level 80 dungeoneering without buying a choatic weapon; nor why my level 80 was marked by buying the herblore scroll with much wooting. He also couldn't quite compute how I reached level 89 in all combat skills (124 total), yet still managed to consistently be wearing the wrong protection prayer over my head. I think I disgraced us again. -.- But here's your shout out, kingfredy101! It was fun Dungeoneering with you and I'm glad that your bank remained intact.
Once he'd gone to bed, I soloed floor one, complexity six, medium dungeon. The latter was a misclick, as I was going to do small. But mediums aren't usually that big, so I decided to just do it. That was a bit of an error. I've never encountered such a complicated floor one in my life!
It had no less than three puzzle rooms. The keys were so scattered that I was constantly having to go from the extreme north to the extreme south, then find another obstacle with the key to a door in the extreme north again. Even with the ggs and my personal gs, there was still a massive amount of running back and forth to do. There were also several doors that I had to boost to open. At one point, I found myself in a situation where I couldn't open a single door (despite five keys in my bag) and had to face the fact that I'd missed a key. I found in it about the 15th room I tried. I think that most people would have given up on it, as a bad dungeon, after the first half an hour, particularly because it was the lowest room. But I was tired and I'd reached that MacBeth point of, 'returning were as tedious as to go o'er'. I just kept plugging away until it was over. However, I was very gratified to see the xp that I got from it!
It's left me just 28k from level 87 Dungeoneering! Woot! AND I nearly have enough points for a prayer scroll.