(Spoiler Alert- read at your own risk. I'm serious- don't read unless you don't mind spoilers!)
Today marked the release of the quest "Carnillean Rising." One of the new breed with voice acting. Monique and I are of differing opinions with the voices. She finds it intrusive, especially when both of us are doing the same quest at the same time (which is our preferred way to do quests). I immensely enjoy the voices. Particularly with this quest, they were spot on, down to the last inflection. The voices add a rich layer to the gameplay.
I'll have to admit, when I read the behind-the-scenes, I had some doubts. But Carnellean Rising was a rollicking, side-splitting adventure right from the setup. I'm one of those players that doesn't enjoy solving complex puzzles. Lucky for me, it's a pretty simple quest. Pretty easy to figure out as you go. Just keep asking your Butler buddy, Crichton, what needs doing next. He'll always come across with a hint. He's been assigned to facilitate the quest.
By the way, all dungeon-building actions use Construction. It requires 31 Construction to do the quest at all. And 33 Thieving as well. Just inside the cavern, there's a low ledge, and a space beside it to put a trap. I chose to use 7 buckets of water, flooding the center. Word of warning here- this was the first part of the dungeon I built. And forever after, Crichton and I had to climb the ledge. Make your job easier, save building the agility trap for last, so you won't have to climb it every time you run past.
I really enjoyed the quest characters that had to follow me. They all ran just as fast as players, with a smooth and natural movement. Nothing like going jogging with the butler and the cook through a dark dungeon. Romping with the pups was fun, too. When it's time to lead them, catch their mouse. It's kind of willy-nilly, seeing as the mouse is frantically running in circles, while the wolf cubs are trying to eat it. You'll just have to click fast to get it. Once you've got the mouse, they'll follow you to the dragon hot spots. The cubs will take their places, then you put the dragon heads on them. Priceless. Awww, how cute! Well, don't get too attached. Phillipe is going to kill them in a fight.
... Thank goodness there's an after-quest reward trail for the higher-level players... :^D
Yep. After the dust has settled, speak to Sir Ceril again. He'll give you an update on his sons continuing adventures. You'll get a rather easy clue regarding Philipe's current location. Go there, talk with Philipe. He'll hand out an experience lamp, and talk about what he's been learning. Be sure to actually talk with him. Check out his stats, too. Every new location he's at, his Combat Level gets a bit higher. And the experience lamp he hands out gets better.
As if that's not enough, there's still more. Go back and talk to Claus the Chef again (in the cellar kitchen). The Cave Wolf Matriarch has respawned as a level 283 monster. Her pups are back too, each at level 79. If you go back in, kill the wolf, and get the skull, he'll pay you quite nicely. I didn't really know what to expect, but went in with an Overload, some prayers, and food. Geared up for melee. The fight was brutal, but fast. For my reward, I was given a choice of items. Picked 200 Dragon Scale dust, which sold for over 100k gold. I'm sure there's a more efficient way to fight her, but this worked. I only wish you could go back multiple times and kill the wolf. Apparently, this part is a once-only deal. Too bad.
This is one of my favorite quests to date. By all means... if you haven't done so yet -- do the quest!