Come and taste the tasty druid or her spider!
Yep, I have a Giant Spider now, as many of you have seen. Carlotta is now level 8, matching my level 8 harpies Retorin and Surashi (who will likely soon be freed). My only other pet at this time is a level 6 as-yet unnamed giant spider (being held in reserve in case this Carlotta dies in training).
Speaking of Carlotta, I had a rather nice run-in with the invisible Oberin gods today. (My first run-in, which involved a resurrection, among other things in the Mirror Oberin of last week and the first half of its RTQ that will likely receive a write-up when I'm not drugged. Narcotics are wondrous for pain caused by these four little holes in my abs that some duly licensed cerlics inserted to remove my gall bladder, but those narcotics do little for the concentration or orientation. I couldn't even sit up most of Monday without getting motion sick.)
Anyway, regarding today. I found out that it's possible to level a pet from level 6 to 7 in an hour near Mirith, killing gooeys with giant spiders. (Okay, I was pretty sure that was exaggerated, but still, that estimate suggests it's a fast method.) Sure enough, Carlotta promptly leveled as she hasn't since a bracken fried her once I found the gooeys.
The finding of those gooeys is a story in itself.
First, I took the road to Mirith with the young wizard Seaphire. The poor dearóa giant and troll met us at the bridge about halfway between Lerilin and Mirith, driving us into the water. Seaphire wasówell, I frankly have no idea what she was thinking, but she was running back and forth playing chicken with the troll (after I logged to save level 7 Carlotta from the giant). Well, there was a bracken to one side of the bridge, as she foundÖ the hard wayÖ
I led her to the nearby public temple and lured the giant away, running back to Lerilin to recover Carlotta from the stable and organize some help, though Seaphire unfortunately logged out before we could join her. (We were able to verify that she had recovered her things, however.) Among Nedved, Adarina Valga, Fixx, Zico, and Ióand the giant spider, hell hound, air elemental, sand spider, and worker ant that were our non-respective petsóthe troll and bracken soon entered the "dead" category.
We never found the giant.
Afterwards, Zico and I continued to Mirith. On that journey, I was reminded yet again that my terror of hell hounds is rather unfounded paranoia, and I learned something. A level 7 druid with a similarly-leveled spider who encounters a blink hound need not run screaming for "help" in the opposite direction.
Ah, Mirith, Mirith. From a previous short visit, I vaguely remembered that gooeys were slightly west (and maybe a little south?) of Mirith. So I started a rather systematic search from the northwest corner of the outer wall, to the water and back, foraging as I went. (A purple Robe of Protection entered my possession at some point during this time, which I will likely sell to a high bidder. My guild needs moneyóand I need to tell you that story, too. "How Carradee was sucked into a guild." Later.)
I banked the RoP, of course. I wasn't going to risk a death with that in my inventory. Second trip out, I continued my somewhat systematic sweep... finding no gooeys. :( I finally called, "heeeere, gooey!"
Immediately, a gooey appeared on the bottom of my screen. I jerked in surprise. In the ensuing battle, I found a piece of candy, and afterwards, while meditating against my spider, my spider said "!" to me. I profusely thanked the god(s) involved, of course, for each and every one of the 5, 9, and 14 gooeys that followed that first one to their deaths on my ensuing 3 trips. (They also had an uncanny habit of spawning a little in front of me, or with me between/among the two or three of them. I made the "mistake" of advertising that gooeys could come and eat meÖ and they cameÖ and kept comingÖ)
So, Carlotta is level 8, I'm on my way to taming 7, and I have to decide if I'll use or sell the Ring of Lesser Protection I received as a drop from that last gooey. All thanks to a nameless god of Oberin who, though I know not which one he (or she) be, I offer my gratitude.
-The Honorable Carradee