As part of acquiring their blade, Blademasters have to acquire three items: ashes, a random lump of metal, and a third item. The third item could be one of several objects, like a sprig of nightshade or a fiery reddish rose. Most of these items have one spot they respawn at or there are multiples of them.
But cinnabar has neither. Cinnabar, a third possible item for the quest, can respawn anywhere in Moghedu..The problems are:
A) Moghedu is big.
It spawns randomly in Moghedu. From 1st floor to the 6th, including the hidden mage room.
C) There is only one usable cinnabar
D) Unless you find it, there is no way to know where it is or even if someone has grabbed it before you. While it doesn't usually happen, I've seen a situation where after a housemate spent 15 minutes of searching for the cinnabar, and after he finally found the cinnabar it decayed mid-trip and had to spend another 10-15 minutes
This makes finding it quite difficult and increasing frustrating when you can't find it. As current HoN and long-time aide to the same position in the Ashura, I've helped with many quests for both newbies and older players.
While randomness is a factor with the blade quest, as obviously seen with the lumps, the difficulty in finding the cinnabar just becomes annoying. It is hard for blademasters without anyone to help hunt for it (especially real newbies), it promotes no role-play feature, and does nothing to enhance the quest or class.
I would like to suggest one or more of the following changes:
A) Make cinnabar spawn specific to a single place. This is more in-line with the other items for the quest and is the easiest solution.
Make Moghedu spawn more cinnabar. More cinnabar means a much easier time finding one.
C) Restrict where it spawns to a possible few rooms. Could even have the rooms spread out across Moghedu. Similar to hunting for the lumps while not having to look everywhere. Plus after checking the few known spots, would be much easier to know if you have to wait for it to respawn.
D) Option A, PLEASE
Thank you for listening to my suggestion and I hope something good comes because of it.
You know, that one thing at that one place, with that one person.
Yea, that one!