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JiraishinJiraishin trapped in a thawing block of icePosts: 1,324Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
Hello, I don't know if anyone remembers me or not at this point. I'm Jiraishin. I was a Mhaldorian Serpent for a long time, an Ashtani Serpent for a short time, and quit Achaea cold turkey because I needed to focus on university (I started playing as a high school sophomore) and couldn't make the time commitment. This was several years ago: I'm out of uni, in the workforce, and have a bit more spare time now.
So: I've been gone for years. What's the game atmosphere like, compared to 2013-2014? What's the RP situation like, city to city? What's the current state of the Serpent class? Is it worth coming back? Are there active Divines, and should I make a new character if I do decide to come back at all, or is Jiraishin viable?

Also, I'm very sorry to anyone I left hanging RP-wise all those years ago. I needed to quit to focus on real life and had to make the decision to cut myself off all in one go, which unfortunately left me no chance to contact anyone I didn't talk to OOC.
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- 2018/09/06 01:58:21 - Mezghar says, "Alasiel is like my sunshine minion. Jira is like stormcloud of death minion."
NicolaKresslackJahrak

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  • TvistorTvistor Posts: 2,891Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I logged in for a little bit recently and things seemed a little bit dead to me. I didn't recognize too many players, so they were either all asleep or (more likely) they've mostly moved on to real life or switched to alts. Serpent seemed basically the same although apparently creating venoms is a tradeskill now.

    I'm not super up to date, but I'd probably consider taking a pass for now unless the game is very different during peak American times.
    I'm a postgraduate machine learning/cognitive psychology nerd now and am open to neato Achaea-based statistics/programming projects. PM me if you have any ideas.

    I'm currently working on an implementation of a pathfinding algorithm for blind sailors trying to navigate chops and dock at ports.
  • DalokDalok Posts: 9Member
    I dunno, Im here after a pretty long break and am only around really early due to life. Things seem pretty active and even if they aren’t there’s enough to mess around with to keep you occupied for a while.
  • JiraishinJiraishin trapped in a thawing block of icePosts: 1,324Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Can you be more specific, please?
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    - 2018/09/06 01:58:21 - Mezghar says, "Alasiel is like my sunshine minion. Jira is like stormcloud of death minion."
  • JiraishinJiraishin trapped in a thawing block of icePosts: 1,324Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited August 23
    Penwize said:
     Serpent is still serpent, not too much has changed with it, but there's so much more on top of that.

    Can you elaborate? I left after they re-worked theft, but I hear weird things have happened with Venom and they'd already nerfed my Subterfuge a tad. How is Subterfuge doing? What's the class flavor like these days?

    Also, nice to see a familiar name. Hiya, Penwize.

    EDIT: No hiya for Tvistor, because I know his real name and so do my merciless assassins <3
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    - 2018/09/06 01:58:21 - Mezghar says, "Alasiel is like my sunshine minion. Jira is like stormcloud of death minion."
  • PenwizePenwize Posts: 1,399Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Theft as it once was is a little bit dead, you can't force give/put anymore.  It was replaced with pickpocketing, which has its own mechanics and targets mostly gold, sigils, keys, and other small items like that.  It can be used on denizens too, so there's that avenue now.

    I'm not sure if the lightwall change was before or after 2013/2014, I can't remember, but it was a pretty significant boost to Serpent's combat power.  Lightwall makes darkshade tick way faster, and tick even at night/indoors.  It opens up a lot of locking avenues that force a fork between ginseng and something else. 

    Subterfuge hasn't really been nerfed that I remember, other than the theft changes.

    Fully artied serpent is the best bashing class in the game.

    As for other content, uhh, wow.  There's been a lot.  Off the top of my head, the Depthswalker class was a significant addition that evened out a lot of the factional class advantages.  Monks got a secondary spec, Shikudo, which is a pretty strong mix of afflictions and prep.  Most classes have had some significant changes or overhauls, although Serpent's remained pretty stable there.  With the elemental planes came the ability to become an elemental lord, which is its own class that you can shift into and out of like dragonform, and is acquired through questing on the elemental planes.  Questing in general has had some major updates.  We've had a handful of very major world events that drove the story forward in very significant ways (Underworld war, second Black Wave, Yggdrasil and the Elemental War, etc).

    Class flavour is very mixed now, honestly.  Almost every class gets representation to some degree, except maybe Jester and Tekura monk I guess.  Most classes are really great these days, in their own ways.  Multiclassing helps, some people switch their class pretty regularly with it.
    Tvistor
  • TvistorTvistor Posts: 2,891Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Hello @Penwize my old friend,
    I've come to get mind crushed by you again

    (But it sounds like the night in Australia is just too early in the U.S to play :( )
    I'm a postgraduate machine learning/cognitive psychology nerd now and am open to neato Achaea-based statistics/programming projects. PM me if you have any ideas.

    I'm currently working on an implementation of a pathfinding algorithm for blind sailors trying to navigate chops and dock at ports.
  • PenwizePenwize Posts: 1,399Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    That shows your age, I haven't played monk in years at this point! :D

    I'm around at that time a bunch (if I'm getting my timezones right), and yeah it's definitely the deadest time lately I think.  Still, I imagine it'll pick up by September, and once the new WoW expansion fever dies down a little.

    Tvistor
  • JiraishinJiraishin trapped in a thawing block of icePosts: 1,324Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited August 23
    What in Apollyon's name is Depthswalker though
    Is it as cool as it sounds from the name? (I'm guessing no)

    Also did multiclassing ever become a thing, and if so how?
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    - 2018/09/06 01:58:21 - Mezghar says, "Alasiel is like my sunshine minion. Jira is like stormcloud of death minion."
  • PenwizePenwize Posts: 1,399Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Depthswalker might be cooler than it sounds.  Shadow-manipulating time wizard, basically!  It came with the second Black Wave event, its powers originate from Tsol'teth research.  There's some really cool history to read about it!

    Multiclass is a thing!  You have a limited number of class slots, with more opening up either by buying them with credits or gaining levels past dragon.  Switching which class you're using has both a normal cooldown (which can be reduced with artefacts and levels), and an aggression cooldown (which can't be reduced).  Aggression cooldown is straightforward: you can't change class until 10 minutes after the last aggressive action you take.  The lesson cost for learning class skills increases for every class after your first, up to a certain cap.  I'm not entirely sure of the exact numbers there, I'd have to look those up.

    Oh! Something else you might be interested in, some arties have had significant changes to make the whole two class of citizen thing less of an issue.  Gems don't completely remove you from who lists, and veils are completely different now: they give you cross-planar farsee and fullsense, instead of hiding you from people without veils.
  • SenaSena Posts: 3,936Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Jiraishin said:
    What in Apollyon's name is Depthswalker though
    Is it as cool as it sounds from the name? (I'm guessing no)
    They use Tsol'teth magic to control shadows, which they use to create their weapons (shadow scythes and daggers), along with Tsol'teth words of power that they first have to research, and a sort of time-manipulation. Notable abilities include plunging an entire area into darkness, having someone killed by their own shadow, and the Litany of Obedience.
    Jiraishin said:
    Also did multiclassing ever become a thing, and if so how?
    You unlock a second class slot at level 80, then another at level 100 and every 10 levels after that. You can also just buy slots for 250cr. Learning another class takes extra lessons, increasing pretty quickly with every additional class. You can switch between slots instantly, but there's a 12 hour cooldown (reducible with an artefact) and an aggression timer so you can't change mid-combat. You can't have factional classes from multiple factions at the same time.
    Penwize
  • JiraishinJiraishin trapped in a thawing block of icePosts: 1,324Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    My god I'm even more jealous of Veils now D:
    And Depthswalker sounds like it steals what Serpent should have been. Hissss.
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    - 2018/09/06 01:58:21 - Mezghar says, "Alasiel is like my sunshine minion. Jira is like stormcloud of death minion."
  • XaeXae Posts: 451Member @ - Epic Achaean
    Tvistor said:
    I logged in for a little bit recently and things seemed a little bit dead to me. I didn't recognize too many players, so they were either all asleep or (more likely) they've mostly moved on to real life or switched to alts. Serpent seemed basically the same although apparently creating venoms is a tradeskill now.

    I'm not super up to date, but I'd probably consider taking a pass for now unless the game is very different during peak American times.
    I came back for a few months! But I'm trying to focus on work :(
    discord: aciidwire#5240 || WoW: aciidwire#1437
    Please check out my new art page!

  • MindshellMindshell Posts: 264Member ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Tvistor said:
    ...

    (But it sounds like the night in Australia is just too early in the U.S to play :( )
    Or the best time for hunting.
    UtianimaPenwizeKyrraOceana
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,869Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Of course I remember you! There was a certain archery tournament I remember meeting you at for the first time. That was a lot of fun. Welcome back!


  • JiraishinJiraishin trapped in a thawing block of icePosts: 1,324Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Kresslack said:
    Of course I remember you! There was a certain archery tournament I remember meeting you at for the first time. That was a lot of fun. Welcome back!
    We didn't meet there...You were my official mentor!
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    - 2018/09/06 01:58:21 - Mezghar says, "Alasiel is like my sunshine minion. Jira is like stormcloud of death minion."
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,869Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Jiraishin said:
    Kresslack said:
    Of course I remember you! There was a certain archery tournament I remember meeting you at for the first time. That was a lot of fun. Welcome back!
    We didn't meet there...You were my official mentor!
    Ack! Forgive my faltering memory. I'm really glad to see you've returned.

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    JiraishinUtianima
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