So! In all seriousness away from Vika's public post.
This was one of the trolliest things I think the garden has ever made. Thanks to @Sartan
who no doubt made this plant to show us the true suffering of mortality as it yanks us back into the same room four times. A big thanks to the Garden, (@Nicola
A lot of people are asking how I figured it out, and I'll tell you the beginning to the end of the story and you can share how much you hate these plants to give one last hurrah to these bloody things.
So I always knew they were there, but never really had to deal with them outside of slipping into the eastern part of delos. But then I had a duel with someone and was about to claim victory. They tumbled west and I tried to follow, and got snagged back immediately. I tried three more times in rapid succession and shot past them. Then they cured out and put ice on the ground, and that made sitting on creepers worse when trying to chase.
I was pretty salty and angry at this point and spent roughly three hours, trying every ability I could. I had @Miriew
, and probably a few other people I'm forgetting. This is a list of most of the things we tried up until we burnt off a layer and got a new message, so:
Things that have not worked on the creeper:
lighting on fire with tinderbox,
red dragon breathrain,
red dragon breathstorm,
THREE HOLOCAUSTS, (Be proud @Aegoth)
artificing inferno with firelord crucible,
every poisonous formulation ability
So after doing all of this we've seemed to strip a layer? As you can see above lighting on fire with a tinderbox wasn't working. So when I returned from a break and went through the list again imagine my surprise when I got this message:Without any means of purification, an insidious creeper rebuffs your attempts to set it alight.
So at some point, through the spam, something peeled off and we got to like a stage 2 of the creeper plant. It seemed to universally unlock it?
So we once again went through EVERYTHING on the list, and added in the last 2 in this phase. I thought "There's no way this thing can survive a room BEING ON FIRE, with it RAINING FIRE."
Sadly, it totally lived. We all brainstormed a bit and we let it go, discussing it here and there and I didnt touch it for a small bit.
I reflected on a quest specific to Mhaldorians in the Vasnari mountains, it has a part where you have to purify something. Which is why I felt maybe Sartan made this quest? I thought maybe it would be similar and fire had to be the key. (Turns out nope)
Now we were all gathered at the Cyrene arena (We being your one and only Vashnarian Shield) and talking about combat, classes, and it was brought up about Alchemist. We were discussing with Neraka about if you actually had to be in dual trans in Alchemist to perform well in PvP. So I was going through every ability in Alchemy when I got to AB SALT.
Symbol: A bisected circle.
3.00 seconds of equilibrium
The energy of salt, first of the primes, will purge your body of afflictions.
It seemed to fit the idea that maybe we had to cast an active cure onto them to purify them? So I rushed @Roselyn
over and was like EDUCE SALT! And nothing, and @Saerene
, and @Emiya
ended up over and then the wild idea of "Well, salt is a purifier. And it's poisonous to plants." So we out rifted salt, dropped the salt, and LIGHT CREEPER and BAMBAMBAM.
Everyone was actually in shock. I had to quicklook about four times in a row before the celebration came out. It was super fun. I organized the shield, gave everyone 50 salt, and sent them out into the reaches of Sapience to repel the creeper vine threat.
I lost the log of me doing this in all my excitement, and I wish I had taken the time to log it all before going through a couple hundred rooms looking for creeper plants. But it's gone in the backlog.
(This just in. Someone has the last little bit of me sending out Taskforce Shield: https://pastebin.com/UiEqZqnK
Personally, for me, this is a testament of how fun the game can be. Even something troll-y and annoying as the creeper vine can evoke some serious thought, bring together a lot of the playerbase (We all wanted it dead!), and create a really great and silly RP moment. It was great fun to actually see a result and get a flood of thank-yous and people being impressed.
If the Garden can answer though, was there an RP point to these plants? Was there some back story behind them? I tried poking at a Botanist, a few Eleusians liked to brag about Nature's formidablity. Also what stripped the first layer? We went through A LOT of abilities, and I'm sad I missed the line that allowed us to try and burn it.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED OUT!