I had a busy weekend in the “real world” so I didn’t get much time to play Vanguard, but in the time I did have I managed to get to level 11, oh yeah, end-game here I come! I’ve enjoyed the quests so far, even though they have mostly been of the “kill x number of creature y” variety, the story behind them is at least engaging enough to keep my interest. After choosing which version of Jin (light or dark) I was going to follow, I was set off on a series of trials to prove my worthiness. While doing some of the quests I came across the Spawn of Kojuko who was kind enough to pose for my screenshot before charging at me. I turned tail and ran like a true warrior would. He managed one swipe at me which knocked my health bar down to a sliver, but that just made me run faster and I managed to escape.
In one of the trials I was teleported to the top of a very high mountain overlooking Tanvu, and was supposed to talk with a Lao’Jin master, Master Chuun. The view from the top of the mountain was incredible so I just had to look around and perhaps grab a screenshot or two before speaking with the Master. I could almost see the entire island from where I was, including the city of Tanvu far below. I inched my way closer to the edge of the mountain for a better look, but I apparently inched a little too far forward as I fell off the edge and began plummeting towards the ground below. I uttered an “oh crap” but just then my quest updated with a ding and I successfully completed Chuun’s trial. I never did speak to him, so I’ll just assume his trial was going to ask me to put my faith in Jin and jump off the mountain.
A little later on, while walking around doing some quests near Magi Hold, I came across Kagero Skyhoof, Pegasus Master. After talking with her I learned that I could rent a Pegasus for ten minutes at a cost of ten silver. I did a quick inventory check to find that I had 22 silver, and 98 copper to my name. Ten silver was feeling like a lot of money, but this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
The ten minutes literally flew by, pun intended. I ended up flying south to Ca’ial Brael and saw some pretty cool stuff along the way such as Jalen’s Crossing, the giant bridge pictured. The ten minutes expired just as I was flying over Ca’ial Brael which is a gorgeous looking city.
I then headed west from Ca’ial Brael to Tawar Galan which is right on the coast. I found a mount vendor nearby and decided to spend what little money I had left on a Young Dusky Brown Horse which left me with four copper in my pockets. I had a long journey back to Tanvu though, so I figured it’d be worth it. Hey, who doesn’t like having a horse? The horse I bought is the slowest one available, but it’s still pretty cool trotting around on a horse. I made my way back to Jalen’s Crossing where I found a teleporter which zapped me back to Tanvu which is right where I needed to be for my next set of quests. I happened to see in the out of character chat that at around level fifteen or so I may be ready to explore some of the other continents, so I’m looking forward to that. I may even get brave enough in the coming days to try grouping, but I’ll have to see, because I still feel like a complete noob in this game.