“When we arrived on Taris to locate Dr. Godera, I hadn’t anticipated my own reaction to the devastation visited upon that world. Three hundred years ago, it was bombarded into rubble by the Imperials. It’s hard to believe that this savage world used to be a thriving world, one covered with cities. But the wreckage left behind even after all these years bears mute testament to the cruelty of the Sith.
Yet, the Republic is trying to restore this world. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Governor Saresh, I believe it may be possible. Her determination to rebuild this world humbles me; idealistic, but strong-willed, I think that if anyone can bring Taris back from the dead, it will be her. At her behest, I have assisted in protecting the people working to reclaim Taris from the vicious creatures known as rakghouls. They’re everywhere on Taris-savage creatures, I originally thought, with the horrific ability to transform nearly anyone injured by them into one of their own. But as I discovered as I traveled on Taris, there may be more to them than meets the eye: some are learning to use tools. And some are learning to use the Force.
There was only so much I could do, however. I wasn’t the only one looking for Dr. Godera-an agent of Imperial Intelligence was looking as well, and he was able to delay me long enough to get to him first. I was able to rescue the doctor, but not before the agent had sent all he had learned from Godera to Darth Angral. Godera’s ready to help against the Sith Empire-despite disagreements he’s had with earlier administrations-and I’m preparing my journey to my next destination: Nar Shadda, a Hutt world where General Var Suthra has lost contact with one of his agents….”
-From the Epic of Anthrandos
Well, I can put Taris behind me now. And man, what a trip it was!
The character’s now well into his level 30’s, and it’s not unreasonable to assume that he could hit level 50 long, long before I get to Corellia. There are a few reasons for this.
First, I’m doing every mission I can find, with the exception of most of the heroics. I could probably research and see which heroics aren’t “open world” ones, but since that would cut into my time playing when I encounter them, I just ignore them unless I actually already know that they’re instanced. This is likely to mean the later planets, as those are the ones I was running for the whole “Alliance Commander” achievement on getting my KotFE Alliance contacts up to influence 20. (Did I mention that in an earlier post? Well, I did. Was glad to get that done before the last chapter comes out, which has been pushed a couple of weeks back into August, as an FYI.) This also includes doing the Bonus Missions, which I decided to do for Taris. I think other ones will be a case-by-case thing, but I will admit that I badly want to do the Alderaan ones, since I never really did go through that whole series.
An aside on the Bonus Missions: as I feared, they no longer reward any orange gear. Looks like that vendor on Fleet is going to be the only place to get that stuff. At some point, as I fill out my companion roster, I’ll stop by to see if any of it looks like it would look good on my companions. I’ve pretty much settled on my character’s new look-I wanted to differentiate him a bit more from my BH, who used the Restored Triumvirate armor first-and put a recent acquisition on Kira. I believe Doc may be next on my list, but it’ll be a while before he shows up-so obviously, no hurry.
The second reason is my willingness to do Flashpoints. I’ll admit it: it’s not usually my first choice of things to do, especially since you can run into individuals who have no patience with people or people who are out to screw over the others on the group. One day, I should consider just joining an active guild again-but given my altitis and the open question of “how long will I be playing the game this week”, it seems like I’d be an iffy investment. Plus, I do have a bit of an emotional investment in the Outlaws. Plus, I tend to operate on Republic and Imperial sides at any given time…you get the picture.
That got off on a tangent. In addition to finishing Taris, I also ran the Athiss Flashpoint, the next on my parade of Flashpoints to cross off the list. That one isn’t a hard one, ordinarily-but we went in with four DPS role people. (Yes, I’m Jedi Guardian, but I’m Vigilance-spec; it’s not an ideal tank.) Fortunately, as these are Tactical Flashpoints these days, there are healing stations at the really big boss fights that can help if someone activates them. That said, one of our group members apparently had chat turned off or was just trolling us; plus, he didn’t seem to understand the concept of “don’t go into a fight when you’re at 1/8th health”. The final battle was basically three people, as he managed to get himself killed by the glowy fireballs a quarter of the way through-the ones that tend to be lethal if you just stand there not moving. Did I mention that I’m reasonably sure he did “Need” on every loot drop roll? Whatever-I wasn’t in it for the gear, anyway. It’s not like the drops are all that spectacular anymore since orange drops have been rendered extinct.
All those complaints aside, we did beat the Flashpoint, so all of those complaints can be rendered moot. Next on my hit list will be Mandalorian Raiders, which I can’t remember a damned thing about. I must’ve done it at one point, either solo or in a group, because I have the Stronghold trophy in my Nar Shadda vacation spot. Also on my list is the Kuat Drive Yards Flashpoint; it was the first Tactical one designed, and it was designed for just about all levels-and even more importantly, I’ve never done it before. I’ll have more to say about it when it happens.
These two reasons are the big reasons I expect to hit 50 before Corellia-hell, maybe even before Voss. But the biggest reason is that my character is thus far sitting on the xp boosters he gets as a subscriber completing certain quests. I haven’t used a single one yet, but I tend to wait until later levels to use them anyway, where xp gains seem slower. Given that I’m doing everything I can, I’m not sure that will be an issue-but I’ll do ’em anyway. I’m like that.
And so, the next target on the list will be Nar Shadda, land of the greedy Hutts! Bright lights, big city-Vegas in space!