Synopsis: In the Pacific Ocean, there exists an island-MONSTER ISLAND! Bureau 17 and the Champion Ironclad have reached out to Willforge for assistance dealing with a rise in activity from the natives-the Manimals-and darker forces. Between the war between Manimals and ARGENT’s interest in the area, has Willforge bitten off more than he can chew?
Over in Champions Online, I have managed to get Willforge up and over level 30, which means a new zone is available for him to start leveling in-Monster Island! Odds are good that this zone will be providing the meat of most of the xp as I start the push to the max level of 40 in the game (but there are two other zones that can get the attention later!). Canada will probably still see some activity, though. For now, though, it’s time for Willforge to deal with man/animal hybrids, the ever-present threat of ARGENT (those corporate greedheads!), on the way to somewhat larger problems.
The levels gained recently mean a new power pick for Willforge, and I wound up taking a maintained personal area of attack ability that theoretically “incapacitates” and damages enemies in its radius. I honestly thought when I picked it up that it was a standard ranged area attack ability, and I was tempted to hop to the Powerhouse to change it-but it’s worked out nicely in tandem with some of the other powers Willforge is using, so I let it go. I don’t believe there are likely much more in the way of powers to be gained for the character at this stage; I believe there will be another travel power coming up, and maybe one more standard power, and that will be it-so Willforge’s power picks are as set as they get without a full respec.
In addition to the Monster Island thing, I also started an attempt on the Serpent Lantern adventure pack-a series of missions that are linked together by a coherent story. Unfortunately, Willforge hasn’t done so well in that, so I shelved the attempt until I get a few more levels under my belt. I’m not sure that this will make a difference-one of the bosses consistently makes mincemeat out of Willforge, and let’s face it: he’s neither a tank nor a DPS guy, so it’s looking more like I’ll just skip the Adventure Pack. (I’m not ruling out one of the comics series, which are similar, though-they may not be as rough, and the Demonflame Adventure Pack was never on my list.)
My leveling has been supplemented by doing some Alerts, usually to refresh the xp bonus I get from them. I could conceivably finish leveling entirely by doing Alerts and nothing else, but that’s no fun! Particularly since there’s still two more zones to level up in and visit. For now, continuing to fight in a land where the line between man and beast becomes blurred. (Thanks, Dr. Moreau!) Plus, there’s that pesky Nemesis still out there; I recently got a new Nemesis clue that should lead to a cover-worthy moment next time.