Synopsis: APOCALYPSE, CONCLUSION! The End of the World is at hand! The Champions: dead! The heroes of Vibora Bay: betrayed! The fallen angel Therakiel is about to bring about the end, but the deadliest villain on Earth wants such power for himself! It all comes down to Willforge to execute a desperate last-minute plan to reverse the Apocalypse and set things right! Join Willforge in this 25th issue spectacular!
The End has arrived! The Earth is gone!
Wait…that can’t be right…let me check that script again….
Here we go. Thanks to one of the most painful plot devices known to man (and the only one that allows you to maul the main cast like this), the Apocalypse has been stopped. You would think that stopping the end of the world in Champions Online would be good for gaining at least one level, right? Heh-keep thinking that. I’ve put Willforge through the conclusion of the Apocalypse, and all he got was a lousy t-shirt. Actually, strike that-he didn’t get that either. But in the plus column, at least the world is still spinning, right? At least, it’ll keep doing that as long as he manages to prevent the Apocalypse from actually happening based on the knowledge he got from said Apocalypse.
One would think that a simpler solution would be to take out the baddie who kick started the whole mess in the first place, instead of trying to change heaps of little things hoping to change the future, but that’s the biz for you.
Despite my griping, I am fairly close to 38 at this point, and expect to hit it next time I’m on. I suspect I’ll spend a lot of time in post-Apocalypse Vibora (the images that phrase evokes is nowhere near reality. I blame Mad Max and Wasteland…) to begin the push to 40. I have a sneaking feeling, though, that Nemesis minions don’t spawn off in Vibora, which means I might take trips to the Canada or Monster Island to harvest some Nemesis clues so I have a reasonable shot at reaching the end of that line before wrapping up this CO run. It’s not as unrealistic as one might think-it’s taken me this long to get from 37 to near 38, after all. I’m sure I could grind the last two levels out doing just Alerts, but hell, that would drive me bats-especially if there’s no double-xp events rolling. Besides, there IS an end to the Vibora Bay arc post-apocalypse, and it’s not inconceivable that I could be facing the big bad one more time.
Nearing the end, of course, puts me in mind of where I’m going next. I’ve got a character concept percolating and a general plan of attack for Star Trek Online, but at the same time, it’s been a while since I’ve seriously visited Star Wars: The Old Republic. This is all in terms of new characters, mind-I’ve got some other irons to wrap in the meantime, such as pushing my Romulan main to get up-to-date with the mission log, and I’ve a bunch of characters in TOR to finish through the Eternal Throne expansion (including a pair who will get actual conclusions to stories I chronicled here who helped reinvigorate my Building Character posts). So expect some of that to possibly litter the blog from now until the next big thing.
But obviously, first things first. Willforge managed to scrape out a second chance for the planet-and he’s got two levels (and a smidgen) to go before the final issue is writ.