Last night was one of those nights that went in a completely different direction than I was expecting. If you remember last Tuesday we had a combination of one of the smoothest runs for me personally in Kings Fall with the jumping bullshit. That then quickly became one of the glitchiest runs once we hit Oryx, and though we put up the valiant fight we simply ran out of time for attempts. We had agreed to meet up last night, given that it was the night before reset… and give taking down Oryx another go. We had a checkpoint already saved sitting at that encounter, so in theory it should not have taken terribly long. That was at least my line of thought going into the night. However we ran into a myriad of issues, but in part that is why this “Rookie Raid” exists is to get folks through the fights and teach them the things they need to succeed. I absolutely resemble that remark given that this week was just my third time into the Kings Fall raid at all. There is still so much about the raid and the various encounters that I simply don’t know… but I am trying to assimilate information as fast as I can.
One of the things that threw off the rhythm of the raid early on was that Wet had to rush to the hospital with his mom. Jex filled in admirably, and instead of snuggling with Wet in the middle I got to snuggle with his Titan while doing bubble duty. For leadership we had an alternating mix of Jex and Squirrel depending on the situation, and they both did a great job stepping up to the plate and helping folks through the Oryx fight. That said there is something almost talismanic about Wets presence, and when that is gone it is noticeable. It is almost like we need his snarky commentary as a good luck charm to get us through the encounters. We tried our best to fill in with talk of “MacGuffins” and “Tummy Wumzles” but it just didn’t quite feel the same. So Wet if you are out there reading this you were definitely missed.
On the positive side though it took us an hour and a half worth of constant attempts we managed to get down Oryx. This was made even sweeter when we all realized that this was Warman’s first Oryx kill after apparently having gone to various Kings Fall raids for the last year on an almost weekly basis. That right there is why the Rookie Raid exists, to get folks access to this sort of content and I am super thankful to be part of it. I had wanted to raid myself for ages but never really had the opportunity, and then Squirrel, Wet, Jex and the rest of the Axioma Clan stepped in and bam… I am now doing awesome stuff in Destiny. I am also falling off things quite a bit because I can’t jump for shit. My biggest need right now is simply raw light levels, which I am working on a little bit at a time through exotic farming. Unfortunately I seem to mostly get the same slots… that don’t really need leveling up, however I figure during this weekends Iron Banner I should get a few more exotics.
As has been my habit of late, now the haul for the night. I was sitting at 25 moldering shards so apparently the “bonus loot” business is in full effect now. The portion that I did not realize however is that it seems like the moldering shards are consumed upon getting said bonus loot? I ended up getting three drops from Oryx plus additional shards, but it takes my total shards to 7 so it means that I guess I got two off the boss. Anyways the awesome thing about last night is that I have a full “set” of armor from the raid and can now look like a Hive Knight. I also picked up a second Smite of Merain which will just serve as either a spare copy for an alt… or infusion fodder to try and get my Mida Multitool up in level. What I am looking forward to this weekend however is the return of Iron Banner which supposedly also has a decent chance of dropping me some upgrades. It seems like the clan as a whole is planning on running stuff with it, and hopefully even though I suck at PVP in general I can get in on some action. It would really be awesome to be able to hit rank 5 so I can start getting the good drops.