I remember several years ago preparing to raid Deathtoll.
The first thing I did was ride a cloud up on Bonemire and jump off at just the right spot so I could land on the floating island containing Arbiter Selek. But before I could talk to him, I had to speak Draconic. That’s right, first I had to do the quest Speak as a Dragon that started with a raid and then sent me all over Norrath looking for items.
Once I talked to Arbiter Selek, he sent me to The Vaults of El’Arad. A few hours later he sent me to kill Sothis in Halls of Fate and then talk to the ghost dragon in The Blackscale Sepulcher. After that, he sent me to talk to Nagafen. Nagafen then sent me to kill four epic dragons: Harla Dar, Lord Vyemm, Gorenaire, and Talendor. Once I did that, I talked to Nagafen again and he gave me access to Deathtoll. Kind of.
I zoned into Deathtoll but found that there was a barrier I couldn’t get past. I went back and talked to Nagafen who sent me to the armorer in Solusek’s Eye who gave me the Marked Flameshield of Scale. If you equip this item, you’re able to turn off the barrier and make it into the rest of Deathtoll.
That was a serious accomplishment that took quite a while to pull off. Many people died multiple times just trying to get to Arbiter Selek the multiple times you have to talk to him. And what did I get for all this work? I got access for my raidforce to go see one of the most awesome looking dragons in EQ2: Tarinax! He is an incredible looking skeletal dragon protecting an enormous mound of treasure. He’s huge!
When I walked into his room for the first time and saw him sitting there, there was this feeling of awe and amazement. The day we took him down was one I will remember for a long, long time. All that work had finally paid off. It was quite fitting that his chest had more loot in it than I had seen in any other exquisite chest.
Fast forward a bit. GU 57 came out and with it, the cloud transportation has been removed. The “cloud” stations just port you to the next island. Much faster to get around, but it takes a good bit of flavor away from the zones. You no longer get much of a sense of what fits in where. As such, they moved Arbiter Selek to the lower southwest edge of the Halls of Fate island since it’s impossible to get to where he used to be (at least until we get flying mounts with Velious).
And guess what’s coming with GU 58? No more access quest line required for Deathtoll. That’s right. After GU 58, all you have to do is walk up to the entrance and zone in. What was once a major accomplishment requiring a good bit of work has now been reduced to a click.
I guess in some aspects I can understand removing it. It is a pretty cool zone and I’m sure more people would run it if it didn’t take so much work to get into. I’ve gone along on a Deathtoll raid in the past simply because the raidforce going in didn’t have access and I did. They wanted the AA and the trophy that you now get from killing Tarinax. It’s sad to see the accomplishment of gaining access to Deathtoll reduced to a click but in the grand scheme of things, I guess with the level cap now being 90, it’s not really much of an accomplishment anymore.
So with GU 58, Deathtoll will be open to anyone who wishes to stroll on in. And I’ll be reduced to talking about how back in my day, we I had to walk to school, in the snow, with no shoes, uphill, BOTH WAYS! Tell that to the kids of today, and they won’t believe you.
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