Finally progressed in the story a bit! For a long while I was jumping between the Storm Coast, Fallow Mire, and the Hinterlands. I actually hit level 10 before going to Val Royeaux. I've now picked up Sera, Vivi (yes, I will call her Vivi, because she is LITERALLY A BLACK MAGE), Bull, and Blackwall. I've switched up my party to use Vivi and Blackwall... I was torn between keeping Varric or switching to Sera, but I like Varric too much. Sorry Sera, maybe when I can romance you next run...
As for their personalities, I'm a bit torn. First, I like Vivi... but she can't be romanced, which is too bad as I don't find the other female options (Cass and Josephine) as appealing. I also like her view on mages and their actions after Anders' fireworks in DA2. It perfectly mirrors my own views: he was a terrorist, and the mages who declared their independence immediately after Anders' actions were basically giving their support to mass murder.
Sera is hit-or-miss. Juvenile, but fun, personality. Iron Bull I think will be awesome, but I don't want to use him as a tank necessarily and I'd prefer a second mage to a second warrior in my party. Blackwall's history is going to be interesting, and I don't yet understand why Vivi dislikes him. I'm mostly using him instead of Cass just for a change of pace.
So, only two characters left to find. I think it'll depend on who I ally with first, the Templars or Mages? Just a guess. I have to say, I'm still feeling more sympathetic to the mages because Lucien is a jerkface, but Fiona is like a Mini-Orsino. Meh, we'll see.
I too started crafting, and that along with respeccing my mages made a HUGE difference in combat ability. As others said, now my own items are as good or better than what I've found. The enhancements were the best part, though I need more schematics... I heard there's a vendor for them in VR? I might have to go back and check.
Anyone buy the 10,000 gold mystery box? I'm sitting at like 9,700 right now and I'm tempted to...
As mentioned I also realized I was making some mistakes with my mages so I respecced. Putting points into the Winter tree helped a lot; Winter Stillness (+50% mana regen while standing still) means now instead of being constantly mana-starved I can cast a spell every few seconds. You can also get Fade Step to get to it, which is a mana-free 4 second cooldown speed burst; ideal for exploration or a quick escape. Spirit is still awesome... did I mention Dispel before? GET DISPEL. I hugely underrated this spell at first. It banishes enemies from rifts before the wave begins, it strips off enemy barriers (but not guard) and it heals negative status ailments. It makes Rifts MUCH easier, and fighting mages and demons with barriers simple as well. Get it! The rest of my Inquisitor's points are in Spirit and Storm, but I may respec again... the Inferno Tree seems great, and I'd love to get Fire Mine. And then once I get Knight-Enchanter I'll have to respec once again... oh well, worth it.
Now, if only I had thought as much about my other characters' trees as I did my mages'... oh well. I also need to learn how to better use cross-class combos. But at least I'm learning, and no fight recently has been too hard! Well, being level 11 now doesn't hurt either. I finally closed that darn level 12 elite rift in the Hinterlands that massacred my party at level 6, but I'm not brave enough to take on the dragon there yet.
Questions for the group:
1. Where is the last landmark in the Fallow Mire? I've found 4/5 and I've completed all the quests I had for the area. I don't see it on my map.
2. How do you get in the cave/ruin in the Storm Coast that has the red lyrium deposits in it? Presumably, at least. Between me and the deposits on the map is only mountains on one side, ocean on the other, and what looks like a closed entrance to a dwarven ruin in between.
3. Where are people finding schematics? Or buying them, at least. It is in VR, right?
4. What Inquisition Perks are people getting?
-I named my character Harold, so whenever anyone calls him the Herald, I imagine him whining "No no no, HAROLD, not HERALD!"
-If you haven't gotten to VR yet, you might want to get all the Codex +exp perks you can first. There are SO many Codex entries and things to read there.
Edited, Nov 21st 2014 8:38am by LockeColeMA
Retired News Writer for the ZAM Network
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