Questing For Unicorns

More or less arbitrarily I’ve decided that Ardwulf is pursuing the questline to get a unicorn mount. The whole line is said to take about 24 hours of play by itself, and I think that may be optimistic. It’s mostly soloable with caution, but there are times in the chain when a partner or two really helps.

The quest begins in Silverlake, where some Zar cultists are holed up on an island out in the middle of the lake. Killing a few particular cultists (Zar Ritualists) will eventually drop a unicorn horn that grants a quest to kill Zar himself. To do this, you collect 100 flowers in three different colors from around the island or from an outpost on the lakeshore. These are level 22, 3-dot mobs, so killing them is fairly time-consuming even at level 28, which I was — the point at which they also fail to grant experience. There are also a lot of roamers, so even overleveling the place, if you’re by yourself you can die fairly easily.

Once you have enough flowers you can sacrifice them up at the altar on the island to summon Zar. Unfortunately, I couldn’t kill him the first time and had to get help from Quert — which means that to summon him again I had to collect another 100 flowers. Thankfully, with help this goes a lot faster, and two Rangers knocked the 4-dot Zar down fairly easily.

Once you’ve turned that in you get an escort quest which involves traveling several chunks away, then returning to Unicorn Rock overlooking Silverlake with the escort. This is easy but it takes a bit of time. Then it’s off to Qalia, near Lomshir, to kill a large number of Dark Elves who are exploiting the unicorns. These are also 3-dot mobs, at level 24, but they are considerably less tough than the Zar cultists.

Next up is contacting several different scattered unicorns for your unicorn buddy. One is on an island well west of Qalia, and the other two are on isles up in Kojan. I’m in the middle of this part now. It’s a lot of running around, but in the process I’m seeing new parts of Telon that I haven’t seen before, and that’s fun.

I’m about halfway through level 29 at this point, and not gaining XP at a spectacular rate because the actual quests are pretty much at the lowest level that I still get XP for them. But that’s okay — later quests in the chain are higher-level and Vanguard is a “take my time” game anyway.

4 responses to “Questing For Unicorns

  1. One of the things I most like about Vanguard is the huge number of simple, short quests. I can do those all day. Interminable chains like the Unicorn questline is the sort of questing I try to avoid, though. I know a lot of people enjoy the directed activity but it makes me feel claustrophobic.

    Mrs Bhagpuss did the Unicorn quest when it first came in so I heard quite a lot about it (she also did several epics in EQ, another thing I’ve studiously avoided doing) but I’m pretty sure I got, and still get, as much pleasure and satisfaction from the screenshot of my Raki Disciple standing next to the Unicorn that starts the quest. I looked at it only yesterday, as it happens, and it made me smile as it always does.

  2. I just finished the unicorn quest on my 30 disciple. I prefer the shadowhound mount, but I’ve already done the quest line twice. I really enjoy this type of epic quest line. I remember enjoying some in the short amount of time I spent in EQ2.

    But sadly, I’ve had no time at all to play this weekend. Too busy learning to produce electronic music🙂