When I hear "steppes" I think of wide, open places. Not exactly what SoI is with its canyons, sharp rocks etc. I'm also really missing lore on the zone, for example what about that huge flying rock thing in the north east?
Also the music is too warlike in that zone for my taste (sure, its the final stronghold of the storm legion, but it gets annoying eventually). Ashora has more of a peaceful desert feeling to me (although it certainly isn't
There are actually more IS and Notoriety things in SoI than Ashora. Because to the best of my knowledge there are not standard "kill 18 rift creatures" or 'close 5 rifts' in Ashora. if there are they have escaped me the past 6 weeks since I came back.
Ashora to me just looks like some random invasion happened and there are a few scattered mobs here and there, with the local dangerous fauna around. Steppes is a complete war zone. Where it looks like there have always been bad guys around, even the slaves are bad ***.
But I wasnt really getting at the lore or the concept behind it, jut that people tend to avoid it. CoC for example, no different to me than Party Crashers. But people flock to pick up stuff to turn in for that one, while it can take 30-40 minutes to zap 400 sheep. Once the boss spawns, sure there are plenty of people, mostly because the port is close by and you get the quest complete. But people who just do the boss miss out on 8 stones.
I also failed to mention Champion of the Firestorm. That one never gets anyone for some reason, maybe too hard, r too involved or too many stages with little reward for each one. Not to mention the next to last phase is pretty tough. But if it were in Ashora I am sure more people would do it. Just seems like SoI goes unnoticed even by people who know what goes on there. I know you never see any low levels there leeching off events or groups. That in and of itself makes it a great place IMO. If I had a monthly sub for every sub 50 I saw in a GHR in Ashora, I would play for free for life.
I disagree with you. I simply love the steppes! The whole atmosphere is enticing, the music is spectacular and the onslaughts are awesome!
If you want to talk creapy....the puss swamps and it IS deadly for sure!
I would also like to see more forested zones. Stuff like Silverwood or Gloamwood comes to mind. Not to mention I loved Iron pine peak and would love to see another zone like it. So while I do like the creepy wastelands like Seratos and Morban for instance some pretty zones like we have in silverwood would be nice as well.
I am in agreement though, that Mathosia has some very nostalgic zones but I also like the SL zones and the atmosphere that they create.
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Luteuel@Greybriar, formely Luteuel@Deepwood
Well, I haven't spent any time in Steppes, but I've been around Tulan, City Core, Seratos, Ashora.
Zone/feel - I really like City Core. I love the abandoned "post apocalyptic" feel to the place, as well as the crumbling and overgrown ruins.
Now, I always thought my all time favorite zone was Moonshade, but leveling my 2nd character to 50 right now, I found that I adore Shimmersand. The music, the tents, the palm trees, the hidden lagoons, the ocean, the "One thousand and one night" old world Persian feel is truly delightful.
As someone who likes to gather resources, I hardly ever see resource nodes when I'm in the Steppes or Morban or Seratos), yet I know in Ashora I can often find nodes everywhere. That was the primary reason why the maps on most of my toons are almost completely grey from east Seratos on.
As was already mentioned, getting around Ashora is easy as pie. Not so for the Steppes. Trion has done a lot for the Steppes to make it less of a hassle by adding the porticulums and removing fall damage. Unfortunately, though, people's impressions from early on most likely stuck. They did for me as I leveled 4 toons to 60. I'm trying to spend more time there, but I just don't find the gloomy ole Steppes to be worth the effort.
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Woecaller - Mage (60) | Elmstalker - Rogue (60)
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4 more 50+ ... Lawd Hep Me
I like steppes of infinity, I LOVE seratos
The more I visit Gloamwood the more I love it. It has so much atmosphere, in an eerie sort of way. The whole zone reminds me of 'The Estate of Unrest' from EQ2.
ps: you confused me with your avatar change!
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