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rangifer’s diary: pt. xxxix

Suboptimal Capt. Lat

We did an all-Suboptimal Capt. Latanica run, featuring:

As rusa, I could do the job of providing HB for our party, drastically reducing the risk of death, particularly for the permabeginners of our party. To prepare, I went ahead and completed the prequests:

Mr. Anchor card get!

Hoo-rah for Dragon Fury!

We did two runs, both of which I filmed:

Suboptimal Capt. Lat

(Apologies for the poor image quality; this is a frame extracted from a video.)

Good times and some nice EXP were had by all, although unfortunately we were not able to bring Gumby from 4⧸5 Capt. Lat cards to 5⧸5, as neither run dropped a card. 🫤 Gumby has actually managed to achieve the T9 ring(!!) as a permabeginner by farming all the cards himself!!! Hopefully T10 one day!!!! :O

Scrolling a new STR robe

After realising that I really would not be able to purchase a bath/sauna robe scrolled for STR, due to the general lack of STR robes (overall STR scrolls are generally too pricey for people to find it worthwhile to use them on non-endgame overalls), and the even further lack of specifically female ones, I decided… I’m really very unhappy with the 12 STR one that I ended up with after spending some 11M+ mesos on scrolls… >.<

So, using just about a third of the funds that I used to make my 12 STR robe, I managed to scroll a nice upgrade!!:

New STR robe~!

16 STR! Finally, a STR robe that I don’t have to be embarrassed about…

MPQ <3

In the previous diary entry, rusa was just starting to MPQ. Now, she has graduated (level >85)! It really feels like a blur, and an extremely fun one thanks to the people with whom I MPQed!!

MPQ with Harl, duck, and Intro

MPQ stage 3 with Harlez (a chief bandit), Introvertida (an F/P mage), and ducklings, a STRginner of DuckNation who was always there to bravely defend us from the mutaes during the fight with Angy Fanky! <3333

rusa in MPQ stage 6

rusa during stage 6.

111 111 111 2d

rusa gets a rather impressive-looking stage 6 combo of 111 111 111 2d! (Note that this is slightly less impressive than it looks, because the first 1 is effectively a 4.)
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rusa: 111 111 111
holy shit

RosePink: wtf

gogigagagigo: 243

rusa: no lie
111 111 111 2d

Stab, stab, stab

rusa trying out Spear Crusher for the first time! Stab, stab, stab!

Gruzz loves decorating stage 6.5

Gruzz (I/L mage) loves decorating stage 6.5. He also likes typing his stage 6 combos in chat in coded forms that make my head spin. F3

rusa doing the left-hand JQ

rusa doing the left-hand JQ in stage 4.

Angy Fanky with gogigagagigo, xBowtjuhNL, and xxmtg

Angy Fanky fight with gogigagagigo (permarcher of Oddjobs), xBowtjuhNL (a sniper), and xxmtg (an I/L mage).

rusa ded

rusa dies during the Angy Fanky fight >.<

Angy Fanky with RosePink, xBowtjuhNL, and sliwa

Angy Fanky fight with RosePink (an F/P mage who is a bit difficult to see in this image), sliwa (a priest), and xBowtjuhNL.

I really had an absolute blast MPQing as rusa, and I’ll be honest, I was a little “F4IRL when I did eventually graduate. One of the amazing things about MPQ, in my personal experience, is: because the PQ is so difficult for its level & requires a lot of teamwork & cooperation, because it takes so many PQs to get from level 71 to level 86, and because MPQ gets such little traffic (compared to KPQ, LPQ, EPQ, or even OPQ), MPQ has the ability to occasionally produce camaraderie more intense than I’ve frankly ever seen in other areas of MapleStory. A solid MPQ party that PQs together regularly is one of the greatest blessings one can receive in this game. So I would like to thank some of the people with whom I MPQed as rusa:

And on that note, I have worked my way from level 71 to level 86 through MPQ on several other characters. But because I only started writing a diary relatively recently, almost all of this experience has gone unwritten. So, still bearing in mind my feeble memory and recollections, I want to make an attempt to thank the people who made those experiences possible:


Vertida’s wedding

Introvertida, and her cleric, Extrovertida, with whom I have done many an OPQ and MPQ, married herself. So off we were, rusa and the rest of the MPQ gang, to Amoria…!

Vertida wedding

Congrats!! Haha~ To celebrate, we did a HPQ together:

HPQ with ducklings, Harlez, Radiohead, Gruzz, and Introvertida

…And we even did the bonus stage, for that sweet, sweet EXP. 80k EPH, ✨wow✨!

We were going to fight Crimson Balrog on the ship to Orbis, with the mission being to protect ducklings (who would surely be one-shotted by its magical attack). But, none ever raided the particular ride that we took:

Post-HPQ ship ride

Also pictured above is the world-famous instrumental duo, BBB (Burnt Banana Bread).

Graduated MPQ ;(

Now that rusa has graduated MPQ, it’s time for some questing, preparing for CD grinding (lol), and ticking the rest of the bosses off of rusa’s hit list! As mentioned in the previous entry, I have been collecting footage of rusa soloing bosses since she was level 31, and I plan to compile all of the footage into an edited video/montage/whatever once I’ve ticked enough things off the hit list to my satisfaction. Here I am, PPQing with Radiohead, with whom I had been MPQing:

PPQ with Radiohead

Although PPQ is a PQ that I typically try to avoid (sorry, I just don’t find it fun), it was necessary to cross Lord Pirate off of the hit list. I also did the Mu Lung questlines to kill Tae Roon (The Forgotten Master) and to kill King Sage Cat (Eliminating King Sage Cat). I had a little family reunion in the Mu Lung forests:


Oh, and I wanted to cross Snack Bar off of my hit list as well, and there was surprisingly little info out there about this, so I kinda just did Taiwan quests until I eventually got to the one that would allow me to fight Snack Bar:

Ximending quests with rusa

And I now have quite the collection of clips:

Video filenames

Now, all that I have left are:

Technically, Thanatos & Gatekeeper are not considered bosses AFAIK. But they’re in there for funsies.

Oh, and the Ravana Helmet? It is commonly understood that, when you turn in a doll, the probability of getting a Ravana Helmet from it (rather than one of the knockoffs) is 25%. As of yet, I have turned in 12 such dolls, and out of those 12 dolls, 0 of them resulted in a Ravana Helmet. For those following along at home, there’s a ¾12 ≈ 3.17% chance of getting that few (or fewer, not that you could get fewer than 0) helms after 12 trials. Incredible. Hopefully I can finally get one at some point (20 STR, please!!!)…