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rangifer’s diary: pt. xix

More MPQ with ETAN and Keki

I got to do a few more MPQs, with my STRlord friend and guildmate Boymoder (a.k.a. Taima, Tacgnol), crusader ETAN, and I/L mage Keki!

MPQ crew with ETAN and Keki

These MPQs generally went pretty smoothly, particularly thanks to Keki’s ridiculously high damage… Here we are, fighting Angy Fanky, whilst I elbow the diaper robots:

Major harm to Angy Fanky

Somewhere during this fight, ETAN found his way to the grave…

ETAN dies

R.I.P. ETAN, 2020~2021. u_u

(And yes, you still get the the bursts of EXP at the end, even if you die, as long as you don’t click the revive button.)

More Fancy Amps training with Taima

I did some more training at Fancy Amps with Taima, as a permabeginner/STR priest duo, with my STR priest cervid. We were both hungry for that sweet, sweet EXP. And Taima even reported recoding some 1.8M EPH or so, 100k more than we recorded last time!!

More Fancy Amps training with Taima

And we were grinding long enough for Taima to level up, to level 104!!!! Congrats!!!!!!

Taima hits level 104!!

Meet hashishi, the baby besinner

A lesser-known variant of ye olde permabeginner (which is typically STR-based, with the exception of DEXginners) is the besinner. Besinners (also known as “LUK beginners” or “LUKginners”) are LUK-based, because they only use claws. Most claws, obviously, are restricted to rogues only. But some, like the Magical Mitten, can be used by any job.

Last MapleLegends anniversary event, the Sweet Fork Cake was made available, so in case I ever wanted to play a besinner myself, I went ahead and made one, and got the fork. Her name is hashishi, from the Arabic hashīshī, literally “one who uses hashish”, but figuratively used to mean “low-life, outcast, rabble”; this term is commonly believed to be the origin of the English assassin, meaning “a member of the Order of Assassins”, and later meaning, more generally, “one who commits murder, especially of a politically important person”. The plural of hashīshī is hashīshīn, and the pluralising -īn was mistaken for being part of the root word when the word was imported into European languages (hence in English, singular assassin, plural assassins). This etymology is probably ultimately false, though, put forth mistakenly by Marco Polo; Hassan-i Sabbah (not to be confused with the band of the same name) referred to his followers as Asāsiyyūn, meaning “people who are faithful to the foundation [of the faith]”.

Like this false etymology, hashishi is a false assassin. In fact, she hasn’t a single rogue/assassin/hermit/nightlord skill to her name, unless you count “noob haste”. A funny quirk of besinners is that they can be truly DEXless (indeed, truly pure LUK), unlike actual assassins, who need at least 25 base DEX, and may want more in order to wear equipment. Here’s a look at my level 17 baby besinner’s stats (with Cider active):

hashishi stats

And here I am with Boymoder, a real assassin (and a STR-based one, at that), testing out some star-throwin’:

Testing out hashishi

Perhaps the biggest bummer for besinners, however, is that they don’t get access to Keen Eyes. So while they are kinda ranged, they play more like longer-range melee… Definitely not enough to serve as range in LPQ. And their damage is low in comparison to STR-based beginners. But they have all the swag points, and all the WACC & AVOID!

Moar card-hunting~

And I’m continuing to card-hunt on cervid. I decided to get some more cards from Perion, so here I am, huntin’ it up:

Card-hunting in Perion~

Axe Stump card get!

Ghost Stump card get!

Wooden Mask card get!

Oh, and I just realised that for low-level mobs, I can just use Shining Ray (which I put a single meme SP into), with my I/L magelet’s (cervine’s) gear equipped:

Oh, I can use Shining Ray…