Gianthold was one of the largest areas in the game, and one of the most popular. Focusing on the lore of the ancient war between the Giants of Ebberon and the Dragons all manipulated by the Quori and the Truthful One, players were swept into a landscape of battle and destruction, and into quests that required you to take on giant clans and gain the blood of dragons to enter a challenging raid- The Gianthold Tor.
To honor of seven years of DDO, Turbine has announced this update will re-release Gianthold in Epic format. Players of level 20+ will face creatures both giant and draconic in more powerful forms. Treasures gained in the new epic level dungeons and open area will be even more powerful than their predecessors. Epic level itself is designed to challenge players who have already taken on most of the content in game and put them to task, and from what has been shown to me in screen caps and feed back on their official Forums the player base is going to have a true challenge ahead of them.
Memories of Gianthold
I remember when I first broached Gianthold four years ago, it was a very challenging area full of giants, ogres and orc clans. The pre raid itself nearly wiped my party as it faces 3 dragons (blue, white and black) with their Giant guards protecting them. We then got to the raid, which told us the fate of the StormReaver Sorjek, hero to the giants and bane to the Dragons, all manipulated by an unseen evil force “The Truthful One.” Back in those days, even before the epic level dealing with the mobs we faced (air elementals, undead giants, dragons) was a challenge. Now that we have epic levels in game I can only imagine how much more difficult this content will be.
The return of Crystal Cove pirates challenge
Another feature returning for the anniversary is Turbine’s birthday give away. Players will receive gifts in their inventory, which could range from a party invitation that you can take to crystal cove for a custom hat, to a birthday cake slice which grants you a wish from the birthday Jinni. Players will also be able to return to Crystal Cove, a challenge area in the Smugglers Rest. Any players who have been with DDO since 2005 will remember that this area was our original starting point. Known as Euphonia’s Challenge, it was closed down in 2010 to make way for the new player area Korthos. It was brought back for the Pirate’s cove event, its seventh return to the game, in an event designed to celebrate DDO’s birthday and Talk Like A Pirate day in September. Players will note a change in gear taking place in Pirate’s cove this year. Instead of items being bound to accounts, all challenge items gained will now become bound to character. So a tip from Kalari, farm the turn-in items on your best character then build your needed items on the character you want to use it onfor.
Hope to see you there!
As a long-time DDO player I am looking forward to seeing the epic Gianthold content. I will also be joining my friends in the Pirates Cove challenges, and enjoying the birthday gifts and festivities. This launch is slated to come in April of this year, but if you cannot wait the Lamannia preview server has the new area, quests, and raid available for you to run before its released live.