One hundred eighth video, second video from thirteenth session, seventeenth video of the Northern Shiverpeaks.
This session covers the pure exploration of the "Ice Tooth Cave" area of the Northern Shiverpeaks, the charming of a Snow Wolf as a new pet for Krys Anethe, The Frost Gate Mission, two quests following the Frost Gate Mission, and the actual journey into Kryta.
This video specifically is part of the Ice Tooth Cave explorable area. This is an area you would run through after crossing through the Iron Horse Mine area if you were "running" to Lions Arch rather than going through the missions. There are no quests; the only extra benefits of the area beautiful scenery and a more advanced skill trainer in the Ice Tooth Cave.
This is the first stage of the Ascalonian journey to Kryta, which lies on the other side of the mountains. It *is* possible to run continuously from Ascalon City to Lion's Arch, the Krytan capital (and one of the main cities of the game) but for the story's sake we'll do the three Northern Shiverpeak missions that will carry us to Kryta.
From this point in the game, questing drops off significantly. Most of the side-quests are used to get you to explore the game world, large sections of which you could skip right over. You can also get a significant portion of your skills via side-quests, rather than buying them from skill trainers. Once you get to Lion's Arch (which is the area that many players reach level 20 in) the skill capture mechanic is taught through questing, as well.
The Northern Shiverpeaks bridge Ascalon and Kryta (or separate it, as you will). This is the domain of the Deldrimor Dwarves and their off-shoot, isolationist brothers the Stone Summit Dwarves. The Stone Summit are supposedly a small cult of xenophobic Dwarves who seek to displace the Deldrimor leadership and seal off the mountains from all other species. In game terms, though, the Stone Summit FAR outnumber the Deldrimor Dwarves. They're everywhere in the Northern Shiverpeaks, while you'll only encounter a couple dozen Deldrimors. In addition, they're a step up in difficulty from the Charr mobs you've been fighting, so be ready. But the biggest problem, as I mentioned (although it's FAR worse in the Southern Shiverpeaks) is that the Stone Summit are EVERYWHERE. You can't throw a stone without drawing aggro around here.
I've set the game's resolution back to 1680x1050. I run without vertical sync then resize to 1152x720. We'll see how it comes out.
The videos are then compressed using AVC's h.264 codec for video and ccitt u-law for audio. When I remember to click through the settings properly. I'm not currently adjusting the light levels or gamma, it seems ok. After compression the videos are uploaded.
This is a huge session split into fifteen-minute chunks, there are also several recording errors and some skips.
Thanks for watching!