So I’ve finally failed my first leve. We were out at Skull Valley doing some rank 10 leves, and Bif came on and said he was going to do some leves there, too, so we hooked up with him and started doing some 4-star leves (we’re R12, he’s R16). It was going pretty easily so on my final turn, doing The Swarm (flies/gnats/whatever, “syphid” in XIV-speak), I cranked it to 5-star because the 4s were a little easy and flies are generally easy, so what could go wrong, right?
Um, everything? We get out to the first pair, and it’s checking red. Okay, that’s a little different, but red (VT/IT) doesn’t mean the end of the world, flies are easy. We engage. I’m doing around 8 damage per hit (with my R13 bronze knuckles), Nym’s doing around 18 damage, not sure about Bif, but I’m taking flies to the face for over 200 damage! Holy hell! Since we hadn’t expected this, we were split across the two swarms and ended up dying. We return to camp, wait out the weakness, and try again, this time concentrating on one (while the other beats up whoever it feels like). We take the first out, Nym and Bif start pulling back, and I have 79HP so if it looks at me I’m dead anyway, so I go ahead and stand my ground to hopefully give the others a chance to get away. Needless to say that 79HP doesn’t last me long and the swarm heads towards Bif and Nym. I return to camp and Bif ends up dying and Nym gets away with about 25% HP remaining (which is about one hit’s worth ;).
But we got that first swarm, so now the other will be on its own, making it easier. When we all get back, it’s checking blue (EP) instead of red. When we’re all rested up we gang up on it and don’t even really break a sweat. We wait a second to top off our HP and head for the next pair, strategy in mind. We do get the third swarm killed, and of course (since this is a rank 10 leve) the fourth flees to wrangle more friends. It should be easy to kill, though we’ll have two others banging on us at the same time. But the strategy’s the same: kill the weak one, then run the hell away. So we go in, and this time the swarm knows what’s up and it’s flying all over the place. I’ve aggroed them all but nobody else is in a position to attack yet. Everyone’s finally on it, but I succumb to the incessant biting of the flies and have to return to camp. Bif and Nym quickly die afterwards, and as I’m running back to the fight while weakened I run across one of our leve mobs heading for me and die most spectacularly. >.< I've seen this once before at Drybone, doing a dodo leve (see the last post). If you step outside camp there's a chance that you'll somehow aggro one or more mobs. On that other leve, when I died I saw that one dodo start running off immediately. I'm not sure if it's because Nym was outside the camp when I died so hate shifted (and that could be what happened to me last night) or what, but it's rather disconcerting seeing that red dot near camp coming to eat you (or a friend). x.X
At this point we've only got one minute left, so I just camp out in the camp since there's no way we'd be taking out the three that were up, much less the two extra that should've come from the sixth swarm fleeing once we got to that point. Live and learn. Flies are not easy on 5-star. >.>