The Key to Liking Zeah

I was all excited when I heard that there was going to be a new continent called Zeah a while back. I have a “real life” friend who was always talking about camping the Shaman Lizardmen and such. When he actually got a dragon war hammer, I decided I needed to go over there. The first problem that I came up against was this thing called favor. My friend told me that I just needed to get favor in certain houses to kill the lizard men. I thought, no problem. But as I earned favor in one house, the favor in the other houses decreased. It was a losing proposition and my friend just shrugged and said it wasn’t hard to gain favor when you needed it.

I’m just lucky that I am a quest fiend because I balked at repeatedly gaining favor in each house every time I wanted to do an activity in a different household. Under the mini-quest tab in the OSRS game, there was a mini-quest called Architectural Alliance.

To start it, you have to speak to Hosa in the big plaza in the middle of Great Kourend. He will lock in any favor that you have already earned and you can start earning favor in each of the houses without losing favor in the others.

As you can see, you retain the 100% favor gained in the other houses as you accrue favor in the next house on your list.

One of the funniest parts of the Piscarilus House favor consisted in gathering sand worms. I swear the fellow had a few too many at the local pub before he came out to help with gathering the sand worms.

And I am one of those people who gets used to the rut and daily grind very easily and happily repeat the same activities for hours. I hung out in the infirmary and healed the wounded soldiers for 100% of my favor in the Shayzien House. Why risk battle or the unknown? Later, when I realized that my POH (player owned house) had slots for the armor of their 5 levels of military, I went back and killed off a bunch of their soldiers and got all their armor. I mean, sometimes you have to sacrifice your laziness for fashion.

For the house of Hosidius, I just pushed the plow for a couple of hours. There was no way I was going to sweat tears figuring out anything else. And it was pleasant watching the other peasants digging in the dirt.

I’m not going to go through the whole mini-quest for you because there are lots of quest guides that do that. I just wanted to share some of my favorite parts with other players of #Runescape.

All I can say is, read all the books in the library because one of them is necessary for casting the spells in the Kourend spellbook.


Mutiny in the Ranks

I read about Eve Online’s incredible 18 month plot to take over and assassinate one of the wealthiest players in the game, but my simple little clan in #Runescape was so unworthy of highjacking.

Of course, it was my General that I had found on the forums. He offered to set up the Discord server and I trusted him. He lead the mutiny. Since he set up the server, he had complete ownership and rights to kick/ban whoever he wanted, including me. He deleted all the chat history while no one else was online and then he created a story about me wanting to take over my own clan. That is a bit illogical.

So, anyways, this is SamTheTurtle, the General contacting one of the clan members about who they are going to choose to stay with, him or the clan leader he banned from the clan.

As SamTheTurtle admits, none of the harassment or stalking that he did in private chat was ever done in public. He assumes that I was private messaging people? Nope, I’m too lazy, and had everything in the General Chat channel which he deleted while no one was online. Apparently, he is projecting, and he was messaging people in private about taking over. I can’t take over my own clan that I already own. The thing that I find interesting is that I was supposedly according to him planning for quite some time to take over my own clan? I mean the clan was only 18 days old and it was, after all, my own clan, consisting of my friends list. So, this I find confusing.

But this is a good point. SamTheTurtle admits to deleting all the General Chat records that would prove what I am saying. So, now he is free to invent his version. The fun part is that as a clan leader, I started making decisions. OMG, I started making decisions and giving mod status to some people I had known for years. If I had followed this rule of only trusting people that I had known for years, SamTheTurtle, who I found on the forums on April 18th, and had only known for 18 days, would never have been made a General or even achieved a mod status. Due to my breaking my own rules of appointing unknown players, like SamTheTurtle, to rank, I had a mutiny on my hands.

Actually, according to my spreadsheet, this player that SamTheTurtle is pm-ing, had only been in the clan for 5 days of the 18 days. So, this is an overstatement and he was not being screwed. Ranks are determined by various means in different clans. If one researches the Runescape forums, one can see that different clans use different systems for ranking. Some clans are even advertising for Administrators who are willing to be moderators etc., and who will be completely new members of the clan, but willing to take on the duties included in moderating a clan. A clan leader has the right to appoint mods as s(he) wishes. Or should I not have appointed the unknown SamTheTurtle as a mod/General?

Well, apparently, my General has to beg for members to follow him after he unethically kicked out his own clan leader and more than 20 of her friends, lol. Needless to say, we have continued on our merry way since they were all in my friend’s chat to begin with.

As the Chinese say, these opportunities help you see who are your friends and who aren’t your friends.

As an advertisement for #Discord, let me say that it is a wonderful app and I encourage everyone to try it out. Do be careful of who actually sets up the server because they are the owner and they can kick/ban whoever they want. It is a very versatile tool in running your clan/guild/tribe/groupies.

Also, I would mention that the ethical thing would have been for the disgruntled power-hungry General to leave the clan and start his own clan with his friends, instead of creating a messy drama inside the clan. Now, if I had thought about it, I would have searched the #RunescapeForums and found that SamTheTurtle had applied to over 15 different clans for membership in the last 2 months and had been rejected. He stated on each of his applications that he had left the clans, which were too many to list, because of toxic clan leaders or toxic clan members. This is public information. I really don’t believe that there are that many clan leaders and member who are toxic. The members would have been expelled for toxicity and the leaders would have lost their followers. These kinds of things point towards projection on the part of a toxic person as possibility.