The toon I hate to love

Getting

A few years back, faced with ever-dwindling inventory space because I’m the DDO equivalent of a hoarder, I rolled myself up a bank/haggle toon to hold some of the stuff I didn’t have room for anywhere else.

I named her Getting Even More (get it?). Banking and haggling were ALL she was supposed to do, but I wanted to get the extra inventory and bank slots on her, so I did some Coin Lords and House K favor farming.

And of course, it happened – I started liking her. And I bought her some gear, and all of a sudden she didn’t have room for anyone else’s items because her inventory was full of her own stuff.

When I unlocked Favored Soul, I didn’t have any toon slots available. So I told myself sternly, “Delete Getting and roll up a FvS. She’s never going to be a serious toon anyway.”

Which I did – delete her, that is. And as silly as it may sound, I felt bad about it almost immediately.

But she stayed deleted for, oh, probably two or three years. Then one night, for some reason, something made me think of her. And just as I was thinking of her, Shin said, “Hey, don’t forget it’s Thursday, last day of this week’s DDO store sales. Character slots are on sale until tomorrow.”

It was a sign! It was destiny! I am a Flower Sniffer of Destiny! (No, really, I am – that’s our guild name.)

I bought another character slot – hey, I only had 15 – and rolled up a new Getting. This time, instead of a helf pure bard with royal blue hair, she’s a sun elf 1 cleric/14 bard.

I laid down strict rules – I will spend NO plat, shards, or TP on her. She will get NO new gear unless it 1) drops in my name; 2) no one else in the party wants it; and 3) none of my other toons need it. And she will run NO quests except for Coin Lords and House K favor. Her function is inventory space, and ONLY inventory space. I maxed her Charisma, mostly dump-statted everything else, and took feats I’ve always ignored (Eschew Materials, Augment Summoning) to make her as un-viable as possible. No way was I going to let myself get attached to her.

Oops.

I’ve broken most of those rules. I blame Billy, Dayja, Geek, and a couple of other Monty’s who invited her to run elite Acid Wit with them. I didn’t think she’d make it through the first fight – I was wrong. Oh, she died a few times, but she didn’t die the most, or nearly as often as I thought she would. And her CC and healing weren’t half bad.

Then I soloed the VoN flaggers on elite with her. And not long ago she ran HE Temple of Elemental Evil with Shin, and again had some nice CC going on along with respectable self-healing. (She couldn’t help Shin out there, as he’s a PM.) Granted, she was over level, but I think her degree of intentional gimpy-ness more than made up for that.

Maybe it’s the writer in me that makes me attached to my toons the way I get attached to the fictional literary characters I create. Maybe that’s why I know the back story of every toon pretty much by the time I’m done rolling them up. And maybe that’s why, despite my best intentions, I found myself liking Getting.

So I bought her a sword, and then I spent some TP for a Bouquet of Roses to glamer onto her new sword. Then I thought she needed her own unique look, so I picked out a blonde hair dye from Sere’s rather extensive dye stash, and shelled out a few more TP to get her a new hairdo as well.

But that’s IT. I swear. I’m not getting her anything else.

… no, that’s not me at the AH. Must just be someone who looks like me. Uh-huh. That’s it.

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5 thoughts on “The toon I hate to love

  1. I actually logged on the other day, was keen to see what had become of DDO. Having wandered both far and wide through most major locations that are usually crowded with players; there were more tumble weeds now in DDO than ever before. It was a little sad, but I had good times in DDO. I read that crossbow animations are finally fixed,and that Wil Wheatons’ voice is featuring in the new content. Kudos to everyone who is still playing DDO. If you ever need a change of pace and wanna play something truly fun, install Warframe. You’d all be welcome in my guild with awesome guild hall too. C’mon Even, come be a space Ninja πŸ™‚ and bring the rest of the Flower sniffers along.

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  2. Hey Even, I know exactly what you mean!! I created a free to play account with the sole purpose of having the two characters to be “banks”. I even named them Stoorage Facilty and Suppply Depot. But, as inevitable as it was, I started to play them more and more and then eventually upgraded the account to Premium and received too more characters which I continue to play…I guess we just get to attached to our characters!! πŸ™‚

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  3. I did something recently, too, by forcing my lead character to leave her stores of loot behind and to greatly simplify her life. It’s a bit refreshing. I have had the sad occasion of turning active characters into banks when I failed to train them in the ways I wanted. With all the cumbersome hordes of gear I’ve collected, sometimes it seems like selling what they have and deleting them would be an act of mercy for my character slots and my gameplay soul. Less might be more.

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