Sometimes, things change.

Table Top Role Playing set up.

This blog is called “Caela’s Corner” – and it was primarily about my characters on EverQuest 2. I dabbled in a few other games, but always came back. Until about a year ago. I haven’t really played for nearly a year. We had a two month period where we played the new expansion, but EQ2 had lost it’s magic. It’s ok. Time to move on. And move on we have.

At first we didn’t play much of anything. Hubby played a few games by himself. And I got interested in selling LuLaRoe. LuLaRoe is fantastic clothing, sold by independent retailers. I started the process to become a LuLaRoe Independent Retailer back in March 2017, and finally launched my business on June 3rd. It’s going great. It keeps me busy. Unfortunately, I broke my wrist in mid May, and well, that’s been challenging.

But don’t think I have abandoned “Caela”. She’s alive and kicking in the world of table top RPG. Hubby has created his own world, and Caela has been joined by Fiona and Suri (our kids) and we are using the Fantasy Age game rules. We thought it would be less complicated and easier for us beginners. But once we finish the campaign we are on, we are toying with the idea to converting to the most recent D&D ruleset.

So far in our adventures we have saved a girl who was kidnapped who turns out to be some sort of special deity child. Sorta like Gandhi. And then we went on to help some gnolls fight a giant who was forcing them to kill chickens from nearby farmers. Yes, we are level 1, and saving chickens is better than killing 10 rats.

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Everything I Ever Wanted to Know About Terrors of Thalumbra

Everything I ever wanted to know about Terrors of Thumbalina errr Thumbra… no…  Thulumbra – still not right.

Old habits die hard…  Ok – Everything  I (or maybe even you) ever wanted to know about Terrors of Thalumbra!   I still get a squiggly red line under it when I’m writing.  I just say Thumbalina – all. the. time.  But I want people to find the info they are looking for, so I’m forcing myself to write Thalumbra.  Thalumbra.  T h a l u m b r a  Thalumbra!  If you say it three times fast, does Kander appear in the mirror?  Or is that only if you are sucking on a  wintergreen lifesaver?

Ok, enough musing of a rattled gnome – let’s get down with Thalumbra! (see, I can say it)

First things – thisThalumbra Map is not going to be rehashing anything that is already out there.  Instead, I’ll just link to all the stuff I found.  It seems pretty scattered on the interwebs.  But I like having it on one page.  I’m doing this  more for me than you…


Bookmark this map now, it will save you a bunch of time to have this labeled map open.  Sure, EQ2Maps has the regions marked, but who wants to search or hover over tiny dots?  I found it at EQ2Wire, but believe it’s from EQ2i.  At any rate, I didn’t make it.


Signature Quests

Head over to EQ2i and follow the signature quests – they have good write ups with waypoints.  You will need the waypoints and the map because Eq2 got rid of the blue quest updates and areas.  I’m sad.  It sucks.  I cried.  I didn’t play for weeks because of it.  OMG, I was going to have to think!  Sometimes gnomes have too much stuff in their brains and they don’t want to think about where some obscure rock is located.  They just want to find a blue dot and fly there.  But EQ2i has our back – and they have all the info you need.  Really,  you can figure out most of it if you read the quest text.  But I know, a good 82.3% of you don’t read the quest text.

Ok, so go do the adventure and crafting signature quests (if you do both, you get a special surprise by being able to see special shinies in the dungeons.)

Adventure Signature Questline

Crafting Signature Questline

Side Quests

While you are doing the Adventure Signature line, do the side quests.  That’s where you get faction and some upgraded gear.  They are listed at the same link above.  But, if you are like me (a scatterbrained gnome) you may get confused (gnomes confused???).  And turns out you are missing a few quests for the Achievement Quest Over-Achiever in Terrors of Thalumbra – you  have to do all the quests in Maldura and Thalumbra.  And you don’t know what you are missing or where the quest is.  You may even begin to weep when you see the reward  you get (Crystallized Cosgrove Pendant).  Here’s what you need to do.  Go to EQ2U and find your character.  If  you have not already registered and added your characters to the home page, you really should – it’s nice to be able to see everything about your character in all it’s glory while you are at work waiting for your lunch to be delivered (or while you should be finishing up that report).

On your character page, go to the Quest Tab. Click on the yellow box “Switch to _____  Quest Checklist”.  Now, using the drop down box, choose Thalumbra.  This was the hard part for me because I was looking for Thumbalina… or even Thulumbra.  But it’s Thalumbra – just hit the key T and it will get you pretty close.  You’ll see all the quests you have completed and the ones you still need to do.  Some are repeatable and you don’t need to do those for the achievement.  Click on a quest, and it tells you a little about it, and you can click on Lookup this quest on Wikia for the full walk through.  Don’t click on the Zam link.  It won’t have the info you are looking for (well, if you are using this info for older expansion content, it might, but not for ToT) (Thanks to guildmate Thorlar for the tip!)


Ok, now that you have finished all the quests and gotten some gear, you might be wondering about the next step… are there other things to do?  Why yes….  first up – content:

Overland Timed Quests

These are just like those quests in AoM where you found an item and it triggered a timed quest.  You get dirty keys which can turn into loot.  EQ2Wire has a great write up on them written by Faelen Rizzek  It’s all you need to know.

Guide to Timed Quests in Thalumbra

Why do you want to do these?  They give you status, loot, and Queen Coins.  And some of them are ridiculously easy to do and don’t take much time at all.


Like in past expansions there are a number of instances that come in different flavors – Advanced Solo, Event Heroic, and Heroic.  There are also raid instances.  And they all have missions.  You’ll find a mission for each zone, plus a daily and a weekly.  You get Queen Coins and loot.  The loot can be an item or an infuser (we’ll talk about infusers later)

Head over to EQ2i for a list with links to walk throughs.

Terrors of Thalumbra Dungeons

Collections and Lore & Legend

There are more shinies than you can shake a stick at!  There are also some new L&L quests.


Lore & Legend

Ok, now that you have the what to do down, you might be wondering about other stuff – like how to make your gear better, or adornments, or deity stuff.  Well, here you go.


You may have gotten some infusers while doing quests or dungeons.  I don’t know much about it all – right now, I’m just collecting them.  I’m waiting on better gear.

But here is a nice guide – Konofo’s Infusion System Overview

Infusing from a Crafter’s perspective

Pro tip!  Got gear you don’t need? Salvage it for infuser fragments. You’ll need a bunch to craft infusers.


There is also a new system for Deity – and I also don’t know all the stuff about that – except as you fight, you get tithe points and those can go into either new (temporary) abilities or permanent stat increases.  So far, I’ve just dumped all my tithe points into Potency.  I like to make things go boom.

Deity System Writeup


Ok, but what about adornments?  Should I be looking at those too?

White adornments? No – there are no upgrades to those.

Green Adornments – yes! You will want to get yourself some of those.  Green Adornments must be crafted by people with the recipe.  But you’ll get drops from zones that look like shinies, but they aren’t.  The new green adornments at lvl 0 are better than the previous ones at full power.  No brainer.




Purple adornments – you will get some as drops, and some can be crafted – they are better by tier than the AoM purple adornments – so they are worth chasing after.  The MasterCrafted purple runes need a Blank Umbrite Rune – which costs 4 Artificer coins from doing the crafting stuff.  So get to crafting!

Guild Stuff

So, what about all the new guild stuff.  Guilds can level to 150  now – and instead of getting more useless junk for the guild hall, you get a guild buff.  As the guild levels, the buff gives you more stuff, like stat increases, mount speed buffs, Crit Chance increase.  See the full(ish) list:

Guild Buff

Bad news – you can no longer grind your guild up to level 150.  After lvl 100,  you have to get status doing other stuff.  But it’s stuff you do anyway.  The guild I’m in is lvl 120, and it’s just by doing quests and stuff.  Quests and missions give you a good bit of status.  You are going to need status.


You will receive coins for doing missions and crafting quests.  There is a Coin of the Eternal Queen (adventure) and a Coin of the Grand Artificer (crafting). The Queen coins will get you various things.

Coin of the Eternal Queen Mission System –  Basically, you get them from doing instances.  You’ll notice the “Spending” section is blank.  They know as much as I do.  I know there is one merchant by the mission givers in Thalumbra – he has a few things.  There is a nice belt, but needs 1,000,000 status and 1,000 plat.  I don’t need it that bad.  There are some other (temporary) things – but if I’m saving up for that belt, I’m not spending it on some temporary adornment.  So I really don’t know the thought process behind that, or the strategy to best put it to use.  You are on your own.  Let me know if you figure it out.

Coin of the Grand Artificer – you get these from doing crafting quests – and I don’t know yet what they are used for except for that Blank Umbrite Rune.


Crafters get new recipes, including adornments, furniture, and infusers among other things.

Another crafting timeline

Daily and weekly crafting quests

Harvests – I’ve updated the All in One spreadsheet – Tradeskill Resources

Ok, so that’s all I know so far.  As I learn stuff, I’ll add it.

Special thanks to the folks at EQ2i, EQ2Wire, EQ2Traders and EQ2 Library

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The Ultimate, EQ2, Everything on One Page, Crafting Resource Resource

I found myself going to a few different sites and digging through links to find list of different crafting resources.  What rare did I need to make a lvl 54 spell?  What materials do I need for a lvl 60 adornment?  How about the fuel?  And what is this sparkling foundation I just harvested?

What started out as a google sheet for rare harvests to share with a few friends that were new to the game, I’ve added everything I can think of that are not highly specialized crafting materials (and maybe that will come later).  You’ll find:

  • Rares
  • Spellshard/Foundations
  • Imbuing Materials
  • Dusts
  • Adorning Mats (transmuted and harvested)
  • Reactants
  • Fuels
  • Holiday Harvests – New!

Tradeskill Resources


Hope you find it useful!

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Shipwrecked is a fun new quest series starring Raffik.  Raffik is a cute little Ratonga with big dreams of being a pirate.

This series follows Raffik with quests from  lvl 5 all the way to lvl 100.  You will get an in-game mail with each new installment.

You can find the write up at EQ2Traders.

If you are already 100, you can do the questline in about an hour or so (depending on how distracted you get, I had to stop and watch some TV and eat lunch, then play with my iPad…)  I’ve summed up your shopping list so you can get it all together in one fell swoop (it’s time consuming getting that many raws and fuels together!)  Be sure to also pay attention to where you are going next.  To get the in game mail for the next quest you’ll need to zone somehow – either zone to where you will be meeting Raffik next, or camp to your self.  You can also go to the Isle of Mara and speak to a guy who will give you the mail.  I found it a lot easier to just zone into the next zone.


2 electrum cluster
2 tuber strand
2 rough turquoise

1 Belladonna root
1 boiled leather pelt
1 Gold Cluster
2 sparkling filament

2 lapis lazuli fragments
1 basic coal

1 velium cluster
1 rough opaline
1 feyiron cluster
1 Glimmering Coal

5 soluble loam
5 beryllium cluster
5 succulent root
25 Lambent Coal

1 squash
5 aviak meat
5 ravasect meat
1 Scintillating Candle

1 raw cranberry
1 lichenclover root
1 Cabilis cocoa bean
1 Smoldering Candle

1 Marr cherry
1 lapsang tea leaf
1 caynar nut
1 Ethereal Candle

1 plump lychee
2 matoppie roots
1 aduki bean
1 Ethereal Candle

1 hylocereus fruit
1 sulfur fruit
2 wild flameflower
1 Effulgent Candle


And here are the rewards –  plus you can hire Raffik as your mercenary!  These are pretty cool items.  I have not tried any of them out. But the descriptions sound interesting.   They are a bit on the expensive side.  Each one takes 10 amalgamations – which are made with 200 common harvests (any of the correct tier will do), water, and 5 fuel.  I highly suggest you use Mass Production!


Harvester’s Balm Coldain Cure-all Charm of Expertise
Blessing of the Prime Henchman Adornment Pack Globe of Homecoming
Brew of Readiness Potion of Nimble Fingers Mutagenic Essence


Click for a bigger picture that you can actually read!

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Crafting House

EQ2, as a game, has a lot of depth.  One place where it really shines is tradeskills.  You can have toons that do nothing but tradeskills and have a full game.  There are tradeskill quests for every tier – some are better than others – and there are even signature lines as well as a tradeskill “epic” – plus daily and weekly quests you can do.  You can dive into the market and sell your wares, or work on decorating homes and dungeons – or both!

And there is no end to where you can craft.  You can go into a tradeskill society in each city and craft in the basement – or visit one of the many crafting stations throughout the cities, or Isle of Mara.  You can craft in your guild hall, your own home, or with portable stations and Prestige Stations, you can craft anywhere in the world.


My army of apprentices ready to research

But this post is about setting up your own crafting house.  A crafting house has several advantages – first, it’s your own space, decorated the way you want – surround yourself with the things you love.  You can put various amenities in your home to make crafting easier.  And it’s the only place you can put a tradeskill apprentice – so what better place to make your crafting hub.  You’ll have everything you need to not only do quests, encourage your apprentice, but also to craft amazing things for yourself or others.


Here’s what you need:


A place to call home

I suggest either a prestige home or a free home from an LON card if you can get one.  You can then place portals in your other homes and easily get to and from your crafting house, plus you never have to worry if the rent is paid.  But any player house will do – I use EQ2 Design Gallery to help me find just the right house when I’m in the real estate market.  It’s an up to date site with all the houses with pictures, item counts, how to obtain, etc.  Great site!

Tradeskill Apprentices

These NPC will reside in your home and provide additional recipes that they will research for you.  There is also a daily quest that gives you a chance at a variety of potions, harvests, and other tradeskill items – I like to call this playing the lottery – as you just never know what you are going to get.  They also give a little AA xp.  Read all about them at Zam’s.


Crafting Stations

I don’t do regular crafting in my house – I do that in the guild hall.  If you want to make stuff to sell,  you’ll need Elaborate work stations.  But if you just want to make the sturdy equipment for your apprentices, the Simple table will be good enough.  It’s a lot cheaper and faster.  The tradeskill stations can be purchased from city merchants and cost gold, status and you must have a good amount of tradeskill faction.  I would go with the simple stations if you have a guild hall with crafting stations available.

Crafting Stations

Crafting Stations

  • Forge
  • Woodworking Table
  • Sewing Table
  • Work Bench (optional – good for leveling tinkering)
  • Frostfell Stations (optional – I mean, who doesn’t want frostfell stations???)


  • Personal Fuel Depot
    • Place the following fuels for each tier  you’ll be working in
      • coal
      • filament
      • sandpaper
  • Large Personal Harvest Depot – just go straight to the large one, that way you can put whatever you want in it.
    • Place the following harvests for each tier you’ll be working in
      • pelts
      • roots
      • ore
      • lumber


  • Guild Hall Door – purchased with status from city merchants – useful for hoping back and forth to your guild hall
  • Portals to other Houses  you may own
  • Crafting Buffs – several items will give you a buff to help with  your crafting.



  • Read about “Hot Bar Crafting” for some info on putting recipes on  your hotbar.
  • You can search for “Sturdy” in  your recipe book to bring up the apprentice items you need to keep replacing
  • You can create as many “Sturdy” items as you want – put them in your house vault and the quest will pull them from the bank vault automagically
  • You can dress up your tradeskill apprentices any way you want – they come with their own mannequin.
  • Create a recipe filter to find all those recipes you are researching






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Hot Bar Crafting

I may be late to the party, but just in case others are, here is my super duper crafting tip of the day (I do these like every 3,489 days, so don’t expect one tomorrow).

You can drag recipes from your recipe book right to your hot bar.  Then you just have to click the icon near the crafting station and it’s all right there waiting for you.  No more typing!




Here are two of my crafting hot bars – as you can see the one with the recipes on the top just has the three daily quests from the Cardin Ward (I just figured this out yesterday!).  I’m sure I’ll fill it up before too long with recipes I craft every day.  Wait.  That would mean I craft every day.  Sorry.    The second bar is mostly the prestige crafting stations.  I get these on all my crafting girls so I don’t have to carry around portable stations and I don’t have to hop back to the guild hall.  I also put some other “crafty” type abilities on this hot bar – transmuting, gathering goblin and pony, track shinies (that is all you use it for, right?) and that looks like a Jin’tu leaf.  I’m sure I used it once.

In other crafting tips (yeah, I should save this for 3, 489 days from now, but I’m feeling generous), here is a list of stuff you need if you are as lazy as I am.  These supplies will allow you to craft all the daily/weekly quests that reward you with Etyma’s as well as craft the “Sturdy” items your apprentice might need (at lvl 95).

Keep in  your inventoryEQ2_000128


  • plump lychee
  • ripe mangosteen
  • white peony tea leaf
  • matoppie root
  • thick bear pelt
  • amethyst
  • rhenium ore
  • iridium cluster


  • effulgent coal
  • effulgent filament
  • effulgent kindling
  • effulgent incense

Keep in a Depot in a crafting house

You do have a crafting house, right?


  • Thick bear pelt
  • matoppie roots
  • rhenium ore
  • swamp ash lumber


  • effulgent coal
  • effulgent filament
  • effulgent sandpaper


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The Fizzletoes Fixer Uppers

That’s a mouthful!

I’ve always been intrigued by housing in EQ2.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills for it.  No matter how I try to place something, it comes out… wrong.  It sticks out, up, over…  Just wrong.  In the early days I had a couple of friends that loved decorating and did a few houses for me.  They did terrific work!  But my “main” has changed many times over the years – so I have a whole set of toons without a home.  I recently got in contact with a decorator on Butcherblock, and hopefully my little fixer uppers will be all fixed up soon.

She’s going to tackle Caela’s house first.  It’s probably the easiest.  It was decorated long ago by a friend, and while it certainly looks acceptable (and, well, really great compared to some of my other places) it needs a little refresher.  Some sprucing up.

I’m going to post some before pictures and later when it’s done, I’ll post some after pictures.  Just like on TV!








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Caely the Wonder Warlock!

EQ2_000115Ok, she’s not that wonderful.  I have no idea how she does on a parse.  I’m sure her DPS is not that great.  But I took a screen shot of her in all her gnome glory.


I think I’ll try to work on her some more.  I went through some of her gear, and she’s now mostly in potent gear – still needs new pants.  Who doesn’t need new pants?  But she also needs a bunch of gems for her gear – and adornments.  I do have close to 300 Etymas (I know, some you have thousands, but I took 4 months off from playing, and still am really not doing anything to get etymas beside the daily tradeskill quest).

So – take a look at Caely!


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Guild Night is Back!

Had so much fun last night with the guild.  We decided Wednesday was a good time for us all to get together and do some mass killing.  We pre-arranged to all be on at 7-ish.  Around 6:30 I tried to log on and the servers were down.  But luckily they came up before 7 and sure enough we had enough for a group on by 7.

We decided to hit Halls of the Betrayer in ToV.  I took out my wizlock (I’ve been contemplating betraying her back to a wizard) for a whirl…  So the DPS was probably pretty low last night.  I did not run ACT – I didn’t want to get depressed 🙂  But we managed through the zone mostly fine.

I noticed some changes I”m going to have to read up on – I got my etyma’s, and I think two crates – then it gave me a choice of crates for different types of armor (which is nice if I was getting gear for an alt).  I don’t think I actually got anything out of the other crates though.  I’m just not really sure what I got.

Playing the warlock was fun – I may try her out a little more before I decide to switch back to wizard.   I’m definitely going to have to go back to warlock school 😉  I made the mobs poof once – they did come back, but the tank was all “where did my mobs go?” and I was all like “ooops…”

But more than just killing mobs and taking their stuff, I got to hang out with my friends.  It was a great night of killing and visiting and I really hope we can start doing it more regularly.  I will settle for every Wednesday, but if we could get another day or two in there as well would be even better!

During our guild night we talked about Vegas – we are not going to have too much overlap time – but it will be fun what time we have.  I’m really looking forward to going to Las Vegas and spending some time with my husband and seeing the sites.  And now it’s really going to happen – as I booked our non-refundable airline tickets yesterday on Southwest.  I got a really good deal – just $202 each round trip, and that includes two checked bags each.  I told hubby we needed to get a new suitcase.  We’ve been using duffle bags from sports tournaments for years.  We did get one set of luggage a couple of years ago but the kids have taken a few pieces and it’s not enough for both of us for 8 days.



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SOE Live Bound!

I’m pretty excited about August.  I know, it’s hot.  And it’s even hotter in Vegas – but for the first time ever, we’re going to SOE Live.  [IMG]


Looking at the attendees so far, I see lots of familiar names – and AoV is really representing this year!  Very excited to get to meet these folks “in real life”.


While in Vegas, we plan to extend our trip – flying in on the Tuesday before, and leaving the Tuesday after.  It’s much cheaper to fly on Tuesdays 🙂 – go figure.  We have not nailed down our itinerary completely – but this is our first vacation without kids since there were kids.  So we are really looking forward to a bit of alone time and lots of sightseeing since we don’t get out much.

On the agenda for Vegas is the Cirque du Soleil show Love and hopefully a trip to Hoover Dam.  We’ll be pretty busy during the actual event but I’m sure before and after we’ll have time to see all the sights – I’m just not sure what sights to see.  I’ve spent a ton of time over at TripAdvisor putting together a trip and getting ideas. 

If you haven’t registered for SOE Live yet, better hurry – the early bird discount ends on Monday.



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