Heartstone Horrors?

Discussion in 'Quests & Lore' started by Bedawyn, Oct 10, 2019.

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  1. Bedawyn

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    When I started playing offline last spring, I unintentionally picked up this quest in Soltown Catacombs (never finished it, since I wasn't prepared at the time). More recently, I've taken two separate characters through Soltown Catacombs looking for the trigger to start it, and I can't find anything anywhere. Has the quest beginning changed recently? Or is there some other problem?
     
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    the start of the quest is a random loot drop.
     
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    *sigh*

    So staff put the time into developing a quest that many people will never know about, because once they've completed the scene the first time, there's no reason for them to go back to a Tier 1 area. I could maybe see it if it was maybe a 1 in 3 drop, so that you wouldn't get it with every mob killed but were statistically unlikely to miss it entirely. But not when I've had two separate characters completely clear out the area.

    @Chris, @Sannio, please. As I said in the Ardoris Sewers thread, THIS sort of thing, not who owns the company, not whether there's enough Tier 8-10 scenes, not RMT or negativity in the forums, is what will keep new players or lose them. Please tell me you at least run some sort of stats to see how many players are starting each quest, and finishing each quest, so you can figure out which ones aren't successful and why.

    The idea that in order to start new content -- that you presumably want players to engage with or why bother creating it? -- I have to repeatedly grind a scene I've already completed and am overskilled for.... and that ONLY if I happen to find out some other way that the quest even exists? *shakes head in dismay* THIS is what makes me hesitate to spend more time, money, or love on this game.
     
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    It's been a while but I thought there was a wounded soldier at the beginning of the catacombs that started the quest
     
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    I think that soldier is in the beginning of the Solania catacombs. (It's been A while, but I think the quest spans both Solania and Soltown catacombs.)
     
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    If I remember right, there's a Skull Orator in the Soltown catacombs that I think starts the quest. The soldier is just inside of the Solania entrance.

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    Yes. I just checked my journal and I have "I met a Skull Orator down in the beginning of Soltown's catacombs. He tasked me with ..."
     
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    Yes, the soldier is in Solania and is a different quest. The Skull Orator is in Soltown, but that's also a different quest, not the Heartstone Horrors one.
     
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    Coincidentally, I was watching some of the old dev livestreams today and bumped into one where they are doing a bit of a run-through of this quest:


    At around 2 hours, 25 minutes.
     
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    Cool, thank you!
     
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    @Sannio - I killed bloodbone footmen/archers/mages for more than one hour (probably at least 50 kills) in Soltown Catacombs yesterday night, but I didn't get a single Heart Stone as loot drop. How rare is the Heart Stone drop in Soltown Catacombs supposed to be? Could it be bugged? (I saw in another thread that it was dropping in Tartarus instead)
    Thanks
     
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    Did you have the quest while killing them? It only drops if you have the quest.
     
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    Sannio Lead Quest and Level Designer Moderator SOTA Developer

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    Thanks for the posts! Added as issue #66000, but I already looked into it and saw a glitch in the set-up. The fix is already checked in, but won't be in until next release.
     
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    @Sannio - I confirm that with R72 the bloodbones in Soltown Sewers are now dropping again the Heart Stone as loot, I got one after killing about 20 bloodbones. Thanks!
     
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    Woo hoo! Thanks for the confirmation!
     
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