So after finishing off the Jedi Knight storyline I headed to Ilum to do the last bit of story that led to The Battle of Ilum and The False Emperor and wow what exciting flashpoints they were doing it for the first time with guildies Neffias and Areah *SPOILER ALERT* finally bringing down Darth Malgus was satisfying to say the least. So that was basically then end of the original set of story flashpoints. Pretty soon the very first expansion for SWTOR Rise of the Hutt Cartel had come out, bringing a new operation, species, planet and the experience cap to level 55. I had the good fortune to be invited by a Neffias to do a run of the Scum and Villainy operation and even more fortunate to be gifted a full set of modifications from him that would get me up to scratch to do the op as well, man he was such a nice guy I wrote a post about it in the forum. I wasted no time in deciding on a new armour set from the Cartel Market, I chose the Valiant Jedi set as I liked it from the cinematic as it was the armour that Jedi Master Ven Zallow wore, finally getting rid of my Tionese set though I still had my funky glasses!
|Oo yeh Valiant Jedi Style|
|I quite liked this picture of Makeb|
|Pure... but not simple|
|Galactic Starfighter, well it looks pretty|
|Wham!, bam! shazam! Yeeeargh! Kaon under siege was a pretty chaotic affair|
|Ahh beautiful Voss|
Pros: Funny alternative storyline from Jedi and Sith serious stuff
Cons: Republic Side, Healer advanced class uses stealth like Sith Assassin, Gunslinger class used too much by other players
Pros: Empire Side, Awesome looking Ship
Cons: Serious story again unlike Bounty Hunter and Smuggler, Healer advanced class uses stealth like Sith Assassin, Sniper class used too much by other players
Pros: Boss as boss, uses rifle new odd looking ship, easy to raise companions affection as will be Light side
Cons: Republic Side, serious story, another tank character....
Pros: Empire side, Powertech boss tank “Rebel without a cause” story, totally hot romanceable companion
Cons: Ship interior looks too much like Jedi Ship, Can only use blaster pistol :(
So after trying both the smuggler and bountry hunter starting areas for a bit. I decided on Trooper cause I can kick ass with heavy armor and a rifle. Yes I was on Republic side but meh, I picked a male Zabrak with a tank body as he was meant to be a tank and yes I know I now have 3 tank characters lol went with “Gxan” as in G-troops heh realised after level 10 I had spelled it “Gzan” so had to use my free name change to change it lol. Starting out wasn’t quite the start I’d hoped, you’re a recruit of the famous “Havoc Squad” and are thrown into the action on Ord Mantell after your troop transport is attacked though I must admit my first time blasting weak enemies with my rifle was pretty damn cool and the rocket boots were so goddamn helpful in getting around. Ord Mantell itself was actually kinda pretty apart from the war going on.
|Gxan lookin' boss|
|What a lovely cove/inlet, apart from the lizard|
When the time came to get my first speeder the way I look at them is by going to Dulfy.net’s awesome speeder guide then checking out what’s available on the cartel market. I had a look at what was available and man did the Rark K1-A sure stand out, and it was only 30,000 credits too with an adaptive speed licence, though technically that colour scheme and the badass-hog riding position may be more suited to a bounty hunter or smuggler, but screw it, my Trooper is badass. I’m kinda wishing that your companion had their own speeder instead of just disappearing when you mount up, the ladies could even share the one, or the men too, I’m just imagining Khem Val or Lord Scourge riding on your back on one of the standing speeders LoL. Coruscant was a pretty muted affair as I had done it before obviously, though it made for a couple of good screenshots.
|Oh yeh, roll out the red carpet for me and my stupid hat.|
|LooooL at option 3|
|We're almost there! *splat*|
|Oh man yeh I can totally see that, that's shifty as, man this guy is good.|
|End of the final Dreadseed quest which I unfortunately didn't get credit for.|
|They call him... Soa! the infernal one himself|
|Crusin at 30km/h in style|
|Black Hole Pummeler gear, fitting name for looking like a futuristic NFL player.|
|Some pics of my Eradictaor armor dyed with the red and black armor dye module|
|Fack this datacron was a close call|
|"Aw shucks guys"|
|Hail to the king baby!|
|See what I mean about the colours? and yes Talos' helmet does look a bit ridiculous|
It was relatively quiet in the Guild after the change, I actually haven’t even been able to find the “Drunk before Dawn” guild or whatever the hell we’re called on Harbinger but goddamn did I feel the difference as soon as I got over there, there is so much more people! On at all times! There’s people doing everywhere going everything it’s so amazingers. But anyway I got back to leveling on Gxan, I was now up to Taris, and met my much anticipated companion Elara Dorne who as you probably guessed is a romance option for the male trooper, though she is not quite as hot as Kira Carsen I liked the difference customizations you could give her, and besides pretty much all females in this game have killer bodies so just going to say I appreciate that and nothing more. She has been an interesting one to romance with her straight-up-the-line-post-Empire-citizen attitude and demeanour but she seems a nice person on the inside which will be fun to play out.
|Trooper companion Elara Dorne with customization 4 enabled, yawow she is cute.|
|Aric Jorgen with customization 3|
|This isn't my photo of M1-4X but it shows how big he is compared to a female Trooper. Going to be kinda fun having a big droid as a companion.|
|The BT-7 Thunderclap, one odd-looking ship|
|You finally get a different "ship approaching planet" sequence then the norm for Oricon|
|The Dread Fortress! *ominous music*|
|"Ahh screw you too!"|
|I couldn't stop laughing at this guy's "Jedi Cowboy" gear|
|Well at least this one's two seater.|
|Oh Tatooine, one of the lonliest planets ever.|
May the Force be with you bros.