Triptych arrived at the docks of New Halas with a pensive frown on her face. While she felt it was high time that the stubbornly independent Niami call in some of the many favors she was owed, the timing could have been better. The ancient treatise on ice comet variations was difficult to translate but absolutely riveting to a scholar like herself. Ah well, the scroll wasn't going anywhere, and she would be glad to be a tad less beholden to the quirky halfling that everyone simply called "Mum".
As she urged her elemental disk up towards the tunnel leading into town, she shook her head at the pair of adventurers arguing over ... a flower? Oh, right. It was that time of year again. Shaking her head at the heated debate over who had rights to the symbol of "love", she made her way towards the housing area.
As usual, her pointy ears and dark blue skin drew many sidelong looks, which she haughtily ignored. At least this time Mum had asked her to meet in a neutral town, unlike the last time. Slipping into the center of Qeynos, dodging guards who were shouting about "filthy dark elves" was not her idea of a fun time. She'd much rather spend that time researching, thank you very much!
She found the door to Mum's home ajar, so she rapped on the doorjam as she slipped inside. "Mum? I'm ... by Solusek's flames, what happened here?!"
Her violet eyes widened in stunned amazement as she looked around the foyer. Instead of the nicely decorated home that she expected, she found ... moving crates. Following the sound of muffled thumpings and mutterings, she made her way to the library.
If anything, her eyes widened even more, as she took in the chaos. Gone were the shelf upon shelf of lovingly arranged books and knicknacks. Instead, there were more moving crates, and stacks and stacks of books piled on the floor. Mum herself was wobbling at the top of a ladder - one large, hairy foot on the top rung of the ladder, the other precariously placed on the second shelf of a bookshelf, while she struggled to place a book on the very top shelf.
"Here, let me do that, Mum." Trip was already pulling her white hair back into a severe braid to get it out of the way, as she strode over to the ladder and the teetering halfling.
"Och, nae, but thank ye, Trip-lass. I know ye an' books, an' if I asked ye tae help wi' th' library, ye'd end up spending more time reading than ye would arranging, nae?"
Trip smiled unrepentantly. "You have me there, Mum. But --"
"Wha' happened here? Um, well, I ... um ... had a bit o' a brain fart an' packed an' moved th' wrong house." Trip couldn't tell if Niami's face was turning red from embarassment, or simply from the exertion of climbing back down the ladder. Whichever, it was almost rivaling her red hair in hue, which was utterly fascinating to watch.
She dragged herself back on-topic. "If you don't want me helping with the books, what do you want me for? While I could help unpack, I think we've proven in the past that I'm no good as a home decorator."
"I've got help coming frae that, lass. An' aye, I know ye well. I'll nae hae ye rooting through th' knicknacks, arranging them by age, or such again." She grinned to take any sting out of her words. Trip was known as a bookish scholar with some rather peculiar ideas about what constituted proper decorating.
"Nae, lass, I need ye frae a bit o' research regarding a returning event."
"Returning event? You don't mean ... oh no, Mum! Now, if it was Nights of the Dead or something, that would be right up my alley. But, this? I don't even date, why would you think I'd be a good one to research this event, out of all of the possible events during the year?!" Trip shook her head wildly. Even she, with her lack of social skills, could see that this wasn't a suitable pairing of event and person!
"Actually, lass, th' fact that ye're nae likely tae get caught up in th' romance o' th' event makes ye th' perfect one frae this." Mum went so far as to pat the distraught dark elf's hand reassuringly. "Ye'll nae let emotions get in th' way, an' ye're more likely tae get me th' facts I need on th' new items an' such. I'd go myself, but if I'm nae here tae supervise th' unpacking, I'd be likely tae come home tae pure chaos that will take me months tae untangle. Besides, folks hae been complaining that my reviews are always slanted towards the guid side o' things tae much. It would be good frae a more neutral review now an' then."
"You're right. I am the best choice from a pure research point of view. And there's never a fear I'd be too goody-two-shoes about it! I'll get right on it!" She gave Mum a firm nod, pulled a blank notebook from her packs and headed out the door with a wave.
Oh yes, she'd give her research, all right, though Mum might be a bit surprised at the slant of the presentation. Trip smiled a small secret smile as she strolled through town, making notes.
Several hours later, while Mum was distracted with getting her kitchen laid out "just so" once again, Trip left the completed book in the foyer, and made herself scarce before Mum had time to read it.
"Och!" Mum shook her head with a rueful laugh. "This was nae quite what I was hoping frae, but she has a point ... sort of! Well, at least she got me th' lists that I asked frae, an' folks cannae complain aboot me 'rose colored glasses' this time!"
While I try to focus on the more positive side of things here at EQ2Traders Corner, I felt it fitting for this year's Erollisi Day celebration to give a nod to a different sort of perspective on EQII's yearly festival of love. Not only are folks all abuzz about signs hinting at Erollisi's return to Norrath, but The Lady of Insurrection, Ullkorruuk, makes another appearance. This gives folks a choice, at one part in a new quest, to visit either good or evil upon a special quest version of the Shard of Love.
Erollisi Day 2012, Norrath's many-day version of Valentine's Day, returns to Norrath from February 7 through February 20. It will include not only old quests (with some new rewards added in with the old stuff), but some new content as well. The Erollisi Day vendors in Freeport and Qeynos Harbor will have new items to sell, including a new recipe book for the crafters. (The old E-Day recipe books will also be available for sale, so those who missed buying and scribing them in the past will be able to purchase them during this event.)
(Edit: silly dark elf thought Mum already had access to enough sugar, and didn't need to know about the Plate of Erollisi Day Cupcakes! Ha!)
Book: Romantic Recipes to Craft V from vendor Steven in Qeynos Harbor and East Freeport. Recipes are difficulty level 10. Each of these recipes requires a love note or hard candy as the primary ingredient. (These can be body drops from any intelligent humanoid creature.) They will also require tier 1 or tier 2 common resources and fuels. While crafting either the new or returning E-Day recipes, there is a chance for a rare crafting event to occur, Favor of Erollisi, which will return a surprise item if countered correctly. (I received the house item Pink Lilies in an Elegant Vase)
|Box of Assorted White Chocolates
||Desert Oasis Pillow
||Giant Cherry Taffy Stick
|Giant Strawberry Taffy Stick
||Luxurious Upholstered Couch
||Red Silk Pillow
|Ornate Urn of Sacrifice
||Passion's Hanging Rose
||Plush Upholstered Couch
|Mounted Red and Pink
Daisy Garland (wall)
|Romantic Red and Pink
Hanging Fairy Lights (ceiling)
|A Plate of Erollisi Day
Supple Hart Leather Chest Wrap
Supple Hart Leather Gloves
Supple Hart Leather Leggings
(appearance gear, pictured below)
Some of these items can be scaled quite large, as you can see from the below images! :D
|basket of Perfect Pomegranates
||Elegant Coffee Table||Luxurious Dining Chair
||Plush Dining Chair|
|Treatise of Trysts
||Volume of Romance
||Candle Ringed by Pink roses
||Candle Ringed by Purple roses|
|Candle Ringed by Red roses
||Candle Ringed by Yellow roses
||Blushing Star Pillow
||Cerulean Calm Bottle
|Erollisi Chip Cookies
||Honey Botanics Rug
||Long Honey Botanics Runner
|Lovely Pink and White Candles
||Passionate Red and White Candles
||Periwinkle Splash Pillow
|Rack of Love Potions
||Romantic Purple and White Candles
||Romantic Music Box
|Rose Mystique Rug
||Ruby Djinn Bottle
||Square Citrine Bottle
|Sunshine Harmony Pillow
||Face of Love
||Mask of Passion|
(Those last two are wearable masks, not Kaisha plushie house items ;D)
(Folks who scribed the book before 2011 will find it in thier recipe books as "More Romantic Gifts to Craft!")
|Golden Rug of
|Golden Tapestry of
|Grassy Knoll of Butterflies
||Grassy Knoll of Fireflies
||Gift of the Libertine
|Plush Wood Framed Bed
||Luxurious Wood Framed Bed
||Metalized Ring of Devotion
||Love's Gilded Cage
|Vial of Passion|
No, I didn't miscount, that is only 13 items. The other two items are dress clothing items.
Stove & Keg
|Frosted Erollisi Cookies
Stove & Keg
|Essence of Amour
|Distilled Devotion Number 9
|Plush Chaise Lounge
|Luxurious Chaise Lounge
|Purple Heart-Shaped Pillow
|Red Heart-Shaped Pillow
|White Heart-Shaped Pillow
|Yellow Heart-Shaped Pillow
|Pink Roses Blooming with Love
|Purple Roses Blooming with Love
|Red Roses Blooming with Love
|Yellow Roses Blooming with Love
|Gold Mechanosynthetic Rose
|Silver Mechanosynthetic Rose
Yep, you read that right. A red stained glass tile for a reasonable price, some othmir plushies, and some dungeon maker goodies.
That's another tick for the evil argument that should have been mentioned in Triptych's skewed notes, though I'm not logging back onto Test to write it into the story, redo the screenshot, etc. Just think of it, romping around a created dungeon as one of the Sisterhood of Erolissi and killing the denizens of the Shard of Love?!)
Reward for this collection is a Passion Veiled Screen house item: