~Unsung Heroes ~
My first experience of being a Monk was spent in the area outside of my starting city, Freeport, fighting the large infestation of rats, snakes and bats, with the occasional beetle thrown in, all the while improving my fighting skills. Soon, I found that certain quests where given by the masters, in recognition of deeds done. My first quest, was to hand in my guild note and receive my tunic, and I also found out about the prospect of earning Sashes of Order if I was up to the task, starting with the White.
The sixth circle was tough. I alternated between hunting in the East Commons or in Befallen with Doyle, with both of us taking it in turns to stagger out of Befallen, laden with booty, returning with 8gp, varitable riches for us at that time. I say tough, as the monster population of the Commons took it in turns to kill me, first a ghoul, then a griffin, then a kodie, then the ghoul, then the griffin again......suffice to say that I was killed multiple times by anyone and anything.
More Befallen trips through seventh and eigth, along with practicing on my tailoring skills on the passing large cat population, and I also hunted in the Commons and the desert of Northern Ro.
For the 12th Circle, I resided at the Halfling home of Misty Thicket, and I cannot recommend this enough, it is probably the best pre-teen hunting area, and I should have come here earlier (if I did not have so much fun in Guk!) Fighting Wasps and Young kodies amongst other things, and also on the look out for the rare (in my eyes) Legionnaire spawn in the orc camp, that I needed for my Orange Sash. When one came along, he was brought down (with the help of other Brothers in the area - a group of three Monks is an awesome sight!) By this point, I had added the Orange Sash and a Lockjaw vest to my equipment. I mistakenly killed a named goblin who lived in the area who the Halfling Deputies liked, so they took vengance upon me. I also had the pleasure of meeting a Werewolf in the West Commons, and he had the pleasure of ripping my face off.
At 13th, I decided to travel some more, and had heard of a place called Lavastorm, were the Fiery beasts drop gems as loot! Getting invisibility cast upon myself (a SOW helps as well) I ran through the Dark Elven lands, and arrived in Lavastorm to fight Fire Elementals and Fire Drakes. I was in a good group, (with 2 Clerics) and soon, I had nearly reached 14th. A lot of the loot was stackable, so good for us weight watching Monks. Selling items and returning, I managed to pick up a Leering Mask here, AC3 +3 Dex, from someone in Najena. I Returned here for the most of 14th as well, and spent the remainder in Wcommons.
My one went down, but I was rooted, and had to watch as the other 2 ghouls tore into the last remaing member. My root broke, and I, full of shame at leaving a member behind, limped to safety.
I returned to Crush and did some quests there, (Keys and Shoulder pads) and myself and Doyle managed to find and kill a Warlord, which unfortunatly did not carry the prize we both sought. Doyle later defeated the Warlord and gave me the Bracer he had found, and then used our combined cash for one of his own at a later date.
17th: Feign Death. Feign Death. It needs to be said twice as this is a VERY good skill for us Monks. Unfortunately it did not help me (as I had not trained in it yet,) as running back to the boat I died in the arms of a Dwarven guard, killed by bandits. This level (excluding my death here obviously) was good for me, as I picked up not only a Bracer of Ellerossi (a magical item that granted AC5 +5 Str) from a Brother (very cheaply) who was leaving these lands, but also a Orange Headband from him as well (thankyou Brother Oashi!) To regain my level I returned to Oasis, then spent 20 days training in Feign Death.
At this time a new armour was found, called Raw Silk. This armour was lightweight, and made from Spider silk, the equivalent of Woven. Shortly after, Cured Silk was discovered, with the toughness of Mesh, lighter, and fashioned to look like the clothes of our Masters. I spent an excessive time hunting spiders for silk, and also hunted wisps, Kodies and the Piranha, all in the area known as the West Commons. Feign Death worked a few times for me (even after just getting it), once when I heard a Griffen behind me, I feigned, and another when I was losing against a Kodie, I feigned and then a SG ran over my head ignoring me.
Now, with nearly a full set of Cured Silk armour, fashioned by my Tailor Pionier, more experiments led to the discovery of Wu's fighting Gauntlets, AC4 Wt 0.1, which shone like a Greater lightstone, again made by Pionier. My good fortune is not over as I am given a component for the Purple Headband by a Paladin named Rathendar.