Ever walk into a fight and think to yourself... 'man, for being the same level monster as I am, it shouldn't be this hard...' ? Well, I have a super secret pro-tip for you... when you level up, USE. YOUR. POINTS.
I am not level 12, my game time has been cut a good bit lately from being a grown up and such, and ran into that situation. I figured I'd check my stats and make sure I was using the best skills I had available. Well, surprise!.. .you have 5 skill points available...
Well, that explains a bit. That and I have been wandering so much I hadn't bothered with alchemy in a while either. So, I spent the better part of the next 10 minutes allocating and equiping skills, and brewing some tasty potions. Yay, i'm making the most of my level now!
Let's go wander...
Far east Velen, since i'm still hunting ? marks and happened to see this giant tree that is BEGGING to be explored. I swim across the lake and climb some rock face to find a quiet, empty village. Ok, maybe its an abandoned spot i can reclaim, so what's around? Oh, I see a fogger in the distance... annoying, but doable, I've plenty of room to maneuver. Wait, ?? level... and he has friends... lots of friends...
nothing to see here boys, don't mind me. ROACH, HELP! I sprint south through the first village and cross a bridge. 'Freedom!" I thought... next village will be better. Oh. Look. More Foggers. Fogging hell
Keep running! Maybe I can just skirt the hillside and find a way up.
Outside the village, well, it's quieter. For a time. This hill is all sorts of stubborn. Ooh! Big stone doors!... that are locked
ooook. So, moving on. Walking around I slide down a hidden culvert and darn near fall into a giant hole in the hillside into a glowing read room of scariness. No thanks. Gingerly sidestep my way around that, and home free. So, let's keep going. This hill is still super stubborn, just can't, quite, get up there... keep moving north and i'll find a way.
About 5 minutes later I find a hill slope that looks promising, AND is apparently the home of a large, angry Basilisk. A basilisk that is almost double my level... COME ON
Ok, so let's give this guy a shot. See IF I can take him down with patience. Nope, he's one tough mother. Time to run again! sigh... ok, so this tree can wait. Let's head farther north towards "civilization". Hrm, there's a lone tower up on the opposite hill, let's check it out.
Just to be safe, I'll rest up and save, I have less than stellar luck in this part of Velen. Work my way up to the tower only to find some large hunched over gentleman sitting near the front of the tower. Oh, look, a cyclops
. If only he were like this, it may have been a better day. Well, he's level 19, so this could take a while. Again, thanks to all the open space, I can maneuver so I give it a shot. He hits like a truck, but is fairly easy to avoid once you watch his pattern. Needless to say, about 7 minutes later, he's dead. Phew... now, loot was quite nice too. Mastercraft Ursine set. Can't use it for a while, BUT I'll have it ready
Almost time to call it a day, shall we explore southern Velen and see what is lurking down there? Folks, Velen is scary... the southern isle started out not too bad. Wraiths a plenty which are a nuisance, especially in groups. However there are two guarded treasures that I hope have good trinkets in the for when I return to take them. One is guarded by a lvl 20 Noonwraith, that is a tough mother AND hits for 80% or so of my life. Ok, no thanks, BYE! So, farther south... some fat thing lurking on a hill... hmm... it has wings. What the heck is it? Upon closer inspection, it's a large, angry gargoyle. I 'might' be able to chip away at it's health in like 200 or so strikes if it didn't one shot me with its ground stomp
NO THANK YOU SIR. Ugh... 3rd times the charm? There's another ? below Sir Gargoyle of Badassia, and thankfully... it's just a place of power. An EMPTY place of power, ok. Thank you Lord... I'm leaving now lol.
The rest of the evening was spent playing Gwent across Velen and getting my butt kicked. I managed to complete the quest, but it took sheer dumb luck. lol