I received a master clue that required me to speak to Falo. He wanted to see a Rod of Ivandis and showing him the flail wasn't sufficient. Is this something that will be changed or will others have to make a new Rod of Ivandis when receiving this clue as I had to?
Magic of Eggsaid: I received a master clue that required me to speak to Falo. He wanted to see a Rod of Ivandis and showing him the flail wasn't sufficient. Is this something that will be changed or will others have to make a new Rod of Ivandis when receiving this clue as I had to?
A flail is not a rod of Ivandis. Same as if you were asked to wear a diamond ring and you have a ring of life instead.
To be honest, I've only seen this quest in videos. I need to level up Slayer and Herblore in order to do it myself. But for the most part, I LOVE what I've seen of it.
For fans of the Myreque quest series, this is an interesting (and fun) alternate branch of the storyline. It takes the best parts of 'Legacy of Seergaze' (the Ivandis flail, the first revelation of Safalaan's Icyenic powers) but uses them in new contexts. There's also a good use of lore material from the later quests (the title of the quest comes from a book found in 'Lord of Vampyrum', and Vanescula's wanting Safalaan for her own purposes - as established in those quests - is hinted at here), and it too is presented in new contexts.
For those disappointed at how Ranis Drakan was sort of thrown under the bus in 'Branches of Darkmeyer', 'A Taste of Hope' certainly gives him his due as an antagonist. Here we get to see just what a horrible person he is (as it's implied he's the one behind the horrible fates of Serafina and her brother, and the fabrication of the myth of Serafina's triumph). And we get to face him in a boss battle, in which we get to put the Ivandis flail (overshadowed in the other quests by the blisterwood weapons) to good use.
We also get a less confusing end to Flaygian Screwte. In the RS3 universe, he just walks out and disappears abruptly, never to be seen or heard from again, and Vertida later tells us that it's unlikely we'll see him again and he's probably dead (unless he got turned into a Vyre, tried to cross the Salve after the events of River of Blood, and turned back to human). Here, however, we get a less ambiguous fate for him, as the Abomination strikes him down right in front of us. In another divergence, Kael Foreshaw is destined to outlive Mekritus in the OSRS universe.
Meanwhile, poor Andiess Julp just can't catch a break, can he? I don't know whether to laugh or to cry.
The dialogue and characterization are great, and perfectly in keeping with the characters Myreque fans know. The final battle with Ranis is well-done. I especially love how it takes place in front of a large crowd - it's not often our boss battles take place in front of crowds. All too often, the main villains are defeated in some isolated temple or cave, with the only witnesses being a few allies of us and/or a few allies of the villain. Here, we fight Ranis in front a large crowd of Meiyerditch citizens, which suits the storyline perfectly. And the speech to the crowd after defeating Ranis is just perfect.
I love the title of the quest because it has so many different meanings. Of course Myreque quest fans recognize the reference to Lord Drakan's book about the various true-born vampyre houses of Vampyrium, and how the Drakans love the 'taste of hope' in their victims' blood. But 'a taste of hope', metaphorically, is what we give to the people at the end.
Oh, and the music is great, with old and new favorites (though one or two of the old favorites may go by different names in OSRS).
All in all, it's a quest I highly recommend to everyone, be they strictly OSRS players or fans of the Myreque series.