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About Me

I'm a woman in my mid-thirties, comfortably retired thanks to a lucky marriage, which means I get to spend about 2500 hours a year on video games. I live near Portland, Oregon - which is the Food Channel's Delicious Destination of 2006.

About My Characters

Character Notes
Sookie Stackhouse Sookie Stackhouse (Necromancer) is my original toon - born 5/27/06. She did a lot of blood magic early on, but eventually got the Minion Master religion. She'll do SS if forced, but prefers having her pet Fleshy around. She also has an actual Pet (Eric Draven the Black Moa) which she drags around when helping noobs. Sookie is a Protector of all three continents, and a Sunspear Castellan. She is pictured wearing Kurzick 15k armor, dyed purple, with a Shing Jea scar pattern. She is often accompanied by her Miniature Necrid Horseman.
Xero Kelvin Xero Kelvin (Elementalist) is my second-oldest toon - born 5/30/06. Originally conceived as a Water Ele, she nowadays mostly works with fire - but has the skills and the gear to switch to water when it is advantageous to do so. Xero is a Protector of Tyria, and a Sunspear Castellan. She is pictured wearing Canthan 15k armor, dyed red, with a Flame's Eye (not visible). She is often accompanied by her Miniature Burning Titan.
Mieko Kawazoe2 Mieko Kawazoe (Ranger) is my most accomplished toon. Born 5/30/06 (mere minutes after Xero), she is a Legendary Cartographer and a Legendary Skill Hunter. Since she is also a Protector of three continents, People Know Her. She's a Spearmarshall, and working her way to Legendary status in that department as well. Her pet, Nermal, is a Hearty Stalker. She is pictured wearing Monument Armor, dyed silver. Appropriatedly for such an accomplished toon, she is often accompanied by Miniature Kuunavang.
Yudon Tonmi Yudon Tonmi (Assassin - as in "you don't own me") is my original Canthan toon. Born 6/5/06, she is now a Protector of Tyria - though not quite yet a protector of Cantha - and also a Sunspear Castellan. She is pictured wearing partial Vabbian (5k jewel) armor, dyed black, with Seitung boots and gloves. She is often accompanied by a Miniature Necrid Horseman.
Youko Kawazoe Youko Kawazoe (Ritualist) was my first native Protector of Cantha. Born 6/6/06 - the Day of the Beast - She favors spirit-spamming build, and is the original Battlebox Ritualist - a build I invented to take advantage of Soul Twisting. She has since gone on to become a Protector of both Cantha and Tyria, and a Sunspear Castellan. She is pictured wearing Kurzick 15k armor dyed black. She is often accompanied by a Miniature Siege Turtle.
BoneFiend R.I.P. Perma Pre (Elementalist): A character I created to shepherd guildies through Pre, and then abandoned when I realized that it's only barely worthwhile. Shortly after her deletion, to make room for Lily Hamer, I learned of the Legendary Defender title. I vowed never to delete a character again.
Lily Hamer Lily Hamer (Warrior) was the last character I created before the availability of extra character slots. Born 6/10/06, she favors swords, Strength skills, and Sentinel's Armor. She is a Protector of Cantha, and a Sunspear Castellan. She is pictured wearing Ancient (10k) armor dyed black. She is often accompanied by her Miniature Kirin.
Sister Charybdis Sister Charybdis (Monk) is the identical twin of Sister Scylla, my partner's Monk. Born 7/28/06, she now usually does smiting and lets her heroes do the actual work - but she's not incapable of healing, it just bores her to tears. She is pictured wearing Sunspear 15k armor dyed blue, as does her twin. She is often accompanied by a Miniature Fungal Wallow.
Marchesa Beatrice Marchesa Beatrice (Mesmer) was the character that originally completed my goal of 'one character for each primary class'. Born 7/31/06, she was well on her way to being a Survivor when the stupid enforced PvP match before the Searing cost her the first death. She has since gone on to be a Protector of Elona as well as of Tyria, and a Sunspear Castellan. She is pictured wearing Rogue's 15k armor dyed black. She is often accompanied by a Miniature Temple Guardian.
Aunt Slappy Aunt Slappy (Dervish) is my original Nightfall character, identical in appearance to the test weekend character "Tampa Rarie". Born 10/28/06, she was the first character of mine to finish Elona - a feat which all have since accomplished. She is a Sunspear Castellan, and now usually runs around in her Melandru suit, thanks to Eternal Aura. She is pictured wearing Vabbian (5k+jewel) armor, dyed black. She is often accompanied by Miniature Varesh.
Panya Siti Panya Siti (Paragon - literally "Lady Mouse") was also born 10/28/06. She was among the last of my characters to finish Elona, owing to the lack of really useful Paragon elite skills. She is pictured wearing Ancient (10k) armor, dyed black. She is often accompanied by Miniature Varesh.
Louisa the Poisoner Louisa the Poisoner (Ranger) is named for the Tanith Lee character and book. Born 10/28/06, she was the first of my Nightfall characters to travel to Cantha - because no ranger should have to live without Broadhead Arrow. Her pet is a Hearty Crocodile named Amos Moses. She is pictured wearing Ancient (10k) armor, dyed black. She is often accompanied by a Miniature Gray Giant.
Ivy Tamwoode Ivy Tamwoode (Warrior) is named similarly to the character Ivy Tamwood from the Dead Witch Walking series. Botn 3/7/07, she is my youngest toon in terms of real time, but since she is a Legendary Defender of Ascalon, she is also my oldest in terms of hours played - at over a thousand. She is also a Protector of Tyria. Her pet, Psycho Kitty (a Hearty Stalker), has been with her from the beginning. In contrast to Lily Hamer, Ivy favors axes and Tactics. She is pictured wearing 15k Charr Hide armor, dyed white. She has two Charr Bags that she kept from pre-searing Ascalon, and is often accompanied by a Miniature Charr Shaman.
Anne Cesta2 Anne Cesta (Necromancer) is named in anticipation of my planned Guild Wars 2 character names. In case somehow you don't get the pun, she's their Ancestor. And Necromancers use Cestas. I know, I know, far from earthshatteringly clever, but what do you expect out of 19 characters? Anne was going for Legendary Survivor, but got killed in a guild chat accident after 640,000xp. She is still Indomitable, however, and expect more from her in the days to come. She is pictured wearing Monument Armor dyed red. She is often accompanied by her Miniature Hydra.
Anne Nyhilate Anne Nyhilate (Elementalist) is my final attempt at Legendary Survivor. She's an air/earth focused elementalist (to complement Xero, who is fire/water focused)... and if she doesn't make it, well, I've got no more worlds to conquer in terms of different character types. She has just recently left Pre, but I expect great things from her.

My Builds

I put my Battlebox Ritualist build here before the purge. --- {{tested-build|general|farming}}

The Battlebox Spirit Spammer is designed to quick-cast several Binding Rituals, then follow them up with Painful Bond to increase their lethality. It is intended as a PvE primary build.

Attributes and Skills

Ritualist-iconRitualist / Any Attribute Rank
Channeling 12 + 1 + X
Communing 12 + X
Spawning Power 3 + 1
Anguished Was Lingwah

Anguished Was Lingwah

Soul Twisting

Soul Twisting

Bloodsong

Bloodsong

Dissonance

Dissonance

Painful Bond

Painful Bond

Warmonger's Weapon

Warmonger's Weapon

Wielder's Strike

Wielder's Strike

Restoration

Restoration

  • Communing and Channeling should both be as high as possible - choose runes based on your confidence level. I put Channeling in the top spot because of the increased effects of Painful Bond and Warmonger's Weapon, and because the life-stealing effect of Bloodsong is less vulnerable to damage reduction than the damage of Pain.
  • Depending on the monsters you face, you may wish to bring other spirits in place of Dissonance, Restoration, or indeed anything past Painful Bond. In many areas Shadowsong is a helpful thing to have. The build as presented here is my general-purpose construction.
  • If interrupts are not needed, replace Dissonance with Anguish and Warmonger's Weapon with Splinter Weapon, which has the added advantage of a very long duration that enhances the "prepare outside of combat" aspect of the build.

Equipment

Usage

This build depends on the fact that Anguished Was Lingwah is NOT a Binding Ritual, and hence does not trigger the benefit of Soul Twisting. Thus, it is possible to essentially pre-cast two offensive spirits outside of combat, and place them quickly when combat begins. Since most of the skill recharge time happens between combats, the build is essentially combat-ready at any time.

When you first step out into the environment, cast Bloodsong. Immediately target the resulting Spirit of Bloodsong and cast Soul Twisting, followed by Anguished Was Lingwah. You should be able to carry the ashes into your first combat - if not, it will be recharged, so just cast it again.

Proceed to wherever you intend to plant your spirits for battle. When you are ready to fight, drop Lingwah's Ashes and cast Dissonance, then Bloodsong. You will have a Spirit of Pain instantly, a Spirit of Dissonance two seconds later, and a Spirit of Bloodsong three seconds after that. Pick a central target for Painful Bond, then cast Warmonger's Weapon and start picking on enemy spellcasters. Use Wielder's Strike if you need a damage spike, and Restoration if your side looks like they might be in trouble (or especially if it looks like you may die yourself).

Dissonance usually won't last the whole combat, but the instant recharge feature of Soul Twisting allows you to re-cast it immediately when it dies. With practice you can target it with Soul Twisting and kill it before it dies, then re-cast it quickly and keep it perpetually charged.

For smaller battles, you can skip Dissonance entirely and just cast Bloodsong; Soul Twisting will reduce the casting time to one second, meaning your two spirits are up before your enemies can muster a response.

After a combat ends, target any allied spirit and re-cast Soul Twisting, then Anguished Was Lingwah. You're ready to go again!

Counters

  • AoE damage can quickly take your spirits down. To counteract this, move around a little between spirits. It will take a little extra time but nothing close to the normal casting time of Binding Rituals.
  • Binding Rituals can be interrupted. The spirit conjured by Anguished Was Lingwah is unaffected, but the other two can be blocked by timely interrupts. Fortunately, whichever spirit you summon first gets an instant recharge, so whoever interrupts you had better be prepared to do it more than once.

Notes

When a player loses communication with the server, Guild Wars forces their character to drop any item they are carrying. Consequently, if you should happen to get 007'd just as you enter a battle, you'll still get a Spirit of Pain to help your party. Incidentally, if you are in a party, you may get more mileage out of Warmonger's Weapon by casting it on a forward fighting character, especially one with an IAS.

If you are using this as a farming build, simply put up the spirits just outside of Aggro range, throw Painful Bond to make them attack, and then run away and watch the monsters die... or stay and fight if you prefer, though without a monk handy there is a risk of death. Then again, that's what the Restoration spirit is for.

For the curious, the name comes from the fact that Lingwah's Ashes look more like a box instead of an urn. Since the character essentially carries two spirits around ready for immediate use, it's like having "a battle in a box".

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