He logged in with his warlock, Avathos. Level 110 in NWD, and max geared. The server reset happens at 4am tomorrow. His guild is scheduled to do the Legendary Difficult of the latest raid dungeon, “Tomb of Annihilation”.
*scrolls through achievements*
Horde of the Dragon Queen - Complete
Rise of Tiamat - Complete
Princes of the Apocalypse - Complete
Out of the Abyss - Complete
Curse of Strahd - Complete
Storm Kings Thunder - Complete
Tales from the Yawning Portal - Complete
Tomb of Annihilation - 99.9%
He’s the only player to gain the one achievement that completes the expansions. Soloing a specific part of each of the adventures. Each time his friend Jared makes him help the guild complete the 99.9% first. Then it becomes a race before the next expansion comes out to see who can get the Feat of Strength achievement for 100% completion. Each time, he gets it. Others do sometimes, but he’s got all of them.
The expansion ends in two weeks, and Jared is only 98% complete. He’s missing one piece of gear because he’s focused on getting everyone else in the guild up to the goal. No previous adventure has been this difficult. Tomb of Annihilation is referred to as the “meat grinder” of adventures.
So Avathos goes to the guild vault, and empties it of its raid supplies. He mails them to one of Jared’s alts he almost never uses. It will take him days to figure that out. Then he takes the gate to Chult.
-Jungles of Chult-
The thick green canopy diffuses the sunlight coming down. Avathos sits at his keyboard and cracks his knuckles.
The evening is spent running raptor races, fighting a T-Rex, flying on pterodactyls, and gathering relics for the key. It’s used once before it has to be collected again. You can collect all the components before the reset, and then use the key afterwards.
Then with all the pieces in hand, he logged off.
******Server reset 4am**********
\\.. Adjutant Log
Like clockwork he’s back. The downtime was a quick 15 minute reboot of the server. Watching him move through the first few rooms by himself is poetry. Every step carefully calculated. Every spell, used specifically to bypass content. It takes him 5 hours to get to the section for the achievement. All the while he doesn’t take any damage he doesn’t want to. While his character does the dance like a good little puppet, he sits at his keyboard snacking on eggo waffles, and Coke Zero.
The lich scouled at him as he entered. He paced the outer edges of the room, careful not to trigger the fight. His goal is to get to the phylactery in the next chamber, and destroy it. Doing this without defeating the lich won’t drop any loot, but will complete the achievement. He targeted his Arcane Gate spell. He blinked in astonishment when the targeting reticle for the spell glitched, and instead of putting the gate on the other side of the room, it disappeared through the wall. “Well that should still work, and I don’t want to wait another hour for my spell to refresh.” He stepped into the portal.
Instead of being in the phylactery chamber, he was in the soul vault. Before him was a large portal channeling the souls of the dead. In the story arc, the lich was stealing the souls of the dead in an attempt to ascend to godhood.