Mashup Video of my Priest in Popolion
My favorite game zones lean toward shire-like or Germanic folksy landscapes. I typically despise frozen zones and desert wastelands. In my experiences, they often lack imagination in their visualization – icy empty or parched empty…blah. Rift’s Shimmering Sands was a desert exception and GW2’s snow covered Frostgorge Sound delighted me and was the end-game zone I enjoyed best.
Until recently, the only dark/haunted zone I’ve enjoyed was WOW’s Darkshire. Tera Online's Popolion replaces it as my favorite spooky zone. When I first arrived I thought, “Ugh, the gratuitous spooky zone.” However, I was pleasantly surprised when I exited the township.
I think Tim Burton must have called to ask for his imaginings back. The area is so deliciously Burton-esk, it was love at first sight. Not to be left behind, Johnny Depp was there as a Blood Lord and Helena Bonham Carter, a Blood Maid. Well, not really or intentionally identified as such but could have been them all same, right out of Sweeny Todd. Popolion is perpetually twilight, something else I’m not fond of but this is hands-down my favorite Tera zone so far.
On my Priest, I had three really good runs through SM. It is a bit annoying that the dungeon matching system will put you into a partially completed instance without alerting you before the fact. You enter with a slew of quests that require a start to finish run for completion. Luckily, I had back-to-back good groups.
The entry way to SM is littered with Big Ass Monsters (BAMs) which keeps the area lively. It’s definitely not an ideal place to go AFK. I hide behind a cluster of trees near the one of the walls to avoid BAMs being pulled to the entrance by players carelessly riding by them. I learned that the hard way. The first time I did SM on my Mystic, I was existing the instance and before the location had finished rendering, I was killed by a BAM playing footsie with players and roffle-stomping NPCs.
The only thing I found annoying while questing, were all the interactions with Jelena who had nothing but snide comments from the 1st quest to the encounters with her inside SM. I wanted to slap her. Here I am risking life, limb and crystals to help out and she’s got nothing but lip in return.
Sadly, I’ve completed my stay in Popolion. I’m level 28 and riding off to the next zone. I hope it’s as interesting as the previous ones have been.