A past and future comparison

As I’ve been partaking in anniversary celebrations and such in Everquest and Everquest 2, I thought it might be interesting to look over my 2 main characters, both named Deveryn. Both are summoner classes. I went for magician in EQ1. I might be talking about 2 more similar classes if Dark Elves were allowed to be conjurors in EQ2. I think it’s worked out for the best though. I’ve been playing both and I love the necro. Conversely, I find still myself favoring the magician over the necro in EQ1.

dev vs dev

Both are obviously very dashing. 😉

They both got their start in Neriak (my favorite city in either game), however neither one currently resides there. (In EQ1, it simply isn’t possible. In EQ2, living in Freeport became more convenient.)

Both were born in August (8/20/2005 and 8/24/2008). I don’t know how I got the dates so close. Neither is an original Deveryn either. I actually created the very first Deveryn around December of 2000. However, due to having a crap computer at the time, I was unable to get any further than the old tutorial zone. I would later delete that character and he would be lost in a server merge forever. In EQ2, it was simply a matter of playing with 2 different groups of people on two different servers. I would eventually transfer the older to retain some items. The transfer would need a new name. Being a High Elf Conjuror, I decided he should be Deveryn’s “evil” twin Nyreved.

Played time for each current iteration is 193 days in EQ1 and 198 days in EQ2. I believe Original EQ1 Deveryn clocked in over 365 days. It’s worth noting that there was a lot of downtime, between medding and sitting on ships and having my character sit in bazaar or just waiting on other people to show up for something. Yeah, excuses. 😉

Both are very skilled craftsmen. In EQ1, I’ve been working on all possible skills not restricted by race or class, but that character is most famous for being a Brewer (and a stingy one at that). In EQ2, I took up Carpentry as my main trade. Tinkering is my secondary. Adorning was later picked up as it was made available. One comparison that shows the difference in difficulty between the games is I have all tradeskills maxed (across 9 characters) in EQ2. In EQ1, only Brewing is maxed.

Both have their own dirty little secrets. While working on his baking skill at the same time as his epic, EQ1 Deveryn developed a taste for the racial meats, including his own.** EQ2 Deveryn keeps a little Frostfell (Christmas) room in his basement. There’s also a memorial to his lost love down there. He sleeps down there too.

EQ1 Deveryn now owns a house (seen here) in his guild’s village. EQ2 Deveryn currently has 10 houses. If I factor in alts who hold a lot of stuff for him, the total is 20 (+2 unclaimed deeds, +1 player-made dungeon that’s in the works). Both main houses are equipped with bars. Sadly, both are lightweights when it comes to alcohol tolerance.

In EQ1, I’ve been in 5 different guilds. My current guild has been around for all 14 years. They used to be part of an alliance of 5, which included my first guild. In Eq2, I’ve been in 4 guilds, including my own personal guild, which exists as a tribute of sorts to my first EQ1 guild. I’ve met at least one person from each game in real life. Of all the people I’ve met on the games, I’ve played both games with 4 people.

**I have a funny little story to go along with my EQ1 cannibalism. It’s rare that I take the time to roleplay my characters at all. At best, I make a little backstory or something. In EQ2, I tell the stories with furniture. This was one of those rare moments when I tried to get into any kind of character. It was almost like something out of Hannibal (Silence of the Lambs). (To be perfectly honest, I just love a good practical joke.)  I had some spare gnome meat and decided to make some gnome kabobs. I ran into one of my gnome necromancer friends and decided to give him one for giggles. He blindly accepted the trade. Not even 5 seconds later, the character got hungry and the chat message pops up, “*Chomp, chomp, chomp*. soandso takes a bite of some gnome kabobs.” He was freaking out and yelling at me. I was laughing because of the awesome timing. He actually had food ready to consume, but this must have gone to a priority inventory spot.

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