~ SPHC Ladder Part IV ~ Getting the new thread started, old thread link not available of course..... Well I reluctantly decided to work on Bishop some today. He was last camped in the Kurast Bazaar awaiting a journey into the sewers. The seweres weren't too problematic except for that Merc Bug problem I was having (there was a seperate thread on it, now eaten by Burke's Squid). I had had enough with that bug, and after reading Rag's thoughts in the Hammerdin help post (also eaten by Burke's Squid) I decided the least I could do was hire a new merc, a Defiance Merc. I didn't want to go back to Normal, heh, and I didn't want to level up a HF Merc from the mid 40s. Guess what? The bug never appeared again (yet) all the way through the rest of A3. This leaves me to conclude: 1. Holy Freeze mercs are bugged (unlikely) 2. That particular HF merc was bugged (I didn't write down his name either ) 3. My game is bugged on my Comp and everyone else is safe....(somewhat likely) And now my rant begins. [RANT] It took well over ONE HOUR to complete the Durance. I do NOT do all clears. It was unbelievably, insanely, incomprehensibly UGLY....UGHLY even! It reminded me why I once said I would NOT complete Hell with any more characters. The game quickly turned into a chore of the highest magnitude! It made Vwx's experience with slogging through Hell WSK look like a stroll in the park! What was it that has turned me to rant? >90% of all monsters were....STYGIAN DOLLS! I am serious, it was ridiculous. I have never seen this crap. There were gangs, packs and Champion types! On, and on, and on.....Once in a while there were Urdar packs with Might and Fanaticism and Extra Fast/Fanaticism, cause those Stygian Dolls weren't bad enough! A Stygian Doll boss pack with Might or Holy Shock and Amp Damage and freaking Urdar with Extra Fast and Fanaticism! I resurrected my Merc not less than 5 times.....and that was only as far as the Durance 2 Waypoint! I was out of cash, I had sold all items I could bring myself to sell, over 6 Flawless gems alone. I actually was forced to exit the game and get PSkulls out of his ATMA stash, not to mention about 20 Full Rejuvs since all his were gone. It was utterly INSANE. So I enter a new game, revive the Merc, jump to Durance 3 and had a NORMAL experience. Some Stygian Doll packs, Zombies, Urdar and Ghoul Lords. It was tough, but not super uberly ridiculous (yes, SUPER UBERLY, as in SUPER SUPERLY). Bremm put up a nasty, tight fight, but Meph.......heh....what the hell is he in there for? Relaxation? He was an incredible joke after all that fuss. [/RANT] This is not only the last character I will take through hell, once Bishop is Guardian I am hanging up the game. It isn't much fun anymore, I would rather be at work than play through that again.