Cleared Castrum Lacus Litore! \o/ I was getting bummed out after two failures where the group didn't get past the first boss, but tonight I grouped up with a couple of friends to putter around in there, and we lept in when Castrum popped. Our first attempt... also failed to clear the first boss, but when it popped again we had picked up an fc friend and went back in and this time we made it! It was chaos and I had almost no idea what was happening most of the time, AND I had to solo heal it (pick your choice of *internally screaming* memes, that was me). But we did it, and I had fun! Spoiler: shoptalk about Castrum Failure 1, I was in top group, but bottom group was *really* slow with dps and somehow we wiped? I'm honestly not sure what happened there, I think they didn't protect the tunnel armor. Even though we had time to try again, people started moaning about how there wasn't enough time and left. Failure 2 didn't even get in a real try -- I was top and our tank pulled the boss without waiting for a pull time, which quickly resulted in the boss murdering us. People immediately started leaving after that. Failure 3 I was in bottom group and everything went smoothly. We downed our boss and top was... still at like 50%. We killed so many adds. So many. The colossus came out, someone used death on it, we killed more adds... and we hit enrage, with top still at 20%. *facepalm* Top insisted it was because we didn't hold dps; they didn't understand -- or want to hear -- that it wouldn't have mattered, because enrage is a thing, and the problem was that their dps was way too low. Everything devolved into bitching and complaining so we all just left and did our own thing until the next pop. Organization for that was messy, and somehow bottom was noticeably slower than top on dps, but we did it! Everything after that is kind of a blur but as far as I could figure out, the hallways work kind of like BA's hallways in that you need people to stand on buttons to make a thing happen, but with an extra prisoner rescuing mechanic. Andrammalech was a whirlwind of me screaming internally and trying to keep everyone healed and rez'd and OH GOD WHY AREN'T YOU STANDING STILL FOR PYRETIC, I CAN'T HEAL YOU THROUGH THAT OR I'LL DIE!!! That was... pretty rough as a solo healer. :'D Then the last boss I barely remember because it was mostly internally screaming and trying to do mechanics but not moving fast enough -- I'd noticed when we were standing around hashing out who goes top that people were kind of rubberbanding around me and went 'oh no' -- and AHHH. I'll have to look up a guide because I do NOT know what was happening haha. But we did it! Me and one of my friends got our first clear! \o/ As for the story... eh. I know the WoL has to stand around with their thumb up their ass a lot in cutscenes, but in the post-Castrum cutscene we had a full blown case of dipshititis and I'm not impressed with the developments.