Time to buckle some serious swash

Huzzah, it is done! Sometime Wednesday morning my workers finished the final construction cycles for my Epheria Frigate in Black Desert Online.

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This was the state of affairs when I went to bed

Construction had started on February 1st. Of course I had to gather and process some of the needed resources beforehand, so all told the project took me just about two months, maybe a bit longer.

I obviously couldn’t wait to register it at the wharf manager in Port Epheria and hoist its sails for the first time.

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No way would I’ve sold it…dat market price though, holy crap

I wanted Lakisa to be there to share the moment, and since she had a quest to explore some islands anyway she was more than happy to oblige.

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A real beauty, isn’t she? The ship’s nice too

In preparation I’d already bought and enhanced the available ship upgrades like better sails and cannons, so I installed those right away.

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For some reason she got a red paintjob in the process

The really good upgrades are player crafted, making those will be my next project. Some of the necessary components only drop from sea monsters though, so starting off with the ones sold by NPCs seemed the way to go.

We began our journey by visiting the islands closest to the mainland so Lakisa could invest contribution points into those fishing nodes like I had already done a while ago.

Whenever she was ashore talking to node managers I seized the opportunity to take tons and tons of screenshots. Obviously the best place for that is the crow’s nest. Not only does it offer a great view – as it should – it even has the option to activate a free-look mode that completely detaches the camera from your character.

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Enabling you to take shots like these. I really need to find out how to turn off those darkened edges though.

Since the first island Lakisa needed to visit for her quest was near Velia, which is also where she got the quest in the first place, we sailed all the way there from Epheria.

The ship isn’t lightning fast, but waaay faster than a fishing boat. With better upgrades and a higher sailing skill on my character (which unlocks the ship’s special abilities) travelling distances like these should become a breeze.

We made a quick detour so that I could pick up the quest too, then off we went to do some island hopping.

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Of course I sported my self-crafted sailor’s clothes for the occasion

And boy, island hop we did. One quest turned into five, into ten, into…I completely lost count on how many isles of various sizes we had to discover.

Day turned into evening…

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…and evening into night. We were still sailing when dawn came.

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It was well worth it though. The final quest rewarded us with tons of XP, silver and some crafting materials, and discovering all those islands showered us with Knowledge. My maximum energy pool went from 241 to 253 due to that.

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Islands as far as the eye can see

Since this took way longer than expected we didn’t have time to also head out into the open sea, as I had originally planned. Just like in the desert the map doesn’t work there, so you have to hone your navigational skills. Additionally storms, ghost ships and sea monsters try to make your voyage difficult. I’m actually looking forward to that, sounds like another adventurous undertaking. I hope we’ll get to that soon.

So is the ship worth the time and effort I poured into its construction? Absolutely!

Not only was working on it mostly fun and only rarely felt like actual work, the freedom it gives us to explore the ocean and engage in its content without the need to join a guild, which we don’t want to do at the moment, is really great and will undoubtedly enrich our experience playing the game. Would do again.

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