Don't you hate it when you've blown through everything with ease, and then you suddenly hit a wall? That's how we felt 2 nights ago at Sorrowdusk.
We were on the very last chain, at the Temple. My self (11 wiz/2 rog), a 12 druid, and an 11 druid. We over-level, but not so high that we did not receive xp. We were trying to get our 11 to 12, and I had never been to sorrowdusk before either. We were doing everything on Elite, for obvious reasons, and still doing just fine.
But those last couple temple quests are level 10 and rated "challenging", but we still bumped them to elite. Not sure what level that makes them, but that's when things went bad. As a trapper I have still never "blown" a trap. And since I get 10 skill points every level, I've been keeping Disable, Spot and Search maxed. I also had Spot + 11 goggles, Disable + 10 gloves, and +5 tools. Up until now its been working great.
Well, we hit those traps, and hit them HARD. First, I didn't spot them (low wis doesn't help), and a couple characters died right away. After being rezzd, I tried to Search for the boxes, and never found even one. This is with Heroism for +2 and another +3 from Human Vers 2. I was really bummed. Absent this, I hoped I could at least get lucky and evade them, with evasion + insightful reflexes + heroism + 3 from Human Vers again. Nope, on Elite even I hit the traps and instantly died, even with Resist Energy
When I hit 14 last night, I went to the AH, and I now also have a + 13 Search item. I'm hoping that this might help.
I guess my questions are these. 1) How are people to survive if they can't disarm the traps? (We only squeaked by because we took turns dying and rezzing - they had 2 cleric hirelings with them.) 2) How high does Elite make the DC needed to spot, find and finally disable these traps? I thought I was well prepared, especially with Human Versatility. It was a very humbling experience for a rogue