OK, I get the part about gathering ingredients and making your GS blank at the Altar of Fecundity in Meridia.
That's easy enough to figure out.
What I am not sure about is once you get in the Shroud Raid, how the crafting happens (I have never done the raid, just flagged for it).
Part 1, 3 and 5 there is the various Altars in these parts, and from what I gather you can only obtain ingredients for upgrading your GS blank inside the Shroud, through the AH or DDO store.
Q: Except the 3 types Shard of Power which ONLY drops from the end chests right? They cannot be bought or traded for is my understanding. Which makes sense because if you had the means to purchasse thm you would never need to step foot into the shroud, you could craft from your guild airship or the devil battlefield for the missing altars. Except the Altar of Devastation
of course which is only in Part 5.
Q: After you complete Part 1, 3 or 5 can you use the Altar to upgrade your GS blank if you receive a Shard of Power in the chest and have all the ingredients on you at the time OR is there some sort of quest mechanic that only allows you to do the crafting at the end? I read somewhere that after the Raid is completed you can go back to previous phases.
Q: Is there any other "gotcha" I should be aware of that could cause unwanted party grief that is a common n00b mistake?