Wow. I have to say, wow. Our usual group is a four person group and tonight we were one short. We decided to 'Purge the Fallen Shrine' in the desert on elite!
Level 10/1 paladin/fighter
Level 10/2 fighter/ranger (me)
Level 11/1 cleric/sorc
Two steps in we went through half the cleric's spell points (about 450sp). Woah! Time to think this through. We can't just smack them around as usual. With doubt in our minds we considered abandoning the fool-hardy adventure. But alas! We would not faulter! We prepped for a crawl. Time for a bit of strategy!
With defensive fighting, bark skin and stone skin all activated my AC hit 50 and we crawled forward. I passed my wounder off to our paladin who would CON damage the flesh renders and fire reavers to death while I destructed, weakened and drove their DEX down with maladroit. Eventually once our Palidan remembered to turn his Divine Power on and could hit them with a +27 to attack, we settled on weakening and wounding with the occasional destruction or high DPS.
Weak Fire Reavers are fun, but flame strike was still doing 10-20 points of damage above our fire resist 30's and 10 DR from the stoneskin. I couldn't really tell but my cleric wife assures me this is close to accurate.
The strategies were near flawless. It became nearly routine to arrow pull or body pull one or two at a time to a quiet corner to be culled from the herd. I have to say those renders have amazing hearing and sight which definately made it a fantastic challenge!
Near the end, despite our best efforts to pull individually, three CR 21 fire reavers jumped on us! Velah be humbled! A chunk of SP later we survived as before, a little shaken for what we just accomplished.
We amused ourselves with taunts to the remaining reavers like, "Nevermind the halfling wounding you in the back reaver! You're still at full health! Oh yah and I trimmed your nails for yah. No charge."
Dropping a blade barrier in the hall, we ran the five named around until they died. I love that spell.
Finally after 73 minutes of 'edge of your seat' fun, we finished the quest on elite using almost every tool we had, with no deaths, no recalls, a little SP to spare and one of the best dungeon crawls of my ddo career.
Would I do it again!? Absolutely! Even though my repair bill was over 7600GP, it's not every night you have to use everything and the kitchen sink to defeat an adventure. Yah I threw my sink at the reavers. They didn't like it.