Dean and Skorge. These two characters were the first to 50 and then replicated their leveling sprint when Frontiers released. Dean, the human warrior, was rumored to have been played by multiple people. Thus, they broke up the playing time into shifts. Dean was also noted as the most decked out character on Hodstock. He wore the spectre robe, had the best weapons, and was in the best guild of the time, The Unnamed.
On the other hand, Skorge, a troll shaman, was almost never seen. As much as I played the game, I ran into the character maybe one time. I’m sure he had alts that I saw, but I never knew those were his. How someone manages to be one of the most known characters on the server and yet is rarely seen? Beats me.
How did the two characters manage to be the first, not only to 50, but also 60? Well, besides possibly having multiple people play the accounts, it’s my understanding that they prepped for level 51-60 quests by getting all the items first. Then, they had set groups to make sure there was always some sort of xp coming in. In other words, people in their guild made the sacrifice.
The benefit for the guild? First players to the highest level, of course. That’s a right of passage in the mmo world. Kidding. I have no F’n clue what the benefit of getting to the highest level first is, other than a gamer’s pride.
As a side note on where Dean’s account ended up. Well, at some point in 2004, he got fed up with everything and decided to move on. He had 4 CVs, the spectre robe (rarest item in the game), maybe 50 million tunar, several level 60’s, and the most noted warrior in the history of the game.
What was someone willing to shell out for that? $1,200. Which by my rough calculations, equates to $0.27 an hour. Time well spent.