Goblins and giant evil eyes to the left of me Orcs and hordes of undead to the right Here I am stuck in the middle with you... I have tried a number of races in my time through Everquest. Each starting city had it's pros and cons, some for the better than others. I've heard troll swamp was pretty nasty, but it does not compare to Rivervale. There apparently are only two exits out of that quaint little village of wee people with hairy feet. One is through the Runny Eye caverns where high level goblins and huge purple staring eyeballs kill you on sight. Or you can go through the Kithicor Forest where orcs and scores of high level undead reside who want to skin you alive and eat your flesh... What is a young halfling to do? I understand there is the book of teleportation now, but before that what? Strangely enough I should of been killed or at least chased quite a few times by the undead, so I am assuming their line of sight or distance was shortened, but it was a tight butt clencher for a while there, until I could get to the Common Lands. And only by a miracle I stopped and peaked around the corner as a high level orc was standing blocking the entrance to get to the Common Lands. I back tracked to let him pass, then proceeded. But I have never seen a starting area that bad. Or was Kithicor Forest not that terrible in trilogy, as I see living (at one point) settlements and houses there. Did the orcs and the undead move in or it has always been like that?