Well it all started about 21 months ago...
I really wanted a certain drop in PoHate that was ultra rare and knew that it wasn't going to fall into my lap. Thus in September 2010 I went stark raving mad and kept trying to solo in PoHate till I finally worked out something that worked for wizards. Took about 50 to 70 deaths, most eaten that month, but finally I worked out a strategy that worked.
Fast forward 9 months and I'm down to dying only 2 to 7 times per night spent up there and have a solid grasp on the drop rate of pretty much everything the 10 minis drop. Fast forward another 6 months and deaths are down to one or two a night. Two months later, I basically never die when solo and will have up to 4 or 5 mobs parked as I med up waiting for mana to kill them... (Heh, I die all the time with that many mobs when boxing in PoHate, it's rather sad.)
All that effort culminates into one night...
It starts off with a Vampire Essence dropping shortly after I get home from work. A peep in the Resistance immediately commits suicide via some hobgoblins the moment he sees it announced in the alliance, even before sending me a tell to make sure he's the one to loot it just so he could respawn in PoK fast enough to save any bit of time. (It's that rare a drop).
A few hours later I'm still in Hate killing lots of trash for plat and the Lord of Ire pops right nearby. He's the mob that I've BY FAR been after the most as he drops my prize, the Shield of the Immaculate. I clear to him, intent on soloing him for the very first time as I read on Allah's that he doesn't summon. (I thought that he did summon, but it had been so long and he was always the toughest of the mobs for me to box kill that I thought I'd give it a shot.)
An hour of clearing later and I get a tell from a peep saying that he's putting together a group to clear Hate and was wondering if any minis are up. I panic and pull quickly. The Lord of Ire summons me to my surprise (but not total surprise), and a single nuke of SoS drops him to 90%. He's snared and I have some room to kite, but the summon and the fact that I just don't have any time to muck about plus an extra, extra strong feeling that this was THE night leads me to punch evack. I really didn't want anyone to snipe him so I abandoned my solo attempt and load Rirelc, Lyrad's trusty partner to help with the kill. I get a golem add, first in ages and with no lure spells up, Rirelc and I fall beneath the two of them. I try again, and this time we are victorious. I right click on his corpse and see a lonely icon that I've never seen him drop before. I move my mouse over it, and begin to smile and feel so, so relieved after long last. My mac freezes about 5 minutes later and Gnos LDs and I have horrible thoughts of having to petition it, but thankfully I comeback with it still in my bags.
Now the reason why I am posting is not so much of the above, the essence is rare, some would even say stupid rare hence a peep committing auto suicide so he doesn't have to waste time trying to find and load gate on his buddy's enchanter, and the shield is much, much rarer, even rarer than the rarest epic drop around in my opinion... which also drops on the very same night about 15 to 20 minutes post the shield dropping!
Grats to Yemar! (He almost missed it being AFK).
Three SUPER rare drops all on the same night from PoHate. (Plus a necro book, grats to Necron!) Likely never to be repeated in PoHate on the same night on the server.
BTW, the amount of time you'll see me mucking about in PoHate should now drop off a fair bit. GE here I come!