So, having capped 2 characters and being on a third life for one of them, I finally did a raid the other day. (I've done heroic Chronoscope solo with my bard and also on Lamannia, but I don't think that really counts.)
Yes, it was Tempest Spine elite with my 1 Monk/11 FVS. I was recruited and I figured what the heck, though I usually don't respond to tell invites. (and never to blind invites). The leader was even cool that it was my first time. I had a little bit of trouble keeping up early on, but once I figured out the 'cross the bridges and get to the cave' thing, I was able to keep up.
Only the fire jets gave me pause, but I survived. I was prepared to raise and heal with scrolls but it wasn't ever necessary. There were beholders somewhere too =). Very quick and easy run, I don't think I will have as much trepidation now joining Von 5/6, except for the time component. I'm thinking LAN party, get an LFM 'need guide' up and see how it goes.
I'm banking 13 still but probably not for much longer. Blade Barrier will probably be the spell of choice. I can't imagine a more useful spell, and I miss my persistent AoEs from my wizard lives. Even my bard has more! I have an elfcraft robe for crits, I can craft evocation focus, I just need a impulse/impact and I'll be good to go.
My PnP game may be starting back up soonish. Probably not this weekend but maybe next. I'll have to check out the adventure and see what's coming up =).