Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air may be celebrated this year from Monday, Feb. 10 through Monday, Feb. 24.

Something is in the air in the major cities of Azeroth. Some call it love, and some just call it friendship and admiration. Whichever it is, many guards and townsfolk now spend their days giving and receiving tokens and gifts to other amorous citizens.

The more sceptical, however, are suspicious of the strange “love sickness” clouding the hearts of so many. Will this widespread occurrence be simply taken as a recent outbreak of amore? Or will our brave adventurers find a sinister plot behind the source of this plague of passion? Only time will tell…

There is nothing new for 2014 but the changes last year included some upgraded (ilvl 480) amulets as well as the addition battle pet abilities for Peddlefeet and Toxic Wasteling.

Undercity Love Boat

Take a Love Boat ride with that special someone in your life. Just head to The Undercity

Gondola in Stormwind

Stormwind City or Darnassus

Romantic Picnic Basket

Perhaps a Romantic Picnic is more to your liking…

Seasonal Boss: Players can queue up via the Dungeon Finder or by speaking to the Steamwheedle Shyster, located in Orgrimmar (near the path to Grommash Hold) or Stormwind City (by the Trade District Auction House). At 88, you can queue for the encounter to take down Apothecary Hummel and his two companions. A successful group will be rewarded with a Heart-Shaped Box (which contains special holiday loot like the elusive Big Love Rocket).

The boss will drop one of the following:

Each Heart-Shaped Box will contain between 5-10 Love Tokens, as well as a chance to loot:

Toxic Wasteling:  a non-combat oozeling companion which will grow in size as it eats critters that cross your path. The nice thing about this one is it won’t give you the debuff like the Disgusting Oozeling.


Forever-Lovely Rose: Wear this rose tied in your hair for female characters, or in your mouth for a male character. Also available for Love tokens at your faction’s Lovely merchants, although this will only be the temporary version.

Vile Fumigator's Mask
Vile Fumigator’s Mask: a cloth (WOOT!) gas mask that includes a backpack which holds two pressurised canisters of the concentrated perfume used by Hummel. The fluid inside the canisters (as well as the gaseous spray) is the perfume Hummel uses during the fight. When you use the mask, it sprays an enemy with vile fumes, incapacitating them for 30sec. Any damage caused will revive the target and has a 20min CD.

Note that you can hide the mask when you hide your cloak/head but the canisters on the back will always be visible.

The Heartbreaker: This strange experimental device will cause the target to cry while a broken heart appears above their head.

The Big Love Rocket has an extremely low chance to be looted from the The Heart-Shaped Box, the only mount befitting those hopeless romantics out there. According to GuildOx, it’s currently owned by only 0.42% of players (1 in 238) so you’d have to be extremely lucky to get one.

Completing all the achievements for the event will award you with ‘The Love Fool’ title.

Note: You can get more than one of these items per box, but you can only get one box per character (per day).

In 2012, the Swift Lovebird was a new Epic Ground Mount available to buy from the Lovely Merchants for 270 Love Tokens. It looks just like the low-level rare mob Mazzranache found in Mulgore, so you’d be able to have the vanity pet, hunter pet, and mount out at the same time if you’re a hunter.

Note that the Lovebird and the Truesilver Shafted Arrow pet are not BoP so expect to see some in the AH.

Swift Lovebird

Swift Lovebird and Peddlefeet

To get a list of all the dailies, check out the Guide from WowHead. The good news is, the collection boxes you used to hand into your favourite faction leader no longer exist. Instead you’ll be asked to create and turn in Lovely Charm Bracelets created from the Lovely Charm Collector’s Kit. Get one from Kwee Q. Peddlefeet who’s located near the Crown Chemical Co.’s camp, found outside the AH in each of the major cities. In Exodar, the NPCs are located just outside by the ramp leading down into the city.

Once you have obtained this item, you will then be able to gather Lovely Charms from “worthwhile enemies” – any enemy you kill that is “honourable” (green or higher difficulty) has a chance to create a Lovely Charm. It doesn’t appear that you need the killing blow on the enemy in order to gain a Charm, as I managed to get one from my shadowfiend. However, be prepared to farm a bit as not every kill will give a charm, more like one every few kills.

Combining 10x Lovely Charms will create a single Lovely Charm Bracelet, which can be turned in to the faction leader of your choice as a daily. You can turn in each of the four faction leader daily quests once per day. It’s possible to get up to 40 Love Tokens per day from the dailies and the Heart-Shaped Box meaning it will take a minimum of 7 days to get enough tokens for the Swift Lovebird.

Also, if you have an overflow of Lovely Charm Bracelets they can be traded between characters or converted to Love Tokens at a trade one 1 Bracelet = 1 Love Token. This means that the rate at which you acquire the tokens will be up to you.

Now I don’t remember ever seeing this commercial but in 2007 but Blizzard created this little gem during Burning Crusade to highlight the “Love is in the Air” event as well as the new Jewelcrafting profession.

From the official website:

What do you get the blood elf who has everything? This Valentine’s Day, make it an epic jewel! Yes, the industrial empires of Azeroth aren’t about to let anyone escape the relentless marketing campai- er, bloom of true love associated with this time of year! Take a look at this new commercial but be warned that you may be struck by a sudden impulse to spend all the gold you’ve saved for your epic mount.

Guild Achievements

In the last couple of weeks we’ve managed to get quite a lot done in terms of Guild achievements. Since we were only missing the Throne of the Four Winds for the Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider; we made good use of our free time after our raid last week completing the last criteria needed. Not a hard task for a group of 85’s. This was a priority over some of the other ones as you get a very nice mount for your effort. However, I think the main thing standing in the way of our photo op was getting the rep for a handful of people.

We also managed to get Saving for a Rainy Day which requires looting 200K G from creatures.

But I think the highlight for me was completing A Legendary Collection. Grats to Coolidge (x2) and Azagamma! Three and half Legendaries to go… since we have one of the warglaves already :P

Tyrande

Tyrande

Tyrande Whisperwind is the chosen high priestess of the goddess Elune, the former general of the night elf sentinels and the current head of the Sisterhood of Elune. Together with her lifelong mate, the archdruid Malfurion Stormrage, she has represented the highest leadership of the night elves since the fall of Queen Azshara and the Highborne caste ten thousand years ago. In World of Warcraft, she is found inside the Temple of the Moon within the Kaldorei’s capital city of Darnassus. Prior to the Cataclysm, she wore a Mooncloth Robe and had blue hair, until her in-game model was changed, and Tyrande finally received a unique model.

War of the Ancients - Cover

Artist: Glenn Rane

Tyrande grew up together with the two male night elf twins, Malfurion and Illidan Stormrage, in the kaldorei city of Suramar. The three were inseparable, playing in the woods, racing and learning to hunt. Tyrande consistently bested the brothers. As they grew into adulthood together they encouraged each other to find their respective callings.

Tyrande was to find peace in the Temple of Elune in Suramar, and became a novice priestess in the order of the Sisters of Elune. Malfurion, meanwhile, was taken under the wing of the demigod Cenarius, but Illidan was yet to find his own destiny, and searched for it in the arts of the arcane. Illidan was enamoured by the very thought of Tyrande, but his brother never even noticed this “contest” of Illidan’s over Tyrande’s heart.

When the War of the Ancients began, Tyrande helped to convince Illidan to leave the Highborne, and when he did, she helped him to master his insatiable addiction to magic as they sought out Cenarius. When finally they found him, they gained the allies of Alexstrasza’s dragons to fight at their side, and made war upon the Burning Legion and its allies Azshara and her unholy Highborne. It was during the battles against the Burning Legion that it became apparent that Tyrande was far more adept at channeling the power of Elune than any other member of her order.

Tyrande was long the love interest of both Malfurion Stormrage and his brother Illidan, though it was Malfurion to whom she returned the affection.

In the latter half of the war, word reached Tyrande of the death of High Priestess Dejahna at the hands of the Burning Legion and how on her deathbed she had named a successor, one who was favoured by Elune and touched with the power of the Goddess herself: Tyrande. Tyrande was forced to reluctantly accept her new role as High Priestess even though she had major reservations about her ability to lead the night elves.

As she felt the energies of Azshara’s gateway grow, Tyrande knew that they had to stem the flow of demonic reinforcements. Malfurion came up with the idea that they must destroy the Well, which was the portal’s location. At first, Cenarius and Alexstrasza were wary, knowing that only the Well of Eternity gave them their powers. Tyrande, however, though she too enjoyed her immortality and power, realized that it must be done to save their world, and convinced them to go along with it.

Illidan, however, would not hear of it, and despite Tyrande’s pleas he abandoned his brother and went to warn Azshara. Tyrande and Malfurion quickly moved against them, but they were too late. Azshara, warned by Illidan, was all too prepared for them, and the magical onslaught she unleashed upon their forces devastated them.

As Malfurion fought at the entrance, Tyrande snuck into Azshara’s palace with a small band of Sentinels and launched an attack from behind, but were startled by the queen’s guardsmen. Though the Sentinels destroyed the guardsmen, most of them were destroyed, and Tyrande suffered near-fatal wounds. At the sight of his love falling in battle, Malfurion was enraged, and attacked Azshara. Their battle threw the spellcraft of the high-borne into chaos and the portal beneath the Well of Eternity collapsed with such force that the Well was destroyed, and the world was scarred, torn into fragments as floods engulfed the lands.

Tyrande managed to survive the Sundering helping to lead her people back across the waves to Cenarius’ land on Mount Hyjal. Cenarius and Malfurion had also survived, and they made the long trek back to land together. To their horror however, a lake atop Mount Hyjal had become fouled by the magical energies of the Well of Eternity, which they had hoped was gone forever. It was Illidan, who had taken several vials from the old Well’s waters and poured it into the lake, creating a new Well of Eternity. Malfurion, knowing that Illidan’s addiction to magic would always be a threat to the safety of the world, imprisoned his brother in the caverns below Hyjal; the Barrow Deeps. However, with the Sundering still fresh in their minds, Tyrande and the night elves dared not attempt to destroy the new Well.

After the Mannoroth encounter in the Well of Eternity

After the Mannoroth encounter in the Well of Eternity

At the end of the instance you see Tyrande has collapsed after she’s just unleashed a massive blast of Arcane energy. I love this picture. You see Malfurion, her loving and beloved husband crouched down beside her. Although, it was hilarious the way she feigns when we are overrun by demons at one point ;P

Tyrande slowly went about rebuilding the night elven society. After the World Tree was made, and the high elves exiled, Malfurion knew that he had to leave Tyrande to return to the Emerald Dream. Tyrande, not wanting to be alone, begged him not to, but he insisted, and drifted off into hibernation in a Barrow Den within the Moonglades, along with all the druids. Tyrande and the remaining night elven women reformed the Sentinels, and they kept peace throughout Ashenvale with the help of Cenarius’ sons and daughters, the Keepers of the Grove and the dryads, and the many creatures who knew and loved the Moon Goddess. But without Malfurion, she felt lost and alone, despite her devotion. The centuries passed, and suddenly, a new threat arrived on their shores.

The Shadowleaf Sentinels, led by Shandris Feathermoon, returned to Mount Hyjal to report with sorrow that Cenarius had been murdered by green-skinned invaders who had arrived from across the sea. They were desecrating the outskirts of the forests, and perverting the wilds for whatever reason. Tyrande gathered her Sentinels once again, and she sensed a growing evil. Shandris, in counsel, suggested that perhaps it was the orcs, but still, Tyrande was still uneasily aware that there was a darker power hiding in the shadows.

During her short campaign, Tyrande found a group of furbolgs who were trying to leave Ashenvale before it was corrupted. Tyrande helped them gather their people and bid them farewell.

After killing Duke Lionheart, hordes of undead invaders suddenly swarmed into the settlement, and the orcs and humans were quickly overcome. Tyrande quickly withdrew her forces, knowing that her small detachment could not handle such staggering numbers. They retreated, tirelessly followed by the undead. Finally, they caught up to them, and their fel leader was revealed.

Archimonde slaughtered her kindred, and would have killed her if she had not quickly used the powers of Elune to hide in the shadows. Enraged, Archimonde ordered his doom guard to find and destroy her. Hoping to warn Shandris before the Shadowleaves were attacked, Tyrande stealthily used her shadow powers to navigate the forests unseen. She collected the survivors of her cadre, and together, they raided the undead settlement blocking their way and made for the Shadowleaf encampment across the river.

Tyrande knew that the time had come to awaken the druids once again. Leaving Shandris to defend the forests of Ashenvale, Tyrande made haste for the Barrow Dens in the Moonglade. The dryads reported that Tichondrius and his Scourge were advancing on Malfurion’s Barrow Den and the Horn of Cenarius on the Moonglade was blocked by an orcish settlement. In a race against time, Tyrande rushed through the orc camp and, after defeating the Primal Guardians of the Moonglade, recovered the Horn of Cenarius, and awoke Malfurion Stormrage, her love. The Primal Guardians were the Fire Protector, Ice Protector and Lightning Protector.

Malfurion believed that Archimonde’s primary motivation was to assault Nordrassil, the World Tree, steal its energies, and become a god. Together, they set out to Winterspring to awaken the Druids of the Talon from their Druid of the Talon’s Barrow Den. However, when they arrived, Tyrande found the Felwood furbolg tribe. They had not escaped the corruption after all, and Tyrande, having no alternative ended their suffering once and for all. Malfurion noted that Tyrande was different than he remembered, and she replied acidly that she did not have the “luxury of sleeping through times of peril.” It seems that as much as she loves him, she would prefer he spend time with her rather than his duties in the Emerald Dream.

After the Druids of the Talon were awakened, they proceeded back to the base of Mount Hyjal, where they entered the Barrow Deeps to find the Druids of the Claw. However, they soon came to an elven door, and Malfurion recognized it as the door to Illidan’s prison. Tyrande thought that they should free him, saying he would be the perfect power against the enemy. Malfurion forbade her to do so. However, Tyrande, enraged that he would forbid her anything, gathered her Sentinels and entered the prison.

After battling through Califax and his minions, and defying Maiev Shadowsong, the warden of Illidan, Tyrande found him, and bid him come back to help their people. Illidan, still in love with Tyrande, professed he would battle the demons, but not for the glory of the night elves. When they met Malfurion again, he rebuked Tyrande for her insolence, and told her that he would have nothing to do with Illidan.

After Illidan went to Felwood to battle the demons, Tyrande and Malfurion got word that he was under heavy attack by Tichondrius. They quickly mustered a force and went to reinforce him. When they arrived, they found that the Scourge and Tichondrius had been defeated, and found Illidan had beaten them by somehow transforming into a demon himself. Tyrande was horrified, and made no objection when Malfurion banished Illidan from the forests forever.

Inside the Mount Hyjal raid with her companion and mount, Ash’alah

Soon, Malfurion brought Tyrande to a hillock in Ashenvale, and they were met by the leaders of the outlanders. Tyrande sent them away, saying that they had no place there, but suddenly, the Prophet appeared, revealing himself to be Medivh, the Last Guardian of Tirisfal. He told them that this foe was beyond any of them, and that they would only be victorious if they joined forces. Tyrande, the death of Cenarius still fresh in her mind, was at first wary, but soon saw that she had little other choice. So, together, they planned their defense of Hyjal.

Tyrande, Malfurion, and Shandris helped to defend Jaina Proudmoore’s base until it was finally overrun, and then they moved to reinforce Thrall’s forces. Finally, Archimonde came upon the night elven settlement at the gates, and destroyed it all. Everything was going according to plan.

Archimonde, made overconfident by his victories, moved against the World Tree, heedless of the Ancestral Guardians who had begun to gather in the forests around its roots. At a call from Malfurion, they massed and collectively assaulted the warlock. When they detonated, Archimonde was immediately destroyed, and the World Tree seared. They had won against impossible odds.

In the wake of the titanic battle, the allies went their separate ways. Jaina’s people settled on the island of Theramore, Cairne Bloodhoof of the tauren established Thunder Bluff in Mulgore, Thrall founded the nation of Durotar, and Tyrande and Malfurion took their people back into Ashenvale to begin healing the damage done by the Burning Legion.

Before the Cataclysm, Tyrande became aware of the corruption eating away at the Emerald Dream. When Eranikus assaulted Moonglade, the High Priestess led a half dozen of her fellows to aid the defenders. Tyrande herself took on Eranikus alongside Remulos. Despite the strength of the Nightmare eating away at Eranikus, the light of Elune as channelled through Tyrande was enough to free the “Tyrant of the Dream.”

In the End Time Dungeon, Nozdormu warns us before engaging the Echo of Tyrande: “There is an unnatural darkness to this place, a perpetual midnight. Take caution, heroes, and do not stray from the light.” Once the leader of the night elves and High Priestess of Elune, this time-twisted fragment of Tyrande now wanders the wastes of the desolate future of Azeroth. Enveloped in a perpetual midnight, she has all but lost sight of the comforting light of Elune.

In the Temple of the Moon with Malfurion and her new companion Dori’thur

While Malfurion no longer is lost in the Emerald Dream, Tyrande remains the sole ruler of her people, standing next to her spouse in the Temple of the Moon in Darnassus, where she can now be found attending to her duties as high-priestess and leader of the Sisters. She still strives to keep the night elves from reliving the mistakes of the past. In Patch 4.3 she also gained a new companion – a Spirit Owl called Dori’thur.

Info taken from WoWWiki and Wowpedia

On a side note, I really do love her outfit. Not to mention her hair and she even wears heels! I wish we could get this outfit to wear but on the other hand you’d probably see a lot of people visiting a Transmogrifier for this. Pretty cool that she’s a Priest with Hunter skills, my two main toons.

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