Temple of the White Tiger

I had no idea how to get to the Vale of the Eternal Blossoms but was excited to explore as it was the last zone I had yet to see. After riding around looking for possible entrances on the continent map, I found they were all blocked.

When you’re 87, you can head to the top of the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit and speak to Sunwalker Dezco inside the temple.

Speak to Dezco

Speak to Dezco for the quest: Temple of the White Tiger

Nobody is allowed into the Vale without the approval of the August Celestials. Xuen, The White Tiger, appears ready to listen to me.

But Taran Zhu of the Shado-Pan is reluctant to let the Alliance or Horde anywhere NEAR the valley after what happened in the Jade Forest.

Maybe you can help me make my case. Speak to the White Tiger on our behalf. Be careful! He may set a number of challenges before you…


Xuen the White Tiger

Zhi the Harmonious says: …I’ve seen them with my own eyes: Mogu legions, storming the Vale in force. We are not trained for mass combat!

Anduin Wrynn says: We’re here to lend our aid. We can help protect the Vale.

Xuen states that you’ll have to prove yourself with a series of three trials.


The Sha takes three forms

Spirit of Violence

Spirit of Violence – defeat the copy of your character which spawns in the challenging ring

Taran Zhu says: Violence. See? They are filled with it.

Anduin Wrynn says: Yes… we are fighters. But we come from a violent land. We fought off demons, we fought off death, we even fought against the very end of the world!

Zhi the Harmonious says: It is true. They are strong. There is much they can teach us.

Spirit of Anger

Spirit of Anger – defeat the black and white copy of your character

Xuen says: We can agree it is noble to fight for a righteous cause: to defend our home or family. But what of vengeance? What of anger? I sense these emotions run deep in this one.

Anduin Wrynn says: Anger is a part of us all, yes. But we value control. The orcs were once driven solely by anger – they lived in a state of bloodlust – but they conquered it.

Taran Zhu says: All you seek to conquer is each other!

Zhi the Harmonious says: To live without anger is not to live at all. It is ours to overcome. In defeating our anger, we draw great strength.

Xuen says: Well spoken, Zhi. The strangers from beyond the mists have no shortage of passions, but let us see if they indeed control them. Beyond anger lies hatred, the wellspring of all misery. What is this? Your hatred has a face!

Spirit of Hatred

Spirit of Hatred – defeat the form of either King Varian (for Horde) or Garrosh Hellscream (for Alliance)

Taren Zhu says: See? See how these outsiders hate one another! They wear their hatred to battle and carry it to their graves!

Anduin Wrynn says: No, that’s not true – there is so much more to us than this!

Zhi the Harmonious says: How interesting. They bring much to our land, but they also bring the shadow of war.

Anduin Wrynn says: Peace will come. I swear it. And old hatreds will go away. You have to believe me.

Xuen says: Well, this one has indeed proven mastery over anger. Between the young cub’s words and the actions of this hero, I think I understand. Those from beyond the mists are hardened by battle. They are scarred, yes, but they have learned much. I trust them.

Taren Zhu says: You are making a terrible mistake!

Xuen says: It is decided. I will open the gates. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms will be open for all.

Anduin Wrynn says: Thank you, Master White Tiger. You will see. I believe that my people – and the Horde are essentially good.

Xuen says: I will consult the others. Meet me at the gates.

You may see multiple copies of Varian and Garrosh for the Third Trial if multiple players attempt it. Others may even tag your copies but just be patient and you’ll get it done. After completing your trials, Dezco tells you to meet him at the Gates leading to the Vale.

Gate leading to the Vale

Gate leading to the Vale

Gate opens

Red Carpet Glamour

After seeing the results from the last transmog tournament at Neri Approves, I thought I’d have a go at the next one since it’s going to be a monthly occurrence. So here’s what we had for June…

Trim those nails, wash your hair, and take your hard-earned gold to the most expensive boutique you can find, because this month’s theme is… Red Carpet Glamour

I thought this was a great theme, as you know I love a good excuse to get dressed to the nines. At first I was thinking of going over my past ‘Mog Me‘ designs but I thought I would try something different. After all, I have yet to make complete outfits for the rest of the ‘Armed and Dangerous‘ series.

Originally, I was going to use the Robes of the Battleguard for my showstopper design but as you can see I ended up using the Robes of the Triumvirate / Robes of Insight. I was also determined to use my beloved off-hand which is one of the items I’ve been itching to use as a stargazer costume. Unfortunately, it’s the only item I have managed to acquire.

For Cymre, places like Uldum / Silithus go hand in hand. She loves AQ and the feeling of sand between her toes which is why she’s also incorporated some of the Oracle set into her outfit.


The entries have now closed but you can head on over to vote on who you think the winning entry is. You have until 11.59am AEST on Friday, July 6!

In case you’re wondering what the prize is, not only will the entrant have their image (and link to their site, if applicable) displayed in the “Transmog Champion” section on Neri’s site, but they will also receive a World of Warcraft Pet: Lil’ XT.

Good luck to all the entrants.

Blam and ReCAPTCHA

Lately I’ve experienced a huge influx of blog spam (otherwise known as Blam) predominately from facebook. Most likely because I recently created my Bubbles of Mischief facebook page for some cross-promotion but it’s become a lot more apparent overnight. I woke up to find 50 spam comments all from facebook.com/profile.php?id=10000340… or similar. I usually have Akismet running as well as three other anti-spam filters.

But check out some of the comments I’ve been getting lately.

i love how people freak out when there’s a 2v1. this game isn’t sseuoppd to be fair. this game is about finding every scent of advantage and use it. if you get the chance, do it.before you know it, raid bosses start QQing for 25v1 battles

That’s right, these spambots even include some of the lingo we’re familiar with in WoW (typos and all), in what casually looks like a combination of someone else’s comment as well as some dodgy cut ‘n paste snippets.

But what about this one? No real reference to WoW but I thought it was worth adding…

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Um, What??

Gone are the ones that wanted to give me their carrot cake recipes or asked me to add some images to my blog. HELLO! you obviously haven’t met me before… maybe that’s my niche, or at least part of it. It really depends on what I’m writing about at that moment, unless of course it’s a rant post when you’ve seen those sporadic verbose offerings.

So for now, I’ve reactivated the Spam Free WordPress plugin I was trialling for about a day. At least it’s not as annoying as the ones you need to decipher the alphanumeric sequences although I must be getting better at those because it doesn’t spit my comments back at me with another CAPTCHA sequence. This one uses a cut & paste job so I have faith that you can all do that at least :P

Edit: OK, well this didn’t quite work out the way I had hoped. Since a few people were having issues commenting on the blog, I’ve since deactivated the plugins in question – ReCAPTCHA (AVH F.D.A.S Component) and AVH First Defense Against Spam – WPMU DEV Version. Thanks to Navi for bringing it to my attention and Rioriel and Dragonray for helping out with the testing.

Thunder no maw

Yesterday, while riding through the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, I paused by the river as something had caught my eye. In fact, it was an exotic beast I’m very familiar with on live. My spirit beast Skoll.

Little did I know when trying to get a closer look, a wolf pack had come up behind me (while my bars were hidden no less). About a minute later, I ran into these guys again for another photo-op but I also wanted to have another look at their electrifying ability…

Thundermaw pack

Thundermaw - thunder

I’m proud to say I’ve had Skoll for a long time on my Hunter but running into these guys makes me a little sad seeing how common they will soon be, especially when remembering how hard he was to tame in the first place. They also seem to be classified as a common wolf which means any hunter will be able to tame them. Even though they are a different colour – more like a medium grey, I would have liked Blizzard to save this unique skin for another rare, if anything.

Another two losing their rare status:

  • Jadefang – looks just like the shale spiders found inside a mine;
  • Skarr – a lot of green clones surround the home of the Jade Witch.

Rocket Time

Two new engineering mounts are now on the beta but the best part right now is that everyone can ride them! Logging in today, they were both in my mount journal :)

It’s thought that these will be the new goblin and gnomish specialist BoE mounts.

Depleted Kyparium Rocket

Depleted Kyparium Rocket

Depleted Kyparium Rocket

Depleted Kyparium Rocket

I never thought my legs were particularly long but this mount makes me think otherwise :P

Geosynchronous World Spinner

Geosynchronous World Spinner

Geosynchronous World Spinner

Geosynchronous World Spinner

Look what happens when you log out in the rocket…

Depleted Kyparium - pellets

Shoot: Test fires a spread of harmless pellets

That’s right, you get your own siege bar!

The first button uses a radio but there was no animation to accompany this.

The pic illustrates what happens with button 2. Sure seems like an interesting bug (if this is indeed one of the engineering mounts). Maybe this vehicle design is used elsewhere as a quest or something but notice there is no arrow to eject. I admit I had a bit of trouble getting out of the thing (short of entering a building) but I found two other commands that normally work for other vehicle-like mechanics (sandstone and sandbox tiger) did not work here. So if you find yourself stuck in the rocket, type /dismount.

Incidently, the spinner had no such bug when logging back into the beta mounted.

I think they both look great and can see using either but I think the rocket with the machine gun looks more fun while the spinner looks slicker.

Anyone planning on getting one made?

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