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I always thought it was a little strange how the Ashes would drop from Kael’thas in Tempest Keep instead of Al’ar himself but being such an awesome mount to get back then it does make sense. The mount is currently listed at a 2% drop rate so you still don’t see that many around. I always felt they were kind of blinding so I never looked at them for too long – kind of like looking at the sun.
When I entered Tempest Keep, I opted to go a different route and went straight to Kael’thas instead of doing either of the side bosses. I didn’t think much about it at the time since I figured I don’t really need the pets but I was planning to do them afterwards. Funnily enough, I didn’t realise the mount had dropped since I was talking to someone at the time but then I saw the achievement pop just up as I looted.
As soon as I left the raid, I took him out for a test drive feeling very regal indeed. To help mark the occasion, I flew to Area 52 for a quick change of attire.
Still shots really don’t do it justice so I took the liberty of taking a short video.
I was not fortunate enough to get the Swift Razzashi Raptor before its removal in Cataclysm but I did manage to see it drop just once in that time – that was back in 2008 during BC. Wow, wasn’t that a long time ago! Since then, Cool and I had tried to farm another one (as well as the tiger) but it wasn’t meant to be. Back then, I wasn’t that fussed about the raptor but the Swift Zulian Tiger was another story. Thankfully my luck with the tiger had a happier ending. I loved the fact that we both had these rare mounts and by the end, Cool was even lucky enough to get both!
When the raid was due to be reintroduced as a dungeon as well as the addition of two new mounts, I was hoping they wouldn’t be exact replicas of the originals and was glad to see they weren’t. Around the time I was short a few mounts for my 200 achievement, we started farming the place on and off but it finally paid off today with another drop from the Bloodlord.
Here they are side by side:
Now the picture wouldn’t have been complete without the Razzashi Hatchling. After all, this is where I saved him from the Bloodlord so long ago.
It seems fitting that the first BMAH purchase I made would be either a mount or a pet, especially when I’ve been that close to getting Mount Parade but when I noticed the Drake of the North Wind in there, I knew I would have to keep a watchful eye on this auction. With this in mind, I wanted to take a pic of Altarius in Vortex Pinnacle just in case I won. I figured either way if he dropped the mount, it would save me X amount of gold for another pet or something just as good.
There were only a couple of mounts I had in mind for my 200th – Ony being the other as I wanted something special and not just a filler so I’m happy to say this was the case.
As the auction neared its end, I placed my first (and hopefully only) bid while I kept a watchful eye on the chat. Several minutes passed and nothing, so far, so good. I decided to fill in the time by doing a PVP pet battle and mining until I saw the following…
You won an auction for Reins of the Drake of the North Wind
Whoo hoo! Time for a test drive.
But let’s not forget the Armoured Red Dragonhawk you get as a reward.
Now to start doing dailies again :)