Blood and Thunder

A while ago, Lor’themar asked us to go into the Throne of Thunder to retrieve the Remnants of the Dark Animus for a quest. This afternoon, we ventured into the Halls of Flesh-Shaping and came out victorious.

Life Blood quest

Following our success, Lorthemar rewarded us with the Glorious Standard of the Sunreaver Onslaught. It’s a shame it can’t teleport you back to the camp though like the Sunreaver Beacon.

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The quest also gave us a 30min buff called the Blessing of the Animus (from the Animus Golem) so I suggested we kill a few rares to make use of the bonus. It was nice to find a few of them up and with no one else around (except for one) we found the kills a little quicker than normal and no extra bumps to the health pool in the last 10% or so (which is what happens quite often).

After that we hopped on our alts to finish our rep grinds for our Thundering Serpent Hatchlings. This took quite a while to complete due to our schedules but I was so glad to make this latest purchase today.

Thundering Serpent Hatchling

Woot! Another pet for the collection and a big thanks to Luxy for the idea. :)

This coincides with another week of Darkmoon Faire attempts meaning another chance at the Darkmoon Rabbit and Eye. Time to psych myself up again…

The Crumbled Chamberlain

As a Saurok, I’ve had a lot of fun leaping around Ihgaluk Crag… that is until I found this pick-up quest The Crumbled Chamberlain. I skipped doing any new quests the first day (as I was already exalted but a new stage had opened up) so I didn’t see what the quest entailed. However, when I went to pick it up the next day, I was in for some angst.

Crumbled ChamberlainThe quest (which starts with the Head of the Chamberlain) requires you to collect the remaining pieces of his statue:

You there! Assist me.

In life I was the Royal Chamberlain for his majesty, the Thunder King. For my dedication, I was condemned to this stone form, forever forced to watch over a portion of his wealth.

Someone has desecrated my glorious body and sent pieces of it across the island. The thought of spending an eternity as nothing more than a head depresses me.

Search the island, recover these pieces and I shall grant you one of his majesty’s treasures.

The first time I did this was a couple of days ago when I was leaping around the crag. I had located the gearbox on top of a cliff and was working my way up to get it when Coolidge had looted it, causing it to despawn. From there, I had to go looking for its next location. To my dismay it was at the top of a nearby cliff. By the time I was working my way up there, it had despawned again. The third location was on a low rock by the shore but as I was about to reach it, someone else had grabbed it.

Blizzard, you got some explainin’ to do!

I figured I would go back to the second location and wait until it respawned again but first, I had to work my way to the top. My mountain climbing (or should I say leaping) skills must be improving as I manoeuvred my way up before too long. However, the wait left a lot to be desired… I was probably waiting 10-15mins before it reappeared at my feet. In that time, Coolidge had managed to find the other three pieces and hand his quest in before my first piece reappeared. I was so close to just dropping it when Cool told me about The Crumble Bundle. All I had to do was complete the quest in 10mins… Psh! Fat chance if it’s on top of one of these cliffs in the Crag.

The next day I tried looking for the quest again as I found the quest earlier on my hunter but didn’t pick it up as I figured I would just complete it on my priest. However, it wasn’t in the same location that I saw it earlier in the Crag. Later that night I read this…

Hallelujah! It was then that I realised it’s a weekly quest so I decided to do it on my hunter after all. Luckily there were no high cliff locations this time. The only one I had a bit of difficulty with was the one in the new area. Since it was the last piece I needed, I was making pretty good time until that last location. Later that evening, I logged onto my mage to try for the achievement.

Picking up the first three pieces was pretty quick but again, that last piece caused me a lot of grief. Seriously, as a goblin, I had a lot of problems climbing up the rocks. I couldn’t even zoom out that far – all I saw were rocks and niches. How do gnomes and dwarfs do this type of quest normally? As I anticipated, the timer ran out when I was trying to get that fourth piece. So I abandoned the quest to try it again. I even had the hindsight to pick up the quest in the new area since I knew if I could make good time there, the rest would be easy. On my third attempt, I picked up the first piece pretty quickly – all that practice finally paid off. By the time I had all five, I raced down to the cave with a little less than two minutes on the clock.

A Change of Command

After picking up the quest yesterday, we decided to go ahead and try A Change of Command after all (although it helps when you’re in the correct building, right Cool?) :P

For a 93 elite, High Marshal Twinbraid is really just an endurance fight. As ranged, all I had to do was find a sweet spot between the sticks of dynamite placed in strategic parts of the room. It also took a while for him to set off all the explosives but even then, I didn’t really have to move at all.

Cannonball-Spin

Cool tanked and spanked most of his Cannonball Spins after we discovered they didn’t really do much damage but boy, his Chaingun was another story. Unfortunately, neither of these are interruptible but easily avoided, when needed.

After 30mins, we were still going strong getting him to ~50% as our tank/healer combo. That’s when a Shaman suddenly showed up and started DPS’ing the boss. When we got to ~10% (another 15mins later) something awful happened. Coolidge died resulting in me tanking the boss. Bugger! SO CLOSE!

Explosives-Plunger

Cannonball

On the second attempt, the Shaman asked if we wanted him to heal, Cool thought this was a good idea so we tried the fight again. Sure it would have taken longer but his DPS was pretty dodgy. Little did I know Twinbraid had a fourth ability called Sound the Alarm. Cool must have been really good at catching his cast the first time as we didn’t get any adds at all. However, this time we had about 10x 90 elite bodyguards (which were almost dead) when Cool had died again. We didn’t get to make much of a dent in him that time.

They say third time’s the charm right? I decided to DPS while the Shammie healed… eek, green gear! :P I must say, it was a lot faster with this combination though and he was dead in 15mins. Woot!

Sayberr

All up it took us 1hr to complete the quest but as we’ve shown, it is doable with three and I’m sure we could have done it, just the two of us, if it turned out that way. A big thanks to Sayberr for his help.

Finding Your Center

Those on the beta may remember a quest called the Wisdom of Ages that was really buggy for Horde but was later removed due to phasing issues. Now if I hadn’t started levelling my Draenei, I probably would have never known about this version for the Alliance. The first time I did this back in April of last year, I failed a few times due to the bugginess of the quest. It also made me squeal quite a bit as the slider was not always as responsive as you’d expect.

So levelling through the Jade Forest, we’re asked to meditate with Lorewalker Cho at the Pagoda within the Dreamer’s Pavilion. Come on Blizz, you left this for the Alliance and not the Horde? I admit it was annoying trying to do this at the time but I think a lot of people might have enjoyed it on live – myself included.

Here are the highlights from the Alliance quest:

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After that, we’re shown a cut-scene with Anduin being chased by some Hozen and when told to return home, he MCs Sully and runs off in search of the Vale.

But it wasn’t long before we were collecting all the lost treasures in the Forest and killing any rares we came across. We even went up to the Shrine of Friendship to complete the Restore the Balance achievement. It was only then that I had my first boo-boo. Cool decided to fly off the top of the mountain while I was an innocent passenger in his chopper, encouraging me to eject as soon as we hit mid-air. I was about to hit my levitate when I hit a cliff instead. At least I didn’t die… so I levitated off to ease my fall when Cool told me “don’t levitate off” figuring he would just bubble me to break my fall, right?

Cliff jumping

WRONG!

Apparently there was an issue of “two trees in the way” while he spammed his bubble. Sure, sure :P Perhaps it was a little payback that backfired a couple of months ago…

S1:7 Report – The Series

During the beta, I wrote about the Horde quest Scouting Report: Like Jinyu in a Barrel since this was one of two quests which were very buggy at the time. A few days ago, Cool and I managed to quest through the Alliance equivalent which had some similarities in progression, even though the characters and storylines were suitably different.

Gizmo

I will say that on Alliance side, Sully was just as amusing with his preoccupation with raccoons as opposed to Riko  who preferred the company of a particular undead female.

Here are some of the highlights from the quests leading up to the series.

Bubblemaker Ashji

Bubblicious indeed!

OK well, he’s not a quest but what can I say? I always thought this guy was a nice addition… :P

Jinyu-levelling

Not to mention the power-levelling of your companions

If only we could level as quickly – these guys literally levelled with every group of mobs we killed.

Jinyu Bubbles

Bubble Trouble

Then to top it all off there was this – WTB bubble damage/healing spells. Can you imagine penance shooting out bubbles? Maybe as a way to make up for the bubble maker I wanted as a child.

Before long, we heard about the investigation which led to the Lair of the Jade Witch.

Jade-Witch-Orc

Jade-Witch

R.I.P Gizmo and Socks.

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All-in-all, it was quite a fun storyline but it did seem a bit easier than our version, including the sniper part for Take No Prisoners but I won’t say what they did to those Orcs….

Dread Haste Makes Dread Waste

Today I’m officially done with all the quests in Pandaria, finishing off the storylines in Dread Wastes and finding all of the Paragons in the zone. Completion meant a handful of achievements including Dread Haste Makes Dread Waste as well as Loremaster of Pandaria.

Fire the beast

Empress

Kil'ruk the Wiind-Reaver

Klaxxi daily

Sprites

Dreadbrew

Dread Haste

Empress

It feels so satisfying to say I’ve completed all the storylines in Pandaria. Now to focus on the remaining reputations, some more heroics and start raiding. We tried two heroics today – Heroic: Siege of Niuzao Temple and Heroic: Mogu’shan Palace. I was a bit worried about the second last boss in Niuzao Temple (having fought him once on the beta) but I don’t know what I was worried about… he was pretty easy. It helps when people seem to know what they’re doing though.

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