This is an achievement I was itching to get as I loved the idea of having two priests at max level, like something out of Alias (one of my favourite shows). So with Cymre as my main, I knew that my Alliance priest would be a given as to who to level up on this side – not that I had many choices anyway.
As usual, we levelled while questing in Dread Wastes, skipping a lot of quests along the way but that’s ok since we’ve played through them all before. I am looking forward to working through Operation: Shieldwall though, having read a few blog posts about it but I suspect we’ll take our time with it.
To celebrate my double achievement, I couldn’t decide which mount to use so I selected my two favourite shots.
My main focus now is to generate enough gold to buy flying in Pandaria although I don’t have my epic flying yet either. Here’s hoping all my auctions sell :P
Today turned out to be a very eventful day which started out quite promising. After midnight, I headed out to Darkmoon Island to complete my dailies and to see if the Darkmoon Rabbit was around. Just as I completed them, I saw a comment in chat asking for more to kill you know who. When I joined the raid, I saw a few familiar names but it turns out that the Alliance raid won out this time – both sides ended up getting flagged and bugging out the rabbit just so the other side would get another chance at the little guy. By the end, they did have more of a presence but I was glad to actually try the fight once on live, even with no kill or achievement.
Earlier that night, I was two zones off from completing my Pandaria Tamer achievement so I set off to find a pet in Townlong Steppes and Dread Wastes. This also gave me the Continental Tamer achievement too.
For the Guild, we’re still a few professions off from getting our heirloom pants reward so I decided to level up my First Aid getting Zen Master Medic will little effort.
Notice the HUGE bow on his head?
While we were looking for some Champions in the surrounding areas, I made sure we collected the lost artifacts on the way, including one right next to this neutral NPC inside the Townlong Steppes catacombs. Become BFFs with a person – even with someone of the opposite faction, so I tried it on an Alliance character in the cave. Quite a lot of these named NPCs drop some fun items like the B. F. F. Necklace you see above. Other items might be just one-use but they each share some kind of novelty value.
After that we headed into Mogu’shan Palace as we were half way into 89. Even with the quests in the place, the XP came quite slowly so we did another Shadow-Pan dungeon which left me with 3 bubbles to go. We decided to go looking for more treasures of Pandaria and rares to add to our quota. I was happy to finally get Could we find more like that? since I was just missing a Mantid kill for the achievement.
When Cool dinged two bubbles ahead of me, I had the great idea of him flying me around to do the rest of the Lorewalker meta achievements for that last bit of XP. Having done it once on the beta helped a lot since we remembered where a lot of them were already but a flying mount certainly helped with some.
The sad thing was that I realised pretty quickly that I was stuck at 89 for a while longer… after retrieving all the scrolls out of the mail I was having trouble accepting the quests. You know how you accept a quest sometimes (from a drop or something) and you need a free slot just to be able to add it to your quest log? I thought it was the case here and destroyed one of the many novelty items in my bag (goodbye Golden Banana) only to discover that I couldn’t accept the quests yet as I wasn’t level 90. Arg!
Seems I had to get that last half bubble the hard way… so we went looking for a few more Champions when I directed Cool to one of the miscellaneous XP objects I’d found once before which finally made me level.
I kept a mindful eye on the time though as I wanted to head back to the Wanderer’s Festival this week. Last time I missed out on Chen singing and I also wanted to try and catch a green or blue hatchling. With Daylight Savings, I ended up going back an hour later to find a few of the hatchlings up for grabs. I managed to get an uncommon one but missing out on Chen singing – again! Well, there is next week…
After that, we set off to do our first round of dailies for The Anglers, The Tillers and The Order of the Cloud Serpent. Stockpiling those mats and levelling first aid sure came in handy today :) The day was topped only by a little something I never got on the beta. I couldn’t quite believe I had finally gotten one. At first I thought I was one of the blue gifts for the Tillers but there’s nothing ominous about this item :D
Now to wait until I can harvest my terrible turnip tomorrow :P
It may have taken four months but today, Coolidge and I finally made it to level 90 – not that we were really trying until the last week. Part of the reason was to try out our level 90 talents. Although being able to fly in Pandaria was a nice bonus which only cost 2,500G. I mean how else could I get such a close view of Alani while in the air? Unless you’re on a paid flight maybe…
I had another reason to level though. For the past few months, I’ve been slowly accumulating the crates you can trade in for Archaeology. This includes the pristine coin which you can hand in to Loremaster Cho but was unable to since the Seat of Knowledge is located at the top of Mogu’shan Palace.
Hey Braun, fancy meeting you here
Of course the other perk was the ability to obtain a full PVP set – for free!
If the Shrine of Fellowship means anything to you, you’ll know the significance of the incense burner behind us. If not, you may want to re-watch the opening cinematic for the Mists of Pandaria. Although you don’t really need a reason do you? :)
Blizzard recently added an achievement which ties in the scene from the cinematic. All you have to do is visit the Shrine of Fellowship in The Jade Forest and then re-enact Chen’s action by straightening the broken incense burner found near the bridge. Doing that will reward the Restore Balance achievement along with 10 achievement points.
Loremaster Cho was nice enough to send us some fireworks upon reaching 90 so I thought the Shrine was a nice place to set them off.
After that, we did a bit of rare farming, finding three new ones for the collection. Sadly, none of them dropped any novelty item.
One of them dropped a cloth turban which Coolidge wanted to try as he said it matched his set perfectly. I have to admit it was a great colour match :P