Jaedia the Draenei Mage is now level 90 and ready to Mage things (again).
I promised one Miss Kaitz that I would blog on the Menagerie. Okay so that was a week ago and I was supposed to tell you about the adventures of Pinky but I thought it might be nice to talk a little about what I’m upto right now, because what I’m upto often seems to elude many.
I suppose I’d grown bored. Dailies had killed my spirit and all there was was raiding and the endless grind so I’d backed away a bit. Again. I’d even considered cancelling my payment until I wanted to play again but thankfully I didn’t and over Christmas I actually did a few dailies because I felt like it. When I got back home in January I was all ready to carry on watching through Supernatural and I figured why not farm Skyshards while I do that? So I did. I got one then decided to do dailies with that time instead. Then I had a brief addiction to the Walking Dead game.. I say brief because I played it until I reached the end (I still owe you guys a blog post on this game, it’s absolutely amazing). Then decided I really should level my Death Knight if she’s going to be doing transmog runs.
Soupdragon had almost gotten to 86 before being pushed aside and abandoned for the apathy so it was only natural that I came to her first of my two 85’s. I ran through Jade Forest, Krasarang Wilds (which finally netted me Loremaster of Pandaria yay!), Valley of the Four Winds and finally, Dread Wastes where I died.. died.. and died again. I had to force myself but I got her to 90 and then decided I was happy and wanted to gear my Hunter.
Kaitz runs a fair few transmog runs on her wolf-lady Death Knight and asked me one night if I’d like to come along for the Illidan bow so I did. It was a lot of fun! Kait met Snowflake and Baskilisk, we talked about politics and cookies, and discovered that I am in fact a glaive magnet. (Grats Kait on your glaive! Our mine, if Toman’s gtmod is to be believed xD) Yep, a glaive dropped! Woo!
We did Naxx 10, and on the next reset did it all again along with Mogushan Vaults LFR where I got a hat. It’s mucho fun, but see.. Reliq wants a Mage for raids and I have a Mage.. I would have stuck with my Priest who is very well geared considering all that apathy (aside from her hat) but I believe another lovely guildy is wanting to reroll to her Shadow Priest and there are many Hunters everywhere as is *sad*.
So next up, I decided to speedy-level my Mage. You have no idea how glad I am to be rid of frickin’ Twylite the Blood Elf Mage who on entering random groups I had to inform them that I named her before I’d heard of the crappy sparkly vampires.. but that Jewelcrafting daily with the sparkles? Yeah, she was often glittering. Sigh. Anyway! Jaedia the Draenei Mage is much cooler. She was never abandoned, her professions are all levelled up and useful, she has some wicked transmog pieces and I really enjoyed levelling her the first time (hi Steve!). She has good memories.
I forget whether I started her in Jade Forest on Thursday or Friday.. Actually I think it was late on Thursday night, I didn’t do very much but I got started then Friday dinged 86, today she’ll ding 90. That might be the fastest I’ve levelled a character from 85-90 without going without sleep and other vital things! The Darkmoon Faire roundabout definitely helped.
And Frost has somehow become an amazing spec! It’s as fun as Fire with all its crits and procs, and I get to play around with transmog again. I was way too happy with my Fire Mage transmog to change it. Dan and Rip helped me through Black Temple and Mount Hyjal for tier 6 a few days ago and I (*cough* jammy git) picked up all 5 pieces and my Draenei Mage looks wicked in it! Last night a few were doing ICC for transmog fun and.. well.. I know I should have been levelling but I can’t say no to ICC sooo I went along and picked up a few weapons including a mad looking wand which I think possibly scares Reliq going by his reaction, so I’ll definitely be using that if I have a wand.
As for now, I’m hoping to give guild raiding another shot. I picked up a bunch of BoE stuff for my Mage when she gets to 90 and she had about 3500 Justice Points leftover from Cataclysm that I’m fairly sure I had been saving up, plus come tomorrow I’ll get in a Sha group pretty easily so I think she’s going to be geared. Note: If any Ghostlands folk notice the intellect Darkmoon Faire trinket for a decent price (less than 9k), please let me know! And can start joining back in with guild raids sooner rather than later.
So I logged in.. was it Friday night? I can’t remember but I decided that rather than reading I’d pop in and play my Hunter. I did one Well of Eternity with a group of douches and remembered why I don’t generally enjoy Hunter since the change to focus. I keep hoping that my dislike of it is just a phase but alas! So as I’d been levelling Soupdragon (now on Ghostlands) to play with the awesome folk of Harvest Moon, I decided to pop on her for a little bit instead and continue with Uldum, maybe do a couple of instances.
As it were, badleeroybrown (aka. Lee) offered to run me through a few dungeons and a couple others joined us (I believe ronee was there for a little bit), and when they had to go, Juice joined us and we got on Mumble and generally had a laugh.
I could ramble on about how we did more instances and I got to 85 and did CoC (mm.. CoC..), but I don’t think there’s any need for that. I’m really enjoying my time in Harvest Moon. Reliq has done an amazing job getting this guild together and I have to say, hats off to him! I know it wasn’t easy but it has some great people. There’s an awesome atmosphere, it’s fun, it’s social, people help each other, there’s no elitism (unless the pug Shaman only manages 800 dps in a heroic in which case: wtf?! Not that that’s elitism because.. really?!) and they’ve somehow convinced me that in fact, yes, I should raid. Bunch of enablers, I tell you! The raiding team may even need a tank and/or a Rogue. Fancy that! *nudge* No Death Knights though. Nope. *cough*
And there may also have been a slight failure of a Sunwell group. We’re clever! Apparently Kalecgos is bugged and only summons the portal once at the moment.. so after a little while spent pole dancing we just hearthed. And yes. There are only 3 of us. But we’re totally sexy.
As for Soupdragon, she has been working on unlocking helm and shoulder enchants as I don’t have any of those unlocked on Ghostlands, and gearing up as best she can. She had the dps helm from End Time taken from her by a well geared tank and disenchanted right in her face (which actually really upset me :|), she got the melee trinket from Well of Eternity (yayyyy!), and she helped out Dan with a couple of things as well. I really missed Soup. And I’m really excited to see Softthistle back playing a little as well! That might have been my fault. Silly Scroll of Resurrection.
What do you think of her transmog set at the moment? I squeed and ran to the PvP vendor when I heard that they’d added Brutal Gladiator’s for Death Knights because I always love those sets but I’m still slowly working on it. Shall do a little post about it when I get chance to! I have been meaning to. Hopefully you’ll be hearing a little more of Soup’s antics.
I thought you guys might like to meet that smexy Space Goat staring provocatively from my header image. Okay, perhaps provocative isn’t the word, but she’s my cute little Wagglebum. That.. sounded less creepy in my head.
Those of you who’ve followed me for any length of time, either on Twitter or through this blog, will know that I’m a bit of an altoholic. Perhaps less so this expansion (would you believe that I’ve only managed to get 3 of my characters to 85 after my seven level 80s in Wrath?) but even so, I do like to mix up my World of Warcraft play time a little bit and trying different classes is a great way to go about that. I even post about them a lot, heck, they have their own category!
So for ages I’ve been missing the blue side of the fence. The red side is great, don’t get me wrong, I do love my Blood Elves and their great and terrifying city and my insane little Goblin folk and the cow people, but I’ve always been a little more blue than I am red. (Is this sounding like some kind of communist vs. capitalist thought chain to anybody else?) My characters on Terenas have pretty much been abandoned because I don’t feel like I have a place there any more. The server itself feels.. off and poor little Soupdragon is left on her own at level 82. So when I mentioned on Twitter that I felt like playing Alliance side one day and Rel popped up all, “Come play with me and Wabby!!” I was like.. well yeah why not? And as weird as I find their overpriced and max-level-epic-lacking auction house, Ghostlands seems like a pretty nice server as far as servers go.
I didn’t take too long to decide that it was time I levelled a Mage. I’ve always been kind of drawn to the class but it’s one of those that I get really into for a few levels then something shiny grabs my attention and it’s left for a while.. rinse and repeat, so this time, I’m going to do it and I’m loving it. She had to be a Draenei. Duh. *waggle* And she had to have my name. As I’m playing her a lot at the moment, she has her own part in the sidebar where you can see what she’s upto and she’s featured in the header because.. well Blood Elves eyes are closed in my version of WoW Model Viewer and that looked stupid so yeah.
I do already have a Mage at 67 on my main server but I.. I don’t like my main server. It’s a PvP server, which I can’t stand, it’s full of the type of people you really don’t enjoy grouping with.. basically, Vashj EU is that server. The one that when you get somebody from the realm in your random dungeon finder groups you can’t help but think, “Oh god, not somebody from that server.” You know the ones I’m sure. But myself and Dan have a bunch of our characters there so you know. Still, I don’t enjoy levelling there very much or playing there so it’s doubtful that Twylite (another reason I don’t really play her) will ever get much further than 67. So Jaedia the.. well I was going to say third but if you count other MMOs I suppose it’s more like Jaedia the 7th, was born.
So anyway, the first order of the day was of course to get the feck out of the Draenei starting zone which by now I hate with a bitter passion and then rustle up enough gold to get by on this new server. Rel had invited my Mage into his guild, Harvest Moon (of which I’m determined to get to level 25 FOR TEH LIONS :3 ..that and I’d love to help get a few more members for the 10 man team and maybe some friendly social folk), and a couple of his lovely friends offered me a little help. I didn’t really want to ask for gold because that’s easy enough but bag space I was struggling with so they sent me a few bags. <3 That was a massive help. And then I went off and sold the Moongraze Tenderloin recipe for 500g, a couple of moths, a few cats and a Moss Agate or two and hey presto I had 800g before I’d made it to level 30. I’m down to 400g now but that was the whole point of making the gold in the first place.
I had to question Twitter on what to spec because I’m now a bit clueless. It was always Frost before and I’ve been semi-absent from the game for so long I just wasn’t sure. The general consensus seems to be that Frost is great for solo play but Arcane is fun as hell especially in a group situation and considering I do use the random dungeon finder a lot while levelling, that’s what I went with. It is pretty damn fun, especially now that I’ve talked myself out of using Arcane Missiles unless very oom and am actually able to keep up on the meters a little now. And the grouping is.. unusual. I’ve had to deal with the very silent, the very bad, the very weird (see: picture of horny guy in Gnomer), and the rare group that’s actually been a little friendly. At 34, nearing 35, I’m getting to the sort of level where you bump into folk who would like to run a few dungeons with the same semi-competent group and I’ve had a couple of those now (even if one of the tanks was called “Battyboy” and the other turned out to be stoned according to his friend).
I’ve also had to look at actually levelling professions as I go. I tend to find it easier to do that than pick them up later on. And instead of taking the easy option of dual-gathering professions and sell the results, I picked up Tailoring and Enchanting. So considering my lack of heirlooms, that’s clearly led to a lot of focus on getting my Robe of Power. I probably didn’t need to, sure, but once I decided I was going for it, I was bloody determined even if it did mean buying a bunch of 20g stacks of Wool and Silk. I mentioned the scary Ghostlands auction house, right? Well I finally completed my robe last night and ran a couple of dungeons and she is totally badass. I’m really enjoying this Mage and her transmog set is going to be fab!
The other day, my Death Knight did a little bit of questing in Scholazar Basin. I figured it could be worthwhile opening up the Frenzyheart/Oracle dailies while I still got experience for it. The trouble is, I’m a gorloc lover at heart so I always feel terrible doing any quests that sabotage the cute little things. As for Kalithe, well, I suppose that deep down she feels the same way, but sometimes she just goes into a kind of brainless blood lust, usually brought on by following orders. In her own words..
It all started with this silly woman telling me to go and get her the remains of some big cat. So, naturally, I found the big kitty and killed it. That was the beginning, see, suddenly these raccoon guys started shouting at me. Apparently I stole their kill or something, so then they told that me I had to be their new slave. Bit of a jump, to be honest, I was only following orders after all, but hey ho that’s unlife for you. Sometimes you get abandoned for a couple of years, and sometimes the guys sending you on quests don’t actually know best. I was curious about the raccoon men so I headed over to see what all the fuss was about.
Well these.. “Frenzyheart”, as they call themselves, are actually insane, and I would know. Nuts. First, they told me to go and poke some little monkeys in order to basically piss off the matriarch to bring her out into the open and kill her. I was a little iffy about that one but a kill is a kill. Then they had me killing a load of giant, flying insects. And next, they made me chase chickens around the place with a net! Chickens!! This is animal cruelty I swear, if I weren’t so against the organisation and perhaps cared a little more, I’d probably have contacted D.E.H.T.A about all of this.. But then again these raccoon men were still paying me.
After that craziness, I was told to ride a crocolisk over to the Mistwhisper village, or “big-tongue shrine” as they called it. I will admit, it was pretty damn cool riding a crocolisk around Scholazar Basin! But then they had me hunt a few of these gorlocs and sabotage their shrine.. This was the point where I really started to have my doubts about these raccoons, I mean.. poking baby monkeys is one thing, pushing it, but a thing nevertheless, but killing semi-intelligent and innocent beings? Highly uncool. But the thing is, once I get going I find it hard to stop – must be a side effect of losing my soul for a time.
Once that little morality issue was passed, I rode back to the Frenzyheart village to speak with the High Shaman and he wanted me to capture a gorloc for him so that he can.. hmm.. “make it tell him things”. Very dubious by this point, I came across an injured “big-tongue” just a little way away and just as I was about to pick the little guy up a crocolisk attacked. They might be cool to ride around on, but if you aren’t a particularly powerful creature they can be deadly. So I killed it. I tried to claim it as self defence but the raccoons still kicked me out. Oh well. The gorloc seemed to take pity on me as he led me back to their village. Well, being offered a place rather than told I’m their slave is a much better deal, so whilst I felt a bit uneasy collecting “shinies” for their shrine, they also had me killing big snakes which was much more within my comfort zone. For the record, they tried to get me to make peace with the High Shaman, they aren’t particularly fond of the hatred between the two groups, however he pretty much knocked me off the cliff. Lucky I was with Sparkles at the time so I didn’t fall too far, but the Frenzyheart tribe are seriously crazy.
See, then I started feeling bad. The gorlocs started getting angry that the “big dumb puppy-men” messed with their shrine, and um.. well.. *shifts a little* you already know that story. But I was able to make up for it by killing a bunch of the raccoons and steal back their treasure.. and by just not telling them that I had a hand in the events. The Oracle gorlocs are a peaceful tribe, but I simply can’t see that ending well.
Anyway, the next thing that happened really made me hunger for vengeance. I’ve never been so sad and angry… scratch that, I can’t really remember my entire life, and I’m quite often sad and angry. So I was very sad and very angry. I can understand a little cruelty, but torment really hits me, I can’t stand for that. See, the ‘Rainspeakers’ simply wanted me to go and tell the ‘Mosswalkers’, another tribe of gorlocs in the Basin, that they hadn’t visited the shrine in a while. Fair enough. But when we got there, me and Moodle, such a sight.. the undead had completely ravaged their village and were tormenting and disrespecting the near-dead gorlocs all over the place! I was distraught. You can imagine the state Moodle was in, even though he had suspected as much before we arrived, he hadn’t expected it to be the undead. I killed as many of the scourge as I could, and I tried to save the Mosswalkers, but most of them died right there, thinking that it was their fault for not visiting the shrine enough. Have you ever seen a Death Knight cry? That broke me. I had to get vengeance. This is exactly the kind of thing that absolutely sickens me.
Moodle, the wisest gorloc I have had the pleasure of meeting, told me that their leader probably resides within the fallen pillar but that he needed to go back and tell the High-Oracle what had happened. That was fine by me. Altruis the lich was tough, and he spoke big, but I managed to take him down on my own. There are times when vengeance is much sweeter when dealt by your own hand. One day I will return to the Oracle tribe, but in the meantime I have unfinished business with the Frenzyheart raccoons.