Friday, May 31, 2013

How did I miss this Up house?

MrandMrsWoW sent me a tweet telling me about the Up house in Jade Forest (and a picture), and it's so cool!  Another Up reference!

This house can be found in North West Jade Forest and is a clear throwback to the house from the Pixar movie, Up.  

Carl Fredricksen, the owner of the house, travels with a boy scout Russell and they make friends with a dog named... Dog.  Carl is represented by a grumpy old Panda in the house, Kar, and Russell is here too as Rusty Nail, a Grummle with a huge packpack.  Dig the fox, is Dog.

I reblogged this from my other blog Hidden in WoW, where I write about all those in game references that always tickle me when I hear about them!

Minipost: Thursday raiding - Not Heading anywhere

Last night was just not coming together.  Maybe we were rusty.  But I know that I died a lot, from not dispelling myself fast enough, not healing myself fast enough... being OOM... but I'm sure we will get there on Sunday.

Aza was upset at himself because he had a death that he was not proud of.  I thought he died to standing in fire or something, but he actually went to click his doomguard and clicked on Rasha's Sacrificial Dagger instead.  Whoops!  It was kinda funny though :)

Roshii kept disconnecting, Lushnek was lagging... it just wasn't going our way.

Poor Soul was being yelled at for standing in melee, but he was trying to get mana back by hitting stuff.  And as usual his heals were dominating.  Damned pallies.

Other than that, we have the strat it's just got to be tidier.  Falln was tanking and it was fine for healing (I was focussing on him) and I thought I would try using Nature's Ward for a change just to see if it would make a difference for things like people with the fire, or just using it on Falln.  It did seem to me to save me a bit of mana, but maybe it was just my imagination.

See what Sunday brings.  But at least we're raiding.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wednesday raiding - Finally back in there

I feel so rusty and I was surprised to see Exray in the raid yesterday - he said that he would like to come on Wednesday and Sunday.  I said OK, and then we had to filter out people to sit out.  Unfortunately, lost Narishma and Sabrehawk and then we were set to go with 10.  Az was going to sit out for Lushen (Exray's monk friend) but I said maybe on Sunday because it was hard enough fixing the raid, even Souglyy wanted to sit out, which was not like her.

Lushnek was healing because Soultouched had somehow stuffed up his authenticator and couldn't login on time.  So we went without him.

Jin'rokh died super quick.  There was a tiny hiccup where Souglyy ran the lightning ball into a spark on the ground and that made me swear in vent.  Roshii died from I don't know what... I thought he was the one with the ball that nearly killed us!  Horridon went down the same as well - that nerf has made it heaps easier now.    Hardly have to do any dispels.Council was still messy and mana is absolutely atrocious until they kill Sul, but once he's dead it's easy streets.  Tortos went down in a few goes, and for that one we had to substitute in a ranged because 2 ranged and 3 melee is pretty crappy if the ranged can't get a turtle down in time to kick, so back in went Soul, and Roshii sat out, and Lush went to DPS.  Aza and Souglyy didn't want to kick the turtle... I'm not sure why though.

Falln and Lushnek were the loot whores that night.

Falln got thunderforged Chestplate of Violent Detonation, and Lush got Jin'rokh's Dreamshard from Jin'rokh.   I got both the Spaulders of Dinomancy (after taking it off Lush at the end of raid when he had 4 pieces of loot) and I also took Jalak's Maelstrom staff for offspec.  Wushoolay's Final Choice went to Lushnek and Falln got the Tier gloves from Council.  And off Tortos, Lush got Vampire Bat-Hide Bracers.

Had a giggle at Soultouched who jumped down into the water/ground when running to Magaera and died on impact.  I rezzed him and teased him.  We had a few goes at Magaera, and we didn't clear the mushrooms at the back.  "Nah," said Raked.  "I'm tired, I just wanna get a few goes in."  And what happened?  Yes, noob pally strikes again - Soul ran away with his fires and pulled the adds from the mushrooms.

"I didn't want to say it," said Az, "but I told you so."

We had another wipe and then had to call it for the night.  That fight is so amazing for paladins.  I thought it was good for me and mushrooms, but it's amazing for him.

Falln is going to tank on Thursday night, so fingers crossed he's not a flat pancake for most of the night!

Challenge Mode Noobs - Bronzing the Monasteries

The noobs were at it again!  Last week we finished up some of our earlier SLOOOOW ass runs and learn from our noob mistakes to try again.

We returned to Scarlet monastery (it was the first challenge mode we ever did and we wiped a lot in the corridor after the first boss the first time and had an abyssmal timer).  We did it a lot better this time (except this time we wiped on the first boss, not sure what happened there!) and we used our invisibility pots to skip the fountain mobs and engage Brother Korloff.  It all seemed to go ok and we probably need to pick up our pace a bit so we can get that silver.  And bloody Karn needs to iceblock more IMO!  And Luxy needs an iceblock too LMAO!

Shado-pan Monastery was next.  Shado-pan Monastery scares me, because it's so long, and last time we were WAAAAY over the timer.  We managed to get over the bridge without dying this time but we died on Sha and had to run back anyway.  Karn kept releasing!!  It's a long run back so I have to really resist hitting the release button because you can't get rezzed if you release - it puts you back at the beginning when you rez.  We did a lot better on the last boss compared to previously (LOL still wiped though a few times, but we used Battle rezzes and Luxy popped to rez once) and still managed to get a Bronze - phew!  Took half an hour off our old time LOL so I was pretty pleased about that.

For Lush, Luxy and I, that one finished off our Bronzes for the dungeons, and Frostwolves got the achievement as well.

Last Saturday we went back into Niuzao Temple to get a bronze for Karn, and we wiped on the first lot of trash blobs... Oops, I wasn't ready and hadn't loaded up Arv or got my harmony up so that was my bad (and those adds really hurt anyway - I had to tree form it last time).  We sheepishly reset it and tried again.  We also then wiped on Vizier Jin'bak from the explosion, whoops!  After that we went to the next boss who was a nightmare for us the last time and we noticed there was a gong there.  Why was there a gong there?  We talked about it and dared each other to hit it and in the end I said I would hit it and it made the advance faster - at first I was like.. OH NO!!!  But then I realised that it's actually good for challenge mode because they come at you so damned slow and that helped a lot with the times.  We didn't wipe this time on the boss and we stayed up the top - not sure what happened there, maybe everyone was running to try to avoid the whirlwind and it went ok.  General Pa'valak went smoothly (but it always did) and Wing Leader wasn't an issue but it felt like adds took ages to die.  We shaved 15 minutes off our previous time, so every improvement is a great improvement.

Now, it's going to be a harder slog for us to get silver.  I feel like we do it so casually that you kinda forget what we did last time, but hopefully we'll get there.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In anticipation of raiding this week

After the non-event that was last week in raiding, I am hoping this week will be different.

The 5.3 dust has settled and people are getting back into the swing of things - hopefully.  The excitement of patch has died down and people will want to raid, and if we don't raid, then attendance will be even more shabby than it was before.

Dahakha offered to level up to tank and that will be awesome when he gets there on his monk.  Sev considered gearing up his DK for tanking, but still a fair bit of gear to get and Sev hates grinding for stuff.

However, discussing with Exray how to balance his desire to help with raiding with his desire to play with his other friends I think we found an agreement.  He said he can help out 2 days a week, and for the last 2 weeks he didn't want to raid because he didn't want everyone to think that he was forcing everyone to drop to two days a week raiding just for him and annoy everyone.  I told him nobody thinks that, and they are all grateful that he helps out (he also raids on alliance) and that him raiding 2 days a week allows our tanks to get a bit of a break on certain days - like Raked on Sundays when he goes on his "culling" hunting trips.  Makes me wonder if we should just drop Sunday raids.  Anyway, with Falln back, I asked Exray if he could do Thursday and Sunday and if we don't raid Monday - oh well.  That suits me since I only like raiding 3 days a week anyway.  Our raid day is short though - 2 hours raiding doesn't achieve much so you want to get the most out of it, and Raked and Bish get sleepy at 11pm anyway.  Softies.

Fue is still out of action with his wrist RSI.  Last time he was gone for at least a month.  I doubt it will be any different this time.  Every time I ring him to see how he's going I cringe thinking he's thinking I'm nagging him about raiding - well, I guess I sorta am, tacked on at the end of the call - but I do care about how he's going!  Even if I'm nagging!

So fingers crossed for some raiding this week!  I am itching to try my new 5.3 buffs that don't seem to show up as well during PvP or LFR - especially mushrooms on Magaera and Jin'rokh.

Achievements this week

Patch 5.3 brought a whole lot more of new achievements and boy was it a busy week nabbing as many as I could.  Oh my goodness, where do I start!

Heroic Scenarios

People used to wonder what the point of scenarios was.  I liked them - group quests that you can do with 3 people without a tank and a healer with a little bit of valour as a reward, and a whole lot of achievements to entice you into doing them.  They were also great ways to get some lore across or gap filling that couldn't be done in quests, I thought!

Heroic Scenarios are actually quite fun and has made people do them again.  There are even little challenges in them for bonus valour that makes you want to actually try harder - I would often half ass my scenarios but in a heroic I actually have to pay attention!  The bummy thing is that you need a preformed group to do them and can't random them - I wonder if this is the way to make people group up again, bring some cohesiveness back into this game which has been relying more and more on random groups of people getting together to do content. Luxy, Moo and Lush were nice enough to do them with me!

Heroic: A Brewing Storm was the first one I tried.  It wasn't too bad - made us want to try more!  Those addictive little achievements popping up...

Heroic Blood in the Snow was a totally new one and boy did Luxy and Lush die.. A LOT!  I probably didn't help with me butt-pulling mobs everywhere.  However, we managed to get a few achievements in there.  There's this one for not letting the final boss get any heals off.

And this one for picking up all the healing baskets in the instance.  That was a nice easy one that you can do after you've finished the instance.

The next one I did was the Dark Heart of Pandaria, where we all got turned into goblins.  I look hideous as a goblin with my gear LOL!

The Secrets of Ragefire is another Goblin instance!   Nice to be horde in these things for a change (compared to all those Well of Eternity ones where I become a night elf or human like in A Little Patience).  Not letting any of the Gob squad die also nets you an achievement.

Heroic Crypt of Forgotten Kings is very similar to the normal and WOAH those traps really hurt now!

Came back to do it on normal with Arv and Luxy.

Battle on the High Seas had some hilarious hiccups.  Fighting waves of Alliance boarding parties, dodging cannonfire and then... getting from ship to ship.  So we thought you had to click the ladder to get on the ships, which meant swimming from ship to ship.  I made it but Moo and Lush got eaten by sharks which basically one shot them!  We tried it again, and same thing - I lived again!  Then we figured it out you use cannons and ropes to get across!!  And its actually pretty cool.

Came back on normal and got the achievement for not getting hit by any cannon fire.  I stuffed it up the first time at the end and got hit by cannon fire but we did it again and got it.

New Battleground: Deepwind Gorge

There are a ton of achievements there, and some are not too difficult.  This one is a bit stupid... too easy! Luxy told me to go jump off the mountain, literally!

And perfection is surprisingly easy when you can steal the other team's resources!

I got this when I was dead.  I was in the graveyard next to our base and Shab and Luxy killed the guy who tried to steal the cart.  Hey, I'm not complaining about free achievements!  That BG was quite funny actually, I had queued with Shab and Arv, and Luxy just happened to be in the same BG!

Lore: Darkspear Revolutionary

This achievement has so much involved in it, I reckon it deserves it's own post later!  But I don't want to make spoilers for people just yet...

Dungoen Achievements

Did the ones in Shado-pan Monastery.  Aza tanked on his lock and I healed.  Tacky, Luxy and Zwingli were with us.  I finally managed to bow to all those acolytes!  I wasn't sure I was going to get it...

Letting the Sha out wasn't hard (it's off to the side near the Big bad Sha).  I don't know why I hadn't done it earlier!

And this is easy with enough DPS.  You can pray once, at the beginning but at the end just let everyone get to 100%.

Now THAT, was an awesome week for achievements!  Wonder how next week will be?  I'm sure there willl still  be a few more to get!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Minipost: Making new friends

I always like to meet nice friendly people in WoW, and yesterday I was doing heroic scenarios with Moopie and Lushnek and I got a tell from an unguilded hunter, Skreedle, who was about level 20 or so.  They said "Hello Navimie!" and I said "Hello!" back.  I wasn't sure if it was somoene's alt who needed an invite.

It turned out it was a blog lurker!  Skreedle was a friend of Typhoon Andrew's and wanted to say hello so we had a chat and I went over to visit her and thank her for taking the time to say hello to me (and for reading my little blog)!  She told me she had found me via this post of Andrew's - a visit I remember very well.  She was already on my server so we chatted about kids and her WoW gaming, and she asked to see some of my fancy pets so I brought out some of my prized possessions to show her.  She told me how the panda cub was her favourite pet of all the pets, so I named it after her (also so it would help me remember what her fave pet was LOL).

So I invited her to our guild as social so she had somewhere to hang around, and a little thank you gift for being so friendly, so a nice big welcome to Skreedle to Frostwolves, I hope you like it here :)

Minipost: And the pets keep coming...

Gifts keep coming!  I can't contain myself because I'm so overwhelmed with gratitude!

Yuuna had a gift for me, so I logged onto his server to collect my Filthling.  Yay!  He had upgraded a pet for me recently so that was nice - thank you Yuuna!  I wish I could get him something but I have nothing he needs so far.

Then the next gift blew me away.  Tyledres sent me a TINY GREEN CARP!!  I mean of all the things to send... she sent me her only one at the time and you know what, she caught ANOTHER one not long after!  I spent hours and hours fishing emperor salmon and no sign of the pesky fish, no sirree.  This is like Ancient sending me her fox kit, I was so blown away I think I must have gushed and gushed at Tyledres until she blushed and blushed.  Hey, that rhymes!

And for finishing the weekly quest for the Darkspear I can buy my Gahz'rooki - I really like Hydras!  In fact, I think someone may have said this as an idea for a pet in one of those shared topics!

And this GORGEOUS little Direhorn Runt, who runs circles around me... at least that wasn't too hard to farm.

Thank you my dear friends! :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Summary: High points in an otherwise low week

In a week with no raiding, it's a pretty depressing week.  However, when there is a patch that just came out at the same time, most people have kept themselves pretty busy to keep their minds off the non-raiding blues.

Except Az.

Az was bummed because we're not raiding.  He is also pouty because after he finished the quests in Durotar and The Barrens with the Darkspear Revolution (don't worry, no spoilers!) CRZ wasn't working (guess because nobody had done the quests) and there was nobody to duel outside Org with him.  And to top it all off, he said that the patch PvP changes SUCK ASS and that there is no point PvPing because people with crap gear are now equal to him so it's no fun.  I think he was upset because he chaos bolted a naked DK and it hit for 60k or something.  I could be wrong.

However, yesterday he did a challenge mode and got gold on his second go in Brewery with some of his friends from Tichondrius.  I mean, WOW.  I was pretty impressed and proud and just a little bit scared he'd think how stupid I was, but I realised that I wouldn't think that of other people, so why should I think he would?  Grats Az!

PvP on Friday was also bringing me down because the boys are doing so well in double DPS 2s that it felt like in 3s I was being a HUGE drag.  I think that Sev and Shab have tuned their frequency as a duo and are having heaps of fun.  I tried PvP with my PvE glyphs because Shab had read they were good, but the bad games and that made me paranoid, so it felt to me like they were shit.  You know, arenas had more losses than wins on Friday and so Sev and Shab propped me up with some more on Sunday which were good (2 wins!), so I felt like I got my groove back.  Didn't do my RBGs though, damn!  Oh, and the other thing that was making me sad was there was a bug going around where EVERYONE got the Tyrannical Conquest achievement when they hadn't hit the mark, except ME, and I've got more conquest than all of them (except Az).

Lots of achievements this week.  More on that in another post.  But that always buoys me!

I made a new friend and got a new guildie at the same time.  Don't you love finding lurkers! :)  Again, I'll write on that later!

Pets pets pets, can you believe that I hadn't run any of the BC dungeons for them yet?  I will do them tomorrow, when I have a lovely free day to do lots of stuff!  However, gifts galore came my way and still more that I have to write about, which really made me realise just how lucky I am to have such a great circle of virtual online friends!  Who says there is no community :)

We even got some Challenge modes in and Arv, Luxy, Lush and I got our Challenge Conquerer Bronze - except Karn so we'll have to do his ones next.  That's what he gets for running out of game time!

Heroic scenarios are cool, I like them, a great way to pass the time and earn valour points.  And I was amazed I valour capped by Sunday with only 2 LFRs under my belt with no raiding, because now pet dailies award valour (yay!) and the Darkspear quest chain awards 200 valour.

So that was my week.  Gosh, I have a whole heap of posts to write.  If I wrote them all down in this post it would be the LONGEST post ever :)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Navimie and the Battered Hilt - Chapter 2: The Silver Enclave

Previously:  The Investigation Begins


Dalaran's sewers were a vastly different world to that above ground.  Where light and towering spires brought a sense of majesty and greatness to the city, the sewers seemed to be where everyone who didn't fit into the "goodness, wholesome bright and magic" genre seemed to go.  Duels were frowned upon in the city,  but down below, Navimie remembered many hours of duelling against Horde and Alliance foes alike in the Circle of Wills - fighting against Sevros and Shabadu to hone her own skills in these very tunnels which were perfect for running and hiding... she shook her head to clear her wandering thoughts and focussed on the task ahead.

The Cantrip and Crows Inn was a small tavern, infrequently populated as it was built right over the sewer waters themselves.  Why anyone would build an inn over sewer water was beyond Navimie.  The high elf Silver Covenant agent was leaning against the wall, her knee bent resting her foot against the shiny wood, in a very casual pose, but her eyes were scrutinising every person who walked nearby.  Her blue eyes bored into Navimie, as Navimie headed to the tiny bank section behind the tavern.  When Navimie glanced back towards her, she had already moved on to scan the next patron.  Navimie wondered what she was looking for, and shifted into cat form.  Navimie didn't think this could be done quietly.  She stealthed and headed back to the agent's position.

But the agent was gone.  Navimie looked around the tables but did not see her.  She turned to head out of the inn to look for the elf when a blade bit deep into her shoulder where her neck had been a second before.  She yowled as she dropped out of stealth.

"You Sunreaver lackeys are all the same," sneered the elf, as she turned to stab Navimie in the flank.  "I could see you coming a mile away.  Especially one as big and clumsy as YOU."  She laughed, a tinkling laugh of confidence.

The shock and pain caused Navimie to instinctively shift to Dire bear form, thickening her pelt and her sudden increase in size overturned a nearby table with a loud crash.  The agent's dagger's flashed again as she took another stab at Navimie's ribs, but it could not penetrate the bear's armour.  Navimie roared, disorienting the agent momentarily allowing Navimie to swipe at the agent's hand with her sharp claws, drawing blood and the blade clattered harmlessly to the floor.

"Hey!  What's going on!" yelled Ajay Green, the Innkeeper, as he rushed out from behind the bar.  He stopped in his tracks as he saw the Elf agent kick Navimie in the face, knocking her off her paws into a chair that splintered upon impact.  Navimie scrambled to get upright and charged at the agent, her great claws again leaving bloody rends through the Elf's clothing.  Suddenly, the Elf vanished.

Damn it!  Rogues and their stupid vanishes!  Navimie turned and tried to back up against a wall.

The elf reappeared behind Navimie and sliced at her hamstrings, but it was the poison on the blades that weakened Navimie more than the paltry dagger cuts themselves.  Navimie growled in pain, her movements feeling slow and sluggish but the full force of a bear swipe turned the Elf's face into a mangled mess of crimson flesh and with a strangled cry the Elf fell to the ground, her last breaths gurgling in her throat as her life's blood spilled onto the wooden planks of the inn.

A pair of trolls who had jumped to their feet initially at the disturbance, sat back down in their chairs and went back to the conversation, as if what had just occurred was quite commonplace.  Ajay approached Navimie, his eyes flashing but wary.  "I'll be needing compensation for your brawling, Tauren," he said.  Navimie shifted back into tauren form and used her healing powers to remove the poison from her system and ease her wounds.  The warm glow of her rejuvenation took the sting from her shoulder and she flexed her fingers of that arm, testing it.

"You'll have your payment," said Navimie, kneeling down to search the body of the fallen agent.  There were no identifying documents on the Elf, but Navimie tossed a small purse of coin she found on the body to the innkeeper.  He weighed it in his hand thoughtfully, then nodded as he went back to the bar.  Navimie's fingers closed upon an envelope in an inconspicuous fold of the Elf's clothing.  She opened up the envelope and skimmed the Silver Covenant orders.
You must meet with Arcanist Tybalin on the top floor of the Silver Enclave. He will entrust you with a book that is beyond value. Be discreet in your movements and guard this book with your life. Carry it back to Caladis Brightspear at Quel'Delar's rest with all haste.
The book.  They were trying to take it out of the city.  Navimie pocketed the letter, and looked around, wondering what to do with this body.  Then it dawned on her, why this inn was built over the sewer.  She dragged the Elf's body by the boot to the edge of the platform and pushed the dead body into the murky water.  Maybe Vern would find it and eat it.  She glanced back and saw Ajay throwing buckets of water over the blood stains, the soiled water trickling between the floor planks into the sewer waters beneath.  She brushed her hands on her pants and she strode out of the establishment.  Seedy businesses indeed.


Magister Hathorel frowned as he read the orders.

"The agent you intercepted was supposed to deliver the Wyrmrest tome to Icecrown, after meeting with one Arcanist Tybalin inside the Silver Enclave. We have to reclaim that book, Navimie, and we only have one chance before it leaves the city. We have to work quickly."  His brow furrowed as he tried to formulate a plan.  "Getting you inside the Silver Enclave will be tougher than it appears. Only those who possess Silver Covenant tabards are permitted entry to sanctuary. If we can get our hands on one, a simple enchantment will do the rest of the work..."  He snapped his fingers as his eyes lit up with an idea.  "We need a suitable disguise!"

"On the balcony above Threads of Fate, you'll find Shandy Glossgleam. I've helped him a few times in the past, so he owes me a favor. He handles laundry for a wide variety of people in the city. Maybe he can find a way to 'lend' you a tabard for a while."

"I know him," said Navimie, nodding.  "I've taken him things from Mr Worth to him in the past."  Threads of Fate was where Charles Worth worked, and Navimie had learned her tailoring skills from him.  "I'll head there now."

Shandy had an bound elemental that assisted him with his laundry duties, which seemed out of the ordinary, but not in a city of magic like Dalaran.  They were in fine form when Navimie arrived.

"Aquanos, stop sending the clothes so high!  You didn't have to see Aethas Sunreaver's face when he found his pants in the fountain!"

Like all gnomes, Shandy was so small he came up to just above Navimie's knee.  However, he was still busy enough that he didn't notice her standing there until he went to add more clothes to the wash.

"Ah, Navimie!  I'm very busy, I'm not sure if I can bring anything back before tomorrow!"

"Shandy, I'm not here with Master Worth's goods today," said Navimie.  "I am here to ask ... a favour."

Shandy put down the pants he was examining and looked at her inquisitively.  "Oh?  How can I help you?"

"I was wondering... if you have a Silver Covenant tabard I could borrow...."

Shandy's eyes narrowed and he lowered his voice.  "One does not simply put on a the tabard  and walk into the Silver Enclave.  It is folly."

"Magister Hathorel has asked me to ask you... personally."

Shandy's shoulders slumped in resignation.  "Hathorel.  I cannot refuse him."  He straightened and looked Navimie in the eye, a smirk on his impish face.  "But, he never said I had to give it to you for NOTHING.  You're in luck. I've got just what you need in the load I'm about to wash.  Come!  See the piles of laundry and the bucket of water? I'll call out what I need next, and you put it in the tub. Ready?"

It sounded more like a game than a task to Navimie, but she went along.  "I"m ready."  She stood between the 4 buckets.

"Add the unmentionables... uh, I mean, the 'delicates'!"  Navimie threw a pair of pink underwear to Aquanos who shot them up in a fountain of water.

"Toss some pants in to the tub!"  Naivmie picked up a pair of pants and squinted at an unknown stain on it.  "Nice," said Shandy, craning his neck to see what she was looking at.  "I don't want to know what that stain was."  She threw them over to Aquanos.

"Quick, add some shirts to the laundry!"  Navimie threw 2 shirts, a white and a yellow one over to Aquanos.

Time passed quickly and before long all the buckets were empty.  "Clean and tidy!" said Shandy Glossgleam, beaming.  "I should keep you around."  He turned to a folded pile of clothing and handed Navimie a neatly presented package.  "See how easy that was with everyone working together? Just take what you need from the clean laundry here, but don't forget to return it when you're finished."

Navimie inclined her head.  "Thank you Shandy.  I'll return it as soon as I can."  And she flew back to Magister Hathorel.

"I knew Shandy would find a way to make it work."  Hathorel shook out the tabard and lay it on the table.  "Let me get this enchanted and ready for you to use. With any luck, the tabard's owner won't even know it's missing and Shandy will cover the rest of our tracks."

Navimie watched as Hathorel began to cast a series of spells over the tabard.  The tabard glowed brightly for a few seconds and faded.  She touched it tentatively - it didn't feel any different.  What was I expecting, that it would bite? She laughed inwardly.  An Audience with the Arcanist, who was a magic wielder himself, wearing a magic disguise?  Navimie hoped this would work.

"I've placed an enchantment on the tabard that should allow you to slip past the Silver Enclave's defenses for a short period of time. You should have enough time to find your way up to the top level of the Silver Enclave and meet up with the Silver Covenant's man there, known as Arcanist Tybalin."  Navimie picked up the tabard and slipped it over her head.  Instantly she was transformed into a female high elf.

Hathorel nodded approvingly, admiring his handiwork.  "While disguised, obtain the copy of Ancient Dragonforged Blades that his men borrowed from Wyrmrest, and return the book to me.  Remember, you don't have a lot of time, Navimie."

Navimie held her hand out in front of her and regarded it.  Such a small hand, and so many fingers.  What does one do with that many fingers?  She headed out and resisted the urge to shift to flight form and walked across Dalaran to the OTHER side, the Alliance side, the Silver Enclave.  It was always well guarded - she was extremely curious what the inside looked like.  You could not stealth past the guards - you would be immediately teleported back outside.  Navimie wondered how long her disguise would last and whether she would be able to look around a little.

The top level of the Silver Enclave wasn't hard to find, but it was disconcerting trying to saunter casually past the guards and the many Alliance that still frequented the inn.  Probably not as many as the days before the Cataclysm, but still... she took a deep breath and ascended the stairs.

Arcanist Tybalin was sitting at his desk reading when Navimie appeared at his doorway.  He motioned her in, and stood to greet her.  Navimie met his icy blue gaze and felt the familiar fluttering she often felt when looking at High Elves - but she reminded herself of the price of failure and discovery and the butterflies settled as if squashed by a giant foot.

"Travel quickly!" said Tybalin, gesturing towards the door.  "The Sunreavers will not waste any time one they realise that we have the information they seek."

Navimie bowed low to Tybalin.  Little did he know... she departed quickly and slipped out, resisting the urge to explore the area further, now that she had the book in her possession.  Her heart was pounding so  hard in her ears as she neared the exit, and her eyes darting from each of the guards, as she resisted the compulsion to shift to cat form and sprint out the door, and as soon as she walked out the gate she immediately walked around the corner and slipped into her familiar flight form and soared to one of the spires of Dalaran.  She shifted back to humanoid and opened the book to have a quick read.
Rare indeed are the 'prismatic' blades forged by the combined will of the five dragonflights. Among the greatest of these blades were the sister swords of Quel'Serrar and Quel'Delar.
In her wisdom, the dragon queen Alexstrasza gifted one of the blades to each of the elven peoples of Azeroth. Quel'Serrar was to be borne by a valiant kaldorei warrior, while Quel'Delar was entrusted to a quel'dorei champion.
Each blade transformed in the hands of its wielder, molding its magic to its master's strengths...
She snapped the book shut.  This hilt - the blade - was the sister blade to Quel'Delar!  An Elven prismatic blade - it almost seemed wasteful for her to pursue it, as she would be unable to wield it.  She dived off the spire and plummeted to the ground, shifting at last minute to a bird again and swooped sharply around an archway, her wings clipping a hapless draenei across the face.  Oops.  Navimie grinned and swept into the inn at neckbreaking speed and she skidded to a stop right before a brazier in caster form, gusts of wind knocking the mugs from a nearby table with a clatter.  Nobody noticed her entrance over the din from the patrons - one of the great things about this noisy, boisterous inn.

She hurried over to Hathorel and handed him the book.  He took the book and skimmed few pages.  "Excellent work. Now that this is in our hands, we must get it to Myralion Sunblaze as soon as possible. We can't risk the Silver Covenant taking the book from us again."  He passed her the book and Navimie returned the tabard in exchange.

"I'll get that tabard back to Shandy and see that he's well compensated for his assistance. Once the book is in Myralion's hands, the Silver Covenant won't be a threat anymore.  Would you bring it to him? I cannot rely on anyone else to transport the book and you have proven adept at evading the Silver Covenant's men."

Navimie nodded the affirmative.  If he had asked anybody else to do this when it was HER quest, she would have been... displeased, to say the least.

"Take it with you to Quel'Delar's Rest, south of the Argent Tournament Grounds in Icecrown. Myralion will be waiting for you. If he can identify that blade, we may be able to claim it in the name of Aethas Sunreaver."

So Aethas Sunreaver will get all the glory after my hard work, grumbled Navimie to herself.  As if I haven't done enough for him and the Sunreaver Offensive over the last few months.

It was time to see Myralion again.

Next: Quel'Delar

Saturday, May 25, 2013

But wait! More pets!

There are a lot of rumours going around about the Unborn Val'kyr, and one of them was that you can't engage it in battle and quit the battle or it will despawn - but it turns out it's not true.  Cymre did just that (well, someone else had battled it and dropped it) and Luxy had been doing it as well - Luxy has helped many friends, including me and McTacky, get an Unborn Val'kyr!

There are heaps of people camping the spawn points - popular ones seem to be the Court of Bones spot in Icecrown, the one just north from K3 in Storm Peaks, the north spawn point in Sholazar Basin and both spawn spots in Zul'Drak.  Every time I flew past those spots I saw 3 people on each.  I ended up doing something else because there was no way I was going to get it!

I was driving home from work and Luxy sent me a text to say she had found one, log on!  However, I didn't see that message as I was driving (safety first!), and then I got a call from Lush asking is it alright if he logged me in.  I asked why, is Oondasta on?  He said there was no Oondasta.  I said ok, maybe he wanted some stuff enchanted, then hung up.   Then I rang him back, asking "Did you find a Val'kyr?" and he said hesitantly said that it wasn't the reason... crappy poker voice!  I was so excited, but I didn't want to get TOO excited because Lush isn't exactly a seasoned pet battler and I wasn't sure what pets I had in my active team.  So I rang Luxy, who told me that she had found a Val'kyr and then I said OMG can you PLEASE help him and tell him what to use.  She told him to use a turnip and he was busy trying to figure out which pets from my arsenal to use and then off they went.

She went into spectator mode to watch and she was cringing with every miss but she cheered when he got it low enough to trap and he caught it first go!  Here are some shots she took from spectator mode.

I admit, I was a little nervous thinking he was going against some water types against my poor turnip!

Interestingly, it showed the Val'kyr OUTSIDE the cage as a tiny thing, not inside the cage.  I didn't know it did that - but I think it's actually a spectator mode thing so that you can see what's inside the box.

Then my dear friend sent me a cryptic message "Is your menagerie well guarded?"  And I thought it meant Qiraji guardlings were up!  But actually... I had a little gift in the mail of a Menagerie Custodian from Curator in Karazhan!  OMG it's so cute!  It made me think back to that "what pets do you wish were in game" and I think someone may have put this as one!

Then I got a tell from Thela asking me to come to Durotar and she had a gift for me - she said she had been wanting to give me something for ages but it's always so hard to get me something.  Patch time with new pets is a PERFECT time to give me something LOL before I get them all!

She made a toon on my server and personally handed me my Pocket Reaver - a max level one, no less - I am so impressed with the great models they've come up with for these battle pets!  Thela was so sweet - she said I can play with it straight away LOL :)

A big thanks to my dear friends Luxy, Lush and Thel! :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Pet talk: The Longest Day is over

When Patch 5.3 hit yesterday,all I wanted to do was collect pets.  But, it was a raid night and that comes first, so I logged on but no second tank meant that we couldn't raid.  Oh well :P

So I went to check out some of these new scenarios and polished them up and grabbed a few new achieves - more on that later in the week.  Heroic Scenarios are not TOO terrible - kinda like a heroic dungeon I suppose, in terms of difficulty at my current gear level - but I can't talk, because I died only once in the scenario, whereas my two companions died A LOT.  Probably because of  my bad tanking.  But do you NEED a tank in a scenario?  I was just tanking because that always helps me live longer and do some damage too.

Luxy was sad because she hadn't managed to nab any pets and so we took her on scenario breaks and warbringer breaks.  But she ended up with 2 new pets from friends so that at least cheered her up.

Now, I was supposed to be talking about The Longest Day achievement. Luxy said she did hers yesterday (it took her 7 hours but she was killing rares as she went), and when I told Ratshag I was trying it he told me he had heard it was buggy (and I had the buggy bit too - I didn't get the marked battlestone that's the reward for that achievement).  I was a little forewarned when I read that the Fable pets had gotten a bit harder.

One cool thing that's new with the Blizz standard is that all tamers are now marked on the map!  Pet dailies reset at 9pm. So I started mine late at night (umm.. midnight)  and figured I would pull a late night, and see how much I could do.  I spent 2.5 hours doing Kalimdor and Northrend, but I was a little distracted with trying to upgrade a couple of my commons and greens to blues as I flew around.

Work was easy today with really LOOOONG cases, so I had the opportunity to do my pet battles while at work.  Pandaria turned out to be the most time consuming.  I finished Pandaria about midday and that probably took about 3 hours.

Dos-Ryga was HARD.  Those damn heals!  But I was decided to switch to double darkness (dark whelpling and Lil' Deathwing) with a bat instead of single darkness with a moth and my anubisath idol and that seemed to go better for me.  Nitin was harder too, but I used my amethyst spider, kun-lai runt and flayer hatchling and it went down after only a few goes.  I'm not sure why on the last go Nitin didn't eat the dead pets I had, but maybe because they died so quick it was still on cooldown.  Nitin eating healed for a LOT, so my only suggestion is hit hard and die fast LOL.

Outland was quick, about 45 minutes, tops, with upgrade distractions.  I noticed that there are a few NEW rubbish things to get in bags!

I also got a pet leash, which you normally can buy from vendors as a vanity pet frill.

All up it took me about 6 hours, with distractions and work.  So it could probably be done in 5 hours.  I'm not sure it would be much faster if you were a mage - I did the circuit of Northrend, used the portal to go to Orgrimmar and did Kalimdor, used the portals in Org to go to Deepholm, Twilight Highlands and then Uldum, and hearthed from Uldum back to Pandaria.  If I wanted to do it quicker, I would have done Uldum in my Kalimdor Circuit, then gone Deepholm, Twilight Highlands then go the Dark Portal from Orgrimmar to do Lydia in Deadwind pass before going to Outland and then hearthing back to Pandaria to finish all those ones.  I was surprised there weren't more - I would have thought there were a lot of bi-faction Master Tamersin Eastern Kingdoms that could have been included in the Longest Day.

I got 2 new pets, as gifts!  Tyledres gave me a Tainted Waveling, and Cymre gave me Lil' Bad Wolf!

I spent a fair bit of time flying aimlessly around Northrend looking for an Unborn Val'kyr.  I noticed there were TomTom Way points on Wowhead, but I didn't use them, but Luxy encouraged me to do it so I put them on.  I don't understand this Val'kyr.  Mumper said that it had no specific spawn points and it does randomly spawn, but it seems like it randomly spawns in only certain parts of Northrend.  And the conditions... I think it's just random!  I've added it to NPCScan to see if that helps!  My other pet fanatic friends Luxy, Yuuna and Cym all have one, so fingers crossed I'll find one soon!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Luck with Zandalari Warbringers

I have been pretty lucky with Warbringer mounts!  I seem to see them a lot.

The first time I killed a Warbringer, I asked Souglyy to come along and told her she could get the mount, and wouldn't you know it, one dropped!  She won it and I felt pretty lucky, wow, a mount on my first kill!  I was with Lushnek at the time.

The second one I saw was a Amber one, and I rolled and won that one, and Lush and Luxy were with me.  The next one after that was a Jade, and Lush and I passed so Luxy could get it.  And just the other day, after Lushnek went to sleep and Luxy and I were with McTacky, a Slate one dropped which I was lucky enough to win on a roll.  And then TODAY, we decided to take Luxy to do something other than try and win pets, and we saw an Amber one, and we gave it to Lushnek, so that all 3 of us could have a different one each.

Unfortunately, I still do think the Jade one is the least attractive of the three.  It's odd, it's so bright on Souglyy's pic but more bluish when Luxy is on it.  Must be the lighting!

OK, that's a bit better!  I wish I had proper alts to send all that lovely rep to - I think Luxy and Lush have gotten 3 toons to exalted with all 4 factions already!  So which colour is your favourite?