Pre-Cataclysm Launch Quests: Prophecies of Doom

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If you’ve been around any of the capital cities in Azeroth lately, you’ll notice things have begun to change at a much faster pace. Not too long ago we saw mysterious devices around, a couple cultists here and there, and the beginning of a prophecy of doom by certain deranged folk. And heck, we even went into disguise to try to find out why these Doomsayers suddenly made their appearance. I have to admit, I found the the event then to be lacking in any urgency or real threat…but that seems to have changed now. The cultists are infiltrating Stormwind more fiercely, and are determined to carry out their evil plan. Worry and security have gone to another level! This time around, I found myself searching Stormwind Citizens, arresting Cultists, battling elements, and coming face to face with a Twilight Seeker on an obsidian dragon. Here are a few snapshots to capture these troubled times.

Citizens halted at the Stormwind Gate and searched for suspicious items.

Escorting the arrested infiltrators to the Stockade.
Another mention of a prophecy of doom…
Face to face with a Twilight Seeker after the tablets found by Brann Bronzebeard.
Hurrah! The tablets are safe!
The Throne of Elements in Nagrand shows the elements restless and disturbed. Thrall , on leave from Orgrimmar, searches for answers here.
Aggra refers to Thrall by his birthname, Go’el. I found this to be interesting wrap-up to their conversation…and it would seem that the time is indeed, fast approaching.
More to come as the event unfolds! In the meantime, listen to the wind my friends. They speak of change and danger…

The pre-Cataclysm Bucket List

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Last night I spontaneously decided that I would farm out the Hyacinth Macaw. It was an absurd and ridiculous endeavour, but I did it anyway. The bird’s pretty blue and purple wings had me under a spell. WarcraftPets warned me about the drop rate – a whopping 1 in 5,000 chance, but I paid no heed. I challenged the gods of probability and set off to Stranglethorn Vale filled with false confidence.

After three fruitless hours of farming, and heck, revered reputation with the entire Steamwheedle Cartel, reality set in and I think I realise why I avoided those statistics classes back in college. At some point, I couldn’t bear to kill another Swashbuckler or Deckhand and questioned why I was there. I mean, I’m not even a pet collector! It was time to take a good long look at my to-do list before cataclysm. Some call it the “bucket list”…which I suppose works since Azeroth will be hitting the bucket pretty soon. I realise it’s less than a month before the cataclysm hits, but better late than never! Here it is:

  • Complete the Loremaster Achievement: Check! This was a fun one but then I am sort of a questing geek. I even found a quest while farming the Bloodsail mobs – Cortello’s Riddle. There’s no escaping it.
  • Acquire Reins of the Raven Lord: Check! It took about a month of daily dedicated farming for this one. Special thanks to my pocket-tank warrior, for this =)
  • Complete the Druid Epic Swift Flight Questline: Check! I actually completed all the steps to this one before the Wrath expansion, but the simply didnt want to go through heroic Setthekk at that level. I picked it up soon after completing my Guardian of Cenarius title – and I’m glad I did since they did away with the class-specific quests.
  • Acquire Reins of the Winterspring Frostsaber: Incomplete. I love my ground mounts, and I particularly love sabers. I hope I will have the patience and perseverance for this, but farming Wintersaber reputation is just about the most tedious thing I can think of. The hardest part is constantly travelling to and from the quest-giver – literally traversing Winterspring in its entirety. Did I mention it’s the same quest over and over again? Siiigh. But the saber is so pretty.
  • Acquire Swift Zulian Tiger: Incomplete. Ha! Sorry…I couldn’t resist. =P Well the drop chance for this beauty is extremely low at a 0.8% from High Priest Thekal. I have been farming this quite consistently now but I might never see it drop. Infact, some argue its better to get the 100% guaranteed Wintersaber than the elusive Zulian Tiger. I say, get them both!
  • Acquire Feralheart Raiment: Check! A beautiful set to have although the questline really does test you. For information on the quests and tips, see my Feralheart Raiment post.
  • Acquire Cenarion Raiment: Incomplete. So close yet so far! I decided to get this set for roleplaying purposes as well as to have my one complete set from vanilla days. I have everything but the Cenarion Vestments. Oh Gods of Molten Core drops, please shine down upon me!
  • Acquire Hyacinth Macaw: Incomplete. Yes, I’ve decided it goes in here afterall. Granted I’m not a pet collector but that bird just looks so darn cool! The good news from WarcraftPets is that it will not disappear come Cataclysm…so there is still hope. In the meantime, I might take to farming the Auction House instead. =)
  • Complete the Classic Dungeon Master achievement: Incomplete. I’m only missing one at the moment for this: Ragefire Chasm. Well, now I know what to do if I ever have sleepless night….sneak into Orgrimmar when all the hordies are asleep!
Now off I go to collect some incense and flowers for the Gods of Molten Core Drops and the Zulian Tiger Gods.

Roleplaying Outfits: Kilts and Sarongs

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If there was ever a niche in outfits, I’d say Kilts and Sarongs would be it for my druidic side. I love robes and I still swoon over tier sets…but the sheer creativity in putting together a perfect outfit from seemingly unrelated parts is a whole different canvas. I suppose it began on my numerous trips to Zul’ Gurub – one of the most beautiful areas in the game. While my warrior partner in crime hoped for the Zulian Tiger mount among other things, I was starry eyed over the Bloodtinged Kilt and Will of Arlokk that we chanced upon. Days followed, and one bored evening I found myself in Shattrath browsing the vendors when it suddenly hit me that Justice points could now easily be used to buy some very cool looking kilts. Once I had a kilt, it was almost like solving a puzzle to find the perfect matching tunic and weapon. Do I sound obssessed yet? I should, for I began thinking about these while sipping coffee and writing my Kanji.

I’ve put together here a few of my favourite completed outfits. The sunny beaches of Stranglethorn Vale and the lush city of Zul’ Gurub serve as my photographic inspiration for this project.

 An outfit marked by a deep green with touches of red and brown. The chest is Shroud of Nature’s Harmony with matching Oakleaf-spun Handguards. The kilt is a northrend Giant-friend Kilt and requires revered reputation with Sons of Hodir. The weapon, Will of Arlokk, is from Zul’Gurub’s High Priestess Arlokk. In particular, the detail of the vest ranks this outfit as one of my favourites