If music be the food of war… Part 1.

I thought I would revisit this little beast, back in January 2016 I started this and haven’t really thought about it much since then as I had a house move and starting uni to contend with… But I will leave you with this and then I can see how much I need to cry with anguish about getting the rest of them!

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I’d collected the above as they were all the fairly straightforward ones to get hold of. I’d gotten to that point and then forgotten about it.
I was reminded of it again when Francis was on the phone while trying to complete the ‘Ghost’ one. Recalling that one, it did make me chuckle to be reminded of how I ran around the graveyard, went into the tunnels and tried every place I could think of to find him. Apart from killing myself and turning into a ghost so I could see him…

This has also meant that I have now resorted to my list.
Thankfully, I got given seven of these rolls for just starting the music box quest. Curse of the Worgen, Exodar, Gnomeregan, Ironforge, Night Song, Stormwind and Way of the Monk are all your ‘freebies’ to get you started.

The other easy ones were:
Shalandis Isle – Tiny box on a ledge opposite where Tyrande is standing. (Yes you have to get all the way up to Darnassus)
Magic – Loot a pouch hanging in a tree in Ashenvale
Mountains – (There’s a mountain theme as there are three that are inspired by massive rocks…) Loot the little pouch that’s on the window sill in a tower in Owls Thicket, Winterspring.
Song of Liu Lang – Get yo ass up to the Vale and into the Lorewalkers hang out. 80 gold later (and some time if you didn’t level through Pandaria as you need to be revered) and its yours.
Darkmoon Carousel – Tricky as you have to wait until its party time on Darkmoon Isle but once your there its just 90 tickets and sold by Chester.

Then I actually had to start doing stuff to get them (FFS… This is not how it’s supposed to work…)
Tinker Town – Oh. My. Christ. This cost two things, gold and minutes of my life. You know those little dirty things that the mobs drop? Remember that safe-haven in the middle of the dungeon  (If you only went to this Dungeon once while leveling you may have missed it) remember the crazy machines called sparkle-matics or whatever the hell it was? Combine the lump of crap with the machine and some of your hard earned gold and after a good million or so clears of the mobs later, you’ll get it! -_-

Next up was Cold Mountain. Seeing as I had just lost my sanity in Gnomeregan getting Tinker Town, I thought what better way to get my sanity back than a spot of fishing! In the Forlorn Cavern in Ironforge, you can have the bobber noise right up and start scrolling through imgur or some other time sink and then keep clicking when you hear the noise. You might even get lucky and get that huge fish!

Remington Brode, you strapping lad. All those hours of walking and the fresh country air of Grizzly Hills has made you… fucking difficult to find!
You get Totems of Grizzlemaw from him, once you have a nice little chat that leaves you wishing he was neutral so you could kill him and loot the bloody thing off him instead. He wanders the main path around the zone. So get on your flying mount, and follow them around until you find him.

Looking further down the list I was slowly thinking that I might need to give up.
Kill Illidan. Great. Tiny Tiny drop chance. yay, not.
Blackwing Descent. Woooo…
Sha of Fear. FML.

PvP in Stranglethorn… wow. I guess I am giving up now.

Pepe

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Ah Pepe, you fluffy little in game bird that has annoyed and delighted players in equal measures.

When he first came out I did take a passing glance at him and then shrugged off his existence. Completely forgetting about him until yesterday.
Why yesterday you ask? Well that would be the arrival date of the Pepe plushie in the photo above. However, he’s not mine. This little fuzzball belongs to Francis.

His arrival time was some ungodly hour of the morning and was a surprise due to the poor little chap being squeezed into a FedEx ‘medium’ box (with no air holes, the monsters!)

Once back at my own computer I logged in and went to his tree. There he was, sat there doing not a lot. I clicked on him but wasn’t close enough. I mounted up but even on the biggest mount I had I still couldn’t reach him. I flew up a little. I was now technically in reach but was greeted with the message ‘you are mounted’. I tried to land in the tree. That didn’t work and as a result of my efforts all I had managed to do is cause him to go away.
Being Pepe-less I went to Stormshield to collect my seals (I haven’t been near my computer for five days) and have a look at what goodies having a feathered friend would bag me.
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The bird whistle is the obvious item. If you like Pepe then you want him all the time! There was a lot to get through and I still had the whole ‘he flew the nest’ thing to contend with.
I was informed that if I went back into my Garrison it would reset him. So back I went, ran up to his tree to be confronted with an empty branch. I went out and back in my Garrison twice more, each time getting to the branch and seeing nothing. I tried the /tar Pepe and nothing happened, I tried it out on another npc milling around and it worked perfectly. At this point I conceded that Pepe was gone forever and I decided to look at wowhead to have a look at the bird whistle achiement in more detail due to the number of raid bosses you need to kill.

It was upon reaching the comments section I decided to read through them as there can be comedy gold in those posts, scrolling through comments about not having certain critter killing pets out, I then stumbled on this…
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Little feathery bastard had been hiding from me!
Lo and behold, there he was…
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He looks like Leatherface. Creepy little shit…
Anyway, I collected him and got the achiement for finding him in his scarecrow costume (wut?) and had his fat ass on my head as we went in to raid. Trash went a bit wrong and he decided that there was no reason to hang around with my corpse so he buggered off again.

I might be tempted to complete this, as he is kinda cute but the sheer effort needed now nothing is current is going to be horrendous. Unless I can convince the raid team to spam the old dungeons and raids while we have birds sitting on our heads it’s going to be a lfr job… Can I actually be that bothered? Possibly not!
Anyone wondering about what you need, boss wise, the list is below. Good luck!

Gug’rokk: The last boss in Bloodmaul Slag Mines

Teron’gor:The last boss in Auchindoun

Skulloc:The last boss in Iron Docks

Ner’zhul: The last boss in Shadowmoon Burial Grounds

Skylord Tovra: The last boss in Grimrail Depot

Yalnu: The last boss in The Everbloom

High Sage Viryx: The last boss in Skyreach

Warlord Zaela: The last boss in Upper Blackrock Spire

Brackenspore: Boss in Highmaul

Ko’ragh: Penultimate boss in Highmaul

Oregorger: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Hans’gar & Franzok: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Operator Thogar: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Beastlord Darmac: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Kargath Bladefist: First boss in Highmaul

Twin Ogron: Boss in Highmaul

The Butcher: Boss in Highmaul

Tectus: Boss in Highmaul

Imperator Mar’gok: Final boss in Highmaul

Blast Furnace: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

The Iron Maidens: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Kromog: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Gruul: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Flamebender Ka’graz: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Blackhand: Final boss in Blackrock Foundry

Drov the Ruiner: World boss in northern Gorgrond

Tarlna the Ageless: World boss in southern Gorgrond

Rukhmar: world boss in Spires

 

Lilouann needs a helping hand

After what could only be described as a disastrous night raiding it was decided that I need to gear up Lilouann so that we could have that magical third healer.
Looking at my gear it was a sorry sight.
As I don’t like healing dungeons I’d never bothered with proving grounds. I’d essentially found the right treasure loot or bought what I needed to bypass hc dungeons and go straight into lfr in Highmaul.

When I was talking to the guys about it, I confessed that I’d only ever attempted bronze at level 90 and that was it.

“I still need to start the legendary on this char…” I laughed.
“Oh my god” Francis whispered.
“Oooh” Rawls said.
“I’m going to boost you through the dungeon. Come on” Francis said decidedly.

We were off towards Skyreach for that stupid band thing. Ketod came along as well and we got two lowly players who as a happy accident were boosted as well.
One of them asked why it was a boost run.
“Slacking healer needs a ring” Francis replied
After the band was looted we Garrison hearthstoned.
“Now go do proving grounds”
“I can’t”
“What?”
“I tried and failed so I gave up on it and just geared myself for lfr” I replied, laughing.
“How do you expect to raid heal?” Rawls asked, unconvinced.

There was a flurry of whispers and finally Francis asked “shall we give it a go Ella?”
The giving it a go resulted in the two of us in a meeting room and one very confused recital of log in details.

Eventually, he was in. We rejoined the chat group and he had a bit of a mealtdown.
“Oh my god Ella! Your ui is going to give me seizures!”
“Why do you have run keybound to S?”
“What keys do you use to move?”
“Z and X, right?” Rawls interjected.
“I use the arrow keys to move. They’re just for strafing” I added
I tried to log into armory but ended up cutting him off.
“I got dc-ed. Did you try to log in again?”
“No I went on armory”
“Ok maybe don’t log into anything, you’re going to have to just sit there on ts”

Francis logged me back in and went to proving grounds and got through bronze.
“I just used tide on the last bit…”
“Where is ascendance?”
“Um somewhere between Q and P…” I said, not entirely convinced it was.
“I don’t even know what I’m doing”
“Ella do you have a flask?”
“I don’t think so… I might have a crystal of insanity…”
“Where’s that?”
“Press B and it’s in the top row”
“That’s the old one… hang on. I’ve found a flask”

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He started on silver. We all went quiet.
“Fuck sake I just tried to turn around and used wind shear instead…”
Ketod broke the silence to ask how it was going.
“Nearly there. Shuuusssh”

Shit was getting serious.

“I’m done. And I’m going to log off your account as I literally can’t look at your ui anymore”

Ketod asked me to log in again to give me some upgrades. I literally was yawning at everyone on ts and as it was 11:45 and I needed to be up at 6, I had to request they were mailed to me.

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Apparently I was logged out in proving grounds. I’m suprised I wasn’t left on top of some random tower in Theramore! Apparently my ui is so bad that he didn’t trust himself to not have a seizure getting over there!

Garona and Jeeves

I’d been so content having Walter that I didn’t really give the actual repairbots any thought.

When I bit the bullet and dropped herbalism for engineering I went around and collected plans but never really did anything with them.

Yesterday I finally handed in one of the last parts of the legendary questline after wandering around with Blackhands severed arm for about a week. I went off to find Kadgar and Garona hanging around outside the Horde camp. Kadgar was as casual as usual, standing there, not caring if he was spotted. Garona was hunkered down, waiting to go on a killing spree.
Picking up this quest I already knew it was going to be a headfuck. No real skill from you. All you had to be concerned about was if your computer could handle enough graphics to clearly show what way the mobs were facing. I’ll give you one guess about the state of graphics on mine…

Heading up with Garona, I could get to the pit with the Horde having some kind of rally but my computer decided that if a mob walked away too far from my char then it would fade into the distance so I never knew when it was walking back. Coupled with the other mobs that were roaming around the was a tiny split second to send Garona in and hope for the best.
Needless to say, it didn’t go well.

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After repeating this over and over and at one point watching a guide for so long that the mobs reappeared behind me. I cheated. I joined a random group and got into the first tower that way.
I then joined a second group to get up to where I was supposed to hide behind some barrels.
I got up there and had no idea where I was supposed to be hiding. So, I left the group and let them all come at me. Garona and I were dutifully ‘rescued’.
I went off again, this time trying to sneak around the back, Garona followed me around, enjoying looking at the Horde architecture. Knowing really that there wasn’t going to be a back door I crept back round to the front. There were no mobs.
I inched up to where I needed to go. Half expecting my computer to suddenly kick into gear and all the mobs appear instantly. I nestled myself into a corner and waited. Still no mobs.
I reloaded.
They all appeared.
Garona had vanished.
I could see the little shit down by Kadgar as I poked my head over a wall.

So all that was left was to pick them off one by one Hunter style.
As I inched along the wall of the upper section, coming from the tower opposite the path you’re supposed to take, I shot the mobs one by one. Pulling them over and silencing them before dispatching them quietly away from prying eyes. I had to kill four this way before I got to the crates and could see the cut scene of Deadeye turning into a weird dead looking Horde with spikes.
After the cut scene I was transported back down to Kadgar and Garona. Turning on the quests they disappeared and I was left looking at Hordies.
Thanks for that!

After completing that nightmare I was at a loose end. I’d got a couple of raid achievements that I needed a hand with but started looking at my professions.
I’d looked at making all the research I could to get all the glyphs and then thought about making all the Hunter glyphs but it was a headache having to flick between the inks tab, glyph tab and then the auction house and by that time I’d forgotten the seven herbs I could use to make the ink.
As mentioned before, my computer isn’t the quickest thing in the world so I can’t run wowhead and wow for long before my fps drops into single figures. It has meant I’ve turned to fashioning myself a paper form of my most used Wowhead pages using flashcards.
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After writing out all the inks I decided to take a look through my engineering. And my engineering button was right next to my inspiration on what to research making.
Walter was sat there with his little ‘2’ icon. It made me think about when I was last in a raid and the Horde were being very unfriendly and wouldn’t let us put a mount up. We had to coordinate repairbots so we wouldn’t have to go outside.
Scrolling down to Jeeves, I’d collected all the plans for the components to make it but never got any further.
I wrote everything down on a piece of scrap paper and then checked the auction house for bits.
Two hours later, which involved lots of calculations, smelting, farming and nearly being stuck in a Wintergrasp battle. I’d nearly got everything and I was 4k lighter in the gold department.
The last little bit I needed was King’s Amber.
Turns out there were npc’s who sold it for justice points or honor. Not anymore though.
Looking at my scribbled notes on the possibilities my options were; prospecting it from ore, farming Onyxia for her gem bag, getting a jewelcrafter to create an icy prism or finding an alchemist who can transmute it.
The idea of farming ore again was not something that made me jump for joy. However I’d have to go down that route for three options anyway. So I went to Onyxia. The gem bag dropped. Twice on two chars (it was late and I couldn’t be arsed taking the others over there) but both bags contained one solitary Dreadstone.
Now locked, I had to look up the other options. I had previously sold all of my gems so had nothing at all on me. For the prospecting and icy prism I’d need to farm a lot or spend a lot of gold. Transmuting seemed the only viable option. There was a snag though…
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So I would need to find at least one alchemist who was able to do it, if I was able to do it on my DK. Otherwise, I’d need to find two.
I went to the ah to find the lesser gems, Autumn’s Glow. Annoyingly there was King’s Amber for sale at 300g per gem. I’d spent far too much already so really wanted to reel in the throwing gold at the auction house. Glow was up for 9g each, bargain. Now all I needed was the Eternal Life to finish up the mats list.

When I was creating the Titansteel I had bought the mats I could (before I started wincing at the cost) and farmed the rest. I had a bunch of Eternal Earth, and I was hoping that I had found the recipe to transmute it to an Eternal Life. No such luck.
The recipe was available on the ah. For over 5k. No. No. No. No.
So I bought the Eternal Life and hopped onto my DK to double check if she had the transmute recipe and if she didn’t, then get it.
I went off to Dalaran. Going straight to the ‘retail zone’ looking for the Alchemy place. I ran around but just couldn’t see it. I had to ask a guard. “It’s the one with the doorway shaped like a giant flask, you can’t miss it!”
Well I did, so I can.
When I did find it, the bright blue bubbling doorway, I ran in to find who I was looking for and the conversation kinda went like this…
Alchemist: “I have a job you can do for me”
Me: “Oh yeah? What’s that?”
Alchemist: “Transmute me five amazing gems from some shitty ones and I’ll teach you how to make another one”
Me: “Errr. I don’t actually want to know how to make that gem so I’ll pass. So, do you sell anything?”
Alchemist: “Err no. Clearly I’m too intelligent to just ‘sell things’. Ask that wench behind the counter…”

So I asked her. And she must work in the most epically rubbish store in Dalaran as all she sold were empty bottles.
I did what any disgruntled shopper does, I just walked away.
I ran to the anvil to do my living steel cooldown and then had a flick through my other recipes.
Holy shit. I already knew how to make the gem.
But…
But it said cooldown resets daily…
It’s a shared cooldown with crappy living steel.
Enough fucking around. I walked into the auction house and bought the damn things. 440g although this time it was from the DK’s money pot so I didn’t feel too disheartened.
Mailing them over, and logging onto Zionxi, I finally made Jeeves. Being impatient lead to it costing me nearly 5k!
Best run a lot of old raids to get my bank balance back up to a level where I’m not having a mild panic attack every time I look at it.