Next up, I hope I earn some sheepies. I’m enjoying actually unlocking new animals.
Devee here! There’s a lot happening lately, mon, and I wish I could be more places at once. (Yes, I’m a troll who can speak correctly!) First, Nana Mudclaw asked Farmer Yoon to take over her spot in the Tiller’s Union. Not having time for both, Farmer Yoon gifted his farm to me! As I had just harvested enough pink turnips to make Jogu the Drunk his Mad Brewer’s Breakfast, I wondered what to plant next. However, I began to receive work orders! I wonder why organizations never did this before I owned the farm? Regardless, I accepted work orders from the Shado-pan and the August Celestials because I’m still trying to prove myself to them.
Having proved myself valorous, dominating in Krasarang Wilds, and victorious in the Silvershard Mines and Temple of Kotmogu to Wrathion the previous week, I followed his next direction by slaying High Marshal Twinbraid in Lion’s Landing. With the help of my fellow champions of Carpe Flux Capacitor, I managed to slay him. Meeting with Wrathion again, he reminded Mooglegem and me that he had previously asked us what the soul of the Horde was. He wondered if it was an instrument of vengeance, showing us Garrosh, a refuge for those who need shelter, showing us Thrall, or an alliance of convenience, showing us Sylvanas. Well, it appears he has his answer. He told Mooglegem and me that it was us! Maybe he meant all heroes, but I’d like to believe he meant us specifically. You can see Mooglegem above with visions of the Horde leaders (exclusing Ji Firepaw, Master of Houjin). Some other Horde hero decided to get in the picture with Mooglegem, but oh well. He then gave each of us what we’re calling an Eye of the Black Prince, which allows us to fashion an additional gem to our sha-touched weapons or Armaments of the Thunder King, whatever those are.
We went upstairs to talk with Wrathion and his guest, Prince Anduin Wrynn of Stormwind. I was excited to see Sunwalker Dezco as well. Wrathion seems to be putting together quite the exclusive group, as I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Prince Anduin and Sunwalker Dezco before and am quite fond of them. I’m happy to learn that Prince Anduin is recovering after the tragedy at the hands of Warchief Hellscream. Wrathion feels he might be too soft to lead the Alliance, but I disagree. Prince Anduin would do what needs to be done.
Of course, almost every time I meet with Wrathion, he seems to have a task for us. He wants Mooglegem and me to travel to the Isle of Thunder and prove ourselves by fighting the mogu, Zandalari, saurok, and Alliance there. I found it very disrespectful that Wrathion would ask me to slay Alliance in the company of Prince Anduin, but Prince Anduin held his tongue. Wrathion also asked us to collect tablets with the history of the mogu from the Throne of Thunder.
We then spoke with Lorewalker Cho who told us a story called A Little Patience. Apparently it happened when war first broke in Krasarang Wilds. The Lorewalker told the story from the perspective of the Alliance, and it seemed so real that it felt like we were experiencing it. Varian and Tyrande disagreed about how to fight the Horde occupying the Temple of the Red Crane. Tyrande wanted to assault it directly, but Varian wanted to think more strategically and set traps, avoiding a direct fight. He sent heroes to help set up camps filled with traps. With that complete. he taunted the Horde forces, causing them to rush to fight. Most died in the traps. This allowed the heroes to kill the Kor’kron bodyguards and fight Commander Scargash, leader of the Horde forces at the Temple of the Red Crane. The Commander fell, and Varian proved to Tyrande that a little patience can indeed be valuable. It was interesting to hear things from the Alliance perspective, but I also found it odd that as a hero of the Horde, I didn’t know about our occupation of the Temple of the Red Crane. Sometimes I think that true Horde heroes have seen too much and that our Warchief likes to use lesser soldiers for tasks that heroes would question.
Mooglegem and I learned that the Shado-pan are leading an attack as the Shado-pan Assault on the mogu forces on the Isle of Thunder. Lor’themar is also on the Isle of Thunder leading the Sunreaver Onslaught. He informed me that Jaina Proudmoore and her forces, the Kirin Tor Offensive, are also on the island. Lor’themar said that Mooglegem and I “have served the Horde nobly across many campaigns,” and that he feels he “can take [us] into confidence.” I believe I can take you, readers, into confidence as well. Please don’t repeat this. He said, “Our Warchief’s campaign across Kalimdor and Pandaria is pulling the Horde apart at the seams. We are here to fight the Thunder King. Justice demands it, and Hellscream is too preoccupied at Domination Point to pay attention here. Bun, in defeating him, we must seek out the source of his great power. We must claim it for ourselves, as leverage against our ‘Warchief.’ In the event of an uprising, we must be prepared.” He took a break from his speech here to shoot down an approaching flying dinosaur of some sort. It was an impressive show of archery skills considering he has only one eye.
We ventured to the island itself and found three bases of sorts. There are a multitude of dangerous enemies here – the mogu, the Zandalari, the saurok, and the Alliance. The Alliance seems to be the most dangerous of the four. It’s too bad we can’t work together. There’s much more work to be done. I want to continue securing the Isle of Thunder, assault the Throne of Thunder, and explore the mysterious Isle of Giants. There’s only so much two heroes like Mooglegem and me can do, but I look forward to a future in which we can eliminate the threats to our life and happiness. I just worry that one of those threats is our own Warchief.
Getting started with reputation at level 90, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 10/16/12.
As someone who isn’t 90 yet, I found this very reassuring and informative.
Guild Wars 2 writer laments racial lopsidedness, Justin Olivette, Massively, 10/16/12.
Humans are the most common GW2 race followed by norn (big humans). This makes me really sad, because some of the races are pretty interesting. I can’t believe more people don’t want to be charr or sylvari!
Questgiver PSA, Typhoon Andrew, TyphoonAndrew’s – Eye of the Storm, 10/12/12.
Please, everybody give this quick post a read!
Endgame PvE in The Old Republic, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 10/14/12.
An interesting evaluation of TOR’s endgame with comparison to WoW’s.
Heroic Dungeon Bosses in 5 seconds, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 10/16/12.
These guides are always fantastic.
#129 The depressing Tone of Mists’ Dungeons, Spencer Nozell, Be MOP, 10/12/12.
Do the player characters in Mists’ dungeons lose? It’s an interesting idea.
Make your pet battles look like Pokemon with WoWkemon, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 10/15/12.
Who doesn’t want pet battles to look like Pokemon?!
This is a very, VERY fast mount, Dawn Moore, WoW Insider, 10/15/12.
Super fast, limited-use, and nearly uncontrollable? Sign me up!
Darkmoon Faire updates in store for patch 5.1, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 10/13/12.
5.1 brings the DMF a new attraction that gives an XP and rep buff, a master pet trainer who has a chance of awarding a pet when defeated, and a new pet for 90 tickets. And I was so close to not needing tickets!
World of Warcraft Patch 5.1 PTR Patch Notes, Adam Holisky, WoW Insider, 10/11/12.
Speaking of the 5.1 patch, here are the notes on the patch. The naval fleets are coming, and with them come outdoor PVP in Krasarang Wilds. In addition, there will be solo PVE underground fighting rings in Stormwind and Orgimmar and the ability to upgrade the quality of battle pets.
Lost and lonely dog seeks warm and loving home (on your farm), Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 10/10/12.
I want a dog!
PvP sound announcements in patch 5.1, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 10/17/12.
“The gate of the yellow moon was destroyed.” Useful or annoying? I’m not sure yet.
Diablo III Monster Power System Detailed, Andrew Goldfarb, IGN, 10/11/12.
The Monster Power System allows players to increase the power of monsters in order to increase some stats and drops.
Soulbound: A World of Warcraft-themed wedding, Lisa Poisso, WoW Insider, 9/6/12.
That’s a pretty cute (and cool) wedding!
Single-serving Friends, Chris Pearson, Confessions of a Grown-up Gamer, 9/12/12.
Chris uses Chuck Palahniuk’s idea from Fight Club that people you talk to on planes are single-serving friends to describe people he meets using the LFR and LFD tool and describes why he likes it that way.
Know Your Lore, Tin Foil Hat: All according to plan, Matthew Rossi, WoW Insider, 9/12/12.
What if everything is going according to Deathwing’s plan? What if he intends Wrathion to be his untainted and unchained revenge?
Know Your Lore: Of Elune, naaru, and night elves, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 9/9/12.
Speculation about the relationship between Elune and the naaru.
Blizzard may be hiding information in your screenshots, but it can’t hurt you, Adam Holisky, WoW Insider, 9/11/12.
Screenshots appear to contain some sort of watermark containing data. Allegedly the data includes the server IP, account number (not e-mail or account name), and a date/time stamp. Perhaps this is to target private servers or stop exploits?
Mists of Pandaria beta: Who needs Frostmourne when you’ve got Lobstmourne?, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 9/11/12.
After completing a fun, continent-spanning quest series, you too can earn Lobstmourne, the coolest fist weapon ever.
The Tillers – Exalted, Cymre, Bubbles of Mischief, 9/9/12.
Look how cute those rewards are! I can’t wait to have a farm.
Alternate Transmog Idea, TyphoonAndrew, TyphoonAndrew’s – Eye of the Storm, 9/7/12.
TyphoonAndrew wants to be able to switch transmog sets from a menu (like the titles system). I want this too!
Gathering no longer needs tools, Robin Torres, WoW Insider, 9/11/12.
The title gives you a good idea. Tools now give +10 to that skill, and there’s a tool for herbalism too!
Fishing no longer requires poles, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 9/7/12.
I’ve been a bit late getting this out, so there’s more than usual.
Theramore Tourist Information Guide, Bravetank, 7/26/12.
This hilarious tourist information guide for Theramore will explain why it’s a great place to vacation and totally safe.
The Hidden Sting of a Personal Spaceship, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 7/18/12.
Rohan explains how personal spaceships sound cool and work well while leveling; At endgame when players are traveling often, they just slow players with a abundance of loading screens.
Operations in The Old Republic, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 7/29/12.
A nice stroll through “operations,” which are to TOR what raids are to WoW.
‘Guild Wars 2’ and the death rattle of the subscription game, Emily Gera, Polygon, 8/1/12.
Polygon interviews ArenaNet’s Chris Lye about subscriptionless MMOs and Guild Wars 2.
The Old Republic Goes Free-To-Play, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 7/31/12.
When TOR goes free-to-play, leveling and questing will be unrestricted. Flashpoints and warzones will be limited per week, and operations will only be for subscribers. Rohan’s going to continue playing through class stories but will turn to Mists of Pandaria for a raiding fix.
FarnVille in World of Warcraft? WoW Insider’s first look at The Tillers, Dawn Moore, WoW Insider, 7/30/12.
Dawn examines The Tillers, the new faction responsible for your personal farm. I’m excited.
The OverAchiever: FAQ on pet battles and early achievements, Allison Robert, WoW Insider, 8/2/12.
You might want to check this out before jumping into pet battles.
Tactical Graveyard Control at Arathi Basin Nodes, Cynwise, Cynwise’s Warcraft Manual, 7/19/12.
If you want to perform well in Arathi Basin, you have to control graveyards. Cyn’s articles are always wonderfully informative.
Resurrection Vectors in Strand of the Ancients and the Problem of South Graveyard, Cynwise, Cynwise’s Warcraft Manual, 7/25/12.
This is a lot like the previous entry I mentioned except that it’s about one the worst battlegrounds rather than one of the best (my opinions).
New Mists of Pandaria Battlegrounds: Silvershard Mine, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 7/31/12.
If you’re as excited about this new battleground as I am, check out this guide.
WoW Archivist: Strat 45 — the original challenge mode, Scott Andrews, WoW Insider, 7/27/12.
A nice look at Strat 45 (especially for those who didn’t run it when it was current).
Lonesome George immortalized in Mists of Pandaria, Robin Torres, WoW Insider, 7/26/12.
When the turtle Lonesome George died, so did his sub-species. In his memory, he’s been added to WoW as Lon’li Guju.
Mists of Pandaria raids will have staggered release, none available at launch, Dawn Moore, WoW Insider, 8/1/12.
The first raid of the tier will release one week after Mists launches, and the final two of the tier will release four weeks later. I think this is a good change that puts people on more equal footing. (Of course, I’m too slow to be helped by this.)
Mists of Pandaria Beta: Druids get new default travel form, Matthew Rossi, WoW Insider, 7/20/12.
This news is a couple weeks old now, but I love the new stag travel form!