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Basin to Drak

Again a night of questing and I am still loving it. Had a great time finishing up the Sholazar Basin quests, especially the ones that take you through the two factions. WoWHead has a great post about it on their blog, go read it. I then followed my plan and headed to Zul’Drak, stopping by Dalaran on the way.

Zul’Drak is a very cool zone too. Very different from almost any other I can think of in the game. Having a flying mount definitely helps in this zone. There are a bunch of little quest hubs, as usual, and lots of flight points, which is cool. The quest line that has you doing stuff for the “Death Knight” faction is awesome. You get to disguise yourself as a ghoul and do quests for the scourge.. There are some pretty cool game mechanics in there, mostly centered around “controlling” a mob to do something for you. (Very Scourge-like, eh?)

Ghoulme_112608_003544 So, anyway. I dinged 78 and picked up a new wasp in Sholazar..  In quests for the two factions, the Frenzyheart side has a quest to kill her. It’s the Sapphire Hive Queen! And she doesn’t shrink all that much when you tame her either. She just looks awesome. Of course, this is saving for instances/raids. Leveling is still just the ‘rilla! I had some trouble coming up with a name. Not that I couldn’t think of one though.  I tried “Queenie”, but it is reserved. I tried “QueenBee” (I know it isn’t a bee.. :P) but it was reserved.. Then.. I figured I might loosly follow the trend I started with my Rhino naming (see previous post for more information) and I named her “QueBee”… You like?

Drakuru_LK_112608_015047 So, I got very close to 79, but again, it got too late and I couldn’t finish it up. I think I am about 359k away from leveling.. So, it’s getting very close. I’m sure I’ll pick that up pretty quick tonight and then be on my way to getting the final level.. Maybe I’ll just stay up until I’m done! My plan is still to finish up the achievement for quests in Zul’Drak and then move onto Stormpeaks and finish off there.  Icecrown will wait until I am already 80 and I’ll do the quests there for the extra gold you get from being max level.

So, if I don’t blog again until next week, everyone in the US have a happy turkeyday and I’ll see you on the other side! (Don’t eat too much…).. OH! And Episode 24 of the Twisted Nether Blogcast is up! Go Listen!

The Basin is In

Much happened last night! I started out by doing the daily cooking quest and then hopped on the special flight from Dalaran to Sholazar Basin. There is a mage by the flight point that sends you there as part of a quest. The zone is really cool, very reminiscent of Un’goro but better. The jungle setting with all the animals is a skinner’s dream, btw.

I plowed through the quests there, enjoying the stacks and stacks of leather I got from just killing the mobs for the quests. Meat, leather, what’s not to love?  I also tamed a rhino there (since they were close to my level already) and named him … DanMa.. I won’t spoil why I named him that just yet.. Lets just say it has something to do with American Football.

DanMa_112508_002816 So…. Anyway.. There were lots of pretty awesome quest lines so far. I finished up the Nesingwary one and got the achievement for that. And also did one in the east section of the zone with the Avatar of Freya. That one ended pretty well too!

I’m now on the questline that ends with you picking a faction in the area, but I’ve just started, so I’ll have to let you know the outcome.  I finally logged out pretty late but still short of leveling to 78. I was about 114k or so away, but I just couldn’t continue. I’ll pick that up first thing tonight and then finish up the quest line in SB. Once I am done, I”ll probably move to Zul’Drak and then Stormpeaks as the final push to 80.  The rest of the quests/zones will be reserved for gold at level 80.

WoWScrnShot_112408_235854 Looks like we are going to start our Raiding cycle again on Jan 2. The plan is to run a 25-man Naxx.  We’re only doing guild runs of 25s. If other want to put together a 10-man run of something, that is fine too, but it won’t be an “official” event. Jan 2 gives us time to get enough of the right classes up to 80 (I’ll probably have at least 2 toons, if not more, up to that point by then) to head in with 25.

Anyway, that’s enough babbling for now.  Leave me a comment if you can figure out why I named my Rhino “DanMa”.. :P  I promise, it is pretty horrible… !!  

Lucky Number 77

I pushed it last night and finally hit the magical flying number.. 77 is mine! Fimlys hit 77 late last night and hearthed to Dalaran. Ponied up my gold and then promptly was dropped from the sky into the town due to no-fly restrictions.. WTF!?!? .. Oh well. 

Prior to reaching that lofty height (and .. low) he spent much of his time this weekend questing, questing and doing more quests… I have the quest achievement now for HF, DB and as of hitting 77, give or take a quest, GH.. I now have a decision on which zone to head to next. I was thinking SB, but I also hear that SP is pretty cool..

WoWScrnShot_112308_235910 More than likely I will stick with SB. I’m sure that Nesingwary has some kill 8,000 of this critter to get a cool gun quests… And I think I can skin everything I kill.. Woot! 

Also got a group together to run Drak’Tharon Keep (spelled right?) so I could get the quests I had for there done. Pretty nice quest line finishes up there with a bit of a twist. The other thought of mine was to move into Zul’Drak so I can get whatever quests there are for Gundrak. Gundrak was a pretty cool instance, I’d say personally (of course, I like all of the Northrend instances so far).

WoWScrnShot_112208_235643 I guess I’ll just have to give it a shot and see how it goes. I’m hoping to be 80 before the end of the week, but with Thanksgiving coming up (here in the US) and having family staying over for that, it eats into my play time a bit! Eh, I’m sure I’ll make it.. :) Then it is time for Fyra, right?

Later!

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