Hidden ferals

Yeah secretly I am feral 🙂

I have – for months – ported into the “Dreamwalk” and wondered what the heck I was seeing with the emote of hearing something from the other portals. I remember asking in guild what they were for and Nelly (as always) with the wealth of knowledge advised it was for the hidden artifact appearance.

That was a long while ago and I had only managed to find two stones in the months since that conversation.

I dreamwalked the other day and finally got the third one – in the Hinterlands. It took me close to 50 minutes to find the stone with the little paw print on it. I eventually had to get the co-ordinates and add them to my Handy notes to search for them; I was flying around in circles for what felt like an eternity. It was ridiculous. It was the third handy note I added to the map of the 15 I added.

Once you find the third stone you head back to the dreamwalk and find the following guy just chilling.

You walk up to him and he doesn’t do anything, turns out you need to sit down in front of him, then he gives you the item and walks off. I walked with him for a but but he just faded away. You end up basically looking like him when you use the item – i think it is a gorgeous skin.

But of course that wasn’t good enough for me – surely there has to be another awesome colour, I headed to my tree and would you believe it!! (I certainly didn’t!) There is a purple kitty as well!!! The hidden one has some lovely colour variants but there are so many gorgoies looking kitties, I wish I had checked sooner to be honest 🙂

Squeeeee!!! Purples all around!!

I am now a purple bear and a purple kitty!  Although whilst researching for this post I found a kitty in the same spectral purple as the bear!! That is hot! It requires the mage tower challenge….I have pretty ok gear now – maybe I can complete them 🙂

Someone pinch me…hard…

Or gentle…either way I can’t believe this at all. I had simply put this into the pile of things I might get done eventually but was giving up on actually believing it would happen.

Craig messaged me a couple of days ago trying to convince me to come on a run and get myself carried for the timed 15.

I am not usually a huge fan of being carried – it feels like I cheapen the experience. I thought I would be DPS as they were trying to get someone called Scud to tank. Also a bear. Apparently epic. Anyway because I tanked instead (Scud didn’t respond) and contributed to the actual completion of the mythic, I have shifted posts around because I am too excited to not post sooner! I was part of the group rather than just a carry! Boo-ya!

Craig pulled a group together which consisted of Lauralin (my little purple battle pet), Angeleus and Confliction from his guild on Dath. Someone had a level 16 Upper Kara key so of course that sounded like the perfect plan…for some people. I think Upper might be easier than lower but honestly so hard to tell when the DPS in the group steals aggro within half a second, especially with skittish affix. It was so damn difficult. I have never used my taunt on CD as part of my rotation before – it was so hard – even with a head start…<shame>

I actually wasn’t sure were going to make it just because when you watch the timer tick down and it builds the pressure. I am not kidding – I stood up after we finished and I had sweat pouring down my back – I was so excited and nervous. I think we only had 8 deaths in total. Pretty sure that makes a fair difference to our usual 30 – 40 on level 13-14 mythics 🙂

The guys were pretty funny and the language…yeah a little more over the top than my guild but I was laughing my butt off. I like being able to just fuck around on voice when doing runs – but I have a feeling not everyone appreciates it. Although we didn’t pull out the C word (which I was fully expecting based on what Craig has told me).

Thanks to the guys above – you were fantastic and thank you for putting up with my lower tanking skill/gear. The tears in my eyes were legitimately forming out of appreciation.

So many people were involved in me being able to get this purple bear, I had tears in my eyes I was so happy! Thanks to everyone involved prior to this latest part – Drew, Michael, Ben, Oui, Nelly, Fred, Simon, Craig, Aaron, Lana and Nathan and the rest of the guild for all the mythics, raiding and gear upgrades.

You guys are the absolute team and I appreciate it so much.

I feel pretty happy knowing I tanked a level 16 mythic, definitely wasn’t expecting to be able to get through it especially with the affixes. I know I have tanked all of Heroic Antorus so I should feel more capable but you know I am self conscious.

and the balance of power continues

Forever…..and ever….it feels like the longest, longest quest line to want to complete. Seriously killing my patience, but with the release of BfA dates now I have to get it done. It is like a need in me.

I have been doing a quest or to per day depending on what is required which I don’t think is soo bad.

I collected a piece and then they tried to combine it and then nearly killed me!! I mean seriously, who puts these people in positions of power?!?!

I loved the above section – just look at the artwork.  Just LOOK!!  Goddamn it Blizzard you guys are amazing.  Adding this to my header section as well because it is just stunning.

After this I am told I have to go and kill some animals spread all over the Broken isles. Then get a plate to serve all the food on for Odyn to then make you fight his entire dungeon…I mean the dude is huge, he could have taken 4 steps and put me out of my misery immediately.

He finally gives me all the power!!

and I go on my merry way.  To…The Nighthold.  Kudos to Ben, Oui and Nelly for doing the baby mythics I needed to get to this stage.  I figure the next part is going to hurt as I need raid bosses which is why I have been pushing to get to it as quickly as possible.

Everyone decided to give The Nighthold a try with me, which I was ecstatic about! We weren’t sure how far we would actually get through with the 4 of us, but as luck would have it, Fred jumped online and he didn’t respond to Nelly’s question of coming with us, so I just ninja invited him and woo!  he accepted 😀

We burnt through 5 bosses and I got 2 Nightshards. But the 5 bosses were pretty easy really.  We still needed to know some of the start involved and had I done this without Nelly and Fred I would have been dead soo quickly. They were giving me all the information!

I particularly like this achievement from killing Trillax.

It is nice to know Nighthold can be done with a 5 man group, and I suggested if people were free we maybe look at continuing tomorrow night before shut down.  So we shall see how that goes.  Fred also made comment about doing an alt run for all the old raids – can’t say I would complain at the moment.  Especially if doing Nighthold 🙂  I am being so selfish!  ahaah

Of course the part fo the night was calling Nelly a playboy bunny….but tell me it isn’t accurate? REOW!

Balance of Power…..ongoing

As part of the quest chain to get reputation with the Nightfallen, I was required to do a couple of heroics (Acway and CoS). So whilst we were waiting for Oui to come home and do some mythics, I convinced Ben and Drew to run me through the heroics. I figured we would smash them out very quickly and I could then continue with the hell called Suramar.  At last check before the heroics I was 7000/12000 through honoured wondering if I really did need this glowy bear butt.

However we went to CoS, and I tried to smash through the  mobs we needed so that should we get it on mythic + again we have a better idea – especially as i failed last time.

At the end of the heroic as the last boss died…my toon had a green flash and I was very confused.

I got revered!!  YES!!!  So I headed straight back to Suramar and got the stupid scroll needed and then grabbed the next part of the quest chain. Drew says, “Don’t you want to do the other heroics as well for rep?”I say, “No fucking way!!  I got what I needed!!” LOL.  I was already annoyed with Suramar for the day as I wasn’t able to hand in the quests I completed because I had to farm more ancient mana to feed the addicts.  I was empty from having completed the Leylines the day before.  I hate this place – have I mentioned that?

Thus begins part 10/21 which is running 3 mythics and getting items from them.

Definitely 2 of the worst.

Thankfully no keys needed just mythic level.  By this time Oui was home so we pulled him into the group and then tried to find a fifth. Metafor (Aaron) jumped in with us. Given this list of quests has my 2 most hated mythics we decided to start with Vault of Wardens, and you know….again, it wasn’t that bad. Ben seemed to know where to move with the light on the last boss and that made it so much easier.   We even did the world quest which was the owl puzzle Start up sequence.

I have avoided it so much that I even managed to get the achievements!

I feel so proud of myself…lol….I got Ahead of the Curve before I went into VoW!

We headed to the Arcway after that to get another one completed and managed to get 2 achievements as well.  I wonder if I should investigate the Dungeon achievement and see how many I have on my druid…given the amount of mythics we have been running lately.

It was pretty funny in the Arcway, as the last boss ports us back, Ben says he knows the way so I follow him Aaron says, “Are you sure?” whilst running in a different direction, with affirmative responses I continue to follow Ben who then not 3 seconds later says… “Actually I am not sure! Turn around!!”   hahahaahh   I couldn’t stop laughing.  The scapegoat being the map which doesn’t show a door but an open corridor.

I would have liked to have completed the CoS as well but Oui was keen to actually do a keyed and I had managed to score a NL+9, so we headed off to do that as Drew was sure he could handle it.  Turns out the weeks affixes are buggers.  Bursting and Skittish.  We smashed through that without too much issue, occasionally I would forget about the DoT and pull extra stuff and Drew would huff and me..lol….I heard it through my headphones or there would be the low level “noooo”..oops.

I actually didn’t even check what my key upgraded to, so will need to check that out today, maybe we can get a few more mythics down over the easter weekend. I am glad to have gotten through the Suramar questline though. I am just a little closer now to my goal.  Thanks to everyone.

Balance of Power

The pain in my bear butt.

Introduction
This quest is part of a comment-size guide for “Balance of Power.” questline (the last quest…finally). Quests are pretty much self-explanatory and all it takes is some time and good will to complete them. Completing this questline rewards Artifact Appearance (Appearance 3, Tint 1).


Part 1
Image of Kalec appears in your Order Hall and gives you the following quest:
The Power Within (Meet Archmage Kalec at Azurewing Repose in Azsuna.)
Reasons behind appearance of Archmage Kalec in your Class Order Hall are not yet completely understood but most people noticed him few days after they completed their Class Campaign.


Part 2
From there you take a next quest from Senegos:
The Heart of Zin-Azshari (Retrieve the Heart of Zin-Azshari and defeat the Wrath of Azshara in the Eye of Azshara on Mythic difficulty.)


Part 3
After completing the previous quests you receive a few new quests (exactly 3: two from Senegos and one from Archmage Kalec).
Senegos:
[1]A Vainglorious Past (Obtain a Vainglorious Draught from Veridis Fallon.)
– You can purchase Vainglorious Draught from Veridis Fallon in Crumbled Palace [46.9 , 41.4] in Azsuna for 150g (Requirement: Court of Farondis – Honored).

[2]Fallen Power (Recover a Corrupted Essence from Oakheart and defeat the Shade of Xavius in Darkheart Thicket on Mythic difficulty.)

Archmage Kalec:
[3]Tempering Darkness (Obtain 30 Blood of Sargeras.)
Should not be a problem since by the time you get that quest and if you did not spend any Blood of Sargeras you should have some stacked up simply by completing Dungeons and World Quests.


Part 4
Archmage Kalec:
Lucid Strength (Absorb the power from the Corrupted Essence using the Heart of Zin-Azshari.)
Right next to you.


Part 5
Senegos:
The Wisdom of Patience (Await the opening of The Emerald Nightmare, then report back to Senegos in Azsuna.)


Part 6
Archmage Kalec:
[1]In Nightmares (Obtain a Deathglare Iris and the Horn of the Nightmare Lord from The Emerald Nightmare.) NOTE: NOT doable with LFR. It has to be Normal difficulty or higher. In order to complete this quest you need to kill 2 bosses: Il’gynoth and Xavius and loot mentioned quest items.

Senegos:
[2]Essence of Power (Collect 30 Corrupted Essence from The Emerald Nightmare.) This quest gave me a weird WoD and Khadgar flashback. NOT doable with LFR. Only Normal or higher difficulty. Essences do not have a 100% drop rate and bosses can drop 1-2 3 Corrupted Essences at the time.


Part 7
Senegos:
Essential Consumption (Absorb the combined power of the Corrupted Essences using the Heart of Zin-Azshari.)
Right next to you.


Part 8
Archmage Kalec:
Repaid Debt (Meet Archmage Kalec in the Shal’Aran in Suramar.)


Part 9
Thalrenus Rivertree:
Lost Knowledge (Obtain the Scroll of Elun’dris from First Arcanist Thalyssra.)
– Costs 120g. Requirement: The Nightfallen – Revered).


Part 10
Thalrenus Rivertree:
[1]Borrowing Without Asking (Recover a Containment Crystal from the Vault of the Wardens on Mythic difficulty.)

Syrana Starweaver:
[2]Rite of the Captain (Take Advisor Vandros’ Eon Winder from The Arcway on Mythic difficulty.)

Lothrius Mooncaller:
[3]Literary Perfection (Find Lothrius’ first edition copy of “Wards, Sigils, and the Nightborne Way” in the Court of Stars on Mythic difficulty.)


Part 11
Syrana Starweaver:
Twisted Power (Use a Greater Portal Stone to summon Vizuul the Twisted at the Altar of End Times in Faronaar and collect his runebindings.)


Part 12
Syrana Starweaver:
A True Test (Absorb the power from the Twisted Runebindings using the Heart of Zin-Azshari.)
Right next to you.


Part 13
Archmage Kalec:
Seeking the Valkyra (Seek out Ashildir at the Vault of Eyir in Stormheim.)


Part 14
Ashildir:
The Mark (Prove your worth to the Valarjar, then receive the Mark of the Valkyra from Eyir.)


Part 15
Ashildir:
Retrieving the Svalnguard (Retrieve the Svalnguard and defeat Helya in the Maw of Souls on Mythic difficulty.)


Part 16
Ashildir:
[1]A Feast Fit for Odyn (Acquire flank meat from Thunderhoof in Stormheim, Spinesever’s spine in Highmountain, and a steak from Leytusk in Azsuna.)

[2]Presentation is Key (Retrieve 4 Adamantium Casing Scraps and defeat Dargrul the Underking in Neltharion’s Lair on Mythic difficulty.)


Part 17
Ashildir:
Odyn’s Blessing (Obtain Odyn’s blessing in the Halls of Valor on Heroic or Mythic difficulty.)
– Use Grand Feast of Valhallas when you enter the dungeon – at the start. You can enter the dungeon alone, put the feast down, get out and then get a group to defeat Odyn and get his blessing. After you defeat him wait for him to finish his speech (RP) and then you can collect his blessing on the loot chest.


Part 18
Archmage Kalec:
Planning the Assault (Await the opening of the Nighthold, then meet Archmage Kalec in Shal’Aran.)


Part 19
Archmage Kalec:
[1]Into the Nighthold (Collect 20 Nightshards from the Nighthold on Normal difficulty or higher.)
– Try and complete this quest without killing Gul’dan because if you kill him before acquiring The Nighthold: Darkness Calls quest in Part 20 he won’t drop quest item for you this week and you’ll need to wait for a next reset to complete The Nighthold: Darkness Calls quest in Part 20.

Thalrenus Rivertree:
[2]The Nighthold: Delusions of Grandeur (Collect the core of Trilliax and Grand Magistrix Elisande’s Millennia Tome in the Nighthold on Normal difficulty or higher.)


Part 20
Archmage Kalec:
The Nighthold: Darkness Calls (Bring one Gul’dan’s eyes to Archmage Kalec on Normal difficulty or higher.)


Part 21
Archmage Kalec:
Balance of Power (Absorb the combined power of the Nightshards and the Eye of Gul’dan using the Heart of Zin-Azshari at the Lunar Crucible.)

This is the entire quest chain I have to complete to get my glowly bear appearance Balance of Power.  I am up to ….part 9. OF TWENTY ONE PARTS!!  Part 9. Which on its own is tolerable.  Unless, like me, you hated Suramar so much you avoided it so thoroughly that you don’t even have your mask.    I am now stuck on part 9 completing the stupid questline to get Revered with the Nightfallen.  I am hating every minute of it.  I was annoyed that I needed to even do the first part on my pally to get her class mount to buy the stupid gem.

I cannot express my hatred for this place.  If any other achievements on my toons need this place they can stay incomplete unless they are super compelling…ie…mounts/pets/titles.

My hatred refers to the questing. The need for ancient mana farming, the need to always be on the lookout for being busted out of your disguise and the constant back and forth to Meredil after 2 quests. The city itself is gorgeous and the artwork is magical – no complaints whatsoever about the look and feel.

I do adore the change to the druid forms when under the mask. Cat form is my favourite!

The owl is pretty nice as well.

I just completed the Leyline Bling achievement last night which is barely through the zone quests and shows me at about 5000/12000.

I am running around in feral doing the quests just because it is faster to kill things (though my bear isn’t that bad!).  I am going to have to pick Lana’s brain soon about a easy/fast “rotation” instead of just smooshing buttons when they light up and hoping for things to die.  I am not wanting top DPS here, just gimme 5 buttons I can smoosh and rip people’s faces off.

So…my balance of power is all to get this appearance.  The pain and hatred is all to have this purple glowly bear butt!  If i lose it after legion I swear to all the aspects of the dragons I will rage like Ursoc.

I have to complete Balance of Power AND a level 15 mythic – which my group wants anyway.  To do the level 15 mythic we need our DPS to have better gear (Ben/Drew switched toons on us for and haven’t managed to spend time getting the gear.  Oui changed as well but he came to a normal run and went up like 40 ilevels or something stupid). I think Tank wise I am ok and Michael is fantastic for healing. I think we can do a 15, we just need to focus on gear and making sure we have maximum DPS output to do it.   I want to get it done before the xpac ends – even more so now.

So I continue with the quest line which requires 8 mythic dungeons throughout and some raids in Normal mode.  <tired sigh> I am never going to finish this.   All help is appreciated!

Hidden frost artifact

I logged onto my mage tonight to do my missions and noticed the emote telling me my portals were wanting to send me to Frostfire ridge.  It is a random thing you just have to wait for and I was surprised I got it only about 3 days after having my portals active.

This is likely the most simple one of the hidden artifacts to get.  Select class hall upgrade for portals, wait for them to do the emote, walk though and speak to a huge fire mob who hands you the Everburning Crystal.

When you use it – voila!  It is literally as simple as that. Compared to some of the pally ones I have had to do!

Such an awesome looking hidden weapon.  I am going to stick with frost for a while especially after getting this appearance unlocked.

So I jumped back to my missions, and managed to get another couple of token to raise my reputation for Valajar.

What this means…is that I need one more reputation.  Just one more and I will be at 70. I am not far off on a couple of them and will see if I can’t get a few more to exalted before the new xpac comes out.

I am devastated as to the loss of wow juju reputation calculator, I wish I as good enough to recreate the site. Or someone. Not me 🙂

Finally ending stories

For the longest time since returning to WoW and collecting the pillars of creation I had wondered how to get the last one. The elusive Eye of Amun’thul. I desperately wanted to close off the story and having so many quests in my log I honestly could not work which lead where, so whilst down with a headcold I decided to try and close off the raid quests in my log and run some LFR’s.

I got through so many raids and received exactly zero gear for my mage.  Not one item. Bah humbug.

Anyway I discovered after killing Guldan,  Khadgar makes you carry the thing back to Dalaran with him! How easy is that?  Seriously. It was one boss fight away from me.

I was so happy to have finally completed that story line!  It was bugging me.  Of course after he places the eyes in the Dalaran dungeon, you head back to Suramar and have chat to Occuleth – because nothing every really ends when you think it does in WoW.  I wish I had completed that story before doing the allied races as it perhaps would have made a little more sense.

Either way, you get another mount – The Arcanist’s Manasaber!!

It flies and has gorgeous purple wings and cute little hanging feet. Adorable.  Honestly the entire thing took me maybe 10 minutes from start to finish outside of the Gul’dan killing part, really could have done that much sooner if I had any clue.

After completing that I was also finally, FINALLY, able to complete something that has been irritating me for a while due to the RNG nature of WOW. Yup Defender of the Broken Isles!

It has been one of those things that every single time I see an assault it is one of the others.  This achievement has been sitting like this for a long time.  I am so glad I logged in this morning with a foggy head to see if it was up.

After a short scenario in which I got completely lost and separated from my party because I stupidly didn’t see the stairs to the tower on the left, I finally got this one done.  I was happy to see Cenarious grant me his antler, I am sure he can regen one pretty easily.  My only really beef is that it doesn’t grant us a title.  Blizzard seems reticent to hand out titles anymore but I loved them, it gave my character just a little something different and we should be commemorated for saving the Broken Isles from the legion.

Both these achievements have been in the back of my mind and now they are done, I feel so much happier.  Now if i could just get through the quests for my professions (although I have a feeling they actually never end) because they take up so much room in my quest log.  Both Alchemy and Tailoring give me 3 – 4 quests at a time and they involve a mix of heroic/mythic stuff.  It is just messy.  The quest log should 2 things – a number so you can tell how many quests you actually have – I am sure it used to (?) and it should let you sort by dungeon/raid quests so you can see how many you have in say MoS without having to click through each quest.

Either pretty happy with those two massive plot lines completed. YAY! <happy dance>

 

Fluff about Friday

Quick update on some of my achievements in WoW since I have been overseas.  Yes I have been playing as I managed to get sick and haven’t really been keen to go outside in the humidity feeling like I do!

But, I did manage to get my noble bunny the day before it stopped.  I could have sworn they increased the eggs again this year as I had not trouble at all in razor hill doing laps with a few other people and always finding eggs.

I also managed to finally get enough AP to complete my weapon, and only today have I managed to actually collect enough to select all ranks.  Not sure what I do now, do I just keep any further AP tokens for when I change weapons or do I change anyway so I can complete them <shrug> something to consider anyway.

I have also completed 2 Fel assaults now, one in Stormheim and one in Highmountain.  I hadn’t realised I needed to so scenarios etc and I was wondering why I was not completing them in the achievement.  Now I know. I only have 2 wait for 2 more to pop up.

I did Highmountain this morning.

Overall quite enjoyable and I hope to get the others completed soon.  I am still working on our flying achievements and if we have time we might get the Suramar stuff done this weekend with any luck. It will put us one step closer to getting there. I think we will only need the armies of legion rep to get it.

But just a quick update as you can see – I haven’t really been doing much, no world quests and barely anything useful really, but I am an addict and do miss the game.

Felo’melorn.

I commented about 2 days ago to Lominari that I really wanted the hidden artifact appearance for my weapon but that it required a drop from mobs in Suramar or Nighthold.  My luck with world drops is pretty spotty at best so I resigned myself to the fact it would never happen.  So when I went to my class hall I changed my weapon to the lovely pink option as I felt it was appropriate given we were going to be running around in Suramar for the questline for flying.  We were catching Lominari up on a chest chain that I had already completed and in do so got attacked by a huge amount of mobs, he said to just let ourselves die – I chose to fight because I am like that – we ended up managing to kill them all!  Woo!

I am so glad we did.

I nearly fell off my chair. I stared at it blankly for a few seconds – it was probably really only 10 seconds but it felt more like ha minute until the realisation of what I was seeing dawned on me.

I screamed. Yup, screamed “OH MY GOD!!!!! I cannot believe it!!  I got it – Lominari it just goddamn dropped!” He was all..”huh? what are you talking about!  IN my excitement to explain what it looked like or was I think I may have said a string of nonsensical words in an attempt to form a sentence.

This was also after having just a few hours earlier managing to complete the knowledge levels and spending time trying to work out how you know what level you needed to get to or how many more notes were needed.

Of course this spanking new artifact skin needed a new transmog and since I have always loved the star skins on anything (what I wouldn’t give for the mount!!) I might decide to stick with this for a little while.

Isn’t she so gorgeous!  Awwww my fire mage looks so epic with her starry blade! I like blues and purples as a general rule and so this transgmog makes me happy although I am wondering if I should change my spec to frost to match.

So happy I got my hidden skin – for all you guys farming out there, just keep going.  I still only have one legendary so am not lucky on that front. Swings and roundabouts as they say.  You will get it eventually!