Before we get to that…

Yes, Firelands.


It’s on fire and such.

Hope everyone said a fond farewell to their keyring.

More importantly, when we had last left off on my achievement whoring, I was at 8000 achievement points even and plotting on the next reputations to take up to Exalted. I cleaned up the few stragglers I had that were not at 999/1000 and then got down to serious business.

I dutifully returned to farming Ogres in Nagrand to collect beads and powder.

Took a quick break to run BoT and BWD.

Hit 40k on Chimaeron; not bad for someone in RP gear. Grrrrr.

Explanation: While farming in Nagrand, a Horde DK took Halaa by himself. I had taken it with a different DK a couple days before and we cleared it in about 10 minutes. The difficult part was him holding aggro off me, even after he switched to Blood. This DK seemed to be making short work of guards on his own so I didn’t stop farming to assist and he didn’t put a call out in any local channels for some company. The worst part is waiting for the flag to convert over – there’s nothing to do but sit and wait. I’m not sure if it applies here, but all the flags in HFP seem to switch faster the more people you have present. So when I hit an even number of powder for turn-ins, I flew up there to help watch the capture bar slide.

I was met with snide remarks about showing up in time to do nothing – and being in RP gear. The first, I’ll take. Yeah, I didn’t help the big bad DK annihilate Halaa. But RP gear? Since when is 4 piece (two of which had to come from tokens) and a Defender title RP gear? I have a couple blues still, but really? The part that pissed me off the most was I didn’t have my actual RP gear on me! I had left my motorcycle outfit in the bank so I would have more room for farming. It would have been perfect to just swap over to that and sit on my hog. Oh well.

Anyway, the next day I had the opportunity to get back in to Kara and grind away. I hit Exalted and got another pattern I was hoping for. Now I’m down to grinding this for the mount and last pattern drop off the Phantom Valets – of which there are like 3 in the whole ballroom and the respawn is a couple hours. This may take a while.

I headed out to Blade’s Edge to work on Ogri’la… FYI – Darkrunes have been removed from the game. So don’t even hope for one in that little goodie bag. And without the Darkrunes, I don’t think there’s any use for a Charged Crystal Focus or whatever, so just vendor the depleted ones. Bah. Stupid quests being removed and Blizz not removing the NPCs that babble about the items. I should have this one at exalted by the weekend. Oh, and screwing up on the Simon game when guild chat is being interesting will still kill you at 85. You really have to screw up, but it is possible.

Out of options for Ogri’la for the day, I headed over to Netherwing Ledge. I still had to do the last 2 flights to get my Skyshattered achievement. Silly me, I thought I was down to just the last guy. Of course not, I still had the lightning bastard before him. When I came out here in my mid 70s and started this, it was already too late to make use of riding crops, carrots, or enchants. When I got my 310% violet protodrake, his speed would drop to the standard speed. So past level 70, this quest chain was a bitch. Now, all speed enhancements apply even under the orc disguise. My god, that lightning asshole’s flight is LONG! And it’s way harder than Skyshatter’s, rather anticlimactic.

I’m taking time in between all of this to wait in a 30+ minute queue for Ahune. No pet yet, but I did get the Frost Lord’s Private Reserve. For those of you non-mages that get this, I recommend saving some for an old-school raid night. Go play with Sapph in Naxx. When he flies up, drink the booze and watch your raid wipe. I saw a video of it when the content was freshly recycled and it was hilarious. Everyone expects a mage’s ice block to be a trick, but the warrior? Who sees that coming?

I wanted to finish up Hyjal before Firelands drops so I ran out and saved the wee little animals with their wet little noses. I also got my little gold jouster and the Bounce achievement. Hint – pull out a mammoth and get on the trampoline, you’ll have a lot more wiggle room.

There's a joke here about splinters, I just know it.

Somewhere in there I also picked up Hex Mix out of ZA. (I was grinding the last few VP needed to get my tier chest and replace my RP blue. Grrrrrr.)

Out in Hyjal, I turned in the magic quest and got That’s a Lot of Turn Ins for the guild.

Once finished with Hyjal, it was back to Nagrand to kill more Ogres. Thankfully the ogres in Blade’s Edge care nothing for the wholesale slaughter of their cousins.

Last pile of powder looted and off to Halaa (which we thankfully had and I didn’t need to spend an hour soloing the damn place with 1.2 million HP guards), to get my last talbuk!

The talbuks have always been a favorite mount of mine. They are totally worth the grind, but, boy, am I glad that’s done! I’ve had the tokens in my bag since April of 2010.

Unfortunately, I did not get enough beads to make much of a dent in my Consortium rep grind. Off to run a heroic Mana Tombs and then into Netherstorm. I completed all the Consortium quests I could find but was still a bit away from exalted… and almost 20 quests away from completing all the quests in the zone. Odd.

Started an orderly search of each island and I finally found my missing quests down in Kirin’Var. I had started these chains but apparently ditched my placeholder quest out of my log at some point. If you haven’t done these quests, I recommend you do. It’s always interesting to go back now when you know more of the story and where it’s going, plus – Bessy needs more cowbell! Who doesn’t want to escort a spectral cow through town? There’s also a couple Hotel California references that made me lol.

Cows escorted and music references giggled at, completing Netherstorm got me Into the Nether and Loremaster of Outland. I still need Loremaster of Northrend… blarg.

Next day, more Ogri’la and Consortium. I wrangled some Ethereum Prison Keys from guild mates and was able to complete a Consortium quest chain from Netherstorm that ends up in Blade’s Edge. Between that and a little insignia farming out at the Heap, I am now a Chief Exalted Officer of the Consortium. And why that doesn’t come with a title is beyond me.

I’m 2 reputations away from 40 for the next achievement. I should have Ogri’la this weekend. Darkmoon Faire is the closest to Exalted, but being so stubborn. I have a couple mid-level decks to turn in this weekend and maybe if I’m really lucky I can find someone that will let me turn in a deck or 4 for them. Guardians of Hyjal is next on the list, but I need the Dragonmaw rep more for a necklace (have to replace all that RP gear, ya know). After that will be Thrallmar… oh but Firelands will have new reps to worry about as well. Bugger.


5 comments on “Before we get to that…

  1. repgrind says:

    lol nice. Grats on the Halaa mount! I suspect the only way I will ever bother to get one of those is if they convert them to straight honor the way they did the BG mounts.

    Van *needs* a bike … but being the stubborn person that I am, I have decided Arelin needs to be the one to make one for him .. Arelin who does not have enough rep to buy the pattern yet. I see grinding in my future. >.<


    • Arioch says:

      I’m being the same way about the Vial of Sands. I want to farm the pattern on my priest so I can make one for Arioch. This means that I can’t start Arch on Arioch until I at least have the patterns on Selwyn…


  2. telanarra says:

    Actually Rep the Halaa pvp tokens you just need an Alliance toon who is planing to transfer to do the faction change after you kill them alot of times :)


    • repgrind says:

      Yeah … and once you’ve killed them a few times they have a 2 min rez timer … and then you have to reverse and let them kill you for a while so their debuff wears off … Hartbane and I worked on it for awhile way back when. Hell, Juna probably has enough tokens to buy one of the two, I just need to grind the powders. But it’s a pain in the butt either way. I prefer grinds that I can do on my own.


  3. zarigar says:

    I always consider working on achievements on Zarigar. Then I get bored and make another alt.


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