Monthly Archives: August 2016

Val’Sharah

It’s a beautiful new world out there, guys. I managed to get some play time last night after I got home, between my doctor’s appointment and the DDoS crap that happened later in the evening. I am absolutely floored by how gorgeous Val’Sharah is, and it was the perfect choice to begin my adventure as a druid. I took a smattering of screenshots as Sylv traipsed around smelling the flowers, so this post will be a photographic journey through the druid artifact quest (for the Feral daggers) and into Val’Sharah. I do not believe any of the screenshots offer spoilers, but the captions might.

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The moment I set foot in Dalaran, I was asked by Archdruid Hamuul Runetotem to pretty please fly my ass over to Moonglade because reasons. Like, I know demons are attacking and the world is being threatened and all but, druid things are more important. So I went to Moonglade, gathered my posse, and pounced whiskers first into the Emerald Dream.

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It. Was. STUNNING.

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Okay but seriously look at the flowers. There are a ton of varieties and they’re all so freaking detailed and pretty and they move when I walk through them and I spent like 10 minutes just running around eyeballing the flowers and loudly exclaiming to an empty room how awesome the art team was and you can tell I’m excited because of the run on sentence! FLOWERS!

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LOOK AT THEM.

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I finally focused long enough to kill the Big Bad and make it to my class hall, which I think is in Val’Sharah? I’m not sure. I was too distracted by flowers to pay that close of attention.

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The druid class hall is really just a big open space full of flowers and nature and dryads and all things green and druidy.

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Sylv stops to sniff the milkweed.

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I spent too much time trying to climb up those huge roots to see what was up there. I don’t think anything is.

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So green!

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There are a lot of little houses in the druid class hall and if you go inside you can see druids hard at work. Doing something. Druids are book nerds, apparently.

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Shiiiny.

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This one looked to be where druids go to sleep and enter the Dream. It had some comfy looking beds off to one side. I would definitely stay a night or two here.

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This proud papa moonkin is teaching his little fluff ball chicks how to dance. It’s so cute I might die.

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After exploring the druid hall, I got down to business. There was an artifact weapon to be procured, and no time to waste! The Nightmare is encroaching on Val’Sharah, and features prominently in the Feral quest line.

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I picked Feral because I have been enjoying it since the pre-patch. Sylv has not been a kitty druid since his creation, back in 2005. He became a resto druid in the Burning Crusade and dual spec’d to bear sometime thereafter, and has not done a stint as feral in a very long time. He was a moonkin once for all of a week but we don’t speak about that. I will go back and get all of the artifacts when I’m able, and Sylv will continue to be a tank/healer, but I thought Feral would best serve me as I level up.

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This place is so serene. I plopped my fishing line in the water here for a bit.

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The Feral quest line asks you to retrieve the weapons from a deranged druid who stole them to keep them safe. He does such a poor job of it that you have to kick his ass to get them back.

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We sneaked our way into a series of caves below ground, which of course were infested with spiders. Why did it have to be spiders?

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And finally, we wrested the blades from the idiot who took them, smacked some sense into his furry little head, and wen’t back topside to gloat and continue on our journey.

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After we got the artifact, we were sent into Val’Sharah proper to begin questing. Of course I picked the druidy zone to start in!

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And this is why.

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We spent some time lurking around caves where druids like to hibernate.

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And gorgeous lakeside forests teeming with harpies. Which, of course, Sylv shredded into feathery piles of goo.

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Ah, paradise.

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Time for a nap! Sylv and his ever-present corgi Augustus have a well-deserved rest after saving a bunch of druids from the Nightmare.

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This is why we have to fight. If the Nightmare takes over, all of Val’Sharah will look like this. And personally, I prefer the greenery.

That’s it for this time! I’ll update randomly with more adventures of Sylv and his flaming corgi pal. Enjoy the expansion!

Expansionmas Eve

Merry Expansionmas, everyone!

I work the standard 8-5pm shift Monday through Friday, so unfortunately I will not be joining in on the midnight launch festivities. BUT! I am off at 2pm tomorrow, even though I have a Dr’s appointment which will likely put me home about my usual time anyway…

My husband will also be working, and he works odd hours, so the likelihood of us playing together at launch is pretty much nil. We have leveled together since the Cataclysm release, so not venturing into the Broken Isles with him tomorrow feels oddly lonely.

Still, I cannot wait to get home tomorrow, whip up a meal, and go to town in the Broken Isles! I am spending tonight getting a few last minute items from invasions before they vanish for good. I need a few more weapons to round out my transmog collection, and last night I spent some time getting access to the toys Horde-side by leveling up my Blood elf paladin. Tonight is all about getting my mage to 100 through invasions, grabbing a few weapons, and then getting my affairs in order for tomorrow.

Enjoy your last evening before the big expansion!

One Moose, Two Meese

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Fiiiiinally.

I want to give a very sincere thank-you to the folks at <Convert to Raid> on Aerie Peak US for allowing me to tag along during raid night. I hope I was not too much of a detriment to your raid team.

I also want to send along my gratitude to Zelse, the driving force behind the Friendship Moose project. Although I did not manage to get into one of Zelse’s carry runs, I am deeply grateful and humbled by just how selflessly he is helping the community. He and his carriers have donated hundreds of hours of their own time towards coordinating moose runs for people and ask for nothing in return. So if you’re still trying to get the mount before Legion, check out friendshipmoose.com for details.

I can finally say I am entirely ready for this expansion. Bring on the demons!

Sixty frames per second, people, on max setting.

You do not understand my joy.