Questions by Talarian! Answers by Prinnie!
Prinnie: Okay, so, we’re going to try this green fire business. It’s gotten easier thanks to gear, but rest assured – it will still be a long, tedious process, filled with immense challenge and requiring exact timing!
Ignitine: I’m not worried.
Prinnie: Are you ever?
Ignitine: No, actually. Is that a problem?
Name: Aeda Brightdawn
Semi-Bonus: An infernal summoned whenever she feels like it
Bonus: You can summon a party member!
Comments: Let’s be clear here – Aeda’s got some sorta ambition problem, and she likes to bite off way more than she can chew. Despite being a clothie without a minion of her own, she tries to tank everything. She will taunt off legit tanks who can actually tank. If somebody is fighting mobs near you, she will randomly leap over there and taunt all that too, regardless of whether or not that’s a smart move. She will taunt anything and everything, also with complete disregard to whether or not she actually stands a snowball’s chance in hell against it. Just the other day, I joined a group to kill Tarlna the Ageless, and you guessed it – Aeda tried tanking her, too. Yeah, no, Aeda. Not happening.
Prinnierating: Nope. Would not use again.
Semi-Bonus: An actually bloody-looking Bloodlust even if you don’t need it
Bonus: A command table, anywhere!
Comments: Extra extra bonus: if you are almost totally dead, he’ll cast the dinkiest Chain Heal ever. Chances are it won’t actually be super helpful if you’re getting smashed to pieces by a bazillion adds (that would make him unfairly better than the rest), but hey, at least you feel like he’s trying to be supportive. Leo here likes the Sun Rock, learning, and long walks around your Garrison on patrol. Now that I’ve maxed out rep with him, I’m starting to feel bad about the lack of learning opportunities he gets, and I’m avoiding him at all costs.
Prinnierating: Okay, until you suddenly realize you’re not cut out to teach anybody anything about the world.
Name: Talonpriest Ishaal
Class: Shadow Priest
Semi-Bonus: Not being crazy, I think
Bonus: Ishaal has a side contract with United Draenor Mail Service, so neither sleet, nor snow, nor a hail of orcs will stop you from getting your mail, no matter where you stand
Comments: At first, it seemed like the worst thing was going through all of Spires of Arak to get Ishaal, but then I realized it wasn’t that bad, since I needed the cash more than I hated the repetition. In the end, I saw one big problem: bodyguards in general when combined with a pet-based class played by someone who is also into pet battling and who may also be joined at any given moment by quest-based NPCs. Let’s see, there’s me, there’s my hunter pet, there’s my battle pet, there’s Rexxar’s bird, there’s my
bird bodyguard and his enormous mount, and sometimes he summons a thingiethenameofwhichIforget too!
Prinnierating: Dude is almost sane. If you’ve suffered through max reputation with Aeda, Ishaal seems almost forgettable – and that’s good.
Semi-Bonus: I don’t know, haven’t gotten that far
Bonus: Repairs, anywhere in Draenor, anytime
Comments: Tormmok is super close to a flight path and as a result he’s ridiculously easy to get, but even so, he happens to be standing nowhere in particular, which means you won’t run into him unless you’re specifically looking for him. I’ve gone through Gorgrond four times now, and only the last time did I know where to look. Tormmok has almost disturbingly defined nipples. Seriously. Whenever you look at him, he seems faceless thanks to the helm, so your eyes are drawn unwillingly ever downward, where they make themselves quite obvious. New idea for a feature: TRANSMOG FOR BODYGUARDS.
In other news, Tormmok is EXTREMELY TALL (well, compared to a goblin at least), and thus I keep on clicking on him rather than the NPC or item I actually want to interact with.
Prinnierating: He’d be better if he would stand a little farther to one side so I can see NPCs again. [EDIT: Just read the patch notes and saw “A vendor at the Barracks now sells an item that allows a character to shrink their Bodyguards for 60 minutes.” PERFECT.]
Class: Confused Mage
Semi-Bonus: ZOMG METEORS!!! (And a Cauterize should you be near death)
Bonus: A portal back to your Garrison!
Comments: Vivianne is chatty to the point of being somewhat irritating (like pretty much every NPC ever in WoD). We were in Nagrand one day when she went totally bonkers on me and wouldn’t stop saying the same things over and over and over, even when we were just standing there. Reloading did nothing, so it turned awkward. I didn’t know whether I should scream back or do the good ol’ polite smile-and-nod while privately hoping she’d get herself together sometime soon. Suffice it to say, the experience made me feel a bit iffy on Vivianne. Still, lots of people loooooooove her sayings, so I guess I’m the only one she’s done that to.
Also, p.s., on the “Vivianne, what are you smoking?” front, her phrases aren’t necessarily, uh, applicable to the mob in question (see image, above).
Prinnierating: Okay, as long as she doesn’t lose it.
Last week, Ignitine was still wearing a quest robe (item level was like, 603 or something), and what I wanted more than anything was a robe that was just a little less embarrassing – that one that Tectus drops would fit the bill real well. Unfortunately, last week’s LFR loot results were as follows:
Kargath Bladefist: Shoes I already had
Everybody else: Gold
I didn’t have any extra rolls, because one of the challenges altoholics have is how we never seem to have quite enough of any one resource to get the full three tokens. Ignitine is still maxing out her garrison buildings, so she’s low on both Garrison Resources and gold (for eff’s sake, why are those plans so expensive!?), and I don’t really PvP unless there’s that ONE perfect transmog item I NEED that cannot be substituted for anything else. But by golly, I wanted to up Ignitine’s gear score and I was fixated on that awful robe, so I finally scraped together enough gold and got myself a shiny token. SWEET, I GOT A TOKEN. TIME TO RUN LFR AGAIN.
The queue finally pops, but then we wipe because they pulled all the trash without tanks. Okay. I’m not upset yet. I’m not gonna leave, I really want to try for that freaking robe. That was just a derp, really, and you gotta assume that LFR is gonna derp (despite how easy it is these days). We get Tectus down, and it’s time for my extra roll squee!
Given the title of this post, I’m sure you know the result.
BUT LO! What’s this!? My followers got a rare mission for a single token! SQUEE! ANOTHER CHANCE! TIME TO DO IT AGAIN!
The queue pops, and we make it to Tectus without wiping. Alas, the tank pulls Tectus too far out of the area and resets him at about 35%. Okay. I’m not upset yet. I’m not gonna leave, I really want to try for that freaking robe. We get Tectus down, and it’s time for my extra roll squee!
Yes. Gold again.
Given that RNG and I are now obviously estranged, this is not a new problem for me. I realize they can’t just hand us loot, or people would moan about LFR being even more of a gift-giving trainwreck than it already is. But it’s like, dude, for the time I put into identifying that low piece of gear as THE PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED, getting the extra token, queueueueueing and killing the boss all the while getting my hopes up that the SOLUTION IS AT HAND – and repeating the whole shebang on multiple alts – that gold just sucks.
After cursing the name of RNG through Mogu’shan Vaults, Heart of Fear, Terrace of Endless Spring, Throne of Thunder and Siege of Orgrimmar, I believe I have enough experience to conclude that the only real protection against dashed hopes is to stop inviting hope in the first place – so no more tokens for me! If they happen to come my way via follower mission, that’s fine. But I’m sure as hell not going to actively pursue getting three tokens per week. The satisfaction of knowing that I did everything possible to improve my gear is nothing compared to the annoyance of knowing I did everything within my power and still ended up with no gear to show for it.
(p.s., I think I rather preferred the ubiquitous bags that you opened rather than looting the bosses, for two reasons – one, you can open on the run, which is important in LFR, and two, you had a small chance of random crap like belts and pets that made the gold seem somehow less stupid.)
For those of you who are into this sorta thing and have an inn at level two or higher, you can totally recruit a half-naked male blood elf.
H: Erupting Volcanic Headpiece | S: Erupting Volcanic Spaulders | Cl: Coldsinger Cloak
Ch: Gatekeeper’s Embrace | Wa: Varashi Belt | L: Not shown
G: Nimblefinger Scaled Gloves | Wr: Not shown | B: S.B.R.B. Prototype 3
1h Mace: Plunderer’s Drill
Shield: Protector of Frigid Souls
Thoughts: So I had finally transitioned away from keeping track of my planned mogs with Ye Olde Fashioned Notebooke to making more mogs than I could follow up on with the Mogit addon. Hooray for technology!
And then I switched computers without writing down what said sets consisted of.
Cav was not very supportive, and he said I should just start over. I whimpered and cried and threw mini-mog-fits, but I eventually did, if only because I can’t keep my little green hands off Mogit and Gawd knows I’m too lazy to reconnect my old computer just to figure out what was in every last set I’d come up with.
I started this particular set out of convenience – at some point, while clearing out my storage space (yet again), I saw I had most of the yellow version of the shaman tier from Firelands. Cool beans, the set is half done and I haven’t even left my Garrison yet!
The S.B.R.B. Prototype 3 boots are a quest reward from the goblin starting zone (I KNOW, I’VE HUNG ONTO THEM FOR THAT FREAKING LONG), so if you’re not a goblin and/or did not keep them, you’ll need an alternative. There is a lookalike for the shoulders should any hunter want to dress up like a shaman, but no lookalike for the helm.
As far as the Plunderer’s Drill goes, it seemed so dang perfect for a goblin. It has a high drop rate, but keep in mind that the rare that drops it (the Mecha Plunderer) is in a daily quest area and has a respawn time of about an hour and a half – so unless you camp it, have a plan and/or get plain lucky, it can be some time before you spot it. I achieved success by parking Bombelina next to the spawn site and checking it at ridiculously early morning hours (the things I do for mog …). I believe sacrificing blood elves to the Mecha Plunderer also improved my chances. I mean, uh, Aeda Brightdawn kept taunting the thing like she taunts every possible mob in a five mile radius, but she can’t take the beating she invites and that’s not my fault. So, yeah, I totally used her as a tank knowing she’d drop dead before the mob did. That is my fault, but it worked out so well.