Usually, I’m the only one dead.
Pretty Pretty Princess Set
Warmonger’s Circlet | Garmaul Shoulderguards | Righeous Cloak | Felstone Chain Vest
Netherstalker Gloves | Netherstalker Belt | Skettis Legguards | Netherstalker Boots
Melmorta’s Twilight Bow (not shown) | Nether Trident
Status: Mostly Finished
To Find: a more purple-y polearm
Thoughts: I almost named this “Prinny Prinny Princess.” Given my love of purple things and the fact that I had Melmorta’s Twilight Bow, this set was, perhaps, inevitable. Mostly Skettis/Netherstalker, but I don’t like the weird top that belongs to the set (it looks like it has … support problems, and I just can’t imagine bouncing my way comfortably through Grim Batol), so I picked up the Felstone Chain Vest instead. I like pretending I’m a Pretty Trade Princess! I got so close on Kezan, but that whole thing with Deathwing and Gallywix kinda put the kibosh on that plan.
Storm Master’s Helmet | Ornate Pauldrons | Antiquated Cloak | Nexus-Strider Breastplate
Nexus-Strider Gloves | Njord Belt | Nexus-Strider Legwraps | Nexus-Strider Greaves
Ironfeather Longbow (not shown) | Nether Trident
Status: Not Finished
To Find: Cryptfiend Slayer (bow)
Thoughts: Mostly Nexus-Strider pieces. I’m sad to admit that I put this together to match Cerulean (formerly known as Aotona) the blue parrot, seen in part in one of the cropped shots above, hence the daft name. I trekked out to Shattrath for the express purpose of wasting Justice Points on the Storm Master’s Helmet. I spent a lot of money on that darn haircut and I don’t intend to stick it under a helmet! I want to find the Cryptfiend Slayer bow eventually, but it isn’t a high priority.
As I more or less finish sets and get/edit pictures of them, I’m going to stick them on the Transmoggination Trove page. This way, I can look back and weep at all the time and money I’ve spent on this. I mean, weep tears of nostalgia. Yeah.
“Pretty Respectable” Set
Renegade Circlet | Chief Brigadier’s Pauldrons | Grunt’s Cape | Hauberk of the Furious Elements
Gryphon Mail Gauntlets | Aftershock Waistguard | Rushing Storm Kilt | Gryphon Mail Greaves
Ironfeather Longbow (not shown) | Irontree Spear (not shown) or Battle Scythe
Status: Not Finished
To Find: Heartstriker (bow)
Thoughts: I called this one the “Pretty Respectable” set because after the “Mustard, Ketchup and Pickles” fiasco, it did seem pretty darn respectable. It seems to suit Umberpaw, and is nice and warm for those hours spent in the middle of The Storm Peaks. The top is a recent switch (former one seen here, don’t recall the name), and it doesn’t match the Gryphon Mail Gauntlets as well, but does work better with the kilt. Does this count as a utilikilt? No, probably not. I haven’t mentioned the wrists because you just don’t see ’em.
When I racechanged Versebelg the Troll into Thermalix the Goblin, I debated tossing my engineering, which was then around 250/525. I wound up deciding to sleep on it/forget about it. I’m glad I zoned on the matter, for I recently started leveling it again, and I now have … a FLYING MACHINE. YAY!
This is a vast improvement over my old wind rider (the poor guy needed dental work). It’s also an upgrade over the albino drake I was using. If I had quit engineering, I’d have been that much farther away from a mount held together with duct tape!
But I couldn’t. Everyone saw me wipe constantly – guildies, PUGS, you name it.
My friend from that other server told me about a new medicine that can help solve problems like mine. I did my research, and I’m sure it’s the right one for me.
Thank you, Dammitol. Now I can raid again with confidence! Maybe Dammitol is the right thing for you too.
Sunblood and Caliverne think Thermalix has a rare addiction. She doesn’t, really – but it is true that if you camp rares, you’re probably mental on some level.
Enter Spiteflayer, a rare level 55 carrion bird in banana yellow. This guy:
If you read up a bit on Spiteflayer, you find that because 1.) It’s a carrion bird in banana yellow, and 2.) It’s located in the Blasted Lands, which is generally not a top destination, nobody camps this thing. Most folks show up, it’s there, they tame it, story ends.
I, however, named this blog “That Was an Accident!” for a reason.
When Thermalix showed up, Spiteflayer was (wisely, in hindsight) not there. Caliverne showed up, flipped his Titanium Seal of Dalaran in the air, and pronounced that the camping effort would be a success. And so they waited. And waited. They practiced methods of yanking birds down to the ground (Thermalix flying in front of them, making /rude gestures = failure, Caliverne doing some fancy falling from the sky and daring warrior skill move = success). At last, two hours in, Spiteflayer showed! As she ran towards her target, Thermalix pulled out her bow to slay some of the cultists who were chasing her. While they couldn’t kill her, they could make the tame take longer by smacking her lots. Only problem here was she had not, in fact, retargeted like she thought she had.
While consoling herself with the fact that at least it wasn’t like she shot Skoll in the face, the whole thing was a big OH SHEEYIT moment. Caliverne and Therm decided to come back in about four hours, since they did, after all, know the exact moment Spiteflayer perished. Let’s just say that this time was waaaay past Therm’s normal bedtime, and just to make EXTRA CERTAIN that absolutely NO ACCIDENTS could occur, she removed ALL of her weapons. Can you punch a bird out of the sky? Not when you’re as short as Thermalix is.
Just at the four hour mark – just as Spiteflayer was due to appear in the skies – my internet connection died. Well, sheeyit, son. It could not be revived, and I had to pass out anyway. Failure! Failure! Such epically unepic failure!
Fortunately, when my internet connection was functioning the following morning, who should be in the area but Spiteflayer?
All’s well that ends well, but seriously, don’t shoot the damn thing you’re trying to tame. Just sayin’.
Because I have too many alts already, I want to try a paladin, too. I was specifically thinking about remaking Ailabeth, who I haven’t played in a long long time and probably never will play again because I really, really don’t feel like running face first into the (re)learning curve in terms of healing. She’s level 80. People are pissy about healing when you’re dinky and have a valid reason for not knowing what the heck you’re doing; I don’t want to deal with how they are sure to be at level 80.
Interestingly, I used to be pretty good at healing as a disc priest (mostly compliments) but sucky as a shaman (I didn’t think I was that much different, but people hated my guts!). Maybe I’ll be middle of the road as a paladin. (Or maybe I’ll just smash things. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to tank things, ’cause people expect you to know where you’re going.)
But if I want to be Horde (and I do, since my guild and support is there), this means Ailabeth can’t be Forsaken. I also can’t be a Goblin, the race that suits my personality best. Poor girl is going to have to be either a Tauren or a Blood Elf. I just don’t know how I’m going to handle being a walking hamburger or a fashion model. (Blood elves are too pretty. It feels weird.) I totally don’t see why I can’t bribe my way into the paladin-ery as a goblin. What’s that? You actually have to possess some affinity for the Light? I like the Light! I do! Its practitioners have money! Oh, you mean I need morals? I’m sure I can acquire those with enough capital. You’re lookin’ at me funny. What’d I say?
I will probably go blood elf, because I can’t imagine Ailabeth going from Forsaken to Tauren. It’d be awkward, you know? That, and OMFG I hate Mulgore. I call it Mulbore, while simultaneously apologizing to any Tauren fan who believes Mulgore is pretty. When I’m a nooblet who can’t even ride something, I always feel like I am going to be running. Forever. That quest giver in the distance is a mirage.
Also, I have to wonder why, oh why, did they build their city at the top of those bluffs? I would not want to be the seven hundred pound creature tasked with trying to build or fix a rope bridge.
I further advance the theory that Tauren are not as earth-friendly as they seem to be. Why? Thunder Bluff is almost entirely built in wood. Mulgore’s been stripped of trees, except along the edges. Coincidence? I think not.
Question: why are there no blind Tauren? Answer: they all fell off Thunder Bluff.
Fun Fact: When talking about astrological signs, I once caught myself saying, “I’m Tauren.”
Having race-changed Versebelg the Troll into Thermalix the Goblin, I find that I’m relearning and enjoying playing a huntard again. I’ve been spending more time on Therm than on Mech, and have passed several important milestones: OSHEEYIT I kited stuff successfully without dying, and OMFG rare pets! (What will happen to Centina the hunter, you ask? I remade her as a mage, and I retamed Pogeyan while Thermalix was in Stranglethorn to complete the Nesingwary quests.)
What’s super amazing is how helpful two guildmates in particular are. Caliverne and Sunblood are, I think, rares too, in their own right. Caliverne, for example, happened to be out in Scholazar farming cooking ingredients. He saw Aotona, and “Have Group Will Travel”-ed Thermalix there on the spot to tame. Sunblood voluntarily purchased mucho alcohol to keep Caliverne sane during The Long Stalk for Skoll and showed up whenever and whereever he was needed. I think we camped a total of eight hours or so, six and a half of which were on one day. The awesome thing is: I didn’t even have to ask them to help me. Once they knew I wanted Skoll, they were out in Storm Peaks looking for him long before I even realized they were in Northrend. (While Sunblood’s dream of attempting to sheep Skoll did not come to pass, I think he’ll forgive me for it.)
Thermalix probably owes both of them shares in her soul by now. There is a slight snag in that she did sell all the shares in her soul to Mechalis in exchange for more gold to transmog with. She made things like this:
She ran out of money to make her weapons match, but there wasn’t anything good on the Auction House block anyway. Mechalis is totally not sure how she feels about this particular outfit. She did force Therm to transmog herself a new getup (see a bit of it in the Skoll shots above, better ones later), claiming that her hotpants were causing shares in her soul to fall.