Thirabel, as you might recall, was once a Night Elf druid whose sole purpose in life was to beardance on Varian Wrynn’s head. With her goal fulfilled, I realized the only reason I would want to play a druid would be to transmog leather outfits (since I have wearers of all other armor classes), but that’s 85 levels to go for the sake of completionism, and that kinda killed that plan. [Edited to add: Oops, forgot about Bombelina. I have wearers of all armor classes, therefore, the druid for transmog purposes would be redundant.] I eventually concluded that if I was going to have an alt for an Alliance alt (suddenly, my life is like looking into a mirror looking into a mirror), I was going to make this as damn easy as possible and make her a huntard.
Unfortunately, for a second time lowbie space goat, Azuremyst/Bloodmyst Isle is like the Alliance version of Mulbore: it’s kind of tedious and takes a painfully long time to get anywhere. My general feeling was something like, “I’ve gone through this place once before, and I’ll be damned if I innoculate the owlbeasts again!” So, despite my hesitations, I sent Thirabel to Elwynn Forest, to live among the humans. (Reason 1: They have a hunter trainer. Reason 2: I find the human quests more interesting than the night elf ones. Reason 3: Leveling a space goat amongst dwarves seemed insane.)
Upon arrival in Stormwind, poor Thir was immediately stalked by a loony death knight, so she fled town and ran to Northshire Abbey. Completing the quests there didn’t take much time, and so Thir entered the most difficult portion of her short life – that is, surviving Goldshire.
I’ve begun to realize that you don’t see the Horde hanging out in the equivalent location (Razor Hill) for the lolz, whereas in Goldshire, the Alliance is there and full of lolzing, and that makes your early levels suck. Goldshire takes “For the Alliance” and does a little transformation, making it “FOR TEH LOLZ!” The only problem is that the lolz are generally at your lowbie expense.
Some more lolz were had at Thir’s expense and she was feeling a little jumpy, so she decided it was probably safer to live in the woods. While helping out in the boondocks (otherwise known as the Stonefield Farm), a level 85 male human mage descended next to her from out of nowhere. He was wearing a diving helmet and riding a rocket. Given her past experience with human males (stalker, rather upfront commentary on her appearance, gibberish, all around insanity, etc.), Thir pretty much panicked. Her fight or flight reflex malfunctioned however, so she /waved.
The first thing he had to say filled her with dread.
As it turns out, the gift was 200g. I generally don’t like to take without giving something in return (although some folks have cured me of this habit by refusing to accept the pretty rocks, clam meat and whatnot I try to give), so I gave him the linen I was carrying. When you’re level 10, you can’t offer much!
Face, meet Desk, because:
- You walked into Goldshire despite knowing what goes on there, but also,
- You assumed the worst about Mr. Mage, and you were wrong.