At the beginning of the year, I was at 1295 levels or 64.36%. Now, at the end of the first quarter, I am at 1431 levels or 71.12%.
While levels trickled in in ones and twos from most of my alts during the various early spring holidays, a few characters were the big winners:
I made that purple-skinned, auburn-haired Draenei Paladin I’ve always kind of wanted, and leveled her to 11.
I leveled two of my teenaged characters, my Blood Elf Warrior and my Gnome Warlock, from 14 to 20, then took them through SFK for their Class Quest weapons, bringing them to 22 and 21. Then my Gnome Warlock decided that she needed the Foreststrider mount from the Darkmoon Faire, and her first round of DMF profession quests brought her up to 23. I have a handful of other characters in the 10-20 range, but I am trying to save bringing them up to 20 (or farther) for when I feel like I need a bit of an easy boost later.
Kinevra (Human Mage) quested through the Alliance-specific parts of Dustwallow Marsh and some, but not all, of the neutral quest hubs. She was in Theramore immediately prior to the Shattering and had done several of those quest chains already, so I wasn’t sure if she’d be able to do them again — but she was. Even the Tethyr chain, starting with “This Old Lighthouse”, is still available, though, sadly, it no longer rewards the Crimson Tunic. I’m glad that I got that item with as many characters as I did before 4.0, and I’ll have to remember to note that it isn’t available anymore if I use it in future fashion posts. Kinevra dinged 40 in the process, becoming my first Alliance character to advance to Journeyman Riding.
Although Kinevra was my first Alliance character to reach the level 40 milestone, she was soon surpassed by Kaprikka (Draenei Mage). Kaprikka was level 34 when Lunar Festival came around, and she took the opportunity to remind me that she wants to do Outland Children’s Week this year. She worked on her Herbalism and Archaeology while waiting for her LFD queues to pop, and has gotten both of those professions Outland-ready. When she dinged 50, I locked her XP until she found Queen Azshara’s Dressing Gown, which is wearable at level 51, so that she wouldn’t outlevel it before she even found it. I suppose I needn’t have worried so much about that, as she was still gleefully sporting Queen Azshara’s Dressing Gown when she dinged 60 in the Blasted Lands. At level 55, she was bored of LFD, and she had heard that there were some Draenei at the Harborage in Swamp of Sorrows who could probably use her help. So she went there, and after that, the Blasted Lands were a logical next step. That was enough questing to get her to 60 and then some, making Kaprikka my first Alliance character to learn Flying. She could afford it, too, from the money she’d made by doing LFD for twenty levels.
I created a second Tauren Resto Shaman, “mini-Kam”, and leveled her to 42 through LFD before Kaprikka decided that she needed to be power-leveled. I’ve been doing the Thunder Bluff cooking and fishing dailies with mini-Kam ever since she started her break from LFD; with all the +XP heirlooms she’s wearing, she’s gotten eight more levels just from those dailies and the DMF profession quests and is now at level 50.
Kalaneia the Blood Elf Warlock hasn’t gained any new levels, but after reading Poneria’s history of soul shards and learning that in Mists, soul shards will become an Affliction-only resource, I decided to change her secondary spec from Demonology to Affliction. My secondary Warlock, the Gnome-Inna-Top-Hat, who is primarily a banker, can be Demonology, the better to intimidate her business associates.
You may have noticed that the total levels number I reported at the beginning of this post is smaller that the total levels number I reported for Amateur Azerothian’s most recent update in mid-March. The week after JD made that post, I decided to reroll the Time Capsule characters I had on Bloodhoof over to Thunderhorn. I deleted a level 10 Goblin Mage (Lost Isles), a level 8 Worgen Mage (Duskhaven), and a level 6 Goblin Mage (Kezan), and re-created them as a level 9 Goblin Rogue, a level 8 Worgen Druid, and a level 3 Goblin Warrior, respectively. I had initially rolled a Night Elf Rogue and leveled her to 10 to fulfill the conditions of the challenge, but I deleted her after I created the Goblin Rogue for the new version of the Time Capsule. I also deleted my two level 5 Dwarf Paladins. Between the deletions and the rerolls, I incurred a net loss of 24 levels.
(It occurs to me that after Mists comes out, I will probably want to make at least one Time Capsule of the Wandering Isle, too.)