After having been reminded by WoW Insider and WoW Roleplay Gear that Scholomance and Scarlet Monastery will be getting overhauled in the rapidly approaching Patch 5.0, I’ve spent the past several days tediously farming.
I’d already farmed Scholomance three times to get the Sawbones Shirt for Kregga, Ketura, and Kamaliya and to get the Bloodmail Legguards with the latter two.
Reviewing my alts who were capable of either queueing for or soloing Scholo, I determined that Kaprikka, my Draenei Mage, was the one who most wanted Alanna’s Embrace. At level 61, she was able to kill Ras Frostwhisper easily, but the trash packs in the big room directly underneath the entrance gave her lots of trouble — she usually died at least once while clearing a path through that room. Based on my previous experiences in Scholo itself and on my experience with farming the Embrace of the Wind Serpent as an RP-wear item for Kerisa, I expected it to take me the whole week to get Alanna’s Embrace — so I was delighted when it dropped last night!
When Kaprikka had filled her bags and exhausted her dungeons-per-hour limit, I queued specifically for Scholo with my Blood Elf Warlock, Kalaneia. I wanted the Clutch of Andros, a handsome black belt that coordinates marvelously with the Black Velvet Robes. It drops off Kirtonos, the very first boss in the dungeon. I felt like it would be very jerkish to just drop group after the first boss if I didn’t get what I wanted, so for the first several queues, I stuck around for the whole dungeon. In that manner, I picked up the Staff of Metanoia, Necropile Robe, and Shivery Handwraps. Eventually, however, I got so sick and tired of the place that I did start dropping group when Kirtonos didn’t drop the belt.
I am very, very grateful to Navimie, Saintvache, and Morgion for taking time out of their own busy play schedules to give me some quick kills of just Kirtonos. The belt finally dropped when Morgion was helping me. Thank you so much, all of you!
On Monday, I took a break from Scholomance to hit up Scarlet Monastery. Kalaneia already had the Robe of Doan, and the Mantle of Doan has a craftable equivalent, so I didn’t need to do the Library.
Upon consulting my characters who were of an appropriate level to queue for the Cathedral, I determined that Kelilla, my Gnome Mage, was the one who most wanted Whitemane’s Chapeau. I love the way that hat model looks on Gnomes, and Kelilla had just gotten her tailoring up high enough to make herself the Robe of Power, my favorite chestpiece to pair with Sally Whitemane’s iconic hat. Kelilla was lucky enough to win the Chapeau on her very first run through the Cathedral, but I queued her up for a few more randoms until she’d dinged 40.
I tried and tried to convince Kaohana, my Tauren Priest, also a tailor wearing the Robe of Power, that she didn’t need the Chapeau because in a couple of levels, she’d be able to wear its white equivalent, the Gossamer Headpiece. It didn’t work. She insisted on queueing for the Cathedral at least a few times. I was so ticked off when the Chapeau dropped on her first run and a HUNTER ninjaed it! There was also a Mage in that party; the Mage’s roll beat mine by a large margin, but the Hunter’s roll beat the Mage’s roll by only one. I ran the Cathedral four or five more times and didn’t see the Chapeau drop again… and then Kaohana reached level 42 and finally conceded that the Gossamer hat would work in more sets for her in the long run, anyway.
I saw the Aegis of the Scarlet Commander drop in one of Kaohana’s runs and realized that it would be a great shield to use with Kamaliya’s pink set. So Kamaliya cleared out the Cathedral a few times, too.
She also managed to snag a pair of Gauntlets of Divinity. I’ll definitely have to use those in a Transmogrification kit for her sometime in the future.
Now if any of the rest of my characters want anything from Scholomance or Scarlet Monastery, they’d better hurry up and figure it out quickly!