Karaelia the Paladin slipped into the Shrine of Two Moons with her ilevel 502 boots less than an hour before the server-shutdown curfew last night. If I’d been trying to level both Priest and Paladin, and if it hadn’t been Darkmoon Faire Carousel Buff Week, she might not have made it. Questing as a Prot Pally is fun — Karaelia had none of the survivability issues that I’ve had with other characters in Cataclysm and especially Pandaria questing content. Where other characters have had to be careful about where they run/ride because having two or more mooks on them at a time spelled death, Karaelia hurtled merrily along until she’d gathered up about half a dozen. The quest-chain minibosses that took other characters two or three wipes to defeat barely tickled her. Because Karaelia is my Great Tanking Experiment, I made sure to tank some dungeons every now and then, too. The first few Cataclysm dungeon runs were probably the most painful experiences of my whole tanking career, bad enough that I switched over to Holy for a few LFD queues. Then I gritted my teeth and went back to queueing as Prot, and the Pandaria dungeons weren’t so bad (thankfully, I never got Gate of the Setting Sun, which I would blacklist if LFD had that option). I now have seven out of the eleven classes at level 90 and eight total level 90 characters.
Now that Karaelia is at level 90, Kaohana the Priest will continue resting at level 80 until Karaelia has finished expanding her farm and has made significant progress on her rep grinds. Besides, it’s Mage Week, and Kaelinda the Blood Elf Mage has been complaining about not being the top Mage on my list for over a year now — ever since Kinevra the Human Mage burned to 85 to participate in the pre-Mists release of the Theramore scenario. If I can find time in between all the Patch 5.4 stuff I want to do, this week I’d like to level Kaelinda to 86 — just enough to be higher than Kinevra and be the First Mage again — and get her started on the Molten Front rep grind, with the ultimate goal of obtaining the Widow’s Clutches.
After tending my gardens and running Kregga the Death Knight through her weekly assault on Karazhan in search of Despair, I’ll probably take Keija the Warrior to explore the Timeless Isle and gather up some Mogu Runes of Fate. LFR for Siege of Orgrimmar won’t begin for another week, afer all, and despite using all her bonus rolls on the appropriate bosses every week, Keija has not yet won the belt, gloves, and pants of her Last Mogu set — hopefully the increased loot drop rates will swiftly remedy this! I feel like I ought to take both of my LFRing characters (Kamalia and Keija) to the Proving Grounds and earn at least the Bronze level certificates as soon as possible. Later in the week, Chef Katewatha, Master of the Ways, would like to set up her own noodle cart. Then there’s all those new crafting patterns to find, giving almost all of my 90s reasons to be out in the world again. Ah, Pandaria — so much to do, so little time! And yet, the pandaren are always telling us to “slow down”?