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the 99th ding


The XP bar filled up with blue quite quickly, it seemed, relative to leveling in Cataclysm and Mists. Kamalia dinged 100 last night, a week after launch, partway through Nagrand, and would have dinged earlier had I not had exams to grade during the first half of the week.

This ding felt kind of anticlimactic — oh, this is happening already? so soon? Perhaps it didn’t feel quite so exciting because I’d already had two followers — Lantresor and Tuulani, if I’m remembering correctly — ding 100 ahead of me. Or perhaps playing so many alts to 90 during Mists has made dinging max level less of a thrill in general.

In any case, I was and am more interested in finishing up the questing and finding out what happens at the end of Nagrand than in actually getting to level 100 itself.

Meanwhile, I ran Kaprikka through Tanaan on Sunday night; since then, she’s been sitting in her Garrison sending her crack team of Qiana, Bruma, and Daleera off on mission after mission. I didn’t even push Kaprikka through to the level 91 ding, and her three followers are already up to 93.

When Kamalia expanded her Garrison to Tier 2, I originally chose the Barn to support her Skinning & Leatherworking professions. I soon started feeling resource-starved, though, so on Monday, I took the Barn down and put up a Lumber Mill instead. Since then, I’ve been having fun — and getting myself into trouble by running too casually through too many mobs — chasing after Small Timber. I plan to keep the Lumber Mill up at least until I upgrade my Garrison to Level 3. I’ve also been prioritizing missions that award Garrison Resources when I send out my followers.

Now that Kamalia has dinged 100, I’ve pulled the handful of Horde 90s who aren’t still busy growing Windshear Cactus and Songbells back to Orgrimmar so that I can begin sending them through the Dark Portal to establish their Garrisons and start providing me with profession stuffs.

A day or two ago, Kamalia’s Garrison produced a tantalizing mission –

It wasn’t that hard to choose who to send –

– but choosing which follower should get the Dancing lessons will take a bit of thought!

Kaprikka’s Garrison produced another Town mission –

– but I kept on ignoring it, and presently it fell off the list.

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Over my lunch break yesterday, Kamalia hearthed back to Sunsong Ranch for the last time to make a final round of her favorite Pandarian fishing holes. The Garrison hearth was invaluable for allowing me to easily travel back and forth between Pandaria and Draenor while I worked on finishing up this rep grind. With this goal completed, I can now set Kamalia’s Astral Recall to wherever she happens to be on Draenor.

I didn’t manage to finish my Pandarian Archaeology museum — but going back to Pandaria to do that will have to wait until Warlords gets into its late expansion doldrums.

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With Warlords of Draenor now only a few days away, I’d like to take a moment to summarize my accomplishments during Mists of Pandaria.

Characters fully leveled to 90: 15
Characters boosted to 90: 1
Horde characters at 90: 14
Alliance characters at 90: 2
Characters who obtained a Legendary Cloak: 1

This is an update of a chart I originally posted last December. At the time, I thought I was “done” with Pandarian rep grinds. Of course, I wasn’t.

“Scout Rokla” indicates completion of the quest “Meet the Scout”
“Domination Offensive”: slash indicates completion of the short quest chain to establish the faction base; cross indicates completion of the 5.1 storyline and Exalted reputation with Domination Offensive/Operation Shieldwall

“Scout Captain Elsia” indicates completion of the quest “Thunder Calls”
“Isle of Thunder”: slash indicates completion of the 5.2 series of solo scenarios; cross indicates Exalted reputation with Sunreaver Onslaught/Kirin Tor Offensive

“Chromie” indicates completion of the quest “A Flash of Bronze”
“Timeless Isle”: daily/weekly quests from Kairoz and Shaohao opened up, Extreme Treasure Hunter completed, Rolo’s Riddle solved, Crystal of Insanity obtained

“Black Prince”: slash indicates completion of “A Legend in the Making”; cross indicates completion of “Trial of the Black Prince”

Raiding tier checkmarks indicate having obtained all desired shinies for Transmogrification from that tier

And here’s one more Shado-Pan Transmogrification Kit, for good measure:

Shado-Pan Serpent Rider

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Ordon Legend-Keeper Spaulders & Greaves, Tunic of Masked Suffering, Ebonhold Girdle, Bloodmail Legguards*, Grotesque Handgrips, Big Black Mace, Bloodforged Guard, Sawbones Shirt*
Mini-Kam has been working (when I feel like it) on collecting Skyshards, but she still has a few yet to find before she can tame Milau’s momma.
The shirt just fills in the midriff and elbows; the red in the shoulders and underarms is in fact part of the chestpiece.

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Hallow’s End was good to the Underpowered Death Knight this year. She started out somewhere in the middle of 83. Between the dailies and trick-or-treat touring, this happened when she’d completed Northrend, Eastern Kingdoms, and most of Kalimdor –

She finished up Kalimdor, did the tour of Outland, and went under the sea –

Finishing up the Azerothian candy tour and dailies over the next few days got her halfway to 86.

Then it was time to go to Pandaria!


Hey, what’s that lout still doing hanging around here?!

Once she got on the ground, she ignored the rest of Jade Forest questing to look for candy buckets. I quickly discovered that if a Horde character who is still hostile to the Forest Hozen tries to run through hozen settlements that later become allied with the Horde (Camp Nooka Nooka and Grookin Hill) the hozen there will treat them as if they are Alliance — Elite guards will spawn and one-shot the hapless character with their bows, and they will be PvP-flagged when they rez. I did manage to get the Grookin Hill candy bucket, though!


Except that you won’t be here very much longer, now will you?

The candy buckets, exploration XP, and a couple of fortuitously-placed (that is to say, not very dangerous) Pandarian Archaeology digsites soon got the Underpowered Death Knight to level 86. I hadn’t been able to get the Eastwind Rest candy bucket because of the quest phasing, and while I could have tried to get a summon into the Vale for the two candy buckets there, I didn’t try very hard. Instead, I went back to Kalimdor and did some more Archaeology until she dinged 87. Then she could do the quests to open up Eastwind Rest and the Vale. Because I wanted to succeed at these quests fairly quickly, I didn’t bother using her usual weak weapon, but instead equipped her Greataxe of the Ebon Blade.


The Vrykul Drinking Horn enlarges my Tauren Female player character to approximately the size that I would expect a female Yaungol of the same scale as this male Yaungol to be.


Somewhat surprisingly, Ur-Bataar proved to be more difficult than Varian Wrynn the Spirit of Hatred! She died twice to Ur-Bataar and only succeeded the third time because a Night Elf Shadow Priest came along and joined the fight. In contrast, the Spirits of Anger, Violence, and Hatred in Xuen’s trials went down fairly easily — perhaps because I already know all their tricks and how to avoid them, whereas Ur-Bataar is simply a contest of raw power?

Now I am somewhat tempted to spend the next couple of weeks until Warlords pushing her through to become one last 90 before the level cap goes up…

Meanwhile, my ensemble of level 90 characters were taking their daily turns to whack the Headless Horseman. They collected almost enough Magic Brooms to completely outfit six Quidditch teams –

– just about as many Sinister Squashlings (I didn’t count those because I just threw them away), and a handful of helmets and swords… but no Horseman’s Reins. :(

Now that this holiday stuff is over and won’t be eating up all my playtime anymore, I’ll be able to go do that pre-launch world event quest chain in the Blasted Lands and run the new UBRS a few times. I should do it with Kamalia and Kaprikka — the two characters who I know for sure will be going to Draenor — even if I don’t manage to do it with anyone else.

Finally, here’s my other Death Knight’s annual Horseman’s Helmet outfit:

Grave Moss

The Horseman’s Horrific Hood, Crystalvein shoulders chestpiece & gloves, Field Plate Girdle, Antique Reinforced Legguards, Pyrelord Greaves, Gravestone War Axe*/Greataxe of Stonard
I thought about making black “Grim Reaper”-type outfit to go with this axe, but somehow that seemed excessively cliche. These greens look better with the glowing helmet, anyway.

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Looks like we have An Agenda for the next several months:

Malygos and Deathwing (and I guess Ony and Sarth, too, though they’re pretty easy to solo these days) with side-trips to Firelands to beat up Fandral Smellyfeet to see if he’s ready to give Momo her staff yet.

Personally, I’m still missing the Azure, Onyxian, and Blazing Drakes. Thankfully, the Sandstone Drake has been replaced with the Purple Netherwing Drake, so I don’t have to grind Archaeology with one of my Alchemists, after all — phew!

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Kinevra has always had a mind of her own. A few months ago, I sent her to the Argent Tournament to complete my collection of Tournament mounts. While she was working on that task, her own end-of-the-OLRG-evening portal roulette sent her to Tol Barad a couple of times… and she started thinking that maybe she wanted the Spectral Steed, too. So when she finished up at the Tournament, off she went to Tol Barad.

I was still on a PvP server during most of Cataclysm, and with Tol Barad being a designated PvP zone, I just said NO to doing the dailies there. I never even set foot on Tol Barad except for a few times when my guild was raiding Baradin Hold and I was summoned to the meeting stone.

But Kinevra thought, hey, it’s an expansion later, and I’m on a PvE server, so I want to at least check it out.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that doing the dailies didn’t auto-flag me for PvP. I’d kind of expected that it would. After a few days of doing the dailies at the base camp, I decided to go to the battleground side during a time when the Alliance controlled it and check out the dailies there. I’d thought I might be auto-flagged for PvP just by going over there, or by doing the quests there, but again, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn’t.

An expansion later, on a PvE server, Tol Barad ain’t so bad.

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Double Agent

And Kaprikka makes 90 #11.

It was late enough already when she dinged that my usual fresh 90 routine — meeting with Wrathion, doing Path of the Last Emperor, and visiting the Timeless Isle — will have to wait for another day.

Then it will be the Warlock’s turn.

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