After finishing up the Nagrand storylines, this weekend BTH and I went on a “gotta catch ’em all” flurry of rounding up the zone quest & exploration followers that we’d missed along the way. We couldn’t quite get them all; the NPC who drops the key to Goldmane the Skinner’s cage was bugged and not respawning, so we’ll probably have to wait until after the server reset/maintenance tomorrow morning to get him. We found Abu’gar himself while we were questing, but I admit that I cheated and looked up where to find his stuff — I just didn’t have the patience to go over the whole zone with a fine-toothed comb. I also cheated and looked up where to find Archmage Vargoth’s stuff. The exploring I did while going out to find the things was rather fun, but I do think it would have been more fun to just discover Vargoth’s stuff gradually in the process of doing the dailies for Apexis Crystals. I’ll have to be more patient and let my alts get him the real way.
Of course, acquiring all these new followers put me over my 20 active follower limit, so almost all of the new followers got benched as soon as they arrived in my Garrison. I have been prioritizing Patrol missions so that I can get to 50 Patrol missions completed for the achievement that awards the Level 3 Barracks plans.
ETA: Got the achievement, but where’s the blueprint? It didn’t show up right away on the blueprints vendor. I’m wondering if perhaps I have to upgrade my Town Hall to level 3 before I can upgrade any of my other buildings to level 3?
BTH’s Hunter has had all the luck with followers; he’s had several of them spontaneously upgrade to blue or purple on acquisition. One of his spontaneous upgrades to purple came with both Scavenging and an Epic Mount! I am so jealous! I, however, will have to recruit for Scavenging once I get my Garrison up to Level 3 and my Inn up and running and to Level 2. I also need to recruit for Leatherworking and possibly Skinning (depending on how Goldmane rolls when I get him), because I like the combat abilities of my current followers with those professions enough that I want them out doing missions instead of working in my profession buildings.
I had originally thought that for Kamalia, at least, I’d eventually want to get to a point where all 25 of her active followers were either Tauren or female. I think Leorajh and Talonpriest Ishaal are really cool, though, so she’ll probably end up with 23 Tauren or female followers, plus those two guys.