Last night, BTH wanted to run some Heroics with his guildies, so I went off to finish the Loremaster achievement in Stormheim. Or was it the other way, around, that I wanted to finish the Stormheim Loremaster, but BTH had already done it on his own time, so he went off to run Heroics with his guildies while was doing that, and then just kept going? Either way, we ended up playing independently last night.
Now I know what Sylvanas was UP TO in Stormheim. No wonder Eyir is upset (to put it mildly)! I also feel quite badly about how we treated Ashildir. As much as I dislike and distrust Sylvanas, I’ll probably do that questline with my Priest anyway because she is keenly interested in the Val’kyr and their origins. There are definitely some dangling threads at the end of that questline, though, and now I’m wondering if they’ll be tied up in the Patch 7.1 questline that leads into the raid, or if they’ll be addressed in a later patch.
After I got the Loremaster achievement for Stormheim, I looked around and decided to go exploring. I wanted to finish up the leveling zone Exploration achievements and get all the leveling zone flight points. I wandered around in Stormheim for awhile, thoroughly enjoying the scenery and discovering multiple side-chains that we’d totally missed. Trying to get to the Weeping Bluffs in Stormheim, I wandered up into Highmountain. So then I explored all the places we hadn’t quite gotten to in Highmountain before returning to Stormheim. After that, I hopped over to Azsuna and visited the Isle of the Watchers. Talking to a flight master there, I discovered that there was a flight point in an area of the map that I’d already discovered that I didn’t actually have. So I went and got that, too. I travelled to Val’sharah, but then it was bedtime, so I logged off at Bradensbrook. This morning, before work, I hopped on and headed toward the areas of the zone that I didn’t yet know. I had to check Wowhead, though, to find Mistvale. It’s up so close to the border of Suramar that I wasn’t sure if that area of the map was Val’sharah or Suramar, and I couldn’t clearly see any roads that I thought I ought to run up.
I found so much stuff in the leveling zones that I’m curious about now. I assume that I’ll probably get sent to some, if not all, of those little places eventually by World Quests.
As we quested through the zones, I found Earth Shrines in each zone. A couple of zones had two! At these Earth Shrines, an earth elemental was in trouble, and when I rescued it, it gave me 50 Artifact Power. I didn’t discover any new Earth Shrines when I was wandering about yesterday evening — it’s still possible that there are more to find, but I’m not ready to ask Wowhead for the list yet — but I did discover, on a tiny island off the western coast of Val’sharah, a Wind Shrine. Because I was cramming in a little WoW before work, I didn’t take the time to help out the wind elemental right then. I’ll have to remember the spot and come back to it later. I’ll also now be on the lookout for Wind (and Water and Fire) shrines in other zones as I revisit them for World Quests and my professions. The +50 Artifact Power is nice, but what I’m really wondering is if something cool happens if I manage to find all of the elemental shrines, like maybe the Hidden appearance for my Artifact weapons? If you know, though, please don’t tell me — it’s still early enough in the expansion that I want to try to find it for myself!
Update: I went back to the Wind Shrine at lunch. It was a different type of challenge than the Earth Shrines were — those were just combat; this was avoiding tornadoes, which I have always been bad at… It gave me 60 Artifact Power when I beat it, and it was difficult enough and frustrating enough — it took several attempts — that I hope there aren’t as many of these as there were of the Earth Shrines.
Anyhow, now that I have completed the Exploration achievements for and obtained all the flight points in the four leveling zones, I can go to Suramar!