January 22, 2016

Paladin... Once Again

Hello, yes, I'm the person leveling up a paladin once again. Well, at least I was leveling one up. I've been having this on and off again relationship with them for as long as I can remember. I tried out a human female way back in BC before I settled on a blood elf male. I named him Bubbleyum, and before I even got anywhere, I was bitten by the low level pvp bug during Wrath. At the time, I decided to go with the 30s bracket, thus locking my paladin at level 39 and "twinking" him out. I cannot remember the amount of times I ran Razorfen Downs for X'caliboar off of Ragglesnout (who was a rare spawn) or the countless amount of runs through all of Scarlet Monastery. I used the libram to enchant my headpiece and leveled up mining and skinning for the stat boost. I even cheated when the Jormungar Leg Armor was able to be applied to BoE legs and sent to a low level character. I never did get my Pendulum of Doom and I wasn't crazy enough to buy the really expensive Naxx shoulder enchants, but I was still pretty tough in battlegrounds.

So new expansions came, the zones changed, and heirlooms were introduced. I always thought about bringing Bubbleyum back into pvp, but I couldn't do it. So there he stayed in the city, full Scarlet set, stuck at level 39, and forced to be my bank alt. So why not level him? The answer is simple - once he hits level 40, he can no longer wear the Scarlet set. I mean, sure he can wear it and run around, but he can't transmog to it. This breaks my heart no matter how lore breaking it may be. (I see you lore people rolling your eyes!) So what did I do during WoD since I always wanted a paladin of my own? You guessed it, I started leveling up another.

Here is Fennel. We had such great plans. We had just made it to Northrend when Legion brought some rather interesting news. Of course the game is still in alpha so a lot of things are still up in the air. I was actually in the process of leveling while taking my alt+tab twitter break when I scrolled past this:
What?! Is it true?! My oh so loved Scarlet set may be getting changed to a plate set. Another thing was that classes that eventually are able to wear plate/mail will start out with that armor proficiency instead of learning them at 40. I was so thrilled that I logged out and left Fennel in the inn. If this change stays for Legion, which I'm hoping it does, I will be unlocking my original paladin and using my Legion boost on him. He's had to wait a long time, but hopefully that all changes. If things don't go as planned then I will boost Fennel and continue on as I originally planned. I know it's such a minor thing compared to all the other stuff that Legion has in store for us, but I think it's time for me to get back to playing the only paladin that ever truly mattered to me.

January 8, 2016

Transmog Time: Use The Force

I've been riding the Star Wars hype train lately. I thought it was brilliant when Blizzard decided to dress up the Orgrimmar and Stormwind guards with "lightsabers" to commemorate the release of the Force Awakens. In all my years of playing WoW, I always thought those swords were really awesome looking. I never did receive one not did I actively go looking for one since it was never something I wanted to spend my gold on. As if it was meant to be, Saturday I received a Blade of Wizardry from my salvage yard. This got me to thinking about putting together a Jedi master and a Sith transmog.

The Dark Side

Helm: Thistlefur Cap
Shoulders: Laughing Skull Shoulderpads
Chest: Silver-Thread Armor
Cloak: Blackmetal Cape
Gloves: Silver-Thread Gloves
Belt: Sash of Whispered Secrets
Legs: Silver-Thread Pants
Boots: Veteran's Dreadweave Stalkers
WoWHead Set Link

Of course for this set, the weapon of choice is the Blade of Wizardry or Teebu's Blazing Longsword. Some off-hand items that may fit well are:
Spring Gadget (Horde only, sorry) - Looks like a remote you can use to "control" a droid.
Rod of Molten Fire - The perfect torture device for your Rebel scum prisoners.
Drakestone - Yes, let the hate flow inside this little red orb.

The Light Side

Helm: Resilient Cap
Shoulders: Resilient Mantle
Chest: Durable Robe
Cloak: Mammoth Fur Cloak
Gloves: Gloves of Purification
Belt: Bright Belt
Boots: Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots
Shirt: Yellow Lumberjack Shirt
WoWHead Set Link

This weapon is a little easier to get since the Spellfire Longsword drops from The Slave Pens. Don't forget to get yourself a Lil' Bling to act as your protocol droid during your adventures through the galaxy! Here are a few other off-hand items you could use to complete your look:
Cosmos: You're going to need a planetary map to help navigate through deep space.
Tesseract Timepiece: A little more difficult to get, but I think it looks like some space age shield.
Surplus Limb: Everyone knows that most Jedi are prone to having limbs cut off, so why get rid of it when you can carry it around with you? (Ok, I know, bad joke!)

As always, these are for cloth wearers, and I try to use items that would be more easily available to all players. If you have any other Star Wars related transmog, please leave a comment below. I always love seeing what everyone puts together. Oh, and one last thing before I go... May the Force be with you!

December 30, 2015

The Icecrown Challenge 2015

Last year Ratsel came up with the idea of the Icecrown Challenge. She tagged me to join in. Even though things were a bit wild with me and Pigletoos moving and still settling into our new apartment, I still participated. I was really hoping that she would put on the event again this year, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw her post!

I won't go into too much detail here since I did so in my post from last year, but this hits very close to my heart. I lost a brother to suicide, and not a day goes by that I don't think about him, especially around the holidays.

A picture of my brother sits on my desk.
To be honest, I haven't been back to ICC since Invincible's Reins dropped for me, so it was pretty fun to go back and run it without having to hold my breath for a drop. It's always good visiting Arthas around this time of year. I brought candy and hot chocolate even though I don't think he was in the mood to celebrate.

Throwing a snowball at Arthas.
Regardless if the Icecrown Challenge existed or not, I think donating is a good tradition for me to continue on each year. I'm hoping each year my budget can allow for a little more since this charity does amazing things. If you would like to participate in the Icecrown Challenge or just want to donate to the cause, please check out the links below for more information. Happy Holidays!

- The Icecrown Challenge
- The Donation Page
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

December 26, 2015

Finding Farahlon

As I moved around some things in my garrison, I came across a map of Draenor. I could only assume that one of the peons moved it while cleaning and forgot to put it back where it belonged. As I walked back to the town hall with the map in hand, I noticed one corner was servery damaged. It looked like it was almost cut, but the person decided that was a bad idea and tried to erase the island on it. They didn't do a great job because I was still able to make out the name "Farahlon". Now where did I hear that name before? Oh yes, a garrison mission I previously sent followers out on.

Immediately I left the town hall and questioned a few of my followers. After a bit of interrogation, they confessed to me that they never found the island and the item they brought back was a staff that was picked up by the Laughing Skull clan. Hearing those words awoke the explorer inside of me once again. I had to do it; I had to go looking for Farahlon! I couldn't convince any of the ships I had recruited to take me out there, so I decided to go alone. It was just me, my raft, and the ocean.

I first stopped by the Laughing Skull village and listened as they told me tales of the magical island lined with large crystal formations and lush environments. There were even whispers of a treasure they called the pearl of Farahlon. A pearl!? Could this be yet another connection to the importance of pearls in Azeroth? I couldn't run out of the village fast enough, but they stopped to warn me of the seas surrounding the island. They were extremely rough and stormy; it would take a skilled ship fleet to survive. That still didn't deter me since I have survived death already.  As I paddled out further and further into the sea, I noticed my skyline change from a beautiful blue to a gloomy orange.

I kept going... and going, and going. I'm sure by now you're wondering what exactly did I find out there? Well, I found fish, magical flying fish to be exact! This group of fish would jump out of the water and fly around for a bit before plopping back into the ocean. I also found a large gron-like skull that had been in the ocean for quite some time to have so many mushrooms growing from it. Perhaps both of these items marked a hidden passage to get to Farahlon, but I sadly couldn't find it.

I pushed my raft around for a while longer before I folded up my map and took my hearth back to my garrison. I can't be the only one who had sent countless followers out there to check for something, yet they all turned up empty handed. I will definitely mark this one down in the books to "try again later". Someday I do believe we will find Farahlon, but sadly today was not that day.

If you would like to see the flying fish of Farahlon (as I like to call them), you can fly over to 90,40 in Gorgrond. If you look around under water in that area, you will also find the big skull I talked about in the post. Happy hunting!

December 2, 2015

Velgana by Sir Meo

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I follow some pretty amazing artists on Tumblr, and while I'd love to commission all of them, money simply just doesn't allow it. Trust me, if I had a disposable income, I'd have so much artwork of Velgana and Melathor that I would be able to fill an art gallery! Anyway, when one of them says they are doing freebies or a giveaway, of course I enter. Very seldom I win, but when I do, I'm thrilled to the moon.

I followed Sir Meo for their love of drawing Forsaken cuties; I especially love seeing my favorite OC of theirs, Adessi! So when they were offering free black and white sketches of your Forsaken, I decided to throw a screenshot of Vel with a lot of her frostfire regalia taken off since it's quite detailed. The picture I got back was pure perfection, and I'm eternally grateful for them drawing my little Vel with the rest of the cute Forsaken.

If you're looking to follow them or have a commission or two done, please check out the links below. Of course they do more than just Forsaken art, but we all know that undeads are the best. ;)

Website: http://vincered.net
DeviantArt: http://sirmeo.deviantart.com
WoW Art Tumblr: http://meocraft.tumblr.com