What a big weekend! Achievements and mounts and pets – it all happened!

~*~*~*~Note there are some class campaign and class mount story spoilers in this post for Death Knight and Rogue.~*~*~*~

This weekend I managed to tick of a lot of things from my bucket list, and even a few that weren’t there.

First up, my little warrior dinged 110.

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She’s still got a long way to go to get through her campaign, but at least for now the “hard” part is done. This just leaves my demon hunter to get to 110, then all classes will be at max level!

After completing the Death Knight campaign last weekend, it was time to get the class mount. I have to agree with the general cohort here and say that the Death Knight campaign is definitely one of the best, if not the best campaigns of all the classes. They nailed the class fantasy with this story. I felt down right evil throughout most of it, and was squirming in my seat when I was being asked to do some pretty wretched things. It was brilliant.

Then yesterday I went off to do the class mount story, and that was also brilliant. I really enjoyed it! It’s down right creepy having the Lich King constantly pushing me to do evil things in my ear… but do them, I must. For the mounts, of course!

I really enjoyed the scenario for this quest, as it took us to a place that we’ve not really been to before (whereas most other mount stories just take us to old world places. Which is great! But this was a nice change). The cinematic at the end was absolutely BRILLIANT. I got some amazing screen shots of my DK in that! The Death Knight stuff really is excellent, so if you’re even a little bit curious about it, level one up and go for it!

 

Today (Sunday) it was my rogue’s turn to complete her mount quest. The Rogue class campaign was ok… the trouble is that I just really don’t like rogues as a class, so the overall experience was tainted for me. Levelling her was so painful because I died a lot, and I just didn’t find it fun. Don’t get me wrong, it was still interesting, but let me put it this way- I didn’t take any screenshots of the campaign at all. That’s how uch fun I didn’t have doing it.

I did, however, take some screenshots of the mount campaign because that was quite good. Although truth be told, felt a little rushed. The basic premise is that we go do a favour for Ravenholdt, and he gives us a mount in return. The quest line really has nothing to do with the mount (whereas most of the other campaigns make the acquisition of the mount a big deal). Still, the quest line had me sneaking in to Horde cities to kill random targets. Which was tough because I don’t pvp, and these were not instances of the capital cities- it was live. So not only did I have to sneak past guards and what not, I had to dodge other players, too. I did alright, though, and got through it relatively well. Which is great, because truth be told, the rogue class mount is right up there on my list of favourites. I absolutely LOVE the raven models. And the fact that there’s four of them makes it even better!

 

It was after getting the first rogue mount that I started looking at my mount count, and adding up how many I had left. With the first raven, it brought me to 294, and the second raven (for having concordance on my outlaw spec) brought me to 295. Only 5 mounts needed to get to 300 for Lord of the Reins achievement and mount. Ok, I can do this! I quickly did a world quest for some Artifact Power to get my Assassination artifact concordance as well. Done – 296. The fourth was subtlety, which I didn’t even have the artifact for. So off I went to unlock the artifact, then went an killed the world boss for enough AP in one go to get concordance rank 2! And that made mount 297.

So then I had a think about which other classes had mounts for specs that I didn’t play. First one that came to mind was paladin – I didn’t have the tank artifact or mount. So off I went to get that artifact. Killed the world boss again and bamn! Concordance and mount for ret paladin done- 298. (I also discovered there are glyphs that allow me to change my Divine Steed ability to use one of the class mounts instead of the racial mount. This was an AWESOME discovery as I really hate the giant elek I run around on mid-fight!)

My next thought was my warlock. The mounts were a little different for this one- the first mount you just get for completing the campaign. The second you can buy with order hall resources, and I’d already done that too. The last mount, however, was a drop from a rare on the Broken Shore. I’d been stopping by each day waiting for him to spawn without any luck. Figured I’d see how I go again today… wouldn’t you know- there was the rare! I killed him and BAMN! Mount 299 acquired! ONE TO GO!

I was thinking and thinking and then I remembered my hunter! I still hadn’t unlocked the Survival artifact, nor its mount. So I went to unlock survival. I did it as BM as much as I could before swapping over. Was a little tricky in some parts, but got it done. Again, went and killed the world boss for 5 mil AP and there it was- mount 300!! Except for some reason it didn’t ding on my hunter. It happened when I swapped over to my paladin instead. Lord of the Reins is finally complete! I really didn’t think I’d get this done for a bit longer yet. But I’m very pleased that I have. 🙂

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LORD OF THE REINS!

Because I was on a roll with everything, I went and unlocked all the artifacts I hadn’t done yet that awarded a toy or pet from Power Ascended. The best one was the Death Knight, as there was an adorable whelping for each spec that I picked up!

All in all it was a very busy but productive weekend. I only have the warrior class campaign and mount campaign to do, as well as finishing off levelling my Demon Hunter to 110 and doing all her campaign and mount quest line. I’m almost there! 😀

By the way, if you’re wanting to find out which classes have bonus pets or toys or have more than one class mount, check out the Class Mounts guide on wowhead.

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Well ok that’s a misleading title. I keep getting random Christmas songs in my head so I dunno, it just happened.

So earlier this week I was bumming around damaging eternity by killing time just kinda not really doing anything. I’ve been spending a lot of my game time doing my emissary quests and getting artifact power, and on this night I just didn’t feel like doing that. I was staring at my character screen trying to decide what to do. And for whatever reason I decided to log on to my paladin to get her Ashbringer. I’m glad I did!

~*~*~*~*~Paladin artifact spoilers ahead. Proceed at your own risk!~*~*~*~*~

Our journey begins in Dalaran, with one of the most impatient little shits I’ve come across in game – Lord Maxwell Tyrosus. I didn’t get a screen shot of him at the time, unfortunately, but oh my gosh did I want to throw him off Dalaran! I was running around to my profession trainers to get the starting quests and this fellow kept following me around and kept butting in with “I must speak with you at once”, and “I must interrupt, this is of upmost importance” blah blah blah. Yes dude, it’s important, I get it, but I need my profession quests, dammit!

Anyway, he tells me to go gather some friends and meeting him again for a very important journey – to get my artifact. I’ll level my paladin as Retribution for awhile, just to see how it plays out, so Ashbringer was the way to go.

Despite seeing Tirion die on the Broken Shore directly below us, we get sent away to speak with Uther at his tomb, so off we go.

There are a couple of little quests to do there, which was handy because it gave me a chance to figure out how to play ret again. Once the quests were done, we speak with Uther, which, I have to admit, was pretty cool. Lord Maxwell practically jizzed his pants he was so excited by it all. I had to giggle.

Unsurprisingly, Uther tells us Tirion (and Ashbringer) can be found on the Broken Shore. SHOCK HORROR!!! But before we go back, we need to get more people to fight with us, so we head to Light’s Hope Chapel for troops.

Then, it was back to the Broken Shore.

In news that will surprise no-one, Tirion did not actually die during the Broken Shore scenario – he’s just mostly dead. And unfortunately is being tortured pretty badly. To be honest it’s quite awful. So I felt a lot of righteous anger welling up in me as I cut down those damn demons one by one. (For the record – ret pally, super strong! I had no gear and an outdated heirloom weapon and still managed to kick butt!)

We discover Tirion’s location, and also the location of Ashbringer, so off we go to claim it before the evil demons do. Fun fact – I found this place very early on in the beta when there was nothing there. I remember wondering what it would be used for – I particularly loved the light breaking through the crack in the cave ceiling – really beautiful.

So Ashbringer was in my hands. And of course demons don’t like us being powerful. Especially not this one – we were going to take away his toys! And a great battle was had, in which he attempts to capture us to torture us the way he is torturing Tirion. I may have gotten a little sassy…

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There actually a really beautiful moment where you’re trapped, ready to be taken away and destroyed. And then this calm comes over you, and you hear Tirion’s determined voice say “Light, grant me the strength to shatter these bonds”, and you get an extra action button to do exactly that. It was genuinely awesome.

Battle over, Lord Maxwell comes back to tell me Tirion is asking for me by name, and is running out of time. He then tells me I must take up the blade, and come the Ashbringer. And then the light leaves him. It’s pretty emotional. 😦

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We have to get out of there quickly, though, before more demons rock up, so we take Tirion to lay him to rest at Light’s Hope Chapel. This is where we discover there has been a secret section underneath the chapel all this time – amazing!

Looks a little suspicious at first… but as you head down it starts looking as things should.

At the bottom of the stairs are some people who are waiting to greet you.

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Then, as you start walking past you, they bow to you, like the damn hero you are.

I RP-walked the whole way down to the alter. Not only because I got a kick out of everyone bowing to me, but also it just felt like the right thing to do. This was Tirion’s farewell, a moment to mourn a leader, and a moment to recognise shit’s about to get real.

At the alter, Lord Maxwell gives a wonderful speech about Tirion, and also about me and how there’s no-one better than me to lead everyone in the dark days of battle ahead. I am going to be the saving light. So I write my name in the glowing golden book, people pledge allegiance to me, and everyone in that chapel cheers for me. Of course it’s lovely for the ego, but that aside, it was a really beautiful moment.

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I didn’t get to do anything more than that. I had intended to see what was on the weapon racks for me to see if my transmog pieces were showing up, but it was really late so I logged off. But I really, really liked that artifact acquisition quest line, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the order hall campaign plays out.