Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Navispam: Working hard for my Apotheosis Souvenirs

It's been a while since I visited Jasyla - usually I have lousy timing and she's raiding, but that day I didn't really feel like pet battling and I can maybe catch a few of her Apotheosis guildies for a pic.  Besides, I am at work so I'll be half AFK anyway, so it's even better if they're busy.

I logon and yep, they're raiding.  It's exciting, though, to just sit in guild chat because before long there is heroic Wind Lord kill spam for some of the guildies, and that was quite cool!  Serrinne, Tikari and Kaleri all said hi and I thought, this time I'll wait for them to finish so I can take a pic with them.  And shock horror, I decided to level a few levels too, while waiting.  I don't know what had gotten into me.

I think I made it to level 5 when Tikari appeared beside me.  Tikari's pretty cool, for a rogue.  He writes really intelligent posts on his blog, Tikari's Tricks of the Trade, like How to Steer Lord Rhyolith and his latest post on Soloing Chess in Karazhan.  I'm more used to those rogues who can't kick the boss to interrupt him because they haven't got enough energy as they're busy DPSing... /grin

Tikari was server first Fangs too!  Not surprising since it IS Apotheosis after all.
We dragged Serrinne along for pics as well.  Serrinne has droolworthy achievement points!  Number one on the server! Actually, come to think of it, 6 of the top 10 are from Apotheosis, so I should be congratulating them as well :P


Jasyla stealthed her way over and they showed me some of the awesome stuff their guild has - look at those beautiful mounts from doing gold challenge modes!  Serrinne is sitting on her LK mount /more drool.  And I asked them both to bring out their fave pets - Tikari brought out his Murkimus the Gladiator and Serrinne couldn't decide... she brought out her Withers who is named Jasyla, so I brought out my Teldrassil Sproutling named Jasyla!  I wonder what Jasyla thinks of all these people naming their pet after her and being so famous and cool LOL!


And THEN Serrinne brought out her Yak!  Ooh, I want a ride!  I've never ridden a yak before and I don't know if it's me or it just seems to run like a rabbit - giving it the illusion of going fast.  I won't be getting a yak anytime soon but boy it looks cool :)


Tikari asked me what my favourite pet was, and it's hard to choose, but I brought out my most special pet and Jasyla got on her Charger to match it.  He felt right at home!


Tikari and Serrinne said I should level an alt, and in all honesty, I couldn't think of anything worse than levelling anything!  But I was browsing all their cool guild achievements and stuff, and I saw they had a Thundering Serpent Hatchling - maybe I could level and get a guild souvenir of my visit!  Whew, that's going to be hard work though...

Roshii and Souglyy had recently levelled alts in another guild to get that pet and told me that it takes only a couple of hours - they got the pet at level 17 or so.  Ok that sounded cool, but I should know better than to listen to alt-levelling veterens who have the Quintessential Quintet, because for someone like me, it will take me ages.  But I took them at their word, and decided I would do it.

So, off I started on my levelling adventure.  OMG I am levelling an alt.  It's obviously a blue moon, and look, I see a pig flying, and it's holding my winning lottery ticket.

I have this to say - 2 hours MY ASS.

I only logged in a little bit each day to do some levelling, and sometimes I had a burst of a few hours, but it took me a WEEK to get to revered.  But it was an interesting journey to say the least!  One of my friends, Cavendar, was teasing me, saying I should get off that server and go and level on his server, because he would invite me and give me the gold so I could get the pet.  But I had already started a little bit (I was level 8) and I said I was going to do it, and it didn't matter about the gold, I could sell one of my pets hopefully and scrape up the 300g I would need for it.

Look what I learned!  This may sound funny, but I never knew what Hogger was, really.  I see Deaths to Hogger and everyone thinks how funny it is but I didn't quite understand it - I thought maybe it was a bit like stealth Reaver or something.  Anyway, now after questing in Elwynn, I know what Hogger is!   But I didn't know why people would die to it... I was enlightened by my Apotheosis guildies that Hogger used to sneak up on people, and it was really hard, and you needed a group to kill it.  Obviously it's no longer like that because I was doing it by myself, and I don't know when it changed.  I guess Hogger to hordies is a bit like Gamon is to alliance - though Gamon is harmless until you attack him and got buffed into something that really hurts, whereas Hogger has gone the other way and gone docile from something really fierce.  He's still in Stockades though - I didn't go in there, however.

Then I was onto Westfall and I really was interested in this Defias storyline.  I got to see young Vanessa VanCleef witnessing the death of her father at the hands of the Alliance and she comes back and recruits all the homeless and unhappy Stormwind outcasts into the Defias and they sack Sentinel Hill and burn it.  Wow, I never see that on Horde!  And I get to see all her cronies too, all the bosses in Deadmines.


Then I was onto Redridge Mountains.  OMG I HATE AND LOVE IT THERE!  I was having a hard time with buggy quests and lots of dying which was sucking up a lot of hours.  There was an Ettin quest where I had to get a rock off someone, but I tamed the Ettin, brought him to the rock, and couldn't do anything.  There was no action bar, no pet bar... so I took my Ettin to the inn to buy him a drink but he disappeared and then when I tried to tame another one it didn't work.  So I abandoned the quest and tried again and then the tamed Ettin didn't show up at all!  I gave up after that.  REMOVE FROM QUEST LOG *click*

(Edit: OMG I just looked it up on Wowhead and you're supposed to use the controlling orb again to make the ettin do stuff!  #$%@!!!)


However, after that, were all these AWESOME quests with John J Keeshan.  It only clicked with me when I did the quest They Drew First Blood, that it was all a Rambo reference!  John J Keeshan is supposed to be John J Rambo, and his commanding officer, Colonel Troteman is a throwback to Rambo's CO Colonel Trautman.  I LOVE Pop culture references in WoW!  This has made my day.  Keeshan even puts on a red bandanna later, and you even GET the red bandanna as a quest reward.


(I didn't wear it though.. You cannot PRY my Safari hat off my head!)

Thank God I wasn't questing with Catwynn.  I would never finish questing while she flirted with my quest giver.
Keeshan says things which are similar to the Rambo movie!
  • "They asked me to fight in those wars. I didn't ask them! I did what I had to do to win. So I end up getting captured by those filthy, crap-swilling, maggot orcs and for five long years they used me as a toilet. Finally I break out and head back to my hometown and what do I get? People spitting on me, protesting me, calling me a baby orc killer and all kinds of vile crap!" 
  • "I CAN'T FIND YOUR LEGS JOEY! I CAN'T FIND YOUR DAMNED LEGS!"
  • THERE ARE NO FRIENDLY CIVILIANS!
Then I got stuck.  I had to go and do another poop picking quest and get some leaves and make some stealthy gear, and then I was stealthing into Blackrock Orc camps trying to free POWs and plant bombs in strategic targets.  And that guy I was with, Jorgensen, would agro stuff and get me killed all the time.  I think I was about to throw the whole thing in - but I ended up persisting and that one quest took me about 45 minutes to do I think.  Phew.  Once I had finished, I flew to Stormwind to clear out my bags and decided to help the little girl there get her balloons.  As I watched her flying away, I realised I didn't want to go back to Redridge, no matter how awesome or sexy Keeshan was.


I had hit 20 by then, and I could now mount!  However, I kept forgetting I could ride, because once I hit level 15, the frustration of not being able to fly or mount had faded, and I was just running everywhere.  So silly me ran all the way to Duskwood before I realised I could have mounted. DOH!

A couple of quests there, and I was revered! Yay!  Back to Stormwind I went, and I was standing at the guild vendor and beside me was the new recruit Aussie-living-in-US who joined the guild about 1 hour beforehand.  I waved to him as I bought my hatchling - taking up the very last bag slot!


A big thank you to Serrinne!  She sent me the gold to buy my pet (and then some) and that was such a lovely gesture!  Big hugs and a little surprise coming your way!


Thank you Apotheosis!  I always imagined that top guilds are full of Nazi-like raid leaders, elitist jerkoffs and hardass cullers who look down upon us regular folk who just like to do normal stuff and bum around like idiots every now and then.  But it just goes to show that big guilds can have big hearts and be lovely and pleasant - even to a someone who acts like a nooblet and chats non stop about silly things (like Hogger), and I am not only impressed, but I am humbled.  Big hugs to Jasyla, Tikari, Serrinne and sleepy Kaleri (who I can never find because she logs off so damn quick), a wave to Jaymz for being so friendly,  and a big cheer to Apotheosis for putting up with me levelling like a snail for the past week :)

29 comments:

  1. I hate to say friendly people are rare but I have never met anyone like you, I swear. Keep doing what you are doing, making people smile :)

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    1. It is only the miracle that is chocolate that gives me the energy and the will to be so out there :)

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  2. Yeah yeah yeah, all nice, all good, you rock blah blah blah BUT!!! Hogger never killed me in an Inn, while I was just trying out my warlock howl! LOL! This post is epic Navi! - is that the one the Internet tried to eat!? You beat the Internet! You do rock, Navi, and this is all great stuff!

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    1. The internet ate that post :( It was better before, I just can't seem to capture the same wittiness I had in the previous post /cries
      But I am glad I levelled a little, if only to discover what Hogger is and also to discover Keeshan...

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  3. Aw man... I log quickly because I've got early mornings! If I'd known you were around I would have come back!

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    1. I will look for you again! The Warcraft World is smaller than we think :)

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    1. Not sure what you're trying to say but if it's a compliment, TY :)

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  5. I'm pretty sure we all did Hogger back then. Although that was a while ago now, your hubby might remember - and you did need a group. While levelling up diff toons he killed me quite a few times.

    Congrats on the pet. It is a lot more effort levelling up on a brand new server. At least you only needed to get to revered :P

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    1. But we were horde? Maybe we did it on our night elves? But we would have done Teldrassil then Darkshore... I'm not sure.

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  6. Ahh the memories of Hogger! Congrats on the pet!

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  7. Oh no! You lost this post? You poor thing, you deserved a whole box of chocolates. See why Catwynn's Alliance with John J. Keeshan around? Now I know why you were doing all that leveling, it was worth it in the end though!

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    1. He's not bad for a human, I'll admit that!

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  8. Urghh the etin in Redridge is a pain. The hatchling is awesome, gratz.

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  9. You're awesome! /wave Gratz on your pet!!!!

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  10. I wondered why you were so diligently leveling an alt :P Grats on your pretty new pet!

    I enjoyed playing through Westfall and Redridge, but then I stalled out at Duskwood.

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    1. It was kind of fun - like, cleaning the bathroom, knowing that at the end you will look at gleaming sparkling tiles... and... umm... LOL

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  11. Wait....Navi lvl'd and alt? Did the world end? Pigs start to fly? Sorak not Fayle?

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    1. Hang on... I don't get the Sorak bit...

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  12. Grats on the pet, and surviving Redridge. I swear, that whole zone drove me crazy trying to run through it with a friend. One of the end-stage quests, defeating some dragon or other, bugged out six times. Six times! I would've gone on strike if my questing buddy wasn't enjoying the Rambo theme so much. D:

    That's awesome hanging out with Apotheosis, anyway! Sounds like you had a good time... even if you were levelling an alt. :P

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    1. Apotheosis hanging out was cool! Levelling was... like a mountain but there was a goal at the end... thank god it wasn't a really really long goal. But it was fun getting to chat to them when they're not raiding :)

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  13. Gratz Navi, yah :)

    Souglyy

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    1. Thanks souglyy for all the encouragement <3

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  14. Hogger ... brings back fond memories indeed, those we're the days. Grat's on your new hatchling! I so enjoy these NaviSpammed post. I hope your next adventures are just as awesome! I haven't had the pleasure of meeting anyone from Apotheosis, but what a great group of people you've introduced here. I love meeting new people especially when they turn out to be so friendly and like-minded.

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