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Having fun with the Aqua Jewel

There have been a lot of items introduced with the Timeless Isle and all those new rare mobs running around everywhere on Pandaria, and lot’s of them are not only fun to use – they are actually useful in some kind or the other. For example, there is the Cursed Swabby Helmet, which not only turns you into an ape with a diving helmet (yeah, I know they’re Hozen, but they’re rather ape-like after all o_o), but also gives you a nice buff that increases your swimming speed and grants breathing under water:

That alone is neat enough already, but on top of that the Aqua Jewel is usable when in Hozen form already and applies its buff over it, resulting in a ghostly look. So if you ever need a ghost ape for roleplay purposes – at least the look of it applies to transformations like this one, and I’m assuming that the speed buff works as well, though I’m not entirely sure if stacks with the one of the helmet – will have to try this out at some point.

Additionally, there are other transformations or extras that get altered when using the Jewel, like the Druid and Priest Statue Set (the green glow becomes rather ghostly too, and way harder to see than normally), the Goblin Dragon Gun, Mark II (the gun looks as see-through as the user, and the flames are pretty much invisible) and also on the changed shape of the Elixir of Wandering Spirits (and makes you look like the spirit of a Pandaren for real – I guess that could be useful for roleplay purposes as well eventually).

And not to forget, besides full transformations it also works on stuff that applies to the character like Ken-Ken’s Mask (This one makes it almost look like the face disappeared instead of showing a mask – though I guess it would have been cool to have it floating around with its normal look instead) and on mounts! And that’s only what I tried so far, maybe there are even better ways to utilize the spooky effect. Even though Halloween is over already.^^

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My newest Character in this world

Yes.. I finally gave in and made a new Hunter. It’s not like my Mage is 87 now and could reach 90 in a rather short amount of time if I really levelled her properly.. But oh well. This game is not a chore, right? So if I feel like making another Hunter, then I will make another Hunter!

I have to admit, after playing Mage for so long and not being completely happy with the Human Hunter I originally made on Argent Dawn (the animations of female humans are too stiff >_<) I was thinking about making another Night Elf again for a while, and now that I finally did it proves to be a good decision already – in more than one way. After all my very first character I ever made in World of Warcraft had that race and class combination before, so it has a rather nostalgic feeling to it. That was so long ago. ._.

Going back to these roots now feels like pulling out the old favourite clothes from the wardrobe, taking off shoes after wearing them for too long, using the playground at night as an adult – just this familiar feeling of fun and easiness, of old happiness. It came somewhat as a surprise and I wasn’t prepared for the strong feeling of being comfortable and at home, but now it’s there and it’s pretty certain that this character will see some higher levels soon.

So this is my newest goal now, finish getting my Mage to 90 and pulling the Hunter up as well (the latter is probably going to happen first, though ._.) before the next patch! I’m not that optimistic and have no clue if I can do it at all, but there’s only one way to find out. After all there is still a bit of time and Hunter is a class that’s very easy to level, especially since I had so many already and it’s no trouble to do group stuff alone.

This kind of ruins the original plan of getting Teribeth to level 90 quickly and then start to farm reputation for all those factions of Pandaria to get all those rewards and the mounts left to collect for me. Saying that it’s not a race at all wouldn’t be completely true, since I would have wanted to do that before the patch to get started on some of the new content that’s going to be added. But then again, it’s not like I was ever great in keeping up with the actual content, even less in finishing raids and achievements related to them when they’re up to date, so it’s not exactly going to hurt my play style.

Seems like that will keep to be my fate – forever a slowpoke! But at least I’m having a lot of fun with it still, after all this time. Even though I have to say the elvish starting areas were rather confusing, they kept a lot of the old storylines but still changed some points around it, which ended up with me going to the wrong places too soon and having to go back to finish a quest, and other problems with the orientation. I ended up climbing the big tree in Shadowglen before I was supposed to, and then there’s this thing with the Ban’ethil Barrow Den – I keep making the mistake of going back to the big ‘crossroads’ room to find the body of Oben Rageclaw for the quest Druid of the Claw, forgetting that they actually put him in a room right next to his ghost (and the quest giver) now. Seems like old knowledge doesn’t die easily, even though it’s completely wrong and out of date.. Not sure if that is actually a good or a bad thing. ._.

Anyway! I guess those were enough meaningless words thrown together, maybe I’m just getting a bit too worked up over this whole thing. But I’m looking forward to see how it works out in the end and how I’m going to choose to spend more of my time after all.. the future will tell!

Also I really like my new weird name. Teiranae.


The Burdens of Shaohao: Following Pandaria’s History

Since I finally reached the newest continent that is no longer shrouded in mists, I’m following the quest lines there with my little mage in the Jade Forest (not that there’s really much choice^^) and in Dawn’s Blossom I found the scroll with the first part of the story “The Emperor’s Burden”. The content of the scroll says:

Ten thousand years ago, the day Shaohao was crowned Emperor of Pandaria, he followed the tradition of all the emperors before him and sought the counsel of the great Waterspeaker of the jinyu. With a light heart the young emperor stood before the prophet and awaited to hear what he presumed would be good news.

The Waterspeaker listened to the song of the great river, but his eyes widened with terror.
From the Book of Burdens, Chapter 1:
“And the Waterspeaker saw before him a kingdom of sorcerers surrounding a great well, and from this well they called forth a host of demons. Green fire rained from the skies, and all the world’s continents shattered.”

Terrified by the vision presented before him, Emperor Shaohao realized that he was not to live a life of luxury. From the humble town of Dawn’s Blossom, his journey to save Pandaria began.

It’s the same story that the small video series of ‘The Burdens of Shaohao’ is about, which is incredibly well done and just beautiful in my eyes. Personally I really like the art style, and even if not it’s still watch worthy because it’s an important part of the Pandaren’s past.

I know I’m behind and there are more parts of it out already, but I actually like to follow with it while I find the scrolls in the game itself and can read what is written on them. It feels more like properly researching their history and finding old scrolls telling about what happened a long time ago.^^