Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Walrus Men and Pirates

I had a lot of fun last night questing in Howling Fjord.

I headed over to the goblin who was in a dingy with a pirate flag. I immediately thought of the last scene in Pirates of the Caribean: Battle At World's End. In this scene Jack Sparrow has scene his beloved Pearl being stolen by Barbosa. Jack gets into a dingy and raises the pirate flag and starts singing 'Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirates Life For Me'.

I took a boat ride from the Goblin's first mate over to the Pirate Island. There a whole string of quests opened up.

I thought the plane the Dwarves used to send me from Valgarde to Explorer's Point was cool. It ain't got nothing on the plane the Pirates use to send you over to the shipwreck to find one of the cursed Vrykyl artifacts they stole.

There was one quest where you had to kill this named Killer Whale. I found him but he was swimming around pretty fast. I would have given my left arm for some sort of ranged attack or distance closer (like Charge) so I could get into melee range of him. I just knew that I was chasing him down, someone else with the quest would come along and start fighting him. Eventually, I figured out his route and I was able to cut him off.

Then I got a quest to be a gunner on a ghost ship and take out some giant walking Tree guy. That was pretty cool.

The pirate chain ends with a quest to kill their deranged captain. Have you have noticed that a lot of people in World of Warcraft go all loopy and need to be killed? Anyway, this guy is a 72 Elite. I bet I could take him as Protection, but I wasn't willing to try it as Retribution.

Then towards the end of my playing time last night I ran into some Horde trouble. Up to this point, I had not had any Horde difficulty. I had been questing side by side with Horde most of my time in Northrend and riding past each other on the roads. It had only been at the Azjol'Nerub meeting stone that I had had any trouble at all.

I was coming back from the Walrus men village and as the lift came in Howling Fjord I see two Horde Druids fighting an Alliance Hunter. The Hunter died before I could unsheath my Axe. I wasn't sure if the Hunter had started something, so I waited a moment to see what the Druids would. Entangling Roots around my legs was my answer.

A quicky BoFreedomed myself and jumped the one in Caster form. I was in full PVE gear, but I burst him down pretty quickly. The other one was in Cat, so he stealthed.

I waited a moment and somehow saw him in stealth, so I opened up on him. All my cooldowns were back up from the other guy so I burst him down before he could even go to Bear.

It was only after they were both dead that I noticed the lovely Night Elf Priest who had been healing me.

The hunter grumbled at me, but I wasn't too worried about it.
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