This is Hollydae.
Say hello Holly.
Holly is a project girl. She doesn’t have any huge baggage, or weird habits like eating herring while sitting in the freezer. Nope, she’s the Holiday Project.
I was doing the Hallow’s Eve quests on Jaramon and had a stroke of inspiration. “Let’s level a character on ONLY holiday quests!” Logistically, it is impossible to do this without gaining some exploration XP, so we are going to have to accept that.
Holly started out around the Blood Elf Starting zone, (her first death was the Headless Horseman’s pumpkin bomb.) Holly reached level 2 after completing the quests in Falconwing Square, and started the long trek to Light’s Hope Chapel. She was half way to the chapel when I realized that this could only be made more interesting by being permanently PvP flagged.
Holly finally made it to Light’s Hope Chapel just in time to ding 3 as she walked into the area. She snagged the candy and then was promptly killed by a wandering mob after getting the flight point. Holly’s next stop was a tour of Undercity, Brill, The Sepulcher, and finally Tarren Mill. At this point it was time for a rest, as being level 3 in a level 80 world is tough work.
So the established rules for Holly are:
- XP only from Holiday quests and exploration-
- PVP Flag on
- No funding or Twinking from my toons, however if someone wants to give her something, she will take it, dedicating the next leg of her journey to that individual.
- She does this for at minimum of one year (until at least next Hallow’s Eve)
Hopefully you will follow us on or weird and fearsome journey in search of the Azerothian Dream..
Say goodnight Holly.
I got a quest to go to Sholozar Basin and look for Hemet Nessingwary late Monday, and spent the remainder of the evening killing somewhat large numbers of animals to make him happy. I can’t even begin to tell you how fast the level is rolling by at this point. It seems to just pour in. I spent the majority of last night on a Sunken Temple run with the Draconian Assassins and working on the Green Hills of Stranglethorn/Hemet Nessingwary quests for the Collected Quests Achievement. You get nothing but a pretty ding for it, but it is one of the more interesting ones over all. Wish we got a title for it.
As I was logging off last night I got suckered into doing Wintergrasp. It was a ton of fun and well designed. We managed Victory In Wintergrasp, Destruction Derby, and the generic PVP awards Know Thy Enemy, and That Takes Class.
Oh and to top it off, Jaramon is apparently the slave of the ferret people. The. Ferret. People.
So after Jaramon made 73, I had to run him around and grab up the quests for Dire Maul West (then realized there were none for him…) and get all the bits pieces and materials in place so that we could take our inrepid band of adventurers back in to the dungeon. This run initially went.. worse than expected. The mobs were a bit tougher and the random materializing ghost was a pain in the butt. (Yes Fimlys, you were right.. it was harder than I expected. But we finished, so NYAH!) We gout our fifth person about halfway through and it got much, much easier. Well, until we got to the Prison of Immo’lthar and the Mana Remnants. These guys just kept coming and nearly wiped us. Once we got over that, the boss fight was cake and we trundled off to the basement to beat up on the very last guy, who went down pretty quickly. (Uppercuts and knock back are SO unfair.) Did the quest that you get in Dire Maul West, called The Madness Within, which we completed and got shiny new prizes. Of course there was the soon to be a tradition of the Group Photo. (Seen at right)
Now Wednesday, I spent ALL DAY in Blackrock Depths trying to get to the Grim Guzzler so I could get Dark Iron Ale for the Darkmoon Faire’s JubJub pet quest and items like Dense Grinding Stones for ticket turn ins for the Darkmoon Faire. Indidvidually, the mobs were nothing to worry about but the pet pathing is so bad in the dungeon that my ghoul would go start fights. (That got expensive…) But we got everything we needed and had a grand time at the faire, raiding as a guild. (yes I was a geek and marked the various DMF vendors with Raid Marks so that people knew where to find them..) After a couple of hours getting everyone some goodies, we decided to raid the Saldeen Farm and do Cluck! Which allowed us to get Westfall Chicken Pets as well.
After that I took some time to go to Northrend and get my first quests there, abandoning all the Netherstorm ones I had, because I didn’t want to have all the new stuff gray before I got there, so I was more or less forced to make the jump. Though it did net me 74 in about half an hour (I only needed 25% to get there…) and upgraded some of my equipment. I also got to adventure with a priestess who happened to be travelling the same direction I was and we worked together, which was a nice change.
Tomorrow is Friday and I expect to be back on the normal posting schedule by then.
Finally. I finished Elders of Kalimdor and Elders of the Horde. I am 6 coins away from 50 Coins of Ancestry. I spent nearly 90 minutes on Orgrimmar alone. Granted It probably would have been a few less minutes had I decided t not make the run in only my Festive Black Pant Suit . The rest of them were easy compared to that. I am working on Herbalism and Inscription, though the Inscription is much harder due to the herbs condensing down. I am actually having to go back to places to get more herbs to get through the levels. Once I am caught up, I will return to Outland to proceed from there.
Last night we were on Tanaris (queues on ER.. harumph) and doing quests. We finslly started Blood Myst Isle. The very first quest we performed was to ride an Elekk up and down the other island on a Paul Revere like ride to warn of an impending attack. It was quite amusing and fun!
Later on I was able to play Jaramon and managed to wrap up the Coldarra Quests, including searching for blue dragon eggs around the Nexus and all I can think is “Boy that’s GOTTA HURT!”
Why? just LOOK AT IT!
Look at the SIZE!
And THOSE CRYSTALS!
I mean, HOLY CRAP! Poor momma dragons! No wonder they are grumpy and want to eat us.
I mean look at those big spiky crystals!
Just look at them!
After breaking a few eggs, (use peppers and mushrooms to make a blue dragon omelette, it is divine!) I moved on to do the DHETA quests on Borean tundra and about crapped myself when I ran into Khu’Nok The Behemoth. Take the mammoths and enlarge them about ten times their size. Yeah. Big.
I still have a handful of quests left but I am only 30% from 72, which means that I can probably finish it before I hit the end of the Tundra.
After doing several minor chores for the Winterhoof, (including them trying to breed Yeti/Blood Elf hybrids..) I was asked to go talk to Lurielle at a grove not too far away.
I trounced off on my death charger to the grove and I got a nice surprise in that they were Nymphs! This made my blood thaw in my veins, since at least if this was going to turn into a Blood Elf breeding experiment, it would be visually appealing and less like that week in Stormwind’s lockup.. (Was that my out loud voice? Crap.)
They had me running all over the place killing elementals and beating up on Vrykul and pretty well doing what everyone else makes me do, (The dirty work.) The tone rather changed once I had to go rescue some of their sisters at another grove and try to free still another grove from some dark influences. These were IMPORTANT tasks! And then, out of the blue, Lurielle leaned over and with her lips gently parted…
… gave me another quest.
So Darn Close.
Ahh… New Agamand, hub of all things Forsaken in the southern Howling Fjord. Home to interesting people like Hacksaw Jenny and a few Royal Apothecaries.
I arrived no worse for wear, with few repair costs and feeling only slightly out of depth at level 68. I was promptly sent out to Ember Clutch to spray the new Plague sample on proto-drake eggs. I found the location fairly easily and marveled at the forest fire that I had to brave to get to the eggs.
There is a friendly Grove Ancient there but at 68 I had too large of an aggro bubble and decided to just work on the quest I already had rather than die repeatedly for no good reason. (But, I’ll be back!) I managed to quickly get the needed samples and truck back to New Agamand.
“Hacksaw” Jenny had a quest to go get bits off of the dead Vrykul for the abominations she makes. I trotted out to the burial sites to the south and made lots of bits, taking the best ones for our project. There was a Level 80 Gnome mage out there but I think he was just exploring because he walked right past me without so much as a glance. A bit odd on a PvP Server, really.
This was kind of nifty, though there were these undead Vrykul that were named but not attackable. I suspect they will cause trouble later. I will have to keep an eye on them.
Upon my return I was tasked with going back to Ember Clutch and luring down one of the flying Proto-Drake Whelps and getting some revenge acquiring a tissue sample. Normally, I would have been reluctant but I was also tasked with plaguing the Vrykul with the new formula; and quite honestly, being rid of the smelly brutes is a service to all Azeroth. I headed out to fulfill my duty and massacred the prerequisite savages and made my way to Ember Clutch, to whack em and stack em to get the sample.
I ran back and the high Muckety Muck said he wanted me to do one last thing: Plague the heck out of the Vrykul on a large scale and that “Hacksaw” Jenny would help me out. She sent me out for the prerequisite parts and a pound of flesh, (actually purchasable from a merchant, no infernal deals required!) I managed this and returned to get my Abomination Assembly Kit. Now a word of warning. I went to Halgrin to get this quest done and was able to create the abomination, but I failed utterly at controlling it until I turned Bartender 4 off. Something is still broken in BT4 and makes the vehicle type things work a little weird. I am going to have to log on to my warlock at some point and test this with his Eye Of Kilrogg and see if I can replicate the effect. After turning that in, I made my way to Camp Winterhoof and flew back to Vengeance Landing to finish up the quests in that area.
Last night, Jaramon finally left the valley of Vengeance Landing to explore further, and to complete some quests that had been given to him. I happily rode out of the lift and down the path toward the directions given me by the quest givers, not really worrying about the occasional Vyrkul who jumped out and needed to be beat down and turned into a ghoul.
I got to the bottom of a hill and got the message about Utgarde Keep being my new location. It was at this time that two seperate thought trains sprung up.
Jaramon: Uhmm where are we? WHY are we fighting so many Vyrkul?
Me: Well, somehow we missed the signs to go around this place loaded with them.
Jaramon: Remind me why you are driving again? This is getting a bit tough.
Me: Look theres an alternate path, lets take that since there are less over there.
Jaramon: Ok That looks to be a better bet.
Shortly after, I started noticing Alliance banners. I kept my mouth shut.
Jaramon: You DO realize that that is an Alliance encampment ahead, right?
Me: Is it? Well we can..
Jaramon: NO! We are going on the water now.
Me: Well ok, but look out for that–
Jaramon: Look again, that’s a SHIP.
Me: It is! Lets get right under it for a snapshot…
Jaramon: … Happy?
As we were there lining up the shot, one of the boats that travels between Valgarde and whatever Alliance place it connects to. We quickly moved to the far side of the waters and waited for the inevitable series of attacks that never came. We moved on and out towards the ocean where the ice floes were and finally found a lift to the upland area not too far from our destination, New Agamand.