The instance group was short a gnome on Saturday night, so while we were all sitting outside the Halls of Stone, that was obviously not going to be our destination as a four person group.
The four of us were:
76 Warrior – Earlthecat
78 Priest – Skronk
78 Mage – Ula
78 Paladin – Vikund
And we needed something to do.
For a short term solution we decided to head back to the Caverns of Time and hit the heroic version of opening of the Dark Portal. We did the regular version a few weeks back and figured we could handle the heroic version with this group.
Fortunately there is a portal from Dalaran to the Caverns of Time, so we were able to get from Ulduar to the instance pretty quickly.
Earl picked up the quests and away we went. Again, another week without a delay getting an instance. Very nice.
The routine was the same as before, and since Earl had done Violet Hold with us it was easy to explain what was going to happen.
Zip, bang, an 18 portal round and we had the achievement, Earl getting a double, both the regular and the heroic.
This time we were ready for the orcs to stream through the portal. Last time we were ready to light them up. This time we just waved.
I then demonstrated to Earl that there wasn’t any going through the portal for us. If you try to follow the orcs back through the portal, you just end up on the ground on the other side.
And that wrapped up that for us, leaving ample time for other adventures.
So we thought about what we ought to try next.
We had talked about Zul’Aman previously, there being a quest as part of it that yields a 20 slot bag. We could all go for that. So Ula opened a portal to Ironforge for the four of us, then we flew off to the Ghostlands to hit Zul’Aman.
Once there we picked up the quest for the bag and headed in.
There we found an NPC named Harrison Jones. I had just run into him in Grizzly Hills with my hunter the other day so was a bit surprised to see him. WoW does have its share of recurring characters.
We spoke to Harrison and he lead us over to a gong that he explained would open the inner doors to the instance if only he could get at least five people to help him sound it.
Five people. If only.
Well, we tried banging the gong with just the four of us in case they changed that rule, but nothing appeared to happen. Our attempt at Zul’Aman was thwarted.
So suggestions were called for once again. This time Karazhan came up.
A mage portal to Stormwind, a flight to Darkshire, and then a ride through Deadwind Pass got us to the gates of Karazhan.
Which were locked.
Well, a quick look through WoW Wiki indicated that getting the key to the place was a little more involved than we were expecting.
That wasn’t going to fly.
Again we began discussing options. What could we do that was fun, interesting, new (for us, at least), and would possibly grant an achievement?
The perfect idea came up. A plan was hatched. Another mage portal was opened. We were heading off for something different.
But I’ve got nothing else on tap for this week, so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what it is.