Making Merry

Last Saturday night we decided to do a little work on the current holiday in WoW, the Feast of Winter Veil, with our main Alliance characters.

This is our second pass through the holiday, so we had all knocked off at least a couple of the achievements.  In fact, for the most part, we were all reasonably well set up to get the meta achievement and the title except for one item.  We all still needed the Winter Veil hat for the ‘Tis the Season achievement.

The hat is the “fight a boss” item.  You have a couple of choices for the boss.  We decided to go with Grand Magus Telestra in the Nexus.   So Bung, Ula, Skronk, and Vikund, who were all on a bit early, headed out to Coldarra

This turned out to be pretty quick.  At level 80, if you walk the right path and take care, you only have to kill two patrolling mobs before you get to Telestra.

However, if you want to play it safe, you should probably kill the four guards in the room with her.  When she starts flinging people around the room there is a chance you’ll aggro them if you’re not careful.  We did that on the first run.

Not that it mattered.  Being level 80 in a level 70-ish instance means room for error.

We did managed to screw up now and again.  Only one hat drops per fight, so we had to reset and redo our run three more times after the first fight.  We did find out, for example, that there are no invisible walls to keep you from falling off of those bridges between platforms.  Skronk managed to prove that point.

But in the end, we all got out hats.

Hats all around

By that point Earl had joined us and we got out the horde characters for our first run into Scarlet Monastery.  The line up for that was:

28 Orc Shaman – Earlthebat (Earlthecat)
29 Tauren Druid – Hurmoo (Vikund)
30 Undead Mage – Bigbutt (Bungholio)
30 Blood Elf Paladin – Enaldie (Ula)
30 Tauren Druid – Azawak (Skronk)

We used the new dungeon finder interface to teleport our group to the instance, avoiding all that messy travel.

The point of entry

We were looking to do the graveyard section of Scarlet Monastery.

The graveyard should be pretty familiar to us by now, having done the area at level quite a while back then having visited repeatedly during the last two Hallow’s End celebrations.

Into the graveyard again

The graveyard went quickly.  Quickly enough that I really didn’t take any further screen shots.

After that, we talked about moving on to the next section of the instance, but Earl was tired out so we decided to call it a night for the group at that point, having at least advanced our instance march one more notch.

At that point the evening became a casual affair.  Skronk and I headed to Dalaran to see if we couldn’t close off the last couple of achievements.  Working together we managed to spot all of the race/class combos we needed for the snowflake achievement, allowing us both to claim the title.


We’re still on a holiday achievement roll.  I think the Lunar Festival is next up on the list.  And more Scarlet Monastery for the horde group.

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