After getting Hurmoo up to level 34 via the dungeon finder, he was ready for Saturday night.
Unfortunately, there would be no instance run, as Earl had some RL obligations to attend to, leaving the four of us to work on some more levels in anticipation of the Scarlet Monastery cathedral. We started off with:
32 Tauren Druid – Azawak (Skronk)
33 Blood Elf Paladin – Enaldie (Ula)
34 Tauren Druid – Hurmoo (Vikund)
34 Undead Mage – Bigbutt (Bungholio)
So we decided to head into Stranglethorn Vale.
I expected Stranglethorn Vale (STV) to be a bit of a challenge for us, especially on a Saturday night.
STV is a contested zone, which means that everybody there is flagged for PvP. Well, we’ve been in contested zones before.
But STV is also one of the first zones where both factions start really rubbing elbows. You end up running the same quests after the same targets for the same quest givers. You get in the face of the other faction.
If the other faction is around.
We started off with the Nesingwary quests, as we were not all at the same step. Kill 10 is the order of the day with the Nesingwary expidition, and so we did.
Raptor Massacre... er... Mastery
The raptors weren’t tough, by Nesingwary’s camp was a bit dicey. We got rolled over by a trio of level 40s heading back there and then got worked by a lone hunter. The hunter was our level, but knew what he was doing. We were spread out so hit him one by one and he killed us one by one.
Fortunately we were just targets of opportunity for him and he moved on. Well, fortunate all around I suppose, since we were going to go at him as a group if he was still hanging about. Fool us once and all that.
After that, we had three quests that required drops from the trolls in STV. And so began the main even where we killed many, many, many trolls.
One of the quests needed 25 drops, so we killed for quite a while. As a group with a tank, a healer, and DPS though, we were able to slaughter the trolls in large numbers.
Slowly we accumulated those bloody bone necklaces until three of us had all 25. And then the fourth person noticed that they did not have that quest.
So we shared the quest and went back to the troll slaughter. It is a good thing that these quests are now smart enough to know who needs the drop and who does not, so getting that last 25 necklaces went very quickly.
As we headed back to turn in the quests, we knocked off a few more raptors while avoiding that group of alliance level 40s. The defense channel indicated that they had moved from targets of opportunity to hunting down and camping horde players.
We stayed clear of them and turned in our quests.
Slaying all of those trolls left us with quite a pile of pages from The Green Hills of Stranglethorn, everybody’s favorite inventory management quest. We piled our duplicates into the guild bank. Hurmoo had enough pages that he went to the auction house, bought the few he did not have, and headed back out to STV.
And then realized that he forgot one page. Azawak was nice enough to buy it and drop it in the guild bank so Hurmoo only had to get back to Booty Bay to pick it up.
Turning in the Green Hills was enough to get Hurmoo to level 35, so our time in STV was worth almost a complete level for him. Everybody else was up a level as well, so a good night for the team.
And, while Hurmoo was doing that last quest turn-in, it became clear on the defense channel that a group of horde 80s had arrived to teach the alliance level 40s a lesson. One of them was hiding in a tent at the Nesingwary camp. I passed that tidbit of information along before recalling and logging off for the night.