I had a notion in my head that perhaps we could run down the lead-in quests for Sunken Temple and then maybe set foot in the instance for a bit, just to get started. Some wildly optimistic part of my brain thought maybe we could even slip in and finish Moronae’s class quest. WoW Classic, however, had other ideas.
But first we had to pick up where we left off with Moronae’s class quest in Un’goro Crater. He had one last thing to wrap up there. I had move myself out to the flight point in the zone and Moronae had camped there the week before so was still there. Skonk was in Tanaris and running down one of the Sunken Temple lead-in quests when we were all getting logged in.
Moronae and I headed out from the flight point at Marshal’s Refuge to try and track down a Devilsaur, the mob he needed, while Skronk flew out to meet up with us. Ula was still back in Ironforge, so she started heading for Tanaris.
Moronae and I found a Devilsaur in short order, and started following him as we waited for Skronk to catch up to us.
Following is easier said than done. The Devilsaur stomps around at a brisk pace and pays no mind to all the other aggro mobs in the vicinity, so we were weaving around trying to keep on eye on him and the other on potential dangers. Also, he isn’t restricted to a small area. According to the wiki he can wander in a large U-shaped area that spans most of the zone. So we kept on him.
I had read that a druid could possibly use soothe on him, then hibernate, to put him to sleep long enough to plunge in the stinger that was the quest objective. Then you run away. That was supposed to be the solo method. With three of us, I figured we could take a level 55 elite if we had to, but first we had to get him.
At one point I ran ahead a bit and grabbed him, only to find that Skronk and Moronae had gotten tangled up with another mob. And then another. And then when we finally were all on him we managed to pull in three more of the local beasts just to make things exciting. It became a bit of a scramble, and Moronae forgot about the whole stinger thing for a bit, which would have been quite a blow, but remembered in time to stick the Devilsaur and update the quest.
That done, we rode on back to the entrance to the zone for the quest update, only dragging along a few additional mobs along the way. From there we needed to get to Tanaris to meet up with Ula who was now in Gadgetzan. How to get there was a toss up. We could ride back across Un’goro to the flight point, or just ride up the ramp and through Tanaris. We chose the latter.
Along the way we started doing a quest checkup. Skronk had picked up the quest from Feralas and a couple of us had grabbed the one in Stormwind, though both could be shared. But then we noticed that Moronae did not have the quest The God Hakkar. It turns out that he never went back to Steamwheedle after Zul’Farrak, so had not gotten the update, so we took a little detour. Then it was back to Gadgetzan to share the shareable and get started on the next step.
We had to find Marvon Rivetseeker out in Tanaris somewhere. Given the general description, I figured I knew where he was, having done one of his other quests with my hunter. We found him out in the ruins south of Gadgetzan.
He wanted us to go retrieve his toolbox from Ratchet, which meant riding back to the flight point, flying to Ratchet, finding the tool box (it is just sitting on the ground outside of one of the shops, no marker, just a cog wheel when you mouse over it), then fly back to Tanaris, and ride back Marvon. He then gave us the task to go into Sunken Temple.
That done, we started on the quest out of Stormwind, a chain that first sends you to find the instance. So we rode back to the flight point, flew back to Ratchet, and waited for the boat to Booty Bay, which we had just missed.
In Booty Bay we ran to the flight point… there is no riding in Booty Bay… and flew out to Nethergarde Keep in the Blasted Lands, then rode to the Swamp of Sorrows next door and headed towards the instance. It is not hard to find.
To get the quest update you just have to swim a short distance towards the temple and then you get the complete message. At that point you have to head back to Stormwind. But we were in luck as Ula had the Portal to Stormwind spell, so we were spared some of the running around and flying.
From there it was off to the Dwarven District to find Brohann Caskbelly to get the next stage of the quest. He sent us off to The Hinterlands, so another flight for us. Up there the quest plays mistaken identities for a bit before sending you to find Rhapsody Shindigger, who is at the end of a little path in the hills by Aerie Peak.
He is an alcoholic dwarf… which I realize is like saying a “short dwarf” in Azeroth, but he takes it to the next level… who needs some ingredients for his special concoction before he’ll share his tale of the Sunken Temple. He wants some roc gizzards and some livers from Groddoc apes and Ironfur bears. The latter are found in Feralas while the former are from Tanaris, where we had all met up previously.
So it was back to the flight point and off to Menethil Harbor to take the boat to Theramore… because Portal to Theramore is a WotLK era mage spell… then on the bird again to Tanaris to find some rocs.
There were several suggestions as to where to find rocs, but the most insightful was the mention that rocs and hyenas shared spawns. So after some fruitless chasing potential spawn points, we just went to the big old pile of bones in the middle of the zone that was overrun by hyenas and started slaughtering them.
And it worked. Rocs began to spawn.
This is the problem of the shared spawn point where more than one type of mob can spawn, but where only one of those mobs is desirable. The desirable mob is hunter until all the respawns are the other mobs and then nobody can find what they need.
So we basically came along and fixed the spawn.
From there we just slaughtered… though the drop rate was pretty low. And then, as the three hour mark came and went on our venture, dinner was ready at our house, so I had to log out. But the rest of the group carried on and noted on Discord that they had collected their drops while I was away.
I got back on later in the evening and got my quota of roc gizzards, then flew over to Feralas and headed to the Feral Scar to hunt Ironfur bears and Graddoc apes for their livers.
The apes were a little rare on the ground, though I think they share spawns with the bears, as once I had killed a bunch of bears the apes started showing up.
Once I had all the entrails requested, I recalled back to Ironforge and flew back up to The Hinterlands again to speak with Rhapsody Shindigger who, after some theatrics, was ready to tell his tale.
Once I had the update from him it was back to Brohann Caskbelly, who I will mention is hanging out in an Inn in the Dwarven District of Stormwind, to get the quest that actually sends you into the dungeon to collect some stuff for him.
So I believe we are now all ready to enter the Sunken Temple for real. But that will have to wait until next time.