Sixty Eight in the Blade’s Edge Mountains

In coming into last weekend there was a question as to where we ought to carry on in our run towards Northrend.  After a few weeks in Nagrand we still had a couple of quest lines remaining, but not much.  As nice as a zone as it is, it was starting to feel like Nagrand might be spent when it came to our needs.

I did consider jumping in on the scourge invasion event and even flew out to Light’s Hope Chapel in the Eastern Plaguelands to see what that was about.

Departing Ironforge with a scourge thingy hanging over the gates

Out in EPL however, it didn’t seem like a very profitable venture, being a mix of randomness and a need to kill the right mobs at the right time with no sharing between groups.  That is the way of classic.

That set aside, it looked like the next stop on the zone list was the pointiest zone in Outland… and possibly the pointiest zone in the game overall… the Blade’s Edge Mountains.

Their favorite album here is The Point

Even the map tries to represent the abundance of sharp spikes that make up the zone.

The Blade’s Edge Mountains

I remembered that there was a quest in Zangarmarsh, in Orebor Harborage, that sent you up to the Blade’s Edge Mountains.  I stopped in there, picked it up, and took my flying mount over the spiked ridge and into the zone, wanting to avoid what I recalled was a trek through some caves with mobs to slay.

I mean sure, there was also a quest to slay those mobs, but the only thing the expansion has that matches the number of spikes in the zone is the number of quests overall.  We could give that one a miss.

I flew up there and was soon joined by Beanpole and Fergorin.  We just needed Ula, who was back in Stormwind working on something.  Beanpole being a warlock and all, we had the option to bring her to us via the ritual of summoning or whatever it is that warlocks do.  We either haven’t used it very often or it changed with the Wrath pre-patch, because it seemed different to me.

First we had to join in with Beanpole to bring forth his spell.

Starting the ritual

After that there is a portal of some sort that shows up, which I gather any one of us could click on and summon the person in our group that we had targeted.   I think.  It is hard to tell because we all did it at once.  However it worked, Ula appeared with us having made the direct flight from wherever.

Ula arrives with a pop

Then we were left standing there with the summoning thingy, like a fifth Beatle.  So we stepped away to distance ourselves from it.

It goes away after a while, right?

Together in Sylvanaar, we ran around and vacuumed up the quests, which were focused initially on the areas south and east of town, with a list of creatures to kill and drops to gather.

The neighborhood

The Blade’s Edge Mountains are in the back half of the zone list, a bridging zone between the Nagrand and the grand finales of Netherstorm and Shadowmoon Valley, and as such there were any number of re-used mobs to slay.  So there was the local cat species, the lynx in this case, and the Arakkoa, whose feathers we needed as drops, and then the ogres.  So many ogres.

Stop… its ogre time!

Seriously, at this point we’re deep enough into ogre killing that even Hemet Nesingwary is probably thinking, “Who there, maybe give the whole ogre thing a rest now.  Like, what did they ever do to you?”

And, of course, there were wolves.  The iron law of early 2000s MMORPGs is that in every zone you must have a quest to slay either bears, boars, or wolves… and usually two from the list.

On the bright side, since the pre-patch unlocked flight for us, and everybody in the group finally got on board the flying mount idea, we were able to navigate around the various obstacles and packs of aggro mobs rather than having to schlep our way on ground mounts like losers.

Also, for reasons unexplained, three of us chose the white griffon as our flying mount.

The group in some sort of formation

I always go with the golden griffon on my main because it looks like the default flight point griffon and I have it in my head that there is some mischief or deception that I could pull off by pretending I am not controlling the mount.

It has never happened… but it could!

Anyway, we carved our way through the various wildlife, Arakkoa, and ogres, wrapping up the whole quest series around Sylvanaar, after which we were sent off to Toshley’s Station, to the east.  It will be time for some Gnome adventures if we carry on again.

But who knows if we will?  Because the primary goal of the pre-patch time had been achieved.  Our main characters had all made it to level 68.

The group at level 68

I actually forgot to take a screen shot of that with us all online, so I did it from a lower level alt and fiddled the brightness and contrast to look like we were all online.

Anyway, we could carry on to level 70, but there are some arguments against that.

First, at level 68 we are able to get into Northrend, so we’re set.  Furthermore, since we’ll be going in as a group, it might be at list a little more interesting to be only 68 rather than 70.

Also, the xp bonus that is part of this pre-patch run won’t last.  It will be gone by the 26th, and it might be wise to use it on some alts.  Maybe even some Death Knight alts… and all the more so because Blizz is offering up a special mount in retail WoW is you run through the Death Knight starter zone before Wrath launches on the 26th.

What would I do for another mount?

Anyway, something to decide for next week.  We have at least hit our base goal for the pre-patch, we are ready to go to Northrend.

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