With the Cape of Stranglethorn out of the way, I had just four more zones left for the Eastern Kingdoms Loremaster achievement. They were:
- Eastern Plaguelands 40-45 – 70 quests
- Badlands 44-48 – 35 quests
- Searing Gorge 47-51 – 35 quests
- Burning Steppes 49-52 – 40 quests
And given that my shaman, who had just finished up the Cape of Stranglethorn, had just turned level 40, I was a bit tempted to just keep running with him.
However, I decided to switch characters once again. So far I have used a rogue who ended up at level 61, a monk who now sits at level 57, and my shaman. Now I brought out my warrior, Makarov, who sat at level 46. That seemed to be a bit high level to launch into the Eastern Plaguelands, but I had a reason to fall back on him.
For starters, he laid the groundwork for this Loremaster achievement bid back before I had actually decided to make a go of it. As I leveled him up, he managed to knock out a few of the zones I would have otherwise had to go back and complete, the most immediate of which was the Western Plaguelands. That meant he had a flight point up there. Plus he had a fair start already on the Eastern Plaguelands, having completed about half of the required 70 quests for the zone achievement. That was enough of a head start to seal the deal. It was off to the Eastern Plaguelands with Makarov.
More after the cut, as there are four zones worth of words and pictures.