Once more back in time on a Saturday night to try to rescue Thrall and finish up the Escape from Durnholde Keep. Our line up for the night was:
70 Warlock – Bungholio
70 Warrior – Earlthecat
70 Priest – Skronk
70 Mage – Ula
70 Paladin – Vikund
I have been listing our levels in every post about the group as a method of recording our progress. For the first time since we began the instance group and did our first run, nearly two years ago, we were all at the level cap. Even at our slow pace we have caught up with Blizzard.
So back to Tanaris, back to the Caverns of Time, back to the Old Hillsbrad Foothills, and back to Durnholde Keep.
Last time around we had it going on until the last fight and would have been done completely but for releasing from death too soon.
This time around we started off well again, feeling confident after the last run. We blew through, set fire to the barracks, killed Lt. Drake (who dropped Uther’s Ceremonial Warboots for the third time running), made our way into the keep, released Thrall, fought our way back out, and defeated Captain Skarloc (who coughed up Durotan’s Battle Harness for Earl), finally coming to rest at the first waypoint in the set of encounters.
Then it was time to mount up and blaze through the next set of encounters. I remembered to catch the “second horse” that appears when Thrall mounts up.
We rode off, fought the battle of the stable and the battle of the altar without issue, and were thus again lined up for that final encounter with the Epoch Hunter.
Our first run did not go so good. We got a bit too spread out and wiped before we even done with the Epoch Hunter’s minions. As luck would have it, the soul stone expired during the fight, so we had to release and run back.
In place again, we started off, doing much better until the last set of minions when Bung went down. We finished off the group and Bung got a quick ress, and then it was in to the Epoch Hunter fight.
It was not one of our more well executed battles.
The Epoch Hunter’s “Impending Doom” DOT made things difficult and soon we were starting to fade. Earl went down and we began to despair. Then Vikund, then Skronk, then Bung went down. Only UIa was left.
She summoned her ice elemental minion and roared into the attack. We had the Epoch Hunter down to just a couple percent of health, and Ula carried it through to victory.
The Epoch Hunter was down. Skronk used the soul stone to revive, then ressed the rest of us. The quest updated, we turned it in to Erozion as quickly as possible, lest some other complication arise, and stood for the victory picture.
And so we were done at last. Thrall can get on with his life and we can get on with ours.
Of course, all that running through the instance meant that some of us were honored with the Keepers of Time.
This required a side trip to the faction vendor in the Caverns of Time to see what goodies were available to us. Vikund picked out the Crusader’s Ornamented Chestplate, a decent upgrade from his old chest armor.
And now we have to decide what to do this coming weekend. Should we stick with the Keepers of Time, now that we’re well into honored and some of us are drooling over a bit of the revered equipment, and see what is behind Dark Portal #1, should we head over to Auchindoun and the Sethekk Halls, should it be back to Coilfang Reservoir and the Steam Vault?