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Skulking in Frostwhisper Gorge for Thorium

I mentioned previously that our group, having arrived in Hellfire Peninsula, was still trying to catch up some lagging trade skills to keep up with our transition from vanilla content.

That was easy enough with some things.  Tistann, my hunter, was already at 300 for skinning and leather working.  Wilhelm, my pally, was up to 300 mining and closing in on 300 for engineering.  Viniki, past tank for the group and my weapons specialized blacksmith crafter, was in a bit of a bind though.

The path from 280, where he stood, to 300, requires a walk through a rich field of thorium veins… and he was hardly the only character in that situation.  The competition for thorium veins was pretty fierce.  So I was feeling kind of content at letting him stay behind for a while.

And then Ula succeeded in getting up to 300 in enchanting and needed a fel iron rod for Outland enchants and the market was alternating between empty and highway robbery on that front.  Suddenly a blacksmith with a 300 skill level seemed like a very handy thing to have around.  The rod is one of the first Outland recipes available for one.  I just needed a pile of thorium.  Fortunately, I had figured out a plan.

In farming for thorium for Wilhelm, I had noticed that at the south end of Winterspring, in Frostwhisper Gorge, there was a regular rotation of rich thorium vein spawns.

Six rich thorium veins

Unfortunately, the gorge is also home to a bunch of Frostmaul Giants, level 59-60 elites.  That makes getting into the gorge a bit of a challenge… unless you can stealth your way around.

Alioto, my recently level 60 feral druid had managed to get t 300 mining and could stealth around in cat form pretty well.  So I sent him there to farm the thorium veins.

Slipping by the giants

The next problem was the spawn rate.  Once you harvest a node it takes 20 minutes of so for another one to appear.  It is kind of dull just hanging out waiting for spawns to show up.

So I hit on the idea of just logging in every half hour to hour, depending on when I had the time, scooting along to find the current node.  Then I would mine it, go back into stealth mode, and log out again.

Sweet thorium vein spotted

This was pretty low pressure and something I could do throughout the day.  The joys of working from home.

In fact, logging in during the day was more fruitful than in the evenings.  Once the server hits prime time there starts to be some competition for the nodes.  There are a couple of level 70s who come in and farm the giants… they must drop something of value… and harvest the nodes.

But during the day things tend to be quiet.  Not perfect… you get a truesilver spawn every once in a while, which isn’t as useful… but pretty good.

A truesilver spawn

I had to hang out there for a while.  For Viniki to get from 280 to 300 blacksmithing, he needed to make 20 Imperial Plate bracers, which take 12 thorium each.  That is 240 thorium, which at 4-6 ore per spawn, takes a while.  But I just left Alioto parked in the gorge all week, logging in every once in a while to grab a bit more thorium.

Eventually I collected enough that his bags were full.  But when I sent it all to Viniki he went to work on the bracers and made it to 300.

300 the hard way

The fel iron rod was the next thing he made.  Op success!

Then I sent Alioto back to the gorge to help out Ula’s blacksmithing alt Scscla.  More thorium harvesting.

Swinging the pick again

One thing I did find out was that rich thorium nodes continue to give skill ups when you harvest them all the way to the Burning Crusade maximum.  Alioto hit 375 mining mostly on rich thorium.  (I did take hit to Hellfire Peninsula for some gear upgrades and he mined a bit of fel iron there.)

The whole thing has also made Alioto my wealthiest character.  Truesilver, and the gems from rich thorium veins, sell pretty well at the auction house.  He isn’t out buying an epic mount yet… but he is pretty close to that being an options.  Of course, that is in part because the expansion rewards pumped a bunch of gold into the economy, so everything at the auction sells for more.  But that is the way to get to a flying mount eventually.

Checking Up on Alts in WoW Classic

I have been mostly on about the instance group in WoW Classic for the last few months.  That is both because that is where I have spent most of my play time as well as the fact that the tales of the group tend to be nice, discreet stories that have a beginning and and end.  The paths of my alts, out in the world leveling up, tend to be messy, with starts and ends that are more a function of my play time available than having reached the end of a particular zone or quest line.

But I have carried on with alts, at least a couple of them.  As tends to happen, I rolled up a bunch of alts and some have fallen by the wayside.  I have a few still lingering in their 20s and another in his mid 30s.  I have kept up with two of them though.

One of them is Wilhelm, my paladin.  I thought he might have been a lost cause, as he hit something of a wall at about level 40 where at-level mobs were starting to get the better of him and grinding them out was starting to feel like a real grind, where he had to stop and recover after every fight.

However, at the end of Zul’Farruk a polearm, Khoo’s Point, dropped as a bind on equip item after a fight.  Nobody needed it so I asked if I could have it for Wilhelm and, as it turned out, it was just the thing he needed.  The boost in damage over what he had been swinging suddenly made him viable again and I got a few levels on him before I found another polearm at the auction house.

Wilhelm running down another quest

He has made it up to 45 and is about set to start poking about in Searing Gorge.

Then there is Tistann the hunter.  He is my main alt, so to speak, and also the guild leader.  I like to keep him up with or a bit ahead of the dungeon group.  He was my first character to get to 50 back in June.

Once he wrapped up Searing Gorge he had a quest to go out to Chillwind Camp in the Western Plaguelands, which actually has a couple of quests that were manageable at his level.  He grabbed those and the Argent Dawn commission, and killed some undead, but the quest chain there ramps up pretty quickly, so he got on the bird and headed elsewhere.

While the post-40 leveling process is known for sending you all over creation, you do get to settle down for a bit now and then.  In Un’goro Crater you can chase down some quests without too much running about… or at least running to other zones.  There is plenty of running about in the zone.

And some things running at you

After that it was off to Felwood, which is kind of a pain to get to in the first place.  And once you get there you get a work out again.

Felwood map

The quests start down in Emerald Sanctuary, but the objectives range further and further up the map.  The first quest is close by, but you end up hunting stuff all the way up around Felpaw Village, which can make for a long ride back and forth.  But at least you can grab the flight point, which is south of there.

While I think of Un’goro as an ideal place for my hunter, since he could skin, Felwood worked pretty well for me.  There are a lot of quests where some patience for grinding mobs will serve you well.  When I am in the mood, that can be quite relaxing.  You just carefully slay mobs and work your way to your target.

Made my way to Xavathras

There are some underground adventures as well, with the and escort quest in the mix, because of course there is.

Nobody can leave captivity without their stuff

And a couple of the quests send you off to other zones, which wouldn’t be so bad, but that flight point is a long way off still.  I actually ran to the Azshara flight point once, just to see if it was closer, but it is about the same distance.

Out to watch a ceremony before I ride, then fly, then ride for the turn-in

Eventually you get the quest that sends you on to Winterspring, which takes you through the Timbermaw tunnel, a location of some renown.  Fortunately, this was not my first Felwood rodeo, and being in no hurry, I went and ground out a bit of reputation with the Timbermaw Hold so that I did not have to fight my way through them.

Unfriendly means they don’t attack

I was able to run through the tunnel unmolested to start in on the Winterspring.

First stop, Denova Snowden

I was 54 at that point, and Winterspring is just a bit above that if you want to play it safe.  I persisted for a bit.  A hunter with a decent pet can get away with some things I won’t try with my pally later.

I made sure to get the flight point at Everlook and picked up a bunch of quests there.  I did the ones I could, but some of them either send you directly, and others eventually, back to the Plaguelands.

So it was back there, where I started off at level 50, to hunt more undead.

A Plaguelands panorama

And it was there that I hit 55, which is sort of the last milestone before level cap.  That was also where I started feeling like I was really going to make it there.  From 55 to 60 is not a trivial grind but, going back to the leveling guide, I still have most of Winterspring and Western Plaguelands to work through.  I’ve barely seen any of the the latter.

Where I’ve been from Chillwind

And I have not even started in on Blasted Lands, Azshara, Burning Steppes, or Eastern Plaguelands.

I have enough content between me and level 60 to just follow that along to 60.

And then I have to get my paladin through all of that as well, which is a very different experience.   But I’ll leave that for another time.

Winterspring, Swamp of Sorrows, and The Blasted Lands

My summer Loremaster project moved its first character out of vanilla WoW… well, post-Cataclysm vanilla WoW… or whatever we want to call the 1-60 part of the game these days… and into The Burning Crusade content.  Trianis, my night elf rogue, started off on these three zones at level 53, but by the time he finished up the last one he was level 61 and ready to go through the dark portal and into the Hellfire Peninsula.

Looking out from the Portal

Looking out from the Portal

Last time around he had finished up Felwood, run through the Timbermaw tunnel, and had emerged into Winterspring.  Taking that on was just the natural progression, so in I went.

Winterspring

Winterspring Map

Winterspring Map

More after the cut.

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