Category Archives: Explorations


Last summer, if you’ve been reading here that long, I told you about my level 42 Druid stealing flames from the three Horde cities.  Only to learn he had to be level 50 to activate the quests from those flames.  “Till next year” means today!  Yay!

You know the sound effect?  From those game shows?  When you get the answer … wrong.  That “Wha wha whaaa” sound.

That’s what I heard when I went to turn in the fires I’d gotten from Orgrimmar, Undercity, and Thunderbluff.

Say what?  I need Silvermoon City’s flame?  How hard could that be?

So I flew up to Light’s Hope Chapel.  Then rode into the Ghostlands, making sure to pick up the flightpoint at the Zul’Aman entrance.

Then on to Silvermoon City.

Careful now.  Kitty Mode full on.  Sneak, sneak, sneak.  Nobody here.  Look away.  Just another bright day in town. …  Dang, those guards at the main entrance have got some olfactory nerves on them because I was jumped like some Gloucester High teen as soon as I stepped into the city.  (Low blow, sorry.  No offense intended against the fine guards of Silvermoon City.)

Anyway, I recovered my body after I sent Stormsoul in to investigate where the fire even was.  End of the Murder Row just into the Court of the Sun.  Oh, how à propos.

Carefully avoiding getting too close to anyone, I stealthed into the heart of the city.  A little lost I wound up stealthing through one of the Inns.  Finally I made it to Murder Row.  Scouting ahead I see two more guards.  I couldn’t sneak through the last pair stationed like this.  I could take the death and advance further.

But, wait, there’s more.  There’s some 70′s doing the silly games near the fire.  Oh, yeah, that’s going to work.

So I sat stealthed in the Warlock Trainer’s area.  Inside the curtains, occasionally looking out to see what was going on.

Nobody there?  Just the NPC’s?  Level 70 Troll Priest at the south end of Murder Row, just sitting there.  So I turn north, and go through the two guards.  Whoa.  Made it.  And into the pond when the mechanical guard goes by, with his stealth detection on.  He’s going down Murder Row.  I’m getting my fur wet, and I’m a cat.  Pfft.

I jump out and run behind the bonfire.  Last year I think I activated a pole to steal the fire.  This year I simply clicked on the bonfire.   This was easy.  Again.  The Fire of Silvermoon City was mine.  I walk to the back corner and hearth home.

Turn in the fires, grab my crown.  Now I linger, just slightly longer than I had to, at the mailbox.

P.S. Stealth capable classes for the win!

P.P.S. It only got better.  Turning in four flames from the enemy cities earned me 100 flowers.  I used those to buy the summer chest armor.  And, watch out, I’m on fire!

On fire

P.P.P.S. Be sure to check out WoWInsider’s Flames article.

P.P.P.P.S. Using another location guide, Itarilde and I visited a bunch of flames in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms.  She quit once she got 350 flowers and her Captured Flame.  I got my Brazier of Dancing Flames and then kept going until I’d visited every single flame, Horde and Alliance.  Actually, finally, got ganked in Netherguard Keep by an Orc Shaman and a Tauren Warrior, both 70′s.  Oh well.  A Troll Shaman died in Stranglethorn Vale and the balance was restored.  When you added up how many flames there were, and realized you earned 5,000xp for honoring a friendly flame, and 10,000 xp for desecrating an enemy flame, it was like riding all over the world turning in quests.  I earned a small bit of gold doing it as well.  And lovely Itarilde dinged 62 as well.

One more update: In Nashville for a conference.  So I took the lovely Itarilde for a run to capture the enemy fires.  Undercity was a piece of cake.  I did need to wait for the lingering 70 Warlock to move on.  Second he did I made my move and captured the flame.  Next stop, Silvermoon City.  Like Greenclaw, first death was inside the gates.  On collecting my body, and studying the patrols, I again went through the inn to Murder Row and then walked between the two guards.  Nobody around.  I grab the flame and restealth.  3 70′s appear.  Alliance.  One bows to me.  They grab their flames and mount up.  I mount up too and say “Let’s blow this pop stand.”  We ride out, they in the lead.  Sweet.  Next up, Orgrimmar.  The first guards get as I enter via the back entrance.  Some mage makes sure to Arcane Explosion as well.  Woots for him.  Stealthing I move to where I remember the fire was last year.  Nope.  It’s just to the south of there.  And guards somehow spot me, and a Warlock too, for good measure.  I died in the house next to the fire.  I come back and scout around in wisp form.  I watch the Warlock make an utter hash of the torch tossing.  I find the rogue in the same guild obviously waiting exactly where I’d expect me to be.  (I like how rogues think alike with regards to tactical stealthing.) So I rez at a safe distance and move to a new hut and log off.  This morning I log on and easily grab the flame.  I take a portal to Moonglade and then head to Thunderbluff. That was the easiest flame to steal.  Nobody around.  There was a tricky moment there, passing through two close guards going into an inn leading to the walkway to the Elder Rise.  The guards turn, but don’t aggro. I’d made it. All in all, 3 deaths, 100 flowers, 1 crown.  I turned the 100 flowers in for the chest armor and Itarilde too is a true spirit of summer.


Posted by on June 21, 2008 in Druids, Explorations, Quests


Test Results: I’m a Snowflake. >:/

I took the Bartle Test over at the Guild Cafe.

Here’s how I wound up:


EAKS players often live by the phrase ‘The journey is often more enjoyable than the destination.’ They are motivated by meeting the challenges of the world, but they are usually in no rush–because seeing the creatures and places of the world is even more fun.

Breakdown: Achiever 60.00%, Explorer 80.00%, Killer 46.67%, Socializer 26.67%

That does sound about right. I remember standing there in Thrallmar and looking up and seeing the players flying around me. I was like level 62, pretty much broke, and they were level 70, with 1000s of gold to spend. I started in the Outlands maybe a few days after it opened up.

Interesting, that when I told the Cafe what game I played they came back and noted:

Very Interesting…
The game that has the highest proportion of people like you (EAKS) is Asheron’s Call. You chose one (World of Warcraft) which is not amongst the top 10 choices for your type. Perhaps you’re a unique snowflake, or maybe we just don’t know enough people like you.



Posted by on April 18, 2008 in Explorations


Look to the west.

There, in the valley west of Death Knell, we found Four Peaks.


The valley is huge. So much room.

It’s about the size of another subzone in Tirisfal Glades.

I never really noticed it before. Not enough to actually go exploring. Tonight we did.

Maybe Blizzard has generated the terrain to allow players to fly over all the areas at some later point in time.

Maybe it’s the home for some more content.

It’s unfinished potential, for sure.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,

And my spirit is crying for leaving.

In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,

And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder, Ooh, it really makes me wonder

- Led Zepplin, Stairway to Heaven.

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Posted by on March 24, 2008 in Explorations


A vision of patience.

Winkydink and Darkhand, The Unbroken’s, our private guild’s, Engineering Department undertook a journey to southern Silithus where we investigated an abandoned Tauren village.  The windmill still functioned, but the house, teepee, and livestock corral were empty.  With the canoes parked on the shore, and no sign of violence that would otherwise explain their disappearance, we could only surmise the dreaded “disconnect” had taken them all.


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Posted by on January 2, 2008 in Explorations



Them?  These dead bodies, suspended from, or anchored down by, chains that course back and forth across the room?  Or us?  The two sole living, breathing, in our fashion, Forsaken that swam among them?


You know where sinners wind up?  Criminals tossed into the Well of the Forgotten?


The Pit of Criminals.

Methinks we’re lucky that nobody was home. 

No boss, though plenty of room for plenty of them.


Posted by on December 20, 2007 in Explorations



The wife got some travel brochures today while I was at work. She was so excited when I got home. We were going to go places!

Our first stop was Ironforge. Old Ironforge and the Hall of Thanes.

The old seat of power? Did they remove the throne to upstairs?


Then it was to the airport for a quick tour there. Those engineers. So clever. Let’s go!


Catching a quick flight, we soon arrived at paradise. I’m looking forward to retirement, dear. You, me, a farm, a waterfall, a pond, and the mountains. Sunshine. Fresh air.  A view of Menethil Harbor.


No, before you ask, my dear visitor, I won’t tell you how we got there. You’ll have to find your own travel agent for the tour.

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Posted by on November 8, 2007 in Explorations


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