Further Picture Spam


Two posts in one day? What ever is the world coming to?

Some quick notes about some raiding fun that’s been going on.

Belmann still is not seeing much of ICC – with the fall-off of interest prior to Cataclysm, combined with the general lack of time that I had to play for most of the year, Belmann keeps getting runs that go through the first few bosses in ICC then stop, and don’t get picked up again. I’ve done the lower spire, the gunship battle, Saurfang, Festergut, and Rotface quite a few times. I’ve seen Putricide about six times, and never been with a party that took him down. I’ve seen Valithria Dreamwalker and Blood-Queen Lana’thel… but no more than seen them. And I really, really wish I could see more. There’s an innate problem with the end-content raids, I’ve found over the years: if you are not in the first wave doing this stuff, you cannot gear up sufficiently quickly to get in on the end of that first wave, and generally by the time you are geared, nobody is interested in running the instances.

Oh, well, mustn’t be negative. Have some pictures.

A few weeks ago we went into Naxxramas to do one of the weekly quests. We were waiting on a few people to get ready, I still had the Noble Garden toy for turning people into rabbits… by the time we finished there were about 20 rabbits hopping around. I was particularly taken by Feggas our über shadow priest showing up as a sinister black bunny in the midst of all the fluffy white ones. I guess I’m easily amused.

Speaking of Saurfang, how many people hang around to watch the cut-scene (for lack of a better word) when Saurfang goes down? Varian and Jaina Proudmoore show up, and talk for a bit. Then Varok Saurfang, Dranosh’s dad flies in to reclaim his body. There’s a great speech, and some nice by-play with Varian and Jaina. By the way, don’t you think that (a) Jaina always seems a bit emotional? Needs chocolate? (b) Jaina would look better with a belly-button ring, and maybe a tramp stamp?

Do yourself a favour the next time you go through here, and wait for this little play to play out. We tend to think of the Orcs as being rude and brutish, but they have a very deep lore, and many of their sites and monuments have a rugged and majestic melancholy. Have you ever tracked down the monument to Grog Hellscream tucked away at the bottom of Ashenvale? You should, while it’s still there.

“Here lies Grommash Hellscream, Chieftain of the Warsong Clan.
In many ways, the curse of our people began and ended with Grom. His name meant “Giant’s Heart” in our ancient tongue. He earned that name a hundred fold as he stood alone before the demon Mannoroth — and won our freedom with his blood.
Lok’Tar Ogar, Big Brother. May the Warsong never fade.
— Thrall, Warchief of the Horde”

And just to show that we’ve got no bad feelings toward the Horde, Thes organised a large chunk of Selected to kill all their faction leaders last night, going back to kill Thrall a second time because it was so much fun the first time. I took MacMorris along for the run, in order to pick up the black bear mount for him, and also just to have fun hitting things hard with a sword. There was a great deal of chaos, fun, and not much resistance from the Horde players until we went back the second time to kill Thrall. I think they were getting a bit sick of us… We posed on the steps of the Dalaraan bank with our new bears, then went on a very slow walk around Dal, pausing only to moon the Horde camp, and wave our ePeens all over the screen