Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Character presentation: Audhumbla the Druid

Audhumbla is my gentle and friendly Tauren Druid, she is one of my earliest characters, but have sadly never been on top of the prioroty list. I have always wanted to level her up, but she has kinda fell in between, so I am now so happy that she at least have reached level 80.

Audhumbla is a name with a norse origin, in norse mythology Audhumbla is the primeval cow that exists before the gods and the world itself. She was made out of chaos, when fire and frost met in Ginnungagap (means wide gap), alongside the giant Yme. Audhumbla fed the giant Yme with her milk, but she also gave life to Bure - the father of the norse gods, Æsene - by licking the salty stones of Ginnungagap.

Audhumbla is, as I imagine every Tauren is, gentle, friendly, spiritual, harmonic, hospitable, shy and a bit clumsy. Audhumbla is not an adventurous girl at all, she has not been out questing that much, with help from good friends (boosting and recruit a friend bonuses) she have managed to gain great respect in the horde anyway, and have now reached level 80.

What Audhumbla really is, is a hard working girl, still in love with her home land Mulgore and Thunder Bluff. She started out as a Skinner and an Inscriptor, but beeing such a working bee, and having so many good friends that are both traveling adventurers and Herbalists and Miners, she choosed to give up her Skinning and start as an Jewelcrafter alongside her Inscription work. She loves crafting, and tend both her proffesions well, making great items and some money for not only herself but also for her guildmates and friends.

Audhumbla is a well fitted druid, taking her personality in consideration. She have although been struggeling to find her right path as a druid, she have tried out all the three arts of druidism; Balance, Feral Combat and Restoration. Even though she loves the shape shifting, she is currently studying the arts of Balance, and seems to have found her right place for now.

Fishing up Old Crafty waaay before she got the 25 fish achievement. 


Born: probably january 2009
Reached level 80: 19. august 2012
Companions owned: 32
Favorite companion: Mr. Wiggles
Mounts owned: 10
Favorite mount: Flightform
Proffesions: Inscription and Jewelcrafting
Favorite zone: Mulgore
Number of deaths: 30
Number of hugs: 14
Number of quests completed: 343
Total factions encountered: 28
Factions at exalted: 0
Biggest idol: Cairne Bloodhoof RIP

Audhumbla is wearing:
Head - Headdress of the Green Circle - obtained from a lvl 50 druid quest - druid quest
Shoulder - Gorat's Bequest - obtained from a horde Ashenvale quest - Ashenvale quest
Chest - Willow Robe - BoE world drop
Wrist - Cenarion Bracers - BoE Molten Core drop
Waist - Fine Leather Belt - BoE, Leatherworking
Staff - Staff of the Verdant Circle - obtained from a lvl 20 druid quest - druid quest

Friday, August 10, 2012

Storm, earth and fire...

This week it's Darkmoon Faire, and me and my boyfriend visited with our Draenei's, that we are currently leveling up. One of the big moments are of course when Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain (L90ETC) played their biggest hit Power of the Horde.

Waiting for the band to get on stage!

Finally, the show has started!

Rocking out with Samuro and the guys!

According to, L90ETC is an american band consisting of Blizzard employees, and they do also have an alter ego band ingame. They had their debut in 2003 and their music is based on Warcraft (also some Diablo and StarCraft) content.

In my mind, they deliver really good (and funny) metal! It would have been so fun to see them live, meanwhile, enjoy these YouTube clips:

And here is a live version, with the actual band:

I just have to throw in the lyrics of this faboulus song aswel:

Storm, Earth and Fire... heed my call!

I am the son of the wind and rain,
Thunder beckons and I heed the call
If I die upon this day,
In battle I will fall

Hear me brothers gather up the wolves, <howl>
To battle, we will ride
War drums echo the beating heart,
Pounding from inside

Black clouds fill the sky
I hear my battle cry
Thunder we'll bring forth...
From the power of the Horde...

Far Seer to the Warsong Clan,
To no man will I kneel
Feel the power and the energy,
Born of black blood, honor, and steel

I feel the fire burning in my veins,
Lightning strikes at my command
By storm and earth, axe and fire,
We come to claim this land


Surrounded by the enemy,
The wolf among the hounds
Thunder turns to silence,
It took the hundred to bring me down

Wolf brothers falling at my side,
With honor I will die!
Upon the Altar of the Storms,
I will be reborn

Black clouds fill the sky
I hear my battle cry
Thunder we'll bring forth...
For I have been reborn!

The power of the Horde!

And in the end I'll just throw in one of my absolute favorite songs with this band; I am Murloc:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Nice, eh?

Sometimes, flying around doing archaeology or other stuff, I see the most beautiful scenes, like this sundown over Silithus

Happy, happy, happy, dancing bear happy!

I'm happy, again! Another mount! I had quite a few more Darkmoon Prize Ticket's than I remembered, so here it is, the fantastic Darkmoon Dancing Bear!

I think I'll actually send my Headless Horseman's Mount on a well deserved vacation after a soon 2 year long shift, and let this dancing wonder and my Green Proto-Drake do the job for a while.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Back to Blackrock; part 1

Ah, there's nothing like the good old vanilla instances, ey? Long, confusing, dark... It must have taken forever to run these at proper level, I wouldn't really know since I'm not a instance-person at all and since I started gaming just months before the release of WotLK. But that doesn't mean I haven't been to them all, either farming for rep or other rewards or simply just to have a look around. Today I'm taking you Back to Blackrock!

The towering Blackrock Mountain, uniting Searing Gorge in the north and Burning Steppes in the south. This mountain is home to many souls and is mainly contested between Ragnaros and his Dark Iron servants which rules the lower part of the mountain, Blackrock Dephts and Molten Core. While the upper parts of the mountain, Blackrock Spire and Blackwing Lair is ruled by the black dragon, Deathwings son, Nefarian and his followers. These mountains are not for easily scared souls to enter...

The entrance to Blackrock Mountain from Burning Steppes

In this post we are only gonna visit Blackrock Spire, Lower Blackrock Spire to be exact. Since I've called this post Back to Blackrock; part 1, there's a good chance there'll be more visits to this boiling hot mountain, so we can explore the other parts as well. The goal for this visit is to obtain two companions, they used to be quest rewards, but since Cata they are now pretty certain drops instead. This post is a mix of a sightseeing tour and a step by step description on how to find your way in this dark and intricate instance. The companions we are hunting for is the Smolderweb Hatchling and Worg Pup.

The first challenge is to actually find the entrance to Blackrock Spire, as I already said, this place is dark, and sometimes it's just hard see where to go. When you get into the mountain (from both zones) you enter a gigantic forge of some kind, there is an enourmus lava pit at the bottom, black dragons flying at the top, large dwarf heads carved in the mountain bursting with lava and a big rock floating in the center, only held in place by gigantic chains. There is a road circeling around the lava pit, enetering the mountain you get directly out on this road. On the east wall of this round road the entrance to Blackrock Spire is located. You can either enter the gate where the meeting stone is or you can head a bit north and fly directly in through the balcony.

The loading screen...

The Upper and Lower Blackrock Spire both share the same entrance, so when you are inside the instance, in the first room, you have to go right to get to the Lower Blackrock Spire. If you go left you get to the Upper parts. There are two right side doors, one upper and one lower, you enter the same room from both, so it doesn't matter which one you choose.

From this second room you take a left and then enter Hordemar City, there will be orcs patrolling everywhere.

Overviewing Hordemar City

Continue down the cracked road, keep to the left if you wanna stay out of trouble, cross two wooden bridges. 

The first wooden bridge

As soon as you have passed the last bridge, turn right and you will see two Ogres guarding a door. Look past them to the right and you will see a group of orcs at the corner, you'll have to kill the orcs and continue around the corner and down a ledge, turn left at the bottom and you enter a room filled with trolls.

Down the ledge and into the room filled with trolls

In this room you have to use the ramp to get down and out, turn right halfway down the ramp, and then turn left and you are on ground level. At ground level, turn left and you can see a door at the far wall, go through this door and you are outside among orc tents.

First right, then left on the ramp

Once outside of the troll-room, it first seems like a dead end, but you have to find your way through big stones, there is a well hidden path there which leads to even more orc tents and patrolling orcs.

There is a well hidden path here

Just follow the way through all these orc camps, and you will finally see a steep, rocky road filled with white spiders, that's right, you have to follow the spiders!

Funny details from one of the orc camps

Follow the spiders...

Reaching the topp of this steep hill, you have to turn a 180 degrees to continue, and then you will see her, Mother Smolderweb, on your left side, kill her to take her hatchling as your own.

There she is...

Watch out for incoming spiders

Looting the Smolderweb Egg

And, there you go, your very own Smolderweb Hatchling!

One down, one to go. 
You have to continue past the rest of the spiders, this also looks like a dead end, but it's really just another steep hill and a really low celling. After a while you'll reach a group of Ogres, make a sharp left turn (180 degrees), and then go down a long hallway. There are rooms at both sides down this hallway, you can just ignore them as there is only non-elite insects there.

At the end of the hallway you go through a door and then up a ramp/stairs, then make a left turn and further up some stairs. At the top you'll have a room at your right handside, in this room you'll find Quartermaster Zigris.

The Quartermaster is a rare spawn walking amongst several other orcs

Looting the Worg Carrier

And there it is, another amazing new pet! <3

If you want the achievement Lower Blackrock Spire, you can just go a little step back, and instead of making a right turn in the staircase leading down to the hallway, just go straight forward and follow the road for a while, and you'll soon get to Overlord Wyrmthalak, the last boss of the instance.

Happy pet farming!

Friday, July 27, 2012

I can't smell a giant rat

I am of course refering to the achievement I Smell a Giant Rat, and how it's not that easy to get this achievement and pet. As I am leveling up my warlock these days, I've been spending a lot of time in Dalaran (oh how I've missed Dalaran since Cata came out), doing the cooking and fishing dailys among other things. Always when I'm fishing in the sewers I'm hoping to magicaly fish up the Giant Sewer Rat, even though I know there is a really low droprate (about 0,4% chance according to wowhead). So, I'm fishing and fishing...

And fishing, and fishing...

And then I get a bit bored, so how about exploring the Underbelly?

There is so much to see and so many funny details in the sewers of Dalaran, at first I thought maybe talking to some local fishermen could help me fish up that giant rat faster, but there wasn't much help in Angelo Pescatore, other than he could recommend me a drink at the Cantrips & Crows.

So, after a Snowplum Brandy or two, slightly tipsy, I could start my exploring!

Underbelly Croc stares at you hungrily as he licks his chops... Ups, slowly walking the other way...

Oh! Look! Thats the one I want! 

I wonder how she got that thing down here?

Excuse me sir, are you allright? Hello! Hmmm, sleeping it off it seems... This guy had a Kungaloosh or three too many, luckily he can learn you how to make them, if you've been questing in Sholazar Basin and finished The Taste Test quest (the last in a chain of many), this drunken mage offers you the quest Fletcher's Lost and Found, that teaches you how to make Kungaloosh.

Ups! Gone just a bit too far there, the sewers had to end somewhere, right? I'm going back in!
Hmmm, the Black Market seems like a nice place...

I'm NOT fishing that thing up!

Now, this is a interesting guy, Darahir is the only vendor you can buy the Ghostly Skull pet from.

Nice, isn't it?
There are so many curious things down here, lets have a look;

Hmmm, what's this? I can pick it up... Can I just.. Take one?!

Underbelly Elixir, you sure about this? it says.. What could possibly happen if I have a little taste?

Oh, that what happens, lets try another one!

OMG, I'm fat! With a moustache! Hey, wait! +50 fishing bonus, not that bad beeing turned into a Tuskarr after all, back to fishing for that giant rat!