There are times when it pays to play Horde.
My Belf Demon Hunter took a step back in time and started working on the Laughing Skull Orc rep in Draenor. The Lsorc(?) rep was hanging out in the Trading Post, so why not grind up the rep and get some cool transmog masks?
Why not indeed.
Grinding the rep out in The Pit was a cakewalk, and once he reached Revered he picked up a couple of the available masks the vendor had locked away. But hiding behind the Exalted tag was a grinning skull mask with gold highlights, as well as a title. The title was a worthy goal, since masks are cool and everyone enjoys a good belly chuckle now and then. And the mask? A skull, and gold. Two of my favorite things.
I got back at it, and this morning I notched another thing of my To Do list:
Earn Exalted status with the Laughing Skull Orcs.
A few more sheckles of gold and he’ll have his new mask, but for now my boy Scaredevil will just have to live with being the Masked Chuckler.
I swear, he becomes more of a Luchador every day.
Even UFC Fighters get into the Star Wars spirit.
This has been a bizarre week for me. A week of extremes, you might say. I don’t even know where these ideas came from. They just hit me out of the blue, totally at random. I can’t even come up with a viable fix for it either. Should I cut my medication dosage, increase it, or actually stop and take a look at what the precise Hell I’ve been taking every day? (Edit — Turns out it’s something called a “multi-vitamin”. Kooky, no?)
What am I going on about? For starters, I’ve now done this fifteen times.
At the beginning of the week, I was bitching about logging in and having no idea what to do. Sure there was the usual mindless stuff (*cough*garrisons*cough*) but there was no purpose. But my mind, like the weather, will change if you give it a minute. It was more like a day, but the next time I logged in I decided to be a man with a plan. I opted to take my main DK out for a stroll and finish off a rep grind for the Laughing Skull folk. He got his rep to Revered, which was good enough to earn him some new head gear (and new sweet transmog items for all my Horde toons when Legion comes.)
The next day, raiding crept into my head. I asked on Twitter if my system was capable of functioning in LFR would it be adequate for normal raiding. The Rokkstars came up big (both of them in fact) and gave me a resounding shrug, followed by a “yeah probably.” So I logged in with a couple of different characters and LFR Donkey Konged poor Archimonde to see how things went. They went… well.
During a Christmas concert, while children throttled the life out of various musical instruments and sang yuletide hymns that sounded more like someone kicking a dog down a flight of stairs, I heard a knock on the door in my head.
Me: I don’t even care who this is. Thank you.
Mind: ‘Sup dude. Hey, did you know that payday is coming up and also Warlords of Draenor is still on sale?
Me: I don’t get the connection.
Mind: Well you have a second account. Activate it for a month, buy WoD for it, and boost a character to 90. Then level him up to 100 and transfer it over to your main account. It’s cheaper than buying a boost to 100.
Me: Hey, that sounds like a terrible idea. Why would I want to do the grind to 100 again?
Mind: You can level him on a new server. Become self-sufficient. It’ll give you something to do.
Me: Go home, you’re obviously drunk.
Mind: Fine. Enjoy listening to this Christmas car wreck.
I bought the expansion the next day. I can only take so much seasonal abuse.
I went Alliance because I’d spent the past two days repeatedly shoveling my driveway, and the last thing I wanted to see when I logged into WoW was more snow. I went DK because Star Wars – The Force Awakens was opening in a day or so and Death Knights make great Jedi/Sith. Asphyxiate looks like a damn Force Choke for crying out loud.
Since I was leveling him on a server without a bankroll, there would be no Elixir of the Rapid Mind to speed things along. Not that leveling was going to be slow – it just wouldn’t be a two hour job. That worked out great because it meant I’d be spending more time in every zone, and gathering more garrison resources than if I’d blitzed through it.
So as the Force Awakened, my DK reached level 100.
Now to see about making gold, getting the garrison to Level 3, gearing up in Tanaan Jungle, and give some more raiding a try. All while trying to avoid spoilers for Star Wars – The Force Awakens until I can see the damn movie.