Garrison Update

GarrisonTownhallSo my command is pretty cool. Metaphorically and literally. It’s a lot of fun to run (I get a kick out of doing stuff with my bird friend Pepe!) – very busy at times though. I have so many things to do just to keep the place running. First things first though, I had to upgrade. Initially the place was pretty small. My town hall was literally a hut. Not a very well constructed hut either. Just take a look at the gaps in the walls! A very cool place to run my command from, but also a very cool place. Well actually – freezing! It snows a lot here. I just had to upgrade and order a new town hall. Now I have an actual building, with stone walls (no gaps), wooden floors and even a few bearskin rugs to keep my feet warm. I seem to need to drag my cloak around with me everywhere in this region, but not in my new town hall! Nice and cozy in there. Which is good, since I seem to spend a lot of my time in there. Like I said – so much to oversee and do, to run this place.

GarrisonMineActually, speaking of running this place, would you believe I’m still expected to get my hands dirty? I mean it’s one thing to get a bit messy when out adventuring. Killing animals and monsters (not to mention a few Iron Horde) can get a bit umm bloody.. Seriously though, they even expect me to do my share of the mining here. I have my own mine WITH miners! Why do I need to physically grab a pick and dig it up myself? I will say though, I’m not completely convinced of the capabilities of my miners. See this picture here? I’m standing right next to a truckload of ore and the miner nearby? Well, she’s just hittin’ the ground with her pick. There was no freaking ore there!

Mind you, I also wonder where these great big chunks of ore come from. I can go in, clear out the place, and a day later? BAM! There’s more. It’s like it springs up overnight. Don’t know how… ore just doesn’t work that way. My quartermaster Sergeant Grimjaw said he heard a rumour that the miners do it deliberately. He said they might look like they’re clueless, but when I’m not around, they dig up the ore and stack it up for me to come ‘mine’. I haven’t been able to confirm this but if it’s true, I wish they’d just do it themselves. Really, this is just one more job I don’t have time for. I want to get out and have some adventures too. I’ve been asked to go to a place called Gorgrond, but I just haven’t had the chance yet. I might just have to sneak off one day.

GarrisonTavernAt least my newest improvement might help my chances of sneaking off. I figured I needed something to improve morale and to keep my minions… err followers happy. So I’ve built a tavern. I have a few different buildings around the place now. Lots of plans for more too. So many options though. It’s hard to decide what would be useful. The minions are pushing for a war mill. They say that once it gets into production, it will really help them out and give them the opportunity to improve their gear and skills. I’m considering it – I did hear a rumour about the awesome loot and spoils that can be had from some of the missions I send my minions on. They’ll need excellent skills for those though.

GarrisonDaggSpeaking of my minions, I have a new one! Makes no sense to me, but it’s true, I swear. I was out adventuring and ran across this ogre dude locked in a cage. He convinced me to let him out and then was incredibly rude and just ran off! I was annoyed but brushed it off. Prison changes you, I’m told. Anyway, a few days later, I swear I found him again. Locked up again (different area though) and begging to be let out. I figured I might as well play the sucker a second time and let him out. Sure enough, he runs off laughing. I figure that was it and vowed that if I found him again, he could just figure his own way out of trouble.

That wasn’t the last time I saw him. I was heading back to my garrison and got a bit of a shock because there he was. Bold as brass, standing at the gates (cage and all) begging to join my minions. Obviously, my fame has grown in the area! I let him join, because, let’s face it – I need the help. Not to mention, it might be easier sending him on missions (with other minions to keep him out of trouble), than stumbling across him locked up in a cage somewhere.

Ok, so I’m really slack. I know it, you know it… let’s move on!

Guys, Pandaria is a super awesome place. Very alien in some areas, and then it felt like home in others. The Jade Forest is where I started. Beautiful scenery, crazy… um beings all over the place. Hozen, Jinyu, not to mention the Pandaren. Of course the Alliance with their Humans, Gnomes and Dwarves etc (yeah, let’s not mention the night elves here) were swarming about too. Then there were these Sha things about the place. Stuff of nightmares, some of them.

I visited quite a few other regions too. The Valley of the Four Winds was a bit ‘country bumpkin-ish’, with a bunch of gigantic rabbit type things roaming the fields. Seriously, everything felt so familiar until you saw these enormous things. Mind you, they weren’t as weird as the bug people in the Dread Wastes. I think that area was the most alien I’ve ever experienced. I know I’m an adventurer, but I’ll be honest and say I didn’t like to spend much time there. It kind of freaked me out.

khadgarSoTMThat said, one of the most beautiful areas I’ve found in this Pandaren land, is the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Oh, this area is just a delight. Golden trees filling the Vale, just like my beloved Eversong Woods. It made me quite homesick actually. It was just familiar enough to bring back that longing to visit my family and Silvermoon City again. The Shrine of Two Moons (our Horde base there) is just stunning, but I willingly admit to being completely biased and thinking that Silvermoon is far more lovely.

So I’ve spent time exploring Pandaria, getting to know the inhabitants (as strange as they are).Getting *very* familiar with being told to ‘slow down’ by the locals, so I did! I just took the time to relax.

Well, for a while anyway. Then bizarrely, some *Human* turned up! Right in the middle of the Shrine. This is a Horde area and there’s a HUMAN standing brazenly right on terrace.  I think he was there, it might have been a trick though, to be honest. Turns out it was Khadgar the mage and mages are notorious for being tricky. I’ve seen them cast spells to duplicate themselves before.

I got up the confidence to confront him, and it turns out he was looking for help to go to the Dark Portal and fight some battle. I figured, since I’d been there before I might go and take a look. We arrived and it turns out, it’s the same Dark Portal.. but it’s not. I wasn’t sure what was going on. KTMportalNot only are things different, but Thrall was there. Thrall! Working with a Human? There were a bunch of others there too. We fought bravely and managed to fight off many enemies – a group called the Iron Horde is trying to start something here. I don’t know what exactly they’re trying on, but whatever it is can’t be too original (I mean come on – Iron Horde? They couldn’t even come up with their own name).

The fighting was rather fun, to be honest. A bit of a change from my previous laziness – and no one telling me to slow down! In the end I was given a command and believe it or not – a garrison of my very own. That’s right, you’re looking at Commander Mythal of Frostwall. You may bow down peons…  Oh yes, I do have peons. Mind you they don’t bow down. In fact, I’m not even sure they know how to salute. Actually, some of them only really know how to fall asleep on the job exceedingly well. Oh well, at least the grunts and the axe throwers show proper respect to me and salute.

MythalGarrisonThis place is awesome! It has a town hall and barracks and some other small buildings. Well, ok they’re little more than tiny Orcish huts right now, but I have big plans for expansion! I’ve even started recruiting some people to help me out. I originally wanted to call this group ‘Mythal’s Minions’ but they didn’t care for it much. They threatened to leave if I called them that, so we worked out a compromise where I’d just call this group my followers – but I still think of them as my minions! They will do my bidding! Muahahaha!

Anyway, being a Commander is a thankless task. So many things to oversee, missions to send my minions on and huts to build. Hopefully, I’ll still get the chance to go get my hands bloody – and not get stuck behind a desk, safely behind the garrison walls. Draenor is nothing like I remember, even if some of the region names are familiar (Nagrand, Shattrath), so I would like to explore.

hozenI think I told you about the Hozen before? They’re an odd bunch – calling me a wikket (whatever that means!) This is their leader Tooki Tooki. He’s a pretty chill dude. Well really, besides the occasional freakout over random stuff, they all are. They do seem to have an unflinching dislike for a race called the Jinyu. The Jinyu are a strange race too. Not that I’ve had much to do with them, but they’re the Hozen’s enemies, so I guess they’re ours now too.

I helped the Hozen out for a bit since General Nazgrim is looking to establish a foothold here and the Hozen seemed fairly co-operative. The Pandaren, on the other hand, seem strangely neutral. They’re not outright siding with us or the Alliance, so it’s kinda strange. It does mean that I keep bumping into Alliance all over the place.

anduinSpeaking of bumping into the Alliance – just look at this! I couldn’t believe who we captured – the human prince. His name is Anduin. The Human king Varian is going to be so angry when he hears his son has been captured by the Horde! It’s a little weird though, I had the chance to talk to Anduin for a while and I kind of feel like I’m on a similar wavelength as him. Oh, I know it’s wrong – he’s Alliance and I’m Horde – and I am loyal to the warchief. Mind you, a lot of what Anduin said made a lot of sense. I’m going to have to think more carefully on his opinions.

cubsLorewalker Cho then asked me to head to another Pandaren village called Dawn’s Blossom. I think they consider it a city, but really it isn’t. It’s lovely though. It’s the sort of place that fits the word ‘quaint’ perfectly. Plus the locals are adorable, well the kids are. They call them cubs and they wouldn’t leave me alone to start with. We became pretty good friends though. Probably because I helped a bunch of them that got scared and got stuck up trees. After that we saved another cub that had been captured by a witch and turned into jade.

jadeviewSpeaking of jade, they do have quite a fascination with it here. Take a look at this view from near Dawn’s Blossom. Amazing view and even more amazing structure. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll stay in the Jade Forest since I keep hearing about so many other areas here in Pandaria. I do want to take a closer look at that tower though.

waterfallSo this Pandaria is a strange place. Well ok, I haven’t seen much of it yet, I’ll admit. The Jade Forest is all I’ve seen so far (and not all of it either!). The scenery is breathtaking. Soaring mountains, sheer drops down to the sea, waterfalls that seem to fall forever, and some of the weirdest inhabitants I’ve ever encountered. To start with, check out this waterfall behind me. There’s no way for me to show you the entire length of it in one shot. It’s incredible!

I’ve met some of the locals here. They call themselves Pandaren. One of the locals seems to be some sort of historian – he calls himself Lorewalker Cho. Lovely fellow, in fact we hit it off straight away and he invited me to have tea with him. Though I will admit, there may have been something in the tea since I seemed to experience some sort of hallucination.mogu I suppose hallucination is one way to describe it, others might call it a ‘walking nightmare’. Cho showed me some sort of being, I think he called it a Mogu, Whatever it’s called, it’s kinda scary! Now, I’ve seen some stuff. I remember out on Hellfire Peninsula, seeing that fel reaver scared the living daylights out of me. This thing gave me the same sort of feeling. The image Cho showed me was huge and just looked like a giant stone creature. I’m half hoping to see one in the flesh someday (just to experience it) and half thinking ‘nope, just nope’. Ah well, no point worrying about it for now, I suppose.

ancestorsA little after this, Cho showed me around a bit. One of the places was an area where he showed me his ancestors. Now I don’t mean he showed me their graves or anything, He lit some incense and I saw them! Then wonders of wonders, he had me light some and I saw my ancestors. Totally amazing! I saw my mother’s parents as they would have looked when they were my age. I haven’t seen them since I was little, and never looking like this – so young and strong. I recognised them straight away though and I was so excited to see them, I just wish mother could have been here. She would have been overjoyed to see her parents again, and would probably cry her eyes out! She never says a lot, but she misses her mother so much, I used to hear the pain in her voice when she told us stories of them. Her mother sounded like such a ferocious warrior when she was younger, it seems so illogical that she caught grandpa’s eye. He always struck me as the most centred, calm and loving person in all of Eversong Woods. I plan to send this picture home to her, I’m sure she’ll adore it.

Next time, remind me to tell you about these creatures called Hozen. Crazy ape type dudes, they keep calling me ‘wikket’. I have no idea what that means!

Lazy no more!

commandboardSo, last time I wrote, I mentioned that I’d been asked to visit the Warchief. I was all excited – I’d achieved something really cool and the Warchief had heard of my adventures. I’d been to Org (as the cool kids call it), so I didn’t have to worry about acting like some silly tourist. It definitely has a different, earthy vibe to it, but I’ll be honest, it doesn’t measure up to my beautiful Silvermoon City. Rough-hewn is a good phrase for it, tribal also works well (check out this pic of me in front of the Command Board). Unfortunately, dusty and primitive also describe it to a tee. Still, even though it’s not Silvermoon City, I hung about for a while. I think I needed a break.

I did take a few short trips around the place – back home to Silvermoon. So beautiful that I was tempted to stay forever. I didn’t though – even when I heard the news about a mysterious land that was discovered. Pandaria they call it. I was intrigued, but decided I just needed the rest more than anything.

Then recently I’ve been hearing rumours about some trouble out Shattrath way. Something’s going on, but I don’t know a lot about it – the place is so big and there are so many areas I never explored. No one really seems to know much about what’s happening so I figured I’d sate my curiosity about Pandaria first. General Nazgrim (from Org) gave me my orders and off I went!pandariabattle

First it was a long airship ride (good thing I don’t get airsick!) and then we landed smack bang in the middle of a battle. Seems that the Alliance have been trying to establish a foothold on Pandaria too. We managed to make it out of that and get to a local village, but I haven’t had much of a chance to look around. At first glance though, the place is gorgeous – lovely green forests, shimmering seas and intriguing new peoples to meet. Once I’ve had time to meet a few new people, I’ll write more.

For now though – more exploring!

Budd – AGAIN!

So I mentioned in my last entry, that I ran into Budd again. If you’re not sure who I mean, he’s the untrustworthy human who convinced me to become shark bait for him, in Vashj’ir.  I cannot believe I fell for that. I hoped I’d never run into him again.

Alas… it wasn’t to be. At least there were no sharks this time.

I was asked to head to Tanaris, as there was a group who needed help getting about in Uldum. Who should I encounter, on the back of the wagon, but Budd. I was dreading wandering around Uldum with him in tow. I was almost thankful to be captured by the Sand Pygmies (almost…). We got captured and ended up in a cage near an odd tiger horse creature. He turned out to be some sort of prince. Prince Nadun was his name, and he was really nice too! He was in chains and we managed to escape our chains/cages, but then it was a question of how to escape our captors and get to the safety of his city. I’m still having problems believing it, but Budd actually had a suggestion that got us out of it. Take a look at this pic though, I think he just wanted an excuse to play at being a ‘manataur’.

Once we were free, we all went to a place called Ramkahen. They’re the only ones left to fight Deathwing. The other two tribes were the Orsis (obliterated now) and the Neferset (they joined Deathwing’s side). I helped the Ramkahen a bit, though I didn’t tell them I wasn’t planning on sticking around for too long.

While I was there, I did run into another Human I’ve met before – Harrison Jones. This guy is totally nuts. Last time I ran into him he’d been captured by some Trolls, this time he was investigating some pyramids in the middle of the desert. We got into a bit of a pickle at first though. He got me to fiddle about with some dynamite and I guess I must have mishandled it, because it went off! Harrison yelled to jump into some chests he had nearby and we survived the huge explosion in one piece.

I was a bit rattled, but I helped him figure out the puzzle of the pyramid there. Some sort of Titan construction, I think. I was asked to go back and help Harrison out again and whilst I was really eager to do that, things weren’t giving me much of a challenge there. I really want to go back sometime and catch up with him again. Though I don’t know why I keep running into these nutjob Humans.

Anyway, I ended up heading back to Orgrimmar instead and was asked to visit the Warchief! I’ll let you know all about that next time. Some exciting times ahead for sure!

Undersea adventures

Growing up in Silvermoon City, I’d heard rumours about Naga being some sort of descendant of Elves. Whether it’s Blood Elves, Night Elves, or Highbourne – I don’t know. I don’t think anyone does, any more – some people refuse to even believe there’s a connection at all. Too much history has been lost perhaps? However, I’m pretty certain there is a connection. After exploring Vashj’ir and finding Elven statues in the Naga area, I’m thinking we might just have a common ancestor.

As part of my questing, I found a relic that enabled me to become a Naga battle maiden. It was amazing! It was like I was able to travel back in time and see historical events through the eyes of the Naga. During my exploring there, I found this statue. Now you tell me, don’t you think she looks like a Blood Elf? I look pretty fierce as a Naga too, don’t you think?

The whole Vashj’ir zone is a mind trip. It’s hard to work out where you’re supposed to go sometimes. Not only do you have to figure out where the heck you’re going, but you then need to work out if it’s up or down! The monsters there are mostly some version of Naga or fish/marine life, but the really trippy ones are these things called merciless ones. I had to put one on my head to speak to this gigantic entity called L’ghorek (and I don’t even know what sort of thing L’ghorek is!). When I very first tested it though, I um… went a bit nuts and started zapping people. It was weird but hugely funny. I really don’t think this will take off as a fashionable trend though…

So anyway, I explored the whole region and even helped out Erunak (a shaman from the Earthen Ring) and Legionnaire Nazgrim (from Orgrimmar)  with a battle to save Neptulon (the ruler of the deep ocean). I was so sad when we failed and the Naga (helped by a kraken!) ended up with control of him.  I have to say that I felt so tiny beside Neptulon and the kraken. Then after the battle was over, there was an enormous whirlpool created. Erunak was pulled in by this giant tentacle and Nazgrim jumped in after him. I jumped as well and there was an unbelievably beautiful cavern underneath.  The whole place was a thing of joy, but dangerous too. Turned out to be the entrance to a dungeon. 

Now I’ve heard of dungeons before, and have had the opportunity to go battle in them, but I’ve not accepted the challenge. They seem so dangerous and I’m a bit nervous of them. I decided that this day was ‘not a good day to die’ and retreated.

I retreated all the way back to Orgrimmar in fact. I’ve had invitations to help out, with the fight, in other areas – places with mysterious sounding names like Mt Hyjal, Deepholm and Uldum. I was advised, though, that my skills seemed high enough to explore Mt Hyjal and Deepholm later. In fact, it was suggested that I might want to refine a few skills in Uldum, and perhaps gather a few pieces of gear there, but not to tarry overly long there. Instead, I might want to make my way to a place called Twilight Highlands. I took this advice, but you’ll never believe who I found in Uldum… that untrustworthy human called Budd (yes, the one who convinced me to be shark bait recently) and that explorer I met in Grizzly Hills – Harrison Jones. I might leave that story until next time though. Telling of my adventures in Uldum may take a while – even though I wasn’t there for long!


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