Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Countdown to Warlords of Draenor (15 week update/38 weeks to go)

 
This fortnight, other than Saving 'Love is in the Air', my main progress made has been finishing off my Secrets of the Empire. Now I am collecting Titan Runestones. No new gear this fortnight, but Valor upgrades have put me up a single item level. My long term goal I've had to finish off Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25 player) finally happened when Azadelta, Owl and Lushen did Been Waiting a Long Time for This (25 player) for me.
 
Important Stuff to do:
● Get Holy Item Level to over 553 (537 538/553)
● Finish Legendary Cloak Quest line (Titan Runestone: 3/12)
● Proving Grounds: Proving Yourself: Gold Healer

Old Raid Stuff to do:
● Finish Shadowmourn Quest line (Shadowfrost Shards: 30/50)
● Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25 player) (17/17) (Complete)
● Glory of the Cataclysm Raider (13 20/24)
● Get all Burning Crusade Raid Pet Drops (4 5/10)
● Get all Raid Reps (0/2) (Avengers of Hyjal; Shado-Pan Assault)

Misc Stuff to do:
● Get all Pristine Archaeology (23/28)
● Do [The Longest Day] Achievement
● Get all Argent Tournament Mounts (10/15) (600 Tokens)
● Nat Pagle Friendship to Best Friends (6/64 hand-ins done)
 
Jewelcrafting Recipe Collection:
8 7 Burning Crusade Recipes - 1 Aldor, 5 Sunwell, 1 0 World Drop, 1 Dungeon Drop
● 21 Cataclysm - 2 World Drop; 19 Vendor (85 Cata Tokens)
11 10 Epics = 40 Tokens; 2 0 Meta = 0 Tokens; 9 Rings/Necks = 45 Tokens
● 2 Pandaria Recipes - (from Serpent's Heart or Ancient Guo-Lai Cache).

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

McTacky Saves Love is in the Air (Part 4 of 4)

Crown Chemical Company and not Hallmark
Crown Chemical Company HQ (not Hallmark)
Master Blood Knight Aloysius McTacky arrived at the Crown Chemical Company. It was situated at Shadowfang Keep. Shadowfang Keep was one the home of Baron Silverlaine before Archmage Arugal took over. After Arugal was defeated Lord Godfrey moved in. With Lord Godfrey removed, the castle was taken over by the Crown Chemical Company.

Usually this place smelt of undeath. That awful awful smell. But this time there was an overpowering aroma of cologne and perfume. McTacky made his way into the courtyard.

 
"Have a free sample of Alluring Perfume and Irresistible Cologne, Blood Elf" said Apothecary Baxter.
 
"Thanks," said McTacky, "I need to speak with your boss."
 
"Blood Knight. What brings you to the Crown Chemical Company?" asked Apothecary Hummel, the CEO of the company.
 
"You are the biggest retailer of Love is in the Air goods. Looking for insights to the changes to the holiday in the past five years," said McTacky.
 
"Five years? Well due to the, ah, "misunderstanding" in Dragonblight, we've had to relocate our facilities to this decrepit mess of a castle. Still we've now plenty of space and time to work on various new and lovely...Products..." said Apothecary Hummel.
 
"So you only started developing the new goods back then? That would explain the changes," nodded McTacky, "so you managed to dominate with sales with your goods and shift the purpose of the holiday."
 
"Is that all you needed to know?" asked Apothecary Hummel.
 
"I was wondering if you knew of any threat to the holiday?" asked McTacky.
 
"Assassins have been making attempts on my life of late, sir Blood Knight, " said Apothecary Hummel.
 
"If Crown Chemical Company is defeated, that will end the availability of goods for Love is in the Air." said Apothecary Frye.
 
McTacky nodded. That would be a threat to the holiday.
 
"Look out! Assassins!" called out Baxter.
 
A group of alliance assassins appeared! McTacky had to protect the three Apothecaries! McTacky cast his powerful healing magic to keep the Apothecaries alive so they could damage down the assassins. Eventually the Apothecary chemicals brought down the group of assassins.

"Thankyou for your help! You saved" said Apothecary Hummel.

"Here! Have a Toxic Wasteling for all your help!" said Apothecary Baxter.

"What about that Big Love Rocket instead?" asked McTacky, spying a Rocket Mount in the corner.

"No. Take the pet and be grateful," said Apothecary Hummel.

 
Days Later in Silvermoon..."So I saved Love is in the Air. The dream was REAL," insisted McTacky to the Bartender.

"It just sounds like a coincidence that you were there when that group of five assassins turned up," said the Bartender, "you just found a threat that had a coincidental connection to your dream."

"You just can't admit this time I was right," said McTacky.

"If you say so," said the Bartender.
 
Then the Blood Elf Scientist came in. McTacky nodded at the Scientist. She came over.

"There you are! I was looking for you. If you had just waited and did some actual research you would have discovered that the chemicals inside the Crown Chemical Company Perfumes and Colognes were slowly brainwashing everyone." said the Scientist.

"So this holiday turning from a celebration of the start of Spring into a Love Festival was a master plan to take over the world by the Crown Chemical Company?" asked McTacky.

"Yes. But we don't have to do anything about it. The Alliance are also aware of this, so they sent in a band of assassins to deal with them. So orders are to allow them safe passage to Shadowfang Keep so they can take care of the problem," said the Scientist, "that way it won't look like the Horde assassinated it's own citizens."

McTacky sighed as the Bartender stifled a laugh. McTacky had screwed up. Again.

"Come join me for a few drinks. I know I need one," said McTacky.
 
The Scientist hesitated for a moment before shrugging and sitting down as well on a barstool.
 
"I am Master Scientist Sannaraleice," said Scientist Sannaraleice.
 
"I am Master Blood Knight McTacky," said McTacky.
 
"I am Grand Bartender Firehybrid," said the Bartender.

"No one asked you," said McTacky, "just get us a whole Bottle of Dalaran Noir now Bartender."
 
Merry Love is in the Air everyone!

Monday, 17 February 2014

McTacky Saves Love is in the Air (Part 3 of 4)

Master Blood Knight Aloysius McTacky cleared the sand from his pale silver hair. He had crossed the Tanaris Desert and arrived at the mystical Caverns of Time.

 
From this place the Bronze Dragonflight oversees the timeline.

"Glad to meet you. Or have we already met? Or will be meet in the future? It is hard to keep track of such things," said Chromie.

"I need to travel into the past and find out more about Love is in the Air," said McTacky.

"You wish to travel back in time, a power that a time war between two dragon flights is being fought, to find out about some love holiday?" asked Chromie.

"Yes," said McTacky.

"Come this way. I have two destinations in mind," said Chromie.

McTacky then found himself 12 years into the past!
 

McTacky, disguised as a human, travelled to the human towns of Southshore and Tarren Mill.

 There were signs of decorations and revelry at those places. But the traditions seemed to be less materialistic. Less focus on Achieving things and more on celebrating the world event.

It felt that love really was in the air.

But McTacky could only learn so much from Rural towns, so he set out towards a Human City.

Two years later McTacky arrived at the city of Stratholme. It didn't take McTacky two years to get there, it was just two years later that McTacky appeared there. So technically it took him two years, but he didn't live though those two years.
 


McTacky disguised as a human walked around the city. As soon as he entered he clearly saw the decorations hanging up.

Inside the local inn were also copious amount of decorations. McTacky took note on what was available. It seemed there was a lack of perfume and greeting cards.

Was it an more recent invention of the famous Crown Chemical Company?
 
McTacky returned to the present and decided to visited the Crown Chemical Company for some more answers.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

McTacky Saves Love is in the Air (Part 2 of 4)

Master Blood Knight Aloysius McTacky rode down the streets of Silvermoon on his Thalassian Charger. The streets were crowded, but it wasn't only resident, there was still a substantial number of refugees from Dalaran. Lady Jaina Proudmore had exiled the Sunreavers and other Blood Elves from the city.


"Back in Dalaran we used to head to the park and have a Romantic Picnic. I remember feeding each other Buttermilk Delights," said Dalaran Refugee.
"I used to do that too!" said a different Dalaran Refugee.

"I did as well!" said a third Dalaran Refugee.

"It is a tradition, of course," said the first Dalaran Refugee.

McTacky started to pay attention after he heard the word 'tradition'.

"Tradition you say? How did it start?" asked McTacky.

"I can't remember, sir Blood Knight" said the first Dalaran Refugee.

"It must have been right around the time Buttermilk Delights went on the market. We just started eating them about five years ago," said the third Dalaran Refugee.

"That sounds about right, sir" said the second Dalaran Refugee.

"I see," said McTacky, "sounds spontaneous."

McTacky had heard a lot from the crowd that this love and consumption aspect to the holiday all started five years ago. What had changed? Was this what McTacky had to save this advent of spring holiday from?

McTacky took a sample of Buttermilk Delight and the science labs, McTacky activated the arcane scrying equipment and began to study his Buttermilk Delight sample. He would find why it was part of this strange tradition the Dalaran Refugees had talked about.

After some time and much searching, McTacky came to a conclusion.

"I don't see anything," admitted McTacky to himself.

"Excuse me," asked a condescending voice behind McTacky, "do you even know how to use this equipment?"

McTacky tuned and realised he was being watched by a Blood Elf Scientist.

 "My gear and weapons boosts my Intellect considerably," pointed out McTacky to the Scientist, "I think I know what I am doing."

"Finding the chemical composition of a substance of something is very different to pouring a light into someone to heal their wounds," said the Blood Elf Scientist.

"I will find that using the light of the sunwell to bless people with the light does indeed heal wounds," said McTacky.

"All you are doing is pouring light into someone without knowing a single thing about anatomy. Your treatment for a sharp force trauma is identical to the treatment for a blunt force trauma." said the Blood Elf Scientist, "there is no intelligence on display."

Such disrespect for a Master Blood Knight.

"Take a look at the sample then," said McTacky, irritated.

Blood Elf Scientist looked at the equipment.

"It is just a Buttermilk Delight. Nothing special about it," said the Scientist, "what is this about?"

"The advent of Love is in the Air from a celebration of the start of spring to a romantic holiday," said McTacky, "and the shifting of traditions."

"Perhaps you should just read up on the history of the holiday and study the cultural shifts and the advent of commercialisation in this globalised world abundant with portals and airships," said the Scientist, "if you stayed here you we could conduct a rigours research and produce a paper into the cultural shift."

"I think it'll be faster if I find evidence and clues directly from the source," said McTacky, "I need to save Love is in the Air."

The Scientist looked at McTacky oddly.

"The source?" asked the Scientist.

"What?" asked McTacky, "my method always works. I just need to find a lead to take me to the next place. So I will just go back in time and find out the answers first hand."

McTacky rushed out.

"The lame excuses people come up with," said the Scientist.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

McTacky Saves Love is in the Air (Part 1 of 4)

It was a warm winter night in Silvermoon as Aloysius McTacky slept in his apartment. McTacky was resting from an exciting raid where he obtained two new weapons. One for healing, one for retribution.
 
Then there was the sound. A crystal harmony sound that McTacky recognised. It was a Naaru! Just as before it appeared in his dreams, he could see it now before him.
 
"I speak to you in your dreams. You must save Love is in the Air! Only you can do this, Crusader." intoned the Naaru, projecting it's thoughts into McTacky's mind without actually speaking the words in a language.
 
"You want me to save 'Love is in the Air'?" asked McTacky flatly.
 
"That is the meaning of the boon you were given," projected the Naaru meanings.
 
"What does 'Love is in the Air' even mean? It is a nonsense name for a holiday festival that has no relevance," said McTacky.
 
"It is the advent of spring and the world awakening to find love and regrowth. Those with love have a chance to renew their affections," said the Naaru.
 
"The equinox is a month away, so it isn't Spring yet! Also Noblegarden is the Spring Festival. Ya know, Bunnies, Eggs. It isn't subtle symbolism." pointed out McTacky.
 
"Axial precession, gradual shift in the orientation of Azeroth's axis of rotation, has caused the date of the start of spring to change over the centuries," intoned the Naruu, communicating the complex ideas directly into McTacky's mind, "and Noblegarden celebrates spring, not the advent of spring."
 
"Start of spring centuries ago, fine. But why call it 'Love is in the Air'? It is a very awkward name," asked McTacky.

"The name given to this celebration of the change of the Light is irrelevant, Crusader. You must save Love is in the Air! This is your task!" intoned the Naruu.

"I have no desire to do any such thing!" insisted McTacky.

"You are a Paladin. You have an obligation to obey all boons," intoned the offended Naaru, the crystal noises harsh to the ear.

"I have an obligation to the Light. You aren't the Light, you are merely a dimension-traveling sentient energy being," pointed out McTacky.

McTacky remembered nothing of the rest of the dream, but he eventually awoke in the morning a terrible headache. And the knowledge that he would have to save 'Love is in the Air'.

Anyone else having Déjà vu?

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Countdown to Warlords of Draenor (13 week update/40 weeks to go)

 
The week I didn't have a computer hurt progress of course, but still plenty of things changed since the update four weeks ago. I've completed Siege of Orgrimmar (Flex) in it's entirety. Obtained many Shadowfrost Shards for my Shadowmourn Quest. Obtained a couple of BC JC recipes and Finished off the Rare Cata JC recipes and now moving on to finishing off the Cata Meta JC recipes.

Important Stuff to do:
● Get Holy Item Level to over 553 (525 537/553)
Do Siege of Orgrimmar (Wing 4 of 4 Complete)
● Finish Legendary Cloak Quest line (Secrets of the Empire: 9 16/20)
● Proving Grounds: Proving Yourself: Gold Healer

Old Raid Stuff to do:
● Finish Shadowmourn Quest line (Shadowfrost Shards: 30/50)
● Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25 player) (15 16/17)
● Glory of the Cataclysm Raider (13/24)
● Get all Burning Crusade Raid Pet Drops (3 4/10)
● Get all Raid Reps (0/2) (Avengers of Hyjal; Shado-Pan Assault)

Misc Stuff to do:
● Get all Pristine Archaeology (10 23/28)
● Do [The Longest Day] Achievement
● Get all Argent Tournament Mounts (10/15) (600 Tokens)
● Nat Pagle Friendship to Best Friends (6/64 hand-ins done)
 
Jewelcrafting Recipe Collection:
10 8 Burning Crusade Recipes - 1 Aldor, 6 5 Sunwell, 2 1 World Drop, 1 Dungeon Drop
● 24 Cataclysm - 2 World Drop; 22 Vendor (97 Cata Tokens)
5 0 Rares =  0 Tokens; 11 Epics = 44 Tokens; 3 2 Meta = 8 Tokens; 9 Rings/Necks = 45 Tokens
● 2 Pandaria Recipes - (from Serpent's Heart or Ancient Guo-Lai Cache).
 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

McTacky the Messenger (Part 1 of 1)

Still no access to my own computer, so another McTacky short story.

McTacky the Messenger

The rows of Silvermoon City Guardians allowed Master Blood Knight Aloysius McTacky to pass. McTacky dismounted and entered a run down the red carpet into the Sunfury Spire, where once the Sunstrider Spire once stood. McTacky didn't have Pursuit of Justice but instead had Long Arm of the Law, which mean McTacky wasn't naturally faster, unless he was judging something. McTacky glanced around and saw no critters around that he could use for a speed boost.

Still McTacky had come as fast as he could from Undercity with this message. McTacky stood at the door to the Inner Sanctum when an attaché removed the unseemly sweat from the Blood Knight's face. Once McTacky was cleaned up, he was allowed to pass, and he was announced into the grand chamber where the Lord Regent himself, Lor'themar Theron, waited.

"Speak, exhausted Blood Knight," said the Regent Lord.

"Dire news sire. Our plans must be altered," said McTacky.

"How bad is it?" asked the Regent Lord.

"The Dark Lady herself spoke with me. She has moved her remaining dark knight to her castle in response," said McTacky.

"Anar'endal dracon!" swore the Regent Lord, losing his composure, "Summon my generals. We need to change our strategy accordingly."

Elderly men, the kingdoms finest tacticians came into the Regent Lord's chamber. The news of the battlefield movement were broken to them. Finally after hours of talk, the counter-attack was determined.

McTacky was summoned again to the Regent Lord's Chamber and given ordered to return to Undercity and take a message to the Dark Lady.

"Queen's Bishop to D2."