A bear! Where? There!

Level 13! Accomplished: bearform, finishing up Mulgore quests, and moving into the Barrens. Chugging along nicely, in other words.

In regards to professions, I decided to do the not-so-wise thing and choose leatherworking instead of a second gathering profession. I have no excuses other than I like being able to make stuff my character can use. I have, though, set up an auction mule to park in Org; it’s a lot quicker and easier to send stuff to a mule rather than travel to an auction house on a played character. Already made two whole gold pieces! And used a chunk of that to buy the two-handed maces skill and some 6-slot bags.

Guild chatter was quiet tonight. No stories of ganking or being ganked, either. Salem’s still in the safety zone, and everything’s quite chill.


Salem's a bear! Raaar!

Salem's a bear! Raaar!


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Level 10, Guilding, Hallow’s End

The first 10 levels of a druid are, without a doubt, the hardest and most annoying. You don’t have bearform, you don’t have great stats, and you’re forced to be this kind of halfassed mage type, throwing out spells until you run out of mana (which happens at least once a fight) and then whacking things with your stick or dagger or whatever. Salem is finally past that, though; he hit level 10 last night, so it’s bearform questy time for him now. I was too tired to do it last night, though, and my husband wanted my help in FFXI (which he gets the urge to dabble in every so often), so bearform’ll have to wait until later today.

The other notable thing is that Salem’s in a guild already. He received the ginvite for “The Horde is my Shepherd” right out of the blue, no tells or whispers or anything. Normally, my instinct is to decline such invitations, but in the spirit of what-the-hell-why-not, I hit accept instead. The guild’s pretty big (not surprising, if they’re inviting people willy-nilly) and seems to be your basic social-chatty type of guild. Most people are NOT at the level cap, though, and the GM was quite willing to gkick the dipstick who decided to spam guild chat with rando ALL CAPS profanity and randomness. So, not bad. We’ll see how she flies; I can always quietly gquit later if things don’t work out.

Finally, Hallow’s End has started! This… actually doesn’t mean a whole lot to Salem. He’ll do some trick or treating as is convenient. The masks and stuff are fun, the put out the fires quests are easy, and there buff candy and free food to be had. But there’s no point in hunting holiday achievements hardcore when you’re under level 80, at least not for most of them. No, that sort of thing will be reserved for my main, who’s actually gotten a lot of the Hallow’s End achievements already. Hopefully, she’ll be able to get the title this year, but I’m not super-hopeful, thanks to holiday achievements which put me at the mercy of the random number generator. 😛 Stupid sinister squashling.

Salem and Kyle

Salem does a little dance after feeding Ahab Wheathoof's hungry doggy.

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Selection Screen Pics, 1 & 6

I am collecting screenshots of Salem at each level with the idea of turning them into a little timelapse movie-thing when (if) he reaches the level cap.  But I’ve also decided to make a habit of taking a shot of him in the character selection screen, to show off how his gear and whatnot changes as he levels.

So, here he is at levels 1 and 6:

Level 1Level 6

You’ve just gotta love that freshly-rolled greenhorn look.

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Let’s make this simple.

I’m a WoW player, and this is a WoW blog. Specifically, it’s a WoW blog about me leveling a character on a PvP server.

Y’see, I’ve played WoW since late beta, not counting a several-month break or three here and there. I tend to roll lots of alts, so I only have one character at level 80, one sitting at 70-something (and waiting ’til Blizzard lets undead be hunters) and a gazillion alts somewhere under the 40 mark. And all of them are on PvE realms. Apart from an occasional battleground or dip into Lake Winterspring, I don’t PvP, and my characters’ lives are pretty safe (mob deaths excepted, of course). So, as an experiment, I’ve rolled a brand new character on Ravenholdt, a RP-PvP realm. His name is Salem and he’s a Tauren Druid.

Currently, Salem is level 6 and chilling out at Camp Bloodhoof, having completed his first bout of newbie quests and ready for his next set of newbie quests. I’m planning to take him the Feral route for much the same reason why I chose a Tauren and a Druid — I like Feral bestest. I’m still waffling a bit on his professions, though. I’ve already taken skinning, that being the easiest gathering profession to get, use, and raise; the dilemma is what else to take. Common wisdom says to take another gathering profession, since Salem’s my only character on Ravenholdt and thus will have no one to send him cash when he’s poor, and that’s probably the way I’ll go. And herbalism is not only almost as easy as skinning, but provides a self-heal ability which can be used in animal forms. So that’s probably the way I’ll go.

So far, of course, this is just like playing a character on a “normal” realm, and I imagine that it’ll be that way for a while. After Mulgore, Salem’ll head to the Barrens, and until Salem’s done with the Big Wide Wasteland, the only contested area he’ll have to worry about is Moonglade. Presuming, of course, that Moonglade is still contested; it sure was the last time I dabbled in PvP and took a newbie character there during that holiday with the elders and free Moonglade teleports and the like.

Exciting times ahead. Exciting times.


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