An update today on the paladins I’ve been working on.
Rathanos. After finishing Dizzee, Arv moved on to … well, not what I was expecting. Ha! I assumed we’d go back to his Alliance 4-tank project, but he had this sudden itch to play a rogue and his bank alt just happened to be one (as most of mine are). So once he got her into the 20’s I offered to tank for him, seeing as how he has tanked at least 100 dungeons for me by now.
We did a couple different randoms. We got Gnomeregan first. No problem, I’ve run it enough times with him tanking to know exactly where to go in this new shortened version. Unfortunately, some of our groupmates (ok, all of them) are unable to properly work a simple gnomish parachute. I must admit, though, I found it quite amusing to see the walking slab of beef in a dress that was supposed to be healing me fall through the air like a stone and go splat! on the hard floor. We actually still would have been fine … with WoG and LoH and Arv’s dps, we were whittling away at the boss’s health … but then all these ADDS came from the floor above. Now, I’ve seen this happen before when a pet class jumps down without dismissing their pet … but we had … rogue, mage, priest, paladin x2. And no, before you ask .. the mage was arcane, not frost. So no clue. Anyway we came back in and tried it again and this time at least four of us managed to not die to the jump, although Arv and I were still the only ones who used our chutes. L2click a parachute, fools!
Second up, BFD. As I’m picking up the quests, the healer realizes he left his heirlooms on another toon and logs out to get them, and the two huntards have run ahead and are pulling. As if it wasn’t bad enough that I get lost in this place, right? So I get to the edge of the water and ask them to wait for the healer to return. They keep pulling, he comes back, Arv and I swim through to the other side and over the hill the way we’ve always done. Look around and we’re alone. /shrug … Arv goes ahead of me and saps things for me. Group catches up, we kill the turtle, we move on to the next area. I’m semi-lost but it’s ok I know we’re getting *somewhere*. As I’m pulling stuff, the HEALER starts bitching. Is he bitching about the huntards who are still killing their own shit instead of following along and being good little group members? Hell no. The dipstick is yelling at me for using WoG. He asks if I have Templar’s Verdict. Ummm, no, that’s ret only. He says well use your shield thing instead then. Dude, I’m too low level to have that yet. I have only ONE thing I can use my holy power on. I’m sorry you’re fucking bored and want a challenge, maybe you should have left your heirlooms off then. Pull another group, health goes to half, use WoG. ‘OMG please stop healing yourself!’ Dude … /facepalm … I swear, if Arv hadn’t been there with me, I would have pulled a Slice. As it was, I couldn’t wait to get out of there and I made a beeline for the final boss, skipping two in the process.
After that we decided it would be more beneficial to just straight queue for SM:GY, so we did a few of those. I feel like I did ok, it’s sort of fun being ‘in charge’ once in awhile, although it’s not really my personal preference. I like following, although I get bitchy when the person leading doesn’t do things the way I prefer them to be done. Sounds about right, ya? lol. It takes a lot out of me though, having to keep up the pace and be on my toes for extra adds and things. Is it a challenge? You bet! Is it fun? It definitely can be. Would I want to tank all the time? Not only no, but HELL no. It’s a nice diversion once in awhile, and there is nothing hotter than a really good tankadin. (Especially in a dress .. come on Arv you KNOW you are hawt in that thing) But I’m not gonna lie … I may have breathed a small little sigh of relief when I logged on Monday after Arv had been home all day to find that he’d leveled right past Rath.
Kalethos. I got some good leveling in on him as well, although I got nowhere near Outland. Khizzara and friends have gotten up to 63 or so anyway so I sort of slowed down and started spending time getting my professions caught up, which meant spending time on the DK mining and herbing. Then I noticed how fast Arv was leveling and put even more time into the professions, giving him time to get caught up … because I must confess, I missed having my dungeon buddy along for the 10 levels I did on my own.
He’s had some interesting adventures as well. I zoned into an RFD … and the two dps who zoned in at the same time apparently were running back from a wipe. We ran to where the tank and other dps were and had to jump down into a chasm between two groups of mobs. Buffs went out, I beaconed the tank, and watched as this warrior with no weapon or shield ran into range of the first group, taunted one of the mobs, then turned tail and proceeded to run in circles with the mobs chasing him. He’d stop evey once in awhile to toss out another thunderclap then start circling again. It was … well I think I still have a bruise on my chin from the floor. He did the same thing with the other group, and then pulled Glutton. I tried. I really did. I kept him up for a long time but with no melee abilities and no shield … he tried to kite but Glutton eventually caught up to him. Well at least he was the only one who died. We did manage to finish off the boss. And yes, I did rez him before I dropped group.
Stratholme, live side. Wonderful bear tank asks if anyone needs to do the quests. I have them, so we go to Fras Siabi’s corner first. Pass the next gate, and turn right. We get almost up to where The Unforgiven is when the mage says we are going the wrong way. You know … dps should just STFU and follow the tank when it’s obvious that the tank is doing just fine. He wasn’t some lost noob who was acting like he didn’t know where to go. Quite the opposite, he was a skilled and competent tank. Then the rogue pipes up with some shit about how he could tank better than the bear. *sigh* So the bear sits back and says ‘have at it’ on the big pull before Timmy. I do my best but I can’t keep the three dumbps up through them all. As the last of them falls and the mobs turn to me, the bear picks them up and he and I finish them off. I mass rez, the rogue gets kicked, we move on. Except we don’t. The bear and mage and hunter were all from the same realm but different guilds, so I can’t help but wonder if this wasn’t some sort of inter-guild pissing match. Whatever it was, the bear and mage continue to snipe at each other the rest of the run. I still have two quests in my log that didn’t get finished because .. well, hell, I don’t blame the bear, I wanted to get done and gtfo of there too.
Now, it wasn’t all bad, however. My first trip to DM:North resulted in my first ever full tribute run. And last night, Arv got to within two levels of me and we got to run it together. I’m up to 49 and have my professions both at or above 225 so I’m making good progress. I’m also enjoying guild chat and starting to make a few new friends over there on Kargath.
Raerisa. Wait … who?? Yeah, well, see … one of those new friends wanted to run some lower level dungeons, and wanted to see my lone female belf in particular. So I logged on to her and looked at her gear. Uh .. yeah. Holy ain’t gonna happen here without spending some cash on the AH and uh … you know, she’s got a collection of 2Hers to go with this strength gear. So I plugged in some ret talents, sent out a stalker ID party invite, and away we went. We got a good tank and SM:GY and it was ok I guess. But then said tank wanted to requeue and … well … ugh. One way to avoid the whole parachute fiasco in Gnomer is to … run the entire instance without taking the shortcuts. Ugh. We were in there for-freakin-EVER! My bud is complementing my dps (like on most of my non-max-level toons, I have recount turned off) while I am complaining about the tiny little arms and legs on my toon that are thinner than the mace she is wielding. I hate her. HATE HER. She hit level 30 in there. I’m not certain it is enough to save her. I’ve threatened to delete her.
Yes, I still have the two humans I’ve been working on as well from time to time. Marionus gets leveled first when I feel like playing a human, since he is on AngerFork’s server. Klin … was having fun with Arv’s toons but I think he’s outleveled me on all of them now. And since he has no one at all on that server, he’s lowest priority. Well, second lowest, if you count Rae.
This weekend I’ll see if I can get Kale to Outland though. And get his profs up to 300. That is the goal for now.