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Breakfast Topic: What monsters from the past do you remember fondly?

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Once upon a time, a Forsaken warlock and her rogue companion traveled from Tirisfal Glades into the dark forests of Silverpine. The rogue had told the warlock tales of Shadowfang Keep and the treasures she might find there. He also warned her about the creatures prowling Pyrewood Village. "And watch out for Sons of Arugal," he told her. "They patrol Silverpine, and they will kill us!"

The warlock heeded this warning and was very careful as she moved through the forests. She kept to the road as much as possible and always looked around before stopping to pick an herb. She was becoming quite the herbalist and had recently learned to identify Mageroyal. Seeing it for the first time in the wild excited her so much that she dashed over to pluck a sample from the weeds around it -- and forgot to look around first!

"How did I die from picking Mageroyal?" she cried out in anguish.

"Son of Arugal got you!" the rogue replied with a devilish chuckle.

I was afraid of Silverpine after that. Even at level 80, I was looking out for Son of Arugal when I went through there. Hogger has never killed me, but Son of Arugal put the fear of worgen in me! Still, I was sad to take my first steps in Silverpine after Cataclysm hit and realize I would never bend down to pick Mageroyal just as Son of Arugal burst from the shadows again. Silverpine felt too safe.

I ran into Lost Son of Arugal a few nights ago. I /cheered at him before killing him and felt a warm glow in my heart. I'll still have to watch my back in Silverpine! He might still get me!

What have you found that brings back fond memories of pre-Cataclysm Azeroth?

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Breakfast Topic: Any other new 85s in the house?

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New troll here! Also new worgen, goblin, paladin, druid, shaman, dwarf ... It's been a great time to try new things since Cataclysm came out! I'm having a lot of fun trying classes I was hesitant about in the past, even giving a few classes I'd decided never to play again a second try.

I'm not having fun tracking down information about these classes. An overwhelming number of results I get by searching for information on "leveling X class" are about leveling from 80 to 85. Or it's old information that's no longer applicable. Then there's my paladin problem. I really enjoy questing as a holy paladin but keep finding information that assumes I'm leveling through the Dungeon Finder or tells me to level as retribution and then switch to holy later. I don't have heirlooms, and finding information on how to gear my new characters before they get to Northrend is just killing me!

I've also come across a few people in dungeons who were brand new players. I may not have a lot of experience with some of the classes I'm trying, but I'm running into people who have no experience with the game. One guy didn't know he could run back into the instance to get his body when we died in Shadowfang Keep. He rezzed at the Spirit Healer before going back in.

Now that we've made it through those first post-Cataclysm months and 4.1 is out, where have you been getting information on leveling alts? Are you still playing any of the alts you rolled up in those first weeks of Cataclysm? Are you a new player who just went through his first patch day with 4.1? Am I the only one who quests as a holy paladin?

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Breakfast Topic: Rest in peace, Mankrik's wife


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"... she held off three of the bristlebacks by herself ..."

Yeah yeah, Mankrik. Gimme my quest!

"Please ... find some sign of my wife."

Woah ...

Lost in Battle was the first quest I came across that caused a personal, deeply emotional reaction in me. I love the lore and was devouring the story as I went along. Quests had made me cry, laugh, and say out loud, "How in the...? No!" That was as an observer who was loving the story, though. Mankrik's quest made me hold my husband a little tighter that night and tell him I love him a little more. Sure, I admit I've giggled at a cleverly timed "Mankrik's wife" punch line or two! I'm not going to claim to be above that. But I've looked at Mankrik standing there, a proud orc pushed to the point of begging strangers to find his wife, and then looked across the room at my own husband. It's not something I can laugh at then.

The first thing I did with my Horde death knight after turning the letter in to Thrall was run down to the Crossroads for that quest. My Alliance RP character has found the body and mourned the death of this unknown orc who was so badly beaten, and she has lamented not knowing who she could possibly go to about this. I've worried about losing Haggle and Mankrik's wife in Cataclysm. At least now I know Mankrik's wife -- excuse me, Olgra -- will finally be laid to rest. I've read what the moment says and cried. If you Hordies see an awfully friendly dwarf coming through with a bear, /cheering animals, I'm just on my way to pay my respects again.

Which characters/quests have hit you really hard? Is anybody else worried about Haggle?

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Breakfast Topic: Which vanity pets have captured your heart?

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I have a confession to make. I collect vanity pets. I don't mean I grab the ones from my race's capital and then the ones that go with holidays. I mean I hunt them down, build them, buy them, and do quests I would rather skip because the reward is a pet I'll probably never have out.

How did I end up this way? I guess it started in the Undercity, where I bought a cockroach. In Orgrimmar, I figured the cockroach might like a few snake friends. It wasn't long before I ran out of pets I could get that way, and I wasn't high enough level to get any pet-related quests yet. So I started pouring my gold into pets from the auction house. My gear was from quest rewards because I almost never got drops I could use and my gold was going to pets. I eventually started buying gear first, but I still have trouble forcing myself to buy enchants and consumables when there are pets to save up for.

I have two favorite pets. One is my Dun Morogh Cub, which my husband bought and rode out to Coldridge Valley to give to me. That bear has been by my main's side since level 1. My other favorite is my Phoenix Hatchling. A friend said he'd run Magister's Terrace with me as many times as it took for me to get it. I was a level 70 hunter with BM spec, and he was a level 80 protection warrior. I just couldn't put out enough DPS for us to take down Kael'thas, so we called in another friend to help. It was my first time through there, and I left with a fiery bird flying along behind me!

The one pet I really wish they would add is an Azerothian Schrödinger's Cat. It could be a reward from a quest involving gnomes or the D.E.H.T.A. The worg pup can be either black or brown when summoned, so a cat could have normal and skeletal models to switch between. Since you wouldn't know if the cat is alive or dead until you summon it, the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies it would be both alive and dead while unsummoned.

Do you collect vanity pets? Which are your favorites? Is it too early in the day to think about quantum mechanics?

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