Alt Appreciation, week 1: Death Knight

Preface: Laeleiweyn suggested recently that we altoholics could collectively celebrate alts, either on blogs, Twitter, or by starting/playing them in-game, over the course of eleven weeks starting on August 19th, and ending November 3rd. Each week will be themed by class – week one for DKs, week two for druids, week three for hunters, etc. 

It’s a fantastic idea, although I do not have an alt for every class. However, I do have several alts, so I plan on participating by writing posts on the classes I do have. Week one is Death Knight Week.

I have a long and un-storied history of not playing death knights.

I made a death knight shortly after Wrath dropped, played through the starting zone, got myself drafted into the Alliance. I got him up to level 62, and was working through Hellfire Peninsula, smashing enemies like they were made of papier-mâché. My death knight was freakin’ awesome.

Yet, for some reason, I let him lie dormant for several months. And when I came back to him, I found that the class confused me, and he wasn’t as powerful as he had been, and I didn’t like him any more. Soon after that, he became a victim of the dreaded Delete button, and was no more. This was sometime in 2009.

Thus began the long and empty saga of not playing a DK.

Between that death knight and 2013, I killed Anub’arak, the Lich King, Ragnaros, Deathwing, took a laxative in Grizzly Hills seven or eight times, watched Thrall get married, ate some Red Bean Bun, and did many, many, many other things, both in-game and in real-life. Death knights weren’t really on my radar for a long time.

However, in Mists of Pandaria I came to a point where I began to want to play one again. Perhaps it was the memory of that epic finish to the starting zone; or a small fascination with the mechanics of playing a DK tank, as compared to a warrior; or a desire to figure out how the runic system worked. Whatever it was, I started a new DK several months ago.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to:


Saldrahn, with some classic DK transmog action goin’ on!

If someone had told me a year ago that I would make and level a DK to 90, I would have laughed and shrugged that prediction aside. I really didn’t think it would ever happen.

From any type of end-game standpoint, there was no need for this toon. I made him purely for fun… and boy, was he fun to level! I leveled as Blood, and had an awesome time. I guess you’re supposed to level DKs as Frost, but I’m getting to be fairly experienced at leveling tanks, so I went with it. I leveled him casually: if there was a time when I was bored or tired of Pandaria or the Barrens, I could log in and rip some face on my DK for a while.

I’m still learning how to play him. I haven’t really read up on the runic system, so I’m still in the process of figuring out how it works, how to use Death Runes properly, and so on. I haven’t tanked any instances with him yet. That wasn’t something that I was interested in while I leveled – I just relaxed and had fun and didn’t really worry about interacting with others most of the time while I was leveling. So there are areas where I have a lot to learn, and his UI is a bit of a mess right now, and so on… but I hope to start using him to tank some dungeons before the end of the expansion, just to see how that goes.

On a side note, I finally leveled an engineer to max-skill for the first time. Saldrahn is that engineer. So I picked this achievement up, the same day I hit 90:

Master of All

Master of All!

That was another thing I never saw happening! Leveling engineering can be a frustrating process, for certain.

My DK is a toon that I leveled for fun, and it was totally worth it. It still slightly surprises me that he even exists, much less that he’s at max-level. However, he’s here now, and I look forward to more adventures with him in the future!

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Losing at the mailbox-float game

Last weekend, I logged into the few toons with which I had been playing a game of ‘mailbox-float’ with respect to my cooking mats.

Since I’ve been raiding on two hunters instead of one recently, my supply of Sea Mist Rice Noodles has been dwindling rapidly. So I prepared for a Saturday of epic wok-style cooking by fishing up more than a dozen stacks of Tiger Gourami up in Kun-Lai Summit and committing tortois-cide on the turtles* at the Torjari Pit for Raw Turtle Meat.

*After all of the crap their distant cousins give me on the H Tortos fight, they do sort of deserve it after all, by some twisted sense of logic…

Aside from that, I was all set. I had spent months of “not-leveling” my paladin growing Scallions on her farm, so I knew that there were a couple of dozen stacks of those floating around in the mail, along with at least a dozen other mails full of meats and other food mats. I just needed to find them. Here’s how that went:

(opens Mushan’s mailbox):

“Hmm. No food mats in here. They must be in Droignon’s mail.”

(logs out. logs in to Droignon, opens mailbox):

“Hmm. No food mats here either. I must have sent them to Ghilleadh, since he had extra bag space for a while, too.”

(logs out. logs in to Ghilleadh, opens mailbox):

“Oh-kaaay… nothing here. Where… the hell… are my food mats?”

(logs out. logs in to Anacrusa, opens mailbox. there is one mail, and it isn’t food):


(logs out. logs in to Abenadari, opens mailbox. there are four mails, no food mats.):


Yes, folks. After ten months of successfully floating stacks upon stacks of Tiger Steak, Mushan Ribs, Scallions (especially Scallions), Emperor Salmon, Turnips, and every other kind of ingredient in the mail, I managed to fail at the mailbox-float game. At some point, in search of a leaner, meaner mailbox on the toons I play most often, I must have sent them to Mushan or Droignon from a lesser-played toon and forgotten about them when they auto-returned, and now they’re gone.

I spent several minutes last weekend (I forget which day) logging in to all 10 Alliance toons on my server, hopelessly scouring their bags and banks, rechecking their mailboxes – all to no avail. The stuff was just gone.

This, my friends, is the potential risk of playing the float through the mail – if you let your vigilance lapse for long enough, you end up in my situation. And it’s all because I’m a pack rat, so my bank and bags are full, and there’s no room to put a food-specific bag in the bank, and I’m relegated to using the mail.

I was frustrated. Fortunately, I had more than enough Sea Mist Rice Noodles to last me another week of raiding, so the situation wasn’t dire. But I was still annoyed enough with myself for letting it happen that I actually got a little nauseous!

In situations like these, you have to make snap decisions. There was no way I was going to go without Sea Mist Rice Noodles in a raid in the not-so-distant future – I’m like a Starbucks addict when it comes to that. So I decided to take action.

Fortunately, I have six 90s.

One of them has an ongoing leg enchant enterprise, so growing anything but Songbells on her farm is out of the question. So, that leaves five 90s.

The next day, I purchased a Bag of Scallion Seeds for each of those other toons. I duly planted 16 plots on each toon. I also planted four plots on my DK, who is 89.

The day after that, I harvested a boatload of Scallions. I then repeated the process. On the final day, I harvested my farms full of scallions and planted the final eight plots, otherwise going back to my regularly scheduled farming routine.

On Wednesday, I bought Rice Flour and made a dozen stacks of Sea Mist Rice Noodles. I sent 11 of them to Droignon.

These ought to last a couple of weeks...

These ought to last a couple of weeks…

It was that easy. And I have several stacks of Scallions to spare, and I’ll still be farming them on the DK until he turns 90, so I think I’m good for a while.

It really was no big deal, after all…

Actually, after that initial queasiness went away, it wasn’t very difficult to accept that I had lost all of those ingredients.

The rapid logic that smacked me back to reality at that point went

A) “It’s just a game – deal with it.”

B) “When were you going to use most of those mats anyway?” “Well, I was thinking of maybe sel-“ “STFU you gold-hoarding miser!”

C) “Just grow some damn Scallions – you have six full farms!” “Yeah, you’re right…” *sheepish grin*

Seriously, the best I was going to do with all of the other mats was probably to sell them on the AH or trade them for Ironpaw tokens. Ultimately, their value wasn’t that great. It was not a huge loss. But it certainly felt like a kick in the gut for a few minutes!

Lessons learned: it’s just a game; they’re just food mats; STFU and deal with it. Hee hee…

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The Tillers: Money Matters, and Re-Stealing is OK

I’ve done every daily for The Tillers more times than I can even think about at this point.

For the most part, they’re some of the more fun quests, if only because a) they’re usually easy, and/or b) The Tillers is one of the more enjoyable factions out there. Well, everything is, compared to, say, the Shado’pan.

Anyway, while cultivating my relationships with the faction and its members (see what I did there? Yes, I have a very, very dry sense of humor sometimes…), I’ve come up with a couple of personal truths regarding certain quests. Today I want to look at a couple of them.

Money Matters

Gina Mudclaw is a very nice, very pretty, and apparently very rich, little lady who works as a merchant at Halfhill. Along your journey, she gives quests, accepts gifts, and offers some fun little items as you gain Tillers reputation.

One of the Tillers dailies is called Money Matters. For this quest, Gina asks you to collect payments from four NPCs who are presumably delinquent on their accounts. In the quest text, she laments that the one thing she dislikes about working the market is collecting debts, which is completely understandable, as asking people to pay what they owe can naturally be uncomfortable.

So I accept the quest, and talk to the four NPCs. One of three things usually happens when I ask them for their payments:

1) They pay without a second thought, usually with a comment about how good it is to honor one’s debts.

2) They don’t have the money, and they don’t want to get in trouble with Gina, me, or, in some cases, with their mothers. This causes them great consternation. They may say something like, “I’m going to get into big trouble. Could you pay my debt for me?” or “I just don’t have any money right now.”

3) They don’t want to pay the money.

If the customer gives me their payment, then it’s done. I move on to the next NPC. However, of the customer can’t or won’t pay, I have two options: I can threaten them with violence (aka shaking them down), or I can offer to pay their debt for them this time.

The debt is always one gold, so it could be easy to just pay their debt for them and move on peacefully. Then again, there is no tangible relationship reputation with these particular NPCs, so it would also be simple to just shake down any non-payers. There is no real moral dilemma like there would be if Blizzard had made these things matter.

However, I like to make the moral choice anyway.

For example, if Innkeeper Lei Lan is having trouble keeping her inn afloat financially, which happens from time to time, she’ll say so. In that case, I’ll offer to pay her debt for her. She is an honest woman, by all indications, and has real remorse and fear for her situation. Plus, her debt is, as I mentioned, mere pocket change for me. So I will pay it every time in that situation.

Similarly, Lolo Lio isn’t the best bear when it comes to money, obviously…

Lolo Lio, spending more than he should. Silly bear!

His ma is not going to be happy when she gets a hold of this news. Poor dude. So I pay it for him.

Anyway, to the moral point of this tale: since the debt is always one gold, why not always just pay it? Or why not always just shake them down, since there is no moral consequence?

Well, call it a smidge of RP with a dose of me being the dope who follows his heart in this in-game situation. In the case where someone is in trouble either because of hard times or poor money management, I’m happy to help these pandas out.

However, when it comes to option three, things change as the level of arrogance and downright misogyny gets ratcheted up a bit.

Here’s Spicemaster Jin Jao on a day where his head resides firmly up his ass:

Spicemaster Jin Jao, about to get his spices shoved “where the sun don’t shine.”

As you can see, he’s THISCLOSE to getting the piss beaten out of him by a heavily-armed and -armored, pissed off dude. Yes I’ve watched The Sopranos way too much, and I’m ready to do this!

Fortunately, my little threat sets him straight, and he hurriedly passes over his payment – although not without passing off some bulls**t advice about it not being wise to “raise your fists in town.” As Paulie Walnuts would say, “Get the f**k outta heeah!” Hypocrite.

You don’t always get the same response, but if they don’t show respect and “honor (your) debts” as Jin Jao says on days that he’s lucid and decides not to mess with the wrong person (me), I threaten to give them what’s coming to them. Every time.

So here’s my personal moral guideline on how to handle the situations in this quest: “Don’t be a dick, (insert NPC name).” If you make your payment, we’re golden. If you’re having some problems, come talk to me, and we’ll work something out. If you try to pull any funny business, though, I’ll get serious about it, and quickly.

Re-Stealing is OK, but Under-Re-Stealing is not gonna happen.

At least, not on my hunter.

This morning, I did the quest Stealing is Bad… Re-Stealing is OK for the umpteenth time.

This quest involves re-stealing stolen vegetables from the Kunzen hozen. The vegetables are often stacked near huts and are guarded by any assortment of hozen.

Generally, the idea is to kill the hozen, re-steal the vegetables, and go turn your quest in. However, as is often the case in quests like these, others have the same objective.

One thing I’ve noticed is that people like to be disrespectful of other players’ areas. By this, I mean that if you’re killing five Kunzen Rockflingers and a Kunzen Ravager in order to get the four stolen vegetables that they’re guarding, some other player will swoop down and take them while you’re in combat. This is not a new phenomenon, of course.

However, I like doing these on my hunter and warrior*. Mushan will land right in the middle of the group, case Misdirection, Multishot to Phobos the Turtle, and happily pick up my vegetables while Phobos holds down the fort.

Keeping the Ravager busy while recovering some vegetables. Hunters. :D

So when some tauren (not pictured – I’m not quick enough with my screenshots…) comes down, like one did today, and starts trying to steal my stolen vegetables, I’m all “Ook you, Dooker!” as they’re surprised to find that those four vegetables were only really zero or one, because the rest are in my bag… in combat. I’m not some doormat just because you’re Horde and I’m Alliance… I saw you fly down to try to pick them in druid flight form, get attacked, and then fly away like a wuss, then try to pick them up while I did your dirty work for you, you coward!


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Amid the grind of dailies at level 90, there are places in the game where you can find joy and humor during your chores. These are just two of the places that I find such things.

Hope you’re still having fun!

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*The warrior can fear. :)

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Mushan, part 2: the proof is in the screenie

One of my recurring experiences this week has been the constant reminder that Blizzard named a large lizard after my toon and those of a couple dozen other players, a situation I’ve alluded to before.

This weekend, for instance, a friend of mine and his wife, who recently finished questing from 85 to 90 together, were working on their last few bars, and got a quest requiring them to pick up Full Mushan Bladders. At the time, I was smelting ore on my warrior, and logged out to switch over to my hunter. Apparently, they mentioned to one another that it was time to get the bladders, or that the drop rate on the bladders was low, or something. And right then I logged in on Mushan, and it was apparently hilarious! Of course, they told me about it right away, and even asked me for a full bladder, to which I replied that I was, sadly, unable to help them.

Everything that’s been said to me has been good-natured – it’s been referenced in guild chat a fair amount, but not an annoying amount.

And I haven’t really noticed it much while actually killing them, or passing them in the fields on the way from one place to another. For example, on Sunday night I was farming leather on my druid, and I killed hundreds of them, and it never even crossed my mind that I was killing “my namesake” or whatever. I was in Vot4W, killing foxes and mushan and stags in big stacks, and it was all good. I feel like I’m killing kodos when I kill them, to be quite honest.

What I have noticed, on the other hand, has been the large number of new players named Mushan this week.

When I checked the US armory a couple of weeks ago, there were the usual dozen or so Mushans. I wasn’t the first, and I won’t be the last, so that’s fine. However, checking last night, there are 44 players named Mushan. It’s been in the back of my mind that this would happen; and I didn’t know how I would feel about it. While my name is, as I said, not unique, I did make it up on my own back in mid-2010, and any reference there to anything else, before or after, is purely coincidental.

Here… I’ll show you.

Mushan in October 2010, the week before patch 4.0.1 hit and Tirion Fordring disappeared from his hovel-in-exile along the Thondroril River in the Eastern Plaguelands.

What I hope is that I will not be lost among my friends, you, who read / follow / enjoy this blog. I won’t be changing my name, so hopefully I can keep my identity and uniqueness by virtue of my character and personality, as it comes across in my writing and online conversations with you.

Anyway, please remember little old me, when I am but one of the soon-to-be hundreds of players named Mushan.

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Blog Azeroth Shared Topic: Custom-Fit Professions

 Aka “I’m doing it wrong!” At least, by this topic’s premise. :)

This week’s Shared Topic at Blog Azeroth is from Effraeti, who asks:

Professions are fun for some and a necessary evil for others.

Some of us have farming professions. Some of us have crafting professions. Some of us have a little bit of everything! Professions are leveled because they fit our style of play, help us in raiding, allow us to outfit our alts, and make us money.

What professions do you have on your main? Do his/her professions fit their personality? Why did you choose them? If you chose professions based on your character and not on gaming needs, would that change some of their professions they use?

(This can include the secondary professions of archaeology, fishing, cooking, and first aid too!)

I have eight toons that are level 85. I won’t be talking about all of them, but several will come into the discussion, even though this BAST specifically asks for mains. Since I like to run my mouth (so to speak), I’ll take that liberty here – I just can’t help myself.

Mushan – hunter (main) – Leatherworking, Blacksmithing

Mushan is a max level LW/BS, and each secondary profession is also maxed with the exception of Archaeology, which I’ve only ever touched on my druid (who is max level in all of her profs).

The Blacksmithing portion of that line was something that came along later – in other words, he didn’t start off as a LW/BS. Rather, he was what I believe a hunter will generally be, and that is a Skinner and Leatherworker who is also skilled in Fishing (and should also be skilled in outdoor Cooking, although that distinction is not necessarily available to us in WoW).

After I had been 85 for a while, I leveled my mage, paladin, and then my warrior to 85. The warrior is a Blacksmith and Miner, and was my first toon to reach 525 with those professions. I tend to be someone who knows the merits of each profession for the most part, but I hadn’t necessarily made the jump to ‘min-maxing’ with professions on any one character before Cataclysm. While I certainly made sure the professions themselves were maxed on my most-played toons, and I applied their benefits properly (extra +Agi to wrists for LWs, for instance), every single character had a gathering profession, which made them all fairly self-reliant.

I made Mushan a LW, even though my druid is a LW as well, for a few reasons: 1) I’m one of the three people total who actually enjoy Leatherworking (which many people view as the worst prof); 2) I feel hunters naturally gravitate toward leatherworking as a skill that complements their main job (hunting and killing prey, and then putting every part of the animal to good use); and 3) I already understood the aforementioned benefits of being a LW from a +Agi perspective.

However, after I leveled Blacksmithing on Droignon, something happened that is completely typical of me: I fell in love with the extra sockets.


I’ve always loved sockets. So much fun to be able to add whatever you want to your gear! Of course, I’ve seen people do stupid stuff with their sockets (like the max-level hunter on my server who has had a Misty Chrysoprase (+5 Crit, +4 Spirit) in one of his/her yellow sockets since 4.1, at least). And of course, for min-max purposes, there are restrictions on what you should prioritize (like Agility for hunters). Still, there’s something about socketing a gem that pleases me a little too much.

Anyway, after re-awakening to the joy of even more sockets on my warrior, I decided that I needed those sockets on my hunter.


So my hunter is a Blacksmith now instead of a Skinner. And he has +100 Agility from that now, instead of the +80 Crit or whatever you get from Skinning. And I’m very, very happy with the way all those sockets look on his armory.

I know, crazy, right?

Silly, at least.

But it also means more DPS, and I love that. Even if the fact that my hunter is a Blacksmith doesn’t make as much sense as being a Skinner – although, to be fair, a smithing-hunter is not necessarily outside the realm of possibility, when one thinks about it.

Being a BS on my hunter is one of the few things that I don’t necessarily love about my hunter from a fantasy standpoint. But I do love those extra sockets, so I’m generally glad I changed it. I don’t know how I’ll feel about that when I have to level both crafting professions up to 600, without the benefits of self-gathering, but I suppose I’ll live – and I’ll like all the extra Agility in MoP!

Anacrusa – druid (main alt) – Leatherworking, Skinning

Anacrusa was my first 70, my first 80, my first 85. But she wasn’t my first 60. That was a hunter by the name of Bloodheim, which I abandoned before Wrath came out and deleted in 2009 at the tender age of 63. At this point, I generally sucked at everything in the game, and the hunter was no exception. I hated mana as a hunter resource, hated managing it, and just didn’t enjoy the toon after a while. I eventually got used to mana when I made Mushan, but I really enjoyed the switch to focus, and have never looked back.

Anyway, Bloodheim was a LW/SK. And when I gave him up for the druid back in mid-07, I chose to make Anacrusa a LW/SK also, since I could make some of my own gear, and since I enjoy LW, as I said before. But I don’t really feel that it fits best with my character from a fantasy or story standpoint.

If my druid fit my idea of what a druid is, she would be an Herbalist first. She would plant, nurse, and harvest herbs as part of the nature concept that is a large part of druidism. I wasn’t thinking about that when I made her, though, so now she’s a bloodthirsty killer who wields skinning knife with her bloody paw.

She would also be a healer (if I were actually good at that), and she would likely be…

I don’t know that I feel that Alchemy is necessarily a great fit for any class that isn’t a warlock, priest, mage or, maybe, death knight, but I can’t think of another profession that is really better. Maybe Inscription, which is tame – you write magical glyphs and tomes and so on. Eh. But yeah, while I think that Alchemy is a great fit story-wise for mages and warlocks in particular, it can be argued that it can be an acceptable fit for classes that can heal, so from that perspective, my druid – were I to make her again – might be an Alchemist/Herbalist. However, like I said, she is a bloodthirsty killer who uses her kills to make stuff out of.

Ah well. I enjoy it, and it’s made me a lot of gold. I enjoy skinning, too. It’s nice to be able to feel like I’m using everything I take off the beasts (and yetis) that I kill.

Droignon – warrior (alt) – Blacksmithing, Mining

Yeah. This one is – while not perfect – very nice both from the standpoint that he’s a tank (extra Stam, etc.) and because he can make his own gear and weapons and harvest his own materials. Additionally, he’s a big strong warrior, so he can carry all of those rocks around with him, no problem. Love it.

Theophilos – mage (alt) – Tailoring, Jewelcrafting

If I go with what I said earlier, I would say that Theophilos should be two of the following: Enchanter, Alchemist, Scribe, Jewelcrafter, Tailor, and maybe Herbalist – in order from most fitting to least.

In reality, he’s a JC because I wanted to have a JC among my stable of toons. He’s a Tailor because that’s an easy connection to make. But if I had to choose again, and didn’t need any professions for practical purposes, for story purposes I’d make him an Enchanter/Tailor, weaving spells into cloth and vellum to make magical items for himself and others.

But it’s not a toon I’m as dedicated to, in general, as I am to the first three on this list. So practical wins out.

Abenadari – paladin (alt) – Alchemy, Herbalism

So here we are, with my paladin, who I actually created before my druid, doing the jobs that I currently envision would be most appropriate for my druid. I wouldn’t think that a paladin, beacon of light that one is, would be getting all down with nature and chemicals. If I were to choose again, I would probably make her some kind of combination of Scribe, Blacksmith, Enchanter.

But she’s my max level Alchemist, and because of that she still exists. I don’t feel like leveling Alchemy again. If I do level another Alchemist, she may go, because I don’t love playing paladins, but I don’t anticipate that happening in the foreseeable future. Besides, I would have a tough time deleting her anyway, for Transmute cooldown reasons.


At any rate, that’s probably too much info about some of the characters I play the most, their professions, why I chose them, and how well I think their professions fit with the characters themselves.

Above all, I have professions because I use them, and sometimes they fit better with the toons than others. Between my eight 85s, I have every profession covered except for Engineering and Enchanting (and my girlfriend is an Enchanter, so that’s effectively covered, too). I’ll likely get to those eventually. I have some toons – like my other hunter Ghilleadh – who are simply gatherers, because that is easy and profitable, and I have less problems with resources than I used to simply because I play those toons and gather as I go.

The only toon where I have redundant crafting professions is Mushan – since I already have a LW and a BS, seperately – and that’s because he’s also the only toon that I’ve chosen professions for based primarily on min-maxing and DPS.

But yes, if I went into the game fresh, with the knowledge I have now, I might choose my profession-toon alignment differently, because I become immersed in my characters to varying levels, and professions are certainly a part of that.

Thanks for the great Shared Topic, Effraeti!

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Mushan (beast)

When I created my hunter back in the summer of 2010, I made his name up in my head.  I typed it into the Character Creation screen, and I liked the way it looked.  I liked the way it sounded.  And it was a “good” name, in the sense that it was available on my server.  So I was off and running with it, and I’ve never looked back.  I still love the name, and have never regretted it or wished that I had made up something better for him.

With the release of Mists of Pandaria, several new creatures will be introduced into the game.

One of these, as most people know, is the mushan.

^^ I think it’s safe to say, I’m prettier…

My friend and former guildmate – and fellow hunter – Jacuzzi, came online shortly after the mushan were datamined and made public.  He asked me if I knew about them, and then happily told me that he plans on killing thousands of them for fun, just because I happen to share a name with their species name.  We shared a good laugh about that.

I know they weren’t named after me, because there are other players named Mushan, and I highly doubt that I am even the most decorated or skilled Mushan out there. And I didn’t start this blog until after they were announced, if I remember correctly.  Blizzard doesn’t know me from any other player, so I’m happy to rest on the idea that it’s just a coincidence – that I happen to have made an Asian-sounding name for my toon, and the new expansion has Asian themes.

What is interesting, though, is that I sometimes get page views from people searching for “mushan” on Google.  I know that they’re not looking for me, in most cases, unless they’ve typed in “mushan etc” or something to that effect.  People are interested in the new creatures of MoP, so naturally they are searching for the beast, not for me.  The mushan even drop meat that will be used in several recipes in MoP, including feasts, so there’s profession and gold-making value driving up the curiosity factor there.

The big sadface is that it looks like hunters aren’t able to tame them.  Imagine: Mushan, with a mushan pet named Mushan!  I would definitely do that, just for kicks.

Yes, I’m silly.

At any rate, Jacuzzi will not be the only one killing lots of mushan.  Perhaps he’ll be the only one killing them for the pleasure of spiting me, and that’s all well and good!  But I’ll be killing them for profit and for, um, lunch.

(And so there it is.  People who happen to find my blog while searching for this beast will now have a post to read about it!)

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Thunderbrew’s Jungle Punch: Ingredients may vary, but results are the same

Several months ago, when I was feeling particularly annoyed with my cat druid, I made a rogue.

Avacrusa works at Cutco, apparently…

It was the fifth time I had made one.  The first three never made it higher than level 14, and the fourth, who is currently an Auction House mule, is 29 and shall never reach level 30.  In fact, he’s in the queue to be deleted at some point in MoP – if not before – since Blizzard is only giving us one more character slot per server, rather than allowing us to roll 50 characters total in any combination we like.

I mean, I have to roll a hunter in MoP right?  If I didn’t, it’d be the first expansion that I didn’t since I started playing more than five years ago.  So there’s one slot taken right there.

Anyway, I made a new rogue that was almost a carbon copy of Anacrusa.  Night elf, same skin tone, same face, same markings, same hair.  Same name, other than one letter: Avacrusa.

Over time, things have changed – I gave her white hair and a different ‘do, because I felt it matched the gear I was transmogging her into, and also because of the absurd fact that playable Night Elves cannot have black hair in the game (hello, Illidan? and so on).  I would totally put black hair on a Night Elf.  Heck, I’d put it on Mushan.  It’d go great with the Black Dragonscale armor he’s wearing at the moment.

Anyway, I played her for a few hours, and the excitement wore off, and I leveled her sporadically thereafter, reaching 85 almost a month ago.  It was fun, but I didn’t love it.  Since then, I’ve hardly played her, which tells you something right there.  Ah well, at least I can finally say I didn’t delete this one.

Anyway, while I was questing in Sholazar Basin – one of my favorite zones in Northrend – I did the Nesingwary quests, which include the series of quests that revolve around Grimbooze Thunderbrew* and his Thunderbrew’s Jungle Punch.

*Grimbooze Thunderbrew is one of my all time favorite names in WoW, by the way!

The quest chain first requires you to gather papayas, oranges, and bananas out in Wildgrowth Mangal.  Then you make the Jungle Punch, following the strict, by-the-seat-of-his-pants instructions of “Tipsy” McManus.  Finally, you have to have administer a taste test to three particular people.

I’ve done this quest chain seven times, at least.  I’m not sure if I did it on my alt-druid, but the other max-level toons have all been through it.  Part of the fun of the second quest – Still At It – is that Tipsy will randomly have you add a papaya / orange / banana, light the brazier to add heat, or let out some pressure on the still.  After ten or so instructions, the punch is ready to taste.

Well, with Avacrusa, the punch seemed, at least to me, to come out a little lopsided.  Have a look:

“Heavy on the papayas! Oh, and add a banana. And hold the oranges!”

On this particular batch, the Jungle Punch consisted of four papayas, one ‘bananas’, and zero oranges.  I’d never had that happen before; usually, there was at least one of each fruit in the batch, with miscellaneous other instructions to fill the gaps.  But not this time.  This was Thunderbrew’s Jungle Punch, Papaya-Lovers Special!

However, The Taste Test, which requires you to have Hemet Nesingwary, Hadrius Harlowe, and Tamara Wobblesprocket take a swig of the stuff, is always the same.  Hemet loves it, Hadrius gets a real “kick” out of it, and Tamara says it tastes like engine degreaser.  So perhaps it doesn’t matter after all.  :)

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Music for raiding: Dethklok – The Cyborg Slayers

For my second installment of “Music for raiding,” I can’t help but turn to something that’s a little unconventional, at least when it comes to WoW.

Dethklok, the animated death metal juggernaut – and also a real band – is the creation of musician/writer/producer/(etc.) Brendan Small (aided by drum god Gene Hoglan for recordings and shows), and the centerpiece of the hit Adult Swim show Metalocalypse.  And while they aren’t entirely a traditional band, they do combine humorous death metal themes with super-catchy, super-heavy, exquisitely written music.

I could have chosen one of several other Dethklok tunes, with themes like waking sleeping trolls, thunderhorses, Vikings, and so on.  However, the song I’ve chosen is more because of the awesomeness of the music than the appropriateness of the lyrics.

“The Cyborg Slayers” by Dethklok

Starting with the title and throughout the song, the lyrics spark images of very modern combat.

Here are some of the lyrics:

Conflagrate, seal the bridge, take the supports away
Tear it down, leave no trace, we’ll move like ghosts this day
Sensors heat
Infrared fleet
Mechanized opponents, there is no retreat

Crush! Seize! Burn! Kill!
Leave no one alive!
Let no one survive!
Mortification, we annihilate
Electro-degration, we’re gonna mutilate
Leave no one alive, let no one survive

Ultimately, while the music brings to mind helicopters, elite special ops forces, precision missiles, drone strikes, cyborgs, and modern technology in war, the song just kicks my ass!  I find it to be very energizing.  Hope you enjoy it!

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As I write this, I’m recovering from a night during which I had what seemed like a very long “bad dream.”  The dream involved watching two executions, which were performed in an electric chair that was hanging from a tree.  One of these was of a very old, very deranged man.  It was very disturbing.  It got worse when, later, I was in a park near the woods and the man came back as a feral gnome who could replicate himself.  He kidnapped a child from the park and ran, and although I caught two of “him” and tried to feed both copies of “him” to a weird monster that eats gnomes (by dropping them into the monster’s mouth from atop a large rock, of course), I never found the “him” that had the kidnapped child before I woke up.

Let’s just say that, after that, I had to get a glass of water and browse my reader for a half hour or so before attempting to sleep again.


Now, onward to this short little post.

Feeding Arngrim

Lately I’ve been entertaining myself by working on the Argent Tournament on Mushan, and I’ve been adding in a few Sons of Hodir dailies as well.  Hodir is almost over, because I was already revered on this toon from my days back in Wrath, and had a bunch of Relics of Ulduar on various toons, so today I will complete it and be done.

One of the quests, Feeding Arngrim, requires you to hurl Arngrim’s Tooth at a Roaming Jormungar, which makes it disembodied, and then weaken it.  I knew that, with my gear, I wanted to take it easy on the thing in order to not kill it, so I set my pet on passive, threw the Tooth at the first Jormungar, and let an Auto Shot fly.

BAM! Dead.


Well, my bags were almost full.  I couldn’t remove my gear and try this naked unless I wanted to fly back to Dun Niffelem and sell off 15 slots worth of trash, which I didn’t feel like doing.  So I removed my bow, threw the Tooth at another Jormungar, let it come to me, and (auto-)hit it with my staff.

BAM! Dead.

O… K…

So.  Here’s what I did:


Punching a level 80 Jormungar in my gear does in the range of 700-1700 damage per strike, which is fine on a 12,000 HP enemy, particularly since you only have to get 5 of them down to around 35% or so.  It takes about ten seconds per, but I was so fascinated watching my hunter punch the thing that I took several screenshots and didn’t mind the slow “kills” at all.

Personally, I think watching Mushan punch something is both pretty cool and awfully funny.  He also occasionally parries, which looks like he’s going to get his left hand bitten off.  And Kharta’s just standing there…

On my druid – who completed Sons of Hodir back when it was current (and a punishing rep grind) – I have options when I don’t want to kill something that’s several levels lower than me.  If I’m feral, I can cast Insect Swarm or Moonfire, and that usually does just enough damage for progress but not enough to one-shot.  As balance, I can go into cat or bear form and Auto Attack.  As a hunter, though, I had to throw down my weapons and get into a regular fisticuffs with the thing, while my cat preened its whiskers and maybe watched, maybe didn’t.  Cats can be that way sometimes.

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Mandatory Feeds: Warchief’s Command Board

While we know that Warchief Garrosh Hellscream is set to be – at the very least – stripped of his title in the Mists of Pandaria expansion, he is still very much in charge and involved in what goes on in the current game.  And how do we know this?

He has his own blog, where he tells tales of his heroic exploits, shares original poetry as “epic verse,” posts transcripts of the ridiculous conversations he finds himself involved in, answers mail, and updates us on his experiences in the MMO game he plays, Earth Online.

The Warchief’s Command Board is, hands down, the funniest blog in my reader.  For proof, click the link in the last sentence and spend 15 minutes reading through his last several posts.  For immediate proof, click this story from March 29th, entitled Of Wyverns And Pinecones, which prompted Big Bear Butt to declare Garrosh Hellscream “writer of my favorite humor post of the year 2012.”

Hellscream has his own larger-than-life personality, and it really comes through in his writing.  As an orc, and a warchief, he is blunt and pulls no punches.  This does mean that his language isn’t usually safe for children – or those with tender ears – but his posts are always humorous and often hilarious.

I have to say that reading his blog over the past several months has caused my feelings for the Warchief to warm considerably, and apparently many others feel this way too.  Garrosh will eventually be unseated, but in the meantime, he will likely continue to entertain his readers for many months to come.

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