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Neither gold nor glory

I finally did it. It took me several weeks, mostly rep grinding, some of it due to the help required for raids not being available at five in the morning when I came home, but the Scepter of the Shifting Sands is now mine, forever in a place of honor in Kazi’s bank. After all the preparation, slaying trash in AQ40 for reputation, gathering the obscenely expensive materials and rare meats for that crazy gnome in Tanaris, hunting through hostile territory for book fragments and the epic Moonglade event with Eranikus, a single night of raiding finished the job: a quick Onyxia run, followed by begging our only semi-active rogue (we really could use someone who mains a rogue in Bloodriver) to accompany us to Blackwing Lair. Afterward, we trekked to Azshara to finish off Maws, and finally to Silithus to finish the chain for good. There was no epic event, at least not for us—the Scarab Gate had never been closed on Wyrmrest Accord,  as it’s quite young.

As my guildies (seriously, thank you guys! I couldn’t have done much of anything without your help) dispersed, I couldn’t help wondering…what drove me to do such a long, painful line of quests? There was essentially no reward; the dagger and robes I received during the course of questing don’t have unique skins, and the cost of the materials for the arcanite buoy was close to ruinous. The legendary mount and title are long past obtainable, no other items can be shown to others—the Scepter isn’t even an item that can be equipped and shown to other. Why, then, did I spend many hours of my own time and that of my guildies to finish this archaic questline?

I believe it’s my completionist desire, the same one that drove me to get Seeker and Loremaster, and which still propels me on occasion to keep questing on Kazi. I pay my money every month for this game, and I love it…and like every other game I’ve loved, I am doing everything I can to prolong the game. Which, I suppose, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in a game which continuously updates, but it keeps me busy. The questline has also tantalized me for a long time; I’ve written before on my fascination with the entire Ahn’Qiraj war effort event, and this questline was in many ways the focal point of that event. It’s also going away in Cataclysm—it’s been confirmed that the blue dragon which gives an entire third of the scepter’s questline is being removed, and it’s likely they’ll remove the rest as well. Regardless of why, it’s still a major thing I can check off on my ‘To Do’ list…now, to get that Eye of Sulfuras….


  1. Xianghua
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Congrats on completing such an epic questline Kazi. It’s too bad the awesome stuff you got from doing it is long gone, but there are so few people who actually did it that it just makes it that much more special.

    I’m still working on my Loremaster and Seeker titles (aprox. 40 quests left for kalimdor), and it’s slow going. Still, I swore to complete it pre-Cataclysm, so, I keep plugging away at it.

  2. Posted October 8, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Even if you couldn’t ring the gong to open the AQ gates, it was still neat to run BWL again and kill a giant shark. Like you said, it’s not something you get to do every day. 😉

    • Xianghua
      Posted October 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      wait a second.. “giant shark”? where is this again?

      • Kazimierz
        Posted October 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

        ‘Maws’, a giant shark with 1.5 million HP that ends the Blue scepter shard chain. Big, bad, easily enough killed now. 😉

        • Xianghua
          Posted October 9, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

          I still need to get up to neutral with brood of nozdormu in order to unlock the rest of the quests.. the guy in silithus only gives me the same quest for 200 silithid carapace fragments..

          • Kazimierz
            Posted October 12, 2010 at 5:16 am | Permalink

            If you can hack it, the very fastest way to get that rep is to enter Aq40, kill 3/4 of the first pack of sentinels, and then zone out. When you re-enter, they will be respawned, and you can pretty much kill them as much as you like. They’re kinda painful if you don’t have self-heals, though. 😉

            • Xianghua
              Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

              Yeah.. but they only give 100 rep/kill. I’m still in hated.. That would take WAY too long… Provided they haven’t reset my Kalimdor loremaster already. >.<

  3. Ozolin of Moon Guard
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Jus wanted to say hello and that I’ll be a regular follower. Enjoy your writing and style, thanks for a cool huntery site!

    • Posted October 18, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      Hey! Someone from Moon Guard, our old server! Thanks for stopping by and dropping us the compliment. 🙂