|This would have been far more Epic 4.5 years ago…|
The Gates of Ahn’Qiraj first opened on our server on March 4th, 2006. The event was scheduled for 8am server time by the Alliance Guild who had completed the Scepter of the Shifting Sands questline, and I remember the sense of total anticipation as myself and the Wonder Pally logged on to find a server absolutely crammed full of people, all in the same place. The next couple of hours were totally mad: server crashes, the first tries at AQ20 (this just in: AQ20 will become a 10 player raid in Cataclysm!) and the realisation that the weeks and weeks of farming for cloth really had translated into something totally EPIC.
Last night, after what is probably a year’s worth of faffing, I finally completed what remains of the Scepter questline.
|I’m going to need a bigger boat…|
In the end I persuaded six guildmates (four of whom were pallies, with whom I’d just done The Undying with) to come an polish this off, with the promise of a World Server message, which sadly appears to have been removed from the game. No matter, the event did spawn the following craptastic gag:
Four Paladins and a Hunter walk into a Bar. The bartender looks at the Paladins expectantly. One shrugs and says ‘We’re all skint, she’s buying’ The Hunter laughs and replies ‘ Haven’t you heard, in Cataclysm there’s no more rounds…’
Well, I liked it :D
With the Blue Scepter Shard in my bags, I went and finally took possession of what is, in essence, a piece of junk. However, I know it’s significance, and I think in the end that’s all that matters, and I’d say the time and effort used to get here was utterly and totally worthwhile. The Lore Nerd in me is a happy camper. There was a bonus though: one of the two rewards from killing Maws, quite apart from the fact it vends for 82 gold (should I decide to do so at any point) is that it allows underwater breathing. I reckon that might come in useful come Cataclysm…