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I finally made Loremaster in WoW. Until you try it, you probably… - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
March 25th, 2009
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I finally made Loremaster in WoW. Until you try it, you probably won't know the pain (at least for Horde).

I had no trouble getting Lorekeeper of Eastern Kingdoms (in fact, there are several quests I never did over on that continent), Outlands and Northrend. Really, the achievments for Outlands and Northrend practically hold your hand, telling you exactly how many quests you need in each map. And none (or few) require rep.

But rep seems to be very much needed for Lorekeeper of Kalimdor. Dammit.

I was something like 8 quests short of Lorekeeper of Kalimdor when I heard that Blizzard was reducing the quest requirement for the Kalimdor achievement. I rejoiced. Surely, that meant I had found 'enough'. Surely, they would reduce the number down to something closer to Easter Kingdoms.

So. Wrong.

They removed 15 quests. AND, removed several more from 'counting' so I logged in to find myself even FARTHER from the achievement than before.

To say I was dissapointed is a serious understatement. "Pissy" works, though. And that's the state I would be in every time I let myself think about it.

Now, at the same time they changed the requirement, they also changed the way rep interacts with level, so there was no longer a diminishing return as you leveled. This meant that the centaurs of Desolace and the furblogs of Felwood and Winterspring would give me decent rep, rather than 1.

I hate Desolace, by the way.

But I went, and I ground up rep with one faction, did their quests, then ground up rep with the other side and did THEIR quests. That was 8, as I recall.

Then I ground up rep with the furblogs only to find I had done all the quests they had for me. Dammit, again.

That left me needing 5, I think.

I spent a certain amount of time sulking about this, rather than seriously trying to research what all I missed.

But that doesn't mean I wouldn't turn on 'Track Low Level Quests' and run around Kalimdor.

There WERE quests, but they tended to be instance-based and those don't count.

However, some DO lead to quests that do count.

I was down to needing two when I chanced to find a reference to a Hermit in Sillithus that wanted texts. (actually, I read about him because I was trying to figure out how to summon the Duke of Cynders for that blasted T-1.5 series of quests. That quest line proves to me that the old skool devs were seriously sadistic.) And Lo! I had not interacted with that Hermit on my main. Finally, Loremaster is mine!


But srsly: Blizz devs = Sa. Dis. Tic.



(... wait.. I looked at my quest log yesterday and it had ONE quest left.... and that was for Drak'Tharon...and I haven't actually finished the T-1.5 quest line... what the hell happened to the next quest in that line? Blast.)

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From:xthread
Date:March 25th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm still trying to figure out where a couple of Zul'Drak quests are supposed to come from..
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From:solan_t
Date:March 25th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Did you do the quest line that starts with a dropped item (how I hate those!)? Or find the couple-few that are at the flight point west of Gundrak instance?... wait, this assumes you are Horde, I think, so I may be leading you astray.
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From:xthread
Date:March 25th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
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The loremaster I'm working on is a hordeling, it's ok.

I didn't think of a dropped item possibility. Also, now that you mention it, one of the last ones I have to do is killing that fripping fish, and it's possible there are a couple of quests hiding behind that.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 25th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
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I didn't notice the item when I picked it up, only when I was selling stuff off, so I am not absolutely sure what I got it off of, but I think it was a troll. In addition, I am pretty sure it was a troll from that center portion... Argh! I can't find an online map to find the actual name. I know it was near the flight point in what I think of as the 'abandoned temple' near the middle, but maybe a bit west of middle. There are daily quests there (that give no rep and crappy cash, so what's the point?) that make you do four quests before 'completing' the daily. One of them is an alchemist that has you run for supplies from his shelves and get them in his pot in a timed fashion. (fun little quest, for all it's frustrating as hell. No, I don't know how it manages to be both.) You know the place I mean? I know I was doing the quests in that part when I got the quest-starting item.
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From:xthread
Date:March 25th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I do.
I think I'll give in and go look on wowhead for stuff I haven't done.
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From:ryltar
Date:March 25th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm annoyed at this achievement, I am only missing a few on my main and cannot find 'em.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 25th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
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I know that feeling. I know that feeling very, very well.

All I can say is, turn on low level quest tracking and run around a bit. Even if the quest itself doesn't give you a point, it might lead to a quest that does. Oh, and pray it doesn't involve a dropped item to start a quest chain - heaven only knows how we can be sure we have done those or not.

Oh, and did you do the robot chicken quests? You know, those blasted little distress beacons that lead to really, really suicidal metal chickens? There's one each in Tanaris, Feralas and Hinterlands. I think they are each worth two points (turn one in to the chicken, then one into the goblin in Booty Bay when done)
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From:ryltar
Date:March 25th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
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I've got all but the Hinterlands bird -_- There is not even really any hordies to take my frustration out on in that zone! :p
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From:solan_t
Date:March 25th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Ha!



(*cherishes the fact she's not on a PvP server*)
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From:malinear
Date:March 25th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Geez, major grats hon! I'm a *long* long way from getting Loremaster. I've only completed 2 full zones in Northrend, 2 in Outlands (though half of two more zones each in both places) and then about half of EK and Kalimdor. Loooong way to go. But I'm also rather lazy about questing.

I did however finally get my Explorer stuff done over the weekend so I feel a little bit accomplished. :) And 50 pets. That made me stupidly happy.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 26th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
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My pet, mount and tabard achievements are languishing, too. And most of the fishing ones. and cooking... hmmmm.
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