Mystery #1: Mystery of the Infinite

Picked up the quest Mystery of the Infinite over the weekend, and it is one of the most interesting quests in WoW.  The quest itself is simple – place an hourglass at Bronze Dragonshrine and fight off mobs until the hourglass runs out.

What makes it interesting is that a “Future You” appears to help with the quest.  Since I’ve always been a big fan of any Science Fiction with a time theme (e.g. Caverns of Time), WoW lore suddenly became a lot more fun!

Would I be finally decked out in full Epic gear?  Would I have one of those rare hunter pets only a Beast Master can tame?  Would I at least have spent the gold to get a new hair style at the Barber Shop?

Mystery of the Infinite

Mystery of the Infinite

No, it looks like “Future Me” is still wearing the same old yucky gear and weapons with no pet at all!

To add insult to injury, my “Future Me’s” parting words are:

Farewell. Keep us alive, and get some better equipment.

Oh well.

This quest made me think about some of the other “Mysteries” in WoW.

Mystery #2: Artisan Flying

I finally, finally saved up enough gold to purchase Artisan Flying.  I didn’t need the full 5000 gold because of a reputation discount with Honor Hold, but it still cost about 4150 gold + 100 gold for the mount (leaving me with a whooping total of 73 gold).

So after a couple of weeks of endless farming for mats to sell at the Auction House I expected this outrageously expensive Artisan Flying would be fast enough to launch me into space.

I didn’t notice much of a difference.  It might be marginally faster than Expert flying but a price jump from 250 gold to 5000 gold – well, it should cost only 500 gold for what you get in increased speed.

The speed increase might be noticeable on one of the Epic 310% flying mounts but considering how rare and difficult those are to obtain, I’d like a partial refund, please.

Spending all this gold made me wonder about what happens to all the gold given to NPCs?  It’s not as if they run out and purchase better goods to sell, Blizzard doesn’t “sell” gold, so what happened to my 4250 gold?

Mystery #3:  Recipe: Delicious Chocolate Cake

I was hoping to finally snag this recipe in time for the Children’s Week, since the Delicious Chocolate Cake is required for the “Bad Example” Achievement and I didn’t want to pay the expected inflated gold cost at the Auction House.

My Warrior friend and I went off to do the cooking and fishing quests and guess what?  My Warrior friend gets the recipe and I get a Worthless Piece of Glass.

After banging my head on the keyboard for a while, I realized that at least I don’t have to buy it.  I gave my friend the ingredients and he made enough for both of us to get the Achievement.

I still need the recipe myself for “The Cake Is Not A Lie” and the “Outland Gourmet” achievements so it looks as if I’ll be doing those quests forever…

Mystery #4: Mysterious Egg

I reached “Revered” with the Oracles and purchased my first (of many) Mysterious Egg.  It’s unique (only one at a time) and takes 7 days “real time” before it can be hatched.  The Mysterious Egg becomes a Cracked Egg and can contain one of the following:

  • Aged Yolk (30%)
  • Cobra Hatchling (20%)
  • Tickbird Hatchling (20%)
  • White Tickbird Hatchling (20%)
  • Proto-Drake Whelp (8%)
  • Reins of the Green Proto-Drake mount (2%)

Source: wowwiki – Cracked Egg

I have already purchased the Cobra and Tickbirds from the Auction House as they are plentiful and reasonably priced.  I assume most players are after the mount so there probably won’t be a shortage of the pets.

The Proto-Drake Whelp is a little more expensive so I haven’t purchased that one yet.  Since the Whelp and mount are the lowest drops of the bunch, I expect to be chug-a-lugging a lot of Aged Yolks for a while.

The mystery?  Why do I bother with stuff that makes me bang my head on the keyboard.

Children’s Week

I’ve been looking forward to this World Event since I started playing WoW back in December 09 because – more pets of course!

As soon as the event started, I grabbed my orphans from Dalaran, Shattrath City and Stormwind,  made the tour rounds in record time and got my pets.

The tough part was deciding which pets to choose.  I finally picked Roo (Curious Oracle Hatchling), Mr. Wiggles (Piglet’s Collar) and Egbert (Egbert’s Egg).

I probably won’t be getting the “School of Hard Knocks” and “Hail to the King, Baby” Achievements since I’m not very good at Battlegrounds and Instances, but I might give it try.

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