Reaching level 40 was somewhat of a significant milestone for my Shaman. It meant that I would now be able to wear chain mail amrour, which offers much greater protection than the leather I’m currently wearing. It also meant that I could now put talent points into dual-wielding in the Enhancement spec. The downside to those of course, is now I need to get some one-handed weapons and mail armour.
The thing I was most excited about with level 40 though, was getting my mount. It wasn’t just for the increased speed, because I don’t think it’s a whole lot faster than my Ghost Wolf form, but it’s sort of a status item. Ninety gold, the cost of the riding skill plus the mount, was a lot of money for a non-twink newb like myself. I was half-way through level 39 with just 40 gold to my name. I headed out to Arathi Highlands and began mining iron ore. After about two hours I had enough iron ore to smelt three stacks of iron bars which I put on the Auction House for 20 gold per stack.
The next day, I logged in and discovered that all three stacks had sold, along with a couple other items I put up, and I was now at 108 gold. I felt so rich. A quick bit of adventuring and a couple quest turn ins got me me my level 40 ding and I was off to Exodar to purchase my Elekk mount. I don’t think it’s the greatest looking mount, I’m kind of partial to the Dwarven Ram myself, but I wasn’t about to grind out a bunch of faction just so I could have a different looking mount. Not yet anyway, but I’m sure one day I’ll give in.
Other than that, I didn’t play a whole lot this weekend. I spent a little bit of time running around Stranglethorn Vale doing some miscellaneous quests. I was running into Horde players left and right, most of them a few levels below me. I left most of them alone, but did kill a few of them here and there for fun. Of course, it wouldn’t be a run through Stranglethorn Vale if I hadn’t gotten ganked myself, and in spectacular fashion to boot. I was cruising through the zone when I saw a zone-wide shout from an NPC named Short John Mithril that said, “Arrr, Me Hearties! I be havin’ some extra Treasure that I be givin’ away at the Gurubashi Arena! All ye need do to collect it is open the chest I leave on the arena floor!“. I had just passed by the arena a minute or two before, so I turned around and headed back with visions of free loot in my head. I had no idea what this was all about, and in hindsight, I was pretty naive to think no one else would be headed towards the arena as well, but as soon as I got there, some high-level Horde character’s pet came screaming towards me and killed me in one shot. I was killed two more times afterward as I tried to escape the arena. Lesson learned.