|Liore bobbing for apples|
Hallow's End began today and goes through October 31st. I'm mostly excited about it for a chance at the Headless Horseman mount, and I suppose the rings (yay gearing up?) Not a whole lot has changed since last year--and since I did a giant how-to on it last year, I will direct you to last year's post. Obviously with the new lands, there is a new achievement for visiting all the Candy buckets of Pandaria. As with the Cataclysm zones last year, this is not included in the meta achievement Hallowed Be Thy Name. The only other change I've noticed is that the item level on the rings, helm and sword have also been upped to 470 to match the level 89-90's who will be doing the mini-boss. If I find any other significant changes I will make sure to post them.
I'm sure many of you have read the Game of Thrones series, watched the HBO show or have atleast *heard* about it. We'll I'd like to share with you a few references that the devs at Blizzard have put in. My absolute favorite is Cersei Dusksinger. Just seeing the name Cersei was enough to tickle me pink--but it gets better. The things she says also sound just as Cersei Lannister would. "These orcs are fools! So much power nearby just waiting to be taken, and all they do is sit on their hands and watch while others plunder the riches!" or "Avuun dares to oppose me? I will crush him! When I am done with the draenei, they'll wish that they were Lost Ones!" Those are the two that stand out the most to me--but if you want to see her for yourself she is in Stonard.
While working on the fishing achievement A Penny For Your Thoughts, I came across a coin from a Squire Rowe, who resides in Stormwind. He is thought to be a reference to Jaime Lannister. The coin reads: "I hope I can get transferred out of Stormwind eventually and see Cersei again. Nothing good ever happens in this city." Referring to the separation of Cersei and her brother Jaime.
There is a gnome *somewhere* in Stormwind named Tyrion. This makes sense as a reference because Tyrion Lannister is a dwarf (so small) and is very intelligent (as gnomes are.) According to WoWhead his location is unknown, but I remember doing a low level quest with him a few years ago. I am unsure if he is still in game or not. I also noticed that they were careful to give each Lannister the same color hair--probably refering to the fact that they all have the same (golden blonde) hair in the books.
The Shado-Pan rangers are an obvious reference to GoT's Night's watch. When you click on them, they say things like "We are the sword in the shadows. We are the watchers on the wall." and "Our vigil is constant. We keep the darkness at bay." These are things that the night's watch say in their oath: "Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come." I won't lie, whenever I read/hear that I get goosebumps. <3 Jon Snow.
And finally, one of my latest favorite things: PANDAS. It is kind of funny how much I adore them now seeing as when I first heard about them I sighed and thought it was a really silly idea--and thought they looked pretty dopey. I have three now--a monk, a rogue and a warrior. Two of which I race changed because I was out of new character slots. I still think the male pandas look super goofy, but the females are absolutely adorable. They can have long or short tails, they have the cutest hair styles, and the little shock of color you can choose for their hair is pretty neat as well. If you don't like the highlighted piece you can choose to make it match the rest of your hair. Also, their giggle is so cute I giggle whenever I hear it. My favorite panda skin is the black and white--but I just had to make a red panda as well, the tail is too cute to pass up. Monk roll is also pretty fun. If you don't have a panda--you should definitly go make one...like now!
Hope you all are doing well!