In July of last year I started a new hunter — something I do all too often. But this time I swore it was going to be different! This time I wouldn’t just create the character, play it to level 10 or maybe 20, and then leave it to lie fallow in my character list. No, this time I was going all the way — all the way to 70, baby!
And although it took almost a year (not to mention 12 days and 14 hours in-game), I did it. Last night, Kaet hit level 70.
The last time we really heard from Kaet, she was level 66 in Nagrand. Since then I’ve just been puttering along — an hour here, a quest or two there. The Midsummer Fire Festival really helped a lot, though. I picked up something like a level and a half just from the event, and suddenly 70 was in sight … and I had a +10% XP buff from the Ribbon Dance to boot! So I headed up to the Blade’s Edge Mountains and ground my questing little heart out.
Unfortunately, the Fire Festival was not so good for my crabs. The red crab Tibri is still only 66, and Frore the blue crab is 67. Nevertheless, my little troopers are still amazing. They survive almost anything, include my bad play habits; they massacre the enemy in relatively quick fashion; and they even keep me alive and keep aggro — with the help of a modified 30/31/0 build and True Shot Aura.
Never in this experience have I for a moment regretted taming the crabs. I only wish I could have kept the white crab Niffis up with us as well. (But I hear that there are level 70 crabs in WotLK, so maybe I can pick one up later.)
Of course this isn’t the end for Kaet, not even temporarily. I already bought a slow flapper (an Ebon Gryphon) but I need another 3500 gold for the fast version. But with countless quests left in BEM, Netherstorm, and Shadowmoon Valley, not to mention all those dailies waiting for me, it won’t take very long at all.
Unless, of course, I start another alt … *grin*