A tale of critters and battle pets
While questing, I spotted a gold dot for a flower. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here before.. but I’m one of -those- people when it comes to flowers.. you know, people hate questing with me because in the middle of making a bee line for the next objective I’ll abruptly veer off course to go pick a pretty pretty flower. In fact it’s to the point where if I see the gold dot on the mini-map I’m COMPELLED to go get the flower.. and when I -can’t- get the flower I start to feel a bit glum.
So anyway, while questing last night, I spotted a gold dot for a flower. It was slightly up the hill from where I was in the quest line so I jaunted off up the hill… only.. it was on the cliff above me.. in order to get the flower I was going to have to find a way around the cliff or give up and not get the flower. Since giving up the flower wasn’t really an option I moved on from that to “how do I get it”. I couldn’t see an obvious walking path to get there.. I suspect that clifftop is actually part of the next quest area.. so the entrance was not obvious. I spent a whole minute thinking about this, wishing I could fly.. and wondering when I get to buy the new flying skill.. when it -finally- occurred to me to use my eye of Kilrog. Summon Eye, fly up to the next cliff, summon demonic teleport circle, dismiss Eye, Teleport. In all of 10 seconds later I had the flower in hand and actually felt kind of gleeful about it.
Then I turned around on this cliff and spotted an Alpine Foxling. It’s pretty, baby blue.. and bigger than the normal critter.
Segue #1: In the name of efficiency my Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in Pandaria is that whenever I see a critter I haven’t seen before I target it. Then type /love, then cast corruption on it. The theory is that by doing this with every critter I see, eventually I will either magically achieve the love/kill achievements without going out of my way.. OR I will get most of them making the final cleanup fairly short and painless.
Seque #2: It gets even better…Did you know that the critter you /love… doesn’t have to be alive for you to get the achievement tick? I’m sorry. I’m not evil. I’m just misunderstood.
Seque #3: Blizz is tricksy and occasionally they will put a thingy that looks like a critter in the game.. only it’s not a critter.. and it tries to tear your face off. To avoid that end I have been very careful to confirm all the critters I kill are actually critter-sized in size, level and hit points.
Seque #4: Did you know that when you’re using the Eye of Kilrog.. and you’re flying.. and you summon the demonic portal.. you -can- actually place it above ground level? Yeah.. it was a surprise to me. Luckily I wasn’t -too- far above ground level.. but the sudden drop surprised me. Must be more careful when circumventing flying rules.
So anyway.. pretty, baby blue fox critter. It was bigger than normal..and so gosh darned pretty. I stood there for a while. I figured since it was so big and pretty that probably it was supposed to be battle pet tamed.. and I felt kind of bummed that I hadn’t yet trained on how to tame battle pets. I did briefly consider flitting off to get the training, then returning to tame it.. but that smacked of effort. So instead I /loved it .. and killed it. What use is a SOP if you don’t follow it?
Later than night, right before I logged off, I traipsed off to get battle pet training so this type of situation will not occur in the future.