This morning I have essentially wasted the time I would have normally written a lengthy blog post… on the mad quest for the Corrupted Ashbringer. Normally speaking each morning I log into Rift and GW2 to claim my daily rewards, and then maybe pop into World of Warcraft to check on my Class Hall missions before finally settling in to write a blog post. This morning I logged into my Paladin and fished a bit, and after a couple dozen casts finally received the item I had been so feverishly hunting for. So for sake of argument, the best I can tell I caught my Shard of Darkness after 1682 casts. Which places me significantly more than my friend Kel that got his in 149, but significantly fewer than the poor soul who was fishing Sunday and said he was somewhere in the 8000s. Of course after getting the shard…. I had to work my way through the rest of the quest chain this morning because there was no way in hell I could work a day without seeing this through. I get on these vision quests sometimes, where I have to do this one thing… and when I do finally get it I have a lapse in goals for a bit. Given how many things i put off doing for the sake of fishing up the shard… I have a feeling I am going to be just fine with finding something else to replace it.
The funny thing is… last night I actually felt the slightest bit of resentment that I was not spending it trying to get the shard while we were off doing a dungeon. In the grand scheme of things however I am largely glad it worked out as it did, because while this quest dominated my life for a few weeks I managed to do so in a fashion that didn’t really seem all that grindy. The final fishing part was only painful because each time I clicked that lure, there was a bump of excitement that only got squashed quickly when I noticed it was “more fish”. As far as finishing up the quest, I thought I would be clever and just manually fly up to Archerus. That however won’t work because it is actually completed in the version of Archerus that hovers over the Broken Isles, which meant another trip back to Dalaran to fly out with a special quest menu item. From here we talked to the modern Four Horsemen who infused the crystal with their powers… and after another trip back to Lights Hope chapel I am wielding my new weapon skin. This finally fixes all of my problems with the Ashbringer weapon, because this thing looks freaking amazing. I have even been sporting a transmog just waiting to get the weapon. Thanks so much for joining me in this journey… and tonight I am going to give it a trial run in some LFR in the hopes of getting some tasty upgrades on the Paladin.