The Evolution of Cymre Jones

By now, many of you have followed my Cymre Jones adventures which have been a lot of fun to share. At first it was really just an natural progression of my love of Archaeology as I adopted the surname that brought Harrison Jones to the game.

Cymre Jones

Over time, as her experiences grew and interests diversified, she thrived on finding new artifacts and treasures across all the zones of Pandaria. As a reflection of this, her attire began to incorporate some of these new additions.

Temple entrance

Some time later, I wanted to go for a slightly more feminine approach dropping the vest for good.

Cymre Croft

But with more Lara Croft and less Harrison Jones in mind, I had a good look at what I would like as her ‘ideal’ outfit (which has no armour limitations) so the shared topic I suggested last year would follow my latest selection rather than the one I suggested for the post. I’m not sure if her title quite fits now either but a lot of NPCs don’t have titles anyway.

Cymre Jones-Croft

So here she is – my would-be NPC in-game. There’s no harm in wishing is there?

The ONE

This week’s shared topic was brought to you by Cymre Jones

What is your absolute favourite profession in WoW? Why do you love it above all others and what is one feature you would add to the profession if you could?

Being a Blood Elf who likes her bling, you may think Jewelcrafting but this was a no-brainer for me since I’ve loved the thought of Archaeology ever since it was revealed as a new secondary profession. If you’ve followed my numerous adventures in search of the unfamiliar, I hope I’ve given some insight into some of the cooler aspects of the game.

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Cymre Jones in action

After the Cataclysm, I was eager to uncover all the new pets and mounts the profession had to offer; so-much-so that I completed the Scepter of Azj’Aqir twice while searching for the Vial of the Sands recipe.

Scepter of Azj’Aqir mount

Scepter of Azj’Aqir, Inside AQ20

Fossilized Raptor + Fossilized Hatchling

I also love my illusions

Fast forward to Mists and I was excited about the possibility of discovering all sorts of lost treasures and riches of Pandaria. I was so excited about getting my Relic Hunter title ASAP, I wasn’t aware it had become the topic of discussion until I had a random whisper one afternoon. I would love to know if I were the first on the server as it’s an activity that’s been close to my heart for a long time now. I even had a few people ask me for locations and such after noticing my title and staff.

Relic Hunter

More like another WOman’s Treasure

Now with the ability to display our artifacts in the Seat of Knowledge and with the introduction of our own homes on the farm (which is probably the closest thing we’ll have to player housing) makes me wish we had the ability to display or store our other knick-knacks in either location. Can you imagine being able to collect all the novelty items in the game and then store them for safe keeping? Kind of like Void Storage but not charging for the service. Think about it? You’d be able to pick them up and have a play or carry them around whenever you please. Talk about a space-saver. To illustrate, just look at the list of novelty items I’ve accumulated to date.

Cymre Croft

Cymre Jones on the lookout for new discoveries

So tell me, what’s your favourite profession and why?

The Crumbled Chamberlain

As a Saurok, I’ve had a lot of fun leaping around Ihgaluk Crag… that is until I found this pick-up quest The Crumbled Chamberlain. I skipped doing any new quests the first day (as I was already exalted but a new stage had opened up) so I didn’t see what the quest entailed. However, when I went to pick it up the next day, I was in for some angst.

The quest (which starts with the Head of the Chamberlain) requires you to collect the remaining pieces of his statue:

You there! Assist me.

In life I was the Royal Chamberlain for his majesty, the Thunder King. For my dedication, I was condemned to this stone form, forever forced to watch over a portion of his wealth.

Someone has desecrated my glorious body and sent pieces of it across the island. The thought of spending an eternity as nothing more than a head depresses me.

Search the island, recover these pieces and I shall grant you one of his majesty’s treasures.

The first time I did this was a couple of days ago when I was leaping around the crag. I had located the gearbox on top of a cliff and was working my way up to get it when Coolidge had looted it, causing it to despawn. From there, I had to go looking for its next location. To my dismay it was at the top of a nearby cliff. By the time I was working my way up there, it had despawned again. The third location was on a low rock by the shore but as I was about to reach it, someone else had grabbed it.

Blizzard, you got some explainin’ to do!

I figured I would go back to the second location and wait until it respawned again but first, I had to work my way to the top. My mountain climbing (or should I say leaping) skills must be improving as I manoeuvred my way up before too long. However, the wait left a lot to be desired… I was probably waiting 10-15mins before it reappeared at my feet. In that time, Coolidge had managed to find the other three pieces and hand his quest in before my first piece reappeared. I was so close to just dropping it when Cool told me about The Crumble Bundle. All I had to do was complete the quest in 10mins… Psh! Fat chance if it’s on top of one of these cliffs in the Crag.

The next day I tried looking for the quest again as I found the quest earlier on my hunter but didn’t pick it up as I figured I would just complete it on my priest. However, it wasn’t in the same location that I saw it earlier in the Crag. Later that night I read this…

Hallelujah! It was then that I realised it’s a weekly quest so I decided to do it on my hunter after all. Luckily there were no high cliff locations this time. The only one I had a bit of difficulty with was the one in the new area. Since it was the last piece I needed, I was making pretty good time until that last location. Later that evening, I logged onto my mage to try for the achievement.

Picking up the first three pieces was pretty quick but again, that last piece caused me a lot of grief. Seriously, as a goblin, I had a lot of problems climbing up the rocks. I couldn’t even zoom out that far – all I saw were rocks and niches. How do gnomes and dwarfs do this type of quest normally? As I anticipated, the timer ran out when I was trying to get that fourth piece. So I abandoned the quest to try it again. I even had the hindsight to pick up the quest in the new area since I knew if I could make good time there, the rest would be easy. On my third attempt, I picked up the first piece pretty quickly – all that practice finally paid off. By the time I had all five, I raced down to the cave with a little less than two minutes on the clock.

Here’s Cymre as she discovered the entrance to the cave for the first time.

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Crumbled
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