The Culmination of a Year’s Plodding (I mean Plotting!)
You may or may not know that, among the things I enjoy doing in game, one of them is collect neat non-combat pets.
I’m not a fanatic about it. No, not in the slightest.
I do not have most of the pets available from the Argent Tournament, although I did max out all reputations with Alliance.
I do not have any of the farmable rare Whelplings. I always wanted one, but never was able to spend more than a few hours grinding before my attention wandered away.
I’ve also never been any good with money, so I haven’t bought any through AH manipulations.
Still, I’ve been quite happy with the pets I’ve managed to get. I even reached over 75 pets a few months ago, and got the cutest little leaping baby deer ever, Little Fawn’s Salt Lick.
But there has always been that one pet.
The one which requires ridiculous dedication, patience, and above all else, luck.
The pet that is a menace to sanity if you can’t spend 12 hours sitting waiting for a single spawn, in the hopes it is finally what you want.
I am speaking, of course, about the Kirin Tor Familiar.
Yeah, after that lead up, I’ll cut right to the chase. Last night, I bagged the little bastard!
Isn’t he just the cutest?
I started my quest for this bad boy the first time Wrath of the Lich King was released, over a year ago, and visited Warcraft Pets (home of the wonderful Breanni), to see what might have been added.
Over time, Warcraft Pets posted a detailed strategy guide for what you had to collect (various specific books), where the various books spawned (all over Dalaran), the truth behind the deceptive fact that it wasn’t just ANY spawned book you needed at each location but only those with a specific title (The Schools of Arcane Magic: something something), that all sorts of other books can spawn in the same location as the one you want but don’t count, and that once anyone has read a spawned book, it would last for exactly 3 minutes for anyone to read before it went poof and vanished.
Yes, I wanted a pet, and Breanni did 100% of the work on researching how to do it. Thank you, Breanni!
I did very good on following the routes she proposed, and as I found the right books, I cut down on my route.
Eventually, I found myself needing only three; the Necromancy book from the second floor of the Legerdemain Lounge, and, amusingly enough, both books from the Violet Citadel.
Thanks to paying close attention to Trade chat (and didn’t that sear my retinas forever), I saw someone announce “Books up in 2nd floor of lounge) and I scurried my furry butt on up there just in time.
That was over two months ago. Well over.
Since that time, I have, when on Windshadow, made a point of ALWAYS logging out on the upper level of Violet Citadel, next to the bookcase, so that every time I came in and out I had a chance to see both books.
I saw a lot of books, all the wrong ones, but I bided my time. I was patient.
I became a lot LESS pleased with myself when I discovered, purely by chance, that if you’re standing on the balcony upstairs, and a book spawns downstairs, you can’t see it. You need to move your furry tail up and down the stairs to make sure you catch ’em.
But then came LFD. And porting in and out of instances from wherever you happened to be.
That one thing allowed my chances of finding the right two books to skyrocket.
By standing in front of one of the spawn points I needed, I could do instances as much as I liked, and every time it was over, pop right back to Violet Citadel to find out if a book was spawned or not.
I tried addons, Higher Learning etc, but the timers never seemed to work on my system. Simply waiting, and logging in and out at the right spot, was what I went with.
That, and patience.
One thing I found was that, in the last major patch, Achievements you choose to track are persistant through logging. By tracking the Higher Learning Achievement and keeping it up all the time, it served as a constant reminder of my purpose… it kept it right up there and visible all the time. That really was a big help in staying focused and reminding me that, yes, after visiting the Auction House, I needed to port back to Dalaran.
If the Kirin Tor Familiar is a pet you have sought yourself, or if you ever wondered what it took to get one, I wish you luck and good fortune in your search, and I recommend you visit Breanni, bookmark her website, and pay homage to the mistress of pets.
She truly has the Higher Learning needed to get the quest done!
By the way, if you are pursuing the books yourself, and you have the great good fortune to find one, why not be a nice person, and call out in /Trade, “Book spawned right now in XXX location!”
I assure you, people WILL be watching, and will appreciate the help.