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A Night in the Basement

(( Due to the language in this story, I’m putting it all under the ‘ read more’ link! ))

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Aeramin Art

I did this.

I think I'm getting a little better at shading.  I did a lot of switching back and forth with greyscale.  I think it helped.

I think I’m getting a little better at shading. I did a lot of switching back and forth with greyscale. I think it helped.

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The Manipulator

I can't say it's far off from the truth.

I can’t say it’s far off from the truth.

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Vallindra’s Notes

  • Sanimir has agreed to allow me on his property to remap the ley-lines there.  I have to check in at the school upon my arrival in the morning, and tell his butler where I’ll be on the grounds each day, and for how long.  I don’t mind doing so if it means I can get the maps updated.  The property is big enough that there are more than a few ley-lines crossing it, and I have no doubt that some of them have made gradual shifts.
  • It was an interesting supper at his school.  I had been invited there.  I thought it might be some childish trap, but it wasn’t.  The food was good, and I got some news on my family.  The biggest news is that my parents are supposedly apart for good.  It has happened a few times before that mother left to stay with our aunt for some time.  The thing that’s different about this time is that my father has sold the house, and moved into a smaller place.  That makes it rather final, I think.
  • Lani is getting married.  I was sure that she finally gave in to mother, but Hethurin and one of his students insisted she had met him on her own.  I still find that hard to believe.  Maybe it doesn’t work and he doesn’t care that she’s a prude.
  • Oh and Nessna has moved in with the ranger captain.  That didn’t take long.  I wonder if Vessen’s family knows?
  • Anyway, I’m just glad he agreed to let me on the property to remap the lines.  I’m trying to work quickly just in case he changes his mind.  That said, I have had some distractions.  Most of them come from the Magister before I leave in the morning.  He worries too much sometimes.  I assure him that I’ll be fine on my own, and I am.  I’ve run into a few random undead things.  One was almost only a skeleton.  I think another used to be a murloc.  That one smelled really bad.  I saw one of the large cats that roam the woods from a distance, and I’ve seen a few bats.  I’ve not seen any spiders yet, though I know they reach extraordinary sizes here.
  • Then there’s the imp.  I knew it was there before I saw it.  I was working just south of the school, rather close actually.  I could see that crazy dragon statue gleaming out front.  I heard something rustling in the dead leaves under a bush.  It was then I saw its eyes looking right at me.  I knew exactly what it was then.  I didn’t have much time to figure out what I was going to do.  It had already decided it would attack me with a fire bolt.  I’ve never actually used a spell to take direct control of someone else’s demon before, but I have helped the Magister do so in that old draenei temple, and that was with a pitlord.  I cast the spell and commanded the imp to stop his cast.
  • It worked.
  • Unfortunately nothing else works.  The imp won’t talk and won’t take me to where his master sent him from.  He’s not one of ours.  I’m pretty sure he’s not Kes’s or Aeramin’s either.  He won’t say what he was doing at the school.
  • Perhaps the Magister will have some ideas on how to get it to talk.

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Aeramin’s Notes

  • Things have, in fact, happened while I was away.  I came back to an imp being kept in Hethurin’s stable.  Who the hell keeps an imp in their stable?  At least it was frozen, and warded.  It believed Hethurin was its master, which is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.  It had to be the most stupid imp to ever come out of the nether.  It would have been amusing if it hadn’t been kept at the school.

  • Anyway, he showed it to me after I finished with my classes this week.  They all did the work I asked them to, so I was correcting it when Hethurin came to see me.  Maerista did okay with teaching the classes.  She’s further ahead than the others, and was the logical choice to step in for me while I was away.  Anyway, he had some other things he wanted to talk about first.

  • Apparently, he’s studying chronomancy, which could get him in a lot of trouble if he’s not careful, and it seems he’s already not careful.  He said it was an alternate timeline where he kidnapped his brother or something.  Anyway, the kid is here now and staying with his sister, who wants to adopt him.  Hethurin’s going to tell everyone that he’s the father and he’s going to let Lani adopt, but he needs papers to prove he’s the father and that the mother is gone.  He asked me to help with that, and gave me the gold for it.  Hopefully, Kes remembers where she got the papers for Hethurin when we hid him with a changed name.  They worked well enough to convince an entire town that his real name is Hethurin Fairsong.

  • So there’s that, then there’s the imp.  Hethurin seemed less concerned that there was an imp in his stable than he did about the whole brother thing.  He said dragons weren’t coming for him, and if he knows that for sure, I’d be more worried about the imp, if I were him.

  • He was keeping it in the hay loft, behind somethings and warded.  I still can’t figure out if being stupid was an act or just its natural state, but I couldn’t learn much from it.  It did say something about more coming.  It clarified that it meant more imps upon being questioned about it.  When I asked where the imps were coming from it said they were coming from ‘old master’.  I banished it at the end of questioning it.  I don’t think Hethurin felt comfortable keeping it there.  I didn’t either.

  • I’m tempted to stay out here a few days, but I guess it’s easier to teleport.  I’d miss Im if I were out here too long.  I do need to talk to the others soon though.

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Aeramin’s Notes

  • The house is technically done.  My father could move in and Imralion and I could go back to Shattrath, but I’ve found created more things to do.  Imralion might question it, and I don’t know what I’ll tell him yet, but I think my father will appreciate a little decorative work being done on the moldings and such.

  • Well, probably not.

  • I had to think of something though.  I do want to go back.  I was ready to go back, but things happened.  Actually, I should be running back now, but for some reason, I feel like I should be here, just for a bit longer.

  • It started this morning.  Im and I have been staying in the house.  My father is still staying at the inn, but he wanders over daily to tell me how horrible I am and all the things I’ve done wrong.  Anyway, today was no exception.  I had just asked Imralion to go pick up some food supplies from Silvermoon, figuring we’d be going soon and it would probably be good to leave my father with some food until I can make sure someone’s bringing him some.  Arancon stumbled into the kitchen through the back door right after Im left.

  • I was in the kitchen at the time, washing the dishes from breakfast.  He started going into how I was trying to starve him by not inviting him to breakfast, which isn’t true.  He’d be welcome to join us if he woke up on time, but I realize that won’t ever happen, so I don’t bother asking.  I conjured some toast for him.  He threw a fit about that too.

  • It was while he was throwing his fit that he saw the box of paints that Imralion gave to me for Winter’s Veil.  He started talking about those, asking me where I got them and what I intend to do, and telling me that I’d never amount to anything.  He kept talking about how it was such a waste of time and money, and how my mother could never sell any of her trash.

  • Normally, I try not to let him get to me.  Over the past week alone, he’s blamed me for her death, said I wasn’t taking care of her, and claimed she died lost and alone, none of which is true.  I did everything I could for her, and I only brought her with me because he wasn’t able to take care of her.  I can handle him talking about me that way, but when he starts talking about her and her work.  I guess I get a little angry.

  • I told him to shut up, which started a shit storm.  He started yelling, threw his toast at me, told me I had no right to disrespect him, and just kept going on and on.  At one point, he got out of his chair and lunged at me, pinned me against the wall and was yelling in my face.  He said I was worthless garbage. I told him to look at himself.  He punched me.

  • Luckily, he hurt his hand, so it stopped there.  Despite being useless, I was able to get him a bowl of cold water for his hand.  I hid the paints, then left the house for a bit.  I didn’t want him messing with them while I was gone, and frankly, since the mess he made a few weeks ago, I don’t like leaving him there alone at all.  However, I did want to find something to cover my bruise before Im got back, so I made a quick trip to the general store to see if they had any powder.

  • They had a small selection of make up.  While I was trying to match powder to my skin, I heard him.  Yappy.  The imp has been bothersome as of late because I haven’t summoned any of them since I came to the Ghostlands to work on the house.  Yappy is a bit anxious that I’ll forget to return to Shattrath, and Outland, and thus I’ll forget to summon them.  No matter how much I assure him that isn’t the case, he still contacts me at least once a day, so it was no surprise that I heard him.

  • So there I was with a black eye, looking at makeup and having a conversation with an imp in my head.  Of course he asked what the makeup was for.  I let him know the truth.  Yappy said to burn him, to which I replied that I can’t, he’s my father.  I also let him know that I didn’t want his advice.  I started to tell him to be quiet, when he interrupted, and said he had news.  I figured it probably wouldn’t pertain to me, but I let him go on while I continued trying to match my skin color to powder.

  • I didn’t expect him to tell me that Xanaroth and Vallindra were in the Ghostlands too, at least, according to their imps, they are.

  • And that’s according to my imp.  I’m not sure how much imp gossip can be trusted, but that wasn’t all.  Yappy says there’s others here too.  It was then that I decided the moldings needed some decorative work done.  We could paint little floral designs or something.  I’d like to be here a bit longer to investigate a few things.

  • I want to find out why Vallindra is living so close to her brother.  I made a promise to protect him, and just because we’re not together anymore, doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten my promise.  I could warn Terellion if there is any real reason to worry, but I think it’s best to see if there is anything to worry about first.  Yappy is going to try to get directions to where they’re staying so that I can get there, and pay a friendly visit.  I have the feeling Xanaroth wouldn’t allow her to do anything to Sanimir, or, at least, he wouldn’t take part in it, if she did.  So a friendly visit is hopefully all it needs to be.

  • I would be curious if they knew of other summoners in the area.  Yappy said there was an imp named Ziprik, or Pipbutt, or Dimwit or something.  So there’s at least one other summoner in the area.  Are there more?  Does Xanaroth know of them?  Have they met?  Why are they here?

  • Imralion hasn’t noticed my bruise.  I guess I matched the color right.  He might think something is wrong though because I did try to keep my face turned, just in case.  I didn’t want him to notice the powder or the slight swelling.  Hopefully, the bruise fades fast.  I’ll talk to him soon about staying longer to decorate a little more.

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Kanrethad Made Cheesy

Earlier this week, I incinerated my way to green fire on a third level 90 warlock.  I decided it was time to put together a little guide for those who might be looking for some tips on the fight.

1. Talents and Glyphs

Honestly, you can do it without glyphs at all.  I did on the third without any of the recommended glyphs, but if you want to make things a little easier, you can take the glyph of enslave demon.  It’ll make the pitlord less likely to eat you.  Also, you shouldn’t use glyph of healthstone because if you need to use your healthstone during this fight, you’ll likely want all the healing you can get from it immediately.  Glyph of Siphon Life is nice to have.

Talents are more important.  You will want a dispel, or two.  For this reason I take unbound will, and because you can’t have a regular demon out anyway after enslaving the pitlord, take grimoire of sacrifice.  Shadowfury is needed to stun the pitlord while you enslave it.  As of patch 5.4, Kil’jaeden’s Cunning is probably the most useful as you will spend a lot of time running around.  Sacrificial pact coupled with unending resolve can sometimes save you from a chaos bolt if you get caught by one.  The two together can also save you from cataclysm if you somehow miss the interrupt.

Talents and glyphs

WoWScrnShot_120813_152701 Talents and glyphs

2. Set up the Macros

These are the macros I used.  They include the pitlord’s abilities so that you can get away with a lot less micro-managing his abilities.

Enslave Demon – Keep this one in a handy spot!  It will cast enslave on the pitlord and switch your target back to Kanrethad for maximum pew pew.

/target Pit Lord
/cast Enslave Demon
/target Kanrethad

Incinerate – Place this on your bar where you normally put incinerate.  This macro casts incinerate on your target, uses the pitlord’s demonic siphon (which heals you!), and makes sure your pitlord is attacking Kanrethad.  This can be used the whole fight.

/cast Incinerate
/cast Demonic Siphon
/petattack [target=Kanrethad]

Immolate – Place this one where you normally put immolate.  This one will cast immolate on your target, uses fel flame breath on you, and makes sure your pitlord is attacking Kanrethad.  Fel flame breath does cause a little damage.  It can also be used to damage the imps, but as it also cleanses, it helps a lot with all the nasty dots Kanrethad likes throwing out.  Just don’t hit your immolate button if you’re low on health!

/cast Immolate
/cast [@player] Fel Flame Breath
/petattack [target=Kanrethad]

Pitlord’s Charge – You will need the charge to interrupt Kanrethad’s Cataclysm spell.  Keep this macro ready for when he starts casting it!

/target Kanrethad
/cast Charge
/petattack

Dismiss Pet – Enslave demon only lasts 5 minutes.  If you cannot kill Kanrethad in that time, use this macro after killing the first set of felhunters.  Then use the enslave demon macro again.  It will give you the extra time you need.

/script PetDismiss()

3. Recommended Add-ons

Having an addon to help with decursing is useful.  I used decursive which puts a little square that I click every ten seconds, but there are others to choose from.

Bigwigs with the Littlewigs module is highly recommended for the timers and warnings.

Anything else is fluff.  I use weakauras and tidyplates which also helped.

4. Buffs and Stuff

I needed a checklist to remember everything.  Pre-fight, you want to get a food buff, flask, dark intent and sac your imp.  Also make sure you have three charges of healthstone.

275 food is good, 300 food is better.  I wasn't too worried about it on Aeramin when I went back to get the screenshots.

275 food is good, 300 food is better. I wasn’t too worried about it on Aeramin when I went back to get the screenshots.  When he was doing it the first time, I was using Mogu Fish Stew for the 300 int buff.

Saccing the imp will give you a dispel that you can use every ten seconds, and you will want to use it about that much!

Saccing the imp will give you a dispel that you can use every ten seconds, and you will want to use it about that much.  Sorry Yappy!

Don't forget Dark Intent!

Don’t forget Dark Intent!  It will make your spells hit harder and give you more health.

Don't forget to flask too.  Flask of Warm Sun is best, though the Crystal of Insanity from the Timeless Isle works as well.

Don’t forget to flask too. Flask of Warm Sun is best, though the Crystal of Insanity from the Timeless Isle works as well.

If your gear is extremely poor, you may need purification potions to reset the Curse of Doom.

EDIT:  Also remember to soulstone yourself.  If the felhunters are not active when you die, the pitlord will stay enslaved for the amount of time left on the enslavement (or until the felhunters come out!)  If you are soulstoned, you may be able to pop back up and rejoin the fight without losing the pitlord.  If you do this, it will get considerably harder, but if you stand near the pitlord most of the time for dispels with the flames, I believe it’s doable.

It doesn't matter how dead you are.  That enslave keeps going!  (Shh, I totally didn't die while getting screenshots.  Much.)

It doesn’t matter how dead you are. That enslave keeps going! Shh, I totally didn’t die while getting screenshots. Much.

5.  Pre-pull Stuff

You’ll want to set up your portals so that you can easily line-of-sight his chaos bolts.

I like to put one in the nook to the left and the gateway to the right.

I like to put one in the nook to the left and the gateway to the right.

It's football season, right?  Portal placement diagram.

It’s football season, right? Portal placement diagram.

6. Touch that Soul-well!

Kanrethad’s portal will spawn and the soulwell will disappear.  He’ll walk straight out and gab for a bit.  Then he’ll walk towards the right.  I start near him where he stops, on the right side.  When he stops walking, it is 5 seconds before combat starts, though, if you have Littlewigs, you’ll get a countdown, so you’ll know that!  Pre-pot at 2 seconds, hit Dark Soul: Instability, then get ready to put Curse of Elements up!  You’ll have enough time to do some decent damage to him before he starts summoning the pitlord.

Make sure you have a stack of these with you!

Make sure you have a stack of these with you!

My starting placement and buffs rolling!  He just stands there and takes it for a bit!

My starting placement and buffs rolling! He just stands there and takes it for a bit!

7. The Pitlord

Kanrethad will take ten seconds to summon the pitlord so it’s okay to finish a couple casts against him.  When there’s a couple of seconds left, ready your shadowfury and enslave demon!

Ready, and got him!

Ready, and got him!WoWScrnShot_120813_153729

8.  Kanrethad Gets Annoying

After this, the fight really starts.  Kanrethad will start putting dots on you, and dropping rain of fire over you.  Cleanse the dots, and move out of rain of fire.  With the positioning I use, I inch closer to the gateway closer to the center.  While you don’t want to get rain of fire on your gateway, if you do, you should be able to survive the couple of ticks you’ll take while getting to it to avoid a chaos bolt.  Trust me, the chaos bolt hurts more.

Stepping out of rain of fire.

Stepping out of rain of fire.

Gateway to the nook for his chaos bolt.  If you're not in line of sight, he stops casting it.  Usually he drops rain of fire on the nook right after, so just run out and start dpsing again.

Gateway to the nook for his chaos bolt. If you’re not in line of sight, he stops casting it. Usually he drops rain of fire on the nook right after, so just run out and start dpsing again.

Very soon after Chaos Bolt, he will run to the middle to start casting Cataclysm.  The macro for the pitlord’s charge should be used, after he starts casting it.  You’ll have a few seconds, so be careful not to hit it too soon.  It’ll be very obvious when he’s casting it.

It's worth noting that while he is stunned from the charge (4 seconds stun), he takes extra damage.  It's a good idea to start casting a chaos bolt just before hitting your pitlord's charge button.  You'll be able to get in two, maybe three, chaos bolts, if you time it right!

It’s worth noting that while he is stunned from the charge (4 seconds stun), he takes extra damage. It’s a good idea to start casting a chaos bolt just before hitting your pitlord’s charge button. You’ll be able to get in two, maybe three, chaos bolts, if you time it right!

9. The Imps

Drop rain of fire over them, switch on Fire & Brimstone, and AoE.  If you stand a few yards in front of your gateway, they should stop near Kanrethad, so you never even have to change your target.

That's HIS rain of fire.  I started on the outside of the circle in the middle and moved in, and closer to my gateway, after he dropped the rain of fire.  It is possible that he will chaos bolt before all the imps are dead, so make sure you're still moving close to the gateway portal!

That’s HIS rain of fire. I started on the outside of the circle in the middle and moved in, and closer to my gateway, after he dropped the rain of fire. It is possible that he will chaos bolt before all the imps are dead, so make sure you’re still moving close to the gateway portal!  The purple circles over Aeramin here is the pitlord’s heal being autocast by the macro.

10. The Felhunters

Trust me, they’re the worst part.  This is how I handle them.  First, when he starts summoning them, I soulshatter to drop all threat on Kanrethad.  He spends more time playing with the pitlord over to the right of the portal then, while I take the felhunters left.  I drop rain of fire on the portal to get aggro on all three felhunters and backpedal towards the nook to the left.  Since you have Kil’jaeden’s cunning, you can start hitting them while moving.  While taking the screenshots for this, I finished them off with plenty of time left over to deal with his chaos bolt (which he sometimes skips if you’ve dropped threat right!), but it’s better safe than sorry.  Use the warlock portal that you placed over in the left nook if you need to!

Do NOT let these guys face your pitlord, ever.  They will eat your enslave, then, unless you're amazing, you're going to die.

Do NOT let these guys face your pitlord, ever. They will eat your enslave, then, unless you’re amazing, you’re going to die.

Are you ready for some football?  This is the way it's supposed to happen.

Are you ready for some football? This is the way it’s supposed to happen.

After the felhunters die, if you’re not sure you’ll get Kanrethad down before the second wave of felhunters, now is the time to dismiss and re-enslave the pitlord.  Don’t forget to shadowfury!

11. The Doomlord

You interrupt his next cataclysm after the felhunters, then he’ll run to the portal again and call forth a doomlord.  Out of all the things he calls, this is the easiest to deal with.  While you could just banish him, I find it much easier to just stop attacking for a few seconds while sending the pitlord to attack.  Let him get a couple swings in, then get back on Kanrethad.  You don’t hit the doomlord at all and he’ll stay on the pitlord the rest of the time.

Just target the doomlord then hit the pitlord's attack button.  I put an arrow to it.

Just target the doomlord then hit the pitlord’s attack button. I put an arrow to it.

12. The End

If everything works out, Jubeka will come save your butt and banish Kanrethad.  Turn in the quest, then click on Kanrethad to get your green fire!  Congrats!

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