Category Archives: Elford the (former) Executive

Equal Amounts of Stubbornness and Desperation

Since Elford had reached exalted status with Stormwind and had become a free man, he decided to go back to his old profession – business. Last time he had been to Booty Bay, he could tell his void had been filled, everyone only had errands for him, no one offered him back into the inner circles. The business was tough, everyone wanted to rise above the rest and Elford had lost his old position as an executive, so he had to be clever about building up a new network of partners. However, this was not as easy as he thought it would be.

What happened next was purely driven by equal amounts of stubbornness and desperation. He needed to get back on track!

Duskwood was close nearby so he traveled there to try and make connections to potential business partners.

Even though Elford thought gnomes would help gnomes, they couldn’t offer him anything.

Trying to network with humans was often overly bureaucratic and it was difficult getting further than the front desk.

Even his old friend Carl Goodup, who was working at the Darkmoon Faire as a balloon salesman, only had old grudges from when Elford had invested in a few highrise buildings right around Carl’s small house.

There was no way Carl would forgive that old blunder.

He even went to Goldshire to see if anyone sane was in town.

Even thought his personal story made for excellent entertainment, these people spent more time drinking and fooling around than talking serious business.

He then figured he could travel across the Great Sea to Gadgetzan. This was initially a good idea, but even though Stormwind might have forgiven his hiccup of trading with Bilgewater, Gadgetzan hadn’t.

Here he was the laughing stock, an example of everything you shouldn’t do, and yet Elford knew none of these people had high ethics about cross faction trading, to them it was all a matter of not getting caught.

He did everything he could to help out in Tanaris, but maybe what he really needed to was to wait for some other goon to mess up and become the new comedy gag of the month.

And so he knew what his next move would be…

- From the beginning: Elford the (former) Executive and the Ironman Challenge

The WoW Ironman Challenge – Level 40 Status

I know the surge of the Ironman Challenge has not been new and exciting for a long time, yet I am still happily playing my ironman character Elford. He’s a side project really, sometimes I get bored of him, sometimes I log in and thoroughly enjoy playing him, sometimes I just don’t have much time to play WoW, so he doesn’t move forward very fast.

On Difficulty

Elford has reached level 40, however the secret is that it happened months ago and that I am far behind portraying his story.

He is currently lvl 49, but I am holding off with lvl 50 until I have caught up here.

When reading the status post at lvl 30, I sound like I am not intending to level him much further and that I don’t see him going into Outland.

But these 10 levels changed a lot. While getting out of Stranglethorn and into the thirties, the difficulty somehow went down into comfortable – not easy, but comfortably difficult. I still go to zones 6-8 levels below Elford’s level, mobs are green, so that is fine. The only issues I may have is evaluating how hard a quest-boss or rare elite will be. They vary a lot in strength, but I have not had issues to the degree of Chief Gaulus (in STV) and Grand Magus Doane (in Redridge) again.

When Elford ran into Hagg Taurenbane, a rare in Southern Barrens, I had to try my luck. It’s the thing with rares, you just have to try. Both Taurenbane and Elford were the same level, but his hp was 3 times higher – facts that made me expect certain death.

To my surprise, I managed to get him! I was so proud and so was Elford.

Of course if you read on Wowhead, you’ll learn that lots of people solo him at 23.

Elford has since killed several rare elites, so difficulty is now scaling better, he will surely go to Outland, although I suspect he might have to be lvl 65 or so to tackle it.

On Sub-Goals

Because I didn’t see Elford going far, I had made the sub-goal of reaching exalted with Stormwind, which was also tied into Elford’s storyline.

Finding a good sub-goal that has a shorter horizon than lvl 85 worked well to keep my motivation going, especially when fx lvl 40 is no longer a milestone the way it used to be. Now you don’t get any fancy new spells, you don’t get riding at that level anymore (’cause you got that at 20 instead), nothing happens! Level 50 does promise me the spell Mirrior Image, which both Elford (and especially I) will be looking forward to. But that’s why reaching exalted with Stormwind was really nice timing.

However, it also posed a challenge in the narrative. Why would Elford keep leveling as a mage, now that the initial reason no longer exists? He will need to have along thought about what he wants for the future and where his life is heading. Finding a new sub-goal would also be a good idea.

- Next episode: Equal Amounts of Stubbornness and Desperation
– From the beginning: Elford the (former) Executive and the Ironman Challenge

“Somebody Likes Me”

Moving on to Dustwallow March, Elford wasn’t sure he could handle yet another area like Duskwood, that most of all felt like starring in a horror movie, but for Stormwind to recognize Elford’s hard work, he needed to be where the right people were watching.

Even the Mudsprocket residents were watching …or was Elford being checked out?

Apparently checking up on crazy local hermits was something Theramore cared about, in fact Elford often found himself doing simple tasks that didn’t seem that important to the overall cause.

But soon, that didn’t matter.

He was talking to Morgan Stern, the local chef at the Theramore Inn, about helping out with his bug-ingredients, but Stern also mentioned, besides the not so heroic errands he wanted Elford to do, that he had heard that people were impressed with him.

…that somebody liked him.

Reports of Elford’s work had reached the Stormwind headquarters.

When Lisbeth Schneider had pulled him to court for selling her unique Stylish Black Shirts to the Horde, he was amongst other things sentenced to community service, and now he had done his time. He had restored his lost reputation with Stormwind, he was now exalted and a free man.

This also meant a few opportunities opened up to him, and he traveled back to Stormwind with the next boat that undocked Theramore.

In Stormwind he was now allowed to buy the mount of a gentleman – a horse. Without much inspection, he bought a brown one. He didn’t know much about horses but the breeder spoke well of this one. It was to be the symbol of his latest achievement and Elford thought he had made a fine purchase.

He added his new companion to his collection of portrait picture frames, this horse was definitely worth bragging about.

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- Next episode: The WoW Ironman Challenge – Level 40 Status
- From the beginning: Elford the (former) Executive and the Ironman Challenge