I am level 40! Woot! There, I've finally used that word.
So we did discuss our gold goals and alchemy and all that sort of good thing and Dammy decided that I didn't need to wait on him. His precise words were, "I want you to be my sugar-mama." Harrumph. I already am his sugar-mama. It took me about 5-10 minutes to ding 40 (can you imagine how hard it was sitting at 39 when I was that close?) and I had Bestial Wrath. /dance & smilies. Flew back into Orgrimmar, trained mail and all the other stuff, bought my wolfie, a pretty dire mount that I shall call Wulfie (absolutely no play/pun on my name intended. Not.). We fell in love at first sight. Moved on to the AH and bought myself pretty new armor for decent prices. I kept my agility-only 3 less than what I had with my +agility leathers. So I was pleased.
Went out to play with my new toys and found myself in Tanaris. (I wandered over there from 1k Needles because Gadga-whatchamacallit has a flight point that's soo much closer to the Shimmering Flats). I immediately started panicking because there were all these Alliance people running about. Laugh at self. It's a-what are those little green men? I'm having a complete blank. Anyway, Susan and I decided to try out the mobs surrounding the city. They're all 1-4 lvls higher than myself so it takes me awhile but they're all giving me thick leather which I need (and scorpid scales!) And then I come up on a basilisk. Now, I have new armor and all but I'm still a squishy compared to Susan. So it's imperative that lvl 43's (I was lvl 40 at the time) not come near me 'cause I will take a beating. So we're slowly killing the basilisk, I'm making sure I don't take hate away from Susan, when Susan stops attacking and the basilisk starts coming toward me with half his health remaining. Dangnabbit. I shoot him with my stun to give myself time to prepare. I lay down my frost trap. It doesn't hold. I try the disengage button (that probably was not the best choice but I was thinking on the fly). It didn't work. What to do? Ooh, what's this button? Scare beast? I tried it. And the basilisk ran away from me! /dance of joy. It kept running around in circles until Susan woke up and made short work of it.
So I know I probably should have known how to use scare beast before this but there are so many options. I just never got around to using it before. I'm now a fan, let me assure you and I have moved it to a place of honor with my other tricks, right alongside Mend Pet and Ice Trap. I think I've used all the other tricks hunters have at level 40. Except for one: Distracting Shot. I tried it once a looong time ago and it didn't do any damage so I never used it again (please remember I was a total newbie, rather than just a newbie, at the time). But last night Dammy and I were in the Swamp of Sorrows (totally depressing place) and he, at level 36, was aggroing EVERYTHING. And his health bar goes down so quickly. So I needed to pull mobs off of him, and what do you know, Distracting Shot does just that. So now I have used all the cool tricks hunters have. At level 40. I'm waiting eagerly for that snake thingy.
I dinged 41 last night. Blue bars are awesome. And I have the go-ahead from Dammy to continue leveling so I can be his sugar-mama. I hope that's not an offensive term, now that I've used it several times. So Wulfie, Susan, my little Dragonhawk, and myself are gearing up for more adventures. /maniacal laughter. We're going to take over the world.
FOR THE HORDE