Sunday, December 27, 2015

Grumpus... What the heck is a Grumpus?

Great Father Winter arrived in Orgrimmar the other day and brought along tons of gifts for the good little Horde patrons of Azeroth.
Christene was putting some Hexweave Bags on the Auction house that Deadskully gave her to sell. She Saw the big tree and went to see the presents and saw Great Father Winter. He stopped her and asked if she could help
"Look Great Father, As much as I want to help, I can't. I just help my friends with light duty work and flipping Auction House goods.  But don't worry I do have some people in mind that can help you out. I'll send them your way."

"Thank you so much Blood elf mage, I will be here waiting"

I was in my Garrison just pootin around that morning. After sending some followers on missions I went to check my mail box.
Hmmm Christene usually send me dust for enchanting or gold from the items that I send her but this time she actually wrote something. My first thought was that something happened to Medelys her sister, and my best friend, but nope.
After I read it, it looks like I'm on my way to Orgrimmar to see what she's volunteered me for. I wonder if it pays good or in the Spirit of Winter Veil, I should just be a good samaritan and do a good deed. Bah humbug.... We'll see what it is.
I roll up the letter and I turn around, "Zhar'gak, you ready to go on an adventure. This might be interesting"
 Zhar'gak let out a creepy snarl... "I'll take that as a yes... lets GO!!!!"
I take out my Orgrimmar teleport cloak and off we went to see Great Father Winter!
Do I bow?
Do I curtsy?
Do I kiss his hand?
Do I bring HIM a present to put under his tree?

"Hi Great Father, my name is Deadskully and my friend Christene tells me that you need help with something.
"Oh yes young Warlock, indeed I do"
"Take these bushels of hollies, they will disguise your riding mount to look like a reindeer. Grumpus can't resist the taste of reindeer. You ride to where he lives and he will smell the reindeer, and that is when he will be at his most vulnerable and then you attack it."
"Grumpus huh? alright, we'll do it."
"Thank You so much Deadskully, I will notify Pizzle and her sister right away and have them meet you at your Garrison in Frostfire Ridge. They will let you know what else they need help with and answer any question you have about the task."
As we left Orgrimmar I couldn't help but think to myself, Great Father Winter sounds like a douche. Why the heck did I just agree to go find this creature and kill it for no reason? lure it out with it's favorite meal only to say 'just kidding!' and throw a couple of Shadow bolts in his face until it dies. That's not right. There's gotta be a good reason to this and hopefully this Pizzle person will tell me a logical reason or I'm gonna bail on this rubbish task.
I arrived at my Garrison and found Pizzle.
"Deadskully! Great Father Winter just let us know that you are here to help us defeat Grumpus."
"Hello Pizzle, yeah but before I go, can you tell me what Grumpus is and why we have to stop him? I didn't ask Mr Winter why, but now I think I should have asked more questions before I said yes."
"Alright, sweetie... sit... The story tells of a mean-spirited brute that would come in the night, in the dead of winter, and kidnap children that misbehaved. Back at his lair, he would present them with awful toys, and use their tears to spawn his minions. So there is a little more you have to do then just defeating Grumpus. The children need to be rescued from cages they are kept in. The horrible presents need to be destroyed with these bombs I will give you, And finally the minions of Grumpus needs to be killed as well. They are the ones that do the dirty work for Grumpus. They are the ones going to the towns and villages and taking the children."
"Oh Cripes, that is terrible!!!! Yeah kids will be naughty but, there's no reason to snatch them from their homes... Of  course we'll help!"
"Go now hun, there will be others there helping as well."
I got on my White Raptor, grabbed out the bush of holly and waved it above her head. hmmm, nothing happened. I got off and whacked it on her head a couple of times... nothing. plucked off some berries, smushed it in my hand and rubbed it on her... still nothing. I got back on her and just as I was gonna give up, she snatches the bush out of my hand and eats it. Snowy sparkles swirl around her... and she turn into the reindeer!!!. SWEET!!!! we ride to the mountains where Pizzle says Grumpus lives.
"What the....?!?!?!" That's Grumpus!?!?!? He's fricken huge!!!"
Looks like others were trying to kill Grumpus before I got there but right as I rode up he turned his attention to us, I'm assuming when he smelt my reindeer.
Ohhh crap I got off and my raptor turned back into a raptor. Grumpus saw this and started to get even more aggressive, probably he realized that there was no actual reindeer. "Zhar'gak GO!!!"
I dotted him up with corruption and agony and I needed to look around at where the cages of children were so I just cast drain soul on him so I didn't need to keep my eyes on him.
I also saw others coming to help take Grumpus out. Oh geez not only did I have to fend off Grumpus, I might have to take out some Alliance as well. Nightelf hunter stood next to me while his corehound pup fought alongside Zhar'gak and in the back of us was a human mage tossing arcane missiles at Grumpus. What are the odds one comes flying my way as well. As I'm still casting drain soul I feel Grumpus getting weaker and as long as those Alliance are attacking him, I can summon my Infernal or my Doomguard to attack them even before they know it.
No I can't, they could attack me easily right now if they wanted to, but they're not. We're all here for the same reason, Save the Children and stop Grumpus and his minions. so I decided against my urge to summon help to kill Alliance.
Grumpus was finally defeated, we all cheered and I looked back at the two. The hunter put his bow to his side and nodded, and the mage waved. I waved back at both of them and we all scattered towards the cages.
There's the kids in the cages. So much cages. I come upon a cage with 2 Draenei children. I break the lock with my scythe and gesture for them to run. If I said "RUN!" I don't know if they would understand. They followed me and we stopped when we saw the bags of evil presents that I have to destroy as well. I let the kids have fun blowin' those up themselves. Just my luck one of them would blow off one of their digits.  "Alright kids that's enough, you see those Alliance right there (I point to the hunter and mage)... stay with them and they will take you all back home to your families" I guess they understood because they ran to them."
"Ok Zhar'gak lets blow this joint!"
We found a calm quiet path out of there, but we had to pass sleeping minions. I got out my raptor and was beginning to run when she turned back into the reindeer. I completely forgot she was still under the holly effects. The jingling of the bells on her saddle woke one of the minions. It chased us and I thought we were all clear when another jumps down from an over hanging cliff and knocks me off of my reindeer "Ahhh! Zhar'gak help!!"
Grumpus' minions were 10 times smaller then him and much easier to kill but they do get overwhelming with several are attacking you at the same time. luckily we only had to deal with 2.
"Let's get the heck out of here now!"
We made it back to Pizzle and let her know the good news.
"Oh thank you so much Deadskully, go back to Great Father and he will give you a gift."
"Alright, Thanks Pizzle." and back to Orgrimmar I went.
"Great Father!!! we did it!!! Grumpus is no more and the Children are free!!!"
"Good job Deadskully, for your brave efforts take some gifts from under the tree before you leave. and have a Merry Winter Veil!!!"
"Thanks Great Father" I say as I grab some gifts from under the tree.
I sit down and open my gifts.
Red Wooden Wagon, fun!
Green Winter hat, cute!
Crashin' Thrashin Flamer Controller, awesome!
Merry Munchkin costume, huh? for one of my pets? Perky the Pug? alright...
I got out perky and was about to put the costume on him when he starts to do his butt scootin' thing.
"PERKY, quit it that's gross!"
he stopped
"NO! don't sniff it!!!, oh geez you're so gross dog. This is why I like rats better *wink*.

Alright dog, stay still... you got a present this year."
OK I put it on him and I will have to admit he does look extremely cute.
Red Winter hat and a light-up red nose.
Happy Winter Veil everyone!