So I spent part of my first day (of Patch 2.1) working on the new epic flyer quest for my druid, Kaliope. The other part has been working the Netherwing faction, which I'll post separately. This quest line has been easy and fairly enjoyable so far, I think I'm about halfway through it. For those who don't know, you need epic mount training to even access the quest line. To get the first step, you should visit the druid trainer in Moonglade, he can start the quest for you. He sends you to the Cenarion Refuge where you begin the first actual quest.
The starting quest is pretty fun, you'll be flying around Zangarmarsh collecting blossoms from the top of the large mushrooms. The kicker is that some of them explode and punt you off the mushroom, so you'll need to be quick with the flight form button if you don't want to die. When I tried this on the PTR the drop rate for the quest flower was about 30%, so getting punted got old after a while. Now it's more like 50%, which is just enough to keep it fun while you collect your quest items.
After this you'll be sent back to Moonglade for an escort quest. This was also fairly easy, I started in cat form but after the first couple of waves I went with bear form so I could taunt the mobs off the escort guy. The quest text says he's pretty frail and I didn't want to take any chances. I also buffed and healed him, so make sure you do that if it looks like his health is getting low. Most of the time there was just one mob to deal with, but a few times there were two. Otherwise it's pretty easy if you don't let him die. The WowWiki says you can't aggro anything that is fighting the quest dude, but I was able to use growl and even pull dps aggro in cat form on the mob he wasn't actively fighting. So do your best to keep them on you if you can.
The next part has you going to Evergrove where you end up crossing paths with the new Ogre quests in Ogri-La. You need to kill a nether ray and get an eyeball, then use that to track down an arakkoa ghost wandering near the ogre camp. The hardest part of this was avoiding all the other mobs, killing a nether ray and finding the ghost were fairly easy.
After you chat with the ghost you are sent to the Twilight Ridge in Nagrand. A new quest giver there will ask you to catch a sparrow hawk with her net. This was where I had the most trouble, these hawks are extremely touchy! The wiki says you can prowl up to them and pounce on them, but I wasn't getting anywhere with that strategy. Every time I would get close enough to a bird to activate pounce, the bird would fly out of range and break me out of stealth. Now I've used pounce plenty of times as an opener and I've never experienced this behavior, so I don't know how the wiki poster made that work. I also tried hibernating but the birds fly very fast and their pathing is pretty ranged. Usually by the time I got close enough to start casting, they would be out of range before the spell completed. They were also immune to root, so forget that option. My son finally ended up saving me by rushing one in bear form and bashing it, heheh. If anyone else comes up with a better method, feel free to leave a comment and share it with other readers.
And that was where I wrapped for the day, I'll try to finish the line tomorrow if I get a chance. Unfortunately I'm still short 4k rep with Lower City, so I can't do the dungeon part of the quest, but I should be able to complete the chain up through that step.
To read about my adventures while trying to kill the first guardian (bear fight), click here for Part Two.