Yes, today I finally reached Exalted with Netherwing. I'm also happy to say that I came in five days under my original estimate, due in part to many lucky Netherwing Egg drops. I had at least one per day and several days where I found 2-4 of them. I also managed to do a few of the group quests and most of the flying quests, which were not included in my original calculation. So the total time investment from start to finish was 18 days, with about 60-90 minutes of game time each day. That's not too bad, I think.
Something I was unaware of that I would have taken video of had I known, is the final turn-in that opens up the Drake selection process. Once you get to Exalted, you are directed to the Overlord who (naturally) thanks you for your hard work. After a dramatic scene with his boss, you are taken on a very nice flight from Netherwing Ledge to Shattrath to claim your mount. I would love to have made a movie, but I did not realize this was part of the deal so I have to be satisfied with some screen shots :(
And now on to the truly sad part of my day. I would normally not share my pain in a public forum, but I'm hoping to spare someone else the 2+ hours of torture I experienced today. In my excitement to claim my mount, I wanted to get my hubby's opinion and went to fetch him. My 5-year old, seeing dragons with yellow exclamations over their heads, apparently couldn't resist the urge to click. By the time I got back to my computer a few minutes later, I was the proud owner of the Onyx drake. Unfortunately, I had been planning to pick the Violet or Cobalt drake, not the Onyx one.
After almost three weeks of work, I was heart-broken to see it all lost in just a few minutes of inattentiveness. I know it's just a color in a virtual world, but I really felt robbed. Of all the times for a kiddo to jump in and mess something up, this seemed like about the worst time it could happen. Repair bills I can pay, but something you spend weeks acquiring can't be replaced so easily.
My only hope was to petition a GM and pray that they would take pity on me. I've never done this in my 2 years of WoW gaming, so I was also counting on my lack of GM abuse to play in my favor. After waiting a little over an hour, I spoke with a GM who asked if I would like to use this incident as one of my limited item retrievals and I said I would. I get referred to a specialist at this point.
Another 30 minutes or so go by (with me farting around so I don't miss the whisper) and a second GM messages me. This GM tells me that the bad news is that they cannot reset the quest or switch out the drake I selected. But fortunately, they have a vendor located at Netherwing Ledge who will allow me to buy another drake. At this point, I don't care if they charge me 1000 gold, I want the drake I worked so hard for! Luckily they only charge 200g, same as the regular epic mount vendor. So if for some reason you select the wrong drake on the quest, you can purchase another one from "Drake Dealer Hurlunk" at the Netherwing Ledge (he's by the reagent vendor). I suppose you could also just buy more than one color of drake if you just can't pick between them :)
So in the long run I got my pretty violet drake, which looks amazing flying through the lovely Nagrand skies btw!