A few days ago I challenged my readers to confirm the plausibility of Alliance characters acquiring the Green Winter outfit recipe from the Horde vendors. No one took me up on that, but I decided that having my own level 70 rogue, I should attempt to infiltrate Orgrimmar myself. I didn't actually believe this was a workable task, but I pushed onward regardless of the self-endangerment factor. The things I do for you people!
Unfortunately, I've specced completely out of the Subtlety tree and no longer have MoD. I do still have my panther trinket and my stealth boots, so I got a modest stealth boost from the two of them. With any luck this will provide enough protection from any level 70 Hordies I run into along the way. For my travel route, I opted to go the Booty Bay -> Ratchet path to Durotar. I then ran north through the Barrens and up to Orgrimmar, avoiding towns and other populated areas.
To aid in my disguise, I made a point to hit the Wonderveil Gizmatronic device on the Booty Bay dock near the boat. I figured that if I somehow did get busted, perhaps the Hordies wouldn't immediately recognize me as foreign if I were wearing the Winter Veil costume. Then I'd just blend in with all the other dorks who got zapped in the Costume-izer. This turned out to be a very good thing in more than one sense...
When I arrived outside Orgrimmar, it was about midnight (3am server time). Seemed like a good time to sneak about with minimal interference. The guards in the area were only level 65 - so far so good. I walked through the main entrance and down the corridor into the city itself. Unfortunately I got too close to a wall torch and was popped out of stealth, but I was able to Vanish and re-stealth.
I camped on a rooftop until my Vanish timer reset, just in case I needed it again. Then I quietly made my way over to the Smokywood Pastures cart. I carefully positioned myself among the presents and clicked the vendor. Doh! I chose the wrong one. Luckily no one seemed to notice or care that I was there. Clearly my small size and my gnomish costume was helping me blend right in with the locals. There were Hordies milling about the area, but no alarm was raised. I carefully slid over to the other vendor and she had the recipe. This kind of threw me off, because in Ironforge the boy goblin has the recipes and the girl goblin has none. In Orgrimmar it's the opposite, which is why I picked the wrong goblin initially.
For anyone who decides to try this, make sure you costume up first! I firmly believe this was a major contributor to my success, the Winter Helper costume enables you to blend right in with the presents near the goblins. It also makes you look like other folk wandering the city and more importantly, makes you NOT look like an Alliance interloper!
After I made my purchase I was able to restealth and sneak right back out of the city. After that I just found a secluded spot and hearthed back to Shattrath. Here's my triumphant photo documentation of my adventure (click for full size image):
You'll notice that I have the recipe in my inventory, along with my character sheet proving that I'm a human and not just a cleverly disguised Orc or something. Unfortunately you can also see that some uncouth Undead is actually ogling me and being terribly rude about it. He even ruined my first screenshot, so I tried to shoo him away. He was a persistent little booger.
Unfortunately Krystella is a Jewelcrafter, so this recipe is useless to her. In Part Two of my adventure series, we'll see how my actual Tailor (a 37 mage) got into Orgrimmar to buy the recipe. Stay Tuned!!