Yes, this is 10-man Normal. Yes, I know doing this with the 30% buff is not terribly difficult these days, but we are very proud. Especially proud, considering that we got her down after only about six or seven hours of working on her, and while our main tank is away overseas, while our GM had connection issues and some of the rest of our main raid team are also away. And because we've pulled together and learned this fight, I know that although Arthas is going to be hard work and a steep learning curve, as long as we can keep our determination, we're going to get him.
After we'd finished whooping and cheering into vent, and disenchanted the loot (damn you, loot gods!), we headed off to find Mister Fatboy himself - except, we weren't quite sure which way to go. Then we got back into the central spire and saw all the ghosts moving upwards... Creepy!
Our illustrious GM posted this on the guild forums today (with apologies to Winston Churchill):
I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defeat the Lich King, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for weeks, if necessary alone.
At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of the Disciples of Sneer - every toon of them. That is the will of Guild and the nation.
The Australian and New Zealand nerds, linked together in their cause and in their need, will fight to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.
Even though many guilds have faltered, we shall not flag or fail.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in ICC,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall kill the Lich King, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, Cata is released, then our Guild would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to kill the mighty Lich King."
Wish us luck...