tonight i went back to work on the pebble achievement and found that the therazane NPCs will not offer the 'lost in the deeps' (pebble daily) quest every day. instead, there are a few other dailies that may be offered in its place...
which leads me to the next topic: jadefang and the tiny shale spider.
i think i've finally stumbled on the daily quest that may allow me access to where jadefang resides. however, certain therazane dailies are in what seems to be a rotation so it wasn't offered to me today. i did some research on wowhead and mmo-champion though, and i might have a good chance once that specific daily opens up for me.
however, this brings up a certain problem that may have no work around. if you do need a certain quest or quest item to reach the rare spawn that drops the tiny shale spider companion, that means not only will you need to be lucky enough to find jadefang spawned, you'll also need to be lucky with the dailies and have the right one be available to you while jadefang is alive.
but this is all speculation on my part so far. i won't be able to test any of this out until the stars align and both the rare spawn and the right daily are up.
so another day, and more waiting. waiting for the pebble daily to come up again as well as the other therazane dailies that i have yet to try out/test. in the meantime, jadefang sits there as if to taunt me. don't you worry my pretty, i'll get your tiny shale spider pet yet! *rubs hands together evilly*
seriously though, this glimmer of hope is what i needed to help pull my spirits up.