My first experience with the Unborn Val'kyr was pretty traumatizing. After spending 8 hours in Northrend, I took a much needed break. I went back the next day and stumbled upon a spawn, but an alliance player had already engaged in battle with it. Not two seconds later, a horde came and started to kill the alliance. Not three seconds later, another horde came and joined the battle.
Unfortunately the Unborn Val'kyr was a casualty of war so in the end no one got the pet. Whether it was killed intentionally or unintentionally is unclear. But either way, it was absolutely horrifying watching it die at the very start of world PVP. :(
Having experienced such a tragedy, my hopes weren't very high for finding an unharmed val'kyr. Nevertheless I woke up early today just to fly around Northrend for a few hours before going on to do other things. My hope was that it was early enough so there wouldn't be as many players on searching for it.
After about an hour, my heart nearly jumped out of my chest when NPCScan went off and there she was! A lonely little level 22 Unborn Val'kyr in Howling Fjord. I immediately jumped into a pet battle with her.
I can't tell you how scared shitless I was while battling. The only things that were running through my mind was 1 - DON'T KILL HER, FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING, DON'T KILL HER and 2 - SOMEONE MIGHT DROP DOWN AND KILL ME (and her) AT ANY MOMENT, WHY IS THIS BATTLE TAKING SO LONG?!
It was so nerve-wracking that yes, I was literally nauseous throughout the entire ordeal. If the fight had gone on any longer than it had, I really might have thrown up. It took three attempts before the cage managed to snap shut, and every attempt made me dizzy with fear.
But my pets pulled through, I didn't kill her, no one stopped by to say hello or goodbye, and I successfully captured my very own poor quality Unborn Val'kyr. I can't even begin to describe how relieved I was when it was over. It felt like a million tons of brick had been lifted off my shoulders.
I promptly hearthed and logged over to an alt carrying all my battle-stones. There was an Undead one with her name on it.
Now I can finally spend more time in Pandaria on my main toon and get other stuff done. I've been neglecting dailies of every kind, pet battles included, and I should really get some more flasks for raiding.
I'm so glad that there's only one wild pet with such a spawn mechanic for this patch. If there were multiple versions of the Unborn Val'kyr, I don't know what I would do. Curl up in a corner and cry a bit? Completely overdramatic, but searching for this pet really did take an emotional toll on me. My friends and family will probably be just as relieved that I found what I was looking for, since now I'll shut up about it and stop being so anxious. :P
Anyway, I'm sending lots of luck to all pet collectors out there. My sincerest hope that all of you find and capture your very own Unborn Val'kyr in the near future. ❤ Don't give up, no matter how grim or bleak the situation may seem.