Blog Azeroth – Shared Topic for the week of October 11th, 2010
Shared Topic Idea: WoW’s Secrets
What WoW secrets have you discovered on your long journey through the world of warcraft? What unexpected, surprising or delightfully ‘pointless’ things have you chanced upon that add something special to the game for you?
This past week I have been ruminating on this shared topic trying to pick my own brain to remember the littlest details of my playing experience in Warcraft. Being relatively new to Azeroth (my first character being made shortly after Wrath’s release), I have only experienced Northrend as it was meant to be seen. Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms flew by without much of a backward glance and Outland only lasted about ten minutes in my rabid quest to get to 80. The good news is that I have gone back and gotten Loremaster on Aliera so I have at least experienced a good chunk of the lore from the olden days that will soon be rip-torn asunder. Along my journey, I did run into a few unusual areas that have stayed in my mind and so I am going to share those.
Azshara is getting a huge makeover come Cataclysm. Once that is completed, it will be a bustling hub of activity for the Horde. At the moment, the zone is almost completely barren of life. I would put a lot of the blame for that on the somewhat haphazard design of the area. The quest hubs are not that great, npcs are spread out, the zone is difficult to navigate quickly and safely, and so forth. This is too bad because there are a whole series of things in the zone that could have been really interesting. One of the quest givers out here is Duke Hydraxis. He can be found by swimming out into the middle of nowhere on the lower right end of the map.
Older players will remember Duke for being involved with level 60 raid content. Now, he gets rather lonely. He is no longer needed for raiding, nobody wants to do his quests (except for the off chance Loremaster or Seeker). The Duke just stares off into the ocean, waiting for his tide to come in.
If you continue in the water of Azshara and swing down southward, you will eventually find a little ravine with some sailors hanging around. They have formed a small rampart and are defending themselves from waves of naga. There is a quest to help them, but it doesn’t do anything. You can repeat it as many times as you like, but you will not gain a quest completion, you will not get anything from Captain Beltis. Nothing.
But! If you go out into the ocean to the south you can find the second mate of the ship and some wreckage. Dive down deep, and you find the ship… and the still living first mate, engineer, cook, and a mysterious gnome by the name of Roland Geardabbler. What are they doing on the ship? How are they breathing even though they have been underwater for nearly six years? Who knows.
The last spot that should get a visit at some point before it heads away is way south on Kalimdor. Way south. As far as you can go south. Tanaris has a somewhat hidden area that usually does not see much action from living souls. A quest does take you down there if you are willing to go through the trouble of getting it. In the waning days of the old world, I have been travelling all around Azeroth taking as many screenshots as I can to capture at least the general feel of every zone before they are all changed. This area down in Tanaris was a fun area to explore for a bit and has a few unusual attractions worth one last gander.
Those are the ones that came to mind for me. As Cataclysm approaches, I am excited to see the new but also sad to see the departure of the old. What else is out there that shouldn’t be missed?