Sir Gamrok over at The Brutes won my Bonus Objective Challenge almost a month ago (in my Midsummer post), and so, the Orcas here at Alunaria’s Avenue are finally able to deliver the price he selected; A tour around the ocean in Darkshore!
I had been looking forward to this, however, with mixed feelings. Much like Gamrok, I miss our old Darkshore, the way it used to be.
My return this week made me realize, just how much it changed, as I tried to tour around visiting the places I can recall, and the places he too mentioned as quests and areas that really stands out, after all these years.
But let us begin.:)
When I did Saving Sharpbeak not long ago, I realized, how much it means to have a fitting transmog for the particular era, I am visiting.
So first (as most of my days go…) a trip to the transmog dude!
I went in looking like this…
And came out looking like this!
Right so, first major change; There is no boat to Auberdine anymore. Naturally, I suppose, since it was shattered.
But that did not stop me from going as natural about it as I would back then, so out with my raft and off I go.
First just a, sad, inspection of how Auberdine actually looks today…We might as well get that out of the way, right?
This really gets to me; how Deathwing changed everything, and took away some of our beloved NPCs…
During the quests in the area, this somehow stands out very clear – showing just howmuch of an impact, Cataclysm had. Much like Legion has on some parts, but somehow, these “small NPCs” feel of much greater value to me, since they took care of all my needs in my low levels on all my Night Elves…
So very sad, but impossible to ignore on this tour, as the Darkshore and Auberdine we once knew sure is no more.
Phfew…Now that we have taken a deep breath and accepted (never!) the scenery of today, we move onto the actual tour. 🙂
Darkshore is a vast strip of a jagged coastline on the northwestern part of Kalimdor. It is known for its characteristically gloomy woods and rocky beaches, littered with ancient ruins and mountainside caves. The night elves of Teldrassil claim this shoreline as part of their ancient realm and despite recent disasters such as the destruction of the ruined port town of Auberdine and the newly arrived Twilight’s Hammer clan and Shatterspear trolls during the cataclysm, their influence on the zone is still dominating.
Happy Orca is trying her best to be happy and hopes it will rub off! Also, double Orca really is double cuteness.
First, we head out straight west of Auberdine, to visit one of the gigantic turtle remains.
Oh, who cannot remember these quests, called Washed Ashore, was it?
Where you had to gather lots of these, and they were all over the shores – and crawling with Murlocs too. This one used to have, was it Threshers, around them.
Now I also wanted to hunt for the two ships, that was involved in the quest called Deep Ocean, Vast Sea
Gosh, that quest. My first underwater quest. No Aquatic form yet…And…Murlocs. And undersea, did I mention? Back when the ability to breathe was far shorter than it is today. And it was a pain to navigate up and down in the ships (still is!). And murlocs. Hah, memories 🙂
So, I searched and searched…Till I came across two ships close to each other.
But there was not a single Murloc in sight.
Well, if we have to lose our beloved NPCs, so shall the Murlocs, I guess?
I found Murlocs elsewhere though, and plenty of them! Maybe the ships moved radically in Cataclysm?
Screenshot or it did not happen, you say? Ok then!
At least these remains are still around, as we knew them…
And who can forget that quest, handed by this crazy Gnome, that made you run across the entire zone!
Swimming to Rut’ theran Village from Darkshore is a very short trip, as can be seen here.
Swimming across the bottomless pit that seperates zones is always scaring…Especially with the Inky Black Potion.
I also went all the way up north, where the ocean for some reason is very sickly looking. (And no, I did not pee in it as a protest of all these changes!)
I did notice, that a swim around the entire continent seems quite doable, and off I went, until I reminded myself what I was doing :p
I was actually searching for quite a while for things involved in the Druid quest, called Trial of the Sealion; You had you find a “claw” like rock very far out in the ocean, but it was no where to be found. This is all there was left, at the exact spot where it used to be.
I tried to swim all the way through the long stream of water running down the entire zone, and that was easily manageable, except where the waterfalls are, as those actually are labelled “none ocean” where their “area” starts off.
I took a trip down to visit the Demon Hunter (which suddenly is very much “up to date” because of Legion, I guess)
I had to go up from the waters and check; and was happy to be reminded, that at least our Absentminded Prospector is still around.
I also came across some vicious looking fish, the size of a grown Orca!
The destruction at night…
Ok, who is with me, that is it; I am going to pay a certain someone a visit in Dragon Soul soon, me thinks!
Despite this being an ocean tour, it is hard to swim around, and not take a look at one of the most memorable quests for me in the game, which is For Love Eternal…It might not be the same, but at least it is still around, if only changed; Cerellean is one of the survivors we are able to rescue and save, but he is still haunted by his Anaya’s spirit.
A swim-by the new questing hub, Lor’danel…
Lor’danel[50.6, 18.6] is a seaside night elf settlement in northern Darkshore, founded after the destruction of Auberdine in the Cataclysm. It is built on a patch of land between two waterfalls. Water flows in from the sea into a whirlpool deeper inland, and the town is connected to the mainland by large and long wood bridges. Unlike the rest of Darkshore, the ground and trees here are vibrant green.
…I had a good time revisiting this zone, but I shall always miss how it once was. I did notice a glimmer of hope though; Where is Gubber Blump!? Remember? The dwarf that taught many of us how to fish, and when you finished the quest he gave, which involved catching 6 Darkshore Groupers, he would send you an in game mail with the following text:
“Hello there again. I’m Gubber Blump.
I hope you are doing real well. I hope you are still fishing too. I love fishing. The Blump family is known for fishing. Here is a bauble. So that you can fish a little better. I love using them when I fish. Good luck, and thank you again for helping me catch them groupers from before.
Keep on fishing!
Gubber Blump is no where to be seen…So how awesome would it be if he was to return someday? Be sure to make an in game submit-suggestion-ticket for this! (Seriously)
Edit: I already made sure to contribute to the Q&A tomorrow with Ion Hazzikostas :p
…Ok. The rose-tinted goggles were strong in this one, I sense!
I guess that was hard to avoid. 🙂
But I end this post with one of my favorite screenshots of the trip, and that was taken at Lor’danel, which only exists after Cataclysm.
So I hope that makes up for it a little, and that it was still enjoyable to join!
To you, Sir Gamrok, congratulations on winning my Bonus Objective Challenge, and thank you for participating 🙂
If anyone else wishes a tour to somewhere specific, or have a suggestion for an area, that might be worth (re-)visiting, I’d be very happy to hear 🙂
Happy evening everyone 🙂