My Favourite Questlines in World of Warcraft

My Favourite World of Warcraft Questlines

Rounding off my top 10 favourites of World of Warcraft is questlines! For a game to have meaning and to keep me coming back it’s important that the content is fresh, original and catches my attention. Not to mention gives me a giggle from time to time! World of Warcraft continues to do that with each new expansion and so without further ado, join me on a trip down memory lane as I tell you my favourite questlines.

 

World of Warcraft questline - Fiona's Caravan

Fiona’s Caravan

View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.

The novelty of riding around in the caravan was something new, but it was the squabbling between Tarenar and Gidwin that I loved. They are fighting over Fiona’s attention when Gidwin decides to go do something to prove he’s the better guy for her; and lands himself in a heap of trouble. In true bromance style Tarenar realises he’s been gone a while and goes and saves him. From that moment the two become best friends, still squabbling but they’re now comrades in arms.

 

 

World of Warcraft questline - The Day Deathwing Came

The Day Deathwing Came

View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.

C’mon, how could this NOT be on this list? Any quest that lets you smack Deathwing in the face – especially after he’s been flying around killing everyone at random – is a win in my book. You get told three stories from a gnome, dwarf and orc who each have a very different interpretation on what happened when Deathwing rose and started the Cataclysm. The dwarf goes first and gives you an epic tale of how he punched Deathwing on the nose.  The gnome then claims to tell you the real story revealing that he grew to a massive size and grabbed him and threw him across an ocean. Finally the orc tells you what really happened and spins a tale about a motorcycle, and saving babes. The best bit though is the comments each of them give while the other is telling the story.

 

 

World of Warcraft questline - The Winds of Loch Modan

The Winds of Loch Modan

View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.

Everytime a gnome or a goblin gives me a quest to ‘try’ something, especially a new invention, I get that sinking feeling. This I realise started with this quest; a gnome decides to invent a turbo powered mechanostrider I can’t remember where you end up, but I’m pretty sure it’s not where you started 😛

 

 

 

World of Warcraft questline -Maxmillian of Northshire

Maximillian of Northshire

View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.4

Oh Maximillian, there really is no one quite as utterly special as you in WoW. The utter ridiculousness of this character, and how far Blizzard went with the damsel in distress/rescue by dragonslaying hero is fantastic. None of the damsels Maximillian saves are in the least bit of trouble – in fact, one he saves from their own pet /facelpalm. And of course, the “dragons”. Fabulous, silly and so pointless but one of the best quest lines in the game. ((Screenshot courtesy of Wowhead.))

 

 

World of Warcraft questline - Gnomebliteration

Gnomebliteration

View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.

I’ve never been a bog fan of gnomes. There, I said it. Since this quest in Cataclysm they have grown on me, however, at this point I really didn’t like them. They were too cute, squeaky and annoyingly perky. So when a quest turned up to turn into a giant ball of fire and roll over evil crazy gnomes and obliterate them from existence, I was right there to sign up and do my duty! I may have cackled manically while doing it, but I saved the world from evil gnomes. That’s what’s important 😉

 

 

 

World of Warcraft questline - Tirion Fordring

Tirion Fordring

View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.

Before Tirion beca,me Highlord of the Argent Crusade he was a lonely old man, living in solitude and battling the scourge alone in Eastern Plaguelands. This storyline is no longer available, but it tells you his history and what happened to him after he saved an orc from his fellow humans. Those were the days when orcs were seen as the worst scum of Azeroth, after invading and killing thousands of humans. Tirion was never a murderer though, and an honorable man who was saved by an orc and returned the favour by keeping his existence a secret. When found out he was stripped of his title, and lost his family. His son fell in with the Scarlet Crusade, becoming their Highlord eventually. The questline with Tirion culminates in his showdown with his son, in which he ends up killing him and vowing to fight to rid the world of evil. This is where Tirion’s life begins a new, he joins up with the Argent Dawn and the rest is history. None of that would be possible if it wasn’t for this quest line, and us helping him realise that he needed to lay the past to rest and return to the fight. You can read more about Tirion on Wowpedia ((Screenshot courtesy of Wowhead.))

 

 

World of Warcraft questline - Abercrombie

Abercrombie’s Quests

View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.

So, I said the flying mechanostrider made me wary of quest giving inventors. Well, Abercrombie is the one who first made me realise, wait a moment, quest givers can be evil!!!! :O Yep, how naive we all were back in vanilla. Now it’s like ‘ok, this sounds iffy, this guy is totally evil’. However, back when we were just little humans wondering around Duskwood, we still believed that we were great big heroes saving the world. Then we did this quest line and our rose tinted glasses didn’t just come off, they were smashed to tiny weeny pieces. Thanks Blizzard! Basically you’re helping this old hermit by running errands, collecting stuff around town for him and it seems so innocent. Until the final quest when he sends you off to the Mayor of the local village and it pretty much says ‘HAHA LOL. PWNED’. Yep, you just armed a crazy ass necromancer with everything he needed to put together a terrifying elite giant undead abombination called Stitches. At this early stage of the game elites were pretty damn hard and Stitches and another one in Duskwood would royally kick your ass if you got caught by them. He was also known for wiping out the entire village of NPCs because no one was really high enough level to stop him. Oh those were the days… and now we look fondly at the pet version of Stitches and laugh, or cry. ((Screenshot courtesy of Wowhead.))

 

 

 

World of Warcraft questline - Legion Priest Class Mount

Priest Class Mount

View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.

From the old, to the very new. As well as being one of my favourite mounts, the new priest class mount quest was super cool and so much fun. I’m going to stick the details under a spoiler warning so no one gets spoiled:

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You get a message that the Speaker, aka King Magni Bronzebeard, needs to talk to you urgently. You end up in a sunken vault that the world spirit of Azeroth has led you to via Magni. Along for the ride is his brother and world renowned explorer Brann, and your Master Artificer Betild Deepanvil. The sunken vault is a vault left by the Titans and it’s the dialogue between the three dwarves that make it so great. Brann has had many experiences, some not so pleasant, with Titan technology and hidden vaults. He is none to thrilled to find himself in one again, and is warning the others to watch out. Everything seems to be going fine until the titan constructs overseeing the vault detect void energies. Oh dear… Brann is none too surprised when everything goes to hell and you have to defeat the constructs to survive. The witty comments and banner between the two Bronzebeard boys and Betild is so funny, and I really hope these three pair up for more adventures in the future!

The whole idea of the Lightsworn Seekers is also epic. They’re titan created beings that have been locked away to protect them from the void, and these are the last ones that exist. The vault security is beginning to fade and someone, you, needs to take responsibility of these beautiful creatures. I like the fact that they wrote in the void being detected and thus being responsible for the purple shadow version of the mount for shadow priests.[/spoiler]

 

World of Warcraft questline - Tarcegosa's Staff

Tarecgosa’s Staff

View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.

There’s only ever been one legendary that I wanted at the time, which I unfortunately didn’t get and I’m still a tad bitter about. That’s a long story, but when Tarecgosa’s staff came around I wasn’t in line to get it as I didn’t play a dps caster. I did make a light-hearted argument for how a Discipline Priest would benefit from it, however, I was happy to wait until it was soloable in a later expansion. What I loved about it was the whole quest line. Dragons! More importantly the decimated blue dragon flight who had no leader since the death of Malygos at our hands. I really enjoyed the quest line, except for the end 🙁 I suppose though that the tragic ending did make the legendary that much more special to have because it wasn’t just a weapon, it was a spirit and a legacy.

 

Lament of the Highborne

View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.

And finally, a video for you! This little quest starts with a ring that you pick up and hand in to the banshee queen, Sylvanas. She then sings the most beautiful song called the Lament of the Highborne. It’s sung in her native language, but the words translated are as emotional as the song itself. The necklace was given to her by her little sister Alleria, whom Sylvanas has not seen since her death and subsequent undeath at the hands of the Lich King. It shows a softer side to the dark warrior who is often seen as bitter and harsh, showing players the heartache that she has felt in her tragic life. They translated words under the spoiler tag if you wish to read them 🙂

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By the light, by the light of the sun
Children of the blood
Our enemies are breaking through
Children of the blood
By the light
Failing children of the blood
They are breaking through
O’ children of the blood
By the light of the sun
Failing children of the blood
They are breaking through
O’ children of the blood
By the light of the sun
The sun
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One thing I noticed when putting this post together was that there is a big difference for me between epic quests and epic moments. There have been a lot of epic moments, often told through amazing cinematic cut scenes, that are just moments. The quest line leading up to them is interesting, just not quite as meaningful or as epic as the ones listed here.

How about your experience in World of Warcraft and other games? Are there quests that you can remember from the start of your game play? Or do you tend to run through quests on autopilot? Let me know in the comments!

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My Favourite Locations in World of Warcraft

My Favourite World of Warcraft Locations

There are two things that always draw me back to World of Warcraft and that is the storylines (coming tomorrow!) and the gorgeous and interesting locations. The locations over the years have changed, grown and become so much more impressive and yet even the original ones still have a timeless beauty for me. There’s always at least one zone per expansion which I lose myself in, and could take screenshots of for hours and hours. Currently, it’s Suramar and most of them are on this list too! Read on to learn about my top 10!

 

World of Warcraft: Ashenvale

Ashenvale

Classic

 

I think this was probably my very first zone obsession/love in the game. My first character was a night elf druid and I just fell in love with the dramatic and graceful scenes of forest, dark green and purple.

 

 

World of Warcraft: Crystalsong Forest

Crystalsong Forest

Wrath of the Lich King

The much under-used, and occasionally blinding zone beneath the floating city of Dalaran when it was in Northrend, Crystong Forest was simply stunning. It was so many different shades of purple all in one place! I recently did the balloon micro-holiday tours and got some fantastic screenshots of the area.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: The Dreamgrove

The Dreamgrove

Legion

The entire Dreamgrove, the Druid Class Hall, is a night elf and druid heaven. It is absolutely gorgeous and then I found THIS. A big moonkin teaching little baby moonkins! Oh my goodness, I sat there watching them for so long! There’s so many awesome little fun things in each order hall, and the Dreamgrove is massive – and ok, you might get a bit lost from time to time. But at least your surrounded by pretty stuff, right? 😉

 

 

World of Warcraft: Eversong Woods

 

Eversong Woods

The Burning Crusade

The colours, the autumn hues and the extraordinary elf style and I fell in love with this place. It’s the one time I wish I played a horde more so that I could visit it more often! There’s something so wonderfully regal and historical about Eversong Woods, especially in the places untouched by scourge and it makes the darker places much harder to see.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Mount Hyjal

Mount Hyjal

Cataclysm

Not only is this area important for lore, the zone itself is gorgeous and filled with lots of Druid stuff! We learned so much about the druids and the Ancients from this zone, and the regrown tree Nordrassil is a poignant and stunning part of the landscape.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Nagrand

 

Nagrand

The Burning Crusade

Nagrand is all about the skies. I have so many screenshot of the skies at night, daytime, and sunset. More of the sky than anything else, and is it any wonder? It’s incredible!

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Suramar

Suramar

Legion

Oh Suramar, you have so many hidden wonders like this; is it any wonder that I can’t visit you without taking a screenshot? You’re my biggest time waster, and yet I can’t stop myself. Blizzard really upped their game with their designs in Legion, and Suramar leaves me wordless at times. It’s the hub of ancient elf architecture and it feels like the designers went all out. This is probably my favourite zone of all.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Vale of Eternal Blossoms

The Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria had a very distinct oriental style, and what I liked about it was that they did it right. Just things like the style of buildings and gates, as well as the little things like the table settings and small kettles you’d find around. It was an expansion that was dredged in oriental cultures and mythology, and I feel that people didn’t appreciate it at all because it was so alien to them. My dad is very into Japanese culture, and so I’d spot things in the storylines or around the zones that would remind me of things he’d told me about. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms is a glorious splash of colour, kept hidden and locked away for thousands of years and you can see why. I almost wept when Garrosh unleashed the sha on it and destroyed it, tainting this celestial place forever 🙁

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Val 'Sharah

Val’Sharah

Legion

 

Another druid and night elf zone (see a pattern here? 😉 ), Val’Sharah is nature personified. It is glorious and lush forests filled with detailed plants and creatures. It truly is magical and it’s heartbreaking to see the nightmare taking over, spreading further and further. Not to mention the heartbreaking events of some of the storylines. The beauty is juxtaposed against the darkness and it has a staggering effect.

 

 

World of Warcraft: Vortex Pinnacle

Vortex Pinnacle / Throne of the Four Winds

Cataclysm

This isn’t a zone, but rather a raid and dungeon instance in the zone of Uldum. It is a heavenly floating area filled with opalescent jewels and hues alongside white marble. It’s breathtaking and I wish it wasn’t confined just to the instances. A whole city or zone would be amazing and possibly rival my love for Suramar.

 


 

How about you; what are your favourites? Do you find yourself attracted to a particular style or feature? I have a thing for nature, and elvish architecture. Let me know in the comments!

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