20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 16 – Things I Miss (Post-Cataclysm)
I am in the home stretch! What ever will I do when I do not have these nifty challenges for filler on days I cannot come up with something more original? 🙂
Day 16 – Things I Miss (Post-Cataclysm)
The world of Azeroth has a lot of movers and shakers, memorable characters who monumentally change things for good or ill – Illidan, the Lich King, the various faction leaders – but none have been so big or so earth-shattering as the big dragon himself… Deathwing. He has been effecting the course of Azeroth (and beyond) for over 10,000 years, and just over a year ago he left his most permanent mark – the Shattering of Azeroth, the great Cataclysm.
Many things were irrevocably changed by the event of Deathwing’s ascension from bowels of Azeroth, but the biggest thing that effected me personally…
It is no longer as “cool” to hang out in Dalaran and Ironforge.
I began playing WoW in Wrath of the Lich King, and during that time, Dalaran was where everyone hung out and met up and basically watched the world go by (both above and below you). However, I would make frequent visits to Ironforge, to use the Auction House. And why not? There were super convenient portals to all the major cities from Dalaran. (As it should be! It is the City of Mages!) Sure, I could have just as easily gone to Stormwind’s Trade District and conducted my business there, but Ironforge was more homey and cozy.
Perhaps I was a Dwarf in a former life.
Since the Cataclysm, though, those portals are gone (apparently the Mages who maintained them were eaten or something?) and the majority of the adventurous inhabitants of Dalaran have moved on to more convenient locations to hang out – Stormwind. We have all been herded to Stormwind like so many sheep. Stormwind is the only place that holds the portals to the Cataclysm zones. It is the only place with a portal to Outlands. And it is the only place you can portal to from either Dalaran or Shattrath.
I would have much preferred Ironforge as the major hub. I miss the cheerful greetings of “Keep yer feet on the ground!” and “Interest ya ina pint?” and the comforting presence of the Great Forge.
Alas, the world has moved on.