The Fields of Farahlon September 15, 2011Posted by Ben in Uncategorized.
Since Arthas reared his head into our airspace (*wink*), my characters have reached 68 long before getting to that rocky purple zone and rushed off to greener pastures. In general, my least favorite part of leveling a character is the stretch from 60 to 68. I can’t get to Northrend fast enough. Part of it is that I’ve done the run of Hellfire->Zangarmarsh->Terrokar->Nagrand so many times that it’s practically mindless. I’ve despised Blade’s Edge since the first time I ran through it back in the first months of Burning Crusade. But then there’s Netherstorm.
As my crop of Cataclysm alts have crossed through the Dark Portal, I’ve tried to select different paths for each of them. My shaman leveled exclusively through dungeons, not a single quest from Outland found home in here quest log. My paladin is following a similar path, although I may not be as stringent. Thanks to heirlooms, guild xp boost and reduced xp needed in the 60s, my hunter needed only two and a half zones to get to 68. (Hellfire until 62 -> Zangarmarsh -> Nagrand). My mage has followed a different path (Hellfire until 62 -> Terrokar except the Bone Wastes -> Blade’s Edge Mountains until 67 -> Netherstorm), and I’ve forgotten how much I’d enjoyed that northern zone of the first expansion.
Ambience -> I remember my first hour in Hellfire Peninsula after the opening of the Dark Portal. The zone was immense and it seemed like the Burning Legion was attacking from all sides. But when you crossed to the west end of the zone beyond Hellfire Citadel, that sense of danger fades somewhat. It’s not until you reach Netherstorm or Shadowmoon Valley that you’re presented with that clear and present danger once again. That sense that you are on the front lines of the struggle, and that every quest is the difference between victory and defeat.
And the zone is just hauntingly beautiful.