I spent time trying to poke around the other horde capitols for a bit the next day. I still remembered my way around Thunder Bluff
quite well, and it still remains one of my favorite cities for any race in any MMO I've played to date. Not much had really changed enough for me to really get lost there. Undercity
, at least underneath, has largely remained the same as well, but even back in Classic WoW
, I still can't find my way around it. Silvermoon City
I still just can't stand. In all the others you can fly now, which makes things much easier, but at least to me in Silvermoon things are so spread out and it is super easy to take a wrong turn and hit a dead end. Not a fan, and I still get lost there. Overall though, I was quite stunned at just how interesting each of the cities were. There is quite a lot of character to each one, between NPC names, layouts and everything else. After a week of spending time in them, I think I like them better than every Alliance city.
From Alliance to Horde in Mists
My hunter was not max level when I faction changed her, she was 85 when the change happened. The good news on this is that it afforded me the opportunity to level-up and experience the questing through Horde eyes. The first thing that I noticed was how much the questing focused on honor and, in case of the Hozen, repaying them by defeating the things that scared and harassed them. Yes, there was a lot of fighting against the Alliance, but from what I saw it was more about survival. When I quested as Alliance in the Jade Forest, there was a lot of trying to convince others that the horde were in fact the bad guys and evil. Horde side, there was a lot of calling for seeing things with their own eyes. Even with the Sha popping up, the quest text was about honor and valor and duty more often than not. It was, in a lot of cases, like night and day as far as the difference between the two factions. Yes there was a lot of overlap in the types of questing, but you have to expect that to a certain degree. Honestly, I preferred questing through Jade Forest more-so than on my Alliance toon. I'm still going through all the zones and doing all the quests on both my toons, and I plan on taking note of all of the differences between the two faction's questing as well as reading all of the quest text. Right now it's more of a feel thing, and how it feels to me for questing.
The biggest shock, so far, was when I started doing scenarios upon reaching max level. Queuing for a random, I wound up getting Dagger in the Dark
. I had completely forgotten about this scenario as it is Horde only right now. Alliance side we got A Little Patience
, which to be honest I did not really care for. Part of that I'm sure is because I do not care for King Varian Wrynn
as a character. To be fair my favorite Alliance faction leader is currently a mound of diamond sitting beneath Ironforge
right now. This scenario though, Dagger in the Dark, is phenomenal. I mean, some of it I sort of expected after reading Tides of War
, but even still it was very well done. It was a sort of polarizing experience, and something that from a story perspective makes so much more sense with why Garrosh is going to be someone we have to defeat. I got so angry at the betrayal when Vol'jin
gets stabbed, and staying after the scenario to talk with Vol'jin, I couldn't help but actually care about killing Garrosh. Up to this exact point, as Alliance, I was very meh on the idea of having Garrosh be one of our bosses. I'm not saying that Theramore
wasn't a big deal, but this, oh man. You get to see what he's up to, what he's starting to work towards, and you see even further how deep the corruption goes. I felt the desire to end him even more personally than Theramore after the big reveal of this scenario and I can't wait until my Alliance friends get to play through it in patch 5.2
. It's been quite an experience so far, making the switch back over to Horde, and I can't wait to keep digging through the quests, and I'm looking ever more forward to patch 5.2 now, so I can continue the story.
Do you have any quest-lines or things that I must do, or have to see now that I'm Horde? After making the switch my quest trackers have pretty much reset, and I'm looking to experience all the awesome things I've missed as an Alliance player over the years.
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