Fortunately, I love questing so it wasn’t too much of a pain, not as bad as, for example, getting an epidural. More on that another time…
While Eastern Kingdoms, Outlands and Northrend went by like a breeze, Kalimdor made me want to stick needles under my nails. The last 40 of the 685 quests needed had me running Wailing Caverns, Razorfen Kraul and Downs and the very confusing Maraudon multiple times. Fun times were had by most…
With 4 quests to go and no idea where to find them, I ended up having to switch my Desolace centaurs reputation. I had to go from hated to friendly with the Magram. At 20 points per kill, it took around 600 dead horsemen to make the switch and open up the opposite faction’s quest line. That’s a lot of meat but eventually that last quest in the line got me to 685 quests completed in Kalimdor!
During this painful ordeal, I scoured every Kalimdor zones with the low level quest tracker on praying to see the beautiful little yellow exclamation point appear on the minimap. By the way, there are two addons I found invaluably helpful. Carbonite, amongst its many features, colors the map to show where quest mobs/items are found. The Loremaster addon puts a note on every quest in your log to let you know if it counts for a regional part of the loremaster meta achievement. Another resource that really helped me was the comments to the Kalimdor part of the achievement on Wowhead. Obviously, the Alliance version has much more info, including several lists of hard to find quests and quest starting items/rare mobs.
While running around Kalimdor, I discovered many interesting/funny things and here are two I found worth sharing.
First, in Booty Bay, I met “Sea Wolf” MacKinley starring angrily at a map of Thousand Needles with knives poking through it. Could this be related to Cataclysm? Does he wish he could take his ship there? Did Blizzard grant him his wish by flooding the zone in the next expansion??? I was most likely perturbed by my race against yellow exclamation marks and it clouded my reason. I wished I could have told him to rejoice and prepare his fleet because his wish was on its way.
In Azshara, I turned a quest at Loramus Thalipedes. This poor NPC is stranded on a lonely island off of the coast of Ashzara. His only companions are three fellhunters, his warglaives and his magic bandana.
The guy is one of the only two demon hunters on Azeroth yet he spends his life on a tiny island of solitude…
But what are those demon hunters? Good question!
Demon hunters are warriors who gave up everything to gain abilities essential to fighting the Burning Legion. They’re social outcasts since they chose to wield chaotic powers to fight chaos itself. You can see a bunch of them training on top of the Black Temple in Shadowmoon Valley.
They usually wield two large warglaives akin to the Twin Blades of Azzinoth and most of them wear a bandana around their eyes. The female demon hunters tend to not wear that band of cloth and, actually, not much clothing at all above the waist… to distract their foes in battle probably…
A sign of their chaotic affiliation is that they traditionnally burn their own eyes out in order to gain spectral sight to help detect demons/undeads more easily. That’s why they wear those funky bandanas in order to spare us all the sight of their eyeless sockets…
Players can wear the Cursed Vision of Sargeras, dropped by Illidan Stormrage himself! This head piece, quite appropriately gives you a demon tracking ability. By the way, that item should be amber, the color of Illidan’s former eyes and it should also be called the Cursed Vision of Lady Vashj, since she’s the one who gave it to him. See the Illidan’s Bandana Retcon for more info on this particular topic.
Illidan Stormrage is the most famous and first of this class of enigmatic warriors. Also called the Betrayer, Illidan, twin brother of Malfurion turned his back on Azeroth and his people to serve Sargeras during the War of the Ancients. The leader of the Burning Legion and former Champion of the Pantheon burned Illidan’s eyes to alter his vision in order to better fight demons and undeads.
Another famous demon hunter is Leotheras the Blind. Out of five bloodelves sent by Kael’thas Sunstrider to Illidan to become demon hunters, only two survived: Varedis and Leotheras. The latter apparently lost his mind and ended up serving Lady Vashj in Serpentshrine Caverns.
He is, in my opinion, one of the most fun bosses to fight in the game to this day.
The other blood elf who survived the excrutiating training of Illidan is Varedis. You can find him training the new demon hunters I mentionned on top of the Black Temple.
One last note. Warriors of any race can eventually become demon hunters. Most of them are Night Elves and a minority are Bloodelves. There are apparently even Human ones guarding Mount Hyjal .
Since my Loremaster title, I feel obligated to actually know a little about this Lore, of which I’m apparently the master… I’ve been reading some of the many Warcraft books and from now on, I’ll try my best to share some of that on these pages. I listen to many World of Warcraft podcasts and I always love the Lore segments of those but they often leave me more confused than before. Most of the time, those stories are told in a very esoteric way that seems aimed at people with an already vast knowledge of the history of Azeroth. So in order to make sense of it all, I’m starting at the beginning, with the Titans and will work my way down from there… Baby steps… baby steps…