When my first attempt to play Alliance ended in total flustercluckery, I decided I needed to take a far more smashy role in the human realm. Yes yes, Shadow and even Disc priests can be quite deadly, I know. But taking a giant mace and crushing all the things (and potentially all the asshats) just feels different, so I remade Niremere into a paladink instead of a priest. This had the advantage of better armor, a bigger
stick sword, and also a chance to pick a better angryface for the poor girl in hopes of looking a little less vacant. While I like to think that all these things had to do with the peace I then experienced while stomping through the beginning areas, it was more likely thanks to the fact that my cats woke me up at an awfully early hour, and there just weren’t that many assholes awake and/or paying attention at that time of the night.
Hey, maybe this whole Alliance/human starting place isn’t so bad after all.
Oh, wait. Nope. Goldshire is still Goldshire. Let’s just move on.
While wiling away the hours before the sun rose, I leveled Niremere out of Elwynn, through Westfall and
into Redridge Mountains right past Redridge Mountains into Duskwood. Phew! One of the things I was amazed to discover: Hogger didn’t always live in the Stockades. You know, as a Hordie, I always thought he was eternally there. That’s just what Hogger did, right? He always hung out in the Stockades and beat up on the random groups foolish enough to enter. Well, no. It seems Hogger once had a life (kind of) in the great wide outdoors, and he didn’t just wander down there for the heck of it. Sorry, Hogger. I think you’re a bit too dumb to take into custody, but what does a wee little paladink like Niremere know?
Westfall could be described thusly: “OMFG KING WRYNN WTF FORGET THE TRUCKING TROOPS AND SEND SOME TRUCKING MONEY (AND FOOD)!!111!” Although Niremere has a huge crush on Varian Wrynn because of his impressive angryface (if only she could move her own features so expressively!), he totally had the Defias coming. (Side note: Defias = DEFY US? /punny)
Reading up on the zone brings some understanding in that massive expenditures on armies and the like left Westfall reeling, but it doesn’t answer all the questions. For example, sure, Stormwind totally dropped the ball – but what about the Church? If one of the basic tenets of the Church of Light is compassion – to help those in need – then the whole religious establishment effed up pretty hardcore, especially considering that Westfall is practically on its doorstep.
I’ve done a few dungeons on Niremere now, and oddly, not a single darn one of them has been the Deadmines.