How WoW reminds me of my home

There is a new topic up on Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge!

Which zone or area in WoW reminds you of your home?

I suggested this topic and I’ve written about it before, but I thought it would be fun to do it again because there are so many new bloggers out there who could take on the challenge. So I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with. Do you want to join or learn more about the blog challenges? You can find info about it here.

There are many beautiful zones and areas in WoW, but there have always been some that have felt special to me because they remind me of where I’m from. In my last post about this topic here I mentioned Storm Peaks, Howling Fjords, Grizzly Hills and Kun-Lai Summit. But now with the Broken Isles I have two new zones: Highmountain and Stormheim which both remind me a lot of Bergen and Norway.

Stormheim reminds me a lot of Norway because of the vrykuls, their names, houses, ships which are inspired by vikings. The nature with mountains, the sea that kind of looks like a fjord, pine trees and the forest with orange and yellow trees.

Even the name Stormheim sounds Norwegian because storm is the same in Norwegian and heim means home. Other names that are inspired by Norwegian is Haustvald which means fall violence, and Hafr Fjall, hafr is a name and fjall (fjell) is mountain. So I always think of Norway when I fly around in Stormheim.

This picture shows parts of the trail up to the mountain Rundemanen (568 m) in Bergen. 1 km of the trail goes along the side of the mountain, where the mountain goes straight down on one side. You can’t really see it in this picture. But the trail reminds me of the narrow hiking trails up the mountains in Highmountain and Stormheim. If you haven’t tried them yet, then you should get out your ground mount or just run without a mount because the trails are really narrow.

Highmountain has pine trees, waterfalls, moose and tall wind-blown snowcapped mountains which we also got here. Bergen is surrounded by mountains, but none as tall as Highmountain Summit. The tallest mountain in Bergen is Ulriken at 643 m. Here is a photo of Ulriken and the view of the city from Ulriken.

Every time I see a mountain either it be in real life or in-game I always think “I have to get up there”. If it’s in-game then I have to walk up if it’s possible, not use a flying mount. Sometimes I wish I could fly up on a mountain in real life, but I don’t have a helicopter, wings or even a mount so I have to use my legs.

I haven’t been to any very tall mountains but there are so many great hiking trails and mountains around here so I doubt I’ll ever get tired of living here.

Highmountain Summit has a beautiful and inspiring message on a weathered parchment at the top:

In honor of those who ascend to unimaginable heights. May your spirit continue through the dreams of others who follow…

So, which zone or area in WoW reminds you of your home?

Riddler’s Mind-Worm

A few days ago a friend told me about this mount, Riddler’s Mind-Worm, that was in the game but none really knew how to get it. He said there might be clues for it around in the world and that a group called the Secret Finding Discord Community was actively looking for these clues. Someone found a page called Page 9 in Dalaran that read “…of sea, spirit and self…” but none knew where to look next. This group searched all over the world for the next clue which would finally lead to the mount.

I love to explore, find secrets and solve riddles, so I would have loved to join them, but I didn’t have time to run around and look for clues. It was really exciting to follow their progress last night and read what the next clue was and then discover what it meant. It might just be me, but I don’t understand how the clues could have led them to those specific locations, because I don’t see how it’s logic. I get that the clue “…first of lords to fall…” means Ragnaros, but some of the others I don’t get at all. Maybe it helps to have read the book, World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, which the clues are inspired by.

After I heard that the rest of the clues were solved and the mount was found, I went to collect the rest of the pages and obtain the mount for myself.

Thanks to Nightswifty’s guide on how to get the Riddler’s Mind-Worm and the Secret Finding Discord Community who solved the puzzle!

 

To top it all off: I finally hit revered with the Armies of Legionfall today and can now fly on the Broken Isles! I was so close yesterday and just needed a few more quests to get enough reputation. I understand why Blizzard kept us waiting this long and I’m fine with it, but I feel like I’ve spent enough time running around on the ground, being dazed a thousand times, getting stuck places and dying. It’s so great to finally be able to fly again!

 

Did you solve any of the clues and get your Riddler’s Mind-Worm?

Returning to the Broken Shore

I’ve been waiting for this patch for a long time because I really want to see how the story with Legion will progress and because I’m tired of running around on the ground and can’t wait to finally take to the skies again! So I’ve been trying to do daily quests every day or as soon as new ones pop up, I’m not 100% sure how they work anymore, and I kill as many rares as I see and loot chests to get more Legionfall War Supplies to turn in for reputation. I’m currently at 60% on honored but I haven’t done any quests today.

The Mage Tower was the first building we got but I didn’t even try the challenge because I knew that my gear wasn’t nearly good enough to make it so I saved myself the trouble and annoyance of failing. But I collected a bunch of Nethershards through quests on the shore, Legion Assaults on the islands and some Sentinax portal farm so I could finally buy some gear and get rid of my many 865 item level pieces. Hopefully my gear will be good enough to try out the challenge next time the Mage Tower is up.

I found a Legion Flying Disc on my first day at the Broken Shore and I didn’t really know what it was, but I jumped on it and was so excited to see that I could fly around on it for 2 minutes!

There is a tree near the beach behind the Deliverance Point on the Broken Shore. If you look closely near the trunk of the tree you can see a sign that says “Nothing Secret Here!” and a rope. So, is there really nothing secret there or? You know me, I always get so curious and have to look around but I didn’t find anything, which might be the point because there really isn’t anything secret.

A turtle named Hell Shell is located on the small islands to the east of the Broken Shore. You can see the islands on the Broken Isles map, not Broken Shore. The turtle drops Salt-Hardened Shell that can dismount players. It reminds me of a similar item we used on Alliance outside Ulduar while we were waiting for the raid to start back in Wrath of the Lich King.

A month of adventures

A month has passed since I decided to come back to WoW and it has been pretty fun so far because I’ve had plenty to do like leveling alts, battlegrounds, Nighthold and the Suramar storyline quests, class campaign, world quests and looting legendaries!

I completed the campaign on my shaman and finally unlocked the 3rd relic slot and new followers. My shaman also got her second legendary item last week which made it even more fun to heal because the ring, Focuser of Jonat the Elder, is great for chain healing which is my all time favorite healing spell. Elemental Rebalancers was the first legendary my shaman got.

My druid also got her second legendary a few days ago, Cinidaria the Symbiote which was a major upgrade from  a 855 belt. The first legendary was Promise of Elune the Moon Goddess.

I’ve also done a lot of world quests which I don’t find very fun at all, but still necessary to get more order resources and artifact power. Both my druid and shaman have purchased all the traits in their artifact weapon including the % extra damage/healing. My druid is at rank 40 and shaman at 36.

Finished the Suramar quest line and took my first step into the Nighthold (LFR). It’s a beautiful designed raid and I like how all of the bosses are unique and got different abilities. Even on LFR I found most of the bosses to be challenging but I can imagine they are even more exciting and fun on harder difficulties. My favorite boss is of course Gul’dan because it requires the raid to work together and people to do what they should, even on LFR.

Sadly, I’ve seen a ton of terrible players in LFR. Not only players who just got the required item level to queue, but players with good gear that just suck, who die to stupid things that are easy to avoid or have so low damage it almost makes you cry.

My fury warrior is now level 110. He was my first ever character and my main for years, so he is special to me and it was fun to play warrior again.

I did battlegrounds for the first time in Legion last week. Yes, really! Don’t think I’ve done a single battleground until now which is a bit weird because I used to do them all the time in Warlords of Draenor. Remember that I thought balance druid was really boring in PvE in WoD but so much fun in PvP? I think the changes they made to balance druids were good and it’s much better now than in WoD. But I still think it’s more fun in PvP than PvE because the rotation in PvE is so easy that it gets boring after a while of just standing there and repeating the same thing over and over again. So I will definitely continue to do more battlegrounds.