I have, as it were, a confession to make. Some of you may have guessed it by now – it’s not all that secret of a thing. And I guess, in the grand scheme of things, it’s no great awful thing either, just an admission of an unusual personal preference.
I don’t like Northrend.
I don’t. I know everyone loves it, and it’s so pretty and aren’t the quests awesome! And it *is* pretty – some of my favorite areas in the game are in Northrend (Especially Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, and Storm Peaks). But I still don’t like it.
The Lore is tremendous. We’re fighting Arthas FINALLY, right? And those poor ghosts on the Forgotten Coast. And OMG WRATHGATE. And all this Earthen/Titan/Watcher stuff in Ulduar?! You’re right, of course. The Northrend lore is much more connected to the history of Warcraft and past games. It’s central to a LOT of the experiences of our characters. Hooray!
I still don’t like it.
I don’t like questing there, I don’t like hanging out there. I don’t like Dalaran (GASP HORROR!). It’s all very very pretty, of course, but I have no connection to the city itself.
So Anna, you ask, do you like Outland?
To be honest? I like Outland better than I like Northrend, at least from the standpoint of my Draenei. She connects there – and my Druid is connecting there as well. As yet NONE of my characters have connected to Northrend, with the possible exception of Aely, who lost any connection anywhere past Dragonblight.
It’s the only explanation I have for why I have characters and LOVE leveling them until they get to the mid 50’s… and then stall out. I like the original game better. I just do. Sometimes I can revive someone out to Outland (as I’ve had massive success with Annylais), but I had to literally *force* myself to get Annorah to 80, and have hardly logged her in since, since everything left for her to do… is in Northrend. At least Aely is raiding and actively RPing.
I’m lucky if I can get 10-15 quests done each time I log Angoleth or Anaelle in.
It’s not that I don’t like them or want to play them. I log in excited to work on them, with RP ideas and things to do… and then get so fed up with the Northrend quests that I just give up and go do something else, frequently either not-WoW related or an alt that’s still in Old World Azeroth.
Yes, that’s what I said. Old World Azeroth. I like it better than Northrend – I know, I’m nuts. But I’d rather level a character from 0-55 than anything higher than that. It’s one of the reasons why I have so many alts!
So will I ever have a third level 80 character?
Quite possibly not. And that makes me sad, as I’d really like to experiment with Discipline Priest healing, and eventually Druid healing as well, not to mention how much FUN being a Hunter can be. But it takes such a sheer act of willpower to DO anything that I’m pretty sure if I do end up with another 80, it won’t be for quite some time.
I’m sure I’m pretty well alone in this, since everyone keeps telling me how amazing Northrend is, and I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments. But I can’t help it… I just don’t like Northrend.
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