Strangely enough, I actually had to think about this one. I used to enjoy Theramore Isle pre-expansion, and Duskwood as well (both Alliance side). Since Cataclsym, Stonetalon Mountains is great for the Horde and funny at times. But once I stopped and really considered all the zones in the game, Storm Peaks became the obvious answer.
We’ll overlook how long it took for me to get an Arctic Fox Kit to complete Northrend Safari, because that has nothing to do with the questing in the zone…merely my own bitterness. No, I think back to when I first did Storm Peaks. How enjoyable the quest chains were. Brunnhildar Village, Sons of Hodir (even though I know many didn’t like them), and of course the build up to the Ulduar related dungeons. To this day I feel like a twit for not noticing Thorim and Loken. But the Loken manipulation line is so good and includes my favourite quest in the game, which is The Drakkensryd.
Add in that it’s a winter zone, with a great score, and enjoyable dailies, and you have what I would easily consider the “sure fire” zone for my enjoyment.
After running some scenarios last night, we were all at a loss as to what we felt like doing next. I noticed I was closing in on 8k in achievement points (still no idea how) so I figured I would head off and do the Amphitheater of Anguish. Some other people must have had the same idea because the place was packed. So that plan quickly went away.
As I was out in Zul’Drak, I decided to fly up to the Storm Peaks and see if I could possibly track down an Arctic Fox Kit. It’s bad enough they can only be found when it’s snowing, but it also was the only pet I needed for Northrend Safari and it’s been that way for well over a year. I flew out over Thunderfall, which used to be notorious for having them until you actually phased into the zone. This time there wasn’t even that tease. There was nothing. I flew up towards the Terrace of the Makers while explaining to guildmates what the kit was and how to catch it. Then I landed in the snow and had a few pets show up on the screen. When I saw one in particular, I couldn’t click fast enough.
That’s right, the Arctic Fox Kit. I didn’t care if it was Poor. It could’ve been laying there dead and I still would’ve gone for it. Of course my biggest fear was accidentally killing it, but that didn’t happen and in rare Tum form it only took three tries to capture him. The remainder of the fight was a cake walk as one pet did the trick. So I managed to knock off an achievement that had been bugging me simply because I had one thing left to do and for the life of me just couldn’t get lucky enough to even find the critter, let alone catch one. But catch it I did.
That would be Oddfodder flying off one of the hills on his fancy new Goblin Trike. Got Pésus to 20 this morning so that I could stroke that off my small to do list. This morning yet I’ll also likely have my pet bank toon set up. Depends if I work on that…or house cleaning. I do have the transmog contest ready to post so it isn’t like I’ve been idle thus far. Though, I will admit Carrera hasn’t had her experience bar move in the slightest. I was too busy getting Horrux to 60 because I decided I wanted to take him into the Laid Back Raid later tonight.
Speaking of which, just a friendly little reminder for those attending that it is Gaudy Sweater Night in the Molten Core. Nothing says fun like an ugly sweater and Horrux’s Skullflame Shield as far as I”m concerned. Also note that we’ll be starting a little early. Further to that, we can do an attunement run around 7pm EST for those who might need it.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to do a pass through Storm Peaks again. I was there yesterday, found a skunk to fight, and proceeded to get my arse handed to me. Two skunks in the battle resulted in way too much healing for the pet configuration I had. As such, I still need a capture from there for my Northrend Tamer.
Take THAT Ya Cheese Eatin’ Surrender Monkey!
Now that I’m grinding reputation for the Sons of Hodir, I am not a happy person. It’s tedious, unless I want to pony up and buy Relics, by which I could vastly speed the process up. I like my gold, so that’s not going to work.
However, the journey to this point was amazing. With Siori, I went from Dragonblight into instances and Icecrown for my last couple levels. So, I didn’t even touch Storm Peaks until well after I hit 80. Given the importance of the Hodir Shoulder Enchantments, I know how daft that sounds. But, enter I did and in no time at all I was running around for Thorim.
If you want the full details of Thorim and Loken, head here. For the short version, there’s a reason their names are based on Thor and Loki. Sadly, it took me some time to pick up on that. But, the storyline that takes you through Brunnhildar Village and Thunderfall and back again, was amazing. The Drakkensryd is now easily my favourite quest in the game (and I wish I had been smart enough to take a screenshot). You can just hear the Indiana Jones theme playing while you leap from one to the other. Very action packed and I found myself disappointed the quest is not a daily.
If you plan to raid, getting Exhalted with Sons of Hodir is a must. But, if casual gaming is your thing, you owe it to yourself to do this chain right up to going into Halls Of Lightning and knocking Loken’s teeth in. So make sure you snag this quest when you hit Storm Peaks. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.