Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Traveller's Guide to Exotic Islands

Azeroth offers a fine variety of really interesting islands, that are rarely visited. It is time to take a look at some of these, more and less interesting, islands!

Ranazjar Isle

A really small island off the coast of Desolace, it doesn't look like much. And it really isn't. You could throw a stone across it so it doesn't offer much exploring or adventure. It does hold a mysterious statue however, part of some quest no doubt, that I guess very few people do today.

The lack of interesting nature and wildlife, and unwelcoming native nagas doesn't make Ranazjar Isle the best vacation island around.

But what is this? Some sort of statue on the other side of the island hints of a mystery.

Fray Isle
A little more interesting than Ranazjar Isle is without a doubt Fray Isle. If you've never played a warrior, or played a warrior and never done the berserker stance quest (it happens!), you wouldn't have much reason to go to this place. Located just outside of Ratchet, Fray Isle will soon turn into one of the most life bustling places in Azeroth. With the coming of Cataclysm Fray Island will play a central role to the new playabe race the Goblins. So if you want to catch a moment in peace on Fray Isle without one hundred newly created, crazy goblins running around your feet you should hurry over there and take a look.

Fray Isle from a distance.

An underwater tunnel with angry fishies. Wonder where it leads? For me to know, for you to find out! (hint: It doesn't really lead anywhere)

Wonder where this happy bunch of fighters will go when the Goblins infest the area? This is where warriors earn their Berserker Stance.

Alcaz Island
Nothing is as mysterious as Alcaz Island however. It is full of elite mobs and even an elite boss (?) in the shape of a Gnome (and gnome shaped things must die, right?)! His name is Dr Weavil (the reference is quite obvious) and the island is located just outside of Dustwallow Marsh. He is part of an AQ quest chain that is never done anymore, so he rarely gets a visit any longer. You get a quest to go there as lowbie alliance, but then you have to make sure not too wander too far into the island as you'll surely be quickly killed by the various elite Nagas, Dragons and Hydras that also inhabit the island.

Alcaz Island from a distance. Doesn't that look ominous? (Or maybe it's just bad graphic settings).

Level 60+ elite Hydras and Nagas inhabit the island. Not for the faint hearted!

Hmm, a big base camp hidden in the middle of the island?

Aha! Dr Weavil and Minion has been spotted. I didn't dare to attack them though...

A summoning circle with evil naga henchmen by a destroyed tower is a sure sign of... eh something evil.

So if you're ever having one of those nights where you just don't know what to do, I suggest you run over to Fray Isle and take a look or Alcaz Island and give Dr Weavil a spankin (from me).

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