I am not sure what I expected to Timeless Isle to be.
When it came into the game with patch 5.0.4 one of my higher level friends who had been playing with us on Garnoa, leveling up a new character, ran off to try it out and was never seen again in the 1-60 area of the game where we were playing. She would occasionally link some purple item that dropped with stats that seemed impossibly high to somebody rolling around doing level 30 content. But I figured it must have been fun since it occupied all of her game time.
Then the instance group made its way back to Azeroth, I actually rolled on into Pandaria and made it to level 90, and suddenly the Timeless Isle was a possibility. I could actually go there… once I figured out how to get there. There is a quest. Chromie sends you there, though she is hiding. Her “?” on the mini-map shows up over an instance entrance, but she is actually behind a parapet above that and not visible unless you are above her.
I found her, eventually, and she sent me off… to die.
Like I said, I hadn’t actually read anything tangible about the Timeless Isle, so I did not know what to expect. A number of people have discussed the rewards. But the content? Not so much.
I guess that I expected it to be something like Ember Isle in Rift, something of an additional area to occupy level cap players that was incrementally more difficult, but still primarily solo in focus.
Instead I wound up on an island consisting of extra tough normal mobs, extra tough elite mobs, and named mobs that a simple group of five would be hard pressed to dent. The first real quest on the island, which just send you on a tour, had me running through groups of hostile elites which killed me repeatedly. And the island is a “no fly” zone, so you cannot avoid all those hostiles wandering the grounds.
I managed to finish that and the next quest before I had died so many times I was getting the paper doll warning that my equipment was in danger of running out of durability.
Timeless Isle may be many things, but it isn’t a solo playground for those with quest drop gear.
Being clearly out of my depth, I sought professional help. More rambling and some silly pictures after the cut.