Having finished up the main story line in Maldraxxus, it was time to move on to the next zone, Ardenweald, which is home to forest dwellers and nature lovers of all kind. After the mayhem of Maldraxxus I was a bit skeptical of a tree-hugging zone.
This was not helped by the fact that the first couple of fairies you run into are named Moonberry and Featherlight. How very granola.
But then pretty much the first thing they ask you to do is kill a guy, not because of bad feelings or memories, but because he is simply in the way, and I was appeased. Murder for hire is the same in Birkenstocks as it in hobnail boots. So off we went.
While I am not a huge fan of the elven forest lifestyle, I am also not set against it either. Ardenweald isn’t as bright and sunny as Bastion, nor does it scream out at you to have your war face on at all times like Maldraxxus. There are stretches where the zone presents an inviting open vista.
But like the elves, there is always a darkness out there somewhere, and you end up delving into it naturally enough. Darkness and blue. So much blue. Dark blues, medium blues, and the blues you generally encounter in the UI’s of science fiction games.
After the grotesque intensity of Maldraxxus, Ardenweald was a bit more of a relaxing ride. There were some intense points, and being in a forest with hills and valleys always means that the path to where you want to go isn’t always straight, but it moved along smoothly. Maybe a bit too smoothly, as I kind of lost the thread of the story as I went through. In the end it was all about getting an intro to the Winter Queen, proving your worth, and getting her to make the right decision.
Anyway, I made it through to the end, and got my audience with the Winter Queen.
After that it was back to Oribos to report in and get the achievement for the story line.
There wasn’t even a side trip into the Maw this time around. Not a bad zone, but it didn’t really stick with me. By the time I was done a lot of what had transpired was forgotten.
But finishing up there opened up the next zone for me, Ravendreth and the final faction of the expansion.