Astranaar… shit, I’m still only in Astranaar… Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in Stonetalon. I’m here a weekend now… waiting for a quest… getting softer. Every minute I stay in this zone, I get weaker, and every minute some Warsong grunt squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I look around the mountains move in a little tighter.
-Trianis, nigh elf rogue stuck in Ashenvale
My run for the Loremaster achievement continues. After finishing up Darkshore with my fresh night elf rogue, I decided I should just keep rolling with him into Ashenvale.
If my memories of Darkvale were faded recollections of running up and down a zone over and over, what could I recall about Ashenvale? A series of uninspired quests at the start, with nagas and Blackfathom Deep to your right and furbolgs on your left. At the far end of the zone, satyrs, the Warsong lumber camp. In the middle that lake with the water elementals. And in the middle, Astranaar.
I mostly remember running back and forth to Astranaar.
The zone hasn’t changed all that much. Sure, there is a great big patch of it on fire in the middle now… that seemed to be one of the key Cataclysm theme, let’s set thing on fire. But otherwise the scenery looks about the same.
There are some new quest chains in the zone that help sew the whole thing together and make sure you move from place to place. Some of the Cataclysm themes, like Garrosh Hellscream is a jerk, are present in the new quests, and at a couple of places they set up an interesting conflict. I like the quests around Warsong, where the Horde and Alliance quest chains are working at cross purposes.
More after the cut.