Citizens of Dalaran! Raise your eyes to the skies and observe!
I have arrived!
Okay, maybe I’m not up in the skies yet, but I made it to Dalaran with my first character.
A problem with showing up on day one for Wrath Classic attempting to play four characters, none of which were higher than level 68 at the time, is that you tend to be a bit behind the curve when it comes to leveling up.
By the time I had my group of four all up to level 70 I was already competing in the two starting zones with level 72 alts on flying mounts zipping between objectives and dropping down on harvesting nodes as I slogged around on the ground. You see, while you need to be level 77 to unlock cold weather flying in Northrend for your first character, you can buy it and pass it on to your alts as long as they’re level 70.
Anyway, that wasn’t the big problem. The big problem was that Northrend is kind of an annoying place to play when you’re stuck in the first few zones without easy access to a real city with a bank and all the other facilities. I left my hearthstone set to Shattrath on my characters because it has the basics and portals back to the major alliance cities.
So visiting the bank generally means stoning back to Shat, taking a portal to either Stormwind or Ironforge, then taking the boat from there to get back to Northrend, a bit of a trek at times.
Because of this I decided to push forward with one of my characters and get to Dalaran. That means getting to level 74. Irondam, my Deathknight, was my choice. Despite having been barely level 66 when Wrath unlocked, he is fun and hilariously OP for overland questing solo. I made him the glyph that removes the cool down on the death grip skill on a kill than generates honor or xp, so he can basically run around grabbing mobs he needs, chain yanking them away from their friends, who don’t notice half the time.
With that I managed to work my way through Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord and well into Dragonblight before I finally hit 74.
On leveling it was time to recall to Ebon Hold to train up skills. Then the hearthstone and portal route back to Stormwind to take the boat to Borean Tundra to start looking toward traveling to Dalaran, because I honestly had no recollection about actually getting there back in 2008. With Cataclysm‘s arrival you just got the Dalaran flight point by default so there was no issue.
So I opened up the map and was wondering the best route to take to Crystalsong Forest, above which the city floats, having some idea that maybe there was a quest down there that would unlock the teleporter gem down in the forest that brings you up to the city. That was going to be some travel and probably some sort of quest… I was settling in for what I expected to be some effort.
And then I noticed a guy at the Inn had a new quest for me.
The quest was to go to Dalaran and speak to somebody. I didn’t bother reading the quest text… because of course not. And then, wanting to document this epic journey I clicked on him again to get that screen shot and got this dialog from him,
So I clicked on that and I was in Dalaran. I have no memory of the whole thing being that simple… though there is a distinct possibility I somehow did it the hard way back in 2008.
Yes, there was a little quest to run to unlock the teleporter from Crystalsong Forest, but the first thing I did was get the flight point, connecting myself to the rest of the places I had been so far, and ensuring I could get back in case I messed things up somehow. I have that ability.
Meanwhile, being in Dalaran was… just kind of normal. Unlike the ongoing, “Oh yeah, I remember that!” experience I have been having out in the zones so far, Dalaran itself was completely familiar. That is likely because I have probably spent more time in Dalaran than any other city in the game. Hell, they moved Dalaran so it could be the main city in the Legion expansion.
There were certainly some old school bits to it, like the portals back to the main cities.
And now my Death Knight needs to carry on. The next goal is 77 and the unlock of Cold Weather Flying.
Then, if I can scrape up the gold, I can be the guy with lower level alts able to fly… and then they can fly on up to Dalaran and get the flight point there on their own.
Addendum: I wrote this and then later in the day we went to Star’s Rest and Ula got teleport to Dalaran at level 72. Them mages. But she won’t get portal to Dalaran until 74, at which point alts can jump in.