Another Aspect of Questing

One of the things I enjoy about the questing process is that every so often, you’ll run across the odd quest that just resonates with your character – for some reason or another, some small detail or some little aspect or something that somehow connects to them in some way.. it’s just there, somehow more important and more personal to that character than most other quests are. Sometimes they even can take you completely by surprise, even if you’ve done the quest five times over already.. a certain character might simply just get more out of that quest than any other character did.

So also with the big guy.

Rescuing Arko’narin from the bowels of Jaedenar was one particular quest I felt I simply had to do – seeing his involvement with a certain ancient Night elven Priestess, there was simply too much opportunity for symbolism and characterization involved in his rescuing a beleagured Night elf from a cult worshipping one of the Man’ari; it was one of those quests I expected would have a reaction.

..that said, I didn’t quite manage to predict what the reaction would be like. I was halfway through the escort – we’d gotten far enough that Arko’narin was able to see her gear and rushed foward.. heedless of (or indifferent towards) the felguard nearby. With a “So like Nanuu..” he hoofed it after her to lend assistance. And as soon as she’d retrieved and donned her gear, she burst out “DIE, DEMON DOGS!” and charge boldly into three more! And the big guy is caught just staring at her wake for a moment, expressing “..so very like Nanuu..”.

Of course, it had more than that – considering Arko’narin’s dead friend is a human paladin, it was full of interesting parallels on its own. But just that situation really struck out to me.

A more somber questing experience came some time later with the so-called “Path of Glory”; it’s always been a despicable thing to know how it was made, but being there, standing on it as a Draenei, I suddenly found myself seeing it with a newfound horror. Suddenly it wasn’t just the bones of some conquered people – it was my people, and I had a short, very profound moment where I could almost hear the bones cracking under hoof as I tried to fathom just how many dead it must’ve taken to build it. It was a chilling experience, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt quite as aware of just what the Draenei have suffered through.


5 Responses to “Another Aspect of Questing”

  1. 1 Yunaris
    September 29, 2010 at 11:47

    I’ve always found that pathway to be a powerful mute testament to why most of the Draenei on Azeroth are not like the Sha’tari, they see what the orcs did and they see it happening again on Azeroth.

    That quest with Arko’narin I’ve always loved. I think its been a very powerful example as to why we could benefit from having Paladins as a playable class for Night Elves. I mean, Priestesses of the Moon in armour are about as different from paladins as Blood Knights are.

  2. September 29, 2010 at 15:04

    For me, I always like to quest in Terokkar forest and do the “Mana Bomb” questline. It always gives me a good feeling to help out not only the High Elves of the Allerian Stronghold, but that I helped and prevented a lot of harm that could have been done to other people.

    The “Battered Hilt” questline was also very touching to me. (as a night elf wanna be high elf) I spent a lot of time doing several of the quests many times to get every angle of lore (particularly the battle of Thalorien Dawnseeker’s last stand). If only the hilt wasn’t so darn expensive and rare… I’ve only been able to do it on my hunter, which makes sense, I suppose, since I’ve put more work into his lore than my warrior.

  3. 3 Noriam
    September 29, 2010 at 22:34

    As with ‘any’ escort quest, Arko’narin really, really annoyed me. Although it did get me thinking on what any given character would do. Itharian particularly, since he’s all a-wandering Kalimdor now.

    Draenei are interesting in that I’m sure lore contradicts all over the place but at the end of the day, they have more than enough to form a solid baseline personality, even if you have to compensate for centuries of history in between missing.

  4. October 1, 2010 at 08:52

    The Pathway is my favorite bit in Outland, simply because it reminds me so much of certain brutal acts of our own history. I’m not just talking about the holocaust, but the crusades, the aztecs enctr…
    It’s nice how even in fiction several key moments in real life still echo.

    Another reason is, the pathway really makes this a bit darker, nearly a dark fantasy story somehow. It’s also very subtle, I recall the first time I saw this path and found it weird.
    ‘what is this thing made of anyway?’ -upon closer inspection- ‘ooooh…..’
    Imagine doing that on your orc character, you’ll feel mighty bad.

  5. 5 Landusk
    October 4, 2010 at 10:54

    Oh yes… we orc did made a big mess in warcraft 2… >.>

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