Appreciating the Small Details in World of Warcraft - Part 1
Sometimes it may be a little difficult to notice the small but highly interesting details just in front of you, in the heat of doing your quests, fighting mobs or running away from an opposite faction agent.
Hello fellow adventurers,
Azeroth offers a lot to see, a lot to notice for the exploring eye. From a wide angle scene of a beautiful zone you are seeing for the first time, to a foot track on the muddy ground and to a toolbox left at an abandoned camp, there are so many things that could easily grab your attention and keep you wondering for a while by pausing whatever you are doing.
This post will list a number of small details that made me stop and appreciate, think about things like what it is, whose it is, who made it, what was the intention of the designer who put it there etc. If I was to mention all the small details that grabbed my attention while exploring and questing in Azeroth, it would have been a veeery long post, that's why I will tag this one as "Part 1" and continue posting about my interesting small finds in future parts.
So, without a specific order, let me start with my list of interesting small details in World of Warcraft.
1. The Debarked Tree Trunk in Deadmines
Some of you most probably have passed under this tree trunk many times and never noticed it or never really paid much attention to. I myself did not notice it until after running the Deadmines dungeon a good number of times.
It is a big, debarked tree trunk located in Deadmines instance. You can find it bridging over the floor of the Mast Room, where you encounter the second boss of the instance, Helix Gearbreaker, riding a Lumbering Oaf. As you can tell from the other tree trunks in the room, raw or worked, this section of the mine is apparently used for the production of the wood necessary for the structures in the mine.
2. Big Fish Fossils in Badlands
This one is not so easy to see/spot, unless you are taking a close look at it. On some of the rocks scattered across Badlands, especially in the area between Fuselight and Camp Kosh, you will see big fish fossils.
From the look of their skull shape and their teeth, I can easily tell these fish were carnivores. With approximately 5 meters in length, it sure makes you ask the obvious question: How did such big fish came to a place so high from the sea level?
Some time after I discovered these fish fossils, I was able to uncover a Vicious Ancient Fish fossil with the help of my archaeology skill. Not only it resembles these fossils I found in Badlands, but also its description tells me that there could have been water in these parts of the lands, ages ago.
3. The Goblin Lover in Badlands
There is a small Goblin town called as Fuselight-by-the-Sea, in the beginning area of Badlands. In one of the huts in that town, you will see Max Boomson, a handsome Goblin gentleman knelt before a poetry book, trying to memorize some love poems, with a red rose gently held between his teeth and a beautiful peacock feather in his hand.
I can tell that a nice surprise is waiting for Aleesha tonight. But I am not sure if Max will be successful at winning her heart, considering his rich and resourceful competitors. One detail I noticed was that he kept saying "Amateur", I guess he was referring to his competitors.
Before leaving his hut, I kindly shared my secret poem (which always works by the way) with him. With my poem, I am pretty sure he won't need to use the love elixir standing next to his poetry book.
4. The Sacred Owlkin Shrine in Azuremyst Isle
This seems to be some kind of a shrine of the Owlkins living in Silvermyst Isle, on the southwest part of Azuremyst Isle. It is built with hay on a nest attached to a tree, and it has offerings in front of it, such as fish and plants, probably recently placed by the nearby Owlkin tribe.
I didn't witness any special gatherings around the shrine. My guess is they must be gathering here at certain events such as funerals or weddings. I will camp here for a few days and see if I spot any such gathering. I am not sharing the exact location as I don't think it will be difficult for you to find where this shrine is.
5. The Smiley on the Eyepatch
This is one of the most interesting finds I have ever stumbled into in Azeroth. The Dwarf in the above screen is Dirk Thunderwood, a member of Cenarion Circle, settled in the Cenarion Hold at the center of Silithus. Naturally, it created a smile on my face when I spotted that detail :)
If you ever pay a visit to him, please make sure to say hi from me as we have a common history in that parts of Kalimdor with him.
This is not the end of my list of interesting small details in Azeroth, but the end of the first part, as I don't want to keep them too long.
I hope to meet you in the next part of this list of small details in World of Warcraft. Till that time, if you have any interesting small details you stumbled into during your adventures please do share in the comments below.
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30 May 2017 17:25 UTC
Oh, I like these posts so much!
I sometimes pass by and stop to look at things "out of the ordinary" too, but I forget to note it down. I should begin doing so!
I never noticed the Tree Trunk in Deadmines. Now I will :)
Wow, at the Fish Fossils in Badlands. I do wonder the exact same thing; how did it end up there? Oh, how I love those things in game that makes the mind wander.
I only quested in Badlands once since the revamp, I can see I missed out on a neat detail with that goblin. I will resist the temptation to dig deeper into the secret poem you speak of!
See now, that Shrine in Azuremyst I did notice. Maybe it's all things just a little bit Druidish that catch my attention easily. Let me know if you spot any gatherings :)
Hah, that smiley was fantastic. I can't believe I never noticed.
Hm, I really like how one from that screenshot alone can see that it's from Silithus. Way to go Blizzard, on the details that make each zone stand out.
Thanks for sharing all of this, I look forward to the next part :)
31 May 2017 06:57 UTC
Checking my screenshots folder recently, I realized I stumbled into a good number of such details during my adventures, hence the idea to post about them popped up. I have many more, which hopefully will be shared in future posts.
I definitely recommend re-questing and re-exploration from time to time as I myself notice new details every time.
I didn't see any gatherings, I think the Owlkins are shy enough to perform their gatherings when there are stranger eyes around, so I kindly left them alone.
1 Jun 2017 12:02 UTC
Good idea, it was :)
Ah I see. That makes sense, them being shy and all ;)
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