Silithus: My Favorite Zone in World of Warcraft
Since the first time I stepped into Silithus, the zone has been very special for me. To this day, I keep visiting Silithus, sometimes to listen to its gorgeous soundtrack or to think about the history of the Qiraji Empire.
Hello fellow adventurers,
For some of you, Silithus may be just another questing hub that is rarely visited; but for me, it holds a very special place in my World of Warcraft journey. Located at the impenetrable border of an entire civilization, and having witnessed so much in its history, Silithus still holds some unsolved mysterious secrets to this day.
I like all the zones in Azeroth very much, I think they are all beautifully crafted. Most of them have their unique atmosphere and soundtrack that grab you and get you immersed in the fantastic world of the game. However, I find some of the zones to be more distinct and unforgettable with their unique feel, beautiful scenery, interesting questlines and amazing soundtracks. I could count a number of zones that I like the most but if I was ever asked to pick one as my favorite, it would be Silithus.
In the following sections, I will explain what I like about Silithus in detail.
The Unique Atmosphere, Terrain, Wildlife and Soundtrack
If you're coming to Silithus from north or east, you will be entering the zone either from Feralas or Un'Goro Crater. Both zones have heavily foresty environments with huge trees covering the sky, preventing the sunlight hit the ground and creating a dark and depressed atmosphere. As soon as you leave these zones behind and enter Silithus though, you are welcomed with an open sky, a bright sun and vast plains till your eyes meet the horizon.
I think I like the zones with open, wide areas more. Mostly because I can see far away, I can see the sky and sun (moons at nights), I can move in any direction I want freely. With its yellow-red sky and brown-beige terrain, Silithus offers me a warm environment to spend my time in. The land is full of spiders, scorpions, worms and bug-like silithid creatures. To me, they all look beautiful with their various colors and exotic habitats.
Silithus is also the home for the remains of some gigantic creatures that lived a long time ago, such as the ancient dragon Grakkarond or the giant snake to the northeast of Cenarion Hold.
Mining Thorium Ore
I have Mining as one of my primary professions and I mine with a true passion. I feel like as if I was born to be a miner, collecting ore and rare gems. Thorium is probably my favorite mineral to mine, mostly due to its glowy, green color and the variety of rare gems you can extract from it including the precious Arcane Crystal.
Silithus is full of Thorium veins. Unlike other zones such as Un'Goro Crater, Winterspring or Blasted Lands that also have Thorium veins, Silithus is a large open area, where you can fly in circles and mine Thorium ore as much as you want assuming there are no other miners in the zone while you are mining (Note: When I wrote this post, material nodes were not available to all players.). If you want a full sweep, you can also go inside the hives and mine even more ore.
Whenever I feel like mining, I visit Silithus as it is one of my favorite places to mine some minerals and gems.
The first time I completed the repeatable quest Still Believing offered by Hermit Ortell, an NPC living on his own in a cave on the eastern border of Silithus, I did not know he was going to surprise me by sending me some rare Blacksmithing plans and Leatherworking patterns a few hours later.
It was definitely a fun moment for me to receive his mail and see what he had sent. I think the game needs more of this type of surprises. To this day, I still do that quest from time to time since I like receiving his gifts and either using what he sent myself or giving to others.
The Crystal Vale
I like subzones in a zone, where the soundtrack suddenly changes dramatically and puts you into a much different mood. One such subzone is The Crystal Vale in Silithus. I should mention that due to its beautiful music, it was one of the places that I was visiting when I first started to write my first (ever) WoW story (which is still in works). The area is just inspirational.
When you enter The Crystal Vale, it almost feels like entering a different zone, since not only the soundtrack but also the terrain, the weather and the sky changes abruptly.
The Crystal Vale is also well known by those who seek Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker (did someone say...? :), which is obtained by a short but long lasting quest chain started by Highlord Demitrian, who resides in this vale.
Silithus is home to three huge silithid hives: Hive'Ashi, Hive'Regal and Hive'Zora.
When I first explored Silithus, I explored all hives in detail, following all the tunnels and underground chambers to their ends. They are quite like labyrinths, and with multiple entrances, they are not so easy to navigate. You may even get lost in these hives, if you are not using a minimap.
The three hives are not connected to each other, but as a whole, they cover a large area beneath Silithus that is full of silithid creatures, rare mobs and even some hidden friendly NPCs. If you are the explorer type, I highly recommend exploring each hive in detail as I consider them to be among some of my most memorable moments of exploration in WoW.
Since my first exploration, whenever I come back to Silithus, I tend to visit at least one of the hives, as if I am answering a secret call that comes from beneath the ground.
These hives remind me of the alien spaceship inner chambers in the Alien movies; if you are a fan of them like me, you will love these hives.
Possibly my favorite raids in World of Warcraft so far, the entrances to the two Qiraji raids, Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj (AQ10) and the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj (AQ40) are located at the southern border of Silithus.
Especially with these raids located here, Silithus, after all the exploration and quests in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, feels like the end of the adventure for me. Not like a "full stop" end, but an end that is leading to a new beginning. A new beginning with the exploration of the secrets of The Fallen Kingdom: Ahn'Qiraj.
While reading about Silithus, I learned that some quests and encounters were removed in previous patches. That made me a bit sad because from what I read, that quests and encounters sounded a lot of fun and I wish I could experience them too.
These are the things that make Silithus my favorite zone, and make me want to visit the zone frequently. So, which one is your favorite zone in World of Warcraft?
Before ending my post, I will give a link to a story that Silithus inspired me to write:
- The Future of Profession System in World of Warcraft
- Ghosts of Ahn'Qiraj
- The Voices of Zangarmarsh Mushrooms
- Commander Gor'shak's Journal (Story)
- What Did the Dwarves Dig Up in Bael Modan?
- The Darkest Corner of Azeroth
- Twin Exiles of Tanaris
- Appreciating the Small Details in World of Warcraft - Part 1
- Heartbreaking Lament of the Whales of Ashenvale
- What Happened in Genevieve's Barber Shop?
20 May 2017 20:56 UTC
Eom, I wish your site was a Magazine, then I could just curl up with it on the couch for hours.
How you make a zone such as Silithus sound and look so appealing is fascinating. I will have to re-think how I view it :)
As for my favorite zone. Gosh. Will need to think even more. To be continued ;)
22 May 2017 06:13 UTC
I guess I found the perfect reader a writer could ask for :) Thanks again for your nice and encouraging words, Alunaria.
After writing this post, I explored Crystalsong Forest (last year), which is also in my top zones list.
What I like about writing about Azeroth is that, when you stop whatever you are doing and start to really pay attention to your surroundings, observe and listen, you are sure to notice a lot of details you haven't noticed before and come up with theories and stories about what it really is or what took place at that location.
22 May 2017 17:15 UTC
I'm glad! Oh, Crystalsong Forest. I used to walk on foot there instead of flying through it back when it was content.
Stop and pay attention is one of the hardest "tasks" in a game that appeal so much to the "go, go, go!" mentality.
Well done. Your readers sure appreciate it, that's for sure :)
11 Oct 2019 14:32 UTC
Crystalsong Forest is where I had been spending most of my time, exploring on foot, enjoying the amazing scenery and mesmerizing music, as I was on my third expedition in Northrend, before I had to give a break to World of Warcraft last year. It is one of the zones that I miss the most, now that I've been away from Azeroth for so long.
I can imagine... logging in, landing on the fall-colored lands of Crystalsong Forest under an ever-white sky, just standing, looking around with the tranquil eyes of someone who has finally found what he's been looking for, for as long as he has known himself, feeling the cool breeze flowing over the Icecrown Citadel, and listening to the sounds yellow-orange leaves make when they hit the ground gently.
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