Two and a Half Weeks Late to the Party
I didn’t pre-order, I didn’t wait in lines and I didn’t QQ with the rest of player base on launch night when the servers were flooded. Two-and-a-half weeks late, I went to Gamestop and bought my copy. The delay was probably a symptom of my earlier burnout.
I logged in and found my Shaman sitting in Orgrimmar. Not realizing I could have taken a zeppelin from Orgrimmar to the Borean Tundra, I crossed continents to the Eastern Kingdoms and hopped abord the zepellin from Undercity to the Howling Fjord.
The Howling Fjord
The zeppelin docks at a complex tower, multiple flights of stairs zig-zagging down the length of the structure. Because mounted Taurens and tight spaces don’t mix, I insta-casted Ghost Wolf and ran down the stairs, getting my first look at Vengeance Landing.
All brooding structures, dark brick and stained-glass windows, Vengeance Landing is the southern-most outpost of the Undead in Northrend.
Riding a bat through the Howling Fjord, you can see the height of the steep cliff-face that separates the shoreline from the rest of the fjord.
The Howling Fjord is filled with interesting sub-zones. Here, my Shaman sits atop his Black War Raptor in the Ember Clutch, as a Druid (right) runs from Proto-Drakes that infest the burning forest.
Crossing a bridge in the southern Fjord:
Don’t look down!
Northern Lights are visible throughout the sky in the Fjord:
In a quest for the Taunka, a Tauren-like clan native to Northrend, a vision quest on a mountaintop goes wrong when evil spirits channel a ghost version of my Shaman. A human looks on as my doppleganger prepares to attack me.
In my first dungeon run with a Death Knight tank, our group prepares to face the last boss of Utgarde Keep, Howling Fjord’s entry-level dungeon.