Things Less Seen: Ancient Pandaren Turtle

While flying to Winterspring to go rare hunting, I saw something very interesting on the beach of Darkshore. On the northern shore, half buried in sand, is a huge turtle skeleton. Not just an ordinary turtle, but a saddled turtle. I remember seeing one on the beach in pre-WoLK Darkshore when I first started playing WoW about 6 years ago, but never really thought anything of it until today. Now seeing the structure and style of the new Pandaren  race, I’d like to believe it’s an ancient Pandaren riding turtle. The saddled turtle could have been part of the lore about Liu Lang, the Pandaren who set out on the back of the turtle, Shen-zin Su. He found the lands beyond the mists and gradually took more people with him who wanted to travel. Maybe this was another adventurers turtle from the Wandering Isle (Shen-zin Su had grown so large, he supported an entire village in his back) who had seen Darkshore from a distance and wanted to explore. The murlocs could have been what caused the demise of the turtle, and maybe the exploring Pandaren along with it. There are a few other races that it could have belonged too, but it doesn’t really fit in with them. For example, the Tuskarr ride turtles, but theirs are much different looking than this one. The colors of the saddle also look like something  the Pandaren would use in their design. I’m not 100% sure of what this turtle is or it got there, but I can make some theories, and I think one may be close. It’s really cool to see things like this around Azeroth, even if we don’t know what they are.

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Things Less Seen: Alcaz Island

I’m pretty sure plenty of people have seen this little island off the coast of Theramore, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting! But, for those who haven’t been there before, it sure is something fun to explore! It used to be a human settlement before it was taken over by naga and used by Doctor Weavil for a base. It features a lighthouse, dock, broken tower, a jail, and a little camp. For such an ominous place

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it has beautiful scenery. The rain foresty jungle is far from what the mainland looks like. There are level 60 elite dragons, hydras, and mobs everywhere, so higher level would make it easier exploring here. And I would not recommend fighting with Doctor Weavil unless you can stealth or have a ton of stuns. After about 10-15 seconds of fighting him, he stuns you and turns you into one of his minions for two minutes. There’s no way to get out of it that I’m aware of, and after the two minutes is up, he fights you and does it again, potentially leaving you stuck there until you get help. Fortunately for me, I had the King of the Jungle talent and could stealth during combat. If it wasn’t for that, I may have still been there.

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The tower and jail are pretty spooky places. An Alliance banner hangs in tatters on the front of the half-toppled tower, and the jail down below is filled with skeletons and naga.

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The jail here on the island is where King Varian Wrynn was brought after he was captured by the Defias. Most of the jail has since then flooded and naga wander the halls. Down in the lowest parts of the jail is where Varian cell is thought to be, and it’s protected by Tidelord Rrurgaz. Now there are nothing but bones left in the cell. It looks like a lot of them were sitting and talking before they died. Even some in the main halls look like that.

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If you like places associated with lore, this is a nice place to come and look around. I’m sure I didn’t see everything there, so go and take a look and see what you can find! Just be careful not to wake the Doctor!

Things Less Seen: Prehistoric Paintings

I was flying over Mulgore the other day, and came across something really neat. I had never seen this anywhere else in the game before. It was a huge boulder with a large painted bull on the front in the style of prehistoric cave paintings. So I took a couple screenshots and walked around to the other side to find a horse and tauren hand prints painted there. It looked like the “Chinese Horse” from the Lascaux Cave in France. A couple questions that come to mind about this are, “How old is this rock?” and “How did tauren get all the way up here?”. Not to mention all the armed critters running around, but that’s another story. 🙂

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