I know, I know. I told myself, “Never again”. After quitting ‘World of Warcraft’ TWICE, and feeling burned by Blizzard for more than a few reasons, I quit one final time… or so I thought.
Before you ask, no, it wasn’t the movie that got me started up again. Though, I had planned on seeing it whether I was playing WoW or not. It was actually my husband who started up again first, and got me sucked back in.
Let me preface what I’m about to write with this: WoW has changed. MANY times over. Some good changes, a lot of unwanted changes, and some terrible changes. But it has grown. IMMENSELY. And by “grown” I mean it’s become this big, showy game with animations and instancing and a lot of flare. The story line is still good, enough to keep me playing, but it’s not what it was. It has suffered. Why do I feel this way? Well, I’m a hoarder of stuff in WoW. Mostly trinkets and doodads that do cool things or were a special event of some sort. But, there are two very specific items I have always kept, and will never type in “DELETE” for. They are from the days when WoW wasn’t for casual gameplay. The game strategy was sometimes difficult, getting anywhere in a dungeon took hours, and there weren’t any flying mounts yet. If you wanted the best in the game, you had to work your ass off. And for my favorite weapons in Azeroth, I did.
The Stave of the Ancients Quest
If you have never heard of this quest you either haven’t played as a hunter or known/helped a hunter on this quest, or you never played Vanilla WoW. This was the Epic Hunter quest. This was the only way to get the best hunter weapons (yes, plural) in the game, along with the largest quiver (you know, for arrows, which you had to carry and buy ALL THE TIME) which has now just become another bag.
Rhok’delar and Lok’Delar were every hunter’s dream. I say “dream” because it was EXTREMELY difficult to attain these weapons. Because it was an epic class quest, it had to be done alone. (You can be in a group, and they can buff you prior to each step, but the hunter his/herself would have to actually do the steps on their own.)
First off, Rhok’delar. This bow may not look like much by today’s in-game weaponry standards, but it was powerful for its time. It also blooms flowers while you’re holding it.
Currently I have an engineered gun with an item level of 660. That’s nearly 600 iLevels above good ol’ Rhoky, but it’s just not the same. It’s beautiful, shiny, has a knife on the end, and it’s loud. I love my gun. But, oh how proud I was to stroll into the center of Orgrimmar with Rhoky. Just having this bow was a badge of honor. You didn’t get it by being carried in a raid. You didn’t roll on it. It didn’t drop off of a random mob or become an upgraded treasure. You had to bleed for this weapon, and you had to kill. But it was worth it, because back in the day a bow wasn’t the Hunter’s only weapon.
Ah yes, the staff. Lok’delar was the secondary counterpart to Rhok’delar. I was never really a staff girl myself, I preferred axes, but I strapped this onto Myssiing’s back as soon as I got it. Considering the endgame of Vanilla WoW was all about demons, the Equip buff was great. Plus you got to hear that satisfying smack when you hit things with it. I LOVED carrying two weapons. It just made sense considering how one would attack when people are in a certain range. I guess it was too much, though, so they’ve relegated hunters to ranged weapons only. /sadness
Together, these two weapons were amazing. I’m not even sure I had them equipped very long before Burning Crusade dropped and I got a better weapon from a quest within an hour of entering Outlands. :/ But I will always keep them. They are my badge that I alone accomplished something in the game. I did a very long quest line to get them, and fought some extremely difficult foes. I may be a sucker for nostalgia, but there’s something to be said for the classics. Isn’t there, Bacons?