gaming, Player perspective, Questing, Warcraft, Warcraft Writing

Zandalari trolls! At last!

Queen Talanji and my Zandalari druid.
My Zandalari shaman listening to his queen.

Yesterday was the day my oldest daughter and I had been waiting for since we first heard about Battle for Azeroth and the new playable race of Zandalari trolls. It was finally the day of the patch that would make the Zandalari trolls playable!

Yesterday was the day my oldest daughter and I had been waiting for since we first heard about Battle for Azeroth and the new playable race of Zandalari trolls. It was finally the day of the patch that would make the Zandalari trolls playable!

We’d had to wait longer than we expected to, but we were more than happy to group up on my blood elf hunter and her troll rogue and tackle the quest to unlock the Zandalari.

My blood elf hunter and my daughter’s troll rogue with Talanji and the gang.

The quests to unlock them were interesting and contributed more to the story, but I really didn’t need to be turned into a bug by Krag’wa! That was the most stressful part of the whole experience for me.

For that stress I blame Jani, the loa of discarded things. Wowpedia calls Jani a male, but to me that annoying voice of hers is female. Her quests turn you into a saurid and I’ve died many times doing them. My daughter does a lovely impression of Jani saying, “Silly Saurid, ya be dead again!” It makes me twitch.

Fortunately, I didn’t get killed while in bug form and I found the tests of Talanji by the remaining loas much more tolerable.

Good old Bwonsamdi looking for a bargain.

The end result of the quests was unlocking the Zandalari and I was FINALLY able to create the male shaman and male druid I’d been wanting to since I heard about the race being playable.

While my daughter plays the original style trolls, the constant hunching and crouching of the males make me feel like I’m hunching too. I never got into the female trolls. I made several toons of them, but I eventually deleted all of them.

My daughter came up with the names for my two new toons and I eagerly started them in the game. I had originally paid attention to what the druid forms of Zandalari were going to be, but when they kept pushing off when they’d been released, I gave up on them ever being playable. I was therefore pleasantly surprised by the moonkin form of my druid.

My Zandalari druid in moonkin form jumping for joy!

I’ve created shamans before, but the horde races that can be them weren’t really for me either. I can happily say that I love my Zandalari shaman and look forward to leveling him and finally fully experiencing the class.

My Zandalari shaman.

It might be unpopular opinion, but I miss when new races started at level one and had a whole starting area to quest through before going out into the rest of Azeroth. I’m not sure why Blizzard abandoned this concept, but they did and so I’ll adjust accordingly.

To have my Zandalari feel a bit more “at home” outside of Zandalar, I plan on questing them through the starter zones of perhaps the orcs and trolls of Durotar or even the blood elves of Sunstrider Isle. Considering how insignificant I feel on my blood elf hunter when I’m questing with my daughter’s troll, it might be nice to be a big troll among tiny elves. We shall see…

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