Winterspring. A place that few people frequented, even during Vanilla. However, I have always felt that Winterspring held a serene beauty about it, and loved the snowy textures that were there! Although, there were certainly times that I wish Donova Snowden would have done a few of her tasks for herself. All of that snow made my feet chatter! And who can forget Sian-Rotam, the great white lion? How rare was it for alliance to have this beautiful beast, and how many horde were bribed into helping them capture it?
Of course, there is always the memory of herbing in Winterspring as well. The only home to Ice Cap, needed for Major Mana Potions. Perhaps that it why I so often frequented the peaceful white hills of the zone.
There was also one of the best quests in the game in this zone: Are we there Yeti. I still have my yeti guardian on any number of toons, afraid to use up his charges! Of course, they added in a tranquil mechanical yeti that engineers can craft for you, so it’s not as much of a concern, but still! Did you know that at level 60 your yeti guardian could solo Van Cleef? Well, now you do!
One of the other things that I remember this zone for was my Rhok’delar. You may recall that I started my WoW adventures as a NE hunter. I was the second or third person on our server to have this bow, I remember being frugal with my DKP so that I could get our first leaf. I remember having friends come out and clear my path so I didn’t agro anything, or having them tell people not to interfere and despawn my demon.
Of all of the demons, this one gave me the most trouble. When I started this quest, I was a terrible kiter. When I finished I could kite anything, and was an expert at the jump shot. It’s too bad that the legendary quests don’t continue to teach you aspects of your class. For this quest, I remember spending hours in Felwood kiting wolves up and down the road for practice (they were the only things that I had found fast enough to accurately portray the demon’s speed). I feel that I can honestly say that this quest made me a better hunter.
To this day I still have my bow sitting in my bank.
Another thing that I can remember is bringing groups up here to farm for an Eye of Shadow for our priests benediction quests. 5 or 6 of us would trek on up to the demons and just wreak havoc until one dropped. I don’t quite remember at what point they had added the drops in up here, I know that you used to only be able to gather the item from Kazzak. None the less, we generally would have a good time in each other’s company as we tried mob after mob hoping to see one drop.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Winterspring might melt when Deathwing erupts the earth. I really hope that it doesn’t, but it seems a prime zone for drastic change! So, what memories have you accumulated with Winterspring?