In the western part of Tirisfal Glades, you’ll find a magical ring of mushrooms at the heart of the Whispering Forest. The mushrooms emit a faint glow and every so often, a number of Fey-Drunk Darters will appear. They spawn individually at approximately ten to fifteen minute intervals so you’ll be in for a wait, but if you decide to hang around, you won’t be disappointed.
Once all the Fey-Drunk Darters have spawned, it will be another hour or so before they start to move in unison. Magical golden notes appear above their heads as if they are singing.
While the music is playing, beams of golden light shine from each Darter, converging in the centre of the mushroom ring – known as the Faerie Circle. The deer, fawn and stags in the area seem enchanted by the music as they slowly gather around the circle. The event lasts ~2mins ending when the Darters slowly turn to fly away, perhaps fading out to the Emerald Dream. The curious animals similarly walk away as if nothing had happened.
The event appears to happen every six hours or so but it’s more impressive at night.
For those who haven’t experienced the magic of the Faerie Circle yet, you’re really missing out on something special.
I’m not the first to write about this event, in fact I’ve mentioned it before but I thought it deserved another feature because of the video.
For a small zone, it’s quite impressive to see so many points of interest for anyone passing through the area. In fact, it’s the breadcrumb quest which leads you from the Valley of Four Winds and into Kun-Lai Summit, particularly if you’re 87.
Apart from a couple of local quests, you’ll find the current location of Wrathion in this expansion as well as the Terrace of Endless Spring raid. For a couple of XP boosts, don’t forget to loot the Forgotten Lockbox on the second floor of the Tavern in the Mists and the The Hammer of Folly – part of the Riches of Pandaria achievement.
Behind the inn, you’ll see a number of familiar faces, including some of the combatants you encounter at the Temple of the White Tiger.
Then if you head under the Inn, you’ll find an interesting NPC who is not without some perks of his own.
But if you’re a fan of the BMAH, you might even run into a rare named Willy Wilder – a play on Willy Wonka and Gene Wilder which fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will instantly recognise. Not surprising when his abilities are Violets and Blueberries and Stuffed. He appears to spawn just outside the BMAH only to walk inside to bid on a Blood-Soaked Invitation which he then wins.
Image courtesy of Veluxia
Excitedly, he then runs outside saying:
YES! Finally! I won a Brawler’s Guild invite! Nobody can stop me now!
I won a Brawler’s Guild invitation just now! I’ll surely be rank 8 by tonight! I sure hope I don’t lose my ticket before I get there.
Everyone look! I won a Brawler’s Guild invite! I can’t wait to try it out!
…so it’s not surprising that he is guaranteed to drop a Blood-Soaked Invitation when killed.
I guess I wasn’t ready to be a brawler.
Apparently, if you choose not to kill him, he runs all the way down the Path of a Hundred Steps and promptly despawns at the bottom.
Question of the Day: What is the craziest/most expensive thing you’ve bought from the BMAH to date?
If you’ve been questing in Kun-Lai Summit, you might have noticed a majestic looking albeit slow moving turtle in the north-eastern part of the zone. Lon’li Guju is a tribute to Lonesome George who became a conservation icon for Ecuador and conservation efforts around the world.
The last of his kind, he was first discovered during the early 1970’s on Pinto Island. For years, environmentalists tried unsuccessfully to mate him with females of a similar subspecies but the two attempts did not produce any viable eggs. The hope of leaving some sort of biological legacy died with him when he was found motionless by his watering hole. Scientists estimate he was 100 years old when he passed which was only about half his life expectancy.
After his death, some of his cells were cryogenically frozen in the hopes of cloning him when sufficient research had been done. The rest of his body was embalmed and put on display at the research centre where he lived in Santa Cruz.
Now just watch what happens when you emote him in-game. Note that you can do this from a fair distance away.
I waved to him which prompted him to follow me for a while. I flew around the surrounding area to see if he still followed me and he did. He moves rather slowly when he’s a distance from you but just watch how he scrambles up to you when the distance is reduced.
Happy flying Lon’li Guju…
This post is part of IntPiPoMo: posting 50 screenshots in 30 days.
Imagine my surprise yesterday when I was in the middle of a pet battle and I saw this familiar figure in my frame of view.
I almost left the battle early just to get a closer look as she walked out of range shortly after starting.
Notice I only had two pets at the time. I still won though… :)
She only walks a short distance from the spot you see there, turning around and walking towards the end of the ravine.
This is what she has to say if you’ve done the (now obsolete) chain in Arathi Highlands:
I know you. I have you to thank for my freedom from the deepening corruption that consumed me for so many years.
Welcome to my home. Deepholm. It is a shadow of what it used to be, but still, here I can be free. I shall never take such freedom for granted after what we have endured.
I know not why you are here, but I hope you find what you seek within the stone walls of this place. Stay safe, [name].
I’m told she says this if you haven’t done the chain:
Deepholm has changed much in recent years.
It’s hardly recognizable. Still… here I am free from corruption. Free from the tainting influence of ancient gods.
It seems that sometimes your freedom must be stripped away for you to truly appreciate its value.
It’s funny how I went through a whole expansion (on multiple toons) and never saw her before. She is fairly hidden though so if you’re looking to say hi, head over to the north-western side of the Temple of Earth and look for the ravine just short of Needlerock Chasm (38.0, 44.8).
A few months ago I was flying through Mulgore and found this little spot in the mountains above Red Rocks.
From the top of the plateau, you can see both a cave and some staggered painted rocks. Following these illustrations, you’ll come across a tauren camp, which as far as I know has always been abandoned, even though there’s a raging fire.
Looking past buffalo rock, you can see one path leads to a blockade but with flying or via the zeppelin, this otherwise unknown area is now easily accessible.
The cave below looks like any other cave but venturing inside you quickly find that it’s empty. Whether this area was originally designed for something other than RP, it’s still a nice spot to visit.
Who knows, it may even be used for Kamalia’s NPC – which came up in a recent Blog Azeroth Shared Topic – sometime in the future.
In the southern part of Darkmoon Island you may be surprised to find an underwater cavern, located just beneath a shipwreck that acts as a visual landmark to the cavern entrance. I first found out about this otherwise hidden area after seeing it on Pando’s site.
She also mentioned the cave on the Island where I recently wrote about the Darkmoon Rabbit in the upcoming Mists of Pandaria, I was excited to have the opportunity to go on another exploration mission; especially since the Faire is up for another few days.
The Cavern Entrance may be found in The Great Sea at the co-ordinates: 74.34.
Here’s the easiest way to get there:
Once on the Island, be sure to hit a sharp left just as you’re about to head down the hill.
After a few seconds, you’ll come to a path zigzagging down towards the sea.
This is where my Poseidus mount and underwater ring came in handy :)
Once you reach the entrance, you’ll hit fatigue for a bit but don’t worry as it dissipates the further you move inside the cavern entrance.
Just have a look at what you’ll find inside…
I thought I’d do a spot of fishing but didn’t get anything out of the ordinary. Although I’ve read that players have been pretty lucky fishing up the Sea Pony here so why not try your luck if you haven’t managed to do so yet?
After that I had a closer look at my surroundings and found it to be a visually stunning place.
On your way back out, head towards 61, 22 to find the same path leading back up to the Faire.
It makes me wonder what’s in store for this spot as there’s lots of room to add some cool things to the Faire and surrounding areas. Only time will tell…