What exactly is a Noblegarden?

According to Blizzard,

Its origins steeped in druidic festivals from times long past, the current incarnation of Noblegarden is a contrast between ancient traditions and modern interpretations. While some races of Azeroth try to stay true to the original spirit of the holiday, others prefer a more lighthearted approach — in essence, looking everywhere for festively decorated eggs and collecting the goodies found therein. One tenet all can agree on is that the feast of Noblegarden is meant to bring communities together to share the joy of life and friendship.

Now it’s not a huge stretch of the imagination to see some Human Lord going “Let’s do something different this year, let’s hide lots of festively decorated eggs behind bushes. That will be jolly fun and spiffing and all that”. But some of the other races?

I mean what are the Horde thinking of. It says <Warchief>, not <He who hides delicately painted eggs for Orcling’s to find>.. come on Thrall. Or the Forsaken, “Oh, I spent the morning poisoning the neighbour’s dog now I’m running around Brill looking for chocolates in cute little eggs with flowers drawn on them.

Blizzard put so much time and effort into making all other aspects of the various races so different, yet we all have to celebrate the same festivals in the same way. It’s obvious from a quick glance around the capital cities that each race comes from a different type of culture, yet when it comes to shaking loose and celebrating we all do it in the same way? No chance. Whilst I can see the Nightelves indulging quite happily in all sorts of fertility rites and hugging a few trees to celebrate this time of year, picking up painted eggs just doesn’t seem that plausible.

I realise that to keep everyone happy the rewards/achievements have to stay fairly similar otherwise the forums would drown in a sea of QQ, but why can’t there be the odd easter egg quests thrown in which take racial differences into account. For example, perhaps the Chief Egg guy in Brill asks you to use poisoned paint on 20 eggs rather than bring him 20 cracked shells. You are basically running around clicking on 20 eggs just the same, but it’s a slightly different flavour (probably that of bitter almonds). Why can’t we have more quests explaining these “druidic festivals” or at least one per race telling us why we choose to hide eggs in Moonwells. This time of year has always been about fertility and rebirth, why not expand on that. How about instead of planting one single sad plant in deserts, we get sent to corrupted places like Felwood for a bit of cleansing.  Or maybe for the duration of the festival, we can create oasis’s in the desert, something with a bit more oomph than one little plant.

It just seems that Blizzard are too busy trying to integrate existing real world festivals into the game, possibly because they require less creative process than actually inventing new ones. I’m not advocating removing all the fun from the festivals (although I’m not sure if the egg spawn camping can possibly be called fun), but adding a few more lore related quests that explain to curious minds why we celebrate Noblegarden would only add to the game.


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