I wonder if I’m alone in this, but I love Desolace.
There, I’ve admitted it. It’s out in the open now and can’t be taken back. I think Desolace is beautiful.
Ignore the “desolace” and focus on the “solace”, which according to the dictionary means:
- Comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or distress; consolation.
- A source of comfort or consolation.
Then close your eyes for a moment and follow me.
Nijel’s Point is open, green and expansive. The Inn overlooks the rest of the town, providing a relaxing spot for tea-break.
From green spaces we move into an almost lunar landscape. Dust and dead trees form the bulk of Desolace’s heartland, but these places have their own other worldly beauty. Besides they function as a windbreak between the traditional prettiness of Nijel’s Point and the coastline. Night Elf architects really had strange taste in towers though, wonder if they were compensating for something.
According to WoWhead, this zone was originally intended for the then lv40, now lv 20 warlock mount quest which was never implemented. The demon horses and their current owners still wait hidden away in this deserted corner. Given that there are captured stallions sharing stable room with demonic horses, I wonder if the paladin charger of the same level was intended to be obtained here too. Perhaps warlocks would have got a quest to steal a felsteed and paladins would have received one to rescue a stallion.
Then there is Shadowprey Village, one of my favourite Horde towns. Sea front, a good long dock for fishing on, quiet location… what more could a troll ask for?
I’m actually a bit worried that come Cataclysm, Desolace will lose some of it’s charm. At the moment, it’s dusty dead centre littered with bleached bones provides contrast to the greener grassier parts. If the centre looks just like rest of the zone, it might just be another Feralas.
Finally, Desolace has one of the more dubious and disturbing quest rewards on offer.
Instead of letting you keep someone else’s body part, clothing or other personal possessions you may have collected whilst killing them, this quest giver is offering you their own finger.