Vaneeesa has asked the iRez authors to “share 6 of their favorite, must see, places in virtual space.”
This is the World of Warcraft version.
People travel for different reasons, so here are six locations that might appeal to a broad range of virtual tourists.
- Spectacular Nature – Howling fjord
- City Break – Dalaran
- Leisure and Spa – Gallywic Pleasure Palace
- Horror and Mystery - Karazhan
- Humanitarian Aid Work
- History Tour
They will be posted in a series of six parts.
Horror and Mystery – Karazhan
- Recommended level: 70
- Expansion Pack: The Burning Crusade
Due to the centrality of this castle in Warcraft lore, there are a vast number of rumors and myths surrounding it, but I shall try and be brief.
Karazhan is a ghostly castle that offers everything mysterious and spooky you could think of.
It served as the residence of Medivh, who was the greatest wizard of his time. To make a long story short, Medivh became corrupt and ultimately insane and was defeated here after having created havoc in Azeroth. His powerful spirit still lingers on. Other spirits also live in the castle, including ghosts of citizens of the nearby village Darkshire, after they went here to investigate, but never returned. The castle is now cursed and crawling with all kinds of spirits, demons and even more evil entities.
Karazhan includes a banquet hall, a ballroom, horse stables, a giant chess board, a theater and as seen above, Medivh’s old library. Visitors can find a room at the servant’s quarters, but staying over night, for your own safety, is not recommended. Going into this place is risky, especially alone. Back when Karazhan was first opened up, people would enter in groups of 10 to match the strength of the enemies inside.
It’s also a place a lot of people have passed through, like a busy train station. People would kill the enemies in Karazhan over and over while working to build a bigger raid force to venture forth to bigger challenges that required 25 people instead of 10. Many struggled to ever leave for the next station, but everyone who was playing back then will remember this place, whether it’s with nostalgia or dread for having been through this instance too many times.
If you’re up for something even more chilling, read on.
Another spot of interest is located not inside the castle but at the back, at the graveyard where Medivh is buried. It’s called Karazhan Crypts consists of a series of underground rooms and halls of a considerable size, mostly containing piles of bones. The music is very chilling, lots of ambiance with a faint heartbeat. The most remarkable room is a flooded chamber filled with chains and corpses hanging upside down in the water. The Crypt is sealed off with a gate to prevent players from entering, and most likely to keep the age rating of the game low at 12 y/o. Still, a few sneaky players have found ways to get through the gates into this horrific place to document this strange addition to the game, which has never been open to the public and most likely never will be.