After reading that maintenance had been extended until 8 PM EST, Lal and I settled in around dinner time to watch the season six finale of Deep Space 9 which we've been renting from Netflix. However around 6 PM we got notification from several sources that the servers were up! So we logged on to have a look around at the newly destroyed world.
I logged in on Elionene in Ashenvale at the graveyard right next to Astranaar. The town was on fire, and a horde outpost was just a stone's throw away. Ack! I checked on the NPCs and they seemed to have things under control, so I rode over to the Raynewood Retreat and helped pick off so orc invaders and talked to the druids defending the tree. From there it was on up to Felwood. Oddly enough Felwood seemed like it was about the same as it had been.
I checked my hearthstone, and realized that it had been set to Teldrassil. From what I could see, every one of my character's hearths had been reset to the racial capital city. So off to Darnassus I went. The new Worgen area of the city was kind of cool, and there are fancy new flight points all over the place. I paid my respects to Malfurion Stormrage, back from the Emerald Dream. He's up holding court with Tyrande in the Temple of the Moon in case you were looking for him.
From there I took the boat to Stormwind. I have to give props to the designers for the Stormwind overhaul. It's huge, and as one of my guild mates put it, it feels more like a real place. There's more going on, and there's more NPC movement and activity. In particular, check out the huge graveyard North of the cathedral, and look for the memorial to Varian Wrynn's deceased wife, Tiffin. Speaking of Varian, the keep is newly redone as well with a giant statue of the King in front. Anduin Wrynn is all grown up, which is probably a good indicator of how much time has passed. In game time, it's probably been at least two to three years since we went North to fight the Lich King. Since then, parts of the city have been renovated, and others destroyed.
During this time, other guild members were looking at other zones. One of them mentioned he had seen foxes, which are new with the patch, and tamable. At first I went to Redridge to get a fox, but all of them were black. Instead I had to make my way to Loch Modan to find the red foxes. It's not much of a loch anymore actually. The dam is busted and the water is all gone, but I found the foxes and got one or my very own.
Foxes are unique pets in that they have a "play" ability which just causes it to jump up and dance on its hind feet. It wasn't long before I realized that you can tell the fox to play and then send it in to attack something and it will continue the play animation while it's attacking things. After checking out the new Deadmines, we decided to have some fun with the fox, and Marilee was able to capture it for You tube. I'm still laughing. Beware dancing foxes!