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Things you might not know – Dalaran

March 16, 2010

Things you might not know

You might say you know Dalaran like the back of your hand, but do you REALLY? Allow me to outline some of the cool little events that you might have missed. Many of them contain Gnomes.

Shoe Gnome

Sheddle Glossgleam, shining my hooves

  • There’s a gnome called Sheddle Glossgleam in the Threads of Fate cloth shop, upstairs to the right. If you click on his chair, your character will sit down, and this gnome will shine your shoes, along with a bit of /s conversation. You’ll go round for the next hour with Shiny shoes that sparkle as you walk.
  • Outside on the balcony his brother Shandy Glossgleam is cleaning clothes, using a willing water elemental called Aquanos. You interact with him as part of the Quel’delar chain of quests.
  • Around Dalaran, there are many streetlights. At 9:00 pm server time Windle Sparkshine wanders round Dalaran, lighting some of the streetlights. When he finishes you can buy Windle’s Lighter, and turn on any lamps he’s missed or light the smaller torches on the sides of buildings.
  • Scripted NPCs wander round Dalaran, looking like players before and after the raid. There’s one of every class for each side, and they randomly walk into shops and talk to vendors, run round the city, and vanish at certain points, as if summoned to a raid.
  • In the sewers, you can loot Underbelly elixirs, which can have several effects. Turning you into a Tuskarr and boosting your fishing power, giving everyone a human mage model, and turning you into a wasp that can fly round the sewer.
Ninja Turtles Reference

Ninja Turtles Reference

  • There’s a small gathering of critters at the base of a pile of rubble and discarded potions. Four turtles, all looking up at a rat. A reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles! They occasionally emote.
  • A washed-up mage is lying behind the grate in the sewers, you can talk to him to learn the recipe for the potent Kungaloosh, after having done the Kungaloosh questline in Sholozar.
  • An ‘Underbelly Croc’ is behind the next grate, if you come close enough to him he’ll run up the bars and emote /stare and lick his lips. In a similar vein, you can see a massive crocolisk moving underneath the city if you stand on the grating between the Black market and the Arena people.
  • In the Black Market, there’s an NPC called Scout Nisstina, made to look like a Vanilla Rogue. She makes various wise comments, including an eerie prediction about the fall of the Lich King.
  • There is a Sunreaver Agent and a Silver Covenant Agent randomly placed around the Sewers. You can kill the opposing one if you so wish, they give a bit of RP reaction. It’s strictly for the Quel’delar chain, but the NPCs are always around.
  • Next to the portal trainer, in the building on the corner of the inner centre of Dalaran, just next to where Krasus’ landing exits, is a free teleporter to and from the ground to Dalaran. It looks like a large floating Triangle.
  • In the pet shop run by Breanni, there are many stabled hunter pets of different sizes and species. New ones randomly spawn every so often.
  • There is a large memorial to Archmage Antonidas, to the left of the North Bank. It’s impressive, and has a plaque engraved by Jaina Proudmoore.
  • An auctioneer, avaliable only to Engineers, is in the ‘Like Clockwork’ engineer training shop.
  • The First aid shop ‘First to your aid’ contains a vendor that sells interesting RP and functionality items, including two shirts that appear as either white bandages or bloodsoaked bandages, a Dalaran nurses robe for the RPers, and a Intravenous healing potion that anyone can purchase and set up, which works much like a Lightwell except for the no-use in combat rule.
  • The inscription shop ‘The Scribes Sacellum’ may look small and poky, but angle your camera upwards. A massive tower full of books stretches up for at least 50 yards. Every so often, Theresa Wolf the <Loremaster> will levitate a book up the tower and onto a shelf.

Extra things that I might not have known!

  • Also there is a shark in the sewer named Segacedi, a reference to the Sega CD game Sewer Shark.
  • The female vendor at the flower cart is named Aerith, clearly referencing the character (and flower seller!) of the same name from Final Fantasy VII.
  • You can jump down the Well in Northern Dalaran to get to the sewers (I knew that, but I thought most people wouldn’t be able to resist jumping down the well to see what happened!)
  • There are coins fishable from the fountain by Marcia Chase. They lead to Achievements!
  • There is a new monument at the center of Dalaran that shows the post-Lich-King-fight cinematic (if you’re on a realm that has down the Lich-King)
  • Asric and Jadaar, who are NPCs from Shattrath who had a bunch of RP dialogue in the sewer inn, but they’ve since moved up to the tournament grounds and bicker by the Tuskarr drinks vendor by the training quests.
  • Purple Parlor with the balcony over the city, accessible from a portal on the other side from the Caverns of Time portal. The Purple Parlor has a number of comic book and Beat poet references in the NPC names.
  • The Higher Learning books and all the other random spawned books around the city.
  • In the first aid shop, you can see wounded Dalaran npcs on the beds. If you have ever leveled a horde character in or around Ambermill in Silverpine Forest, you will recognise these NPCs as copies of the very same NPCs you need to kill for those quests, including the levels, appearance and the little serpent. (That’s an awesome one, I never leveled in Silverpine)
  • In the same tunnel as the Hungry Crocalisk is a Gigantic (Enormous?) Sewer Rat. He’s as big as a dwarf and will come up to the gates and look around, like Whiskers or the Giant Sewer Rat.
  • Also the balcony around the Purple parlor is ok for flying mounts. That is another way to leave the city. The final way is of course to jump on to the stair rail by the Violet Citadel and then run up on the wall and jump down to the out broken rim around Dalaran. There is also an Inn and Bank, Guild bank and money changer down in the sewers, for those who aren’t aware.

With thanks to Jor, Fox Van Allen, Cleo2525, Explodedsheep, Eddy, Gryffydd, Fantod, Phaedra, ReversionLFM and many many others who contributed for pointing these out.

Well, that wraps up my first ‘Things you might not know’ post, please comment if you know something interesting, functional or just plain cool from Dalaran that should be added to this post.

-Zal

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38 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2010 1:53 pm

    I am hopeless. I knew NONE of this, literally none, oh except the sewer crocodile and the washed-up mage.

    I am totally going to pay more attention to my surroundings now.

    *shame*

    • Jor permalink
      March 18, 2010 4:01 am

      Also there is a shark in the sewer named Segacd, a refernce to the Sega CD game Sewer Shark.

  2. March 16, 2010 11:43 pm

    Thankyou! It’s amazing how many of the little things we might be missing – it pays to look up every now and then, doesn’t it :D

    *wanders off to get her shoes shined*

  3. March 17, 2010 6:32 pm

    The female vendor at the flower cart is named Aerith, clearly referencing the character (and flower seller!) of the same name from Final Fantasy VII.

  4. Dave permalink
    March 18, 2010 2:48 am

    Played for years and didn’t know 80% of this. Very entertaining read. Thanks.

  5. March 18, 2010 4:01 am

    Nice list!

  6. CLEO2525 permalink
    March 18, 2010 4:40 am

    YOU CAN JUMP DOWN THE WELL TO GET TO THE SEWERS

  7. Watermist permalink
    March 18, 2010 5:00 am

    I have discovered several of those! The washed-up mage gave me a laugh the first time I saw him (and also I learned how to make an alcoholic drink. Go, washed-up mage!). And EVERY SINGLE TIME I go into the Dalaran sewers, I make sure to run up to the grate and /taunt the Underbelly Crocolisk. XD

  8. Explodedsheep permalink
    March 18, 2010 5:19 am

    You forgot the coins in the fountain by Marcia Chase, the new monument at the center of Dalaran that shows the post-Lich-King-fight cinematic, the toy shop, and the magic eaters you can fish up in the sewers. Most people probably know those, but I figured they were worth mentioning.

  9. March 18, 2010 5:20 am

    Aw and I thought the shiny shoes guy was my little secret.

  10. eddy permalink
    March 18, 2010 5:49 am

    I would say the things missing are… the Purple Parlor with the balcony over the city, accessible from a portal on the other side from the Caverns of Time portal, the Higher Learning books and all the other randomspawn books around the city.

    I would have said Asric and Jadaar, who are NPCs from Shattrath who had a bunch of RP dialogue in the sewer inn, but they’ve since moved up to the tournament grounds and bicker by the Tuskarr drinks vendor by the training quests.

    The rat fishable out of the sewers is maybe another interesting thing about the city. Oh! There are a bunch of fun fishing things in Dalaran I guess- the coins with lore flavor text that can be fished up from the fountain next to the fishing daily quest giver, and the keys that can be fished up outside of Violet Hold (that open locked chests that are along the front wall leading to Violet Hold.)

  11. Twilit Soul permalink
    March 18, 2010 6:35 am

    Honestly, I didn’t know for the longest time about that pipe in the sewers, which lets you fly out of the bottom of Dalaran. Non-fishers probably don’t know that you can fish up a…well, a fish in the sewers which will give you random food buffs or transformations.

  12. Arcus permalink
    March 18, 2010 8:44 am

    I kinda thought there would be a mention of the shark in the Dalaran Sewers as well :) Maybe you missed *that* particular one?

    Shark is called ‘Segacedi’ and has type set to ‘Sewer Shark’

    http://www.wowhead.com/?npc=32664

    Obviously a reference to the Sega CD game Sewer Shark from 1992 :D

  13. March 18, 2010 8:50 am

    Ha, very nice & interesting things… I’ll need to catch up with Windle Sparkshine sometime.

  14. drunken_wookie permalink
    March 18, 2010 11:31 am

    I’m gonna go get my shoes shined, that’s awesome!

  15. Pronder permalink
    March 18, 2010 11:41 am

    Very nice and idd, a lot of the mentioned things I didn’t even know, thanks!

  16. Shel permalink
    March 18, 2010 12:53 pm

    How about Higher Learning – pet reward that causes class confusion

  17. Gryffydd permalink
    March 18, 2010 1:03 pm

    In the first aid shop, you can see wounded Dalaran npcs on the beds. If you have ever levelled a horde character in or around Ambermill in Silverpine Forest, you will recognise these NPCs as copies of the very same NPCs you need to kill for those quests, including the levels, appearance and the little serpent. When I saw these wounded NPCs I did a double take, and I lolled.

  18. Fantod permalink
    March 18, 2010 2:45 pm

    The Purple Parlor (see the portal next to where you arrive when you use the portal in Winter Grasp) has a number of comic book and Beat poet references in the NPC names.

  19. March 18, 2010 4:08 pm

    There is also another way out of Dalaran other than the flight path and the triangle teleporter. In the sewers, if you enter them across from the toy shop, immediqately upon getting to the bottom of the ramp, and entering the sewers, to the right of the Inn, is a pipe that you can follow that exits underneath Dalaran..

  20. Bleyddyn permalink
    March 18, 2010 4:58 pm

    I only knew the one about the triangular teleporter, and that only because a quest from Dragonblight led me right to it.

  21. Christine permalink
    March 19, 2010 12:13 am

    Wow. I’ve never had my shoes shined before. One more experience that the wonderful world of WoW has given me. =D

    I knew at least half of these, but not the shoe shiner, or the Windle’s Lighter you can buy. I must investigate my favorite city more thoroughly.

  22. Rhujo permalink
    March 19, 2010 3:59 am

    There’s also a shark in the Dalaran sewers, where the poisons/reagents vendor is. Occasionally swims above the boardwalk to take a chunk out of you!

  23. Stephanie permalink
    March 19, 2010 3:29 pm

    The shoe shine gnome I knew existed but did not know he would polish my shoes. I was unaware the washed-up mage had anything to do with any recipe though it is good to know as I need the learn Kungaloosh for the Northren Gourmet achievement.I was unaware of the street lighter – though in fairness to my observational skills, I am rarely in Dalaran 9pm server time.

    Everything else I knew.

    And this post is awesome.

  24. March 19, 2010 4:25 pm

    Nice article! I am going to go get my shoes shined now…

  25. March 21, 2010 8:05 pm

    Very interesting!

    I’d never heard of Windle Sparkshine – I’ll have to seek him out.

    I also had known there was some sort of Easter Egg thing about the shark – but now I know :)

  26. Phaedra permalink
    March 22, 2010 5:15 pm

    In the same tunnel as the Hungry Crocalisk is a Gigantic (Enormous?) Sewer Rat. He’s as big as a dwarf and will come up to the gates and look around, like Whiskers or the Giant Sewer Rat.

  27. March 24, 2010 5:38 pm

    Also the balcony around the Purple parlor is ok for flying mounts. That is another way to leave the city. The final way is of course to jump on to the stair rail by the Violet Citadel and then run up on the wall and jump down to the out broken rim around Dalaran.

    And more than a few people don’t even know there is a bank and inn down in the sewers. I always bind to tyhat inn because there is less loading screen lag down there.

  28. April 9, 2010 3:35 am

    Made a video inspired by this post (about Windle’s Lighter)!

  29. Bobolink permalink
    July 29, 2010 8:23 pm

    One that I’ve never heard anyone mention – There must be a University of Georgia football fan at Blizzard because the innkeeper in the sewers is named Ajay Green. UGA has a well-regarded wide receiver named A.J. Green.

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