When Dragast was slowly gaining experience, there came the point to leave Westfall and move on into Redridge Mountains.
Around the watch tower, Gnolls have created a couple of camps and the area will provide for the first quests. Once Dragast cleaned those out, the way to Lakeshire is free.
Gnolls, Gnolls, and more Gnolls remain the tasks for characters like Dragast at the beginning (and actually throughout the area) – later sided by Orcs.
In the early days, when Dragast was young and came here for the first time, the bridge was heavily damaged and patched up – the signs of the battles from the past were visible around and a large boulder was thrown onto the northern end of the bridge.
While the average gnoll of the area come around level 15 to 16 with about 300 to 350 health points, Yowler is an elite opponent that – at level 16+ – comes with 750 health points.
Amongst so many other tings, “making it easy” has really removed any need to team up – contacts I had once made because you simply had not been able “to do the task alone” are not required any longer these days – and that is a bit sad.
Leaving Lakeshire to the north, the road climbs up the ridge. When Dragast was prowling the area here, the road forking for Alther’s Mill always had a couple of Orcs waiting for him – at first, the two accounted for many of Dragast’s deaths – later-on, they turned into old friends being smashed on the way back to the lake. As of Cataclysm, the two of them are gone for good and Dragast can no longer involve in a brawl up here – I think, he might just be missing his old foes.
Before Cataclysm, the plains around the old mill had been inhabited by giant spiders – they are gone and I think, this is the only good thing the worgs had done up here.
Behind Alther’s Mill, on the eastern exit of the plain, you can find two Orc officers, Murdunk and Homurk, slaying which is part of a quest to free a bunch of fighters from the past. Both are looking formidable but are easy prey, especially when in the quest you come with a couple of friends.
Before Cataclysm, the southern exit was leading to a bridge spanning a deep gorge: here it is where Dragast received one of his world achievements: Going down. But only on second try 😉
Today, the bridge is gone and you may succeed jumping into the water directly – but hey, there are other places to fall off, too.
The camp does not seem to hold a quest giver – when Dragast was there, only a skinning trainer and a blacksmith had been present at all. But it makes for a nice rest and repair stop in the south-eastern corner and takes away the need to travel all the way back to Lakeshire to repair and sell items collected along the way.
An additional find in the area that Dragast came across when traveling for this story it a rare mob named Seeker Aqualon. He is hiding in a pond just to the south off the Tower of Ilgalar.
As Dragast is somewhat of an addict when it comes to rare mobs, the Seeker is now seeking for eternal peace in the world thereafter (at least until it re-spawns) and Dragast is a BoE (Bind-on-Equip) item richer (although it is a low-level item not really counting at level 85.
The southern banks of Crystal Lake are seeing many small Murloc and Gnoll camps, the road winding along between the lake and the mountains.
Two more rare enemies can be found here if you are lucky – a level 20 shark (looks somewhat like a Great White) named Ol’ Gummers is roaming the lake and a level 17 dragon – Snarlflare – is sitting stationary above a hill in the south-western edge of the lake.