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The Lich King is calling you - personally
Of all the new content additions to the World of Warcraft introduced by the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, the new Death Knight hero-class is arguably the most prolific. Just about every World of Warcraft player has created a Death Knight just to experience the opening series of class-specific quests. The members of Technologia have certainly embraced the new class.
Creation screen - Undead
Any race can be a Death Knight, but some are better suited than others. For me, the Undead are a natural choice.
Creation screen - Tauren
This could work.
Creation screen - Gnome
Ah – no! The idea of evil and Gnome just don’t go together in my book.
Creation screen - Draeni
Not a bad choice on the Alliance side.
Creation screen - Unrepentant
Choosing a name is difficult for some players (Bill Detwiler can attest to that). But I have a set of names I have been using for years. Unrepentant is one of my favorites.
The Lich King is not impressed
The first person you meet is the Lich King himself. He wants some proof you are worthy.
Acherus: The Ebon Hold
The starting area for Death Knights is a floating fortress named Acherus: The Ebon Hold.
They are unworthy
Like any good anarchist regime, you move up the ranks by stepping on someone else. In this case, the Lich King wants me to dispatch one of these unworthy in a fight to the death.
The Lich King is pleased
After a quick battle showing my superior ability, I am made part of the Lich King’s invincible army.
Target one: New Avalon
The peaceful little town of New Avalon is about to feel the full wrath of the Lich King.
This is the initial base camp players are directed to after leaving Acherus: The Ebon Hold. As you progress through the 48-quest Death Knight chain, your base camp will move with the advance of the Lich King’s army.
I sure could use a horse with plasma fire feet.
This tall evil NPC has a quest for you. There are several quest qivers in this first area.
Grand Theft Palomino
What do you know – as a member of the most evil army, if you want a horse steal one.
After a short quest sequence and some demon magic, I now have a horse, or more specifically, a Acherus Deathcharger.
Evil is as evil does
As a Death Knight in service to the Lich King you are not a nice person. In fact, you are pretty much entirely evil. You have no hero tendencies. However, at this point you are still of low enough rank that you get a quest to collect used arrows.
There are several new or enhanced NPC models in WotLK. The skeletons shown here are a big improvement.
Death Knight benefits
One of the perks of being a Death Knight in good standing with the Lich King is a free sword.
One of the ways a Death Knight creates fear is with a powerful weapon. So one of the first things you learn is how forge a runed weapon
Talents are an important part of any class, and because the Death Knight starts at Level 58, the selection of talents is accelerated. Unrepentant chose a life dedicated to the unholy arts.
The Wrath of the Lich King expansion for the World of Warcraft has been fantastic so far. The Death Knight class is a blast to play. Blizzard did an excellent job all around.