Maw of the Void

In the northern part of Darkshore there’s a massive whirlpool known as the Maw of the Void. Alliance players can jump down into the whirlpool and complete Ghosts in the Dark which allows them to discover the secret of the Maw. I’ve heard that you can also get the [Going Down?] achievement from this without taking fall damage. Try it during Brewfest to get completely smashed and get the [Drunken Stupor] achievement.

As a Horde player, I discovered this gem sometime last year. Jumping into it starts a short cutscene of your toon being sucked into the whirlpool. You end up in the Bashal’Aran Collapse where a lone Cenarian Circle druid sits by the waters edge.

Bielara is a Cenarion Circle druid who can teleport you back up to the surface

This is where you end up, in a cave above the Maw.

On a side note, I wondered if the huge whirlpool in Stranglethorn Vale did something similar… it doesn’t. All I got was a repair bill :P

You’ve been warned :)

Dun Morogh Sledders

If you venture above Ironforge in the Hills to the West of the City you’ll find a curious group of Dwarfs, spending their day sledding and drinking. I found this spot around Christmas last year after killing Gibblewilt for his Foreman’s Vest (but that’s another story). I had initially made a banner out of the two sledders but thought better of it since it’s Alliance and I’m Horde. :P According to WoWWiki, this area was added in Patch 4.1, so if you haven’t seen them before now that’s why.

From what I can tell there are only two sledders, a male and a female. You’ll even see a dog Ollie on a sled but it appears he’s just there for show as he just gets dragged along by his owner, I presume, first to the top of the mountain and then back towards the cave around the corner path. Ollie originated as a skateboarding term but has since been extended to a skiing / snowboarding manoeuvre. Interesting enough, these Dwarfs are friendly to Horde as well so don’t be shy about taking a closer look the next time you’re in the area. I only wish I could join them in a sled ride. ;P

There are quite a few spectators hanging around, grog in hand and a lot of laughing.

It looks as though they have all the provisions they need for a day of Sledding. A warm fire and just look at those HUGE kegs.

They even planned ahead to prepare a huge mound of snow at the bottom of the mountain as a pretty safe, albeit, abrupt way to stop.

If you look a little past the cave path, you’ll also see what’s left of a plane crash.

Janeiro’s Point

Janeiro’s Point is a small island just outside Booty Bay, upon which a giant statue of Baron Revilgaz originally stood as a beacon to all travellers. Baron Revilgaz is the de facto ruler of Booty Bay and is able to observe strangers and visitors to his town atop his balcony on the Salty Sailor Tavern.

During Pirate Day, 2010

Since the Cataclysm, Janeiro’s Point has taken a fair amount of damage. Most of it can be seen on the left hand side of the statue where his missing arm is hard to miss, as well as some additional damage to the head area. A flying mount will allow easy access into the statue. Inside you’ll find a small alcove filled with unlootable treasure and chests. If you complete the small quest chain inside Zul Gurub you’ll get A Shiny Reward which you can collect from a chest inside the broken statue. The interesting thing to note is that the Black Ice ring which is one of four rewards from the chest not only sells for 100G but is also viewable on your finger when equipt. I just wish I knew that when I received the reward, pre void storage and all that. Unfortunately it’s also the only reward out of the four that’s BoP so no transferring to your bank toons for some flashy costume. aerial view of Booty Bay view from Booty Bay Janeiro's Point after Cataclysm Fly inside to loot your Shiny Reward Over the last year I’ve been able to take various shots inside the Statue. Interestingly enough it’s one of 25 random locations when using The Last Relic of Argus, one of the items obtained through Archaeology. Last Relic of Argus locationLooking out from statue

Just threw this one in for fun…

Pirate Booty