Exploring Nazmir and uncovering new bits of story that revolved around Bwonsamdi and the other loa was a fun experience. Journeying to the home of the Blood Trolls with Talanji and finding out just how deep the corruption of blood magic goes was both chilling and interesting.
Through questing, I learned that two out of three seals in Zandalar were broken and responsible for G’huun’s increased influence over the Zandalari. Once all three seals are broken, G’huun can leave the titan facility Uldir and corrupt more freely. Since the blood god is stuck in his prison, he corrupts the minds of Nazmani trolls and promises them power in return for obedience. But is G’huun really an Old God? My guess would be no, because he is basically just an amalgamation of Old God creatures that was accidentally created by the Titans. Yet, even with all this cool Old God/Titan lore going on, I was really looking forward to Bwonsamdi the most!
Among the first things the player does when setting up a base in the swamps of Nazmir is to watch Talanji call out to any loa in the area. She finds Krag’wa, Torga, Hir’eek, and, of course, Bwonsamdi. The latter being the loa with the strongest “signal”, so I set out to find and eventually make a deal with death in return for his help. With Torga being dead and Hir’eek a newly made servant of G’huun, help has proven hard to find.
During my time in Nazmir I did some pretty great quests, with one involving turning into a Blood Troll! I infiltrated a village and did some sabotage quests, which ended with discovering that the village has been sacrificing Trolls to Hir’eek, the Loa of Bats. That ended with me killing Hir’eek, which was sad because he’s one of the better known loa in the game.
One of the side quests I did involved a Troll named Sur’jan, who appeared to have some kind of multiple personalities disorder. This questline stood out to me because Sur’jan is a memorable npc, and we find out nearly nothing about him through his story! The whole questline involved killing and collecting items from beasts in the area so that Sur’jan could regain his strength and kill a T-Rex who nearly took his life. I got the idea (from his other personality) that he has ulterior motives for making me collect weird items, but after the Dinosaur is dead Sur’jan runs off! I was intrigued by the whole thing, and I hope he shows up again so I can learn more about him.
The chapters in Nazmir are wrapped up with the player and Talanji contronting Ateena, the leader/matriarch of the Blood Trolls. Throughout the whole of Nazmir, Ateena has eluded us and no matter how many times we fight her she got away. We finally stop her when she reaches the top of Uldir and attempts to free Taloc, who is the first boss in the Uldir raid. Once she is defeated I return to Dazar’alor and pick my next and last zone to quest in: Vol’dun! While I had an idea of what to expect story-wise in Zuldazar and Nazmir, I’m not really sure what to expect in Vol’dun aside from the short intro I got while on the Alliance war campaign.
I really enjoyed Nazmir. Helping out different loa like Krag’wa and finally visiting The Necropolis was awesome, and made for some good story. The whole zone felt off, as is should with all the Old God corruption going on. Uldir was a constant, intimidating structure that seemed to assert itself in Nazmir, and that if you venture too close you might begin to hear some strange whispers. The bit with Bwonsamdi was both amusing and serious, as your deal with him involves the souls of those you kill in the zone. Yet, every time you die in Nazmir, Bwonsamdi is there to taunt you with comments specific to each class.
Just as Zuldazar provided an introduction to the overall problems of the Zandalari, Nazmir expanded on that with the seriousness of the Blood Troll corruption. Before Talanji decided to make her excursion into Nazmir, nobody dared to go near the place. We were also given a little bit of an intro to Uldir and why it plays a role in Nazmir and the shifting alliances in Zuldazar. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Sur’jan turns out to be a raid boss or even N’zoth in disguise…