I started off (and still to this day my main) as a night elf druid, because I wanted to be a bear. I managed to level to 28 in balance spec while fighting as a bear the whole time (or I guess lvl 12 onward after doing the super hard quest to get the form), this being about a month before BC came out. I had also just come from quitting FFXI where I only made it to 30 because nobody wanted to level with a noob ass warrior. So I spent most of my timing sneaking around because I figured everything past teldrassil would kill me if I tried to fight it 1v1, which they usually almost did. The game seemed so grand back then, before I memorized almost everything about it, and thats why it was all so magical, getting lost in a world you don't understand.
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Oh yeah, I also remembered something else. After getting a free run through gnomregan by a complete stranger, I met the girl that was actually who the run was for. We decided to go level in hillsbrad afterwards, so we walked all the way out there. I remember we were doing the turtle scale quest and making our way up the river to western plaguelands. When we crested the hill and saw WPL for the first time, I remember the first thing I said: "Oh look, I didn't realize they had a disney world in this game." We wisely proceeded to run back the other way, because we were too scared to go in.