Darklight Wood
Levels 1-20
Darklight Wood
Introduced LU35
Zone Type Public
Adjacent to Neriak, The Commonlands, Nektulos Forest, The Sinking Sands
Quest Lines Darklight Wood Timeline
Harvesting Tier 1 and 2
Quests NPCs Monsters Named
Drops Instances POIs Discos

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Darklight Wood is the lower-level counterpart to Nektulos Forest, containing the long-lost evil city of Neriak, City of Hate. It is a level 1-20 newbie zone, containing about 100 well-organized quests. Physically it is the smallest of the five starting locations in EQ2, but it connects directly to The Commonlands on one side and Nektulos on the other side, making it a convenient hub for the low- and mid-levels.

Lore Edit

The ancient dark elf city of Neriak was once protected from invaders by these woods. All the warriors knew these lands better than any interloper could ever dream of knowing them. Neriak was strong and fortified.

--Nektulos Forest, by Torq De'Rech

The weak never survive long in the forest.

--A History of the Order of Nektulos

Geography Edit

Darklight Wood is a relatively small zone, with a large open central area based around Smoldering Lake and Nightshadow Rise. Several smaller valleys extend in all directions from this central area, each with unique terrain features. When compared to the larger Nektulos Forest, Darklight Wood is better lit and has less obstacles, but is just as densely populated with creatures.

Travel Edit

Darklight Wood is a relatively small zone and has no griffon routes. There's a connection to The Commonlands in the middle of the zone on the south side, and a connection to Nektulos Forest at the far west end.

At the Shadow Oak is a griffon ride that will take you to Butcherblock Mountains.

Boat travel to lands accessible by sea is available from the Dockside Markets inside Neriak, City of Hate.

Map Edit

Darklight Wood POIs

City Edit

This is the starting zone for all Arasai. Newly created Dark Elves, Iksar, Ogres, Ratonga, and Trolls can also choose to start in this zone.

It is very easy for characters from Freeport and Gorowyn to travel to Darklight Wood to quest here. Characters from these cities can easily change citizenship to Neriak if they wish to make this their home.

City Name Alignment Location
Neriak, City of Hate Evil Over bridge east of T'Vatar Post

Adjacent Zones Edit

Zone Name Level Range Direction Access
The Commonlands 10-20 South follow road south from Warpfont Spire
Nektulos Forest 20-30 West follow road west from Wanderlust Fair
Butcherblock Mountains 20-35 East take griffon at Shadow Oak

Revive Locations Edit

Revive Location Description
Hate's Envy serves the starting area for Neriak characters
T'Vatar Post nearest respawn point to Neriak, City of Hate
Wanderlust Fair only revive location in western part of zone

Quests Edit

About 150 quests are available overall in Darklight Wood and Neriak combined. The quests in Darklight Wood are found in a few concentrated quest hubs. Some Neriak quests also extend into nearby Nektulos Forest.

The Neriak guards that patrol Darklight Wood will tolerate all characters from Freeport and Gorowyn. Characters from Qeynos, Kelethin and New Halas can quest here, but they must avoid the Neriak guards that patrol the roadways.

Quest Hub Level Range Notes
Hate's Envy 1-5 Starting location
T'Vatar Post 6-12 Nearest hub to Neriak
Wanderlust Fair 10-21 Good quest hub for visitors
Shadow Oak 15-20 Has griffon route to next quest zone

Lore and Legend Books Edit

Similar Zones Edit

Zone Name Level Range Region Notes
Timorous Deep 1-20 Kunark Another outstanding zone for quests, with great rewards
The Commonlands 10-20 Shattered Lands Close by and a good complement for Darklight Wood

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