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|Adjacent to||Neriak, The Commonlands, Nektulos Forest, The Sinking Sands|
|Quest Lines||Darklight Wood Timeline|
|Harvesting||Tier 1 and 2|
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.
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.
The weak never survive long in the forest.
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.
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.
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.
|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
|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|
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
- Smiting of the Werewolf, the quest starter for Lore and Legend: Werewolf, is in the werewolf ruins, on the floor in a building at ( -8, -26, -415 ) /waypoint -8, -26, -415
- Skeletons, the quest starter for Lore and Legend: Skeleton, is in the Tower of Bone in a bookcase directly across from the entrance.
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|