Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at Mount Neverest!
Mount Neverest is located in Kun-Lai Summit on the Pandaria continent, and is the highest mountain in all of Azeroth. The exact height is unknown, but flying in from the ocean gives a great sense of just how high above sea level it is. To access the Neverest Pinnacle (the summit of the mountain), you can follow a path marked with flags and rope starting on the north-eastern side of the mountain. The path takes you past snowy boulders and icy vortices before opening up to a small base camp called Seeker’s Point.
At Seeker’s Point, you’ll find Lorewalker Cho overseeing Emperor Shaohao’s story elements. Interacting with Seer Hao Pham Roo’s Leftover Rope plays a clip of the Emperor talking about his internal struggle with Pride, and how it was the one Sha he couldn’t bury in the land. His failure to conquer Pride was the reason Pandaria was shrouded in mist for thousands of years, as he believed his people were better than everyone else.
Moving on from Seeker’s Point, you’ll navigate a narrow pass until you finally reach the Neverest Pinnacle. At the Pinnacle, you’ll find a statue of Ren Yun the Blind with a plaque that summarizes his life’s accomplishment: The Four Senses Brew. The Brew eluded him for most of his life, but it’s currently the only brew in existence that appeals to the senses of smell, taste, touch, and hearing all at the same time.
Along your journey up Neverest, you may notice some frozen Mountain Climber NPCs. These may be a somewhat morbid reference towards the fact that climbers who die on Neverest’s real life counterpart, Mount Everest, are simply left on the mountain because bringing them back down is too treacherous or expensive.
While it’s safe to assume there are more areas to be discovered on Azeroth, Mount Neverest is sure to remain the highest point for generations to come. Should it ever lose its title as highest point, it will still remain an area steeped in Pandaren culture and adventure.
Now for some bonus real life lore: As stated above, the name of the mountain is a very obvious reference to Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth. The path up Mount Neverest even vaguely resembles the shape of the South-East Ridge Route, one of the longest and most dangerous routes climbers use to summit Mount Everest.
Lorewalker Cho is the leader of the pandaren Lorewalkers. His kindly demeanor, boundless curiosity and saint-like patience has made him something of an informal ambassador of Pandaren culture. -Wowpedia
Shaohao was the last emperor of Pandaria. He sacrificed himself to the land in order to save Pandaria from The Sundering.
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