Bovidae had a fairly normal life in Mulgore (After all, happy Tauren come from Mulgore), but he never felt quite at home. While his brothers wanted to visit Thunder Bluff to take a gander at Aponi Brightmane, Bovidae was more interested in meeting Baine Bloodhoof, and seeing if his horns were really as large as everyone said they were. While he didn't exactly fit in, he still loved his home, his family, and (for the most part) his life. Then Deathwing came.
In the short time it took Deathwing to shatter Azeroth, Bovidae's life was similarly destroyed. The quillboar were riled into a frenzy, and attacked Camp Narache in an unsuccessful bid to destroy the Taurens. Though they were pushed back, there were heavy casualties, including Bovidae's parents. With nothing to hold him to his home, he decided to make his own way in the world, and maybe find love on his journey. First, however, there were lots and lots of pigs to kill.
Bovidae is only the second new character I've created since the launch of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and it is my first chance to actually experience the new quests and leveling experience which Blizzard worked so hard to revamp. The other character was a Worgen made mainly so I could say I had one of those adorable chihuahuas, and so that I could experience their starting area, which was gorgeous. Blizzard has said that they really wanted a player to feel part of a storyline with the new leveling experience, rather than just wandering from place to place, killing bears and boars. Right away when I started Bovidae, I noticed that while some of the quests were pretty basic (kill 10 boars, save your companions, destory the Bristleback leader) they flowed together much smoother than in old world WoW. For those of you who might not of leveled a character through Vanilla's starting areas, they were, in a word, disasters. The quests and their objectives were scattered, and you would be running halfway across a map to complete a quest, and then run back to the questgiver, only to find that the next quest it opens has you running to the exact same questing area. It was a pain and made some questing areas so tedious you'd do whatever you could to avoid time there (I'm looking at you, Barrens)
As I said, the questing here flowed extremely well, and I never felt I was retracing my steps needlessly. The quests felt as though I was being taken on a tour of Mulgore, rather than being tossed out into the middle of a world and being told to figure out where to go. The questing hubs led into each other perfectly, with the starting quests at Camp Narache finishing with a gorgeous fly over Mulgore as you are transformed into an astral bird. It was appropriately epic and it really helped to make you feel as a part of this world, rather than just a player in a game. I also must command Blizzard on being able to teach the mechanics of their game without obvious tutorials. One quest in particular, teaching players about flight points, was always present in the game, but Blizzard made the smart decision to move it up from a quest you'd normally get at around level 15, and one which was easily missable, to a quest you get right at the start of your second questing hub, so new players know right away to make sure to get flight points (also, it gives them a taste of the cities, which I like. I know when I started playing, I didn't really understand how many people played this game until I walked into Stormwind).
I must say, I'm more excited to play on this baby Paladin than any other character I've taken up in WoW. I think Blizzard has really perfected the questing experience in Cataclysm, if the 80-85 content is any indication of the work they put into the rest of the zones. I do not, however, know the current leveling path, or what zones have must see content. Next week Bovidae will finish up in Mulgore, and then head to the Barrens. After that, however, I have no plans, so I turn to you, dear readers. Where would you like to see Bovidae's adventures take him? Any particular zone that should not be missed? Any Gnomes I just have to punt? Let me know in the comments. And if you'd like to send your regards to Bovidae, you may find him on Wyrmrest Accord (US). He is most active on Sundays, but you may be able to find him other times.