The Thundering Steppes!
See the vast expanse of sky, plain, and ocean! Take a deep breath of that air! Catch a whiff of…. centaur manure?!?
Oh, the Thundering Steppes – they hold a special place in my memory, above all the other overland zones. They were where I joined my first guild, completed my first Heritage Quest, ran my first dungeon, and killed my first named. It was the first new zone I fully explored after becoming an illusionist under the old archetype tree system, and had more than enough content to keep me going for many levels – from levels 19 to 30, 6 of my 12 dings occurred there.
Yes, the Steppes were a great place to play in the earlier days of EverQuest II, but are they still?