After completing the four Thundermar dailies (minus Beer Run, because frankly, escort quests are annoying), I was headed back to turn in the quests when I see...
"Psst! Aetherna! Over here!"
That was Dillan MacHurley, one of the Wildhammer NPCs, preparing to take on some Dragonmaw.
I didn't need the loot.
I didn't need the food.
I didn't need the ale.
I didn't need the Dragonmaw Insignia.
I didn't need anything, really. No quests to complete, no items to gather. Nothing. Nada.
So of course I helped him - he asked.
The more I think about it, the more I think this is probably one of the neatest little things I've encountered in WoW to date. There are some interesting little quests in WoW. I mean, I liked Old Icefin's quests in Howling Fjord, as I've noted before. I'm with Rades in appreciating the quest that leads to Gerk in Zul'drak.
Having an NPC ask you, out of the blue, to lend a hand in a fight where there's no immediate reward given? No quest to reward you, no reason to participate - that I can see - other than "Oh, well, I'm a friend and protector of the Wildhammers... of course I'll help?"
Odd, and yet, oddly satisfying to encounter a tiny bit of RP in what's otherwise a pretty task-oriented, reward-driven game.