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Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com) ***Fans who would love to watch Blizzard-related panels and appreciate our efforts can support Blizzplanet's patreon in a monthly-basis, or a one-time basis. Our staff are volunteer fans like you. Your donations will help us travel to all the Blizzard events we attend year-round to bring you the latest interview with the developers, photos, and panel videos (where allowed).

World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade – Easter Eggs and Pop Culture References

In-game Quote

Reference

141. NPC: Chief Engineer Xyrol
Area 52, Netherstorm

Goblin NPC

Reference: Battlestar Galactica

Actor Aaron Douglas plays as Chief Tyrol – The Chief of the Deck onboard Galactica, in charge of the reparation of the “Vipers” (The ships human pilots are using to fight the Cylon)

—Thanks, Engal

142. NPC: Fathom Lord Karathress
Serpentshrine Caverns, Zangarmarsh

One of the Naga bosses inside the dungeon.

Reference: Battlestar Galactica

Actress Katee Sackhoff plays as … Kara Thrace “Starbuck”. Got it?  Kara Thress

—Thanks, Engal

143. Item: The Booterang
Netherwing Ledge, Shadowmoon Valley

Part of the Netherwing Daily quests.

Inscription: “Use: Knocks sense into worthless, lazy peons.

This is your Booterang. There are many like it, but this one is yours.”

Reference: Rifle Creed of the US Marines

It is a reference to the Marines and how they say the same line about their rifle. It is also seen in the movie Jarhead when they make them repeat the line.

Excerpt: “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I WILL…”

—Thanks, Gentleben

144. NPC: Fantei and Mingo
Ogri’la and Lower City, Shattrath City

There are a couple of reagent vendors in Burning Crusade:  In Lower City, Shattrath City the reagent vendor’s name is Fantei.  In Ogri’la, Blade’s Edge Mountains the reagent vendor’s name in Mingo.

Reference: Serenity

In Serenity, actor Yan Feldman plays as Mingo. His twin actor Rafael Feldman plays as Fanty.

Fanty and Mingo are twin brothers who appear in the Serenity comic as well as the film. They are seen as fences for goods acquired (coughs, Reagent Vendors) by Mal Reynolds and the crew of Serenity. Although identical twins, Mal is able to tell the two of them apart (he claims “Fanty’s prettier”). Their full names are Mingojerry and Fantastic Rample. The novelization states that they were named at birth by their mother – Mingojerry as a mis-remembered Mungojerrie from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and Fantastic for what she said when she realized that she was carrying twins, meaning she had to give birth again.

—Thanks, Amaree @ Proudmoore US

145. NPC: Innkeeper Remi Dodoso (Innkeeper)
Area 52, Netherstorm

Reference: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Her name is a reference to the five note tune played in the Steven Spielberg UFO movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Re, Mi, Do, Do (an octave lower), and Sol.

—Thanks, Amit.C


World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade – Easter Eggs and Pop Culture References

The purpose of this World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade (only) Easter Eggs Database is to gather peculiar NPC names, locations, items, emotes, and such, which catch the player’s attention toward a possible hidden pop culture reference. Fans enjoy finding these throughtout the game. Sometimes make you go “whoa? I recognize that!”, followed by a giggle and a sense of accomplishment. Most of these easter eggs or pop culture references are fan-submited and may be inaccurate. Feel free to submit new easter eggs or corrections. For Classic World of Warcraft easter eggs go Here.


In-game

Reference

1. NPC: Amilya Airheart (Wind Rider Master)
Hellfire Peninsula – Spinebreaker Post
Reference: Amelia Earhart – famous Aviator who tragically disappeared in a flight over the pacific ocean in 1937
2. NPC: Haris Pilton (Socialite)
Shattrath City – World’s End Tavern

Haris Pilton has a wolf pet named Tinkerbell

Reference: Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton has a puppy pet chihuahua named Tinkerbell in real life. (Photo)

Her chihuahua dog is the canine co-star of The Simple Life (TV Reality-Show). Tinkerbell is also the name of a pixie in Disney World’s Peter Pan.

—Thanks, Tabby

3. Object: Airplane crash with snakes inside
Nagrand – Nesingwary Camp

Additional Screenshot

Reference: Snakes on a Plane (2006)
4. NPC: Adam Eternum (Arathi Basin Battlemaster)
Shattrath City – Terrace of Light on the Lower City side.

Additional Screenshot

Reference: Masters of the Universe (1982) – Prince Adam is He-Man from planet Eternia.
The NPC in Shattrath City wears the same clothes of He-Man, and next to the NPC is his Battle-Tiger, which resembles He-Man’s mount Cringer. In closed beta, this NPC was named Adam Heman, but it was changed to Adam Eternum.  Eternum was the homeworld of He-Man.  The NPC says something about a grey skull—Greyskull is the castle from where He-Man obtained his powers.

Thanks, Chris.

5. NPC: Oric Coe
Shattrath City – Terrace of Light on the Lower City side
Reference: Masters of the Universe (1982) – Orko is a magician from a parallel dimension, friend of He-Man. The NPC in Shattrath City wears a similar hat and vestiment.
6. NPC: “Dirty” Larry (Ruffian)
Shattrath City – Lower City (northeast)

Additional Screenshot

Reference: Dirty Harry (1971) – Clint Eastwood. Maybe not, but kinda. Also, “Epic” Malone is to the side of Larry. Larry Bird and Karl Malone? Stretch?
7. NPC: Keldor the Lost (Arathi Basin Battlemaster)
Shattrath City – Terrace of Light near the Lower City side
Reference: Masters of the Universe (1982) – Skeletor uses the same outfit and staff as the NPC. Keldor was the former name of Skeletor in the series.
8. NPC: Negatron
Netherstorm – near Area 52

A goblin named Doctor Vomisa Ph.T. (B.O.O.M. Experimentalist) at The Proving Grounds – on the road to the east of Area 52, before the bridge to Eco-Dome Midrealm – who gives a quest to test his robot. Suddenly, a huge Fel Reaver named Negatron shows up to battle you.

Reference: Transformers

Megatron, leader of the Decepticons.

9. NPC: Floyd Pinkus (Inkeeper)
Hellfire Peninsula – Thrallmar
Reference: Pink Floyd

—Thanks, Cramer

10. NPC: Jack Trapper (Cook)
Shattrath City – Lower City (southeast corner)
Reference: Three’s Company (Tv Show – 1977) – Jack Tripper played by actor John Ritter studied Culinary Arts at College, later worked as a full-time chef and opened his own restaurantt.
11. NPC: “King” Dond (Arena Organizer)
Nagrand – The Ring of Trials

To the far right of King Dond is an ogre named Ear-Bitter (Arena Battlemaster)

Reference: Don King – Boxing Organizer. Ear-Biter …. Mike Tyson.
12. Quest: Cruel’s Intentions
Nazgrel in Hellfire Peninsula
Reference: Cruel Intentions (Movie – 1999)
13. Item: Tenacious Defender

Inscription: “It has the power … to move you.” The item drops from Omor the Unscarred in Hellfire Citadel: Ramparts dungeon.

Reference: TENACIOUS DWonderboy Lyrics

—Thanks Yakk @ Hellfire

14. NPC: Dr. Boom & Boom Bots
Netherstorm – outside Area 52 at Camp of Boom
Reference: Marvel ComicsDr. Doom, Monarch of Latveria and his Doom Bots. Popular villain in Fantastic Four and X-Men.
15. NPC: Eyonix (Consortium Innkeeper)
Netherstorm – Stormspire
Reference: Eyonix – Blizzard CM
16. NPC: Action Jaxon (Goblin)
Netherstorm – Stormspire
Reference: Action Jackson (1988) by actor Carl Weathers
17. NPC: Professor Dabiri
Netherstorm – Protectorate Watch Post
Reference: Shane Dabiri – World of Warcraft Lead Producer
18. NPC: Mag’har Pitfighter
Nagrand – Garadar Village

He wears trousers, and no shirt. A long pony-tail. His hands are wrapped with bandage for a fight. The Mag’har Pitfighter punches and kicks a dummy. Homage to kickboxing.

Reference: Kickboxer (Film – 1989) by actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. It could also refer to Bloodsport film or Pitfighter film.
19. Item: The console to activate a teleporter to allow the Consortium to infiltrate the Mana Tombs, in the escort quest is a metallic cube, that rotates like a rubik’s cube.

Additional Screenshot

Reference: Hellraiser (Film – 1987)
IMDB
20. Item: The Saga of Terokk
Terokkar Forest
Reference: The Saga of Turok – stretch?

Story about a pre-columbian Native American Dinosaur hunter. The Skettis wear Native American plume headsets and robes.

21. Location: Area 52
Netherstorm

Description The area 52 has a rocket or attempt to a spaceship.

Reference: Area 51 – the secret base in Nevada, USA – linked to UFO conspiracy theories.
22. NPC: Netherstorm Agent
Netherstorm – Area 52

Additional Screenshot

Description: These agents wear black suits and guard the doors of Area 52. Randomly when you go through the gate, a flash of light blinds you. A debuff icon shows up saying … A-52 Neuralizer: The flash of light you did not see, did not erase your memories.

Reference: Men in Black (film – 1997)
23. Dialogue: The conversation between the goblins near the rocket in area 52 (Netherstorm). Reference: Elton John‘s song “Rocket Man.”

Read the Lyrics

Thanks, Fangodruid

24. Location: Toshley’s Station
Blade’s Edge Mountains
Reference: Star Wars (film – 1977)

In the first film Luke Skywalker complains that he wanted to go to Toshi Station when his uncle gives him chores to do. ‘—

—Thanks, Ladonus

25. NPC: Razak Ironsides
Blade’s Edge Mountains – Toshley’s Station

Razak wears an eyepatch and leads a contingent of gnomes named the “Roughbacks”, defending the station against a bug attack and utters the phrase ‘Do you want to live forever?

There is also an event there occasionally with the ravagers(bugs) in the area rushing the walls

Reference: Starship Troopers (film – 1997)

Michael Ironsides played Lt. Rasczak in the film. He led his troops, the Roughnecks, against a bug army and often shouted ‘Do you want to live forever?

—Thanks, Ladonus

26. Item: Power Converters

Inscription: “Next best thing to going to the Academy.”

Use: Destoys technological terror constructs.

Quest: Picking Up Some Power Converters

Referrence: Star Wars (film – 1977)

Luke Skywalker whinned to his uncle that he both: wanted to go to Toshi’s Station to pick up some power converters and how much Luke wanted to go to the starpilot academy, but had to stay working on the moisture farm instead.

Darth Vader said this in the film: “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force” which is a reference to the Death Star. The cool thing about this is that when you use the Power Converter item it launches a red firework into the air that looks an awful lot like the torpedo Luke shot to destroy the Death Star.

—Thanks, Toonces, Tohlarn and Moirid @ Cho’gall

27. Quest: “Bring Me Shrubbery!
Zangarmarsh – Sporeggar
Reference: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (film – 1974)

Thanks, Snapejr, Nerro and Rashile

28. NPC: Gurgthock (Goblin)
Nagrand – Laughing Skull Ruins
Reference: named after the Guildmaster of Elitist Jerks on Mal’Ganis ( Soon to be on Nazjatar Server)

—Thanks, Tohlarn

29. Item: Stung
Ghostlands

A sword reward given in the quest: Anok’suten by a dying blood elf.

Reference: Lord of the Rings (2001)

Frodo possessed a sword named Sting—given to him by his friend Bilbo Baggins. The sword glowed blue when in the presence of orcs.

—Thanks Ixel

30. Item: Seaforium PU-36 Explosive Nether Modulator

One of the bombs in the bombing run missions in Hellifire Peninisula.

Inscription: “Manufactured: Garvin the Goblin, Area 52”

Reference: Looney Tunes (Cartoon – 1948)

It’s named after the “Uranium Pew-36 Explosive Space Modulator” (watch video) and the supposed inventor Garvin the Goblin is named after Marvin the Martian

—Thanks, Azshanya and Tudalu

31. NPC: Coreiel
Nagrand – Halaa (when the horde runs the place)
Reference: Coreiel

A Blizzard CM on WoW Forums.

32. NPC: Zebig (goblin)
Hellfire Peninsula – Thrallmar

NPC: Lebowski (Gnome)
Hellfire Peninsula – Honor Hold

Reference: “The Big Lebowski

—Thanks, Tudalu

33. NPC: Wing Commander Dabir’ee
Hellfire Peninsula – Expedition Point
Reference: Shane Dabiri
World of Warcraft Lead Producer
34. NPC: Gargle and Gurgle
Zangarmarsh – Zabra’Jin

Twin Baby Murloc pets

Cute reference to the sounds Murlocs make.

ScarletJade believes Gargle and Gurgle might be a pop culture reference to a classic Atari game titled Bubble Bobble.  The little dragons names were Bubblun and Bobblun, and look alot like Murlocs.

Additionally, when the Murloc pets were introduced as a BlizzCon 2005 Gift Code for the event attendees, the Murlocs would randomly dance wearing a Top Hat and carrying a Cane.  This is a reference to Looney Tunes: Michigan J. Frog.

—- Thanks Tudalu and ScarletJade.

35. Item: Flintlocke’s Piloting Pants
Hellfire Peninsula – Zeppelin Crash

From the Quest: In Case of Emergency

Reference: Flintlocke’s Guide to Azeroth

A comic-strip that currently has the hapless dwarven engineer/warrior Flintlocke piloting a Blimp in the general direction of Stormwind with a highly explosive device on board… Coincidence? I think not.

—- Thanks Tudalu

36. Quest: Saving Private Imarion
Hellfire Peninsula
Reference: Saving Private Ryan (film – 1994)

—- Thanks Tudalu

37. Quest: The Heart of Darkness Reference: Heart of Darkness (Book)
38. NPC: Granny Smith
Shattrath City – Lower City

She sells every kind of fruit except….. Apples

Reference: Australian Apples named Granny Smith

—- Thanks Tudalu

39. NPC: Seymour(grand master skinner)
Shattrath City – Lower City
Reference: The Simpsons (TV Sitcom)

This is a reference to Seymour Skinner, the principal at the elementary school on The Simpsons.

—- Thanks Tudalu, Rizz @ Cenarion Circle, and Zykor

40. NPC: Manni, Moh and Jakk
Hellfire Peninsula – Hellfire NorthRampart

The quest given by Foreman Razelcraz in Thrallmar Mine (Hellfire Peninsula) called “How to Serve Goblins” has you rescuing three Goblins from the Fel Orcs. The Goblins names are:

? Manni
? Moh
? Jakk

Reference: Pep Boys (Automotive Store)

This is a reference to the American automotive store Pep Boys which was started by three guys named Manny, Moe and Jack in the 1920s

How To Serve Goblins is *also* a reference to the classic Twilight Zone episode “How To Serve Man,” which, in the episode, was the title of a book belonging to some aliens which turned out to be a cookbook.

—Thanks, Zykor ( Blood Bath and Beyond Guild) and Reitoei

41. NPC: Bill (B.O.O.M. fire marshal – Goblin)
Netherstorm – Area-52 (under one of the water towers)
Reference: Fire Marshal Bill from “In Living Color” (watch video)

—Thanks, Alicianna

42. NPC: Caregiver Ophera Windfury
Hellfire Peninsula -Temple of Telhamat
Reference: Oprah Winfrey (talk-show hostess)

– Thanks, Oysteinur

43. NPC: Drysc
Azuremist Island – Exodar

A Draenei wandering around the Exodar

Reference: Drysc is a Blizzard CM at the Wow Forums
44. Quest: The Kessel Run
Bloodmyst Isle

The NPC named Kessel offers a quest titled: The Kessel Run—where you’re given an Elekk and told to warn people of a Blood Elf attack.

Reference: Star Wars (film – 1977)

Han Solo described how he traversed the Kessel Run with the Millennium Falcon in “less than twelve parsecs.” The Kessel Run is a dangerous pathway off Planet Kessel required to jump to light speed.

45. NPC: Smiles O’Byron (Engineer)
Blade’s Edge Mountains – Toshi’s Station
Reference: Star Trek: Deep Space 9

The gnome transporter is named after Miles O’Brien from Star Trek. Coincidentially, Miles O’Brien is refered to as Smiley in the alternate timeline featured in Mirror Universe.

—Thanks, Osha and Man o’ War

46. Mob: Hai’shulud (The Bone Emperor)
Terokkar Forest – Bone Wastes

A quest titled: The Big Bone Worm sends you to summon a lvl 65 elite worm.

Reference: Dune (1984)

There was a worm named’ “Shai-Hulud” in the book/film Dune.

To new fans of Wow, Dune is an obsessive icon for Blizzard Entertainment. The first in the Warcraft RTS game series – Warcraft: Orcs and Humans – was based on the videogame Dune’s isometric tileset system. All Blizzard games have Dune-related easter eggs.

—Thanks, Ehrek

47. Race: Skettis Arakkoa
Terokkar Forest – Shattrath City
Reference: The Dark Crystal (film – 1982)

The skettis seen around the lower city in Shattrath are identical to Skeksis from the movie.

—Thanks, Metalnylah

48. The goblins at Area 52 working on the rocket are wearing golden-colored jackets with black pants Reference: Star Trek

Their jackets look similar to the engineers from Star Trek.

—Thanks, Chaparrall

49. Quest: “I shoot magic into the darkness
Bloodmyst Isle – Exodar
Reference: Dungeons & Dragons (d20)

It’s a reference to a fairly well known comedy skit about Dungeons and Dragons.

—Thanks, Kahli

50. NPC: Netherologist Coppernickels
Netherstorm – Gyroplank Bridge
Reference: Copernicus.

He studies the Netherstorm just like Copernicus studied the stars of earth.

—Thanks, Tuhalu

50. NPC: T’shu, Gzhun’tt and Khn’nix
Zangarmarsh – Sporeggar

Both stand next to each other in Sporeggar.

T’shu
Gzhun’tt
Khn’nix

Reference: “Tissue”, “Geshundteit” and kleenex tissues?

Spores give allergy, therefore the names are parody names. Some Blizzard devs got humor.

—Thanks, Dovvregubben of Guild of the Chilled, Shadowsong and Beltface @ Medivh


Gates of Ahn’Qiraj Opening Story Arc

QUEST: Lost Forgotten Memories

Anachronos – Caverns of Time

In the southern desert of Silithus near the sacred barrier, exists a single crystalline tear, This tear serves as a symbol of the gereat losses beset upon us during the War of the Shifting Sands. Locate this tear and gaze into its depth to gain enlightenment.

———When you find the Crystal———

You can feel a great sorrow revolving around this crystal.  The force is so powerful that you feel as if you might collapse and die of sadness.

NOTE: This quest text starts when you click the tear

Anachronos the Ancient:  We must act quickly or all shall be lost!

Fandral Staghelm:  My forces cannot overcome the Qiraji defenses.  We will not be able to get close enought to place your precious barrier, dragon.

Merithra of the Dream glances at her compatriots

Merithra of the Dream:  There is a way …

Arygos nods knowingly

Caelestrasz:  Aye, Fandral, remember these words:  Let not your grief guide your faith.  These thoughts you hold … dark places you go, night elf.  Absolution cannot behad through misguided vengeance.

Merithra:  We will push them back, Anachronos.  This I vow.  Uphold your end of this task.  Let not your hands falter as you seal our fates behind the barrier.

Merithra of the Dream: Succumb to the endless dream, little ones.  Let it consume you!

Arygos:  Anachronos, this diversion will give you and the young druid time enough to seal the gate.  Do not falter.  Now, let us see how they deal with chaotic magic.  Let them feel the wrath of the Blue Flight!  May Malygos protect me!

Caelestrasz: Do not forget the sacrifices made on this day, night elf.  We have all suffered immensely at the hands of these beasts.  Alexstrasza grant me the resolve to drive our enemies back!

Anachronos:  NOW, STAGHELM!  WE GO NOW!  Prepare your magic!

Fandral Staghelm:  It is done, dragon.  Lead the way.

Anachronos:  Stay close …  There is but one duty that remains …  Before I leave this place, I make one final offering to you, Lord Staghelm.  Should a time arise in which you must gain entry to this accursed fortress, use the Scepter of the Shifting Sands on the sacred gong. The magic holding the barrier together will dissipate and the horrors of Ahn’Qiraj will be unleashed upon the world once more.

Anachronos the Ancient hands the Scepter of the Shifting sands to Fandral Staghelm.

Fandral Staghelm:  After the savagery that my people have witnessed and felt, you expect me to accept another burden, dragon?  Surely you are mad.  I want nothing to do with Silithus, the Qiraji and least of all, any damned dragons!

Fandral Staghelm hurls the Scepter of the Shifting Sands into the barrier, shattering it.

Anachronos the Ancient: Lord Staghelm, where are you going?  You would shatter our bond for the sake of pride?

Fandral Staghelm: My son’s soul will find no comfort in this hollow victory, dragon.  I will have him back.  Though it takes a milennia, I WILL have my son back!

Anachronos the Ancient shakes his head in disappointment.  Anachronos kneels down to pick up the fragments of the shattered scepter.

Anachronos:  And now you know all that there is to know, mortal …

A Pawn of the Eternal Board

After Staghelm’s betrayal, I gathered the shattered pieces of the Shifting Sands and returned here.  I had every intention of protecting the scepter from those that would seek to use it to cause harm to our world – thus was born the charge of the Dragonflights.

A scepter divided amongst the four mighty Aspects would prove to be nearly impossible to restore for those willfully seeking chaos … or so I thought.  What a fool I was.  Even now I am hunted by that cursed flight.

The Charge of the Dragonflights

Eranikus, Vaelastrasz and Azuregos … No doubt you know of these dragons, mortal.  It is no coincidene, then, that they have played such influential roles as watchers of our world.

Unfortunately (and my own naivety is partially to blame) whether by agents of the Old gods or betrayal by those that would call them friend, each guardian has fallen to tragedy.  The extent of which has fueled my own distrust towards your kind.

Seek them out … And

, prepare yourself for the worst.

At Sunken Temple Malfurion Spawns near Shade of Eranikus

Eranikus, Tyrant of the Dream

Malfurion Stormrage – Sunken Temple

This is a journey of redemption, hero.  Would it be that I was slain today.  I would have died for a just and righteous cause.  You must recover the green scepter shard.  You must cleanse Eranikus of the taint placed upon him by the Old gods.

Travel to Darnasus.  Just outside the city walls you wil find one of my agents.  This agent will set things in motion for us and inform Tyrande of our plans without alerting Staghelm.

(Malfurion sighs)

A fall from grace a thousand years in the making …

Quest Objectives

Travel to the continent of Teldrassil and find Malfurion’s agent somewhere outside the walls of Darnassus.

Eranikus, Tyrand of the Dream – part 2

Forest Wisp – North of gate to Darnasus

The wisp is silent except for a low humming sound.  Oddly enough.  It is able to communicate with you through thoughts.

Malfurion Stormrage: Be steadfast, champion.  I know why it is that you are here and I know what it is that you seek.  Eranikus will not give up the shard freely.  He has been twisted … twisted by the same force that you seek to destroy.

Are you really surprised?  Is it hard to believe that the power of an Old god could reach even inside the Dream?  It is true – Eranikus, Tyrant of the Dream, wages a battle against us all.  The Nightmare follows in his wake of destruction.

Understand this, Eranikus wants nothing more than to be brought to Azeroth from the Dream.  Once he is out, he will stop at nothing to destroy my physical manifestation.  This, however, is the only way in which you could recover the scepter shard.

You will bring him back into this world, champion.

The Nightmare’s Corruption

Keeper Remulos – Moonglade

You must travel to the four dream portals of Azeroth.  From each you must draw a fragment of the Nightmare’s corruption.  The dragonkin that inhabit these areas will hold such fragments.  Return to me when you have gathered these fragments.

Quest Objectives

Travel to the four Emerald Dream portals in Azeroth and collect a Fragment of the Nightmare’s Corruption from each.  Return to Keeper remulos in the Moonglade when you have completed this task.

NOTE: 3 of the shards drop from Dragonkin trashmobs at the Emerald Dream portals: Feralas, Hinterlands and Ashenvale.  The fourth drops from the dragon boss at Duskwood.

Spirit of Azuregos

Spirit of Azuregos: You seek the scepter shard charged to the protection of the Blue Flight?

(Azuregos appears to be smiling.)

>I am a treasure hunter in search of powerful artifacts.  Give them to me and you will not be harmed.

> How did you know?  I mean, yes … Yes I am looking for that shard.  Do you have it?

Spirit of Azuregos: Of course I do not have the shard.  That would be asinine.  I walk amongst savages in this cursed land!  I cannot take five steps without some crazed orc or human trying to thrust a sharp stick into my hide.  At any given time you could very well be speaking to my ghostly spirit.

Anyhow … I hid it.

Go on … ask me where.

> Alright.  Where?

Spirit of Azuregos: You are going to love this story, human.  See, here is the thing.  As soon as Malygos charged me wiht protecting the scepter shard, I knew I was in for an eternity of headache and pain.

All I want to do is study these magic rich shorelines and take in what artifacts might remain from the Sundering.  You know, these was once a thriving Highborne civilization here!  You don’t have to tell me that there is going to be some solid magical items around here, human.  I can smell it!

> By Bronzebeard’s … um, beard!  What are you talking about?

Spirit of Azuregos: As I was saying, I held onto that scepter shard for a good five-hundred years and it was nothing but trouble.  It attracted all kinds of attention – the wrong kind of attention.  I want to be left alone to my studies not babysit some would be hero’s ticket to glory.  So … I gave it to the fish.

> Fish?  You gave a piece of what could be hte key to saving all life on Kalimdor to a fish?

Spirit of Azuregos: Not just any fish, mortal.  This fish was a minnow.  A very special minnow.

> A minnow?  The oceans are filled with minnows!  There could be a hundred million minnows out there!

Spirit of Azuregos: Exactly!

> …

Spirit of Azuregos: Genius. I know … it will never be found but, in case it is found, I gave the minnow some special powers.

> You put the piece on a minnow and placed the minnow somewhere in the waters of the sea between here and the Eastern Kingdoms? And this minnow has special powers?

Spirit of Azuregos: Correct.  You’ve been listening!  This minnow is really quite a terrible creature of my own creation.  When I am relaxing I like to think of hte unlucky fishermen who have run into this minnow and been devoured whole.  I bet they were quite surprised!

(Azuregos laughs.)

> You’re insane.

Spirit of Azuregos: Genius is often misunderstood, human.  Now, about the scepter shard … if you want that shard and do not wish to spend the next ten thousand years searching for it, you are going to have to listen very carefully.

> I’m all ears.

Spirit of Azuregos: Two words: Arcanite buoy.

Come again.

Spirit of Azuregos: Right then … You have to build an arcanite buoy and place it in the ocean.  My minnow will be attracted to the magical emanations.  When he gets near the buoy – BLAMO!  It will explode in a glorious pulse of arcane energy, revealing the minnow’s true form.  Also, you may or may not incur the wrath of Neptulon.  A 50/50 chance I would say.

> Ok, let me get this straight.  You put the scepter shard entrusted to your Flight by Anachronos on a minnow of your own making and now you expect me to build an … an arcanite buoy or something … to potentially incur the wrath of an Elemental Lord?  Did I miss anything?  Perhaps I am to do this without any clothes on, during a solar eclipse, on a leap year?

Spirit of Azuregos: If I did not know better I would think that you were mocking me, mortal: but yes, that is mostly correct.  You may remain fully clothed.

> FINE!  And how, dare I ask, am I supposed to acquire an arcanite buoy?

Take this ledger to an old acquaintance of mine in Tanaris.  His name is Narain Soothfancy – terrible, terrible, psychic but an amazing engineer!  He should be able to make sense of it all.

No need to thank me, human.  It’s the least I could do.

Good day!

> But …

Azuregos’s Magical Ledger

Steamwheedle Port, Tanaris

(Narain holds an unopened envelope to his forehead)

Narain Soothfancy: What is … Mmmm … Velvet!

Am I right?

(You give Narain the Magical Ledger)

Narain Soothfancy: Ooooh! Magical pulsing thingy!  For me?

(Narain eagerly examines the letter)

Outstanding, human!  What is it?  I can’t read a lick of Draconic.

Translating the Ledger

 

Narain Soothfancy, at your service!  Retired engineer and master soothsayer!  I can tell your future before it even happens!

Narain Soothfancy: First things first, human!  We need to figure out what Azuregos wrote in this ledger.

You say that he’s told you to make an arcanite buoy and that this is the schematic?  Strange that he would write this in Draconic.  That old goat knows I can’t read this nonsense.

If this is going to work, I’m going to need my scrying goggles, a five hundred pound chicken and volume II of “Draconic for Dummies”.  Not necessarily in that order.

(Narain offers three quest options)

  • Stewvul, Ex-B.F.F.
  • Never Ask Me About My Business
  • Draconic for Dummies

Stewvul, Ex-B.F.F.

Narain Soothfancy: If I am to translate anything, I will need my scrying googles.  Unfortunately, those were stolen quite some time ago by my ex-best friend forever, Stewvul.  He broke my heart in five places and then left me here to rot.

With the help of my trusty crystal ball, I’ve isolated his whereabouts to either the Greymane Wall in Silverpine or what appears to be a portal world in the Outland that is currently being overrun by the Burning Legion.

You are going to have to track him down and get my googles back, human!

Quest Objectives

Narain Soothfancy wants you to find his ex-best friend forever (BFF), Stewvul, and take back the scrying googles that Stewvul stole from him.

Draconic for Dummies

Narain Soothfancy: I knew that book would come in handy some day!  Thankfully, I had the wit and foresight to stow it somewhere safe.

Don’t worry, it’s in a place nobody could ever hope to find it!  I needed a gyrocopter just to get there the first time.  Unfortunately I crashed it on the beach on my way back.  It was through that accident that I gained these super gnomish psychic powers!

Look for my crashed gyrocopter somewhere on Land’s End Beach and swim south from there!  You’ll know the spot when you see it!

Quest Objectives

Find Narain Soothfancy’s book, buried on an island in the South Seas.

Never Ask me About My Business

Narain Soothfancy: If there is one thing that you should know about me, it is this:  NEVER ask me about my business!  I work with things you simply cannot understand.  Like for example: Do you know what a psychotronic muzzledorf is?  Of course you don’t!  And that’s why we leave the planning to me and the fetching to you.

As I said earlier, if this is going to work, we’re going to need a 500 pound chicken.

Head to Gadgetzan and speak with Dirge Quickcleave – he’ll get you started on finding a suitable specimen.

Quest Objectives

Narain Soothfancy in Tanaris wants you to speak with Dirge Quickcleave in Gadgetzan.

Never Ask Me About My Business – Part 2

Dirge Quickcleave – Gadgetzan

(Dirge scratches his head)

A 500 pound chicken? There’s no such thing!  Not anymore, at least.  I knew of such a chicken … The Black Chicken of Death …

(Dirge’s voice trails of)

But yes, nobody ever saw that chicken and lived to tell the tale.  I’ve got an idea that could benefit the both of us, kid.

The Isle of Dread!

Dirge Quickcleave: Legend has it that the chimaerok of the Isle of Dread in Feralas have the most succulent and tender vittles in existence!  Now these chimaerok also have a daddy who, with proper preparation, may or may not look like a 500 pound chicken.

Head to the Isle of Dread and kill Lord Lakmaeran and bring me his fresh carcass.  That should satisfy the gnome.  To satisfy me, you’ll need to get your hands on some chimaerok tenderloin.

Do this and you’ll have your 500 pound chicken and a little something extra.

Quest Objective

Recover Lakmaeran’s Carcass and 20 Chimaerok Tenderloins for Dirge Quickcleave in Tanaris.

Stewvul, Ex-B.F.F.

Greymane Wall, Silverpine Forest

Inconspicuous Crate: I can’t believe he found me.  I thought for sure that I’d lost him when I was in the Outland.  I’m not going back there, human!  No way, no how!  I’m through being his part time best friend forever and full time slave.

Scrying Googles?  No Problem!

Greymane Wall, Silverpine Forest

(You hear a sigh of relief escape the crate)

Insconspicuous Crate: You just want his scrying googles?  Great!  That will be no problem … Just give me a minute to … Hey!  Where the … Dagnabbit!

Well, there’s some bad news and some worse news.  The bad news is that I lost the googles.  The worse news is that I lost them when I was nosing around in the Molten core last month.  Yet, the Molten Core … I guess that concludes our business!  Bye!

Quest Objectives

Find Narain’s Scrying Googles and return them to Narain Soothfancy in Tanaris.

NOTE: The Scrying Googles drop from Trashmobs in Molten Core—happy hunting!

Draconic for Dummies

Frostwhisper Gorge, Winterspring

NOTE: You dress the 3-piece set of Narain Soothsaying to disguise like if you were him to talk to Dr. Weavil in a high top mountain-hill at Frostwhisper Gorge, Winterspring

Dr. Weavil (lvl 63 Elite): So … You thought you could fool me, did you?  The greatest criminal master Azeroth has ever known???

The War of the Shifting Sands

It has been nearly a thousand years since the War of he Shifting Sands.  It was during this war, in the heart of the Silithus desert that a great tragedy and even greater burden beset Fandral Staghelm.  It is thought that the events described herein are what ultimately shaped the unsavory disposition of the Arch Druid.

An Ancient sentient insectoid race known as the Qiraji vied for dominance over much of kalimdor at one point in time.  iT was the pompous, imperialistic Staghelm and his army of Night Elves who met the Qiraji head on in battle.

Father and son fought fervently to contain the rising tide of the insectoid swarm in silithus.  From the fortress of Ahn’Qiraj, a seemingly endless stream of silithid continued to bolster the ranks of the invading Qiraji forces.  The whole of Silithus was under siege.

In a decision that Staghelm would regret, the younger Staghelm.  Valstann, was ordered to defend the night elf outpost of Southwind Village.  Regrettably, Valstann would lose his life that day as Southwind Village would fall to the armies of Ahn’Qiraj.

Undaunted and with heavy heart, a vengeful Fandral Staghelm would push on.  Defeat in Silithus would result in great loss for the night elf nation and quite possibly the world.

The battle raged on for months.  All of Silithus was overtaken by the Qiraji.  Staghelm and his army were pushed back to Tanaris.  With a decimated army and countless innocents slain, the arrogance that had driven Fandral Staghelm was snuffed out completely.

His pride wholly crushed.  Staghelm would, for the second time in his existence, feel the flutter in the pit of his stomach that could only be brought on by fear.  It was in Tanaris, then, that Staghelm would approach Anachronos, progeny of Nozdormu, and plead for the assistance of the Bronze Flight.

Initially, Anachronos refused to involve the Bronze Flight in the affairs of the lesser races.  It was not until the Qiraji brashl attacked the Caverns of Time that Anachronos would agree to join forces with the Night Elves.

Anachronos would soon realize that even the mighty Bronze Flight could not stem the tide of the invading Qiraji forces.  For every fifty of the insects that were annihilated by his breath, one hundred would be waiting to take their place.  With the night elf lines faltering and the threat of being pushed further north to the wilds of Feralas ever looming.  Anachronos decided that the children of the Aspects must be made aware.

He would call out to Ysera’s dragonflight first: Merithra of the Dream would answer his call and from there, Alexstrasza’s Dragonflight and Malygos’s Dragonflight would be made aware.

The dragons would meet in the stratosphere high above Silithus.  Thousands of feet above the fortress of Ahn’Qiraj.

There was Anachronos, child of the Nozdormu.  Aspect of Time.

From the Emerald Dream would come Meirthra, child of Ysera.  Aspect of Nature.

Caelestrasz, child of Alexstrasza. Aspect of Life, would represent the Red Dragonflight.

Arygos, child of Malygos.  Aspect of Magic, would represent the Blue Dragonflight.

The dragons watched as an endless stream of silithid and Qiraji poured out of Ahn’Qiraj.  It became clear to them that no amount of force could ever end this war.  From inside the main temple, tens of thousands of the Qiraji forces waited.  With each passing second, more were hatched and primed.  Ready to be unleashed into the world.

Arygos was the first to notice the strange emanations.  The monolithic temple in the southern quadrant of Ahn’Qiraj radiated a dim magic unlike anything they had sensed coming from the Qiraji.  Try as they might, none were able to penetrate further into the temple to find the source of this energy.  Only something of immense power could shield itself so completely.  Perhaps something controlling the insects.  Something controlling even the Qiraji.

The dragons knew that they had to react quickly.  Lest the world suffer another epic catastrophe.  After careful deliberation, it was decided that the best course of action would be to stop the host armies at or near their source.

A great barrier would be created, drawing from the essence of both the night elves and the dragonflight.  A magical barrier that could contain the silithid and their overlords within the walls of Ahn’Qiraj and prevent future incursions.  Ahn’Qiraj would itself become a prison.

Gates of Ahn’Qiraj: First Stage Video


Gates of Ahn’Qiraj: First Stage

Many Guilds united in Zul’jin (PvE) realm to complete the First stage to opening the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj.  The Qiraji War is relived as players see the faint ghosts of the past, when a thousand years ago the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj were sealed by the progeny of the Dragon Aspects.

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Many guilds united to complete all the materials and the head of the Broodlord as part of the Cenarion Circle Quests leading to the opening of the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj on Zul’jin Server. It was indeed a community effort. Blizzard Entertainment Dev Team created a fun way to do World Events, which unites members of different guilds to do a shared effort, which leads to building a strong community.

We were witness of what transpired after the guilds turned in the quest.  A vision of the past was relived once more to demonstrate what happened a thousand years ago when the Night Elves and the Qiraji clashed in war. To stop the menace of the Old god C’thun and his army, the Dragon Aspects sent their progeny: Merithra, child of Ysera of the green flight; Caelestrasz, child of Alexstrasza from the red flight, and Arygos, child of Malygos from the blue flight to seal the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj.

To read the whole Ahn’Qiraj War lore storyline visit the Official website.

Transcendence Guild and other guilds will work hard to be the first in opening the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj on Zul’jin Server. Feel free to submit a link to your own videos.

Broodthorn @Zuljin: This morning, the combined forces of Zul’Jin struck the first blow in the war againt the Silithids. The Bronze Dragonflight has been contacted! The Viel of Time has been pulled aside and we have seen the closing of the gates of Ahn’Quiraj!

Such an accomplishment was the work of many hands. Legions flocked to Silithus to aid the Army in fighting the cursed bugs and taking their shell fragments. Old feuds were put aside and we fought as one!

In no particular order, a hearty congratulations should be given to those who have helped out!

Blood Reign

OSW Horde

Dark Alliance

Valorous

Dawn of the Dead

47 Ronin

Untold Prophecy

Transcendence

And so many others who joined us throughout the epic conflict!

There will be other battles, and the Army has moved on. We will keep you posted as it happens. Congratulations Zul’Jin! —Thanks to Grock @Zuljin from Trascendence for sharing the info of the hardwork of many guilds to accomplish the event.

Below is the text triggered after initiating the Quest:

QUEST: Lost Forgotten Memories
You can feel a great sorrow revolving around this crystal.  The force is so powerful that you feel as if you might collapse and die of sadness.

NOTE: This quest text starts when you click the tear

Anachronos the Ancient:  We must act quickly or all shall be lost!

Fandral Staghelm:  My forces cannot overcome the Qiraji defenses.  We will not be able to get close enought to place your precious barrier, dragon.

Merithra of the Dream glances at her compatriots

Merithra of the Dream:  There is a way …

Arygos nods knowingly

Caelestrasz:  Aye, Fandral, remember these words:  Let not your grief guide your faith.  These thoughts you hold … dark places you go, night elf.  Absolution cannot behad through misguided vengeance.

Merithra:  We will push them back, Anachronos.  This I vow.  Uphold your end of this task.  Let not your hands falter as you seal our fates behind the barrier.

Merithra of the Dream: Succumb to the endless dream, little ones.  Let it consume you!

Arygos:  Anachronos, this diversion will give you and the young druid time enough to seal the gate.  Do not falter.  Now, let us see how they deal with chaotic magic.  Let them feel the wrath of the Blue Flight!  May Malygos protect me!

Caelestrasz: Do not forget the sacrifices made on this day, night elf.  We have all suffered immensely at the hands of these beasts.  Alexstrasza grant me the resolve to drive our enemies back!

Anachronos:  NOW, STAGHELM!  WE GO NOW!  Prepare your magic!

Fandral Staghelm:  It is done, dragon.  Lead the way.

Anachronos:  Stay close …  There is but one duty that remains …  Before I leave this place, I make one final offering to you, Lord Staghelm.  Should a time arise in which you must gain entry to this accursed fortress, use the Scepter of the Shifting Sands on the sacred gong. The magic holding the barrier together will dissipate and the horrors of Ahn’Qiraj will be unleashed upon the world once more.

Anachronos the Ancient hands the Scepter of the Shifting sands to Fandral Staghelm.

Fandral Staghelm:  After the savagery that my people have witnessed and felt, you expect me to accept another burden, dragon?  Surely you are mad.  I want nothing to do with Silithus, the Qiraji and least of all, any damned dragons!

Fandral Staghelm hurls the Scepter of the Shifting Sands into the barrier, shattering it.

Anachronos the Ancient: Lord Staghelm, where are you going?  You would shatter our bond for the sake of pride?

Fandral Staghelm: My son’s soul will find no comfort in this hollow victory, dragon.  I will have him back.  Though it takes a milennia, I WILL have my son back!

Anachronos the Ancient shakes his head in disappointment.

Blizzplanet: Caverns of Time in the Burning Crusade expansion is said to allow us to timetravel to the Battle of Mount Hyjal, the opening of the Dark Portal for first time by Medivh, and rescueing young Thrall from the internment camp of Durnhold Keep.  However, that last comment from Fandral Staghelm has a few fans wondering if one of the sub-instances of Caverns of Times will lead to rescuing Staghelm’s son.

Messing with the timestream could be a bad idea if Staghelm is conspiring to do so. It was proven in the recent War of the Ancients Trilogy books that the Old gods attempted to escape their eternal prison by disturbing the timestream … attacking Nozdormu the dragon guardian of time.

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Dire Maul Library Lore

Shen’dralar Zealot

Dire Maul Library

  • I suspect that the imps are stealing knowledge.
  • We mustn’t anger the Master.  His is a wrath that is cruel beyond measure.
  • The Master holds great interest in the lair of Nefarian. If only someone would defeat the dragon and his minions and retell the tale to the Prince.  I bet that would loosen the Prince’s lips.  The Ashbringer could be found!
  • Has the Prince recanted the tale of the Ashbringer?  It is our most favorite of his stories.  His favorite is the follow-up to the Ashbringer.  Of course, nobody has ever been able to get that story out of him.
  • Keep your voice down, stranger.  You do not want to disrupt the Master’s meditations.
  • The Lorekeeper is an ancient.  He has served under our glorious Queen!
  • Books have been disappearing as of late.  The Lorekeeper and his assistants are in a frenzy.  They suspect foul play within Eldre’Thalas.
  • Many have come to this sanctuary, few have left.

Lorekeeper Kildrath

Dire Maul Library

  • Oh dear, where is the “Codex of Defense?” Lydros will be most assuredly displeased.
  • “The Arcanist’s Cookbook” is also gone!  This is a disaster!
  • Where is “Garona: A Study in Stealth and Treachery!”  These texts must be returned!
  • They’ve been stolen!  Three of our most prized volumes.  Should you reurn the tomes, a reward will most certainly be yours.

Lorekeeper Mykos

Dire Maul Library

  • Imbecile!  Have you not learned the Dewey Decimal System?  It has been 3,000 years since you began working for us! Incompetent buffoon.
  • Kildrath tends to overdramatize the situation.  For example, “Garona: A Study on Stealth and Treachery.” has been stolen over 400 times.  The mark of the Athenaeum protects the tomes, preventing any unauthorized viewings.

Lorekeeper Javon

Dire Maul Library

10,000 years of recorded knowledge tends to draw the wrong element to the Atehnaeum.  Books are stolen, recovered and stolen again on a daily basis.

 

Prince Tortheldrin

Dire Maul Library

For 10,000 years, I have ruled this kingdom.  In that time, I have heard many fascinating tales from those that would walk the hallowed grounds of the House of Shen’dralar.

As I am bound to this place, I often exchange stories with visitors.  Do you have a story for me or perhaps you would like to hear a story?

Skeletal Remains of Kariel Winthalus

Dire Maul Library

A cursory examination of the skeletal remains indicates that the flesh was seared off.  Quite a grisly sight.

Lorekeeper Lydros

Dire Maul Library

Oh the drama and fuss the young Master exerted.  You would think the fate of the world rested squarely o his shoulders.  Only mortals could have such a skewed perspective on our world.

Alas, he left me with his meager magical secrets … Librams or some such nonsense.  I have no use for these paultry magics but perhaps you might be interested in their enchantments.

  • Libram of Rapidity
  • Libram of Focus
  • Libram of Proection

Caer Darrow Ghosts: Scholomance

Note: To talk to Joseph Dirte you need to wear first the Spectral Essence trinket: “Allows communication with the deceased of Caer Darrow.”

Joseph Dirte

Caer Darrow, Western Plaguelands

My job title is Waste Management Specialist.  The Barov house does keep me busy.  Always some sort of refuse coming out of there.  Ah, my sweet Brandy.  I miss her so!  Perhaps you should speak into these sound enhancing devices attached to my FISTS OF FURY.

Note: He is on the west side of Scholomance entrance(Outdoors)

Rory

Caer Darrow, by the docks at shore

They don’t realize that they’re dead.  They are cursed to relive the last memory they had before the town was easten alive from the inside out.  Most of them, anyway.  Some were less fortunate.

You thought the Scourge did this?  The Scourge did not yet exist and if they had, we would have at least put up a damned fight.

No, this was the result of a plague that came out of Scholomance and ravaged the town.  It was horrifying and devastating.  None survived.  Now leave me to my sorrows.

Caer Darrow Citizen

Caer Darrow, most NPCs and Knights say it

Welcome to Caer Darrow, stranger.

Can’t you see we’re trying to prepare for Uther’s visit?  Now get out of my way, I have much work to do!

We’re not really rude people, stranger.  It’s just that everyone is in a rsh, trying to make sure that everything is perfect for Uther’s arrival.  It’s not often that the Lightbringer comes to town.

Caer Darrow Citizen

Roaming NPC

Have you tried our bread? Baker Masterson must be the most gifted chef to have ever lived!

Artist Renfray

Caer Darrow, Cabin by the shore

Is someone there?  Tirion, my old friend.  IS that you?  Have you come to save us?  So dark …  Are they all … dead?

Eva Sarkhoff

Caer Darrow, Entrance of Scholomance

Hello young.  I am Eva Sarkhoff and this is my husband, Lucien.  It is a pleasure to make your acquintance.

Tablets of Mosh’aru—Hakkar the Faceless One

This story arc is very informative as it makes connections of other plots within World of Warcraft.  The Nightmare, the Old god C’thun and Hakkar the Soulflayer might be connected.  Molthor in Yojamba Isle(Stranglethorn Vale) refers to Hakkar the Soulflayer as a Faceless One.

Players of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne may know what the Faceless Ones are, when Arthas and the Cryptlord King entered the Inner Kingdom of the Nerubian Caverns.  The Faceless Ones and the Forgotten One were buried deep below the Nerubian Kingdom for thousands of years, imprisoned.  The Earthquakes caused by Illidan with the Eye of Sargeras seem to have freed by accident the underground prison, when he attempted to crush the Icecrown to destroy the Lich King.  We also know that Flying Serpents are cousins of Hakkar.  The sons of Hakkar in Zul’Gurub are flying serpents. Furthermore, when summoning Dukes of the Abyssal Council in Silithus by the Twilight’s Hammer encampments—among these dukes are Flying serpents and Hydras—servants of the Old gods.

Back to subject, this below comes from a series of quests that start in Tanaris:

Spirit Screechers

Yeh’kinya: I seek the spirits of the vale screechers of Feralas. They are the cousins of an old, old god, and their spirits are linked to him.
Take this bramble wand and go to Feralas. Find and defeat vale screechers in southern and central Feralas, then wave my bramble over their fallen bodies. This will coax their spirit to reveal itself. Touch the spirit and collect its essence.
Return to me with my bramble and with the collected essence, and I will tell you more of the old god of which I spoke.

Note: Yeh’kinya is a Troll located at the Steamwheedle Port, northeastern Tanaris.

The Prophecy of Mosh’aru

Yeh’kinya: The ancient prophecy of Mosh’aru speaks of a way to contain the god Hakkar’s essence. It was written on two tablets and taken to the troll city of Zul’Farrak, west of Gadgetzan.

Bring me the Mosh’aru tablets!

The first tablet is held by the long-dead troll Theka the Martyr. It is said his persecutors were cursed into scarabs and now scuttle about his shrine.

The second tablet is held by the hydromancer Velratha, near the sacred pool of Gahz’rilla.

When you have the tablets, bring them to me.

The Ancient Egg

Yeh’kinya: The Prophecy of Mosh’aru speaks of an ancient egg. It is a relic of a time when trolls ruled vast empires, and it has the power to hold the essence of Hakkar. It may be the only way to keep our world safe from his evil.

Bring me the ancient egg. It is said to lay hidden deep within Jintha’Alor in the Hinterlands, in a cave behind the amphitheater at the top of the city.

The god Hakkar

Yeh’kinya: Now it is time to capture the essence of the avatar of Hakkar.

Take the Egg of Hakkar to the Sanctum of the Fallen God in the Sunken Temple in Azeroth. Invoke the egg’s power to stir the dead god.

He will send his minions against you. Defeat his bloodrinkers and take their Hakkari blood, then use the blood to dowse the eternal flames that hold Hakkar’s spirit. When all the flames go out, the avatar of Hakkar will enter our world.

Defeat him, and place his essence within the egg of Hakkar.

Note: You have to go to the Pool of Tears in eastern Swamp of Sorrows(Eastern Kingdoms).  There is a Sunken Temple in the middle of the Lake. You need five players. After you kill the Avatar of Hakkar and drain it by clicking the egg, return to Yeh’kinya.  If you talk again to him, he now will have an option:

Through my studies, I see that defeating the god Hakkar’s avatar has weakened him.  But the bulk of his strength remains, lurking at the far end of the Nether.

You have defeated his avatar once.  Perhaps if you defeat it again you can further weaken the god so that, one day, we might face his true self.

I have preapared a spell that you may use to again summon an avatar of Hakkar within the Sanctum of the Fallen god.  Do you want to confront it once again?

>Yes.  Give me the spell to summon the Avatar

The Lost Tablets of Mosh’aru

Prospector Ironboot: The troll with whom you spoke did not tell the truth. The two tablets you gained for him spoke of containing the essence of Hakkar, but there is more to that legend. I have studied long, and found that there are six Tablets of Mosh’aru, not two! Six!

And I fear that we will not like what secrets the others hold …

Find the third and fourth tablets of Mosh’aru. They’re in the Eastern Plaguelands, held by the Mossflayer trolls. Find them, and bring them to me.

The Final Tablets

Prospector Ironboot: While I look over the third and fourth tablets of Mosh’aru, you must find the fifth and sixth! It will not be easy, for they are held by the Smolderthorn trolls within Blackrock Spire. The spire is a dark mountain of fire between the Burning Steppes and the Searing Gorge.
Good luck. Blackrock Spire is no place for decent folk…

Confront Yeh’kinya

Prospector Ironboot in Steamwheedle Port, Tanaris

Prospector Ironboot: My delvings into the Mosh’aru Tablets bear grim news.  Hakkar’s true form, the god himself, can be born again through the very egg into which you captured him.  Yeh’kinya told you it was to contain his evil, but it is to recreate it!  The troll has led you astray!

Go to Yeh’kinya and demand the egg from him.  Pray that it is not too late to stop Hakkar’s return!

Confront Yeh’kinya – part 2

Yeh’kinya: So, you have been speaking with that old dwarf Ironboot and uncovered the lost Mosh’aru Tablets, have you?  That meddling prospector …

No matter.  It is too late to save this world.  Hakkar has been reborn, and even now grows in power … deep in the ancient troll kingdom of Zul’Gurub!  He has come!  And he will rule in blood and terror!

Thank you.  Your help has sped the return of the Soulflayer!

It is true.  The wheels of doom now turn, inevitably toward the true return of Hakkar!  Blood and souls for Hakkar!  HAHAHAHA!

Note: Strangely, Yeh’kinya shapeshifts into a Flying Serpent of Hakkar, a green ghostly form as if an emerald dream form; and flies away from you toward the east.

The Hand of Rastakhan

Prospector Ironboot: Our worst fears have come.  Legend speaks of the Soulflayer ruling the ancient troll world through evil and terror, and his power was absolute.  If he cannot be stopped now, then his new reign may spread across all of Azeroth!

There is a contingent of Zandalarian trolls who may help us stem this tide of darkness.  They have camped on Yojamba isle, off the coast of Stranglethorn, west of the ruins of Zul’Kunda.  Speak with their leader Molthor, and pray he knows how to defeat Hakkar.

The Hand of Rastakhan – part 2

Molthor: If you have come to save the world then you have come to the right place.  The Faceless One – the Blood god Hakkar—has been brought into our world!

You were sent by the prospector Ironbloot?  His kind are wise, and wiser still to bring you to me, for I and the Zandalarian trolls may know a way to defeat the Soulflayer.

Speak with the trolls of this isle, heed their words, and prepare yourself for the task before you is soaked in blood.

Altar of Zanza

Behind the troll village of Yojamba Isle is an altar of Zanza that reads:

We call upon you, Zanza of Zuldazar.

Bless those that ask for your help. Loa Zanza, Bless those that would ally with the Zandalarian people.

Aid us in this time of need.  Aid us Loa. Give us the power to strike down our enemis. Give us the power to once more defeat the Blood god.

Scarlet Crusade: Scarlet Monestary Statues

The Scarlet Monastery in Tirisfal Glades is heavily inhabited by Scarlet Crusade Priests, Myrmidons and Paladins, formerly members of the Silver Hand.  Others were recruited and joined into the ranks of the Organization in the past few years after the Fall of Lordaeron. South is the tomb of the founder of the Silver Hand, Archbishop Alonsus Faol—at Faol’s Rest.  Little would Faol know the fate of his Order and of his most loved disciple Uther Lightbringer.

  The Fall of Lordaeron led to the formation of the Scarlet Crusade by High Inquisitor Isillien and High General Abbendis.  The result of the unending war between the Scarlet Crusade and the Undead Scourge brought the passing of many high ranking members.  A statue and a plate is what remains of these fallen heroes of the Scarlet Crusade. While some are missing, they are thought deceased.

Admiral Barean Westwind

Grand Admiral of the Scarlet Fleet

Citizen of Kul’Tiras

Lost off the Frozen Coast of Northrend

Harthal Truesight

Lord Paladin of the Scarlet Crusade

Citizen of Azeroth – Knight of the Silver Hand

Last seen entering the cursed city of Stratholme

Valea Twinblades

Warrior of the Scarlet Crusade

Citizen of Alterac

Last seen deep in the Eastern Plaguelands

Dorgar Stoenbrow

Warrior of the Scarlet Crusade

Lord of the Red Caverns

Last seen in the Mountains of Alterac

Fellari Swiftarrow

Ranger Captain of the Scarlet Crusade

Citizen of Quel’Thalas

Lost in the Forests of Silverpine

Orman of Stromgarde

The First Captain General of the Scarlet Crusade

Citizen of Stromgarde

Lost at the Mouth of Icecrown Glacier

Yana Bloodspear

The second Chief Assassin of the Scarlet Crusade

Citizen of Dalaran

Lost in the Tirisfal Glades

Ferren Marcus

High Abbot of the Scarlet Monastery

Citizen of Stratholme

Killed defending the Scarlet Monastery at the First Summertide Assault

Holia Sunshield

Defender of the Scarlet Crusade

Killed while slaying the Dreadlord Beltheris

Arellas Fireleaf

High Wizard of the Scarlet Crusade

Citizen of Quel’Thalas

Locked in eternal combat with the Necromancer Diesalven

Invar One-Arm

The First Chief Assassin of the Scarlet Crusade

Citizen of Dalaran

Last seen on the shores of Northrend

Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza Explained

Hey there, Angler! The purpose of this thread is to explain the Fishing Tournament so that we can nab some of the nifty prizes.

I’ll keep this first post up to date. Please post additional information that you may have.

The 5 W’s

Who: You.

What: The Stranglethorn Vale Fishing Tournament

When: Every Sunday at 14:00 (2:00 PM) local server time

Where: Stranglethorn Vale

Why: For kicks, some decent prizes, and because it’s something other than grinding.

Getting Started

Fishing Skill & Bait:

All you need to get started is a fishing pole and a decent level of fishing skill. I started doing this at skill 260, and I did not receive a single “Your fish got away” message in over 1.5 hours of participation (without bait). So, you probably want to have one of …

A. 250 Fishing Skill

B. 200 Fishing Skill and a bunch of Nightcrawlers (+50 for 10 minutes)

C. 175 Fishing Skill and a bunch of Shiny Baubles (+75 for 10 minutes)

Fishing Pole:

Note that there is a vendor in Booty Bay (all the way on the bottom platform near the plank leading into the water) that will sell you (limited quantity item) a Strong Fishing Pole (+5 Fishing Skill). Every little bit helps, so you should always be using this instead of the regular fishing pole (Also, you can get the Big Iron Fishing Pole, with a whopping +20 to fishing, instead… it’s a rare drop from Shellfish Crates that are part of a Horde quest line in Desolace – thanks to Emmert for this info).

Level:

While you can theoretically win the contest as a level 1 character, the reality of it is that you’ll probably want to be at least level 40 before you attempt this, for two reasons: First, you’ll want a mount for the speed increase (see below); second, the area you’ll be running around in is quite full of mobs between levels 35 and 45. If you are in combat, you aren’t fishing – so you’ll need to avoid constantly getting aggro’d by everything around you.

Speed Increase:

You’ll also want to have something to drastically increase your speed, as you’ll need to travel at a few hundred meters every 2-3 minutes. The faster the better. In order of preference:

A. Epic mount (+100% speed increase)

B. Regular mount (+60% speed increase)

C. Sprint/Dash/Aspect of the Cheetah/etc (+~40-50% speed increase)

Hearthstone

Make certain that you bind yourself in Booty Bay, and that you do not use your Hearthstone after about 1:15 PM local server time. You’ll most likely need to hearth back to Booty Bay as soon as you’re done if you want to win.

Inventory Space:

Last but not least, you will want at least 16 slots of inventory free. Make sure you bring at least one fully-empty 16-slot container or its equivalent. You may want to have a little extra space just in case. Most fish (including the Tastyfish) stack in lots of 20, just so you’re aware…

Tournament Basics

Announcements

At approximately 30 seconds after the server clock hits 14:00 (2:00 PM), a /yell will be sent to all of Stranglethorn Vale indicating that the Fishing Tournament has begun. Another yell will be sent when the contest has ended.

Goals:

Goal #1: The main goal of the tournament is to be the first to catch 40 Tastyfish and to return them to the goblin contest master Riggle Bassbait in Booty Bay. Riggle stands on the dock just outside of the Inn. Along with the man in charge of the contest, there is Fishbot 5000 and another goblin who give out consolation prizes…

Goal #2: (Consolation Prize) Bring 5 Tastyfish to the goblins to receive 23 silver (repeatable as many times as you want).

Goal #3: (Consolation Prize) Bring a rare fish to the Fishbot 5000 to receive “Rare Nat Pagle fishing accessories” (Haven’t gotten any myself). There are three types of rare fish to be found, and yes, rare means rare – in an hour and a half of fishing, I did not catch a single one.

Rewards:

The Internet is surprisingly devoid of information on the rewards for this tournament. I did manage to find out some details, though:

First Prize: Hook of the Master Angler: A trinket that turns you into a fish and grants ~100% speed increase in water. You are unable to fight while in fish form.

Rare Fish #1 (Dezian Queenfish): High Test Eternium Fishing Line: Consume to permanently add +5 to a Fishing Pole.

Rare Fish #2 (Keefer’s Angelfish): Reward unknown.

Rare Fish #3 (Brownell’s Blue Striped Racer): Nat Pagle’s Extreme Anglin’ Boots: Boots enchanted with +5 to Fishing Skill.

Let the Tournament Begin!

School of Tastyfish:

As soon as the tournament begins, “School of Tastyfish” nodes will spawn all along the coast of Stranglethorn Vale. Yes, the entire coast is in-play. The nodes look like small whirlpools, 2-3 meters in diameter, complete with silvery fish flickering in and out. They are visible from a good distance as a shimmering spot in the water.

Spawn Locations:

The locations of the nodes are fixed. That is, a node is either there or not there, but the locations do not change. You’ll find that there is a spawn location approximately every 100-200 meters along the coast, so there are many pools forming constantly. Along the southeastern coast alone there are about 10 spawn points. The best way to learn them is to participate in the tournament – you’ll be in trouble the first time, but you’ll learn them for the next time.

How to Catch the Elusive Tastyfish:

In order to catch Tastyfish, you must cast your bobber inside one of the fishing nodes. To be on the safe side, ensure that your bobber is at least partially touching the edge of the swirling waters. Ideally, cast it right into the center so you don’t have to worry. If you miss, re-cast again. There is no way to guarantee that your bobber will land in the right place. Learn how far back to stand so that the average-distance cast will at least have a chance to intersect the pool itself (stand too close and you’ll always overcast; stand too far and your bobber will never make it out to the pool).

Once your bobber lands in a good position, just wait and fish as normal. You’ll reel in either some Stranglekelp, a Tastyfish, a rare fish or (rarely) something else (anything you could normally catch in these waters goes here).

Node Mechanics:

It seems that the nodes are partially timer based and partially quantity based. Nodes seem to last a minimum of about 1.5 minutes and a maximum of about 3. If you are the only person fishing a node, it will not despawn while your bobber is in it (this is odd).

It would appear that, for whatever reason (fixed quantity, random luck, whatever), the node has a chance to despawn upon anyone reeling in a catch regardless of what is caught (Tastyfish, Oily Blackmouth, rusty boot, etceteras).

Multiple people can and will fish in a single node. Note that (as stated before) there appears to be a minimum time that a node will stay active, so don’t necessarily get all riled up just because people zerg your lucrative fishing spot. It can get annoying, however, when more than about 3 people are fishing as the number of bobbers begins to be a problem.

Changing Nodes:

As soon as a node despawns, immediately mount (or hit your speed boost) and proceed to the next most probable location for a spawn. This is something you will learn from experience. If you know a nearby pool despawned about 6 minutes ago, head there now, as this seems to be the approximate time between respawns.

The best way to do this by far is to stay just in the water, out of aggro range of most mobs but still able to walk/run/mount (don’t swim!). Run along the coast until you see the next node, and hit it.

Things to Watch Out for:

There are quite a few nasties along the STV coast. On the southwest side are the highest level mobs in the area, namely varieties of Naga. These are particularly annoying because they wander far (even into the ocean) and have a large aggro radius, are social, and like to net you.

The rest of the west coast is (for the most part) inhabited by Crocolisks and Raptors, of which the Crocolisks are by far the worst since they (like the Naga) will sometimes enter the water where you are.

The east coast of Stranglethorn, by comparison, is great. The ruins full of undead can be a problem if you are below level 40; levels 40 and up will generally be able to walk past without a problem. The one thing you must watch out for, regardless of your level, is the unique level 47+ Elite Giant Gorlash. He roams the shore slowly and is easily avoided, but there are always a disturbing number of skeletons near him when you pass by.

And last but not least, if you are on a PvP server, watch out for the enemy. you will hate your life as this event is commonly referred to on PvP servers as the “Stranglethorn Vale Fishing Gankfest”.

The Tournament Completed

How Long This Takes:

The tournament on Sunday 18 December 2005 was won in exactly 38 minutes. This means you should be catching, on average, about 1 tastyfish every 55 seconds if you hope to win.

Winning:

I haven’t won. That said, keep a close eye on the number of Tastyfish you’ve caught. The second you hit 40, hearth back to Booty Bay, hti your speed boost if you’ve got it, and talk to Riggle Bassbait to win the tournament. A /yell will be sent to all of STV informing them that you are the victor. W00t for j00!

Not Winning:

Most likely you will not win. If this is the case, you can just quit when you get the /yell, or you can continue to fish the nodes. The mechanics stay the same if you keep going. You can continue to catch Tastyfish and even rare fish for as long as the tournament continues. Once the contest is over and the node despawn for the week, you should return to Booty Bay and turn in what you’ve got for what prizes you can.

Sorry, No Cheating:

Blizzard has it covered when it comes to the various shady tactics that we all, of course, immediately think of and wish we could explot:

1. Tastyfish are eternally Soulbound, so you cannot trade them.

2. They are limited duration items, and will disappear 4 hours after catching.

3. Stack in lots of 20.

4. Cannot be eaten, cooked, disenchanted, sold, fed to pet, or used in any other way.

Summary

So you are all set to go win the tournament. By far the hardest parts are memorizing where the nodes spawn and learning where to stand so that your bobber has the best chance to land in the swirling Tastyfish whirlpool. Watch out for aggro, run swiftly, fish deeply, and remember the credo of the Simpsons’ Fugu Chef:

“Hmmm…. poison, poison, poison… ah! Tastyfish!

Author: Moonfall

Level 38 Night Elf Druid

Guild:  Brethren of Light

Realm:  Argent Dawn