Stoutmantle grew suspicious after reading Wiley’s Note. Lord Stoutmantle in Sentinel Hill sent you to Mathias Shaw in the Old Town at Stormwind to find out more about Edwin VanCleef and the Stonemasons. These note is given to you by Master Mathias Shaw.
Lord Stoutmantle …
Led by Edwin VanCleef, the Stonemason’s Guild was composed of the most skilled builders among men. The Stonemasons helped to rebuild the broken city of Stormwind that was razed by the orcs during the First War.. VanCleef and his tradesmen were peerless builders and their work and artistry was evident in the edifices of the Cathedral of Light and Stormwind Keep itself.
However, the nobles of Stormwind ran up a huge debt by expanding the kingdom’s military presence through Elwynn Forest and into Stranglethorn. The massive debt crippled the kingdom’s economy and stripped VanCleef and his Stonemasons of their promised rewards. After spending years toiling to rebuild the glorious city, the Stonemasons were left broke, forgotten by the city’s corrupt officials.
Having personally known Edwin VanCleef my entire life, I can tell you that facing him as a foe is quite a daunting task. You see, he was my childhood friend, and I personally trained him in the ways of the shadows thinking that one day he might consider a career alongside me. If VanCleef is heading up the Defias Brotherhood, may the Light have mercy on our souls.
Master Mathias Shaw
Gryan Stoutmantle: Did Master Shaw shed any light on things?
Edwin VanCleef … I know the name well. To think that a man so industrious and talented could turn into such a scoundrel unnerves me. I’ll need further proof before I believe this.
We need to discover the location of the Defias hideout. My scout reports that a Defias Messenger has been seen on the roads between Moonbrook, the Gold Coast Quarry and the Jangolode Mine. I want you to capture him. If he resists, kill him and bring me whatever he is carrying.
Track down the Defias Messenger in Westfall and bring his message to Stoutmantle.
Note: Follow the links to read the entire Defias Brotherhood Questline.
Highlord Demitrian: Look to this ravaged field and know the power that the elements hold.
> What do you know of it?
Highlord Demitrian: I know much, listen and be educated.
>I am listening, Demitrian.
Highlord Demitrian: In the time before time, what the usurpers would later call the First Age of Creation, my master and his siblings ruled over this world. It was they, the Old gods, who created all.
And it was they who would ultimately be cast down by those that would call themselves Shapers.
> Continue, please.
Highlord Demitrian: Their manifest forms weak from eons of battle, imprisoned beneath the world – the world tha they themselves created – the corruption of the Titan Shapers would permeate through the surface and befoul the Old gods.
It was then and there that the brothers did turn. For five millenia a battle was fought at the core fo this world.
Highlord Demitrian: It was during the Elemental Sundering that the Firelord, Ragnaros, would seek to consume my Lord, Thunderaan, Prince of Air.
(Demetrian bows his head, his face contorted in rage.)
Speak his name and I shall decorate this ravaged camp with your entrails. Be silent and listen.
Highlord Demitrian: It was the Lieutenants of Ragnaros, Geddon and Garr, who would perpetrate the betrayal against my Lord. Thunderaan was caught unaware.
> Caught unaware? How?
Highlord Demitrian: The Firelord’s advances were wholly unknown to Thunderaan. Before my Lord could react, Sulfuras, legendary hammer of Ragnaros, would strike an unmerciful blow. Thunderaan fell, utterly defeated.
The Firelord feasted upon the essence of my Lord, but was unable to consume him entirely.
> So what did Ragnaros do next?
Highlord Demitrian: What little remained of Thunderaan’s essence was stored within a talisman of elemental binding. Ragnaros then shattered the talisman in two flawless pieces. The pieces assigned to his Lieutenants …
When you kill the Lieutenants, they have a chance to drop the left or right Bindings of the Windseeker item. Bring both to Highlord Demitrian to start the questline to obtain the Thunderfury epic sword. Highlord Demitrian will give you the Vessel of Rebirth item.
QUEST: EXAMINE THE VESSEL
QUEST: THUNDERAAN THE WINDSEEKER
Go back to Molten Core and kill Ragnaros. Once you have this quest he has a 100% to drop Essence of the Firelord.
For Elementium Ore, go to Blackwing Lair in Blackrock Mountain—entry to Blackwing Lair is gained by starting a quest from an item that drops from an Blackrock Orc Lieutenant. Said orc is outside the zone in of Lower Blackrock Deeps, on the opposite side of the zone in. The quest sends you to kill the last boss of Upper Blackrock. Click the item that is behind the last boss to become attuned to Blackwing Lair. Then where you originally killed the Lieutenant orc outside the dungeon, is a copy of that glowing orb. You can enter Blackwing Lair by clicking that orb.
For those who already have access to Blackwing Lair, the Eternium Ore drops from the goblins that are found at Vaelastrasz’s room. Sheep or crowd control them and kill them. Loot the Eternitum Ore. Ask a priest to mind control a goblin named Krixix. Once mind controlled, players can learn Smelt Eternium from Krixix.
Bring your 10 bars of Eternium, the Essence of the Firelord and both Bindings of the Windseeker to Highlord Demitrian at the Ravaged Twilight camp northwest of Silithus.
Highlord Demitrian: Bring the world to its knees if you must!
Even in dreams I did not dare foresee this day.
BEHOLD HE WHO IS OLDER THAN EXISTENCE!
BEHOLD HE WHO HAS FACED TITAN AND GOD ALIKE!
RISE MY MASTER! BREAK FROM YOUR BONDS!
Thunderaan spawns. Bring a raid team with you to kill him, then loot the Dormant Wind Kissed Blade item from Thunderaan, and talk to Highlord Demitrian again.
QUEST: THUNDERAAN THE WINDSEEKER
Fans who haven’t read previous Warcraft Game Manuals or Warcraft Novels (pocketbooks) are missing a lot of info and lore. Most fans focus more in the gameplay, others enjoy the in-game lore, yet ignore to pick the novels knowingly. In some cases, there are fans who do not know the novels exist. Either way, here is some incentive to start reading novels.
The first Warcraft novel was titled Warcraft: The Last Guardian—written by D&D/fantasy famed author Jeff Grubb. The novel was based on the events of the first Blizzard RTS game Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (1994). The novel was released on December 2002. To date there are over twelve novels and more are coming on 2008. On August 28, 2007 – barely a 8 weeks from now – Blizzard and Simon & Schuster Pocket Star Books will release World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness by Aaron Rosenberg. And World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal on April 2008.
For now this article will focus on Medivh. To fans Medivh is dead since the First War. However, the first Warcraft novel already revealed Medivh would be alive again in the future. And he indeed is. Let’s recap what happened in Warcraft: The Last Guardian. Be warned there will be some spoilers.
Khadgar saw a vision of the past where Medivh fought his mother Aegwynn, defeating her. Sargeras within Medivh attempted to kill her, but Medivh seems to have regained some control over his own body and instead exiled Aegwynn to a place where she wouldn’t cause further trouble to his plans of conquering the Eastern Kingdoms.
After this vision, Khadgar grew concerned. Sargeras had revealed himself to Aegwynn in this vision. She did not kill him 800 years ago as she thought. It had been masterminded by Sargeras all along. Now Sargeras resides within Medivh’s body.
Khadgar and Garona found a secret doorway leading to the basement of the Tower of Karazhan. As they progressed down the stairway, Khadgar noticed it was a perfect match of the tower above .. a mirror tower beneath the original. As they reached the mirror copy of Medivh’s room at the very bottom of the mirror tower, Sargeras manifested himself through Medivh’s body and battled Khadgar and Garona.
Lothar arrived few minutes after Khadgar and Garona had engaged Medivh in combat.
Medivh was beheaded by Sir Lothar at the underground mirror-tower of Karazhan.
Khadgar buried the corpses of Moroes (the butler), the cook and Medivh. However, a faint image of Medivh was watching over Khadgar. Khadgar had sensed it since the first day he arrived to Karazhan after the Kirin Tor sent him to become an apprentice to Medivh.
That presence was all along Medivh … but this Medivh came from the future. Medivh talked to Khadgar:
This storyline of Medivh’s return after death has been foreseen ever since Warcraft: The Last Guardian (2002). Blizzard Entertainment released Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos on July 3, 2002. In Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Medivh made its return as the Prophet. No one knew he was Medivh until he revealed himself to Thrall and Jaina at Stonetalon Mountains. To Cairne Bloodhoof (Tauren) he was known as the Oracle.
Fans thought this Medivh was a ghost from beyond who returned to amend his past sins. And still consider Medivh dead. However, to lore fans who do read the Warcraft Novels, we know Medivh is not dead.
World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred serves as a prelude to the MMORPG storyline. The novel was written by Keith R.A. DeCandido—author of Star Trek, Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Resident Evil fame. This novel tells the story of Thrall and Jaina’s fragile peace pact a year before the events of World of Warcraft (MMORPG). Aegwynn is still alive and joins Jaina Proudmoore to destroy an old evil she defeated 800 years ago. A demon named Zmodlor. Aegwynn confesses to Jaina, she resurrected her son Medivh. Medivh sought Thrall, Jaina and Malfurion to convince them to unite forces against the invasion. Making a stand together could prevent the Burning Legion from consuming all life in Azeroth.
Medivh is alive.
Now without the taint of Sargeras.
• Medivh’s resurrection by Aegwynn in World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred (page 66-76)
• Aegwynn’s Tale: Fall of Azeroth from Warcraft: Orc and Humans Game Manual
• Medivh’s birth explained in Warcraft: Orc and Humans Game Manual
• Warcraft: The Last Guardian Excerpt (Chapter 5: Sands in an Hourglass)
• Our interview with Keith R.A. DeCandido
Warcraft: The Last Guardian
World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (1994)