Wiley’s Note – ( Defias Brotherhood )

This note is given to you by Wiley the Black at the Lakeshire Inn.  Gryan Stoutmantle (The People’s Militia) from Sentinel Hill at Westfall sent you here to Lakeshire to find out more about the Defias Brotherhood.  This quest is part of The Missing Diplomat questline.


Stoutmantle …

Some nerve sending a total stranger to discuss the Defias gang.  Once you saved my life and now you put it in great peril.

But I owe you.  The Defias Brotherhood is larger than you think.  Every mine from Westfall to Elwynn Forest is under their control.  Kobolds and Gnolls have been enlisted to do their dirty work.  They have goblins crafting metal monsters to place in the Westfall fields to prey on the superstitions of the local residents.

They have a vast underground network built.  Bigger than you know Stoutmantle.  From Booty Bay right to Stormwind Keep.  You may be a brave Paladin but you are a fool if you think you can shut them down.  They are working on a weapon of mass destruction.  After all, if there’s one thing Stonemasons know, it’s how to build big.  You didn’t think this was about pumpkin farms and vineyards, now did you?  I repaid your favor.  Now leave me be!

—W


(Back at Sentinel Hill, Westfall)

Gryan Stoutmantle: Good to see you back.  What did Wiley have to say for himself?

Bah!  I should have let that scoundrel rot when I had the chance.  But this information is crucial.  Good work.

I wonder what Wiley meant when he mentioned the Stonemasons.  Perhaps that was a slip of tongue.  Could the Defias gang be related to the Stonemasons?  Only one man would know for sure: Mathias Shaw, head of the SI:7.  Show him Wiley’s Note and see if he has anything to add to this growing mystery. If you have trouble finding Shaw, check the Barracks in Old Town.

QUEST OBJECTIVE

Take Wiley’s Note to Mathias Shaw in Stormwind.

(At the Old Town, Shaw welcomes you.)

Master Mathias Shaw: Welcome to SI:7 headquarters.

What business do you have with me?  I am a very busy man …

This matter might be more complex than Stoutmantle realizes.

The Stonemasons’ Guild was run by a man named Edwin VanCleef.  VanCleef was responsible for rebuilding Stormwind after the orcs razed it in the First War.  Apparently, VanCleef and his men were unhappy with their treatment by the King after the reconstruction was complete.  That just might explain a thing or two.

I have written a more detailed account for your Master in Westfall.  Take this to him at once.

QUEST OBJECTIVES

Take Shaw’s report to Gryan Stoutmantle in Westfall.

CONTINUE TO READ SHAW’S REPORT >>>

Note: Follow the links to read the entire Defias Brotherhood Questline.

Shaw’s Report – ( Defias Brotherhood )

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
Stormwind Assassin’s Guild


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.

QUEST OBJECTIVES

Track down the Defias Messenger in Westfall and bring his message to Stoutmantle.

CONTINUE TO READ THE MYSTERIOUS LETTER >>>

Note: Follow the links to read the entire Defias Brotherhood Questline.

Kurzen’s Mystery—Gri’lek the Wanderer

The four tablets telling the Troll Legend are item objectives of Kurzen’s Mystery Quest in Stranglethorn Vale.  This quest is given by Brother Nimetz at Rebel Camp, northern Stranglethorn Vale.


THE FIRST TROLL LEGEND

A moon over the Vale shines casting its glow upon the jungle, where proud warriors heed the call to defend our nation, and sacred grounds.  A moon over the Vale shines far above the cries of battle, where blood is spilled.  Of foe and comrade alike.

And when our brethren pass into realms beyond the known, the soul-spirit hardens deep beneath the Vale.

And when our brethren pass into the Mountain’s temple, we shall protect their eternal spirit, encased within the holy blue crystal.

And when our brethren pass, a moon over the Vale shines.

—- Found at the Bal’lal Ruins, Stranglethorn Vale


THE SECOND TROLL LEGEND:
Gri’lek the Wanderer

Tale of Gri’lek the Wanderer

(… The beginnings of the tablet were worn and erased.  But the end was legible …)

Gri’lek stamped through the jungle.  And his eyes burned and his chest rumbled, for there was great anger in him.

In fury he roared to the sky, and he raised his arm.  He raised his left arm.  Grown strong and sure from hunting without its twin.

For Gri’lek’s right arm was gone, and it would not return.

And so he wandered, and he searched.  And his arm remained lost to him.  And so he cursed and roared as he walked.

But Gri’lek has long ago turned his ear away from the spirits, and they were angered and would not listen to his curses.

Doomed was Gri’lek, doomed to wander, armless.

—- Found in a troll village at the bottom of the Vile Reef,
Stranglethorn Vale


THE THIRD TROLL LEGEND

Rising from the ocean, a tower of water, Neptulon sent the great Krakken to doomed I’lalai.  So huge were their forms that jungles of kelp swayed through their limbs, and leviathans swam through bodies.

The largest Krakken then raised his arms high and crashed them into the sea, sending waves about him.  And they raged toward I’lalai.

The Krakken roared, and their voices thundered like an ocean storm.

“We come.”

Min’loth, standing firm, called forth his magic.  The waves sent to I’lalia parted and washed to both sides, and they flooded the jungle beyond.  Min’loth then bade his minions chant spells of binding.  And a din rang out as dozens of troll voices rose.

And one voice rose above the rest.

Min’loth bellowed and his magic gathered the power of his minion’s spells.  And he cast it at the approaching Krakken.

The seas parted and Min’loth’s spell sped toward the servants of Neptulon.  Lightning tore the sky and the spell struck them, and a thousand bolts fell, boiling water, and burning craters in the earth.

Min’loth cried in triumph knowing his spell would fell the great beasts.

But the Krakken are old.  Very old.  They remembered when the land was first born from the sea.

They remembered when the Old Ones ruled and when the travelers came and cast them down.  They remembered when magic was new.

They are old and they hold many secrets.  And though Min’loth’s spell was strong, it, like the troll, was mortal.

And so it failed.

It failed to bind the Krakken, but it enraged them.  Not in aeons had a mortal caused them pain, and the troll’s spell was painful.

And so they shed the bindings of Min’loth’s spell.  But then roared and stuck with fury.

A rumble was heard as great waves rose from the deep and raced toward the land.  When they reached I’lalai they cast a shadow on the city.

But before they destroyed it the Krakken halted. Poised.

The troll witchdoctors trembled and cried out to their master.  Min’loth gazed at the mountains of the sea, doomed and defiant.  He turned to his adepts and whispered, and the trolls etched his last words into stone.  Min’loth then faced the looming Krakken.

He grimaced and hurled his staff, his last bold act.

The Krakken then bent their fury upon Min’loth.  And an ocean fell upon I’lalai.

And it was no more.

And then the waters fell upon the jungle, washing clean all they met.  Trolls and beasts cried out as the waters smashed and drowned them.

Many Gurubashi wondered why the ocean swallowed them, but then they died and knew nothing.

And finally, when the waters reached the mountains, they stopped.  Appeased, they retreated back, beyond the shores, and they left a wake of death.

They retreated, but they surged around I’lalai and remained drowning it forever.

And the Chief Var’gazul, safe behind the mountains in Zul’Gurub, went out to the jungle and found it washed clean of his people.

And he despaired, for his dreams of conquest were thwarted.

And never was Min’loth the Serpent found.

—- Tablet found at Ruins of Zul’Kunda, Stranglethorn Vale


THE FOURTH TROLL LEGEND: THE EMPEROR’S TOMB

By moon and fire.
By flesh and bone.
Scribed in blood.
Carved in stone.

Leave this place.
Or meet your doom.
Death stands guard.
Over the Emperor’s Tomb.

—- Tablet found at Ruins of Zul’Kunda


Upon completion of the quest …

Brother Nimetz: Do you have the troll legends?  I must know their secrets.

Thank you.  I will study these legends to see if there is some link between the trolls and the evil that has possessed Colonel Kurzen.

World of Warcraft – The Bloodsail Orders

This letter is found along the end of the Wild Shore, south of Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale. It reveals a direct connection between the Defias Brotherhood and the Bloodsail Buccaneers.  The Defias Messenger in Westfall mentioned a BB who would supply the Defias for the construction of the Juggernaught vessel.  This Bloodsail Orders letter is an objective of the quest titled: The Bloodsail Buccaneers.


THE BLOODSAIL ORDERS

When you find the Bloodsail Orders this is what it says:

Pay attention to these here words closely, me hearties. For we only got one shot at Booty Bay.

I’ve sent Ol’Dunken scouting to the north and told him to wait for the signal.

The Damsel’s Luck will drop anchor off the southern cape for purposes of supply. Captain Stillwater, the little shorty, is to have his crew prepare to haul up all the plundered loot. I’m sure Brutus, that blockhead, will be on top of things.

I want Captain Keelhaul to bring the Riptide up to shore from the southeast. We’ll send his crew in on foot when the signal is given.

That big lug, Salthoof, can take the men in swinging. I want the black spot placed on Revilgaz and Seahorn. Send’em right to the bottom of the sea for all I care.

You blokes are responsible for salvaging anything that might be of use for our little project with Van Cleef in the Deadmines.

I’ll give the order for Ironpatch to fire the guns. The artillery barrage will keep any Blackwater ships from leaving or entering the port.

After The Crimson Veil has uploaded her guns, I’ll bring her alongside. The Riptide for support and provide reserves as needed.

Once Salthoof and his boys have fired the town and all hands are on deck we set sail and give the Bay one more shelling from the Savage Coast for good measure.

– Fleet Master Firallon


The BLOODSAIL BUCCANEERS

Fleet Master Seahorn: Crazz speaks highly of your dedication to the Blackwater Raiders.  I am going to trust you with a mission of extreme importance to the fleet.

Infiltrate the so-called southern command post the Bloodsail Buccaneers have established on the Wild Shore.  Raid the encampment.  Bring me their charts along with their written orders.  We shall see exactly what those scum are up to.

Objectives

Fleet Master Seahorn in Booty Bay wants you to kill 10 Bloodsail Swashbucklers and bring back the Bloodsail Charts and the Bloodsail Orders.

World of Warcraft – The Old gods and the Fall of Thunderaan

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.

> Battle?

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.

> Nods.

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

DESCRIPTION

Examine the vessel of his rebirth, mortal. It is from this that the Windseeker shall be reborn!

OBJECTIVES

Examine the Vessel of Rebirth and return it to Highlord Demitrian.


QUEST: THUNDERAAN THE WINDSEEKER

DESCRIPTION

I have told you all that I know. It is you who must find elementium. It is you who must destroy the Firelord’s corporeal form.

Do this and gain the blessing of Thunderaan.

OBJECTIVES

To free Thunderaan the Windseeker from his prison, you must present the right and left halves of the Bindings of the Windseeker, 10 bars of Elementium, and the Essence of the Firelord to Highlord Demitrian in Silithus.

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, mortal.

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

DESCRIPTION

You have defeated the Wind Seeker. Take the dormant blade and force the lying wretch, Demitrian, to use the materials you provided for his betrayal to wake Thunderfury.

OBJECTIVES

Present the Dormant Wind Kissed Blade to Highlord Demitrian.

World of Warcraft – Medivh is Alive

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:

Khadgar: “So what are you in the future? Magus? Guardian? Demon?”

Medivh: “Be assured. I am a better being than I was, I am free of the taint of Sargeras thanks to your actions this day. Now I may deal directly with the Lord of the Burning Legion. Thank you. There cannot be success without sacrifice.”—from Warcraft: The Last Guardian – page 304 .

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.

REFERENCES

• You can read the story of Aegwynn’s defeat by Medivh/Sargeras in Warcraft: The Last Guardian, and again in more detail at World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred (page 66-76).

• 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

• Medivh’s death explained in Warcraft: The Last Guardian novel and in Warcraft: Orcs and Humans ( Read the Human Campaign mission 8).

• Warcraft: The Last Guardian Excerpt (Chapter 5: Sands in an Hourglass)

• Our interview with Keith R.A. DeCandido

Warcraft: The Last Guardian

Warcraft: The Last Guardian

World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred

Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (1994)

World of Warcraft – Bel’dugur’s Note – The Star, the Hand and the Heart

The Star of Xil’Yeh

An ogre in Alterac, Grel’Borg the Miser, was the last known owner of this gem, whispered to empower its owner with the ability to commune with other worlds. Sources tell us Grel’borg wanders the Ruins of Alterac in the Alterac Mountains searching the rubble and debris for more relics.

The Hand of Dagun

Dagun is a creature of the deep waters, worshipped by Murlocs in Dustwallow Marsh. They entice him to the surface with a special sea kelp, enchanted by their shamans. Hunt the Murlocs, gather their enchanted kelp, then place it on the Murloc’s altar. Dagun will come and you will be waiting.

I want that hand.

The Legacy Heart

Old texts say that he who posseses the Legacy Heart fears not the grave. Perhaps this is true, for the owner of the heart, the troll Mogh, is known as Mogh the Undying. A witchdoctor of the Skullsplitter Tribe. Mogh dwells in Strangelthorn in the Ruins of Zul’Mamwe.

Bring me these items, the Star, the Hand and the Heart, and I will give you a copy of the Yagyin Digest.

The Keeper.



World of Warcraft – Belamoore’s Research Journal – Bloodstone

Kegan Darkmar, leader of the small group of undead who came to us in search of asylum from their brethren, defies our common attitudes toward his kind.  His skin may be rotting and blood may have long stopped flowing through his veins, but he acts very nobly and seems to care more for his compatriots’ safety than his own.

Indeed, there is a humanity within him that, I confess I sometimes see lacking in the humans around me.

But why do I mention this?  I do so to give credence to what I am about to write.  For these words came from Regan’s lips and it is my hope that my colleagues will.  Upon reading this journal, know why I believe what he said.

Remnants of the Old gods still linger in the deep hollows of the world.  New forces seek to harness that ancient power, and those who succeed will have a terrible weapon against their enemies.

That is what Kegan uttered as he handed his bloodstone pendant to me.  And there was fear, and maybe reverence, in his eyes as he did so.  And as his hands met with mine they lingered, as if reluctant to give up the pendant.  Revulsion swept through me.  Yet to this day I know not if I reviled against his dead flesh pressed to mine, or if the pendant itself made my skin crawl.

For I felt a power within it.  A deep hidden hungry power.  And one yearning for release.

Although my colleagues in Dalaran were cautious to study the bloodstones that Kegan and his followers brought with them, instead quarantining the four refugees and leaving the bloodstones on their persons, the sincerity of Kegan obliged me to study his bloodstone pendant.

My hopes were to verify for my colleagues tha this type of stone did possess magical properties.  And if we wizards of Dalaran did not wish to exploit the power of bloodstones, we should at the least learn their properties, since our foes may one day use them against us.

And so my studies began.

I started my tests with the assumption that bloodstone was a type of rock like quartz or obsidian.  So I began a series of procedures to determine what minerals were contained within bloodstone.  What forces were applied to produce its color and hardness, and other properties common to rocks, and ore.  But the bloodstone pendant, to my frustration, did not react to my procedures as would normal ore.

In fact, it often acted in precisely the opposite fashion as expected.  It was almost as if the pendant was deliberately fouling my experiments.

Like it was thinking, and alive.

Angered but not discouraged, I switched from assuming the pendant was an inert piece of rock, to assuming it was a living thing.

But again, I failed.

None of my new tests brought to light any revelations of the origin of bloodstone.  At the time the only riddle I solved was that bloodstone was neither living, nor dead!

But it was then, at the brink of failure, that a breakthrough was made.  My latest test involved a glass beaker, whose brim was chipped.  Leaving a small, jagged space along its edge.  When the test was over again revealing nothing, I went to clean my worktable and cut myself on the beaker.

The cut was not deep but nevertheless bled fiercely.  Before I could wrap my injured finger in a bandage, a good deal of my blood had spilled on my worktable.

And as I was cleaning up this new mess, I noticed the strangest thing.

The blood that had spilled near the bloodstone pendant was slowly moving toward the piece of jewelry.  As if gravity had somehow bent itself toward the bloodstone, the blood that touched the pendant seemed to disappear, and the red color of the stone deepened as it drank more of my blood.

After seeing this, my head grew light.  Perhaps from my recent injury (though I did not believe I had lost that much blood) or perhaps because I had finally, after so much frustration uncovered one of the bloodstone’s properties.  I reached behind me for my work stool and sat down, pondering.  Thoughts and questions raced through my head dizzying and threatening to topple me.

Does bloodstone drink blood?  Does it crave blood?  Does it attract blood?

Or, is bloodstone made of blood?  And if so, then whose blood?  Mine?  The blood of any human?  Any animal?

Or maybe bloodstone is the blood of some unknown thing, the very thing that Kegan had both feared and revered when he handed me his pendant.

That is the question that must be answered.  It is the key.

Fire rekindled within me.  I then dove back into my experiments.  This time I made no assumptions.  Methodically performing every test at my disposal. This increased my required efforts tremendously. But I would be more likely to make discoveries.

And, although my lab here is small and I have no subordinates to spare to aid, I did find one more intriguing quality of bloodstone.

In addition to blood, there are elemental forces fused within the stone.  Fire, water, thunder, and rock are mixed with the blood (But again, the blood of what?).  And although this mixture is outwardly inert, all these forces seem to rage inwardly against each other.  So many more questions were then raised about this amazing and foreboding material.

But to answer those questions, more studies and experiments must be performed on the pendant, and I fear tha the Lordamere Internment Camp cannot marshal the manpower nor the equipment for the task.  So I sent the bloodstone pendant with a courier to Dalaran with specific instructions on how to test it, so they may avoid my earlier frustrations.

As I waited for the results of these tests, I spent my time speaking to Kegan.  Although I constantly pressed him for what he knew about bloodstones, he never told me more than what he said the day he gave me his pendant.  And he did not often speak of his time within the fold of what he called “The Forsaken”, which is the name he calls his clan of undead.

But Kegan was very eager to speak on other subjects, particularly his time growing up in Lordaeron before its fall.

He still holds much love for that lost kingdom.  Even though it is now ruined and dead.

My growing fondness for Kegan gave me patience as I waited for my test results.

But after weeks of no news my patience faltered, and upon further inquires to Dalaran, I learned that the bloodstone never reached my colleagues.  My courier was somehow lost on the way, and the bloodstone pendant was lost with him!

This is grave news for although Kegan and his followers still have bloodstone specimens with which we may experiment.  I fear the pendant may fall into unsavory hands.

I have sent another messenger to Dalaran, and hear that even now they are scouring for the pendant, in the ruins outside our protective sphere.

I only hope we’re not too late.                                                                                                                     



World of Warcraft – Uldaman – Bloodstained Journal

(Only portions of the journal are legible through the stains)

ULDAMAN. DAY 3

I cannot believe how foolish I was.  To be blind-sided by the foul Shadowforge dwarves was a novice’s feat.  My wounds heal slowly. Surely I am poisoned.  I feel my energy sap away.  I must scout ahead nonetheless…

… Make matters worse.  The necklace the gnome made for me has been shattered!  Three of the largest gems set into it have been lost.  I must find them.  Without them the necklace is powerless.

ULDAMAN. DAY 4

First clue revealed itself deep within Uldaman.  As one of the most savage troggs I have ever seen was brandishing about a large sapphire—one I wager that would fit perfectly into the necklace.  I overheard one of the Shadowforge dwarves mention the beasts name: Grimlok.  The cadre of guardians this brute Grimlok has, however …

ULDAMAN. DAY 5

… the trogg, then taking the topaz from his slain “brethren”, marched into the side cave near the front of the hall.

…Quick to place the topaz in a large conspicuous urn toward the back of the chamber…

… Of all things, dwarves!  Three of them, to boot.  They’are barricaded against the troggs currently.  Calling to them would have been a call for suicide.  Lest I be overran by the foul troggs in my weakened state.  Once I know the third gem, however, I shall.

ULDAMAN. DAY 6

… so very hungry.  I am out of supplies.  And would consider moldy bread to be at least at this point.  I witnessed a trogg’s head turn into a juicy steak right in front of my very eyes …

ULDAMAN. DAY 7

… Last chance at redemption for my failures.  I believe the ruby is in the last barricaded area the dwarves have against the troggs.  Their battles, no doubt over the gems and the other artifacts from this site, rage continuously.  It would be just like those vile dwarves to hide it somewhere there.  Regardless, I must make a move one way or another.  Perhaps a mad dash to the surface is the best course.



World of Warcraft – Neeka’s Report

Helgrum,

My compliments to whomever issued the order to establish our base of Kargath in the Badlands.  It is an ideal locale to train our troops.  Its harsh weather, vicious wildlife, warlike natives and complete lack of outside support make this place a crucible from which only the finest warriors and scouts will emerge.

Good planning.  Well done.

I will describe the surrounding lands as the scouts of Kargath have surveyed.

Red, rocky hills and dry flats that offer little support for life.  A blazing sun and severe winds.  No lakes or streams.  Not even scattered pools.  To find water denizens must dig deep, muddy wells.  Or suck scant moisture from the rare cactus or spiny weed.

In short, hot, hard living.

The Badlands are filled with enemies.  Ogres roam the blistering sands ambushing the unwary.  Dark Iron Dwarves inhabit a barracks east of Kargath and battle their lighter-skinned cousins in Loch Modan to the north.  Brutal, primitive beasts called Troggs haunt any scrap of shade they find and defend it savagely.

And in Eastern Badlands in the Lethlor Ravine there are dragons.  We don’t know how many and we don’t know how big, since scouts who get too close never return.

It need not be said that we —those garrisoned at Kargath—are quite happy with our assignment.  We stay tough here, because if we get soft then we die.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Neeka Bloodscar
Head Scout, Kargath



REPORT TO HELGRUM

Bring Neeka’s Report to Helgrum the Swift in Stonard.

DESCRIPTION

I wrote a fresh report to Helgrum in Stonard.  Bring it to him.

And if you consider yourself an outrunner, then don’t lose your way.  Or fall to an enemy.

Helgrum the Swift: Thank you.  From Neeka’s report, I see the Alliance is not without its own problems.  And we may find that some enemies are shared between us.

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