The Battle For The Undercity (Horde) Video – Part 5

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Note: On this video (part 5) the Doomguard Khanok the Impassable dies. The waves of demons stop. Few abominations and Apothecary will be hitting you here and there. Thrall and Sylvanas walk across the sewer bridge to enter the long tunnel toward the Royal Quarter.

Thrall: Is that all, demon?  Have you nothing left to throw at us?

Ten Warsong Battleguards yell: For the Horde! while heading toward the Royal Quarter.

Thrall: We come for you!  Prepare yourself!

Onscreen: The Horde controls the Inner Sanctum.

Varimathras: Bring down the halls! NOW!

Note: As Thrall and Sylvanas reach the entrance to the tunnel leading to the Royal Quarter, it is found sealed with debris.

Thrall: COWARD!  You think to stop the Warchief of the Horde with pebbles?  I will show you the true power of the elements!

Great spirits of the earth, help us in our hour of need!

 

Note: The ground commences to shake with the animation a giant worm usually does when underground.  The shaking rock animations intensify, moving toward the sealed hall full of debris.  The debris falls apart unblocking the path.

Thrall: LET’S GO! QUICKLY!

Note: As Thrall and Sylvanas reach the Royal Quarter, Varimathras stands at the center of the Royal Quarter channeling a powerful spell that maintains several shadow portals open for the invading Burning Legion demons that start pouring into the Royal Quarter: Legion Dreadwhisperers (four-armed demoness), Legion Overlords (Pitlords), and Legion Invaders (Warbringers).

Thrall: What is this?

Varimathras: Welcome to your future—what little there is left of it … Too long … Tireless, endless planning … It will not end like this …  Need more time … The Master is near …  Such power!  Can you not feel it, mortals?  Cease this foolishness and join me!

I will not fail!  Not again!

I cannot hold … Destabilizing …

Note: The six shadow portals close one by one as Thrall and Sylvanas’ forces defeat wave after wave of demons. The last one finally succumbs negating the invading Burning Legion entry into the Royal Quarter.

A distant voice yells: YOU HAVE FAILED ME, VARIMATHRAS!

Varimathras: A thousand-thousand pardons, Master!  I will deal with these intruders myself!

Note: The battle against Varimathras commences.

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The Battle For The Undercity (Horde) Video – Part 4

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Note: Thrall and Sylvanas stand at the edge of the elevator door looking down to the depths of the elevator shaft.  Thrall doesn’t see the lack of elevators as an obstacle. Thrall calls upon the wind spirits.

Thrall: HOLD! They’ve destroyed the elevator!

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: The shaft is trapped, Warchief.  A fall would mean certain death.

Thrall: Great air spirit, hear my call once more!  The spirits of air have heard my call.  Cyclones will lower us to safety.  Now we jump!

Note: A swirl of magic goes down the elevator shaft, taking Thrall and Sylvanas into a slow descent. Wait a bit before jumping. Down in the trade district of Undercity more Abominations and Apothecary battle the Horde.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: You disgust me.  What have they done to my beautiful city!  You dare befoul my sanctum!  Pay with your blood!

Note: Thrall and Sylvanas slowly walk through the bank stairs to access the inner sanctum toward the outer sewer bridge.

Thrall: Lead the way, Dark Lady.  We will follow.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: The only redemption for the traitors responsible for this will be an agonizing death.  My vengeance will be swift and without mercy.  Very well, Warchief.  The Royal Quarter is this way.  Stay on guard.  There is no telling what Varimathras and Putress have in store for us.

HOLD!  I sense dark magic.  Demon magic … Stand ready!

Varimathras: Cleverl girl.  My brothers have grown hungry.  Your souls will sate their appetites.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: The Horde will be victorious!  The Banshee Queen has plans for you!  ON YOUR KNEES! You will be reunited with your master soon – in the after life!

Note: Waves and Waves of Demons fill the outer sewer ring: Perfidious Dreadlords, Felguard Marauders, Plagued Felbeasts (dogs), Succubus (Ravishing Betrayers); as well as more Abominations (Treacherous Guards) and Apothecarium agents. Doomguard Pillages will fly down from the ceiling.  After few waves of demons a mini-boss spawns: Khanok the Impassable (a Huge Doomguard).

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The Battle For The Undercity (Horde) Video – Part 3

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Thrall: ATTACK!

Note: Lady Sylvanas Windrunner starts singing the Lament of the Highborne empowering the Horde and you with a debuff named Song of Sylvanas: Battle prowess heightened by the song of Sylvanas. Your agility increases a lot and you can move very fast across the courtyard. With both debuffs you get barely no damage. Your health is increased to three times the normal. Regeneration is increased. No risk of dying. Just help Thrall and Sylvanas who battle Varimathras’ forces.

You will face waves after wave of Abominations (Treacherous Guardian), Apothecary Chemists, Apothecary Collaborators, and Blight Doctors. Take down the Plague Spreader catapults on each side of the stairs. Shortly after the battle starts, a huge Blight Aberration mini-boss spawns in the courtyard. Waves of mobs will continue to spawn until the Blight Aberration is killed. Take him down fast for the next phase.

Thrall battles with his full set of shamanistic spells, while Sylvanas fights either melee with her red-glowing enchanted daggers, or with her bow. From time to time, Sylvanas will jump across the the landscape in the air at blazing-speed and cast a torrent of glowing projectiles with her bow to all enemy units in front of her across the battlefield. Then jumps back within melee range to annihilate her opponents.

The battle lasts approximately five to seven minutes depending how many players are in your party. This can be done with two players.

Blight Aberration: YAAAAAAAAARGGGGGHHHH !!!!

Horde Demolitionist: FIRE IN THE HOLE!

Thrall: The courtyard is ours!  Onward to the inner sanctum!

Onscreen: The Horde controls the courtyard.

Thrall and Jaina walk through the Ruins of Lordaeron City throne room, past the tomb of King Terenas and toward the elevator to Undercity. However, the elevators have been shut down leaving an empty elevator shaft with a deadly spikey ground trap at the far bottom.

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The Battle For The Undercity (Horde) Video – Part 2

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A portal opens up and Thrall and Lady Sylvanas appear on the crossroads in the outskirts of Lordaeron Ruins’ gate. This seems to be a phase-technology gap. The Undercity is nigh empty with corpses everywhere.

The first you see when taking the portal is Thrall, Lady Sylvanas Windrunner and Vol’jin on their mounts at the crossroads leading to the gates of the Lordaeron City Ruins. Two portals from Orgrimmar continually replenish new Kor’kron Elite guards who immediately engage in combat toward the inner-courtyard. Two Orcish catapults keep fire siege on the city.

Warsong Battleguard: How could we not have seen this coming, to think a Dreadlord could be trusted!  Prepare for battle, it looks like the Apothecarium already has their Blight aimed at the entrance!

Horde Demolitionist: BURN IN HELLFIRE! FIRE IN THE HOLE!

Vol’jin: Let me get you up to speed, (name).

Undercity is a war-zone.  Putress’ apothecaries and Varimathras’ demons have seized control.  They’ve taken a defensive position inside and are using that damned blight against our troops.

Onscreen on the top corner is displayed: “The enemy controls the Undercity! 5 minutes until the battle for the Undercity begins!

THE BATTLE FOR THE UNDERCITY

The entirety of the Undercity is controlled by Varimathras.  Our soldiers stand ready, waiting for the Warchief to give the attack orders.

Help the Horde take back the Undercity and earn your place among our greatest champions!  Should you survive the assault, report to Thrall.

Check in with the Warchief when you are ready to begin.

(Assist Thrall and Sylvanas in retaking the Undercity for the Horde.)

Report to Thrall should you succeed.

Thrall: Are you ready to begin the assault and win back the Undercity for the Horde, (name)?

You: I am ready, Warchief.

Warsong Battleguard: Forward to glory, Orcs!

Demolitionist: We’re taking it back!

(5 minutes until the Battle for the Undercity begins!)

Thrall: HEROES OF THE HORDE. YOUR WARCHIEF CALLS! Gather behind me at the gates of the Undercity!  Soon we march upon our fallen city and reclaim it – FOR THE HORDE!

The elements are with us in force, (name).  With their help, we will do all that is in our power to stop Varimathras and Putress! LOK’TAR OGAR!

Blood and thunder, champions of the Horde!  We fight on this day for our fallen brothers and sisters!  Mourn them not for they all died with honor in their hearts!

Though we face great conflict, our might combined shall obliterate those who would oppose us!  The grave injustices committed against the Horde will be met by an unstoppable force of reckoning!

Demolitionist: We’ll burn it to the ground before giving it to you!  This one is for Saurfang!

Thrall: The battle for the Undercity begins now!  Sound the horns of war!  Champions of the Horde, be empowered by the might of your Warchief! ONWARD!  Great wind brother, clear our path!  You must answer to the elements, demon!

Note: The Horde and you get irradiated by thunder from the sky, debuffing you with the Warchief’s Blessing: Be bathed in the power of the Warchief!  Drink in his might!  Battle for the glory of the Horde.

Thrall, Sylvannas and Vol’jin march to the entrance of the Ruins of Lordaeron and dismount. Thrall calls upon the elements to clear his path. Tornadoes push the poisonous blight clouds away. Upon reaching the courtyard gardens Varimathras phases-in to mock Thrall.

Thrall: You must answer to the elements demon!

Varimathras: Welcome to my kingdom of darkness!  Did you enjoy my minion’s terrible creation? Potent, is it not?  But enough prattling!  You wish to reclaim your city?  Come then, heroes!  Your souls will fuel the host!  You will have this place back in pieces!

Thrall: Great water spirit, wash away this corruption!

Note: A huge water tide emerges in front of Thrall washing away every Undead and blight on its path from the courtyard to the throne room bridge in real-time as Varimathras escapes through a shadow portal.

Thrall: ATTACK!

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World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Dalaran Sewer Arena Video

Dalaran Sewer Arena | Orgrimmar Arena

Dalaran Arena is one of the most popular arena PvP scenarios in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. When I was at Paris during the 2008 Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals, the developers discussed in the press room the Dalaran Arena specs, and showed the press graphics of how the room would look like.

Never would I have imagined how challenging the terrain could be in various PvP scenarios. The Dalaran Sewer Arena was opened for public testing in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King beta build 8970 (Sept. 19, 2008).

When you talk to one of the Arena Organizer NPCs in Dalaran, you will be teleported into a random arena map. One of them the Dalaran Sewer. You spawn inside a sewer pipe sealed with a gate showing the Kirin Tor insignia. A one minute countdown alerts you that the Arena will start. When the gate opens, and you walk near the pipe edge, you will be catapulted across the room below.

There are areas in this map. The lower level and the elevated platform. There are only two points of entry to the higher platform, accessible through stairs in shape of a circle located in opposite corners of the square-like platform.

These circular shape of the stairs give a few degrees of Line of Sight issues that can be used in your benefit or against enemy players. Since the higher platform is a few yards tall, that can be used strategically.

For example, a player runs to the lower ground and is chased by other players. The healer could heal from the higher platform without any risks, as melee players won’t be able to reach them there—forcing them to have to walk around to reach the healer. If a caster attempts to attack the healer on higher ground, just walk backwards, and the wall will cause line of sight issues.

On the center of the High-ground platform, is a small pool that can be walked over and across. However, it serves an interesting mechanic that can be used strategically. A flood of water switches on and off every few seconds. Anyone caught when the water falls from the ceiling pipe will be rendered immobile, and not able to cast/attack. A cyclone like animation engulfs the player for a few seconds.

The pillar of water that is switched on and off automatically serves a purpose: Line of sight. You can pull a melee or caster player across the pool strategically to cause a healer line of sight (for example).  The healer will be at mid-casting and get suddenly interrupted by the pillar of water when it is switched on, forcing him/her to move around the pillar to gain line of sight. These few seconds lost can be used to DPS the enemy as fast as possible. On the other hand, if you wish to protect yourself from a DPS caster, you can move in a position where the pillar of water can cause line of sight.

The wooden boxes on the two opposite corners of the higher-ground platform are good spots to cause line of sight issues too.

This Dalaran Arena is all about Line of sight mechanics: the water pillar, the higher ground vs. lower ground wall, the boxes, and the circular stairs. Use those four obstacles wisely to win.

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World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Sons of Hodir Quartermaster

To get started with this faction you go first to K3 (the goblin town) in the south of Storm Peaks. You will get a quest to rescue a missing goblin. You will eventually find a Vykrul female in a prison, and eventually meet Thorim after the Drakkensryd. Thorim will ask you to talk to the King of the Frost Giants in Dun Niffelem. From this point forward when you do a few quests for the Sons of Hodir, you gain reputation with them. Once you become friendly, you will have access to the Quartermaster Lillehoff found near the King. Below you can see the items obtained at Honored, Revered and Exalted. There are at least three daily quests that will help you gain reputation with the Sons of Hodir. Each quest gives 250 reputation. If you buy alcohol with the Runes of Ulduar tokens you can increase reputation gain by 5% for an hour. (262 reputation per quest).



World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – The Battle For The Undercity! (Horde)

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PHASING TECHNOLOGY

The Battle For The Undercity is one of the many examples of Phasing Quest System technology in action.  While a level 15 is in the Royal Quarter in Undercity turning in the quest: Lament of the Highborne (sung by Sylvanas), and a level 40 player is doing the Razorfen Kraul quest from Varimathras, at that same moment and space level 74 players are smacking the heck out of Varimathras in The Battle For The Undercity.  It is not a dungeon. See, if you are flagged with the quest at level 74-80, you are phased in and all the Vendor NPCs, and players are phased out. Only those who are flagged can play alongside you.

It is the same undercity, just you can’t see the NPCs and players that aren’t flagged to the phased event. This technology has so many possibilities to progress the World of Warcraft storyline without affecting low level player quests. While a low level player is doing the Missing Diplomat he is flagged to see Lady Prestor, Bolvar and Anduin. At that very moment, a level 74 player is not seeing Lady Prestor nor Bolvar in the Throne Room. He is flagged to see Anduin and his father Varian.

BATTLE FOR THE UNDERCITY QUESTLINE

The following quest is available at Agmar’s Hammer fortress in Dragonblight, by the mailbox near Agmar’s chamber. Messenger Torvus will have a quest for you.

Messenger Torvus: Pssst … Over here, by the mailbox.  Come quickly and make sure you aren’t followed.

MESSAGE FROM THE WEST

(Torvus shakes your hand, giving you a letter in the process.)

(Torvus speaks under his breath.)

Messenger Torvus: Just play along, (name).

It is good to see you here, soldier!  Lord Hellscream has undoubtedly sent his strongest warriors to Lord Agmar!

(Torvus speaks under his breath.)

Read it and then destroy it in the fire pot next to me.

(Read the Letter from Saurfang and then destroy it. Speak to Messenger Torvus once you have completed this task.)

LETTER FROM SAURFANG

(Name),

If you are reading this letter then you are alive and in one piece – or at least you still have your eyes.

I must apologize for the secrecy.  Agmar demands that all mail is read before delivery – too many traitors and thieves there.  As the wanted poster no doubt displays.  There are delicate matters herein that could easily be misconstrued by the new guard.

For a soldier of the Horde, loss is absolute.  Loss means death and there is no negotiation or interpretation with death.  One can only hope that the manner of their death was honorable.

But victory … Victory can mean many things.  As you have probably noticed, the Kor’kron are there in full force.  The Warchief has sent his elite guard to help secure victory in Northrend.  They, along with you and other heroes, are pushing the Lich King and his forces towards an inevitable conclusion.  With each challenge you overcome, we are one step closer to ridding our world of Arthas and the Scourge.

And therein lays the dilemma.  For you see, our forces in Northrend work under the auspices of young Hellscream.  Each victory bolsters the morale of the Horde Forces here.  Which carries through to the rest of Azeroth.

It is unfortunate, then, that Hellscream employs such savage tactics.  As victory approaches, Hellscream gains further justification for his methods, which in turn brings us closer to a place we have not been in many years; a dark place.

I have sent my son to command our forces at the Wrathgate.  I know that he will battle with honor and I remain hopeful that his courage and tenacity will be noticed and emulated by our forces.  He is my heart and strength in a place that I cannot be … You will be my eyes and ears.  Together, we will make it right.

Blood and Thunder … May your arrival bring them both.

Saurfang

(Note: On the left of the mailbox is a glittering brazier. When placing your mouse cursor over it, it says: “Burning Brazier.  Requires Letter from Saurfang.”  Click it, and the letter is removed from your inventory, successfully destroying the letter. Talk to Messenger Torvus again.)

Onscreen: Letter from Saurfang read and destroyed. (complete)

(Torvus nods at you.)

Messenger Torvus: So we are understood?  I will return to my lord and tell him that you have accepted.

Note: Probably this quest makes you Revered with the Warsong Offensive.

Fly to the top of Wyrmrest Temple to talk to Queen Alexstrasza. To access this quest it seems you must have done all quests from Alexstrasza in Dragonblight and all quests in Agmar’s Hammer.

RETURN TO ANGRATHAR

With Antiok slain and the scythe in our possession, the frost wyrm assaults upon your forces at Angrathar will halt.  The wyrms that remain in the Dragonblight will be hunted and destroyed, their bones returning to the earth.

The time to make your final stand is now, (name).  Return to the Kor’kron Vanguard and notify Saurfang the Younger.

(Speak with Saurfang the Younger at the Kor’kron Vanguard and tell him of your victory over the Scourge.)

Saurfang the Younger: My father has gifted me with his armor and axe.  Soon I put it to use.

My father was right about you, (name).  Everything that he said has come to pass – only one final duty remains unfulfilled.  I will now lead the Kor’kron to the front line.  The time to end this war is at hand.  The Lich King’s tyranny ends today!

Take my post now,  (name), and stand guard over our forces.

(At this point, Phase-technology kicks in. Saurfang the Younger phases out, and Alexstrasza and Krasus phase-in in front of the Wrathgate. Everything is set ablaze, and Horde/Alliance flee in terror. Screams can be heard. Watch video above to reference this point.  Alexstrasza has an option that sets you to ask her to show you what has happened. An EPIC in-game Cinematic is launched)

You: Alexstrasza, can you show me what happened here? (image)

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Korialstrasz: My Queen, do they know?

Alexstrasza the Life-Binder whispers: Come to me, (name).

Korialstrasz: My Queen, do they know?

Alexstrasza the Life-Binder: No, my beloved.  [Draconic] Ashj zila gul kirasath lok ante il lok buras danashj Gul gul.

(Korialstrasz nods.)

Korialstrasz: They will not.

The following quest is given by Queen Alexstrasza at the Wrathgate in Dragonblight.

DARKNESS STIRS

Queen Alexstrasza: Darkness stirs, (name). A tragic event has transpired that none but the Timeless One could have foreseen. Soon your people will be gripped by anger and hatred. War is on the horizon.

The red dragonflight has done all that it can. What happens next is in the hands of the mortal races of Azeroth.

Regrettably, your journey begins with anguish. A father has lost a child today. You must bear the grim news. Gather the armaments of Saurfang and return them to the elder Saurfang.

(Gather Saurfang’s Battle Armor from the field of battle and return it to High Overlord Saurfang at Warsong Hold in Borean Tundra.)

Note: Travel to Warsong Hold in the Borean Tundra, and meet High Overlord Saurfang there.

(Saurfang’s face contorts.)

Saurfang: My heart … my strength …

(You present to Saurfang, Saurfang’s Battle Armor. A sign that his son has perished in combat.)

(Saurfang looks to the heavens.)

Like Brox, my son died a hero.  Do not mourn him, (name).  For an orc, there could be no better end!  No greater honor!  At this moment, my heart swells with pride.

I thank you for returning our battle armor.  It will be placed upon his pyre at the Ancestral Grounds of Nagrand.

We must turn our full attention to more pressing matters.

HERALD OF WAR

High Overlord Saurfang: The Warchief needs you, champion.  Orgrimmar is in a state of martial law.  All merchants and services have been shut down as the Warchief prepares for an unavoidable conflict.

I cannot tell you much more – not now.  Not in this place.

The Warchief commands that our strongest champions report to his throne room.  Go now, (name)!  Take the portal back to Orgrimmar and seek out Thrall.

(Report to Thrall at Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar.)

Note: As you teleport to the front gates of Orgrimmar, outdoors, you see Forsaken Refugees on both sides of the road.  More refugees keep coming out of the Zeppelin tower.

Below are some quotes of what the Forsaken Refugees say:

  • We’ve lost Undercity. Nothing but demons and Putress’ apothecaries left there …
  • We Forsaken are doomed! Take pity!
  • They killed hundreds! We barely escaped with our lives! Help!
  • The Dark Lady fought off as many as she could, but in the end … I hope she survived. Please help!
  • Could you spare a gold?
  • Help us! Please!
  • You must help! We’re homeless!

Note: Inside Orgrimmar all the merchants including the Innkeeper, Gamon, and Auctioneers are aligned in front of the Bank demanding answers from Overlord Runthak.

  • Kaja: We demand answers!
  • Sana: What are all these Forsaken doing here?
  • Innkeeper Gryshka: What are all these Forsaken doing here?
  • Felika: When can we reopen our shops? I’m losing gold here! Why is Thrall allowing this to happen to our city?
  • Auctioneer Thathung: This is an outrage!
  • Kaja: Where is the Warchief?
  • Sana: Why is the city under lock down?
  • Overlord Runthak: SILENCE!  We are on the brink of all out war with the Alliance!  Tragic events have unfolded in Northrend.  The Warchief is doing all that he can to keep us safe. All services and shops are to remain closed until further notice! That is all!

Note: As you approach Thrall in Grommash Hold, Orgrimmar, a portal suddenly materializes behind you putting the Kor’kron Elite to full alert, but Thrall stops them.

Thrall: Kor’kron, stand down!  Jaina…

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Thrall, what has happened?  The King is preparing for war …

Thrall: Jaina, what happened at the Wrath Gate. It was a betrayal from within …

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Lady Proudmoore, the Warchief speaks the truth.  This subterfuge was set in motion by Varimathras and Grand Apothecary Putress.  It was not the Horde’s doing. As the combined Horde and Alliance forces began their assault upon the Wrath Gate, an uprising broke out in the Undercity.  Varimathras and hordes of his demonic brethren attacked. Hundreds of my people were slain in the coup.  I barely managed to escape with my life.

Thrall: The Horde has lost the Undercity. We now prepare to lay siege to the city and bring in the perpetrators of the unforgivable crime to justice. Know this, Jaina: War with the Alliance is not in our best interests. If we are forced into a conflict, the Lich King will destroy our divided forces in Northrend. We will make this right, Jaina. Tell your king all that you have learned here.

Lady Jaina Proudmoore:  I will deliver this information to King Wrynn, Thrall, but… Bolvar was like a brother to him. In the King’s absence, Bolvar kept the Alliance united. He found strength for our people in our darkest hours. He watched over Anduin, raising him as his own. I fear that the rage will consume him, Thrall.  I remain hopeful that reason will prevail, but we must prepare for the worst … for war. Farewell, Warchief.  I pray that the next time we meet it will be as allies.

HERALD OF WAR

The demon lord, Varimathras, and the Forsaken’s chief apothecary, Putress, are responsible for this betrayal.

(Thrall nods.)

Yes, the same Putress responsible for discovering the cure for the recent Scourge plague outbreak.

Those that would not side with their regime have been executed or banished. Sylvanas was nearly killed in the coup.

The Horde has lost the Undercity. Orgrimmar will take on the Forsaken refugees until there is a resolution to this crisis.  For now we are under martial law.

A LIFE WITHOUT REGRET

On the day of my death I wish to be able to say that I lived a life without regret. Those who mourn my passing will know that I was a Warchief who made decisions that best served his people.

But this betrayal by Varimathras and Putress… All that we have worked for is for nothing.

(Thrall’s chest heaves with a heavy sigh.)

Justice must be served.

Portals to Undercity will be active momentarily. Vol’jin will be waiting for you. I will meet you there soon. Together we will make it right, (name).

(Take the portal to Undercity located in Grommash Hold and report to Vol’jin.)

Thrall: Kor’kron, prepare transport to Undercity.

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World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – The Battle For Undercity (Alliance)

PHASING TECHNOLOGY

The Battle For The Undercity is one of the many examples of Phasing Quest System technology in action.  While a level 15 is in the Royal Quarter in Undercity turning in the quest: Lament of the Highborne (sung by Sylvanas), and a level 40 player is doing the Razorfen Kraul quest from Varimathras, at that same moment and space level 74 players are smacking the heck out of Varimathras in The Battle For The Undercity.  It is not a dungeon. See, if you are flagged with the quest at level 74-80, you are phased in and all the Vendor NPCs, and players are phased out. Only those who are flagged can play alongside you.

It is the same undercity, just you can’t see the NPCs and players that aren’t flagged to the phased event. This technology has so many possibilities to progress the World of Warcraft storyline without affecting low level player quests. While a low level player is doing the Missing Diplomat he is flagged to see Lady Prestor, Bolvar and Anduin. At that very moment, a level 74 player is not seeing Lady Prestor nor Bolvar in the Throne Room. He is flagged to see Anduin and his father Varian.

BATTLE FOR THE UNDERCITY QUESTLINE

The first quest starts in Wintergarde Keep after you complete Rescue from Town Square and The Demo-gnome.  The quest that starts this epic questline is titled Into Hostile Territory.

Below some incomplete quests in the meantime.

To start the long questline toward Battle For The Undercity, go to Star’s Rest in Dragonblight. Just southwest of Agmar’s Hammer.  You will find an injured human inside a tent: Courier Lanson. He gives you the quest: Of Traitors and Treason. Deliver the letter to High Commander Halford Wyrmbane at Wintergarde Keep in Dragonblight.

Halford gives you the quest: Naxxramas and the Fall of Wintergarde—and sends you to talk to Gryphon Commander Urik at the gryphon station in Wintergarde Keep.  Urik gives the quest: Flight of the Wintergarde Defender—and provides a whistle to call forth a flying mount at level 73. It can only be used in Wintergarde and the Carrion Fields. Rescue 10 Helpless Wintergarde Villagers.

The next quest is titled: Return to the High Commander. Back to High Commander Halford Wyrmbane, he gives the quest: Rescue from Town Square. When you accept this quest, he will offer a second quest: The Demo-Gnome.  Demo-Gnome leads to a second quest: The Search For Slinkin. Slinkin’s corpse inside the Wintergarde Mine gives the quest: Leave Nothing to Chance.

Finish these two mini-questlines that split off in sub-branches:

– Rescue from Town Square
– The Demo-Gnome

… and eventually they converge back to High Commander Halford Wyrmbane … to unlock the questline toward The Battle For The Undercity Series (Alliance version). The Battle For the Undercity questline starts once you obtain the first quest out of twenty-one: Into Hostile Territory.

SPOILER: Alexstrasza in her dragon form (new model) offers an option to talk to her.  You ask: “Alexstrasza, what happened here?”—when you click the bubble in the quest window, an in-game cinematic is triggered. If you don’t want that spoiled, don’t watch the following video. Otherwise, dool.

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QUESTLINE

1. (73) Into Hostile Territory
2. (73) Steamtank Surprise
3. (73) Scattered To The Wind & Alliance Crest
4. (73) Breaking Off A Piece
5. (73) The Chain Gun And You
6. (73) Plunderbeard Must Be Found!
7. (73) Plunderbeard’s Journal
8. (73) Chasing Icestorm: The 7th Legion Front
9. (73) Chasing Icestorm: Thel’zan’s Phylactery
10. (73) Finality
11. (73) An End And A Beginning
12. (73) To Fordragon Hold!
13. (74) Audience With The Dragon Queen
14. (74) Galakrond and the Scourge
15. (74) On Ruby Wings
16. (74) Return To Angrathar
17. (74) Reborn From The Ashes
18. (74) Fate, Up Against Your Will
19. (74) A Royal Coup
20. (74) The Killing Time
21. (74) The Battle For The Undercity

REBORN FROM THE ASHES

Our fate is emblazoned upon our souls at birth. Bolvar’s fall, while tragic, was unavoidable.

All that you can do now is honor your hero, . Collect Bolvar’s shield from the field of battle and return it to your king. When you present the shield to Varian, tell him this: “All is not lost. From the ashes of the fallen will rise a force that will unite nations and purge the evil from this world.”

He mustn’t lose faith. Go now, (name). Your people need a hero. They need you.

(Gather Fordragon’s Shield from the field of battle at Angrathar the Wrath Gate and return it to King Varian Wrynn at Stormwind Keep in Stormwind City.)

FATE, UP AGAINST YOUR WILL

At the behest of Lady Proudmoore, I will allow a diplomatic mission to Orgrimmar to question the Horde’s Warchief, Thrall. You will assist her in this journey and keep her safe from harm. Return to me with news from Orgrimmar.

Speak to Jaina when you are ready to leave.

Assist Lady Jaina Proudmoore in Orgrimmar.  Speak to the Warchief of the Horde, , Thrall, at Orgrimmar on the continent of Kalimdor.

A ROYAL COUP

Your champion, Bolvar, died in defense of our world. The Horde is saddened by the loss of such a great hero, but the Horde was not responsible for the cowardly attacks made by Putress at the Wrath Gate. We have also lost mighty heroes because of this betrayal.

Tell your king that we will do everything in our power to bring the perpetrators of this cowardly act to justice. We will do all that we can to avoid conflict with the Alliance, but we will not hesitate to defend ourselves if provoked.

(Use the portal in Grommash Hold to return to Stormwind Keep and deliver Thrall’s message to King Varian Wrynn.)

I sent Broll and Valeera to the Undercity before you left for Orgrimmar. In fact, they’re now stationed outside the sewer entrance to the ruins, awaiting orders.

Lady Proudmoore will open a portal to our forces outside the Undercity. Go there and report to Broll. Jaina and I will be close behind.

(Use the Portal to the Undercity inside Stormwind Keep to teleport to the Undercity. Report to Broll Bearmantle when you arrive at your destination.)

Deep inside the bowels of the Undercity hides the assassin responsible for the deaths of Bolvar and our brave soldiers at the Wrath Gate.

Varian has brought the full might of the Alliance with him to assist in the take down. Join him and Lady Proudmoore in the manhunt and earn your place among the greatest champions of the Alliance!

Speak to King Varian Wrynn when you are ready.

(Assist King Varian Wrynn and Lady Jaina Proudmoore in bringing Grand Apothecary Putress to justice! Report to King Varian Wrynn should you succeed.)

NOTE: I don’t have a level 75 Alliance character to test this.  Here is a rough transcript submited by Zato and Tito from Blizzard-rus for our article.

ORGRIMMAR

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Thrall, what has happened? The King is preparing for war.

Thrall: Jaina, what happened at the Wrath Gate, it was a betrayal from within…

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Lady Proudmoore, the Warchief speaks the truth. This subterfuge was set in motion by Varitmathras and Grand Apothecary Putress. It was not the Horde’s doing.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: As the combined Horde and Alliance forces began their assault upon the Wrath Gate, an uprising broke out in the Undercity. Varitmathras and hordes of his demonic brethren attacked. Hundreds of my people were slain in the coup. I barely managed to escape with my life.

Thrall: The Horde has lost the Undercity.  We now prepare to lay siege to the city and bring the perpetrators of this unforgivable crime to justice. Know this Jaina: War with the Alliance is not in our best interests. If we are forced into a conflict, the Lich King will destroy our divided forces in Northrend. We will make this right, Jaina. Tell your king all that have learned here.

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: I will deliver this information to King Wrynn, Thrall but… Bolvar was like a brother to him. In the King’s absence, Bolvar kept Alliance united. He found strength for our people in our darkest hours. He watched over Anduin, raising him as his own.

I fear that rage will consume him, Thrall. I remain hopeful that reason will prevail, but we must prepare for the worst … for war. Farewell, Warchief. I pray that the next time we meet it will be as allies.

UNDERCITY

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: What’s happened here? There are corpses everywhere… the stench.

King Varian Wrynn: Horde. By the looks of the struggle, they are here in force – somewhere. Stay alert and on guard. There’s no telling what horrors await us. ONWARD!

Note: After Putress’s death.

King Varian Wrynn: What say you now, Putress? Look around you, brothers and sisters. Open your eyes! Look at what they have done to our kingdom! How much longer will we allow these savages free reign in our world? I have seen the Horde’s world. I have been inside their cities. Inside their minds… I know what evil lies in the hearts of orcs.

Thrall: [Orcish] Mog Osh’kazil gul’rok il mog Ro’th zaga maza TOV’OSH

King Varian Wrynn: THRALL! Here? ONWARD! We end this now!

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Varian. stop! I won’t help you do this!

King Varian Wrynn: The orcs have a battle cry: LOK’TAR OGAR! It means “Victory or death.” Fitting… To the throne room! I was away for too long. My absence cost us the lives of some of greatest heroes. Trash like you and this evil witch were allowed to roam free—unchecked.

The time has come to make things right. To disband your treacherous kingdom of murderers and thieves. Putress was the first strike. Many more will come. I’ve waited a long time for this, Thrall. For every time I was thrown into one of your damned arenas… for every time I killed a green-skinned aberration like you… I could only think of one thing. What our world could be without you and your twisted Horde… It ends now, Warchief.

ATTACK! FOR STORMWIND! FOR BOLVAR! FOR THE ALLIANCE

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: VARIAN. NO! STOP!

(Jaina freezes everyone in the room. And teleports the Alliance back to Stormwind)

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: It did not have to be like this…

Ending

King Varian Wrynn: For too long have the Horde been left unchecked. We allowed their territories to prosper and in return for our generosity they plotted and planned our demise. Peace? Useless… It’s gotten us nowhere. We have lost some of our greatest heroes ‘to “peace.” Let us see what battle brings…

Return to Northrend. Conquer it for your king – FOR THE ALLIANCE!