|Inside Caverns of Time: Old Hillsbrad you may find many known characters at the front room of the Southshore Inn. There are Commander Mograine, Tirion Fordring, Arcanist Doan, Abbendis, Isillien, Fairbank and others. Here Commander Mograine reveals an artifact he found in Blackrock Spire during the Second War … an artifact that would serve as material to build … Ashbringer.
Commander Mograine: Keep your voices down. There are strangers about … Brothers and sisters, I have called you here today to discuss the fate of Lordaeron.
(Commander Mograine lowers his voice to a whisper.)
I hear things … Things that should not be. I have heard that Northrend is lost …
(Gasps can be heard throughout the room)
Commander Mograine: We must stand at the ready. I have faced undead before. They are ruthless killing machines, devoid of any emotion or compassion.
(Tirion Fordring nods.)
Tirion Fordring: Aye, I’ve battled them as well. We are ill-prepared as a kingdom to withstand such an assault.
Arcanist Doan: What do you propose, Mograine?
Commander Mograine: Propose? I propose that we prepare. That we prepare our loved ones, family and friends for the possibility of an undead holocaust. And there is this …
(Mograine unlocks the chest)
Abbendis By the Light! What is it?
Commander Mograine: I have had this object in my possession for 10 years. Since Blackrock Spire … I wrested it free from the remains of an orc lieutenant – a dark caster … It is from their homeworld. Do not get too close. I laid a hand upon it once … Only once and never again. The memories of that day still linger.
(Commander Mograine removes the gauntlet from his right arm and shows everyone his mangled hand.)
Commander Mograine: I surmise that this object is the living embodiment of shadows … darkness … It is a manifestation. It is a void.
Isillien: I do not see how this evil artifact is relevant to the undead. We must destroy it!
(Commander Mograine shakes his head)
Commander Mograine: No, old friend, it is very relevant. Let me ask you this, brothers and sisters: Can good exist without evil? Can there be light without dark? And if that answer is no, then could it be possible that because this artifact exists, its polar opposite must also exist? Could you imagine what the material manifestation of the Light could do against the undead?
Isillien: Nonsense, Mograine! It must be destroyed!
(Shock then silence overtakes the crowd)
NOTE: As you may view in the screenshots and video, all of them start casting Holy magic at the dark crystal.
Commander Mograine: It consumed the Light!
Tirion Fordring: Impossible!
Fairbank: Is … Is it getting lighter? Its coloration … It is changing.
Commander Mograine: BY THE LIGHT! Could it be? Could this be it? I must know … I will know.
(Commander Mograine reaches out to touch the light crystal.)
NOTE: An electric charge strikes at Mograine from within the crystal.
Commander Mograine: I … It … It is beautiful. What I felt when I touched it … The Light coursed through me and I through it … It healed my spirit.
Isillien: Your hand! It is healed!
(Mograine puts the crystal back inside the chest)
Commander Mograine: Let us never again speak of this day. Our enemies are many. They need not know we hold such artifacts. I have seen it … From this blessed crystal we will forge a weapon. This weapon will hold inside it a piece of each of us … And when it is used against undead, it shall cast them down. And in its wake, it will leave only ashes …
Tirion Fordring: The Ashbringer …
Arcanist Doan: The Ashbringer …
Fairbank: The Ashbringer …
Abbendis The Ashbringer …
Isillien: The Ashbringer …
You may read on the WoW Story Arcs section the transcript of what many NPCs say in-game as the first clues or mention of Ashbringer in the classic World of Warcraft (pre-Burning Crusade). Go here.
NOTE: This is the first quest inside the Old Hillsbrad instance. However, many a curious fan will skip it to explore how Hillsbrad looked like in the past. Don’t bother going west. You will get a blue haze blinding your sight if you go too far. The gate of Thoradin Wall is closed. There is a blockade of rocks on the path to Hinterlands. The Ravenholdt Manor cave doesn’t exist yet. To the north, the Alterac Kingdom has a wall and a gate blocking your path. Dun Garok – the dwarves stronghold – will greet you with its gates closed. So stick with Tarren Mill, Southshore and Durnholde Keep for your exploration.
Be careful exploring Tarren Mill. Guards are set to enemy. They have large aggro radius. Guards by the towers and on the road are neutral and won’t attack you unless you attack them. At Southshore, everyone is friendly. You will recognize many NPCs there including Kel’Thuzad, Hercular, Mograine, Tirion Fordring, Taelan, and many others. View the screenshots below to recognize the children and adults.
The World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion offers great sights and landscapes in Outland. One such place is Blade’s Edge Mountains, north of Zangarmarsh. Before Draenor was torn apart, this region was the homeland of the orcish Thunderlord Clan. Khadgar and the Expedition Force were sent here by the Laughing Skull clan to destroy the Thunderlord’s Stronghold in exchange of the Book of Medivh, which the Laughing Skull clan stole from Ner’Zhul (read the Warcraft 2 campaign mission). This happened 20 years ago.
In the present, the new Horde has claimed the Thunderlord ruins to serve as their operation base. The Night Elves have a village named Sylvanaar to the southwest, and Raven’s Wood to the northwest. The Mok’Nathal village – a race of half-ogres – is found in the Blade’s Edge Mountains at the southeast. The zone is also inhabited by the Arakkoa, a ravenous race with vulture-like features who wear colorful robes and plume headsets. A mysterious faction lives hidden in a cave named Blackwing Coven with orc, arakkoa, draenei and Broken One members. Within such coven exist black dragon eggs and whelps which rises the question whether Deathwing may be in Outland. No one knows for sure what the future may hold.
To the north, is the Ogre stronghold where you may find the dungeon named Gruul’s Lair. A Gronn. One of the demigods and thought-to-be ancestors of the Ogre race. The canyons harbor perilous creatures such as the Nether drakes, elemental flying serpents, stealthy spiders, reptiles and rock flayers.
The Burning Legion has scattered bases in the Blade’s Edge Mountains, and no surprise, for each zone of Outland has a Portal. Blade’s Edge Mountain has a portal at the Death’s Door zone – to the southeast, protected by doom engineers, demons and an Eredar. This is one of the rifts opened by Ner’zhul 20 years ago (in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal). The rift portals were sealed by Illidan the Betrayer few years ago (read the Warcraft III: Frozen Throne campaign mission).
However, players will be able to open these portals at some time. Blizzard revealed at BlizzCon 2005 there are 5 worlds planned, and two more – for a total of seven. And there may be more worlds thereafter through the lifespan of the popular MMORPG. The Blade’s Edge Mountains is named so due to the natural sharp spike-shaped rocks. While flying over the region you may see black dragon corpses impaled by these large spike formations of the mountains. Below you may take a sneak peek of how Blade’s Edge Mountains look alike.
The following are quests that offer some relevant lore in the World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion.
- Mag’har Tribe: The Uncorrupted Orcs of Nagrand
- Alliance Expedition Heroes
- The Naaru and Durotan’s Mother
- Khadgar in Shattrath City
- Old Hillsbrad: The origin of Ashbringer
- The Sha’tar Story
- The Ethereum
- Tyrygosa, Jorad Mace, and the Nether Dragons
- Codex of Blood (Auchindoun: Shadow Laberynth)
- Arakkoa: Talon King Ikiss
- Zuluhed and the Nether Drakes
- Sylvanas: Lament of the Highborne
- Rexxar in Outland
- Nazgrel welcomes you to Outland
- Lantresor of the Blade – Half-Breed Blademaster
- Sunwell Plateau Dungeon Lore – Warcraft Manga: The Sunwell Trilogy Recap
- Secret Compromised – Akama & Seer Olum
- Kael’thas’ Betrayal and M’uru’s departure from Silvermoon City
Here you may find detailed legend of the Burning Crusade Maps. Check the zone name to the right of the image and match it with the numbers within the map.
|NETHERSTORM||BLADE’S EDGE MOUNTAINS|
Journeyman | Expert | Artisan | Master
|Toban (Artisan Jewelcrafter)
The Royal Exchange
|Elaando (Artisan Jewelcrafter)
The Exodar City
The Crystal Hall