BlizzCon 2019 Speculation – Nozdormu, The Elephant in the Room

Early in World of Warcraft vanilla, players could read books found throughout Azeroth. One of them, the Charge of the Dragonflights, which says:

“Aman’Thul, the Highfather of the Pantheon, bestowed a portion of his cosmic power upon the massive Bronze dragon, Nozdormu. The Highfather empowered Nozdormu to guard time itself and police the ever-spinning pathways of fate and destiny.”

In the World of Warcraft: War of the Ancients trilogy (by New York Times Best Selling Author, Richard A. Knaak), we learned that Aman’Thul showed Nozdormu the exact moment of his own demise.

“As the essence of Time, he had been granted by his creators with the knowledge of his own demise. That had been given as a lesson, so that he would never think his power so great and terrible that he had to answer to no other. Nozdormu knew exactly how he would perish and when.”

8.3 Questline: The Rajani, Wrathion’s Legendary Cloak, and Unlocking Horrific Visions

The latest PTR 8.3 Patch build 32272 introduced the questline that sends you into Pandaria to search for the Rajani clan, the mogu who follow Ra-Den as their master. You enter the Mogu’shan Terrace dungeon to align its Engine of Nalak’sha with the Chamber of Heart.

Ra-Den then comes with you to the Chamber of Heart. MOTHER attempts to align the Engine of Nalak’sha and the Forge of Origination to the Chamber of Heart, but an anomaly impedes the procedeure. From there, you go to the Halls of Origination to fix the problem.

Wrathion intercedes and tricks you into entering an Horrific Vision. Something Magni disapproved after the fact. From there, you enter the Blackwing Descent with Wrathion to recover an item that will create the Legendary Cloak in order to protect you while inside a Horrific Vision.

The questline ends with the unlocking of Horrific Vision of Stormwind and Orgrimmar — accessed through gateways inside the Chamber of Heart.

For the Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms Daily Quests, World Quests, and Rare Elite Maps visit this archive page.

8.3 Horrific Vision of Stormwind and Orgrimmar

In order to survive the Horrific Vision of Stormwind and Orgrimmar, players need to acquire Wrathion’s Legendary Cloak: “Ashjra’kamas, Shroud of Resolve.” The cloak can be upgraded up to Rank 15 with Horrific Core. At Rank 15, the cloak reduces Sanity loss from all sources by 75% — which helps at the most difficult areas of the Horrific Vision of Stormwind and Orgrimmar.

Below is a map of both cities, and the amount of Sanity lost per second in the most difficult areas.

8.2 Alexstrasza vs Vexiona and the Void-Twisted Dragonflight

After reaching Heart of Azeroth Level 65, I was greeted at the Chamber of Heart with two new quests. One of them starts with Kalecgos who sends you to the Twilight Highlands. There, a Vermillion Holdout scenario requires you to reduce the enemy threat from the Void-Twisted invaders.

After defeating Vexiona, Alexstrasza visits the Chamber of Heart to empower the Heart Forge with Tempered Scale of the Scarlet Broodmother. This adds the Crucible of Flame power.

World of Warcraft 8.3 – Visions of N’Zoth

After the conclusion of the Eternal Palace raid, N’zoth escaped his prison. Now the Black Empire has invaded Uldum and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms – two key Titan facilities.

Players must embark into the Visions of the Black Empire to stop the dark future from unraveling. These are the quest videos.

HORRIFIC VISIONS OF ORGRIMMAR

1. Thrall

HORRIFIC VISIONS OF STORMWIND

1. Alleria
ONLY AVAILABLE WHEN ASSAULT: AMATHET ADVANCE IS ACTIVE IN THE EAST SIDE OF THE MAP
1. Muminah the Incandescent (GROUP)
2. Nebet the Ascended (GROUP)
3. Acolyte Taspu
4. Tat the Bonechewer
5. Rotfeaster
6. Scoutmaster Moswen
7. Atekhramun (GROUP)
8. Anaua
9. Champion Sen-mat
10. Hik-ten the Taskmaster
11. Watcher Rehu (GROUP)
12. Zealot Tekem
13. Sun Priestess Nubitt
14. Senbu the Pridefather
15. Fangtaker Orsa
16. Sun Prophet Epaphos (GROUP)
THESE SPAWN ALWAYS, ACROSS DIFFERENT ASSAULTS
A. Hungering Miasma (GROUP)
B. Sun King Nahkotep (RAID)
C. Korzaran the Slaughterer (GROUP)
D. Ishak of the Four Winds (122)
E. Obsidian Annihilator (GROUP)
F. Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker (RAID)


ONLY AVAILABLE WHEN ASSAULT: THE BLACK EMPIRE IS ACTIVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MAP
1. Congealed Corruption
2. Corrupted Protoplasm
3. Corrupted Sanity Despoiler
4. Shadowmaw
5. Doomsayer Vathiris
6. High Executor Yothrim
7. Thoughtstealer Vos
8. R'khuzj the Unfathomable (GROUP) -- wanders from Akhenet Fields down to the western side of Lost City of Tol'Vir. (From 51 50 to 58 80)
9. Gaze of N'Zoth
10. Shoth the Darkened (GROUP)
11. Shol'thoss the Doomspeaker (GROUP)
12. Corrupted Bonestripper
13. Actiss the Deceiver
14. Falconer Amenophis
15. Corrupted Neferset Guard
16. The Grand Executor
17. High Guard Reshef
THESE SPAWN ALWAYS, ACROSS DIFFERENT ASSAULTS
A. Hungering Miasma (GROUP)
B. Sun King Nahkotep (RAID)
C. Korzaran the Slaughterer (GROUP)
D. Ishak of the Four Winds (122)
E. Harbinger Raloam (GROUP)
F. Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker (RAID)
ASSAULT: AMATHET ADVANCE
These mini-events reward 100 Reputation with the Uldum Accord faction.
8.3 Uldum Amathet Advance World Quests Map
1. Beacon of the Sun King (Khartut's Tomb)
2. Lightblade Training Grounds
3. Engine of Ascension (Obelisk of the Stars)
4. Unearthed Keeper (Obelisk of the Stars)
5. The Vir'nall Front
6. Solar Collector (Halls of Origination)
7. Beacon of the Sun King (Tombs of the Precursors)
8. Amathet Slave Camp
9. Unearthed Keeper (The Cursed Landing)
10. Amathet Raiding Fleet (The Cursed Landing)
11. Beacon of the Sun King (The Cursed Landing)
12. Unearthed Keeper (The Trail of Devastation)
13. Solar Collector (Tomb of the Sun King)
14. Unearthed Keeper (Surveyor's Outpost)
15. The Unsealed Tomb (Sunstone Terrace)


ASSAULT: THE BLACK EMPIRE
1. Spirit Drinker (Vir'naal Oasis - north)
2. Executor of N'Zoth (Tahret Grounds)
3. Mar'at in Flames
4. Spirit Drinker (Vir'naal River Delta)
5. Voidflame Ritual
6. Executor of N'Zoth (Vir'naal Oasis)
7. Spirit Drinker (Vir'naal Oasis - south)
8. Executor of N'Zoth (Vir'naal River)
9. Executor of N'Zoth (Ramkahen Legion Outpost)
10. Executor of N'Zoth (Vir'naal River Delta)
11. Spirit Drinker (Vir'naal River Delta)
12. Consuming Maw (Vir'naal River Delta)
13. Consuming Maw (Ramkahen Legion Outpost)
14. Pyre of the Amalgamated One
15. Consuming Maw (Vir'naal Oasis)
ASSAULT: THE BLACK EMPIRE - DAILY QUESTS
(These reward you the Cache of the Black Empire, which contain Echoes of Oblivion x 150; Coalescing Visions x 50; and iLevel 415 gear)
1. A Hand in the Dark
2. Assault: The Black Empire
3. Corruption Manifest
4. Preventative Measures
5. Spawns of Madness
6. Torment from Beyond
7. Vanquishing the Darkness
8. Visions of a Dark Destiny
9. Windows to the Soul
10. The Strongest Among Them
ASSAULT: THE WARRING CLANS
(These reward you the Cache of the Black Empire, which contain Echoes of Oblivion x 150; Coalescing Visions x 50; and iLevel 415 gear)2. Assault: The Warring Clans
1. Assault: The Warring Clans
2. Bound in Stone
3. Bringing the Thunder
4. Champions of the Mogu
5. Spoils of War
6. Through Blood and Dirt and Bone
7. The Strongest Among Them

RARE ELITES - ASSAULT: THE BLACK EMPIRE

8.3 Vale of Eternal Blossoms Rare Elites Map | Assault: The Black Empire
1. Voidtender Malketh
2. Zror'um the Infinite (GROUP)
3. Veskan the Fallen
4. Quid
5. Chief Mek-mek
6. Kilxl the Gaping Maw
7. Deeplord Zrihj (GROUP)
8. Deeplord Zrihj
9. Rijz'x the Devourer
10. Brother Meller
11. The Forgotten
12. Will of N'Zoth (GROUP)
13. Teng the Awakened
A. Ha-Li (GROUP)
ONLY AVAILABLE WHEN THE ZONE WORLD QUEST: "ASSAULT THE WARRING CLANS" IS ACTIVE
16. Jade Watcher (GROUP)
17. Rei Lun (GROUP) -- enter the Guo-Lai Halls, then go straight through the traps. At the end, go to the third floor, and clear the area around him.
18. Jade Colossus (GROUP) -- enter the Guo-Lai Halls, then go left into the Hall of Statues.
19. Xiln the Mountain
20. Dokani Obliterator (GROUP)
21. Stormhowl (GROUP)
22. Tisiphon There is a rock at 10.42 69.03 -- hovering the mouse on it says "Danielle's Lucky Fishing Rod." Click it to summon him.
23. Houndlord Ren
24. Spymaster Hul'ach
25. Anh-De the Loyal (GROUP)
26. Coagulated Anima
27. Heixi the Stonelord
28. Sanguifang (GROUP)

This questline introduces the player to the Rajani and Uldum Accord factions. Wrathion teams up to seek ingredients to craft a powerful Legendary cloak to protect you inside the Horrific Visions of N'Zoth.

ULDUM ACCORD INTRO
"Return to the Black Prince" is obtained onscreen when you enter Dazar'alor
1. Return of the Black Prince
2. Where the Heart is
3. Network Diagnostics
4. A Titanic Problem
5. The Halls of Origination
6. To Ramkahen
7. The Uldum Accord

HORRIFIC VISIONS UNLOCK QUESTLINE

"Forging Onward" is obtained onscreen when you enter the main building of Ramkahen in Uldum.
1. Forging Onward
2. It's Never Easy
3. The Mysterious Sigil
4. Clans of the Mogu
5. Finding the Rajani
6. Time-Lost Warriors
7. Proof of Tenacity
8. The Engine of Nalak'sha
9. Restored Hope
10. Power Protocol Initiation
11. Re-Origination
12. Investigating the Halls
13. Beginning the Descent
14. Deeper into the Darkness
15. Opening the Gateway
16. Descending into Madness
17. Into the Darkest Depths
18. Accessing the Archives

8.3 Emerald Dream and the Black Empire

In Patch 8.3, the Black Empire has assaulted the Emerald Dreamways. First, you talk to the Earthen Guardian by the Port of Zandalar or Tradeswind Market, who informs you that Magni has summoned you to the Chamber of Heart. There, Kalecgos sends you to Ysera’s daughter, Merithra of the Dream, to support her dragonflight with the power to stop the Black Empire from killing more of her brethren.

After you repel the Black Empire’s invasion, Merithra rewards you with the Dreamglow Dragonscale. She appears at the Chamber of Heart to complete the ritual that infuses the Dreamglow Dragonscale’s power into the Heart Forge. This increases the Heart of Azeroth level from 67 to 83, and adds a third Minor slot to the Heart Forge.

WoW 8.3 – Vulpera Allied Race

The Vulpera Allied Race is now available in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.3. The videos show the character creation options, their racial abilities, and the dancing animation for both the male and female versions.

Note: The questline to unlock the Vulpera allied race is not yet available in the PTR, but you can straight create the vulpera at the character creation screen in the current PTR patch build. Click the video titles to watch fullscreen.

 

VULPERA (MALE)

 

WoW 8.3 – Mechagnome Allied Race

The Mechagnome Allied Race is now available in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.3. The videos show the character creation options, their racial abilities, and the dancing animation for both the male and female versions.

Note: The questline to unlock the mechagon allied race is not yet available in the PTR, but you can straight create them at the character creation screen in the current PTR patch build. Click the video titles to watch fullscreen.

 

MECHAGNOME (MALE)

 

8.2.5 Sylvanas vs Saurfang Duel and the future of the Forsaken

If you watched the entirety of the latest 8.2.5 cinematics and cutscenes, you are now aware that Sylvanas basically ditched the Forsaken and left Orgrimmar.

It was revealed that Azshara and Sylvanas had a secret pact. However, Sylvanas is not serving N’zoth. Instead, Sylvanas sees N’zoth as a tool for her own agenda. She knows that the Alliance and the Horde will fight N’zoth, and she expects all of them to die to serve Sylvanas in death. In fact, she plans for N’zoth to serve her in death as well.

SAURFANG FUNERAL

Something truly powerful and mysterious is going on here. For the first time in a very long time, Blizzard Entertainment has left fans unable to predict what happens next. We didn’t see it coming in 8.2.5; and certainly we no longer know exactly what’s happening before the next expansion, and in the next expansion. We do have an idea based on some pseudo-leaks, and some hints or puzzle pieces revealed throughout the war campaign since the BFA launch.

I have speculated one of those puzzle pieces in two of my articles: “Speculation: Playable Undead Races Beyond Humans?” and “Speculation: Forsaken Character Customization.”

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