Find Balthule Shadowstrike near the Tower of Althalaxx in Darkshore.
Sentinel Elissa Starbreeze: “Hail, young (race). I am Elissa Starbreeze, and it is my charge to protect Auberdine from harm.
To this end, I sent Balthule Shadowstrike to observe the strange happenings around the Tower of Althalaxx to the northeast.
It is past time that he should have returned. I worry that he has encountered some unforeseen danger in the forest. I would be most appreciative if you would find him and see that he is doing well.”
Collect 4 Worn Parchments for Balthule Shadowstrike near the Tower of Althalaxx.
Balthule Shadowstrike: “A group of warlocks has taken up residence around and inside the tower. I would have returned to Auberdine to report to Elissa earlier, but I was afraid that I might miss something while I was away.
Delgren suspected such a company might be gathering at the tower, but did not know why.
A few scraps of parchment that the warlocks carry have found their way to my hands, but I need more to complete the puzzle. I warn you not to venture into the tower, however, the warlocks there are much more powerful!”
Balthule Shadowstrike: “Deliver Balthule’s letter to Delgren the Purifier in Ashenvale Forest.
My master, Delgren the Purifier, is a paladin who has graciously offered his assistance in defending our forests from the forces of the demons and undead. He has taught me much about the Holy Light and the art of battle.
Delgren must know of the cult’s operations immediately.
You will find him far south of here at Maestra’s Post in Ashenvale Forest. Be swift, I fear the Dark Strand’s threat grows with each passing hour.”
It is as you feared. Your theory about the Tower of Althalaxx has proven true. A cult has gathered at the tower with many warlocks amongst their number, including even a foul satyr. They call themselves the Cult of the Dark Strand. I cannot imagine what vile purpose brings them together, but it worries me.
Please forgive the terseness in which I have composed this missive, but danger lurks in the forest around me and I can spare few words to describing the situation. I would deliver the message to you myself, but I fear to leave lest I miss some event of great import.
Should you wish to know more of my observations on the Tower of Althalaxx, the bearer of this message has provided no small amount of assistance to me, and I believe he can be trusted.
Collect a Glowing Soul Gem and return it to Delgren the Purifier at Maestra’s Post.
Delgren the Purifier: “Balthule’s letter is dire. This Cult of the Dark Strand is a thorn in my side that must be removed. I have been dealing with some of the Dark Strand scum northeast of here at Ordil’Aran. One of their number possesses a soul gem that I believe holds the secret to the cult’s power.
Bring it to me, and I will be able to decipher the secrets held within.”
Delgren the Purifier: “Hmm, some dark magic enchants this soulstone. Let’s see what’s trapped inside, shall we?”
(The Spirit of a highborne shows up. He was trapped within the Soul gem by Athrikus Narassin ten thousand years ago.)—refer to the The Fall of Ameth’Aran & Bashal’Aran
Bring Ilkrud Magthrull’s Tome to Delgren the Purifier at Maestra’s Post.
Delgran the Purifier: “Ilkrud Magthrull. Yes, I have knowledge of him. He is a powerful orc warlock that makes his residence at the Fire Scar Shrine, a place of great evil in southwestern Ashenvale.
He had been little more than an annoyance until now, and I had not dealt with him, but it seems that his time has come.”
Free the trapped Highborne souls in Night Run and Satyrnaar, then return to Delgren the Purifier at Maestra’s Post.
Delgren the Purifier: “The writing of the orcs is little better than the scribblings of a child. Many of my order scoffed when I chose to learn their tongue, but I have found it beneficial to gain further understanding of my enemies.
From Ilkrud’s scribblings, it appears that Athrikus still possesses two soulgems, and they are being held in Night Run and Satyrnaar, satyr-held areas in northeast Ashenvale.
Be careful out there, (Name), the satyrs’ blood-soaked temples can be unsettling even for a seasoned (Class) such as yourself.”
Speak with Balthule Shadowstrike near the Tower of Althalaxx.
Delgren the Purifier: “Before confronting Athrikus, it would probably be wise for you to consult with Balthule. I have no doubt he has been vigilant in his watch of the Tower, and he may have information about recent developments.”
Kill Athrikus Narassin and bring his head to Balthule Shadowstrike near the Tower of Althalaxx.
Balthule Shadowstrike: “I see. Well, if what you say is true, then now is the time to strike. I believe Athrikus resides at the top of the tower. Be careful though, he is surrounded by many powerful warlocks, much more deadly than the ones you faced before.”
Talk to Delgren the Purifier at Maestra’s Post.
For all the work that you have done, you deserve to be well rewarded. Return to Delgren and tell him that Athrikus Narassin lies stilled by your hand, and the Cult of the Dark Strand is beaten and scattered.
I knew you would be up to the task.
I sense great deeds before you, and that you will right many wrongs that plague our lands. Bear my blessings, as well as this gift.
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