Patch 5.3 Escalation – Storyline Transcript and Videos – World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3 adds new content to the progressive Garrosh Hellscream storyline. The Landfall (Patch 5.1) confrontation between the Alliance and the Horde at the Krasarang Wilds’ shore is over, and the Thunder King has been defeated.

What’s next? Well, Patch 5.3: Escalation is the intermediate content prior to engaging Garrosh Hellscream as the final boss of Mists of Pandaria.

The Horde and the Alliance are preparing their path toward Orgrimmar through the Barrens and Durotar.

Note: Over the next weeks, I’ll be updating this page with the quests text, NPC dialogues, images and videos. This will serve as a lore repository for those who rushed through the quests without reading, or for those who unsubscribed to World of Warcraft months ago, and wish to know what’s new. Who knows — what you see in this archive might bring you back to World of Warcraft.

Patch 5.3 Intro – Horde version

When players approach Sunwalker Dezco and Taran Zhu at the Golden Terrace of the Shrine of Two Moons capital in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, we see a conversation between both characters concerning Garrosh and the actions of the Horde.

Taran Zhu: Tauren! What have your people done? You have dredged open a scar within our sacred Vale!

Sunwalker Dezco: Lord Zhu, please understand – the orc “Warchief” who ordered the deed no longer speaks for the whole of the Horde. Many voices are rising up against him.


Taran Zhu: Your politics are no concern of mine. Your Horde has disrespected the sanctity of this place. You are no longer welcome here – leave at once!

Sunwalker Dezco: Give us time, Lord Zhu. Give us the opportunity to bring Hellscream to justice.

Taran Zhu: Sunwalker, I respect your people. You have aided us in our campaign against the Sha, and the Thunder King. Otherwise, I would’ve already ordered the Shado-Pan to purge this entire shrine. But my patience is at an end. The Horde must leave.

Sunwalker Dezco: Please. Give us time to make this right.

Taran Zhu: Very well. You have until season’s end. No longer. We pandaren are no strangers to dealing with tyrants. The coming battle will try your souls. May the celestials guide your actions.




Visit the links below to launch the dialogue transcript and videos for each mission of the Patch 5.3 Escalation storyline.







The Alliance version of Patch 5.3 Escalation is a bit shorter. Both factions share the same scenarios, the same first quest, and the same Battlefield: Barrens quests. Some quests are unique to the Alliance players as seen below.






The King and the Council – Scenario: Blood in the Snow – Patch 5.3 Escalation

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

The King and the Council

Lorewalker Cho: I am glad you are here, (name). I have been using my dream brew to experience events around the world, but the more I learn, the more confused I become.

For instance, King Wrynn has asked the dwarves of Ironforge for more troops, but they do not all support him.

I will tell you more, but I would also like to hear from your experience firsthand…

Quest Objectives

Complete the “Blood in the Snow” scenario. You can queue from the dungeon finder or use Lorewalker Cho’s Dream Brew.


Note: A hologram / vision plays out behind Lorewalker Cho.

Lorewalker Cho: Once upon a time – moments ago, in fact – a great king sought the help from a trio of powerful dwarves: The Council of Three Hammers.

The King’s scouts had discovered that Zandalari trolls threatened the dwarven capital.

Surely, the king thought, if he helped them with their troll problem, they would give him more troops for his campaign against the Horde.


But what the king did not realize is that the dwarves did not trust one another!

“We cannot help you,” said the Bronzebeard dwarf. “For if we turn our back on the Dark Irons, they will defeat the Wildhammer and take over Ironforge!”

“We cannot help you,” said the Wildhammer dwarf. “For if we turn our back on the Dark Irons, they will defeat the Bronzebeard and take over Ironforge!”


The king was furious. “If none of you help, then Ironforge will fall under siege!”

Only one dwarf offered to help the king. “We will lend you our strength,” said Moira, of the Dark Iron. “We will trust our dwarven brothers, and we will show them what loyalty means!”

And so Moira and the High King set out into the snow to save the city, leaving the others to think about their actions.

What happens next? I must know!




Scenario: Blood in the Snow


King Varian Wrynn: This is where my agents tracked the Zandalari.

Moira Thaurissan: Shimmer Ridge. I know it well. The Frostmane trolls breed and plot atop that snow-blown mesa.

King Varian Wrynn: I can only imagine what foul business the Zandalari have with them …


Moira Thaurissan: We’ve lost many mountaineers to this freakish storm, or the trolls slithering about in it.

King Varian Wrynn: Yes. This weather is not natural.


Moira Thaurissan: Aye. I am loath to send my men into that. It reeks of ambush and bloody disaster.

King Varian Wrynn: My champions will go. They will see what can be done, and rescue who they can.

Moira Thaurissan: If they can stop that storm, I’ll lead the Forgeguard to the top myself.

King Varian Wrynn: It’s heartening to see you here, Moira. You have my thanks.

Moira Thaurissan: Indeed. With the aid of your champions, the Dark Irons will put an end to the Zandalari threat in Dun Morogh.

We will prove our loyalty – to the Council, Ironforge, and the Alliance – here, today, and with our own blood.

King Varian Wrynn: Hrmmm. Fare well, Queen Regent.

Moira Thaurissan: I’ll see you when it’s done, King of Stormwind.


[Shimmer Ridge]


Scout Stonebeard: Oh ho ho ho ho! By my beard, I thought I was done for! Oh, thank ye. Thank ye! Oh … right. Now: Did the human king send ye? Oh, his spies are all dead … and most of us are, too.

I saw ‘em draggin’ Boldbrew, kickin’ and bitin’ towards some hut south o’ here. Now if ye hurry, ye can help her, and she might know more.



BUT STAY AWAY FROM THE BIG VILLAGE! There’s dozens o’ mad ice trolls in there! Oh, that Zandalari priest has ‘em whipped up into a great frenzy.


Scout Boldbrew: Oh, that was a CLOSE one, thank ye! There’s only a few of us left; the ones they don’t eat, they butcher at some big altar. It’s just northwest o’ here; if ye hurry, ye might be able ta save some! Sorry I don’t know anythin’ more …



Scout Forgefellow: Filthy monsters! I owe ye me life. Listen: The storm. We figured out what’s makin’ it. That sneaky Zandalari has these ice trolls makin’ blood sacrifices ta elemental spirits. There’s a cave, north o’ here, across a bridge. If ye can slay the elemental within, the storm ought ta stop.



Moira Thaurissan: The king’s champions have done it: The storm has ended! Forward, Dark Irons! TO BATTLE WE MARCH!

Hekima the Wise: You may have stopped the storm, but you cannot stop the will of the Zandalar! You will DIE, here … ALL OF YOU! Trolls of the world will unite against you! We control the sand, the seas, the winds … We will bury you in your mountain! There … will be more! Zandalar … will never fall …


[Scenario Complete: Blood in the Snow]

King Varian Wrynn: Well fought. I see the Dark Irons are as formidable as ever.

Moira Thaurissan: That they are, King Varian. And at the service of the Alliance, I might add.

King Varian Wrynn: Hah! For that, I’m glad. The Bronzebeards and Wildhammers will regret not having been here to share in your glory.

Moira Thaurissan: Better they’re grateful for the clansmen spared death on this miserable hillock. We sought to protect and impress, not to shame.


King Varian Wrynn: Well, you’ve done just that. Come; let us return to Ironforge, and announce your victory to the Council.

Moira Thaurissan: My thanks for your assistance, champions. I will tend to the slain and wounded here before returning to Ironforge.



The King and the Council

Lorewalker Cho: So, King Wrynn and the Dark Iron dwarves saved the city, and the bitterly divided Council of Three Hammers gained a new unity under the Alliance banner. How interesting!

But what is happening within the Horde?


The Warchief and the Darkness – Patch 5.3 Escalation – Scenario: Dark Heart of Pandaria

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

The Warchief and the Darkness

I see now how the Alliance king leads his people. But what is the Horde warchief up to? Just below us, a swarm of goblins is burrowing into the sacred Vale on his orders. What does he hope to find there? We must find out!

Quest Objectives

Complete the “Dark Heart of Pandaria” scenario. You can queue from the Dungeon Finder or use Lorewalker Cho’s Dream Brew.


Lorewalkeer Cho: The High King, his champions, and the Dark Iron dwarves worked together to save Ironforge.

The other dwarven leaders were ashamed of their behavior, and vowed never again to allow fear or distrust to cloud their judgement.


And so it was a human king who helped to unite the dwarven clans so long divided.

Free to trust one another, all three dwarven leaders pledged their full strength to the Alliance cause.


Meanwhile, in the city of Orgrimmar, Warchief Garrosh Hellscream sent goblin dig teams all across the continent of Pandaria.

He promised gold and riches to any who could discover for him the hidden secrets of this land that fill Pandaria with such a dark and powerful energy.


To my surprise, his people have found something! Right here, in the sacred vale! What will happen now?

The story is still being written …



Scenario: Dark Heart of Pandaria


Grizzle Gearslip: Thank the laws of physics you’re here!


We found somethin’ down there, somethin’ HUGE, and all of a sudden the rocks started fightin’ back and everyone went crazy. Bad business!


Please, just make it all stop!


Urtharges the Destroyer (Minion of Y’shaarj): Minions, destroy these insects!



Note: When Urtharges the Destroyer dies, stage 3 kicks in. You must collect 50 artifacts. These are all spread throughout the excavation site around you. A column of light rests on each of them. These are visible from afar. The yellow column of light identify bonus artifacts that grant +10 artifact bonus.


Stage 4 kicks in once you collect all 50 artifacts. Don’t go crazy pulling mobs. You have to run toward the mine entrance at the bottom of the excavation site. The map will show you a red “X” marking the entrance of the mine.


Crafty the Ambitious: It’s all clear then? No time to waste … let’s blow this wall to pieces! That was some explosion! Let’s check it out.



It looks like some sort of gigantic chest … probably full of gold. And it’s all ours!


Note: Crafty the Ambitious opens the floating chest and is bathed by Y’Shaarj’s dark clouds. Crafty the Ambitious grows in size and his nameplate changes into “Echo of Y’Shaarj”.

Norushen: Containment failure. Active defense matrix enabled.

Echo of Y’Shaarj: My blood hungers.

Norushen: Power units activated.


Echo of Y’Shaarj: I only sleep.

Grizzle Gearslip: Just what in the name of all that is unholy was that thing?

Malkorok: Step aside goblin. This artifact is exactly what the warchief hoped to find here. I am taking it under Kor’kron protection.

Grizzle Gearslip: Oh don’t you worry none, I don’t think anyone wants to touch that thing again. I’ll collect our money and we are outta here.

Hey hey, what is this, huh? This is barely a fifth of the promised payment!

Malkorok: You are paid for all workers present, foreman. The warchief does not compensate the dead.

Grizzle Gearslip: Naw naw, see there’s a contract. Payment in full is req-

Malkorok: THIS. This is what has diluted the vitality of our precious Horde!


The warchief graciously permits the families of the dead to live in his city. To die in the service of the Horde should be a great honor, but you see it as another opportunity to line your filthy pockets!

Your kind DISGUSTS me. Small. Weak. Honorless as thieves. Be thankful the warchief still tolerates your presence at all.

Grizzle Gearslip: Yeah, we’ll see who’s got Garrosh’s back when it counts.

Malkorok: What was that, goblin?

Grizzle Gearslip: Oh yeah, hey no nothing your, uh, your hugeness. Uh, for the Horde, and all that … Bye!



Lorewalker Cho: Whaaaat? The remains of an Old god are buried beneath Pandaria? No wonder the land is so haunted!

The warchief’s pursuit of those dormant powers are fraying apart the very Horde he leads. His vision is narrow, but very, very dangerous. I must inform the Shado-Pan immediately.


Blizzplanet Weekly: PAX East – World of StarCraft? Project Blackstone Speculation

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, PAX East 2013, Project Blackstone, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

In this week’s Blizzplanet Weekly, our host Chris Arnone talks about several topics around all Blizzard Entertainment video games. Mists of Pandaria will see no additional 5-person dungeons, Major League Gaming (MLG) in Dallas is this weekend where 32 players will clash to the end to claim the victor prize, Diablo III developers are moving away from the Auction House, and finally — Chris Arnone enumerates what are all the facts surrounding the new game Blizzard is revealing at PAX East, and what it is certainly not.

Will it be something related to Project Blackstone? Maybe a revamped StarCraft: Ghost intermingled with the Heart of the Swarm story? Will it be an MMO or a Mobile game?

Everyone thought the Project Blackstone website was a promotional campaign for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. However, there are still some unlocked content and absolutely nothing is mentioned about Project Blackstone in the Heart of the Swarm single-player campaign.

The Project Blackstone creator, Cameron Dayton (Senior Story Developer), tweeted recently “I think it’s starting to dawn on people that #ProjectBlackstone was more than just a promotional piece for #HotS – this story ain’t done yet” — hmm?

A few weeks ago, I remember Cameron Dayton revealed Project Blackstone’s story took two years in the making. This put me to rethink and ponder … does a website story and the ficticious characters tweeting each other on Twitter take two years to write? Or is there more to Project Blackstone than just a Free online short story? That’s a lot of time and manpower budget.

Watch today’s Blizzplanet Weekly with our host Chris Arnone speculating about PAX East new game announcement here.

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Patch 5.2 The Thunder King – Community Interview Blizzard Developers

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.2 - The Thunder Isle, World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria developers have talked to several fansites to discuss Patch 5.2 Thunder Isle. Eldorian (Blizzplanet) is interviewing Tom Chilton today.



Infiltrating the Black Temple – Warlock Green Fire Questline – World of Warcraft Patch 5.2

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.2 Warlock Green Fire Questline, World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

WORK IN PROGRESS: This is a preview of what I’m working with right now (Sunday). Transcript of the quests, dialogues, and will add video of each scenario stage. For the entire questline before the scenario go here — those videos are uploaded. I’ll be updating, and adding videos throughout the evening.

Warlock Talents Before Scenario

I recommend to switch to Destruction specialization (spec). From your Talent tab pick the following abilities: Harvest Life, Shadowfury, Sacrificial Pact, Burning Rush, Grimoire of Supremacy, and Kil’jaeden’s Cunning.

The logic behind these talents …

Harvest Life: Gather health from various mobs. Can do this while on the move (with Kil’jaeden’s Cunning).

Shadowfury: Choose Shadowfury to stun all mobs within 8 yards for 3 sec. Enough to get back some Burning Embers to self-heal.

Burning Rush: There are situations where you would want to run away from mobs to avoid getting stunned while running.

Sacrificial Pact: Definitely a life-saver during the fight against the Essence of Order. Keep reading for the strategy.

Grimoire of Supremacy: Your voidwalker becomes a Voidlord with 20% more health and 20% more damage. You need a better tank.

Ki’jaeden’s Cunning: Allows you to cast while moving. Perfect to summon your Voidlord minion while running away if Flames of Xoroth is on cooldown, or you don’t have the Burning Ember up to use Flames of Xoroth. This talent is very helpful against the Pitlord in the final encounter.



Maybe you have better ones, but these are the macros I used up to the final encounter.

Spell icon: Conflagrate

/cast Conflagrate
/Use 14

Spell icon: Ember Tap

/cast Ember Tap

/cast Twilight Ward

/cast Sacrificial Pact

Note: When the Essence of Order casts Hellfire AOE, Ember of Tap heals you. The macro auto-casts Twilight Ward — which absorbs 61,978 magic damage. The Sacrificial Pact shields the Warlock for 400% of the Voidlord’s 25% sacrificed health. Sacrificial Pact has a 1 minute cooldown. Twilight Ward has a 30 sec cooldown. This macro makes sure you cast Twilight Ward if Sacrificial Pact is still on cooldown.

Spell icon: Fel Flame

/cast Fel Flame

/cast 13

Spell icon: Incinerate

/cast Fire and Brimstone

/cast incinerate

Infiltrating the Black Temple

It’s clear that Jubeka’s soulstone has lead you here to the Black Temple.

The question remains … why?

The only remaining option is to head inside and figure out why they were here.



Look for Jubeka’s mark on the main entrance of the Black Temple.


Scenario: Pursuing the Black Harvest

Don’t zone in into the Black Temple dungeon. Move east of the Black Temple’s sewer entrance. There is a skull rune on the main doorway. Clicking the skull image queues you into the Warlock-only’s Black Temple scenario.


The Warlock player spawns at the Illidari Training Grounds where players formerly fought Supremus.

Stage 1: Enter the Black Temple

Avoid the guards and enter the Sanctuary of Shadows.

Note: Do not fight any mobs. The key here is to evade the Ashtongue guards. These have a visible circular red outline. Stepping into the red outline triggers them to spot you. They throw a net on you, which stuns and won’t let you cast or move. The Ashtongue Primalist will say: “This temple is the domain of the Ashtongue Brotherhood. I must ask you to leave – now.”

The guards teleport you back to the main entrance.

By the ramp, there are three Ashtongue Primalists barring your way (… but the will of the Templar is stronger! — oops, wrong game).


The strategy here is to stay away from the ramp a few yards. Send your minion to attack the guard on the center. The guard will trap your minion.


Ashtongue Primalist: Another warlock? After what happened last time, you should be glad we don’t kill you on sight.

At the same time the minion is trapped, click your Burning Rush ability to sprint through. The guard will ignore you while he teleports your minion away.

Go toward the door above the ramp to trigger Stage 2.

Watch the Video

This video only contains Stage 1:


Stage 2: Search for signs of the Council’s Presence

Find the Council of the Black Harvest’s trail.

Note: The door opens. Disable your Burning Rush. There are two guards patrolling the hallway. Wait until their red outlines are clear, and use Burning Rush. Run upstairs.

Above the stairs is a scroll with a “interact” icon.


Conspicuous Illidari Scroll: Find the Council of the Black Harvest’s trail in the Sanctuary of Shadows: 1/1

Looks like a trap. The item text simply says “Counterfeit Scroll: Contains orders for talbuk meat.”

Akama casts Garrote. Stunning you.


Akama: Foolish warlocks. I knew you would try again to ransack our temple …!

Wait … you’re not one of the warlocks that snuck in here before. Why then are you here?

Hmm … your name sounds familiar to me, (name).

What do you want from the Black Temple? Stay a moment and speak with me, rather than skulk about like a rogue.

(You: King Wrynn seeks the Black Harvest council members who trespassed here recently.)

(Name), you and your Alliance did much to aid my people in freeing the Black Temple of Illidan’s grasp.

I will help you as a show of mutual trust and repayment of the debt I owe you.

(You: Akama, lead the way!)

Watch the Video

This video shows only Stage 2: Search for Signs of the Council’s Presence.


Stage 3: Follow Akama to the Shrine of Lost Souls

Akama: It has been many months since those two warlocks broke into the temple … but I’m still not sure what they were after.

Follow me. They visited both the Shrine of Lost Souls and the Temple Summit.


I have decided to trust this warlock for now. Let him move about the temple freely.

(Note: Akama leads you toward the Halls of Anguish, and takes you in front of the entrance to the Reliquary of Souls room — the Shrine of Lost Souls.)

Akama: It will take many years for us to undo the damage that Magtheridon, Illidan and the fel orcs did to this holy place.

Watch the Video

This video shows only Stage 3: Follow Akama to the Shrine of Lost Souls.


Stage 4: Uncover the Council’s Plan

Investigate the Reliquary of Souls.

Akama: Within lies the Shrine of Lost Souls. The souls of thousands of my fallen brethren remain within this area.

Use caution, there are many traps still active within. Perhaps one of your demon spells will grant you the ability to scout ahead before advancing forward.

Note: Don’t run through. Stop. Cast Eye of Killrogg. There are invisible traps all throughout the room forming walls. It’s a maze. The first thing to do is to dismiss your minion. The minion will trip into the traps and spawn an additional ghost (Hungering Soul Fragment) to attack you. The ghosts (Suffering Soul Fragment) roaming the room have low health and can be solo’ed without the minion. Use Eye of Killrogg to walk short baby-steps through the invisible maze. Takes about 4-6 minutes to bypass the maze.


Note: I divided the videos so you can choose to view or to skip certain parts. The following video shows (only) the navigation through the invisible maze that leads to the Reliquary of Souls. This section can only be navigated with Eye of Killrogg.

Once you reach the Shrine of Lost Souls, walk toward the center to trigger a memory of Jubeka Shadowbreaker and Kanrethad. However, move away back to the ramp. The boss “Essence of Order” spawns in the center after the memory is over. Good enough, the boss won’t aggro unless you approach or attack.

Jubeka Shadowbreaker: This … is amazing … an untapped store of raw arcane energy.

Kanrethad Ebonlocke: For years it has languished, slowly growing in strength …

Jubeka Shadowbreaker: Imagine what we could summon with just a fraction of this power!

Kanrethad Ebonlocke: Summon … ha, imagine what we could become if fused with power of this magnitude … The powers of this room are not unlike the original Well of Eternity in Azeroth.


Jubeka Shadowbreaker: So this is how Illidan bound so many demons to his will …

Kanrethad Ebonlocke: Yes. The payment for the demons’ service was to drink from the energy of this place. By feeding upon this place’s power, they were broken free from their addiction to the Legion’s magic. I believe this is the original power source he intended to offer the blood elves to free them from their addiction to the Sunwell … but for some reason he didn’t let them near it …

Jubeka Shadowbreaker: What?? You have no proof of such a claim.

Kanrethad Ebonlocke: Didn’t you notice? The demons under Illidan’s command were free of the entropic, fel-green corruption that pervades the Legion.

Jubeka Shadowbreaker: … why do you talk so much, Kanrethad?

Kanrethad Ebonlocke: I was there … at the end …

Jubeka Shadowbreaker: … Oh dear, are you going to regale me with yet another of your horrible stories?

Kanrethad Ebonlocke: … shut up.

Jubeka Shadowbreaker: …

Kanrethad Ebonlocke: I think I liked you better when your jaw was missing.

Jubeka Shadowbreaker: Did you hear that?! Those Ashtongue dogs are coming. Let’s hurry up and start the ritual!

Kanrethad Ebonlocke: Very well. We’ll return later after the crystal is fully charged.

Watch the Video

This video only shows the memory transcribed above between Jubeka and Kanrethad.


Stage 5: Defeat the Essence of Order

Claim the soul crystal left behind by the Council of the Black Harvest.

Essence of Order: The powers of this place are NOT for your kind, warlock! DIE!


Essence of Order Kill

This video shows how to kill Essence of Order. It’s recommended to click Essence of Order’s portrait, and unlock the frame. Move it to your lower screen so that it’s easier to watch his casting bar.

It has two spells that need to be observed at all times: Spellflame and Hellfire. Spellflame is a straight line of fire that originates from beneath him and extends in the direction of your last position at the moment he began casting (2.5 sec cast). It’s recommended to move counter-clockwise. Just move to the right a couple of yards. Warning: He always casts Spellflame right after Hellfire.

Hellfire is a devastating AOE similar to the Warlock’s. The best way to survive this is in Destruction spec. Spam Rain on Fire on the spirits that spawn. Make sure to stand close to Essence of Order so that your Rain of Fire also damages him. Keep Immolate up. Fel Flame renews Immolate. Immolate causes all critical damage from your spells to create Burning Embers. Rain of Fire has a chance to do critical damage and Immolation active causes your Rain of Fire to do 50% more damage. Basically, Rain of Fire on the spirits that spawn constantly keeps your Burning Embers up. When Essence of Order casts Hellfire, use all the accumulated Burning Embers to cast Ember Tap.

Ember Tap heals the Warlock for 21.26% of your health. If you got two Burning Embers up that’s 42.52% healed, which mostly keeps you alive throughout the entire fight. Bring health potions and have three Healthstones just in case.

It’s a good idea to have a macro with the Ember Tap icon. I assigned the macro to also cast Twilight Ward (Absorbs 61,978 magic damage. Lasts 30 sec.) and the macro also casts Sacrificial Pact (Your demon sacrifices 25% of its health to shield its master for 400% of the sacrificed health. 1 min cooldown). If Sacrificial Pact is on cooldown, the macro will still cast Twilight Ward.

I tried Essence of Order as Affliction, and it was really painful. Killed him twice using Destruction spec.


Stage 6: Escape the Shrine of Lost Souls

Fight off the demons unleashed by the Reliquary and return to Akama in the Halls of Anguish.

Note: The first pull is a dreadlord and two satyrs.

The dreadlord has a fear ability, hellfire, and he also summons a batch of 5-6 shadowfiends. These must be killed quickly with Rain of Fire. They die fast, but they do a lot of damage if left unattended. Shadowfury can be used when they spawn to stun them for 3 sec. — especially as soon as you get feared (as a contingency plan)

The dreadlord only hits the voidlord for about 1,500-3000 dps.

The second pull is a group of seven Freed Imps. These die very fast with Rain of Fire. Each has only 31,515 Health (non-elite).


The third pull is a Felguard (Unbound Centurion). He patrols back and forth. Send the Voidlord to aggro it, and cast Rain of Fire on him and the Imps, or fight them separately (up to you).

The last pull is two Dreadlords. Both will aggro. Personally, I didn’t like to get feared by two dreadlords, and far less dealing with two groups of shadowfiends.

I recommend moving to the left wall, send the voidlord to attack the left dreadlord, then click the second dreadlord and send the voidlord to attack it too.

Meanwhile, go behind the barricade, and hit Burning Rush to reach Akama. Both dreadlords will despawn as soon as Stage 7 kicks in.

The shadowfiends won’t despawn and you still need to kill them. If you don’t use Burning Rush to sprint toward Akama, then you will have to baby step your way through the Dreadlord’s fear. Pssst — use Burning Rush. You will be glad you did.


Stage 7: Plunder the Den of Mortal Delights

Grab as much treasure as you can before time runs out.

Akama: (Name)! Some of my men are trapped in the basement – there is little time, help me save them!!

Warlocks have about 8 minutes to complete this stage.

Move toward the exit of the Halls of Anguish. Your character will lose control briefly while it auto-summons an imp minion.

Fel Imp: … yo, (Name)! Remember me? Good, good … hey, listen … we don’t have to help this guy …

There’s gotta be some riches around this place … c’mon boss, you know you want to …

Note: By the Halls of Anguish exit, a quest will pop onscreen titled “Plunder the Black Temple”.

While Akama and his men are dealing with the demons, there is nobody to stop you from stealing a relic or two …


Loot everything you can grab before Akama reaches the Temple Summit.

Note: On the ground you will find piles of gold, vases, necklaces, rings, and other type of objects. Click them and loot. There is a lot of mobs on your way to the spot players usually fight the Shivarra boss Mother Shahraz.

Avoid fighting Felguards. These are Elite and patrol constantly. Their pathing allows you to get out of their way.

All other mobs are non-Elite, and die quick (315K health).

Unbound Bonementer (Satyr) is a healer. Try to kill them asap before they cast Dark Mending.


You’ve looted everything you could grab on your way up. Time to tally up your plunder and hide it before Akama catches up …

Rewards: The following spell will be cast on you: Appraisal.


Stage 8: Head to the Temple Summit

Take the Empowered Soulcore to the Temple Summit.

Final Stage: Defeat Kanrethad

Place the Empowered Soulcore in the Demonic Soulwell, and defeat Kanrethad.


Kanrethad Ebonlocke: BEHOLD! I have only mastered the fel energies of this world! The demonic power I now command … It is indescribable, unlimited, OMINIPOTENT!

You think I’ve gone too far? There is no such thing. The Black Harvest will enslave the most powerful demons, draw on their power, and destroy all who oppose us, in this world, and on Azeroth! Do YOU mean to stop me, little one?

I’d like to see you try.

Hah. Your feeble attacks are entertaining. Would you like to see one of my new pets?

The Annihilan are incredibly destructive creatures. Their sheer strength and power is absolutely unrivaled.

(Note: When the Warlock casts Enslave Demon on the Annihilan/Pitlord this happens …)

Kanrethad Ebonlocke: WHAT?! Now you’ve angered me. The clock is ticking …

Note: Kanrethad casts a massive Chaos Bolt which one-shots a Warlock. This one can be survived casting Sacrificial Pact.


More videos of this Scenario coming tomorrow Monday afternoon. Stay tuned.

Hozen Treasure Cache

Treasures of Pandaria Achievement Guide

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

There are about 26 Treasures throughout Pandaria waiting to be found. Some of them give you a lot of gold and count toward different achievements such as: Treasure of Pandaria, Fortune of Pandaria, Bounty of Pandaria and Riches of Pandaria.

Grabbing all of the items in this list gives players approximately 1792 Gold — not counting the value of the gems in the stash of gems, and other random factors. Worth the trip around the continent if you are bored.

Note: Some of these items do not count toward the achievements listed above, but give you gold. Added to benefit you. Some items can be found inside caves (added cave maps where applicable). Additionally, these are one-time lootable. They will be phased out permanently afterwards.

Warning: Make sure to empty your bags often. There is a known bug that when you click one of these chests when the bags are full, the chest despawns and item is lost. This causes you to lose the credit for the achievement, and the chest won’t spawn again for your character.

Townlong Steppes



Kun-Lai Summit



Veiled Stairs



Valley of the Four Winds



Krasarang Wilds



The Jade Forest



Patch 5.1 Dominance Offensive – Breath of Darkest Shadow

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.1, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

The Bell Speaks

General Nazgrim: Your efforts have culminated in this moment, (class).

Warchief Garrosh gathers the most elite champions of the Horde in Kun-Lai Summit to witness the ringing of the Divine Bell.

You have more than earned the right to participate.

Go now. The dawn of the new Horde begins today.

Speak to Tak-Tak. He should be able to secure your travel arrangements.



Find Malkorok at Emperor’s Reach. Speak to Tak-Tak at Domination Point for transportation.


You: Take me to Emperor’s Reach.

Tak-Tak: I got a bad feelin’ about this.

Your Warchief has got that bell, and he’s goin’ to use it to make the Horde stronger.


But I think that bell has got some power … and it’s bad.

Nobody, not hozen, not human, not orc … should use the sha.

Be careful.

I hope I see you again, friend.

(Find Malkorok at Emperor’s Reach: 1/1)



Malkorok: I was wondering when you would arrive, (name).


Breath of Darkest Shadow

Malkorok: It is time, (name). We have traveled a long path to reach this moment.

Today, we witness the birth of Garrosh’s Horde!

Do not let anything interfere with the ceremony!



Witness the ringing of the Divine Bell.


Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: We cannot rely on fate or destiny. We must carve out our own future … the future that WE deserve!

We are the HORDE. We are slaves to nothing and no one!

With the Divine Bell, I will burn away any remnants of weakness within us. Fear … despair … hatred … doubt. The lesser races are buried beneath their weight. But WE will control their power.

Together, we will destroy the Alliance and claim what is rightfully ours. Let our song of victory begin.

(Note: Garrosh rings the Divine Bell.)

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Yes! Feel the power within you. Fight your fears. Conquer your hatred!

This is but a test of our strength. We will pass this trial, just as we have passed others!

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Yes! Feel the power within you. Fight your fears. Conquer yur hatred!

If our enemies should choose to push us, we will drive them into the ground!

Prince Anduin Wrynn: Stop, Garrosh! You do not know what that bell is capable of!

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Ahahahaha … so in the end, it is not Varian, but his whelp who comes to face me. You run bravely to your death, young one.

Prince Anduin Wrynn: I will not let you do this. I swear to it.

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Stop me then, human.

(Note: Garrosh rings the Divine Bell, again.)


Blademaster Ishi: Auuuuuugggghhhhh! This pain! I cannot control it!

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Fight the sha – master it! Use it!

Blademaster Ishi: Do you speak the truth, Garrosh? Can the Horde truly survive another war?

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Doubt is for the weak! Do not question your strength, Ishi. We will survive because we must! The HORDE will prevail!

Blademaster Ishi: We have lost so much, Warchief. Our families, dead. Our friends, lost. Our homeland, gone. How much more must our people suffer?

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Our suffering is at an end. When this war is won, our people will see prosperity at last.

Blademaster Ishi: Why should we be slaves to honor, when we could slaughter the children of our enemies while they sleep? My blade thirsts for Alliance blood!

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Control your hatred, Ishi. There is killing, and then there is murder. Direct your rage to our enemies.

Blademaster Ishi: At night, I see the faces of all those I have slain. Where do our spirits go after our bodies lay cold? I fear … death.

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Use your fear, Ishi! Turn in on your foes. When death arrives, will you stand and face it or kneel in defeat?

Blademaster Ishi: Warchief! I … I have failed you.


Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Yes, Ishi. You have.

Your interference has cost me a great warrior, young prince. You’ll pay with your life.

Prince Anduin Wrynn: That is where you are wrong, Garrosh.

(Note: Prince Anduin hits the Divine Bell with the pandaren mallet. The Divine Bell emanates holy light which stuns Warchief Garrosh with a blast.)

Prince Anduin Wrynn: The mogu made the Divine Bell to create chaos, but the pandaren created a special mallet to turn the echoes of that chaos into perfect harmony. That mallet was hidden for thousands of years, until now.

Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: Die, whelp!!

(Note: Garrosh causes a shockwave with his mallet destroying the Divine Bell into pieces, and burying Prince Anduin with the shattered pieces. Anduin dies.)

(Defeat Anduin Wrynn: 1/1)


Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: They may have destroyed the Divine Bell, but I have taken teh life of the Alliance’s prodigal son!

It is nothing less than my own father would have expected of me.

This victory may have come at a high cost, but it is of little consequence.

I will find other ways to destroy my enemies, and bring glory to the Horde!

(Dominance Offensive Achievement Progress: Breath of Darkest Shadow)

(Achievement Earned: Dominance Offensive)



Warchief Garrosh Hellscream: There is much I do not know about this artifact. The weak-willed cannot control this sha energy, but I WILL master it.

At least the human prince is dead. King Wrynn now knows the price of his continued defiance.

Leave me. I have much to think about.


Patch 5.1 Operation: Shieldwall – The Purge of Dalaran

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.1, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Darnassus Attacked?

Admiral Taylor: As you know, our night elven allies moved the Divine Bell you retrieved to Darnassus for safekeeping and study. Moments ago, they portaled some Highbourne mages over here to ask for backup. Details are hazy – some sort of stealth attack on the city?

I don’t know what to make of it, but Jaina Proudmoore is already on the scene and I suspect they need all the help they can get.

Speak to Seamus Goldenkicks over there for a quick portal to Darnassus. Find Jaina.



Speak with Jaina in Darnassus.

You may speak with Seamus Goldenkicks in Lion’s Landing to be ported to Darnassus.



You: I need a portal to Darnassus.

Jaina Proudmoore: No, no, no! The Bell!



Lady Jaina Proudmoore: The Bell is gone.

At the scene of the crime, we found traces of arcane magic … I may be able to use my skills to track the thieves.


Tracking the Thieves

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: We WILL get to the bottom of this.

(Name), you’re coming with me. We’ll search every inch of this city if we have to, but we’ll find out how they took the bell … and where.

I’m picking up traces of arcane magic here … we need to follow the trail!



Follow Jaina to help her discover who took the Divine Bell, and where they took it. You may speak with Seamus Goldenkicks in Lion’s Landing to be ported to Darnassus.


Lady Jaina Proudmoore: I had Darnassus LOCKED DOWN! Every fumbling rogue that tried to sneak into the city, I CAUGHT them! I snatched every two-bit charlatan that attempted to teleport through my traps!


They couldn’t possibly have gotten through … this was an inside job. Somebody inside the city has the Bell, unless … no …

These portals connect to Dalaran. That means the Kirin Tor … MY OWN Kirin Tor … helped the Horde commit this atrocity.

I will NOT be betrayed again! Those responsible for this will be punished!



Lady Jaina Proudmoore: I’ve decided.

Certain members of the Kirin Tor have put their allegiance to the Horde above the order, and I will NOT tolerate it. This is nothing short of a betrayal.

(Jaina’s eyes flare with rage.)

Come with me, (name). We’re going to clean up Dalaran.


Jaina’s Resolution

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: For too long, I have tolled to mend fences between Alliance and Horde. Time and time again, I’ve given the Horde the benefit of the doubt – and time and time again, they stab me in the back.

I refuse to be betrayed again! If the Horde intendes to use the Kirin Tor as a weapon against the Alliance, then they have no place in Dalaran.

Come with me, (name).



Use the portal from Darnassus to Dalaran, then speak with Vereesa Windrunner on the other side.

(Take the portal from Darnassus to Dalaran: 1/1)


Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Aethas Sunreaver!

You’ve betrayed the Kirin Tor, Sunreaver. You’ve allowed Garrosh to move his forces through MY city.

Aethas Sunreaver: You have it all wrong, Jaina. I did nothing.

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: You looked the other way. You and your insubordinate kind are no longer welcome here.

Aethas Sunreaver: This is OUR city too, Proudmoore.

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Hah! I see. I will remove the Sunreavers by force, then.

You, Aethas, will be coming with me.



Vereesa Windrunner: I will instruct you from here on out.

Jaina will be going down into the city to enforce our new rules.



I have long waited for an opportunity to deal with the Sunreavers. I asked my late husband to remove them from the city, but he believed too firmly in the neutrality of the Kirin Tor.

He was wise, but he was short-sighted. This has always been the destiny of the Kirin Tor: to serve the Alliance.


Nowhere to Run

Vereesa Windrunner: Compliant Sunreavers will be sent to the Violet Hold. Defiant ones are put to the sword.

NONE are to escape.

The Sunreavers keep their dragonhawk mounts on Krasus’ Landing. Take this dust, and use it to render them incapable of flying.

Or kill them. I don’t care.



Render 5 Sunreaver Dragonhawks incapable of flying.



vereesa Windrunner: Now, the Sunreavers have to answer to us. Jain or death – their fate is in their own hands.


Nowhere to Hide

Vereesa Windrunner: The Sunreaver’s Sanctuary is still crawling with those Horde-loving Sunreavers.

Jaina will have sent the reasonable ones to the Violet Hode. The rest refuse to leave, raising their weapons against us.

Show them the cost of their defiance. They now face the judgment of the Alliance, the Silver Covenant, and the Kirin Tor!



Slay 16 Sunreavers in the Sunreaver’s Sanctuary.



Vereesa Windrunner: This is a bloody day, (name), and this is bloody work.

But do not forget what the Sunreavers did to bring this on: They used neutral Kirin Tor resources to aid the Horde in their fight against the Alliance.

Do no hesitate to believe that they would do the same to us, given the chance.


Sewer Cleaning

Vereesa Windrunner: Jaina’s doing a good job taking care of Sunreavers above ground, but there’s still plenty rooting around in the sewers.

Go find those lying rats and exterminate them!



Slay 12 Sunreavers in the Dalaran Sewers.



Vereesa Windrunner: It’s nice to have those rats out of here for good. Well done, hero.


Unfair Trade

Vereesa Windrunner: Most shopkeepers in the Magus Commerce Exchange have sided with the Silver Covenant, but there remain a few holdouts that must be taken care of.

(Vereesa shows you a list of names.)

They will not go easily.



Slay Inkmaster Aelon, Tolyria, Gearmage Astalon, and Sintharia Cinderweave.


Sintharia Cinderweave: So it’s come to this, eh?

(Sintharia Cinderweave slain: 1/1)


Gearmage Astalon: You’ll have to wrench me out of here!

(Gearmage Astalon slain: 1/1)


Tolyria: For the Sunreavers!

(Tolyria slain: 1/1)


Inkmaster Aelon: I’ll scribble you out of existence!

(Inkmaster Aelon slain: 1/1)



Vereesa Windrunner: While I can’t say I agree completely with Jaina’s methods, I do understand her motives.

Sometimes, you have to fight back.


Cashing Out

Vereesa Windrunner: I just saw one of the Sunreavers – Brasael, I think his name was – running off in the direction of the bank to the north. No doubt he’s trying to gather whatever assets he can before he leaves.

Head him off and make sure he doesn’t steal any resources from our coffers. He relinquished whatever funds he left in the bank when he and his Sunreaver kind betrayed us.



Slay Magister Brasael.



Magister Brasael: Blast … the Silver Covenant’s here.


Vereesa Windrunner: I suppose it wasn’t enough for him to be a coward and a backstabber … he had to be a greedy thief as well.

Hmph. The Horde and the Sunreavers aren’t all that different. They deserve one another.


What Had To Be Done

Vereesa Windrunner: Thank you for your aid today, (name). I will be handling the purge from here on out.

Jaina has gone off to Stormwind, to meet with Varian. She asked for your attendance.



Speak with King Varian Wrynn in Lion’s Landing.


You: I’m ready to return to Pandaria.


King Varian Wrynn: I can’t fault you for following orders. In fact, I can’t really fault Jaina for acting on her own behalf, for once.

But still … we aren’t playing a game here. We are dealing with war, with people’s lives, with the future of the Alliance itself.

At the very least, we now have the Kirin Tor on our side. Today will be remembered by all as a victory for the Alliance.

(Operation: Shieldwall Achievement Progress – The Purge of Dalaran)



King Varian Wrynn: Jaina! What’s happening in Dalaran? Has there been an attack?

Jaina Proudmoore: The Kirin Tor was betrayed from within. I’ve handled the situation.

King Varian Wrynn: How?

Jaina Proudmoore: I’ve purged the Horde from Dalaran. You have what you wanted, Your Majesty: The Kirin Tor belongs to the Alliance.

King Varian Wrynn: But you said-

Jaina Proudmoore: I know what I said. My trust was misplaced.

King Varian Wrynn: What of the Sin’dorei – the Sunreavers?

Jaina Proudmoore: Those that surrendered are being taken to the Violet Hold. I make no guarantees about those who chose to fight.

King Varian Wrynn: Jaina, you need to talk to me before you act-

Jaina Proudmoore: How I run the Kirin Tor is my business.

King Varian Wrynn: I was trying to negotiate with the Sin’dorei. I was opening discussions to bring them into the Alliance! By attacking their people, you’ve forced their hand-

Jaina Proudmoore: They chose their own path.

King Varian Wrynn: You’ve driven them back to the Horde.

Jaina Proudmoore: You’re fooling yourself. Onece Horde, always Horde. I see that now. I’m mobilizing the Kirin Tor.

King Varian Wrynn: Jaina. We’ve got to work together on this. The Alliance must act as one.

Jaina Proudmoore: Don’t get soft on me, Varian.


Return to the Operation: Shieldwall (Alliance) and Dominance Offensive (Horde) Lore Questline Hub.


Patch 5.1 Operation: Shieldwall – The Divine Bell

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.1, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

The Ruins of Korune

Admiral Taylor: It’s time for our boldest move yet, (name).

Since you acquired intel on the location of the Divine Bell, we’ve amassed a top team to excavate the artifact without delay.

Commander Sarannha Skyglaive leads the expedition into the northern-most reaches of Kun-Lai Summit.

Join them at once, and use whatever skills you need to make the endeavor a success.

Good luck, (class). I don’t need to tell you how important this mission is to the Alliance.

Speak to Fennie. She’ll get you there quickly.



Find Sarannha Skyglaive at the Ruins of Korune. Speak to Fennie Hornswaggle at Lion’s Landing for transportation.


Fennie Hornswaggle: Hilda’s left all the documedntin’ to me. Ye know that fer every artifact we find, I’ve got six forms ta fill out? Whaddaya we need all these forms fer, I ask!?

You: Take me to the Ruins of Korune.


Fennie Hornswaggle: We ain’t got no time ta lose.

We’ve been lookin’ all over Kun-Lai Summit fer a place that matches what ye saw in that mogu’s memory, and we finally found the Korune’s hidin’ place.

If we don’t get to that Divine Bell first, that lizard-livered nut-brain Garrosh will. I don’t much fancy fightin’ a Horde that commands the power o’ the bleepin’ sha.

Commander Skyglaive is already workin’ with a team of Explorer’s League archaeologists at the dig site.

We’re sendin’ out our best, and that means you.

Here we are. There’s no time to waste.

Good luck!


(Find Sarannha Skyglaive at the Ruins of Korune: 1/1)



Sarannha Skyglaive: We blasted the doors open moments ago, (class). You arrived just in time to join us for the excavation.


The Divine Bell

Sarannha Skyglaive: There’s no telling what lies below, so I will lead the initial scouting party myself.

If your report was correct, then the Korune mogu hid the Divine Bell in the rooms below our very feet.

I have a feeling they would not have left such a precious artifact unguarded.

I could use a capable druid such as yourself to watch my back. Let me know when you’re ready.



Kill Dreadweaver Avartu and recover the Divine Bell.


Sarannha Skyglaive: Stay vigilant, hero. This place has been sealed for centuries. Who knows what we will encounter within.

Dreadweaver Avartu: Light … I see … light. Finally, after centuries of silence, someone comes at last.

I have kept the Bell safe as promised, Master.

Wait … you are not mogu! Intruders!

Guardians, awaken! Destroy those who would steal the Thunder King’s treasure!


Sarannha Skyglaive: What was that thing? No matter. We will strike down any who stand in our way.

Dreadweaver Avartu: Such horror … Such emptiness …

You, too, shall know the silence!


(Recover the Divine Bell: 1/1)

Sarannha Skyglaive: There it is, hero! The Divine Bell!

We must take it somewhere safe. Sentinels! Let’s get to work.



Sarannha Skyglaive: Fantastic work, (name). I could not even imagine the atrocity that Garrosh would commit if this bell were to fall into his hands.

Today, we have secured a safe future for the Alliance. I will see to it that the bell makes it safely to Darnassus.

I will extoll your deeds to the King.

(Operation: Shieldwall Achievement Progress – The Divine Bell)


Patch 5.1 Dominance Offensive – The Purge of Dalaran

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.1, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

The Situation in Dalaran

The night elves learned that the Divine Bell was stolen. This much we anticipated.

However, they’ve also found out that the “neutral” Sunreavers of Dalaran were complicit. Now, we’ve got a situation.

I need you to go to Dalaran. Speak with Kromthar for a ride. You are to rendezvous with Grand Magister Rommath once you arrive.



Speak with Kromthar to obtain a ride to Dalaran.


You: I need to get to Dalaran.


(Obtain ride to Dalaran: 1/1)

(Discovered: Sewer Exit Pipe)


(Discovered: The Underbelly)


Grand Magister Rommath: Good … you’ve arrived. It’s not a good day to be Horde in Dalaran.

Jaina’s called for the exile of all the Sunreavers. You and I are going to save as many as we can – including Archmage Aethas Sunreaver himself – and then get out of here as fast as possible.


It Starts in the Sewers

Grand Magister Rommath: Compared to the rest of the city, this part of the sewers is relatively calm. This is good – we can extract more Sunreavers in peace than we can in war.

Find as many citizens as you can. Tell them that it is not safe here, that they must leave the city at once.

Find as many citizens as you can. Tell them, that it is not safe here, that they must leave the city at once.

And try to stay clear of the Silver Covenant. We don’t want to cause a scene if we can avoid it. Not yet, anyhow.



Evacuate 9 Sunreaver Citizens.


Grand Magister Rommath: Jaina’s gone over the edge. She’s imprisoning the Sunreavers and attacking those who resist. What’s worse, the Silver Covenant has seized the opportunity to join the bloodshed.

Sunreaver Citizen: Have the Silver Covenant lost their mind? Surely the Kirin Tor won’t stand for this!

You: It’s not safe here anymore. You need to evacuate Dalaran.

Sunreaver Citizen: Can the Kirin Tor really kick us out like this?

Sunreaver Citizen: They’ll pay for this.


Silver Covenant Agent: You don’t belong here!

Silver Covenant Agent: Just who do you think YOU are?

Sunreaver Citizen: Leave Dalaran? Where will I even go …

Sunreaver Citizen: They said Lady Proudmoore wanted us out. I … I don’t understand.

You: It’s not safe here anymore. You need to evacuate Dalaran.

Sunreaver Citizen: How could this happen?

Sunreaver Citizen: What is all this nonsense about a “purge”?

You: It’s not safe here anymore. You need to evacuate Dalaran.

Silver Covenant Agent: The Sunreavers are scum!

Sunreaver Citizen: I think it may be time to bring my swords out of retirement …

Sunreaver Citizen: They’ll pay for this.

Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Be silenced, Sunreaver!

Silver Covenant Agent: You want some, too? Very well!

Sunreaver Citizen: I guess I can head back to Silvermoon …

Sunreaver Citizen: Don’t have to tell me twice – I’ve got debts in this city I’d like to leave behind.


Grand Master Rommath: Let’s press on.


Violence in the Arena

Grand Magister Rommath: As I suspected, it gets worse up ahead. The Silver Covenant is outright attacking innocent Sunreavers!

This cannot stand. While our prime directive is to rescue Aethas Sunreaver, we must also protect as many blood elves as we can.

I will continue to scout ahead. Fight well, (class)!



Slay 6 Silver Covenant Enforcers and 4 Silver Covenant Spellbows.



Grand Magister Rommath: It’s chaos up there. We need to save whoever we can, and we’ll need to move quickly.


Grand Magister Rommath: So much bloodshed! In a place of peace!

Jaina has gone too far this time.


Hand of the Silver Covenant

Grand Magister Rommath: Every Sunreaver Jaina expels from this city is a new blade that fights for the Horde. For US.

I’m off to gather more strong elves. You’ve proven your hand in combat thus far – go take care of that creep in the black market.

When you’re done, we’ll meet at the ramp and prepare to go aboveground.



Slay Sorin Magehand



Grand Magister Rommath: The first stage of our mission is complete. That was the easy part.

(Rommath takes a deep, measured breath, then continues …)


A Tactical Assault

Grand Magister Rommath: If we’re to survive up above ground, we’re going to need a base of operations.

I’m going to try to take the center of the city. It’s risky, but hopefully Jaina and the Silver Covenant won’t expect it.

Stay by my side now, (Name).



Follow Grand Magister Rommath into the center of Dalaran.


Grand Magister Rommath: Wait for my command …

Grand Magister Rommath: Go go go go! To the center of the city! This way!



Grand Magister Rommath: Now, let’s move quickly.

Move quickly, but carefully, (Name). We don’t have much time, but this mission dies if you do.


The Silver Covenant’s Stronghold

Grand Magister Rommath: I have it on good authority that Archmage Aethas Sunreaver is being held in the Silver Enclave, home of the Silver Covenant. Arcanist Rathaella holds him in captivity.

Most Covenant agents are out slaughtering Sunreavers right now, which means our chance is ripe. Slay Rathaella, and spring Aethas from his prison.



Slay Arcanist Rathaella.



Grand Magister Rommath: We will continue saving Sunreavers for a while longer, Aethas’ location may become clearer as we press on.


Krasus’ Landing

Grand Magister Rommath: We can rescue as many Sunreavers as we want, but if they can’t escape, then there’s no point.

The Silver Covenant will certainly be subduing and killing the Sunreavers’ dragonhawks. Put a stop to it.



Free 6 Sunreaver Dragonhawks.



Grand Magister Rommath: Well done, (Name). Well done.


The Kirin Tor’s True Colors

Grand Magister Rommath: Any pretense that the Kirin Tor might have had at being a “neutral” group can officially be discarded. I’m now hearing that Jaina’s got Alliance troops stowed away near Antonida’s Memorial.

The area’s free of Sunreavers, but it still makes my blood boil to see such blatant favoritism from the Kirin Tor.

Go visit the memorial, (Name) … and give those Alliance dogs a good kick on your way through.



Slay Lieutenant Corwin and 10 of his troops.



Grand Magister Rommath: Thank you for that, (Name).

It unsettles me to have to fight directly with the high elves of the Silver Covenant … but I never tire of slaying Alliance.


The Remaining Sunreavers

Grand Magister Rommath: There’s still a number of significant Sunreavers who haven’t been accounted for. Odds are that they’re in the Sunreaver’s Sanctuary, caught by surprise.

(Rommath hands you an artifact, clearly made by blood elf hands.)

The place is crawling with Silver Covenant. You’ll need to get in, use the Tear to evacuate the VIPs, and then get out.

Stay alive, (Name).



Use the Tear of the Sin’dorei on Uda the Beast, High Arcanist Savor, Magister Hathorel, Magister Surdiel, and Magistrix Vesara.



Magistrix Vesara: Jaina is taking away my home by force? I’ll remember this …

(Rescue Magistrix Vesara: 1/1)


Magister Surdiel: I hope the Horde has a place for another mage …

(Rescue Magister Surdiel: 1/1)


High Arcanist Savor: So long, Dalaran …

(Rescue High Arcanist Savor: 1/1)


Uda the Beast: Come on, girls. You’ve had your share of meat for the day.

(Rescue Uda the Beast: 1/1)


Magister Hathorel: Thank you, (Name). See you in Silvermoon …

(Rescue Magister Hathorel: 1/1)



Grand Magister Rommath: Excellent. They should be waiting for us in Silvermoon when we return.


One Last Grasp

Grand Magister Rommath: We’ve looked everywhere he’s likely to be, except for one place: the Violet Citadel.

Find out if Archmage Aethas is being held within the citadel, (name). We may get lucky. If not … at least we saved a number of lives today.



Slay Mage-Commander Zuros, then escape from Dalaran.



Note: After slaying Zuros, Rommath appears and opens a portal.

Grand Magister Rommath: Aethas, this way! Into the portal!

(Enter the Portal)


Grand Magister Rommath: Stay by me! We’re going out the tunnel!


Grand Magister Rommath: Stay by my side!


(Escape Dalaran: 1/1)

(Note: Aethas and Rommath walk down the sewer pipe of Dalaran, and jump to skydive. The player must jump too. A Dragonhawk spawns to catch you mid-air.)

(Note: This is not the same Dalaran City floating above Crystalsong Forest in Northrend. This copy of Dalaran City is instanced. It’s floating in the sky and moving through The Great Sea.)

(Speculation: Because of this, it’s likely possible Blizzard Entertainment might be planning to move Dalaran City at some point in the future back to Lordaeron … or to Pandaria? Only time will tell.)


Lor’themar Theron: Is this … (name)? What’s going on here?

(Dominance Offensive Achievement Progress: The Purge of Dalaran)



Lor’themar Theron: Aethas! You’re alive.

Archmage Aethas Sunreaver: Thanks to this hero, a few of us made it out of there. Many more have been sent to the Violet Hold.


Lor’themar Theron: Anar’alash denal! Will someone tell me WHAT is going on in Dalaran?

Archmage Aethas Sunreaver: Proudmoore! She’s gone and expelled the Sunreavers from the city. She’s purging the Horde from the Kirin Tor!

Lor’themar Theron: She’s gone too far. I’m certain the Alliance can move their war mages through the city at will. That human … witch!

When will they learn? When will they see that the Horde exists BECAUSE of the Alliance? Because of their prejudice and their bigotry!? They force us ever closer to Hellscream’s Horde.

Archmage Aethas Sunreaver: My Lord …

Lor’themar Theron: Hal’duron, summon the rangers. Rommath, assemble the Blood Magi, and add the Sunreaver’s strength to your own.

We Sin’dorei will take our future into our own hands. And get this damn thing (The Divine Bell) out of my sight! Hellscream bought his treasure with the blood of my people. I hope it destroys him.

Grand Magister Rommath: My Lord. YOU would make a fine Warchief.

Lor’themar Theron: It may come to that. Bring me my blades. The next move is mine.


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World of Warcraft Patch 5.2 Easter Egg: I Believe You Can Fly

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.2 - The Thunder Isle, World of Warcraft News

World of Warcraft Patch 5.2 (build 16486) introduced a new quest for level 60 players. This quest appears onscreen automatically upon reaching level 60 to alert players they can now visit the riding trainer to learn the Expert Riding skill.

The title has a funny vibe to it, we know Blizzard developers love easter eggs and pop culture references.

“I Believe You Can Fly” — is a reference to R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly” (YouTube video)



Patch 5.2 Choose Your Reputation Button on Random Dungeon LFG

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.2 - The Thunder Isle, World of Warcraft News

This system is not fully implemented in the PTR 5.2, but build 16486 added cosmetic changes that suggest players who queue to Random Dungeon LFG can choose which reputation faction they wish to gain reputation points with.

In the Random Dungeon LFG window and Scenario window, there is a red button which says: “Choose Reputation”. Clicking that button opens up your character window’s reputation tab.

At this point, PTR players can’t yet choose a reputation. Work in Progress.


Eldorian linked me to a blue post concerning this new feature:

As the PTR Patch Notes read currently, it’s the first dungeon and first scenario. Of course, things might change, but that’s the plan right now.

The answer was/is so blooming obvious, you never had to re-invent the wheel, just put the old one back on – simply having both at release (instead of removing tabards) – Blizz could of scored a blinder by satisfying everyone – missed opportunity by not keeping tabards with the current daily system on release, missed it again in 5.1 and instead opt for a watered down fix in 5.2.
If one of them is the obvious path to get it done faster, the developers have seen over the years that the players will take that path, even if it’s something they just don’t like doing (which is probably why some people feel dailies are mandatory, because they’d like to spend their valor points on that gear rather than using the item upgrade system, perhaps because the’ll spend them better there).

Also, keep in mind that in 5.2, valor gear will have a reputation requirement, but this reputation won’t be earned from daily quests (which will also be available and it’s a different faction).


World of Warcraft Patch 5.2 – The Thunder Isle Daily Quests: Preventing a Future Threat

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.2 - The Thunder Isle, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Preventing a Future Threat

Ako Var: It pains me to think of the torture the poor skyscreamers must endure as the trolls train them to become implements of war.

The hatchlings are quite fearful, and will fly away if you even get close to them. Please, frighten some away before the Zandalari corrupt them.



Frighten 20 Hatchling Skyscreamers by running near them.



The Hatchling Skyscreamers can be found on the beach south of Trolltonshire.



Ako Var: Welcome back, (race). The hatchlings you frightened will live a better life without their captors.


Patch 5.2 – Warlock Green Fire Spells Epic Quest: The Codex of Xerrath

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.2 Warlock Green Fire Questline, World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Once you loot the Sealed Tome of Lost Legion you must combine it with a Healthstone to create “The Codex of Xerrath“. This item begins a quest titled “The Unusual Tome“.

The Codex of Xerrath has a very low drop rate from killing the Krasarang Wilds Patch 5.1 Landfall mobs. Check out the official World of Warcraft website to see which mobs drop it.

It’s said the Sealed Tome of the Lost Legion will drop from Isle of Thunder mobs and elite mobs, too.

Black Temple exterior


Patch 5.1 Dominance Offensive – The Darnassus Operation

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.1, World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria


General Nazgrim: (Name)! You’ll do perfectly.

We know where the Alliance have hidden the Divine Bell. We’ve already inserted an agent into enemy territory, we just need you to help him execute his mission.

Pack up, (name). You’re headed to Darnassus.


Use the Sunreaver Portal in Domination Point to secure a teleport to Darnassus.


(Take the portal to Darnassus: 1/1)


Fanlyr Silverthorn: (Name)! So glad Nazgrim selected you.

It’s taken a great deal of the Horde’s effort to get you here through Jaina’s traps. Maintaining our illusion this close to Darnassus is considerably expensive.

Furthermore, the Sunreavers of Dalaran are risking their neutrality by assisting the Horde with this operation.

In other words, we expect only the best from you.


Darnassus Mission

Fanlyr Silverthorn: The Divine Bell is in the city. We don’t want to cause a scene, we just want the artifact. I need you to find a way in, WITHOUT getting caught. That means no mounts, no flying, no fighting.

I can provide aid. I will magically cloak you, so you may move with stealth. I will also give you a small charm that you may use to return to safety, should you get in trouble.

Now go, (name). Go, locate the bell, and tag it to be teleported back with you.


Locate the Divine Bell.

You may use the Silvermoon Charm to return to Fanlyr if you get in trouble.


Fanlyr Silverthorn: We’ll have to tread carefully with all this teleporting in and out. We CANNOT risk Jaina finding out about this.

Are you ready to go in?


Fanlyr Silverthorn: Stay away from the guards! This spell should shield you from the night elves’ vision, but you’ll still need to keep your distance. If you get into trouble, return to safety here.

Note: You must enter the tunnels found within the Cenarion Enclave tree. The access door is at the roots. The following message is seen onscreen when you enter the tunnel.

(Find the Cenarion Enclave: 1/1)

(Locate the Divine Bell: 1/1)

Note: Click the Sunreaver’s Portal Charm icon located at the bottom-center of your screen to teleport back to Fanlyr Silverthorn.

Fanlyr Silverthorn: Be careful, (name). We can’t risk being caught.


Fanlyr Silverthorn: Well executed, (race)! I knew we could count on you.

Now to get off this wretched tree.


Victorious Return

Fanlyr Silverthron: The portal by my side will return you safely to Domination Point. I will return behind you; I must clean up our tracks a bit before we leave, so that Proudmoore doesn’t discover our involvement.


Report your success to Nazgrim at Domination Point in Krasarang Wilds.


General Nazgrim: You found the bell! And Fanlyr teleported it to Silvermoon for study, as instructed? The Horde will put this to good use.

You have done the Horde a great service today. Lok’tar, friend!

(Dominance Offensive Achievement Progress: The Darnassus Operation)


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Patch 5.1 Dominance Offensive Achievement – The Divine Bell

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.1, World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

The Ruins of Korune

General Nazgrim: Garrosh sent a hundred riders to search the northern coast of Kun-Lai Summit, to seek a mogu crypt matching the one you saw in Shan Kien’s memory.

Out of those, one found the resting place of the Divine Bell.

Blademaster Ishi is leading an advance party to secure the bell now.

Go and assist him. Defend that artifact from anyone who might stand in your way!

Speak to Tak-Tak without delay. He can take you there.


Find Ishi at the Ruins of Korune. Speak to Tak-Tak at Domination Point for transportation.


Tak-Tak: Somethin’ smell funny.

(Take me to the Ruins of Korune.)

Tak-Tak: You know, they sayin’ your name all over camp!

Horde at camp buzzin’. Everybody workin’.

Since you saw Shan Kien’s memory, they been sendin’ scouting parties out.

And now, it looks like they found where the mogu hid that bell.

Good luck. I hope you find that bell.

(Find Ishi at the Ruins of Korune: 1/1)


Blademaster Ishi: The Alliance beat us here. How could this happen?


The Divine Bell

Blademaster Ishi: If the Alliance throught they could steal the Divine Bell from us, they were wrong!

Even now, we have them trapped in the crypts beneath us.

Death will be the price they pay for defying us.

Come, (class). Let us show them the error of their ways.


Kill Sarannha Skyglaive


Blademaster Ishi: This smells like a trap, but we have no time to lose. Let’s go!

Sarannha Skyglaive: Horde. It’s a shame you were so slow to get here. The Divine Bell is already ours. Rangers! STRIKE!

    Note: There are four elite Skyglaive Archer. And the floor has several traps.

    If all four attack, run back upstairs. Wait until they reset. Then go downstairs and pick them one by one.

    The cloud-image tilesets are safe. The arrow tilesets trigger arrows from the roof. The yellow ones do a lot of lightning damage. The red tilesets set you afire and debuff you.

    On the next vault, the roof is falling hard on the ground. There are two Nigh Elf archers on the opposite side of the room. Use a range ability or gun/throw weapon to lure them. The roof stops crashing down.

    The next room has a lot of mogu statues. This is a heck of a trap. All the statues will drop their hammers on the ground creating a long AOE line. Run through nonstop. If you got any speed abilities use them.

    On the other side, there are four elite Skyglaive Sentinels. They got to kill me really fast with melee attacks (18k per hit). I haven’t tested this, but maybe the statues kill them for you.

Sarannha Skyglaive: Arg! My archers should have stopped you! Sentinels! Now!

    Note: The stairs, and all the way to the lower floor is full of statues who will trigger an AOE line of hammers. There are some rest points if you need to recover from speed boost cooldowns.

Sarannha Skyglaive: Very well! I’ll face you myself. This is for the Alliance!

Be careful with her nasty AOE ability.

(Sarannha Skyglaive slain: 1/1)

Sarannha Skyglaive: My death … means … nothing. The Divine Bell is already in Darnassus. You filthy Horde … will never … have it!


Blademaster Ishi: Darnassus, is it?

The Alliance believes they have won the day. Now, when their arrogance is at its greatest, is our opportunity to pluck the prize from their fingers.


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Patch 5.1 Dominance Offensive – Secrets of the Past

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Patch 5.1, World of Warcraft News, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

The Kun-Lai Summit

General Nazgrim: I have another message for you from High Chieftain Bloodhoof.

It seems you’ve made quite the impression on him.

He travels with the Warchief’s vanguard into Kun-Lai Summit, to the north. They have set up an outpost, Garrosh’ar Advance, just east of One Keg.

You had best not keep him waiting. Speak to Tak-Tak for swift travel.


Find Baine Bloodhoof at Garrosh’ar Advance. Speak to Tak-Tak at Domination Point for transportation.


Tak-Tak: So many places, so little time. Where to, brother?

(Take me to Garrosh’ar Advance.)

Tak-Tak: Yo. I ain’t seen you in a lick, wikket. How you been? Tak-Tak been listenin’. Everybody think oh, Tak-Tak is a stupid hozen, he don’t know anything.

But Tak-Tak know a lot about things!

Even big orc general, Nazgrim! He talk so loud! Tak-Tak hear everything!

Tak-Tak know this …

Lor’themar elf ranger thinkin’ about leavin’ the Horde!

Baine wonderin’ if Garrosh might not be fit for chief.

And Garrosh is losin’ patience over findin’ that ookin’ bell. Those mogu hide it good!

I hear, Garrosh is goin’ to torture that mogu prisoner until he talks.

Anyway, you goin’ that way.

Tell me if you find anything out, buddy!

(Find Baine Bloodhoof at Garrosh’ar Advance: 1/1)

Garrosh Hellscream: I am losing patience, Shan Kien. Tell me where I can find the Divine Bell!

Ishi, draw your blade. A few carefully delivered cuts will change his mind.

Baine Bloodhoof: Garrosh, please. There may be another way. One that requires no bloodshed.

Garrosh Hellscream: Speak, then!

Baine Bloodhoof: I have learned how to make an ancient pandaren tincture that will allow us to see into Shan Kien’s past. We have but to gather the elements for this brew.


Baine Bloodhoof: Thank you for coming, (name).


Ties with the Past

Baine Bloodhoof: While I was in the Vale, I came across an ancient pandaren recipe for Memory Wine. I believe this brew can coax some helpful information out of Shan Kien.

I am needed here, so I have no choice but to ask you to recover the essential ingredient for me. We need the spirit essence of a mogu that lived in the time of the memory we wish to see.

You should be able to find just such a spirit inside the Path of Conquerors, to the northeast.


Recover the Spirit Essence of Varatus.


Note: Fly to the Path of Conquerors. Coordinates: [63.5 - 50.8] — land and dismount. Walk through the tunnel. You will find three Vengeful Soul. Kill them.

Varatus the Conqueror is in the next room. This is a very rough fight. Blow all your cooldown abilities and trinkets on this guy. Once you are surrounded by a vortex, this NPC creates several room-wide criss-cross walls in all directions. If caught, these can do a lot of damage. Use the doorways to hide from most of the damage.

First time I saw this ability, I totally went into panic mode, and died. Next time, memorizing all I saw, determined the best way to avoid damage is to use the doorway’s corners to line-of-sight some of those walls of damage. Staying in the middle of the room is a world of hurt. 41,000 damage per hit.


Ties with the Past: You never know what you will find in a book. Especially an ancient pandaren one.

I’m eager to see how this Memory Wine works.

Well done. Now I will just add a hair from our prisoner, Shan Kien, and combine the ingredients.


Memory Wine

Baine Bloodhoof: The tincture is ready. Now, drink.


Drink the Memory Wine and witness Shan Kien’s Past.


Memory Wine: Use: Witness a vision from Shan Kien’s past. “The wine smells of a dozen flavors and spices, all at once nauseating and enticing …”

(Drink the Memory Wine: 1/1)

(In-Game Cutscene plays)

Shan Kien: Are the preparations complete?

Dreadweaver Avartu: Yes, Warlord. The traps are set. The Divine Bell will be safe within this crypt, ready for the day that the Thunder King returns.

We have but to evacuate the workers and the rest of our warriors.

Shan Kien: There is no time. The Shado-Pan trackers are too close. They cannot learn the location of the Bell.

Dreadweaver Avartu: Very well, then. May the ghosts of our brothers guard this place for all eternity.

Shan Kien: Their sacrifice will not be in vain.

And neither, Avartu, will yours.

Note: Shan Kien kicks Avartu back into the Ruins of Korune, and creates an avalanche on the entrance to the underground vault.

(Witness Shan Kien’s Past: 1/1)

Baine Bloodhoof: What did you see, (class)?


Baine Bloodhoof: You have seen where this Divine Bell is hidden? Very good. Garrosh will be pleased. We will try to locate the site you describe, and will contact you as soon as we find it.

(Dominance Offensive Achievement Progress: Secrets of the Past)



From: Vol’jin

Subject: The Divine Bell


    Garrosh be looking for “The Divine Bell.” The Shado-Pan heard of it. Say it never been found. Tell me it should stay that way.

    But the Alliance come here just this morning. Asking questions. Looking for the same Bell. What can we do, (name)? I rather see it in Horde hands.

    Still too weak to move. You going to have to handle this one.

    – Voljin


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