Montoya here, sharing some speculation I’ve been making concerning the new WoW expansion, which we will learn about soon.
After reflecting on Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria, I realized there was quite a foundation being laid for Demon Hunters as a future playable class :
1. There is an achievement for finding a Demon Hunter in Darkshore “Ghosts in the Dark”.
2. There is a long quest chain with a Blood Mage that has us bring a Demon Hunter back from the dead, who nobly makes a big sacrifice right afterwards.
3. In Felwood, a Demon Hunter named Feronas Sindweller is a kill target for a quest. We soon find that he has been killing demons rather than druids, as he had been accused. He then proceeds to show us what most NPCs, and all of BC, seem to ignore: Illidan sought power, not to conquer or lord over others, but rather, to help his people and prove himself to Night Elves, particularly Tyrande. He did these things, however, with a reckless attitude (poor Lord Blackforest).
All of these were added in Cataclysm, which makes me wonder about the possibility of a Demon Hunter class in the next expansion. However, I find that there are a few things in the way:
1. Demonology Warlocks have become more and more like Warcraft III Metamorphosis Demon Hunters over time. A book in Stormwind explains that a human warlock, Kanrethad Ebonlocke, has learned and taught the secrets to Illidan’s transformation.
2. The Warlock challenge set in Mists of Pandaria is clearly Illidan themed, which, combined with the Demonology Warlock changes, makes me wonder if Blizzard is folding Illidan and Demon Hunters into the Warlock class. This would be an alternative to Demon Hunters having their own theme and class (with the obvious exception of not using warglaives).
3. In patch 5.2, the Warlock Green Fire quest was introduced, in which the Warlock visits Black Temple in present day and witnesses a conversation between two members of the Black Harvest, Ebonlocke and Jubeka. They discuss witnessing Illidan’s end; however, before Ebonlocke divulges information about it, the conversation conveniently shifts to something else in the middle of his thought.
4. Cheng, a Pandaren monk, makes a comment that can be taken multiple ways. He says “Yes, I am a monk, though I always dreamed of being a demon hunter.” What was the intent behind this flavor text?
While Demon Hunters could be folded into Warlocks, their combat and flavor could also be made distinct from one another. Unlike Warlocks, Demon Hunters exist to destroy the Legion. They use the Legion’s power against itself. Warlocks do not seem to have this focus at all; rather, they just utilize whatever powers are available to augment themselves. Demon Hunters blind themselves, receive tattoos in order to see Demonic magics and utilize the tattoo patterns Sargeras introduced to empower Illidan. As far as making 3 specs, tanking or healing could easily be achieved with some creative Fel magic and weapon mechanics.
So what does this evidence point to? Illidan is likely coming back. Chris Metzen recently tweeted, ”No. I think there’s a spark of him out there somewhere… Muahaha…” in response to someone asking if Illidan’s return referred to his appearance in the 4.3 dungeons. With, or prior to Illidan’s return, will Demon Hunters be a new class? Or will their theme be absorbed into Warlocks? What was the purpose of laying all this foundation in Cataclysm and dropping hints in Mists of Pandaria? While this is all speculation based on hints dropped in-game the last couple of years, we may find out in a few weeks with the upcoming expansion reveal at Blizzcon. Perhaps “The Dark Below” will be revealed, giving us further details.
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
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
Spell icon: Incinerate
/cast Fire and Brimstone
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.
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.
- An Unusual Tome
- Reader of the Dead Tongue
- A Tale of Six Masters
- Seeking the Soulstones
- Seek the Signal
- Infiltrating the Black Temple (Scenario)
Seek the Signal
The soulstone shards fuse together easily in your hands.
Strangely, no soul is stored within the stone. Instead, the stone seems to be drawing power from somewhere in Shadowmoon Valley. Looking east, you feel the power linked beyond the mountains, to the very gates of the Black Temple.
Follow the soulstone to the gates of the Black Temple.
As soon as you get near the sewer entrance (used for the Black Temple dungeon) you will see a message onscreen.
(Head to the Entrance of the Black Temple: 1/1)
Do not enter the Black Temple dungeon. Stay outdoors. Instead, keep moving to the end of the path. By the central wall is a skull insignia. The mark of Jubeka Shadowbreaker.
Jubeka’s soulstone has lead you to the Black Temple. The only thing left to do is to find a way inside …
Seeking the Soulstones
Warlock trainer: (Name), take this – the journal of Jubeka Shadowbreaker.
Read the journal and use the information contained within to track down where she went.
Find her soulstones and use them to locate her.
… One thing strikes me as odd though … don’t you Warlocks already have the books she’s claiming to have in her possession? Bah, I never did understand Warlocks.
Read Jubeka’s Journal and use the clues within to locate the four soulstone fragments.
This document contains the daily journal of one of the master Warlock trainers. The pages are filled with random notes, the occasional drawing of an imp’s internal organs and the occasional tidbit on the preferred diet of felhunters.
Near the end, an entry catches your eye …
It has been nearly two weeks since Kanrethad and I arrived in Outland. Almost immediately afterwards, he departed for Shadowmoon Valley. I didn’t bother to ask why, as long as he doesn’t get himself killed.
My research here in this dusty wasteland continues as drudgingly expected. While the Legion’s onslaught has subsided, a number of the rarer demon specimens remain.
The fel imps of Felspark Ravine in Hellfire are remarkably chatty. I’ve discovered that they’re just as easy to contract into service as their names are to learn. The ritual to summon one is trivial, at best.
Voidlords are rather difficult to stumble across, but it takes very little persuading to convince one to divulge the name of a rival lord.
I have wondered once or twice if Kanrethad will ever return, but in the end, it doesn’t actually matter. The council can put me to death, so long as my grimoires last, so will my legacy.
While examining the nauseating Ruins of Farhlon today in Netherstorm, I was ambushed by a race of floating eyeball squuids. Calling themselves observers, they were unexpectedly intelligent. They expressed a deep desire to bear witness to all forms of magic and willingly offered their services in exchange for the opportunity to consume new forms of magic.
The ritual to summon an observer is unexpectedly complex. While natives of the great dark beyond, they are highly migratory and the summoning ritual must compensate for their travels. Without their willing assistance, summoning an Observer would be nearly impossible.
Kanrethad returned, looking incredibly grim. Considering his undisciplined technique, it should be no surprise that his research has been less than successful.
I’m ready to attempt the binding of a higher order member of the burning legion, but I dare not attempt the ritual alone. In fact, perhaps Kanrethad would prove the perfect test subject …
Remarkable! My first attempt to summon a higher order member of the legion failed as spectacularly as planned. The shivarra broke free almost instantly after Kanrethad completed the ritual.
I expected the frail human to be struck down while I banished the creature. Instead, in the instant that the Shivarra’s razor-sharp blades sliced through the air, Kanrethad’s form shifted and the blades bounced as if striking stone.
Unlike the typical form of metamorphosis, he did not complete the demonic transformation … perhaps his research has been more successful than I expected.
The key to binding a wrathguard was ironically reducing the number of runic symbols used in the summoning circle. Wrathguards are highly resistant to charms and compulsions, but readily respond to basic expressions of strength.
Kanrethad was unexpectedly insightful into the conditioning the legion uses to compel the wrathguard into action. His ability to express his dominance over lesser demons is remarkable, if short-lived. With great pains, I’ve been able to inscribe the forms he uses to summon multiple demonic servants at once.
Unfortunately, while he can bind two lesser demons indefinitely, I can only do so for a short time.
We left a few ogre corpses in our wake, but studying the ritual circle of Vim’gol revealed additional ways of bolstering our power using demonic sacrifices. While the act greatly enrages our demonic servants, fusing their life energy to our own provides a dramatic increase in power.
With a little experimentation, I discovered that the more closely linked you are with the demon you sacrifice, the greater the power of the ritual.
Kanrethad’s ability to restrain his demonic transformation seems to have reached a plateau. Once again, his lack of power disgusts me. Things that would be trivial to most Warlocks take him an eternity.
At Kanrethad’s insistence, we headed for the Altar of Damnation in Shadowmoon Valley. He seems to be convinced that there’s more to the Hand of Gul’dan than just a show of power.
I’m not convinced, but at this point my Grimoires are complete. I don’t understand his obsession with controlling the flow of demonic power granted by his transformation.
While he plays around with ancient altars, I intend to try my hand at opening a gateway to conjure many wild imps at once …
Kanrethad is up to something. To say that I’m concerned about our next move is a dramatic understatement.
(A ragged note is drawn onto the back cover of the leather journal)
I’m convinced there is no chance that we will return from this next adventure alive. There’s simply no way I can take the risk that my Grimoires go unread. For that reason, I’ve contracted the imps to leave four fragments of my soulstone at the locations listed in my journal.
I’m sending this journal to you, my trusted friend, that should the need to locate me arise, you bring the four stones together, find my body and ensure that my grimoires are brought back to Azeroth.
Note: The Jubeka’s soulstone fragments can be found at:
- Felspark Ravine (Hellfire Peninsula) – east of Thrallmar
- Ruins of Farahlon (Netherstorm)
- Vim’gol’s Circle (Blade’s Edge Mountains)
The first soulstone is found at the Felspark Ravine. It’s on the ground.
The second soulstone is found at the highest area of the Ruins of Farahlon. Clicking the soulstone will trigger a memory reenactment.
Ruins of Farahlon Memory
Jubeka Shadowbreak: Such strange creatures. Why do they remain so long after the legion has left?
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: … there’s a slight flaw in that supposition.
Jubeka Shadowbreak: Oh?
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: The Observers were in the service of Illidan … not the legion.
Jubeka Shadowbreak: Well, he’s gone too … so why are they still around?
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: How should I know?
Jubeka Shadowbreak: Well, I’ve spent weeks trying to understand how to summon one of these things. If you know something I don’t, I’d appreciate it if you’d share it with us “lesser” mortals.
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: What’s the problem? You handled the binding of the Fel Imps and Voidlords effortlessly.
Jubeka Shadowbreak: They were trivial by comparison! These things are never in the same place. There’s something … strange about them … something out of place. Oh dear …
(Many Observers surround them)
Blade’s Edge Mountains
The next soulstone is found at the Vim’gol’s Circle — located south of the goblin bridge between Blade’s Edge Mountains and Netherstorm.
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: I tire of your evasive babble, doomguard. Explain to me why you and your kind are drawn to sacrificial magics.
Doomguard: My contract is to fight for you, not to reveal the legion’s secrets, mortal.
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: Do not attempt to deceive me, demon! Your kind far predates Sargeras’s betrayal. What WERE you?
Jubeka Shadowbreaker: This knowledge is useless … what are you trying to achieve, Kanrethad?
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: STAY OUT OF THIS! The demon will answer, NOW!
Doomguard: What an odd demand. Not even my own kind care about our origins. Why should you?
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: If you do not care then there is no harm telling me.
Doomguard: … before Sargeras freed us, we were the Titan’s hounds. Forever enslaved to police the use of arcane magics. Sacrificial magic was considered the greatest violation of life and we were attuned to instantly punish those who delved into such … delicious sorcery. You have your petty secret, Kanrethad. Now, I demand knowledge from you … why do you care?
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: I don’t believe that is part of our contract. We are done here. Jubeka, complete the ritual.
The next soulstone is found at The Altar of Damnation, where Gul’dan invoked the powers that caused the Hand of Gul’dan volcano to explode.
Jubeka Shadowbreaker: What is it you wished to show me …?
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: … I’ve seen the fear in yoru eyes, Jubeka.
Jubeka Shadowbreaker: What …? No! I … I have … no idea …
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: Gul’dan destroyed this world in his bid for power … you’re concerned I will do the same to Azeroth.
Jubeka Shadowbreaker: No! Stay back …! You … you’re dangerous. I remain content summoning demons, but you … you toy with becoming one yourself!
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: There are two sides to the blade of Demonology … the threats that besiege us from the outside … and those that threaten us from within. I chose you as my companion for a reason.
Jubeka Shadowbreaker: And what depraved reason is that …?
Kanrethad Ebonlocke: … If I fail, I need you to banish me forever.
You’ve collected all four fragments of Jubeka’s soulstone.
You just need to fuse it together now …
A Tale of Six Masters
Sandahl: This book may be just the leverage we’ve been seeking …
How familiar are you with the Council of the Black Harvest, (name)?
After Deathwing was defeated, six of the greatest Warlocks gathered together to teach all Warlocks advanced forms of magic stolen from our defeated foes.
Take a look at the tome beside me …
Read the first chapter of the Legacy of the Masters.
Legacy of the Masters (Part 1)
Read, pupil, and know that I am called Jubeka Shadowbreaker, and it is my duty to share some of the wisdom of our order with those who have the skill to read this document.
After the fall of Deathwing, it was clear that the sorcery of the warlocks was sorely lacking in bite when compared to the threats facing Azeroth. So our council of six warlocks gathered to discuss how best to investigate the new magics witnessed by these threats.
At first, the six of us refused to cooperate, tossing blame and bickering as easily as shadowbolts and curses. Finally, after several nights, the human Kanrethad spoke out:
“In the wake of the Cataclysm, the rising tensions between the Horde and Alliance have driven the greatest heroes of Azeroth to train for war. Warriors have readied their war banners, the Death Knights of Acherus have learned to control the undead and it is even said the Mages are researching ways to undo time itself.”
“The relentless darkness which bathed Azeroth has been pushed back. Cho’gall is slain and the remnants of the Twilight’s Hammer cult have been scattered. Ragnaros is defeated and his armies forced back into the Firelands. Deathwing lies torn apart and his Twilight drakes obliterated. However, the powers they commanded are not so easily forgotten … powers untapped and ripe for the taking.
In fact, among us now stands several who have faced their power firsthand,” he said, pointing at a hooded figure across the room. A deep, sinister laugh echoed from the hood as it burst into flames and burned away to reveal the orc enchanter, Ritssyn.
“It is true, pink skin, I was there when the Firelord was vanquished. The intensity of his flame was unlike anything you can imagine.” The burning glow of Ritssyn’s eyes cast eerie shadows over his burn-scarred face and thick-tusked grin.
“Untrue,” spat a sharp, feminine voice. Shinfel, a Blood Elf adorned with sharp spikes of Twilight elementium, glared across the table. “Until you’ve been a prisoner within your own mind, you know nothing of horror.” Shinfel’s blood had been corrupted during the fight with Cho’gall and her arms were now covered in black marks left behind by the corruption that had erupted from her skin. The experience had only served to increase the intensity of her sadism.
Shinfel continued, “Even the Firelord’s flames were overshadowed by the raw chaos unleashed by the Destroyer.” She paused a moment and glanced to the worgen who remained eerily silent. Zinnin had been present when Deathwing was unmade and had not spoken a word since. Zinnin’s eyes narrowed for a moment, then snarled at Ritssyn.
Kanrethad stood up from the table and took a deep breath. “This is exactly why we are here. I have no love for any of you, but we each bore witness to pieces of even greater power. Imagine – if we fused the molten fury of the Firelands with the unstoppable chaos of Deathwing. Even the powers of the burning legion could not hold a candle to our flames!”
Ritssyn kicked his boots upon the table and snickered, “And just who would do this? You?” he spat. “I think not. You haven’t been seen in battle since the siege of the Black Temple. If it weren’t for having shared the secrets of Illidan’s transformation with this council, I would kill you just for having the audacity of summoning me.”
Kanrethad’s lips pursed for a moment, but he relaxed and continued. “No. The scope of this task exceeds the capabilities of any single member here. I propose this council split into pairs. Ritssyn and Zinnin would lead a group into Sulfuras. Similarly, Shinfel and Zelfrax would hunt down the remaining members of the Twilight’s Hammer cult and … persuade them to share what they learned.”
The pock-faced gnome applauded with mirthful glee.
Kanrethad continued, “Then we return … one year from now and take the results of our expeditions back to our own sects, more powerful than we would have been alone.”
Ritssyn frowned as he saw the greed drawn out in the human’s words dance across the council’s faces. “And what would keep us from simply killing our partner in their sleep once it was a success?”
Kanrethad’s brow frowned and he growled, “Which is why we swear that if any member of this council breaks the contract and fails to return or returns alone, the others shall strike them down and banish their soul forever. We either succeed together or die alone.”
Ritssyn was a powerful warlock, and could probably defeat Kanrethad by himself. But against all five of us? We all saw his hesitation. We all let our hands drift toward our scrolls and weapons.
“Fine,” Ritssyn reluctantly agreed. “I can play along with your fool’s errand, but first I must know, where will you and that miserable forsaken, Jubeka, be going?”
“Me?” spoke Kanrethad with a wicked grin. “Why I’m returning … to Outland.”
(Read Part 1 of Legacy of the Masters: 1/1)
Sandahl: You are now ready to learn more …
Reader for the Dead Tongue
Return to your capital city and seek out a warlock trainer who may know more about the codex.
Bring the codex to a Warlock trainer in your capital city.
Alliance warlocks go to the Slaughtered Lamb Inn in the Mage Quarter (Stormwind). Horde warlocks go to the Cleft of Shadows. Seems to be a random Warlock trainer. Visit trainers in other cities if you can’t find any in Stormwind or Orgrimmar with a yellow question mark above his head.
Sandahl: What … where in the great dark did you find this?
On PTR 5.2, the Sealed Tome of the Lost Legion drops from the Green Flame Infernal (Test Realm Inhabitant) which is located east of the Shado-Pan Garrison. Only for testing purposes.
Warlock players must create a Healthstone, then click on the Sealed Tome of the Lost Legion to combine it with the Healthstone to bind the tome to yourself. Requires level 90.
Combining both creates “The Codex of Xerrath”. This item begins a quest titled “An Unusual Tome”.
An Unusual Tome
The Codex of Xerrath: The tome appears to be written in an ornate, sprawling script that seems to rise off the pages. It vaguely resembles Demonic, but the symbols are far more elaborate than any you’ve ever seen.
Perhaps one of your demonic companions can tell you more.
Speak with your demonic minion to determine the origins of the tome.
Note: A dialogue bubble appears above the Warlock pets.
Voidwalker: Dismiss me … I wish to return to the void.
(You: What can you tell me about this tome?)
Voidwalker: Words are not the way of the void. I do not know … it appears to connect two … stars together.
(You: Fascinating …
Imp: Yea? Sup, boss?
(You: What can you tell me about this tome?)
Imp: Hmm … I have no idea.
Succubus: Hello Master … what kind of service can I provide you today …?
(You: What can you tell me about this tome?)
Succubus: What? You just want me to look at some dirty old tome? Ugh, how disappointing.
This is the script of the Nathrezim, what you call Dreadlords. They rarely use it outside of their home.
(You: Fascinating …)
(Determine the language of the tome: 1/1)
The codex appears to be a powerful tome written in an ancient, pre-demonic tongue. You strongly suspect this should be brought to the attention of the Warlock trainers in your capital city.