Burning Crusade - Mag’har - the Uncorrupted Orcs of Nagrand

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Burning Crusade Story Arcs, WoW: Burning Crusade

THE WARCHIEF’S MANDATE

Nazgrel: As you know, the warchief put his power behind this expedition for one reason. This is the world we came from. This is where our roots lie.

This journey means different things to orcs and blood elves. To them it’s a search for the promised land. To us it’s more like returning home.

Whoever made this axe is familiar with the old ways and we must contact them. This is too important for us to use ordinary tracking methods. Show the weapon to Far Seer Regulkut: she will know what to do.

Quest Objectives

Bring the Heavy Stone Axe to Far Seer Regulkut at Thrallmar in Hellfire Peninsula.

THE WARCHIEF’S MANDATE (part 2)

Far Seer Regulkut (Eyes of the Warchief): Well met. Your arrival in Thrallmar could not have occurred at a better time. The warchief is depending on us, since he cannot be here himself.

Tell me what you seek, so that I may help you find it.

I understand Nazgrel’s request priest. Say no more.

A SPIRIT GUIDE

Far Seer Regulkut (Eyes of the Warchief): Even our best tracking wolves’ senses can fail. The being you will call forth will find the person you seek, for they’ll be drawn not to their scent but their essence.

Quest Objectives

Use the Wolf Totem at the location where you found Krun Spinebreaker’s body and follow the Ancestral Spirit Wolf.

A SPIRIT GUIDE (Part 2)

Gorkan Bloodfist: You are lucky to be alive. Who are you to walk in here unannounced? I ordered my men to stay their hand only because Ryga sensed that the spirits were with you.

Speak freely, but choose your words wisely. We rarely trust strangers this close to the Citadel.

THE MAG’HAR

Gorkan Bloodfist: This news you bring from beyond the Dark Portal … you want us to believe the son of Durotan now rules over the lands beyond it … free from any demonic taint? And that now his people have returned to this world? I hope for your sake that this isn’t some manner of joke. What this means to my people … cannot be described. I must send word to Nagrand at once! Hellscream must hear about this.

Take this letter back to your leader in Thrallmar. Tell him the Mag’har welcome them!

Quest Objectives

Deliver the Letter from the Mag’har to Nazgrel at Thrallmar in Hellfire Peninsula.

THE MAG’HAR (Part 2)

Nazgrel: What do you bring us?

You’re certain of this? True orcs … here in Hellfire! This is big news.

We must inform the warchief at once.

MESSENGER TO THRALL

Nazgrel: The Warchief has been waiting for word of this ever since we set foot on Outland. Now you get the honor of giving him the news of the Mag’har yourself.

Go quickly. Take this letter with you: it bears my personal seal. There is nothing that Thrall wants to hear more than the message you bear.

Quest Objectives

Travel to Orgrimmar and give Thrall the Letter from Nazgrel.

MESSENGER TO THRALL (Part 2)

Thrall: You bring news from Outland? Speak at once!

(You watch Thrall’s jaw slacken as he begins to read the message from Nazgrel)

My people … we must reach them. We must reach Nagrand as soon as possible!

My people have survived in Outland … Unnoticed for years … Uncorrupted!

Eitrigg: Thrall! My lord … are you all right?

Thrall: I’ll be fine, Eitrigg. We must begin preparations … I need to go to Outland at once!

Eitrigg: With all due respect, Warchief. Our enemies would take advantage of your sudden absence if we don’t prepare properly.

Thrall: You are right, Eitrigg. The timing is unfavorable. Make sure our best ambassadors are sent as envoys to Hellscream.

Eitrigg: At once, sir! For the Horde!

Thrall: If he’s anything like his father, allying with the Mag’har will mark the dawn of a new age for the Horde.

ENVOY TO THE MAG’HAR

Thrall: I’d leave for Outland this very minute after hearing the news you brought. Important matters require my attention in Durotar, however.

I will arrange for a fitting tribute to be sent to the Mag’har immediately. I will send my most trusted diplomats as well. This will all take time … I need someone to represent us there right now.

I must place my trust on you. Go to the Mag’har Post in Hellfire and render whatever services you can to my kin. Do not fail me. Too much depends on this.

Quest Objectives

Thrall wants you to return to Gorkan Bloodfist at Mag’har Post in Hellfire Peninsula and offer him your services.

ENVOY TO THE MAG’HAR (Part 2)

Gorkan Bloodfist: It means very much to us that you come to aid us in our time of need. We’ll not easily forget you nor he who sends you.

You have our thanks.

NOTE: Investigating in Nagrand, you may find the uncorrupted orcs at Garadar. Make sure to get the flight point. There you will find Jorin Deadeye and Garrosh (Son of Hellscream). At the time of this article I am level 61. The quests are silver and unaccessible. We will update when more lore is revealed. Although unconfirmed at this time, I think Thrall has family here. There is a orc female named Matron Drakia. Thrall’s mother was named Drakka. Besides Matron Drakia is a woman named Greatmother Geyah. Remember this is unconfirmed.

Burning Crusade: Khadgar in Shattrath City

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Burning Crusade Story Arcs, WoW: Burning Crusade

Lore fans that aren’t in the Closed Beta may be glad to find here a slight coverage of the current lore of Khadgar, who may be found by the Terrace of Light within Shattrath City.  The city can be found in between Nagrand and Terokkar regions.  If you are in the Hellfire Peninsula you should find an entrance to Terokkar on the southwest corner.

Shattrath is simply huge. It is a Noah’s Ark of refugees of all intelligent species who have fled from the Burning Legion and Illidan. The main reason the city has not been breached is that recently a Naaru arrived after detecting some Draenei and his power alone prevents any enemy attack. Shattrath City is referred to as “Sanctuary”.

At the center of the city is a round chamber named the Terrace of Light.  Here is a huge Naaru and Khadgar … surrounded by Aldor Draenei forces. The music composer really made this chamber a place you wish to stay at. The Naaru named A’dal doesn’t speak. It emits musical melody instead, similar to chimes. This place seems like a good spot to set your hearthstone. The Terrace of Light has six portals leading to major cities of Azeroth.

At first, Khadgar won’t talk to you.  To the northern gate of the Terrace of Light you will find a Haggard War Veteran.  He starts a quest titled: A’dal.

QUEST: A’DAL

Haggard War Veteran: Welcome to Shattrath City.  This might be the one place in all of Outland where you’ll find any semblance of safety.

A group of naaru known as Sha’tar drove the demons away from here.

If you’ve never met a naaru, you ought to see A’dal inside the Terrace of Light.  The leader of the Sha’tar is an awe-inspiring sight if I ever saw one.  Sure is a change of pace from anything else in this bleak land.

QUEST: A’DAL

(A soothing light fills you as you approach the naaru.  Slow musical chimes echo within your mind and, though a word is not uttered, you feel an assurance of safety.  You are welcome in Shattrath City.)

(The light that filled your senses as you approached A’dal intensifies as you address him.  Melodic chimes continue to ring within your head.)

(You are safe here)

NOTE: As soon as you finish the quest, Khadgar now has a yellow exclamation sign hovering above him.  You may now speak to Khadgar.

> I’ve heard your name spoken only in whispers, mage.  Who are you?

I am Khadgar, former apprentice to the fallen Guardian, Medivh.  I’m sure you’ve heard his name before.

It was I who discovered that Medivh had been possessed by the Evil One, Sargeras – and that he had opened the Dark Portal between this world and Azeroth. Though I honored my Master, I was forced to slay him and put his tortured soul to rest.

> Go on, please.

I fought alongside Lord Anduin Lothar as we drove the Horde from our lands on Azeroth.  As the heir of Medivh’s legacy, I could do no less.

When the call finally came to invade this grim world – and put and end to the orc’s evil forever – I stepped forward along with my friends Turalyon, Alleria, Danath and Kurdran.

> I See.

My comrades and I called ourselves the Sons of Lothar – in honor of the greatest, most selfless man we ever knew. We gave our all to defeat Ner’zhul and end his madness.

As this doomed world fell apart around us, we shattered the Dark Portal to prevent any further harm befalling our beloved Azeroth.

> What did you do then?

Trapped in this broken wasteland, we did our best to survive.  Over time we sensed that a new evil was closing in around us from the Twisting Nether.  More foul than the dark orcs – it was the Burning Legion itself that sought to take hold of this … Outland.

> What happened next?

While my comrades held the line against the enroaching darkness, I used my magic to reach out into the Great Dark Beyond.  There, I sensed beings of immense Light – of unfathomable purity.

It was A’dal and his naaru I had found.  It was nothing short of a … miracle.

> I see.

(Khadgar grins to himself)

I convinced A’dal and his brethren to return here with me.  I believe that only their power can drive the Legion from this universe.  But as you will no doubt find – their power must first live in our hearts.

To combat the darkness, we must become beacons of their eternal Light.

> There was something else I wanted to ask you.

ALLEGIANCE TO THE ALDOR

Are you certain of your choice?  The Aldor will welcome you as an ally, but the Scryers will not easily forgive your decision.

ISHANAH

Now that you’ve decided to side with the Aldor, you’d do well to introduce yourself to their leader.  You will find High Priestess Ishanah inside the Shrine of Unending Light.

Quest Objective

Speak to Ishanah inside the Shrine of Unending Light at the Aldor Rise in Shattrath City.

Performing quests for the Aldor will ccause your Scryers reputation level to decrease.

QUEST: CITY OF LIGHT

The Naaru are wise beyond our understanding.  I’ve learned more from A’dal in the last five months than all the years I spent in the libraries of Dalaran.

Do not burden A’dal with petty inquisitions.  That just might be the most powerful being you ever come face to face with.

You do not look familiar.  I suppose you want to learn about the city?

You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t give you a tour myself, but I’m a bit busy discussing strategy with A’dal.  Perhaps you’ll find a summoned servant acceptable in my stead?  Excellent!

Show our guest around Shattrath, will you?  Keep an eye out for pickpocketing in the Lower City.

Quest Objectives: Follow Khadgar’s servant listen to its story.  Return to Khadgar after completing this task.

Khadgar’s Servant: The Sha’tar, or “born from light” are the naaru that came to Outland to fight the demons of the Burning Legion.  They were drawn to the ruins of Shattrath City where a small remnant of the draenei priesthood conducted its rites inside a ruined temple on this very spot.

The priesthood, known as the Aldor, quickly regained its strength as word spread that the naaru had returned and reconstruction soon began.  The ruined temple is now used as an infirmary for injured refugees.

It wouldn’t be long, however, before the city came under attack once again.  This time, the attack came from Illidan’s armies.  A large regiment of blood elves had been sent by Illidan’s ally, Kael’thas Sunstrider, to lay waste to the city.

As the regiment of blood elves crossed this very bridge, the Aldor’s exarchs and vindicators lined up to defend the Terrace of Light.  But then the unexpected happened.

The blood elves laid down their weapons in front of the city’s defenders; their leader, a blood elf elder known as Voren’thal, stormed into the Terrace of Light and demanded to speak to A’dal.

As the naaru approached him, Voren’thal kneeled before him and uttered the following words:  “I’ve seen you in a vision, naaru.  My race’s only hope for survival lies with you.  My followers and I are here to serve you.”

The defection of Voren’thal and his followers was the largest loss ever incurred by Kael’s forces.  And these weren’t just any blood elves.  Many of the best and brightest amongst Kael’s scholars and magisters had been swayed by Voren’thal’s influence.

The naaru accepted the defectors, who would be known as the Scryers: their dwelling lies in the platform above.  Only those initiated with the Scryers are allowed there.

The Aldor are followers of the light and forgiveness and redemption are values they understand.  However, they found hard to forget the deeds of the blood elves while under Kael’s command.

Many of the priesthood had been slain by the same magisters who now vowed to serve the naaru.  They were not happy to share the city with their former enemies.  The Aldor’s most holy temple and its surrounding dwellings lie on the terrace above.  As a holy site, only the initiated are welcome inside.

The attacks against Shattrath continued, but the city did not fall, as you can see.  On the contrary, the naaru known as Xi’ri, led a successful incursion into Shadowmoon Valley – Illidan’s doorstep.

There he continues to wage war on Illidan with the assistance of the Aldor and the Scryers.  The two factions have not given up on their old feuds, though.  Such is their animosity that they vie for the honor of being sent to assist the naaru there.  Each day that decision is made here by A’dal.  The armies gather here to receive A’dal’s blessing before heading to Shadowmoon.

Khadgar should be ready to see you again.  Just remember that to serve the Sha’tar you will most likely have to ally with the Aldor or the Scryers.  And seeking the favor of one group will cause the other’s dislike.  Good luck, stranger, and welcome to Shattrath City.

Khadgar: I hope you learned a thing or two about Shattrath.  It might take some time for things to sink in.

You: So, how do you fit into all this?  How did you come to Shattrath?

Khadgar: There are other worlds, such as this one and such as Azeroth.  The battle between the legion and the naaru is waged there as well.  Some are won and some are lost.

It was in one such world where I met A’dal and convinced the Sha’tar that they’d best come here and in a hurry.  From the looks of it, they might’ve made it just in time to turn the tide.

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—If you wish to check out the screenshots of the Khadgar encounter you may find them here temporarily until I embed them into this page. I spent many hours exploring Hellfire Peninsula, Terokkar, Shattrath City, Nagrand, Bone Wastes and Zangarmarsh. Need to sleep =)  Happy lore hunting! And spread the word sharing this to fans!

World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade - FAQ

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in WoW: Burning Crusade

Intro:

Welcome,

the purpose of this sticky is to gather all information regarding the upcoming expansion and all upcoming patches. This topic also discusses the “maybe” part of the expansion, but it’s more focussed on what will come and what to expect.

This topic is updated regularly. Feel free to ask questions, but first read all i have wrote. Chances are, i already discussed the thing you are going to ask about.

Greetings,

Schwick

Tutorial:

If i linked to this thread saying something like: “URLHERE => x.x.x”, that means that you have to push CTRL+F and type in the number that i typed after the =>. The answer i gave you, you will find it ones you found the number.

Example:

http://forums-en.wow-europe.com/thread.aspx?fn=wow-general-en&t=883462 => 1.0.11

This means you press CTRL+F and enter 1.0.11. Press search and it will take you to the answer

Last Update / Version:

This topic was last updated on: [04-07-06 00:15] (See change log for details)

Current version is: V3.5

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World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade - Easter Eggs and Pop Culture References

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in WoW Burning Crusade Easter Eggs, WoW: Burning Crusade

In-game Quote

Reference

141. NPC: Chief Engineer Xyrol
Area 52, Netherstorm

Goblin NPC

Reference: Battlestar Galactica

Actor Aaron Douglas plays as Chief Tyrol – The Chief of the Deck onboard Galactica, in charge of the reparation of the “Vipers” (The ships human pilots are using to fight the Cylon)

—Thanks, Engal

142. NPC: Fathom Lord Karathress
Serpentshrine Caverns, Zangarmarsh

One of the Naga bosses inside the dungeon.

Reference: Battlestar Galactica

Actress Katee Sackhoff plays as … Kara Thrace “Starbuck”. Got it?  Kara Thress

—Thanks, Engal

143. Item: The Booterang
Netherwing Ledge, Shadowmoon Valley

Part of the Netherwing Daily quests.

Inscription: “Use: Knocks sense into worthless, lazy peons.

This is your Booterang. There are many like it, but this one is yours.”

Reference: Rifle Creed of the US Marines

It is a reference to the Marines and how they say the same line about their rifle. It is also seen in the movie Jarhead when they make them repeat the line.

Excerpt: “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I WILL…”

—Thanks, Gentleben

144. NPC: Fantei and Mingo
Ogri’la and Lower City, Shattrath City

There are a couple of reagent vendors in Burning Crusade:  In Lower City, Shattrath City the reagent vendor’s name is Fantei.  In Ogri’la, Blade’s Edge Mountains the reagent vendor’s name in Mingo.

Reference: Serenity

In Serenity, actor Yan Feldman plays as Mingo. His twin actor Rafael Feldman plays as Fanty.

Fanty and Mingo are twin brothers who appear in the Serenity comic as well as the film. They are seen as fences for goods acquired (coughs, Reagent Vendors) by Mal Reynolds and the crew of Serenity. Although identical twins, Mal is able to tell the two of them apart (he claims “Fanty’s prettier”). Their full names are Mingojerry and Fantastic Rample. The novelization states that they were named at birth by their mother – Mingojerry as a mis-remembered Mungojerrie from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and Fantastic for what she said when she realized that she was carrying twins, meaning she had to give birth again.

—Thanks, Amaree @ Proudmoore US

145. NPC: Innkeeper Remi Dodoso (Innkeeper)
Area 52, Netherstorm

Reference: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Her name is a reference to the five note tune played in the Steven Spielberg UFO movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Re, Mi, Do, Do (an octave lower), and Sol.

—Thanks, Amit.C



World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade - Easter Eggs and Pop Culture References

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in WoW Burning Crusade Easter Eggs, WoW: Burning Crusade

The purpose of this World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade (only) Easter Eggs Database is to gather peculiar NPC names, locations, items, emotes, and such, which catch the player’s attention toward a possible hidden pop culture reference. Fans enjoy finding these throughtout the game. Sometimes make you go “whoa? I recognize that!”, followed by a giggle and a sense of accomplishment. Most of these easter eggs or pop culture references are fan-submited and may be inaccurate. Feel free to submit new easter eggs or corrections. For Classic World of Warcraft easter eggs go Here.


In-game

Reference

1. NPC: Amilya Airheart (Wind Rider Master)
Hellfire Peninsula – Spinebreaker Post
Reference: Amelia Earhart – famous Aviator who tragically disappeared in a flight over the pacific ocean in 1937
2. NPC: Haris Pilton (Socialite)
Shattrath City – World’s End Tavern

Haris Pilton has a wolf pet named Tinkerbell

Reference: Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton has a puppy pet chihuahua named Tinkerbell in real life. (Photo)

Her chihuahua dog is the canine co-star of The Simple Life (TV Reality-Show). Tinkerbell is also the name of a pixie in Disney World’s Peter Pan.

—Thanks, Tabby

3. Object: Airplane crash with snakes inside
Nagrand – Nesingwary Camp

Additional Screenshot

Reference: Snakes on a Plane (2006)
4. NPC: Adam Eternum (Arathi Basin Battlemaster)
Shattrath City – Terrace of Light on the Lower City side.

Additional Screenshot

Reference: Masters of the Universe (1982) – Prince Adam is He-Man from planet Eternia.
The NPC in Shattrath City wears the same clothes of He-Man, and next to the NPC is his Battle-Tiger, which resembles He-Man’s mount Cringer. In closed beta, this NPC was named Adam Heman, but it was changed to Adam Eternum.  Eternum was the homeworld of He-Man.  The NPC says something about a grey skull—Greyskull is the castle from where He-Man obtained his powers.

Thanks, Chris.

5. NPC: Oric Coe
Shattrath City – Terrace of Light on the Lower City side
Reference: Masters of the Universe (1982) – Orko is a magician from a parallel dimension, friend of He-Man. The NPC in Shattrath City wears a similar hat and vestiment.
6. NPC: “Dirty” Larry (Ruffian)
Shattrath City – Lower City (northeast)

Additional Screenshot

Reference: Dirty Harry (1971) – Clint Eastwood. Maybe not, but kinda. Also, “Epic” Malone is to the side of Larry. Larry Bird and Karl Malone? Stretch?
7. NPC: Keldor the Lost (Arathi Basin Battlemaster)
Shattrath City – Terrace of Light near the Lower City side
Reference: Masters of the Universe (1982) – Skeletor uses the same outfit and staff as the NPC. Keldor was the former name of Skeletor in the series.
8. NPC: Negatron
Netherstorm – near Area 52

A goblin named Doctor Vomisa Ph.T. (B.O.O.M. Experimentalist) at The Proving Grounds – on the road to the east of Area 52, before the bridge to Eco-Dome Midrealm – who gives a quest to test his robot. Suddenly, a huge Fel Reaver named Negatron shows up to battle you.

Reference: Transformers

Megatron, leader of the Decepticons.

9. NPC: Floyd Pinkus (Inkeeper)
Hellfire Peninsula – Thrallmar
Reference: Pink Floyd

—Thanks, Cramer

10. NPC: Jack Trapper (Cook)
Shattrath City – Lower City (southeast corner)
Reference: Three’s Company (Tv Show – 1977) – Jack Tripper played by actor John Ritter studied Culinary Arts at College, later worked as a full-time chef and opened his own restaurantt.
11. NPC: “King” Dond (Arena Organizer)
Nagrand – The Ring of Trials

To the far right of King Dond is an ogre named Ear-Bitter (Arena Battlemaster)

Reference: Don King – Boxing Organizer. Ear-Biter …. Mike Tyson.
12. Quest: Cruel’s Intentions
Nazgrel in Hellfire Peninsula
Reference: Cruel Intentions (Movie – 1999)
13. Item: Tenacious Defender

Inscription: “It has the power … to move you.” The item drops from Omor the Unscarred in Hellfire Citadel: Ramparts dungeon.

Reference: TENACIOUS DWonderboy Lyrics

—Thanks Yakk @ Hellfire

14. NPC: Dr. Boom & Boom Bots
Netherstorm – outside Area 52 at Camp of Boom
Reference: Marvel ComicsDr. Doom, Monarch of Latveria and his Doom Bots. Popular villain in Fantastic Four and X-Men.
15. NPC: Eyonix (Consortium Innkeeper)
Netherstorm – Stormspire
Reference: Eyonix – Blizzard CM
16. NPC: Action Jaxon (Goblin)
Netherstorm – Stormspire
Reference: Action Jackson (1988) by actor Carl Weathers
17. NPC: Professor Dabiri
Netherstorm – Protectorate Watch Post
Reference: Shane Dabiri – World of Warcraft Lead Producer
18. NPC: Mag’har Pitfighter
Nagrand – Garadar Village

He wears trousers, and no shirt. A long pony-tail. His hands are wrapped with bandage for a fight. The Mag’har Pitfighter punches and kicks a dummy. Homage to kickboxing.

Reference: Kickboxer (Film – 1989) by actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. It could also refer to Bloodsport film or Pitfighter film.
19. Item: The console to activate a teleporter to allow the Consortium to infiltrate the Mana Tombs, in the escort quest is a metallic cube, that rotates like a rubik’s cube.

Additional Screenshot

Reference: Hellraiser (Film – 1987)
IMDB
20. Item: The Saga of Terokk
Terokkar Forest
Reference: The Saga of Turok – stretch?

Story about a pre-columbian Native American Dinosaur hunter. The Skettis wear Native American plume headsets and robes.

21. Location: Area 52
Netherstorm

Description The area 52 has a rocket or attempt to a spaceship.

Reference: Area 51 – the secret base in Nevada, USA – linked to UFO conspiracy theories.
22. NPC: Netherstorm Agent
Netherstorm – Area 52

Additional Screenshot

Description: These agents wear black suits and guard the doors of Area 52. Randomly when you go through the gate, a flash of light blinds you. A debuff icon shows up saying … A-52 Neuralizer: The flash of light you did not see, did not erase your memories.

Reference: Men in Black (film – 1997)
23. Dialogue: The conversation between the goblins near the rocket in area 52 (Netherstorm). Reference: Elton John‘s song “Rocket Man.”

Read the Lyrics

Thanks, Fangodruid

24. Location: Toshley’s Station
Blade’s Edge Mountains
Reference: Star Wars (film – 1977)

In the first film Luke Skywalker complains that he wanted to go to Toshi Station when his uncle gives him chores to do. ‘—

—Thanks, Ladonus

25. NPC: Razak Ironsides
Blade’s Edge Mountains – Toshley’s Station

Razak wears an eyepatch and leads a contingent of gnomes named the “Roughbacks”, defending the station against a bug attack and utters the phrase ‘Do you want to live forever?

There is also an event there occasionally with the ravagers(bugs) in the area rushing the walls

Reference: Starship Troopers (film – 1997)

Michael Ironsides played Lt. Rasczak in the film. He led his troops, the Roughnecks, against a bug army and often shouted ‘Do you want to live forever?

—Thanks, Ladonus

26. Item: Power Converters

Inscription: “Next best thing to going to the Academy.”

Use: Destoys technological terror constructs.

Quest: Picking Up Some Power Converters

Referrence: Star Wars (film – 1977)

Luke Skywalker whinned to his uncle that he both: wanted to go to Toshi’s Station to pick up some power converters and how much Luke wanted to go to the starpilot academy, but had to stay working on the moisture farm instead.

Darth Vader said this in the film: “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force” which is a reference to the Death Star. The cool thing about this is that when you use the Power Converter item it launches a red firework into the air that looks an awful lot like the torpedo Luke shot to destroy the Death Star.

—Thanks, Toonces, Tohlarn and Moirid @ Cho’gall

27. Quest: “Bring Me Shrubbery!
Zangarmarsh – Sporeggar
Reference: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (film – 1974)

Thanks, Snapejr, Nerro and Rashile

28. NPC: Gurgthock (Goblin)
Nagrand – Laughing Skull Ruins
Reference: named after the Guildmaster of Elitist Jerks on Mal’Ganis ( Soon to be on Nazjatar Server)

—Thanks, Tohlarn

29. Item: Stung
Ghostlands

A sword reward given in the quest: Anok’suten by a dying blood elf.

Reference: Lord of the Rings (2001)

Frodo possessed a sword named Sting—given to him by his friend Bilbo Baggins. The sword glowed blue when in the presence of orcs.

—Thanks Ixel

30. Item: Seaforium PU-36 Explosive Nether Modulator

One of the bombs in the bombing run missions in Hellifire Peninisula.

Inscription: “Manufactured: Garvin the Goblin, Area 52”

Reference: Looney Tunes (Cartoon – 1948)

It’s named after the “Uranium Pew-36 Explosive Space Modulator” (watch video) and the supposed inventor Garvin the Goblin is named after Marvin the Martian

—Thanks, Azshanya and Tudalu

31. NPC: Coreiel
Nagrand – Halaa (when the horde runs the place)
Reference: Coreiel

A Blizzard CM on WoW Forums.

32. NPC: Zebig (goblin)
Hellfire Peninsula – Thrallmar

NPC: Lebowski (Gnome)
Hellfire Peninsula – Honor Hold

Reference: “The Big Lebowski

—Thanks, Tudalu

33. NPC: Wing Commander Dabir’ee
Hellfire Peninsula – Expedition Point
Reference: Shane Dabiri
World of Warcraft Lead Producer
34. NPC: Gargle and Gurgle
Zangarmarsh – Zabra’Jin

Twin Baby Murloc pets

Cute reference to the sounds Murlocs make.

ScarletJade believes Gargle and Gurgle might be a pop culture reference to a classic Atari game titled Bubble Bobble.  The little dragons names were Bubblun and Bobblun, and look alot like Murlocs.

Additionally, when the Murloc pets were introduced as a BlizzCon 2005 Gift Code for the event attendees, the Murlocs would randomly dance wearing a Top Hat and carrying a Cane.  This is a reference to Looney Tunes: Michigan J. Frog.

—- Thanks Tudalu and ScarletJade.

35. Item: Flintlocke’s Piloting Pants
Hellfire Peninsula – Zeppelin Crash

From the Quest: In Case of Emergency

Reference: Flintlocke’s Guide to Azeroth

A comic-strip that currently has the hapless dwarven engineer/warrior Flintlocke piloting a Blimp in the general direction of Stormwind with a highly explosive device on board… Coincidence? I think not.

—- Thanks Tudalu

36. Quest: Saving Private Imarion
Hellfire Peninsula
Reference: Saving Private Ryan (film – 1994)

—- Thanks Tudalu

37. Quest: The Heart of Darkness Reference: Heart of Darkness (Book)
38. NPC: Granny Smith
Shattrath City – Lower City

She sells every kind of fruit except….. Apples

Reference: Australian Apples named Granny Smith

—- Thanks Tudalu

39. NPC: Seymour(grand master skinner)
Shattrath City – Lower City
Reference: The Simpsons (TV Sitcom)

This is a reference to Seymour Skinner, the principal at the elementary school on The Simpsons.

—- Thanks Tudalu, Rizz @ Cenarion Circle, and Zykor

40. NPC: Manni, Moh and Jakk
Hellfire Peninsula – Hellfire NorthRampart

The quest given by Foreman Razelcraz in Thrallmar Mine (Hellfire Peninsula) called “How to Serve Goblins” has you rescuing three Goblins from the Fel Orcs. The Goblins names are:

? Manni
? Moh
? Jakk

Reference: Pep Boys (Automotive Store)

This is a reference to the American automotive store Pep Boys which was started by three guys named Manny, Moe and Jack in the 1920s

How To Serve Goblins is *also* a reference to the classic Twilight Zone episode “How To Serve Man,” which, in the episode, was the title of a book belonging to some aliens which turned out to be a cookbook.

—Thanks, Zykor ( Blood Bath and Beyond Guild) and Reitoei

41. NPC: Bill (B.O.O.M. fire marshal – Goblin)
Netherstorm – Area-52 (under one of the water towers)
Reference: Fire Marshal Bill from “In Living Color” (watch video)

—Thanks, Alicianna

42. NPC: Caregiver Ophera Windfury
Hellfire Peninsula -Temple of Telhamat
Reference: Oprah Winfrey (talk-show hostess)

– Thanks, Oysteinur

43. NPC: Drysc
Azuremist Island – Exodar

A Draenei wandering around the Exodar

Reference: Drysc is a Blizzard CM at the Wow Forums
44. Quest: The Kessel Run
Bloodmyst Isle

The NPC named Kessel offers a quest titled: The Kessel Run—where you’re given an Elekk and told to warn people of a Blood Elf attack.

Reference: Star Wars (film – 1977)

Han Solo described how he traversed the Kessel Run with the Millennium Falcon in “less than twelve parsecs.” The Kessel Run is a dangerous pathway off Planet Kessel required to jump to light speed.

45. NPC: Smiles O’Byron (Engineer)
Blade’s Edge Mountains – Toshi’s Station
Reference: Star Trek: Deep Space 9

The gnome transporter is named after Miles O’Brien from Star Trek. Coincidentially, Miles O’Brien is refered to as Smiley in the alternate timeline featured in Mirror Universe.

—Thanks, Osha and Man o’ War

46. Mob: Hai’shulud (The Bone Emperor)
Terokkar Forest – Bone Wastes

A quest titled: The Big Bone Worm sends you to summon a lvl 65 elite worm.

Reference: Dune (1984)

There was a worm named’ “Shai-Hulud” in the book/film Dune.

To new fans of Wow, Dune is an obsessive icon for Blizzard Entertainment. The first in the Warcraft RTS game series – Warcraft: Orcs and Humans – was based on the videogame Dune’s isometric tileset system. All Blizzard games have Dune-related easter eggs.

—Thanks, Ehrek

47. Race: Skettis Arakkoa
Terokkar Forest – Shattrath City
Reference: The Dark Crystal (film – 1982)

The skettis seen around the lower city in Shattrath are identical to Skeksis from the movie.

—Thanks, Metalnylah

48. The goblins at Area 52 working on the rocket are wearing golden-colored jackets with black pants Reference: Star Trek

Their jackets look similar to the engineers from Star Trek.

—Thanks, Chaparrall

49. Quest: “I shoot magic into the darkness
Bloodmyst Isle – Exodar
Reference: Dungeons & Dragons (d20)

It’s a reference to a fairly well known comedy skit about Dungeons and Dragons.

—Thanks, Kahli

50. NPC: Netherologist Coppernickels
Netherstorm – Gyroplank Bridge
Reference: Copernicus.

He studies the Netherstorm just like Copernicus studied the stars of earth.

—Thanks, Tuhalu

50. NPC: T’shu, Gzhun’tt and Khn’nix
Zangarmarsh – Sporeggar

Both stand next to each other in Sporeggar.

T’shu
Gzhun’tt
Khn’nix

Reference: “Tissue”, “Geshundteit” and kleenex tissues?

Spores give allergy, therefore the names are parody names. Some Blizzard devs got humor.

—Thanks, Dovvregubben of Guild of the Chilled, Shadowsong and Beltface @ Medivh



Tower of Medivh—Myths of things to come

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Burning Crusade Story Arcs, WoW: Burning Crusade

This is a story that has been explained a few times to those who have asked after they have seen Deadwind Pass, and the great tower of Karazhan that stands alone within it.

However, it is always welcome to tell the tale again for those who have not heard it yet. A dark tale. A grim tale. The story of a place of horrors.

Karazhan, within the Deadwind Pass, was not as it is today… even four years ago. A dark and evil presence has come to Karazhan and the Deadwind Pass, a presence that has cursed the very land, and brought the dead to life without aid of any Plagues. The only living things within the Pass are the giant carrion birds, like great shadows on the sky, and a very hardy tribe of Ogres that have no fear of even the Dead that walk in Karazhan. The Ogres, perhaps, even pay homage to whatever rules the Tower.

Karazhan rests at a nexus of ley energies that give the site of the tower incredible power. Magical power is augmented at this site, and that is why it was chosen by the last of the Guardians of Tirisfal to be his home. Or did Karazhan chose Medivh? It is hard to tell, with the strange energies that exist at that place.

Karazhan, for many years, has a power all its own. It could show those within it visions of the Future… or the Past… and of things that might or might not be. Prophecy was Karazhan’s power, and Medivh liked the power this afforded his studies.

Even then, however, Medivh was possessed. His mother, Aegwyn, was the one who fought and slew the body of the Dark Titan himself. No other mortal could ever have done this, and it is hard to imagine how Aegwyn even accomplished this feat… for Sargeras’ power was beyond measure in his full form. However, though his body died, it is much harder then that to kill a Titan.

The Dark Titan’s spirit enter Aegwyn, and into her very womb did he go. He waited there for the child that would eventually be conceived, and took possession of the boy. Medivh’s life up to his death was a constant struggle between himself and Sargeras.

Sargeras, the Dark Titan, overcame him time and time again.

Sargeras tried to make Medivh kill his own mother, but the will within Medivh refused, and he instead banished her to somewhere… no one knows. Perhaps far, far from this world entire. Wherever she went, she lives on… likely mourning for the son she lost.

It was by Sargeras’ command that Medivh created the Dark Portal and brought the Orcs forth onto Azeroth. To break the cycle and set himself free… this was the goal of both Medivh and Sargeras.

However, the Sword of Auduin Lothar found its mark in the heart of Medivh. This tale is told in much further detail in book, The Last Guardian.

Karazhan, as it stands now, is not as it was. When Medivh returned from Death as the Prophet, he absorbed from Karazhan all the powers of Prophecy that it once had. The tower was rendered inert, its prophetic might removed. He abandoned Karazhan then, having no further use for it.

However, someone else took over in his stead.

Karazhan remains a site of great and terrible power. A nexus of Ley Energies rivaled only by the now destroyed Sunwell. It is a place where Magic itself can come alive. The power of Prophecy is gone… but who knows what could fill the void the power left in its wake.

Many rumors persist about what has cursed the land, what killed and animated the townsfolk in the ruins of the village at Karazhan’s feet. It could have been a dark and powerful Lich in service to the Lich King… or it could be a sect of Dreadlords that escaped the culling after the second invasion of the Legion.

Or, like Medivh, Sargeras could also still be alive.

His soul, persistent as always, could have returned to the site of his years of plotting and experimentation. Sargeras could easily, even in Spirit, corrupt the land and take possession of Karazhan. He is a TITAN, as near to a GOD as anything that currently walks the world. His body, sans his eye, may be entombed in the islands off the coast of Kalimdor… but his Spirit might still linger, and be doing terrible things within the now empty halls of Karazhan.

It could be that by removing the power of Prophecy from Karazhan, Medivh opened the door for Sargeras to gain full control of the power of Karazhan that remained. Why did Medivh not foresee this?

Perhaps he did. Perhaps he tried to go to Karazhan to stop this after Archimonde’s destruction. Perhaps Medivh is locked up in his former home, held by the being that possessed him for so many years.

Or perhaps Medivh’s time on this earth ended when Archimonde died… and he could to nothing but pass on, though Sargeras remained.

Many dark stories flow from Karazhan of terrible events and dark creatures. Dark Riders have been seen as far as Duskwood, and an artifact known as the Scythe of Elune was claimed by them and taken back to the tower. The artifact possesses the power to summon the Worgen to this world… and if you have studied anything about the Worgen, you know they to be perfect allies for Sargeras. This artifact has also maintained the unnatural darkness over Duskwood for many, many months… if Sargeras possesses this item… there is no telling what harm he might do with it.

There is a new theory that has come to light. A theory that has caught many ears and hearts, and filled minds with horror and fear. If it is not the Ghost of Sargeras within Karazhan, then it could be this being that all members of the Alliance learned to fear during the second war. A being that was one of the original Orcish Death Knights under the service of Gul’dan. A being that was a Warlock and Necromancer of TERRIBLE power.

His name was Teron Gorefiend.

Rumors of a pale horse riding from the Dark Portal spread across the land. Rumors that upon that horse was a shrouded rider, and that horse was as dead as stone. And, even the Demons quailed at its passage.

Within that shroud was a being that commanded the Orcish Death Knights during the Second War… within that shroud is a being who very well COULD awaken the dead from their long slumber.

A mind of cunning and magic as keen as Medivh’s is in that shrouded cowl. He knew of Karazhan and Medivh. He was likely one of Gul’dan’s party who met with Medivh to seal the deal and help in opening the Dark Portal. His knowledge of the undead would rival the Lich King’s.

He also bears no love for Ner’zhul, wanting his own dominion and his own glory. And his origins do not originate from the Plague that made Undead in the rest of the world. The Lich King holds no sway over him or anything made by him… undead or otherwise.

He was never accounted for by the forces that raided Draenor. No record of his death or destruction was ever found. It is very possible he could have survived the sundering of Draenor.

Teron Gorefiend could have rode into the abandoned Karazhan… and taken over when Medivh left off.

Think of him sitting upon his skeletal horse, and in his hand the Scythe of Elune, and around him legions of howling Worgen.

Such is the stuff of Nightmare.

Other then these theories, Karazhan remains a mystery still. All attempts to enter it have failed. The dead bar the way with power as great as the strongest of Adventurers.

When Karazhan does open… be it Scourge or Demon, Teron Gorefiend or Sargeras himself within it… one thing is for certain…

No one will be safe from what lies inside the Cursed Tower of the Magus Medivh, Karazhan.

by Ghostwalkar

Level 60 Troll Shaman

Guild:  Lordaeron Intelligence

Realm:  Argent Dawn