Karazhan Opera

One of my favourite fights in Karazhan would have to be the Opera Event. Here you had a choice of three random stage productions. To start the event, all you had to do was talk to Barnes the Stage Manager (assuming you had first killed Moroes below), who would be waiting by the stage door. From there, he’d walk on stage and make an announcement, triggering one of three plays:

Big Bad Wolf
The Big Bad Wolf – Starring the hungry Wolf himself.

Stagehand Barnes:
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this evening’s presentation! Tonight, things are not what they seem… for tonight your eyes may not be trusted! Take for instance this quiet elderly woman waiting for a visit from her granddaughter…. surely there is nothing to fear from this sweet, gray-haired old lady! But don’t let me pull the wool over your eyes! See for yourself what lies beneath those covers! And now… on with the show!

The Fight
Terrifying Howl
– Instant. Causing nearby enemies to flee in fear for 3 sec. Cast every 25-35 seconds.

Little Red Riding Hood

  • Description: Change the target into a little red hooded gnome aka Little Red Riding Hood. This increased the likelihood that the Big Bad Wolf would chase them and try to gobble them up!
  • Effect: Reduced the target’s armour and resistances to 0. Increased speed to 50% to flee the Big Bad Wolf. Pacifying and Silencing.

Wide Swipe – Instant. Stun the current target for 4 seconds. Cast about as often as Terrifying Howl. This could be used against a target with the Little Red Riding Hood debuff, possibly guaranteeing death.

Killing a player: Mmmm… delicious.

If you ever wondered about the audio cue for “Run away little girl, run away!” you’d have this event to thank. My favourite drop from here would have to be the Ruby Slippers who doubled as a hearthstone. I used these for a long time until I replaced my slippers with my Kirin Tor ring sometime later.

Raid Notes: 4 August, 2007 – Another One Bites the Dust!
After our usual start with the Huntsman, we decided to switch it up a bit and head straight to Moroes. With a bit of CC swapping we added another boss to the tally. Next came our standing appointment with Barnes the Stage Manager. Before long we were playing chasings with the Big Bad Wolf. Moving onward, we cleared our way to the Curator. A great effort getting him to 18% on our first attempt!

This was by far the most common production for us.

Romulo and Julianne
Romulo and Julianne — A tale of forbidden love…

Stagehand Barnes:
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this evening’s presentation! Tonight we explore a tale of forbidden love! But beware, for not all love stories end happily. As you may find out, sometimes love pricks like a thorn. But don’t take it from me. See for yourself what tragedy lies ahead when the paths of star-crossed lovers meet. And now: On with the show!

The Fight
Julianne

  • Eternal Affection: Calls upon Holy magic to heal an ally. Heal 46250-53750, Cast Time 2 seconds.
  • Powerful Attraction: Stun 6 seconds. Range 45 yards. Cast Time 1.5 seconds.
  • Blinding Passion: 4500 Holy damage inflicted over 4 sec (1500 initially, then 4 ticks of 750 each). Range 45 yards, Cast Time 2 seconds.
  • Devotion: Holy damage dealt is increased by 50%. Spell casting speed is increased by 50%. for 10 sec.

Romulo

  • Backward Lunge: Strikes at an enemy behind the caster, inflicting weapon damage plus 300 (Knock Back 35 yard).
  • Deadly Swathe: Strikes at nearby enemies in front of the caster, inflicting weapon damage plus 300 (Affects up to 3 targets).
  • Poisoned Thrust: All statistics reduced by 10% (Stacks up to 8 times), the debuff can be depoisoned.
  • Daring: Increases the Physical damage dealt by the caster by 50% and the caster’s attack speed by 50% for 8 sec.

Raid Notes: 1 March, 2008 – Parting is Such Sweet Revenge
So there we were, three bosses down in just over an hour and then it happened. Over in the Opera Hall, Barnes made the announcement we were hoping to hear. The only Opera Event we had yet to encounter which began with – “A tale of forbidden love…”. Said to be the hardest of the three, we managed to add this event to our list of achievements.

Fighting Romulo and Julianne was a pretty intensive fight. Phase one involved fighting Julianne who primarily cast spells, while phase two involved fighting Romulo, who only did melee. Phase three ended once you successfully fought them both together.

The Crone
Wizard of Oz – Starring Dorothee and her dog Tito, Tinhead, Strawman, the lion Roar, and the evil Crone that tries to stop them on their way home!

Stagehand Barnes:
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this evening’s presentation! Tonight, we plumb the depths of the human soul as we join a lost, lonely girl trying desperately, with the help of her loyal companions, to find her way home. But she is pursued by a wicked, malevolent crone! Will she survive? Will she prevail? Only time will tell. And now: On with the show!

The Fight
The Crone would appear once the four major players had been defeated. She spawned cyclones that would knock raid members up into the air, dealing a significant amount of damage, as well as fall damage. They were avoidable but any slow fall ability would also negate any fall damage. Cyclones did not stun so instant cast spells could be used in mid air. The cyclones moved around slowly with someone usually calling out the cyclones position and direction so everyone could move accordingly. The Crone did not have a lot of HP so this phase was easier than the first.

Raid Notes: 19 April, 2008 – Conventional groups? Psh!
We tend to strive when it comes to the unconventional so when it looked like we would be limited with our group make up we gave it a shot anyway. I WILL say that it started with a minor mishap but what began as one Tank, one Healer and six DPS soon became something different. Not only did we manage to kill Attumen with a single healer but were soon clearing the path to Moroes, Opera and Maiden. In just under two hours, we one-shot them all with our slightly unconventional group of nine.
What can I say? We push the envelope and love it!

3 Comments

  1. Good old times! Karazhan was my first raid and I loved it, the bosses were so much fun :D

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  2. Good times and good memories of people I knew. Hope Cym still has, or can find, the Netherspite vid we had back then.

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  3. Ahhhh, nice walk down memory lane there. Kara was my absolute favorite instance ever. I hope to kittens that Blizz makes a heroic version of it at some point. The music in there was just the best too. :D

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