Ren Yun the Blind

Over the last few months, I’ve discovered several references to Ren Yun including his walking cane – one of the common items in Pandaren Archaeology. Finding a pristine version will allow you to display it in the Seat of Knowledge.

Walking Cane of Ren Yun

A long cane tipped with a head of carved whalebone, once used by the enigmatic Brewfather, Ren Yun. Blind since birth, Ren Yun’s other senses were heightened. As a result, he found the brews of his time to be harsh or bitter. Years of experimentation allowed him to perfect four perfect brews that appealed to each of his other senses. And yet, the “one brew” that would appeal to all four senses at the same time eluded him. It was only at the end of his long life that he perfected the one master recipe, “The Four Senses Brew”, that was the most magnificent discovery of his generation. Sadly the recipe was lost to time, because Ren Yun’s handwriting was pretty much illegible.

If you make your way up to the top of Mount Neverest in Kun-Lai Summit, you may find two more:

Ren Yun Shrine

Ren Yun Shrine, Kun-Lai Summit

Father of the individual sensory beers and the Four Senses Brew

Ren Yun, his other senses heightened by his blindness, suffered for years with what he considered to be the harsh taste of normal Pandaren brews. After years of wandering and experimentation he developed separate brews that delighted each of his four senses but, though he had perfected these individual beers, the combination of the separate elements into one perfect unifying brew eluded him. For a lifetime more he wandered on until he found at last the secret to bind all of his sensory beers into one master recipe, the Four Senses Brew.

It’s quite a trek to reach the pinnacle without flying but it’s worth the effort if you’re questing in the area or just feeling lucky for the tablet.

Tablet of Ren Yun

Tablet of Ren Yun

The recipe ended up sitting in my bag for a few weeks due to the Way of the Brew requirement but having nothing left to do for The Tillers, I gathered all the ingredients to produce one special brew. Note that three of the ingredients require Ironpaw Tokens, which I’ve been collecting from Nomi every day.

Four Senses Brew

Adds a red blindfold illusion

For a 5min buff it’s a pretty expensive novelty item so I don’t see myself making too many of these unless I’m swimming in Ironpaw Tokens and Leeks.

Chen Stormstout

Chen Stormstout has been described as the jovial and independent Brewmaster of Pandaria who travelled the lands in search of exotic ingredients for his ever-evolving concoctions.

During the introduction of the Pandaren in Warcraft III and then later during The Frozen Throne expansion, Chen’s journeys eventually led him to Durotar, where he met Rexxar the travelling Beastmaster. Chen asked Rexxar to retrieve the ingredients for his latest brew – a barrel of Thunderwater, the egg of a thunder phoenix, and a sprig of thunderbloom.

Chen was overjoyed when Rexxar returned with the ingredients, and then mixed his special brew and offered some to Rexxar who nearly choked on the volatile beverage!

Shortly after that, Chen decided to join Rexxar on a secret mission to Theramore Island to help the Horde find out why the humans were attacking them. Once there, Grand Admiral Daelin Proudmoore wanted to have them arrested due to his hatred of the Horde. Jaina, who didn’t agree with her father’s beliefs and in an attempt to avoid any pointless deaths, helped them escape. When the Grand Admiral instigated his attack on the Horde, it inadvertently resulted in his own death. When Jaina asked her father why he did not listen, Rexxar told her to remember her father as the great warrior he was.

After the battle, Chen spent some time in Durotar teaching the brewmaster ways to the mentor of Brewmaster Drohn before continuing his travels. Since then, several of his empty kegs could be found scattered throughout The Barrens; these have since been removed from the game. It was quite a chore gathering the items for this quest and after handing it in the first time, it turned out to be a repeatable one. Not surprisingly, I didn’t think it was worth doing a second time.

Chen remains neutral, siding with neither the Horde nor the Alliance.

If you purchase the Pandaren Monk pet (from the Blizzard Store), you’ll receive a letter from Chen, which says:

I would like to introduce you to a long-time friend of mine: you will find this kindly pandaren monk is a most wonderful travelling companion.

May he lead you to new adventures across the face of Azeroth and beyond!

— Chen Stormstout

Pandaren Brewmaster Deluxe Figure

You can also purchase the awesome looking action figure of Chen Stormstout in 3D. The Pandaren Brewmaster Deluxe Action Figure is a limited edition, one-of-a-kind Blizzard online store exclusive!  The premium-sculpted piece stands at a colossal 8″, features Chen’s signature bamboo Bo staff and Brewmaster’s keg and comes packaged in a 4-colour, spot UV collectors window box.

Pandaren - April Fool's Joke

Before the launch of The Burning Crusade, players were speculating what the new Alliance race would be. An artist by the name of Ian McConville, created the above 3D model of a Pandaren female as a prank. The screenshot was so convincing that it had a large number of the player population fooled. In World of Warcraft, the Pandarens did not have much of a presence in early expansions. Mainly due to how Pandas, who are a national treasure in China, were originally portrayed in traditional Japanese Samurai armour during Warcraft III. This has since been rectified as you can see in more recent media.

During the first Blizzcast episode in 2008, Samwise Didier, the Art Director and concept artist for Blizzard, tells how he came up with the Pandaren race.

Samwise: Well, it started off, you know, a bunch of years back when I had a daughter, right. And, when she was born, for Christmas I usually draw a picture for my family. Like a personal one. And so I did, for that picture, for some reason, I decided to do like a panda guy because, actually, also like “Samwise,” “Panda” is my nickname because I’m kind of a big hairy bear dude, but I’m not very fearsome. So I got the nickname “Panda.” So I drew a picture of a panda with a little panda cub on the shoulder and that was the picture for Christmas, that I gave to all my family. And “Oh, it’s because he had a little kid. He’s getting soft!” You know? Whatever. It’s for the family. I had to do something that Grandma would like.

But so we put that up in there and everyone was like “Oh my God! A PANDA RACE? That’s kind of cool!” And I’m like “Are you kidding me, really? You want to see pandas in Warcraft III or whatever?” So, we made like a whole fake April Fools page with different units and all that and people, you know – we thought people would be like “NO WAY!” – and everyone actually liked it and when they found out it was an April Fools joke they were like “Aw, that sucks.” So we’ve kind of just dropped little bits of panda stuff. Like I do that all the time in my pictures. I’ll hide a picture of a panda face. Like it was on Illidan’s blades, back in the day, just put it on there. See if anyone noticed. And they did. Good job, guys. Two points. And ever since then it’s just been kind of a thing. We’re like “Oh, you’re the panda guy.”

During April Fools Day in 2010, another Machinima video was going around that again revived the notion of the Pandaren as a playable race. With Kung Fu Panda being one of the highest grossing animated movies in China’s history, it’s not a surprise to see that the next expansion will be devoted entirely to them. However, there was also some new controversy stemming from the Mists of Pandaria trailer due to the mixture of Japanese influences seen in the video.

At BlizzCon 2011, it was revealed that players would be able to meet Chen in the upcoming expansion Mists of Pandaria. He will appear in the Stormstout Brewery dungeon, helping players by reclaiming his family heritage, and also his beer. I almost wish I still had one of his empty kegs…

Enjoy this fan made trailer while we wait for the Mists release.

Thrall and Aggra

Shortly before the Cataclysm, Thrall journeyed to Garadar to discover why the elements of Azeroth were so afraid. When he arrived, Greatmother Geyah (Thrall’s Grandmother) advised him to turn to the Mag’har Aggra, who told him bluntly that he had been both leader and shaman for far too long and that he would have to give up his leadership role to truly become a shaman. Despite their rough beginnings, Thrall and Aggra grew closer to one another as he became truly connected with the spirits and became a proper shaman. Before returning to Azeroth Thrall and Aggra became romantic after she fell for his big heart.

During the third phase of the Elemental Unrest world event, she could be found talking with Thrall and Gavan Grayfeather‎ at the Throne of the Elements.
Thrall says: Would I be here if this were not serious?
Aggra says: I have heard you before. You are here to save your world; to learn from ours. Greatmother Geyah has charged me with instructing you, and as such, you will listen to me, Go’el.
Thrall says: I have told you to call me Thrall.
Aggra says: Yes I know, Go’el. Thrall is the leader of the Horde, but you are not here in that capacity. Look at you: At what you are wearing…
(referring to his Doomhammer’s Plate.)
Aggra says: You say you have come to seek knowledge and understanding, but you are dressed for battle. That is why I question you and your willingness to do what must be done.
Thrall says: My clothing?! Is that what this has come to now? We debate the merits of my clothing?
Gavan Grayfeather says: The clothing is merely a manifestation of a larger problem. I’ve no doubt that you are here to learn, but you must commit yourself both in spirit and in form.
Aggra says: The dwarf speaks the truth. If you wish to commune with the elements you must do so from the heart.
Aggra says: Your heart, your love for your land and your people is what has led you here. It was neither your armor nor your weapons.
Gavan Grayfeather says: Thrall, you must fully devote yourself to the cause.
Aggra shoots Gavan a disapproving look.
Aggra says: Go’el. You cannot continue to ride the line between Warchief and Shaman. The time will come when you must commit to one side fully. That time is fast approaching.
Thrall says: I hear what both of you are saying and am grateful for the counsel.
Thrall says: If I am to understand all that is transpiring, if I am to make a difference, then my devotion must be absolute. I must submit.

When Thrall and Aggra returned to Azeroth, they participated in the funeral of Cairne Bloodhoof. The next day, she noticed that Thrall no longer wore the armour of Doomhammer which satisfied her. Both left Thunder Bluff and Mulgore and went to the goblin port town Ratchet, where Gazlowe welcomed them and prepared a ship to the Maelstrom. The ship was called Draka’s Fury in honour of all Orcish women. Aggra was emotional and together with Thrall and a crew boarded the ship and left Kalimdor to the Maelstrom, which was destroyed near the Lost Isles by the Alliance (see video). When the ship sank, they lost their “precious cargo” i.e Thrall. She later appeared at the Maelstrom (affiliated with the Earthen Ring) and sends adventurers into Deepholm.

After the Guardians of Hyjal and adventurers thwart the invasion of Hyjal by the Twilight’s Hammer, a meeting was convened at the ancient Word Tree of Nordrassil. Thrall and Aggra were among the gathered heroes at the meeting that ended in tragedy when a incredibly powerful agent of the Twilight Hammer interrupted the ceremony and struck down Thrall with dark magic, casting his spirit into the four domains of the Elemental Plane. While the Aspects conceded that Thrall may be lost to the elements forever, Aggra believed that her mate could be saved, and called on the aid of adventurers of both the Horde and the Alliance to venture into the Skywall, the Abyssal Maw, Deepholm, and Firelands to rescue her beloved from an eternity of torment. Before adventurers can return Thrall’s spirit to the natural world, they must help him overcome his doubts, his wilfulness, his desires, and his rage before he is bound to his elemental cage.

During the quest, Elemental Bonds: The Vow we witness Thrall’s proposal ❥
This was actually a replay of the cutscene which you can activate at any time, which is why the colours aren’t as rich as when you see it the first time.

Thrall and Aggra's ceremony - part 1

Thrall and Aggra's ceremony - part 2

Thrall and Aggra's ceremony - part 3

Thrall and Aggra's ceremony - part 4

Thrall and Aggra's ceremony - part 5

Thrall and Aggra's ceremony - part 6

After the defeat of Deathwing by the hands of the Dragon Aspects, Thrall and the mortal Adventurers; Alexstraza reveals Aggra is bearing Thrall’s child.

Tyrande

Tyrande Whisperwind is the chosen high priestess of the goddess Elune, the former general of the night elf sentinels and the current head of the Sisterhood of Elune. Together with her lifelong mate, the archdruid Malfurion Stormrage, she has represented the highest leadership of the night elves since the fall of Queen Azshara and the Highborne caste ten thousand years ago. In World of Warcraft, she is found inside the Temple of the Moon within the Kaldorei’s capital city of Darnassus. Prior to the Cataclysm, she wore a Mooncloth Robe and had blue hair, until her in-game model was changed, and Tyrande finally received a unique model.

War of the Ancients - Cover

Artist: Glenn Rane

Tyrande grew up together with the two male night elf twins, Malfurion and Illidan Stormrage, in the kaldorei city of Suramar. The three were inseparable, playing in the woods, racing and learning to hunt. Tyrande consistently bested the brothers. As they grew into adulthood together they encouraged each other to find their respective callings.

Tyrande was to find peace in the Temple of Elune in Suramar, and became a novice priestess in the order of the Sisters of Elune. Malfurion, meanwhile, was taken under the wing of the demigod Cenarius, but Illidan was yet to find his own destiny, and searched for it in the arts of the arcane. Illidan was enamoured by the very thought of Tyrande, but his brother never even noticed this “contest” of Illidan’s over Tyrande’s heart.

When the War of the Ancients began, Tyrande helped to convince Illidan to leave the Highborne, and when he did, she helped him to master his insatiable addiction to magic as they sought out Cenarius. When finally they found him, they gained the allies of Alexstrasza’s dragons to fight at their side, and made war upon the Burning Legion and its allies Azshara and her unholy Highborne. It was during the battles against the Burning Legion that it became apparent that Tyrande was far more adept at channeling the power of Elune than any other member of her order.

Tyrande was long the love interest of both Malfurion Stormrage and his brother Illidan, though it was Malfurion to whom she returned the affection.

In the latter half of the war, word reached Tyrande of the death of High Priestess Dejahna at the hands of the Burning Legion and how on her deathbed she had named a successor, one who was favoured by Elune and touched with the power of the Goddess herself: Tyrande. Tyrande was forced to reluctantly accept her new role as High Priestess even though she had major reservations about her ability to lead the night elves.

As she felt the energies of Azshara’s gateway grow, Tyrande knew that they had to stem the flow of demonic reinforcements. Malfurion came up with the idea that they must destroy the Well, which was the portal’s location. At first, Cenarius and Alexstrasza were wary, knowing that only the Well of Eternity gave them their powers. Tyrande, however, though she too enjoyed her immortality and power, realized that it must be done to save their world, and convinced them to go along with it.

Illidan, however, would not hear of it, and despite Tyrande’s pleas he abandoned his brother and went to warn Azshara. Tyrande and Malfurion quickly moved against them, but they were too late. Azshara, warned by Illidan, was all too prepared for them, and the magical onslaught she unleashed upon their forces devastated them.

As Malfurion fought at the entrance, Tyrande snuck into Azshara’s palace with a small band of Sentinels and launched an attack from behind, but were startled by the queen’s guardsmen. Though the Sentinels destroyed the guardsmen, most of them were destroyed, and Tyrande suffered near-fatal wounds. At the sight of his love falling in battle, Malfurion was enraged, and attacked Azshara. Their battle threw the spellcraft of the high-borne into chaos and the portal beneath the Well of Eternity collapsed with such force that the Well was destroyed, and the world was scarred, torn into fragments as floods engulfed the lands.

Tyrande managed to survive the Sundering helping to lead her people back across the waves to Cenarius’ land on Mount Hyjal. Cenarius and Malfurion had also survived, and they made the long trek back to land together. To their horror however, a lake atop Mount Hyjal had become fouled by the magical energies of the Well of Eternity, which they had hoped was gone forever. It was Illidan, who had taken several vials from the old Well’s waters and poured it into the lake, creating a new Well of Eternity. Malfurion, knowing that Illidan’s addiction to magic would always be a threat to the safety of the world, imprisoned his brother in the caverns below Hyjal; the Barrow Deeps. However, with the Sundering still fresh in their minds, Tyrande and the night elves dared not attempt to destroy the new Well.

After the Mannoroth encounter in the Well of Eternity

After the Mannoroth encounter in the Well of Eternity

At the end of the instance you see Tyrande has collapsed after she’s just unleashed a massive blast of Arcane energy. I love this picture. You see Malfurion, her loving and beloved husband crouched down beside her. Although, it was hilarious the way she feigns when we are overrun by demons at one point ;P

Tyrande slowly went about rebuilding the night elven society. After the World Tree was made, and the high elves exiled, Malfurion knew that he had to leave Tyrande to return to the Emerald Dream. Tyrande, not wanting to be alone, begged him not to, but he insisted, and drifted off into hibernation in a Barrow Den within the Moonglades, along with all the druids. Tyrande and the remaining night elven women reformed the Sentinels, and they kept peace throughout Ashenvale with the help of Cenarius’ sons and daughters, the Keepers of the Grove and the dryads, and the many creatures who knew and loved the Moon Goddess. But without Malfurion, she felt lost and alone, despite her devotion. The centuries passed, and suddenly, a new threat arrived on their shores.

The Shadowleaf Sentinels, led by Shandris Feathermoon, returned to Mount Hyjal to report with sorrow that Cenarius had been murdered by green-skinned invaders who had arrived from across the sea. They were desecrating the outskirts of the forests, and perverting the wilds for whatever reason. Tyrande gathered her Sentinels once again, and she sensed a growing evil. Shandris, in counsel, suggested that perhaps it was the orcs, but still, Tyrande was still uneasily aware that there was a darker power hiding in the shadows.

During her short campaign, Tyrande found a group of furbolgs who were trying to leave Ashenvale before it was corrupted. Tyrande helped them gather their people and bid them farewell.

After killing Duke Lionheart, hordes of undead invaders suddenly swarmed into the settlement, and the orcs and humans were quickly overcome. Tyrande quickly withdrew her forces, knowing that her small detachment could not handle such staggering numbers. They retreated, tirelessly followed by the undead. Finally, they caught up to them, and their fel leader was revealed.

Archimonde slaughtered her kindred, and would have killed her if she had not quickly used the powers of Elune to hide in the shadows. Enraged, Archimonde ordered his doom guard to find and destroy her. Hoping to warn Shandris before the Shadowleaves were attacked, Tyrande stealthily used her shadow powers to navigate the forests unseen. She collected the survivors of her cadre, and together, they raided the undead settlement blocking their way and made for the Shadowleaf encampment across the river.

Tyrande knew that the time had come to awaken the druids once again. Leaving Shandris to defend the forests of Ashenvale, Tyrande made haste for the Barrow Dens in the Moonglade. The dryads reported that Tichondrius and his Scourge were advancing on Malfurion’s Barrow Den and the Horn of Cenarius on the Moonglade was blocked by an orcish settlement. In a race against time, Tyrande rushed through the orc camp and, after defeating the Primal Guardians of the Moonglade, recovered the Horn of Cenarius, and awoke Malfurion Stormrage, her love. The Primal Guardians were the Fire Protector, Ice Protector and Lightning Protector.

Malfurion believed that Archimonde’s primary motivation was to assault Nordrassil, the World Tree, steal its energies, and become a god. Together, they set out to Winterspring to awaken the Druids of the Talon from their Druid of the Talon’s Barrow Den. However, when they arrived, Tyrande found the Felwood furbolg tribe. They had not escaped the corruption after all, and Tyrande, having no alternative ended their suffering once and for all. Malfurion noted that Tyrande was different than he remembered, and she replied acidly that she did not have the “luxury of sleeping through times of peril.” It seems that as much as she loves him, she would prefer he spend time with her rather than his duties in the Emerald Dream.

After the Druids of the Talon were awakened, they proceeded back to the base of Mount Hyjal, where they entered the Barrow Deeps to find the Druids of the Claw. However, they soon came to an elven door, and Malfurion recognized it as the door to Illidan’s prison. Tyrande thought that they should free him, saying he would be the perfect power against the enemy. Malfurion forbade her to do so. However, Tyrande, enraged that he would forbid her anything, gathered her Sentinels and entered the prison.

After battling through Califax and his minions, and defying Maiev Shadowsong, the warden of Illidan, Tyrande found him, and bid him come back to help their people. Illidan, still in love with Tyrande, professed he would battle the demons, but not for the glory of the night elves. When they met Malfurion again, he rebuked Tyrande for her insolence, and told her that he would have nothing to do with Illidan.

After Illidan went to Felwood to battle the demons, Tyrande and Malfurion got word that he was under heavy attack by Tichondrius. They quickly mustered a force and went to reinforce him. When they arrived, they found that the Scourge and Tichondrius had been defeated, and found Illidan had beaten them by somehow transforming into a demon himself. Tyrande was horrified, and made no objection when Malfurion banished Illidan from the forests forever.

Inside the Mount Hyjal raid with her companion and mount, Ash’alah

Soon, Malfurion brought Tyrande to a hillock in Ashenvale, and they were met by the leaders of the outlanders. Tyrande sent them away, saying that they had no place there, but suddenly, the Prophet appeared, revealing himself to be Medivh, the Last Guardian of Tirisfal. He told them that this foe was beyond any of them, and that they would only be victorious if they joined forces. Tyrande, the death of Cenarius still fresh in her mind, was at first wary, but soon saw that she had little other choice. So, together, they planned their defense of Hyjal.

Tyrande, Malfurion, and Shandris helped to defend Jaina Proudmoore’s base until it was finally overrun, and then they moved to reinforce Thrall’s forces. Finally, Archimonde came upon the night elven settlement at the gates, and destroyed it all. Everything was going according to plan.

Archimonde, made overconfident by his victories, moved against the World Tree, heedless of the Ancestral Guardians who had begun to gather in the forests around its roots. At a call from Malfurion, they massed and collectively assaulted the warlock. When they detonated, Archimonde was immediately destroyed, and the World Tree seared. They had won against impossible odds.

In the wake of the titanic battle, the allies went their separate ways. Jaina’s people settled on the island of Theramore, Cairne Bloodhoof of the tauren established Thunder Bluff in Mulgore, Thrall founded the nation of Durotar, and Tyrande and Malfurion took their people back into Ashenvale to begin healing the damage done by the Burning Legion.

Before the Cataclysm, Tyrande became aware of the corruption eating away at the Emerald Dream. When Eranikus assaulted Moonglade, the High Priestess led a half dozen of her fellows to aid the defenders. Tyrande herself took on Eranikus alongside Remulos. Despite the strength of the Nightmare eating away at Eranikus, the light of Elune as channelled through Tyrande was enough to free the “Tyrant of the Dream.”

In the End Time Dungeon, Nozdormu warns us before engaging the Echo of Tyrande: “There is an unnatural darkness to this place, a perpetual midnight. Take caution, heroes, and do not stray from the light.” Once the leader of the night elves and High Priestess of Elune, this time-twisted fragment of Tyrande now wanders the wastes of the desolate future of Azeroth. Enveloped in a perpetual midnight, she has all but lost sight of the comforting light of Elune.

In the Temple of the Moon with Malfurion and her new companion Dori’thur

While Malfurion no longer is lost in the Emerald Dream, Tyrande remains the sole ruler of her people, standing next to her spouse in the Temple of the Moon in Darnassus, where she can now be found attending to her duties as high-priestess and leader of the Sisters. She still strives to keep the night elves from reliving the mistakes of the past. In Patch 4.3 she also gained a new companion – a Spirit Owl called Dori’thur.

Info taken from WoWWiki and Wowpedia

On a side note, I really do love her outfit. Not to mention her hair and she even wears heels! I wish we could get this outfit to wear but on the other hand you’d probably see a lot of people visiting a Transmogrifier for this. Pretty cool that she’s a Priest with Hunter skills, my two main toons.

Neltharion the Betrayer

Neltharion was originally the mighty black wyrm chosen by the titan Khaz’goroth to be one of the five Dragon Aspects, with dominion over the earth and the deep places of the world. He was chosen as the caretaker of the continents of Azeroth, and he used his power to forge mountains and rivers for the benefit of mortal races. In peaceful times, Neltharion was renowned for his wisdom and power, and he became known as Neltharion the Earth-Warder, a great protector of the land. Malygos the Spell-Weaver, the Aspect of magic, was his closest friend.

My blessing upon you will seem humble compared to those which have been bestowed upon the others: the managing of time, of life, of dreams and magic. I offer you the earth. The soil, the ground, the deep places. But know that the earth is the basis of all things. It is where we are rooted. Where you must come from, if you are to go to. Here is whence true strength comes. From deep places…within the world, and within oneself.

– Blessing of the Black Aspect, given by Khaz’goroth

Nalice is the black dragonflight’s envoy to Alextrasza’s organization, The Wyrmrest Accord. She is located in the Queen’s chamber at the top of the temple.

The Old Gods convinced Neltharion to create the Dragon Soul. With the help of goblins, Neltharion created a simple golden disc made of his blood and forged in the goblins’ cauldrons and anvils deep beneath the earth. Empowered by Neltharion’s magic, the simple disc was magically shielded so that the other Dragon Aspects could not see within it. There was an evil within the disc, some taint of the Old Gods, though what exactly it is not known. The voices made him paranoid of even his own black dragonflight. Neltharion began to yearn for a world dominated by his black dragonflight — a world in which the other dragonflights ceased to exist and Ysera and Alexstrasza would be his petty slaves for mating.

When the Burning Legion entered Azeroth during the War of the Ancients, Neltharion saw the opportunity to complete his Dragon Soul. Guided by the voices of the Old Gods, he first captured demons of the Burning Legion, and added their powers to the Dragon Soul. Neltharion then convinced Malygos to help him with the other Dragon Aspects. All of them agreed to give a portion of their powers to the Dragon Soul, including all dragons of their dragonflights. Neltharion proposed that the Dragon Soul disc could be a weapon of great power to destroy the demons of the Burning Legion. Unknown to the rest, Neltharion was the only one who did not give of his powers to the Dragon Soul.

Neltharion, the Dragon Aspects and their dragonflights flew toward Zin-Azshari where the night elves held the demons at bay. The dragons awaited Neltharion’s first attack. He grabbed the Dragon Soul and by channelling his destructive power through it destroyed thousands of demons with one swing of radiant magic. The Dragon Aspects watched in horror as Neltharion also killed hundreds of night elves and other allies along with the demons.

Neltharion revealed the depths of his betrayal at last. Now with the disc at his command he wanted all races and the demons to see his power and to bow to him. The Dragon Aspects attacked Neltharion in an attempt to take the Dragon Soul from him and to reason with him in hopes of determining the cause of his betrayal. Malygos’ blue dragonflight surrounded Neltharion, but with a swing of the Dragon Soul, most of the blue dragons perished. The next swing of the Dragon Soul paralysed all dragonflights and the Dragon Aspects in mid-air, rendering them unable to move or speak. Neltharion then struck out at the Dragon Aspects and their dragonflights, destroying many and scattering them far across the land.

Neltharion’s betrayal struck a great blow to the Aspects, and their fear of being destroyed like the blue dragonflight kept them in seclusion. In desperation, the Aspects shielded themselves and hid to become undetected even by each other.

The growing corruption in Neltharion’s heart warped his body, as the angelic dragon began taking a more demonic appearance, similar to how Sargeras changed to a more demonic form after his corruption. Neltharion’s body cracked open, revealing his molten heart, and magma and fire flowed off his chest. His eyes became aflame in red, demonstrating the magnitude of his power and the depths of his evil. Thus was Deathwing the Destroyer born, and the Dragon Soul was renamed the Demon Soul.

Deathwing returned to his lair beneath a mountain. His proximity to the Demon Soul was ripping his body apart, so the goblin smiths forged an armour of adamantium to serve as a vessel to contain Deathwing’s raging powers and keep them in check.Only the adamantium plates kept the power from destroying his body.

The Old Gods had manipulated Deathwing into creating the Demon Soul, but their true intention was that the demons would inform their lord Sargeras of the great power of the weapon used against them. Sargeras would no doubt want the Demon Soul to power the gateway that would let him enter Azeroth. By using the Demon Soul to amplify the gateway, the three Old Gods hoped to escape their prison beneath the planet.

However, Malfurion Stormrage used the Emerald Dream to find Deathwing’s lair and stole the Demon Soul from the black dragon, who tried to pursue the thief in vain. Illidan and Varo’then captured Malfurion and took the Demon Soul back to Zin-Azshari, to Mannoroth the Destructor, the general of the Legion’s armies. It was used to power up the portal that would allow Sargeras to enter Azeroth.

Deathwing tried one last time to recover the disk, when it was being used by both Sargeras and the Old Gods, and actually succeeded in reaching it. Deathwing was almost destroyed in the attempt, but after he got the Demon Soul, an enormous surge of power made him lose his grip on the disk, and sent him spiralling far away from the portal.

After the Burning Legion was defeated, the Dragon Aspects sealed the Demon Soul with their energies, so that Deathwing should never be able to manipulate the Demon Soul. The artifact was hidden in an undisclosed location by Malfurion at the request of the Dragon Aspects. No longer in possession of the artifact and now unable to use it, Deathwing vowed to destroy most life and to wreak havoc on the planet. With his powers over earth, Neltharion caused volcanoes to rise along with the destruction already caused by the Well of Eternity’s implosion, sinking most of Kalimdor below the ocean.

Hidden away inside the Temple of Earth is the Stonecore, locked in the heart of Deepholm. It was here inside this mysterious domain that the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against the forces of Azeroth. As he bided his time until he could reforge the world in molten fire, the Twilight’s Hammer toiled over him, forging a new armor of elementium plates that were then hammered to the Dragon Aspect’s skin to hold his tormented body together.

In recent years, the whisperings of the Old Gods have gotten worse; the Old Ones’ dread power steadily increased as C’Thun and Yogg-Saron stirred from their ancient slumbers, and the growing influence of the Old Gods has magnified Deathwing’s power ten-fold. From within his lair in the elemental plane of Deepholm, Deathwing has awoken from his slumber and literally erupted into the world. His explosion into Azeroth was so powerful that it tore a rift between the Elemental Plane and Azeroth and caused earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and floods, reshaping the very face of the world. Very few lands have remained untouched in the wake of the devastating Shattering.

Stand in the fire

Following his explosive escape from Deepholm, Deathwing cast a deadly shadow over the people of Azeroth. Deathwing randomly chooses zones to attack; a blackened sky and red haze are the only warnings before every living creature caught in his approach is consumed by his terrible fire and killed. Dying in this manner also rewards the [Stood in the Fire] achievement. You can also get the achievement dying during the Deathwing encounter.

End Time, a possible future

Deathwing features heavily in the three five-man dungeons that lead up to the raid. In the first, End Time, the future is shown if Deathwing is not defeated and the Hour of Twilight at last falls – a charred Dragonblight in Northrend, with all life extinguished forever. Deathwing is shown as a burnt-out shell of his former self, his powers having at last destroyed him from within. His lifeless corpse is impaled at the top of Wyrmrest Temple, his lava-like blood seeping from his mouth. To prevent the Hour of Twilight, the bronze aspect Nozdormu sends adventurers to go ten thousand years into the past, to the War of the Ancients, and retrieve the Dragon Soul – having been completely obliterated by Rhonin and Krasus shortly before the Shattering – so that Thrall could invoke its power to defeat Deathwing. Once the artifact is retrieved, the adventurers must escort Thrall to Wyrmrest Temple and protect him from Deathwing’s minions, so that the weapon could be secured for the final battle.

Thrall at Wyrmrest Temple before defeating Ultraxion

Thrall imbues the Dragon Soul with Deathwing’s scale

After the Dragon Soul was brought to the present, it had to be transported by Thrall and mortal heroes to Wyrmrest Temple, a place of great power connected to the Chamber of the Aspects, where the artifact was originally imbued. Since Deathwing learned of their intent, he and his minions converged on the temple to waylay them at all costs. At Wyrmrest the Aspects infused it with their essences once again, making it more potent than it ever was. Kalecgos altered the Dragon Soul’s properties so that it would affect Deathwing. But the artefact was imbued with the essences of the four Aspects and Deathwing never imparted his into it. To use the weapon to defeat him, they had to infuse it with the power of the Earth-Warder. Thrall possessed a portion – however small – of that exact thing: the essence of Azeroth itself. After the death of the twilight dragon Ultraxion, Thrall unleashed the Dragon Soul upon its creator. Wounded, Deathwing fled, attempting to return to the relative safety of Deepholm, through the Maelstrom. Thrall, the Aspects, and the Adventurers gave chase, riding a gunship after the Aspect of Death, battling his personal escort along the way.

After catching up, the adventurers leapt onto Deathwing’s back and began prying the elementium plates from his back, eventually making an opening big enough for Thrall to blast a hole into Deathwing’s chest with the Dragon Soul, causing Deathwing to crash into the Maelstrom. The defenders of Azeroth briefly rejoiced at having rid themselves of the Destroyer, but Deathwing rose from the Maelstrom. Without his armour, his molten form began to mutate, granting him a form far more terrifying than before. The final battle for Azeroth began in earnest, until one final blow from the Dragon Soul infused with the complete essence of each Aspect completely obliterated Deathwing. After the death of Deathwing, the Aspects had fulfilled their duty, and their ancient powers had been expended in order to destroy their former brother, and thus, the remaining Aspects became mortal. The glow in the Aspects eyes faded and the sands of time from Nozdormus’ broken spaulder pour into his hand. With the loss of Nozdormu’s powers, the Dragon Soul was returned back in time to the point where it was taken.

Watch the cut scenes from inside Dragon Soul when the Aspects and Thrall are at the top to Wyrmrest Temple and ending with Deathwing’s defeat.

The Black Drake mount has a 100% drop rate from Sartharion in The Obsidian Sanctum (Normal 10) as long as his 3 adds are still alive when he is defeated.

Onyyxian Drake

The Onyxian Drake has a low chance to drop from Onyxia, usually found sleeping in her lair.

The Dark Whelping pet (formerly known as Tiny Black Whelpling) has a drop rate between 0.08-0.19%. They may be farmed from the Ebon Whelp in Wetlands, Nyxondra’s Broodling in Badlands and the Flamescale Broodling in Burning Steppes. After Patch 4.0.3a this pet was added to multiple “dark” whelpling loot tables including the whelplings in Wetlands (lvl 20 – 25 zone), Dustwallow Marsh (lvl 35 – 40 zone), Badlands (lvl 44 – 48 zone) and Burning Steppes (lvl 49 – 52 zone).

Lil’ Deathwing was the free gift obtained from purchasing the Cataclysm Collector’s Edition.

This Onyxian Whelpling  pet was rewarded via in-game mail when players logged in with their character during WoW’s 5th Anniversary event between November 22nd and approximately December 7th in 2009.

Kalecgos – Aspect of Magic

Kalecgos the Spell Weaver is the current Aspect of the blue dragonflight, after the death of Malygos. He often disguises himself as a half-elf, calling himself Kalec. Due to the blues being most in tune with magic of all the dragonflights, Kalec has the powers of a sorcerer and the strength of a warrior.

Prior to the Nexus War, Kalecgos was Malygos’ investigator, and became involved in the search for residual energies of the Sunwell. He opposed Malygos’ war against mortal spellcasters and became the blue dragonflight’s ambassador to the Wyrmrest Accord.

During the events of the War against the Lich King, Kalec decided to not stand with Malygos. He allied himself with Alexstrasza and the Wyrmrest Accord to help stop his former master.

At some point Kalec relocated to Azshara, fearing that the death of Malygos was a sign of weakness on the part of the blue dragonflight, and that Deathwing would send agents to assassinate the rest of the flight. This held true, as the black dragonflight invaded Azshara to hunt down Azuregos. Kalec can be found in Bilgewater Harbor, where he and Azuregos help low level Horde players to repel the invasion.

Meanwhile, the blue dragonflight struggled with the issue of appointing a new leader. Its members were torn between Kalecgos and Arygos, the two likeliest successors. Arygos believed that his kind should withdraw from the world and forge a new path while Kalecgos believed that they should play an active part in the world’s affairs. Ultimately, the flight agreed to meet at the Nexus during the astronomical event called the “Embrace”, where both of Azeroth’s moons come in perfect alignment, in the hopes that one of them would be selected as the new Aspect.

Arygos, who was secretly allied with Deathwing, attempted to have Kalecgos assassinated to ensure his own succession. However, his plan failed when Tarecgosa sacrificed herself to save Kalecgos, and he flees Coldarra, swearing that Neltharion will destroy them all. Kalecgos thus becomes the official successor to Malygos, as both the leader of the Blue Dragonflight and the Aspect of Magic.

Before taking up the throne of Aspect of the Blue Dragonflight:

Brothers, sisters. Arygos speaks of our troubled past. Indeed, we have suffered greatly. But I’d contend that we’re at least partly to blame for the scars we bear. Let’s turn from our old ways. Let’s not seek to extinguish magic from the world… …but to use responsibly for the benifit of Azeroth and all its inhabitants. It’s true that our choice here today will affect the destiny of our flight, and likely, the destiny of the world. May the Titans guide us. May we be inspired to choose with wisdom.

Kalecgos in Orgrimmar during the closing ceremony in which Tarecgosa is bound to the legendary staff.

With the rise of Deathwing during the Cataclysm, Kalecgos the new Aspect of Magic aids his fellow Aspects and the mortal adventurers in the battle with the Black Aspect.

Kalecgos at Wyrmrest Temple before defeating Ultraxion

The Aspects once again imbue the Dragon Soul with their essence

During the final battle against Deathwing

The Blue Drake mount has a chance to be in the Cache of the Ley-Guardian from The Oculus (Heroic) after queuing for a random heroic or the Satchel of Exotic Mysteries.

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