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Big Bad Wolf

Karazhan Opera

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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!

Hyakiss the Lurker

Beasts of Karazhan

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When we first started our first Horde Guild on Khadgar, Karazhan was the first raid we ventured into. Not much different from now, recruitment was slow but it did not deter us from trying. There were three random beasts who became available as optional bosses. I used to think of them as rare spawns because you had to force an appearance. However this isn’t really the case. I was always eager to encounter all three. The loot they dropped were epic-quality random enchantment types, which weren’t too bad at the time.

Back then it could take a while before one appeared. Luckily you didn’t have to clear the entire area for a boss to spawn. It usually appeared after a certain number of kills – an emote, such as ‘Hyakiss the Lurker emerges from…’ would occur. These bosses did not lock you to a raid ID either so this area was useful for new raid groups in building confidence and speed levelling everyone’s reputation to honoured so that Koren (an NPC inside) could be used to repair. It appears we only killed these beasts five times after we managed to encounter all three. Once we managed to get the rep for everyone, we decided to skip this section entirely.

Below are some of the entries from our raid encounters (taken from our first Guild website).

Hyakiss the Lurker

21 July 2007 – Moroes CHECK!
What started as a typical day with Attuman and Midnight, slowly evolved into something else when the optional beast boss – Hyakiss the Lurker announced himself to us. Down he went on one easy try. Next came Maiden. They say third time’s the charm right? It certainly was this time. The group now motivated to try Moroes, were pretty close to adding another boss to the tally. We knew we had it in the bag for our second attempt though and before long it was a certainty. Down he went with only 2 CC’s to boot. Well done MischiefUs and friends!

02 February, 2008 – MischiefUs Achieves New Record
Five people ventured into Kara today all set to clear a few trash mobs and before we knew it we had cleared the way to the Huntsman. With only a second to spare we engaged Attumen in combat and shortly after that we had the Huntsman and his steed dead with zero casualties no less. Working our way upstairs, we managed a couple of attempts at the Maiden getting her to ~50%, the day ending with a successful first attempt at the Spider boss.

A pretty exceptional effort for 1 tank, 2 healers and 2 dps. Well done everyone!

Hyakiss the Lurker

Lurker’s Grasp of the Bandit
Lurker’s Cord of Intellect

Shadikith the Glider

01 September, 2007 – Mammoth Effort
You could say we made up for lost time in Kara today after last week’s effort. That is just a distant memory now with our ‘Wham Bam thankyou Mam’moth effort! With an abundance of CC combos we quickly breezed through the Huntsman > Maiden > Moroes and Opera.

The Opera event!

It seems for the time being we were destined to be stuck in some sort of Twilight Zone starring the Big Bad Wolf himself. Never-the-less we took him down with ease and ended the day with Shadikith the Glider – the second out of three optional beast bosses.

14 October 2007 – Novelty Group
Well it felt like things were back on track today. Not only did we down Maiden and the Beast boss with 9 but with the addition of another off-tank to fill out the group (which is unusual for us) we successfully took down Attumen and his steed, Moroes and completed the Opera event.

Shadikith the Glider
Glider’s Greaves of Stamina
Glider’s Greaves (Mail, Sta/Int)

Rokad the Ravager (image from Navimie)

08 September, 2007 – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
So there we were, Attumen and Moroes dead within the hour. Next came Maiden, another boss we have on farm status now. But the highlight of the day came from not one but two new events for us as a Guild. Barnes offered some welcome news when he introduced Dorothee and friends. Before we knew it we were fighting The Crone. Last but not least, we decided to leave things on a high note by attempting the Beast boss – Rokad the Ravager, the third of the optional beast bosses we had yet to encounter.

Rokad the Ravager
Ravager’s Bracers of Stamina

Karazhan - Prince Tenris Mirkblood

There’s a New Prince in Town

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Karazhan - Prince Tenris Mirkblood

If you ever wondered what was behind the locked kitchen door above Attumen, that question was answered today as eight of us ventured into Kara to find out. Rumours arose of a new boss, as part of the latest stages in the Scourge Invasion and his name was Prince Tenris Mirkblood. A pretty quick and easy fight as we had a clear shot to him having cleared the boss below a few days prior.

Tenris Mirkblood
Arcanite Ripper – Coolidge
Vampiric Batling – All

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