What’s Your Story

For folks thinking of heading to the new Story forum now, here are some favorite lores (and unusual ones) you might want to talk about:

1. The Defias Brotherhood

Their story begins with the player chatting a rogue to infiltrate a bunch of militias, and ends ferociously by assassinating Edwin VanCleef inside his labyrinthine hideout.

2. Menethil Dynasty and Arthas Menethil

Their poignant saga finishes with the demise of Arthas, Crown Prince of Lordaeron, and the liberation of Azeroth. A thriving metropolis in Wetlands was founded during the dynasty's prime.

3. Thrall

Raised by a drunken general, Thrall sought the alliance of Warsong clan to liberate the orcs from the corruption of Kil'jaeden. An able strategist, he helped free the encamped orcs in Durnholde and founded the province of Durotar and its capital Orgimmar.

4. Timbermaw Hold

Guardians of the tunnel connecting Felwood with Winterspring and the capital of the Cenarion Circle (Moonglade). The Timbermaws are powerful shamans that value alliance, above all, so they may restore the once peaceful forests of Felwood.

5. Stalvan Mistmantle

An undead noble with an enigmatic past. Stalvan Mistmantle developed a fatal attraction with one of his students. This character and storyline was inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita.

6. Nat Pagle

The most famous and well-known fisherman in World of Warcraft. He also has a soft spot for alcohol.

7. Onyxia

A wily conspirator, Onyxia once enjoyed a powerful presence in the human capital of Stormwind and connived to undermine the kingdom's affairs.

8.  Theramore Deserters

Disloyal guards are plotting to end Stormwind's authority over Theramore. With the player's aid you can eliminate the problem caused by the Deserters by capturing their leader, Gavis Greyshield.

9. Hemet Nesingwary

An anagram of author Ernest Hemingway, Nesingwary quests (given by his son) begin in Stranglethorn Vale. Hemet can be found in Nagrand and Sholazar Basin, and is an avid hunter and safari traveler.

10. Col. Kurzen

Former leader of the human expedition to Stranglethorn Vale, Col. Kurzen becomes possessed by the foul magic of a powerful mage. He is an allusion to Col. Kurtz from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

11. The Culling of Stratholme

The people were yelping for help, yet Arthas decided it was already too late and slaughtered the villagers of Stratholme. It was a pivotal moment for the young noble—before he became the Lich King, and the plot one of the central lores in Warcraft.

12. Argent Dawn

A fraternity to eradicate malevolent forces in Azeroth. The Argent Dawn has several subfactions including the Brotherhood of the Light, and (unlike the Scarlet Crusade) operates with Hordes as well as the Alliance.

13.Steamwheedle Cartel/ Blackwater Raiders

Steamwheedle and Blackraiders are like your normal, modern-day equivalent of multinational companies-- except run by green goblins. Fans of RPG have long suspected that the two maybe aligned with the notorious Venture Company

14. Explorer’s Guild

The mission is to explore and uncover the genesis of the Dwarven race. Camp sites can be found allover Azeroth, as the guild hunts for titan artifacts and lost treasures. The guild is housed in Ironforge.

15. The Auchenai faction

This cabal of Draeneis’ indulge in the practice of dark magic. Obsessed with apocalyptic fantasies, their base is located in the ruins of Auchindon. Exarch Maladaar serves as the leader of Auchindon faction.

16. Dalaran

The historic city of Dalaran was carved out from its former site in the Alterac Mountains and transferred high above Crystalsong Forest. The old Dalaran was a sanctuary for wizards and the center of arcane study in Arathor. The loose use of magic amongst its inhabitants was blamed for the old city's decline.

17. Uther the Lightbringer

Murdered by his beloved student Arthas Menethil, Uther commanded the Knights of the Silver Hand during the Second War. Uther was one of the most formidable and notable characters of Azeroth

18. Twilight’s Hammer

Disciples of Cho'Gall's teachings. This nihilistic group will occupy an important role in the upcoming Cataclysm expansion.

19. Garrosh Hellscream and the Warsong Clan

Perhaps the most powerful Horde clan, the Warsong is known for their violence and mastery of the sword and blades. Its chieftain, Garrosh Hellscream, led the Horde expedition in Northrend and rumored to be the next Horde chief for the upcoming Cataclysm expansion

20. The Dark Portal

A portal bridging the worlds of Azeroth and Draenor was created by a powerful prophet and the Titans’ worst enemy, Sargeras. The opening of the portal ushered forth The First War


The Video is Not a Lie!

World of Warcraft guild Ensidia’s World First Lich King 25 man kill music video. This song was inspired by saronite bombs*, exploits, and a dislike of cheating. Enjoy! (Original WoWphiles)

* Saronite bombs (and other similar items) was recently disabled to avoid exploits in Lich King fights.

The Lich King Spoof

It’ll be cumbersome to call this spoof ‘music’. Nevertheless, it is relevant to all WoW fans vying right now to kill the King.

Lyrics and further information available on HordeReview.com.

††† Warning ††† This video contains profanity.

World First in Doubt

Doubt is clouding Ensidia’s world first achievement for defeating The Lich King. Yesterday the influential guild posted on its website:

Ensidia did indeed receive a 72 hour suspension for 1 rogue using his everyday normal DPS rotation.

We would like to apologize for some members outburst but we hope that people understand that everyone is quite disappointed and distraught with the whole situation.

Date of Violation: 03/02/2010
Type of violation: Exploitation – Abuse of in-game mechanics or glitches with intent to exploit or cheat in World of Warcraft.
Details: Use of Saronite Bombs to bypass The Lich King fight mechanics
Consequences for Account: Account suspended for 72 hours, all items and achievements gained removed

"Bombs are Great". Agencyguild comic

(c) Agencyguild.com

One cheeky person commented of Ensidia’s world first forfeiture

Agreed. An exploit is an exploit is an exploit.

However, I would like to point out that every one should have KNOWN this would happen, though. We were all told about this waaaaay back in Warcraft 2 when you select the dwarves:

“Bombs are GREAT!”

[EU] Lightning Blade’s Paragon is currently no 1, according to GuildOx. And the only guild with The Frozen Throne (25 Player) achievement. Congrats to the Paragon team!

*** Ed. US guilds vodka and Blood Legion now ranks top 2 and 3, respectively, according to the GuildOx website. It wouldn’t be long before new guilds follow suit. Tick Tock King, your times up. 🙂

Arthas on The Brink

It’s less than 72 hours before a Lich King showdown, boys and girls!

Aussie guild Adept is currently sitting  at No1 post after defeating Lana’thel and The Blood Prince Council. Apparently they all woke up in the morning “feeling like P Diddy” after their World First fight. So who’s back (and who’s not) on the GuildOx chart?

1 Adept Dreadmaul-US
2 Uprising Aerie Peak-US
3 vodka Alterac Mountains-US
4 V A N Q U I S H Blood Furnace-US
5 CUTIES ONLY Kil’jaeden-US
6 Spike Flail Ner’zhul-US
7 Premonition Sen’jin-US
8 Contempt Garrosh-US
9 Dark Pact Bloodhoof-US
10 Exodus Ysondre-US

Some familiar names here. (And then the misses!)

Arthas Becomes The Lich King (World of Warcraft lore)

Arthas Menethil, Crown Prince of Lordaeron and Knight of the Silver Hand, was the son of King Terenas Menethil II and heir to the throne. He was trained as a paladin by Uther the Lightbringer, and had a romantic relationship with the sorceress Jaina Proudmoore. But despite his promising beginning, Arthas became one of the most powerful and evil beings Azeroth would ever experience when he merged with the Lich King. Read more…

Arthas and his trainer, Uther Lightbringer, were sent to the orc internment camps near Lordaeron to quell uprisings. Arthas defeated the orcs with the use of a magical fire weapon, but soon discovered that a plague of undeath was sweeping the northern villages of Lordaeron. The now-evil wizard Kel’Thuzad had transported the plague, originally the brainchild of the Lich King Ner’Zhul, to the towns of Brill and Stratholme through some infected grain. (Sorry for all the links to WoWWiki, but we’re sort of joining the story in the middle here and all the names can get confusing.) Arthas and Jaina went on a totally platonic mission to stop the plague, which Arthas accomplished by killing Kel’Thuzad. Arthas then headed north to Stratholme to kill the demon Mal’Ganis.

Arthas addressing his men in old Stratholme. (c) Agencyguild.com

When Arthas and Uther got to Stratholme, they discovered that the grain had already been distributed and the townspeople would soon become undead. Arthas ordered his troops to kill all the villagers. Horrified, Uther and Jaina refused and left with some of the Silver Hand forces. Arthas and his pals killed off the villagers and eventually ran into Mal’Ganis, who kind of just waved and said he’d see them later in Northrend. Gee, like that doesn’t sound like a trap at all. Arthas and his followers blindly headed off to Northrend, where they met Arthas’s old friend Muradin Bronzebeard. Arthas and Muradin searched the area for Mal’Ganis, but they were soon ordered to come back to Lordaeron by Terenas and Uther. Arthas said “Screw that!” and burned his boats so his men would have no way to get home but to kill Mal’Ganis. More…

Arthas is Russia’s New Top Model!!!

Oriflame ad. Egear.ru

Well not really…

But a new cologne ad making its mark in Russia looks interestingly similar to that of the WoTLK trailer. Watch!

A cologne advert has appeared on Russian TV, which bears a striking resemblance to the cinematic from World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.

In the ad, as spotted by Russian site egear, skater Evgeni Plushenko finds himself on a glacier, where he clears a small patch of snow to see what’s underneath, before striking the ice with his skate. A large bottle of cologne then breaks through as Plushenko skates around, presumably helping to break up the ice to aid the bottle’s progress. Or something. (From IncGamers)