#28 - For Azeroth!: “Ulduar and the Halls of Valor United!”
• Garrett • Jocelyn
Intro: Welcome to For Azeroth!
What We’re Up To
- Deaths of Chromie Scenario
- Got my butt kicked and got distracted leveling my Warlock and getting AP on my DK. Flying was worth it!
- Hyped for raid tomorrow.
Level 16 Worgen
- Started a Worgen to try to rid myself of my “Horde Bias”. Finished the Worgen starting area, moved on to the Night Elf village in Darkshore
- Super weird to have the guards not shooting at me.
Horde and Alliance schisms from the onset
- Alliance Warriors start their journey with Danath Trollbane
- Quick Danath Trollbane lore:
- Danath was part of the old Alliance of Lordaeron.
- He was alongside Khadgar, Alleria, Turalyon, and others as they went beyond the Dark Portal to fight the Horde on their home turf and close the Portal. Danath was trapped in Outland with the others when the Portal closed.
- We found Danath after the Portal reopened during the events of Burning Crusade and he was leading what remained of his men at the Hellfire Peninsula stronghold Honor Hold, calling themselves the Sons of Lothar.
- Danath never left Honor Hold after Burning Crusade until he was called upon to fight the return of the Legion.
- Horde Warriors with High Overlord Varok Saurfang
- Saurfang is apparently taking the defeat at Broken Shore quite hard
- Quick Saurfang lore: The Saurfang family are all well known Blackrock clan Warriors.
- Varok’s brother Broxigar was sent back in time to the War of the Ancients and sacrificed himself to allow Malfurion and Illidan to close the Well of Eternity.
- Varok’s son Dranosh was killed by the Lich King Arthas during the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, was raised to serve Arthas, and was killed again by heroes of the Alliance and Horde after which he was laid to rest in Nagrand by his father Varok.
- Varok himself has been a Warrior of the Horde since it’s inception. He has fought in all three wars on Azeroth, served as Orgrim Doomhammer’s second-in-command during the Second War, lead the fight against Ahn’Quiraj, led the Kor’kron into Northrend during WotLK, and fought alongside Thrall in the Siege of Orgrimmar against Garrosh. After the defeat at the Broken Shore and Vol’jin’s death, Varok became the leader of the Orgrimmar orcs under our new Warchief Sylvanas.
- Both Danath and Saurfang are shot down during the scouting of the Broken Shore.
- After falling in battle against the Legion alongside Vrykul champions, the Warrior champion is resurrected by the Val’kyr Danica the Reclaimer in Skyhold.
- Skyhold is a section of the Halls of Valor, once a part of Ulduar secured by Odyn for his army. But the Titan Keepers refused Odyn’s order for an army of Valarjar, Odyn had Helya rip the Halls of Valor from Ulduar and raise it to the heavens.
- From this point on Odyn promised eternal life in the Halls (reborn as Valarjar) for anyone who proved themselves worthy while dying in battle.
- But none of the Vrykul offered themselves into service as Val’kyr and Helya voiced her opposition to his plan, Odyn forcibly turned Helya into the first Val’kyr and forcing her to carry out the job of retrieving spirits from the Shadowlands.
- This is why, when Loken approached Helya, that she gladly turned against Odyn and his Valarjar and sealed the Halls of Valor. After this is when she created Helheim.
Skyhold, the Halls of Valor, and the creation of Odyn’s Army
- The Warrior Champion was resurrected before their actual death though and was not turned into a Valarjar on the orders of Odyn.
- Odyn believes the Warrior to be the champion of his foresight, the one to lead his army against the Legion. While not turning the Warrior into a Valarjar, Odyn names the the Warrior Valarjar (but doesn’t turn the Warrior into an actual Valarjar).
- After collecting their Artifact Weapons the Valarjar champion begins using the Eye of Odyn the select strategic locations to take the fight to the Legion.
- After many victories against the Legion, the Val’kyr Danica reappears informing the Valarjar champion that Odyn believes the champion powerful enough to take command of his army.
- The Valarjar champion selects multiple leaders and starts collecting troops to rally behind them.
- Helya captures Einar the Runecaster but the Valarjar champion frees him.
Reuniting the Titan Keepers and Odyn
- The Keepers and Odyn have not fought as one since Odyn left with the Halls of Valor to create the Valarjar and the Keepers refuse to listen to Odyn.
- There is however an artifact known as the Gjallarhorn that the Keepers of Ulduar are oathbound to answer the call, as the sounding of Gjallarhorn signals the end of times.
- Hymdall knows King Svergan Stormcloak to be the last living guardian of the horn.
- Stormcloak no longer lives but his spirit resides in the Field of Fallen Kings.
- After collecting Stormcloak’s heirlooms grave-robbed by the agents of Skovald, the Valarjar champion burns the heirlooms and releases Stormcloak’s soul, now free to enter the Halls of Valor.
- Stormcloak sends the Valarjar champion after a great worm Jorhuttam that devoured him and his followers in hopes of retrieving the Horn. The champion meets a Highmountain Tauren Jarum Skymane who aids in fighting through the Drogbar to get to the great worm.
- The Valarjar champion slays Jorhuttam and retrieves Gjallarhorn.
Bolstering the Army’s Numbers
- Before sounding Gjallarhorn, Odyn, the Valarjar champion, and followers decide their numbers must first be bolstered and the risk of a war on two fronts removed. A decisive victory against Helya and Helheim must be secured.
- The champion descends into the Maw of Souls to defeat Helya. Helya is defeated but lives for the time being.
- On the way to Helya, the Fallen King Ymiron falls again to the Valarjar champion. After the victory at the Maw of Souls the champion convinces a resistant Odyn to resurrect Ymiron into the service of the Valarjar.
Sounding Gjallarhorn and Ulduar’s Liberation
- Hymdall then sounds the Gjallarhorn, commanding “Armies of Ulduar, heed Odyn’s call!”
- An panicked Image of Thorim appears proclaiming that Ulduar is powerless to answer the call as Ulduar is under siege by the armies of the Legion.
- The champion alongside Rinna Bjornsdottir storm Ulduar fighting their way through the Halls of Winter freeing Hodir and continuing on into the Clash of Thunder to rescue Thorim.
- Hodir, Thorim and the Valarjar champion battle the Legion leader Lady Ran’zara. She escapes through a Legion portal and Hodir rushes through in pursuit, lost after it closes.
- Impressed with the champion’s battle prowess, Thorim promises the forces of Ulduar to the army of the Valarjar in exchange for aid in finding Hodir.
The Search for Hodir
- Odyn sends the champion to collect demonic runestones from the Legion so as to open a Legion portal.
- The Valarjar bolsters their army further while preparations are made for an assault on a Legion world.
- Once prepared, the Valarjar Army secure a foothold in Felblaze Ingress and take the fight to, you guessed it, Niskara!
- Thorim, the Valarjar champion, and the supporting warriors take the fight to Warlocks of the Legion and make their way to Hodir.
- Hodir has been corrupted by Legion agents and he attacks Thorim and the champion.
- Lady Ran’zara reappears and joins the fight, protecting her new “pet”. Ran’zara fails though and when she falls, the fel energy dissipates from Hodir cleansing him of the corruption.
- Upon returning to Skyhold Odyn proclaims a great victory against the Legion and bestows the title of Battlelord onto the Valarjar champion.
As always thanks are due to Nobbel87’s YouTube channel, WoWpedia, and WoWwiki cause we can’t play through all of this stuff!
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I promise… this is not an idea for a lore-dive. But! It is lore-related. Given my limited time, I only played* one class (Paladin) heavily, and mostly solo PvE content. With your recent dives into the class halls, it got me thinking: If there was a class that had better lore, would I have changed classes to feel that history? I’m wondering if your mains would still be the same if their lore was either less appealing, or another class’s was more appealing? Thoughts?
Hey guys, I'm looking for some advice. I recently jumped back into WoW with some friends starting some new characters on the Alliance for the first time (only played Horde before this). We each rolled different races and classes we have never tried before (draenei Mage (me), human priest, worgen warrior) We decided to try to level through to 110 without using heirlooms. I was hoping for you guys could give me some advice on what I need to check out.
Note from Joce so I don’t forget the zone names
- Eastern Plaguelands if you’ve never done the caravan
- Redridge Mountains
- Jade Forest
- Stonetalon Mountain (especially if you’ve played through as Horde once already)
- Silverpine Forest
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