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Midsummer Fun: Unusual Activity

Not all is fun and games at the Midsummer Fire Festival this year. A number of concerned members of the Earthen Ring are looking to the Horde and the Alliance to look into some suspicious activity. It seems that the Twilight's Hammer have moved into a new location in the Zoram Strand of Ashenvale, and considering the Festival's origin lies with the Old Gods, the very beings the Hammer serves... well, it's worth looking into, isn't it?

The first step of the quest is very basic. Go to the Zoram Strand, stab members of the cult until they drop something noteworthy. It seems to have a rather high droprate, so don't worry too much. Once you've read the note (and I'll trust you read it so you don't need to reread it here) dig in your bags for the Totemic Beacon you were supplied with, and put it to good use. The neighborhood puppy will run up to have a chat, he'll hand over some Burning Blossoms and we move on to the next step.

In my opinion, this next step is one of the coolest things we've seen in a quest recently. Not only do you get an awesome disguise, but you're also in for a pretty sweet resolution to a loose storyline in The Burning Crusade. Before we get ahead of ourselves, head north. You don't need to use that Orb of the Crawler you were just give yet, but you can. If you're a high enough level to have a mount, you can ride toward the northern camp much faster and use the orb when you're there. However, you only get this thing for so long, so I crabbed it up the whole way up the shoreline.

The camp you're looking for is at the very edge of the northern beach, where the Strand bends toward the ocean. By the time you see it, you'll nearly be in Darkshore. Refresh the duration on your crab disguise, and approach Ice Caller Briatha and the Naga up ahead. Yes, you saw that right. Naga! Naga Heretics at that. What's the significance of that, you ask? If you have a level 70, you probably understand the conversation between the Naga and the Cultist pretty well. This is the conclusion of Skar'this the Heretic's story, and we finally learn his purpose. They're preparing to summon Ahune the Frost Lord, servant of Neptulon, in the Coilfang Reservoir. From there, they'll usher him into Azeroth to battle Ragnaros and bring about an elemental apocalypse. I thought we killed Ragnaros a few years ago, but hey, what do I know?

After returning to your capital city of choice and talking to the Earth Ring Elder, two new opportunities open up for you. The first is a quest called Striking Back. Wowhead lists multiple versions of this quest for various level ranges, but I've so far only been able to access the level 67+ version. All of them look roughly the same, so the strategy I am about to supply you with probably applies to them all.

Travel to your destination. In our case, it's Hellfire Peninsula. When you're looking at the Dark Portal, the Twilight's Hammer camp is directly to the left, behind the Legion forces. Walk up to one of the bright blue obelisks, click, and summon one of Ahune's minions. The strategy is thusly: HIt it until it dies, then turn in your quest. It is very, very weak for a giant elemental. This becomes a Daily Quest once you've completed it the first time, and the reward is 10 Burning Blossoms and 7 gold, 83 silver.

Your other newly available quest, Ahune, the Frost Lord, is fairly straightforward as to what you need to do until you meet Ahune himself. Go to the Slave Pens, talk to who you need to talk to, and follow the instructions. The strategy for Lord Ahune is quite a bit more involved than that of his underlings. Unfortunately, that will have to wait until another time. Until then, goodbye and good luck!

Filed under: Events, Walkthroughs, Quests, Guides

Ask a Lore Nerd: Nagapalooza


Welcome to Ask a Lore Nerd, WoW Insider's newest weekly feature column. Have a question about the story and lore of the Warcraft universe? Click the Comments link below, ask your question, and blogger/columnist Alex Ziebart will answer you in a future installment!

Thanks to the overwhelming popularity of Ask a Lore Nerd's first installment, we are now a weekly feature! I hope you enjoy it, because it's here to stay. This week we're fielding a large number of questions from a few contributors. A number of you have taken full advantage of this opportunity and posted an avalanche of questions. Good! That's what I like to see! Let's jump right into it, shall we?

Matt said: Not a lore question, but lore speculation. Blizzard hinted at a major event would cause the uneasy-peace of Horde and Alliance become not on uneasy. What could cause tensions to rise? Also in the real world alliances crumble, and are reformed. What races of the Horde and Alliance do you see possibly switching sides?

Answer: From what I understand, Garrosh Hellscream will be following in his father's footsteps and the good ol' Orcish bloodlust will color his actions in Northrend. Additionally, I'd be willing to bet the Alliance is mighty nervous about the Forsaken's new plagues, considering they had been thoroughly tested on Alliance citizens in the past. The Lich King may also play a substantial role in the rising tensions, playing the two factions off of one another. As far as switching sides, I don't see it happening. If anything, factions would splinter further but not switch sides. The Forsaken and Blood Elves might go off on their own. The Night Elves might go off on their own. Pretty unlikely in both cases.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Raiding, Lore, Bosses, Ask a Lore Nerd

Meet Lord Ahune

First off, I'd like to warn everyone that this post contains fairly detailed spoilers for the upcoming holiday, the Midsummer Fire Festival. If you'd like the details of the new boss to remain a surprise, this post probably isn't for you! But I know quite well that most WoW players can't stand not knowing what's what, so I'm sure many of you will continue.

As mentioned in Daniel's post a few days ago, this Festival will bring us another Headless Horseman-esque boss, complete with phat lewts. You can check it all out on the PTR right now. Found within the Slave Pens, this boss, named Lord Ahune, is another Ragnaros look-alike. As you can probably guess from his appearance alone, Ahune is another lieutenant of the Elemental Lords, like Prince Thunderaaan. Ahune is serving one of the Lords in particular: Neptulon. Is this another bit of the story of Skar'this? Time will tell!

The Lord Ahune encounter is an alternating two phase battle, again similar to the Headless Horseman. Without giving away too many details, be prepared to fight a number of adds in one of the two phases and have some burst damage queued up for the other. Most any group worth their salt should be able to put away Ahune relatively easily.

While the battle is fun, the loot is funner. More fun? Funnerer.

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Filed under: (Paladin) The Light and How to Swing It

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