Even though I don’t usually participate in the holiday achievements I decided to go for The Hallowed title this year. I always wanted that title and the Dungeon Finder makes it much, much less painful for Alliance.
In my quest for both a Sinister Squashling and a Hallowed Helm, neither of which would drop for me from the Headless Horseman daily kill, I got into the habit of Trick or Treat-ing Isirami, the A Hero’s Welcome Innkeeper in Dalaran, every hour.
At first I started throwing away the Flimsy Masks in my Treat Bag. Then I started to get into the spirit of the holiday. I’m particular fond of wearing the Flimsy Human Female mask. Yes, even though I play a Female Human. I’m still in disguise!
Well I think it’s funny. If I only had an Orb of the Sin’dorei. Then I could be a Human pretending to be a Blood Elf pretending to be a Human.
To make the most of my mask I’ve dyed my hair blonde (only in World of Warcraft can you go from Black to Blonde in one session at the hairdressers) and have taken to wandering Dalaran out of Shadowform. Wearing the title ‘The Hallowed” of course.
In the lead up to Cataclysm I’ve been rethinking the imagery on our guild website. For this expansion The Lich King and his evil eyes have greeted visitors and guild members when they come to our site. I like it – I think it’s inspiring to see your kill target right there when you log in to discuss strategy or post that you’re going to be away for a night or two. After all, the guild exists to take its members to the darkest dungeons and the evil bosses waiting for us there.
But now that we’ve well and truly killed of The Lich King I think it’s time to put a new goal up there on the banner. Deathwing? We all presume that he’ll be the last boss of the expansion, or at least, the major boss (kind of like Illidan was considered the major bad guy in The Burning Crusade, even though Sunwell was released afterwards and had more difficult encounters).
So I mocked up a banner featuring Deathwing, a big black dragon, perched on a mountain top. It’s an image that you’ve probably seen about a hundred times by now.
I’m not sure I love it. The predominantly red colouring makes me think Horde and we are an Alliance guild. I started looking at other wallpapers and artwork for Cataclysm and came across this stunning piece of work, titled Deathwing Approaches:
The artist (he goes by the name Darklogik) has imagined what Deathwing, leader of the Black Dragonflight, might look like when he takes human form.
I don’t know why but I hadn’t thought much about Deathwing taking on a human disguise during the Cataclysm expansion. I think I just pictured him as a Black dragony version of Sindragosa, or Malygos even, who would fly down from wherever to be killed when we were good and ready.
Korialstrasz, Alexstraeza’s consort, masquerades as an elf* and sits on the ruling council in Dalaran. Onyxia once took the form of a human, Lady Prestor, and became one of Stormwind’s councilors while the King was out of the picture *cough*. She wasn’t ousted from the throne room until quite recently in World of Warcraft when Wrath of the Lich King was released.
Deathwing has also been known to take human form. In Day of the Dragon (definitely worth reading in the lead up to Cataclysm if you haven’t already) he tried to take control of the human kingdoms under the guise of Daval Prestor.
Will we see Deathwing as a Human in Cataclysm? Perhaps. I hope so. I hope he doesn’t strut around like the Lich King did in WotLK – taunting us during the additional questing levels, but never actually killing us.
I hope Deathwing is a bit more devious than that. If he’s going to meddle and taunt us during questing, dungeons and early raids I hope he does so incognito. Then we can have the mysterious reveal right at the last moment when he takes dragon form!
Oh, that guy was Deathwing?
* I say “elf” because I can only guess that when Krasus snuck into Dalaran and worked up the ranks as a Mage he pretended to either be a night elf or a human. Since the city (part of the Alliance) had no idea Blood Elves existed at the time. And Night Elves were known, but a bit of a rarity I think. In Day of the Dragon nobody, not even Rhonin, seems to be able to see him clearly. So perhaps he always was tanned and blonde like the Blood Elves are now in-game and when he showed up in Dalaran everyone just thought he was a strange looking Night Elf. Or perhaps he can take on any form and now takes on the look of a Blood Elf by choice?