World of Warcraft Secrets: Echoes of Lordaeron

If you play with your own music on or without ambient sounds you might have missed this, or if you’re just too busy and always rushing around to get things done. Maybe you should stop for a while, turn up your ingame sound and ambience and listen carefully.

You might know the story, maybe you’ve played Warcraft 3 and seen the cinematic, about how Arthas returned home to Lordaeron after claiming Frostmourne in Northrend and losing his last remnants of sanity. The people were celebrating his return but he went straight in to see his father. Arthas knelt before him and the Lich King in Arthas mind said “You no longer need to sacrifice for your people. You no longer need to bear the weight of your crown. I’ve taken care of everything.” Then he approached his father at the throne, lifted Frostmourne and drove it through him.

“This kingdom shall fall, and from the ashes shall arise a new order that will shake the very foundations of the world!”

Their dialogue can still be heard as echoes through the throne room in the ruins of Lordaeron. But there are other echoes there too, words and sentences which are harder to hear and understand and some of them aren’t part of their dialogue in the cinematic, I can’t find them anywhere on the internet.

Let … eyes be closed
Humanity is
Now times have come … will end

I’ve been trying to figure out these sentences but nothing really matches and I’m still not sure what they say.

But these echoes of voices aren’t the only things you can hear in Lordaeron. If you start walking from the courtyard and enter the first room with the broken bell, you can hear the echoes of the bell ringing when Arthas returned. When you continue to the next room, the hallway, you can hear crowds of people cheering and applauding and if you look down on the ground you can still see the rose petals. The next room is the throne room where Arthas killed his father, this is where you can hear echoes of their conversation and everything that happened, plus these sentences which I can’t figure out what means or where they are from. You can also see blood on the floor near the throne.

I love how they’ve done this, to make us remember what happened, it’s there but not everyone have noticed it.

Here is a script for the sound file which you can play ingame. If it’s not working, retype the ” ” signs.

/script PlaySoundFile(“Sound\\Ambience\\WMOAmbience\\UnderCityThorneRoom.wav”)

Secrets in TBC: Uninstanced Zul’Gurub

I’ve been an explorer since I started playing this game in TBC, and I’ve still got all of my old screenshots from the adventures we went on back then. This is the first of a series of posts about the old secrets or hidden places we found back then, most of them are gone now.

I had the best guildies back in TBC, they were much like me, loved exploring hidden areas in Azeroth. We could spend hours scanning the maps, and searching on the internet and YouTube for new places to go, or if we found a new place on our own check if anyone else had posted about it.

I remember we looked on the map of the Eastern Kingdom and saw that not the whole area of the Blasted Lands became highlighted when we hovered over it, so we wondered if there was anything else there, above or behind the mountains. So we went down to check. I think we spent an hour or so jumping around trying to climb up the mountains, and we finally made it.

What we found was an empty unfinished area with different art, texture and coloring missing. We went further on and found ourselves near the wall which goes around Zul’Gurub and we thought we might try to get up on it and inside cause we have heard of people getting inside the uninstanced Zul’Gurub before and we wondered what it was like.

It was different from the instanced version, like when you fly inside there now but with several glitches in the buildings.

The Whispering Forest

The Whispering Forest is a subzone west in Tirisfal Glades. Pre Cataclysm it was just an empty unfinished area. Now it’s a forest with many secrets. There is a big lake with a crashed airplane on the bottom, beside the plane is a gnome-like skeleton. A chest with a skull on can also be found in the lake. On a small island in the lake there is a skeleton with a sword in the back and a fishing pole in the hand. There is also a chair with an umbrella and box of fishing tools. Many rats can be found in the zone and there are stags and fawns in the forrest, the small ones which look plagued or infected by something. I wonder why. The most mysterious thing is a ring of glowing mushrooms in the forest which I will tell you more about.

I have actually been there several times but not much happened there so I left, then I had no idea about this amazing event which happens every 6 hours or so.

It was a coincidence that Zampano and I went there late one night and we had read something about dragons spawning but had no idea what they would do, or do anything at all. When we arrived there were a few Fey-Drunk Darters there and more spawned. We sat there a while and just looked at them, when they suddenly flew towards the ring of mushrooms and started channeling these golden beams towards a portal in the center called Faerie Circle. The music changed and notes appeared over their heads like they were singing, this beautiful and mysterious and magical song. Never heard anything like it before. The deers in the forest gathered around to watch. It lasted for about 2-3 minutes, then they despawned.

I felt stunned and amazed by this event. Why would such a beautiful event take place here, where people never are, or it’s not like you have a reason to go there if you don’t know about it. Maybe it’s for a later patch or something? I hope so, so people get to see it, but still I kinda want it to be a secret. Cause I love these hidden, secret places people usually miss as they rush through quests and other things. I like to have more time and explore everything, every little corner of the map. But I still think there has to be more, or would they really do that much for a 3 min event in a place like that?

If you wanna experience this event you just need to have time to camp the place, wait and be patient. I’ve no idea about their spawn times, they might change or even be random. But some people have said every 6 hours but it doesn’t seem to be 100% correct. It takes about 40 minutes from the first dragon spawns till they all seven have spawned, and then about 10 to 40 minutes more before the even actually starts. First time we saw them was at night, when it was dark and the moon was shining, but the video I frapsed in the afternoon so sun was still up. Have to say it was most magical during the night.

This wonderful piece of music is made by Derek Duke and I wrote him a message on Facebook to thank him for the beautiful music and I got this answer

Thanks for the compliment. I’m so happy people find these little ‘secrets’ in WoW. Like the real world, there are so many hidden treasures if we keep our eyes open.

There is a script you can write ingame to play the song, you might have to copy it and then retype the ” signs for it to work.
/script PlaySoundFile(“Sound\\Music\\Cataclysm\\MUS_41_faeriedragon_UE01.mp3”)

If you want to read more about secrets and hidden places in WoW, be sure to check out other adventures and secrets I’ve explored and the podcast Warcraft Less Traveled who also had a show about the Whispering Forest. You can also read more about the lore behind the Whispering Forest on WoW Insider Know Your Lore and What’s happening in the Whispering Forest.

Throne of the Tides

A new dungeon in Abyssal Maw in Vashj’ir.

Bosses:

Lady Naz’jar: Naga. Phase 1: tank the boss, move away from the blue water vortex on the ground and the green fungal spores. Phase 2 at 66%: She banishes herself into a vortex and is invulnerable. Three adds will spawn, kill them. Repeat till she’s dead.

Commander Ulthok : Faceless one. Make sure everyone is topped off at all times, avoid dark fissures, he can pick up a random player and squeeze them for 5000 dmg per second for 4 seconds.

Erunak Stonespeaker: Broken. Dps down to 50% and the Mindless One which was mind controlling Erunak will appear and will target the player with highest threat and mind control them, dps it down to 50% and they will be released, continue dps on the boss.

Ozumat : Leviathan (huge squid). Phase 1: Kill the murlocs and mindlashers, tank kites behemoths. Phase 2: Kill sappers, tank behemoths and blight beasts. Phase 3: Kill all mobs, you will see Ozumat on the outside, kill him.

 

Exploring Uldum

The zone I’ve been looking forward to the most is Uldum. I remember when I started to play WoW and explored Tanaris I saw the Uldum gate and tried to find out what was behind it.
Of course it was nothing cause it wasn’t open. But I read all the story about it I could find on the net and when I heard they’ll open it in Cataclysm I was like “yey finally” so I have seen a lot of screenshots and videos from there, but now I wanted to go there myself and explore it.
It’s not a small zone so it took a while to fly around there,and I died sometimes cause I got dismounted and then you get to the Northernd Barrens graveyard and couldn’t be arsed to run down, so ressed there and flew down again. Expensive over 100 g in repairs…