Patch 7.3 - Shadows of Argus (Warning SPOILERS)

Patch day! I am not one to know every little thing about the patch - but I know we're going to Argus and I know there will be new quests and factions and that SOMETHING is happening to our artifact weapon with like, relics and stuff... but I'm not 100% sure what.

So here's a recap on Day 1 of questing on the Argus - but don't read ahead if you haven't done it and don't want any spoilers!

A new quest has popped up - head to Bladefist Bay and meet your escort, which turns out to be Lady Liadrin. I suppose that's not so surprising -she wants us to go to Space Goat land (and we all know that Blood Elves and Draenei appeared in game as playable characters at the same time, so maybe they were secretly friends before they joined the Horde) because Prophet Velen is going to take us to OUTER SPACE!

So off we go to Azuremyst Isle, which is interesting because for once the guards aren't trying to kill us and look for Velen, who is of course down deep in Exodar. Aethas Sunreaver says "I see the Alliance answered the call as well." Well Aethas, we're on an Alliance island, I don't think they would feel comfortable with a whole bunch of Horde descending on it in droves if they weren't there too.

"Fellow Draenei.. Champions of Azeroth... "booms Velen. "The time has come to invade Argus." Are Draenei not champions of Azeroth, I wonder. Velen starts launching into one of his 'We will save Azeroth' speeches when he is interrupted by Illidan who just wants to get up there NOW.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Draenei are somehow related to Protoss because we have to warp in some pylons and then we get to use the beacon to board the Vindicaar (ie SPACE SHIP).

Wewt, here we are on the space ship! Velen says that they used every spare moment, every resource has gone towards the birth of this new vessel. Well, if you ask me, they could have done with a little LESS staircase work, and saved a couple of resources here and there and put a darned map or some NPCs to talk to so I could figure out where the hell everything is.

Velen tells the cool Draenei with the monocle to begin the final launch sequence. To Argus! Maximum Warp!

We get there and watch another friendly space ship decloak on Argus (The Xenedar) and get shot down by the Legion. Shields up! We cannot wait for them to recharge that weapon! However, at the pace I quest, that weapon would have recharged 5 times over (sorry HK for being slow) - and that's even with HK telling me where to go every step of the way.

We're heading to the surface to construct additional pylons and warp in some bunkers as well as our usual intro quests of killing some demons, heal some NPCs and destroy some legion cannons to save ourselves from being blown to smithereens. Big demon dude comes and we have to kill him - no big deal really since there are 20 people doing the same quest so he goes down like a sack of potatoes.

Even though we heroes emerged unscathed, no such luck for the red shirt draenei who came with us on the Vindicaar. "We need allies!" says Velen. "These slaves must have formed a resistance when they were here, we must find them!"

Glad Velen knows where he's going because I sure don't. I wonder if we'll meet someone that Velen knew long ago?

Well. There we go. Someone Velen knows. Interestingly his name is Hatuun. I'm pretty sure that Aza has a demon named that...

But! That's not the only surprise! Look it's Turalyon!

Ok, all I know about Turalyon is that nobody had seen him or Alleria in years. Yes, that tooltip from MoP.

In Warlords, it was updated to "Nobody has seen Alleria or Turalyon in years. Still."
Apparently now in Legion it says "Nobody has seen Alleria or Turalyon in years. Until now!"

All I know is that they are alliance. Alleria's last name is Windrunner, which means she is Sylvanas's sister. So Turalyon and Hatuun want us to go kill more demons and rescue some broken then fight a big demon. I'm seeing a pattern here.

Alleria Windrunner says: Are you alright, Turalyon?
High Exarch Turalyon says: I am. In no small part thanks to our friend here. But Alleria... there's something else.
High Exarch Turalyon says: When the ship from Azeroth arrived, I sensed his presence. I would know it anywhere, even after all the years we've spent apart.
Alleria Windrunner says: Arator! He's here!

So they have a son. I have no idea who he is in the game, I don't recall seeing him around.

"Who's Arator?" I asked in officer chat.
"That's Alleria and Turalyon's son," quipped Sev, helpfully. I KNOW that Sev, but what does he do in game? Have we seen him before?

Apparently he is on Outland if you play alliance, Sev said. Right. Well, I can't remember NPCs from this expansion let alone any from the other faction a zillion expansions ago. And they haven't kept in contact with him? What wonderful parents you both are.

Alleria Windrunner says: Every day for a thousand years, I've thought about what I wanted to say to him. Now, though... words fail me.
High Exarch Turalyon says: I know, my love. I feel the same. But once we see our son, our hearts will speak for us.

Right after we call a therapist so that Arathor can deal with the fact that his parents aren't dead, they just chose to abandon him whilst they went off to save the world. It's already bad enough that nobody knows who he is, and now THIS.

Arator the Redeemer says: But... couldn't you have reached out to us? To your people? To me?
High Exarch Turalyon says: Arator... not a day passed that your mother and I didn't--
Alleria Windrunner says: Every choice we made was to keep you safe. It broke our hearts to be apart from you.

However, no sooner have they reunited but yet ANOTHER excuse pops up...

High Exarch Turalyon says: Son, there is so much more we have to say, but our allies at the Xenedar will soon be overrun.
Alleria Windrunner says: You must go to their aid, Turalyon. I will scout behind enemy lines and provide a distraction. We will return soon, Arator.
Arator the Redeemer says: I... understand. Light be with you both.
Vereesa Windrunner says: Stay safe. We will gather the others and prepare for the battle to come.

Arator might have a halo over his head, being the most forgiving person in Azeroth (or Argus). Or, he might not really care about his parents anymore (well, mum and dad you were never there for me before, so why should I care NOW?). Well at least he still has angry Aunty Vareesa to look up to.

Arator the Redeemer says: It pains me to see them go, Aunt Vereesa. I could not bear to lose them now, not after waiting all these years.
Vereesa Windrunner says: Have patience, Arator. It may take time, but your family will be made whole again. I know it.
Arator the Redeemer says: No doubt my mother will soon ask about Sylvanas. What are you going to tell her?
Vereesa Windrunner says: It is a conversation I know we must have, but the thought of it fills me with dread. How can I explain to Alleria what our sister has become? The truth will break her heart.

The Broken resistance are hiding in tunnels and caves and they can help us get to the Xenedar by opening more blocked tunnels. Reunited with more of Turalyon's friends, we kill off the soul forges and demons around the area and find a really big cannon (Light's Judgement) so we can stick it on the Vindicaar. Not sure how that happens but we find it and kill off more demons who are trying to steal it. Cool! Now it's attached to the Vindicaar and we can have some target practice on some demons before we use it on the rubble blocking the Xenedar. Woo! We're in!

There's X'era (whose heart we have in our class hall), the Light mother. Turalyon looks thrilled, Alleria... not so much.

High Exarch Turalyon says: I sense Xe'ra in the central chamber. Thank the Light! We are not too late.
Alleria Windrunner says: And what then? I was locked in a cell for delving into the Void against her wishes. Will she make me a prisoner again? Or worse?
High Exarch Turalyon says: Xe'ra will see that you risked your life to save her. Her faith in you will be restored--I know it!
High Exarch Turalyon says: Xe'ra! Don't worry, you are safe now.
High Exarch Turalyon says: Come, champion. Help me guide her to the Vindicaar. Then we can get out of here!

Uhhh Turalyon? Xe'ra fell down...
Clicking the teleport beacons and then clicking Xe'ra... transport complete! Back on the Vindicaar, X'era doesn't look so good. She looks kinda... flat. But we can fix that! Pop her heart back in and voila! Good as new.

Turalyon is about to faint from excitement having Xe'ra back. In fact, it's rather creepy, all that adoration.

High Exarch Turalyon says: We are blessed to be in your presence once more, Xe'ra.
Xe'ra says: Turlayon. You have found the Chosen One.

Now she sees Illidan. Hmm, is she going to admonish him like she did Alleria?

Xe'ra says: Illidan. From birth, the light in your eyes held such promise for the future.
Illidan Stormrage says: I sacrificed that birthright long ago.
Xe'ra says: Do you not wish to reclaim what was lost? To be whole again?
Illidan Stormrage says: The Legion's end... is all I seek.
Xe'ra says: My child. You have given so much, for so little.

Illidan has his bitchy face on. I don't think he likes where this is going.

Xe'ra says: Your true potential, your redemption lies before you.
Xe'ra says: Let go of your shattered form and embrace the light's power.

Light tendrils are wrapping around Ilildan, and he doesn't like it. He tries to back away.

Illidan Stormrage says: I've traded my freedom for power before.
Xe'ra says: The prophecy... must be fulfilled.

Xe'ra lifts and brings him closer, despite him struggling. Hmm, this doesn't look particularly nice. I think Xe'ra is not a kind and benevolent being, she demands and expects obedience.

Xe'ra says: Your old life has passed. The Light will forge you a new one.
Illidan Stormrage says: It is not yours to take!
Xe'ra says: The Light will heal your scars.

Illidan's demon hunter tattoos are filling up with light. Illidan replies to her, sounding a bit strangled.

Illidan Stormrage says: I am my scars!
Xe'ra says: The Light is your destiny.
Illidan Stormrage yells: My destiny is my own!

Woah! Illidan breaks the light bonds and starts using his eye beams on Xe'ra. OMG is he really killing her? It's like Harry vs Voldemort in Deathly Hallows 2...

Or Superman vs Doomsday with their heat vision...

Everyone else is covering their eyes from the blinding light and when it subsides... Oh... my... GOD.

Pieces of Xe'ra all over the floor, and Illidan looking a little bit worse for wear. Wow, them eye beams. They do hurt. Oh man, Turalyon is PISSED.

High Exarch Turalyon yells: You doomed us all! Betrayer!

Turalyon swings his sword at Illidan who stops his blade with one hand.

Illidan Stormrage says: Your faith has blinded you. There can be no chosen one.
Illidan Stormrage says: Only we... can save ourselves.

Wow. He just killed a Naaru and that's all he can say? Though, she seemed like a rather mean Naaru. Didn't really like her whole forcing Illidan to do stuff he didn't want to. Everyone seems a little shocked. Hell, I'm still shocked.

Grand Artificer Romuul: What will we do now?
Arator the Redeemer: I cannot believe my eyes...
Vereesa Windrunner: What just happened? Did he... kill her?
Alleria Windrunner: That was... unexpected. To think he had enough power to destroy her...

Cool, we can link Light's Judgement to the matrix core so we can use the ability every now and then. Hand when fighting  mobs! Just remember to put it on your task bar. Velen says we should pick up a few pieces of Xe'ra and then he'll go console Turalyon. Using the pieces to put them into the crucible so we can power our weapons sounds a bit morbid but at least we're not letting the power fall into the enemy hands.

Well! That's enough questing for one day! I wonder if everyone was as shocked as me! Good storyline though!


  1. Arator is also one of the champions in the Paladin Order Hall.

    For that matter, I suspect Grand Artificer Romuul on the Vindicaar is the prime universe version of Artificer Romuul, who Alliance get as a garrison follower in Shadowmoon Valley.

    1. Ah so that's why I have no idea. Thanks for that info!

  2. It's interesting Alleria says a thousand years. Was she exaggerating or is there more timey-wimey stuff going on?
    She's only meant to have been gone for 30 odd years I think.

    1. I found this on Wowpedia:
      "Turalyon and Alleria are now high-ranking members of the Army of the Light and have been so for a thousand years from their perspective, as time passes differently inside the Twisting Nether."


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