After talking a short bit about my pets that I live with, I am going to change gears back to WoW and talk about a topic that I am not an expert at, but can lend a first person perspective on after completing the questline last night, another fun and challenging questline that I wish there were more of in WoW for the masses to enjoy, if not people who yearn for a challenge.
Day 1 – Post-Patch Aggression: 4.3 – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Day 2 – Not One, But TWO New Boss Kills
Day 3 – One……. Two…… Three Shadow Priests
Day 4 – Why I Decided to Write a Blog
Day 5 – The Classes, In Masses
Day 6 – Who I Am and What I Do
Day 7 – Aminals!
Day 8 – I Can Smell Your Fear, Vengeance Will Be Mine
Fear and Vengeance: A Guide To Help Get Your (almost) Welfare Daggers
It has been a long time since I have even mentioned my rogue, almost 4 months to be exact, however I was lucky enough to be in a guild that allowed me to bring my alt to a main run and pick up the quest for starting the legendary dagger chain. I was able to sucessfully complete the first part of the quest chain which allowed me to obtain Fear and Vengeance, and I must say, both the legendary caster questline and rogue questline for the first part of the quests have been extremely fun and challenging for both dps roles, they make you think unconventionally and use abilities that you normally would not even bother using in any other world event (hint hint for later).
The introductory quest that anyone can get as long as they are able to zone into the Dragon Soul instance. (Note: This quest can not be picked up in LFR groups, nor can any of the components ion the questline be looted in LFR.) Here, Lord Afrasastrasz gives you a quest to recover information in the Dragon Soul regarding the activity of the Twilight Hammer and Infinite Dragonflight. This part is easy enough and requires you to pickpocket a Cryptomancer’s Decoder Ring from Hagara Stormbinder. The great part about this is that, you can have every rogue in your raid loot the ring in the same lockout, engage and reset Hagara enough times so eacxh of your rogues can loot their ring and be done with the first part of the quest.
After you turn in the first quest Lord Whats-His-Name will give you an inert Cryptomancer Decoder Ring. You will need to activate this by going to the ethereal reforger and transmogrifier in Stormwind or Orgrimmar. When you talk to the appropriate ethereal, they will give you one of two options:
- Pay 10,000g to decode the ring.
- 10,000g? ARE YOU INSANE!? I WILL KILL YOU WHILE YOU SLEEP!
Naturally, I was inclined to choose option two, which gave me the dialogue of: “Well then. Its a good thing I no longer need sleep.” In short, you cannot get around your payment of 10,000g to decode the ring. After you get your decoded ring, the next part requires you to pick up the Singed Cipher from the Red Dragonflight in the Twilight Highlands. Unfortunately for you, your decoder ring has a charging time, and that charging time is 12 hours of real time, which means if you are at this point right now, you have earned yourself a 12 hour hiatus from the questline, free of charge.
<Queue Jeopardy Music>
Oh hello again, I take it you found your 12 hour break, accommodating? After 12 hours elapse, you are able to decode the singed cipher and hand it back to the person who gave it to you in the first place. Doing so will complete the second part of this chain.
Ah your friends at Ravenholdt Manor are waiting for you…. or are they? This is nothing more than a free taxi to the next part of the chain, where the real fun starts.
Here is where your mettle as a rogue will be tested. It is a high risk, high reward game of stealth and infiltration. If it helps you get in the mood I suggest listening to some Rogue Music, on repeat, max volume. Or if you prefer, set up walkie talkies, and have someone occasionally yell: “SNAAAAAAAAAAAKE!” as loud as they can over them. On to the quest, the appearance of the building and layout of the manor are the exact same as in the non-phased Ravenholdt, except now, every npc there is hostile towards you. They all have exceptional stealth detection (8 yards even when you are behind them) and you will be prompted with a visual bubble indicating your radius to which an npc can detect you. The goal of this quest is to find the black dragonflight egg within. It is highly unlikely you will be able to succeed trying to stealth in through the front due to the high amount of guards concentrated in that area (and you can only have 1 sapped at a time). Since, the front is an impass, you will have to circle around counter clockwise to the back, incapacitating enemies you might have to. (Note: Any attacks made to any Npc will automatically port you back to the start and you will have to try again, THERE ARE NO CHECKPOINTS.)
Once around to the back of the manor, you will see a rope on the ground, click on it and the game will cause you to grapple up onto the roof of the building. There, you will be asked to look for a window or someway inside the building from on top of the roof. Directly in front of you, you will see the exterior portion of the top of the staircase that looks something like the picture below, sticking out of it will be a wooden crate covering a sealed air duct, click on this crate to destroy and and enter into the top part of the building.
Once inside, slowly descend down the staircase as your detection radius extends out farther than the area of the walls. Once you get to your first opening, you will see Fahrad and 3 other guards in a concentrated area. Fahrad patrols near your stairwell, when he comes by, sap him immediately. When you get to the bottom of the staircase, move over to where you sapped Fahrad. You will need to hug the banister as you move across to the next staircase to go down. You do not have much time to react when you get to the stairwell, at the bottom of the staircase is another npc who will detect you if you get more than halfway down the staircase and are unsapped. When you get to the bottom of the staircase, make a hard right along the wall, and sap the next npc you see once out of range of the npc at the bottom of the stairs you just went down. On your right will be the last set of stairs which lead to the basement, get to the bottom of the basement stairs and its quest complete, otherwise, its back to the start.
Once you get to the bottom of the stairs, you will get transitioned into a cut scene where you will be introduced to Wraithion, the heir to rule the Black Dragonflight, and uncorrupted by the touch of Deathwing. He will explain to you his situation as to why he chooses to stand against his father and to the other dragonflights that seek to assimilate him into their own. He is also known to have his henchmen break a few legs here and there. Wraithion lauds you for you superior infiltration skills and seek to hire you as a mercenary to eliminate a few problems he has to deal with. Once the cinematic is over and you talk to Wraithion again, this quest is complete.
This is another cut scene/travel quest that will send you to the outskirts of Gilneas city to speak with a contact of Wraithion, Zazzo Twinklefingers (intimidating I know). Zazzo then briefs you on the next (and last part) of the questline.
If you don’t get the reference at the start, I forgive you (others may not). This is it though. This quest requires you to infiltrate Gilneas City and slay the leader of the assassin band, Hiram Creed. This quest works much like the To Catch A Thief quest. You will be required to elude all of the guards and guard dogs inside the city en route to finding Hiram Creed and slaying him, also note that it works the same way in the sense of, if you get caught, you go back to the start. However, there is no one correct way to naviagte the city. There are many paths you can take (including a water route: much harder), but make sure to use spots in the city where sleeping guard dogs and guardsmen/guardswomen are, and you do not need to sap them, and can stand on top of them without being caught. Once you navigate from the entrance to the center of the military ward, you will see Lord Hiram Creed. He is a level 85 Elite NPC, who has 1.9 Million Health. There are no special gimmicks to doing huge amounts of damage to him, you will need to use all of your abilities to their potential to defeat him. Also, dont bother trying to fly to the area, One does not simply fly into Gilneas City.
If you are Combat or Sub – I will advise you to use Instant Poison on your main hand weapon, Mind-Numbing Poison on your offhand.
If you are assassination – I will advise you to use Mind Numbing Poison on your main hand, and Deadly Poison on your offhand (so that you can use envenom).
In either case, you will need to have mind-numbing poison on him at all times to slow the cast of his special abilities.
Creed hits for about 9-10k per swing every attack, he has 3 main attacks:
Consuming Darkness: This is a 1 second (1.5 second) cast that cannot be interrupted by kick, it places a circle of dark energy on the ground below you, which deals around 11k damage ever 2 seconds you stand in it. When you see this ability casting, start strafing away from him so you can avoid the tick damage of the spell.
Blackhorn’s Will: This is a 1.5 second (2.25 second cast), that will deal between 18000 and 21000 shadow damage as well as drain all of your energy. This spell needs to be interrupted. Save your kick, gouge, kidney shots abilites for this.
Shadow Breath: A channeled spell, that deals 13500 to 16800 shadow damage ever second for 5 seconds to a cone in front of the target. You may choose to interrupt this ability, or move behind the boss and have a few seconds of uninterrupted damage. (I did the latter.)
You will need to make use of your kiting skills to defeat Creed, you will also need to keep recuperate active on yourself most (if not all) of the time, as it will be your only form of healing aside from one potion and a few bandage ticks if you get a 5 point Kidney Shot on him. Once Creed is dead, you will get ported back to Zazzo for turnin.
Zazzo sends you back to Ravenholdt to tell Wraithion that Creed is no longer alive. Congratulations! You have now earned your stage one daggers, Fear and Vengeance.
While I am no expert at being a rogue, I hope this guide proved to be a help for some mains and alts who may one day find themselves down this path for their dagger. Hope you enjoyed!