Part Deux: A Legendary Engagement – Focus those Cinders!

Its been a while since I last touched base with the legendary staff line, mainly because the majority of the active events in the chain are towards the front, one may think a quest may get harder as you progress through it. Anyways, the next steps to acquiring the second part of the staff are complete, and that means its time for sneak peeks at cinematics and lore insight that you may be missing in the game!

Delegation:

After completing the quest to scout through The Nexus for information on the Twilight Dragonflight, that lumbering oaf, Kalecgos, tells you there may be a way to stop Arygos from succeeding Malygos as leader of the Blue Dragonflight. This involves you helping you rescue his sister, Tarecgosa. Not him of course, he gets to hang out with Ysera at the World Tree in Hyjal until you are finished. The quest, Delegation, asks you to recover Nordrassil’s Branch from the Firelands. The quest may be a bit deceptive for someone who hasn’t researched how the quest line duly works. The branch is recovered by opening the portal at the Circle of Thorns, which can be found off to the side near Beth’tilac. This will lead you to the Anvil of Conflagaration, where the Branch lies. (Also, appositives rock.) But one does not simply walk into the Anvil of Conflagaration. People on the quest chain need to recover some components to open the portal, this is what isn’t stated in the quest. Four charged foci are required to open the portal, one from each of the first four bosses in the instance, Beth’tilac, Shannox, Lord Rhyolith, and Alysrazor.

Shannox: The focus from Shannox is created by combing 3 fragments, which come from the remnants of the broken crystal prison trap. You can trigger these trap by ideally maneuvering one of Shannox’s hounds into them. However, if they manage to dodge the traps on the ground, you, as a priest, can assist in the process by casually positioning yourself behind a trap and then casting Leap of Faith on any raid member you choose. Not that I would know anything about this method, no experience here at all. After gathering three of these fragments, you combine them into a dull fragment. To charge Shannox’s focus, you need to throw it near the impact point of where he tosses his spear at. This is easy to accomplish because it is always thrown at Riplimb. You will know he his throwing his spear when a big read circle and aura of light comes up from the ground where the spear is going to land. Once you see this, you have about 5 seconds to toss your focus into that area so it can get charged. If you have a personal cooldown to use to mitigate damage/become immune, it is strongly recommended to use because of the high amount of damage you will take from the spear impact plus magma rupture. You can then loot your charged focus.

Beth’tilac: The three fragments you need to create the focus from Beth’tilac drop from the Cinderweb Drones that will occasionally spawn down below during the encounter. They do not actually drop as loot from the mobs, but will appear around the corpse as rock piles. Three of them drop per drone, which allows for you to be able to complete this part of the fight in 1 attempt on Beth’tilac. Once you have looted the fragments, combine them into the dull focus and wait for the next set of spinners to appear. When the “ropes” appear for people to go up, grab one and go up to where Beth’tilac is. Once up top, drop your dull focus anywhere, but preferably somewhere you will remember. You will need to jump down to avoid smoldering devestation. Once that has ended, grab the one rope on the last set that appear and go back up to loot your charged focus.

Rhyolith: The fragments for Lord Rhyolith spawn around the outer edge of the platform you perform the encounter upon. They again look like small rock piles, similar to Beth’tilac. However, there is only one fragment available at a time and they can spawn anywhere around the edge of the platform. After looting three of these and combining them, you will need to place your focus underneath his feet. You are going to have to stand fairly close to him as the toss range on the fragment is not very large. You also have to wait for him to do a Concussive Stomp, so you should be waiting to toss the focus when the cast comes so you don’t miss the small window that stomp has. Once the boss and melee/liquid obsidian clears out, you can then loot your charged focus.

Alice-Razor: The fragments you need from Alysrazor come from the Voracious Hatchlings that spawn in the fight. Each time one of them dies, they drop one fragment. You will get 2 fragments per Burn Out phase on the encounter. Because of the HUGE nerf to Alysrazor on normal, you may want to either slow dps while shes Burned Out to get a second Burn Out, or try the encounter on heroic, where you will get 4 Voracious Hatchlings per Burn Out phase, but will have to account for Firestorm and Living Meteors. Once you have three fragments and combine them, you will need to throw this focus underneath her while she is powering up. She has a power bar under her health bar that looks similar to mana. You want to wait until there is about 75/100 power charged back up. This means you should not throw it during tornado phase, and not throw it while she is first being recharged by the channelers (where she doesn’t actually fight). Wait until she starts attacking and pulsing her fire aoe, and then toss the focus under her. After the knockback the focus will be charged amidst a bunch of feathers in the explosion.

The Firelord's "other" abode.

You are now ready to enter the Anvil of Conflagaration! By right clicking any of the foci by the portal it will open and lead you to a separate part of the Firelands. Once inside, a three part encounter will occur. The first part is disposing of more of those annoying fieroblast barrage channelers, seven to be exact. Once they are taken care of, the person on the quest will click the branch in the middle of the room to activate the second stage of the quest, where a giant corrupted treant will attack your raid. He summons smaller treants which if they reach him will heal him, or if they touch a raid member will explode. He will also cast burning roots on the entire raid, which is dispellable. However, shortly after he casts burning roots, he will cast ground stomp which will knock all players back 85 bajillion yards, so you should probably wait to dispel those roots until after the stomp. Once you get the treant to 25%, he becomes cleansed and gives a buff to the caster on this part of the quest, the Blessed Defender of Nordrassil. This buff increases damage done by 100%, haste by 100%, and reduces damage taken by 95%. Once imbued with the buff, the third and final part of the encounter begins with a giant fire elemental, Volcanus, appearing to stop you from recovering the branch. Volcanus gains a stacking immolation aura buff which will increase his aoe damage to the raid, and will also spawn columns of fire that will move around the room and towards the raid. It is a dps race so use all cooldowns including heroism/bloodlust/time warp. Once Volcanus is defeated, you will able to loot the branch of Nordrassil from the center of the room, and then return to that incredulous buffoon, Kalecgos.

Recovering the Branch:

So you return to Hyjal to meet Kalecgos and show him that you have recovered the branch and have kept alive the hope he may be able to save his sister. And after a long, hard fought battle you are ready to reap some reward for successfully recovering the staff, and for picking up the slack of his laziness. Kalecgos proceeds to tell you that he can sense Tarecgosa’s essence manifesting inside you and that the link is strengthening between you two. He then informs you to speak with him again in the Borean Tundra when you are ready to proceed. So just when you thought, “Hey this guy might not be such a douche after all.”, he proceeds to dangle your reward in front of your face until you travel from HYJAL to NORTHREND.

I AM A FIGURE OF SHADOWY DARKNESS, WHY ARE THOSE FLOWERS NOT WITHERING?!

Pro Tip: If you haven’t reached this part of the quest yet, either bring a mage friend with you to port you to Dalaran, or set your hearth to Amber Ledge, otherwise you may find yourself like me, waiting for a boat that is always leaving just as you arrive. Once you arrive at Amber Ledge, Kalegcos is waiting in the middle of the area for the turn-in. And he doesn’t hand you the staff, he does some chanting and whatnot, makes the staff do tricks (roll over, play dead, stand erect….. err… yeah) and sends you into a cinematic. After the cinematic, the staff is floating before you and you can (FINALLY) loot the phase 1 staff.

There he is, Mr. Center of Attention, and hey Kalecgos is there too.

That's our destiny? A rock!?

Staff Download Complete.

Emergency Extraction:

After speaking again with Kalecgos, he tells you that he has an uneasiness about him regarding his sister’s well-being, and decides to take himself and Tarecgosa out of conflict’s way, until the new leader of the Blue Dragonflight has been chosen. So he asks you to accompany him to Coldarra where he plans to take Tarecgosa and leave. Some admirable quality of someone who wants to take over as Prime Aspect of a dragonflight, just leaving the scene as if nothing was going to happen.

For Sale: Kalecgos Mount. Slightly used, rides especially well in avoiding crises.

As Kalecgos lands and calls out for his sister, the Twilight Dragonflight appears and surround both you and him. They proclaim that a new leader (Arygos) has already been appointed to take over as Aspect of the Blue Dragonflight and that he needn’t continue on. As the commander of the twilight forces appear poised to take out both of you, Tarecgosa appears and takes out the commander with a blast of energy, knocking everyone down, including yourself to the point of near death, but also herself in the process.

Kalegcos Subdued

Tarecgosa's Arrival and Death

Kalecgos mourning the loss of his sister.

At One:

After Tarecgosa falls to the ground, Kalecgos rushes over to her to try and assess if she is going to survive her selfless actions. He then proclaims that he couldn’t bear the burden of losing her, that it would be too much for him to take. (Because he certainly did a whole hell of a lot to keep her safe, amirite?) He requests your permission to bind her essence to you, while she still lives so that she can be kept alive and manifested in a new form later. And you being the loot-seeking adventurer you are agree, and her essence becomes bound to you. Once this occurs, you will occasionally get an emote that appears across your screen that says, “You can feel the Spirit of Tarecgosa within you.” This provides nothing other than flavor text, no buffs or stat increases, just for quest/lore purposes.

I believe I can fly..... talk about bonding and all.

Time Grows Short:

This is the next major step in the collection part of the quest. It requires you to gather 1000 Seething Cinders from the Firelands. The cinders only drop from the bosses, and it varies between 10 and 25 man, normal and heroic. 10 Mans drop between 18-26 cinders per boss, 25 mans 48-66 cinders per boss. This was more of a waiting game than anything, and I was able to (with the help of some good RNG) complete this part in just under three weeks, killing an assortment of normal and heroic 25 man Firelands bosses.

Overlooking the Nexus, Ready for Ascension

Alignment:

After you return to Coldarra to hand Kalecgos your cinders, you will find he is now on a bluff above the nexus, overlooking and biding his time. He goes on to tell you that only members of the Blue Dragonflight are able to attend the ceremony and cast their vote for who should become the next Guardian Aspect of the flight. Although he goes on to tell you that you are allowed to come because Tarecgosa is a part of you. Not to mention, he tells you it would probably be a good idea to vote for him, some guy who all but abandoned his sister, AND NOW WANTS TO OVERSEE A DRAGONFLIGHT, over Arygos. Gee the choices sure are astounding! Alignment is a long cinematic that allows you, the person on the quest line, to witness the council choose their next aspect.

The Planets are aligning for the ceremony.... literally!

Far view of the council ceremony to choose the next Blue Dragonflight Aspect.

And since I cant fly on my own, I'll just turn into Tarecgosa!

Here you get to watch Arygos and Kalecgos state their claim for why they shuld be chosen. Political insults ensue, including some horrible sex scandal.

And in a shocking upset, the council chooses Kalecgos! No one saw it coming!

After watching the cinematic, you get to see Arygos go into a rage as his plans (to take over the world, Pinky) are foiled by both you and Kalecgos as he flies away. Kalecgos goes on to tell you that the heart of the Firelord is the last thing you need to ensure the survival of his sister and bring forth his era as Aspect of the Blue Dragonflight.

I hope you all enjoyed the read and a behind the scenes look at the legendary staff quest in detail!

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