The funny, morbid, and sad coins of the Dalaran fountain

Allison Robert
A. Robert|10.12.08

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The funny, morbid, and sad coins of the Dalaran fountain

Level up fishing so you can fish in the Dalaran fountain.

I'm serious. This completely nonsensible and illogical statement is brought to you by the 53 tiny lore moments you'll get if you'll just sit yourself down somewhere and level up fishing. Yes, it's boring having to fish up dozens of useless fish to get to the good stuff in Outland and Northrend. Yes, you could be farming up gold or materials that will help you level in Wrath. I don't care. Go fish.

You see, while you'll be fishing up a lot of equally useless fish in the Dalaran fountain, you'll also get coins. No, not in the sense that you'll be fishing up ingame money, but you'll fish up coins tossed into the fountain of this very old city by 53 people, many of whom will be known to you if you've played the game for any length of time. Some of them, perhaps most of them, are funny. Some are serious. Some are heartbreaking. I admit to a touch of being a lore geek, and it was wonderful being allowed a peek into the irreverent or hopeful or sad heads of Jaina Proudmoore, Thrall, or Stalvan Mistmantle. It is idiosyncratic little touches like this that make WoW hopelessly fun to play, and it is my fondest wish that whatever person at Blizzard who thought this up is pulled off whatever they're doing right now and chained to a desk until they come up with more stuff like this.

So, if you don't do anything else with your time between patch 3.02 hitting and Wrath going live...level up fishing so you can fish in the Dalaran fountain. But don't read any further if you're not interested in Wrath spoilers, because there are a few here...

There are 23 copper, 15 silver, and 15 gold coins possible to get in the fountain right now, and no, they're not just there for ha-has. Each breed of coin is part of its own separate Achievement --
-- and, altogether they lead to a bigger Achievement, The Coin Master, that you'll need for the Accomplished Angler Achievement and "Salty" title. So even if you don't really care about the lore, you have a reason to be fishing here. The gold coins are slightly different in that they have an ingame use in addition to their value to as part of the Achievement; you can flip them back into the fountain and gain a 2 minute buff increasing your likelihood of fishing up any and all coins.

If you gain the Coin Master achievement, you'll also get a nifty little item, the Titanium Seal of Dalaran, which allows you to flip a coin and automatically emotes both that and the winning side. Perfect for those occasions when you're arguing with your raid leader over whose strategy sucks less, or when you're in a Harvey Dent kind of mood.

Over three sessions fishing in the fountain, I've managed to get the following:
  • Several stacks of Fountain Goldfish: As far as anyone knows these are nothing special, just a run-of-the-mill foodstuff restoring 7500 health. Unless you're one of those people who goes in for swallowing goldfish (which I'm sure is the underlying joke).
  • Eitrigg's Copper Coin: This one made me smile. It's an acknowledgment of the fact that friendship is in fact possible between humans and Orcs, and a simultaneous reference to the cultural gap between them. Eitrigg's had an interesting life. If you don't play Horde and haven't seen him advising Thrall in Orgrimmar, you'll find him Zul'Drak come Wrath (although apparently he's found the time to visit Dalaran).
  • Antonidas' Silver Coin: As the Wowhead thread points out, this is in fact the Serenity Prayer, and already in the game somewhat as a Blood Elf male joke. The latter part of Antonidas' life held precious little serenity indeed; he's yet another of Arthas' victims, and was left to linger in Dalaran as a ghost until released by Kael'thas, who had fought alongside him in the First War. You'll find a memorial to Antonidas in the northern part of the city with an inscription written by Jaina Proudmoore, his last student:
Archmage Antonidas, Grand Magus of the Kirin Tor
The great city of Dalaran stands once again -- a testament to the tenacity and will of its greatest son.
Your sacrifices will not have been in vain, dearest friend.
With love and honor,
Jaina Proudmoore

  • Molok's Copper Coin: A Dwarven gryphon rider from Day of the Dragon who was killed while flying Rhonin to Khaz Modan. The "lass" referenced here is Vareesa (or Vereesa; I wish Blizzard would make up their mind about this) Windrunner, who (as mentioned earlier) later became Rhonin's wife. Apparently this wish never came true. Sorry, Molok. Rhonin's got quite the body count so far.
  • Chromie's Gold Coin: This is actually Chronormu, a Bronze dragon NPC located in Andorhal in the Western Plaguelands. In Wrath you'll see her at the Wyrmrest Temple representing her dragonflight, experiencing a moment's confusion over whether she's met you in the past, future, or present, and sending adventurers out to discover the identity of the Infinite Dragonflight's leader. This is a highly interesting and incredibly clever quest that will involve you running into your future self (note; your future self considers your present self a noob) and ends with a hint that something is rotten in the Bronze dragonflight. Chronormu glosses over this at the end of the quest. Whether she genuinely believes the outcome, she's in shock, or just in denial...well, I guess we'll find out, but do not miss this while you're leveling in Dragonblight. I'm a little surprised that Chronormu gets a gold coin, which seems to be reserved mostly for major lore figures. Food for thought.
  • Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider's Gold Coin: This is another wish that never came true -- and it's over something that Arthas apparently knew and used to taunt Kael toward the end of WCIII (Arthas: Are you still upset that I stole Jaina from you, Kael? Kael: You've taken everything I've ever cared for, Arthas. Vengeance is all I have left). Kael never got a break, and Jaina's own coin indirectly confirms this (more on this in a moment).There seem to be a lot of coins that deal with love, requited or otherwise.
  • Thrall's Gold Coin: I can only assume that this coin, like Eitrigg's, has been tossed into the fountain since the Horde reached Northrend. It appears Grom Hellscream -- and the moral questions virtually certain to be asked of his life -- are never too far from Thrall's mind. They will be even less so after the events that take place during Battle for the Undercity.
And the reason I wonder about the timing on Thrall and Eitrigg's coins isn't so much about theirs, but one I haven't yet gotten: Lady Jaina Proudmoore's. I very much want to know whether she tossed that into the fountain as a young student in Dalaran, after the disaster at Stratholme, or much more recently. I want to know where she was in her life when she made this wish because, depending on its age, the coin could mean one of several very different things. And either way I'm going to carry her coin in my packs when my guild smashes the gates of Icecrown.

Note: the first article on fishing in Dalaran can be found here.
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