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The Queue: What a lode

Michael Sacco

Welcome back to The Queue,'s daily Q&A column in which the team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco will be your host today.

It's a joke about rocks, everybody. Rock jokes everywhere. Who wants a rock joke? I've got a million of 'em. All rock jokes, all the time, here in The Queue.

Gossamer asked:

"Are there any new Caverns of Time or 'time-travel-related' instances in Cataclysm? I'd love to play through some of the old lore that might apply to this expansion, much like the Culling of Stratholme was important in Wrath. In all of the CoT instances so far, we turn into humans (if I'm not mistaken). It'd be fun to play through, say, Thrall and Grom fighting Mannoroth or some such thing and get to turn into orcs instead ..."

Yes. Blizzard plans to release a War of the Ancients raid within the Caverns of Time. Details are scarce at this time.

Harry Nath asked:

"I have a question about emblems that I hope will be addressed soon. What will the various current emblems convert to in Cataclysm and at what exchange rate?"

They won't.

Racche asked:

"How do the worgen starting quests deal with what are essentially human druids casting Wrath prior to their transformation? I'll be highly disappointed if the answer is 'a wizard did it.'"

Gilneans have had a pagan sect in their country for a long time. After the Greymane Wall was sealed, their magic made sure that Gilneas had a good harvest despite the terrible weather that year. They're fledgling users of nature magic, not quite at the level of a night elf or tauren druid of the Cenarion Circle, but with very real powers nonetheless.

After the night elves in Gilneas help keep you sane after the curse takes hold, they also take in those who practice the "old ways" and help them become full-fledged druids.

Evenstar asked:

"I got a question here. I've been listening to the Cataclysm beta music released so far, and I've noticed that the theme 'Dark Ironforge,' which also is present at the 'Shattering' (aka login screen music), is originally played in Ulduar, in the Antechamber. I don´t know where it plays in the beta (is the new music implemented in the game already?), but it seems to me like they are linking the theme to the dwarf race. Why? I don´t see the relation between dwarfs and Ulduar (aside from Brann's being its discoverer)."

This theme is likely going to be used in Grim Batol, which was an old dwarf fortress. The reason why it's used in Ulduar is because of how important Ulduar is to the dwarves -- just like any Titan structure. The entirety of the Northrend story for dwarves was about discovering their origins as Titan constructs.

Ken asked:

"If I were to put an authenticator on my account and get the core hound pet, but for some reason had to take the authenticator off, would I still be able to keep the core hound?"

The Core Hound Pup is removed from your account when you remove the authenticator.

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column. Leave your questions in the comments, and we'll do our best to answer 'em!

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