Latest in Gaming

Image credit:

Patch 4.1 PTR: Old Ironforge open for public viewing

Sarah Nichol, @mentalshaman
February 26, 2011
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

As a fan of Moira, the Wildhammers and the overall dwarf story arc, I was rather put out that Magni was simply gone. In game, we didn't get to see the events of The Shattering that led to the current state of dwarven politics. But now on the patch 4.1 PTR, it appears that Old Ironforge has been opened for public viewing.

Magni Bronzebeard stands, still petrified, next to several extremely large tomes, attended by Advisor Belgrum and Honor Guard Dunstan. Advisor Belgrum used to be located in the Halls of Explorers, and his dialogue indicates that he feels he is to blame for Magni's current predicament. Belgrum was involved in the events of the Shattering, helping to translate the tablet that led to Magni's eventual petrification and heading up the interim goverment prior to the Council of the Three Hammers. Honor Guard Dunstan appears to be a new NPC (unless he is related to a certain mountaineer).

Gallery: Old Ironforge | 16 Photos


I was very interested to see that Magni stands within a pattern of stones laid on the ground. We don't know whether the laying of this pattern was part of the ritual that transformed him, or part of the result. Aside from the platform these NPCs stand on, there is a long winding pathway that leads down below. The narrow path juts out over the traditional bubbling pool of lava, at the bottom there are two guarded doors. Presumably these lead to the natural caverns and hallways that make up the rest of the Hall of Thanes, containing the burial chambers of past kings. There is no sign that the doors can open at the moment, and there is no sign of the titan relic known as the Iron Forge that gives the city its name.

If I were a suspicious and optimistic blogger, I would say that the textures on those doors make them look mighty temporary. Will they open up more of Old Ironforge in the future? I'd love to see the story of Ironforge take center stage, either as a new area within the city, or perhaps as a possibility for new instances. I wouldn't bet on such a thing for 4.1, but I'll keep my fingers crossed for later in the expansion.


World of Warcraft: Cataclysm has destroyed Azeroth as we know it; nothing is the same! In WoW Insider's Guide to Cataclysm, you can find out everything you need to know about WoW's third expansion, from leveling up a new goblin or worgen to breaking news and strategies on endgame play.








All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Sony is giving away PSVR camera adapters for the PS5

Sony is giving away PSVR camera adapters for the PS5

View
Vizio's latest TVs add FreeSync, 120Hz 4K gaming support

Vizio's latest TVs add FreeSync, 120Hz 4K gaming support

View
Windows 10 update removes Flash and prevents it from being reinstalled

Windows 10 update removes Flash and prevents it from being reinstalled

View
Microsoft clarifies which games work on Xbox Series S and X on day one

Microsoft clarifies which games work on Xbox Series S and X on day one

View
Bugatti’s Bolide is a 1,825HP ‘morphable’ hypercar

Bugatti’s Bolide is a 1,825HP ‘morphable’ hypercar

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr