New quests on the PTR point to legendary weapon's origin

More news, in the form of a few quests datamined from the PTR, has cropped up about the legendary staff that will be available this expansion. While we've talked about the possible links between the staff and the upcoming War of the Ancients raid, nothing had been confirmed. However, the quests seem to be pointing to something a little different.

In the quest A Legendary Engagement, players are sent to the Caverns of Time to speak to Anachronos. Anachronos is the acting "leader" of the Bronze Dragonflight in Nozdormu's absence; we first encountered him way back during the quest line to open the gates to Ahn'Qiraj. Oddly enough, it seems as though Anachronos requires your presence immediately -- something that's more than a little strange for a reclusive bronze dragon.

In the next quest, A Wrinkle in Time, Anachronos asks players to view "the future of Azeroth." This is quite possibly where the "camera bunny" mentioned in previous posts comes in -- Anachronos will give players a vision of Azeroth's future. What's interesting here is that Anachronos mentions that an event in the recent past has been obscured from his vision; whether he's talking about the same sort of time hiccups that sent Rhonin and Krasus back in time during the War of the Ancients, the Infinite Dragonflight, or something else is pretty unclear, but the implications are fascinating.

In the quest All Seeing Eye, players are asked to collect pieces so that Anachronos can construct a Timeless Eye to help him unravel the mystery of the obscured timeline. This quest requires collecting 25 Living Embers, items only available in the Firelands raid, and three Sands of Time, previously used only to construct the Vial of the Sands mount. Needless to say, this item is going to cost you a little bit of gold.

The last quest uncovered in the chain so far is On a Wing and a Prayer, which sends players with the completed Eye to Coldarra. Oddly enough, the Bronze Dragonflight discovered that the obscured vision apparently takes place over the Nexus. Now, back when that Caverns of Time caster legendary camera bunny was discovered, another camera bunny was also uncovered:

  • Coldarra - Tarecgosa Intro - Camera 00

Tarecgosa has not been seen in game anywhere to date. However, using the Eye apparently triggers a scene in which Tarecgosa is introduced. Just going by naming conventions, Tarecgosa is a female blue dragon, and this raises all kinds of further questions. Is she a follower of Kalecgos, intent on rebuilding the Blue Dragonflight? Or is she a leftover of Malygos' group of dragons, one of the dragons responsible for the Nexus War?

More importantly, when Malygos started the Nexus War, he was literally pulling the ley lines of Azeroth to Northrend. His actions weakened the mages of the world; this was mentioned in the Warcraft comics series when Jaina sought to create a new Council of Tirisfal. After Malygos' death, it is unclear whether those ley lines shifted back into place, whether they are still up there being used by the Blue Dragonflight, or whether they've simply begun to tear the magic of the world apart because nobody has paid any attention to them.

Regardless, the quest chain stops here, and no further information has been found. However, it's clear from the potential legendary staff video, above, that there are several iterations of the staff -- if the staff above is actually the legendary, that is. Keep in mind that the video above is just datamined information, and the staff pictured may not be the actual staff in game.

If it is real, however, we're looking at a staff like Atiesh -- one that will take more than one raid to complete. In the original formation of Atiesh, players were required to collect shards from Naxxramas-40, the head of the staff came from Kel'Thuzad, and the base of the staff required completing Ahn'Qiraj-40 to kill C'thun and retrieve the item.

Though there's no more information available, the staff, its existence, and the method of obtaining it remain a delightful mystery reminiscent of the Ashbringer.

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