I’m one of those guys who hates spoilers, yet for some reason game spoilers tend not to bother me. I think it’s mostly, because you put so much weight on “experiencing it in game for the first time” only to have it wrecked by Ventrilo, the real world, and mostly your guildies yelling at you for hanging back to actually listen to/read the lore.
Spoilers let you learn the lore without being disturbed, so when you do actually experience it in game you can actually enjoy it, despite the twenty-four other people yelling in your headset.
So, World of Raids posted the sound files for Ulduar tonight, and I’m listening through them right now.
You can download them yourself here: El Linko Grande’
Now, let’s take a look!
Alright, from the top. We’ve got four watchers, Thorim, Hodir, Freya and Mimiron. Ulduar’s systems have detected that the four watchers have been corrupted by Yogg-Saron. And just to add more fuel to the fire, when we killed Loken in the Halls of Lightning it set off all sorts of happy-fun alarms for the Titans that something was seriously, seriously wrong on Azeroth.
Now a guy (the real end boss of Ulduar) named Algalon the Observer is on his way to check things out and report back to the Titans. If everything’s kosher he’ll leave and that’s that. If there’s a problem though, he’s going to do what any of us would do when there’s a huge system crash. He’s going to hit the restart button. And yes that’s exactly what it sounds like. Azeroth will be immediately wiped out, broken down to its base elements, and rebuilt from scratch. Suffice to say, we need to stop this. And so we confront the four corrupt watchers, defeat them (in hard mode), unlock the room where Algalon intends to transmit his message, and then beat the living hell out of him.
Alright, so onto the good ol’ nitty gritty’s.
The computer system in Ulduar (located in the Archivum) is your typical talking computer. That being said, She does have the best line in the whole dungeon when she calculates the chance of Algalon requesting a restart to be, “99.99% …that’s repeating, of course.”
Thorim’s dialogue is great, and YES, he does remember and acknowledge us helping him when we were questing in The Storm Peaks.
Mimiron has some of the most original boss dialogue I’ve heard in awhile, and yes, the robot he creates to kill us all is formed from several smaller vehicles and is called… “Vo7tron”. If you don’t get it…. eh… you’re too young… or old.
The XT002 Deconstructor is without doubt the most… well… let’s just say you’ll probably wipe the very first time you pull him from the sheer “WTF?!?” factor of his dialogue. I was personally laughing my ass off.
Yogg-Saron starts out the fight as a woman, probably in the form of Sif, Thorim’s wife. He (it?) then changes into his true form. The two most interesting talking points are when Yogg-Saron refers to Azeroth as “a miserable little seedling”. The other is when he refers to a “King” who will not rule forever as only death is eternal.
Judging from his dialogue, Algalon the Observer is like Mr. Spock; he has no emotions. Worse though, he has no empathy, which is why he’s able to do what he does. Ultimately we mere mortals, of course, rock his world when we show him just how much we don’t want to die. Couple that with how many millions upon millions of people Algalon’s already seen killed at the hands of Titans and you can imagine how much this shakes him to the core.
Upon defeating Algalon, Rhonin is the NPC you report to, who then sings your praises to the rest of Dalaran.
The new legendary weapon in Ulduar, “Val’anyr, Gavel of Ancient Kings”, is a hammer created by the Titans for the first Earthen King so he could give life to his brethren.
So is that it? Hardly. I saved the best stuff for last.
First thing I noticed when I downloaded the sounds files was a directory called “Neltharion”. For those of you who don’t know, that’s Deathwing before he was corrupted. There’s a also a directory for Malygos and Ysera. It turns out it’s the dialogue that occurred when the Dragon/Demon Soul was created.
There’s also directory called “Garona” and another called “King Llane”. The dialogue involves Garona advising King Llane during the events of Warcraft I.
Whether we actually SEE these scenes played out is anyone’s guest, but it looks like we’ll at least get to hear them.
A couple other directories are interesting. One is called “Arthas Prisoner” and only contains some yells and someone screaming “I am not afraid of you!” This may match with another directory called “Lich King” which has the Lich King complementing someone’s (probably our) resilience and saying “I will break you as I broke him.”
So there you go. A veritable loregasm of spoilers.
See you in Ulduar. I’ll be the one in the back, still reading what that NPC just said.
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