Ashbringer was the subject of intense speculation during the early years of World of Warcraft. Rumors that it could be obtained by players were fueled by data-mined graphics and item statistics, as well as NPCs alluding to its existence. At the launch of World of Warcraft , the only reference to Ashbringer by name was made by Caretaker Alen.
Information from these NPCs suggested that the Asbhringer was somehow lost and that Nat Pagle and Prince Tortheldrin knew the location, and were even willing to tell the player; however, they have never shared their knowledge. The mystery surrounding the Ashbringer created great interest and discussion among players, who searched for a hidden or unlockable quest that would reward the Ashbringer. Rumors regarding an acquirable Ashbringer persisted until a European CM admitted that it was not in-game, quickly followed by Eyonix's confirmation:. European CM Response on Ashbringer! The caster legendary item being referred to was [ Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian ] , which was added in patch 1.
In the original version of the Naxxramas raid, players encountered Highlord Alexandros Mograine as a death knight of the Four Horsemen. It is now no longer obtainable in-game. A scripted event can be triggered upon entering the cathedral in the Scarlet Monastery. In the event, Scarlet Commander Mograine welcomes the player as the crusaders bow before him or her.
Unexpectedly, the spirit of Mograine's father, Highlord Mograine, appears in full Dreadnaught's Battlegear and slays his son for his betrayal. The Highlord frees High Inquisitor Fairbanks ' spirit from his undead form and disappears. Fairbanks proceeds to tell the story of Renault's betrayal and says that the Corrupted Ashbringer is beyond redeeming, and that Alexandros' other son resides in Outland, and can forge a new one this was later retconned. This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.
Players can find Darion Mograine within Acherus , with the Corrupted Ashbringer, in the death knight starting area. In the battle that ensued, Corrupted Ashbringer began to turn on Darion. When the death knights were forced to surrender, Tirion Fordring revealed that the Lich King knowingly sent Darion and his knights into a trap. Shortly thereafter, the Lich King himself appeared.
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Darion relinquished the Ashbringer to Tirion, which became purified in his grasp, forcing the Lich King to retreat. Upon returning it to Valgarde , a nearby cleric unmasks himself as Tirion Fordring and equip the artifact, which is revealed to be the Ashbringer. The dialogue explains that Tirion was convinced by his advisors to travel to Valgarde in disguise, while Ares the Oathbound was entrusted to transport the sword separately to Northrend.
This was a security precaution to protect the leader of the Crusade, should the Lich King's forces go after the sword's keeper in an attempt to kill Tirion. Fordring can later be seen wielding the Ashbringer in Icecrown. During the final battle against the Lich King in Icecrown Citadel , Tirion Fordring shattered Frostmourne with Ashbringer, releasing the souls trapped within. This section concerns content related to Cataclysm. After the victorious march on the Icecrown Citadel , Tirion returned to his old home - Hearthglen. There, he began establishing a new Argent Crusade base, and the Ashbringer, the sword that shattered the Frostmourne itself, serves as a symbol of a new dawn for everyone.
This section concerns content related to Legion. Ashbringer is the artifact used by retribution paladins in World of Warcraft: Tirion was captured by the Legion and died after being tortured, though an adventuring paladin was able to recover the Ashbringer at the Broken Shore. Before he died, Tirion declared the adventurer the new Ashbringer and the sword's wielder. After Sargeras plunged his sword into Azeroth, Ashbringer's power along with that of all Legion artifacts was completely drained to neutralize the wound.
The Ashbringer may have been originally intended to be in the game much earlier. Parts of what seems to be a scrapped quest line can be pieced together:. The implementation of the Ashbringer was likely delayed so that the story could be fleshed out with the addition of Naxxramas. During the days of The Burning Crusade it was a common speculation that David Wayne would eventually end up being revealed as the second son of Highlord Mograine. It all began with the Corrupted Ashbringer Scarlet Monastery event which mentioned another Mograine living in Outland and who might be able to forge Ashbringer anew.
A statue of Tirion Fordring wielding Ashbringer in Hearthglen. The remnants of M'uru had the same look as the dark crystal that was purified for Ashbringer. For the character with the title of Ashbringer, see Alexandros Mograine. For the comic book mini-series by Wildstorm, see World of Warcraft: For the in-game weapon introduced in World of Warcraft: This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials.
It should not be taken as representing official lore. The original World of Warcraft Ashbringer model, added in vanilla. The updated World of Warcraft Ashbringer model, added in Legion. It is known as Ashbringer; named after its original owner. Upon returning it to Valgarde , a nearby cleric will unmask himself as Tirion Fordring and equip the artifact, which is revealed to be Ashbringer.
The dialogue explains that Tirion was convinced by his advisors to travel to Valgarde in disguise, while Ares the Oathbound was entrusted to transport the sword separately to Northrend. This was a security precaution to protect the leader of the Crusade, should the Lich King's forces go after the sword's keeper in an attempt to kill Tirion. Fordring can later be seen wielding Ashbringer in Icecrown. Baron Rivendare has replaced Alexandros Mograine as one of the four horsemen of Naxxramas.
During the final battle against the Lich King in Icecrown Citadel , while himself and brave heroes fight against the master of the Scourge , Tirion Fordring was frozen in a block of ice created by Arthas Menethil. Asking the Light for one final blessing, which was answered, Tirion leapt towards Arthas and, with one mighty swing of the Ashbringer, shattered the dreaded Frostmourne , releasing the souls trapped within.
The Crusade cuts a swath through the Legion defenders at great loss, and Tirion is captured by Gul'dan, as the main assault force arrives. Gul'dan laughs as the power of the Legion overwhelms even the great Tirion Fordring, one of 'Azeroth's greatest champions,' and summons Krosus, a massive demon to finish him.
A blast of pure felfire from Krosus overwhelms the paladin, held aloft in a magical prison, and he falls defeated into the lake of fel. After the forces push past and are resoundingly defeated on the shore, Retribution paladins are instructed to retrieve the believed-alive Tirion from the Broken Shore. Upon landing at the Shore, Lord Maxwell Tyrosus and the champion find Jailer Zerus has taken him, and fight a wave of demons in pursuit. With their force decimated from the battle, Tyrosus instructs the hero to continue while he calls for hippogryphs to take the wounded back to Lights Hope Chapel.
Pressing further in, Jailer Zerus is defeated, but Tirion is nearly gone and only able to muster a few breaths and urgings to take up the blade. The voice of a dreadlord known as Lord Balnazzar beckons the hero to take up the weapon, and follow his destiny.
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The Ashbringer's powers include the ability to reduce to utter ash some demons and undead opponents, as well as Template: Wowhead tolltip , which launches a short ranged volley of hot ash, building Holy Power for other strong abilities and applying a burning damage over time effect. A heated battle between the hero and Balnazzar ensues and the dreadlord is defeated as well, pushed once again back into the twisting nether.
Tirion dies, and his body is taken to the holy crypt and final resting place of many of the Light's heroes, beneath Light's Hope Chapel in Eastern Plaguelands. The Highlord with the Ashbringer, empowered by its battles throughout the Broken Isles, and the paladin Silver Hand Order uncover a plot to attack the Netherlight Temple of the Priest order. Choosing to aid their brothers and sisters of the Light, and facing defeat by an overwhelming Legion force headed by none other than the resurrected dreadlord Balnazzar, the two Orders are assisted by the arrival of members of the Army of Light.
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This proves enough to halt and repel the invasion force and emerge victorious. The Ashbringer was further present at the cleansing of the Emerald Dream, the siege on the Nighthold and Gul'dan's defeat, as well as the final victory of Kil'Jaeden and the discovery of Argus. The dark crystal from which the Ashbringer would be crafted, before and after its purification. The crystal from which the original Ashbringer was created is likely related to the naaru , and may in fact be a naaru. The naaru life cycle is one of reincarnation.
When a naaru's physical form is damaged, it becomes "darkened. Furthermore, the crystal was described as a living embodiment, suggesting that it is alive, or at least sentient — possibly a darkened naaru. If the crystal is not a darkened naaru, then it is almost certainly closely associated with them, perhaps one of the Ata'mal Crystals. Mograine also stated that the crystal is from Draenor. The naaru had not yet arrived on Draenor via Tempest Keep before the Second War, implying that only the naaru aboard Oshu'gun could be the possible source: K'ure , D'ore , another unnamed naaru, or simply an artifact on board.
D'ore himself tells the player:. Can there be light without dark? Velen uses the remaining "spark" of M'uru to reignite the Sunwell. Liadrin's experience upon being filled with the Sunwell's energies is not unlike that of Mograine's when touching the Ashbringer crystal:. What I felt when I touched it The Light coursed through me and I through it It healed my spirit. Their similar experiences, along with the new knowledge that a naaru's essence can be consolidated, suggests that the spark of another naaru may have been the crystal from which Ashbringer was forged.
It should be noted that M'uru's spark appears identical although larger to the dark Ashbringer crystal, although this may be coincidental. In the comic, it is both shown as and referred to as a sphere.
Ashbringer may have been originally intended to be in the game much earlier. Parts of what seems to be a scrapped quest line can be pieced together. Nat Pagle learned of the location of Ashbringer and wrote about it in his book, [ Nat Pagle's Guide to Extreme Anglin' ] , of which players only have the last page. Shen'dralar zealots in Dire Maul say that Prince Tortheldrin knows the location of Ashbringer and is willing to tell the player if one were to bring him the Head of Nefarian. The Prince, being a historian and bibliophile, likely read Pagle's book, learned of the Ashbringer's location, and discarded the book in Dire Maul where the player finds it.
The zealots' words suggest that Ashbringer was likely to be the legendary item associated with Blackwing Lair but was changed to [ Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker ] , which requires [ Elementium Ingot ] from Blackwing Lair. This is supported by the fact that Ashbringer's original item ID was changed to host Thunderfury. Lengthy discussion on the official forums has led to the premature yet popular conclusion that Timolain is the name of the mage referred to by Bardu Sharpeye and Alexia Ironknife , and therefore is the crafter of the Ashbringer in original questline. Bloodmage Thalnos was also speculated to be the crafter of the Ashbringer at one point, as the Scarlet Crusade has no affinity for the arcane.
The implementation of Ashbringer was likely delayed so that the story could be fleshed out with the addition of Naxxramas. As of Wrath of the Lich King it was still not available to players, and Tirion Fordring wielded it himself. During World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade , the original references to a son of Alexandros Mograine in Outland sparked rumors that the hermit smith David Wayne was somehow related to the Ashbringer storyline.
David Wayne is a level 70 quest giver located on a small tip of land just east of Firewing Point in the contested territory of Terokkar Forest. He left the Alliance Expedition to become part of "something larger". His appearance resembles the younger Alexandros Mograine, and his smithing skills are somewhat unique - based on the quest items the player gathers for him.
Nothing ever progressed as far as Ashbringer is concerned during The Burning Crusade's lifetime, and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King events makes his involvement in Ashbringer highly unlikely. The crossguard on the Ashbringer is in the shape of the Lordaeron symbol.
It was revealed during a Class Panel discussion that players won't be able to purify the Corrupted Ashbringer , and events as related above bear this out. At the moment, there's no Light-based player-obtainable alternative Legendary weapon like Alexandros Mograine Frostmourne. Sign In Don't have an account? For the character with the title "The Ashbringer", see Alexandros Mograine. For the comic book mini-series by Wildstorm, see World of Warcraft: For the artifact weapon introduced in Legion, see Ashbringer artifact. Ashbringer in its original state. I have no doubt that when that day finally comes, you will bring pride to our people, and that Lordaeron will be a better place because of you.
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Contents [ show ]. It's true that currently Ashbringer is not in the game, although one day in the future it will be, but not until after there is an awesome legendary item for casters. This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials.