Cataclysm Preview - Grim Batol
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During a bloody civil war among the three dwarven factions of Ironforge, the Bronzebeards ousted the Wildhammer and the Dark Iron clans from the ancient corridors of the mountain city. In the wake of the defeat, the Wildhammers ventured north and forged a new home, Grim Batol, in the mountains of what is now the Twilight Highlands. However, although they worked tirelessly to create a better future for themselves, the Dark Irons, who established the city of Thaurissan in the Redridge Mountains, could not move beyond the memory of their defeat. Consumed by the desire for revenge and desperate to control the entire dwarven region of Khaz Modan, the Dark Irons led a two-pronged assault on the Bronzebeards in Ironforge and the Wildhammers in Grim Batol. Despite their past differences, these two embattled rivals joined forces and drove the Dark Irons out of Khaz Modan, decimating the armies of the treacherous clan's sorcerer-thane, Thaurissan. Yet victory carried grave consequences. Although Thaurissan's wife and queen, Modgud, was slain during the attack on Grim Batol, her death tainted the mountain fortress. While the Bronzebeards rebuilt their glorious city of Ironforge, the Wildhammers felt forever changed by the horrors they witnessed at Grim Batol. They fled their cursed home and never returned.

The abandoned city's defiled corridors later became home to a number of nefarious plots. When the Demon Soul was discovered by the Dragonmaw clan and used to force Alexstrasza's drakes to serve the Horde, Grim Batol acted as the red Dragon Aspect's torturous prison. The Dragonmaw held Grim Batol through the Second War, before they were driven out by Deathwing, who planned to steal Alexstrasza's eggs. Yet as Deathwing carried out his plan, the Demon Soul was destroyed, and the powers locked within were returned to Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, and Malygos. Deathwing narrowly escaped an assault by the four re-empowered Dragon Aspects, although he did not leave empty-handed; in his grasp were the eggs of Alexstrasza. For their vile transgressions, the fleeing Dragonmaw were shown no mercy, and the struggle came to a quick end. Members of the red dragonflight were left behind to keep watch over Grim Batol, and for years they successfully guarded its desolate halls from further intrusion... until the arrival of the Twilight's Hammer, a sinister cult who worshipped Azeroth's malefic Old Gods.

The cult, seduced by Deathwing's thirst for absolute domination over Azeroth, has claimed the Twilight Highlands as its base of operations. The black dragonflight has driven off the agents of the red dragonflight who guarded Grim Batol so that it may be used as a fortress for training Deathwing's minions. The halls of Grim Batol run so deep into the highlands that it is unknown to what twisted end the Twilight's Hammer is using this doomed dwarven marvel.

Called to action by the red dragonflight in the Twilight Highlands, players will be charged with putting a decisive end to the foul machinations developing within the level-85, 5-player dungeon of Grim Batol. The ferocity of the enemies within should not be underestimated, and with the assistance of brave Red Drakes and a handful of explosives, players can thin the ranks of Grim Batol's occupiers through bombing flights into the ruined city's corridors. Regardless of how successful these attacks might be, General Umbris will not allow his army to fall so quickly. In the end, adventurers will be left to their own devices, venturing into the darkest recesses of the dwarven fortress, where a nightmarish enemy is taking shape. Will you be able to uncover Grim Batol's secrets and emerge unscathed, or will your destiny be sealed within this tortured city, like so many brave heroes before you?[/blizzquote]

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  1. Brittany's Avatar
    Yes there is 1 raid and at least 1x 5 man dungeon. Like The Eye and SSC had instances and a raid.
  1. Scotia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NefariousNinja View Post
    The design kind of reminds me of how the original Ironforge was suppose to look before they toned it down to what it is currently.

    EDIT: This should have made news too:
    That was...Awesome
  1. darkfenix_rizen's Avatar
    Wow, there's some original bosses there. Never seen those before. Nope.
  1. Demoncrash's Avatar
    Looks like Ulduar was just a setback. Hi Vezax =)
  1. Malygos The Spellweaver's Avatar
    In the end, adventurers will be left to their own devices, venturing into the darkest recesses of the dwarven fortress, where a nightmarish enemy is taking shape.
    Fuck sake, do they know the meaning of subtlety? Why not just say "Hur hur old god ganna eat joo".

    Not that that's a bad thing, having an Old God there. My money's on a resurrected C'thun, considering the TERRIBLE SECRET is right below Cho'gall, who recently tried to rezz him.
  1. Airbuster's Avatar
    you know what would be better......
    Using the ironforge alpha city instead of this dark iron dwarf one :P
  1. Donald Hellscream's Avatar
    who ever said that al'akir will be a 5 man boss is wrong he will be the single boss in throne of the four winds which is a raid instance as for neptulon there is no telling yet whether or not he will be a 5 man or a raid boss.
  1. xnickybx's Avatar
    Dear Jesus,

    Please stop people from mindlessly qqing about stupid shit. And please no more Ulduar was just a setback posts, it wasn't funny nor clever the first time.
  1. Gooday's Avatar
    "If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below."

    Get rid of this.
  1. Wezzi's Avatar
    Lol it's true! I can sense the site going faster already
  1. Dayle's Avatar
    can somebody 101 this for me? They added a lot of passing notes, so basically...

    War between dwarf factions, Ironforge/Wildhammer won, but since the Queen died in Grim Batol which used to be Wildhammer's home, they left? Then the Twilight Cult moved in, and then Deathwing moved in? Yeah, I'm THAT basic about it, help out
  1. Convert's Avatar
    sweet looking
  1. mercutiouk's Avatar
    I REALLY love the old dwarf cities. "Old" ironforge would have been amazing in my eyes, BRD is cool just cos of how big the place is so a proper dwarven looking raid dungeon is possibly the most awesome thing ever
  1. Hoffafiles's Avatar
    I'm excited that it's not another troll instance... lol

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