Patch 8.3 PTR - Black Empire Campaign: Unlocking The Uldum Accord Faction and Uldum Assaults
The recent PTR updates have allowed us to preview a more coherent quest chain that kicks off the patch when you log in on patch day. This quest chain is labeled as "Black Empire Campaign" in the quest log. We will preview the quest chain in different parts throughout the week. SPOILERS BELOW

Part 1 - Unlocking The Uldum Accord Faction and Uldum Assaults

  • Upon logging in, you'll receive the quest "An Unwelcome Advisor (A)" or "Return of the Black Prince (H)" from your faction and report to them. There is an "awesome in-game event cutscene" that is not yet implemented here. It would appear that N'Zoth's corruption is already reaching its way into our minds and we must go with Magni and Wrathion to see what we can uncover.
  • Wrathion remarks that it was a pleasant reunion before telling you to meet him in Silithus. There are only a few faction differences in the chain. If you are Alliance, you attend the Stormwind meeting first hand. Magni requests for his hammer and gives you the quest "Return of the Warrior King." You walk with Anduin to retrieve Fearbreaker, to which Anduin says he was never able to live up to its legacy, and even Baine thought himself unworthy to wield it. Magni says he wouldn't have given it to Anduin if he didn't think he deserved it, and Anduin remarks that the hammer belongs with a Mountain King. You find the hammer on the wall and retrieve it before heading back to the Chamber of Heart with the quest "Where the Heart Is." If you are Horde, you find Valeera in the Port of Zandalar and she recalls these events for you.
  • When you arrive, Magni asks Wrathion if he has had any luck finding N'Zoth. Wrathion says his Blacktalon operatives have searched the world to no avail. He then remarks that in his research he came across references to a place called Ny'alotha and thinks it might not be a physical location, but a vision waiting to be made real. Magni suggests that get Azeroth's titan-made defenses ready and then find a target to point it at. He gives you the quest "Network Diagnostics" and asks you to activate Titan Consoles in the chamber to check the status of the titan forges throughout Azeroth.
  • You find that Uldir's corruption is within acceptable parameters, Uldaman's discs are still secure, the Forge of Wills in Ulduar is still operational, but the Forge of Origination in Uldum is inactive. Wrathion says we can all safely assume what this "root cause" of the deactivation might be.
  • Magni gives you the quest "A Titanic Problem" and tells you to meet him outside the Halls of Origination in Uldum. Without the Forge, Azeroth is vulnerable to N'Zoth's corruption.
  • You meet Magni at the entrance and get the quest "The Halls of Origination." Magni says the Halls have been claimed by a group of tol'vir calling themselves the Amathet. He suggests we enter the Halls, defeat the Amathet forces and reactivate the forge.
  • You enter the dungeon and start a scenario, fighting your way through Amathet forces as one of their Sun Priests seems angered that you defile the Halls with the Curse of Flesh. You fight your way to the inner chambers and deactivate the forge's defense system by shutting down 4 control statues. You then reach the elevator to find Watcher Aun-ka, who attacks you for being an unauthorized life form. Magni is concerned that the Amathet can make their own watchers, but suggests we worry about it later. He tries to activate the lift, but the power has been shut off, so we head to the conduits.
  • What follows is a puzzle to redirect power to the conduit. Once it is active, you fight Sun Prophet Tenhamen who ends up being a minion of N'Zoth in disguise. When you defeat him, N'zoth briefly enters your mind, stating that "their eyes remain closed to the true path. Not like you. My devoted chosen." Magni brings you back to reality, and you head back to the lift.
  • Magni links to MOTHER in the Chamber of Heart, and you attempt to activate the power conduits, but you eventually need to use your Heart of Azeroth to interface with the main console to restore power and get another "awesome in-game event," reactivating the forge. Magni gives you the quest "To Ramkahen" and tells you to meet with King Phaoris to discuss having his tol'vir keep the forge out of the wrong hands.
  • When you arrive, Arik Scorpidsting is requesting an audience with the King, but the High Commander forbids it. The king notices you, and allows you to speak, giving you the quest "The Uldum Accord" and says our interest to protect the forge aligns with the tol'vir. He asks you to learn about the threats facing Uldum. You inspect the map for another "awesome in-game event" and King Phaoris establishes the Uldum Accord composed of the Watsewanders, The Explorer's League, and his tol'vir to protect Uldum.
  • The King gives you the quest "Surfacing Threats" and asks you to speak to the High Commander to assess the situation, which has you complete an assault in Uldum. The Uldum Accord faction reputation, Uldum Accord dailies, and assaults in Uldum will be unlock at this point.
  • Completing the assault gives you the quest "Forging Onward" which has you return to Magni in the Chamber of Heart. This will award you with the Token of Death's Door essence.
  • Part two preview coming soon.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 8.3 PTR - Black Empire Campaign: Unlocking The Uldum Accord Faction and Uldum started by Stoy View original post
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  1. GreenJesus's Avatar
    "Black empire campaign" without the black empire part.. lol
  1. Kyphael's Avatar
    "Perhaps Ny'alotha is not so much a physical location in Azeroth as it is a vision waiting to happen."

    Ok I guess, I mean, Nya'alotha was an actual physical location back during The Black Empire.
  1. oldgeezer's Avatar
    I look forward to doing that questline with my alts.
  1. GreenJesus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kyphael View Post
    "Perhaps Ny'alotha is not so much a physical location in Azeroth as it is a vision waiting to happen."

    Ok I guess, I mean, Nya'alotha was an actual physical location back during The Black Empire.
    I guess they forgot about the Azshara Warbringer cinematic.
  1. Nymrohd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by oldgeezer View Post
    I look forward to doing that questline with my alts.
    It takes FOREVER. It's a solid questline but it takes hours to do.
  1. Ielenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kyphael View Post
    "Perhaps Ny'alotha is not so much a physical location in Azeroth as it is a vision waiting to happen."

    Ok I guess, I mean, Nya'alotha was an actual physical location back during The Black Empire.
    I think we should keep in mind that this is what one character within the story thinks Ny'alotha is, and not necessarily what it actually is.
  1. tehdef's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nymrohd View Post
    It takes FOREVER. It's a solid questline but it takes hours to do.
    I like how content that is expansive gets an immediate complaint, when people complain about content all the time.

    You didn't talk about how fun it was first, you lead with the complaint. I love psychology.
  1. oldgeezer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tehdef View Post
    I like how content that is expansive gets an immediate complaint, when people complain about content all the time.

    You didn't talk about how fun it was first, you lead with the complaint. I love psychology.
    No doubt it is fun the first time around. By the fourth- or fifth, perhaps not so much.
  1. Alaenore's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kyphael View Post
    "Perhaps Ny'alotha is not so much a physical location in Azeroth as it is a vision waiting to happen."

    Ok I guess, I mean, Nya'alotha was an actual physical location back during The Black Empire.
    Is there any source about it? Afaik only Old Gods and their minions mentioned it, be it the Puzzle Box, Il'gynoth, Xal'Atath, ... and they never said *what* it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenJesus View Post
    I guess they forgot about the Azshara Warbringer cinematic.
    The cinematic when she was in Suramar on the sea floor and the surroundings suddenly went dark? Why should that be Ny'alotha ?
  1. GreenJesus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alaenore View Post
    Is there any source about it? Afaik only Old Gods and their minions mentioned it, be it the Puzzle Box, Il'gynoth, Xal'Atath, ... and they never said *what* it was.

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    The cinematic when she was in Suramar on the sea floor and the surroundings suddenly went dark? Why should that be Ny'alotha ?
    No... the one where Nzoth showed her the Black empire in its prime in the vision.
  1. blaqkmagick's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by GreenJesus View Post
    No... the one where Nzoth showed her the Black empire in its prime in the vision.
    I mean I think it was pretty obvious that he was only showing her a vision of Nyalotha or are we to believe that it just so happened to be right under Suramar. That fits with Wrathion's comment that Nyalotha is more of a vision and no longer a physical place. Heck, N'zoth spoke about rebuilding the Black Empire and restoring it to its former glory, implying that it no longer exists.
  1. Kyphael's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alaenore View Post
    Is there any source about it? Afaik only Old Gods and their minions mentioned it, be it the Puzzle Box, Il'gynoth, Xal'Atath, ... and they never said *what* it was.
    Regarding Ny'alotha's actual location? I mean, The Old Gods had staked claim over parts of Azeeroth with N'zoth's territory being the smallest as he was the weakest. Ny'alotha was back then his empire, physically manifest on Azeroth until The Titans killed Y'shaarj, and then smacked down C'thun, Yogg-saron, and N'zoth and imprisoned them. Their physical empires ceased to be. Now the only way they can return is if N'zoth, now unbound, successfully transforms Azeroth back to his empire, with giant tentacles protruding from underground and Faceless Ones running around everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenJesus View Post
    I guess they forgot about the Azshara Warbringer cinematic.
    Wouldn't surprise me.
  1. Alaenore's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by GreenJesus View Post
    No... the one where Nzoth showed her the Black empire in its prime in the vision.
    I must have missed the "Ny'alotha" sign.
  1. riptal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by oldgeezer View Post
    No doubt it is fun the first time around. By the fourth- or fifth, perhaps not so much.
    Damn Blizz! Stop releasing long and compelling chain quests! WTF are you doing? Dont you know that a small tiny portion of your player base have over 20 alts and absolutly have to do it with all of them?

    Please give us just brief, dull and completly bland quests!
  1. Nymrohd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tehdef View Post
    I like how content that is expansive gets an immediate complaint, when people complain about content all the time.

    You didn't talk about how fun it was first, you lead with the complaint. I love psychology.
    Oh I've talked about how good it is in the 8.3 thread. It's a really solid questline and it takes a fair amount of time to get through. But it will be an issue if you have to redo it for alts.
  1. oldgeezer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by riptal View Post
    Damn Blizz! Stop releasing long and compelling chain quests! WTF are you doing? Dont you know that a small tiny portion of your player base have over 20 alts and absolutly have to do it with all of them?

    Please give us just brief, dull and completly bland quests!
    See, a possibility would be to run through it once, and have the best time ever doing so, and then have the option to skip it on your alts - which may number less than 20 - like the intro scenarios for the recent expansions.
  1. Darknessvamp's Avatar
    So does our Ramkahen rep have any bearing on this faction?
  1. det's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by oldgeezer View Post
    No doubt it is fun the first time around. By the fourth- or fifth, perhaps not so much.
    Even with 20 alts, I do most questlines only on 1 character..my main. (including the warcampaign). Sure, I guess there are people who feel the need to get every essence to max lv and the HoA to 70 on every alt...but maybe Blizzard isn't designing the game around them.

    I mean...imagine the questline would be 3 quick stages, done in 10 minutes. Wouldn't we have the "Oh how lazy" shitstorm?
  1. Greyvax's Avatar
    That looks to be a good 5 minutes of content.
  1. Dismayxz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by blaqkmagick View Post
    I mean I think it was pretty obvious that he was only showing her a vision of Nyalotha or are we to believe that it just so happened to be right under Suramar. That fits with Wrathion's comment that Nyalotha is more of a vision and no longer a physical place. Heck, N'zoth spoke about rebuilding the Black Empire and restoring it to its former glory, implying that it no longer exists.
    Nevermind that it wasn't even Suramar to begin with. Suramar was already under a bubble when the sundering happened, that's how they protected themselves since then until Legion. It was Zin'azshari that sunk during the Warbringer episode. Which is at least a semi-important line to draw between the two, since they are a good distance apart from eachother, as long as we're talking about the location. But I agree with you for the most part. It was pretty obvious imo that N'zoth showed her a vision of the Black Empire not the real deal in a physical "right there, under our noses" sense. People forget that N'zoth was chained then and what he showed Azshara depicted him free, in his prime, able to reach out for her. It wasn't him lighting up the sea floor, it was just exactly what you said. A vision. A vision of what used to be and what N'zoth yearns to rebuild, nothing more.

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