The second phase of the elemental invasion has begun. Blizzard has posted the following:
After the appearance of Twilight's Hammer agents in Orgrimmar and Stormwind City, Azeroth's defenders swiftly thwarted the cult's bid to destroy the two capitals. Yet these victories have done little to soothe fears over Azeroth's calamitous state. Earthquakes continue shaking the world with greater frequency than ever before. Wayward fire spirits have engulfed Orgrimmar, threatening to reduce the proud Horde capital to ash. Across the Great Sea, a sudden influx of earth spirits has rocked the foundations of Ironforge, pushing the once-indomitable dwarven bastion to the brink of collapse.Greater frequency then ever before.. They aren't kidding, last night my screen wouldn't stop shaking for longer then 10 minutes. I've got a feeling Deathwing's about ready to burst out of Deepholm and start wreaking havoc and i must admit, i can hardly wait.
Even so, a glimmer of hope has come in the form of ancient tablets recovered in Northrend. These mysterious artifacts are believed to hold clues concerning Azeroth's tormented elementals -- a claim that can only be validated once the artifacts are delivered safely from the northern continent. The gifted shaman Thrall has also begun his own efforts to shed light on the disasters befalling the world. Of great concern, however, is whether anything will be left of Orgrimmar and Ironforge by the time answers are found....
The events leading up to Cataclysm are underway, and the disturbances will only become more severe as the weeks pass. Pay close attention to your faction leaders, Thrall and Varian, and be on the lookout for unfamiliar faces gathering on the city streets. This one-time-only series of events features all-new quests and multiple stages of dire happenings, so stay vigilant!
Ah.. The Shattering..
What a glorious day it will be!
Well, for us players at least. I can imagine that the actual peoples of Azeroth might not be jumping up and down in Dalaran, full of excitement, waiting for an ancient, evil dragon to come rip their world a new one.
But before that happens, we've got an elemental invasion to deal with ! This second phase is (even) smaller then the previous one. I will cover the Alliance part again, like usual.
So, there are 2 new quests:
Subduing the Elements :
If you accept the quest you get a magic sapta, that will allow you to see agitated earth spirits wandering about. Use the second item, the cleansing totem, to kill them.
I found that dropping into the circular trench in IF, and killing the spirits there, was a great way to avoid someone 'stealing' them from me and there were quite a lot of'm there!
Tablets of Earth
You pick this quest up in Ironforge, inside the Library of the Hall of Explorers. The Dwarf (whose name by the way strongly resembles the country i am from, can you guys figure it out ? ) will send you to Stormwind harbor. Once you arrive there talk to Courier Tormun, this will start an event in which the Courier is attacked by elementals spawning from portals. The Courier will put up a Mysterious Crystal, once you click it your action bar will be replaced with 3 new abilities which you must use to defeat the elementals.
|Shockwave||Destroys Earthen Servants. 20 yd range. Instant.|
|Flame Jet||Destroys Watery Servants. 20 yd range. Instant.|
|Tidal Wave||Destroys Blazing Servants. 20 yd range. Instant.|
After you've defeated the elementals you can pick up and deliver the tablets you were sent to get. You save the day, once again !
That seems to be all for now, its a rather small phase but i enjoyed it. And with only a couple of weeks left before 4.0.3 expect to be seeing a lot more going down in your capital cities !