World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade – Zuluhed the Whacked
Zuluhed the Whacked is the Chieftain of the Dragonmaw Clan. To those recently acquainted with the Warcraft Universe, Zuluhed is mentioned in Warcraft: Day of the Dragon pocketbook—written by Richard A. Knaak. Deathwing manipulated the Horde into finding the Demon Soul during hte second war. Zuluhed was not able to wield the magics of the Demon Soul with his shamanistic powers. Instead, he called his minion Nekros Skullcrusher – a retired warrior who became a warlock after the loss of his leg. The warlock magics were able to tap the powers of the Demon Soul.
However, Nekros did never know how much power he held. Nevertheless, with what little mastery he learned over the artifact he was able to kidnap Queen Alexstrasza, Dragon Aspect of Life and matron of the Red dragonflight and his elder consort Tyranastrasz – capturing their red eggs and most of their dragonflight. The Dragonmaw Clan was able to raze many cities and towns with hit and run tactics flying atop red dragons. (You can read the Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness missions)—I recommend reading the book. Rhonin and Krasus (Alexstrasza’s consort) are the main characters.
Eventually, the Horde was defeated in Northeron (Quel’Thalas) and to the south of Grim Batol – Blackrock Spire was raided by the Alliance. Lord Lothar had gone to Blackrock Spire in a diplomatic attempt. However, Lord Lothar was slain in a duel against Orgrim Doomhammer. The death of Lothar infuriated his disciple Turalyon and the Alliance. This was the driving force that made the Alliance victorious at Blackrock Spire. It was believed that when Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer was defeated at Blackrock Spire and held prisoner along with most of the Horde, taken to internment camps, Chieftain Zuluhed may have escaped along with other Horde Clans through the Dark Portal – back to Draenor – disconnecting communications between Zuluhed and the remaining Dragonmaw Clan orcs of Grim Batol that were led by Nekros Skullcrusher. Their last bastions in Azeroth: Dun Algaz, Dun Modr and Grim Batol. Eventually, through a ruse by Krasus, Nekros and the Dragonmaw Clan abandoned Grim Batol to secure the red eggs and Alexstrasza, heading toward Dun Modr. The Dwarves with help of Rhonin, Vereesa, Falstad the Wildhammer dwarf, Krasus and an enraged Alexstrasza defeated what remained of the Dragonmaw Clan in Azeroth.
Zuluhed and his Dragonmaw Clan escaped to Draenor years ago during the Second War. Although not official, it is what makes sense – for Zuluhed the Whacked may be found at the Dragonmaw Fortress located in Shadowmoon Valley. Pitifully, as a spawned NPC activated when accepting a quest. Read the World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade quest transcripts below.
INFILTRATING DRAGONMAW FORTRESS
I require time so that I may device a plan to save my children and mate. You will buy me this time, mortal.
Venture into Dragonmaw Fortress, located on the eastern edge of the Netherwing Fields, and lay waste to all Dragonmaw orcs that you find. The ensuing chaos and confusion should have a considerable impact on their plans.
Be warned, some of my kin are too far gone – their minds corrupted by the Dragonmaw. For them, the only resolution is death. You have my permission to end their lives as well.
Neltharaku, flying high above Netherwing Fields in Shadowmoon Valley wants you to slay 15 Dragonmaw orcs.
Any Dragonmaw Orc in Dragonmaw Fortress will suffice.
Rewards: 7g 59s
Neltharaku: Well done. I have discovered a way in which we can free the enslaved drakes that are being held at Dragonmaw Fortress.
ZULUHED THE WHACKED
Karynaku: He hides in my thoughts, mortal. He waits for me to break … for me to bend to his will.
And this will be his undoing. I will call for him. I will tell him that I will do as he asks. When he appears, kill him and take the key!
Know this: Zuluhed is an ancient orc with unknown powers. He has surely been empowered further by Illidan. You risk your life for me in doing as I ask. Are you certain you wish to make such a sacrifice?
Kill Zuluhed the Whacked and recover Zuluhed’s Key. Use Zuluhed’s Key on Zuluhed’s Chains to free Karynaku.
Suggested Players (5)
Rewards: 7g 59s
Zuluhed the Whacked yells: Indeed, the time has come to end this charade. Destroy them! Destroy them all!
TIPS: Your team must first clear the building nearby killing the two shamans there. Everyone must stay there. Only one player should go talk to Karynaku. When you accept the quest from Karynaku, Zuluhed spawns by the exit doorway and a few archers spawn atop the walls. Run toward the room. Zuluhed will aggro four seconds after he spawns. Make sure to bring a Priest or Paladin as main healer and a secondary healer (Druid or Shaman). At some point, Zuluhed will yell: Lord Illidan, bless me with the power of the flight!—- this is a queue. Arcubus the Pitlord is summoned and joins the fight. It may be a 4-5 minutes fight. The pitlord doesn’t make as much damage as Zuluhed, but has mad health/armor. Watch for Zuluhed’s rain of fire. He does it on healers or rangers quietly often.
NOTE – This quest grants you access to a Nether Drake mount.
UPDATE: Blizzard confirmed a PvE Netherdrake mount:
NOTE: I recommend reading Warcraft: Day of the Dragon pocketbook. Blizzard Entertainment will release Grim Batol as a high-end dungeon in an uncertain future. Grim Batol has been the red dragonflight’s new nest after the Second War, where Queen Alexstrasza resides. The son of Nekros, Nekrosh is already in early Alliance quests on southern Wetlands.