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Taelan’s Redemption

August 24, 2010

I’ve been finishing up the Plaguelands on Juna … up to 515/550 in the Eastern Kingdoms now. You would think, being such a Tirion fangirl, that I would have cleaned up these zones before this. But hey, at least I’m getting them in now and seeing it all before Cata wipes it all away. The following screenshots contain no cows but lots of undead horses.

At the end of the chain, after you’ve visited Stratholme and retrieved the painting, Tirion sends you to Uther’s Tomb to visit the gnome that sits there on the stump … Myranda the Hag? Something like that. I’d ridden past her 1000 times before and always wondered what she did. Present her with Tirion’s Gift and she will disguise you as a Scarlet Crusader.

The disguise allows you to ride right through Hearthglen up to Mardenholde Keep, where you meet Highlord Taelan Fordring … and give him Tirion’s Gift, full of old mementos from his past.

Broken out of his mental state by the realization that his father is alive, Tae falls to one knee. As the Crusaders standing guard in the room converge on him, asking what is wrong, the anger overtakes him and he attacks them all. Not sure what was happening, I just stood and watched.  Once he had dispatched them, though, he returned to his spot and wanted to talk to me. He asked to be escorted out of Hearthglen and back to his father .. and warned me to remove my disguise lest I accidentally taste his blade in the heat of battle.

So, I put on a more appropriate disguise, and then we went downstairs, fighting off Scarlets along the way. We stepped outside, and mounted our horses to ride to the gate.

Aaaand, we didn’t stop there. We rode on through the gates (after dispatching the Crusaders guarding them) and down the forest path.

But at the tower, Taelan stops and confronts the Grand Inquisitor. Unfortunately, although I was raring to jump to his aid, he instructed me to fend off the Scarlet Elites and leave Issilien to him. Do any of you ever have emotional attachment to these questlines? My heart caught in my throat when the battle progression led to this scene:

I promptly took out the Inquisitor as soon as he was attackable … then stood there waiting for Taelan to get up. Doh. Well, the quest text did say to report back to Tirion, so I mounted up and rode away, expecting to have to go back to the Eastern Plaguelands. But as I rode over the next hill, there was Tirion waiting for me on the trail.

It wasn’t until reading the next text that I realized I had just been witness to the death of his son. Although saddened by Tae’s death, Tirion is thankful that he had renounced the Scarlet Crusade, and he comes out of exile to take up leadership of the Order of the Silver Hand. I may have missed out on some important Lore moments that are gone now (Onyxia questline anyone?) … but I am very glad I took the time to do this one before Cataclysm.