Side Quest in Dragonflight Alpha Explores the Dragonmaw's Troubled Legacy (Spoilers)
01/8/2022 em 01:53
Once, the Dragonmaw clan enslaved and tortured members of the Red Dragonflight, including their Queen, Alexstrasza. We explore a side-quest that tackles this complicated legacy, as orcs and red dragons look towards a future of working together as allies.
WARNING: DRAGONFLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!
In the Waking Shores, in the inn below the Ruby Lifeshrine, we meet a pair of orcs who have, like us, recently travelled to the Dragon Isles.
Kolgar Flameguard is worried about his companion, Duroz Scaletaker. The elderly orc is frail, yet he insisted on taking this journey. All Kolgar could do at the time was accompany him, but now Duroz's health is failing fast.
At Kolgar's request, you agree to escort the orcs to the red dragonflight's potions maker, to ask for a tonic that may relieve Duroz's pain. As you follow the orcs outside of the Inn, Duroz seems almost ashamed as he passes the red drakonid innkeeper, and we realize something about his clan - he's Dragonmaw.
Duroz averts his eyes when they pass the inkeeper.
Kolgar Flameguard says: You're worried they know about your clan.
Duroz Scaletaker says: No. They're too young. I pray that evil never reaches their ears.
Of all the orcish clans, the Dragonmaw clan has perhaps the most impactful, and horrible, history with the dragons of Azeroth. Sometime before the First and Second War, the fallen Aspect Deathwing helped lead the Dragonmaw clan to the Demon Soul - a powerful artifact with the ability to control or destroy dragons. The Dragonmaw used this power to enslave Alexstrasza, forcing her to birth dragons to be used as whelps for the clan - creating the red dragon mounts seen in Warcraft 2. Alexstrasza and her red dragons were eventually freed, but not before many years of torture, humiliation, and pain.
The potions maker. Bathoras, tells you that the orc is dying, but with your help, at least a potion that can soothe his pain can be made. While they wait, Duroz and Kolgar make their way to the garden, where recently hatched Whelplings play among the flowers. Kolgar seems surprised that Duroz chooses to rest here.
Duroz Scaletaker says: The garden. I... want to sit in the garden.
Kolgar Flameguard says: Are you sure you want to see--... Nevermind. Alright, come on, let's go to the garden.
When you bring the orc his medicine, you Duroz deep in thought. As he watches the whelps play, the old orc speaks about the atrocities he committed against the red dragonflight long ago. The guilt weighs heavily on his mind, and he seems astonished by the way the red dragons are treating him now.
Duroz takes a small sip of the medicine and frowns, looking out at the rest of the garden.
Duroz Scaletaker says: They're beautiful, aren't they?
Kolgar Flameguard says: The dragons?
Duroz Scaletaker says: The dragons. The whelps. Everything else here. To think of what we did to them at Grim Batol...
Kolgar Flameguard says: You're not thinking about the rest o the Dragonmaw. You're thinking about what you did.
Duroz Scaletaker says: Every day of my life. And here they are making me medicine. Because they don't know.
Kolgar Flameguard says: You answered for it, Duroz. You were in that camp for years. You stood against Garrosh, against Zaela, against Sylvanas. You regained your honor and you defended it.
Duroz Scaletaker says: I broke whelps younger than these, Kolgar. Some honor can't be regained.
The ruby whelpling lands near Duroz's lap, curls up, ,and begins to drift off into sleep.
Kolgar Flameguard says: Maybe it can.
If you complete the quest before finishing the main Waking Shore storyline, this is where you leave Duroz for now, the whelpling still curled on his lap. After you have completed the final quest of that storyline, a new quest becomes available.
You find Kolgar kneeling over the body of Duroz Scaletaker. The old orc died peacefully in his sleep, the dragon whelp still curled up on his chest.
Kolgar notices you and quickly wipes his face on his forearms, sniffing once and clearing his throat roughly.
Kolgar seems at a loss. He's used to Duroz making the decisions. He asks you to call Bathoras, the same drakonid potions master who helped before.
Kolgar Flameguard says: Is this why you wanted to come to the Dragon Isles? Was there peace for you in this, Duroz?
Kolgar Flameguard says: They say it's... dishonorable to die in your sleep. That it's cowardice not to face down death.
Batharos says: I believe he was facing it down longer than you gave him credit for.
Kolgar Flameguard says: I know he was, I... I just don't know why.
Batharos says: We must all go eventually. But letting go is not the same as ceasing.
After seeing how distressed and lost the younger orc seems to feel, Bathoras tells you it is Kolgar's time to heal. With your help, he infuses the gem with Duroz's spirit. This seems to bring Kolgar some comfort, and affirm that Duroz Scaletaker was able to die with dignity.
Batharos says: It is done. Take this life-gem, Kolgar, and know that it holds the enduring flame of Duro's courage.
Kolgar clutches the chest as Bathoras sets the gem inside. He sets his jaw tightly, eyes cast downward.
Kolgar Flameguard says: He would not have believed he deserved this kindness from the dragons.
Batharos says: One cannot deserve dignity. It is the right of all life.
Kolgar Flameguard says: I will not forget this, Bathoras.
In an expansion that is filled to brimming with grand and endlessly impressive characters, stories, and places, this side quest offers a quiet and personal story that leaves you feeling immensely for the characters involved, and yet also has surprisingly deep roots in some of Aeroth's darkest history. Kolgar's regret over his part in the Dragonmaw clan's atrocities is reminiscent of Saurfang's coversation with Garrosh Hellscream back in Wrath of the Lich King, where he describes war crimes committed by the Horde that he took part in.
All in all, this short questline is easily one of our favorites that we've played so far in the alpha.
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