I never played ‘vanilla’ Wow at level, so legendaries like Ashbringer and Thunderfury never meant all that much to me.
As a dedicated rogue in the Burning Crusade, I thought that the Warglaives were the ‘coolest things ever,’ but somehow never thought I would see them. As I worked myself up from Complete Noob to Noob Raider to Raider to Hardcore Raider, I began to appreciate the weapon for its stats, its art, and its color (ah yes, orange, mmm). As I mentioned before, lore was an inconsequential part of the game for me, so I paid little heed to the weapons’ origins. Nor, somehow, did I think that to aspire to such legendary weapons was a goal within my reach. I came quite a bit closer than anticipated, participating in numerous kills of Illidan on my rogue before and after Sunwell came out, but there were always rogues (and warriors, meh) ahead of me on priority. As such, I never really dreamed of getting them, and never got incredibly excited about them either. Unlike the guildie in my first Illidan kill who literally screamed for 5 minutes after being given the main hand weapon – and I’m pretty sure – crying real tears and peeing his pants as well.
Ulduar’s legendary was for healers – never my main function, and I missed most of Ulduar due to my short-lived ‘retirement.’ I saw a few fragments here and there, but since the farthest either of my guilds got pre-TOC was Yogg, the mace was really only a dream for the healers in the guild, and I felt sorry for them.
Thus, when I found myself reading the lore regarding Shadowmourne – and paying attention this time in accordance with my vow – I was surprised to find the stew of excitement bubbling higher and higher within me! I realize that it will be a ‘Fragment of Frost’ or some such situation and that Shadowmourne can only be re-fused in some heroic encounter with Arthas on heroic mode, but oh, yes, ‘the weapon to end the war for Northrend’ is starting to sound pretty exciting to me!
And now…. and now….
Who better to wield the weapon of Arthas’ demise than a fallen and redeemed Death Knight? Who better to shatter his throne and end his rule?
Nobody better than Hinenuitepo, Death Goddess, I say!
Yeah, I’m pretty excited.