The Legend(aries) of Immortalis

We got all 6 legendaries in the guild!

As Wrath of the Lich King comes to an end, we begin to look forward and plan for all the fun and excitement of Cataclysm. One of the guild achievements available in Cataclysm is The Ultimate Collection – basically having people in the guild who have obtained all the legendaries currently in the game. This achievement is rumoured to reward an exclusive mount, purchasable as a guild perk. As a guild full of avid collectors and achievement seekers, many of our number have been either actively pursuing or have earned legendary weapons as part of guild progression.

One of the more elusive ones has been the fabled Warglaives of Azzinoth. Long time guild member Yumiko received the main-hand Warglaive in the last days of The Burning Crusade. It was October 2008 and <Immortalis>, as it’s previous incarnation of <Athanatoi>, had downed the final boss of Black Temple, Illidan Stormrage, the Betrayer. It was our first guild kill of Illidan and the first Warglaive of the server. However, the off-hand Warglaive didn’t appear in the next two kills or any subsequent retro-raids.

All this changed last week as a few guild members decided to spontaneously head to Black Temple. Yumiko, not usually one for retro-raids, decided to come along after having his arm twisted. No-one actually expected it to happen but lightning struck as the second Warglaive of Azzinoth dropped! While the drop itself is extremely rare, what made it all the more serendipitous was that it was the first time Yumiko had stepped into Black Temple since he’d gotten the first Warglaive, exactly two years earlier! Now that’s timing!

With all six legendaries within the guild, let’s have a look at the wielders.

YUMIKO

A mainstay of our raiding progress for longer than anyone can remember, Yumiko’s raided it all – from Molten Core back in the days of Vanilla WoW right up to the Lich King himself. Between topping the damage meters, Yumiko also finds time to be one of our bank officers! When <Athanatoi> were progressing through Black Temple, there were many candidates for the legendaries but in the end, it was Yumiko who got that first warglaive. That warglaive stood him in good stead while leveling and he was even using it in Naxxramas until an upgrade appeared. Now, after two years, Yumiko finally wields both Warglaives of Azzinoth!

ÐAZ

When Ðaz first rolled a paladin, he was a healer. He healed all through The Burning Crusade, eventually tiring of it. When Wrath of the Lich King was released, he decided a change was in order. And so began the road to retribution (the spec, not actual revenge against anyone). Ðaz isn’t just an amazing retridin but also a damn good tank. Throughout our progression, Ðaz has often stood in as a tank when tanks were in short supply. Ðaz has been a mainstay of our raiding progression and his encyclopaedic knowledge of all things WoW has often been of great aid in helping people in the guild with their achievements, quests and improving their skills at raiding. As such, he was a natural choice to be the person we backed when going for Shadowmourne.

 MIRTHE

One of the guild’s finest healers in The Burning Crusade, Mirthe honed his skills in Wrath of the Lich King, not only in healing but leading. When <Immortalis> was founded, Mirthe became one of the founding officers, a position he still holds to this day. Throughout the guild’s history, Mirthe’s passion, enthusiasm and sheer determination helped us through some tough times. Training our healing team stay co-ordinated while encouraging and pushing them to be the best that they can be, Mirthe forged one of the most tight-knit healing cadre on the server. When entered Ulduar 25, Mirthe received the first Fragment of Val’anyr, beginning an epic year long grind that culminated with a Yogg-Saron kill and Mirthe’s Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings.

IPOUSH

Ipoush is famous on The Sha’tar as an avid collector of mounts, pets, armors and last but not least, of being one of the nicest guys around and one of the best rogues that’s ever graced this server. At one time, Ipoush held the server record for the most mounts owned and most likely still does, with a grand total of 123 mounts. However, one of his greatest passions was farming Molten Core with his friends so that he could get a very special blade. Eventually the farming yielded results and soon Ipoush was on the epic quest chain for this weapon. This culminated in an epic RP event where the guild members gathered in Silithus and fought against Thunderaan as the final part of the quest chain – as the dust settled, Ipoush proudly wielded his Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker! Ipoush is currently on an extended break from WoW. We miss you, buddy and hope to see you soon!

THONAW

Originally playing Horde, Thonaw found himself hitting the limits of what he could achieve in the game. Horde side wasn’t offering him any raiding, PvP or RP opportunities or challenges. All this changed when he bumped into Senya, our amazing recruitment officer. From there, it was only a matter of time until he joined <Immortalis> and became one of our regular healers. Another avid collector, Thonaw has invested a lot of time in collecting pets and mounts as well as grinding reputation for various factions. One night while working on his Hydraxian Waterlords rep, Ragnaros dropped the Eye of Sulfuras and soon Thonaw found himself gathering the materials to make his very own Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros.

EAMARA

A long time ago there was a guild called <Athanatoi>. It was a guild that existed in The Burning Crusade and had much raiding success, all due to the hard work and raid leadership of one person: Eamara. Under Eamara’s military guidance, <Athanatoi> worked through the raid content, from the haunted passages of Karazhan to the demon infested cityscape of Sunwell Plateau. TBC came to a close before <Athanatoi> could make much headway into Sunwell Plateau so any chance of getting a shot at the legendary bow had to be put on hold for a while. Time passed and <Athanatoi> became <Immortalis>. Eamara remained interested in Sunwell Plateau as it was one of his favourite places. After diligently returning there as often as he could, fate smiled on him and he finally got his Thori’dal, the Star’s Fury earlier this year!

KOUNIAM

No list of guild legendaries would be complete without mention of Kouniam. A long time member of <Immortalis> and the RP community, Kouniam is a mage to the core. Back in The Burning Crusade, he resolved to try and get his own Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian. This staff originally belonged to Medivh, a central figure in WoW lore and had the interesting on-use effect of teleporting the wielder to the gates of Karazhan! After a long rep grind with the Argent Dawn and weekly farming of the original Naxxramas, he came very close to achieving this goal. Unfortunately, he only managed to gather 38 of the 40 required Splinters of Atiesh before patch 3.0.1 hit and removed the instance from the game. However, being the positive person that he is, he was philosophical about it – after all, he can now boast that he has more legendaries than anyone else in the game!

Some of you have asked for a high resolution version of the header image. Here it is! A big congratulations to all those who got their legendaries – it was a truly fun and awesome experience being there with you and here’s to more in Cataclysm!

Regards,