|High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque|
|Title||King of Gnomes|
|Affiliation||Gnomeregan Exiles, Gnomeregan (faction), Alliance of Lordaeron|
|Position||High Tinker-in-Exile of Gnomeregan|
|Location|| New Tinkertown,[40.6, 42] Dun Morogh|
Tinker Town, Ironforge [69, 49]
|Relative(s)||Unknown, Sicco Thermaplugg (former friend)|
High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque, King of Gnomes, is the current leader of the gnomish evacuees from Gnomeregan.
The gnomes have not had a proper king or queen for over four hundred years. Instead, they prefer to elect their highest officials for set terms of service. The highest office in Gnomeregan, High Tinker, has been held by the crafty Gelbin Mekkatorque for the past seven to nine years. Gelbin is one of the most renowned inventors ever (his invention include the Mechanostrider mounts, the repair bot, and the), and has been honored as a just and skillful leader. While in office, High Tinkers are allowed to hold grand titles but only hold their power for set terms of office, after which they return to the work force. Mekkatorque took on the title "King of the Gnomes". The "king of the gnomes" is a bit less silly than the title sounds (but still pretty crazy).
However, when the troggs began their invasion of Gnomeregan, Gelbin was unprepared to stop them. At the behest of his top adviser, Mekgineer Sicco Thermaplugg, he ordered that the city be bathed in toxic radiation. So the radiation bomb was released. Though the radiation stopped the troggs' advance, it ultimately killed more gnomes than troggs. Now the High Tinker carries the weight of the dead on his shoulders and seeks to avenge his people by reclaiming their lost city.
While he suffered flak wounds from the release of the bomb in Gnomeregan, his genius is still strong enough to keep his title. He's a good man, too.
Mekkatorque spends the overwhelming majority of his time working on plans to retake Gnomeregan, knowing that many of his people are still trapped inside with no means of escape. While he appreciates the hospitality of the dwarves, Ironforge is too small for both races, at least in the long term. In addition to his efforts to retake Gnomeregan, Mekkatorque works with the dwarves on a regular basis to perfect new military technology and strategies. He is partially responsible for the new models of dwarven flying machines being sent into the field, but his people are too few to make much more of a contribution to the Alliance at this time. Mekkatorque has also assigned a team to researching anti-Scourge weaponry, knowing that an undead attack is imminent.
He was one of the members of two pairs of gnomes that are credited with the construction of the Deeprun Tram, a fast running form of transportation between Ironforge and Stormwind. Gnomish inventors organize into pairs, an odd crazy-guy/sane-guy relationship. One is always trying to push the limits of his devices to unknowable extremes while the other does everything he can to keep the invention from becoming disastrous. It was two pairings of just this type that created the underground railroad that connects Ironforge to Stormwind Keep. It is however unclear of which member Gelbin represented in his pair, the "crazy" one, or the "sane" one.
High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque is a boss and quest giver located in Tinker Town in the dwarf city of Ironforge.
He starts the quest [35D].
During Brewfest, Mekkatorque will ride out of the city to the festival grounds at 6 A.M. and 6 P.M. each day for the ceremonial tapping of the keg. Players present when he does this will receive a 2 hour Brewfest Enthusiast buff that increases XP gained by 10%.
See List of Ironforge NPCs.
During the Operation: Gnomeregan event leading up to Cataclysm, Mekkatorque led the gnomes and their allies in an attempt to retake his beloved city from Thermaplugg and his minions.
Since the release of the expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, High Tinker Mekkatorque can be found under a tent in Gates of Gnomeregan. He is present at the Elemental Invasion meeting.
In the short-story featuring Gelbin, set either just before or during the Shattering, we learn that he recently fought with Thermaplugg duting a visit to his old quarters in Gnomeregan. Using his adaptive nature he severed Thermaplugg's legs using a trap Thermaplugg had set himself. It is debated upon whether Thermaplugg is actually dead, or if he survived the encounter.
- One of the easier racial leaders to kill. It's best for the horde to buff up in the Deeprun Tram and then have a tank charge in to Gelbin. The fight is rather easy, just Tank & spank and deal with the guards. He yields no honor if killed. As he is not part of For The Horde, he is unguarded and not required to kill, however due to his location outside the tram he may aggro on groups using it to get to or from Ironforge. Killing Gelbin can also present a threat to the raid, party. Ironforge is, next to Stormwind, the most populated Alliance city, so taking the time to kill him will undoubtedly give Alliance players time to get ready, or mass and attack the raid party during the battle.
Gelbin Mekkatorque features as the main character in the short story "Cut Short" written by Cameron Dayton as part of Blizzard's 'Leaders of Azeroth' short story series.
During Operation: Gnomeregan
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| Preceded by:|
High Tinker of the Gnomes
| Succeeded by:|
| Preceded by:|
Ruler of Gnomeregan
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