|Start||Vaelastrasz the Corrupt|
Requires Level 60
This quest is the fork of quest chain to open the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj. Players must have completed  (and thus have neutral or better reputation with the Brood of Nozdormu) before will offer players this quest.
Champion, is it you? A thousand years it has been since I was entrusted the shard and it is at my darkest hour that one should rise to relieve me of it... But what would tragedy be without cruelty?
<Vaelastrasz coughs weakly.>
Ne... Nefarius now holds the scepter shard.
Time is of the essence. Nefarius plans to destroy the shard. You must hurry!
- It is advised that players talk to Vaelastraz to pick up this quest before the event is started. There is a very short period of time after someone starts the event while Vael is still friendly if it is still necessary to pick up the quest.
- After accepting the quest, Nefarius will yell: Looking for this: ? Come and get it...
- Some time later may yell the following:
- I wonder, heroes, what will you do when I manage to destroy this shard? Will the world be beyond Salvation? Lord Victor Nefarius's laughter echoes through the halls of Blackwing.
- What's this? A chip in the shard? Finally, a weakness exposed... It won't be long now.
- Failing to kill Nefarian within 5 hours results in looting from the dragon (provided you still kill him) instead of the red shard.
Another of our heroes lost to the spawn of Deathwing. We will be cursed with this suffering forever...
Vaelastrasz's soul is at ease, champion. The Aspects all watch your progress with great interest. Know that you have powerful allies.
I was commanded to grant you something to aid you in this struggle. Use it well...
This is part of the fork of quest chain:
Patches and hotfixes
Patch 1.9.0 (03-Jan-2006): Added