If you care for the stories found within the World of Warcraft and have not yet had a chance to visit with Deathbringer Saurfang in a IceCrown Citadel raid then you might not want to read this post. However, if you feel you might never get a chance to hear/see it for yourselves, then by all means, read on!
The Deathbringer Saurfang encounter is one of my favourites because of the story that is involved and I’m very pleased to learn that no matter what faction you may belong to, you get to witness it.
I have only had the pleasure of seeing it from the Horde side of view. I can imagine that hard core Horde raiders most likely hate this by now because they have (most likely) heard it on a multiple of occasions. You see, much like the instance Culling of Stratholm prior to patch 3.3, you can not start the actual fight with Saurfang until the story is played out.
Thankfully, I am no hard core raider. And I do like a good story.
Deathbringer Saurfang Intro -The Horde’s Script
Members of the Horde arrive at Deathbringer’s Rise with High Overlord Saurfang.
High Overlord Saurfang yells: Kor’kron, move out! Champions, watch your backs. The Scourge have been…
Deathbringer Saurfang yells: Join me, father. Join me and we will crush this world in the name of the Scourge — for the glory of the Lich King!
High Overlord Saurfang says: My boy died at the Wrath Grate. I am here only to collect his body.
Deathbringer Saurfang yells: Stubborn and old. What chance do you have? I am stronger, and more powerful than you ever were.
High Overlord Saurfang says: We named him Dranosh. It means “Heart of Draenor” in orcish. I would not let the warlocks take him. My boy would be safe, hidden away by the elders of Garadar..
High Overlord Saurfang says: I made a promise to his mother before she died; that I would cross the Dark Portal alone – whether I lived or died, my son would be safe. Untainted…
High Overlord Saurfang says: Today, I fulfill that promise.
High Overlord Saurfang charges! Just before he reaches his son, he is lifted into the air to struggle against an unseen hand.
Deathbringer Saurfang yells: Pathetic old orc. Come then heroes. Come and face the might of the Scourge!
Aftermath – Deathbringer Saurfang is Defeated: Horde Script
High Overlord Saurfang coughs.
High Overlord Saurfang weeps over the corpse of his son.
High Overlord Saurfang says: You will have a proper ceremony in Nagrand next to the pyres of your mother and ancestors.
High Overlord Saurfang says: Honor, young heroes… no matter how dire the battle… Never forsake it!
No matter how raid-focused I am, I never fail to hear the line “We named him Dranosh. It means “Heart of Draenor in orcish.”. I’m not sure if it’s due to the words themselves or to the voice-acting in this particular moment. I’m honestly moved and as a result, have sent me looking for more among the Warcraft novels that are published.
I’m very pleased to learn that the Alliance here this part of the story as well. Compared to what I know of the Horde’s intro script, the Alliance’s intro script is a let down. Most likely a typical beginning of any fight between an dwarf and orc (or any other Alliance race vs. Horde race) – with the exception that I would except more taunting from a dwarf. Muradin should have called Saurfang a butterfly, perhaps.
Deathbringer Saurfang Intro- The Alliance’s Script
Deathbringer Saurfang yells: For every Horde soldier that you killed, for every Alliance dog that fell, the Lich King’s armies grew. Even now the Val’kyr work to raise your fallen… As Scourge..
Deathbringer Saurfang yells: Things are about to get much worse. Come, taste the power that the Lich King has bestowed upon me!
Muradin Bronzebeard yells: A lone orc, against the might of the Alliance? Charge!
Muradin Bronzebeard charges! Just before he reaches Deathbringer Saurfang, he is lifted into the air to struggle against an unseen hand.
Deathbringer Saurfang yells: Hahahaha! Dwarves.
Aftermath – Deathbringer Saurfang is Defeated: Alliance Script
Muradin Bronzebeard gasps for air.
Muradin Bronzebeard says: That was Saurfang’s boy – the Horde commander at the Wrath Gate. Such a tragic end…
Muradin Bronzebeard says: What in the… There, in the distance!
A Horde Zeppelin flies up to the rise
Muradin Bronzebeard yells: Soldiers, fall in! Looks like the Horde are comin’ in to take another shot!
The Zeppelin docks, and High Overlord Saurfang hops out, confronting the Alliance soldiers and Muradin
Muradin Bronzebeard says: Don’t force my hand, orc. We can’t let you pass.
High Overlord Saurfang says: Behind you lies the body of my only son. Nothing will keep me from him.
Muradin Bronzebeard says: He… I can’t do it. Get back on your ship and we’ll spare your life.
A mage portal from Stormwind appears between the two and Varian Wrynn and Jaina Proudmoore emerge
King Varian Wrynn says: Stand down, Muradin. Let a grieving father pass.
High Overlord Saurfang walks over to his son and kneels before his son’s body.
High Overlord Saurfang says: [Orcish] No’ku kil zil’nok ha tar.
Higher Overlord Saurfang picks up the body of his son and walks over towards Varian
High Overlord Saurfang says: I will not forget this kindess. I thank you, highness.
King Varian Wrynn says says: I… I was not at the Wrathgate. But the soldiers who survived told me much of what happened. Your son fought with honor. He died a hero’s death. He deserves a hero’s burial.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore cries.
King Varian Wrynn says says: Jaina, why are you crying?
Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: It was nothing, your majesty. Just… I’m proud of my king.
King Varian Wrynn says says: Muradin, secure the deck and prepare our soldiers for an assault on the Upper Citadel. I’ll send out another regiment from Stormwind.
Muradin Bronzebeard says says: Let’s get the move then. Move out!
I absolutely love the fact that the story that I admire on the Horde side is also shown to the Alliance side. I find it interesting that King Varian & Jaina show up and that their appearance allows for the collection of Saurfang’s body. I also can’t help notice that the zeppelin that the Alliance just defeated in the Gunship battle is still afloat. Forgive me members of the Alliance but weren’t you supposed to shoot it down in the previous fight? 😉
Now my question is what does “No’ku kil zil’nok ha tar” mean? The most common explanation found is “Goodbye my son” however from what I’ve been able to see, these are all guesses. Based on Elder Saurfang’s reference to bringing back his body to bury in Nagrand, I would like to think he was saying something along the lines of welcoming his son, and hero, home.
How about you? Which raids and/or instances are home to your favourite moments of WoW’s story?