How to see Thrall’s marriage

Patch 4.2 brought with it a long questchain requiring you to rescue the former Horde warchief Thrall from the clutches of Majordomo Staghelm. At the end of that questline, Thrall declares his love for his mate Aggra, and officially dedicates his life to her in a commitment ceremony – effectively marrying her.

It’s an important moment in WoW lore, and you can witness it for yourself by completing the questchain Call of the World Shaman. The quest begins in Mount Hyjal (see our quick guide if you’re not sure How to get to Mount Hyjal). Once you’ve picked up the initial quest (from the Earthspeaker, next to the portals in Orgrimmar or Stormwind), you’ll need to find Thrall, just south of the World Tree. If you’re having trouble picking up this questchain, you might need to speak to Aggra first of all – you can find her in Mount Hyjal.

Call of the World Shaman leads on to Elemental Bonds, which ends in Thrall’s marriage to Aggra. It’s easy to follow the questchain – just talk to Aggra after each stage to see what needs to be done next. You’ll need to free Thrall from each of the four elements in turn. You’ll need to attack the mobs that are surrounding him. Only when a certain number of mobs have been killed will the next stage of the questchain be triggered. The mobs that surround Thrall are non-aggressive, so they won’t attack until you attack them.

For each element, you’ll have a new meter on your user interface. When the bar reaches 100, Thrall will be freed from that element’s control and you’ll be able to move on to the next element. Killing one of the smaller mobs will increase the bar by 5 points. Killing one of the larger mobs will increase the bar by 15 points. If you die, the bar will reset, so be careful! If you can find somebody else to do this quest with you, it’ll go a lot faster (and will be a lot less tedious).

The confirmation of Thrall and Aggra’s relationship officially ends any speculation as to Thrall’s relationship with the Alliance mage Jaina Proudmore. Much as fans may have wished to see that relationship pan out, Thrall and Aggra are now married (or the Orcish shaman equivalent). Judging by Aggra’s determination to save her mate during the Elemental Bonds questline, it’s pretty serious.

Have you completed the questline to witness Thrall’s marriage? What did you think?

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Who on Azeroth is Aggra?

If you’ve played through the Goblin starting questline on Kezan and the Lost Isles or if you’ve rescued Thrall from the afflictions of Majordomo Staghelm, but haven’t read any of the Warcraft novelizations, you might be wondering who on Azeroth this new ‘Aggra’ character is.

The short answer is that Aggra is now Thrall’s wife, and that’s official so you’d better get used to it.

Aggra is an orc of the Mag’har, and a powerful shaman in her own right. She got to know Thrall during the events immediately following Wrath of the Lich King and before Cataclysm – events detailed in the World of Warcraft novelization The Shattering.

Thrall traveled to Nagrand to commune with the elements there, during which time he met Aggra. While the two of them initially antagonized each other, they soon became – in true buddy cop fashion – the best of friends. The friendship blossomed into love, and any fanboy hope of seeing Thrall and Jaina Proudmore play Hide the Stoneskin Totem died an undignified death.

Aggra plays a significant role in the events of the goblin starting questline on the Lost Isles. She leads the band of shipwrecked orcs who, with the aid of the goblins, rescue Thrall from imprisonment at the hands of Alliance S:17 agents. She later makes a reappearance during the questline The Call of the World Shaman, during which she follows Thrall around complaining that he talks too much, while ordering the player to do all the hard work. If you do manage to complete that questline, you’ll be rewarded with an i-level 365 cloak, and you’ll be punished by being made to endure Thrall and Aggra’s vomit-inducing commitment ceremony. Depending on your opinion, of course, this may be the best thing about that questline. If you really want to see it, check our guide, How to get to Mount Hyjal.

It was Aggra who convinced Thrall that he needed to choose between his duties as a Warchief and his duties as a Shaman. Thrall, who was perhaps following the advice of a part of his body other than his brain, chose the later option – leaving Garosh Hellscream to lead the Horde to glory under his famous election slogan “Vote Hellscream – because 99% ineptitude just ain’t good enough.”

What do you think of Aggra? Do you approve of her partnership with Thrall, or were you as confused about her sudden appearance as the rest of us?

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Saturday Extra: If Thrall’s Relationships were on Jerry Springer

We don’t always update on Saturdays, but this one’s too fun not to. I’m not quite sure how to describe it – erm, kinda fan-fiction from a, ah, very specific genre?

Dear Aggra, watch out for the ’til death do us part, part. It’s not as contractually binding as you might think. Get a prenup. Hearts and moons, Sylvanas.

“Hello, you’ve reached Aggra. I can’t come to the phone right now, likely because I’m dealing with some sort of elemental emergency and/or saving Thrall’s cute butt. Just leave a message after the tone and I’ll listen to it in spirit. No really, I can do that. BEEP-“

The Firelands are fun, but they’re definitely Srs Bznss (apart from the turtle-punting quest, anyway). So here’s a bit of something to lighten up your day(lies). Enjoy.

_Quote taken directly from Killing ’em Slowly’s post.

Find Killing ’em Slowly’s homepage at http://killingemslowly.blogspot.com_

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Elkagorasa the Casual: Background To Thrall Handing Over Warchief

The horde’s beloved warchief is going to do something questionable around the time the world goes boom. We’ll be in the hands of Garrosh. Noes! Why would Thrall do this to us? Well, Elkagorasa has found some quests which might explain some things.

Elk’s post is very short, but he points out just where you need to go to get some of Thrall’s background. Background that links into Thrall and Garroshs’ current adoptive brotherly relationship, and foreshadows the trust between them that will lead Thrall to  abandon us hand us over to Garrosh.

I decided I’d do the cooking daily hoping for one of my last 2 recipe drops. The quest of the day was Spiritual Soup; one of my least hated Outland’s cooking dailies. Flying through Nagrand, I stopped by the Horde outpost, Garadar, to Trick or Treat. CANDY!! Who should be standing, but none other than Garrosh.

His post also includes the video of Thrall appointing Garrosh as warchief as an optional extra unless you’re avoiding spoilers. But otherwise, it looks like doing the Nagrand quests Elk talks about is a great way to understand and enjoy the changes coming in Cataclysm. Are you prepared… for Garrosh as warchief?

What do you think – are there any other quests preceding Thrall’s handover, or are there other reasons we just haven’t ‘seen’ yet? (Jaina and Thrall sprogs, noooooo)

_Quote taken from Elkagorasa’s post

You can find Elkagorasa the Casual’s homepage here_

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