In World of Warcraft Shadowlands, each zone will host one of four pacts: the Kyrians, the Necrolords, the Night Fae, and the Venthyr. You'll meet them during your first Shadowlands adventures, and at the new max level of 60, you can join one of them to gain access to their rewards, including a signature ability, a class-specific ability, unique transmogs, and more. In this special, we'll introduce you to the introductory quests of the fourth and final Covenant you'll encounter: the Venthyr.
On a scale of Light to Dark, the Venthyr are in the dark range. The Kyrians in the light, and the Necrolords and Night Fae in the middle, with the former leaning towards the Kyrians and the latter towards the Venthyr. The color palettes of the zones of the four pacts reflect this nicely, as you'll see in a moment. The designs and colors are quite obviously inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's American "Dracula" spin-off, which stars Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder. Despite their sinister destiny, the Venthyr are far from gloomy and bloodless - on the contrary, Revendreth's vampiric inhabitants make an extremely vital impression and are not stingy with black humour.
As Game Director Ion Hazzikostas explained during the Shadowlands panel discussions, one of the Warcraft celebrities who made their way to Revendreth after death is Kael'thas Sunwalker. The blood elf prince, then, also vicariously sets the "main thrust" of the pact: Magically gifted classes. A shaman who makes a pact with the Venthyr, for example, will then have a teleportation ability called Shadowgate, which greatly strengthens elemental shamans in particular - in addition to the sturdy chain armor - in terms of defense. There's also the class-specific ability 'Chain Harvest', which basically combines Chain Lightning Strike and Chain Healing into one additional powerful spell. So, inspired by the Diablo Hellbulls and the imposing black Venthyr transmog set with the red candles as well as the gravestone as a "cape", the author decided to go with a Tauren Elemental Shaman. How the "Heavy Metal" monster will look like later on, you can see in these two pictures. WoW Shadowlands: The black and red variant of the Venthyr chain armor set with a few modifications to a Tauren shaman (helmet hidden, chest replaced with the bony armor of the Ancestral Chieftain (Tauren tradition)). Source: Wowhead Modelviewer WoW Shadowlands: The black and red variant of the Venthyr Cloak (Tier 3) is a stylish tombstone Source: Wowhead In the following image gallery including partially already translated texts you can see our Tauren Elemental Shaman completing the first quests in Revendreth until arriving at the castle. Without giving too much away, let's briefly say something about the story: As if it wasn't bad enough that the Realm of Death doesn't work properly anymore and threatens to destroy its inhabitants, a rebellion flares up in Revendreth. The Anima that normally feeds the Realm of Death is drying up, and Prince Renathal is firmly convinced that the Lord of the Venthyr, Denathrius, is behind the drought. He is therefore rallying followers to overthrow Denathrius and get the anima flowing again. It is against this backdrop that your adventures in Revendreth begin, and as you've come to expect from Blizzard, the production is once again top notch. Enjoy!
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