Feast of Winter Veil

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Feast of Winter Veil
Feast of Winter Veil 2014 logo.png
Duration

December 16th - January 2nd

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Preceded by
Followed by

New Year
(concurrent)

The Feast of Winter Veil, also called the feast of Great-Winter, is an in-game, end-of-year, several week long holiday event seeming to be the in-game counterpart of Christmas and other holidays at the end of the year.

New in 2014

During the Feast of Winter Veil, many special decorations appear in capital cities.

Info from the official site

Goldshire decorated for Winter Veil

'Twas the feast of Great-Winter
And all through the land
All the races were running
With snowballs in hand.

The cooks were all frantic
And for those "in the know"
Swoops and owls were crashing
Like new-fallen snow.

Cookies and eggnog
Were consumed by all
As the snowballs flew freely
And drunks smashed into walls.

May your feast of Great-Winter
Be one merry and bright
And from all here at Blizzard
We wish you a fun night!

The Feast of Winter Veil is upon us, and Greatfather Winter is busy spreading holiday cheer in major cites across the land! Here are a few holiday treats players can now experience in-game:

  • The Jinglepocket Goblins have set up their seasonal fare shops in major cities. Adventurers can purchase many holiday favorites - including Greatfather's Winter ale, candy canes, gingerbread cookie recipes, and mistletoe.
  • All the cheer-spreading is making Greatfather Winter hungry, and he is looking for adventurers to get him his daily fix of milk and cookies.
  • Smokeywood Pastures needs a few brave adventurers to investigate the disappearance of a shipment of holiday goods traveling though Alterac.

Origins

A snowman

Ever consumed with the research of their origins, the dwarves choose to celebrate the season as a recognition of Greatfather Winter himself. They consider him to be the personification of one of the ancients of Azeroth - the Titans. Much as they claim lineage in one degree or another to these mystical beings, they consider their snowy home of Dun Morogh as the prime example of Greatfather Winter's blessings.[1] The holiday was introduced to the Alliance at large by Muradin Bronzebeard.[2]

The tauren and their shamanistic understanding of winter, along with their recent emergence into druidic endeavors, fit in well with the legend of Winter Veil. They focus almost entirely on the renewing aspects of the lore however, leaving legend worship to those races (as they view it) less in tune with the nature of things. Many tauren choose this time as the right time to give thanks for the blessings of their new home in Mulgore.

Winter Veil presents

Winter Veil gifts in Ironforge

Near the end of the Feast of Winter Veil (December 25 through January 2), various gifts are available underneath the trees near Greatfather Winter in Ironforge, and Great-father Winter in Orgrimmar.

While some of the gifts are available to all, you must be at least a certain level to receive others.

# Gift Min
Level
Quest Contents
1  [Gently Shaken Gift] 1 N [100] A Gently Shaken Gift One of:
 [Fuzzy Green Lounge Cushion]
 [Safari Lounge Cushion]
 [Pineapple Lounge Cushion]
 [Zhevra Lounge Cushion]
2  [Winter Veil Gift] 10 N [100] A Winter Veil Gift  [Crashin' Thrashin' Shredder Controller]
3  [Carefully Wrapped Present] 1 N [100] A Carefully Wrapped Present One of:
 [Warm Blue Woolen Socks]
 [Warm Green Woolen Socks]
 [Warm Red Woolen Socks]
4  [Festive Gift] 10 N [100] A Festive Gift  [Wand of Holiday Cheer]
5  [Gaily Wrapped Present] 20 N [100] A Gaily Wrapped Present One of:
 [Green Helper Box]
 [Red Helper Box]
 [Snowman Kit]
 [Jingling Bell]
6  [Ticking Present] 40 N [100] A Ticking Present  [Mechanical Greench],
5x  [Preserved Holly],
chance of another recipe

Holiday-only items

There are several special items and plans that are only available during the Feast of Winter Veil.

Toys

Eighteen toys are available, eleven of which are exclusive to Winter Veil:

Seven toys are sold by vendors year-round and are also rarely found in the  [Stolen Present]:

One toy is this year's  [Winter Veil Gift]:

One toy is mailed to players after completing a chain starting with B [100G Daily] You're a Mean One...:

Five previous-year gifts are only found in the  [Stolen Present] (daily):

Four toys may show up in the  [Gently Shaken Gift]:

Note that there are two versions of the  [Foot Ball] and  [The Pigskin] listed. Both can be acquired and added to the Toy Box, as they have different item ids. One version was the 2012 gift (and awarded the Feat of Strength [They're Both Footballs?]), while the other version is sold by toy vendors for 40g, but acquiring the vendor-sold items will not award the feat. The achievement-criteria items are now rarely found in the  [Stolen Present].

Pets

Eight pets are available during Winter Veil:

One toy is sold by toy vendors year round and is also rarely found in the  [Stolen Present]:

Three pets are only found in the  [Stolen Present] (daily):

One of four pets is found in the  [Gaily Wrapped Present] (one-time per character each year, requires level 20):

Crafting recipes

Sent in a letter from Greatfather Winter, players with Cooking, Leatherworking, or Tailoring skills will receive:

Vendors sell the following recipes:

Inside the  [Ticking Present] (from December 25 to January 2) or the  [Smokywood Pastures Special Gift] (quest reward from saving Metzen), players with the appropriate profession may find:

Food and drink

Item Cost
5x  [Graccu's Mince Meat Fruitcake] 99g 99s
5x  [Blended Bean Brew] 1s 25c
5x  [Green Garden Tea] 10s
5x  [Sparkling Apple Cider] 10s
5x  [Holiday Cheesewheel] 1s 25c
5x  [Graccu's Homemade Meat Pie] 10s
5x  [Spicy Beefstick] 20s
5x  [Honeyed Holiday Ham] 40s
 [Steamwheedle Fizzy Spirits] 1s 50c
 [Greatfather's Winter Ale] 20s

General goods

Vendors in Alliance and Neutral cities have the Red Winter Clothes pattern available for sale, while vendors in Horde cities have the Green Winter Clothes pattern.

Item Cost
5x  [Snowball] 10c
 [Blue Ribboned Wrapping Paper] 10c
 [Green Ribboned Wrapping Paper] 10c
 [Purple Ribboned Wrapping Paper] 10c
5x  [Holiday Spices] 10c
 [Holiday Spirits] 50c
5x  [Candy Cane] 25c
 [Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater] 22c
 [Recipe: Gingerbread Cookie] 25c
 [Recipe: Winter Veil Egg Nog] 2s 40c
 [Pattern: Green Winter Clothes] (H) 50s
 [Pattern: Red Winter Clothes] (A/N) 50s
 [Pattern: Winter Boots] 50s
 [Recipe: Hot Apple Cider] 1g

Quests

There are three sets of quests available during Winter Veil. First, a quick intro to the holiday itself and a short fetch quest:

  1. A [100] Greatfather Winter is Here! / H [100] Great-father Winter is Here!
  2. A [100] Treats for Greatfather Winter / H [100] Treats for Great-father Winter

Another quest series reveals some of the history of Winter Veil, and awards some reputation with the home city.

  1. B [100] The Reason for the Season
  2. B [100] The Feast of Winter Veil

The last set introduces the daily boss up in Alterac Mountains, The Abominable Greench:

  1. B [100G Daily] You're a Mean One...
  2. B [100] A Smokywood Pastures' Thank You!

Achievements

Other info

Former CM avatars
  • January 2 is the last day of the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • Kissing a 'Neutral Winter Reveler' under a mistletoe will magically create for you 5 sprigs of  [Mistletoe] or 5  [Handful of Snowflakes]. You can also get  [Fresh Holly] (x5), which can be used to transform your mount into a reindeer for thirty minutes.
  • There are snow mounds, Holiday Snow, in the snowy parts of the Alterac Mountains and across Dun Morogh during this event. You can pick up Snowballs off them. They used to have a knock back effect, but that has been changed.
  • There are special Hardpacked Snowdrifts in Alterac Valley during this event. You can pick 5 Hardpacked Snowballs off them. They have a knock back and dismount effect so use them wisely.
  • The Winter Wondervolt Machine is available in or just outside of several cities to transform your character's appearance into a Winter Veil gnome. Your gnome outfit is randomly red or green.
  • Around this event, Community Manager avatars would become a festive snowman icon, shown to the right. This stopped with the new forum system.

Patch changes

An old Winter Veil logo

References

  1. ^ The Feast of Winter Veil in-game book.
  2. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

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