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For the in-game mace, see  [Twilight's Hammer]. For lore surrounding the maces and in-game fixed device, see The Hammer of Twilight.
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"The master calls, echoing death and destruction across the globe.
The earth bellows, fissures devouring the weak and the strong alike.
The wind howls, snatching up bodies like leaves in the breeze.
The water screams, shearing coastlines with the ease of scythe through grain.
The fire roars, turning plains and forests to charcoal and ash.
The Twilight's Hammer descends, and all of Azeroth will hear its knell.
Add your Voice to our glorious chorus,
For it is the song that will end the world."[3]

The Twilight's Hammer, also known as the Twilight's Hammer clan, Hammer clan, Twilight's Hammer cult, Twilight Cult,[4] Cult of Twilight's Hammer[5] or simply the Hammer,[6] is a worldwide nihilistic organization that fanatically serves and worships the Old Gods and seeks to bring about the end of the world. Originally twisted from an orc clan into its current form by Cho'gall,[7] the cult has been active since before the First War, but they became a major worldwide threat to both the Alliance and the Horde after Deathwing's return and the great Cataclysm shattered Azeroth.

History

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The history of the Twilight's Hammer begins with Cho'gall. Cho'gall was made the leader of an orc clan after its previous chieftain was executed for disobeying the Shadow Council. The clan's name was then changed to Twilight's Hammer; its original name and that of its former chieftain was stricken from all records.[8]

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At some point, Cho'gall gained control of the Twilight's Hammer clan, and showed the same fanaticism as the orcs who followed him.

Under Cho'gall's leadership, the clan became increasingly nihilistic and eventually sought the destruction of all creation.[9] This was true of their clan even before the orcs joined the pact with Mannoroth.[10]

First and Second War

Obsessed with the notion that the Horde was the harbinger of apocalyptic doom to all the lands that it ravages, the Twilight's Hammer felt a sacrosanct gratification in the destruction of all that it encountered. Led by the cunning Ogre Mage Cho'gall, the Twilight's Hammer had strong ties to Gul'dan and the Stormreaver clan. Its loyalty to the Horde was not as strong as its belief in its sacred mission of oblivion.[11]

After coming to Azeroth the Twilight's Hammer clan, alongside with the Bleeding Hollow clan under the leadership of Kilrogg Deadeye, led the orcish forces in the first attack on Stormwind Keep. The battle went horribly, as the Horde had not expected such resilient persistence against them. The two clan leaders blamed each other.[12] It is possible that Kilrogg Deadeye planned the attack on Stormwind in hopes of using it to get rid of a rival clan.[citation needed]

Cho'gall survived the rise and fall of Blackhand, and the destruction of the Shadow Council. He served a useful purpose to Doomhammer who, with Gul'dan, wished to bring ogres through the Portal to enforce inter-clan civility. Cho'gall was placed as overseer for the oil refineries in Grim Batol.

When Gul'dan discovered the Tomb of Sargeras, Cho'gall believed that it would herald the end of the world, and so was quick to unlock its secrets. Orgrim Doomhammer ordered the traitorous clans destroyed and while Cho'gall was thought to have been killed in the battle it later turned out that he had escaped with his remaining forces to rebuild and bide his time.[13] Afterwards, those of the Twilight's Hammer, Stormreaver, and Blackrock clans who died in that battle kept reliving it in their undeath, until the night elf warden Maiev Shadowsong put them to rest.

World of Warcraft

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While the truth behind how this happened remains a mystery, the modern Twilight's Hammer retains the destructive nature of Cho'gall's clan, but almost nothing else. Somehow, one of the Old Gods has managed to make this clan its pawn; and since that time, the clan's numbers and power have dramatically increased. Even humans and other former members of the Alliance flock to join the service of the elemental lords and help bring about the complete destruction of Azeroth. The largest groups of the Twilight's hammer now camp near the locations where they believe the Old Gods and their minions are sealed away; many wait for C'Thun's awakening in Silithus, and others serve Ragnaros in the Blackrock Depths along side the Dark Iron dwarves.

The Twilight's Hammer clan is still seen in Azeroth. The cult was always obsessed with signs of an apocalypse — as had the clan in earlier times—and indeed often sought to bring such doom about by their actions. The Twilight's Hammer has representatives of all races among its members and employs a myriad of classes from simple warriors to Aquamancers and Shadowmages.

The organization now seems to have a strange fixation on the Old Gods, worshiping Ragnaros and seeking power from such eldritch places as Maraudon, which has very strong ties to the element of Earth, and thus may hold powers long held at rest. They also show strong resistance in Blackfathom Deeps, the submerged domain of the Old God's servant, Aku'mai, and Silithus, where savage winds blow across the desert outside the ruined city of Ahn'Qiraj, domain of mighty C'thun. They even have ambassadors among the dwarves of Blackrock Depths, in the court of Emperor Dagran Thaurissan.

In Darkshore, the Hammer may be found in the Master's Glaive, the site of a large skeleton of a dead Old God. In Ashenvale, their presence is felt most powerfully in the Blackfathom Deeps instance where they worship the ancient beast Aku'mai, favored pet of the Old Gods. Their leader there is Twilight Lord Kelris, an orc caster who sits in meditation before a statue of Queen Azshara, waiting for adventurers on the "Blackfathom Villainy" quest. In Ironforge, Gerrig Bonegrip founded the shop Bonegrip's Runes and Dooms for the Twilight's Hammer and assists those seeking to free Princess Myzrael, and the Forsaken Keeper Bel'dugur in Undercity secretly works for the cult. Their strong activity in Silithus might be ascribed to the presence of C'Thun, an Old God. Recently, they have been particularly active in Silithus, using the Windstones to summon powerful Elementals of the Abyssal Council, which may direct the movements of the organization.

Midsummer Fire Festival

During the Midsummer Fire Festival celebrations, the Twilight Cult tries to summon Ahune.

World of Warcraft: The Comic

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Twilight's Hammer cultists in Warcraft: The Comic.

Following the death of C'Thun by an army of mortal adventurers (assisted by trapped members of the Red, Blue and Green dragonflights), the infamous Cho'gall himself apparently took up residence in the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj itself. He kidnapped and brainwashed Garona Halforcen to be his assassin, using her as a tool to sow seeds of distrust between the Alliance and Horde. Cho'gall intended to sacrifice Med'an, the prophesied child of three worlds, to release his dark master from his bonds. However, Med'an and his compatriots founded the New Council of Tirisfal. As the Guardian of this new Council Med'an was able to defeat Cho'gall and foil his schemes.[14]

Wrath of the Lich King

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The Twilight's Hammer has also made a presence in Northrend inhabiting the Dungeon of Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom deep in Azjol-Nerub. They appear to be drawn by the presence of the Old God Yogg-Saron and the Faceless Ones which serve him and seek to bring about their dark plans. An unknown number of Twilight Cultists inhabit the Old Kingdom and are led by Jedoga Shadowseeker, a servant of Yogg-Saron. A number of Twilight cultists are also seen within the Descent into Madness of Ulduar. Their Banner can also be seen in the Ruby Sanctum.

Doomsday Cult

During the Elemental Invasion, members of the Hammer appeared under the name Doomsday Cult in Stormwind and Orgrimmar, preaching apocalypse and trying to destroy those cities. They were ultimately stopped and imprisoned.

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

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Some time prior the Cataclysm the Twilight's Hammer was responsible for two mass murder incidents in Ashenvale, in a calculated plot to sabotage any remaining relations between the Alliance and Horde. Not only were tensions between both sides increased, Hamuul Runetotem would severely be injured during the second mass murder incident. Receiving Hamuul's message and under the belief that the orcs were sent by Garrosh Hellscream, who highly disagreed with any treaty between the Alliance and the Horde, the mighty Cairne Bloodhoof would confront Garrosh. In the subsequent duel between them Cairne would lose his life due to Magatha Grimtotem, who exploited Hellscream's ignorance of his own culture. As such the Twilight Hammer is indirectly responsible for Cairne's death and in a stroke of good luck their role in Ashenvale has remained undiscovered. As such the perpetrators of the mass murder incidents have yet to be found, and have not made any in-game appearance.

Cataclysm

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Twilight's Hammer slaves inside the Stonecore, adding armor to Deathwing's body.

Seduced by the promises of power and the destructive intentions[citation needed] of the twisted Aspect of Death, they join him in his quest to unmake the world of Azeroth. Loyal to the Old Gods, the cultists forged new plates to hold Deathwing's torn body. Their goal was to bring Armageddon to the world.[15]

They claimed the ancient dwarven fortress of Grim Batol and the surrounding Twilight Highlands, turning it into their main base of operations under leadership of their chieftain, the ogre mage Cho'gall, wreaking havoc wherever they can. They also have enlisted the help of the dangerous twilight dragonflight to bolster their ranks. They lead various campaigns against the world such as the assault on Mount Hyjal, assisting the naga in their war against Neptulon[citation needed] or undermining the efforts of rebuilding the World Pillar in Deepholm. They also maintain a strong presence within Blackrock Caverns, where they ascend to transform into drakonids and are sending supplies back and forth to Twilight Highlands. They work with the tol'vir to reconfigured the pyramid inside the Maker's Terrace at Uldum to become a superweapon capable of destroying all life on Azeroth. Notably, their role in the game is very similar to that of the Cult of the Damned in Wrath of the Lich King, and may be considered a Cataclysm-version of it.

Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects

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Twilight Father with a chained Kirygosa

With the Twilight Cult in disarray following the demise of its leader, Cho'gall, an enigmatic figure known as the "Twilight Father" had taken on a more active role in the cult's affairs. Arygos delivered his sister, Kirygosa, to the cult. The Twilight father sent a group of Twilight dragons to the reunion of the four dragonflights. The assault had to destroy Ysera and did a diversion to corrupt the eggs of all dragonflights. Thanks to the sacrifice of Korialstrasz, the sanctum was destroyed and the eggs too. The loss was heavy for the dragonflights especially for Alexstrasza. The dragons were chased away from the Wyrmrest Temple and it became the cult's base. They sent a infinite assassin to kill Thrall wherever he goes. Arygos, wanting to become the aspect of magic, wanted to deliver the whole blue dragonflight to the cult. Kalecgos, however, became the new aspect and the Twilight Father betrayed the blue dragon. Aedelas Blackmoore killed him in the Eye of Eternity. His blood activated the Focusing Iris and the flux of arcane magic gave the life to Chromatus. Kirygosa had to breed with Chromatus in order to create a new chromatic dragonflight, stronger and more stable. The cult spent his time to hunt the Elk in Dragonblight feeding the five-headed dragon and to keep an eye on Kyrigosa. Thrall ended up killing Aedelas. Kyri killed some cultist and escaped. On the back of Chromatus, the Twilight Father assited the final assault on the aspects. However, thanks to Thrall, for a little time, the aspects were once again five and ended the chromatus' life. The Twilight Father fled and in spite of his failure wasn't killed by Deathwing but took his role as Archbishop Benedictus back on. He rejected the title 'Twilight Father' from here on out and assumed the mantle of Twilight Prophet exclusively.[citation needed]

Firelands

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The Druids of the Flame are members of the cult under the leadership of Fandral Staghelm. Fandral with his servants arrived during the Earthen Ring and the Cenarion Circle union to jail Thralls soul in the elemental plane.[16]

During the opening of the portal on Nordune Ridge, Leyara led a assault of fire minions to lay waste to the invaders.[17] The flame druids resurect Alysra into Alysrazor. A long time after that, she attempted to kill Hamuul during a rendezvous at Leyara's Sorrow. Alongside the fire elementals, the flame druids didn't stop the attack on the Molten Front.[18] The Druids of the Flame attempted to perform a ritual here, but were stopped by the Shadow Wardens.[19] Later, Leyara was spotted in the Igneous Depths and killed by four Shadow Wardens.

During the final assault, the druids defended their master. The blazing talon assisted Alysrazor during his fight while Majordomo Staghelm and his men were defending the Sulfuron Keep. However, the Avengers of Hyjal won the war and the Druids of the Flame were annihilated.

Hour of Twilight

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Thrall, with the aid of adventurers, faced off with the Twilight Prophet during the Hour of Twilight once and for all. The Twilight Prophet is defeated, however the Twilight's Hammer continued to lay siege to Wyrmrest. The cultists fled once Morchok was defeated. Some members lead by Hagara the Stormbinder guarded the Focusing Iris within the Eye of Eternity, but Hagara and her group were also slain by heroes. The Twilight's Hammer then makes one final attempt to stop the Dragon Aspects, and a war party of Twilight Dragons accompanied by their Vrykul riders damaged the engines of The Skyfire in an attempt to stop them from catching up to Deathwing as he fled back to Deepholm. Once the Dragons and the Vrykul were slain, however, Warmaster Blackhorn accompanied by Goriona boarded the ship and attempted to dispose of the heroes, but were ultimately slain, allowing the Skyfire to catch up to Deathwing and finally destroy him with the power of the Dragon Soul.

With the death of Deathwing and leadership of the cult the status of the cult is unknown but it can be presumed that the cultist who survived still worship the Old Gods and will remain a threat, however diminished they may be.

Mists of Pandaria

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While the cult has fallen, some remaining members infiltrated the Ragefire Chasm and founded the Dark Shaman. The legacy of the Hammer is still pursued by several groups such as Council of the Black Harvest, bent on unlocking the mysteries of the cult's dark arts.

Warlords of Draenor

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A still active cell of Twilight's Hammer led by an elemental ascendant, Twilight Lord Bathiel has persisted within Blackfathom Deeps. Acting on the orders of the Old Gods themselves, they intend to summon Aku'mai the Devourer into the world of Azeroth. The cult has been capturing prisoners in order to perform blood sacrifices that will serve as a catalyst for the monstrosity's summoning.

Legion

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At the time of the Burning Legion's third great invasion of Azeroth, the remnants of the Twilight cult traveled to the tomb of the heroic titanic watcher Tyr, hidden beneath the Whispering Forest in Tirisfal Glades. There, led by the human traitor now known as Twilight Deacon Farthing, they attempted to resurrect an ancient monstrosity — Zakajz the Corruptor — using  [Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire].

Another branch of the Twilight's Hammer is attacking Deepholm alongside a reborn twilight dragonflight. They are led by Zeryxia who hears the whispers of Sintharia.[20]

Notable members

Name Role Status Location
Neutral  Cho'gall Founder and original leader of the current incarnation of the Twilight's Hammer Deceased-Killable Various Locations
Neutral  Archbishop Benedictus Twilight Father, became a major leader within the cult after Cho'gall's death Deceased-Killable Various Locations
Neutral  Twilight Deacon Farthing Took control of the cult after Benedictus' death Killable Cathedral of Light, Stormwind City; Tyr's Fall, Tirisfal Glades
Boss  High Priestess Azil Member of the Twilight Council, leader of Twilight forces in the Stonecore Killable Heart of Destruction, Stonecore
Combat  Twilight Lord Everun Member of the Twilight Council Killable Silithus
Boss  Arcurion Tasked to retrieve the Dragon Soul from Thrall Killable Crystal Vice, Hour of Twilight
Combat  Twilight-Lord Arkkus Emissary to the Dark Iron clan Killable Slag Pit, Searing Gorge
Boss  Asira Dawnslayer One of the cult's deadliest assassins Killable Galakrond's Rest, Hour of Twilight
Boss  Twilight Lord Bathiel Leader in the Blackfathom Deeps Killable Moonshrine Sanctum, Blackfathom Deeps
Boss  Warmaster Blackhorn Leader of Deathwing's personal escort Killable The Skyfire, Dragon Soul
Neutral  Bolgar Purchased The Powers Below from Gerrig Bonegrip Unknown Unknown
Boss  Corla, Herald of Twilight Draining nether drake essences to transform cultists into drakonids Killable Halls of Awakening, Blackrock Caverns
Neutral  Highlord Demitrian Servant of Prince Thunderaan Alive Ravaged Twilight Camp, Silithus
Boss  Domina Sacrificing prisoners in the Blackfathom Deeps Killable Pool of Ask'ar, Blackfathom Deeps
Boss  Drahga Shadowburner Twilight's Hammer courier Killable Scarred Terrace, Grim Batol
Neutral  Twilight Lord D'Sak Author of the True Believer Unknown Unknown
Combat  Emberscar the Devourer Champion of the Twilight's Hammer, gladiator in the Crucible of Carnage Killable Crucible of Carnage, Twilight Highlands
Neutral  Fandral Staghelm Archdruid of the Druids of the Flame Deceased-Killable Various Locations
Alliance  Gerrig Bonegrip Proprietor of Bonegrip's Runes and Dooms Alive Forlorn Cavern, Ironforge
Boss  High Interrogator Gerstahn Interrogator and torturer Killable Detention Block, Blackrock Depths
Boss  Executioner Gore Executioner in the Blackfathom Deeps Killable Moonshrines Ruins, Blackfathom Deeps
Combat  Gor'kresh Disciple of Cho'gall, leader of the Mo'grosh Killable Mo'grosh Stronghold, Loch Modan
Neutral  Gorkrak Led the attack on a druid summit in Ashenvale Alive Unknown
Neutral  Goz Banefury Master Pet Tamer Alive Devouring Breach, Twilight Highlands
Combat  Haethen Kaul Leader of the forces at Twilight Terrace Killable Twilight Terrace, Deepholm
Boss  Hagara the Stormbinder Tried to stop the adventurers from obtaining the Focusing Iris Killable Eye of Eternity, Dragon Soul
Boss  Jedoga Shadowseeker Leader of Twilight forces in Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom Killable Desecrated Altar, Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom
Combat  Twilight Lord Katrana Leader of Twilight forces in Azshara Killable Sable Ridge, Azshara
Boss  Twilight Lord Kelris Former leader of Twilight forces in Blackfathom Deeps Deceased Formerly Moonshrine Sanctum, Blackfathom Deeps
Boss  Subjugator Kor'ul Commanding the murlocs in the Blackfathom Deeps Killable Shrine of Gelihast, Blackfathom Deeps
Combat  Leyara Lieutenant of Fandral Staghelm Deceased-Killable Various Locations
Boss  Pyromancer Loregrain Former member of the Earthen Ring Killable Shrine of Thaurissan, Blackrock Depths
Combat  High Priestess Lorthuna Leader of Twilight forces in Deepholm Killable Twilight Precipice, Deepholm
Neutral  Millhouse Manastorm The Forgemaster Alive Various Locations
Combat  Mor'norokk the Hateful Leader of a cultist attack on Llane's Oath Killable Llane's Oath, Deepholm
Combat  Twilight Skymaster Richtofen Leader of Twilight forces at Highperch Killable Twilight Aerie, Thousand Needles
Neutral   Major Samuelson Twilight infiltrator using his position to disguise cult activity in Stormwind Deceased-Killable Stormwind Keep, Stormwind City
Neutral  Sauranok the Mystic Agent infiltrating Orgrimmar Deceased-Killable Various Locations
Combat  Skullcrusher the Mountain Chosen of Cho'gall Killable Twilight Citadel, Twilight Highlands
Alliance  Ambassador Slaghammer Spy Alive Great Forge, Ironforge
Neutral  Stasia Fallshadow Mage who prophesied the importance of Med'an Deceased Ahn'Qiraj
Combat  The Black Bishop Ringleader of Twilight forces infiltrating Stormwind City Killable The Catacombs, Stormwind City
Combat  Vyral the Vile Leader of Twilight forces in Silithus Killable Twilight's Run, Silithus
Neutral  Willow Agent claiming to be a researcher Active Kormek's Hut, Desolace

Doomsday Cult

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These members appeared during the patch 4.0.3a pre-event.

Former members

Name Role Status Location
Boss  Dark Shaman Koranthal Member of the Dark Shaman Killable Ragefire Chasm
Neutral  Hermit Ortell Hermit who later assisted the Guardians of Hyjal on Mount Hyjal Alive Ortell's Hideout, Silithus; Darkwhisper Pass, Mount Hyjal
Alliance  Morridune Locked with Aku'mai and offered a portal to Darnassus to Alliance heroes who slayed the beast Unknown Formerly Blackfathom Deeps
Neutral  Sab'aoth Reagent vendor and author Alive Cosmowrench, Netherstorm
Neutral  Theldurin the Lost Drinking and telling tales to Lucien Tosselwrench and Martek the Exiled Alive Scar of the Worldbreaker, Badlands
Neutral  Zamael Lunthistle Deserter who sought the forgiveness of Elune but was executed Ghost Firewatch Ridge, Searing Gorge
Horde  Zaruk Seeking to stop the earth elemental Myzrael Alive Hammerfall, Arathi Highlands

Teachings

Twilight's Hammer banner.
Original banner.
Pre-Cataclysm banner.

The Twilight's Hammer is obsessed with bringing the End Times or other scenarios of reckoning in the name of the Old Gods upon the world. This may have been already started on Draenor, as archaeology revealed a set of Doomsday Prophecies marked with the iconography of a flaming hammer. With this apocalyptic mindset, new recruits are often sent on difficult or impossible tasks,[21] such as obtaining a black dragon scale or phoenix feather, and sorted out with deadly trials.[22] Their fanatical views can also be seen in their newspaper in Silithus, the True Believer, which is gathered from Encrypted Twilight Texts. Other texts, like  [Yagyin's Digest], the  [Lorgalis Manuscript] or the  [Book: The Powers Below], speak of their worship and sacrifices to the Old Gods.

Military forces

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What the Twilight's Hammer lacks in military training, it more than makes up for in fervor. Every member would willingly die for the cult, fully believing the Old Gods would reward them for their sacrifice.[23]

Members of lower echelons of the Twilight Hammer (which is most of them) are predominately of the non-magical classes, mostly barbarians, rogues, and warriors. Other non-magical classes are known, but less common. As one ascends through the ranks of the organization, spellcasters become more common. The twilight overlords are almost exclusively spellcasters. Most of the spellcasters are arcanists, specifically elementalists.

This hierarchical pyramid is also indicative of how the Twilight's Hammer cult approaches defense. The first cultists the heroes encounter are likely to be low-level initiates. Only if that fails to deter them do the heroes face higher-ranking members, increasing in rank and power as they plunge into the depths of the temple. To catch sight of the inner circle, the heroes must breach the inner sanctum. The twilight lord deigns to fight only if the sect as a whole is threatened (in other words, to preserve his own life or goals). By that point, of course, the heroes are depleted from fighting the cultists, in theory making them easy prey for the twilight lord (which makes him look even more impressive to his followers).

Should a Twilight's Hammer sect be incited to attack another group, their offensive tactics differ little from their defense. Low-level members act as scouts, while the main force attacks in waves of incrementally increasing power, until they subdue their foe, and the twilight lord — or one of his representatives — can swoop in and claim victory. The Twilight's Hammer rarely uses such overt measures, however, preferring instead to scare off those who stand in its way. Accompanying each act of sabotage, kidnapping, or assassination is always an unambiguous — and gruesome — sign that the Twilight's Hammer is responsible.[24]

Notes

  • The cultists of the Twilight's Hammer use their powers to draw elementium metal from deep beneath the earth. They coax it out into twisted spikes to form their buildings, rooted right into the defiled ground.[25]

Redesigning

Since the eary stages of Cataclysm's development, the Twilight's Hammer Cult was intented to be a face of the Cataclysm, with entire dungeons and zones devoted to them. What was once Cho'gall and his clan became an enormous, world-hating cult that involved all races of Azeroth. The developers felt that they could use existing art of all races and add it to the pre-existing art of the Cult. However, the only art direction the developers came up with was the banner found in the Cult's camps, so they didn't have much to give the Cult their own unique look. One angle that was explored was the Old God connection: statues of Faceless Ones and lamps with the same motif worked into them were designed. The final art direction for the Cult's environment were dragon's heads, scales, and horns, purple flames, and Elementium blades. Elementium was chosen to be the Cult's "key-mineral," like Saronite was the Scourge's in Wrath of the Lich King. Since the Twilight's Hammer was summoning Elementium up from the ground, the developers decided to give unforged Elementium the organic, spiny look found within the Bastion of Twilight and the Twilight Highlands.[26]

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