Alex Afrasiabi

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Alex Afrasiabi (alias Furor/Foror and Valnoth on the forums) is an employee of Blizzard Entertainment, where he works as Lead World Designer and Creative Director[1] for World of Warcraft.


Alex was once leader of a famous Everquest guild named Fires of Heaven (now a World of Warcraft guild). His first character in EQ, Kalaran, a rogue, was the first level 50 in EQ.[citation needed]  Alex is supposedly still an avid player and guild leader in World of Warcraft.

As Fires of Heaven were well known for achieving many "world first" accomplishments in Everquest, the guild was asked upon the release of World of Warcraft to not be the first to kill Onyxia.[citation needed]  Blizzard felt too many people would think they had inside knowledge if they continued this achievement trend in WoW. It stands to reason this 'suggestion' is still in effect, as they have tended to wait before tackling new content too quickly. Though they progress quickly once they have started.

As a consequence of his fame, Alex has been forced to play incognito.[citation needed] 

In-game references

There exist many references to Alex within the game world of World of Warcraft, including Field Marshal Afrasiabi, a quest giver in Stormwind City, and N [46D] The Great Fras Siabi, a quest in the Eastern Plaguelands involving Fras Siabi in Stratholme. (Fras Siabi can also be found in Stratholme Past.)

In Wrath of the Lich King, Lord Afrasastrasz is another reference to him.

One of the characters Alex has played, Kariel, is also referenced across the world of Azeroth. Pathstalker Kariel is a rogue trainer in Eversong Woods. Inside Dire Maul, players can find the Skeletal Remains of Kariel Winthalus, who can be found referenced to in many librams, such as the  [Libram of Rapidity].

Another frequent reference to Alex is Foror. This can be found in items like  [Foror's Compendium of Dragon Slaying],  [Foror's Crate of Endless Resist Gear Storage],  [Tigule and Foror's Strawberry Ice Cream], and  [Autographed Picture of Foror & Tigule].

Alex is also mentioned in the names and flavor text of the unobtainable items  [Alex's Ring of Audacity] and  [Peep's Whistle].



  • Afrasiabi is Iranian-American.

External links

  1. ^ Blizzard on Social Media. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2014-05-20.