|The subject of this article could only be obtained prior to patch 3.0.2.
- Corrupted Ashbringer
- Item Level
- Binds when picked up
- Speed 3.60
- 283 – 427 Damage
- (98.6 damage per second)
- −24 Stamina
- +10 Hit
- +28 Critical Strike
- Equip: Inflicts the will of the Ashbringer upon the wielder.
- Chance on hit: Steals 244 life from target enemy.
- Durability 120 / 120
- Requires Level 60
- "Blade of the Scarlet Highlord"
- Sell Price: 11 6 31
Death knight and former Highlord Alexandros Mograine could be seen wielding Corrupted Ashbringer in the original Naxxramas. It was once Ashbringer, but became corrupted by Mograine's assassination. It is unique in that it triggers a scripted event within the Scarlet Monastery, and the whispers of Alexandros can be heard by the wielder.
In Wrath of the Lich King, Corrupted Ashbringer is wielded by Alexandros' son, Highlord Darion Mograine, until Tirion Fordring purified it at the Battle for Light's Hope Chapel at the end of the Death Knight quest chain.
This item dropped from the cache of the Four Horsemen in the Deathknight Wing of the original Naxxramas. In Wrath of the Lich King, Highlord Mograine has been replaced by Baron Rivendare in Naxxramas, and Corrupted Ashbringer cannot be looted.
Will of the Ashbringer
Equipping Corrupted Ashbringer will buff the player with Will of the Ashbringer, which makes Argent Dawn NPCs hostile, Scarlet Crusade NPCs friendly, and makes the player appear slightly darker. Furthermore, it enables a proc for the deceased Highlord Mograine to whisper one of twelve sayings to the wielder:
- "I... was... pure... once."
- "Fought... for... righteousness."
- "I... was... once... called... Ashbringer."
- "Betrayed... by... my... order."
- "Destroyed... by... Kel'Thuzad."
- "Made... to serve."
- "My... son... watched... me... die."
- "Crusades... fed his rage."
- "Truth... is... unknown... to him."
- "Scarlet... Crusade ... is pure... no longer."
- "Balnazzar's... crusade... corrupted... my son."
- "Kill... them... all!"
Mograine's whispers may also be heard by directly entering the following code:
His whispers recount the tale of his war against the Scourge, his betrayal by his son and the Crusade, and his resurrection as a death knight by Kel'Thuzad. He describes how his son, Renault, is blind to the truth that the Scarlet Crusade has become a vehicle for the Burning Legion's vengeance against the Scourge through Saidan Dathrohan. In the end, he asks you to kill them all, but it's unknown whether he means the Scarlet Crusade, the Scourge, or both.
There is also a second voice in the background, which is that of the Lich King, but it is more difficult to discern what is being said. However, in the final clip both voices are united in saying "Kill... them... all!"
Scarlet Monastery event
- Main article: Corrupted Ashbringer/Scarlet Monastery Event
A scripted event can be triggered upon entering the Cathedral wing of the Scarlet Monastery with Corrupted Ashbringer equipped.
Scarlet Commander Renault Mograine welcomes the player as the crusaders bow before him or her. Unexpectedly, the spirit of his father, Highlord Mograine, appears in full Dreadnaught's Battlegear, and smites and kills the son for his betrayal and murder. The Highlord frees High Inquisitor Fairbanks' spirit from his undead form and disappears. Fairbanks proceeds to tell the story of Renault's betrayal and that the Corrupted Ashbringer is beyond redeeming. Luckily, Mograine has another son who resides in Outland and has the ability to forge a new Ashbringer. Fairbanks does not give any quests.
In World of Warcraft: Ashbringer, the true tale of the sword is told, and it is revealed that the second son of Alexandros, Darion Mograine, comes into possession of the Corrupted Ashbringer after killing his father in Naxxramas, as part of a failed rescue mission carried out by a small party of Argent Dawn members. Spurred on by his father, speaking through the cursed blade, Darion enters the Scarlet Monastery and confronts his brother Renault, who lashes out and attempts to kill him. Before Renault is able to deal the final blow, the Corrupted Ashbringer acts on its own, emitting an aura of green flames which take on the form of Alexandros, garbed in Dreadnaught armor. Renault begs for forgiveness and is quickly decapitated by his father, who then says he is forgiven. The spirit of Alexandros then retreats back into the blade.
Wrath of the Lich King
This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.
In Wrath of the Lich King, Darion Mograine is revealed to have killed himself with the Corrupted Ashbringer in order to free his father's spirit, an act which leads to him becoming a death knight of the Scourge and Highlord of Acherus. He carries the Corrupted Ashbringer, which can be heard whispering when players approach him.
At the Lich King's command, Darion launches an attack against the Argent Dawn at Light's Hope Chapel. In the battle that ensues, the Corrupted Ashbringer begins to act on its own and fight against Darion's control. When the death knights are forced to surrender, Tirion Fordring reveals that the Lich King knowingly sent the death knights into a trap to draw him out. Shortly thereafter, the Lich King himself appears and easily defeats Darion, who in anger and desperation, throws the Ashbringer to Tirion. The blade is purified in his grasp and the Lich King is forced to retreat, leading to the founding of both the Argent Crusade and the Knights of the Ebon Blade.
Notes and trivia
- A sword of the same name exists in Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo series.
- While the Corrupted Ashbringer itself has been removed, the artifact's hidden appearance, Corrupted Remembrance, very closely resembles this weapon.