Wickerman Festival

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The subject of this article or section is part of Hallow's End, a seasonal event that lasts two weeks. Once the event has run its course, this will no longer be available until next year, but there are no guarantees.

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Part of the Hallow's End event, the Wickerman Festival takes place in Tirisfal Glades as part of an annual Forsaken celebration. The Forsaken burn a Wickerman to celebrate their liberation from the Scourge. The Forsaken had a few Horde [60+]  Wickerman Guardians to protect the festivities, until the event was moved into the Ruins of Lordaeron courtyard.

After the Cataclysm, Gilneas reintroduces the practice of burning the Wickerman to the Alliance. For the Alliance, the wickerman embodies any unrest, fear, or uncertainty within them. They set it ablaze with the hope of tempering themselves against whatever tomorrow may bring. Gilneans burn one outside the gates of Stormwind City.

While the Wickermans in both cities can be set ablaze at anytime by players, the official ceremonial burning takes place at 8:10 p.m. and midnight every night of the festival. While the Wickerman burns Wickerman Embers will be on the ground nearby, they can be used to receive the Invocation of the Wickerman.

Event

Thirty minutes before the event begins Darkcaller Yanka will announce:

Darkcaller Yanka yells: The burning of the Wickerman will begin in thirty minutes! Come to the festival - located just west of the Undercity - and celebrate Hallow'd End and our liberation from the Scourge!

She'll make the same announcement with a new time within fifteen and five minutes to the event.

The event starts:

Darkcaller Yanka yells: The Wickerman Festival now begins! Power to the Forsaken!

Up through WotLK:

The Banshee Queen yells: Children of the Night, heed your Queen's call!
The Banshee Queen yells: I join you in celebration of this most revered of nights - the night we Forsaken broke the Scourge's yoke of oppression!
The Banshee Queen yells: It is this night that our enemies fear us the most. It is THIS night that we show our enemies what it means to stand against the Forsaken!
The Banshee Queen yells: We burn the effigy of the Wickerman as a symbol of our struggle against those who would oppose us. We wear the ashes of the burnt Wickerman as a symbol of our neverending fight against those who would enslave us.
The Banshee Queen yells: Now is the time to shake the world to its foundations! NOW is the time to remind those who would enslave us that we shall never yield!
The Banshee Queen yells: NOW is the time of the Forsaken! Power to the Forsaken - NOW AND FOREVER!!!

Since the Cataclysm:

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Alliance Version:

Genn Greymane yells: Sons and daughters of Gilneas! Friends and allies old and new! Please, come close!
Genn Greymane yells: As you know, Hallows End is a celebration of transition...of change.
Genn Greymane yells: The people of Gilneas understand the gravity of change all too well.
Genn Greymane yells: For we have endured much...far beyond what any of us could have imagined.
Genn Greymane yells: However, this is a time of neither mourning nor grief.
Genn Greymane yells: It is an opportunity to mock the fearsome - to gaze boldly into the grim unknown and laugh!
Genn Greymane yells: It is a time to celebrate new friends and the future we may forge together.
Genn Greymane yells: New struggles await us with each dawn, and uncertainty weighs upon us all.
Genn Greymane yells: As you stand before me, I pray you cast your burdens behind me.
Genn Greymane yells: Let this wickerman embody any unrest within us.
Genn Greymane yells: With turmoil as tinder, let it blaze; may it temper us against what tomorrow may bring.
Genn Greymane yells: Torches ready!
Genn Greymane yells: Let the flames fly!
Genn Greymane yells: Hallows End is upon us!

Horde Version:

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: Children of the Grave, heed my call!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: In life, we suffered unspeakable tragedies.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We watched as our homes were razed to the ground.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We cried out in agony as our families were cut down before our eyes.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: Finally, in the face of such atrocities, we were denied even the release of death.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: Now, we burn this wickerman as a symbol of our victory against old enemies!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We paint our faces with the ash to send a message to new enemies - a declaration to those who fear and revile us as monsters.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: To those who would question our place in this world...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We are NOT monsters! We are NOT the mindless wretches of a ghoul army!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: No... we are a force even more terrifying...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We are the chill in a coward's spine...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: We are the instruments of an unyielding ire...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: WE ARE THE FORSAKEN!!