Janeiro’s Point lore and history - Field Photographer Friday
Posted 3 years, 1 month ago by Preston in Field Photographer Friday, Lore, Warcraft.
Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at Janeiro’s Point!
Janeiro’s Point is a small island to the north-west of Booty Bay in the Cape of Stranglethorn zone. The island is home to a large, now damaged statue of a goblin with outstretched arms. The statue is allegedly of Baron Revilgaz, the goblin leader of Booty Bay. Inside the statue is a stash of treasure.
All the way back in the World of Warcraft alpha, the statue on the island was of a Human, not a Goblin. It’s not officially known why this was the case. It’s possible that Booty Bay was originally intended to appear as Blackwater Cove, a human settlement that existed there before.
With the release of World of Warcraft, the island and its statue existed largely unused and untouched. Serving only as a welcoming beacon to all travelers making their way into the goblin port.
Leading up to the Cataclysm expansion, the statue is seen in the Cataclysm cinematic before being overtaken by a massive tidal wave.
Following the tidal wave, and the launch of the Cataclysm expansion, the island and statue were heavily damaged. The island lost all of its trees and the statue lost an arm, both now covered in seaweed. This is the first time the treasure inside the statue is revealed. It’s unclear who put the treasure there, but it’s likely it was Baron Revilgaz. He offers a short questline that ends with the quest called A Shiny Reward. The quest sends you into the statue to get some of the treasure for yourself.
Mok’rash the Cleaver now also calls the island home. He’s most known for sinking several pirate ships belonging to Captain Hecklebury Smotts. The Captain even sends players on a quest to kill Mok’rash so he can finally feel safe leaving the port again (the quest is simply called Mok’rash the Cleaver).
The island has been unchanged since the Cataclysm expansion, and there is no indication of any changes to come. The Booty Bay area is expected to be a location of the Demon Invasions in the Legion pre-patch, so it’s possible you could be fighting demons on the island. Other than that, the island will continue to quietly harbor its treasure and sea giant. Its statue serving as a beacon to travelers and a reminder of the changes the world has gone through.
Unrelated to the game itself, the statue is based on the “Christ the Redeemer” statue in Rio de Janiero. The name of the island lending itself to the city's name as well.
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