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 the Twin Colossals!
The Twin Colossals are massive mountain spires located in north-western Feralas on the Kalimdor continent. Unfortunately, not much is known about the spires themselves or where they came from. At the base of the western spire, a night elf named Marli Wishrunner suggests the spires have existed since ancient times. She also used to be the only way to gain access to the top of the eastern spire in classic World of Warcraft, before flying was introduced to the world.
To the south of the Twin Colossals, you’ll find a small, remote camp that’s home to a single dwarf named Gregan Brewspewer. He tells you a tale about a large makura he saw climbing the eastern spire, and assures you that “loads of treasure” await if you figure out how to get up there and kill the beast. Since the release of the Cataclysm expansion, the only way to access the tops of the spires is with a flying mount. As promised by the tale, flying to the top of the eastern spire uncovers a small, deep pond, at the bottom of which is a makura named Diamond Head. When killed, Diamond Heads drops an uncommon quality item - perhaps not the “loads of treasure” promised.
Also at the top of the eastern spire is a night elf named Kalin Windflight who sells parachutes to adventurers. These used to be the only way to safely get down from the spire after being teleported up by Marli in classic World of Warcraft. While not officially present in any lore, some believe the two were running a scam before flying was introduced. Marli would teleport adventurer’s up, Karlin would sell them a very short duration parachute to get back down, and you can probably fill in the rest. Many adventurers would use the parachute at the top of the jump, meaning it would run out partway through, plummeting them to their death. After which, the pair would loot the victim's body. Obviously, player corpses can’t be looted in game, and certainly not by NPCs, but I thought this was a fun story to explain the pair of elves that seemed plausible.
While not a source of great power or lengthy history, the Twin Colossals are awe inspiring for anyone who passes through them, and certainly for anyone who ventures to their summit.
Join me every Friday as I work to expand my lore knowledge while completing the Field Photographer achievement. Read lore summaries for each location and follow up with resources where you can go more indepth! I encourage you to share your own selfies and any additional lore resources you know of in the comments below, or tweet me @PrestonDvorak. Bonus points* if the selfie is somewhere you shouldn’t be (such as an Alliance player in Orgrimmar)!
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