DESCRIPTION Lo’Gosh and Broll continue their quest and encounter harpies and furbolgs in Thistlefur. Will the duo succeed in freeing the furbolgs from the fel magic that curses them? Plus, Valeera continues tracking the mysterious figure who follows Lo’Gosh from the shadows. Written by Walter Simonson; Art by Ludo Lullabi and Sandra Hope; Covers by Jim Lee and Samwise Didier PREVIEW
On their way to Thistlefur Hold, Broll and Lo’gosh are attacked by Harpies. Lo’gosh(the amnesic human) suggests Broll to use his magic against the Harpies to blow them away. Broll refuses to for fear of becoming unstable. This close to the corrupted idol is causing fel emanations increase his rage. Last time, at Warsong Gulch, Broll unleashed his fel rage and that caused a tremendous storm that not only defeated the Horde, but threatened to destroy most of Ashenvale.
Broll jumped off Sharptalon to grab hold of a Harpy in hopes to land safely where he may shapeshift into bear form to fight the Harpies. However, things get worse as they land amidst a Thistlefur Furbolg camp. The Harpies were attacked by the Furbolgs as well, forcing them retreat.
A corrupted furbolg shaman asks Broll and Lo’gosh their reason to come to the Thistlefur Hold. Broll has come to retrieve the Idol of Remulos, a small statue shaped like a green dragon.
The furbolg shaman ordered its breathren to attack the thieves who have come to steal their treasure ... the source of their corruption. Broll commands underground roots to rise and entangle his enemies. However, this close to the corrupted idol causes his spell to uncontrollably entangle Lo’gosh as well.
The Furbolg Shaman calls upon the element of fire to free himself. Lo’gosh yells at Broll to loosen up from the grasp of the corrupted idol’s control and to negate its fel energy twisting Broll as much as it does the furbolgs.
Broll settles down his consuming fel rage and loosens up the roots to release Lo’gosh from its grip. Broll calls upon Sharptalon to land to take them away toward the nearby Thistlefur Hold. The corrupted Idol of Remulos lies deep within the cave. Its closeness fills Broll with a rush of power calling and summoning him to the idol. The idol of Remulos is doubly attuned to Broll, both by Remulos (son of Cenarius) and by Azgalor the Pitlord who sent a foul demonic magic flowing into the Idol of Remulos and through Broll during the battle at Mount Hyjal. The closer Broll gets to the corrupted idol, the more it is driving him to madness.
The hyppogryph Sharptalon takes both of them above the Thistlefur Hold cave. There Broll commands roots to grow and to create a tunnel between the outside surface deep into the chamber where the idol of Remulos is kept. Broll and Lo’gosh climb down the roots to the interior of the cave.
A corrupted furbolg calls the alarm to protect the idol. Many of them rush into the chamber, but are stopped cold when Broll commands the roots to grow and block the entrance of the cave tunnel leading to this chamber. Broll approaches the dais where the corrupted Idol of Remulos is kept at. Broll describes the energy emanations as nature energy overlaid with fel energy. Before reaching for the idol, a green dragon seething with fel energy materializes to protect the idol.
Lo’gosh attempts to distract it, while Broll touches the idol to enter the Emerald Dream. Broll asks Lo’gosh to protect his inert body while he roams the Emerald Dream. Easier said than done as the green dragon becomes corporeal and incorporeal at will. Broll requests Lo’gosh, if Furbolgs break into the chamber, to promise he will destroy the idol even if that meant his demise in the Emerald Dream.
In the Emerald Dream, Broll is surrounded by Fel energy. There he fights a manifestation of his own fel rage that has consumed him since the loss of his daugther at Mount Hyjal. Broll fights the fel bear spirit he calls upon when shapeshifting into bear form. In that moment he realizes why the bear spirit had remained with him while other animal spirits had abandoned him. Broll understands. A druid houses the spirit forms, however he has failed by allowing the spirit form control him with rage and fury fed by the fel energy channeled by Azgalor and the fury of his own daughter’s demise.
The memory of his daughter convinces him the fel bear spirit has changed him into something his daugther wouldn’t be proud of. Before engaging the fel bear spirit, the stormcrow spirit grabs Broll into the sky. Broll battles the fel bear spirit once more and negates his control over him again. The other spirit animals have returned to aid Broll: the stormcrow, the stag, the panther, the seal. Broll calls upon the fel bear spirit as brother. The fel bear spirit is the embodiment of Broll’s soul, despoiled by fel energy, pain and rage. With the help of the other spirits Broll attempts to restore the balance within himself and the spirit bear.
The spirit stag brings the staff weapon to Broll. The staff banishes any vestige of fel energy from the spirit bear upon contact. Broll rejects the rage of his past caused by the loss of his daughter at Mount Hyjal combined with Azgalor’s fel energy which fed his rage and fury all these years.
In the material world of Azeroth, Lo’gosh keeps protecting Broll’s physical body from harm. The fel green dragon is about to attack Lo’gosh when it suddenly vanished. At that moment, the corrupted Thistlefur furbolgs broke into the chamber by slashing away the giantic roots with their axes.
At this moment, Lo’gosh was bound by his promise to destroy the corrupted Idol of Remulos if the Furbolgs broke past the roots. Lo’gosh rose his sword high to destroy the idol, but a triumphant Broll stands up from his slumber claiming to have cleansed the idol from Azgalor’s taint, regaining his true self. The furbolgs’s corruption is no more as well, as the idol of Remulos was their source of corruption. The furbolgs ask Broll to take the idol with him and away from their hold.
The next day, Broll and Lo’gosh fly on top of Sharptalon toward Darnassus. The huge tree, Teldrassil may be seen in the horizon. Word had reached Arch-druid Fandral Staghelm that Broll had cleansed the lost Idol of Remulos and sought to meet Broll to verify its purity.
Note: The artwork of Teldrassil resembles slightly the concept art shown at BlizzCon 2007 for the Warcraft film by Legendary Pictures.