Call of the Scarab Micro-Holiday 2019 (January 21-23)
The Call of the Scarab Micro-Holiday returns tomorrow to commemorate the events that happened on January 23, 2006. This event is the perfect time to level alts, as well as earn rewards and represent your faction!
While the Micro-Holiday is active, a number of World Quests will appear on the map that give a lot of experience for low level characters. These World Quests will also give you 500 reputation with Cenarion Circle and grant credit to your faction. For players level 60 and above there is also a special quest Ahn'Qiraj: C'thun to defeat the final boss in Ahn'Qiraj.
There are two time-limited mounts available for purchase Ruby Qiraji Resonating Crystal and Sapphire Qiraji Resonating Crystal, which have an updated model of the original bug mounts Red Qiraji Resonating Crystal and Blue Qiraji Resonating Crystal. You can purchase them from the faction vendors for 1 Abyssal Crest, which you can get by defeating bosses throughout the zone.
Note: If your character has defeated Argus then you will have to talk with Rhonormu in Silithus to access the old version of the zone.
On January 23, 2006, a bloody war was triggered by a simple sound: the banging of a gong. No rallying fanfare, no bloodthirsty yell; just an eerie silence. Those long, uneasy seconds of dread. The calm before the storm.
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder before the Scarab Wall, no one could have predicted what would happen—an epic ten-hour battle that claimed the lives of thousands of Azeroth’s bravest—or fully comprehended the effect it would have.
Action First, Faction Second
That’s not to say the battle at the gates of Ahn’Qiraj came as a surprise. When the menace of C’Thun turned into an urgent threat, leaders across the world pored over plans and forged unlikely connections as pressure mounted. Both factions knew war was coming and personal glory was a hubris no-one could risk. Any notion that one army could defeat General Rajaxx and his colossal battalion was soon abandoned as fantasy.
It was a unique time: scattered armies with varying allegiances were thrown together and faction pride was put aside. Let’s be clear: the battle at Ahn’Qiraj was won purely on the principle “united we stand, divided we fall.”
Warmongering vs. Gold Hungering
This uneasy alliance was not without its critics. Some showed their disapproval by shunning the war effort altogether, but others expressed opposition through acts of aggression. Rogue elements on both sides, unwilling to stomach this perceived betrayal of their faction, did not sit idle. Just as neutral auction houses became a tool for factions to share resources, they also became virtual battlegrounds. Crucial resources were picked up for next-to-nothing and sold on for personal gain. As with all wars, those who profit aren’t always the brave.
The sheer scale of that war effort is almost unimaginable when we live in a time of extended storage and fast mail. But back then, backpacks and cloth stacks were smaller. Getting precious resources gathered, sorted, and sent took many hours. And it took several weeks to source bandages, food, and equipment—resources that were in high demand and would soon dwindle.
The Importance of Remembrance
We would do well, in these dark times, to remember the courage and spirit of those who were there at the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj. We must have long memories if we’re to make quick work of the demon forces we now face.
From January 21–23 we ask that you join us as we remember the fallen and celebrate the victory. All of Azeroth are invited to a special holiday, ‘Call of the Scarab,’ where we will gather to perform acts of remembrance and share our factions’ pride.
Players who are in a different phase can speak to Rhonormu near the gong to enter the correct event phase.
Were you there? Share your memories with us in the comments below.