“From the outside I wanted people to see the ominous rock floating above the place and wonder what the heck happened here?!” – Daniel Baldwin, artist, quoted on Silky Venom.
As I approached the gates of Trengal Keep, that was exactly my first impression. Maybe it was the eerie green mist that surrounds the Keep. Maybe it was the huge floating rocks and alarmingly large drakes that loomed overhead. Or maybe it was the 12-orc train that came racing out of the gate and down the hill past us. Trengal Keep definitely gives you that feeling that something really bad has happened here, and that you’re probably about to find out, for better or worse.
From what I can tell, the Thestrans were driven out of the Keep by Orcs and Goblins. But at some point, the Keep was destroyed from within, sending huge chunks of rock upwards, and causing some of those meteor fragments to become animated beings. In addition, there are undead deeper inside the dungeon, and drakes flying overhead. It’s a bustling place, but not very friendly.
There are several nice quests in here. The big quest line is the 6 part “Legend of Trengal Keep,” quest that rewards you with some nice jewelery pieces, and a cloak if you complete part 6. There are also a couple of easy quests for a decent chest piece and leggings, which can be done with a small group of mid 20s.
But the real fun comes with a questline that allows you to have a ring created which will summon Karujin of the Gulgrethor. I haven’t begun this quest, but based on the lore surrounding Karujin, this sounds like it would be a pretty rough fight.
According to lore, Karujin was the leader of the Gulgrethor orcs, and he believed he was the one who should wield “The Harvester,” a powerful greataxe and the avatar of Ghalnn the Souldrinker, the god of war for orcs and goblins. He eventually seized it from the Martok goblins after two bloody invasions. There was rumor that the second invasion was successful because of some kind of deceitful magic, so it sounds like Karujin was dabbling with some powerful forces. It was his bloody rampage that caused the Martok to flee to Fanx Caverns, where newbie goblins retrace the steps of Grakkor.
I haven’t done this questline yet, but I’d love to summon Karujin. I think The Harvester belongs in Revelry and Honor /nod
Cool moment of the day: Seeing a huge black shadow suddenly cover our group, as a huge drake descended on us in the Trengal Keep courtyard. You know you have drake aggro even before he shows up on the target list, and seeing that shadow for the first time scared the poo out of me! (And the second, and the third…)