Blizzard did a a series of posts to get you excited and hyped for their new Hearthstone adventure “One Night in Karazhan.” We have added them below to make it easier to read them and pump yourself up for the new expansion coming August 11th.
Hmm, unannounced visitors. You’re early.
Master Medivh has some, ah . . . business in the rooms above, but I’m sure he’ll be delighted to show you around once it is complete. Please feel free to wait for him outside.
Oh, you want to come inside? I suppose I can delay all the extremely important preparations that I was overseeing so I can play at being your tour guide.
Ahem, where are my manners? Allow me to introduce myself. I am Moroes, steward of Karazhan. Karazhan is known to one and all as the most magnificently magical dwelling on Azeroth—indeed, the entire edifice is positively crackling with arcane energies! The Master seems to think that this is the ideal location for the greatest party the world has ever seen. A “real rager,” I believe he called it.
Be Someone’s Guest, I Suppose
Ordinarily we’d welcome guests to relax in the dining hall with a nice spot of tea. Alas, they’re still decorating for the party, so we’ll just cut through the kitchens here. Our kitchens are almost completely magically automated, and we have dishes and silverware to serve hundreds of guests. Most of our tableware are priceless antiques, and a few were even gifts from the King himself! And voila—the kitchens!
Oh my! The tableware is singing. And dancing. Musical tableware isn’t on the approved decorations list, but the song is catchy, don’t you think? Medivh has been enchanting everything in sight to make sure that his party leaves a lasting impression, so you never know quite what will happen next. It is odd though . . . they’re normally so well behaved when the Master is home. Well, let’s move on, and please don’t feed the forks. It’s not dinner tine yet, ha ha. Ha. Um, right. This way, please.
You’re in for One Hall of a Time
As we stroll through this hallway, you’ll notice our collection of paintings from some of the greatest artists to have ever lived, and even a few that haven’t been born yet! I really don’t know how the Master manages it. No touching, of course.
Yes, they’re magnificent, aren’t they? Oh, this one with the drape over it? It isn’t a painting at all; it’s a mirror. A magic mirror. Medivh animated it with an experimental enchantment. Oh, perhaps a tad unruly at first, but it’s quite friendly now. Complimentary, even! Most of the time. And here we are, at the game room.
One Game in Karazhan
There’s only one game in the game room, and that game is chess. You see, Medivh is a dedicated aficionado of chess. The masterfully carved pieces, the intricate strategies, the meeting of mind and will! The Master just loves it. Yes, chess is the game for this game room. That could be because the pieces are so large that there’s no room for other games in here. It could also be that the pieces get offended when other games are introduced and, ah, tend to violently destroy them when no one is watching. Well, whatever the reason, chess it is!
Is it dangerous? While this chess set is animated by immensely powerful magics and sometimes exhibits a mind of its own, I assure you that it’s perfectly safe. Unless you happen to be backgammon, ha ha!
Well, that was all very diverting. It, ah, seems that the master is still indisposed. How strange. . . . Well, I suppose we’ll continue with a tour of the opera house while we’re waiting.
Oh, and some good people have written some lovely things about the party tonight, so please take the time to read all about it.
I, Moroes, steward of Karazhan, have already shown you around the Parlor. Now, if you’ll pardon the phrase, I’ll throw back the curtains on one of Karazhan’s most luxurious features: Medivh’s private opera house. The stage manager, Barnes, books the very best singers and actors from around the world, and the performances are sure to put you on the edge of your seat! Barnes is quite the character, but he should be able to keep you busy while I attend to some additional party-related matters. I’ll return shortly.
Welcome, party-goers! I am Barnes, the stage manager, and this is the finest theater in Azeroth. Medivh has an incredible show planned for the party. Come, I’ll show you around—we might even have time for a little improv!
All the World’s a Stage
Karazhan’s opera house is the height of elegance and sophistication, and these very planks of wood have seen some of the greatest stories of the age unfold with pathos and grandeur. Glorious, but that’s in the past! Never look back, darlings—it distracts from the FUTURE! The show we have in store tonight will put them all to shame. I predict that these features will be so great, so EPIC, that people will return in droves again, and again, and again—just to catch a glimpse of their favorite play!
We Are Simply Players
Ah, but there will be no shows if there are no sets. Sadly, my crew are all late, or misplaced their guild cards, or are lost somewhere in Karazhan. That last one is a surprisingly common occurrence, actually . . . No matter! Anyway, I’m sure you’ll do fine, you look like naturals. I’m so excited to begin!
Oh settle down. It’s clear to see that you’re all heroes, so a total stranger asking you to perform menial labor should feel quite familiar. Oh, you want a reward? Well, I can promise you the greatest reward imaginable if we can finish in time. Ah, now I’ve got your attention! Now let’s see. . . .
Let’s get this tower set up. Yes! It looks just like real stone, doesn’t it? That’s because it IS real stone. Originally, Medivh was going to magic it into place, but since he’s busy now I’ll just have to make do. Now, get in there and really put your backs into it and HEAVE! Oh, well done. Our lead actress will look positively radiant all the way up there.
Here, take these hammers—this quaint forest cottage won’t build itself, you know! I mean, it was supposed to build itself, but with Medivh occupied doing who knows what, we will just have to get our hands dirty. And by “we”, I of course mean “you”.
Good job! That cottage is looking really quaint! Now we’ll just need to do just a tiny little bit of sewing and you’re all done. How many costumes? Well, all of them actually—I’m no seamstress. Medivh was going to—well, nevermind what Medivh was going to do. I’m sure that with a whirlwind of activity we’ll be done in no time! The tailoring supplies are in those cabinets. Now let’s hustle!
Ah, it appears that Moroes has returned to take you off my hands. Parting is such sweet sorrow, but at least everything is finally prepared for the show tonight! I hope you enjoy the party! And get some rest before the festivities, you all look exhausted!
Oh, your reward? Why, a job well done, of course!
I, Moroes, have returned. My, my, you all look so glad to see me! Why are you sweating? Actually, don’t answer that question; I don’t want to know. Well then, since I clearly have nothing better to be doing while the Master is gone, I suppose we can visit the Menagerie next.
Oh, and please don’t forget to check your invitations.
You will find our next stop to be truly thrilling. Karazhan plays proud host to the world’s only privately run arcane zoo, featuring exotic—and dangerous—creatures from all manner of places, times, and dimensions. The Master spared no expense.
Right through this archway, please. Ah, here we are: The Menagerie! I will now allow the Curator to show you a few of our special exhibits while I attend to some matters of importance. Please be nice to the Curator. And please don’t touch anything! There will be ample opportunity for you to make a mess at the celebration later tonight.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your enjoyment? Please repeat your response. Thank you. This Curator will attempt to elevate your level of enjoyment with a tour of the Menagerie. As we tour the Menagerie, please comply with all gallery protocols to ensure that no creatures go free or come to harm. Menagerie Tour Program version 4.7.7 is now online.
It’s Raining Meat
Many creatures in the Menagerie generate values for excitement greatly exceeding zero. Your tour coincides with this large predator’s feeding time. This Curator will now provide it with the large quantity of food it requires. Warning: Please step out of the meat splash zone. Oh, no. You have failed to exit the splash zone. Please allow this Curator to hand you a towel.
You are experiencing elevated blood pressure and adrenaline levels. Diagnosis: Excitement! This Curator is glad you are having a good time!
This portion of the Menagerie is empty and awaiting new exhibits. We will pass through this gallery into a region with populated exhibits. Please repeat your query? Your query cannot be processed. Error: the Imp you have indicated is not allowed in the Menagerie, therefore it does not exist. The displays are guaranteed to be safe. Please move along. Menagerie Tour Program is shutting down.
Moroes has returned. This Curator will now escort you out of the Menagerie.
Are you satisfied with your tour?
Oh, your tour was cut short? You say the Curator was acting strangely? Well, the Master is clearly too occupied to renew its enchantments right now. I’m quite sure it will be fine, though I do admit that the Menagerie is not to my taste. I’ve often warned the Master against maintaining extra-dimensional spaces and extremely large, voracious creatures. He claims that they’re important to his research and that the Curator has everything totally under control. Hrmph. Under control indeed! I say that Imps, ah, find a way.
Well, we’re all the way up here, so I don’t see the harm in giving you a quick peek at the Spire. It will be a nice treat for you, since party guests will not be allowed to enter it tonight.
I have reminded you to consult your invitations, haven’t I?
Shhhh! You could be as boisterous as you liked in the Menagerie, but now we’re about to enter the Spire. There really shouldn’t be guests up here, so we must keep it down. The top floors of Karazhan serve as Medivh’s chambers, housing an extensive private library of the rarest magical tomes, an advanced arcane laboratory, and of course, his private living quarters. Now, let’s have a quick look around, shall we?
Don’t let that door slam! I feel just like a young man of fifty again, sneaking about like this. Mind you, we should be able to stroll about the library and peruse the tomes at our leisure, but the ghost of Medivh’s father has taken up residence. Nielas isn’t so bad when Medivh is around to keep him sensible, but when the Master is out? Pff. Let us simply say that death has not improved his disposition. In fact, he turns into one the ghastliest geists I’ve ever had the displeasure to meet. When the singers were warming up earlier, he kept banging his staff on the floor of the library and yelling at us to “keep down that racket.” He once told me to get off of his lawn. Me, Moroes! And Karazhan doesn’t even have a lawn!
Uh oh, I think I hear him drifting this way! Quickly, into the laboratory!
Let’s All Chant
Oh, splendid! Netherspite is away preparing the arrival portals for tonight’s guests. Netherspite is Medivh’s laboratory assistant and portal master. He also happens to be a dragon, and very serious about his experiments. In addition to his considerable knowledge of all things arcane, Medivh is something of a master of portal arcanology. I’m assuming that arcanology is a word. Regardless, from this very chamber, you can access realms and regions beyond imagination! The possibilities are endless, but we really shouldn’t touch anything. Especially that! Hands off! You do want to be able to enjoy the party later with all of your limbs and senses intact, yes? I think it’s time we returned to the Parlor now.
Well, that was exhilarating! And we’ve gotten away with it scot-free! I’m sure that Master Medivh will be arriving at any moment to get this party started! Despite your inconveniently early arrival, you’ve all been such good sports about everything that I’ve grown a bit attached. Alas, I really must go to make some additional preparations, but I trust you can occupy yourselves before the celebration commences? Wonderful, I very much look forward to partying hard with you all!
Ah, I did ask you to consult your invitations, didn’t I? I believe so, but you had better make sure just in case.