In World of Warcraft, there are many creepy things or things that are straight-up nightmarish. Today I will be counting down the top 10 creepiest things that I have noticed in World of Warcraft. This is only in-game things and will not include a ton of lore… now that doesn’t mean there will be none, but that will be an entirely different article. Let’s get right into it.
10: Sweeney Todd
The denizens of Stormwind go about their days oblivious and joyful. Things go wrong though when someone needs a haircut! In Northshear Abbey right behind the Auction House, something isn’t quite right. Jelinek Sharpshear is hiding a terrible secret in his bedroom. A dead body and an old fashion razor can be found in his room. Alas poor gnome, we knew thee not… but you will be missed.
Now for those of you who don’t know the reference; this is a small nod to the musical Sweeney Todd. It’s about a barber named Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who starts a barbershop in London and starts killing people. His fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett, helps by baking his victims into Pies. There is more plot, but that is all you need to know to get this reference. When Sweeney shaves their hair using this old fashion razor, he plans to kill whoever is sitting in that chair.
9: These “pictures” from Scholomance
You may look at this and ask yourself “Why did Lore Keeper Gosmidin put this on the list? Sure they follow your character’s movements, but I see this all the time at Disneyland”. Well, my dear reader, these aren’t any ordinary pictures. They do indeed follow your movement all around the room. No, not your character’s movements, your movements! Every time you move the camera they follow. They follow you as a human, not the Hero of Azeroth.
These always used to creep me out, as you can also tell that these aren’t pictures. They are windows… As you can see from the upper left window, they are not picture frames but windows because of the depth perception. They can sit candles on the sill, and in the middle, you can see books. Therefore, this shows that these two “pictures” are headless. They may be statues, but they look too realistic and this is a School of Necromancy
8: Scarlet Monastery
When I first set out to do this article, I asked a few of my guildmates and fellow Arcane intellect writer: Archmage Andoris, what freaked everyone out? This one comes to you directly from Andoris. “ The bodies hanging in Stormwind and Scarlet Monastery are creepy as well”. The Scarlet Monastery is known to hate undead or anyone who may question the sanctity of the church. They take non-believers and put them in front of the Monastery to say: “Any non-believer shall meet the same fate”.
Once a holy place of worship is now desecrated by extremists, who murder with no questions asked. These bloated and rotting corpses are just scratching the surface of what we are going to get into, so this may be your last chance to turn away. Feel free to check out our other articles… No? Still here? Alright then, let’s continue our journey through the creepiest things in World of Warcraft.
7: Teron Gorefiend from Alternate Draenor
This creature makes me sick, especially when you learn even more about him. This is the excerpt from the Dungeon Adventure Guide “Falling into the heart of the mausoleum Auchindoun, the Shadow Council Lieutenant Teron’gor gorged upon hundreds of Draenei souls, becoming a bloated abomination in the process. More than just an orc now, Teron’gor gave up his old name and has taken on a new one: Gorefiend”. This is only a fraction of his story, but that will be dealt with in another article.
This former orc shows no signs of ever being human before. With his giant mouth on his stomach, he murders hundreds and will not stop until he can consume all. We as adventurers almost become part of his feast, but we were able to put an end to his reign of terror and save Draenor from another threat.
6: Waycrest Manor and its Denizens
Here is the official Dungeon Guide for Waycrest Manor: “Once the palatial estate of the Drustvar’s ruling family, Waycrest Manor now serves as the focus of dark rumors since the Lord and Lady inexplicably locked themselves within its halls. Stories of foul rituals, people disappearing in the night, and horrible screams coming from within the home are common among the townsfolk. Amid all these whispers, only one thing is known, something evil has taken root within the Waycrest grounds.”
This haunted manor has my favorite track in the whole game. The denizens of the manor are very creepy and unsettling. Raal the Gluttonous is a prime example of how horrifying things inside of Waycrest are becoming. Here is the official lore of Raal: “Raal was once the main chef for the Waycrests. Now his kitchen is a chamber of horrors, where he has been serving portions of himself to the damned guest that haunts these halls.” This is just skimming the surface of creepy or unsettling things that happen here. This is why Waycrest Manor is my favorite dungeon.
5: Outlands: The Path to Hellfire Citadel
When the Orcs opened the Dark Portal to come to Azeroth they had to murder millions of Draenei to open it. You may have not realized it but you have walked all over their corpses before. If you take a closer look at the ground that leads to the now destroyed Hellfire Citadel, then you will see corpses of all who were sacrificed to open the portal. That must have been a lot of Draenei if it was enough to line an entire pathway.
What truly makes this horrifying is realizing that every single one of these skeletons was a living being with thoughts and feelings. The orcs showed no hesitation in the mass slaughtering of a race, and that is honestly so terrifying and sickening. So next time you go to outlands feel free to take a look at all the innocents murdered to open the Dark Portal.
4: The Emerald Nightmare
This place is one of the most important places lore-wise. Once someone enters by sleeping into the Nightmare, they have almost no hope of waking up. In the book “Stormrage” Malfurion enters the Emerald Dream but is soon captured in the Nightmare by Xavius. The book revolves around Malfurion stuck in the nightmare, and Tyrande trying to wake him up. This place before its corruption is what Azeroth is supposed to be like. It was created by the Titans as a blueprint for Azeroth.
This made the list for not only its visuals, but also the fact that you can get trapped in your worst nightmare forever. Malfurion kept seeing visions when in the Nightmare of multiple horrible events. Some of these events were true and some were corrupt thoughts from old gods. This lush landscape becomes quite scary when paired with the corruption of the void. This place is tortuous for all who even lay eyes on it, and very few can live with their thoughts after seeing it.
3: End Time
There was a time where Deathwing won against all the Champions, Dragon Aspects, and Thrall combined. Here is what the official Adventure Dungeon Guide says about it: “One of an infinite number of potential outcomes, this timeway depicts the desolate future of Azeroth should Deathwing fail to be stopped. Nozdormu has identified a powerful anomaly that exists in this moment and bars access to the past and hope of retrieving the Demon Soul. The powerful creature from out of time lives alone amidst the time-twisted echoes of the past.”’
Within this Dungeon, we have to face off against many heroes and villains of the Alliance and Horde. This alternate timeline is one of the most possible alternate timelines, and therefore it is one of the scariest things. Baine becomes a bloodhungry warmonger after he failed to protect Azeroth. Jaina became so torn that she and her staff fragmented into pieces. Sylvanas lost everything and can’t find peace and refuses to move on. Tyrande gives up on Elune and decides to live in the shadows instead, hurting her people in the wake. This dungeon almost was our reality. That is what truly terrifies me.
2: Karazhan Crypts
Karazhan by itself is creepy enough to scare off any unwanted intruders. If being in a zone called Deadwind Pass wasn’t enough then the tower would have scared you off. Back before Legion gave the Crypts a purpose, they were closed off and the only way to get to them was to clip out of bounds. I will be talking about those out of bounds Crypts. There was a giant empty hole that looks like it went on forever. There are giant piles of dead bodies and skeletons just strewn about beneath there. The most spine-chilling thing is The Pool of Upside-Down Sinners which many may be familiar with. Whenever an act was committed that the Guardian thought was so atrocious, he would put them in The Pool of Upside-Down Sinners to drown.
These men are forced to drown and have no way of escaping. It’s so weird that Blizzard programmed this into the game, but never used this zone for anything. Many believe that it was to be an extension of the raid, but adding the zone would have made the game rated M. Blizzard wants to keep this game T so that almost everyone can play. I hope we can maybe see this room used again someday in the future. Could you imagine a raid where you have to swim through the bodies and they come back alive as mobs? I would love it if we can get a creepy raid like this someday.
This one actually scared me in real life and made me jump when I was running Naxxramas for an upcoming article. If you have on your music and ambiance up you should understand. Sometimes you can hear people screaming and crying out in pain. I was sitting there and had my music on then loudly I hear “HELP ME! SAVE ME! Stop screaming…” and it legit made me jump. I even knew where this came from too. It came from this Monstrosity in the Construct Quarter.
Commander Eligor Dawnbringer says this about Thaddius: “Thaddius, built from the flesh of women and children. It is said that their souls are fused together – eternally bound within that foul prison of flesh”. That screaming you hear in Naxxramas is coming from Thaddius and it is all the women and children crying out for help. When you defeat Thaddius… he thanks you… making this boss both the scariest and saddest boss of all time.
Thank you for reading our spooky article. I hope to bring you more things in the future and can’t wait to explore the lore with you in Shadowlands. This has been Lore Keeper Gosmidin and thanks to you again for reading! Have a Happy Halloween and I will see you next week for Part 1 of the Lore.