NPC – Captain “Jewels” Verne

captain Jewels Verne

This NPC is found in Vashj’ir and was the captain of the “Verne”, the submarine you take from The Stygian bounty.  He gives out a lot of quests!  He’s named for the author Jules Verne, who wrote the book “20,000 leagues under the sea” – a story about Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus.

NPC – The Walrus and the Carpenter

map for walrus and carpenter

On an island just off the north coast of Kun Lai is a little island with a house on it and a Tuskarr and  Hozen on it, who are a clear reference to Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” from Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass.


WoWScrnShot_030414_004924And when you talk to Wally, he even says parts of the poem to you!

WoWScrnShot_030414_005021Though the real poem goes like this:


The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright–
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done–
“It’s very rude of him,” she said,
“To come and spoil the fun!”

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead–
There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
“If this were only cleared away,”
They said, “it would be grand!”

“If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose,” the Walrus said,
“That they could get it clear?”
“I doubt it,” said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.

“O Oysters, come and walk with us!”
The Walrus did beseech.
“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.”

The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head–
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.

But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat–
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn’t any feet.

Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more–
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”

“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?

“It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf–
I’ve had to ask you twice!”

“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!”

“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.




NPC – Tsavo’ka

Tsavo’ka is a rare that is found in a cave on the Timeless isle.  This beautiful tameable tiger is also a reference to a pair of male lions in Kenya, who were named the Tsavo man-eaters, because they terrorised and killed a number of construction workers who were working on the Kenya-Uganda railway (building across the Tsavo river)  in 1898.  John Henry Patterson led an expedition to kill these lions and wrote the book “The Man-Eaters of Tsavo” in 1908 which was turned into a movie starring Val Kilmer in 1996 “The Ghost and the Darkness”.

The Tsavo man eaters on display in Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History

WoW Items – Ordos’ Loot

Ordos was a new world boss added in 5.4 to the Timeless Isle, who only drops warforged items.  To engage him you have to have done the legendary quest chain and have your cloak.  Blizz did a cool thing and paid homage to those who are really active in the WoW community, by honouring them with a loot item bearing their name!

Aladya’s Spiritfire Greathelm
Named after one of Methods paladin healers, Aladya.  Method is current #1 raiding guild in the world, and is on Twisting Nether, EU.

Pic of Method from Manaflask

Anafielle’s Spiked Choker
Anafielle is one of the three authors of the prot pally blog Sacred Duty, and is a member of the guild Something Wicked.


Arielle’s Ancient Legwraps
Yay for druid love!  This one I know – Arielle is from Team Waffle Podcast and writes on the Inconspicuous Bear (well, because they’re the bear LOL).  I thought Arielle’s tweet was pretty cool

“I’m pretty sure there’s a rule somewhere that if you get an item named after you in @Warcraft you get to call in sick the next day.” – @riftmaker

Binkenstein’s Burnished Belt
Someone whose name I recognise from Twitter, Binkenstein is plays an ele shaman and used to theorycraft a lot at Elitist Jerks and Totem Spot (he stopped doing Totemspot in Sept 2013).  And apparently he’s a kiwi (AND he was on Saurfang Horde)!  His tweets are now protected, so I wonder when I saw his tweets.. maybe a log time ago but the name and avatar are very familiar :)

Damien’s Icy-Vein Mask
Who doesn’t know that site, Icy-Veins?  I’m there all the time! A fantastic site for raid info as well as world faction stuff, it’s such a great site, and Damien is one of the co-owners of the site.  Kudos to him!

Derevka’s Gleaming Girdle
Another person from the guild Something Wicked!  I have seen Derevka on twitter, and he writes at Tales of a Priest (and also contributes to How To priest), and apparently was Totally Debuffed with Humbled when he heard the news of his tribute.  Aww, that’s just too awesome!

Hamlet’s Wind-Whipped Leggings
Named for Hamlet from Elitist Jerks – need I say anymore :P  I watched some of his Challenge Mode videos!  Pretty awesome!


Hoodrych’s Bloodied Chestplate
A warrior PvP live streamer from the #1PvP guild on Tichondrius “Hey I’m MVP”, Hoodrych is one of those scary bloody warriors that I don’t want anywhere near me!

Magdalena’s Murderous Crown
Another Something Wicked member and EJ theorycrafter – Magdalena, who plays a DK, was “floored and honoured” to have something named after her!

Magdalena Something Wicked

Olivia’s Graceful Gaze
I love the play on this name :)  Olivia Grace from WoWInsider (she writes the PvP column) who also features on’s Legendary podcast – she is one busy lady playing her Shay-man!

Omegal’s Crushing Carapace
I didn’t know this but Omegal (MysticalOS) is one of the tanks for Something Wicked, and also one of the developers of Deadly Boss Mods!

omegal word

Paululum’s Doodled Wraps
Paululum does so many cutesy doodles – I think you would have to read forums to understand the jokes – but they are hugely popular :D

Ghostcrawler and Zarrhym’s baby

Rossi’s Rosin-Soaked Shoulderplates
Matthew Rossi, has a lovely voice!  My tiny brush with fame with him is that you can hear his voice introducing TNB right before my interview on it (he was on it the week before me!).  Matthew Rossi is from WoWInsider and plays a warrior.

Stickney’s Grey-Shade Hood
Anne Stickney (@ShadesoGrey – no not that book!) is the Lorewriter for WoWInsider. I had some articles from my blog linked by her ages ago, and it was a massive honour I can tell you that!   Apparently this item had a typo on the PTR!  Lucky it’s fixed so now she can marry it :P

Venruki’s Venerable Sash
Shabahdu’s HERO!  He goes on and on at me about Venruki who plays with Sodah sometimes and livesteams .  Venruki is another member from Tichondrius’ Hey I’m MVP and is an AMAZING mage.  I wish Shab could get the belt so he could be a total fanboy.  I should drag him to Ordos sometime.

Zoo-per’s Superior Chestguard
Zoopercat is the CEO of Ask Mr Robot, which I use to help with reforges and regems for your gear.  Lush has full membership so he tells me what to do most of the time!

NPC – “Dirty” Michael Crowe

This came to my attention from one of my Frostwolves guildies, Roshii.
Dirty Michael Crowe

“Dirty” Michael Crowe can be found in Theramore – or rather, was found in Theramore.  Theramore in Mists of Pandaria is no more.  This toon is named for Mike Rowe, who was the host of the show Dirty Jobs on Discovery channel.  He also does the narration for another show, Deadliest Catch, which is why he’s a fishing trainer.

When you talk to him, he says:

Dirty Michael crowe chat

I’m not sure if you can still find him if you’re low level alliance if the zone hasn’t changed or phased, as Wowhead hasn’t listed him as no longer in game.

NPCs – Aldo Rockrain, Dontrag and Utvoch (Inglorious Bastards reference)

Inglorious bastards crop 1


It took me a while to figure out this one… it sounded so familiar when I was doing it.  But a horde quest in Stonetalon Mountains, We’re here to do One thing , Maybe Two… had Aldo Rockrain giving the quests.  Aldo Rockrain is a reference to Lieutenant Aldo Raine in the movie, Inglorious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt.  Dontrag and Utvoch (pictured above as well) are a reference to Donowitz and Utivich in the movie as well.  Even their quotes are related to the movie!

Inglorious bastards crop 2


In the movie, Lt Raine says:

“And once we’re in enemy territory, as a bushwhackin’ guerrilla army, we’re gonna be doin’ one thing and one thing only… killin’ Nazis.”

NPC – Designers and Department Stores

Hidden amongst those NPCs are a lot of brand names and store references, if you just know where to look.  Here are some of the ones I found on my travels through the World of Warcraft.

Harold Winston in Dalaran is a nod to Harry Winston, the famous American jeweller who donated the Hope diamond to the Smithsonian Institute.  He died in 1978 but his name lives on in the jewellery brand catering to the rich and famous.
Just next to Harold is Tiffany Cartier, whose name is a combination of the two famous jewellery brands – Tiffany & Co, the American jewellery and silverware corporation (founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany) and Cartier, the French luxury jeweller watchmaker.

Around the corner in Dalaran at the tailoring trainer is Dominique Stefano is a little more obscure, but a clever name nonetheless.  Named for Dominico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the designers for the Italian luxury industry fashion house Dolce and Gabbana.
Charles Worth in the same store as Dominique Stefano, is named for Charles Frederick Worth, the 19th century English fashion designer who was widely considered the father of haute couture, and he is credited as the first designer to put labels onto the clothing he manufactured.

Alexandra McQueen is a nod to Alexander McQueen, the British designer label, founded by Lee Alexander McQueen, who died in 2010.   Sarah Burton is the new creative director and she created the wedding dress for Princess Katherine when she married Prince William.  Unfortunately this NPC is no longer in game.

Rueben Lauren, another Dalaran NPC, is probably a reference to Ralph Lauren the American fashion designer.  Check out that jacket!  I want that jacket in game for my bank toon.

Karandonna in the same store as Rueben, and is named after the American fashion designer, Donna Karan of Donna Karan New York and DKNY labels.

The Smokywood Pastures goblins who appear around Azeroth around Winter Veil are all named after department stores and brand names.  Ayelena pointed out to me the Ironforge ones, and I had already realised the names of the Orgrimmar ones so I took pictures of them, but I didn’t realise that all the other vendors in the other major cities also were named after stores and brands!  Oh well, I’ll get pictures of them next Winter Veil.

Penney Copperpinch is named for the department store chain JCPenny.
Kaymard Copperpinch is named after K-mart, the chain of discount department stores.
Macey Jinglepocket is named after Macy’s, a mid-high range American department store.
Wulmort Jinglepocket, is named after Walmart, the multinational American retailer association.
Targot Jinglepocket is named after Target, a large discount department store chain.

Kosco Copperpinch is named for Costco, the huge warehouse club chain selling things at discount for bulk buying.

Gapp Jinglepocket is named for Gap, the American clothing and accessories retailer.
Mirvyna Jinglepocket is a reference to Mervyn’s, a middle scale department store in California.
Dillord Copperpinch is named for Dillard’s, a department store chain in the US.
Here are the rest of the Jinglepockets and Copperpinches are listed here by city.  It seems like Copperpinches are horde related and Jinglepockets are alliance related.

The ExodarBessbi Jinglepocket is named after Best Buy, an American specialty retailer of consumer electronics.  Wolgren Jinglepocket is named after Walgreens, large drugstore chain in the US.
StormwindKhole Jinglepocket is named after Kohls an American department store.  I thought it was actually named after Coles the Australian grocery chain at first.  Guchie Jinglepocket is named after Gucci, the Italian leather and fashion goods label.
Silvermoon CityHotoppik Copperpinch is named after Hot Topic, an American retail chain specialising in pop culture and music.  Morshelz Copperpinch is named after Marshalls, an American clothing department store.

Shattrath CityEebee Jinglepocket is supposedly named after EB games, the computer and video games retail chain.  I thought it was actually named after Ebay.  Olnayvi Copperpinch is named after Old Navy, an American clothing brand (owned by Gap)
UndercityJaycrew Copperpinch is named for J.Crew the clothing brand.  Nardstrum Copperpinch is named for Nordstrom the department store chain.

Thunder BluffSeersa Copperpinch is named after Sears, an American chain of department stores which merged with KMart.  Whulwert Copperpinch is named after Woolworths the discount retail chain in the US.  The Australian company Woolworths is actually named after the original F W Woolworth Co, but has no historical links to the original American brand.


NPC – Negatron

I find it hard to find a picture of this mob as I did it so long ago and I don’t have any pictures of it – I pulled this one off the net from a korean blog.  Negatron is a huge robot that is the objective of the quest You, Robot (which is also a reference to the book series I, Robot by Isaac Asimov turned into a movie starring Will Smith).  Negatron is reference to the Transformers Decepticon leader, Megatron who turns into a gun.  The popular toy range was made into an equally popular cartoon and series of movies.

Megatron in the cartoon (left) and in the movie (right)

NPC – Heigarr the Horrible

Heigarr the Horrible is found in Borean Tundra and is the objective of the quest The Tides Turn.  I’m sure he’s a reference to the comic character, Hagar the Horrible, by Dik Browne!

NPC – Alfred Copperworth

Alfred Copperworth is a reference to Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth, from DC comic’s Batman.  You can find him on the balcony in the Purple Parlour in Dalaran.


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