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NPC – Mumper

Mumper

This horde NPC (looks like an orc to me) at the Dark Portal in Blasted Lands (Draenor) is named after Cory “Mumper” Stockton, lead content designer for Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria.  He was heavily involved with the pet battle system and can be found on Twitter @mumper.

Image from WoWPedia

 

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WoW Item – Daelo’s Final Words

One of my guildies looted this today whilst in Siege of Orgrimmar – it’s listed as personal loot so I have no idea what the drop rate is:

Daelo's final words

 

So who is Daelo?  Daelo is the nickname of Scott Mercer, who was World of Warcraft’s Lead Encounter Designer since Wrath of the Lich King, and into Cataclysm.  He’s still with Blizzard at this point in time, and contributed a lot to Mists of Pandaria, but is doing other things within the company now.  I wonder what his final words were… wish there was some flavour text on this item!

NPC – Sam the Wise

This came to my attention courtesy of Pando of Lighter Side of WoW.

Sam the Wise <The Metal Brewmaster> is found in the Shrine of Fellowship in the Jade Forest.  Another one of those double references, it’s a reference to Samwise Didier (one of the art directors at Blizzard and the senior art director on Starcraft II) as well as to Samwise Gamgee (of Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings).  You can see some of his art here.

Samwise (Blizz artist) is the creater of the Pandaren, and is the frontrunner of Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftains (The Artists formerly known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain), is an American band comprised of Blizz employees.  They performed at Blizzcon 2008 and you can see them in game at Darkmoon Faire.

Samwise Didier as you can see is a metal music fan (hence the Metal Brewmaker) and if you talk to him he says Meatloaf quotes at you!

“I would do anything for love. But I won’t do that. At least, not right away”
“What is best in life? Brothers, Ballads and Beer! ”
“I like my woman like I like my beer: full-bodied.”
“When dawn rises, the hammer shall fall!”

I wonder if Samwise likes Meatloaf? 😀

Samwise Gamgee is also reperesented here because Sam the Wise is found at the Shrine of Fellowship (referring to Fellowship of the Ring).