This quest is the Inv misc gem ruby 03 [Red Scepter Shard] fork of Inv hammer 25 [The Scepter of the Shifting Sands] quest chain to open the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj. Players must have completed Neutral 15 [60] The Charge of the Dragonflights (and thus have neutral or better reputation with the Brood of Nozdormu) before Neutral 15 IconSmall DragonRed Vaelastrasz will offer players this quest.

Players must also complete the Inv misc gem sapphire 03 [Blue Scepter Shard] and Inv misc gem emerald 03 [Green Scepter Shard] forks before Neutral 15 IconSmall DragonBronze Anachronos will offer the conclusion of the quest chain, Neutral 15 [60] The Might of Kalimdor.

Objectives Edit

Slay Neutral 15 IconSmall Nefarian Nefarian and recover the Red Scepter Shard. Return the Red Scepter Shard to Anachronos at the Caverns of Time in Tanaris. You have 5 hours to complete this task.

Description Edit

Champion, is it you? A thousand years it has been since I was entrusted the shard and it is at my darkest hour that one should rise to relieve me of it... But what would tragedy be without cruelty?

<Vaelastrasz coughs weakly.>

Ne... Nefarius now holds the scepter shard.

Time is of the essence. Nefarius plans to destroy the shard. You must hurry!

Notes Edit

  • It is advised that players talk to Vaelastraz to pick up this quest before the event is started. There is a very short period of time after someone starts the event while Vael is still friendly if it is still necessary to pick up the quest.
  • After accepting the quest, Nefarius will yell: Looking for this: [Red Scepter Shard]? Come and get it...
  • Some time later may yell the following:
    • I wonder, heroes, what will you do when I manage to destroy this shard? Will the world be beyond Salvation?
      Lord Victor Nefarius's laughter echoes through the halls of Blackwing.
    • What's this? A chip in the shard? Finally, a weakness exposed... It won't be long now.
  • Failing to kill Nefarian within 5 hours results in looting [From the Desk of Lord Victor Nefarius] from the dragon (provided you still kill him) instead of the red shard.


Another of our heroes lost to the spawn of Deathwing. We will be cursed with this suffering forever...


Vaelastrasz's soul is at ease, champion. The Aspects all watch your progress with great interest. Know that you have powerful allies.

I was commanded to grant you something to aid you in this struggle. Use it well...

Reward Edit

You will be able to choose one of these rewards
Inv pants mail 04
Inv jewelry necklace 17

Quest progressionEdit

This is part of the Inv misc gem ruby 03 [Red Scepter Shard] fork of Inv hammer 25 [The Scepter of the Shifting Sands] quest chain:

  • Neutral 15 [60R] Nefarius's Corruption

Patches and hotfixesEdit

WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.9.0 (03-Jan-2006): Added

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