A'dal in Shattrath City wants you to recover the Unused Axe of the Executioner from the Shattered Halls of Hellfire Citadel.

This quest must be completed in Heroic dungeon difficulty.


Four trials you must pass before you are deemed worthy by the naaru.

Within the Shattered Halls of Hellfire Citadel are three of your people. They are held there by the merciless one, Kargath Bladefist. He seeks to execute them as a sign of his virility and power. You must save these prisoners before such an atrocity can come to pass. As proof of deed, bring me the unused axe of the executioner. It must not have a drop of blood on its blade!


<A'dal greets you.>


Well done, <name>. You have passed the trial of mercy.


Upon completion of this quest you will gain:


The [Flamewrought Key] is required to open Heroic Mode in Hellfire Citadel. The key can be obtained at honored reputation with Honor Hold or Thrallmar.

After defeating Combat 15 Grand Warlock Nethekurse and upon entering the gauntlet afterwards, your group has 80 minutes to reach Combat 15 Warchief Kargath Bladefist. Similar to the quest Neutral 15 [60D] Dead Man's Plea - the 45-minute baron run - a timer-debuff appears and Kargath Bladefist will occasionally yell something about executing the prisioners. Although you lose the debuff upon death you still can complete the quest.

The quest description is misleading, as a prisoner or two may be killed and you can still get the quest item - so don't be quick to give up if you miss the deadline, or even a few kills.

Quest progressionEdit

This is [The Tempest Key] quest chain. Prerequisite: The Cipher of Damnation quest chain

  1. Neutral 15 [70] The Tempest Key
  2. Neutral 15 [70R] Trial of the Naaru: Magtheridon

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