While we still don’t know where our Class Order Hall is located, we did get to see all the artifacts displayed at Blizzcon and on a new page on World of Warcraft’s webpage. Sheilun, the Mistweaver staff, was known since before but now we also get a little background story to how the staff came about. The same goes for the artifacts for Brewmaster and Windwalker spec, that will be given Fu Zan, the Wanderer’s Companion and Fists of Heaven respectively.
Judging by the presentation, each artifact seem to have 5 variants with 4 different colors each. In other words, it’ll likely be about 20 variations of each artifact. This will give us tremendous choice to customize our weapons to different types of looks and feels. You can of course transmog your artifact to look like any other weapon (but not the other way around), but why would you? They are gorgeous!
So here are the artifacts and their background story:
Mistweaver – Sheilun, Staff of Mists
Sheilun, Staff of the Mists has been through many trials in the bid to protect the lands of Pandaria. In the hands of the right Mistwalker Monk, it could aid in turning the tide against the Burning Legion.
During last pandaren emperor’s reign, a prophecy arose that a ruthless Legion would invade the world of Azeroth and leave it shattered. To save his people, Emperor Shaohao embarked on a series of trials, taking with him the ancient staff Sheilun. Afterwards, he used his newfound wisdom to become part of the land. He made Pandaria into a separate continent and enshrouded it in mist to protect it. His staff clattered to the ground, where it lay until the monks of Tian Monastery found it and took it to the Terrace of Endless Spring for safekeeping.
Brewmaster – Fu Zan, the Wanderer’s Companion
Brewmaster Monks wield the staff Fu Zan, the Wanderer’s Companion. Crafted from the first of Pandaria’s forest, its journey through the ages has imbued it with untold power in the hands of these clever masters.
Long ago, as the titanic watcher Keeper Freya set out to populate the world with life, she placed one of the first seeds in Pandaria. From it grew Fu Zan, the first, and all of Pandaria’s forests descended from it. Before populating the rest of Azeroth, Freya fashioned a walking stick for her travels from one of Fu Zan’s branches. Eventually Freya passed her staff to the Jade Serpent, Yu’lon, who later gave it to a uniquely clever hozen. The Monkey King, as he was called, hung his most prized possessions from the staff, which he carries with him to this day.
Windwalker – Fists of Heaven
Fists of the Heavens in the hands of master martial artists, the Windwalker Monk, are lethal against any foe. Infused by the raw elemental powers, these weapons make this monk near unstoppable.
Thousands of years ago, the famed tol’vir smith Irmaat crafted a pair of magnificent handblades. Unsatisfied with his work, Irmaat tried to capture the essence of Al’Akir the Windlord to infuse into his blades. Al’Akir was not amused. To spite the smith, Al’Akir poured unspeakable amounts of raw elemental fury into the handblades. When Irmaat attempted to unleash their might, a great vortex sprang up, engulfed his city, and scattered the weapons to the winds.