AllianceAncestor's Memory

The cave beneath Exile's Rise
Start Rulkan [45.7, 26.3]
End Rulkan [45.8, 25.6]
Level 10-40
Category Shadowmoon Valley
Experience 17300
Rewards Item level 514 legs
23g 60s
Previous A [10-40] Chasing Shadows
Next A [10-40] Darkest Night
A [10-40] Rulkan (optional)


Ancestor's Totem

Rulkan and Ner'zhul

Meeting the Iron Horde

Ner'zhul turning to the void

Ner'zhul destroying the totem

Find the Ancestor's Totem in the cave beneath Exile's Rise.


I believe that you should know the price of the lives you take.

So before I will help you find Ner'zhul, you must understand why he joined the Iron Horde.

In a cave beneath this village is an artifact that we call the Ancestral Totem. On it is carved the names of every Shadowmoon clan member since its founding.

The opening of the cave lies directly south. I will meet you there.


You will receive one of:

Item level 514 legs
Inv plate draenorquest90 b 01pant.png [Karabor Honor Guard Legguards] Inv mail draenorquest90 b 01pant.png [Rangari Initiate Leggings]
Inv pant leather draenorquest90 b 01.png [Karabor Skirmisher Legguards] Inv pant cloth draenorquest90 b 01.png [Karabor Sage Leggings]

You will also receive 23g 60s


You must understand a man's life before taking it.

Jump down the cliff and enter the cave directly underneath Rulkan's position. Interact with the Ancestor's Totem in the cave:

Rulkan walks in towards you, speaking.
Rulkan says: When the Iron Horde came, they gave our clan a choice. Join them, or die.
From the east, Ner'zhul walks toward Grommash Hellscream approaching from the west, who has Commander Vorka off his right shoulder, and Garrosh Hellscream off his left. Ner'zhul kneels.
Rulkan says: My husband Ner'zhul chose to save our people. He joined the Iron Horde, but they asked of him a heavy price.
Rulkan says: They said:
Grommash Hellscream says: What good are stars and visions against steel and powder? Make a worthy offering, or your people shall die.
Rulkan says: So Ner'zhul turned to the silent void. He broke the ancient laws, and drew upon the dark star.
Ner'zhul summons two void beings behind him. Rulkan walks up to face him.
Rulkan says: I pleaded with him to stop, but he would not turn back.
Ignoring Rulkan, Ner'zhul walks past her and to the Ancestor's Totem, which he destroys.
Rulkan says: By breaking this stone, he foreswore all loyalty to our ancestors.
Grom's party turns and walks away, Ner'zhul following.
Rulkan says: You must do what I cannot. Stop Ner'zhul. End his madness before it is too late.
Rulkan says: The Shadowmoon fortress is sealed to outsiders, but this keystone will allow entry. Good luck, hero.


We will find new traditions. My people will become something... new.


  • 17300 XP


Northeast of the Ancestor's Totem in the cave is the Shadowmoon Exile Treasure. It contains the  [Shadowmoon Astrologer's Almanac]. If the player has already looted the Mushroom Covered Chest in Umbrafen, this chest will not be visible.


  1. A [10-40] Into Twilight
  2. Complete both:
    • Visions
    1. A [10-40] The Clarity Elixir
    2. A [10-40] The Fate of Karabor
    • Shaz'gul
    1. A [10-40] Going Undercover
    2. A [10-40] Escape From Shaz'gul
  3. A [10-40] Chasing Shadows
  4. A [10-40] Ancestor's Memory
  5. A [10-40] Darkest Night
    • Optional side quest: A [10-40] Rulkan
  6. Complete all of:
    1. A [10-40] Into Anguish
    2. A [10-40] The Dark Side of the Moon

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