Saturday, March 6, 2010

Technological terror: The Foe Reaper 4000

World of Warcraft may not be the first game that pops into your head when you hear the words "rampaging robots". But look at Gnomeregan, Ulduar... and Westfall. And when you have an awesome name like Foe Reaper 4000, who's going to question you?

Now, granted, the Foe Reaper 4000 is classified as a harvest golem but since it's classified as a "mechanical" creature and there's plenty of monsters in the game which are described more or less as robots. The gnomes and goblins both build them, albeit often powered by arcane substances of some kind. I guess it's like the best of both worlds.

Or worst.

Where can I find it?

Now, this guy is a bit harder to track down than our previous entries in this series. The Foe Reaper 4000 is found in Westfall, but can appear in several spots, roughly the same spots where the normal harvest golems can be found. I have seen it in the Dead Acre several times, just south-east of Sentinel Hill.

To add to this, mechanical creatures can't be tracked by any hunter ability, or any other class ability that I know of, making tracking this guy down a purely visual search.

What's the story behind it?

As mentioned, the Foe Reaper 4000 is a harvest golem. The in-game lore contains only brief descriptions of them, but by consulting the now-defunct Warcraft RPG we can actually learn a bit more. Harvest golems were originally constructed by goblin engineers (a fact supported by the fact that you see several similar constructs in employ by goblins in the game) for protection.

Later, when the Defias Brotherhood made their presence known in Westfall and started strongarming the populace, a group of goblins went into the employ of the bandits, either as volunteers or by force. As a result, the Defias now had the harvest golems at their disposal, and sent them off to scare farmers from their lands and terrorize the countryside. Presumably then, the Foe Reaper 4000 is a more advanced model than the generic golems lumbering around.

It may not be immediately obvious by looking at the pictures, but the Foe Reaper is a different color than the other harvest golems in the zone, being a blue tone and much darker overall. It's a quite nice look, and you will see it re-used much later in the game, as far as Northrend.

The Foe Reaper also has a unique drop, the appropriately named Scarecrow Pants. He also has a good chance to drop a 10-slot bag, in case you are running a beginner character in need of more storage space.

Overall, I like the design of harvest golems and how they add to the whole Defias storyline. The story of Westfall is one of the more memorable questlines from the alliance starter zones, and Deadmines is a classic.

Until next time, may your golems remain docile.


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