Earthen Ring is the most influential shamanistic organization
currently on Azeroth. Led by the Elder Council the main goal of the
Earthen Ring is to promote balance between the elemental forces that
make up the world. Similar to the Cenarion Circle, the Earthen Ring is
made up of only the most senior and powerful shaman, all devoted to
studying and preserving the balance
between the various elements.
While it’s easy to believe that the Earthen Ring has only
recently come into being with the sole purpose of countering the
efforts of the Twilight’s Hammer, history shows that the
organization is a rather ancient one. The group was originally founded
after a mass premonition that the Shaman of the world must join
together and work to prevent the elements from ever growing to
unbalanced, otherwise all mortal life would be in dire jeopardy.
With more recent events the organization has become more visible than
ever before, and with Deathwing’s return to power and the
elements thrown into chaos their role in the world is now critical.
First a Horde based organization, comprised of mostly Tauren, the
Earthen Ring has since welcomed all peoples with shamanistic roots..
The Earthen Ring is also credited with influencing Thrall to eventually
allow the Forsaken to become a part of the Horde.
Unlocking the Earthen Ring
The Earthen Ring, like all Cataclysm factions, will not appear in your
Reputations tab until you gain your first bit of reputation with them.
The easiest way to achieve this is to complete quests for the faction.
Thankfully this will be easy to do as the Earthen Ring can be found
mainly in two zones (Vashj’ir and Deepholm) that players will
be able to visit early on in the leveling process.
Players who complete both zones will easily manage
to hit Honored with the faction. However, if Vashj’ir is a
turn off for you, even only completing one of the above mentioned zones
will still get your reputation bar quite far.
Normal quests that yield reputation for the Earthen Ring can also be
found in the Twilight Highlands, but are not as plentiful as in
Vashj’ir or Deepholm.
Finding Provisioner Arok
Provisioner Arok is the Quartermaster for the Earthen Ring faction and
is probably one of the more difficult to find Quartermasters’
in Cataclysm. Provisioner Arok can be found in the underwater zone of
Vashj’ir which is a mini-continent with three separate
subzones; the Abyssal Depths, Kelp Forest, and Shimmering Expanse.
Provisioner Arok can be found in Silver Tide Hollow a cave which can be
find the Shimmering Expanse.
The easiest way (although quite time consuming) is to complete all the
quests in the zone which will eventually lead you directly to
Provisioner Arok. Also you will be able to obtain all the underwater
flight paths needed to move you easily about the Vashj'ir, as well as
back to the surface world. Not to mention that completing the quests
here will also gain you a very cool and handy Sea Horse Mount that can
be used to move you quickly from place to place within the zone.
However, if you're like me and the thought of questing seriously in
Vashj’ir makes you more than a little queasy, getting to
Provisioner Arok will be quite a bit more difficult and you will need
to at least complete the beginning
quests leading into
Vashj’ir before you can gain access to the Quartermaster and
gain your Sea Legs which are essential
for moving about the zone.
Horde and Alliance players enter the zone through two different quest
lines both of which can be pick up at their factions announcement board
which can be found in Stormwind or Orgrimmar at level 80. Before
starting this set of quests be sure to set your hearth back to
Stormwind or Orgrimmar just in case! Players who follow either of the
quest lines to the end will find themselves in the Kelpthar Forest, the
smallest of Vashj’ir’s subzones. All starting
quests are based in and around The Immortal Coil, one of the many
sunken vessels in the zone. Once the starting quest line is completed
players will not only have gained their Sea Legs, but will
also have access to the first underwater flight path in the zone
located in small cave known as the Smuggler’s Scar.
From here players can make the long swim to the Quartermaster, picking
up underwater flight paths along the way if they choose. However,
players wishing for easier access to the Quartermaster can choose to
complete enough quests in the zone until they reach his cave location
in the Shimmering Expanse. Once questing has lead a player to the
Quartermaster’s location, the portal leading into
Vashj’ir from Orgrimmar or Stormwind will then return that
player to the cave anytime they choose. The portal will continue to
bring a player to this location unless they choose to complete enough
quests to take them to the next cave location in the zone. The portal
will then transport players to this new location instead.
A flight path connecting the zone to the surface world can be found on
a small strip of land called the Sandy Beach which can be above the
waters of the Shimmering Expanse.
Please see the map on the right for a look at the locations of many of
the above mentioned sites.
Earning Reputation with the
You’ve unlocked the Earthen Ring Reputation so now
it’s time to work towards earning some of the awesome rewards
these Shaman have to offer. Learn how below:
Unlike many of the other factions in Cataclysm the Earthen Ring offers
no daily quests for players to complete. That’s right, no
dailies, zip, zero, zilch, nada, none. No matter how hard you look, or
how much you wish some were available they simply aren’t
there which is surprising since you know you would think there would be
*something* you could help the Earthen Ring with seeing as they are
holding together the very fiber of the world. Players wishing to earn
reputation with this faction will simply have to resort to other
The only option then for earning reputation with the Earthen Ring is to run instances while wearing the
Earthen Ring Tabard. The Tabard can be purchased from the
Earthen Ring Quartermaster (Provisioner Arok) by level 85 players who
have reached Friendly status with the faction.
Each completed heroic instance could potentially yield around 3000
reputation with normal mode instances producing less reputation.
Reputation gains in each instance depend on the number of bosses and
mobs available for killing inside.The more bosses and mobs in the
instance, the more reputation you will gain.
Don’t forget that those players in guilds have the potential
to gain an extra 5% reputation from each mob killed if their guild has
managed to reach rank 4 in the guild advancement ladder.
Earthen Ring Reputation Rewards
While the Arcanum of the Earthen Ring, aimed at Tanks and obtained at
Revered, is probably the most sought after reward this faction has to
offer, the faction has many other excellent rewards for other players