A Look Back: Onyxia
“Lady Onyxia is the current broodmother of the Black Dragonflight on Azeroth. After carefully calculating her plans for many years, she entered into a pact with her elder brother, Nefarian, to take over for their missing father and gain control of the entire flight. To this end, she has begun manipulating many mortals and dragons alike to her own ends.
At present, Onyxia masquerades as one of the highest officials in Stormwind, preventing the people there from sending much-needed aid to the areas near the Burning Steppes (where her brother has great power and influence). Her own lair lies in Dustwallow Marsh on Kalimdor, and thus she always has a safe haven if someone discovers her in Stormwind. Many suspect that Onyxia is connected to the disappearance of King Varian Wrynn of Stormwind, but this rumor has never been confirmed.
However, the rumors has been greatly strengthen after the expansion of the quest chain of The Missing Diplomat that was activated after patch 2.3. According to the quest chain, members of the Defias became stranded on several islands northeast of the beaches of Dustwallow Marsh due to shipwreck. When some very valuable items were found from the ship wreckage, conclusions were made that these were possesions of The King of Stormwind, King Varian, and you are ordered to report back to both Jaina Proudmore and Highlord Bolvar Fordragon about the findings.
However, Lady Prestor isn’t so enthusiastic about the news, and orders to forget the incident and continue focusing on “the true enemies of Stormwind”. She clearly has insidious plans for the human nation that go far beyond simply withholding the city’s forces, however. Onyxia is quite possibly the one responsible for the prison breaks in the Stockade, but her motivation is as yet unclear.” – wowwiki.com
Onyxia was a formidable foe, and was an exciting boss fight. She was the first boss that could fly, and the first time I saw her fly in the air along with Frostbolts, Fireballs, Shadowbolts and arrows all flying up after her, was an amazing experience.
Killing her for the first time was also another great experience. I believe the guild I was in at the time couldn’t kill her until we were far into Molten Core in progression. I think we killed her after Majordomo, but before Ragnaros. She dropped my first piece of Tier 2, my [Netherwind Crown].
She also dropped an 18-slot bag everytime. This is why Magtheridon is considered the “Onyxia of Outlands”, a few trash pulls, kill boss, collect loot and a bag. Even though I currently have all my bags at 20-slots, I still kept my Onyxia one as a reminder of the old times.
Also the hang of her head on the wall of Stormwind when you kill her, letting everyone in SW who and what guild just killed her, and awarding everyone in Stormwind at that time with a 2 Hour Buff. I wish there was more of this in TBC.
The road to getting to fight Onyxia was a long a painful one. Kill a bunch of these dragons, kill a bunch of those dragons. Break this guy out of jail, break that guy out of jail. Run to the end of this cave to teleport to NPC x, oh yea, cave is full of elite dragons that will eat you alive.
Jail Break part of the quest line especially. It was a huge pain to do this part of the chain, and it required a lot of time. First you had to clear most of the instance ahead of time (to make it easier) then break the guy out of his prison, then escort him out safely. If you failed the escort part, then all that clearing you did earlier was for nothing. Uggh… lots of painful memories…