Take the Battered Tribal Shield to Aponi Brightmane on Elder Rise within Thunder Bluff.


The fight's been hard up here, <Class>, as I'm sure you know. We're holding out, but not everyone has gone unscathed.

A warrior in our band, Aponi Brightmane, was taken ill by an infected wound in her arm. She's been taken back to Thunder Bluff for recuperation. It seems she left her shield here at the front in the confusion, however - could you take it to her, along with our well-wishes? Her smile is missed around here.

You can find her on Elder Rise on the Bluff.


Oh! Hello there. I don't think we've met; is there something I can do for you?


Oh, my shield! I won't be using it anytime soon, but thank you. I hate that I'm sitting here useless when I could be helping on the front, but fighting with my arm like this won't help anyone.

Take care out there, won't you?


Upon completion of this quest you will gain:

  • 4100-5150 XP (or 1g 86s at level 80)
  • 54s


Conversation 1
Aponi Brightmane says: Talk to me, Tahu. Something. Anything! I'm going stir-crazy.
Tahu Sagewind laughs softly
Tahu Sagewind says: All right, Aponi. I've enough on my mind to share. Have you ever spoken to the elves of Moonglade?
Aponi Brightmane says: Not Much.
Tahu Sagewind says: The elves speak of a moon goddess, did you know? They put great stock in the light given by the moon.
Aponi Brightmane says: Like Mu'sha.
Tahu Sagewind says: Just like her. The parallels I've heard are interesting. And it's no secret all druids, Shu'halo and elf alike, can call upon Mu'sha's light.
Aponi Brightmane says: Where are you going with this?
Tahu Sagewind says: I wonder. Hamuul has guided us well, and I've learned so much from. The legends say that our people were druids when time began...
Aponi Brightmane says: I hear the "but" in your voice...
Tahu Sagewind says: ...but what Hamuul teaches is what the elves know. The night elves. They put such stock in their moon goddess, as cratures of the night.
Aponi Brightmane says: Do you think his teachings are wrong?
Tahu Sagewind says: No! No, nothing like that. He is a elder for good reason, sister. Mu'sha is one of the Earthmother's eyes, and she watches over us. That isn't sinister.
Tahu Sagewind says: But we're nothing if not people who strive for balance. Our warriors fight only when there is need. Our hunters take only what the tribes require to live, and use all they can when they do. The shaman stand as guide and mediator to the elemental spirits.
Tahu Sagewind says: And while we, as druids, are guardians of nature, I wonder if we've overlooked a key aspect of balance in all things.
Aponi Brightmane says: So are you going to bring this up to the elder?
Tahu Sagewind says: No, no. No need for him to trouble about a student's idle philosophizing while he entertains a friend.
Aponi Brightmane says: I suppose so. It's not silly, though, what you said.
Tahu Sagewind says: Well, it isn't exactly a new thought, sister.
Conversation 2
Aponi Brightmane says: I see that thoughtful frown, Tahu.
Tahu Sagewind says: Sorry, sister. It's nothing to worry about.
Aponi Brightmane says: But something is on your mind, right?
Tahu Sagewind says: I'm thinking about the front to the north. The one you're so eager to return to.
Aponi Brightmane says: What about it?
Tahu Sagewind says: I know I'm counseling patience, Aponi, but I don't like remaining here any more than you do. Times are bleak, and failing to act only makes me worry that my idle hand may have been the one to turn the tide.
Tahu Sagewind says: Still... there is balance in all things, even death. I simply hate the concept that such destruction and darkness might be necessary.
Aponi Brightmane says: There's a phrase... "It's always darkest before the dawn." The daw will come, though, Tahu. The sun will rise. The balance will shift back to where it should be.
Aponi Brightmane smiles and gestures to the north.
Aponi Brightmane says: Even on the glacier itself, the sun manages to peek through the gloom. I have hope, Tahu. I think we'll make it through this, no matter how dire it looks.
Aponi Brightmane says: But I'd rather still be there on the front lines helping it happen rather than trying to placate myself with belief. We can't just sit around and hope it happens.
Tahu Sagewind says: I know, sister. I know. We'll return to fighting one day. For now, though, maybe it's best to spread the word to others... give them the hope you have.
Aponi Brightmane says: And through that hope, strengthen our side in the fight?
Tahu Sagewind says: That's the idea.


  • The quest appears to be a dead end, but if you stay for a while, Aponi will start one of two conversations (see Event section above) with the druid taking care of her, Tahu Sagewind. It focuses on how today's Tauren druids simply adopted Night Elf druidism, although they have their own ancient druidic roots which are nearly forgotten. Sagewind notes that while the Tauren are willing to accept instruction in the druidic arts from the night elves, they have not adopted the worship of Elune, who is represented by the moon in Night Elf culture. He wants to extend the moon-based Night Elf approach towards the sun, as the celestial bodies are the eyes of the Earthmother in Tauren belief.
  • This was though to be an introductory quest to Tauren using the powers of the sun similar to how priests and paladins use the Light, two classes that will be available to Tauren in the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion.

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