It was a couple of weeks ago now. I was doing my daily business when I ran into this weird guy outside of the Auction House in Orgrimmar. There are of course loads of weird people in WoW so generally I don't care much. Unless it is something new, like a new mount or some new weapon/gear that I haven't seen before, in that case I usually inspect to see what it is (which is exactly what they want of course, epeeners). And this guy definitely looked very peculiar indeed. When trying to target him however, I noticed that I couldn't. He was like any part of the background in WoW, except he looked like a player or npc. He didn't have any kind of nametag, which quickly made me realize that he wasn't a player (before I noticed he was untargettable). At first, I didn't think much of it. It was probably some kind of trinket/spell I hadn't heard of yet, and I would find out sooner or later. I let it be, for the time being.
The next day, I am going about my daily business again, and when running out of the Auction House I see how this guy is still there. In the same position, in the very same spot. Still untargettable and still without a name. Now I am getting more curious. I don't think it is likely that some player would use their trinket/spell so that the guy shows up at the exact same place when I happen to be logged on. In any case that has never happened to me before. Could this be some issue on my side rather than server side? I start asking questions. Can anyone else see this guy? Who/what is he? The usually ever responsive trade chat (although rarely providing a useful response) is strangely silent. No one seems to know much about it or they just can't be bothered to answer. I ask in guild chat and people go "what guy? I haven't seen any guy?". I ask Love and he tells me too he hasn't seen any guy. A friend of mine can however. Turns out, not everyone can see this guy! The thick plottens, as Love says it.
I turn to the allmighty internet. Remember what I told you kids, if its not on the internet it doesn't exist. Strangely enough I only find one forum thread about it and people are generally as confounded as I am. People go;
"who is this guy?"
"the glowing guy"
"never seen that guy"
Pretty much as my conversations had gone earlier. I learn that they've popped up on servers all over, but only in major cities (as we know of *more eerie music*).
What is it? No one seems to know. Twixnstix offers a logical solution, one that had crossed my mind as well initially;
"Not to ruin any hopes of extraazerothian phenomena, conspiracy theories, or what have you, but I think I read somewhere that it is a graphic artifact from the Lightbringer's Tabard. Basically someone uses their fancy glowy sparkle tabard, and a frame of the animation gets stuck in the game world until a GM comes and takes it out, or the server resets."
This was my first guess but an even more logical reason for why Twixnstix theory is flawed is provided by Sitta;
"could be but its happening in a several servers in the same spots"
Indeed - could this really be a bug of some sort if it happens in the same spots, in different cities (always major however) and across different servers? That would be some bug.
Just as I am flying around thinking I couldn't be more puzzled about this matter, I find another one. Sitting just outside the jp/vp vendor in Orgrimmar is another glowing guy, that doesn't look exactly like the first glowing guy however, they have slightly different gears. This second guy is also a blood elf (although on other servers and factions he seems to be human sometimes). My mind is officially boggled.
These guys are around for a couple of weeks, and then they're gone like if they were never there. If I hadn't had the screenshots, I wouldn't even be sure about it. I haven't found anymore information about them and no one seems to know anything either. Do you have any idea what this is? Have you seen them yourself?