*UPDATE* The Mystery has been solved! In order to Summon MY TRUE FORM, you must find and press a tiny button hidden behind one of the columns in Tinkers Court, Gnomeregan.
If SOMEHOW you manage to be victorious the the Vial or Green Goo is yours. take it and go out in to the world my leprous disciple!
I put #LegionSpoilers up there for anyone concerned with spoiling the fates of minor low level dungeon bosses. We good?
So on WoWhead about 5 days ago, this guy popped up “Endgineer Omegaplugg”
He uses the same Gnome Pounder model that Thermaplugg and other gnome mekgineers use. It is green instead of red, the green of the battle suit could either be fel corruption or from decades of radiation. It could mean nothing, because you can paint a robot any color you want, but usually the color is chosen to indicate something. In Gnomeregan spider tanks that do fire damage are red, ones that do frost damage are blue etc. Perhaps this character will have a poisonous irradiation attack.
The gnome pilot appears to be solid black some kind of shadow/void gnome, or possibly with a texture issue because it is still in beta. I thought it could be a new character or (as the name seems to suggest) a transformation of Thermaplugg.
Then there is this item, “Vial of Green Goo”
If is dropped by Endgineer Omegaplugg, but the flavor text refers to Thermaplugg, suggesting that Omegaplugg is Thermaplugg.
“It’s reversible. Perhaps Thermaplugg was working on a cure after all…”
First I would like to note that it indicates Thermaplugg WAS working on a cure. I’ve always had to find some shred of good in Thermaplugg in order to role-play him.
Second (and more importantly), this means Omegaplugg is almost certainly Thermaplugg in a new form.
At first I thought that this meant that Gnomeregan was going to get an update this expansion, but then there was one more string that referenced this ‘new’ NPC.
There is a spell to spawn Omegaplugg. I don’t know what that means, because it could mean anything. It could be for a heroic version of Gnomeregan where Thermaplugg transforms at the end, or it could mean he is encountered somewhere (anywhere) else in the world.
Perhaps this is the first hint of adding in gnome Demon Hunters (unlikely).
My biggest hope is that it will be for a “Reclaiming Gnomeregan” Scenario where at the end, Gnomeregan will be an actual functioning city, or a crater with a shiny new city built on top.
No matter what it turns out to be, I am just really excited that we are seeing gnome lore moving forward!