Ahab Wheathoof and the associated quest were designed by Ezra Chatterton. Ezra was then a 10-year old boy, diagnosed with brain cancer and visiting Blizzard HQ through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He based the quest and its target, Kyle the Frenzied, on his own pet dog. Ahab was also voiced by Ezra.
Ezra Chatterton passed away at the age of 12 in October 2008, after suffering a stroke a couple months prior.