The Terrible Truth Behind the Pillars of Creation and Expansion 7

The God of the Deep writhes in his prison, breaking free ever so slowly. You should hurry and defeat the fallen titan… there are greater battles yet to fight.

-Xal’atath, Blade of the Black Empire

Since the moment this quote was first discovered in the World of Warcraft: Legion alpha, I haven’t been able to get the idea that Blizzard might already be teasing expansion seven out of my head. While N’Zoth has been built up as a threat for quite awhile, and is one of the last pre-existing big-name villains we have yet to face, nothing else like the above quote appeared. Until now.

With the release of the Emerald Nightmare raid on live servers yesterday, we’ve seen the full dialogue for the Il’gynoth boss fight. After looking through Il’gynoth’s quotes, not only am I confident in the old Xal’tath whisper as being a hint towards something greater, but I’m starting to think we may know how Legion will end and the next expansion might begin.

Expansion Concept 2.0: The Hand of Zul

Hand-of-ZulWith Legion pretty much complete and awaiting launch on August 30th and the pre-expansion event confirmed to not start until next month as well, we’re in a bit of a dry spell. In the meantime, I thought it would be interesting to share another of my expansion concepts. You may remember my ill-fated Age of Azshara project, which I may revisit in the future, but this time I’ve chosen to focus on a different idea for an expansion. Ever since patch 4.1, the Zandalari trolls have slowly been built up as a new villainous group. Their mysterious prophet Zul has grown in infamy despite us never actually seeing him.

Some may bemoan troll raids, but they were absent from Warlords of Draenor and there’s no sign of any troll involvement in Legion. I think we’ve been given enough of a break to welcome a troll expansion to confront Zul, King Rastakhan, and the Zandalari once and for all. I’ve also been careful to fill my expansion concept with new races and enemy groups alongside the Zandalari to prevent any “troll fatigue.”

Today I’ll be talking about the basic plot and feature overview for the expansion, which I’m calling The Hand of Zul. We’ll go into greater detail on zones, dungeons, characters, races and more in future articles. Read past the jump if you’re interested.

Dungeon Lore from the Legion Alpha Part 2

Welcome to our next look into the dungeon journal lore for World of Warcraft: Legion, as taken from the alpha. For Legion’s five primary zones (not counting the Broken Shore, which has no instances or raids) each has two five-man dungeons, one intended to be done once you’ve completed the main storyline in the zone, and one not accessible until level 110. In our previous entry, we looked at the two dungeons in Val’sharah. Today however, there is a small exception. Highmountain is unique in that it has only one dungeon, Neltharion’s Lair, so I’ve paired it with Assault on Violet Hold, which is located within Dalaran itself and not part of any specific Legion zone.

Read the dungeon descriptions and boss lore entries from the dungeon journal below the jump.

Dungeon Lore from the Legion Alpha Part 1

This most recent alpha build has updated a small feature which most would overlook, but to lore fans is of great importance: the dungeon journal lore entries. Often they’re the only way to learn who non-final or pre-existing bosses in dungeons and raids are, and why we’re fighting them. Now, with the exception of a few world and Violet Hold bosses, all Legion dungeon and raid bosses have lore entries in the journal, which I will transcribe here for those curious about the enemies we’ll be facing in World of Warcraft: Legion.

Due to the number of bosses throughout Legion’s ten dungeons, I’ll be splitting this post up into a series. Today we’ll be covering the two dungeons located in Val’sharah: Black Rook Hold and Darkheart Thicket.

World of Warcraft: Illidan Novel Review

It’s been close a to a year since the last World of Warcraft novel was released. This Tuesday we’ll be getting another with World of Warcraft: Illidan, by William King, a newcomer to the Blizzard novelizations scene. Have you ever wondered exactly what was going on during The Burning Crusade‘s convoluted story? Pondered what its like to become and live as a demon hunter? If Illidan really is “the Betrayer” everyone makes him out to be? Want to know how William King stands against previous Warcraft novel authors? If you answered yes to any of these, read on!

NOTE: This review contains MINOR SPOILERS for the novel. You have been warned.

World of Wacraft: Chronicle: Preview 2, Aegywnn and the Tirisgarde

The day has come at last, World of Warcraft: Chronicle, is on sale now! To celebrate, and because people had been mistaking part one for a direct transcription, this next preview will be a full excerpt from the Chronicle. In particular, this will focus on the former Guardian of Tirisfal, Aegywnn, and shed light on the mage order hall in the upcoming Legion expansion. For those familiar with  other Warcraft novels, such as Jeff Grubb’s The Last Guardian, you may notice some significant changes have been made to Aegwynn and Medivh’s backstories…

As with before, heavy spoilers for World of Warcraft: Chronicle are below the jump, so read at your own risk:

 

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Vol. 1 Preview: The Story of Lei Shen

ian-bates-the-red-shirt-guy2Greetings everyone, I’ve been given a copy of World of Warcraft: Chronicle to review and there is so much incredible lore information, I’m not sure a single review would work.

So, while I will have a proper review, I’ll also post a few summaries of some of the more groundbreaking information we’ve been given.

For our first entry, we shall look at fan favorite villain Lei Shen, the Thunder King. Of course, these will include massive spoilers. Spoilers on a “this changes the entire context of the Warcraft setting” level.

So if you want to find all this out in World of Warcraft: Chronicle for yourself, consider this a warning.

Have you ever wondered how Lei Shen truly became the Thunder King? How he died? How Uldum wasn’t always a desert? How the mogu and Zandalari came to create one of the most formidable empires Azeroth has ever seen? Read on to find out.

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Hall of Shadows (Rogue Class Hall) Has Been Re-done and is AMAZING! (Legion Alpha)

Hi everyone, we previously looked at the Hall of Shadows in December, near the beginning of the Legion Alpha. Despite the changes that had been made, many still complained it felt too unimpressive and too much like a sewer to be a proper class hall. I didn’t mind it too much, liking the not-so-subtle nods to the Thieves’ Guild in Skyrim, but what Blizzard has done to the rogue class hall in this latest alpha build blows the original out of the water. I may be heavily biased, as I have main’ed a rogue since I first started playing, but the Hall of Shadows is now my favorite order hall in Legion.

See what’s changed after the jump!

Comparing Dalaran: Legion Alpha

One point of contention I’ve seen in discussion on the Legion Alpha is the state of the updated Dalaran. Many have questioned whether or not the city has truly been “updated” aside from the additional of a couple new doodads. In my personal experience, I’ve found the most of the original textures to have been replaced, and many objects given brand new models. As I did with the Hall of Shadows previously, I’ve decided to put the issue to rest by providing another side-by-side comparison of Dalaran on alpha and on live.