It’s time for another of my fan expansion concepts. You may have noticed there’s been a lot of foreshadowing about Wrathion and the dragonflights in Battle for Azeroth. The most tantalizing piece is an island expedition quest (Unscarred Black Scale) that reveals Wrathion is searching for the Dragon Isles. For those unaware, the Dragon Isles were a scrapped zone north of Tirisfal Glades planned for vanilla WoW. They gained a level of infamy for their cool name and this really neat concept art. It may have been re-purposed into BfA’s own Shrine of the Storm:
Outside of the concept art and some other behind the scenes information (such as The World of Warcraft Diary by John Staats), the Dragon Isles have never been mentioned in lore and were assumed non-canon. BfA changed that. From the Unscarred Black Scale quest text, this official version of the Dragon Isles is actually related to the dragonflights. Whereas the old version was just a bunch of Old God temples based on sea creatures. Obviously the concept has changed and so for this expansion I started from scratch. Yes the nautilus temple is iconic, but at this point it really would just come off as Shrine of the Storms 2.0 and that wouldn’t work in the expansion immediately following it. Maybe it could show up in a patch.
I don’t have a name for the expansion this time. I wanted to call it World of Warcraft: Dragonsworn but that sounded too close to the Dragonborn expansion for Skyrim in my opinion. I’ve tried to follow the history of expansions sounding pretty out there story wise when first announced (no one tends to predict major side stories or in some cases even main stories for real expansions) so some of the story will be pretty out of left field. Mostly the return of a certain character. Read it after the jump.
I have been telegraphing this for a long time since Legion, when Sylvanas stroke a bargain with Helya. Still it was vague enough to discard as looking too deep into it. I even wrote a speculation article back on May 2018.
Then, Nathanos ordered the raising of two Kul Tirans from the death as Forsaken (during the War Effort Campaign) in Battle for Azeroth. That was a strong hint of things to come.
At the end of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the Dragon Aspects expended their “Aspect” powers in order to defeat Deathwing with the help of Thrall and the raid heroes. At that moment, Alexstrasza proclaimed the “Dawn of the Age of Mortals” had begun.
An age where there are no longer aspects to protect Azeroth from evil forces from beyond and below.
Ever since, the dragonflights have disbanded and gone their separate ways roaming the world. Except there is a problem… Blizzard hasn’t capitulated on this through three expansions. Sure we have seen individual dragons go solo on quests like Kairoz machinating how to change the timeline by using Garrosh. We have seen Chromie do her thing. We have seen at least one red dragon in Battle for Azeroth in Drustvar. But there is no much to account for dragons mingling in the Dawn of the Age of Mortals after Deathwing’s defeat.
The recently datamined armor in the 7.3 PTR points to the island nation of Kul Tiras being the setting for our next World of Warcraft expansion. Aside from hinting that Kul Tiras will finally be making its appearance in WoW, the naming scheme of the datamined files suggest Kul Tiras might not just be a zone in the next expansion, but an entire continent. Leveling gear in expansions usually follows this naming convention ““inv_(armor slot)_(armor type)_(“snippet of expansion’s name”quest)_b_01.” For example Legion leveling gear uses file names like “inv_chest_leather_legionquest100_b_01” and Warlords of Draenor used “inv_bracer_leather_draenorquest90_b_01.” That would suggest Kul Tiras is part of the expansion’s name, probably something like “(Blank) of Kul Tiras.”
The idea of making Kul Tiras into an entire continent is intriguing to me, so I couldn’t help but try to flesh out a potential expansion of that nature for myself. This won’t be your standard “South Seas expansion”, as we can also guess from the sheer amount of new ethereal and void models and art assets introduced in 7.3 that there’s a good chance they’ll play a major role too. I hope you enjoy “Shadows of Kul Tiras.”
NOTE: Originally, this article was written based on a tweet by Christie Golden. I mistakenly thought she was referring to Warcraft. Instead, she was talking about Supernatural Season 12 finale. However, there are some points of interest in the article. Read with caution. Everything henceforth is theorycrafting. You will also find Warcraft book references and quotes.
There are several NPC heroes that are no longer among the living, or are suspected deceased that could potentially come back from beyond in a different fashion than Illidan did in World of Warcraft: Legion. Let’s flesh out some context into how some of the dead Warcraft heroes might be able to return.
Originally, the Warcraft: Orcs and HumansGame Manual back in 1994 stated that Garona was half-orc and half-human. The timeline and common-sense however dictated that fact couldn’t be possible.
Theoretically, it could have been explained if Sargeras-Medivh somehow had used magic to teleport to Draenor long before the Dark Portal was created, and had shed some of his blood in a ritual with Gul’dan to magically create a orc/human hybrid that Gul’dan could use later as a decoy to secure the downfall of Stormwind. Creatively, that could have worked; but it would be creepy considering Me’dan is the offspring of Medivh and Garona.
Another thing that could creatively work would require a paradox in time where the first time the Horde crossed over to Azeroth Garona didn’t exist. We know there are other alternate timeline/realities. An example is Warlords of Draenor, which came to exist when Garrosh and Kairoz altered the past; but that was already an alternate reality before Garrosh arrived there. Kairoz picked an alternate timeline where Garrosh was never born as their destination.
In World of Warcraft: The Shattering, we also got to see a world where Blackmoor was triumphant, and very likely Rhonin and Krasus changed the past slightly in War of the Ancients creating an alternate timeline. In that novel, it was revealed that Nozdormu is in contact with other alternate Nozdormus from alternate Azeroths.
World of Warcraft: Legion gives us another creative story that further opens our mind to alternate timelines and alternate realities. Turalyon and Alleria have been lost for about 30 years in Warcraft time, but they have lived a thousand years.
I assume some of their followers were with them when they were lost in time, so it is possible that the human, high elven and human/high elven hybrid races may have flourished elsewhere in time in other worlds. If Turalyon and his people learned the way of traveling through time and space, it’s likely possible that somehow one of these humans might have been stranded or captured in the past of Draenor — where then Garona could make sense to be half-human before the orcs created the Dark Portal.
Certainly a paradox, but alternate timelines are canon in the lore. Rhonin and Krasus did it. Garrosh and Kairoz did it. Thrall did it in “The Shattering.”
Of course, we’ll have to learn more on how Turalyon and Alleria’s story pans out to draw better theorycraft.