If you watched the entirety of the latest 8.2.5 cinematics and cutscenes, you are now aware that Sylvanas basically ditched the Forsaken and left Orgrimmar.
It was revealed that Azshara and Sylvanas had a secret pact. However, Sylvanas is not serving N’zoth. Instead, Sylvanas sees N’zoth as a tool for her own agenda. She knows that the Alliance and the Horde will fight N’zoth, and she expects all of them to die to serve Sylvanas in death. In fact, she plans for N’zoth to serve her in death as well.
Something truly powerful and mysterious is going on here. For the first time in a very long time, Blizzard Entertainment has left fans unable to predict what happens next. We didn’t see it coming in 8.2.5; and certainly we no longer know exactly what’s happening before the next expansion, and in the next expansion. We do have an idea based on some pseudo-leaks, and some hints or puzzle pieces revealed throughout the war campaign since the BFA launch.
World of Warcraft Classic peaked to over a million views on Twitch this past week, and Activision Blizzard has touted increase of subscriptions. At this point, it is unknown what the future will look like for World of Warcraft Classic. Will players continue to play Classic? What will happen after players have conquered Molten Core, Naxxramas, and Onyxia’s Lair many times over?
So far a developer played around with the idea to have The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King re-released. The question is whether the WoW Classic servers will remain so forever, while WoW: The Burning Crusade servers are opened parallel to the WoW Classic servers — separating both servers as standalone communities; or whether WoW Classic will become WoW Classic: The Burning Crusade.
Is there room for WoW Classic, World of Warcraft: BFA successors, and a third World of Warcraft? Now that would be royally unprecedented.
What would be the third World of Warcraft? Probably something set in the far future. Something set in the far past. Or… something akin to WoW Classic but how WoW Classic would look like if the Horde had never crossed over into Azeroth.
Ahhh… but that is not just an idea. It has already happened in the World of Warcraft lore. Blizzard has just not capitalized on that. Yet.
When Blizzard Entertainment launched World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Garrosh Hellscream and Kairoz the bronze dragon had timetraveled to an alternate timeline where Garrosh had never been born.
Garrosh killed Kairoz as he didn’t want to be the dragon’s puppet. Garrosh wanted to live in this timeline doing whatever he wanted rather than follow the commands of his dragon master.
After killing Kairoz, Garrosh paid a visit to his father Grom Hellscream, and revealed to him he was his son from an alternate timeline’s future.
Garrosh told Grom not to drink from Mannoroth’s blood, and then we watched the Warlords of Draenor cinematic where Garrosh pushed Grom away when Mannoroth died — giving us a deja vu of the Warcraft III cinematic where Grom died.
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.
With the Eternal Palace defeated, Blizzard Entertainment has made public the Raid’s Finale Cinematic. Azshara lays on the ground as Lor’Themar and Jaina close in for the kill, but Azshara expires with a I-Can’t-Believe-They-Have-Defeated-Me face.
At that moment, a mechanism falls into place, completing the circle circuit. A blast of light explodes outwards, shaking the ground, and the chains that held N’zoth imprisoned are shattered.
A huge eye is seen at the bottom of the prison, and after a flash of light, shadowy tendrils of “smoke?” dart out of the prison, slithering its way toward the platform to grab Queen Azshara’s corpse.
Azshara suddenly comes to life in horror, with a big surprised eyes. Azshara disappears out of view, engulfed by the shadows.
N’zoth proclaims: “All Eyes Shall Be Opened.” Read some points of views about what might come next for Battle for Azeroth, after the break.
The last official patch for the original World of Warcraft Vanilla was patch 1.12.1 in North America on September 26, 2006. At least the last one before The Burning Crusade — with the exception of Europe only (which got 1.12.2) and the Traditional Chinese localization only (Patch 1.12.3).
The Burning Crusade expansion was launched in the United States on January 16, 2007.
At that point in time, the Warcraft lore was in flux. Between Vanilla’s end with Drums of War (1.12) and the launch of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade expansion, new lore had been brewed by the Creative Team.
Wildstorm Comics (later under the DC Comics label) launched the World of Warcraft comics series issue #1 on November 2007. Written by Walter Simonson (Known for his Thor, X-Men, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, and other works).
For the lore in the Comics to have been published on November 2007, that means the lore had been in development for at least a year — which coincides, precisely, more or less with Patch 1.12 (Drums of War).
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.
Battle for Azeroth is officially live! While we explore Kul Tiras and Zandalar, further the war campaign, and recruit new allied races, the question of what fate has in store for the Horde’s Warchief hangs in the air. After how the Burning of Teldrassil turned out, the discussion over Sylvanas and what’s become of the Horde under her rule has been, to pardon the pun, heated. I won’t dwell on the controversy much because the discussion quickly became vitriolic towards Blizzard’s writers (especially Christie Golden) in a way that was far too similar to the worst portions of the Star Wars fandom. Instead let’s look at the story itself and where I think it might be taking Sylvanas.
The Allied Races feature is cool and innovative in World of Warcraft as a concept. The Alliance finally has High Elves. We now have moose horns, freaking Nightborne, and cool-looking Draenei. Better yet, each one has 5 racials that offer some commodity or advantages to professions, or make us do more damage, or be more resilient.
The World of Warcraft team has said to us and other websites via interviews the Allied Race system was made from the ground up to be expandable. Meaning more Allied Races will come out in the future. That opens the possibility for Ogres, Centaurs, Naga, Quillboars, Gilgoblin, Wildhammer, Tuskarr, Taunka, Furbolgs, Vrykul, Ethereals, and many other races and ethnic groups to be a playable Allied Race.
I’m super-hyped for Battle for Azeroth. Just from the short demo of Nazmir at BlizzCon, I can see that Zandalar is everything I’d ever hoped it would be. Add on finally getting to visit Kul Tiras, the allied races, more story and development for faction leaders like Jaina, Saurfang, Baine, and Genn, and more old world updates (though it sounds like they’ll just be phased scenery like Theramore, but still I like seeing the world change and evolve) and this is looking like a pretty great expansion. So why I am so worried that it won’t be?
I’m back from BlizzCon, and what a BlizzCon it was. While I have some serious worries about the expansion, worries I detail in a future article, Battle for Azeroth in terms of what content it’s offering is shaping up to be my favorite expansion ever. I’ve wanted Zandalar as a continent for a long time… (far longer than when I wrote that article, even)
However we’re not here to talk about Zandalar or Kul Tiras today. As I’ve mentioned on twitter, the BlizzCon demo for Battle for Azeroth also hid some very surprising updates to Stormwind and Orgrimmar. Each city has had a new district added, with some very surprising lore developments included within. It goes without saying that this post includes heavy spoilers for Battle for Azeroth. So read on at your own risk.