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7-15-2008 @ 2:58PM
How does the Horde side of the story go? Is there a quest chain as in depth as this for the horde? What makes the horde want to go to Onyxia's lair and slay her?
7-15-2008 @ 3:28PM
The Horde stumbles upon the "truth" of Onyxia during a quest in Blackrock spire. In order to get to Onyxia, they actually have to trick the Black Dragonflight into giving them a key to the lair with the help of Rexxar, killing Dragons of every other flight to "prove" that they are proper Black Dragons.Not quite as epic as the alliance version, but very few things are.
7-15-2008 @ 4:00PM
What makes the Alliance want to go into Scarlet Monastery?I had a letter of commendation from Raleigh the Devout, setting me up for recruitment. Then some jerk in South Shore burns it and I have to fight them?
7-15-2008 @ 5:20PM
I find the Horde questline equally intriguing. Here is how it goes:We are ordered to go to LBRS, kill all the important figures and bring anything of notice back. You go through that hellhole (back in the day the documents could be looted only by one person in the group, oh the horror...)and find out that Rend Blackhand, a guy eveyone though dead, was not only alive, but running around calling himself Warchief. Thrall didn't like this one bit, but his throne in Orgrimmar is too comfy so he sents you to dispatch of the pretender. To be fair he gives you a very nice trinket when you get back with Rend's head, so I forgive his laziness.So now you came to his throne room carrying the head of a guy he hated, he doesn't need more proof you are trustworthy...so he sits you down and tells you that the humans were acting pretty crazy as of late, and the reason was that they were corrupted by Onyxia in disguise, but she got busted not a long time ago, causeing her to flee to Dustwallow Marsh (this part I find really fascinating, to my knowledge this is 1 of the 2 times in the whole game quests show a hint of a timeline, the other been the whole poison the dog deal, where the Horde gets the quest to poison the dog, and the Alliance gets the quest to kill Hordes cause they poisoned the dog). The Horde isn't exactly happy with the Black Dragons either, unpayed debts from the end of the 2nd war etc, so Thrall thinks it's a good idea to attack Onyxia. The fact that she was much closer to Alliance settlements, and the Alliance had in general much more reason to want her dead obviously escaped him. Some say it was some kind of bet between him and Jaina...anyway...He sents us to Desolace and meet a Champion of the Horde, preBC the patrolling pain-in-the-arse Rexxar, or nowaddays the mercifully stationary Rokaro, who is Rexxar's bestest buddy and they have apparently identical knowledge. He tells you the best way to enter Onyxia's Lair is to pretend you are one of her honor guards. With the help of a gnome from WPL you get a cool dragonkin transformation necklace (that saddly works only in a very small area) and you go to Onyxia's gatekeeper, Emberstrife. He tells you that to become a honor guard you have to prove you are big and bad enough. What better way to do that than killing 1 drake of each of the other colors?Now, I found this part a bit distasteful, killing the protector's of Azeroth, but the dragonflights never cared to create a bond with the Horde, while they got very strong ties to the Alliance (especially the Reds). Plus, it's for the greater good, the world at stake yadayadayada...Winterspring, Tanaris, Swamp of Sorrows, Wetlands, a lot of travelling...After you are done with that, you are pretty much done. Emberstrife makes a medalion out of the skulls you brought him, and asks you to go to Drakkisath to activate it. By activating of course meaning giving a bit of his blood, that god there are easier ways for this to happen. And damn Blizzard that had the Blood as a limited drop for so long...You are ready now to storm the cave, to bring the old hag's head on a stick (vastly superior to just hanging it from some chains, but thats just my opinion :P)Overall, in it's original form, the questline had an intresting story, but you really couldn't enjoy it... between the woe of looting at last the documents (LBRS was one of the less traversed dungeons back then), finding Rexxar 3 times in a patrol route that spanned the entire Desolace, and traveling the whole world twice, any sort of epicness was lost in the way.
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