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12-31-2009 @ 5:02PM
I'm not sure how you could have been active during the end of TBC and not understood what was going on at Quel'Danas. In addition to all the the quests (which were released in stages, so it's not like you had a big lore bomb to wade through all at once), NPCs in Shattrath wouldn't shut up about it in /say and Magister's Terrace actually includes a quest that has you click on an orb to look at the Sunwell and what's happening there.And that leaves aside the cool trailer Blizzard put up on their Web site and the big write-up there.Short of Chris Metzen coming over to your house, I'm not sure what more they could have reasonably done to communicate the storyline. And once you understand QD, you pretty much understand TBC as it worked out (rather than how it was originally planned): Kael'Thas wanted to save his people by switching them from the Sunwell to fel energies, but in the process, damned himself, almost damned his people (starting with the paladins, who are the Stormtroopers to his Hitler -- ooh, Godwin!) and ultimately attempted to surrender Azeroth to his new master, Sargeras.Basically, any time elves start messing around with wellsprings of magical power, there's going to be demonic trouble.Sargeras' defeat includes relighting the Sunwell and restoring the blood (and presumably high) elves to its energies. So the raiders who beat Sargeras ultimately save the entire high elf race. TBC thus is about the fall and rise of Quel'Thalas. In retrospect, the expansion was probably best-experienced by an elf-dominated Horde guild.
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