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12-11-2011 @ 4:17PM
I found it pretty clear that the mandate of the Aspects was to prevent Azeroth becoming a lifeless playground for the Old Gods. I felt it was not so much Deathwing that marked the end of their powers but the fact he was infused by one or more Old Gods who would have unleashed itself or perhaps all of them if Deathwing was succesful in bring aboutt he Hour of Twilight.We see Noz's hour glass spilling out and all their eyes stop glowing so their demi-god like powers are gone. However consider that poor old Krasus (Gods rest his soul) was just a "normal" Dragon and was well over ten thousand years old and an extremly powerful mage and he was not even a Blue Dragon. In regards to confusing timy whimy stuff, Noz states that his flight and not necessarily HIM are olding the timeways in a kind of statis for the Well of Eternity. I always felt that the Aspects are simply just not aspects anymore and that a Dragon from each flight still has a certain degree of power in their domain, like how despite Malygos being dead his flight continued to have significant powers over magic. Also if we mortals can use the caverns of time then I assume the Bronze flight most certainly can to putt he Dragon soul back.In regards to the Dragon soul being super powerful then before, I got the sense the Bronze flight was creating a temporary "artificial" event in regards to the well of eternity and once completing it and having defeated Deathwing the timeways would not be artificially held back and things would revert back to how they orignally hapeend and the Dragon soul under t he pressure of the timeways would be returned to its original state as well. Consider that what players do in the Well does not alter the main events of Mannoroth being sent kicking back through t he portal, the Well still explodes, Illidan is still a selfish prick and the legion is defeated. So that is how I see it. I sincerly hope we continue to see the Aspects in more exps, just not as central to the main story perhaps but I love them and on the issue of other Dragons there are those super cool Elemental Drakes who have no official flight and that Heart ofthe Aspects I wish we could actually learn what it is and HOW to get it. Finally as the novels are canon despite people whinning about having to read a book (if you did not enjoy Golden's Twighlight of the Aspects why the hell are u playing this game go bugger off to Star wars already.), Deathwing reveals to Rhonin how there used to be many more coloured flights of Dragons, I think orange was one identified, before the sundering. So if Blizz remebers they have this as official canon then they could easily have "new" Dragons appearing in the future. :)
12-11-2011 @ 6:32PM
Its not so much whining about having to read a book. I do a lot of reading. It's more that I'm forced to go read something I otherwise wouldn't, or I'd miss the story. Since none of it appears in game.
12-11-2011 @ 9:43PM
The whining, as you so charmingly put it, very rarely has anything to do with having to read "a" book, but rather with *having* to buy and consume outside material to even make sense of ingame lore. I love extended universe stuff as much as the next person and I've been reading much, much longer than I've been playing video games - hell, I'd buy the novelizations of popular movies because I was too young to actually see them in the theater.But the Blizzard approach to story-telling in WoW is shitty. All the interesting stuff gets shuffled off to a team of writers with varying abilities and understandings of the world. The books are rarely sold on their own merit - they are receptacles for important story points that were not made in the game where they belong. And that serves neither those books nor the game very well.The game should be able to stand on its own and the books should provide interesting perspectives or unrelated material, but not be a crutch for lazy story-telling in the game. I suppose it is much easier to pretend that these kinds of stories can not be told effectively in an MMO environment and that they have no choice but to outsource their characters' defining moments. But I'd much rather see them try to be better.Sorry for that word vomit, I just get really irrationally angry when people assume I don't read WoW novels or argue against the outsourcing of important plot because *I don't read*.
12-11-2011 @ 10:17PM
It's a 2-edged sword. They can tell the story better in the novels, but then a good portion of the player base misses out. See: Rise of Kalecgos to Aspect of Magic. It was a very interesting and developed story in Twilight of the Aspects, but it was fairly simple, kind of anticlimatic and unfinished (Arygos?) in-game. There's just a lot more that can be done in the written medium, such as showing the thoughts of the individual characters, expressing emotions and other nuances.The gigantic problem is that the novels really do leave a lot of players out of the loop. They often feel "not-canon" even though they are canon and whole elements that are important in the novels get completely dropped in-game. Chromatus, obviously. Benedictus story was abruptly ended in-game, but at least it was ended. I love the novels, but there is a serious and significant disconnect between the novels and the game.I might be inclined to suggest that they replicate all novel events within the game, but perhaps without as much detail. Again, Kalegos ascension is an example. It exists in both mediums, allowing the players to see it in-game (er, sort of, legendary quest and all) but it has much more depth in the novel. If they take this route, I think it'd be best to put the novel out first and then in-game stuff later.
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