True story: Adam asked me to write this Queue two days ago and I forgot completely, woke up in a panic in the middle of the day and realized Oh excrement, I forgot The Queue! and rushed to write it -- only to remember he asked for the Thursday Queue, and it was still Wednesday. I then promptly fell asleep again, dreams of Scythian tombs and Cathar mystics using the sacred mathematics of al-jebr to recreate the original name of the universe dancing through my head, and woke up with my face stuck to the keyboard.
It's been really hot here is what I'm saying. Also, very stormy. I saw a lightning bolt crash into the grass across the street yesterday and thought of riding from kether to malkuth, but I'm no Gerbert of Aurillac. Then again, neither are you, I'm pretty sure. If you are, you're my favorite Pope.
In Mists, are there any friendly Yaungol or Saurok, or will they be just another mook race?
As far as your humble consultant can tell you, there are sadly no friendly saurok or yaungol. Admittedly, while I quested a lot, I couldn't possibly hit every quest out there, so it's possible there are some hidden in the Dread Wastes or whatever. I did get to see a really cool video about the yaungol and their origins from the Lorewalkers, however.
Why is the next expansion called Mists of Pandaria? I get the Pandaria part because it introduces the Pandare, but I can't figure out where the "Mists" comes from.
When the last emperor of Pandaria, Shao Hao, realized that the Sundering was about to occur, he went forth and tried to preserve his empire from the devastation, eventually realizing he would have to protect even his people's enemies as the lands surrounding the Pandaren Empire were as much a part of Pandaria as his own people. As part of the protection he created, the mists (an impenetrable barrier that turns back all attempts to proceed) were erected to safeguard the land from possible demonic incursion. The mists have only recently failed, and it's part of our travels into Pandaria to understand why this new land is suddenly exposed.
am_eagle301 also asks:
Is there going to be any new major content in 5.0.1 such as a new raid or the new talent point system? Or should we just be expecting smaller game changes?
If 5.0.1 follows the same pattern as in previous expansions, we'll get the new game systems (new talents, new glyphs, changes to abilities and specializations), but we won't be able to level to 90 or gain experience, won't get the new continent or any new gear like new PvP gear or anything like that. The actual new content won't drop until the actual Mists of Pandaria expansion itself.
two eyes asks:
While this is a subjective statement, I felt like Valley of the Four Winds has slightly more stuff to do, and the quest hubs tend to be closer to their objectives. But the two zones are fairly interconnected anyway, so you'll end up going back and forth between them. I personally prefer Krasarang to Vot4W, but that's just because I liked the atmosphere of the place. If you want to hang with Chen Stormstout, Valley's your place.
Possible, sure. Blizzard could put it up there if they wanted to. I have no idea if they want to do that or not, however. The only way we'll know if they're going to or not is if they do, really. Right now, we have no idea.
And that's it for me and this edition of The Queue. Go read my new book. I'll be working on a third if the heat ever dies down.
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