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The Queue: In case of emergency break glass, release kraken

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. All the usual suspects are sick, so backup emergency Queue writer Matthew Rossi has breached his vault and, bypassing all the eldritch seals, brings forth a Queue that writhes with tentacles vast beyond imagining. Ia! Ia!

Yes, that's right - everyone's sick, and so I'm writing this Queue. I was just reading about the original mythology about the kraken, the idea that it was so big that people used to think it was an island and it would eat entire boats and kill people by submerging. Isn't that wild? For once, World of Warcraft has completely downplayed the thing. As you can see from this wikipedia article, Jacob Wallenberg argued that the kraken wasn't very large since it was only roughly sixteen kilometers.

I'm fairly sure Jacob Wallenberg was a hard dude to impress. On to your questions!

hstein31 asks:
In the Operation: Shieldwall quests, Varian says that he was courting the Blood Elves to join the Alliance. That seems rather important to only be casually mentioned while scolding Jaina; does that show up in any other source, like a novel or short-story?


Nope. It takes place entirely within the game. Aren't we constantly saying that's what we want?


cglim2526 asks:
So I am trying to figure out the whole Justice/Valor/Honor/Conquest conversions when 5.4 hits. Are all of the Valor/Conquest getting converted to Justice/Honor? It seems to change each patch.


This time around, there is no Valor to Justice conversion. Conquest will convert to Honor and current Conquest gear will be available for Honor (although not the elite Conquest gear).

SparkyShocker asks:
Q4TQ:

I have just started an RP character and I was laying through the Tauren quests in Mulgore when suddenly I was done and sent to Orgrimmar. I was looking for quests explaining what happened to Camp Taurajo and the other immediate quests following Mulgore, but with the changes Cataclysm brought I have no idea where to go to find the Tauren lore based quests anymore in the order they should be done.

So to the question, is there a post Cataclysm list of Tauren story line quests?

A list, not as such. But if you want to know what happened to Camp T, the Southern Barrens explains it all for you in a series of quests that Anne Stickney covered in our Know Your Lore column. If you don't want to go do the quests yourself, here's Anne's article.

SirBroose asks:
Is the BoA gear coming in 5.4 from the Timeless Isle able to be mailed cross-faction like heirlooms?


So far I've mailed BoA blues and even one BoA epic (archaeology item) cross-faction to myself, so I don't see why this would be any different, but I haven't tried with the Timeless Isle stuff personally.

Bullshot asks:
"...both Alliance and Horde had different paths and means to (spoiler alert) defeat Arthas"
Woah, woah, woah, hold on a minute there! Where was the extra space to let us avoid this humongous spoiler?! I really think this site needs a spoiler tag that blacks out spoilers!


Deathwing dies at the end of Cataclysm.

Kobol_k asks:
We know that Trolls and Aqir belong to the oldest races of Azeroth. But: Where do Trolls actually come from?

Dr Ion Goldbloom of the Jurassic Expedition on the Isle of Giants says: "It's, ah, the cycle of life. The light creates troll, troll creates dinosaur, dinosaur eats human, trolls inherit Azeroth."

Da light, really?

In point of fact, we have no real idea if trolls evolved naturally on Azeroth or not. It seems like they did, and there's no evidence to contradict that, but we really just don't know. We know trolls have been here so long that they actually remember the Titans (they left records of their witnessing them in Stranglethorn Vale) but how or why that happened is beyond us at this time. Trolls have been here for a long, long time, that much we know.

As for all the discussion of expansion locked servers and pies, I don't think expansion locked servers would work or be a good idea at all, and I like all sorts of pies, but pumpkin is probably my favorite. See y'all the next time I manage to break out of that lost bastion of antiquity they lock me in.


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