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This is the most bizarre and entertaining Dave Kosak interview ever {WoW}

Apr 1st 2012 10:55PM But...but I'd just gotten used to the Matt Smith! Don't Whedon me here and kill him the second he feels safe and familiar!

Mists of Pandaria Beta: Ragefire Chasm from the Alliance perspective {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 3:51PM Hmm. When the Horde complete A New Enemy the quest text seems to implicate Garrosh is in cahoots with the Dark Shaman: "Good work, Hero. This will make it very clear how Garrosh is going to deal with failures..."

Perhaps there's nothing similar on the Alliance side because SI:7 already presume (or have further knowledge or proof) that what's going on in RFC is Garrosh's operation.

Know Your Lore: The haunting legacy of Grom Hellscream {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 3:02PM I think what makes them dark will be the way they interact with the elements. No longer bargaining and requesting, Dark Shaman may simply enslave the elements like Shotoa did in the Shaman manga. I think the act of enslavement is dark enough that committing it will plant seeds of corruption and lead to using the elements in unnatural ways to achieve similar power boosts to the ones received by fel magic.

I can see Dark Shaman doing things almost the reverse of the Twilight's Hammer. Instead of acolytes giving themselves over to the chaos of the elements to attain power like the Ascendant Council in BoT, Dark Shaman could enslave and rip that power from elements to imbue soldiers. Perhaps that's where we get (the fel-looking) Lava Guard Gordoth, he was imbued with elemental power and it drove him mad, the experiment a failure.

Know Your Lore: The haunting legacy of Grom Hellscream {WoW}

Mar 25th 2012 10:52PM oh comment system, I am not filled with love for you. blast to oblivion, please.

Know Your Lore: The haunting legacy of Grom Hellscream {WoW}

Mar 25th 2012 10:51PM Yes and no, Pyro. Shaman Became Warlocks, and I suppose there must be some similarity in manipulating magical energy of any kind. After the Legion corruption, the orcish Shaman could no longer communicate with their ancestors or the elements. So those orcs had little choice. Shamanism was ripped away from them. The fel power filled that void. I have a feeling though that the attitudes that lead Shaman => Warlock will also lead Shaman => Dark Shaman.

Know Your Lore: The haunting legacy of Grom Hellscream {WoW}

Mar 25th 2012 10:51PM Yes and no, Pyro. Shaman Became Warlocks, and I suppose there must be some similarity in manipulating magical energy of any kind. After the Legion corruption, the orcish Shaman could no longer communicate with their ancestors or the elements. So those orcs had little choice. Shamanism was ripped away from them. The fel power filled that void. I have a feeling though that the attitudes that lead Shaman => Warlock will also lead Shaman => Dark Shaman.

Know Your Lore: The haunting legacy of Grom Hellscream {WoW}

Mar 25th 2012 8:55PM Great article, Anne. I've been thinking about the updated RFC and the Dark Shaman therein lately and how it relates to Garrosh and his "corruption".

/Slides tinfoil-theorycrafting hat on. Apologies for the Wall o'Text (UPDATED RFC SPOILERS BELOW)

I don't think Dark Shaman are new. I have a hunch we've seen a Dark Shaman before. In the Shaman manga, the villain Shotoa espouses a new and different path of Shamanism. Instead of tending to and working with the elements as Shaman normally do, Shotoa enslaves them. Sounds pretty dark to me. In the updated RFC Invoker Xorenth offers the quest THe Dark Shaman and says, "These Dark Shaman have been down here for months, raising beasts and performing dark rituals...kill Dark Shaman Koranthal and Lava Guard Gordoth." Ragefire Chasm is now overrun by creatures of the Firelands. In the wake of the Cataclysm, the normally chaotic elmentals are even more so. We have killed two Elemental Lords and a third is MIA. The elemental power vacuums may lend even more power to a Shaman who enslaves rather than asks. Completing a new quest saving orc scouts, their commander remarks, "I don't know who these Dark Shaman are working for, but they are going to pay for this." Hmmm... I wonder.

One of the new quest-givers, Invoker Xorenth request you collect corrupted insignias and says, "The power of these Dark Shaman has attracted many allies, Hero. Former members of the Horde that now work towards some dark purpose. We need to make an example of them before we have another twilight's hammer on our hands." Seems straightforward. However, upon completion, Xorenth says, "Good work, Hero. This will make it very clear how Garrosh is going to deal with failures..." Very interesting wording there. It seems to me former members of the Horde allying with Dark Shaman under Orgrimmar would be considered traitors rather than "failures". On top of that the tone of the whole comment seems to imply the new group in RFC is working For Garrosh...otherwise how could they fail him.

Coming back to the article, Anne writes, "Garrosh isn't corrupted by demon blood as his father was, but he is and always will be corrupted by the idea of absolute power ultimately deciding his place in the world. He will do anything to remain on top. He will do anything to bring his idea of honor and glory to the Horde." But if the Alliance truly begins to fight back, Garrosh will want to win at any cost. To demonstrate his power. As events at Splintertree Post made clear, Garrosh finds fel-magic abhorrent, but shamanism is pure and true to Orcish roots. However, as he is not trained in the ways of Shamanism, he might be open to new paths. Paths like the one proposed by Shotoa. Shotoa's enslavement of the elements may even appeal to Garrosh sense of power and strength. It's possible the group in RFC may be a secret experiment of Garrosh's. A secret weapon that doesn't yoke Orcs to demons, but demonstrates the might of the Horde's shaman. But this first group failed, were too weak to maintain control.

Dark Shaman in Garrosh's control are a scary thought. Beyond how he could incorporate the elements of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire, in WoW lore there is a fifth element, (and if Garrosh has his multipass) the Wild, which (according to wowpedia) is said to "to embody the living souls of all living things". With that power Garrosh could bring back the artificial aging of children the Old Horde employed and countless horrors besides and have his conscience clear of any fel taint.



Breakfast Topic: What's the best race for each class? {WoW}

Feb 21st 2012 3:51PM No bias here at all, but we do have tusks.