Oct 24th 2009 12:21AM I posted my own review on LoreCrafted earlier (issue spoilers, although they're not exactly Azeroth-shattering). I'll be happy when this series splits, because at least then there's hope that the new writers and artists can bring some quality back to this book.
May 14th 2009 6:53PM Hehe, he was fun to make! And yes, the original visual design was done by Cadistra (Cadychan further above in the comments). I've since redone the quick-and-dirty Cuddle Me Yoggy page to reflect the "evolution" of him from an odd Twitter personality to a full on plush toy. It's the link up in the article.
Mar 1st 2009 4:47PM Those of you who remember the first Wrath trailer, the one revealed at BlizzCon 2007, you'll remember a theme that's been playing out in almost all the pre-Icecrown zones in Northrend.
We're inadvertently helping the Lich King's plans. In almost everything we do, we're not necessarily defeating the Scourge, but furthering his plans. It seems that most all of Northrend is alight with wars against the Scourge, yet the entities that are battling him aren't necessarily doing it the "right" way. Zul'Drak is a good example. Not only do we empower Drakuru, but we also end up smacking down the Drakiri as a whole, thus helping the Scourge while trying to help the Loa.
In Grizzly Hills, we fight against the Old God's influence. We also get hints of what's going on in the Storm Peaks with Loken (who is said to have turned his loyalties from the Titans to Yogg-Saron himself. And we shove our swords into that conflict as well.
So is it not possible that, by killing or weakening (however the actual encounter goes), we'll just be furthering our own involvement in helping Arthas gain the upper hand? We will, as he predicted in that first teaser trailer, "...serve the one, true king."
In that same trailer, he speaks that we will realize that we're following in his footsteps. Arthas blindly chased after Malganis, his desire to kill the demon erased all sense of reason and compassion. He stranded his men, killed innocents, and eventually allowed his pursuit to consume him fully. Are we not doing the same?
I don't personally believe we're weakening the Lich King at all. I believe that all this was a part of his plan to shatter the only thing that posed a true threat to him: unified heroes of Azeroth.
By inviting the heroes to Northrend and letting them see the turmoil, he was able to completely disrupt the stalemate he's been in since TFT. These "good guys" are all running around thinking they're being heroic, but the reality is that they're just breaking down his opposition and making him stronger.
As to the Saronite connection. Remember, it's the BLOOD of Yogg-Saron. Perhaps this is a Magtheridon-styled connection: the Lich King is currently using Yogg-Saron's power to fuel the Scourge and arm his legions. This makes Yogg-Saron rather pissy, and causes him to want to strike back. The Old God was chained, afterall, so it's not like he could have had much of a say in the matter.
Jan 21st 2009 6:33PM Firstly, comic confirms Garona's heritage as half-draenei, half-orc. Secondly, while the comic run has been ... well, outright horrid for the past few issues ... THIS one (issue 15) wasn't that bad. Varian's lines are still overly cheesy in their heroic way, but Buran's art is improving (and coming closer to Lullabi, who I actually prefer), and it's a sight better than Issue #14 *shudder*
I'm actually excited about this arc and all the things it can entail. They could do something REALLY cool with this... or screw it up royally.