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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria announced {WoW}

Oct 21st 2011 3:05PM If they follow with the traditional role of monks from D&D, then monks are focused on mobility and single-target damage. They use their own Ki, or psionic powers to enhance their bare handed or light weapon (Staff or staves) attacks to do extra damage while wearing cloth or light armor. Kinda like a mage, but not squishy.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria announced {WoW}

Oct 21st 2011 2:55PM Well, they kinda suggest that it would be for both sides, since the first thing Metzen noted was that it was a land of balance and harmony. So the Pandarans are likely trying to remain as "neutral" as they can but end up siding with the various factions based either on personal reasons, or ideologies.

15 Minutes of Fame: Holding fast to Azeroth through the journey of Alzheimer's {WoW}

Jul 14th 2011 5:53PM The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.

WoW Insider's Weekly Webcomic: Safe Passage {WoW}

Apr 20th 2011 2:19AM Given how Draenei age...Lisarra could be several hundred, or even thousand years old by now...

Know Your Lore: Update on current Horde politics {WoW}

Apr 18th 2011 6:27PM I could see the whole effect of taking back Zul'Gurub being handled similar to Gnomer. It would be interesting if after the final boss was beaten, if Trolls managed to retake that area and leave the islands off Kalimdor. What's more, given that Vol'Jin asked the alliance for help, and apparently seems to get it; it begs the question of what this could mean for the Trolls. While I may dislike Varian Wrynn on a few principles, I know he's not stupid lore wise. I could totally see Varian and Vol'Jin reaching a pact of sorts. A kind of treaty like Sun Tzu describes, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." More so if things turn bad for Garrosh and Thrall catches wind of Garrosh's intentions to eradicate the humans from the face of Azeroth. Varian may hate the orcs for what he was put through when in the pit, but I'd wager that given a chance to get a spy or an "ear" so close to Garrosh, that he'd jump at it. I don't think blizzard would faction change the trolls to Alliance for that, but I would be willing to bet that they might make Zul'Gurub a new neutral city where trolls and humans (Even if only through NPC's) can interact.

Drama Mamas: Sexist jerk or personality conflict? {WoW}

Apr 16th 2011 6:44AM I would say that sometimes you have to step outside the "chain of command" so to speak. As others have said, Game Masters are a perfect way to do this. If you've talked with the officers about it, and it's something that is greatly bothering you, then nothing says you have to go to your Guild Master about it. If it's really getting to you, talk to a Game Master. Nothing in the rules says you have to put up with inappropriate jokes, or sexual harassment (which is what this guy seems to be doing.) Fire off a message to your friendly local Game Master telling them exactly what's been going on, what the guy has been saying in Guild Chat, and how you're uncomfortable about it. At the VERY least, he will get called to task about it and either suspended, or at worst banned. At best, he gets the picture really quickly that his behavior is not appreciated, or really accepted, and stops it quickly.

This would also send a message to the guild, in particular the officers. If we say that the guy gets a ban for his behavior (which if a GM feels it is Sexual Harassment, is entirely plausible) then it sends a very clear message that that type of actions are wrong. While you could expect some heat from the guild for getting "that guy" in trouble, your defense could always be "I told you and YOU did nothing, it wouldn't stop so I had to take other options. If you don't like it, then you should have told him to stop." This could also drive home the idea that the Guild officers are part of the problem, but that's beside the point.

At the very least, speaking with a Game Master about it will make you feel a good bit better, and take everything out of your hands and let the professionals handle it.

WoW Insider's Weekly Webcomic: Safe Passage {WoW}

Apr 10th 2011 5:53PM "Granted, the Alliance aren't sitting there rubbing their hands, talking about how they wish they could just kill the things that are different colored, but they're still portrayed as the bad guys."

You're forgetting that the Night Elves are the most Xenophobic race in all of the World Of Warcraft. Heck, look back to WCIII. The first time the Elves come in contact with the humans of the alliance; they massacred every last one of the humans the elves could find. Not because they were a threat...but because they were different. They did the same to the orcs, once again because they were different. Even now, they only have joined the Alliance out of necessity.

Case in point would be Fandral Staghelm. Fandral is a staunch night elf supremacist, and he believes that night elves are the only true druids, as well as the superior race on the planet. He's not alone though, there are a number of other night elves (mostly named in the novel Stormrage, and the Manga) that carry the same sentiment.

WoW Insider's Weekly Webcomic: Safe Passage {WoW}

Apr 10th 2011 5:38PM I think you hit it dead on here. The story we're getting is one where we know both sides of everything. We know that the Alliance DID ravage Camp Taraujo and burn the settlement to the ground, killing innocents in the process. As far as the Horde knows, at this point, that's the end of the story. The Alliance killed women and children, and then started looting what was left, leaving the dead for scavengers. On the other hand we also know that this wasn't what was meant to happen, and that the commander in charge had tried to curtail his men. Furthermore, we know (lore wise) that there is a whole heck of a lot more going on for both sides than meets the eye. So what may seem as black and white. Horde Bad, Alliance Good; really when you get down to it is more to it than just that. We know, or at least we should know, that there are a ton of gray areas in the lore, and this is really bringing them to light. The elf here has had a proverbial slap in the face herself recently, when the Orc and Troll behaved nothing like what she expected. Instead of killing her and eating the kids (Trolls being cannibals and all) they did something that she wasn't prepared for. In this same sense, the story is quite deeper than some are giving it credit. Meaning that this story is showing things from the aspect of a lone elf and two kids, who don't know the whole story but only see what is laid out before them. They see two members of the opposing faction who went out of their way to help lost children get to safety, and now are being accused of something they didn't do. The elf knows that very likely anything she says will fall on deaf ears, since like she was only a few days prior, the commanders are likely to believe the stories that go bump in the night. Though I hate to use the analogy, a good one would be the way Allied soldiers thought of the Germans during WW2. Propaganda had told them that the Germans were all Nazis, all out to take over the world, all cold blooded killers. However over time, they came to learn that while some did fit the bill of what they were told; the general group of soldiers were really no different than themselves. Young men sent to fight for a war they may or may not have agreed with. In the same sense, you get that feeling here. This orc and Troll are honorable and good people, and while it may be true that some of the horde are horrible (peers at Sylvanas and the apothecaries) we do them no justice to stereotype them based on the actions of a few bad apples. The same can be said for the Alliance also.

In short, the story is much deeper than people are seeing, but if you took a moment to see things from the Elf, and even from the children's limited view, you could come to understand that it is not about making things "nice" for the Horde, as much as it is about telling a story from a point of view that doesn't know the end, and doesn't know all the details. Put yourself in the shoes of these kids, or the hooves of that adorable Draenei, and see things as SHE sees it.

Also, I see the look on the human girl and something tells me that she's got thoughts of revenge for that slap brewing.

WoW Insider's Weekly Webcomic: Safe Passage {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2011 12:56PM At Theramore, Varian and Thrall had a peaceful discussion with an eye toward mutual gain. They first talked of their pasts and then discussed resource problems; like the Horde's war against the night elves for lumber. Varian offered to provide Thrall's people with lumber and in exchange the Warchief offered copper and exotic hides in return.

Taken straight from WoWpedia. It's in one of the books that it goes into greater detail about this, though for the life of me I'm not sure which one. Possibly Stormrage. In any case it states that Varian had promised Thrall that he would get the Night Elves to allow the Horde limited access to the trees, which they already had to some degree thanks to the treaty already in place at the end of the third war (Warcraft III). However Tyrande flatly refused to accept this at all, stating that she felt that the orcs, if given even a foothold in Ashenvale, would then set about Genocide against the elves themselves. It didn't matter that the Night Elves were already sending out hunting parties killing orcs (which was a violation of the first treaty) anyway. So she dug her heels in and refused.

At this point, it's entirely plausible to suggest that much of what is happening in Ashenvale now is a result of Tyrande and the Night Elves actions. That if they had allowed the resources to be taken, then the invasion of Ashenvale would have never happened. (Of course it had to happen since Blizzard wrote it that way, but you can really tinfoil hat this to death.)

WoW Insider's Weekly Webcomic: Safe Passage {WoW}

Mar 29th 2011 12:44PM You've got your story a bit skewed there Isschwartz. Ok, seriously skewed, and sadly wrong. You fail to note that there was a peace treaty offered at one point by Thrall, which was accepted by everyone except the Night elves themselves, that basically stated it would limit the Horde's encroachment into Ashenvale only as far as they needed to go for resources. The problem is, not that the trees are "holy" to the night elves, but that they are the most xenophobic race on all of Azeroth. The first moment that they came in contact with the humans, the Night elves didn't run out and offer to be friends. Oh no, they massacred every human they could get their hands on. They did the exact same thing to the Orcs, killing everything they got their hands on. The only reason that they ended up an ally of the Humans was a case of "My enemy's enemy." (at least at first that is.) That alliance has been seriously strengthened over the years, but the fact remains that the only reason (and they do state it) that they don't want the orcs and or horde in Ashenvale, is because the don't want something so different so close. Now before someone points out the Worgen being different, the thing is they're really not. The night elves see them as druids of the pack, and feel responsible for what happened to them. In some convoluted way, they see the Worgen as Night Elves.