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Know Your Lore, TFH Edition: The naaru are a menace that must be destroyed {WoW}

Mar 5th 2012 2:04PM I appreciate the creativity of this theory, but it is in terms of the lore completely, utterly without foundation. I am completely, utterly beyond a shadow of a doubt sure that this theory is wrong and Blizzard will never implement it.

The main crux of your theory, the only part of your theory that actually purports to show any negative intent to the Naaru at all, is that Naaru naturally turn into void creatures and then need to eat people. However, as Blizzard themselves has stated, Naaru do not naturally enter a Void state at all, but are naturally immortal and only enter a Void state on the very, very rare occasions when they are very badly injured by outside forces. So, essentially, the Naaru are trying to take over everything so that, on the off-chance they ever get hurt really badly or get really sick, they can have a ready supply of band-aids and chicken soup?

Also, if the Naaru wanted to take over the world, do you really think they couldn't? Based on the Bridenbad questline in Northrend, the Naaru are by far the most powerful creatures on Azeroth, more powerful even than either nature or the dragon aspects themselves. If they really wanted to kill us all or enslave us, do you really think they couldn't?

Your theory thus simply fails the evidence test. Could the Naaru be evil? Yeah, sure, they could, but there's absolutely no evidence whatsoever that they are. If just wanting everyone to be happy and peaceful is evil, then maybe Azeroth could use some more of that stuff.

Patch 4.3 info "imminent" this week {WoW}

Sep 18th 2011 9:58PM If the attunement thing isn't just a joke ("attune yourself" being an obvious Wow-y pun on "prepare yourself"), then I'm pretty sure it means that you'll have to do the series of five-mans to attune yourself for the raids. In the Escapist interview (I think), Chilton said that the five-man would be much more tied into the raid than in the past, and would involve in some way empowering the players enough for them to be able to realistically take on Deathwing.

Okay, here's the quote: "We're not really spoiling a whole lot as to how that is going to work but the lore of how players are actually able to gain enough power in order to defeat one of the most powerful dragon aspects is kind of told throughout the story of three dungeons and then the actual Deathwing raid."

So, my guess is you go through the five-mans and get bigger and spikier until finally you go into the raid and poke Deathwing to death. Sounds like fun, right?

The Queue: Panda ... nope, not going to do it {WoW}

Jun 6th 2011 1:44PM "A lot of the Sylvanas stuff is basically 'I would like the Forsaken not to become extinct but rather prosper as a race. I am not going to be particuarly nice about doing it because everyone else is out to bone us because we are a bunch of walking corpses. Here is some stuff I am doing to do this. Some of it, such as the plague, has unforeseen but useful side effects. Some of it, like the Val'kyr, appears to have worked out pretty okay so far.'

Which, in the scheme of things, is not particuarly worse than any other race."

Like fun it's not. When your race is composed of murdered corpses raised into undeath as living weapons and whose very existence is for them nigh-unbearable pain and torment (as Sylvanas herself has said) only assuaged by murdering and torturing others and whose goal is nothing less than the extermination of all life, and your race can only be propagated by forcibly raising others unwillingly from death to fight and murder the very people they died to defend, basically desecrating their memory and violating their personhood in practically every conceivable fashion, then frankly, no, it's absolutely NOT okay to propagate your race, and the propagation of that 'race' certainly does not even begin to amount to a justification for the mass-murder of innocents and the destruction of life on a massive scale.

The undead are not a "race," anyway, anymore than all people with cancer are a "race"; they are a group of 'people' who were all subjected to the same act of violation and the same curse. That they may band together for their common aid and defense is one thing; but they have no right whatsoever to spread that curse to anyone else, ever. Rather, they have a duty to see to it that no one ever has to suffer that curse ever again.

But if you don't want to listen to me, listen to Drek'thar. This is Drek'thar, the elder shaman, a man who served in the Old Horde; yeah, that Old Horde, the Horde that committed genocide against the Draenei, the Horde that burned a bloody path of destruction and death across Azeroth, sacked Stormwind, murdered innocents without number...and Drek'thar took part in an awful lot of it. Let's see what HE thinks of the Forsaken:

Drek'Thar says: So you have come seeking our aid?
Drek'Thar coughs.
Drek'Thar says: I... *cough* I have been alive for a very long time. In that time I have seen and done terrible things.
Drek'Thar says: Things that still keep me awake at nights.
Drek'Thar says: But these terrible things that I have done and the people that I have harmed - I know them... I face them... and I feel remorse for them.
Drek'Thar says: But the Forsaken. *cough* What do they feel?
Drek'Thar says: They ravage the land and destroy everything that they touch. How many lives have been lost to their vile poisons?
Drek'Thar says: How many innocents have fallen before the Forsaken war machine?
Drek'Thar says: Countless... countless lives... *cough*
Drek'Thar says: Yes... I have done terrible things, but nothing could ever be as terrible as lending aid to the Forsaken.
Drek'Thar says: You go back to that spineless orc who would not come see me and you tell him that the Frostwolf clan will not aid the Forsaken. Not now, not ever!
Drek'Thar says: BEGONE!

So gosh, I guess the only conclusion we can draw from the bombing of Southshore, the Invasion of Gilneas, the Val'kyrs forcible raising and "conversion" of enemies, and Drek'thar's words, is that the Forsaken's actions really ARE just perfectly justified and exactly the same as the Humans and the Orcs. Right? Right?

The Queue: Panda ... nope, not going to do it {WoW}

Jun 6th 2011 1:39PM "A lot of the Sylvanas stuff is basically 'I would like the Forsaken not to become extinct but rather prosper as a race. I am not going to be particuarly nice about doing it because everyone else is out to bone us because we are a bunch of walking corpses. Here is some stuff I am doing to do this. Some of it, such as the plague, has unforeseen but useful side effects. Some of it, like the Val'kyr, appears to have worked out pretty okay so far.'

Which, in the scheme of things, is not particuarly worse than any other race."

Like fun it's not. When your race is composed of murdered corpses raised into undeath as living weapons and whose very existence is for them nigh-unbearable pain and torment (as Sylvanas herself has said) only assuaged by murdering and torturing others and whose goal is nothing less than the extermination of all life, and your race can only be propagated by forcibly raising others unwillingly from death to fight and murder the very people they died to defend, basically desecrating their memory and violating their personhood in practically every conceivable fashion, then frankly, no, it's absolutely NOT okay to propagate your race, and the propagation of that 'race' certainly does not even begin to amount to a justification for the mass-murder of innocents and the destruction of life on a massive scale.

The undead are not a "race," anyway, anymore than all people with cancer are a "race"; they are a group of 'people' who were all subjected to the same act of violation and the same curse. That they may band together for their common aid and defense is one thing; but they have no right whatsoever to spread that curse to anyone else, ever. Rather, they have a duty to see to it that no one ever has to suffer that curse ever again.

But if you don't want to listen to me, listen to Drek'thar. This is Drek'thar, the elder shaman, a man who served in the Old Horde; yeah, that Old Horde, the Horde that committed genocide against the Draenei, the Horde that burned a bloody path of destruction and death across Azeroth, sacked Stormwind, murdered innocents without number...and Drek'thar took part in it all. Let's see what HE thinks of the Forsaken:

Drek'Thar says: So you have come seeking our aid?
Drek'Thar coughs.
Drek'Thar says: I... *cough* I have been alive for a very long time. In that time I have seen and done terrible things.
Drek'Thar says: Things that still keep me awake at nights.
Drek'Thar says: But these terrible things that I have done and the people that I have harmed - I know them... I face them... and I feel remorse for them.
Drek'Thar says: But the Forsaken. *cough* What do they feel?
Drek'Thar says: They ravage the land and destroy everything that they touch. How many lives have been lost to their vile poisons?
Drek'Thar says: How many innocents have fallen before the Forsaken war machine?
Drek'Thar says: Countless... countless lives... *cough*
Drek'Thar says: Yes... I have done terrible things, but nothing could ever be as terrible as lending aid to the Forsaken.
Drek'Thar says: You go back to that spineless orc who would not come see me and you tell him that the Frostwolf clan will not aid the Forsaken. Not now, not ever!
Drek'Thar says: BEGONE!

So gosh, I guess the only conclusion we can draw from the bombing of Southshore, the Invasion of Gilneas, the Val'kyrs forcible raising and "conversion" of enemies, and Drek'thar's words, is that the Forsaken's actions really ARE just perfectly justified and exactly the same as the Humans and the Orcs. Right? Right?

Two Bosses Enter: Erudax vs. Eregos {WoW}

May 24th 2011 12:12AM Erudax was angry. Erudax was a diabolically evil Cockroach-creature-spawn-of-darkness. Erudax was reddish-purple.

Eregos was angry. Eregos was a magical dragon. Eregos was blue.

Erudax and Eregos were both dungeon bosses, and so spent all their time slaughtering adventurers who came to kill them. So one day, they decided to fight each other, to see which one was better.

First, the two competitors circled one another tensely, trading melee blows.

Suddenly, Erudax shouted something vague about darkness and summoned an evil purple storm of purple evilness. Luckily, Eregos was a smart magical dragon, and he ran to the eye of the gale before taking too much damage. Eregos was quite put out by this and retaliated by shooting purple bolts of magic at Erudax's head. Both were appropriately chastened by these extremely powerful and potent displays of purple power.

Erudax drew back briefly, angered by the mocking purpleness of Eregos's magic, and shouted something vaguely evil-sounding. At his call, a bunch of faceless monstrosities, who were a lovely shade of salmon pink, came and started attacking Eregos with purple bolts of evil. Eregos shot purple bolts back, and summoned some charming turquoise blue whelps to help him. The pink and purple servants fought each other fiercely while their masters continued to duel.

Erudax summoned binding purple shadows, which held Eregos firmly in place and drained his life, at the same time healing Erudax with purple healing energy of evil. With a leap, Erudax then jumped forward and with a purple smash, enfeebled the magical dragon. But Eregos's volley of purple power drove Erudax back, reeling in pain.

Eregos then broke through the shadows and leaped forward, clawing at the faceless general's counterintuitive face. Erudax screamed in pain and drew back further.

But by now, the pink monstrosities had purpled their way through the turquoise whelps, and while a few of them healed Erudax, the rest charged the magical blue dragon with bolts of purple evil.

But Eregos was angry now, and at once, a massive barrage of purple energy sprang from him, burning the salmon pink faceless ones into oblivion in lovely purple fire. Then, Eregos became suddenly transparent and glowy, and glowy planar anomalies popped up everywhere, exploding in gloriously glowy displays of glowy magicalness. For a moment, Erudax was hidden from view.

But then, Eregos returned to blueness, and the glowiness subsided; and there Erudax was, having weathered the full storm of magical-dragon glowiness. And then, with a flick of his hand and an off-color remark about darkness, Erudax summoned a massive gale of pure purpleness. Eregos, weaker now, could not reach the center of the eye in time; the purple waves tore at his body and his mind, leaving him awash in pure purple destruction, crushing him into the earth.

As the magical dragon's life slowly drained from his body, he turned his face up towards his foe's pitiless and counterintuitive face, beseeching: "How? How have I been overcome? HOW?!"

Erudax slowly knelt to the ground, his face impassive. His answer was short and to the point:

"NOT...ENOUGH...PURPLE!"

15 Minutes of Fame: When WoW meets real-world religion, part 2 {WoW}

Sep 22nd 2010 1:16PM People always seem surprised when a religious person acts or speaks in a way that's not like either Jack Chick or the Baptist mob from "Inherit the Wind"; even the idea of a religious person behaving in a "rational" fashion seems to many a contradiction in terms.

To anyone who knows anything about religion, and especially about the Christian intellectual tradition, this seems very odd indeed.

But the crux of the matter, I think, is this: our modern age, since the 18th century and before, thinks and acts always in rigid dualisms; "reason" vs "faith," "science" vs "religion," "mind" vs "body," and other foolish categorizations. Nevermind that the greatest proponents of reason in history have been religious (and that reason and society can hardly exist absent some trust in things beyond our immediate comprehension), nevermind that many of the greatest scientific strides were made by priests and monks with the explicit approval of the Christian Church, nevermind that the mind and body obviously are not opposed to each other, existing as they so obviously do in unity with one another: for the stereotypical modern, it seems, these divisions run so deep that once one has chosen one of the points of duality, everyone who adheres to its opposite is immediately assumed to be the opposite of that duality in every respect.

Thus, when faith is taken as the opposite, not of distrust, unfaithfulness, or lack of virtue, but REASON, then of course, every person who has what can be labeled as religious faith must by nature be unreasonable. And because of this belief, many people who embrace faith feel that they must, of necessity, give up reason; and thus the false duality perpetuates itself. The same holds true for these other points of duality.

That these dualities are not true should be obvious to anyone who has ever studied history, or indeed, anyone who has ever engaged in a serious fashion with religion and Christianity.

But it seems far too many in our modern society ascribe to a strange, atheistic form of Calvinism, in which they, the "elect," the "brights," the "rationalists," are some special class of enlightened who have come to the truth mysteriously through the work of "Evolution," while the rest of the world are the unwashed masses, the "religious," the irrational, obviously inferior in every way. While it is quite easy to do this when separate from the people you're talking about, once you actually meet some of them, this comfortable illusion quickly falls apart.

On the other extreme, of course, are those who are so tired of the whole thing, and afraid of conflict and pain, that they give up reason altogether in favor of an almost Gnostic belief in the ability of meaningless formulas of words to protect them from reality; as if uttering the phrase "not necessarily" somehow made what is true not true, or vice versa. This is not the way forward either.

So, as a member of the Christian church, I defiantly declare that I possess both reason and faith, that I acknowledge the efficacy of both religion and science, and that I possess both a mind and a body. So be it!

15 Minutes of Fame: When WoW meets real-world religion, part 2 {WoW}

Sep 22nd 2010 9:30AM "When the old Liberals removed the gags from all the heresies, their idea was that religious and philosophical discoveries might thus be made. Their view was that cosmic truth was so important that every one ought to bear independent testimony. The modern idea is that cosmic truth is so unimportant that it cannot matter what any one says. The former freed inquiry as men loose a noble hound; the latter frees inquiry as men fling back into the sea a fish unfit for eating. Never has there been so little discussion about the nature of men as now, when, for the first time, any one can discuss it. The old restriction meant that only the orthodox were allowed to discuss religion. Modern liberty means that nobody is allowed to discuss it. Good taste, the last and vilest of human superstitions, has succeeded in silencing us where all the rest have failed."
-G.K. Chesterton

Cataclysm faction traitors revealed! {WoW}

Aug 10th 2010 1:32AM Personally, I'm disappointed that Benedictus was revealed to be a traitor. He's always been one of my favorite faction leaders from an aesthetic standpoint, and I wish something more had been done with him; as leader of the Church of the Holy Light, which nominally contains all worshipers of the Light on Azeroth, he had real potential to be a major figure in the Alliance and beyond. And the thing is, everything (little as it was) we knew of his character up till now is diametrically opposed to his actions here. Ah, well...

On the other hand, hopefully this will pave the way for someone more interesting or dynamic becoming Archbishop. The Church of the Holy Light has become overshadowed almost totally by what are supposed to be mere groups within it (i.e. the Argent Dawn), and I'd love to see the actual institution take a larger role in the world, and even become faction-neutral. Tirion Fordring would be an option, but he's a Paladin, not a Bishop. This is a perfect place for Blizzard to introduce a new character to the lore...and do more with him than with Benedictus!

Grand Magister Rommath doesn't surprise me. The guy was power-hungry and magic-addicted. He supported Kael'thas's actions in Outland, his alliance with Illidan, and the capture and feeding upon of both Demons and Naaru. The guy has merely, like Kael'thas, found a more powerful master to supply him with the power he craves. Also, hopefully this will make Lor'Themar more interesting and proactive, for a change. Hey, one can hope, right?

Cataclysm faction traitors revealed! {WoW}

Aug 10th 2010 1:26AM Bigotry and unfounded prejudice, on the other hand, clearly exist in both worlds.

Two Bosses Enter: Chrono-Lord Epoch vs. Xevozz {WoW}

Dec 10th 2009 4:05PM Okay. So the alien-merchant-person who who got locked up by a bunch of level 70 mages comes out of his prison, and sees a massive, iron-plated dragon from the future with the ability to stop time. And then he throws Arcane Balls at the dragon.

And then, the massive, iron-plated dragon from the future with the ability to stop time stops time, and then smacks the alien-merchant-person who got locked up by a bunch of level 70 mages in the head. And Xevozz dies.

THE END

Time-travelling dragons>alien-merchant-persons. Period.