Jul 3rd 2011 10:58PM Actually, let me redo the number 1 slightly since I read what Anne said a couple more times to ensure that the point is correct.
The Horde knew, at least as of WotLK, that the Forsaken had developed the New Plague. and the Forsaken were very open about who created it, several apothicaries make reference in game about the plague and what the Dark Lady has planned for the rest of the world with it, and it's use leading all the way up to Wrathgate. New Agramand, Venomspite are just some of the examples of the Horde seeing the Forsaken use their New Plague firsthand. Lest we also forget the pools of slime that the town of Hagrind was turned into.
If the Horde, as controlling as Queen of the Forsaken has been and with the name of ROYAL Apothocary Society, couldn't figure out that she was the mastermind and impulse behind the creation of the New Plague and what it was really used for then they really need to get their eyes checked. She was very open about it's use and to the rest of the Horde about it, and the Horde ordering her to develop a less "deadly" plague as well just shows that they continue to approve it's use.
Jul 3rd 2011 10:02PM There was two big mistakes that I found with this article:
1) Sylvanas knew about the New Plague from the very beginning because she commissioned it. Go back to the Vanilla quests and read "Rise of the Lich King". The Royal Apothecary Society was created by Sylvanas in order to pay Arthas back with his own coin- a plague to destroy both the Scourge and the humans who spawned such as him. In RotLK we see her seeing the results of her plague being tested firsthand on a captured woman and criminal forsaken and the results are meet with her approval and orders the work to continue. She knew about it, because she commissioned it.
2) The Val'kyr can only raise HUMAN corpses. It's made very clear in the Silverpine Questline, and a large reason why it's been stating several times, including in the CDev chat, that worgen, despite looking human cannot be raised as Forsaken. It's also the main reason why the 7th Legion sent it's nonhuman troops into Pyrewood Village because they knew any humans would be raised as Forsaken and why Crowley offered the Hillsbrad refugees two choices, either die and be raised as Forsaken, or become worgen and become immune to the val'kyr's abilities.
Other than that, great article.
Jun 16th 2011 11:46PM At some point is Blizz going to give the Alliance someone that actually wants to beat the Horde?
Giving them a male Jaina isn't going to put the WAR into Warcraft.
How many leaders in the Horde actually want to coexist peacefully alongside the Alliance?
I can think of one.... maybe.... well.... no.... nevermind..... Baine's a tauren and the tauren owe the Horde a life debt. They are Horde 4 life, no matter what happens.
Jun 10th 2011 12:30AM Honestly, besides announcing a new xpac, there really isn't much else new that Blizzard could bring WoW-wise that would cause everyone to ignore TOR.
A new xpac? Same ol raids, same ol daily grinds, same ol heroics, same ol bad guys that aren't convincing, just the same ol, same ol.
4.2 is just another raid, with the same dailies that we have seen before. But this time with FIRE!
At this point all Blizz is really doing wow-wise is slapping paint on the game. They really need to do something new with the game.
Once TOR arrives, I'm out unless WoW can do something to bring back that the wow. And I played WoW since vanilla, but after awhile of playing the same content, the same way, just with a different look really makes the game boring...
Jun 7th 2011 3:54AM @deathpaladin and everyone else
Go back and read the comic book. The original worgen night elves turned other night elves into worgen by biting them. After Elune, or an Old God since they are behind everything bad in WoW, corrupted the pack form, they were able to spread their new worgen form by biting night elves and thus increase their numbers.
The worgen "curse" as far as the lore tells us can only be spread to night elves and humans only.
The manner of spreading of the curse has nothing to do with Arugal. All he did was open the door to the Emerald Dream and call forth the night elf worgen to Azeroth. After that he began to perform his experiements, but the curse was always there from the day that the pack form was corrupted.
Jun 7th 2011 3:44AM @loop_not_defined
BC was a Blood Elf expansion. Even Blizz admits it. Who got more lore love, who say their race grow? Who had their former leader turn to the BL and then come back so he could usher in KJ? Certainly wasn't the draenei. The draenei's role in BC was to give the Blood Elves their Sunwell back.
Auchindoun: Only one of those has a major draenei presence and it's never properly explained why you are even fighting them.
Oshu'gun- COMPLETELY ignored by the Alliance. Despite being the ship that the draenei originally crashed with, only the Horde pplayers know that. The Alliance doesn't even refrense it.
Black Temple- Former draenei temple now filled with blood elves, with the final boss who was best friends with Kael, who was a blood elf last I checked.
Tempest Keep- four dungeons devoted to the Blood Elves and the major role they are playing with the Illidari.
Besides, who summoned KJ? You know the guy who was disowned by his entire race, just like the guy who summoned him?
May 15th 2011 6:08PM The problem with the Scythe is that even if evil forces get their hands on it, it's really more of a threat to them than to their enemies.
Sylvanas wanted it to spread the "curse" to humanity according to the starter zone, I figure up until she found out that the worgen were immune to being Forsaken, and then control those worgen to fight for her and the Horde. But as we have seen, the worgen have a mind of their own and will stab in the back everytime.
And honestly, it's only a "curse" until the night elves cure it. The it becomes a blessing. Superpowers, heightened senses, immune to being risen as Forsaken?
Also of note, despite Alpha Prime having such a huge impact on Gilneas, he is never mentioned in-game. They previously had a journal in Beta that explained a lot, but it was taken out.
There are just so many loose ends, dropped plots, that Blizz really needs to go back and figure it out when it comes to the Worgen. Just keeps getting messier and messier.
May 1st 2011 10:01PM Just what does Jaina think of all this? Based off what we know of her pre-Cata, using Theremore as a base to launch an attack against the Horde would be a big no-no in her book.
So why so silent, Jaina?
Apr 18th 2011 5:40PM Varian is not the same as Garrosh. You are comparing two very different styles of government.
The Horde is a dictatorship. All power/control/leadership comes from the Warchief. If the Warchief says jump, the Horde jumps. The Blood Elves and the Goblins had to present themselves to the Warchief before they were allowed in the Horde. The draenei and Gilneas didn't. The night elves just invited them into Alliance. They didn't have to get Varian's permission to join the Alliance.
The Alliance is a collection of independent states who have come together to protect themselves against the Horde. Just like the previous Alliances. Gilneas left without retaliation of any kind.
Varian at best is the figurehead of the Alliance, and at the least, the military commander since the SW faction is the largest and best equipped faction within the Alliance. The Alliance is NATO and SW is the USA. He has no power over the factions within the Alliance. He cannot make them do anything that they don't want to do. The Warchief can and does. After UC, he posted guards above Sylvanas's objections. He is the Warchief, he is in control of every faction in the Horde.
Varian isn't. He is the king of Stormwind and that's it. Not the King of the Alliance.
Greymane went to SW because of the cultural/historical/military ties. Remember those two have a history with each other.
Apr 18th 2011 5:32PM @Daed
The problem is that Garrosh is the leader of the Horde, no matter what Vol'jin thinks. Thrall "begged" Vol'jin not to do anything stupid and Vol'jin promised that he wouldn't and that his people would still speak the name of the Horde... for now.
But Garrosh's word is law, in how the Horde is set up, and that's what makes the Horde so darn interesting compared to the Alliance. No matter what Baine or Vol'jin may think of him, Garrosh is Warchief, he is the hand-picked sussesor (sp) of Thrall. That will do what he tells or them, or he will find someone to replace them. They didn't have that problem with Thrall since he was more benevelont and diplomatic. But this situation is going to test just how the Horde is going to handle leaders who have their own agenda against a leader that is more willing to put his foot down. Thrall was lenient towards Sylvanas and we saw the results of it. If Sylvanas pulled the same thing against Garrosh.... well, the Forsaken would be looking for new eladership after they scrapped her remains off the floor.
Varian doesn't have that same power. He may be the figurehead of the most powerful faction in the Alliance, but he is still powerless. Maybe Blizz is going to change that down the road as Cata flows.