New expansions require new lore, especially if it's something we've never before seen. At the Blizzard Publishing: So What's the Story? panel earlier today, it was announced that there would be two new lore releases. The first, Pearl of Pandaria
, is a graphic novel written by Micky Neilson. Neilson should be a familiar name, not only is he Senior Writer and Voice Director of Blizzard Entertainment, he also penned the World of Warcraft: Ashbringer
comic, and the short story Unbroken
. Pearl of Pandaria
is a "before" look at the Pandaren – it takes place before the Shattering that raised the mists that cloaked Pandaria from the rest of the world.
The second story is called Quest for Pandaria
, a four part novella by author Sarah Pine. It will be released on Blizzard's website much like the leader short stories, and it takes up the story after the Shattering and brings it up to speed. Sarah Pine was the winner of the first Blizzard creating writing contest with her story In the Shadow of the Sun
, about Lor'themar Theron, and she's also penned the leader short story Garrosh Hellscream: Heart of War
Other interesting tidbits from the panel include a heads up on the Curse of the Worgen
graphic novel by Mickey Neilson and James Waugh, which includes five extra pages of story. Those five pages? They're really important, if you like keeping track of the lore -- they tell the story of Velinde Starsong and the Scythe of Elune
, which players experienced in World of Warcraft
itself. On top of that, Christie Golden is still diligently working on Tides of War
, the Jaina Proudmoore novel which will presumably tie into the Pandaria expansion.
It's nice to see that the upcoming expansion will see as much attention to story detail as Cataclysm
– and that the precedent set by the leader short stories will continue on with more lore on the official Blizzard website as time goes on.
The news is out -- we'll be playing Mists of Pandaria! Find out what's in store with an all-new talent system, peek over our shoulder at our Pandaren hands-on, and get ready to battle your companion pets against others. It's all here right at WoW Insider!