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Green light for villain short stories

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There was an exciting announcement for lore fans yesterday on Twitter from Micky Neilson, the publishing lead at Blizzard Entertainment. Over the last few years Blizzard has been working on various series of short stories, all available for free on their website, exploring different aspects of World of Warcraft. Micky has confirmed that the next short story series will revolve around the villains of WoW.
If you've been following Micky's twitter feed, you may remember that he took an informal poll a little while ago, asking for fan preferences on which direction to take in the next collection of WoW shorts. Specifically, did we want leader updates that expanded upon the existing leader series, or something completely new featuring WoW's antagonists? It looks like the antagonists have won out. Personally, I voted for the villains, so I'm chuffed by the announcement. It's always a good writerly exercise to dig into the perspective of an unsympathetic, and even actively malicious, character. I think these stories have enormous potential and I can't wait to see who they choose to feature. We know at least this much: as it says in the tweet, Micky himself will be tackling Kael'thas Sunstrider.

Filed under: News items, Lore

Faction leader short stories continue with Sylvanas Windrunner

The leader short stories continue with Sylvanas' own tale of vengeance, loss, and coming to terms with the death of Arthas in Edge of Night. Finally, we get to see Sylvanas ascend the Frozen Throne and come face to face with the broken and empty armor of the former Lich King, her pact with the Val'kyr, and the war front in Gilneas. There are lots of unexpected twists and turns, especially involving Sylvanas' pact with the Val'kyr, that may not be exactly how we imagined things had actually commenced between the former allies of the Lich King and the leader of the Forsaken.

Personally, I think this is one of the strongest leader short stories, delving into answerable questions and giving us real, solid lore to fill in the holes in the story. Seeing Sylvanas' grief and lack of focus after Arthas' death was something I had hoped would be addressed, as well as the Val'kyr, both of which were discussed and explained. Check out the story, written by non other than Dave "Fargo" Kosak, and marvel at a new chapter in the Dark Lady's story.
Brace yourselves for what could be some of most exciting updates to the game recently with patch 4.3. Look at what's ahead: new item storage options, cross-realm raiding, cosmetic armor skinning and your chance to battle the mighty Deathwing -- from astride his back!

Filed under: News items, Cataclysm

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