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WoW Moviewatch: Sentinel Hill

It's been a little while since we've kicked back with good friends EmberIsolte and the GreyFoo. I think it's time to remember one of the most beautiful, chill, and melancholy movies to grace this column: Sentinel Hill.

Think I'm waxing poetic? Maybe a touch. But Sentinel Hill is such a bittersweet movie that it's stuck with me more than a year later. I originally took the song to be a lot sadder than the creators had intended; they were aiming for something hopeful. Of course, to have hope, you have to be in a bad place, so I'm sticking to my gosh-darn melancholy guns.

Really, this is just a beautiful piece. Take the time to check it out.

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Know Your Lore: The VanCleefs, the rise of the Defias, and Westfall

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.
Hope? Is that what I was supposed to feel when I saw my father decapitated by your henchmen? Hope is a cruel joke, played upon us by a harsh and uncaring world. There is no Hope, there is only Vanessa. Vanessa VanCleef.
A little girl watches her father's demise, manages to escape, survives, and then dedicates her life to rebuilding everything her father stood for. It sounds like the sort of story heroes are made of, doesn't it? Ordinarily it would be, but the villains in this particular story are the nobility of Stormwind, including its king, Varian Wrynn -- and heroes just like you.

The story of the Defias Brotherhood begins during the First War, when the orcish Horde first burst forth from the Dark Portal into Azeroth with the help of Medivh. From there, they launched an assault on the kingdom of Stormwind. With the help of a cleverly mind-controlled assassin, the Horde took out King Llane Wrynn, and with his death, the city crumbled. Lord Anduin Lothar, forced to make a decision, led the people of Stormwind and young prince Varian Wrynn north, retreating to the kingdom of Lordaeron to recoup and grieve.

The once mighty city of Stormwind lay in pieces.

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WoW Moviewatch: Sentinel Hill

And now for something sublime and soothing. We're going to need it with all the expansion excitement tomorrow. Sentinel Hill by EmberIsolte and TheGreyFoo is a beautiful piece of work. The music is wonderfully put together, and TheGreyFoo's video absolutely underscores EmberIsolte's haunting vocals.

The song and video tell the story of a Westfall woman whose love has gone off to fight in distant lands. It's especially poignant now, when Deathwing's attack forces all the soldiers back home. They may have defeated the Lich King, but the real danger is a little south now. The Alliance and Horde were supposed to return to a hero's welcome; instead, the struggle is merely continuing.

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Around Azeroth: A Westfall sunset

Telemora of Shadowsong offers this screenshot from the inn in Sentinel Hill, Westfall. You can just see the golden rays of sunset peeping through the hole in the roof. Though this begs the question... this inn has been in the same state of disrepair for years now -- what are those Sentinel Hill laborers doing? (Also available in wallpaper size.)

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