Got a few different topics today.
First, Weird Worm has published another of my articles: Eight (Bad) Ways People Talk on the Web. I believe this to be my funniest contribution to them to date. Which is to say that it may actually be funny.
Next, there is news on the WoW lore front. Blizzard has recently released the latest in its series of leader short stories: “As Our Fathers Before Us,” focusing on Baine Bloodhoof. This wasn’t the best of their stories to date, in my opinion. For one thing, it was less of a Baine Bloodhoof story and more of a story about how Hamuul Runetotem is awesome and Garrosh Hellscream is an idiot. Which is redundant, since we already know that Hamuul is awesome and that Garrosh’s IQ is about on par with that of those level one zombies that wander around the Forsaken starting area. Mostly, the story just made me miss Cairne. Sigh…
Also on the subject of lore, as someone whose favourite expansion was Wrath of the Lich King, I’ve been continuing to ponder the answer from Ask CDev that stated the Lich King never unleashed the full power of the Scourge. I assumed it must have meant Uther was right about Arthas trying to save the day and hold them back (even though that makes little if any sense), but reading the answer again, something caught my eye.
“Yes, that does also mean that Arthas and Ner’zhul were not unleashing the full force of the Scourge during their respective reigns: you are welcome to speculate on the reasons for that.”
My bolds. This means that Arthas can’t have been what was holding the Scourge back. So then the question becomes, why was Ner’zhul holding back? Initially, the threat of a sudden attack by Kil’jaeden seems like a good option, but considering he got facestomped by the Shattered Sun, it seems unlikely the Lich King would still be worried about him by the time of Wrath. Could Uther have been right, but about the wrong person? Could there have been some shred of goodness left in Ner’zhul that was holding the Scourge back? I’d certainly find that much more believable than the idea that Arthas still had some good in him.
One wonders if the Lich King wasn’t afflicted by the same lust for destruction that affects death knights (the Endless Hunger, also discussed in the Ask CDev answers), but on a much larger scale. He was, after all, created to be a weapon. Maybe he sowed destruction not because he wanted to, but because he had to.
Alas, we will likely never know the answer to these questions, but it’s fun to speculate. After all, what’s the point of being a fanboy (or fangirl) if you can’t obsess over every unanswered question? Feel free to share any theories you may have in the comments.
Finally, I recently read a post on another blog where the author discussed their favourite spot in the game. This seemed like a pretty good topic, so I’m just gonna go ahead and steal it.
Those of you not intimately familiar with me may be surprised to learn this, but I’ve been pretty heavily critical of a lot of aspects of WoW (especially prior to Wrath of the Lich King), and there are still many aspects of the game that drive me crazy. But one thing I cannot fault is the massive, beautiful, and incredibly immersive world Blizzard has created for this game. There are many places I enjoy going just to be there and soak up the atmosphere.
It’s difficult to pick any one single location as my favourite, but I think I would have to go with the Snowdrift Plains at the northern edge of the Storm Peaks. The Storm Peaks are almost certainly my favourite zone; they’re incredibly fantastical and exotic, but they also feel incredibly real, so much so that I almost feel cold just looking at the visuals. Couple this with the beautiful and haunting soundtrack and the spectacular questing, and you have a zone I couldn’t help but fall in love with.
The Snowdrift Plains are just the perfect distillation of what makes the entire zone great. Standing at the cliffs and looking north, I really do feel as if I’ve reached the edge of the world (and not just because I know the game world literally comes to a stop not much farther north). It’s such a lonely, exotic-feeling place. It’s that sense of adventure and exploring the unknown that really attracts me to fantasy in general and WoW in particular. Plus, the graphics for the drifting snow are simply beautiful. The Canadian in me can’t help but approve.
And what of you, dear reader? What is your favourite place out of the whole wide World of Warcraft? Please comment and tell me where and why.
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