So, here I sit, ready to
ride write again. But the ultimate question is… about what? But more on that later. You’re here to read about WoW.
What is there to say? WoW has gone far beyond its predicted lifespan. At one point, there was a master plan. You could see it with the seeds they’d plant here and there in the early stories. Now though? They’re stalling, trying to make up additional land masses for us to go through, because they’ve basically burned through all of the ones we’ve had since 2004.
But there you go. The game is 12 years old. Of course they’ve burned through the original material. I’m not judging. It’s just a fact.
My point is, it gets tough to speculate this stuff when they’re now making up new landmasses as needed (Back in Time/Alternate Dimension Draenor). I think Kul Tiras is the last of the old guard… save for perhaps Argus.
Argus, the Eredar homeworld, HQ of the Burning Legion… the last of the land masses we’ve known about since WoW launched. The name “Argus” technically not really kicking in until Burning Crusade.
With Argus’s now one of a kind pedigree, we can safely surmise the new writers are going to save it for something special. The end of WoW will undoubtedly be the true end of the Burning Legion, which we can safely bet will take place on Argus.
Everything else is as good as anyone’s guess. They’ve managed to “alternate dimension resurrect” Gul’dan to fill some space in the meantime. Eventually though, we’re all going to Argus and defeating the final boss, Sargeras.
If we want more details of what will actually happen in this joint invasion, we have a good description straight from Blizzard. The climax of the short story, “Prophet’s Lesson” is a vision Velen experiences of the last WoW Expansion when he looks at Anduin Wrynn:
Instead of the prince, an armored warrior stood before him, his plate helm and breastplate shining with the essence of the Light itself. The warrior wielded a sword forged from the same material as the armor, held it aloft as he perched on an outcropping… Whether it was on another world or Azeroth, Velen couldn’t quite tell. And suddenly the dark sky above erupted with the combined chivalry of Azeroth’s races. The blood elves, orcs, trolls, tauren, and even the accursed undead and scheming goblins rode flying mounts of every sort and description. They were armored and armed in magical weaponry glowing with so much power it hurt Velen’s eyes to look at them. Beside the legions of the Horde, the ancient night elves charged with humans, dwarves, and gnomes, whose ancestors formed the original Alliance, and the shape-changing worgen were united with them. Velen’s own draenei bolstered the army, their ranks adorned in otherworldly metals and bearing crystalline maces and swords.
The Alliance and Horde were not alone.
Dragons swooped and soared in formations that made the sky resemble a giant multicolored, reptilian wing. They blanketed the horizon with their physical size and numbers, and when they roared a challenge, it shook not just the earth Velen stood on, but the universe as well.
And yet, for all this, the greatest shock to Velen’s senses came as he saw those that flew just beyond the army of dragons. The naaru had taken the field, so many that Velen didn’t understand how creation could contain them. The power of these beings of Light filled Velen’s heart with hope, swept away the lonely centuries, and left him in wonder that he could ever despair, that the dark, no matter how terrible, could ever truly reign.
That’s either the invasion starting the expansion, or the last battle against Sargeras (heck, it may work for both).
So, anything more? I think so. Why would Blizzard be okay with letting the cat out of the bag like that? I think they’re okay with it, because they left out the twist.
Anduin is at the head of that future army. It’s impressive, but there’s a *huge* force not mentioned within Anduin’s list of allies. And you’d think they’d mention it considering it’s led by a being who swore an oath to protect Anduin. What we’re talking about is Bolvar and his Scourge. I’m betting Bolvar is Anduin’s Gandalf who’s going to show up “at the light of the fifth day” to turn the tide against the legion and save everyone.
We kill Sargeras. End of WoW.
But would it be the absolute end? Perhaps, perhaps not. They could certainly write more expansions, but the death of Sargeras will be the end of an era for WoW. Anything beyond it lore-wise would be a new generation.
We’ll just have to wait and see.
Legion fortunately looks like it’s going to be fun, and I have to say the artifact weapons lore is *amazing*.
So, those of you who just wanted read about WoW can go get a drink now. For the rest of you. Howdy! Here’s where we’re at: For the reasons described above, WoW speculation just isn’t the same anymore. After this expansion, they’re really making it up as they’re going along now until we get to Argus.
So the question is, what do you want as readers? I’m tempted to write about all sorts of random stuff… even non-game related.
If I were to post non game related stuff, would you guys be interested, or should I publish that stuff elsewhere on a different blog?