“What happens to Thrall?”, it’s the one question I’ve been asked most about the new expansion. Normally with a question like this, I refer the person to wowwiki.com, but in this case… let’s speculate.
First though, bear with me… I have a rant, but I promise you it’ll tie back to Thrall.
We all know what Blizzard is doing these days; they’re dumping core WarCraft lore into the supplement material (comics, books, etc.). As I stated in a previous post, I personally despise this since Blizzard is effectively holding their own story hostage, “Oh, want to actually know what’s going on in our game? Well that’ll cost you $20 extra for a book in our store.”
I hate the term “sell-out”, but the fact of the matter is Blizzard is harming their beloved story in order to bring in a few extra dollar. (Frankly I can’t imagine those books are making nearly the same amount of money as the game itself.)
Anyway, let’s be fair; Blizzard has every right to do this, and some of my readers even like it.
My ultimate problem? They’re sloppy about it. Blizzard forces us to read a book in order to know what’s going on, but then they can’t even be bothered to make sure it all connects properly. In the novel “Malfurion”, which takes place before the Cataclysm, the Nightmare has been defeated and Teldrassil has been cured. In the expansion, not so much. Blizzard’s Creative Development department literally has “historians” on their payroll who are in charge of keeping track of all this stuff. Heck, their lead historian is an MIT grad, so they’re more than qualified. It’s obvious that someone is now instructing the CDev department to not worry about it.
Anyway, so Thrall. The reason most of us don’t know what’s going on with him is because it all took place in the comic book.
Here’s what you missed:
Remember the Council of Tristfal? They were the mages who gave “The Guardian” his or her power. The last Guardian was Medivh, and before that, his mother Aegwyn. In the comic, the Council reforms, but this time utilizes every form of magic along with the Arcane. So they have representatives of natural magic (Druids), elemental magic (Shaman), holy magic (Paladins, you get the idea), all on the council alongside the mages.
So what does this all have to do with Thrall? Simple. One of the two major rumors is that at the beginning of Cataclysm, Thall’s on his way to meet up with the council. Up until now, Rehgar Earthfury has been representing elemental magic in Thrall’s stead. With the Cataclysm in full swing, it looks like Thrall is on his way to take over the role himself (play as a Goblin for some added insight) as it is likely that the Council of Tristfal may be the only force strong enough to stop whatever is sustaining the Cataclysm.
But, as they say, “Wait there’s more!”
In the comics, the new Guardian of Trisfal is Med’an. There is rumor, however, that Thrall will take up this mantle. It makes sense since the Cataclysm is elemental based, and Thrall is arguably the most powerful Shaman on Azeroth (sorry Nobundo).
At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Thrall was rarely seen throughout Cataclysm only to show up at the end and help with our fight against Deathwing.
The other rumor is that Thrall is simply hanging out indefinitely at the Maelstrom, assisting the Earthen Ring with fixing the weakened barrier between Azeroth and the Elemental Plane. That’s a lot more boring… but may also more likely be true.
As one final note, in a couple of weeks a new book is coming out, which may give us more insight. If it does, I’ll be sure to update this post.
So, to answer you question, “What happens to Thrall in Cataclysm?” He’s either still at the Maelstrom, helping fix Azeroth, or he’s off doing this, getting ready for his fight with Deathwing.
We’ll just have to wait and see.