Yea. If she was to remain as WC, then the words "You must step out of da shadows and lead" would totally have a different meaning, right?I mean, not getting out of some dark place like Undercity, but maybe these "shadows" are these warmongering set of mind that she's into, cause she's clearly not saving the horde with these actions as he said she would.
Love the artwork, looking forward to reading the stories.
It appears that most people in the comments are unable to take a neutral perspective of this.To speak in absolutes while all you have is a three pages of text (teaser of Before the Storm included) is pointless. Frankly, these people are not supporting the discussion, but instead forcing their deep-seated opinion on everyone using excerpts as justification, insulting those who disagree and calling them names optional.To Alliance, these Rogues are monsters. They appear out of nowhere, disappear like shadows, kill mercilessly and gruesomely, they have no remorse at the slightest. To Horde, Malfurion is a nightmare made real. Absolutely devastating, deadly, and impervious. So much that the only action Varok deems plausible in this case is to let his associates run away as he buys time. They're supposed to invoke empathy for both sides. They're also supposed to be confusing, because this is what teasers do - they promote hype. If you somehow managed to deduce the entire plot of BfA out of this, you may as well tell when the world as we know it will end.
Were these written by the same people? I feel s significant quality drop from horde to alliance stories in terms of writing.
Crying Girl: I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school... I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy...Damian: She doesn't even go here!
@Grumar. There are two authors. Christie Golden wrote 'Elegy,' the story of the burning of Teldrassil from the Alliance pov. 'A Good War,' the Horde account of the same event is written by Robert Brooks. They worked closely together, but didn't co-author them. Interestingly, where you see a drop from Horde to Alliance, comments up thread say the opposite. Tastes differ, eh?
Good thing this is real life, and people who take a (real-life meaningless) side now disgust you.
Remember a few years ago when entangling roots couldn't be used in-doors? Times Change.
I wish Malf had died in Darkshore.I don't hate the NElf, but the amount of premature concilliation text he gets makes him sound like he's quit before the tree even burns. Every NPC without unique dialogue is in it to fight to the end for their home but Malf, Summerdawn, and all the rest are already trying to pat the player on the back and let them know they didd their best and, "gosh that counts! Have a cookie and get good and mad for the new World PvP mode! Don't worry we're going to bbq some nameless priestesses to give it some zest!"Yeah, no -go $%^& yourselves.Malf dying would have given the destruction of Darnassus some kind of actual cost. Otherwise this event is the devs taking the phrase "and nothing of value was lost" as a basis for giving the Horde Kalimdor as a matter of bookkeeping.And as well done as it is that "ambush" of Saurfang by Malf is it's still completely $%^&ing rediculous. "And then he dropped an inn on me!" will be a punchline to a drinking story in a decade and all that drama about the ancient power of the Arch Druid is immediately demonstrably utterly empty. The idea that that's supposed to be the emotional counterpoint to the desperation of the Sentinels being poisoned and burned and killed and forced to choose between death and dishonor is pants-&*!@tingly repulsive. That's a Nazi general complaining about fleas in his tent while his tanks butcher the Polish cavalry -"how dare zis irritation tempt my wrath; it's distracting me from the screaming of ze horses!"Btw it's hilarious that the subtext of the opening acts of BfA is "the Horde used FIRE on the Alliance Capital! It's Super Effective!"
Yes, attempts to predict the course of BfA are meaningless but not because it's unknowable but instead because there won't be a "winner" and what imbecile thinks there ever is one? Tell me, who "won" Warlords -the Alliance or the Horde? Pandaria? Wrath? NOPE -no one wins because there is never intended to be a "winner." The Alliance has to be stupid so that the Horde can keep getting do-overs like the kiddies they are and the Horde has to be handed free wins so that they can be the "threat" their real-life-Peons need to achieve climax.As BfA is so efficiently demonstrating when Blizz has no better stories to tell it's default money-maker is to put the Horde-Allliance war back into focus and to turn up the heat they find something popular to fling into the furnace. See half the problem is that Alliance players are inclined to be "distracted" from the endless race war and so they need to be slapped a few times to get them good and re-committed. Let's burn Teldrassil and nearly burn Stormwind, let's have a few scrubby Horde players and the new hotness Trolls escape Greymane (on his own turf, ho ho) and face down an angry Jaina. Also work in the Highmountain Tauren and the Nightbourne so any "heroes" who worked to win the lives and freedoms of there one-time critical allies really understands that just because they were central to saving not just everyone but specifically these two groups doesn't mean they can't be betrayed -"stabbed in the back" if you will- once the necessity of mutual survival has passed.You remember? As set up by a whopping two paragraphs of text aboard the Vindicaar? Forget the thousands of Suramari citizens you saved and all of Elisande's soldiers you slew; what Thalyssra really needed to hear was a little brainless musing about destiny to commit her newly-liberated-and-badly-decimated population of refugees to decide to choose any side in an endless war of hatred and extermination. As least the Highmountain Tauren were always kinda %^&*ing dumb; nobody really expected better from them.Horde players are always up to do a little ethnic cleansing but what they need is a few early, dramatic victories to remind them they're the key cogs in their unstoppable "extermination for peace" movement, that just one more calculated mass murder of civilians occupying land they "need to grow" and those "resouces they need" will win them an eternal peace and flourishing so perfect even their enemies will thank them for moving Azeroth itself into a new era of greatness and racial purity under the strong but just hand of the Orks.Just one more. One more. Like the last time was the last time so this time is finally it. Just. One. More.But hey. At least when Sylvanas is revealed to have been being influenced by the Lich King (or whoever) and when Thrall comes back to forgive her and when the Night Elves are linking arms and singing happy Night Elf songs about how great their new tree is than Anduin will come to his senses and Greymane will kneel in humbled shame and the Alliance will realize what a terrible misunderstanding it all was and that no real damage was done in the end and that it's time to embrace a new fragile but yearning peace between the Alliance and the Horde and maybe everything might be ok after all because nobody really wants war and nobody really does evil it's all just a matter of perspective.Until the next time, of course, when the Horde needs something it can't bear the humiliation of not having and the Alliance is being stupid and subscriptions are flagging and maybe this time it's ....Thunder Bluff's turn. Yeah. Maybe the Dark Iron will, under the influence of Ragnaros, tunnel under Thunder Bluff and collapse it and the Horde will lash out with their "terrible Shamanic power" and...