General AMA lore discussion

90 Draenei Shaman
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At least Garrosh called her out on it. What will the next Warchief do about it? Better question: What if SYLVANAS is the next Warchief? Oh man.


BWAHAHAHA!
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100 Blood Elf Death Knight
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Sylvanas question. Let the games begin.

/bomb shelter


eh, it doesn't look like one that will cause to much contraversy.
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90 Dwarf Warrior
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How many novels are planned to be released over this expansion? Also, since you have stated Garrosh is the main antagonist during your big MoP reveal, do you feel you've hurt opportunities to write more exciting novels to build up this already hyped epic battle we will eventually experience in-game?I'm glad you enjoyed the novel! Golden is a fantastic author who works very closely with us to do justice to the franchise.If you're getting psyched about the storyline, I think you'll love the next novel which focuses on Vol'jin. Have you played the troll 1-10 intro experience? Vol'jin flat-out tells Garrosh he doesn't trust him and he'll stab him in the back the moment he sees an opportunity. The novel carries his story forward and really meshes in with the events of patch 5.1.One of our ongoing goals is to make sure that the games and novels compliment each other, and that major lore events don't happen in the novels without some kind of representation in-game. This is a huge challenge for us!! But I think we're getting better at it.

Would have appreciated if the next novel was regarding past events like the Ordering of Azeroth or something like that but I guess it could have been a lot worse...
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Wow, they actually answered my one and only question. Not an answer I wanted, but still cool.

During your recent Cdev, you stated that it wasn't an Old God underneath Tirisfal. Any chance you could give us any kind of hint as to what's down there? Any tidbit of info would be awesome.
I hate to do this, but I didn't want to leave you hanging without an answer. My answer is: We're not saying. Not yet.
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90 Human Paladin
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At least Garrosh called her out on it. What will the next Warchief do about it? Better question: What if SYLVANAS is the next Warchief? Oh man.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lITBGjNEp08
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100 Dwarf Paladin
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09/11/2012 06:31 PMPosted by Cobble
Would have appreciated if the next novel was regarding past events like the Ordering of Azeroth or something like that but I guess it could have been a lot worse...


Especially lately, the novels tend to compliment the game. Since MoP doesn't really deal with the history of Azeroth outside of Pandaria, it would be pretty far out of left field to make a novel dealing with the ordering of Azeroth.

Maybe if we have a Titan-themed expansion I could see it happening, but that's about it.
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90 Dwarf Warrior
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09/11/2012 06:35 PMPosted by Falrinn
Would have appreciated if the next novel was regarding past events like the Ordering of Azeroth or something like that but I guess it could have been a lot worse...


Especially lately, the novels tend to compliment the game. Since MoP doesn't really deal with the history of Azeroth outside of Pandaria, it would be pretty far out of left field to make a novel dealing with the ordering of Azeroth.

Maybe if we have a Titan-themed expansion I could see it happening, but that's about it.

I mentionned the Ordering of Azeroth cause that's the one I want the most. But something older that still connect to the expansion would be cooler than somthing current that should be in-game. I don't really like faction leaders being more present in novels than in-game.

But since it's Pandaria, I guess something like the Mogu Empire and the rebellion of their servants(sauroks, pandarens, etc) would have been a greater than a novel regarding Vol'jin and his opinion on Garrosh.
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90 Dwarf Paladin
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This makes want to submit a question about the state of night elf lore currently, how the current night elf fans and roleplayers feel about it, and how Blizzard responds to the criticism. Seems I missed my window of opportunity here.
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100 Dwarf Paladin
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Looks like the AMA is finished. All lore-related questions and answers have been edited into the OP.

Overall not to bad. Although I admit I am now puzzled on why Dave Kosak can rattle off a dozen pieces of lore on the spot (some of which are quite interesting), yet it takes Blizzard over half a year to answer a similar number of questions in Ask CDev.

Anyways, I got to go for now. I'll be back in this threat tomorrow.
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And they just pretty much confirmged Sha+Garrosh
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85 Tauren Shaman
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09/11/2012 05:57 PMPosted by Falrinn
but overwhlemingly the feedback is players want to see him be Hordey again


09/11/2012 05:57 PMPosted by Falrinn
We really want to show Thrall developing as a character, not moving backwards


Ha.

09/11/2012 05:57 PMPosted by Falrinn
the next novel which focuses on Vol'jin


Poor Vol'jin
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100 Troll Hunter
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09/11/2012 06:56 PMPosted by Skytotem
Poor Vol'jin

Shhhhhhhhhh......

I'm being extremely optimistic about this.
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85 Tauren Shaman
6230
Although I admit I am now puzzled on why Dave Kosak can rattle off a dozen pieces of lore on the spot (some of which are quite interesting), yet it takes Blizzard over half a year to answer a similar number of questions in Ask CDev.


Because he gets it WRONG

Take a look

Why did Thrall let Gallywix Live if he's a slaveowner? Why did Thrall ever even allow Slavery in the Horde?
Thrall's vision of the Horde is a refuge for people in need. He's a helpful guy. The Bilgewater Goblins just had their home destroyed, and they were refugees (he can certainly relate to that). They helped him in the Lost Isles, so he offered them a home. Presumably he'd put a stop to any slave trade (the player characters don't remain slaves once they join the Horde.)

Of course... afterwards he was no longer the Warchief. Garrosh was probably a lot more hands-off of the goblins, so long as they showed their usefulness - as they demonstrated immediately in Azshara.


Ignored Reghar Earthfury, and the slave trader in durotar.
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100 Dwarf Warrior
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09/11/2012 06:49 PMPosted by Katarn
And they just pretty much confirmged Sha+Garrosh
Where was that?
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Is the sha a threat to Azeroth as a whole? Possibly. I'd be more worried about the orc with the nukes. ;)

Sorry, I misread this line here. Ignore that earlier comment.
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90 Human Death Knight
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09/11/2012 06:57 PMPosted by Pyronaptor
Poor Vol'jin

Shhhhhhhhhh......

I'm being extremely optimistic about this.

Don't get too excited. He may just decide to go neutral after the Alliance wipes the Echo Isles off the map.
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He didn't even Answer WHY Gallywix was made leader. Why him? Why not execute or imprison him and make, say, Sassy Hardwrench the faction leader? Why place him over his former slaves as their LEADER? How can that ever be excused?
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85 Tauren Shaman
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09/11/2012 07:10 PMPosted by Jaelara
He didn't even Answer WHY Gallywix was made leader. Why him? Why not execute or imprison him and make, say, Sassy Hardwrench the faction leader? Why place him over his former slaves as their LEADER? How can that ever be excused?


It can't. That's why they didn't address it.
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100 Human Paladin
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09/11/2012 06:58 PMPosted by Skytotem
Ignored Reghar Earthfury, and the slave trader in durotar.


I like to imagine him reading and responding to the first question in a way that paints Thrall and by extension the Horde in a good light.

Then he reads the second question and realizes that there's no way to spin that in a good way whereby he hurls his computer out a window.
Edited by Nagodreth on 9/11/2012 7:12 PM PDT
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90 Pandaren Mage
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09/11/2012 07:11 PMPosted by Skytotem
He didn't even Answer WHY Gallywix was made leader. Why him? Why not execute or imprison him and make, say, Sassy Hardwrench the faction leader? Why place him over his former slaves as their LEADER? How can that ever be excused?


It can't. That's why they didn't address it.


He's secretly Thrall's spy inside Orgrimmar. When the sh*t hits the fan in 5.3/5.4 Gallywix will be the rebel's ace in the hole.

...What? A goblin can hope can't he?
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