Survivors? (ToW Spoilers)

Just a curious question. After I read the book Tides of War I got to thinking. Some of the Alliance escaped just before the battle on that one boat transporting civilians (can't remember it's name). But one other thing dawned on me, after the battle didn't the Alliance have portals up to transport the wounded out? Can't remember if they did or not because I read through it quickly.
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90 Tauren Death Knight
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The Focusing Iris was causing interference with portals, but some people got out through Rhonin's final portal,in addition to Jaina, I believe.
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85 Blood Elf Warlock
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The only survivors was the players, Vereesa, Shandris and their scouting parties, and Jaina herself.
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100 Night Elf Priest
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09/15/2012 09:03 AMPosted by Celanor
The only survivors was the players, Vereesa, Shandris and their scouting parties, and Jaina herself.


Along with a couple of wounded who were teleported away just before the focusing iris was brought in range of disruption.
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09/15/2012 09:12 AMPosted by Resileaf
The only survivors was the players, Vereesa, Shandris and their scouting parties, and Jaina herself.


Along with a couple of wounded who were teleported away just before the focusing iris was brought in range of disruption.


This is what I thought happened but wasn't 100% sure.
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85 Draenei Mage
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Maybe the people hit with the mana bomb aren't really dead?

I could be possible that they underwent the same transformation that the Ethereals did during their creation.

Both situations involved a lot of arcane energy.
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100 Dwarf Warrior
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No, they were pretty clearly dead, even after most of the ambient magic in the area dispersed and they went from being magically-infused corpses to just plain corpses.
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85 Draenei Mage
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Well taken from wowpedia

"the unimpeded flood of arcane energy tore away the mortals' corporeal shells and infused their souls with enough energy so that they could subsist without a body"

I doesn't go into the details of what happened to their bodies when they became energy/ghost/mummies.

Granted I'm pretty sure that most people in the story have very little knowledge of this (if any) and would have no idea of what turning into an Ethereal even looks like.

I think it would be an interesting way to take the story.
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