The World of Warcraft: Lore and Story Q&A panel was very interesting because a lot of the questions were very well thought out and got some really good answers in return. The panel even started off with the return of the Red Shirt Guy, although his question this time wasn’t as hard hitting, it was still very detailed.
The big thing that came from this panel is a general theme that while there are a lot of loose ends in the game that either won’t be tied up ever or will be tied up sometime in the distant future. Some great examples are Red Shirt Guy’s question about Gilneas, Arthas’s sister, the shards of Frostmourne, the titans and Algalon, the Forsaken’s place in the Horde, the Scourge, and a few other things. More than half the panel was answering questions with “maybe in the future” and the other half focused on some neater things.
The best moment of the entire panel was when a player presented the team with a poster sized screenshot of a snake in Gundrak that had no explanation behind it. Like the above cases, a non-answer was given, but the commentary was hilarious.
A cool subject touched on was the Val’kyr resurrecting Sylvanas. We’ve gotten one killed in Andorhal, three sacrificed themselves during the Silverpine Forest storyline, and one died in Northrend. So she has four left to bring her back and to keep creating Forsaken. So that’s interesting but, like with everything else, who knows where that storyline will go.
I have a feeling that a lot of these unfinished storylines might be finished this expansion. The Pandarens will take front stage, sure, but this is about the Horde vs. the Alliance and a lot can be done in this time.
For instance, there is some big plans that for Varien to be a main player and actually become a respectable hero (and you’ll even be his squire while he does it). That’s great because his character has always been a bit bland coming out of the comics, so having him be more Thrallish will be great.
Lore questions about the expansion were few and far between. Some of the neater questions were about the lack of hate in Pandarens. For instance, how can they fight one another? Well, it seems that they are very laid back and even if they fight in the field it’s on good terms instead of the “rawr grrr I hate you” motif the rest of Azeroth has. That’s kind of refreshing, but hard to convey to anyone who doesn’t read legions of quest text.
The leadership of the Pandarens is interesting in that there won’t really be a leader, much less a strong racial leader. This is kind of curious because we’re all accustomed to each race having a strong figure, but a lot of the add-on races kind of play out after their expansion ends. So maybe it’s a good thing a strong leader isn’t coming along with them.
Another interesting tidbit is that the Troll storyline will continue in Mists of Pandaria. We’ve seen a lot about the trolls in pretty much every expansion, so it goes without saying that they’ll have some kind of impact on the future of the game.
That’s pretty much it for the lore panel. Be sure to leave your questions and comments in the comments section below!
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