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World of Warcraft is a game full of
intersecting story lines. Each one leads our characters (and ourselves)
down a path of discovery as we illuminate more and more of this elaborate
web. While most of these story lines flow smoothly and fit well into the
game, others cause us to shake our heads and wonder what the heck just
happened. Check out five of the in game story lines that have made us
facepalm in our play time below and see if they match up with any of your
Keristrazsa and Malygos
Off the coast of the Borean Tundra lies
Colderra, a pretty large quest hub for the zone. While most of the story
line here goes along pretty well, a major part of it leaves us scratching
our heads. At some point in time your character will stumble upon
Keristraza, who has been held prisoner by Malygos up until this point.
Once you bust her out you find out that this girl dragon is bent on
Of course you agree to help her, already
knowing that the blue dragonflight are the enemy here on Colderra. This is
when things get a little crazy. Her plan involves you killing off Malygos'
consort, then burning it to attract his attention. This of course should
immediately send of danger warnings, because dragons are pretty scary
creatures right? Apparently this though of danger never entered
Keristrazsa's mind because after the burning of the corpse and the calling
of Malygos she has no plan what so ever. This of course leads her to being
captured and forced to become Malygos' consort herself.
The whole storyline basically left me
scratching my head and wondering if that really just happened. Nothing
like a terrible plan involving murder, being captured, and some implied
forced dragon sex to start off your day.
Gallywix and the Goblins
If you have already played the Goblin quest
line then you know that Gallywix is a terrible dude. The nefarious schemes
he pulled before, after, and during the destruction of the Goblin island
were nothing short of despicable. Honestly, this guy is so nasty he
probably needs to be put away in a nice remote prison somewhere.
Of course that is not what happens. Here is
how it all goes down. Thrall runs into the Goblin survivors and basically
witnesses first hand some of Gallywix's nasty schemes. Thrall is of course
outraged and condemns the schemes and actually has to help defeat Gallywix
by the end of the story line. At this point I totally expected Thrall to
at the very least tell Gallywix to hit the road and never show his face
again. Instead Thrall pulls a total 180 and promotes Gallywix to leader of
the Goblins and calls it a day. I know I was left with my jaw lying on the
floor. Seriously, what the heck Thrall?
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A Little Patience
A little Patience is a scenario added in the
Mists of Pandaria expansion. Here players head in with King Varian Wrynn
to resolve a showdown between the infamous Tyrande Whisperwind and a small
detachment of Horde warriors. The title of the scenario comes into play as
Varian Wrynn preaches to Tyrande that she must have patience instead of
just rushing headlong into things.
Here lies the problem. Not only is it a bit
hypocritical for Varian to preach patience to anyone, considering some of
the crazy things he has done, but especially to Tyrande. I mean ladies and
gentleman Tyrande is an ages old elf who has been part of the diplomatic
scene before Varian was even born. I think it is safe to say she knows a
thing or two about patience and not making rash choices. Sure Varian is
the King, but really, this story line just rang a wrong note for me.
Gilneas is the homeland of the Worgen and as I
started playing through it I thought it was really well done. Things fit
into place, the pace was fast without seeming rushed and the story line
was pretty interesting. A real treat, especially for those of us who had
been waiting for Gilneas for a long time. That is until all hell broke
loose. In comes Sylvanas and the rest of the Forsaken and Gilneas is
wrentched from our grasp before we even get to really enjoy it.
The worst part of the whole scenario is that
despite the fact that it is only Sylvanas acting, no one seems to have any
intention of retaking the Worgen homeland. Not even after gaining the
support of the rest of the Alliance have the Worgen made any attempts to
take their homeland. In fact, after joining the Alliance, the Worgen have
pretty much fallen out of the spotlight altogether with very little story
development at all.
I am going to be honest when I say that the
entire Deathwing/Cataclysm thing never really worked for me. I was excited
to see a landscape change and even more excited to see the big bad
Deathwing in action, but it really managed to fall short of any
expectations I had. Deathwing is supposed to be this really intelligent,
manipulative, mad schemer that in the past has caused some major chaos in
the world. Then suddenly he emerges this time and goes all super derp on
Deathwing in Cataclysm was predicable and way
less intimidating than expected. There was none of the mass planning or
turning player against player. Deathwing in Cataclym knew how to do one
thing and one thing only; smash things. Somehow the ball really got
dropped on the story line here where a really cool devious character like
Deathwing became so totally uncool.
That concludes our list of the top five story
lines in World of Warcraft that will leave you scratching your head. Have
you experienced these story lines in game? What did you think of them?
What other story lines did you find particularly irritating? Share your
thoughts with us in the comment section below!
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