Warcraft Chronicle: The Expansion Trilogy Primer

I finally got my hands on Chronicle 1 and read it.  It was very enjoyable and easy to read. The lore is presented in a clear and relevant way.  I think I am starting to see the purpose of these books.

For some background, I SWEAR I head in an interview at some point that Legion, Warlords, and the next unnamed expansion were conceived as a trilogy, and there was some debate on which order Legion and WoD should occur in. (Once/if I can find a source I will link it.)

That would make a ton of sense with the Chronicle trilogy.  Chron 1 has a ton of info that becomes relevant in Legion, and Chron 2 has a ton of info that was relevant for WoD.  I think these books are intended as primers for the expansions, but that story flow changed after the books had begun production.

If that’s is true, it means that the next expansion will be heavily influenced by something that happened during the 3rd war, but that we were largely unaware of during the game Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos.  That does make Kul’tiras far more likely, as we haven’t seen anything from them in a long time.

The book was not exactly what I was expecting, or more accurately, what I was hoping for. I Thought these would be something that would help supplement role-play and character histories for WoW. It’s kind of painful how light the background information on some races is, especially when you know this was it. In a way, these books close the door on developing the history of the world further.

It felt bad seeing gnomes as a footnote to the dwarves in every chapter that mentioned them.  Dwarves have a section and interesting history and events that make zero mention of gnomes, but the reverse is not true. Even the chapter called the ‘Exodus of the Gnomes’ is as much about what is going on with dwarves in Uldaman as it is about gnomes, and it literally establishes that gnomes have no culture or history.  They mention a gnome female who saved the entirety of the dwarf race, but the book doesn’t give her a name, and the dwarves are ignorant to her sacrifice, so it’s unknown and unknowable by anyone, which really undermines the significance of it.  The section on Goblins is even worse. Their origins are glossed over so vaguely as to be non-existent, then they are slaves for 1,000 years, then Kaja’mite.  It doesn’t feel meaningful or informative because it’s so curt.

I am aware that largely those are not problems with the material, but a misalignment between my desires and the goals of the material.  The parts that were not about gnomes/goblins I was actually able to enjoy more because I was less invested and therefore I could just relax and take it at face value. I am looking forward to reading Chron 2 and 3, especially if Chron 3 has build up for the next expansion!



A Legion of Gnomes!

Mekkatorque has upgraded his battle suit.  I have upgraded MY battle suit.  Sentient mechanical animals have crosses a threshold. Gnomes have taken up firearms in record numbers.

The Legion seems to have brought out the MOST in the Gnomes of Azeroth.  Is this increase of activity a fluke, or the start of something even bigger?  How much longer can this arms race continue before we finally see a end to the Gnomish civil war?


Gnome Cinematic! (almost)

First I want to say that the cinematic for Legion looks beautiful, and I like the way it sets the tone and ties in to the story of the expansion.  the Alliance Airship was amazing to see in such detail, and it makes me hope there are 15 more Warcraft movies so one day we might get to see it on the big screen.

This Post is a nit pick rant about if there is or is not a gnome in there.  To which I must say, there is not.  So I’ve been shown this:tDccN2M - Imgur

So, sure they made a model for a gnome to go in the cinematic, but He’s not IN the cinematic.

flyby1The first fly by the shot is from below.  You can’t see a gnome over the windshield.  In the second flyby the shot is from behind, so all you can see he’s completely behind the engine.

Ignoring the fact that the shots are very out of focus, because they are so far away, even if they had been much closer and in focus you would not have been able to see the gnome because of the angles the flying machines are at.

Flyby2So no, there is no gnome.  Unless you want to say, “Hey their were gnomes in the FIRST cinematic, because it had a shot outside Ironforge, and there are gnomes in Ironforge!”

Really It juts makes me sad, because I know that the gnome fans were really hoping and we have great people on the inside at Blizzard that are fighting to make it happen.

Class Hall race representation

Time to make a reasonable request after all my complaining and silliness.

I would like to see a member of each race for each spec in the class hall.  And not just standing around; giving a quest that gives insight in to how that race views the role of that class/spec in it’s society.  I’m sure that a gnome shadow priest is VERY different from a night elf shadow priest and both are still very different from undead shadow priests, whom are all different from Troll shadow priests etc.

SprocketI’m sure gnome fury warriors feel very different about their jobs than gnome prot or arms warriors.

I think the Calls Halls would best be served by filling them full of different people arguing how to do their job the best.

Oh, and we need gnome paladins now, other wise how are we going to wield that Ashbringer!?


SpecRenamedI was inspired by @BlizzardWatch this morningfor the above.  I’ve been working on this list below for quite some time!  What Race Specific Spec names would YOU like?

Class Spec Generic Gnome
Death Knight Blood Lord Sanguisuge
Death Knight Frost Duke Algidus
Death Knight Unholy Baron Acrimoniousnist
Druid Balance Archdruid Preserver
Druid Feral Of the Sabre Flux-form Feline
Druid Guardian Of the Claw Anthroform Robo-bear
Druid Restoration Of the Antler Reclaimer
Hunter Beast Mastery Beast Master Zoologist
Hunter Marksman Ranger Canoneer
Hunter Survival Savage Reconnoiterer
Mage Arcane Arcanist Chronomancer
Mage Fire Pyromancer Pyrotechnician
Mage Frost Conjuror Hydrobinder
Monk Brewmaster Brewmaster Pugilist
Monk MistWeaver Mistweaver Zen Mender
Monk WindWalker Wind Walker Chi Bolter
Paladin Holy Crusader Ecclesiastic
Paladin Protection Templar Peacekeeper
Paladin Retribution Judge Hierarch
Priest Discipline Disciple Illuminator
Priest Holy Diviner Exorcist
Priest Shadow Acolyte Dowser
Rogue Assassination Assassin Knife Juggler
Rogue Combat Pirate Salty Dog
Rogue Subtlety Ninja Saboteur
Shaman Elemental Storm Caller Extractor
Shaman Enhancement Earth Caller Rejector
Shaman Restoration Theurgist Surger
Warlock Affliction Corruptor Jinx-rigger
Warlock Demonology Demonologist Feind-binder
Warlock Destruction Destroyer Incinerationist
Warrior Arms Gladiator Infantry
Warrior Fury Berserker Pummeler
Warrior Protection Defender Shieldmaiden/fellow
Demon Hunter Havoc Betrayer Traitor
Demon Hunter Vengance Defiler Usurper

Gnome Artifacts

I’m going to go ahead and accept that there are not going to be gnomes in Legion.  I’m still going to complain about it, but I’ve accepted it.  I’m also going to go ahead and except the fact there will be no gnome artifacts, or gnome themed variations on any of the artifacts.

My only glimmer of hope on this is that with the expanded profession team, they might be a relic each profession can craft that will unlock a skin for the weapons,

Gear theme from Engineering,

Crystal theme from Gem Cutting,

Earth theme from Mining.

Liquid theme from Alchemy.

Not that this is ideal.  Gnomes are more than robots in disguise.  It’s just the only thing I think might possibly be coming that would even fit with gnomes.

*Edit* There have turned out to be way more gnome things in legion than I anticipated!