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!

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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?

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Head Canon: Observers

I’ve touched on this hypothesis before. Now I’m going to update it slightly with some information from the quest “Seeking the Soulstones” and Warcraft Chronicles Vol. 1

We know that the Titans use “Titan Orbs” to collect and store information.  These orbs are mechanical, and found in many places that Mechagnomes are found.  They are entities, more like creatures than objects.  They move and perform functions autonomously.

Perhaps in the distant past the Titans would send a few dozen of these orbs out to different star systems to see if there were any planets there.  If any planets were directed, the Orbs take samples of the magic energy found there, and return to the titans.

This functionality would be in line with what we know about how Titans operated. For example, we know that the Titans imbued the ered’ruin with an attraction to fel magics so that they could seek it out and destroy it.

Doomguard says: …before Sargeras freed us, we were the Titan’s hounds. Forever enslaved to police the use of arcane magics.
Doomguard says: Sacrificial magic was considered the greatest violation of life and we were attuned to instantly punish those who delved into such… delicious sorcery.

In the case of these orbs they would be designed to seek out all forms of magic, and record where they were found.

So then, what happens to these orbs when they land on a planet that is infested with the Old Gods?  I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to see them being afflicted with the curse of the flesh.

There are physical similarities.  Round bodies is obvious, but what if the ‘cage’ part of the orb was degraded and became the tentacles that hang down below the Observers?  On the central part with the filigree, there are large white glowing spots; what if these became the multiple eyes of the observers?

I think they have enough in common in both form and function to have a strong case for them to be the same thing.  Less extreme metamorphosis has been seen the the World of Warcraft before.

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Endgineer Omegaplugg #LegionSpoilers #OOC

*UPDATE* The Mystery has been solved!  In order to Summon MY TRUE FORM, you must find and press a tiny button hidden behind one of the columns in Tinkers Court, Gnomeregan.

If SOMEHOW you manage to be victorious the the Vial or Green Goo is yours.  take it and go out in to the world my leprous disciple!

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I put #LegionSpoilers up there for anyone concerned with spoiling the fates of minor low level dungeon bosses.  We good?

Ok.

So on WoWhead about 5 days ago, this guy popped up “Endgineer Omegaplugg”

http://legion.wowhead.com/npc=113621/endgineer-omegaplugg

Endgineer2He uses the same Gnome Pounder model that Thermaplugg and other gnome mekgineers use.  It is green instead of red, the green of the battle suit could either be fel corruption or from decades of radiation.  It could mean nothing, because you can paint a robot any color you want, but usually the color is chosen to indicate something.  In Gnomeregan spider tanks that do fire damage are red, ones that do frost damage are blue etc. Perhaps this character will have a poisonous irradiation attack.

The gnome pilot appears to be solid black some kind of shadow/void gnome, or possibly with a texture issue because it is still in beta.  I thought it could be a new character or (as the name seems to suggest) a transformation of Thermaplugg.

Then there is this item, “Vial of Green Goo”

http://legion.wowhead.com/search?q=Vial+of+Green+Goo

If is dropped by Endgineer Omegaplugg, but the flavor text refers to Thermaplugg, suggesting that Omegaplugg is Thermaplugg.

“It’s reversible. Perhaps Thermaplugg was working on a cure after all…”

First I would like to note that it indicates Thermaplugg WAS working on a cure.  I’ve always had to find some shred of good in Thermaplugg in order to role-play him.

Second (and more importantly), this means Omegaplugg is almost certainly Thermaplugg in a new form.

At first I thought that this meant that Gnomeregan was going to get an update this expansion, but then there was one more string that referenced this ‘new’ NPC.

http://legion.wowhead.com/spell=226171/omegaplugg-spawn

There is a spell to spawn Omegaplugg.  I don’t know what that means, because it could mean anything.  It could be for a heroic version of Gnomeregan where Thermaplugg transforms at the end, or it could mean he is encountered somewhere (anywhere) else in the world.

Perhaps this is the first hint of adding in gnome Demon Hunters (unlikely).

My biggest hope is that it will be for a “Reclaiming Gnomeregan” Scenario where at the end, Gnomeregan will be an actual functioning city, or a crater with a shiny new city built on top.

No matter what it turns out to be, I am just really excited that we are seeing gnome lore moving forward!

For Gnomeregan!

Sargeras is Terrible at Being a Demon

Demons in Warcraft are Chaotic and Evil.  They want to spread pain and misery and excerpt power over others and fuel powerful magics with the souls of the innocent.

The Titans are Orderly and Good*. They want to excerpt control over the universe in a mechanical and predictable way.  They set things on a certain path, and don’t appear to want those things to be mutable.

What Sargeras wants is still a completely predictable immutable universe, just one that is empty.  The Burning Legion as a whole has no idea what Sargeras’ end game is (from what I understand). No one is sitting down with rank and file demons laying out ‘the plan’ for the new cosmos and converting them willingly.  They are intimidated, fel-infused or killed. Demons follow a ‘might makes right’ philosophy, and the fallen Titan might just be the single mightiest individual in the Warcraft cosmos.

In the end, when every world is burned, and all living creatures serve the Legion, how will the hordes of evil fel creatures react when ordered to fall on their swords and end the last remain lives in the universe (their own)?

No, His goals are completely different than the demons he controls. His methods align with how demons operate, but Sargeras is still doing the same thing he was doing when he was still the Champion of the Pantheon, re-ordering the universe.

 

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Honestly, the Pantheon might not be any better.  Their ideal of life might seem like a mechanical parody, devoid of any meaning.  They might look at us as horribly corrupt and disgusting, and be just as quick to try and eliminate us in favor something ‘better’.

Titans or Old Gods, these unfathomably powerful creatures are a threat to us no matter what.  We can’t afford to live in the shadow of any creature that looks down on us as if it is a god.

*as far as wee know.

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.