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Home. Whatever race you are, it is a word, a concept, that makes the heart swell with longing. Home can be ancient ancestral lands, or a new place that one has made one’s own. Home can even be found in the eyes of the beloved. But we all need it, yearn for it, know that without a home of some sort we are incomplete.
—  World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden

anonymous asked:

I read your posts and you really seem to know a lot about lore so maybe you can settle an question my rp partner and I have been debating. My partner says that Draenei worship trees and therefore would never allow one to be cut down or a sapling taken for a garden. I pointed out that they use wood in construction and that there was no lore basis for them being tree worshippers. They say the tree with the stone inside in Shadowmoon valley is proof. Aren't they more crystal people? School me!

I’m not certain where this idea came from but I can tell with with some certainty that that’s not true. The draenei were first prolific users of the arcane before Sargeras came to their world to offer them a chance at power, Velen and his followers escaped the ‘corruption’ through the help of the naaru K’ure. It is referenced in Rise of the Horde on page 5 “Light radiated from him, true, but not the pure light of powerful energy, but a sickly green” a vision Velen had when trying to decide whether Sargeras was telling the truth or not. This leads me to believe the draenei were familiar with the Light before the naaru rescued them. (it is even said the naaru left the powerful ata’mal crystal on Argus long before any living eredar could remember) But the rescue by the naaru certainly shaped the draenie’s beliefs and their worship. Some will argue whether they worship the naaru or the Light, the naaru are said to be beings of pure Light, so for some draenei there may be no difference. 

As for worshiping trees, I’m sure they offer some reverence to nature in its own right, but they are not, in general stereotype, a tree-loving people like one may consider the night elves.

Rise of the Horde

Rise of the Horde ~ by Christie Golden

As an on and off WoW player since release, I recently decided to delve a bit deeper into the lore aspect of Warcraft by reading some of the fantasy books created on the subject. I already own several of these books, having had this idea for years but never really making the time to fit them in. Well, I finally did and I found the experience to be quite an enlightening one.

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Rise of the Horde vs. Warlords of Draenor

When Warlords of Draenor was first announced, I decided to read all of the Warcraft books chronologically. I figured it would help me understand the characters lore-wise and get excited about meeting all the people we get to meet. The problem was I have a really bad habit of reading 10 books at a time. Compounding that with all the business of moving to a new city and, later, a new apartment, I only really managed to finish Rise of the Horde (I read the MoP Vol’jin book too a while back, but we don’t like to talk about that expansion).

I just realized that this is supposed to be Grom, Hellscream-ing after drinking Mannoroth’s blood. The bitchin’ topknot should have tipped me off!

Having finally finished the book, I decided to re-watch the WoD cinematic. Here, enjoy this masterpiece of badassery and I’ll meet you on the other side. You deserve it!

Awesome, right? Of course it is! The problem is, if you accept the Warcraft books as canon, this video raises quite a few issues (that picky bitch-nerds like me just can’t help but point out).

First, the trivial stuff:

  • Why are they so macho?
    • Mannoroth’s blood basically turns the relatively “slender” orcs into the perfect green specimens of musculature we’ve come to know and love. If you think about it, any green orc can basically kick a brown orc’s ass, easy peasy. Then again, if you followed this logic, the WoD raid boss fights would be preeetty fucking lame.
  • Why are they still brown (or in the case of the Blackrock, grey)?
    • Although Durotan, Draka, and the rest of the Frostwolves refused the demon blood in the original timeline, Thrall still popped out green. This is because anyone who used or were near the use of fel magic were still “tainted.” By the end of Rise of the Horde, the orcs’ skins had dried up and flaked off, revealing the green skin underneath.

Bitch, that ain’t no shade of green I’ve ever seen.

Now, the important shit:

  • WHERE THE HELL IS KIL’JAEDEN??
    • In the original timeline, the demon blood fills the orcs with so much roid-ragey-ness that they attack and destroy Shattrath, the main draenei city, without so much as a battle plan. Believing he has assured the demise of his ex-BFF Velen, Kil’jaeden doesn’t even wait until the end of the raid before poofing, Mannoroth in tow. Sure, he spent centuries destroying world after world just to exact his revenge on the draenei, but why would he wait around to make sure that his nemesis is actually dead? Who does that? Kil’jaeden has way too many worlds to ruin and promises of power not to keep, you guys.
    • Anyway, when Grom rejects the blood and brains Mannoroth, shouldn’t Kil’jaeden still be there going “Aw HELL no”? Surely he has fucks to give about this little mortal bitch ruining his plans.
  • How did the Dark Portal even get built?
    • Once Kil’jaeden disappears without having fulfilled his great promises of unimaginable power, Gul’dan starts feeling like he maybe probably just got hoodwinked. Enter Medivh with his promises of even more unimaginable power (fool me twice, Gul’dan!) and a whole new world called Azeroth where the now-restless Horde can plunder and murder to their little green hearts’ content. Medivh gives Gul’dan the step-by-step instructions on how to build the Dark Portal and, once it’s built, helps open it from the other side.
    • Basically: no demon blood drinking -> no poofing Kil’jaeden -> no Dark Portal Building 101 with Medivh -> no Dark Portal! Do you really believe that Garrosh had the technical/fel magic know-how to make this happen?

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In any case, maybe the new Legion expansion will explain the whole MIA Kil’jaeden question. From the previews, however, this doesn’t seem to be the case. If it doesn’t, well, they’re bringing you-know-who back (o.m.gee), so I doubt many of us will even really care.

As for the book itself, I have mixed feelings about the writing. The first chapter was just horrible, with Velen painted as a giant sap that likes to annoyingly gasp and break down in tears for no real reason. The later chapters are better but, since Thrall is the narrator, 1) the level of detail he managed to dig up is astounding and 2) the Doomhammer prophecy and the mention that one who could be a shaman and lead his people is “a remarkable orc indeed” make him sound a wee bit egotistical. As it stands, I’m gonna go ahead and blame Christie Golden for unintentionally painting him, whom we all know is nothing but humble and self-sacrificing, that way. Case in point, she writes “a Horde, if you will” twice in the book. Twice.

Now can someone PLEASE tell me how I can sign up for the Legion Beta??