This is worrying to me. The big reason that I don't like the books/novellas is because they contain canonical events that affect the canonical events that happen in-game. It sucked, but at least I knew that the things I see in-game actually happened.But now you're telling me that in-game plot events have the potential to be totally different from what actually happened? How can I be expected to take anything that happens in-game at face value at this point?
Goddamnit Blizzard. You put vital information in a book again, twice.Sylvanas' initial motivation actually makes sense now, because she and Saurfang are addressing that Genn tried to assassinate her, and that Anduin didn't punish him. He can't control those around him.And more importantly, her literal motivation for the burning. The cinematic without this context looks like a childish outrage after a night elf made her mad, but with the context of her knowing and pondering that Saurfang didn't kill Malfurion, it suddenly becomes her failing to snuff out their hope via Malfurion, and resorting to the tree instead.
Ah, why are you guys trying to examine this garbage writing? This is just nothing but MoP 2.0. Also please stop working with Nobbel. Removed.
@PerculiaThanks for this, also what happened to Lorash? Did Malfurion kill him.
Thanks @Perculia for your detailed analysis. It's sad that the story-telling ingame is so minimalist that it will leave you puzzled.
While it does give some background as to why sylvanas did what she did, it doesn't change the fact it was such a poorly written mess. This whole thing is happening because sylvanas is paranoid, and blizzard wants us to believe the horde is fine with it, ehich makes no sense.Also that exert about saurfang just makes things worse, because for someone who keeps talking about honor and not repeating the past, he sure allows himself to be in a position to let history repeat itself a lot, and he is making questionable choices.
I like that the book excerpts still show Sylvanas as cold and logical - but, being undead, her logic is inherently flawed when applied to the living, which leads to her "United Horde, Splintered Alliance" plan to transform into "United Alliance, Splintered Horde" in reality. I am just annoyed that something of the sort has to be shown outside of the game, where most players probably won't see it.However, I am still wary of the general story - both War of the Thorns and then Battle for Azeroth - and, after pre-event is over, will stay away until I see clearly where all of this is heading. I don't like the fact that it feels like Sylvanas is being set against everyone - the Alliance, certain elements of the Horde, Elune, possibly Bolvar and who knows who else.Edit: Sylvanas has always been a controversial figure, but I am sure that after the latest events a lot of players have taken a certain position regarding her character. I know both Horde and Alliance players who love her and want her to remain the Warchief or at least survive BfA. I also know and have seen many (from both factions) call for her head. I can not see Blizzard pulling off something to please both groups. Even if she sacrifices her life heroically, she is still dead and it would be on her terms versus via players' intervention.
I'm still really confused how Sylvanas thinks that capturing Darnassus would stop the smuggling of Azurite while leaving the Exodar right next to it intact. Unless she plans to move against Velen next and burn that down as well? Until she does this the Alliance still has a strong port on Kalimdor not to mention we now have a space ship with a giant cannon on it thanks to the Lightforged Drenai.
Better than what is in game, still not good though. Just less ludicrous.Also, annoys me even more that all that is put outside of the game... I like my WC books but not at the cost of the storytelling in game.
Whoever made the decision to not put such important information in the game should really reconsider his job .....
Not gonna lie, the part with Astarii and the priestesses staying behind to soothe the passing of the remaining civilians was pretty sad.Very nice summary, guys!