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Patch 5.4: Destruction of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:54 PM

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Sealed shut for many years to outsiders, the Vale of Eternal Blossoms has been the physical and spiritual center of Pandaria and a place of great beauty and reverence—but something has gone horribly wrong, and this once beautiful, seemingly untouchable land has been deeply and irrevocably scarred.


With the war between the Alliance and the Horde in full swing, Warchief Garrosh Hellscream ordered a goblin dig team to set to work searching for an artifact buried deep within the heart of the Vale (see the Dark Heart of Pandaria Scenario). Ignoring the warnings of Taran Zhu, they began to dig within the Big Blossom Excavation site. What they found there may have been more than they bargained for.


Deep within the site, in a long-buried secret vault created by the Titans, Garrosh discovered a power that had long been thought locked away and untouchable: the heart of Y’shaarj. The story of what happens next unfolds in the upcoming content update, Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar.


Perhaps Not so Eternal


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The events brought about by the discovery of the artifact have drastically and dramatically changed the Vale. Where Whitepetal Lake once glimmered like a jewel, now there remains only a dried, dusty husk. With many of the lakes and rivers of the vale now devoid of water, even the Jeweled Danio have gone. (Though never fear! The industrious cloud serpents have rescued them and relocated them to the Timeless Isle, where they can thrive once more.)


The Lay of the Land


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In the wake of this destruction, the process of entering the Vale of Eternal Blossoms for the first time remains largely the same, though the quest leading there has been slightly updated to reflect the changes that have occurred. Adventurers will no longer be ushered into the full splendor of the Vale as it once was, but will instead bear witness to the tainted landscape the war between the Alliance and the Horde has left behind.


Beyond just the physical appearance of the land changing, new residents have taken root in the Vale, and old ones have gained more ground. Within the Summer Fields, Big Blossom Excavation, and the Emperor’s Approach, Vestiges of Pride ooze and slide over the land.


Within the Guo-Lai Ruins, Manifestations of Pride fight mogu. Even the Golden Stair lay in smoking ruin, and the mogu have moved north to Ruin’s Rise and into Winterbough Glade, ousting the sprites and spiders that once lay in wait. (Congratulations arachnophobes, the spiders are gone, save for one . . . a big one. You thought you got rid of her? The Ashweb Matriarch Bloodtip is not so easily ousted.)


Mistfall Village still stands to the southwest, and the spirits of the pandaren monks and the mogu continue their eternal battle within the Tu Shen Burial Grounds to the south, seemingly untouched by the events Garrosh’s machinations have wrought within the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.


Questing in the Vale



For those continuing their adventures within the Vale, there remains little evidence of the grand pagoda where the Golden Lotus once set heroes to task. No longer do they stand in watch against the mogu, and their enemies have spread even farther into the Vale. There is a way to continue earning reputation with these stalwart defenders, though. By killing many of the creatures within the Vale and taking on rare monsters, you’ll continue to earn reputation and Guo-Lai cache keys to unlock treasure chests within the ruins.


For those who have yet to earn the Achievement “Eternally in the Vale”, time is running out! Once Patch 5.4 is launched, this Achievement will become a Feat of Strength and will no longer be possible to earn. This is also your last opportunity to experience the Golden Lotus reputation story line, advanced at Honored, Revered, and Exalted.


Daily quests will still be available from the Setting Sun Garrison, though there were will be fewer of them as the Shado-Pan continue to train and fight the mantid at the wall as is their sworn duty.


What has happened in the Vale has left a scar, but the threat that lies within Garrosh’s discovery will spread beyond Pandaria’s shores.


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 08:50 PM

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I am highly disappointed with Blizzard and their sense of destroying the different game zones.

Edited by WeeWilly, 16 August 2013 - 08:52 PM.

Posted 17 August 2013 - 07:44 PM

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I do agree,

I found cata to be a new touch to an old world, which was ok. but this is getting ridiculous.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:06 AM

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I think that the Destruction of the Vale is somewhat more deeper than it seems.

The once mighty bastion of daily quests is now forever doomed!

Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:09 AM

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I kind of like it. I have a feeling it will be reverted back to its original state after 5.4 when we take Garrosh out. So far, i have actually enjoyed the story line and raids of this expansion.

Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:37 AM

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I have mixed feelings.

 

On a purely storyline/lore perspective, it works. It drive's Garrosh's hate quotient through the roof. It forces every single Pandaria native to sit up and take notice on what they've been sitting on for so many years, and how the consequences of ignoring (and forgetting) about it can be so completely devastating.

 

But there's also a more practical side of me that wonders if we can accomplish these goals without wiping out so many nice quest lines. I've finished "Eternally in the Vale" and killed Zhao-Jin on four toons. I don't NEED to do it on a fifth, but if I had enough time before the quest line goes bye-bye-- I would, because I enjoyed the storyline, and I really loved the quest The Might of Three, especially on my bear druid, and I have a feeling I'd love it equally well on my tankadin. But she just hit 90 two or three days ago and with the limited amount of time I have to play, I doubt I can get all the way to exalted if the patch goes live on the 27th as many are claiming is rumored.

 

So, I'm split. I see it working on a storyline level, but I wish they'd stop turning so many nice achievements into FOS'es and stop permanently removing so many really great quest lines.

Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:43 PM

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I think it's a shame to see these nice quest lines go, but I think that, on too many occasions, parts of the game were not following the state of the lore. I mean, look at the Eastern Plaguelands. We've defeated the Lich King more than 3 years ago, and there are still abominations roaming in the area tongue.png

What I'm trying to say is that removing things when they no longer make sense from a Lore perspective forces players to actually do the content when it's current. It's always nice to catch up a bit when you're a latecomer, but not on things that make no sense.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:30 PM

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I think it's a shame to see these nice quest lines go, but I think that, on too many occasions, parts of the game were not following the state of the lore. I mean, look at the Eastern Plaguelands. We've defeated the Lich King more than 3 years ago, and there are still abominations roaming in the area tongue.png

 

There are more demons running around Outland, too, than there should be after we sent them crying back home to Sargeras in BC haha

 

I hear you on your points, but sometimes I think they overdo it. Or maybe they just have a really REALLY bad talent for picking too many of the quest lines I really liked, for the elimination axe.

Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:41 PM

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What I'm trying to say is that removing things when they no longer make sense from a Lore perspective forces players to actually do the content when it's current. It's always nice to catch up a bit when you're a latecomer, but not on things that make no sense.

 

 

 

Actually Damien, Blizzard stopped following the lore of Warcraft when they brought out TBC.

 

Ever since then, they have been in made up mode something terrible. I remember a friend of mine had 6 WOW accounts. When TBC came out, he was on a rant about the lore changes and deleted every account. He has never been back on.

 

I was hoping that the Cata destruction would be repaired. Broken towers in SW, the Loch Modan dam another, the fires in West Falls, etc. But sadly, no.

 

At least I will have 1 toon exalted (more like exhausted) and that one tool bought before the rain of hell fire on such a beautiful area.

Edited by WeeWilly, 21 August 2013 - 10:46 PM.

Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:53 PM

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Actually Damien, Blizzard stopped following the lore of Warcraft when they brought out TBC.
 
Ever since then, they have been in made up mode something terrible. I remember a friend of mine had 6 WOW accounts. When TBC came out, he was on a rant about the lore changes and deleted every account. He has never been back on.
 
I was hoping that the Cata destruction would be repaired. Broken towers in SW, the Loch Modan dam another, the fires in West Falls, etc. But sadly, no.
 
At least I will have 1 toon exalted (more like exhausted) and that one tool bought before the rain of hell fire on such a beautiful area.


Yeah, I'm wondering what they're waiting for. I mean, it can't be hard to repair these things.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:15 PM

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They DID repair the Stormwind Towers. I think that was done in Patch 5.2? They also finished the work on the front of Orgrimmar at that point. All the felgerkarb that was making the Brewfest ram runs such a pain on the Horde side because they obstructed view of the apple crates, is now gone.

 

Repairing the PARK... I'd say they could have cleaned it up some. But remember what happened when Varian Wrynn had the Stonemasons rebuild the city after the Third War? That could explain why the fires in Westfall are still there. Westfall has ALWAYS been the eyesore of the human lands :(

Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:01 PM

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On a sidenote, does anyone know if Alani can still be farmable ? Try as I might, I have had crap luck at getting the skyshards and I doubt I will be able to get them by the 10th.

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