Starym

A Found Memento: Raising a King

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The alliance got a new cinematic in 7.2 which we're sure you've checked out (even us Hordies) and Blizzard has just featured it, adding insight into the making of the cinematic itself, the quest leading up to it, the timing of it as well as the characters in it. So, if you missed it the first time check out all the additional info, and if you didn't make sure to watch it again, it's definitely worth it.

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For those of the Alliance, the loss of King Varian Wrynn at the Broken Shore continues to echo throughout Azeroth. But for his son, Anduin Wrynn, that loss is felt most keenly as he faces not only the loss of a father, but takes on new responsibilities as a king. 

Whether Horde or Alliance, we didn’t want you to miss seeing the culmination of the Alliance-only quest line A Found Memento and witnessing the rise of the new King of Stormwind.

In-game Cinematic Team Insights:

This was a story we had been wanting to share for a while, but hadn’t yet arrived at the right moment in the expansion to tell it. When things fell apart at the Broken Shore, it felt like there were many things left unsaid and unfinished for Anduin—and for the community as well. We went from the death of a king during the horrific clash at the Broken Shore, right into a battle for Azeroth’s very survival against the Burning Legion. There was no time to grieve for Anduin. However, with our return to the Broken Shore in Patch 7.2, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to revisit the young Wrynn’s storyline, and reveal to the audience that he’s still struggling to find his place as a king and coming to terms with the death of his father. 

Knowing the story we wanted to tell in this cinematic, the quest team took the initiative to craft a robust quest line leading up to it, building and amplifying the emotional context for the cutscene. For those who have had the opportunity to play through it, there’s significant impact as we gain insight into what Anduin is experiencing—you see the people of Stormwind sharing their unvarnished feelings and doubts about Anduin as their new king. You witness some of the same skepticism conveyed by Genn Greymane—who, in his own gruff way, has stepped in as a father figure to the young king—and Velen, who has been his friend and mentor in the way of the Light on his journey to priesthood. Hearing these doubts led Anduin to make a firm decision: “I must see the Broken Shore for myself.”

The rest of the tale is told within the cinematic. Everyone who worked on it is incredibly thankful that, after all that has happened, we had the opportunity to say “goodbye” to King Varian Wrynn, and reveal a glimpse of what lies ahead for King Anduin Wrynn.

Key Character Bios

Anduin Wrynn

Anduin Wrynn —King of Stormwind
“There will be peace. One day.”

The son of Tiffin and the late King Varian Wrynn, Anduin Llane Wrynn has ascended the throne in Stormwind to take on the mantle of leader after the loss of his father. Anduin continues to struggle with his role in a world rife with brutality and war, but is working to reconcile his yearning for peace and the necessity of war. Learn more about Anduin’s story here.

Genn Greymane

Genn Greymane – King of Gilneas
“A monster lurks in my veins… Threaten my people, and it will be the last thing you ever see.”

After spending many years of isolation and abjectly refusing to rejoin the Alliance, Genn Greymane and his nation suffered a horrifying curse, transforming some Gilneans—including Greymane–into bloodthirsty wolf-beasts known as worgen. Their long seclusion behind their wall ended when Sylvanas and her Forsaken invaded the weakened kingdom and wreaked great destruction upon them. Gilneas suffered great losses—including the death of Genn’s own son, Liam. Rather than crumble, Greymane has focused his efforts on securing peace for the Alliance intent on one day reclaiming his lost kingdom. Learn more of Genn Greymane’s story here.

Velen

Velen, Leader of the Draenei
“Where faith dwells, hope is never lost.”

Velen is the spiritual leader of the draenei—a people once a part of the eredar—who have long been in exile from their homeworld of Argus. Velen was able to foresee the perils of following Sargeras and eventually led his people to make landfall in Azeroth. A paragon of the Holy Light, he continues to fight against the Burning Legion as a voice of wisdom for the Alliance.

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Holy shit. This gave me the epic chills on my spine. Anduin's Theme has such power, it is one of the best, if not the best song in the entire Warcraft franchise. It conveys so much emotion. I still remember the feeling when I heard it for the very first time, during the cinematic when Varian perishes.

I know a lot of people hate Anduin, but he, of all characters in the game, is the one that showed true character development and growth, rivaling even Thrall. I can't wait to see him become much more of a badass.

Quoting a fellow commenter: "Anduin has evolved into Manduin".

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"Velen is the spiritual leader of the draenei—a people once a part of the eredar—who have long been in exile from their homeworld of Argus. Velen was able to foresee the perils of following Sargeras and eventually led his people to make landfall in Azeroth. A paragon of the Holy Light, he continues to fight against the Burning Legion as a voice of wisdom for the Alliance."

So did they just decide to totally ignore the "tell them the light died this day...we're going home" part of the quests we did?

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20 minutes ago, Migol said:

So did they just decide to totally ignore the "tell them the light died this day...we're going home" part of the quests we did?

I was thinking the same. Maybe it was just the heat of the moment. They did kill his son, after all.

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On ‎5‎/‎17‎/‎2017 at 2:40 PM, Valhalen said:

Holy shit. This gave me the epic chills on my spine. Anduin's Theme has such power, it is one of the best, if not the best song in the entire Warcraft franchise. It conveys so much emotion. I still remember the feeling when I heard it for the very first time, during the cinematic when Varian perishes.

I know a lot of people hate Anduin, but he, of all characters in the game, is the one that showed true character development and growth, rivaling even Thrall. I can't wait to see him become much more of a badass.

Quoting a fellow commenter: "Anduin has evolved into Manduin".

I loved the cinamatic!  I agree that Anduin has had a lot of character growth and that the dev's have done a fantastic job with his story.  I have always loved the dynamic between father and son and with the loss of Varian, I am glad to see that Anduin is attempting to step up and fill his father's shoes.

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