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Two weeks ago, we previewed the Legion epilogue quest line in Silithus. Now that Patch 7.3.5 is live, epilogue cinematics for both factions are out! The following article is obviously full of spoilers.

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Alliance Legion Epilogue Cinematic

The cinematic begins to play before you turn in Gifts of the Fallen.

Anduin is giving a speech in Stormwind to formally announce the end of the war. All of a sudden, Mathias Shaw approaches Greymane, telling him that he must speak with the boy-king. Mathias informs Anduin about Goblins mining a mysterious substance in Silithus and gives him a piece of Azerite.

Horde Legion Epilogue Cinematic

Leaders of the Horde gather together for a feast in celebration of their victory over the Burning Legion. Baine is giving a speech and gets interrupted by Gallywix, who requests a private audience with the Dark Lady, show her his Azerite-infused cane and informs Sylvanas about Azerite and ongoing mining operations of the Bilgewater Cartel in Silithus. Baine and Saurfang call Gallywix a rat and there seems to be a growing distrust between the racial leaders of the Horde.

The cinematic starts playing before you turn in A Recent Discovery.

The cinematics were written by Christie Golden.

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Props to MMO-Champion for the videos.

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Both of these are incredible. I just think the horde one was done a bit better. It really shows how much the cinematic team has stepped up recently. Every time they just get better and better.

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Thirteen years ago...I started World of Warcraft as an Orc Warrior finding his place in the world. I chose this race because I believed in the principles of the Horde, which seemed like a strong progressive lot of like minds. The Horde which was reshaped and redefined by Go'el of the Frostwolf Clan. With determination, he was able to unite races and forge relationships with elements of the Alliance. The Horde was fine settling in Durotar, knowing that the Alliance would less likely want to maintain strongholds in a desolate land. For every issue in the story, the Horde has taken in races due to extreme prejudice from the leaders and the people of the Alliance i.e. Blood Elves, Undead (some being true citizens of Lordaeron). However, since the fall of the Lich King and the Cataclysm, the Horde has been written as an negative force within the World of Azeroth. I am gravely disappointed that Blizzard and their writers continue to narrowly forge the Horde into an antagonistic force. We suffered hard with Garrosh and that was a blow to all factions...but now to have Sylvanas follow suit and to cause the same distrust between faction leaders? This isn't great story writing this is just using recycled themes to continue a shoddy story. I think they set it up fairly well for Alliance to finally show some negativity in the story...It would maintain the balance that each faction believes differently and that there is no real good or real bad entity besides the forces in the environment. 

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Joy... and entire expansion about fighting for greed... Is there an old god for that? Because that's what all signs point to.

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2 hours ago, Laragon said:

Joy... and entire expansion about fighting for greed... Is there an old god for that? Because that's what all signs point to.

2 hours ago, Hypersonic said:

Just I'm feel the end of this expansion is just such a bullsh*t?

Every time new content is out, I go back to Il'gynoth's quotes and start speculating about how they apply to it.

"The king of diamonds has been made a pawn."

Magni could be corrupted, but to me it seems that the quote only refers to him being made the Titan's pawn (serving Azeroth). We know how Old Gods hate Titans.

"The lord of ravens will turn the key."

I have a feeling this applies to Khadgar. In the Legion epilogue we learned that he goes back to Karazhan to find a way to cure Azeroth.

"It seems our victory on Argus was a hollow one. With his final blow, Sargeras has done much more than burry his blade in the heart of our world. I had hoped that after the war against the Legion, the people of Azeroth would build a new future together. But now the unity we forged has been shattered. As the life essence of Azeroth bleeds out, the leaders of the Alliance and Horde scramble to claim it as a resource. Blades are drawn, and the tides of war are rising once again. But I will not take up arms against heroes on either side. Not after all we've been through. Instead, I will go to Karazhan and confer with my old mentor, Medivh. Perhaps somewhere in his ancient texts lies the knowledge needed to heal this world. I had best be going. Until next we meet... fare well, champion."

"The boy-king serves at the master's table. Three lies will he offer you."

I'm wondering what lies did Anduin offer us in Legion so far and who is his master? It's obviously about him, because Gul'dan also refers to him as the "boy-king". I'm really curious to see what sets off the Burning of Teldrassil and the Battle for Lordareon. What if the faction conflict is just a blatant distraction and N'zoth grows stronger ever so quickly? We know from the wiki that the Horde attacks first, but why? Is it because of the fight over Azerite, or will Anduin be involved somehow?

"At the hour of her third death, she will usher in our coming."

This one is either about Alleria or Sylvanas. We know that Sylvanas died twice already and from the latest return to Azeroth video, here's what Alleria says:

"Indeed. Sometimes I fell that I have already died twice. Once when we were presumed lost on Draenor, and again when gripped by the shadow of the fallen naaru."

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5 hours ago, Nazamber said:

I am gravely disappointed that Blizzard and their writers continue to narrowly forge the Horde into an antagonistic force. We suffered hard with Garrosh and that was a blow to all factions...but now to have Sylvanas follow suit and to cause the same distrust between faction leaders? This isn't great story writing this is just using recycled themes to continue a shoddy story. I think they set it up fairly well for Alliance to finally show some negativity in the story...It would maintain the balance that each faction believes differently and that there is no real good or real bad entity besides the forces in the environment. 

Eh, not really. A large majority of villains are from "alliance" races. Take all expansions so far. How many final villains were Horde? Only Garrosh in Mists of Pandaria. In The Burning Crusade it was Illidan, while in Wrath of the Lich King it was Arthas.

As a matter of fact Arthas is a prime example of an Alliance character corrupted by power, although technically the Lich King is the spirit of Ner'zhul, who was part of the original Horde from Draenor (so you can say that Arthas as the Lich King is both a alliance/horde villain). On the other hand, the Lich King was a weapon created by The Burning Legion to devastate Azeroth with the Scourge.

Players tend to paint Horde (more technically, the Orcs) as the bad guys because of their viciousness in battle, but in truth they were manipulated by Gul'dan from the start, who in turn was being manipulated by The Burning Legion.

So... In the end pretty much all conflicts were caused either by The Burning Legion or the Old Gods.

I think the new players still tend to see "Alliance as Good" and "Horde as Evil" because of their appearances and settings. Alliance is filled with dem civilized pretty bois, while the Horde has people living in the wild and with a more "tribal" culture (mainly talking about Orcs, Taurens and Trolls).

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7 hours ago, Nazamber said:

Thirteen years ago...I started World of Warcraft as an Orc Warrior finding his place in the world. I chose this race because I believed in the principles of the Horde, which seemed like a strong progressive lot of like minds. The Horde which was reshaped and redefined by Go'el of the Frostwolf Clan. With determination, he was able to unite races and forge relationships with elements of the Alliance. The Horde was fine settling in Durotar, knowing that the Alliance would less likely want to maintain strongholds in a desolate land. For every issue in the story, the Horde has taken in races due to extreme prejudice from the leaders and the people of the Alliance i.e. Blood Elves, Undead (some being true citizens of Lordaeron). However, since the fall of the Lich King and the Cataclysm, the Horde has been written as an negative force within the World of Azeroth. I am gravely disappointed that Blizzard and their writers continue to narrowly forge the Horde into an antagonistic force. We suffered hard with Garrosh and that was a blow to all factions...but now to have Sylvanas follow suit and to cause the same distrust between faction leaders? This isn't great story writing this is just using recycled themes to continue a shoddy story. I think they set it up fairly well for Alliance to finally show some negativity in the story...It would maintain the balance that each faction believes differently and that there is no real good or real bad entity besides the forces in the environment. 

You hit the point spot on. This is something that many other people, including me, agree on completely. I just really hope they stop with 'Horde is bad' and go more on the side of either the alliance now, or better yet, everyone being responsible. 

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I hesistate to defend Goblins of all things, but just pointing out that Gallywix and the horde are technically doing nothing wrong.   Silithus is a desert which was ruled by C'thun and his minions ages ago, and isn't currently claimed by anyone as far as I know; hell the Golbins in gadgetstan are the closest "civilization" iirc.    They found a new ore and are mining it.

Now, is the alliance justified in being suspicious of the goblins and wondering about the new ore?   Sure, absolutely.    I'm wondering what the initial fight will be though; is it going to turn into Anduin ordering an attack to claim the Azerite, or Sylvannas preemptively burning the world tree.

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On 1/17/2018 at 6:41 PM, Migol said:

I hesistate to defend Goblins of all things, but just pointing out that Gallywix and the horde are technically doing nothing wrong.   Silithus is a desert which was ruled by C'thun and his minions ages ago, and isn't currently claimed by anyone as far as I know; hell the Golbins in gadgetstan are the closest "civilization" iirc.    They found a new ore and are mining it.

Now, is the alliance justified in being suspicious of the goblins and wondering about the new ore?   Sure, absolutely.    I'm wondering what the initial fight will be though; is it going to turn into Anduin ordering an attack to claim the Azerite, or Sylvannas preemptively burning the world tree.

Oh, I never trusted Goblins the moment they entered the Horde. They have always been a race looking out for themselves. If you look into Nobbel87's breakdown of Kezan and the Goblins and doing the Goblin starting zone, its actually kind of weird how we even got the Goblins. I mean Gallywix tried to assassinate Thrall. (The story between End of Wrath and WoD has been all over the place. I mean why is the Horde getting Mag'har orcs from the AU? None of the time traveling stuff even remotely makes sense...but somehow we are getting those Orcs. )

I do agree with Saurfang. "Nothing ever good comes out of Silithus" but that's the problem I am getting at. The writers are writing the Horde into these situations and making them look terrible as well as constantly split. The Goblins don't have to be written like they are serving Deathwing again but for some reason they want to make them untrustworthy but somehow necessary to the Horde. (I would be completely fine if the Kezan dungeon was to kill Gallywix and replace him with Gazlowe).

All I am saying is that the Alliance for once in an expansion need to somehow show their true flaws. With majority of the leaders blindly following the light and Illidan's revelation on that both the light and the void have very narrow ideas, all of the decisions that they made based on the light should show its repercussions.

 

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