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A Found Memento: Raising a King
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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 —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 – 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, 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.

Serenity Stops Raiding, Players Join Method
Several players from Serenity have left the guild to join Method, causing Serenity to discontinue raiding.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
As many of you have been aware, this tuesday evening we all suffered some sad turn of events.

I'll try to keep this post as short and on-topic as possible, but I feel like I owe it to all of the fans (and haters) that I and my guild Serenity have had in the past couple of years.

When we disbanded from Method in the beginning it was to make a raiding environment of people that shared the same interest in the game and that had the same desire to be the best. At first (during HFC farm) we accomplished that. We had a group of 25 players who all had numerous WF's on the record and we were looking strong as hell going into Legion.

As things progressed during the endless HFC farm that it was, people started quitting. We lost 3 noteably worthy players in Berrek, Sonie, and later on Zaelia, which was a huge blow for us. All 3 due to IRL commitments, which is only natural.

We kept going on as a guild trying to find the right players, but it was hard and it took a lot of effort on all of us. The stability of a core roster (especially your healers) is just the key to every top guilds' success.

Anyways. Enough about our roster issues over the years. Haters are gonna say its our own fault because we have a hostile environment or whatever lame-ass-hating comment you might have, and i'm glad you feel that way, because it means we were doing something right :-)

Now, personally. I wanna thank all of the 50+ players we've had in Serenity since we formed it, I wanna thank all of the fans, the friends, the viewers, the followers on social media and our sponsors we've had, I hope you all will still follow the race, follow MY friends that I've played with for the past 2 years and I hope you'll keep being awesome, because for a guy whos competing for a world first, theres nothing sweeter than when you get a cheer on the back from you guys following the wow PvE scene.

I know as i'm writing this post and as you guys might feel on my tone this is the end of my online "career". I will officially retire from the game with a heavy heart as the goal we set out to reach never got reached (the world first), however I have so many good memories that I will cherish forever.

To end it off with, thank you to Method for the motivation you've brought since we split up, and thank you for our times back in the day before we ditched. Props to you Sco for building the brand you've always talked about - I've been in it and I wanna give a massive kudos of respect to you for not burning out.

And lastly but not least I wanna give a shoutout to the friends that I met through this WoW process, particularly Leeds, Rogerbrown (all hates about your poaching aside), Pottm, Fragnance, Mike, Ted, Bodari, Ashvael, and Zeuzonita of course.



PTR Development Notes - Build 24116
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This week’s PTR update enables the Deaths of Chromie scenario for testing! You’ll find her looking for help in Dalaran. We’re really looking forward to hearing your feedback, so please give it a try and let us know what you think in the dedicated feedback thread.

Later this week, we’ll be starting up some more raid testing for Mythic Tomb of Sargeras. We’ll also be opening Tomb for Raid Finder testing over the weekend. We’ll have more details soon – keep an eye out if you’d like to participate.

Also of note in this build are a few more class changes, including a fairly substantial round of updates for Subtlety Rogues. Again, please give them a try on the PTR and let us know what you think.

Thanks as always, and happy testing!

Raid Testing Schedule - May 18-19
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Thursday and Friday, May 18-19, we will be conducting Mythic raid testing of Tomb of Sargeras bosses.

Thursday, May 18

Goroth - Mythic Tomb of Sargeras
13:00 PST (16:00 EST, 22:00 CET)

Demonic Inquisition - Mythic Tomb of Sargeras
14:00 PST (17:00 EST, 23:00 CET)

Friday, May 19

Sisters of the Moon - Mythic Tomb of Sargeras
13:00 PST (16:00 EST, 22:00 CET)

Mistress Sassz'ine - Mythic Tomb of Sargeras
14:00 PST (17:00 EST, 23:00 CET)

After testing concludes on Friday, we plan to open Raid Finder Tomb of Sargeras over the weekend.

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Christie Golden Working at Blizzard
Christie Golden is heading to work at Blizzard for a while!

This article was originally published in forum thread: A Found Memento, Serenity Stops Raiding, Players Join Method, Upcoming Raid Testing started by chaud View original post
Comments 95 Comments
  1. Fynnlagh's Avatar
    I respect Christie Golden for her work, but I don't like it. She has a terrible alliance bias and most of the books I read from her (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde, Beyond the Dark Portal, Jaina Proudmoore) had no real arc of suspense. Yeah, it's just an opinion, but my guess is we see a lot of Alliance stuff with her in the back.
  1. Lobosan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Partysaurus Rex View Post
    So another top end guild falls apart, and Christie Golden goes from being contracted to write shitty novels for Blizzard to a full time staff (presumably writer) for Blizzard... have they actually read the trash she has produced for them?
    Yeah, they have. They were advertising an open writer spot on their website for months. I guess she was the one who took it.

    But hey, at least the lore will get decidedly less fangirly and consisten----

    ----HAHAHAAH no I'm sorry, I couldn't say it with a straight face.
  1. Fynnlagh's Avatar
    About this video... Is the Horde still fighting against the Legion or .. they still looking for a new usefull warchief?
  1. SinR's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fynnlagh View Post
    About this video... Is the Horde still fighting against the Legion or .. they still looking for a new usefull warchief?
    Video was meant to give some lore about Anduin outside of the books, tie up loose ends, and offer a bit of closure for the death of Varian like how Sylvanas had her cinematic on Horde side dealing with the death of Vol'jin and being thrust into the role of leader of the Horde.

    Regarding Serenity... Meh.
  1. Killmaim Deathbringer's Avatar
    crusty goldhen is dah best
  1. Heladys's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Partysaurus Rex View Post
    So another top end guild falls apart, and Christie Golden goes from being contracted to write shitty novels for Blizzard to a full time staff (presumably writer) for Blizzard... have they actually read the trash she has produced for them?
    She's full-time horrible.

    Sure, she's told what to write and so her hands are tied narratively, but she's still the one putting out garbage for a paycheck.
  1. derpkitteh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Heladys View Post
    I guess with Metzen gone they needed to restock the shelves with terrible writers.
    the only bad thing that i recall from her blizzard books was that fucking travesty of a trial, and don't think that was her fault really. it wouldn't have happened if blizzard didn't want it.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sorrowful Gondola View Post
    Why so much hate for Christie... she is a decent witter.
    bolded the reason
  1. Cazmosis's Avatar
    Yeah, but does Kuznam have WF Wyrmtongue chests done like me?? DOUBT IT!!

    Am I getting poached by Method now!?

    Seriously, go get a gym membership or something dude

    OH NO AM I A HATER??

    ..he must have done something right #logic
  1. Spacewalrus2010's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    bolded the reason
    It can't be that they don't like her work? Never heard of her till now to be honest, but everyone's criticisms are centered around her being a poor writer.

    Not that I care whether she is good or not. Apparently she's been writing quite a few Warcraft related books which I've never had the inclination to read in the first place.
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Or they could of hired the person who wrote the 50 Shades of Crap novels, if you want horrible writing that series is beyond terrible..
  1. Darth Dracula's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    bolded the reason
    /yawn. Why is it any form of criticism against an artists work is instantly invalidated these days if they are a Woman. She has written quite a few good books but she has also written some shit house ones. People are allowed to be wary of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacewalrus2010 View Post
    It can't be that they don't like her work? Never heard of her till now to be honest, but everyone's criticisms are centered around her being a poor writer.

    Not that I care whether she is good or not. Apparently she's been writing quite a few Warcraft related books which I've never had the inclination to read in the first place.
    She has wrote some good ones, Her Star Wars novels were pretty good, and half of her Warcraft ones are, but some just feel like they have a lack of any meaningful story that could easily be explained with 2 boxes of text in game.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Dracula View Post
    /yawn. Why is it any form of criticism against an artists work is instantly invalidated these days if they are a Woman. She has written quite a few good books but she has also written some shit house ones. People are allowed to be wary of that.

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    She has wrote some good ones, Her Star Wars novels were pretty good, and half of her Warcraft ones are, but some just feel like they have a lack of any meaningful story that could easily be explained with 2 boxes of text in game.
    more of just i havent really heard any reasons why her writing is bad other then "she makes the lore all girly and ships everyone"
  1. Soeroah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    more of just i havent really heard any reasons why her writing is bad other then "she makes the lore all girly and ships everyone"
    I seriously saw one comment somewhere that blamed her for

    1) Garrosh being a villain

    2) Jaina x Kalec

    3) Jaina going through "menopause"

    Do people seriously think the writers have that kind of freedom? Do they think these writers call Blizzard and go "hey got a story idea" and Blizzard just goes DAMN IT, sighs and allows them to use their property without limitation?
  1. Not A Cat's Avatar
    I like Christie, so far the only books I disliked were The Shattering and Twilight of the Aspects. I thought War Crimes was great though.

    Hard to top Arthas and Lord of the Clans, but either way I'm always glad to see her working with Blizz


    Edit: To be fair, I'm not much of a novel critic. I liked a lot of Knaak's books but he's hated by everyone it seems. I can understand hating War of the Ancients, but I thought the rest of his works were pretty good.
  1. Darth Dracula's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    more of just i havent really heard any reasons why her writing is bad other then "she makes the lore all girly and ships everyone"
    I've never really seen her make it girly or do much shipping. But some have simply lacked a solid story or substance.

    Like said shes done some good ones, but that shouldn't remove criticism of her bad ones.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Dracula View Post
    I've never really seen her make it girly or do much shipping. But some have simply lacked a solid story or substance.

    Like said shes done some good ones, but that shouldn't remove criticism of her bad ones.
    "But hey, at least the lore will get decidedly less fangirly and consisten----

    ----HAHAHAAH no I'm sorry, I couldn't say it with a straight face.'

    "So, soap opears incoming directly into MMO now? Who's gpnna be first pair she'll ship?"

    2 examples i found in seconds
    if people could give me examples and reasons why they dont like her other then "she ships everyone, makes it all girly fanfiction"
  1. Darth Dracula's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    "But hey, at least the lore will get decidedly less fangirly and consisten----

    ----HAHAHAAH no I'm sorry, I couldn't say it with a straight face.'

    "So, soap opears incoming directly into MMO now? Who's gpnna be first pair she'll ship?"

    2 examples i found in seconds
    if people could give me examples and reasons why they dont like her other then "she ships everyone, makes it all girly fanfiction"
    "But some have simply lacked a solid story or substance." I literally said it in the post you quoted. Some of her Stories just feel Bland, as in the events feel like they are unimportant, or too focused on one character which loses the impact on other characters in the story which makes their personal journey feel like it lacks substance as the characters around them feel like faceless plot advancement.

    Some relationships she has placed between characters feel forced as a way to continue a story yet seem pointless after the fact yet they try to keep the relationships important, when they mostly felt like a deus ex machina required just to get them out of a situation.

    As said, she has many good stories, but some of them feel like Blizzard gave her a premise with a tight range of characters and she just had to "make it work".

    Though at the end of the day, shes a far better than Knaak ever was.
  1. Gadzooks's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fynnlagh View Post
    I respect Christie Golden for her work, but I don't like it. She has a terrible alliance bias and most of the books I read from her (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde, Beyond the Dark Portal, Jaina Proudmoore) had no real arc of suspense. Yeah, it's just an opinion, but my guess is we see a lot of Alliance stuff with her in the back.
    I'm guessing Jaina is taking a big role in the next expansion, which could be a Kul Tiras tie in. But I don't like how she writes Jaina.

    Oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grexly75 View Post
    Or they could of hired the person who wrote the 50 Shades of Crap novels, if you want horrible writing that series is beyond terrible..
    Or Dan Brown, who writes novels set in places like The Louvre and Paris - and doesn't describe them, at all.

    Dan Brown is my hack writer gauge, you can't get hackier than him. It still mystifies me so people people enjoyed his shit books.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Dracula View Post
    "But some have simply lacked a solid story or substance." I literally said it in the post you quoted. Some of her Stories just feel Bland, as in the events feel like they are unimportant, or too focused on one character which loses the impact on other characters in the story which makes their personal journey feel like it lacks substance as the characters around them feel like faceless plot advancement.

    Some relationships she has placed between characters feel forced as a way to continue a story yet seem pointless after the fact yet they try to keep the relationships important, when they mostly felt like a deus ex machina required just to get them out of a situation.

    As said, she has many good stories, but some of them feel like Blizzard gave her a premise with a tight range of characters and she just had to "make it work".

    Though at the end of the day, shes a far better than Knaak ever was.
    can you give examples of these?
    i havent run into these but i also havent read all the books in along time

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