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  1. #21
    Heart of the Aspects wasn't a hint, they used the skeleton of the MoP dragons because presumably they'd just started making them at the time. The skeleton was then skinned to look like the glowy thing the Dragon Soul shot at Deathwing.

    So unless you're saying the Fey Dragon uses a model that is recognisably something else which points to a specific expansion, then no it's not the same thing at all.

    In short, it's a cool looking mount and maybe Blizzard has a purpose for it and maybe not, but no it isn't a hint of the next expansion. Blizzard doesn't drop hints, they would tell you if they wanted you to know.

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    And yet Dawn of the Aspects says the Rift of Aln is disturbing and looking for another Nightmare Lord. I don't think we'll get whole era about the Dream but something slightly related.
    1) Book lore, blecch.
    2) Generic story hook left around in case they ever want to revisit it - which they keep saying they don't.
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    2) Generic story hook left around in case they ever want to revisit it - which they keep saying they don't.
    When did they say they don't want to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Etrigan View Post
    I can not see Blizzard jumping into ED straight after MoP. They're way too similar.
    They're not even close. The only segue is that Ancients and Celestials are confirmed as one in the same, but it appears they have their Timeless Isle, which has a lot of similarities to the Emerald Dream. That said the Emerald Dream makes far more interesting subject matter than yet another stupid, moronic storyline involving a Legion invasion .

    imo the only way a Legion expansion would be new and exciting is if the made Velen, Mr. Army of the Light and Prophet BSer extraordinaire a Herald for the Legion and the one who masterminded the whole plan to get all the Legion's enemies in one area and crush it (with his dopey, stomach churning Army of Light crap).

    If they did that, then bring it on cause wow what a twist. Otherwise who cares about the crappy, weak, legion and their pathetic attempts to attack Azeroth yet again.
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    Just popping in to say this:


    Anyone who says the Rift of Aln and the Emerald Nightmare are dealt with is wrong and should stop spreading misinformation.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Etrigan View Post
    I can not see Blizzard jumping into ED straight after MoP. They're way too similar.
    Unless it's countered with Azshara/N'zoth and some South Seas type stuff. That might be enough to make the difference. Still, I think Burning Legion is more likely.

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    but no it isn't a hint of the next expansion. Blizzard doesn't drop hints, they would tell you if they wanted you to know.
    Then whats the deal with the fey dragons and mushroom circle in Tirisfal? Thats a lot of Emerald Dream hints

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    Possible theory is that you are right and its related to the Burning Legion using an Emerald dream portal to attack Azeroth, perhaps in a 5.5 patch.

    This could set up a possible Invasion of the Burning Legion xpac, using emerald dream portals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adeivus View Post
    While true, there is something interesting to note.

    Take a look at the four Celestials. They're based off the Four Symbols, mythological creatures and constellations. There, the four are the Azure Dragon Qinglong (East), the Vermilion Bird Zhuque (South), the White Tiger Baihu (West), and Black Tortoise Xuanwu (North). Their counterparts in the Celestials moved around a bit, changed color and animal (Azure to Jade, Tiger from West to North, Tortoise to Ox, etc), but the connection is there.

    However, there is sometimes a fifth Guardian Beast that joins those four: Huang Long, the Yellow Dragon.

    Now, I'm not saying its a hint, but it is kind of curious, wouldn't you say?
    This post was largely overlooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talthun View Post
    Heart of the aspects and the faery dragon mount are both epic flying mounts released at or near the end of an expansion. Celestial Steed was the standard raid theme mount of Ulduar so that's completely irrelevant.

    Folks, the heart of the aspects might not be exactly like the cloud serpents, but it's still a serpentine dragon that's very similar. With blizzard's tendency to drop subtle hints and their fondness of reusing models/animations, it's still highly plausible that this thing relates to the next expansion.

    EDIT: Oops forgot about the stormcrow too. Yet more potential evidence.
    Now you're just reaching.

    Like someone else said, I think Mists and the possible Emerald Dream are too similar. We've had our "pretty" expansion, I think we'll go back to the ugly for awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eon Drache View Post
    This post was largely overlooked.
    I'll look at it

    Quote Originally Posted by Adeivus View Post
    While true, there is something interesting to note.

    Take a look at the four Celestials. They're based off the Four Symbols, mythological creatures and constellations. There, the four are the Azure Dragon Qinglong (East), the Vermilion Bird Zhuque (South), the White Tiger Baihu (West), and Black Tortoise Xuanwu (North). Their counterparts in the Celestials moved around a bit, changed color and animal (Azure to Jade, Tiger from West to North, Tortoise to Ox, etc), but the connection is there.

    However, there is sometimes a fifth Guardian Beast that joins those four: Huang Long, the Yellow Dragon.

    Now, I'm not saying its a hint, but it is kind of curious, wouldn't you say?
    That is an interesting connection, but the gold color of it was just a color established in Twilight of the Aspects novel. The combined Dragon Aspects power created gold, so they made a gold dragon. One with a unique model so they could sell it.

    Huang Long will actually kind of be in-game next patch, Shaohao rep can give a Heavenly Golden Cloud Serpent, Shao hao being next to the four celestials on the timeless isle. I'd consider that mount closer to Haung Long than the Heart of the Aspects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanzlee View Post
    from: http://www.wowpedia.org/Heart_of_the_Aspects

    so no it had nothing to do with mop and was not a hint.
    Well, the model was based on the asian dragons from MoP, you can't deny that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strangewayes View Post
    Possible theory is that you are right and its related to the Burning Legion using an Emerald dream portal to attack Azeroth, perhaps in a 5.5 patch.

    This could set up a possible Invasion of the Burning Legion xpac, using emerald dream portals.
    This would be my guess as well, or an Emerald Dream v2.0 meets the legion. Fel Dream?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nillah View Post
    Now you're just reaching.

    Like someone else said, I think Mists and the possible Emerald Dream are too similar. We've had our "pretty" expansion, I think we'll go back to the ugly for awhile.
    How is the Siege of Orgrimmar pretty? I'd say Emerald Dream is quite the welcome change.

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    Then what about the bloodwing mount? South Seas / Zandalar confirmed as well?
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    I'd rather not deal with the Emerald Dream just yet since the story would be so Old God focused. The Nightmare's really neat and N'zoth seems like a real menacing fella, but I'm not a fan of the idea of four expansions in a row with a heavy Old God presence. Developing the Old Gods is great but developing them so much in a row and leveraging them so often has begun to dull their spook-factor.
    A total absence of the eldritch in whatever's coming next would be a good idea, I think.

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    I swear blizz could tell people to there face that the next xpack is going to be the legion and you would still think its going to be the Emerald Dream. How many more hints does blizz have to throw at you with the black prince.
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    Not a new or original theory by any means.
    It has been discussed many times about that mount being a "hint".

    The previous "mount hint" was not based on lore, but simply on appearance.
    Bit of a stretch, given that there are lots of things you can take from visuals if you look hard enough.
    Players are predicting expansions from the presence of a single NPC or quest, or in this case a mount.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardstyler01 View Post
    Well, the model was based on the asian dragons from MoP, you can't deny that.
    We can see a resemblance.
    "Based on" ? That is not confirmed to be a fact, and could still be a coincidence.
    We can deny that very easily.

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    When did they say they don't want to?
    They never said definitely never but I remember a few blue posts that said something along the lines of "no plans for it at the moment".

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    Probably already been said, but the heart of the aspects was just them getting use from the new skeleton, less of an intentional Asian theme and more trying to make the most of the skeleton in the store before it became too recognizable.

    As much as I'd like the idea of foreshadowing content with other content, Blizzard don't have a good record with that. The spectral steed and vampire bat both looked good, but had absolutely no relevance to any content to either side of their release. It seems like they just make a cool idea for the mount and sell it. The heart was just done on the cheap.

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