Update! Did a little work on my raid concepts, which can be found here:
Necropolis of Nerub
Palace of the Spider Queen
And here's a little spooky ghost:
Get ready for more art cuz I have like 8 more pics almost ready to post.
In the meantime have fun reading my thoughts on archaeology, legendary weapons, and such and such.
Re.: the different levels, in MoP you're called to fly all over Pandaria at level 90 to fulfill various daily quests, sometimes passing through areas with lower levels, but mostly sticking to regions specifically set up to be level 90 questing areas. What I've done isn't any different, I've just spread the leveling quest areas across multiple zones instead of just the daily ones.
Go big or go home! I've actually tried to set this concept up in such a way that if it were an actually game design proposal, there are plenty of areas where things could be cut, removed, toned down, etc. to make it more viable (skipping the Northrend revamp zones, taking out some dungeons, etc.)The artwork is nice but speaking as a games designer myself i think the concept is a little over the top,needs to be toned down abit.
I basically have done that, in an effort to turn it into a pvp-oriented zone - the Krasarang Wilds PvP area is pretty much exactly what I envisioned the new Crystalsong being.[*]It would be interesting to renew the Crystalsong Forest zone: an enlarged area (with fewer dead zones) without Dalaran and therefore with two facing cities, both for the Alliance and for the Horde, led by the Silver Covenant and the Sunreavers respectively (the current Windrunner's Overlook and Sunreaver's Command but more developed and fortified).
Dalaran moving away actually fucks up my story super, super hard... I hope they put it back when they're done with it.
The Newbreed receive orders through a psychic hivemind that is controlled by the Spiderminds, leaving non-Newbreed spider lords like Tuten'Kahn with little actual authority and few of the duties they once fulfilled for the Spider Kingdom. He is the Spider King and thus technically ruler of all Azjol-Nerub, but his subjects are not his own children, nor do they require his leadership. He and his title are largely obsolete in the Newbreed order.
All of this has contributed to him having an extremely bad attitude, and anyone trespassing in the palace will find themselves as a target of his considerable frustration.
It's good to see this thread still getting bumped once in a while! The concept is great and the OP clearly put a shitton of effort into fleshing it out. It deserves to be seen.
About the heroic only boss in Palace of the Spider Queen, judging its subzone name and the trash mob I'm almost certain that it's the dreaded "bad guy" you pointed out in this story. So is he the mastermind behind the Newbreed, and the one whom Nezar'Kali claims to serve (according to her quotes)?
Speaking of which, is Neraz'Kali Newbreed too or part of the previous generation?
inb4 blizzard steals all of your ideas. Pretty darn cool nonetheless.
If this expansion had came out after me leaving cataclysm, it would have probably brought me and my money back to the game.
We would have seen enough of the spiders in LK to be enticed for more. Expanding on what we knew and saw from LK. Some familiarity in old content to drive new content but expanding on it in a big way. Expansion gold.
MOP - Vague information few knew about unless you played an old WC strat game and you could still play it and miss the connection.
If you were not a book reader of WC and played the game only, you would have little to no clue about anything in MOP. Very skippable expansion with little to no information to from the game to build on.
A Spider expansion in an underground kingdom with some similar themes from LK. (of course all of it expanded on as well).
Hell, I'm almost sold now thinking about it vs what I actually played of MOP.
Last edited by quras; 2013-01-15 at 12:25 AM.
Massive amount of work, amazing stuff.
Have you considered linking this stuff on the official forums? Blizzard might take an interest!
Great artwork! I don't know if the "spider" theme would be enough for an entire expansion though Would make an interesting content patch though.
Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Have some bug people:
The 'Murloc/Gorloc/Virmin' of the Spider Kingdom.
As for Nezar'Kali, she is not one of the Newbreed. In-game right now, if you go through the Ahn'Kahet dungeon and beat the last boss, a bunch of living nerubians come in and start tending to the clutch of nerubian eggs hidden there, including one especially big one. According to my story, that's Nezar'Kali, and those eggs are the last of the non-Newbreed nerubians, the previous generation.
The first Newbreed didn't appear until after Nezar'Kali hatched and reached maturity (which was rapidly, thanks to the nerubian viziers tending her egg - they needed a new queen quickly).
But if you replace 'spider' with 'panda' I would have had the same thought before Mists came out. You might be able to tell this from my earlier comments, but I loooove that I can point to Pandaria now.
I think there's a certain amount of (understandable) frustration when previously established concepts are put on hold in favor of new stuff, especially if one had a particular interest in one thing or another. Obviously, fans that were hoping existing ideas would be addressed won't be as happy to see them put on the back burner while brand new concepts are introduced, even if the new stuff winds up being great. I love Mists so far, but if they had offered me a choice between Mists and, say, an Emerald Dream expansion that had the same quality of work put into it as Mists has gotten so far, I'd have picked the Emerald Dream one.And using the argument "well, this whole Mists thing wasn't in the original lore!" What do you do when your primary lore has all been covered? You make more. You continue the storyline. Like any other franchise.
Mmn, read through the Archeology bits. Amazing stuff as always, though I'm not a fan of the trolls getting help from the dragons. Still you do a great job with all this.
Thats the great thing about stories. Not everyone likes the same thing. It's not a hard concept to get. MOP was some poorly written junk (and I'll put this in cause I'm sure someone will jump on it ----> IMHO)
Again, been there, read them. Very easy to skip as far as stories go. However, I...Of course you won't see it unless you actually play it and do more than just click through quests like a madman.
Played, Vanilla, TBC, WoTLK - liked them.
Played Cataclysm - Not so good and a good reason to keep my money.
Played MOP - Not good enough to pay for.
It's not a hard concept to understand. I do not like the current story. It had little mentioning in game but unlike the spiders which were all over some expansions and in various forms. People had some connection to them throughout the game. MOP - out of left field from some vague reading. Showed in a different game many didn't see (even though many did) and even if you played it could easily miss. So many other avenues lore stories could have taken that would have had a better impact. They could have dropped back to Serpent shrine cavern and what all was going on there and it would have grabbed more peoples attention on lore than MOP. (again IMHO)
And using the argument, "Oh they will just make more lore." doesn't mean it will be worth a damn. Which I don't think it currently is. I at least think the spider kingdom held more merit than MOP did and currently does.And using the argument "well, this whole Mists thing wasn't in the original lore!" What do you do when your primary lore has all been covered? You make more. You continue the storyline. Like any other franchise.
But all this is for a different thread. The work the OP is doing is much more impressive in my eyes than what I have seen come from WOW's developers in the last 2 expansion and for me, it actually got my attention as something I would like to see vs what I have seen.
and thats saying something given the OP is just having fun with it
Maybe I should work on a kobold expansion. If you can take something as obscure as MOP is and turn it into an expansion and then see what you have done with the spiders (which we knew more about in game) then kobolds should be interesting.
Last edited by quras; 2013-01-18 at 08:17 PM.
I might just like these guys even more than spider people...
Mole-like humanoids who have survived the underworld of Northrend for centuries. They were born from the shed blood of a mighty mole ancient who fought against the Burning Legion 10,000 years ago. The ancient slew many demons before it was finally slain in turn, and its blood flowed into the caverns and tunnels of the land that would become Northrend. There it gave rise to the duggum, who formed a close-knit society of many clan-families that has survived since the time of the Sundering. Small and clever, they avoided conflict with all the other races that shelter in the underworld.
The duggum are cautious to approach other races, but those who earn their trust can learn a great deal about Azeroth's underworld, and will find in them a people prepared to stand against the dark threats that rise from further below. The duggum have a vast knowledge of farming and gathering in subterranean environments, and their sages and spell-casters know a great deal of lore about the tending of life in the deep earth.
Because I decided that I needed more friendly people.The duggum are nearly sightless, and sense their enviornment through smell, sound, and detecting the vibrations of the world around them. They dwell mainly in deep darkness, as the light of day is harmful to them, and any illuminattion brighter than the faintest glow of shimmer moss or glowstone is uncomfortable. Becuase of this trait, they have had some difficulty in communicating their ideals to those who follow the Holy Light of Creation. While the duggum honor its power, their name for it is different - they call it the Guardian Dark. The duggum believe that light blinds, while in the darkness, eyes open wider. The darkness they call upon with their spell-casting is nothing like the spells of shadow and negative energy that warlocks and shadow-priests use - rather, it is a dark radiance that brings comfort and healing, not unlike the soothing balm of sleep. This phenomenon has perplexed the priests and paladins who have come to study under this curious people.
The blue, black, and green dragonflights did not give public or widespread support to the trolls, and the red and bronze flights refrained altogether. The dragons waited until the aqir legions were engaged on numerous widespread battlefields against the trolls. They took advantage of Azj'Aqir being depleted of most of its forces and struck at the aqir central hive-city, Azj'Naggai. It was an attack meant to halt a threat to all of Azeroth, one as great as the Hour of Twilight, and the dragons succeeded. It was possibly the first recorded instance in Azeroth of a small group of determined and capable beings (who just so happened to be dragons) penetrating an enemy stronghold to eliminate a powerful, monstrous threat.
With their emperor's scheme foiled, there came no relief to the aqir armies, and they fell to the might of the trolls. The destruction of Azj'Aqir might not have been as complete if the aqir emperor had not invited the fury of the dragonflights, but even if he hadn't, the loss of the aqir was inevitable.
Thanks for the post!
I would so 'dig' mole men in WoW (see what I did there)
Blizzard need to hire you, or at least get you to work with them for these ideas,
Oh god, updates. <3
I just finished reading the newest 5 man dungeons, awesome as always (even though I still think some of those 5 man bosses are simply too complex for a 5 man enviroment - even though, none of the newer bosses is as complex as your first ones in Naxxramas and Riplash... xD).
I am now going to read through your raid content and I am going to expect greatness beyond from those battles! :A
Why don't you work for blizz? You're awesome.