Warcraft Short Story: "The Vow Eternal"
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Attend the wedding of the century with Wrathion as he seeks knowledge about the Dragon Isles, the ancestral homeland of Azeroth’s dragonflights.

Wrathion scoffed. The pleasure of your company. Ha! This wedding was a monumental event in Azeroth’s history—the joining of two powerful leaders—and yet he knew he had been invited only as a courtesy. No one in Azeroth really wanted a black dragon—especially him—at any sort of grand occasion. It was good political theater to trot out someone so instrumental in defeating the old god N’Zoth and saving the world, but neither the couple nor their high-profile guests would deem being in his company a pleasure.

Wrathion crumpled the scroll with unnecessary vigor and flung it into a corner. Weddings were notoriously sappy affairs, and this one was likely to be especially so. According to the reports of his Black Talon operatives, it was a true love match, one that had blazed to a flame during a poetry competition, of all things. There would be other giggling, happy pairs; families with their giddy children; old friends reuniting.

Positively stomach-churning.


Read and download this humorous and heartfelt short story by New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden.


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  1. Capultro's Avatar
    @Nereidaa
    Gonna go on a limb here and say that nobody gives a shit about what you want.

    You could try writing tho, see if people buy your books, since you know so well about what characters or narratives are worthy and which aren't.
    It seems that you are a bit of a fool, no disrespect. I say this because...it almost gives the impression that you would be able to place it at the same height as broxigar or the infamous maiev......a wrathion¡¡???RIDICULO....

    I think you don't understand the question.

    @ngc2440
    "Why can't a female be a real hero?"
    Maybe because I want a tall character like broxigar, lothar or antonidas? Taelia, Bolvar or Jaina, are sterile. In fact, Taelia was invented out of nowhere like that, because if... it would be ridiculous and pathetic since Taelia wields Varian's sword... it would be the height of ridicule... we'll see. ..
  1. Iheartnathanos's Avatar
    Automatic pass cuz I’m a prose snob and Golden’s prose physically hurts me.
  1. Flurryfang's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ngc2440 View Post
    Why can't a female be a real hero?
    I don't think he is saying, that females can't be heroes, but that we have already a number of traditional female heroes, but are currently lacking a traditional male hero. We are missing the old rambo-style hero, a legendary fighter and generel, who leads us and takes the fight headon.

    While i do not agree with most of what Capultro said, i agree that the heroes we have had lately, especially on the male side, have been quite weak. Saurfang had a good run, but he was so occupied with being conflicted, that we really did not get him as a front-figure for very long.

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    It is actually a quite alright story, nothing too surprising, but also more informative than i had expected.

    That said, i think that i can finally say, that the new direction, that they have taken wrathions character, is not one that i enjoy.

    I personally loved the idea of the arrogoant, power hungry and powerful black dragon, that Wrathion was back in Cata and MoP. I loved the hubriss he constantly fought against and the idea of him feeling like the primary protecter of Azeroth, since that was the role his father had. Him being a little bit of an antagonist was also really nice, making him be a bit of an outsider who took his own path, even if it meant clashing with the Horde and Alliance.

    This new Wrathion is far less interesting. He is more mute, laid back and focused on the smaller things, with it being the black dragonflight. He also feels much weaker, less important and less able to actually control the things that happen around him. Its really a shame and hearing his thoughts in this story, just solidifies that he just another WoW leader. One that fits in with the crowd and don't stand out too much.
  1. BaumanKing's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Flurryfang View Post
    I don't think he is saying, that females can't be heroes, but that we have already a number of traditional female heroes, but are currently lacking a traditional male hero.
    Is this a joke? There are many of them on both sides. Too many tbh. Hell, the Alliance already has the mighty whitey archetype in Turalyon. Do we really need more of this outdated nonsense?
  1. Flurryfang's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BaumanKing View Post
    Is this a joke? There are many of them on both sides. Too many tbh. Hell, the Alliance already has the mighty whitey archetype in Turalyon. Do we really need more of this outdated nonsense?
    And what has Turalyon done lately?

    Cause you are right, there is a number of candidates in WoW who can take the role of the architype male hero, but they are all passive. Our main leads of the story the last 2 expansions have primarily been woman and the men have been traditional soft males, with Anduin, Thrall and Baine, while the more harder males like Mograine and Turalyon have taken a bit of passive role.

    Now, there is nothing wrong with having soft males as main characters, they open up for great stories involving emotion, empathy and understanding of harsh subjects, but they make it so that we more rarely get the "badass motherf#¤ker" moments, like we had in the past with characters like Tyrion and Ga'nar.

    So again, i understand the feel that we are lacking a more traditional male hero.
  1. Nereidaa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Capultro View Post
    @Nereidaa It seems that you are a bit of a fool, no disrespect. I say this because...it almost gives the impression that you would be able to place it at the same height as broxigar or the infamous maiev......a wrathion¡¡???RIDICULO....

    I think you don't understand the question.

    @ngc2440 Maybe because I want a tall character like broxigar, lothar or antonidas? Taelia, Bolvar or Jaina, are sterile. In fact, Taelia was invented out of nowhere like that, because if... it would be ridiculous and pathetic since Taelia wields Varian's sword... it would be the height of ridicule... we'll see. ..
    I take back my suggestion for you to write your own book and sell it. First, you'd need to learn to write, things like punctuation and capitalization are important for writers, and for conveying intelligent thoughts in general.

    Though something tells me that intelligent thoughts aren't something that forms a part of your day-to-day life, regardless. I suggest you get a kid comic from the 1980's with stereotypical macho muscle main heroes, since that's what you seem to be incapable of veering from.
  1. Skildar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Capultro View Post
    I think you don't understand the question.
    Nobody can make sense about your writings. Either take the time to properly give form to your thoughts or save us from them by forcing some humility on yourself.
  1. Maljinwo's Avatar
    An okay story

    I only hope they don't fuck up Rokhan and Talanji by making Zekhan a thing with her
  1. loras's Avatar
    Decent, some semi interesting interpersonal stuff going on. Honestly the interaction between Magni and his family is weirdest of all for me, even undead are sorta more understandable as they're "just rotten and warped", but diamond is lije turning into an alien.

    But i do hope they do not repeat the mistakes of tunnelvisioning on the characters again.
  1. Army Dreamer's Avatar
    So who did he marry? CBA reading this.
  1. OwenBurton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rameth View Post
    I was entertained. Folks, as expected, trashing on Christie Golden's writing.
    I have always enjoyed her work.

    I appreciate the added story telling.

    My requirement is always the answer to one question, "Was I entertained?"
    I actually find some of her books to be fairly decent, at least compared with Knaak and others, this new story though was...I don't know, its tone and pace seemed different somehow, I'm not sure how I feel.

    I like the fact that lots of characters resurfaced, but it seemed like the likes of Turalyon and Alleria going to Suramar, all the Alliance and Horde leaders there, seemed a little too idealistic and cheesy.

    More realistic I think would be a scenario in which a third of the Alliance leaders attended, a third refused outright, and a third sent representatives, a much more nuanced and complicated picture, and a more realistic one. Are basically all of the Alliance and Horde leaders (apart from Tyrande) suddenly cozy and on warm talking terms a few years after their global war?

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