Shadowlands Alpha - Introduction Experience
The Shadowlands Alpha servers are back up and the introduction experience is now available for testing!

CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS

  • You begin by taking a portal to the top of Icecrown to find the leaders of the Alliance and Horde talking to Bolvar and his death knights. Anduin, Jaina, Baine, and Thrall are suspiciously absent from this meeting however.
  • Darion Morgraine greets you, explaining that "before her minions abducted key leaders, the Banshee Queen attacked Icecrown. She cut a path to the Frozen Throne and seized the Helm of Domination. Look to the sky and you will see the results of her actions. I...have never beheld anything like this. But shattering the helm also freed Bolvar Fordragon from the burden of the Lich King. Bolvar has recovered and believes he knows where the Banshee has taken those she abducted."
  • As you approach, you find the two factions arguing. Lor'themar remarks that these are troubled times and both factions need stability. He doesn't seem to believe that sending Azeroth's leaders on a potential suicide mission is smart, and thinks those who are not present would also agree.
  • Tyrande calls him a coward and exclaims that she would pay any price to see the Banshee impaled upon her glaive. Genn says he wants the same, but agrees with Lor'themar. Anduin wouldn't want them to risk the well-being of the Alliance for his sake.
  • Calia tells Tyrande that the kaldorei will need their leader to have any hope of finding peace, to which Tyranda responds by scoffing at the idea of the Forsaken speaking of peace after what they have done.
  • Bolvar silences everyone, stating that the war is over and a more pressing threat is now at hand.
  • When you talk to him, Bolvar explains that when Sylvanas shattered the Helm of Domination, her soul became indelibly linked to the helm, much as his had when he donned it. He can now sense her presence, and knows where she has gone. He says the helm can bring us to where we need to go to rescue our leaders, but it cannot bring us back. Only we can do that on our own. He asks you to complete the ritual at the Frozen Throne to open to the rift into the Maw.
  • As you place the shards of the helm around the center rune, Bolvar talks about how he glimpsed many realms of death as the Lich King, and always felt a dark presence at the edge of his consciousness. It was not Arthas or Ner'zhul but something else. He now senses it lurking in the sky above, and it cannot be left unchecked. He lends you the Knights of the Ebon Blade for your travels.

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  1. Sigxy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wangming View Post
    Yeah well Blizzard writing was never good. In his defense Arthas was training us and in the final moment just decided to oneshot the entire raid. If not for the stupid deus ex machina, But in this case, it hardly makes any sense. Why kidnap someone and drag them into the underwold for torture, when you can just kill them and send their souls to get that very same torture?
    I didn't mean about WotLK with what Arthas did, it made sense. He wanted to train us to become THE stongest of the Scourge.

    I talk about TFT when Arthas was weakened and all alone in the woods. Sylvanas shot him with a poisoned arrow and he told her to finish him. She taunted him, stating with the things he did to her - she is going to make it slow and painful.

    Aaand then Kel'Thuzad pops up and she runs away like a coward (just like her sister at the Sunwell), rather than making a stand, kill Arthas and get revenge while also becoming a hero of Azeroth. But n'aw, Sylvanas being Sylvanas... :>
  1. mitre27's Avatar
    WHy is helya back.
  1. Lenarific's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by naeblis495 View Post
    Nothing we didn't saw a million times by now . So boring and generic
    The Game has been since MOP
  1. Geotaku21's Avatar
    Sylvanas new model seems less undead and and closer to a living being
  1. Jshadowhunter's Avatar
    So Calia is now the official Forsaken leader?
    Nope! I didn't sign up for this. I refuse to accept a light possessed puppet of the naaru as a leader of beings that the light spites.
  1. Wangming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sigxy View Post
    I didn't mean about WotLK with what Arthas did, it made sense. He wanted to train us to become THE stongest of the Scourge.

    I talk about TFT when Arthas was weakened and all alone in the woods. Sylvanas shot him with a poisoned arrow and he told her to finish him. She taunted him, stating with the things he did to her - she is going to make it slow and painful.

    Aaand then Kel'Thuzad pops up and she runs away like a coward (just like her sister at the Sunwell), rather than making a stand, kill Arthas and get revenge while also becoming a hero of Azeroth. But n'aw, Sylvanas being Sylvanas... :>
    Ah yes, that part. Yep, that was stupid. Sylvanas likes acting dumb. Like when she had Anduin an inch from her face and instead of just Banshee screamin his dumb bland head off, she flew away and hoped Jaina wouldn't teleport the team out of the throne room.
  1. Sigxy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wangming View Post
    Ah yes, that part. Yep, that was stupid. Sylvanas likes acting dumb. Like when she had Anduin an inch from her face and instead of just Banshee screamin his dumb bland head off, she flew away and hoped Jaina wouldn't teleport the team out of the throne room.
    Truly she is Team Sylvanas that blasts off again. How many times has Sylvanas fled now?

    TFT: 1. (that scene where she) WotLK: 2 (If you can count running from Undercity because the Dreadlord took over. And Running away from Arthas in the dungeon. Legion: 1 (Broken Shore.). BfA: 2 (Undercity. Orgrimmar.) 6 times - did I miss anything...?
  1. Wangming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sigxy View Post
    Truly she is Team Sylvanas that blasts off again. How many times has Sylvanas fled now?

    TFT: 1. (that scene where she) WotLK: 2 (If you can count running from Undercity because the Dreadlord took over. And Running away from Arthas in the dungeon. Legion: 1 (Broken Shore.). BfA: 2 (Undercity. Orgrimmar.) 6 times - did I miss anything...?
    Stormheim and his fight with Genn?

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