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    Quote Originally Posted by Alanar View Post
    We were talking about that. But it will be the end of 9.1. 9.2 will likely have a different theme. Its likely we get back to that story eitger in 9.3 or earlier.

    Void has nothing to do with it and would feel missplaced imo.
    Well, to quote again our Ilgy boi friend, "The Light has made a pact with the enemy of all". That leads me to think that should there ever be a bridge between 9.2 and 10.0, it will be Light-themed, at least in the beginning. Void folks may still enter the scene later down the road.
    Quote Originally Posted by MoanaLisa View Post
    As for the "hone your skills" argument that some are tossing around, fuck that. Most people want to have fun. They're not logging onto WoW, the video game, as a self-improvement project. That's a ridiculous notion and goes right along with the idea that the game is "work." If it's not 'play' then you're doing it wrong. Sadly this is a concept that the devs seem to have lost sight of in their quest to keep anyone and everyone busy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soon-TM View Post
    Well, to quote again our Ilgy boi friend, "The Light has made a pact with the enemy of all". That leads me to think that should there ever be a bridge between 9.2 and 10.0, it will be Light-themed, at least in the beginning. Void folks may still enter the scene later down the road.
    Sure that can still happen in between. Thats what I meant with 9.2 having a different theme. I dont believe 9.2 would just continue the whole chains thing without some sideplots like you mentioned. If 9.3 is a thing I would say that would be the continuation patch if you know what I mean.

  3. #123
    Quote Originally Posted by Dzonathan View Post
    Few things worth noting about Jailer. The quote from the art book:
    "Older than reality itself".

    Take a look at the chart

    What we know as "reality" is that one little circle in the middle. Nothing more than just the physical expanse of the observable universe. That is planets, solar systems, galaxies etc. Shadowlands is not within the observable universe but separate dimension entirely.

    So what does it mean when Jailer is "Older than reality itself?"

    It means that he existed in a different dimension, that is Shadowlands, before our reality was created.

    It's very likely he was the Arbiter in Oribos before our physical universe (our reality) was even created.

    All of quotes from Devos, Sylvanas and Jailer start to make sense.

    I think I know what the "Great Truth" is now:
    The First Ones are the ones who use other cosmic forces as parts to construct our reality.
    Our reality (Azeroth etc) is the Jail, souls being sent there to gain anima and grow in power that upon return to the shadowlands are harvested then returned to begin the cycle again ?

  4. #124
    Quote Originally Posted by Nyel View Post
    I just imagine Icecrown Citadel basically being the carbon copy of Torghast in Azeroth. With the Chains he‘s trying to anchor the Shadowlands to Azeroth. So basically the chains he‘s throwing out from Torghast directly anchor on top of Icecrown.

    It‘s hard to explain, but I try to visualize it:

    > | <

    > the pointy end is the top of Torghast
    < the pointy end is the top of Icecrown Citadel
    | is the veil the Jailer is breaking through

    (Now just imagine it 90 degrees turned around where it‘s top = Azeroth and bottom = Shadowlands)
    Basically what you're describing is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e5eYw-QEPI

  5. #125
    Quote Originally Posted by Le Conceptuel View Post
    If you are actually attempting to sound sophisticated about the lore of a video game like Warcraft, which was initially made by fantasy nerds obeying "rule of cool" and now is under the direction of a YA author to have ever been some kind of highbrow art is, I kindly request you read a book. Like a real book. One with big pages and more than two sentences per paragraph.
    I'm not re-reading Proust to humor you. And, honestly, the Warcraft lore used to be solid A/B tier high fantasy writing, but it's slid way the hell down in good part because they took complicated and ambiguous characters and decided "y'know, we don't have enough one-dimensional heel characters running around". It's like having early-book ASOIAF characters and saying "what we really need is for you to be Skeletor"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormdash View Post
    I'm not re-reading Proust to humor you. And, honestly, the Warcraft lore used to be solid A/B tier high fantasy writing, but it's slid way the hell down in good part because they took complicated and ambiguous characters and decided "y'know, we don't have enough one-dimensional heel characters running around". It's like having early-book ASOIAF characters and saying "what we really need is for you to be Skeletor"
    A-tier sounds unlikely. B-tier is a possible solution by the standards of video games. Warcraft III did have some good writing at times, WoW isn't particularly well-written in general save maybe Wrathgate and the surrounding events and a bit of Legion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellspawn View Post
    Yes, just like the Arbiter itself. My theory is that the Arbiter is a mechanical replacement to what once the position of the Jailer was.
    I doubt it since he had his own platform like the other Covenant leaders. That implies, to me at least, he was the leader of his own realm like the others. If he was the original Arbiter then he wouldn't need a platform and would just have her place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormdash View Post
    I'm not re-reading Proust to humor you. And, honestly, the Warcraft lore used to be solid A/B tier high fantasy writing, but it's slid way the hell down in good part because they took complicated and ambiguous characters and decided "y'know, we don't have enough one-dimensional heel characters running around". It's like having early-book ASOIAF characters and saying "what we really need is for you to be Skeletor"
    Calling Warcraft's narrative "solid A/B-tier high fantasy writing" is probably gilding the lily a bit much, to be honest. The A and B tiers would be occupied by lofty franchises like the LotR sagas, Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, Jordan's The Wheel of Time, Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, and other such works. Even back at its narrative height Warcraft would be on the lower end of C-tier - mostly sketched and without much in the way of world-building, relying more on age and audience recognition than a cohesive narrative. I'm not really on the same "Danuser is the devil" bandwagon that most people on this forum seem to occupy, as I see WoW's current story woes more as a symptom of an ongoing issue than a totemic issue with a single writer. WoW has never paid much heed to its own internal cohesion or continuity, and the damage to said continuity tends to be cumulative as opposed to singular.
    "We're more of the love, blood, and rhetoric school. Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive. But we can't give you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory. They're all blood, you see." - Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aucald View Post
    Calling Warcraft's narrative "solid A/B-tier high fantasy writing" is probably gilding the lily a bit much, to be honest. The A and B tiers would be occupied by lofty franchises like the LotR sagas, Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, Jordan's The Wheel of Time, Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, and other such works. Even back at its narrative height Warcraft would be on the lower end of C-tier - mostly sketched and without much in the way of world-building, relying more on age and audience recognition than a cohesive narrative. I'm not really on the same "Danuser is the devil" bandwagon that most people on this forum seem to occupy, as I see WoW's current story woes more as a symptom of an ongoing issue than a totemic issue with a single writer. WoW has never paid much heed to its own internal cohesion or continuity, and the damage to said continuity tends to be cumulative as opposed to singular.
    Greatly agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aucald View Post
    Calling Warcraft's narrative "solid A/B-tier high fantasy writing" is probably gilding the lily a bit much, to be honest. The A and B tiers would be occupied by lofty franchises like the LotR sagas, Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, Jordan's The Wheel of Time, Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, and other such works. Even back at its narrative height Warcraft would be on the lower end of C-tier - mostly sketched and without much in the way of world-building, relying more on age and audience recognition than a cohesive narrative. I'm not really on the same "Danuser is the devil" bandwagon that most people on this forum seem to occupy, as I see WoW's current story woes more as a symptom of an ongoing issue than a totemic issue with a single writer. WoW has never paid much heed to its own internal cohesion or continuity, and the damage to said continuity tends to be cumulative as opposed to singular.
    What on Earth would you put as S-tier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormdash View Post
    What on Earth would you put as S-tier?
    My scale would top out at A-tier, because I'm old and the whole "S-tier/SSS-tier" thing is relatively new to me and I don't think of it when I'm thinking of ranking tiers.
    "We're more of the love, blood, and rhetoric school. Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive. But we can't give you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory. They're all blood, you see." - Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormdash View Post
    What on Earth would you put as S-tier?
    The Bible, heh.

    *tips fedora*

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagina View Post
    The Bible, heh.

    *tips fedora*
    It's really weird to imagine Sylvanas in a fedora, by the by. My brain temporarily blew a fuse in the attempt, but then it's also been a hell of a week for me.
    "We're more of the love, blood, and rhetoric school. Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive. But we can't give you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory. They're all blood, you see." - Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

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    Bolvar: The Jailer is no more, he who sought to undo death has fallen victim to it.

    Arbiter: The position cannot remain vacant, another must take his place.

    The Speaker: To maintain the balance of the Shadowlands, a Jailer must exist... but who?

    Bolvar: I know one we can use, but will she suffice?

    Voljin: The spirits granted me clarity, and now more than ever, i know her true purpose!

    Arbiter: I have judged her soul, she will fit the bill, by being the Jailer, she will pay for her crimes...there must always be...a Jailer.

    Yea i see this happening...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Addiena View Post
    Our reality (Azeroth etc) is the Jail, souls being sent there to gain anima and grow in power that upon return to the shadowlands are harvested then returned to begin the cycle again ?
    Not necessarily about anima specifically as much as our reality being the First One's plaything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dzonathan View Post
    Few things worth noting about Jailer. The quote from the art book:
    "Older than reality itself".

    Take a look at the chart

    What we know as "reality" is that one little circle in the middle. Nothing more than just the physical expanse of the observable universe. That is planets, solar systems, galaxies etc. Shadowlands is not within the observable universe but separate dimension entirely.

    So what does it mean when Jailer is "Older than reality itself?"

    It means that he existed in a different dimension, that is Shadowlands, before our reality was created.

    It's very likely he was the Arbiter in Oribos before our physical universe (our reality) was even created.

    All of quotes from Devos, Sylvanas and Jailer start to make sense.

    I think I know what the "Great Truth" is now:
    The First Ones are the ones who use other cosmic forces as parts to construct our reality.
    The First Ones could just be the guys that made everything, such as the cities, the forces, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyhil622 View Post
    Bolvar: The Jailer is no more, he who sought to undo death has fallen victim to it.

    Arbiter: The position cannot remain vacant, another must take his place.

    The Speaker: To maintain the balance of the Shadowlands, a Jailer must exist... but who?

    Bolvar: I know one we can use, but will she suffice?

    Voljin: The spirits granted me clarity, and now more than ever, i know her true purpose!

    Arbiter: I have judged her soul, she will fit the bill, by being the Jailer, she will pay for her crimes...there must always be...a Jailer.

    Yea i see this happening...
    That MAY or may not happen. Idc if it does (Fuck Sylvanas, let her be the Death queen of hell or some edgy 17 year old highschool girl fantasy shit, idfc), but if it's used in that dialogue...

    I'll actually quit the game. Honestly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormdash View Post
    What on Earth would you put as S-tier?
    The OG Dragon Ball Manga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pebrocks The Warlock View Post
    I doubt it since he had his own platform like the other Covenant leaders. That implies, to me at least, he was the leader of his own realm like the others. If he was the original Arbiter then he wouldn't need a platform and would just have her place.
    We don't know if that is his place. Also, he got the same chest hole as the arbiter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyhil622 View Post
    Bolvar: The Jailer is no more, he who sought to undo death has fallen victim to it.

    Arbiter: The position cannot remain vacant, another must take his place.

    The Speaker: To maintain the balance of the Shadowlands, a Jailer must exist... but who?

    Bolvar: I know one we can use, but will she suffice?

    Voljin: The spirits granted me clarity, and now more than ever, i know her true purpose!

    Arbiter: I have judged her soul, she will fit the bill, by being the Jailer, she will pay for her crimes...there must always be...a Jailer.

    Yea i see this happening...
    Good, the sinners shall pay for their sins, an eternity of torment in Hell sounds like a fitting punishment for she who was so obsessed with avoiding Hell.
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