1. #7421
    I mean, I would not care to kill Alexstrasza. It would certainly be a plot twist. The thing is that there is no Red Dragon to replace her. But she is so lame right now that It would be better to kill her off. In fact, I have several characters that need some killing (Thrall, Malfurion, Sylvanas, Tyrande...). These characters are living memes and the best contribution that they can do to the game is dying with some dignity.
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  2. #7422
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkarath View Post
    I mean, I would not care to kill Alexstrasza. It would certainly be a plot twist. The thing is that there is no Red Dragon to replace her. But she is so lame right now that It would be better to kill her off. In fact, I have several characters that need some killing (Thrall, Malfurion, Sylvanas, Tyrande...). These characters are living memes and the best contribution that they can do to the game is dying with some dignity.
    Hardly. The last uncorrupted/sane Aspect going bad is not a very big surprise.
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  3. #7423
    Quote Originally Posted by Makabreska View Post
    Hardly. The last uncorrupted/sane Aspect going bad is not a very big surprise.
    The whole "kill off character" thing has also been overplayed in popculture lately.

    And what point would there even be to killing Thrall and Sylvanas? They're out of the running anyway. That seems more like petty revenge than anything of relevance.

  4. #7424
    Quote Originally Posted by Harbour View Post
    So about 11.0.

    I like K'aresh and playable Ethereals "leak" but no way Turalyon is going to be a villain.
    Since his re-introduction he only show himself as competent and humble leader who only show tolerance.
    But its obvious that with Turalyon being alive Anduin is literally useless because they take the same niche.
    So Turalyon will certainly die.
    How?
    Simple.
    Theme of 11.0 would be Light vs Void.
    Light will be represented by Strong Female Character Y'rel.
    Void will represented by Strong Female Character Alleria.
    Alleria will go crazy like it was shown in 9.3 Visions.
    How?
    Y'rel will try to recruit Turalyon and Alliance, but he will refuse the call. She will kill him then Guldan vs Varian style.
    That will make Alleria insane.
    Thats the premise of 11.0.
    In the end Sylvanas will help to bring Alleria back, and Y'rel will die, and the status quo will be restored.
    Anduin will return and take the vacant throne obviously.

    tldr Turalyon will die as a hero and that will kickstart the Alleria progress as vengeful Void Elf. Through her the Void will leak into Azeroth hence Void vs Light battle.
    What "leak" ?

  5. #7425
    Quote Originally Posted by Skildar View Post
    This was set thousands of years ago. It doesn't mean that Alexstrasza will remain corrupted as for Ysera it was merely a set back. But because all the other visions were true, it stands to take it as a certainty.
    Alextrasza is said to betray tyr. This doesn't mean she will become corrupted though. We still don't know much about tyr's real agenda and the aspect of exposition doesn't do her job this expansion, so its hard to say what this would mean. But i see a lot of people taking it as a fact that she will end up corrupted by the void when it could mean anything.

  6. #7426
    Quote Originally Posted by huth View Post
    Profound revelations don't induce insanity. In fact, if they contradict your established world-view, you're likely to disregard them. Constant, low-key barely audible whispers in the back of your head? Sure can.
    I stood, aghast, as a voice that was not my own spoke within my mind, cutting through my soul.

    "lol were more powerful than u," spake the thousandfold terrors at a pretty tolerably slow pace, the origin of which I was completely aware of; I could not begin to fathom the soul-crushing horror that I had become aware of, that the Old Gods were like super definitely more powerful than me. "how can u resist us?" they said, as all good manipulators tell people when they're being manipulated, "ur totally gonna be a bad guy now". And I knew that they spoke only truth; the revelation was too much to bear! I could not begin to fathom the fact that they are telling me over and over again that I'm definitely going to fall to their manipulations! What choice did I have but to submit myself to their influence? They kept saying it over and over again,—within reason, and again at a tolerable pace and volume,—in a sense markedly more tolerable than typical anxiety-induced intrusive thoughts, and speaking far less devastating false prophesy; madness consumed my soul, and I saw then the inevitability of the nebulous apocalyptic event they kept talking about.

  7. #7427
    Quote Originally Posted by Foolicious View Post
    Alextrasza is said to betray tyr. This doesn't mean she will become corrupted though. We still don't know much about tyr's real agenda and the aspect of exposition doesn't do her job this expansion, so its hard to say what this would mean. But i see a lot of people taking it as a fact that she will end up corrupted by the void when it could mean anything.
    Do you know where I could check the quest scenario? my memory is a bit fuzzy about the exact dialogues :/

  8. #7428
    Quote Originally Posted by Le Conceptuel View Post
    I stood, aghast, as a voice that was not my own spoke within my mind, cutting through my soul.

    "lol were more powerful than u," spake the thousandfold terrors at a pretty tolerably slow pace, the origin of which I was completely aware of; I could not begin to fathom the soul-crushing horror that I had become aware of, that the Old Gods were like super definitely more powerful than me. "how can u resist us?" they said, as all good manipulators tell people when they're being manipulated, "ur totally gonna be a bad guy now". And I knew that they spoke only truth; the revelation was too much to bear! I could not begin to fathom the fact that they are telling me over and over again that I'm definitely going to fall to their manipulations! What choice did I have but to submit myself to their influence? They kept saying it over and over again,—within reason, and again at a tolerable pace and volume,—in a sense markedly more tolerable than typical anxiety-induced intrusive thoughts, and speaking far less devastating false prophesy; madness consumed my soul, and I saw then the inevitability of the nebulous apocalyptic event they kept talking about.
    And now imagine hearing that all day, every day, without pause. What they say doesn't matter. That they won't shut up does.

  9. #7429
    Tyr is going to want to empower more flights
    Alex will try to stop him
    Whether it's a good thing she does or not won't matter since either way she's "betraying" him

    It is possible when galakrond ate Tyr's hand he infected Tyr but due to his body not being flesh the Decay wasn't physical

    This would also explain why iridikron wants the heart so he can taint the Titans creations. Being sealed in a vault would be meaningless since he is connected to the earth and could know things via our old buddies the old gods and would know what he seems to know.

  10. #7430
    Quote Originally Posted by huth View Post
    And now imagine hearing that all day, every day, without pause. What they say doesn't matter. That they won't shut up does.
    I confess that I am not precisely inclined to take seriously as an incarnation of the Cosmic Horror genre—nor even as a threat in a High Fantasy setting—a threat which can be most precisely and effectively summarized as "nagging brain-squids".

  11. #7431
    Quote Originally Posted by Le Conceptuel View Post
    I confess that I am not precisely inclined to take seriously as an incarnation of the Cosmic Horror genre—nor even as a threat in a High Fantasy setting—a threat which can be most precisely and effectively summarized as "nagging brain-squids".
    Sounds like an issue of a lacking imagination. Imagine not being able to sleep from nightmares. Not being able to know for sure if what you are thinking is your own thoughts or some attempt at manipulation.
    Combine this with the WoW version of the void, which includes seeming constant visions of the future, likely or otherwise, and it's no wonder people go insane.

    Beyond that there is also the clear tradeoff thing of succumbing further to madness by giving in to the voices. Gaining massive power, but losing even more of your sanity in return.
    Imagine someone like Neltharion. Centuries of whispers telling him what he wants to hear. Promising him the greatness he believes he deserves, the horror of failure, and boundless power to enforce his vision of the future. Even more so when you consider the Void preying on his weaknesses. In his case the belief that he is capable of harnessing the void rather than falling to it.
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  12. #7432
    Simple people fall for advertisements and here people are discussing how whispers from the void could drive people insane.
    This forum really can be wild at times.

  13. #7433
    Quote Originally Posted by Le Conceptuel View Post
    I confess that I am not precisely inclined to take seriously as an incarnation of the Cosmic Horror genre—nor even as a threat in a High Fantasy setting—a threat which can be most precisely and effectively summarized as "nagging brain-squids".

  14. #7434
    Eyy! Page 400! That's quite a neat number. Hopefully we get some juicy news to really cement this occassion soon.
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  15. #7435
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    Guys, we had a new build recently and all the talk here is again about some lore stuff that has nothing to do with the current speculation? Can we maybe go back on track again?

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    Stiven from wowhead posted pictures of Alextrasza without her horns and armour today, and for me it looks like it's actually not using the classic blood elf skeleton? Could see it used as another body type option down the line similiar to Dracthyr?



    Also I think Sindragrosa's cinematic visage model also uses a different build than the classic blood/void elves.

    (oh, and we defo need new HD hairstyles for the older races that are on par with Alex's hair here lol)

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  16. #7436
    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Atia View Post
    Guys, we had a new build recently and all the talk here is again about some lore stuff that has nothing to do with the current speculation? Can we maybe go back on track again?

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    Stiven from wowhead posted pictures of Alextrasza without her horns and armour today, and for me it looks like it's actually not using the classic blood elf skeleton? Could see it used as another body type option down the line similiar to Dracthyr?

    Also I think Sindragrosa's cinematic visage model also uses a different build than the classic blood/void elves.

    (oh, and we defo need new HD hairstyles for the older races that are on par with Alex's hair here lol)
    Both are basically the BE model, but in higher resolution since these are cinematic models. Alexstrasza's model is more edited, the tiny waist most likely so pronounced to make it easier for her corset armor to not clip.

    But yeah, since these are cinematic models, very unlikely they have anything to do with new playable models.

  17. #7437
    Quote Originally Posted by Sondrelk View Post
    Sounds like an issue of a lacking imagination. Imagine not being able to sleep from nightmares. Not being able to know for sure if what you are thinking is your own thoughts or some attempt at manipulation.
    Combine this with the WoW version of the void, which includes seeming constant visions of the future, likely or otherwise, and it's no wonder people go insane.

    Beyond that there is also the clear tradeoff thing of succumbing further to madness by giving in to the voices. Gaining massive power, but losing even more of your sanity in return.
    Imagine someone like Neltharion. Centuries of whispers telling him what he wants to hear. Promising him the greatness he believes he deserves, the horror of failure, and boundless power to enforce his vision of the future. Even more so when you consider the Void preying on his weaknesses. In his case the belief that he is capable of harnessing the void rather than falling to it.
    This is a nice perspective on it, but it's simply not what we've been shown. The prospect of moral temptation and degradation of sanity emerging from the inability to distinguish ones own thoughts and assumptions from an external malefactor is definitely one which could induce insanity and lead one right into the hands of the Void, but this isn't what we've been given. What we've been given are whispers, at a fairly sensible volume and rate, which effectively boil down to "haha we're manipulating you. Manipulation works best when we tell you we're manipulating you." The only case in which I think the "whispers" approach has been correctly-executed thus far has been with Y'Shaarj, where you do see some elements of the kind of thing you're imagining, with extreme and visceral depictions of the future and a legitimate degree of horror and uncertainty underlying them. It is possible to imagine Y'Shaarj successfully inducing a change of spiritual allegiance, if not outright inducing insanity, through his efforts. Without a strong framework to realign oneself, it is sensible to imagine someone turning to him on account of his statements. However, I have not been able to perceive this in any of his kin, especially N'Zoth. C'Thun comes closest, but his own whispers sound most precisely analogous to intrusive thoughts, and not exceptionally terrible ones at that, and they typically come in a fairly slow rate that would realistically make recovery from the thought very easy. N'Zoth is outright terrible about this, and I have been entirely incapable of taking him seriously as a villain after hearing the following quote:

    "With a whisper, the Earth Warder bent to my will. Who are you to resist me?"

    N'Zoth gleefully explaining how he's such a super-good manipulator he manipulated this other guy effortlessly does not give me confidence in his capacity to fundamentally change people, because he's outwardly explaining that's what he's doing, and leaving no question that his manipulations are not for your own benefit. If I were to put myself in the shoes of anybody hearing that, I would think "wowie! You'd sure have to be really stupid to trust this guy or do what he wants! Now you know he's trying to manipulate you actively, so you'll just have to learn how to dismiss his manipulations to the best of your ability." Anybody should realistically just undertake after becoming aware of this to monitor their behavior and dismiss the whispers entirely. How is one supposed to take prophecy from a being that is self-admittedly trying to undermine you and drive you insane seriously? How should one be easily tempted if they know for absolute certain that N'Zoth only has the worst intentions in mind? And keep in mind this is the kind of content that emanates from him in his own realm. Imagine being so much more separate from N'Zoth; what kind of influence should something like that have, then?

    As I said, this strikes me most as an especially dedicated nag. Theoretically, I could see N'Zoth and his buddies being played as devil-figures if they were to wave people's own desires in front of them, but that requires inducing a state of being that suggests that one is greater than their better nature, and that following them will legitimately be rewarding in some capacity or another, not plainly and directly telling someone you're manipulating them. They'd have better luck encouraging people's worst facets, and that's precisely why I think Y'Shaarj is the only such cases of the whispers working on any kind of meta level, and I'm of the mind it's doomed to fail if you have the Black Empire's proxies and leadership frequently espousing their limitless influence and announcing their means of operation. This could be so easily fixed from a slight shift away from endlessly reusing the word "whispers" until it no longer sounds like a word, such as in the case following:

    "(W)e will journey to the shores of dragon lands, to the blessed isle where the Worldbreaker first embraced the truth."

    Alternatives could include:

    "(W)e will journey to the shores of dragon lands, to the blessed isle where the Worldbreaker first embraced self-determination."

    or

    "(W)e will journey to the shores of dragon lands, to the blessed isle where the Worldbreaker first rejected the sick structure of the Titans' creation."

    Wouldn't these be the kinds of people who sincerely want to see the Black Empire renascent? Why wouldn't they spin their falling to temptation as a good thing? Why wouldn't they do as wicked sorts are most inclined to and present their willing fall from grace as some kind of reassertion of themselves over something they believe only constrains them? This portrayal simply doesn't work for me.

    To sort of summarize my problem with the portrayal of the Void, these are the two approaches that are generally suggested:

    (1) The angle of moral temptation.
    (2) The angle of Cosmic Horror.

    These two are, in actuality, opposite angles. Moral degradation emerges, typically, from self-delusion; a pathetic belief that one is somehow beyond morality, or that morality is entirely designed to constrain one. This angle of things was represented well with Y'Shaarj, but it is executed poorly elsewhere, such as in the very quote that started me on this train of thought/impotent rant. Though I typically enjoy villains representing temptation, since we all are subject to it, much more work must be done to rectify the portrayal of the Black Empire's self-destructive rationalizations, because although temptation is not a fault of oneself, falling into it is always a deliberate choice to some degree or another. The other angle, the approach taken in Cosmic Horror can come in two forms: either it emerges from some kind of revelation, or at least a revelation that seems sensible and typically isn't just based on what one wants to believe, or it comes from exposure to something which simply is not compatible with our modes of thought, which potentially also comes with a sanity-rending revelation that drives the subject after they have been rendered insane, or at least are no longer capable of perceiving things as those who have not been exposed to the horror do. The reveries that emerge from either of these are often delusional, but the initial revelation is typically true: that mankind can grow beyond its ken, that there is something far beyond our placid isle of ignorance, the crushing irrelevance of our transient civilization. Of course, I do think the nature of these revelations must be very different in WarCraft, and I'm unsure if exposure to Cosmic Horror elements would be sufficient to drive one insane in that kind of setting. In fact, the Lovecraftian breed of Cosmic Horror does only work on its own when you read it from the perspective of the kind of person so utterly repulsed by anything alien that he called penguins "grotesque", so I'm definitely inclined to suggest the latter breed of the Cosmic Horror approach. This is also where the Cosmic Forces system would be most compatible with the kind of things the Void could expose one to. The example I typically lean towards is that the purely-gradient modes of thought (wholly rejecting is/isn't dichotomies) employed by Void beings is simply incompatible with our anthropoform modes of thought, which are typically very binary in nature. In this case, the revelation accompanying the sanity-rending experience is that the entire perspective one has had on the universe—that it exists in truths and falsehoods exclusively—is not all-encompassing, and puts the entire framework one may have into question.

    However, I could also see the "sanity-rending revelations" side of things manifesting in the more traditional sense; since we've irrevocably trapped ourselves in the structure of the Cosmic Forces, the implications of this idea—which I personally distaste—could be employed by the Void to threaten the sanity of those it communicates with.

    As an addendum, I could also see another approach to your suggestion, which would be to play up the nature of the Black Empire's proxies as cultists by taking inspiration from how real-world cults brainwash their victims. This would be closest to what you envision, and I think I may have overlooked that this was your initial suggestion, or at least a variant thereof. Sleep-deprivation, isolation, starvation etc. could be employed, though I am not sure if that would be the method most suitable for the objects of a cult rather than a cult in itself.
    Last edited by Le Conceptuel; 2023-06-08 at 11:43 PM.

  18. #7438
    Quote Originally Posted by Le Conceptuel View Post
    This is a nice perspective on it, but it's simply not what we've been shown.
    Remember the Wrathion fight in Ny'alotha? That's the level of messing with your perception we're looking at.

  19. #7439
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowferal View Post
    Aesthetically-pleasing, and excellent executions of Cosmic Horror on an aesthetic level. However, I'm inclined to ask the relevance of this to my complaints about the shallow and ineffective narrative incarnation of Cosmic Horror as nagging brain-squids, which is an increasingly prominent problem in poorly-executed Cosmic Horror.

  20. #7440
    Quote Originally Posted by Le Conceptuel View Post
    Aesthetically-pleasing, and excellent executions of Cosmic Horror on an aesthetic level. However, I'm inclined to ask the relevance of this to my complaints about the shallow and ineffective narrative incarnation of Cosmic Horror as nagging brain-squids, which is an increasingly prominent problem in poorly-executed Cosmic Horror.
    I'm getting the feeling you never had to deal with incessant nagging.

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