The Battle of Undercity…How will it play out??

So, as you can well imagine, given my obsessive information personality, with the second World of Warcraft expansion on the horizon, I have naturally been up to my eyeballs in trying to learn as much about it from the beta testing as possible.

There are any number of things I could discuss about it here, but I’d like to talk about a particular piece of information I just found out about.

Apparently there is a quest chain for both the Horde and the Alliance which ultimately ends with one of their major figures getting killed (Bolvar Fordragon for the Alliance, and Saurfang the Younger for the Horde) and that Varimathras (the dreadlord in Undercity, Sylvanas’ pet and majordomo) is responsible. He’s taken control of Undercity, along with someone named “Grand Apothecary Putress”.

From what I can tell happens next, there is a massive gathering in both Orgrimmar and Stormwind, with the faction leaders from both sides rallying everyone together to march on the Undercity (the Horde to take it back, the Alliance to destroy it). NPCs and Players alike fight their way into the city, fighting massive raid bosses, and the whole time there’s dialogue between all the major NPCs of your side. Ultimately, the Alliance fights their way into the Apothecarium and kills Putress, and the Horde makes it to the Undercity Throne room and kills Varimathras.

At this point, the Alliance storms into the Throne Room, and levies accusations at the Horde that they were in fact responsible for Varimathras’ murder of Bolvar Fordragon. He orders the charge on the Horde…

…only Jaina Proudmore freezes the entire alliance army, teleports them back to Stormwind, and laments with Thrall that the war between the Alliance and the Horde is further away from a true end than ever, and that they will doubtless fight each other just as much as they fight the Undead scourge.

Needless to say, if you’ve played World of Warcraft to any significant degree, you get how epic this is. I didn’t see anything like this from the Alliance perspective, but my information indicates that during this quest, Orgrimmar is all but SHUT DOWN. None of the shops or anything is open for business, Orgrimmar is crawling with Undercity refugees, there is from all the major war-leader NPCs about plans of attack, rallying, all that sort of thing. This is totally unprecedented in this game, and it’s extremely cool

What I don’t see, and what concerns me, is how this gets started. What prompts this to happen?

My best guess is that given the scope and epic grandness of this whole quest chain, is that this has to be a one-time only “world event” that happens in the game to transition us from the world of “WoW:Burning Crusade” to “WoW: Wrath”, if that makes any sense.

If you recall, there was a pretty massive event that went on before Burning Crusade came out…the Dark Portal opening and scores of demons pouring out…a massive raid boss that randomly spawned launching attacks on the major cities…

This is on the same epic level. Actually, it’s beyond that. I’ve never seen an event that shut a major city down like this. And this is why I think it’s a limited-time thing. If this was present in Wrath of the Lich King where ANYONE could do it…anyone could solely shut Orgrimmar down for this event at any time. No way does that happen…no, this has got to be a limited time thing.

However it happens, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more soon. I cannot wait to experience it firsthand…there’s a LOT of storyline to be told here, a lot of character development, and a lot of interesting dynamics to be at play. I want to see it if I can.

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    • September 25th, 2008

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