In Mists of Pandaria, the Horde plot thickens with the fall of Garrosh Hellscream and the siege of Orgrimmar
While it seems that I’m mostly over WoW as a game at this point— its mechanics, its quirks and the repetitiveness that’s built into any MMORPG no matter how much Blizzard tries to spice things up, I’m still intrigued by the ever-unfolding Warcraft story. And it was revealed this weekend that Pandaria might have one hell of a story, involving the Horde and Alliance both teaming up to take down a Garrosh Hellscream mad with power.
When Pandaria was first announced, there wasn’t an obvious central story. There was no big bad guy like Illidan Stormrage, the Lich King or Deathwing the Destroyer. It just appeared to be about the appearance of the mysterious home island of the Pandaren. But now it looks like things are going to get pretty crazy. The story of Mists of Pandaria is not the Pandaren themselves, it’s about how the war between the Horde and Alliance will reach a boiling point it’s never reached before, and the Pandaren just happen to get caught up in this all out war.
In Cataclysm, the Garrosh Hellscream of the Orcs and Sylvanas Windrunner of the Forsaken have shown to be real fucking assholes, to their own people and to their old alliances. And in Pandaria, Garrosh, son of the original Horde Warchief Grom Hellscream, is going down. Hard.
In the original Warcraft game, Grom Hellscream was the leader of the Orcs and later became the leader of the Horde, becoming kind of crazy after willingly drinking the blood of the demon Mannoroth. When Grom died in Warcraft III, his friend, the Orc shaman Thrall took over, and the two leaders couldn’t be more different. Grom was an old school Orc, who ruled with absolute fear and absolute power, seeing strength and intimidation as the best way to rule. Thrall was a much more even-tempered, even-handed leader, but when he was forced to leave the throne of Orgrimmar to go and help deal with Deathwing, he put Grom’s son, Garrosh in charge. Thrall wasn’t the best leader, but Garrosh is still very much his father’s son and it sounds like in Pandaria, he will do something that will leave the Alliance and the Horde no choice but to step into Orgrimmar and forcibly remove the mantle from Garrosh’s shoulders.
So does that mean Thrall will come back? Will the war finally be over and that’s the end of the story (ha ha no)? Who will take Garrosh’s place? I may get Pandaria just to play for a short time, but I’ll definitely be keeping up with the story. I hope someone also takes down Sylvanas. She’s a total cunt.
Also, the other interesting news is that unlike previous expansions, the entire story arc of Pandaria will be there on arrival and not pieced together with patches. The patches will be sort of sequels to the main story instead of chapters.
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