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Beta Update: Monday, October 23rd, 2006
Istaria: Tigris
tigrise wrote in wow_ladies
This just in - you will no longer be flagged zoning into the opposing factions new racial zone, only the racial city.

So my horde friends have pointed out to me just how remiss I've been, focusing on Outlands and the Draenei without looking heavily at the Blood Elves. I've just been busy is all. Lots to see and do! Have I lost my horde soul to the juggernaut of the alliance borg? Hardly! FOR THE HORDE!

IM IN UR ORGRIMMAR
ELFIN UP UR HORDE!

The Draenei starting area has a very mystical alien feel to it, full of crystals, bits of magical crystalship parts all over the place, radiation-spewing crystalship debris, and affected wildlife - all punctuated by the occasional ancient Kaldorei ruin. The Blood Elf starting area is very classical-warcraft in style, and the graphic artists at Blizzard really outdid themselves with how pretty and easy on the eyes the first Blood Elf zone is, Eversong Forest - where Silvermoon City is located.

But it's not finished either. There is supposed to be a Zepplin from Silvermoon to Undercity - as of yet it's not complete. Instead two Blood Elves of the McWeaksauce lineage provide teleport service between the mage room in Silvermoon to the top level of the Undercity. Also, the town guards in Silvermoon refer to the flightmaster as being the "Dragonhawk Master" - when in fact he's a Riding Bat Master. This disparity is probably due to the dragonhawk mounts themselves being unfinished.

I even tried to go to Shadowmoon Valley in Outlands to view the flying mounts, but alas - that zone is not yet open for business. You get a hunter's mark on your head and are teleported out of the zone. The debuff is called "No-man's land" and the description is "You are not where your supposed to be".

But anyway, back to the Horde. There are two - COUNT 'EM TWO - raid instances in the new horde zone. They are both in the middle of troll temples in the southeast corners of Eversong Forest and the Ghostlands. Both have a swirly green raid portal with wooden gates blocking it. The mobs are also missing from in front of them. More unfinished content.

Another quandry. The Blood Elves have another problem - they seem to be being stalked by their elder cousins - the Kaldorei. Now as I fight them and do the quests I've still yet to determine WHY the Kaldorei seem to care so much about spying on their hated younger cousins in Eversong. It makes about as much sense as... well... anything to do with Night Elves. You see the High Elves have been living peacefully in the Eversong forest for approximately 7000 years before Arthas came and ruined everything - the scars of that battle are still carved deep into the land. There's even still a Scourge base called Deatholme on the far extreme edge of the new Horde zones for upper-20s young hordelings to go into in groups and clean out baby-scourgelings and even features a Scourge Cauldron, which is what is tainting the Ghostlands zone into it's plagued state. The Night Elves tossed out their upstart High Elven breatheren until the last war and actually allied with Prince Kael'thas for taking down Illidan and his Naga forces. THEN Kael'thas changed sides and joined Illidan and the naga, coming to Outland. The Night Elves, of course, have stopped chasing Illidan and went back home to lick their wounds. The Night Elves have always been autonomous, wanting nothing to do with other races, and to just live in their trees. I can sorta swallow Night Elves joining the alliance, on the basis that the Horde have been invading Ashenvale, logging the Night Elves's ancestral forest, and poisoning the minds of sleeping druids in the Barrow Dens. But WHAT THE FUCK do Night Elves care about Blood Elves enough to use moonstones and lay lines and forest glades for the purpose of spying on Blood Elves? Why do the Kaldorei even care?

The Horde have already forsaken the Treaty of Hyjal and turned once more on the alliance in the last year or two. Origonally the treaty was the unification of not TWO, but THREE factions. Understand in the last war Night Elves were their own faction - totally seperate from the alliance and the horde - that just wanted to be left in peace in their trees and stuff. The Treaty of Hyjal unified the three as a single force - The Living - against the Burning Legion forces, which at that time contained the Undead Scourge in it's ranks. Then the Forsaken broke free of Burning Legion control. Then the horde turned on the rest of the members of the treaty - Kaldorei and Alliance alike, invading Ashenvale. (Thanks so much, Grom.) Now suddenly the Kaldorei want to take great lengths to spy on Silvermoon? Why the heck would they care? And their not the secret Kaldorei police force, the Watchers, either - these are The Sentinels, who are the forces under Tyrande's command. The Blood Elves are just rebuilding their homeland and trying to drive the scourge out - why would Tyrande care? The aren't really all that shady, really. Their using demons as a source of power - like batteries - to syphon magic from (E.G. the demon in Dire Maul West) and have captured a Naaru to empower their Paladins with the Light. That's pretty common knowledge - I don't need glades of scrying moonstones to tell me that. *Drives a Mac Truck through that plot hole.*

Anyway, Silvermoon is a breathtaking city - and it's huge. There are 2 banks, 2 auction houses, innumerable mailboxes, and -unlike every other racial city in the game - has only 1 way in. It's elegant, opulent, and relatively unlaggy to me. Also, the 10-20 zone, Ghostlands, has a little sub-faction of Forsaken and Blood Elves that are fighting the scourge. You start neutral, and gain 1000 rep per quest you do for them. Gaining faction with them lets you buy lvl 10 gear that's really nice for relatively cheap prices from their Quartermaster - all lvl 10 greens (a very rare thing). At lvl 14 I'm already Honored with them. (Boots @ friendly, belt @ honored, chest @ revered, and a nice blue cloak at exalted). This is a very new phenomena for any sub-60 area. It will be easy to get exalted with them, but the gear is relatively outmoded by lvl 25. However at lvl 10-20, it's really cool stuff to get your hands on.

Oh, and as a side note - the screenshot I put at the top of my last report was chosen by Blizzard to be used on their site... somewhere. Not sure where or when it will go up, so keep an eye out for it.

Anyhow, that's all for now. Trying to get my hunter to 61 - she's about 75% of the way there. Ordinary mobs are currently giving her about 1K XP per kill. It will be about half that when the Expansion goes live.

"IM IN UR ORGRIMMAR
ELFIN UP UR HORDE!"

I started a meme. /sniff So proud!

w00t beta.

The nelfs are spying to make sure the belfs becuase they are upset they now have competition about who is the prettiest.

Silly question but what does it look like when the belf's do their spinning jump? I've heard it looks like a figure skater leap

Yeah pretty much, when you jump you have a random chance of spinning in the air - twirling in mid air like an ice skater.

You're not *entirely* right about some of the night elven stuff.

You see the High Elves have been living peacefully in the Eversong forest for approximately 7000 years before Arthas came and ruined everything It's closer to 4000 years, since Malfurion kicked them out about, oh, 6000 years after the Sundering (give or take..?) and things were hardly peaceful, since the High Elves wound up basically stealing the trolls' ancestral lands... though since Trolls are everywhere, bit hard not to. Also, Malfurion kicked out the Highbourne because they were trying to channel the power of arcane magic, again, and made a big dominance show by trying to destroy parts of Ashenvale in a storm of magical fire and ice. Good show there, guys! *salutes*

The Night Elves tossed out their upstart High Elven breatheren until the last war and actually allied with Prince Kael'thas for taking down Illidan and his Naga forces. THEN Kael'thas changed sides and joined Illidan and the naga, coming to Outland. The Night Elves, of course, have stopped chasing Illidan and went back home to lick their wounds.
The alliance was pretty temporary, and Kale'thas did help them stop Illidan from ripping apart Northrend, and then after Maiev took off, Tyrande and Malfurion left, because they considered their business to be over. Maiev did succeed in capturing Illidan, but her work was in vain because Vashj and Kael came back to free Illidan (in the most violent game of tug-of-war ever...) and Maiev died, "alone and unmourned" in Outland (actual quote from the rpg).

But WHAT THE FUCK do Night Elves care about Blood Elves enough to use moonstones and lay lines and forest glades for the purpose of spying on Blood Elves? Why do the Kaldorei even care?
From some of your own screencaps, not all the Blood Elves are embracing this whole 'hideously evil' thing, so it might very well be that they're interested in those individuals, or perhaps they want to see how magic works on this side of the world. Or, simply, giving the players something to DO. If people could solve their own problems, rpgs wouldn't exist.

The Horde have already forsaken the Treaty of Hyjal and turned once more on the alliance in the last year or two. Origonally the treaty was the unification of not TWO, but THREE factions.
Despite what the game would have you believe, Thrall honours the treaties with the Alliance, as does Jaina. Thrall mentions that they are not at war with the Alliance, but conflicts are inevitable. Basically, it's a cheap plot device, because apparently there isn't enough conflict in Warcraft without humans vs orcs. *eyeroll*.

Their using demons as a source of power - like batteries - to syphon magic from (E.G. the demon in Dire Maul West) and have captured a Naaru to empower their Paladins with the Light. That's pretty common knowledge - I don't need glades of scrying moonstones to tell me that.
The Horde knows. The Alliance might not know, or might not know everything. They may have been asked by the Draenei to tell them what happened to the missing Naaru. The world doesn't mystically know everything that's happened because the players know (a point the writers of some of the rpg need to be reminded of...)

I will note that Thrall is supporting the current push against the Burning Legion in Outlands. The forces holding the line against the Burning Legion in outland are combined Alliance/Horde forces. Thrall is at least being true about that.

He is, he's awesome that way. *heart*

Awesomeness. I did have a question, do you know if the Naaru talk at all, on either side? I'm curious to know for writing purposes.

I'm rather happy about the new loading screen, and I'm deeply curious about the Kalimdor version. ^^

It's VERY VERY HARD to get screenies of loading screens. It won't normally take screenies if your in a loading screen. I'm still struggling to get one of the Kalimdor version, but it's also updated with a much prettier, younger, stronger, and buffer looking female NElf in full plate, the head of a female Draenei looking very mystical and badass, and a neat female tauren, etc. Will keep trying to get one.

The Naaru do not speak. There are only 4 in game thus far in beta. 1 in the Exodar's central core shaft - O'ros - who is friendly to you, M'uru who is imprisoned by the Blood Elves and is hostile to you as a Belf, and 2 more in Shattrath - the Sh'tar. One of them redeems tokens from hard-level instances for epics, the other is the leader of Shattrath and she you speak to him his diaglog is an emote about hearing pretty tinkling little sounds and a deep feeling of being welcome in the city of Shattrath. Naaru... have not yet spoken at all that I've seen.

Interesting, and that may be enough to work with, funny enough. Thanks a lot. I'm going through your screenshots now. I still want to shake the blood elves like a polaroid. It's frustrating that sympathetic, desperate characters have gone completely stupid.

I use Clipper to take screenshots of anything on my monitor. Might make it easier if having trouble getting the loading screens. :) I think googling clipper and screenshot might bring it up. But then, if that's the only thing you're gonna use it for, might not be worth the effort.

A female gnome Warlock! HEE! Thanks for the screenshots.

Ahaha...the combat log in your first screenie!

Poor Gamon - most frequently slaughtered Tauren in all the land, I'd say.

Hehe that poor tauren. :P

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