Last week, World of Warcraft experienced its Cataclysm. In addition to the geographic changes wrought by Deathwing the Destroyer, many other man-made (orc-made, forsaken-made, etc.) changes have been introduced as well. The TechRepublic gallery, World of Warcraft: The Cataclysm has happened, is a small sample of those changes. (Note to the Alliance players: This gallery is very Horde-centric.)
On Dec. 7th I booted up my Comp and ran my 80 out to Vashj'ir. You start out with a cool sequence where the boat you're on is destoried by a Kraken (Not actually named that, but it works for a descriptive term.) From there, you are submerged in an underwater world, complete with a territory war between Naga and Vrykul. You have to protect your capsized boat and other survivors as well as gather supplies. As you progress through the region, Blizzard has added quite a few interesting quests. One of which you get to control a shark and You even get a sea horse mount! Blizzard really did put a lot of work into this section. So far, it's been totally awesome!
Recently, we (the illustrious members of Technologia) we debating the overall effects of Thrall?s recent appointment of Garrosh Hellscream as War Chief while he goes off to ?heal Azeroth.? In light of what?s transpired, the general consensus was ?what the hell were you thinking?! Thrall get your green butt back here!? I was questing in Silverpine Forest and watched a cinematic where Garrosh literally calls the Banshee Queen, Lady Sylvanas, a ?b----? and that she might ?meet her maker soon enough.? He also posted an Orc to ?watch her.? Now, the ?for the Forsaken? instead of ?for the Horde? seems to be more pronounced. It doesn?t stop with his treatment of Sylvanas. Apparently, Garrosh has also thrown the leader of the Darkspear Trolls from Orgimmar. Not to mention what happened between Garrosh and Cairne Bloodhoof. He?s not making friends amongst the other races of the Horde. We debated what the overall result was going to be and that this was a possible set up for another expansion to be released in a few years. Is the Horde going to fracture? Is Thrall going to come home to a massive mess that he has to clean up? I think there might be another answer. I think it is a very real possibility for a split with the Horde. The Forsaken and the Sin?dorei might split off and form their own alliance in the Eastern Kingdoms. The Darkspear and the Tauren might also split off and create their own alliance. However, as Sylvanas said, ?we need the Orcs.? I see a third option. At the rate Garrosh is going, I think someone might very well have him offed and not in the traditional ?we meet in the ring and settle this like men? kinda way. With the addition of the Bilgewater Cartel to the game and to the Horde and with Steamwheel still out there, I think finding someone to do the job could actually happen. Since Garrosh is so popular with the peons, it would have to be an Alliance frame-up or someone would have to chisel at his reputation. Who would do it? Well Baine Bloodhoof would have the most motive, but he?s too honorable. Maybe the leader of the Darkspear and definitely Sylvanas. I can see Prince Kael'Thas Sunstrider seeing Garrosh as a potential loose cannon within the Horde and getting rid of him. Thoughts?
Upon thinking about the whole Garrosh Hellscream thing, I and another Technologia member, who wishes to not put his name anywhere near this, discussed a plot to get rid of the new Horde War Chief without causing a major rift in the Horde. Here it is and a few others. (Both serious and no so much.) 1. The Deathwing BBQ- Deathwing could be bribed into taking a shot specifically at Hellscream, especially if he thinks it might cause chaos. If someone were to offer him a couple of head of cattle and some barrels of Thunderbrew for the job, I think it could lead to grilled Garrosh. 2. The Hex-ation Without Representation- The Darkspear are pissed. They have witch doctors. Strong Troll Mojo happens. 3. Undercity Smogasbord- Simply start a rumor that Sylvanas is doing something that ticks him off again to get our active War Chief to head over to the Forsaken Regions (Make it big, because Garrosh HATES going to Tirisfal Glades or Silverpines.) Theres still some rogue undead in the area to blame for any tragic cannibalistic buncha-lunch that MIGHT happen. 4. Running With the Bulls?- Start a festival in Thunder Bluff (I recommend San Cairne or All Bloodhoof?s Day.) As a part of it, all Tauren warriors have to run laps around Thunder Bluff with their weapons as a show of prowess to the Centaurs (because nobody likes them and they are always a good excuse to get the Tauren to do anything.) Make a special place for Garrosh to watch the festivities a little too close to the edge. Free flowing alcohol should help make things more lively, so be sure to raid a Dwarven outpost before you launch this plan. Heights, booze, pointy Tauren Horns? The elements will be with him. Gravity?s element right? 5. Good Ol? Fashion Spiked Drink- Things that someone could put in Hellscream?s Joe or Suds. It might take a while and it might not even hurt him, but would be funny if he were drinking it and didnt know it: A.) That weird green water which I think might be sewage and I?m always amazed that I don?t take damage when I fall into it in Undercity. B.) Troll Sweat. C.) Volatile Rum. D.) Plagueland Termites E.) Zombie Juice F.) Gnoll Spittle G.) Frostwhispers Embalming Fluid H.) Active Liquid Plaque Agent I.) Baby Spice J.) Pustulant Spinal Fluid K.) Deathweed (Or, someone could just give him a poisoned spider fang as a custom swizzle stick. Just make sure you put Lo?Gosh?s name on the gift tag in case of potential backfiring.) 6. Say Hello to My Little Green Friend- With the Bilge Water Cartel as now members of the Horde, there is a ready supply of hired thugs. As they say, ?Kidnapping? Extortion? We do it all!? Hire the Bilge Water Thugs and there is an automatic deniability. First, the Bilge Water are new to the Horde, which is already in conflict with itself anyway and not a bad scapegoat should people get caught. Second, the Steamwheedle Cartel is still out there and active. They could have been easily framed for it. One Gob looks just like another right? With any luck to the executor, these plots could render Hellscream dead or insane.
And here I just thought it was Elkwinkarma and Nixa that were imbued with that. Is it like an STD or something that Rogues can get it too?
Inferious should start being a crappy rogue then maybe Sylvanas won't draft him. Because if you're going to off the head Horde, you only want the best. Besides, I think it would have to be a team effort. Garrosh is a big dude.
Inferious feels like you may be implicating him in #3 preemptively... Good work on this list, I like them a lot.
Since my favorite race are the Tauren I like the running of the bulls. Drink and great heights not a good combination.
I find most all of your proposals and summations plausible, but there is one factor that can change everything - Thrall. He is the big character out there in the middle of the ocean holding the entire world together by its elements. I don't know where the story will go from here, but I am certain Thrall will do something spectacular.
Thrall is an unknown factor in this mess. But, I do have a couple of questions that I think the answers to could tell us exactly where the Horde?s heading. 1.) Do you think Thrall will really take up the seat of power again? He does have a new mate after all. Not so sure something doesn?t have to happen to her if he?s going to do that again. She?s too new of a character for me to make much of a judgment on her besides she seems like a strong one and won?t put up with crap. 2.) Do you think Garrosh will honestly give up power should Thrall come back or will he but forced out? 3.) Do you think the other leaders of the Horde will be that patient?