World of Warcraft’s alternate timeline is getting bizarre in Battle for Azeroth


World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’s new allied race system will push gamers throughout Azeroth (and past) to recruit allies. One of many latest allied races can have us touring again in time to World of Warcraft’s alternate-universe Draenor, the place issues have taken a flip for the bizarre.

Because of some data-mined broadcast textual content from WoWHead (which is at all times topic to alter), gamers have an thought of simply how unhealthy issues will go after they return to Draenor. It seems, time works a bit otherwise when hopping between timelines.

Gamers head again to Draenor to recruit the Magazine’har orcs (which merely means un-corrupted in Orcish, or not inexperienced to the remainder of us), whom gamers first met two expansions in the past, in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. Whereas many gamers could have left that growth considering they saved the planet from its horrible future within the default timeline — which was its destruction by the hands of the Burning Legion, a demonic military — issues haven’t precisely turned out effectively.

When gamers return, it’s been about 30 years for the reason that occasions of Warlords of Draenor. The orcs have now allied underneath Grommash Hellscream, the growth’s preliminary villain, who noticed the error of his methods earlier than the story’s finish.

World of Warcraft - old Grommash Hellscream

The Draenei, a bunch of spiritual aliens who had been exiled from their residence planet of Argus solely to choose Draenor, have had a much less stellar time. Whereas the Draenei had been nearly solely participant allies in Warlords, plainly a few of them have gone down a a lot darker path over the previous three decadres. Below Yrel, one of many essential Alliance heroes from Warlords, the Draenei have created a sect of fanatics known as the Lightbound.

When final we left these two, they had been desperate to work collectively. But it surely looks like the years have seen a shift of their energy dynamic. Yrel has seized management and begun aggressively changing Orcs and Draenei to her trigger. They now pressure all to serve the Mild (their faith) or die.

You possibly can see this have a direct impression on their world. Durotan, father of Thrall (considered one of Warcraft’s essential protagonists) and a major Horde hero in Warlords of Draenor, has been killed by the Lightbound. However apparently, earlier than he died, he and his spouse had a daughter named Geya’rah, that means that Thrall doesn’t exist on this timeline. Though by no means named within the textual content, it additionally seems that Garrosh Hellscream, considered one of Warcraft’s big-bads and son of Grommash Hellscream, has betrayed his individuals and joined the Lightbound.

Right here, Warcraft YouTuber Bellular breaks down the Lightbound state of affairs and simply how unusual it’s.

All of this comes as fairly the shock to most gamers. Earlier than, Grommash was a lately transformed good man and Yrel was about as pure as you may get. Whereas all that is nonetheless topic to alter and should by no means find yourself going stay, the Warcraft group is sad in regards to the prospect of the Draenei doing this. In any case, WoWHead has an excellent monitor file with this sort of factor. Though it’s solely a single small state of affairs that re-introduces the Magazine’har, gamers appear fairly sad about Yrel’s sudden — or quite, over-30-years — change of coronary heart.

Yrel was one of many two most necessary characters in Warlords of Draenor, an growth that’s seemed again on very unfavorably. However for all of its gameplay issues, Warlords had an fascinating story and funky characters. Whereas there have been alternate actuality variations of characters gamers already knew, like Prophet Velen, there have been additionally nice new characters like Yrel.

The cinematic for Warlords of Draenor above reveals the alternate-universe Prophet Velen, the chief of the Draenei, passing on his energy to Yrel earlier than sacrificing himself. This can be a large transfer for considered one of World of Warcraft’s main characters. Velen continues to be the chief of the Draenei within the default timeline, and he’s not precisely recognized for bestowing energy on anybody for any cause. He clearly noticed one thing worthy in Yrel, identical to gamers did.

And that is the place this new tackle Yrel runs into critical issues with the group. For 2 years, Yrel was the hero for the Alliance’. She was the brand new character that Alliance gamers constructed into a frontrunner earlier than heading again to their very own timeline. Leaving her behind was arduous, nevertheless it felt like we’d helped her develop from the small Draenei healer within the intro state of affairs of Warlords of Draenor into a frontrunner worthy of Velen’s blessing.

Blizzard has at all times been a fan of turning the nice to unhealthy, with Arthas changing into the Lich King and Illidan remodeling into an excellent/unhealthy demonic hybrid. However these character arcs made sense, and gamers had been capable of watch the modifications manifest and develop over the course of a storyline. As a result of Blizzard is skipping forward with Yrel, a lot of that motivation is misplaced. Seeing the change of coronary heart after the actual fact isn’t practically as fascinating as it will be watching her progress down this path because the story unfolds.

It stays to be seen if this new storyline will really develop within the beta after which make its method onto the stay servers. However so far as gamers can see now, issues have gotten bizarre on alternate-universe Draenor, and never essentially in a great way. Nonetheless, since that is broadcast textual content, there may very well be a component to this state of affairs that we haven’t seen but. The complete Magazine’Har Orc state of affairs ought to be within the Battle for Azeroth beta quickly.

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