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Battle for Azeroth Cinematic - The Pride of Kul Tiras (Spoilers)
15.08.2018 в 20:54
There's one more surprise cinematic for Battle for Azeroth's launch! Alliance players can unlock a special cinematic upon completion of Jaina's storyline, The Pride of Kul Tiras.
Story spoilers if you are not max level.
How to Access this Cinematic
As an Alliance player, complete the main zone storylines for
Хранитель мудрости Кул-Тираса
. Make sure you complete the end-of-zone dungeon quests to avoid phasing issues.
Next, complete the Jaina questline which starts from
Пока не поздно
at level 120, given by
in Boralus Harbor. Here you will help Katherine Proudmoore reunite with Jaina. Check out varenne's detailed comment on the
page to learn about all the quest steps, including Mythic Siege of Boralus.
After completion of
Осада Боралуса: возвращение леди Эшвейн
, pick up and turn in
Reaction and Analysis
Daughter of the Sea
Wow...chills when Jaina starts humming "Daughter of the Sea." Back in "Warbringers," we saw Jaina humming the folk tune, reliving her past deeds that caused her to be so hated among her people. At the end of "Warbringers" though, she deviates from the lyrics, ending with "Beware...of me." In Battle for Azeroth, she'll write her own story instead of doing what others want. Here, in "The Pride of Kul Tiras," she reclaims "Daughter of the Sea" as her own, humming the melody in front of all citizens of Boralus as she gathers her power to call the lost fleet.
It's fitting that Jaina's victory is in front of the entire population of Boralus. When she first travels to Kul Tiras, the entire population is out on the streets to see her, treating her as a monster. She's sentenced to a traitor's fate in front of her people. Now, in the cinematic finale, her people bear witness to her incredible power and loyalty. Jaina doing something heroic on her own wouldn't have convinced her people she was loyal--she had to do something legendary in front of everyone, which she did by finding the lost fleet and mass-teleporting them back to Boralus.
Alliance vs Horde Story Parallels
It's interesting to see how the Alliance's fate is starting to turn around, after the rocky start and losses in Teldrassil and Lordaeron. While the Horde initially seemed to have better luck getting the Zandalari on board as allies, the Zandalari have their own political upheaval to deal with, not to mention King Rastakhan entering into a deal with Bwonsamdi, the loa of Death, which we're sure will not backfire
In the equivalent Horde cinematic finale, Zandalar Forever, King Rastakhan must rely upon Bwonsamdi's assistance to kill Zul, and is unable to prevent Zul from blasting open the final seal to Uldir. Talanji is not present in the Horde cinematic, while Jaina and her mother stand together, along with all the citizens of Kul Tiras, in the Alliance one. While the Alliance may have started off in a weaker position, they are rapidly gaining strength. Compare the ending shots of both cinematics--Jaina and her mother looking out together happily on Boralus Harbor, filled with their own ships, while King Rastakhan regretfully stares at the camera as Bwonsamdi chuckles, black smoke billowing from the broken seal to Uldir.
Jaina calling the ships to her reminds us of Talanji's iconic moment in the Horde intro cinematic where she uses the power of the loa to destroy the Alliance fleet as the Zandalari fleet appears in the background. Jaina is now arguably in a better position than Talanji, as by this point in the story, Talanji has lost the aid of Rezan, the loa of kings, who made her early naval victory possible.
Jaina and Talanji also struggle with their parents, rulers of powerful nations who are beset by corrupt politics. King Rastakhan nearly loses his kingdom in Zul's coup, with many loa killed in the battle. Katherine is framed and nearly forced to abdicate by Lady Ashvane, revealed to be in league with Azshara. The younger generation has a better grasp on politics and threats, initially ignored by the parents. Katherine's actions are more drastic, as first she casts Jaina out as a traitor, to exile or death, and then later rescues Jaina in Thros. King Rastakhan clearly loves his daughter, but ignores her concerns about Zul. When he sees her despairing that they won't win the upcoming battle, he forms a desperate deal with Bwonsamdi out of a need to love and protect his family. However, this seems like a dangerous deal and one that could curse Talanji in the future.
We love seeing the parallels between these two island princesses!
We also learned that the anchor pendant was not just any old pendant in Theramore, but one that belonged to Daelin Proudmoore. This furthers the symbolism in "Warbringers" when Jaina gives the necklace as payment to the mythological ferryman to make peace with her father and retrieve his ship. This also means that Jaina has been carrying her father's amulet for many years, in spite of their differences. It adds another dimension to the story knowing that as Jaina was stepping aside to let her father die, she was also grieving him and held onto his pendant through the years of estrangement with Kul Tiras. This also explains why her mother reacted to strongly to Jaina wearing the pendant, ripping it off at their reunion.
One could imagine Jaina deliberately leaving it behind in Theramore at the start of Pandaria, feeling like a part of her died at Theramore with the necklace left in the burial grounds. With her kingdom in ruins, Jaina must have felt herself unworthy of the necklace and the power it commanded. When she decides to retrieve it in Battle for Azeroth, it's a sign of rebirth--she's willing to face her past. Jaina is carrying forth the good parts of her father's legacy, using his amulet to unite the fleet, save Boralus, and ultimately unite Kul Tiras with the Alliance. Jaina stands proudly as the new Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras.
As Jaina calls the Kul Tiras fleet back, we see her brother, Tandred, leading one of the ships. The death of Jaina's other brother destroyed her father, so it's a fitting parallel that Jaina now uses her father's amulet to bring her other brother safely home, giving him a moment of glory attacking Lady Ashvane.
We're excited to see where Jaina's story goes next in Battle for Azeroth! Lord Admiral Jaina has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
Jaina in Battle for Azeroth
Jaina Proudmoore, a complex character whose development was mostly relegated out-of-game, has returned triumphantly in Battle for Azeroth.
Leading up to Battle for Azeroth, Jaina embarks on a mysterious mission in the novel
Before the Storm
. In the comic "
," we see that she's secretly traveled to Theramore, using magical powers to watch the people of Kul Tiras, understanding their struggles and sorrows.
The comic ends off right where "Warbringers" starts--Jaina kneeling by the graveyard of swords in Theramore, next to a sword with her father's anchor pendant.
In "Warbringers," Jaina is ferried on a boat ride with a mysterious hooded figure, reliving her actions that led to the death of her father. She finally makes peace with her past, raising her father's boat from the sea.
Her father's ghost ship turns the tide in the Battle for Lordaeron. Jaina appears in the sky when all appears lost for the Alliance, using frost to halt the blight and arcane cannons to blast down the city walls. When the Alliance walk into Sylvanas' trap at the very end, Jaina ports them to safety on her magical flying ship as well.
With the news that the Horde has allied with the Zandalari Trolls, Jaina agrees to seek out Kul Tiras for aid. Jaina has nightmares as she travels to Kul Tiras, uneasy that her family's kingdom will never forgive her.
Jaina asks Kul Tiras to assist the Alliance, but is given a traitor's welcome.
After Lady Ashvane's treachery is revealed by Taelia, Katherine starts to doubt her choice to exile Jaina--she sees visions of her daughter tortured in flames.
Katherine has a change of heart and goes to rescue Jaina from Thros, the Blighted Lands, where she is tortured by her past actions and regrets. This cinematic is unlike anything Blizzard has tried before, with the dissonant lighting, background, jittery camera movements, and haunting audio creating a feeling a psychological despair.
We've also written a
of Jaina's rescue quest, including transcribing all the voices taunting her in Thros.
Even more interesting details abound in the finale, where Katherine appoints Jaina the Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras in front of all the Houses and we learn Taelia is the daughter of Bolvar Fordragon! Remember that none of the characters truly know what Bolvar's final fate was, so we're all probably in for a rude surprise once they learn he's the Lich King and simply didn't die heroically in Icecrown...
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