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Grand Adventure Time Features New Maps Depicting Warcraft's Past and Alternate Futures
17 дн. назад
Several new Dragonflight maps associated with something called Grand Adventure Time appear to depict places and events from Warcraft's past, alongside a very fishy alternate timeline!
Spoilers and Speculation Ahead!
It's not exactly clear what Grand Adventure Time is right now, and it's likely just a placeholder title anyway, but the time bending nature of these maps suggests a new Bronze Dragonflight or Caverns of Time themed activity. The maps themselves are mostly identical to those already seen in-game, but the internal names for their zones provide clues that these aren't quite the same places we remember and some of the maps even include level ranges of 68-70, suggesting late or max level activities in Dragonflight. Presumably through the result of some bronze dragon shenanigans, this would appear to indicate that we get a chance to go back and experience some of these events, to see how they influenced the rest of our world.
Of course, it's all speculation at this point, but the
Mists of Pandaria
makes this idea feel similar to MoP Scenarios - short dungeon like instanced activities with themed gameplay and storytelling elements. While, scenarios were not brought forward into future expansions in favor of increased phasing to allow more dynamic quest elements within the shared open world, it can be considered as a precursor to several other solo and small group activities throughout the years including the Deaths of Chromie, Warfronts, Island Expeditions, Horrific Visions, and even Torghast.
The Black Empire - (
The Black Empire
was a world-wide spanning Old God civilization, at the height of their power when Azeroth was still young. Dividing the then singular continent up between the four gods and the enslaved elemental lord serving as lieutenants, the Black Empire was an unmatched power, threatened only by war within itself.
This changed with the arrival of the Titans, intent on purging Old God corruption from the budding world-souls of the kin. After defeating the elemental lords and sealing them away in the Elemental Plane, the Titans ripped Y'Shaarj out of the world, inadvertently leaving a great wound which would become the Well of Eternity. Opting to imprison the remaining Old Gods rather than risk damaging Azeroth further, the Titans successfully dismantled the Black Empire and returned to the cosmos, leaving behind Watchers, Keepers, Dragons, and primordial constructs to watch over the world. Despite those precautions, the Old Gods would continue to exert their influence, whispering words of corruption into the minds of mortal races and immortal protectors alike.
Players revisited a small part of the Black Empire in the form of Ny'alotha during the Fourth War.
The Pandaren Revolution - (
The Pandaren Revolution
was an armed uprising of monks which overthrew their Mogu oppressors and led to the foundation of the Pandaren Empire, roughly 12,000 years before the opening of the Dark Portal. Clearly a major event shaping the lands and people we would come to know and explore in Mists of Pandaria.
Originally a titan experimentation facility called the Cradle of Life, the Vale of Eternal Blossoms has been the cultural heart of every major civilization in Pandaria, as well as the focal point for every conflict throughout its lands. The Mogu and Pandaren made it the heart of their empires, Garrosh Hellscream used its power to revive the heart of Y'Shaarj, and N'Zoth assaulted it in search of the Engine of Nalak'sha while attempting to rebuild the Black Empire.
The Pandaren Revolution overthrew the Mogu Emperor Lao-Fe, the Slavebinder.
War of the Shifting Sands - (
The War of the Shifting Sands
took place between an alliance of post-Sundering Night Elves and Dragons against the gigantic forces of the Qiraji and Silithid empire manipulated by the Old God C'Thun. Led by Archdruid Fandral Staghelm (who would much later be corrupted by the Nightmare and become the Majordomo of Ragnaros and Archdruid of the Flame during the events of
), the Night Elves managed to contain the threat to Siltihus, warring back and forth over the same tracts of desert land, until the brutal death of Fandral's son, Valstann. The heartbreaking loss created an opening for the Qiraji to extend their territory across the desert, but the victory proved short-lived as they eventually ran afoul of the Bronze Dragons in the Caverns of Time. Calling the Red, Green, and Blue dragonflights to their aid, the combined forces of the dragons and Night Elves pushed their enemy all the way back into Ahn'Qiraj, creating the Scarab Wall to seal them inside for another thousand years.
Although Fandral shattered the Scepter of Shifting Sands into fragments, the Scarab Wall was reopened by the Might of Kalimdor to defeat C'Thun.
The Gnoll War - (
The Gnoll War
took place between the Kingdom of Stormwind and a massive warband of gnolls united under Packlord Garfang. Initially overrun by the vicious creatures, a small strikeforce led by King Barathen made their way deep behind enemy lines to strike at the enemy leadership. The attack proved so successful that the disorganized and leaderless gnolls were driven deep into the Redridge Mountains, and Stormwind rose to great prosperity that would last until the opening of the Dark Portal approximately 75 years later.
Interestingly, history would come to repeat itself in reverse during the first war against the Orcish Horde, with the assassination of King Llane by Garona Halforcen paving the way for an Orcish victory over the stubborn kingdom that had managed to withstand the combined might of Draenor for nearly five years.
King Barathen the Adamant of Stormwind was Anduin's great-grandfather.
Although potentially unrelated, Dragonflight is also introducing several new
high resolution gnoll models
, including one for the infamous Hogger! Although there's no specific record of Hogger taking part in the Gnoll War, which should have taken place several decades before his lifetime, the characters frequent recurrence throughout World of Warcraft makes it interesting to speculate that there might actually be a line of successive Hoggers named for one another, allowing some latitude for the familiar villain to make an appearance if we actually do get to go back in time to experience these events.
Azmerloth - (
Ok, here's where things go off the rails. While all of the previous maps were related to places and events of Azeroth's past, this one is just plain weird. Here we have a map of Dragonblight, but all of the names are... Murlocified. Noting that even recent areas like Naxxramas are on the map with Murloc names, this clearly isn't a piece from the past, but would instead appear to be some kind of alternate reality run by Murlocs! Of course, it's also possible that some intrepid Murloc cartographer simply put their name for things on our maps, and that thought might help some of us sleep better at night, but either way this one is downright fishy!
Primalist Tomorrow - (
This is another interesting one, as the name suggests a future rather than a past.
are proto-dragons aligned with Galakrond instead of the Titans. They went to war with the aspects over the place of dragonkind, ultimately remaining in isolation on the Dragon Isles while the aspects went out in to the world, but Primalist Tomorrow suggests we may explore a potential timeline in which the proto-dragons won.
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