katieskarlette replied to your post:uhhh the iron horde invaded “our” azeroth instead…Blizz has said not to think about the AU Azeroth because we won’t ever see it. Whether they’re bluffing or not remains to be seen.
isn’t this not the first time they’ve encouraged a “don’t think about it” attitude regarding WoD lore. incredible
I actually wrote an AU where the orcs never invaded. It’s an interesting cluster of ideas, because Medivh is still possessed but he never summons the orcs, which means Sargeras has to do something else, assuming he doesn’t just seek out new options.
One of the ideas I had was that, instead of Aegwynn making Medivh the next Guardian, she picks Jaina Proudmoore, tapped to be the next Queen of Lordaeron through her engagement to Arthas Menethil. In the AU itself, Jaina and Arthas do get married, and she’s immediately called away to deal with one problem or another.
Ultimately, their relationship was strained because of Jaina’s responsibilities to the whole of Azeroth, whereas Arthas was ultimately tied to Lordaeron. This is, of course, supposing Arthas is king at all, since I have a pet theory that Calia was intended to be Queen until Terenas was mind-fucked by Deathwing. Speaking of which, it’s entirely possible he’d do it anyway, if my theory about there being a damaged Old God vault underneath Tirisfal (Blizzard has claimed it isn’t, but they also claimed Anduin was 13 for Mists, so what they claim in blue posts is worth the paper it’s printed on).
Additionally, what happens to the Wrynns? Adamant Wrynn was the first of his line, presumably having taken over from someone else, and he had one child, who’s to say if he hadn’t been caught up in the war, he and Varia wouldn’t have had more? What about Llane, without losing his father at twenty, would he have the same impetus to have an heir? Would he have produced Varian so soon, or would he have waited? Who would he have married if he could have had more time? Would Varian have siblings? Obviously he’d have a very different attitude because he would never have seen his father killed (and presumably his mother, we don’t have a name for her).
What about the fact that the human nations were at each others’ throats? What about Quel’dorei isolation? What about the dwarves, who’d had a civil war relatively recently? What about the gnomes, would they have dealt with the troggs differently? What about the trolls, would they have made a big comeback? What about the goblins? Would the Kaldorei have remained eternally vigilant? Would the centaur have ultimately wiped out the tauren and ravaged southern Kalimdor?
There are SO MANY INTERESTING QUESTIONS TO ASK. Sorry, this kind of thing gets me super excited.
Actually the implications of this text are fucking with me because as far as everyone thought only Tirion and Sylvanas knew about Bolvar but now Darion is just kind of casually telling everybody about it?
THIS IS MESSING WITH ME.
I’m just looking forward to hearing what you learn from this quest, regardless of any implications and/or wobbly lore.
Varian and Jaina are just kind of talking about Bolvar (one is asking the other about telling Anduin about Bolvar), so I have to assume that it’s not even remotely a secret.
Plus, I would love to see someone try to keep the Ebon Blade out of Icecrown. “Yes, we’re going to let living people handle all of this corrupting garbage and not well-trained death knights. For reasons.”