World of Warcraft finally wrapped up Sylvanas’ story

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It’s finally over. The years-long, twisting, turning story of Sylvanas Windrunner that has dominated World of Warcraft’s narrative has come to an end. The storyline, which began in 2018, is full of the most controversial decisions in Warcraft’s history — all centered around one of the franchise’s most popular characters.To get more news about Buy WotLK Classic Gold, you can visit official website.

Sylvanas Windrunner has become a kind of narrative black hole. Many of the good aspects of Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands have been overshadowed by her increasingly convoluted and incoherent story. Up until the tale’s conclusion, Blizzard has told fans to “wait and see.” Now, with the release of the Sylvanas novel on March 29 and World of Warcraft’s Patch 9.2, Eternity’s End, we know the whole story start to finish – kind of – and we can finally do a post-mortem on how Sylvanas and her accumulated plans have pulled the Warcraft franchise so far off the beaten path.

In 2018, with the launch of the Battle for Azeroth expansion, Horde Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner did something that has forever changed the Warcraft franchise: she committed genocide by burning down the Night Elf capital of Teldrassil, which is full of civilians that the Alliance cannot evacuate.

The game’s narrative said that she did it because of the war between the Alliance and Horde; she was attempting to defend her people with a pre-emptive strike. This kicked off the war, and Sylvanas escalated by doing cartoonishly evil war crimes at every step. Many players on the Horde hated this; why were they suddenly made to be complicit in murdering civilians, torching homes, and raising people into undeath as Manchurian Candidates?
We wouldn’t find out for a while; in 2019, the Horde descended into Civil War and Sylvanas bounced. The most explanation we got was via players on the Horde who chose to stay loyal to her; she explained she had a bigger plan and “nothing lasts.”

But then we got an explanation, kind of. Sylvanas was actually starting the war because, for some reason, everyone who dies is having their soul funneled to the worst possible hell in order to fuel the Jailer. Why? Who’s the Jailer? Why does he need all of these souls? Why are there theological concerns like fragmented souls, double death, and automated Maw delivery?

It took until 2020, after the Shadowlands launch and a campaign update, to get a big picture explanation. And in 2022, with the release of the Sylvanas novel, we’re finally getting all the small questions answered, too. The drip feed of content is suboptimal for any story, but especially for one that feels so flawed; players sat for months with serious questions about the fundamental integrity of the setting and the characters in it.Sylvanas first appeared in Warcraft 3, which was released in 2002. That’s an impressive legacy character; she’s been kicking around for two decades. She is a high elf ranger protecting the kingdom of Quel’Thalas, when the death knight and fallen prince Arthas comes to knock on the kingdom’s doors with an army of undead. Sylvanas valiantly fights to save her people, but in the end, it’s all for naught – Arthas kills her, raises her as a banshee, and uses her as a weapon of war against the high elves. It’s an incredibly sympathetic start to the character, and fans immediately connected with her, especially after she is raised into a banshee and a slave.

It’s an indescribable trauma, and it’s one that Sylvanas survives. She reclaims her body, haunts it, and creates her own kingdom out of the undead Forsaken, rotting survivors of Arthas’ wars. The Forsaken are hated and feared, but they are also free. Whether they use that freedom for good, like aiding their newfound allies in the Horde, or evil, like creating a plague that destroys the living and Arthas’s undead armies alike – is up to them.

That was the status quo up until 2008’s World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King, where Arthas served as the main antagonist. Sylvanas never gets to take a swing at Arthas personally; instead, at the midpoint of the expansion, the Horde and Alliance team up for an assault on the Lich King’s Wrathgate. A sect of Forsaken betrays everyone and bombs the entire battle with blight, nearly killing Arthas – but decimating the friendly troops as well. Sylvanas reclaims her city, ousts the traitors, and plays a support role for the rest of the war.

Posted 12 Apr 2022

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