From my Twitter feed 12 hours ago… ^^

WoW insider thinks this is a ‘curious’ tweet. I read this last night and though the exact same thing…

So, pop quiz, hotshot, what happens in Warcraft 3 that might have some relevance on the future of current Azeroth?

Well, apart from the emergence of Arthas (which I think we covered in the last expansion) Warcraft III is the first appearance in lore of Panderan hero Chen Stormstout, who appears in the Bonus campaign ‘The Founding of Durotar’, available in the ‘Frozen Throne’ Expansion. Let me quote briefly from his Wowpedia entry…

Chen’s journeys eventually brought him to the land of Durotar, and his latest brew had a plethora of strange ingredients that he feared would be too hard to acquire. He almost lost hope for his recipe when he was met by Rexxar the travelling Beastmaster. Chen asked Rexxar to retrieve the ingredients for his brew – a barrel of Thunderwater, the egg of a thunder phoenix, and a sprig of thunderbloom.

We are aware therefore that these Pandas like a brew. Their first recorded meeting with a faction on Azeroth also puts them on the Red Team, and it’s not long before he’s involved with the Blues too and at a place that some of us are aware has a forthcoming significance to Azerothian World events:

Chen and company went on a secret mission to Theramore Island to help the Horde find out why the humans were attacking them. They met with Jaina Proudmoore, who decided to help them out, after seeing what her father had done.[2] Chen helped Rexxar to defend Thrall and Durotar from Kul Tiras incursions. When the Horde was prepared they launched an attack that ended with the death of Grand Admiral Proudmoore.[3]

The Horde, we know, are planning to attack Theramore in what is likely to be the pre-Expansion flashpoint… so it seems fair to surmise that if Chen helped the Horde first time around, he could well be back to offer his support for the rematch… and what better way than to ‘introduce’ this new race to those who never did play Warcraft 3 than with their most famous son, already known to have roamed the lands of Kalimdor, leaving his kegs in his wake…? It also gives us a nice juicy hotbed of conflict and a compelling reason for Panderans to be forced to take sides: I’m also betting Jaina’s not going to be signing up for the Panderan Fan Club any time soon if these guys were in any way responsible for the death of her old man…

We know that Theramore’s days are numbered: is it possible that it’s also going to be the place where Panderans are forced to pick a side for the forthcoming conflicts?

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