|Woah WOAH WOAH hang on there a minute… there’s a CAMPAIGN? Screenie from joystiq.com|
I am rather concerned at what I’m seeing on the PTR.
Forget for the moment the Legendary
Pokemon Battle Pets, the BLACK TEMPLE scenario (there’s a whole other post right there folks, stay tuned) or the fact that suddenly Player vs Monster is going to actually Be A Thing. I’m frankly perturbed, and it’s all to do with the bloody mess that was made at the Temple of the Jade Serpent. It appears that no lessons have been learnt at all by my faction, and despite screwing up big time we’re about to start a land war in Asia military campaign in Pandaria.
I’m sorry, at what point did this escalate into a legitimate conflict?
The Alliance were sent to Pandaria to rescue the King’s son. Forget for a moment he didn’t want to be rescued and has now established himself as the de facto Alliance ambassador to the Pandarians. Forget the fact that we lost pretty much everyone that we were sent with to undertake this task. I’d also pretend not to think about the absolutely appalling way we’ve ingratiated ourselves with large sections of the indigenous population… frankly this is too big a land to want to conquer, surely? Have no lessons been learnt from the war in Northrend at all? Apparently not, because I’m being told now I’m expected to ‘valiantly defend an outpost’ I think is both badly considered and frankly unacceptable on a continent with such a rich cultural diversity. We should learn about this new land first before we trample it underfoot with a sea of tanks and soldiers. Seriously, who ON AZEROTH is advising the King these days…?
Ah yes. Jaina. This one’s also clearly for Theramore… :(
I have not for many years considered wanting to leave the Alliance, but yesterday after seeing the ‘video’ that accompanies the push into Karasang, it crossed my mind. The thing is, of course, I’d not want to switch factions either. I want no part of Garrosh’s plans, his agenda even more shaky than Varian’s. I want to be without a banner to call my own. I’d live to go native and lose myself in the beauty of this new land: undertake expeditions for the Explorer’s league, learn more with the Lorewalkers. The beautiful southern coasts of this land that I now consider my home for the next couple of years is about to be destroyed by warmongering fools who clearly didn’t read ANY of the intel I am gathering regarding the way this place works. I am going to be forced into a version of ‘Modern Warfare’ and frankly, I’m not happy.
Of course, this move represents a masterful piece of storytelling. I KNOW there are spoilers out there that explain a lot of what is going on, but I frankly refuse to see them until its time. Knowing how Blizzard now have adopted the ‘you quest here first BEFORE it becomes an instance’ mentality I’m unreasonably excited at what other parts of the game may be dragged into this particular conflict. Nothing is currently off the table, all of a sudden it is genuinely exciting wondering just what the heck is going on. The fact remains however, I know full well why no-one else has proceeded past the ‘arrive at the Carrier’ part of the Alliance quest line thus far, and it has nothing to do with my obsession with leeks. This is because I don’t like killing the Horde this time around, and the more I consider the options the more I’d really like to have the opportunity to set myself as neutral.
This is a war I don’t want, but I’m an inescapable part of. The next few months will be very interesting indeed… ^^