Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Icecrown attack, imminent

Its been a while since I posted, simply because there has not been much progress on my part in game. I completed What a Long, Strange Trip it's been, got my violet drake, got a few upgrades, some off the AH and some from looting. But its been quiet, with no new kills. We are kinda stuck on Northrend Beasts in hard mode, not aided much from a rather unstable roster due to various in-game and real life reasons. Nonetheless, we have been there before and we are going back with a vengeance this week as well.

Tiny spoilers below...

But the big news are on another front. Patch 3.3, or at least its first version, is on the PTR. Blizzard is introducing a very interesting collection of 5-man challenges. New quest lines, historical weapons, lore figures add to the mix of what appears to be an involving adventure in 5-man instances. And its been a while since we had one of those.

Icecrown Citadel starts with a 5-player dungeon, consisting of three wings in the citadel's foundation. Players will assist Jaina Proudmoore (Alliance) and Sylvanas Windrunner (Horde) in infiltrating, commando style and through the back-door, the citadel, while the Lich King focuses on the attack of the Argent Crusade and the Ebon Blade. Their purpose, simple. To weaken the Citadel's defences. Kind of like a Dirty Dozen type of thing, only with... well, like half the dirtbags. Interestingly, we have to complete one wing to get to the other. Adds flavour, I can't complain. Normal and Hardmodes are available with each wing being on a separate lockout timer. Rewards for those interested will probably be between 219-232 item level.

The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron and Halls of Reflection are the three wings, where we will meet some... interesting foes. The reports say we will encounter... Frostmourne, as we enter what appears to be the Lich King's private chambers. Falric and Marwyn, captains of Arthas Menethil in the past, now commanders of the Lich King, as well as the true prince of darkness...no wait, that is Ozzy... I mean the Lich King, the true prince of Patch 3.3, await for us.

Waaait a second... If we encounter the Lich King in a 5-man... who do we encounter in the Icecrown Citadel raid? And, while we fight him... what happens to Jana and Sylvanas?

I am not sure what will happen, not I have been monitoring the reports, the blogs and the general information sources. All I know is that we are weeks before what I consider the pinnacle of the lore already laid down. The rest that will follow are somewhat new things. Since Arthas became what he is now, the epitome of a fallen not-so-lawful 'good' person (kind of like Anakin becoming Darth Vader), to the chaotic evil being he is, I knew he would die, one what or the other from out blade. I can even say I have been playing in WoTLK for that very thing. To finally meet and kill that `old friend'. Redemption never looked plausible for me. Of course I may be mistaken, but I think the probability is pretty slim...

For me this encounter will be the end of a wonderful journey, along the path of life of Arthas Menethil, ever since I met him Frozen Throne. What is to follow when he is dead? Well, dunno, he is already dead in a sense :p. All I know is that once he is out of the way, there will be lots of new villains to get hooked upon. And I plan to do so...


Anonymous 7 October 2009 at 00:24  

First Arthas then onwards to Cataclysm and Deathwing!!


Dentrag 7 October 2009 at 11:13  

What about Arthas killing one of the major NPCs. That would give some prestige to Arthas and reverse all the negative trend going on for him loosing or retreating all the battles...
He lost the death knights, retreated when Putress came with the plague and all.
Although slim chances of that to happen it would spice up things and give players one more reason to hate him. And then turn it all around and make him agood guy (that the Blizzard way i suppose :-P)

Lance 7 October 2009 at 11:25  

There is... speculation that he will kill someone. Kill, seduce to the dark side, or whatever evil beings do.

There is a view that Bolvar and Sarufang Jr will appear in some form. Blizzard issued today the Icecrown Citadel information and there is mention of a very powerful Deathknight guarding the upper reaches of the citadel. When I read this I wondered who that might be. Bear in mind Sarufang Jr was `consumed' from Frostmourne during the Wrath Gate event, where as there is speculation that Bolvar is a `loose end' after the translated conversation between Alextrasza and Krasus became known. Or should I say allegedly...

Also, recent rumours regarding Jana have also appeared. Jana and Sylvanas appear to be parts of the 5-player chain quest. However, there is little mention of Jana in the Cataclysm related information, leading many to believe she will... perish.

Personally I think Metzen will have something set up for us that's going to be truly epic. I do not think Arthas will just...fall. I have a feeling this is going to be a major trap... where we will loose something in order to gain his death. Only then will it be worthwhile.

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