I got to see the big Gamescom reveal yesterday for World of Warcraft: Legion. They timed it well, it was on right before I left for work. Afterward, I’d rather have stayed home and read the websites and discussed the possibilities, but that’s how it goes.
My opinion of Legion? To borrow words from Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn:
“And naturally I’m reticent. Oh yes, I’m reticent.”
I remember being so excited when the Warlords of Draenor trailer came out. Grom! Blackhand! Orgrim! All the legendary orcs from the original Horde! The ones I’d only read about – finally I’d get to meet them in game. I could hardly wait!
I have 3 level 100s, and I’m still waiting.
My worgen got to see Grom while questing through Shadowmoon Valley. One of my Hordies saw him for a minute on the PTR when she was captured and imprisoned as a gift to the warchief. But that’s about it. Most of the rest of it consisted of cutscenes and cinematics, with the legends kept out of reach of my toons. Not once did I get to talk to them or run errands for them. Not one hi, how ya doin’. Not a single hey, I’m hungry, go find me a dozen boars’ legs and I’ll give you a couple silver. The rest of it, I suppose, is in raids (which I haven’t done as my guild is pretty much non-existent and I don’t really have time, anyway) where all you get to do is kill the legends, not interact with them like I’d anticipated.
I have nothing to write from WoD. It didn’t inspire any fanfiction. My old rogue, cousin to the original Grom, came out of retirement to go to Draenor to see for herself who this other Grom was, but she never caught a glimpse. Watching Thrall duel Garrosh really put a blanket on her fire. After she built a shipyard, she got bored and went back to Azeroth to play with her grandchildren and tell them stories of the glorious good old days, when men were men and orcs were orcs and fighting was hand-to-hand, not hidden behind a camera.
Maybe the Legion will bring some new ideas and characters and inspire some new writing. Hard to say till I get there and see. Meanwhile, I’ll be working on my ‘real’ blog and my original fiction – what there is of it.
As always, For The Horde!