With the Mists of Pandaria NDA lifted a lot of people have started to discuss what is coming in the next expansion. Even I have created a post, a scenario so to speak to do with the Siege of Orgrimmar and who I think would make a pretty awesome Warchief of the Horde. Today though I would like to look further, with a little brain storming of what I think would be a cool idea for a future expansion.
World of Warcraft – Unholy Alliances
Now that title sucks but anyway. The basic concept is that we are fighting against the Burning Legion on two fronts. A series of islands between the Eastern Kingdoms and Northrend that, like Pandaria were hidden before the Cataclysm have appeared and what both the horde and alliance have found is that the Burning Legion have secretly been rebuilding gates and forces on these islands preparing for a full-blown invasion of Azeroth. The location of these islands have been revealed by Thrall and as the two factions have now entered at tenuous truce following the death of Garrosh (there are of course still the odd skirmishes happening), focus has now shifted towards these islands, however the attention has to be split.
In Outland a piece of the former planet that broke away has been reconnected with. Here they find Burning Legion portals and soon both the Alliance and the Horde realise that if they can secure these portals, they’ll be able to launch an assault on Argus in future years. The burning legion however are aware of these and have sent forces to protect these portals, and with these being on Outland, the forces of the Horde and the Alliance are partially independent to orders from their capitals so let’s just say that territorial battles are common.
Now I know people will think that by having two areas like this to focus on it’ll create a disjointed feeling that doesn’t “flow”, like it failed to flow in Cataclysm. However this is where I think it would be the beauty of it. Both the islands in Azeroth (we will call the “Invaded Isle’s”) and land in Outland (which we will call “The Southern Lands”) would both be levelling zones. Let’s say for example the levelling was 90-95, then they would both have 7 zones and you could choose to level up in either.
So why bring back the legion now, and why in those particular areas of the Warcraft universe, and why the title “unholy alliance”. Well, because I want to make things a whole lot more interesting. Firstly returning to Outland could give Blizzard the chance to re-do the 60-70 quests that are there, to update the flow like they did in Azeroth. Each zone would have its own little story but the entire 60-70 range would have a general arc. Once entering Hellfire or Netherstorm (two starting zones why not?), a mysterious person on interest seems to be “advising” both sides, directing them south to Shadowmoon, where these islands are discovered but require further study before our forces can enter (good excuse to not be able to go there until level 90 for example). Who is this mysterious person? We will find out later
On Azeroth the full extent of what is happening on the north islands has quickly dawned on both major factions. Whilst they have been able to establish footholds on each of the islands there, they are seriously outnumbered and outgunned. It would only be a matter of time before they were overwhelmed and the legion swept through the world unopposed.
Now here is why it gets interesting. In Outland as soon as you enter the Southern Lands (the piece of broken off land), it’s quickly revealed that the “mysterious person of interest” who has been guiding the two factions to the portal is none other than Illidan Stormrage. Realising the error of his ways in the past he now has one obsession. To eradicate the Burning Legion from Outland, and eventually to launch an assault on the Legion’s stronghold of Argus (that can always wait a couple of expansions). For most of the expansion on the Southern Lands you end up fighting alongside Illidan’s forces, your former enemies who are now allied through the old saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. They aren’t the only ones either.
In Azeroth, as you complete the first starting zone of the “Invaded Isle’s”, it feels hopeless. It feels like even if both factions happened to put aside all their difference and fight together they still wouldn’t be strong enough to repel a Legion invasion. After years of fighting, the brutal battles of Northrend, the deaths ensued during the Cataclysm and the faction fighting, moral is low and manpower and resources are shrinking. The breadcrumb from the first island to the second could be that you are to take an order to the general in charge of the effort on that island. The order comes from the King of Stormwind or Warchief of the Horde, ordering a full retreat to the Azeroth mainlands to prepare the defence lines there. Just as your about to hand the orders to the General, you come under attack from a massive Legion assault, it’s looking bleak, when all of a sudden a new force joins in the battle. This wave isn’t attacking you or the opposing faction but are attacking the Legion. At first no one can believe what is happening but it’s true. The Northrend forces of Bolvar, the Lich King have appeared to lend their hand to stop the Burning Legion. It’s an extremely uneasy alliance as the memories of both the Northrend battles and the undead plagues still loom large, however with the undead forces of the Lich King the tide of the battle has been turned.
So what sort of things could be expected from this expansion?
- 5 more levels to level but the choice of two “continents” to level up in
- No new races or classes but instead the old races finally get their remodel.
- The return of Illidan Stormrage
- The Undead, whilst still evil are being controlled by Bolvar to fight the Legion. Some break free at times and have to be dealt with.
- New aquatic mounts (turtles, boats) for the new Azeroth zones.
- New captured legion mounts for the new Outland zones.
- Aim of the battle in Outland is to capture the working portals, not destroy them.
- Aim of the battle in Azeroth is to defeat the invasion and destroy the portals.
- Faction similar to the Aldor/Scryer depending on where you levelled (Azeroth/Outland)
- Original Outland zones “modernized” with an updated levelling flow and quests.
- Perhaps, you could complete the other levelling zone in a “prestige mode” so to speak. Where everything is scaled to the max level, but would allow you to experience both levelling zones at your level.
What about the Argus battle?
Well I had some thoughts about this and I’ve came up with two conclusions. My first thought was that Blizzard could make people sweat. Throw in another expansion between this one and the Argus one, but I soon realised that most people would want the middle expansion to finish quickly so that this story can be concluded.
My second thought which I actually had whilst I was in the middle of writing up this post is that Argus could be a perfect stage for a Warcraft 4 RTS game.
This was all a flash in the pan idea that I had yesterday and wrote down on the back of a few pieces of scrap paper whilst on my lunch at work, but the idea intrigued me enough to write a post about it. I hope you enjoyed.