My SUPER EPIC Wrathgate Prequel

I thoroughly enjoyed my time from 78-80 on my Death Knight.  The Wrath of the Lich King expansion is my absolute all time favorite expansion.  Normally I like to rush leveling, but I definitely looked forward to seeing the quests in Northrend again.  When I came across the Wrathgate questline, it was almost a surprise.  It’s such an incredible story, and really wraps you up in the whole emotion-feelings stuff at the end.  The cutscene is probably one of the top three most epic in all of World of Warcraft.

When I got to the Wrathgate area, I actually spent time there wandering around.  I completely stopped my XP train to just explore the whole area.  I was inspired to create some kind of video, since I haven’t done one in a while.  So this is my first World of Warcraft video.  It’s a little short story that takes place before the Wrathgate cutscene.  You can find the Wrathgate cutscene itself on YouTube or in game.  If you don’t remember the Wrathgate, i’ll leave it up to you whether you want to re-watch the cinematic before or after.  Enjoy!

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  1. Well-done. Like yourself, I enjoyed WotLK very much. Arthas was/is my favorite protagonist/villain in the entire series (I believe this stems from my days in Warcraft 3 & The Frozen Throne, which allowed one to truly “feel” the fall of Arthas on a personal level).

    I’ve come across many that belittle the Lore of WoW, but I never understood that at all. I believe it stems from ignorance on their part (or they’re just wow-haters that hate just to be hating).

    After playing WoW for many years through ALL the expansions (thus far), WotLK still stands as one of the greatest expansions for me. Although it’s now my second-favorite expansion, it still holds a special place for me as I remember the first time I set foot on Northrend.

    I still believe that Mists of Pandaria is the best, most lore-filled expansion to date, but WotLK is definitely awesome. When Warlords of Draenor released, I wasn’t able to get it right away. While the mainstream of players were playing WoD, I had the chance to get to max level and truly work on the lore of MoP. It was actually my 3rd/4th time playing through, but I had never taken the time to focus fully on the story/lore. After I was finished, I was blown away by how much that I had missed, and just how in-depth and amazing the history of Pandaria was. To this day, I believe the Thunder King was one of the greatest villains that Blizzard ever made. The Thunder Isle is probably one of the most underrated patches ever released, and I truly enjoyed the solo instances that progressed the story.

    Again, the video/prequel story of the Wrathgate is pretty good. WoW always tickled the RP-element in me, and I find myself creating backgrounds for just about every character I’ve ever created. I’ll share one of the my favorite RP-moments before ending this just to give an idea what I mean. My children (son and daughter) wanted to get back into WoW a couple years ago, and I had the itch as well. So, I scratched and got us a month and rejoined in Azeroth. Now, my children were teen/preteen at this time, so although we were playing on the same server, they of course had their own friends that they played with. Well, I told them that I was going to play an undead mage. Now, I had been playing on the Alliance, and I had a paladin human that I was leveling when I decided to switch over and play Horde. The undead that I created ended up being the deceased brother of my Alliance paladin. My undead mage killed in Lordaeron by Arthas when Arthas ravaged the land. I won’t go into the full history, but it was pretty good. It’s one of the character histories that I wish that I had saved. I usually do back them up, but have lost it, evidently.

    Anyway, to make a short story long, lol… I had just created my undead character. My kids and their friends showed up where the val’kyr, Agatha, is helping resurrect the “usable” dead to add them to the ranks of the Forsaken. Seeing as how this was my 700th alt (LOL), I had heirlooms that I used on my characters. I still remember being awoken and how I started a little RP event that the kids still talk about today. After being resurrected, my character started frantically looking around Deathknell for his “belongings” (before my kids and their friends showed up, I had ran to the nearby mailbox and gotten my heirloom gear). I ran to the several of the nearby, freshly dug-up graves until I got to the 3rd or 4th one. I was speaking in /say chat the entire time, so they could see how frantic my character was. “Where are THEY? I KNOW that I left instructions with the fools!”, being examples of the what my character was saying. When I arrived at the last grave, I stated in /say “aHA! Here they are!” I proceeded with “/me kneels down, opening what looks like a secret compartment within the nearby coffin and pulling out a bundle of clothes and a what looks to be a dusty staff.”, which shows up in the emote flavor text. My character then puts on the heirlooms and starts off in full-heirloom gear. The reaction for the my children and their friends was pretty awesome. I come from many years around the gaming table, and RP-ing these small events are what makes a game really great, in my opinion. The kids’ friends, I was told later by my son, thought that it was really “cool”, what my guy did. This is one of the things I love about WoW. Although it is a heavily-scripted, linear-type theme park game, Blizzard has added the necessary elements to allow for good RP-ing. Could they do better? Yes. However, they do better than most out there.

    TL:DR – WoW is what you make it. The freedom to RP is there. The Lore of WoW is very rich and deep. Although scripted/linear, WoW has definitely created a game that can appeal to just about every type of player out there.

    Sorry for the long response, but seeing your RP-video brings back good memories of WoW. It made me go back and looks at some of the character histories that I still have saved to this day.

    • I used to RP quite a bit. I played all the Warcraft RTS games, so coming to World of Warcraft I was already in lore heaven. Eventually I had so many things I wanted to do, and not enough time to do them. RPing kinda fell off, replaced by PvPing as well as other games. Wrath of the Lich King was the best expansion to me. Even going through it recently on my Death Knight, I was excited to arrive in Northrend, and sad to leave it behind. So many fond memories. The only other game I have the same attachment to is good old Star Wars Galaxies. They sure don’t make MMOs like they used to. I just don’t feel the same connection to Cataclysm, Pandaria, or Warlords. As much as I love Star Wars, I don’t feel the same towards any part of SWTOR. Sure, there have been fun times, but nothing compared to the experience of entering Northrend on a boat, and finally, on that one fateful day, defeating the Lich King. Truly, an end to an epic era. I’m kinda struggling in WoW right now. I compare everything to the good old days. Its hard to motivate myself to connect with a new group of friends, and hope the future is just as bright as the past.

      And seeing your response is awesome. Lets me know my video did its job. Can’t ask for more than that. Thanks!

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