#80 – “What’s in a Name”


Exposition can be both highly interesting and utterly dreary, all depending on what is being told and whether the audience is willing to invest time in what you’re telling them. In cases like this page where the exposition is very direct, you can’t really obfuscate it – nor avoid it if it’s something the characters will need to know for events to move forward. In this case, we thankfully have Tiny whose unreasonable snarkiness break it up with remarks.

For this particular page, we finally have a name to associate with what’s going on. A name doesn’t contain much details, mind you, in spite of it possibly already being familiar. It does provide a focus for the current events, or atleast our observations of thereof. As for where it actually leads.. well.. that’s the big question, isn’t it?


14 Responses to “#80 – “What’s in a Name””

  1. 1 Illidan
    January 22, 2009 at 14:31

    So we’re going to the Eastern Kingdoms? Great! :)

  2. 2 Moltrazahn
    January 22, 2009 at 19:58

    Uhhhh *rubs hands* This will be interesting, also. Kudos on NOT telling them to head back to Darkshore to nail the wizard guy. This is much more interesting, AND it sets the plot in motion *nods*

  3. 3 HampOoze
    January 22, 2009 at 23:25

    Oooh hopefully that will mean dwarfs and gnomes. WantWant!!

  4. 4 Sylmarien
    January 23, 2009 at 06:21

    When exactly does all these events take place? In Warcraft history I mean.

  5. 5 Arafor
    January 23, 2009 at 10:11

    Well, the spell DID protect them from harm, at least their souls…. kinda….

    I guess he’s referring to “The Great Sundering” (before that Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdom (and probably Notherend) wasn’t divided by the maelstrom)

  6. 6 Nhani
    January 23, 2009 at 10:30

    Our friendly ghost Sargath is indeed largely refering to the great Sundering, which is a good ten thousand years ago. The basis for the dialogue between him and Delgren was taken out of the game even, with some cuts for length, some tweaks for flow and some further tweaks to match our present series of events. Mr. Narassin crossing the ocean happened only recently, however.

  7. 7 Sylmarien
    January 23, 2009 at 21:27

    Thank you all for the responses. :)
    I meant the events of Beyond the Tree (my fault! next time I’ll be more specific :D). Is it before the Lich King reawakens? Or to be more game specific, before TBC or now during WotLK?
    Thank you all again for your responses!

  8. 8 Nhani
    January 23, 2009 at 22:19

    Oh it’s a bit in loose continuity – the events it’s following (so far, atleast) are all ones that can be assumed happened around when World of Warcraft started. That said, the events in Outland may or may not have started already – I’m still deciding whether or not we’ll see Draenei in any extents or not. That said, Northrend has not happened yet – there’ll be familiar faces in Eastern Kingdoms that haven’t been shipped off. The Stormwind harbor is in place though, but canonically it was always there, so I don’t think that’s all that much of a stretch.

    It’s not very definite – since I’ve avoided actually having to specify it in detail. Made things simpler, so far!

  9. 9 Raukangren
    January 24, 2009 at 00:10

    Correction if i may. SW harbor actually was planned and was constructed right before the WotLK launched. So… It wasn’t always there. A plan was always there. Not the Harbor.

    As a side note, Blizz eliminated the Menethil — Darkshore route by boat. Silly enough. :(

  10. 10 Nhani
    January 24, 2009 at 00:29

    I was quite sure it existed prior, just not in game. (Much like the Gilneas peninsula does not exist in game. at all, regardless what your map says) That said, I can’t find a citation for that now, so I might be off about that. I just seem to recall it being supposed to be there and just being one of those things Blizzard left out.

    Still, in the Beyond the Tree setting it does exist and was constructed at latest when Stormwind was rebuilt. That may be a larger shift in continuity than I expected, though I if it is a change then atleast I’d consider it a sensical one – it seems a tad weird to believe that Stormwind’s been that close to the ocean and never had a harbour, seeing the apparent importance of sea-faring travel.

  11. January 24, 2009 at 10:23

    i would love to see a undead if were going to the eastern kingdoms!!!

  12. 12 wester
    January 27, 2009 at 15:32

    Eastern Kingdoms *cheer* and about the harbure i think it been there all the time althow they final got the last things repaired and build out as of classic wow it soul been there but it might have been smaller and there was an other rote down there.
    the dwarf construction team was just building an way down there if you have talk to them during 2.3.4 or what it now was.

  13. 13 scshima
    January 27, 2009 at 22:14

    From what I understand of Lore (a fair bit, been a warcraft fan since I’ve been old enough to USE PCs, the harbour has always been there, but for the continuity of WoW, it never had a direct link to the city, at least, not until the war effort in Northrend began. Then it was simply a case of knocking a wall down, and making the route shiny.

    And Eastern Kingdom yay! The chance for tiny to interact with some Gnomes. Could be an interesting conversation :P

  14. 14 bamflux
    January 27, 2009 at 23:18

    In the novels, the harbor is there at least as early as Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness.

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