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Long Quest Chain in Dragonblight [Spoilers]

Has anyone else done The Battle for The Undercity?

To make a long story short, I always seem to log on my holy priest whenever I a) only have an hour or so to test, or b) right before a server restart. So, my levelling has been somewhat slow, and I'm still stuck at 70. However, when I heard about this questline, the lore nerd in me had to run to make a premade 80 on Murmur to try it out. (Yes, I know that those premades are meant for PVP, but I've seen people use them to test level 80 raids, so I didn't feel so bad.) I rolled myself a human death knight and gritted my teeth, because I'm not a terribly huge fan of PVP servers, and headed out to Wintergarde Keep.

All I can say is...wow. Just wow. The quest chain took me around five hours to complete on a level 80 with PVP blues, so I imagine it would take a solo player of the correct level a bit longer, with the travel time between points and such. The questline is tagged as level 72-73 and takes you all over Dragonblight, to Ogrimmar and the Undercity (even if you're on an Alliance toon!), and to Stormwind. The quests don't just involve killing x amount of ghouls, either. During the Alliance version of the chain, you get a chance to interact with lore characters, pilot a steam tank with a gnome engineer that pops out to dismantle Scourge war machines (one of my favorite parts), fly around on the back of one of Alexstraza's lieutenants, and there's even a special achievement near the end of the chain for your preservence.

And it comes with a climactic ending - Hey, the King's a Jerk! Or, rather, his sense of vengeance is really misplaced. Never the less, after years of cold war, the Horde and the Alliance are now formally at war. I'm sure Arthas is thrilled. "Here. Kill each other next to me." /cast Army of the Dead(Rank 9001)

Anyway, this is by far the best quest chain I have ever done. It made the lore addict in me very, very happy, but perplexed. Where is Blizzard going with this? The longterm consequences in the plotline of the game are pretty large, especially with the characters that tend to bridge faction gaps (i.e., Jaina and Thrall.) With King Varian's current state of mind, I could see him trying to brand Jaina a traitor for some of the things that went on during the questline.

TL;DR: If you want to try this quest chain yourself, it starts here for Alliance. I tried to dig up the Horde version for you Horde ladies, but WOWWiki is acting up. This is somewhere near the center of the chain, but I couldn't back up the chain much further than that. Hope it helps though.


Sep. 23rd, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing Sylvanas, seeing as how didn't he and Jaina meet up in the comics and were quite friendly? I has no idea. D: But man, DO WANT PRESTOR BACK PLZ.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Jaina and Thrall have a friendship that dates back to WCIII but expands in the books and comics. (They meet covertly on several occasions to get each other's input on politics and such.) They also have a standing treaty that I can't imagine Jaina breaking for Varian's benefit. Theramore would be in serious danger.

I've wondered if Syl might have known Jaina from their days at court. Quel'thalas seemed to have decent ties with Lordaeron, and Jaina hung out at the Lordaeron court a lot. Certainly Alleria and Veressa made appearances at court. It's not much of a stretch to think Syl might have been there, too.

At any rate, from the dialogue that Sylvanas had, it seems that she wasn't derisive toward Jaina, but rather polite and willing to help.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
No no, I meant, I remember seeing a tidbit in the comics or a comic cover with Varian meeting with Jaina again, and he was going to see Jaina when he was lost and got amnesia.


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