I recently read the article by Anne Stickney over at WoW Insider on the history of Theramore, and it got me thinking about my own memories of Theramore from leveling in the pre-Cataclysm world.
Be warned that this post may make some references to upcoming story in Mists of Pandaria – so turn away now if you’d like to avoid spoilers!
It’s no secret that the horde has big plans for Theramore and Garrosh’s warmongering will finally push the otherwise fairly diplomatic city and its ruler over the edge. Theramore will, in essence, be gone and even though it wasn’t necessarily my top choice in questing zones, I have one quest I absolutely loved doing there.
I have always enjoyed doing this quest simply because it really defined the atmosphere and was brimming with history. It was also fairly easy and convenient to do since you could pick it up right off the docks – and I almost always did it while leveling alts regardless if I spent time doing the rest of the zone. With Theramore’s destruction on the horizon, I found this particular quest to have much more significance.
Originally, before I learned of Theramore’s destruction, my response would be precisely what’s written there: “Traitorous Filth!” But now in light of the provocation by those very orcs, I have to reluctantly admit that these agitators have a fairly good point. “Are you sick of being told to stay your blade while the orcs continue to provoke us?” Yes, yes I am.
Yes, this traitorous filth certainly has a very good point. What he calls cowardice, I call diplomacy – but the question remains the same: Did Jaina’s diplomatic ways invite trouble into Theramore? Should she have been more astute to what the leadership change in the horde meant for her city when Thrall stepped down?
Storytelling can come out in many different ways and in Cataclysm, a good part of it was in books and cut scenes. That’s fine, but I think there’s something special about when a quest all the way from Vanilla times can spring back to life so many years later under new circumstances.
As a fan of the Alliance, I can’t wait to see how all of this turns out! At this point, the words “the drums of war thunder once again” are echoing in my head. With Mists looking to bring back war to the Horde and Alliance, I’ll leave you with the original and my favourite of all cinematics…