The first comic strip about Battle for Azeroth characters is now online. I was very much impressed by it.
First and foremost, it’s about my favorite Warcraft character of all time – Jaina Proudmoore. Ever since Warcraft III campaign – she appeared early enough, investigating the plague and the Scourge business in Lordaeron alongside with Arthas – she was my favorite hero.
I think the character is just perfect. I think maybe only Thrall got the same careful development throughout the franchise – and without unexplained turns. Her actions are always dictated by good thinking, they are logical, they are justified. Besides, she’s an ice mage, and that’s my weak spot :)
The comic gives an insight on her thoughts and attitude to the Horde, but most importantly, it gives a picture of current Kul Tiras lords.
Their discussions are nothing but a complex drama, worth Game of Thrones or other series alike. I’m so intrigued to deal with them, and I’m absolutely awed by Lady Ashvane which will make a perfect, clever, and sly villain.
Aren’t we a bit tired of one-dimensional, flat characters that are “eldritch boyz ate my mind, and now I scorch the world”? If World of Warcraft manages to step away from “kill-dragon” – “kill-the-possessed-guy” routine, it would be the best thing that ever happened to the franchise. I haven’t investigated questlines on beta – for I’m waiting them to go live in August – but if they manage to develop tensions and clashes of mind within our major factions, I would totally name BfA the best expansion plotwise.
Understand this: a character may be working to the same cause as yourself, but at the same time his methods maybe ruthless – so unacceptable by you and your other allies. A character may be stubborn and stick to his/her old beliefs which contradict with your hero (racism, old grudges – name it). He may stick a knife into your back not because he’s a member of an evil cult, but because your actions are not acceptable for him. You may not win his friendship by repeatedly bringing 20 bear asses to him. Alliances may be forged not just by you, but your actions may sparkle alliances against you!
In short, we need more Game of Thrones in our WoW :)