History Literature / TheWarOfTheAncients

16th Jun '15 6:00:45 AM jormis29
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* PortalCut: Sargeras is halfway through the Well of Eternity's portal when it's forcefully closed, causing him to "cease to be" (although his spirit has shown up later in ''TheLastGuardian'', albeit only a [[FightingAShadow part of him]]).
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* PortalCut: Sargeras is halfway through the Well of Eternity's portal when it's forcefully closed, causing him to "cease to be" (although his spirit has shown up later in ''TheLastGuardian'', ''[[Literature/WarcraftTheLastGuardian' The Last Guardian]]'', albeit only a [[FightingAShadow part of him]]).
14th May '15 6:19:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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''The War of the Ancients'' by RichardKnaak is a ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' novel trilogy set in the Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse. It chronicles the events of the titular War of the Ancients where the Night Elves fight against the Burning Legion and attempt to save the planet from total annihilation. The story is noteworthy for the fact that it stars three characters from the present day Azeroth time line who travel back to the event and enact subtle changes. Many believe that the book was written to actually justify some of the changes to the Warcraft time line. However, few of the retcons are related to the most egregious retcons that remain unanswered.
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''The War of the Ancients'' by RichardKnaak Creator/RichardKnaak is a ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' novel trilogy set in the Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse. It chronicles the events of the titular War of the Ancients where the Night Elves fight against the Burning Legion and attempt to save the planet from total annihilation. The story is noteworthy for the fact that it stars three characters from the present day Azeroth time line who travel back to the event and enact subtle changes. Many believe that the book was written to actually justify some of the changes to the Warcraft time line. However, few of the retcons are related to the most egregious retcons that remain unanswered.
28th Feb '15 1:44:40 PM Hello101
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* BadassNormal: Jarod Shadowsong. With Ravencrest, he's the only character with no magic powers or super strength (like Brox and the Taurens), but is a very good strategist, a good fighter and in the end ''[[{{Determinator}} faces Archimonde himself]]'', and doesn't quit even if he knows he can't win.
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* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: [[spoiler:Brox in his DyingMomentOfAwesome.]] * BadassNormal: Jarod Shadowsong. With Ravencrest, he's the only character with no magic powers or super strength (like Brox and the Taurens), Tauren), but is a very good strategist, a good fighter and in the end ''[[{{Determinator}} faces Archimonde himself]]'', and doesn't quit even if he knows he can't win.

** Although to be fair about 1/3 do realize that Azshara has lost it.
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** Although to be fair about 1/3 do realize that Azshara has lost it.it, and [[spoiler:some of them even stay behind to give the others time to get away.]]

* TheDreaded: Archimond, who Mannoroth mentions he's "almost" as afraid of him as he is Sargeras.
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* TheDreaded: Archimond, Archimonde, who Mannoroth mentions he's "almost" as afraid of him as he is Sargeras.

*** Let me state this in clear detail. Demons in Warcraft are beings who cannot think of anything but pure, unfiltered hatred for all living things. ''They fall in love with her''. That she thought she could woo even Sargeras is less a display of egotisim and more of a sultry self confidence. *** To be fair in one scene with Illidan it's implied that she's enhancing her natural sexy with magic, but so subtly that nobody actually notices. So technically using magic to make the girls, boys and demons want her for her own gain. Illidan himself is somewhat victim to it even when he notices.
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*** Let me state this in clear detail. Demons in Warcraft are beings who cannot think of anything but pure, unfiltered hatred for all living things. ''They fall in love with her''. That she thought she could woo even Sargeras is less a display of egotisim egotism and arguably more of a sultry self confidence. *** To be fair fair, in one scene with Illidan it's heavily implied that she's enhancing her natural sexy appeal with magic, but so subtly that nobody actually notices. So technically using magic to make the girls, boys and demons want her for her own gain. notices. Illidan himself is somewhat victim to it it, even when he notices.notices and despite his own skill in magic.

** For [[spoiler:Illidan]]. Being locked up in a cave for the rest of your life is bad enough. But when you're '''immortal''' then it is just insane. ** Also, in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', you can find [[spoiler:Varo'then's ghost. Apparently, his punishment for betraying Kalimdor was literally to [[WalkingTheEarth roam the earth]] forever after his death. When you find him in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', it's been more than 10.000 years since the War of the Ancients!]]
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** For [[spoiler:Illidan]]. Being locked up in a cave for the rest of your life is bad enough. enough when you're mortal. But when you're '''immortal''' then it is just insane. insane. ** Also, in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', you can find [[spoiler:Varo'then's ghost. Apparently, his punishment for betraying Kalimdor was literally to [[WalkingTheEarth roam the earth]] forever after his death. When you find him in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', it's been more than 10.000 10,000 years since the War of the Ancients!]]

* {{Flanderization}}
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* {{Flanderization}}{{Flanderization}}: Illidan gets this to a noticeable degree. However, even at his worst, he's not pure evil.

** Played with [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Azshara]] who, as a sorceress (and one of the most powerful magic-users), easily makes friend with monstrous felhunter demons.
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** Played with by [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Azshara]] who, as a sorceress (and one of the most powerful magic-users), easily makes friend with monstrous felhunter demons.

* GeneralFailure: Desdel Stareye doesn't know a thing about how to fight a war yet thinks he should be in charge by virtue of being a nobleman. This is even more jarring since there ''are'' noblemen who know how to fight, like Lord Ravencrest, who, unfortunately, ends up [[spoiler:being killed by one of Azshara's assassins]]. His "brilliant" plan involves marching straight into enemy lines, which results in many casualties when the demons spring their (fairly obvious) trap. The only consolation is that Stareye himself dies as a result, leaving the much more competent Jarod Shadowsong (a commoner) in charge. Additionally, his FantasticRacism results in him putting the Tauren, Furbolg, and Earthen (proto-Dwarves) forces in the support role, when they're much more useful on the front lines.

** It was originally a lot more simple, actually: influencing Neltharion/Deathwing to create the Dragon Soul and bringing it near the well where they could use its power to free themselves and at the same time fatally weakening the Dragon Flights, their worst enemy. It's when Neltharion grows too attached to the artifact to give it up that they have to [[XanatosSpeedChess improvise.]] *** It's even simpler than that. According to Krasus, significantly altering the Azeroth timeline would "rip Time apart," which would unmake the Old Gods' prison. They chose to change the outcome of the War of the Ancients to accomplish this, but it didn't necessarily have to happen in that super-specific way. They just wanted either the demons or Neltharion to come out on top. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Brox]], and possibly [[spoiler:Malorne]]. * HopeSpot: For the night elf army, [[spoiler:Neltharion/Deathwing annihilating the demon army with his weapon. Cool, we are saved! Wait, what is he doing?]] ** When Illidan and the others spot the [[spoiler:dragons]], they cheer , assuming that the tide has turned. Rhonin also spots them, and immediately starts muttering "No" under his breath; he knows what this means, but is utterly powerless to change the outcome.
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** It was originally a lot more simple, actually: influencing Neltharion/Deathwing to create the Dragon Soul and bringing it near the well where they could use its power to free themselves and at the same time fatally weakening the Dragon Flights, Dragonflights, their worst enemy. It's when Neltharion grows too attached to the artifact to give it up that they have to [[XanatosSpeedChess improvise.]] *** It's even simpler than that. According to Krasus, significantly altering the Azeroth timeline would "rip Time apart," which would unmake the Old Gods' prison. They chose to change the outcome of the War of the Ancients to accomplish this, but it didn't necessarily have to happen in that super-specific way. They just wanted either the demons or Neltharion to come out on top. top instead of the mortals. * GeneralFailure: Desdel Stareye doesn't know a thing about how to fight a war yet thinks he should be in charge by virtue of being a nobleman. This is even more jarring since there ''are'' noblemen who know how to fight, like Lord Ravencrest, who, unfortunately, ends up [[spoiler:being killed by one of Azshara's assassins]]. His "brilliant" plan involves marching straight into enemy lines, which results in many casualties when the demons spring their (fairly obvious) trap. The only consolation is that Stareye himself dies as a result, leaving the much more competent Jarod Shadowsong (a commoner) in charge. Additionally, his FantasticRacism results in him putting the Tauren, Furbolg, and Earthen (proto-Dwarves) forces in the support role, when they're much more useful on the front lines. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Brox]], and possibly [[spoiler:Malorne]]. * HopeSpot: For the night elf army, [[spoiler:Neltharion/Deathwing annihilating the demon army with his weapon. Cool, we are we're saved! Wait, what is he what's [[TheStarscream he]] doing?]] ** When Illidan and the others spot the [[spoiler:dragons]], they cheer , assuming that the tide has turned. Rhonin also spots them, and immediately starts muttering "No" "[[OhCrap No]]" under his breath; he knows what this means, but is utterly powerless to change the outcome.

* InformedAttribute: Azshara is supposedly very powerful, with Mannoroth stating that she is only behind Sargeas and Archimonde in terms of power for the legion's forces, we never really see her use this power though. ** We do see some of it when Illidian sees her with the eyesight Sargeas gave him and notices that much of [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating adoration]] she gets comes her magic, and even though he's aware of it, he has difficulty fighting it.
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* InformedAttribute: Azshara is supposedly very powerful, with Mannoroth stating that she is only behind Sargeas Sargeras, Archimonde, and Archimonde possibly Kil'jaeden in terms of power for the legion's forces, we Legion's forces. We never really see her use this power though. though, save for her apparently being a BarrierWarrior who could hold Mannoroth off rather easily. ** We do see some of it when Illidian sees her with the eyesight Sargeas Sargeras gave him and notices that much of [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating adoration]] she gets comes from her magic, and even though he's aware of it, he has difficulty fighting it.

* NeckSnap: This is how [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Archimonde]]]] kills [[spoiler:Malorne, the White Stag]]. Subverted in that it takes even the [[spoiler:demon]] a lot of effort to do so. Then again, killing a [[spoiler:[[DivineParentage demigod]]]] should not be easy.
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* NeckSnap: This is how [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Archimonde]]]] kills [[spoiler:Malorne, the White Stag]]. Subverted in that it takes even the [[spoiler:demon]] a lot of effort to do so. Then again, killing a [[spoiler:[[DivineParentage demigod]]]] should not shouldn't be easy.

* PortalCut: Sargeras is halfway through the Well of Eternity's portal when it's forcefully closed, causing him to "cease to be" (although his spirit has shown up later in ''TheLastGuardian'').
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* PortalCut: Sargeras is halfway through the Well of Eternity's portal when it's forcefully closed, causing him to "cease to be" (although his spirit has shown up later in ''TheLastGuardian'').''TheLastGuardian'', albeit only a [[FightingAShadow part of him]]).

* SpannerInTheWorks: The heroes may have won the war against the Burning Legion, but what stopped the [[spoiler:Old Gods from breaking out of their prison was that they didn't expect Deathwing to be so much attached to the Dragon Soul]].
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* SpannerInTheWorks: The heroes may have won the war against the Burning Legion, but what stopped the [[spoiler:Old Gods from breaking out of their prison was that they didn't expect Deathwing to be so much attached to the Dragon Soul]].

* TemporalParadox: Averted. Apparently, you can change the past. Notably, this book has more than a few situations which really should result in paradoxes (or at least massive changes in the timeline), but don't. Most notably, the earthen participating in the battle should have radically changed dwarven history since these were their ancestors. The only major change is the Blue Dragon Flight being saved from total annihilation, allowing them to become enemies in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Wrath of the Lich King''.
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* TemporalParadox: Averted. Apparently, you can change the past. Notably, this book has more than a few situations which really should result in paradoxes (or at least massive changes in the timeline), but don't. Most notably, the earthen participating in the battle should have radically changed dwarven history since these were their ancestors. ancestors, at least to some degree. The only major change is the Blue Dragon Flight Dragonflight being saved from total annihilation, allowing them to become enemies in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Wrath of the Lich King''.

* TimePolice: The role of the Dragon Aspect of Time, apparently.
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* TimePolice: The role of the Dragon Aspect of Time, apparently. Later shown that the entire Bronze Dragonflight is this.

** Which makes everyone confused when an assassin kills [[spoiler:Ravencrest]] while screaming her name.
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** Which makes everyone (at least, the night elves) confused when an assassin kills [[spoiler:Ravencrest]] while screaming her name.

* WhipItGood: Hakkar. He can summon demons with it.
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* WhipItGood: Hakkar. He can [[SummonMagic summon demons demons]] with it.

* YouHaveFailedMe: Mannoroth experiences a mild case of this from Archimonde, but all it amounts to is Archimonde berating him for failing and taking over his job. Sargeras plays it straight by torturing Xavius, but gives that as warning not to screw up again before reviving him and sending him back to Kalimdor. It still got his point across since Xavius considered Sargeras' punishment worse than dying. * YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Brox, fighting demons in their homeworld after being through the portal. He does such a good job that Sargeras himself comes to investigate. Brox then becomes the only mortal to wound Sargeras, chopping a tiny wound in his armor with the magic axe.]].
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* YouHaveFailedMe: While he initially fears the straight version of this, Mannoroth experiences a mild case of this from Archimonde, but all it amounts to is Archimonde berating him for failing and taking over his job. Sargeras plays it straight by torturing Xavius, but gives that as just a warning not to screw up again before reviving him and sending him back to Kalimdor. It still got his point across since Xavius considered Sargeras' punishment worse than dying. * YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Brox, fighting the demons in their homeworld after being going through the portal. He does such a good job that Sargeras himself comes to investigate. eliminate him. In his last moments, Brox then becomes the only known mortal to ever wound Sargeras, chopping a tiny wound in his armor with the his magic axe.]].
21st Feb '15 12:48:14 PM Phoenixion
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* NamesTheSame: The demon Hakkar has apparently nothing to do with the troll god Hakkar from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
31st Jan '15 5:48:15 AM Nithael
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''The War of the Ancients'' by RichardKnaak is a ''{{Warcraft}}'' novel trilogy set in the WarcraftExpandedUniverse. It chronicles the events of the titular War of the Ancients where the Night Elves fight against the Burning Legion and attempt to save the planet from total annihilation. The story is noteworthy for the fact that it stars three characters from the present day Azeroth time line who travel back to the event and enact subtle changes. Many believe that the book was written to actually justify some of the changes to the Warcraft time line. However, few of the retcons are related to the most egregious retcons that remain unanswered.
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''The War of the Ancients'' by RichardKnaak is a ''{{Warcraft}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' novel trilogy set in the WarcraftExpandedUniverse.Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse. It chronicles the events of the titular War of the Ancients where the Night Elves fight against the Burning Legion and attempt to save the planet from total annihilation. The story is noteworthy for the fact that it stars three characters from the present day Azeroth time line who travel back to the event and enact subtle changes. Many believe that the book was written to actually justify some of the changes to the Warcraft time line. However, few of the retcons are related to the most egregious retcons that remain unanswered.

** Also, in ''WorldOfWarcraft'', you can find [[spoiler:Varo'then's ghost. Apparently, his punishment for betraying Kalimdor was literally to [[WalkingTheEarth roam the earth]] forever after his death. When you find him in ''WorldOfWarcraft'', it's been more than 10.000 years since the War of the Ancients!]]
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** Also, in ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', you can find [[spoiler:Varo'then's ghost. Apparently, his punishment for betraying Kalimdor was literally to [[WalkingTheEarth roam the earth]] forever after his death. When you find him in ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', it's been more than 10.000 years since the War of the Ancients!]]

* ForegoneConclusion: If you are familiar with the {{Warcraft}} games, you should know [[spoiler:the fate of Illidan and Azshara, or how the war ends]]. ** However, due to the time traveling involved, several things are different from the backstory given in the WarCraft III manual. Whether or not this has any impact on the characters involved going forward is debatable
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* ForegoneConclusion: If you are familiar with the {{Warcraft}} games, ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', you should know [[spoiler:the fate of Illidan and Azshara, or how the war ends]]. ** ends]]. However, due to the time traveling involved, several things are different from the backstory given in the WarCraft III ''Warcraft III'' manual. Whether or not this has any impact on the characters involved going forward is debatable

* NamesTheSame: The demon Hakkar has apparently nothing to do with the troll god Hakkar from ''WorldOfWarcraft''.
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* NamesTheSame: The demon Hakkar has apparently nothing to do with the troll god Hakkar from ''WorldOfWarcraft''.''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.

* RememberTheNewGuy: Hakkar, who was apparently around during the events of ''Reign of Chaos'' even though he wasn't in the game. Most dialogue, however, implies he wasn't too significant a leader and as we do see in WorldOfWarcraft, there are [[CaptainObvious commanders in the Burning Legion besides the characters we saw in Reign of Chaos]].
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* RememberTheNewGuy: Hakkar, who was apparently around during the events of ''Reign of Chaos'' even though he wasn't in the game. Most dialogue, however, implies he wasn't too significant a leader and as we do see in WorldOfWarcraft, ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', there are [[CaptainObvious commanders in the Burning Legion besides the characters we saw in Reign of Chaos]].

* TemporalParadox: Averted. Apparently, you can change the past. A powerful Demon Lord is killed before the Second War and the Blue Dragon Flight is saved from total annihilation. Nothing of "real" consequence actually occurs, though. ** Until World of Warcraft. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Thanks, Krasus. You owe me my repair bill from pre-nerf Oculus]]. ** To expand on that, the blue dragonflight was wiped out in the original timeline, but eggs were saved in the altered one. This helps Malygos become sane again, and in his sanity, he starts doing his job again: which amounts to banning magic under penalty of death, and disposing of the magic in a way that will accidentally blow up the world. If the eggs were never saved, he would still be depressed and reclusive, as well as having no minions. ** However, this action restored his dragonflight, but his insanity is later retconned into still being fully around until Tyrigosa brings the nether drakes to the Nexus much later. ** Notably, this book has more than a few situations which really should result in paradoxes (or at least massive changes in the timeline), but don't. Most notably, the earthen participating in the battle should have radically changed dwarven history since these were their ancestors.
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* TemporalParadox: Averted. Apparently, you can change the past. A powerful Demon Lord is killed before the Second War and the Blue Dragon Flight is saved from total annihilation. Nothing of "real" consequence actually occurs, though. ** Until World of Warcraft. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Thanks, Krasus. You owe me my repair bill from pre-nerf Oculus]]. ** To expand on that, the blue dragonflight was wiped out in the original timeline, but eggs were saved in the altered one. This helps Malygos become sane again, and in his sanity, he starts doing his job again: which amounts to banning magic under penalty of death, and disposing of the magic in a way that will accidentally blow up the world. If the eggs were never saved, he would still be depressed and reclusive, as well as having no minions. ** However, this action restored his dragonflight, but his insanity is later retconned into still being fully around until Tyrigosa brings the nether drakes to the Nexus much later. ** Notably, this book has more than a few situations which really should result in paradoxes (or at least massive changes in the timeline), but don't. Most notably, the earthen participating in the battle should have radically changed dwarven history since these were their ancestors. The only major change is the Blue Dragon Flight being saved from total annihilation, allowing them to become enemies in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Wrath of the Lich King''.
28th Nov '14 9:57:19 PM kankai
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* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Brox, fighting demons in their homeworld after being through the portal]].
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* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Brox, fighting demons in their homeworld after being through the portal]]. portal. He does such a good job that Sargeras himself comes to investigate. Brox then becomes the only mortal to wound Sargeras, chopping a tiny wound in his armor with the magic axe.]].
28th Nov '14 9:51:42 PM kankai
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**When Illidan and the others spot the [[spoiler:dragons]], they cheer , assuming that the tide has turned. Rhonin also spots them, and immediately starts muttering "No" under his breath; he knows what this means, but is utterly powerless to change the outcome.
13th Jul '14 2:15:11 PM calculator
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*** It's even simpler than that. According to Krasus, just significantly altering the Azeroth timeline would "rip Time apart," which would unmake the Old Gods' prison. They chose to change the outcome of the War of the Ancients to accomplish this, but it didn't necessarily have to happen in that super-specific way. They just wanted either the demons or Neltharion to come out on top.
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*** It's even simpler than that. According to Krasus, just significantly altering the Azeroth timeline would "rip Time apart," which would unmake the Old Gods' prison. They chose to change the outcome of the War of the Ancients to accomplish this, but it didn't necessarily have to happen in that super-specific way. They just wanted either the demons or Neltharion to come out on top.
25th May '14 4:54:51 PM calculator
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** It was originally a lot more simple, actually: influencing Neltharion/Deathwing to create the Dragon Soul and bringing it near the well where they could use it's power to free themselves and at the same time fatally weakening the Dragon Flights, their worst enemy. It's when Neltharion grows too attached to the artifact to give it up that they have to [[XanatosSpeedChess improvise.]] *** It's even simpler than that. Apparently, just significantly altering the Azeroth timeline would weaken the Old Gods' bonds enough for them to escape. They chose to change the outcome of the War of the Ancients to accomplish this, but it didn't necessarily have to happen in that super-specific way. They just wanted either the demons or Neltharion to come out on top.
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** It was originally a lot more simple, actually: influencing Neltharion/Deathwing to create the Dragon Soul and bringing it near the well where they could use it's its power to free themselves and at the same time fatally weakening the Dragon Flights, their worst enemy. It's when Neltharion grows too attached to the artifact to give it up that they have to [[XanatosSpeedChess improvise.]] *** It's even simpler than that. Apparently, According to Krasus, just significantly altering the Azeroth timeline would weaken "rip Time apart," which would unmake the Old Gods' bonds enough for them to escape.prison. They chose to change the outcome of the War of the Ancients to accomplish this, but it didn't necessarily have to happen in that super-specific way. They just wanted either the demons or Neltharion to come out on top.
20th May '14 11:16:52 PM calculator
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just a few spelling errors
* BadBoss: Standard for Archimond. He kills one of his fellgaurd when annoyed that he can't break the magic protecting Tyrande, and later when his army starts retreating from the demigods, he gets so pissed he starts melting the flesh off ''all'' of them till they get back in the fight.
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* BadBoss: Standard for Archimond. Archimonde. He kills one of his fellgaurd felguard when annoyed that he can't break the magic protecting Tyrande, and later when his army starts retreating from the demigods, he gets so pissed he starts melting the flesh off ''all'' of them till they get back in the fight.

** Subverted when Jarod faces Archimond, in which he only survives because the latter was toying with him, and he's fully aware of it.
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** Subverted when Jarod faces Archimond, Archimonde, in which he only survives because the latter was toying with him, and he's fully aware of it.

* GeneralFailure: Desdel Stareye doesn't know a thing about how to fight a war yet thinks he should be in charge by virtue of being a nobleman. This is even more jarring since there ''are'' noblemen who know how to fight, like Lord Ravencrest, who, unfortunately, ends up [[spoiler:being killed by one of Azshara's assassins]]. His "brilliant" plan involves marching straight into enemy lines, which results in many casualties when the demons spring their (fairly obvious) trap. The only consolation is that Stareye himself dies as a result, leaving the much more competent Jaron Shadowsong (a commoner) in charge. Additionally, his FantasticRacism results in him putting the Tauren, Furbolg, and Earthen (proto-Dwarves) forces in the support role, when they're much more useful on the front lines.
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* GeneralFailure: Desdel Stareye doesn't know a thing about how to fight a war yet thinks he should be in charge by virtue of being a nobleman. This is even more jarring since there ''are'' noblemen who know how to fight, like Lord Ravencrest, who, unfortunately, ends up [[spoiler:being killed by one of Azshara's assassins]]. His "brilliant" plan involves marching straight into enemy lines, which results in many casualties when the demons spring their (fairly obvious) trap. The only consolation is that Stareye himself dies as a result, leaving the much more competent Jaron Jarod Shadowsong (a commoner) in charge. Additionally, his FantasticRacism results in him putting the Tauren, Furbolg, and Earthen (proto-Dwarves) forces in the support role, when they're much more useful on the front lines.

*** It's even simpler than that. Apparently, just altering the Azeroth timeline in a significant way would weaken the Old Gods' bonds enough for them to escape. They chose to change the outcome of the War of the Ancients to accomplish this, but it didn't necessarily have to happen in that super-specific way. They just wanted either the demons or Neltharion to come out on top.
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*** It's even simpler than that. Apparently, just significantly altering the Azeroth timeline in a significant way would weaken the Old Gods' bonds enough for them to escape. They chose to change the outcome of the War of the Ancients to accomplish this, but it didn't necessarily have to happen in that super-specific way. They just wanted either the demons or Neltharion to come out on top.

* OrphanedEtymology: Night elf society is refered to as "draconian" in the first book.
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* OrphanedEtymology: Night elf society is refered referred to as "draconian" in the first book.

** However, this action restored his dragonflight, but his insanity is later retconned into still being fully around until Tyri brings the nether drakes to the Nexus much later.
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** However, this action restored his dragonflight, but his insanity is later retconned into still being fully around until Tyri Tyrigosa brings the nether drakes to the Nexus much later.

* YouHaveFailedMe: Mannoroth experiences a mild case of this from Archimond, but all it amounts to is Archimond berating him for failing and taking over his job. Sargeras plays it straight by torturing Xavious, but gives that as warning not to screw up again before reviving him and sending him back to Kalimdor. It still got his point across since Xavious considered Sargeras' punishment worse than dying.
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* YouHaveFailedMe: Mannoroth experiences a mild case of this from Archimond, Archimonde, but all it amounts to is Archimond Archimonde berating him for failing and taking over his job. Sargeras plays it straight by torturing Xavious, Xavius, but gives that as warning not to screw up again before reviving him and sending him back to Kalimdor. It still got his point across since Xavious Xavius considered Sargeras' punishment worse than dying.
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