History TearJerker / WorldOfWarcraft

3rd Nov '16 1:40:38 AM TheSinful
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* In Suramar City, there's an entire district of Nightborne whose supplies of arcwine have been so severely reduced that they're at risk of withering. A quest to share some with the most desperate elves shows that many of them have been refusing to drink it so their loved ones can have enough. The reason they don't have enough arcwine? They spoke out against allying with the Burning Legion.
** Even in the "loyalist" areas, there's the occasional starving Nightborne who begs players for a few drops of arcwine. If you share some ancient mana with them, they thank you profusely and you earn a buff called "Empathy".
11th Oct '16 6:52:33 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* At the end of the Badlands quest chains, you help purify a black dragon egg. When the egg hatches, it will be the first uncorrupted black dragon in ten thousand years, and so it's heavily hinted that the whelp that hatches will become the next Aspect of Earth to save and redeem what's left of the Black Dragonflight. This is desperately needed, considering the quest "The Last of Her Kind" in the Twilight Highlands has you kill one of the last female black dragons in existence. Obsidia targeted deliberately because she's a breeding female, meaning the player is essentially helping the red dragons commit genocide; another tearjerker in its own right for that very reason. However, even after Obsidia's death there was one female left alive, and speculation went that this female would become a broodmother after Deathwing's defeat to help rebuild the Flight. In 4.3, [[spoiler:however, the egg hatches into Wrathion... who, even though he's pure and free of Old God corruption, reveals himself to be just as nasty as every other black dragon, and uses Rogue players to kill off the last of his corrupted brothers and sisters, including Nalice, the last adult female black dragon. Unless the female whelps and drakes survive to adulthood, Wrathion, the child who was supposed to become Black Aspect and save his Flight, just doomed them all to extinction.]]

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* The Badlands quest line, [[DownerEnding ho boy]]:
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At the end of the Badlands quest chains, you help purify a black dragon egg. When the egg hatches, it will be the first uncorrupted black dragon in ten thousand years, and so it's heavily hinted that the whelp that hatches will become the next Aspect of Earth to save and redeem what's left of the Black Dragonflight. This is desperately needed, considering the quest "The Last of Her Kind" in the Twilight Highlands has you kill one of the last female black dragons in existence. Obsidia targeted deliberately because she's a breeding female, meaning the player is essentially helping the red dragons commit genocide; another tearjerker in its own right for that very reason. However, even after Obsidia's death there was one female left alive, and speculation went that this female would become a broodmother after Deathwing's defeat to help rebuild the Flight. In 4.3, [[spoiler:however, the egg hatches into Wrathion... who, even though he's pure and free of Old God corruption, reveals himself to be just as nasty as every other black dragon, and uses Rogue players to kill off the last of his corrupted brothers and sisters, including Nalice, the last adult female black dragon. Unless the female whelps and drakes survive to adulthood, Wrathion, the child who was supposed to become Black Aspect and save his Flight, just doomed them all to extinction.]]


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** If anything, watching what happens is enough to make most players hate Deathwing with a passion (possibly the point of the quest line), and make the [[CatharsisFactor Raid where you fight him much more enjoyable.]]
23rd Sep '16 10:41:55 AM GoblinCipher
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** Even ''more'' heart-wrenching is [[spoiler:if you played a Horde character before ''Cataclysm'' and did the quest she gave you; doing "Hazzard Removal" shows that her condition is the fault of your Horde character. (To put it simply, the Horde quest "Well of Corruption" requires your character feeding her cat something that corrupts it, resulted in Winna's state post-Cataclysm, where your Alliance character kills both, finding Winna driven mad; YouBatasrd.]]

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** Even ''more'' heart-wrenching is [[spoiler:if you played a Horde character before ''Cataclysm'' and did the quest she gave you; doing "Hazzard Removal" shows that her condition is the fault of your Horde character. (To put it simply, the Horde quest "Well of Corruption" requires your character feeding her cat something that corrupts it, resulted in Winna's state post-Cataclysm, where your Alliance character kills both, finding Winna driven mad; YouBatasrd.YouBastard.]]
20th Sep '16 11:54:48 AM Opalure
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** The Horde version of this cinematic [[spoiler: has Sylvanas looking on glumly from her ship. [[HopeSpot The Alliance and Horde actually got their shit together and put everything on this campaign]] [[CurbStompBattle only to get crushed when the main Legion invasion force came in.]] Sylvanas got hit with a major one-two punch between this and Vol'jin's death, [[HeroicBSOD leaving her gazing at the throne as time lapses around her, shell-shocked.]]]]
19th Sep '16 6:52:06 PM Prometheus117
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* Illidan's backstory shows that the world pretty much loved to kick him when he's down. While training to be a druid, Cenarius refused to teach him further and told him to learn under his brother Malfurion, who was still an apprentice himself. Then during the invasion of Black Rook Hold, he's unable to fight off the Burning Legion and forced to drain power from his troops to do so. Afterwards, he's given a WhatTheHellHero by his leader, only for Illidan to shoot back that literally nothing else worked.

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* Illidan's backstory shows that the world pretty much loved to kick him when he's down. While training to be a druid, Cenarius refused to teach him further due to his impatience and lack of discipline and told him to learn under his brother Malfurion, who was still an apprentice himself. Then during the invasion of Black Rook Hold, he's unable to fight off the Burning Legion and forced to drain power from his troops to do so. Afterwards, he's given a WhatTheHellHero by his leader, only for Illidan to angrily shoot back that literally nothing else worked.worked. He then joins the Burning Legion with the intent of subverting the cause from within, and he [[EyeScream gets his eyes burned out by Sargeras]] [[MindRape and forced to witness the true multidimensional might of the Legion and how small the army that is invading now really is]]. Illidan is by [[WellIntentionedExtremist no means a saint]], but given his circumstances it's a miracle he didn't flat-out join the Legion for real in [[DespairEventHorizon in despair that there was no other way]].
19th Sep '16 10:12:12 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The quest "Hazzard Disposal". [[spoiler:Sure, Winna clearly deserves death after all she's done, purposely corrupting the Felwood with slime (only to be driven insane by it) but having to kill her cat to get to her might make you feel bad. Especially when she cries "KITTY! I'm sorry! Please don't leave me like this!" before she attacks you.]]
** Even ''more'' heart-wrenching is [[spoiler:if you played a Horde character before ''Cataclysm'' and did the quest she gave you; doing "Hazzard Removal" shows that her condition is the fault of your Horde character. (To put it simply, the Horde quest "Well of Corruption" requires your character feeding her cat something that corrupts it, resulted in Winna's state post-Cataclysm, where your Alliance character kills both, finding Winna driven mad; YouBatasrd.]]
18th Sep '16 11:41:53 PM Taxima
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* After suffering so much defeat, Grom is visited again by Gul'dan who is attempting again to give the demon blood to the orcs. Gul'dan throws Grom's failure as Warchief in his face, and when Grom throws back that his men died with honor, Gul'dan chuckles and asks if that same was true for [[spoiler:his son. Gul'dan tosses Gorehowl at Grom's feet, revealing Garrosh as Grom's sun in the same sentence as pronouncing him dead]]. Grom looks utterly heartbroken as Gul'dan reinforces that he's lost ''everything'' and his only choice is to accept the Legion's gift.

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* After suffering so much defeat, Grom is visited again by Gul'dan who is attempting again to give the demon blood to the orcs. Gul'dan throws Grom's failure as Warchief in his face, and when Grom throws back that his men died with honor, Gul'dan chuckles and asks if that same was true for [[spoiler:his son. Gul'dan tosses Gorehowl at Grom's feet, revealing Garrosh as Grom's sun son in the same sentence as pronouncing breath that pronounced him dead]]. Grom looks utterly heartbroken as Gul'dan reinforces that he's lost ''everything'' and his only choice is to accept the Legion's gift.
18th Sep '16 10:49:51 PM TheSinful
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* Illidan's backstory shows that the world pretty much loved to kick him when he's down. While training to be a druid, Cenarius refused to teach him further and told him to learn under his brother Malfurion, who was still an apprentice himself. Then during the invasion of Black Rook Hold, he's unable to fight off the Burning Legion and forced to drain power from his troops to do so. Afterwards, he's given a WhatTheHellHero by his leader, only for Illidan to shoot back that literally nothing else worked.
16th Sep '16 5:10:14 AM Taxima
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* Even someone as lost as Garrosh can prove his own turmoil. In the final duel against Thrall, after being told he failed the Horde, Garrosh pummels Thrall with his bare hands, [[RageAgainstTheMentor ranting to Thrall that]] ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero he]]'' [[VillainHasAPoint set Garrosh up to fail as Warchief]]. You can hear the sadness and rage in his voice as he beats on someone he once looked up to.
-->'''Garrosh''': ''You'' made me Warchief! You ''left'' me... [[PunctuatedPounding to pick up! Your! Pieces!]] You... failed... '''''ME'''''!



* Even someone as lost as Garrosh can prove his own turmoil. In the final duel against Thrall, after being told he failed the Horde, Garrosh pummels Thrall with his bare hands, [[RageAgainstTheMentor ranting to Thrall that]] ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero he]]'' [[VillainHasAPoint set Garrosh up to fail as Warchief]]. You can hear the sadness and rage in his voice as he beats on someone he once looked up to.
-->'''Garrosh''': ''You'' made me Warchief! You ''left'' me... [[PunctuatedPounding to pick up! Your! Pieces!]] You... failed... '''''ME'''''!

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* Even someone After suffering so much defeat, Grom is visited again by Gul'dan who is attempting again to give the demon blood to the orcs. Gul'dan throws Grom's failure as lost as Warchief in his face, and when Grom throws back that his men died with honor, Gul'dan chuckles and asks if that same was true for [[spoiler:his son. Gul'dan tosses Gorehowl at Grom's feet, revealing Garrosh can prove as Grom's sun in the same sentence as pronouncing him dead]]. Grom looks utterly heartbroken as Gul'dan reinforces that he's lost ''everything'' and his own turmoil. In only choice is to accept the final duel against Thrall, after being told he failed the Horde, Garrosh pummels Thrall with his bare hands, [[RageAgainstTheMentor ranting to Thrall that]] ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero he]]'' [[VillainHasAPoint set Garrosh up to fail as Warchief]]. You can hear the sadness and rage in his voice as he beats on someone he once looked up to.
-->'''Garrosh''': ''You'' made me Warchief! You ''left'' me... [[PunctuatedPounding to pick up! Your! Pieces!]] You... failed... '''''ME'''''!
Legion's gift.
14th Sep '16 4:11:15 AM Blastgamer
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** One interesting part about this is that the withered he turns into isn't even hostile, in fact its actually classified as ''friendly''. This can mean one of two things, either Runas had enough HeroicWillpower to resist the urge to attempt to feed on the player and the blue dragons outside or the mana pool he was sitting in made his withered form passive. [[BittersweetEnding Either way, while you may have saved the blue dragonflight in the area, you still lost a friend.]]
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