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WoW: Gul'Dan Stars In First Legion Animated Short

It takes a village

World Of Warcraft's Legion expansion [official site] is nearly upon us and as part of the build-up Blizzard have released Harbingers: The Story Of Gul'dan. It's an animated short offering up a bit of info on the early life of the fel-loving orc warlock:

If you are at work and cannot watch then I, Pip, will paraphrase it for you:

Gul'dan was just a small-town orc, livin' in a lonely world. He took a... mid-afternoon exile from his people due to being constantly shunned and mocked for physical disability? Going aaaaannnnnnyyyyyyyywhere.

He then ends up in a brawl with some vultures before some kind of Warcraft equivalent of a force ghost reminds him to seek out the throne of the elephants elements. At this point Gul'Dan gets kind of Mean Girl-ed by the elements and turns to the fel/evil.

At that point he returns to his small town and goes for that whole thing where you attend your school reunion to demonstrate how much of a success you are to the people who didn't believe in you. By sort of ripping their faces off with fel magic and destroying their homes and families and everything else they hold dear in a green explosion of death.

So now you know.

It also occurs to me that I am not entirely sure what the Legion expansion is actually about given the only thing I remember from the Blizzcon video was something about a boat. As such, I have also researched that:

The Tomb of Sargeras has been reopened, and the demons of the Burning Legion pour into our world. Their full, terrifying might is fixed on summoning the Dark Titan to Azeroth—and they’ve already located the key to his return.

With the Alliance and Horde devastated, only you can take up Warcraft’s most legendary artifacts, scour the ancient Broken Isles for relics of the Titans, and challenge the Legion before Azeroth’s last hope dies.

Honestly? It feels like the Burning Legion is like horsetail in my garden. You think you've got rid of it but then more shoots appear and you realise exactly how deep the root system goes and that you will probably spend the rest of your life engaged in a war of attrition with a plant.

Anyway, the gist of all of this is that you are still dealing with Sargeras and you need to get hold of a bunch of artifacts which I think you can hone over time that will keep him or the Legion or both at bay.

Okay. The research reading I am doing has moved on to alternate timelines and, frankly, I haven't had enough coffee for that.

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Philippa Warr

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Pip wrote for Rock Paper Shotgun between 2014-2017, covering everything from MOBAs, hero brawlers and indie curios. She also had a keen interest in the artistry of video game creation, and was very partial to keeping us informed of the latest developments in British TV show Casualty.