The beginning of the Time Wars at the end of Warlords of Draenor. Conspiracy Craft goes all wibbly wobbly timey wimey again in World of Warcraft.
Players in World of Warcraft will be focused on hunting down Garrosh Hellscream and stopping the Iron Horde. But Time Travel In Warlords Of Draenor revealed that there is something bigger at work which was hinted at BlizzCon. Meaning that the Orcs are a diversion away from the true villain.
As stated, the real threat to Azeroth will be the fact that the red Dark Portal is connecting the true timeline to a corrupted past. And in light of the upcoming novel, War Crimes, the Bronze Flight will be using their unique powers to show the defendant’s transgressions. Because of that, we know Garrosh’s abettor, Kairozdormu, will be close at hand. What is about to unfold in Warlords of Draenor will be the beginning to a future war.
Based on what was said during BlizzCon, Garrosh will escape before the verdict is read. With the help of his friend, he will jump to a time way stopping the Orcs drink the corruption of Mannoroth and thus distort that timeline. But there is only one place in Azeroth where that is possible.
In the Caverns with the Lance
The Caverns of Time is the only location on Azeroth that seems set outside of time itself, not to mention being one of the homes of the Bronze Flight. Before, no mortals were allowed inside for fear they might be tempted to tamper with the natural order. But when the timeways seem to be threatened by an unknown entity, later revealed as the Infinite Flight, the call was sent for it to be opened for aid to protect and correct the damage.
“The timeways are no longer our concern! They are beyond my ability to control. From here on, the younger races and the younger races alone will deal with both them and whatever paths to the future they lead to.” (Nozdormu; Dawn of the Aspects)
Since the infiltration, the Caverns has been heavily guarded by the Keepers of Time, now known as the Timewalkers. Aside from helping Garrosh escape and flee back in Orc history, Kairozdormu has been instructed to connect the two timelines together. Those actions reflect the same intent as the Infinite Flight and would instantly raise the alarms. And the first to arrive on site would have to be taken out to cover the identity of the culprit.
Despite the fact that Soridormi could be the first on the scene, her future death seems more premeditated and Kairozdormu will be compelled to repeat what was seen in the Vision of Time. The loss of a mate has sent two of the Aspects reeling in the past. Taking out the Prime Consort would hit home for Nozdormu.
When Alexstrasza lost Korialstrasz, she ran away with her grief, shutting the world out. It was through Thrall’s determination and compassion that he was able to share the final act of her mate in a vision. It was with that knowledge that was able to save her.
But cold-blooded killing has a way of shaking even the firmest of foundations. Malygos experienced that close at hand, but he experienced the loss of his entire flight, not just his mate, and he spiraled into madness. Even when his eggs were saved and returned to him many years later, his hysteria did not dissipate.
And I fear that it could be the familiar path for the former Aspect of Time. Currently, Soridormi is the only known mate of Nozdormu. Even if he does have other mates, he could possibly lose them as well if they refuse to convert.
Nozdormu certainly doesn’t seem the type to share his feelings (although his personality is hard to figure between his infrequent appearances). He has fallen to apathy and been lost in the flow of time before. He could easily hole away again in his grief and the knowledge that there is no way for him to turn the clocks and either save her or say good-bye will be the start to his mental breakdown.
He would then be tempted to have that lost power again same as other beings who call one of many, Master. The very dark forces he discovered after the Cataclysm, the Old Gods, to have tampered with time. And having lost such a tantalizing power could cause anyone to long for it back. And as Nozdormu has said before, even he will fall to madness and become the Lord of the Infinite.
“At last it has come to pass. The moment of my demise. The loop is closed. My future self will cause no more harm. Still, in time, I will… fall to madness. And you, heroes… will vanquish me. The cycle will repeat. So it goes.” (Nozdormu; End Time)
The First Battle of Many
Although we have “defeated” Murozond already at End Time in Cataclysm, eventually players will have to face him once again. A point was raised that upon defeating Deathwing when players did, they re-wrote the very future of Azeroth and restored the true timeline. If that future never happened, it could mean that Murozond will have to be defeated again.
Yes, our time is safe from the tampering of his Infinite-self, but the cycle will repeat. After all, there is no way that Murozond could be defeated as a simple 5-man end boss. I suspect that players’ future selves will have weakened him with the aid of nine or more allies so he will flee to End Time where they cannot follow.
But before players have a chance to witness the changing of Nozdormu, they must first take out the “first” corrupter: Kairozdormu. His death at the end of Warlords of Draenor will be like the first shots fired in any historical war. The end of war between humans and orcs and the beginning to the Time Wars.
The war of the centaurs against Azeroth had been in their blood since birth, since Zaetar’s own father Cenarion stripped him of his power and cursed his bloodline, cursed the centaurs. It was their duty to fight against those who Cenarion had loved or honored.
And then those Tauren had come. They smelled of green earth and shared similar powers as they, the centaurs. Then they had to go and be blessed by the Demi-God. It was then the war games between the two had turned to insult, testing the centaurs’ patience for years. They began to outright kill the too slow young ones who were seeking courage by stealing their sacrificial offerings.
It was too much for the shaman, Senka. The elementals’ rage he controlled paled in comparison to his hatred—to his thirst for revenge. His people thirsted for retribution, but union between centaurs was a rare occurrence. Yet Senka, along side his mate Grenka, had forced cooperation through power and brute strength. With a unified force, the raiding on the nomadic Tauren began.
This is a teaser from what I had started writing in 2011 for Blizzard Entertainment’s Short Story Contest. I never completed the story—work got in the way—but I plan on picking this up again.
Favorite Quote: “We’re all part of the Circle of Life. Life goes on.”
Favorite Song: Circle of Life - Elton John [Lion King Soundtrack]
Eight months difference in age, Claire and I were inseparable. I was a real brat with my parents when I was younger. Even though I was the shyest creature, I was such a pain to them. I didn’t like sharing with others, I hated being near other people unless it was my brother. This was five years old and younger. The only person I ever got along with perfectly fine with outside of intermediate family was my cousin, Claire.
Strawberry blonde hair, big brown eyes, freckled face that looked like an angel had kissed her cheeks. She had the greatest smile that made any cold heart melt. I loved her smile. I still do looking at her picture.
I miss her so much and I try to live how she would have wanted me to be, how she would have been in life if she had lived pasted the age of eight.
Let me tell you about why Claire died so young. Her father, Stephen, had an affair with another man without his wife, my mom’s sister Alice, knowing. Stephen had contracted the deadly virus known as AIDS. With no knowledge of this, my aunt and uncle had intercourse and Claire was born nine months later. She did not get AIDS at birth. My aunt still had no idea she was diagnoised with it because back then they weren’t doing the routine tests. Clair got AIDS from breast feeding.
Stephen was the first to die from that virus, and to this day I cannot forgive him for what he did. I seriously hope that he is rotting in “hell” and feeling the guilt he deserves. I believe that was when my aunt thought that something might be up. I don’t remember my uncle, so I can’t give a date as to when he died.
When I was five, I lost my aunt. She didn’t know who anyone was, one of the deadly ways that AIDS can kill someone, a form of Alzhemier. It was Spring, April actually, when she finally did die.
Claire was then sent to a foster family, where she received treatments for the virus for three more years. Finally, her foster mother just gave up on her and stopped giving her her treatments. Ten days after my ninth birthday, Claire died.
I was very heartbroken. She was my best friend and I truly cared about her. I loved her to pieces, I still do… We used to take turns playing different games, playing with Polly Pockets and tea parties. We helped our grandmother make matching outfits for us for Valentine’s Day [another reason why I hate V-Day]. I still have the shirt that said “love” on the front.
The last time I saw her was at Cool Creek Park. It was the first time she had gotten to see her brother Jessi after they were sent to different foster parents. We played in the creek, hopping from rock to rock and just being kids. You would never dream that someone so sweet, so innocent as her could have the AIDS virus. I couldn’t believe it. And she was so smart. I see Clair in my niece so much now.
The last image I have of her is her laying in her coffin. They had put shimmer power on her face, and her bangs were brushed to the side. Those brown eyes were closed and I prayed so much that she was just asleep. I remember they played her favorite song, The Circle of Life. I can’t watch the Lion King without crying to this day. There were so many people I didn’t know, who knew Claire… I remember when we were allowed to give our final goodbye, I went up and kissed her lightly on the cheek, promising to see her again.
I didn’t even want to see them put her in the ground. It was raining that day, and it was cold out, so I convinced my parents to just take me and my brother out to eat and skip the burial. I haven’t gone to her grave yet… I don’t know if I can be strong enough to see it.
I try my best to live how she was. Sure my temper flairs up every now and then, but I know she wouldn’t want me to just sit back and let people walk all over me and hurt me. But I know that Claire wanted me to be open minded and to reach out to those that are in need the most. I just wish she was here to help me as well.
I’ll always love her. I’ll always care about her. And I will see her again.
This week’s top 50 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft players in Europe and North America!
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft shares the top 50 ranked players from both European and North American closed beta test. These players have set out to be the best players in ranked Play mode. The team is still working hard on implementing a new Ranked Play system that was announced at BlizzCon 2013, so this snapshot of the ladder is their nod of appreciation.
Please note that this list only includes players who have played at least 50 games in Play mode and are currently at the three-star Master ranking. This data is up to date as of yesterday, November 14.
The next World of Warcraft novel by Christie Golden set to release next year!
Award-winning and seven-time New York Times bestselling author, Christie Golden, recently announced another novel to add to her list of World of Warcraft narratives. Christie recently took some time out for an interview where she spoke about the novel.
The brutal siege of Orgrimmar is over. Garrosh Hellscream, the most infamous orc on Azeroth, now sits in chains. His tyrannical leadership of the Horde has been ended by his many enemies, and he must answer for his crimes.
Renowned leaders from across the world gather in Pandaria to witness Garrosh’s trial. Visions of his past atrocities are presented in vivid detail for all to see. But as history is revisited, old grievances and bitter memories come back into the light, and those in attendance begin to wonder if anyone among them is truly innocent. Mounting tensions and rising enmity steer the court to the brink of chaos… as the world waits with bated breath for the verdict on the war crimes of Garrosh Hellscream.
According to the interview, this novel will have several very important characters from both factions present for this trail. All the faction leaders will be present to give witness to injuries dealt by Garrosh Hellscream. And though a courtroom scene for most could seem dull, writing has the benefit of transporting the reader to the very accounted moment. Not to mention having a few Bronze around to really share them.
Be sure to read Anne Stickney’sfull interview over on WoW Insider. War Crimes is now available for pre-order on Amazon for the hardcover edition. Or you can pre-order the eBook for the Kindle or Nook edition. War Crimes is set to release June 3, 2014.
A winner has been crowned for the Hearthstone Innkeeper’s Invitational, but check out the Inn-vitee’s Decklists!
With BlizzCon concluded, that means the Hearthstone: Heroes of WarcraftInnkeeper’s Invitational has as well. According to Blizzard Entertainment, the event was a huge success. Many fans were able to watch the action at home on Twitch and BlizzCon’s livestream along with convention goers. The Invitational lasted for two days until a a single player won the title of “Grandmaster of the Hearth”.
But now you can check out each Inn-vitee’s decks that were featured in the Innkeeper’s Invitational. If you missed out on the first official tournament of Hearthstone, you can catch all the footage on Twitch.tv/wow or BlizzCon.com. Blizzard Entertainment is planning on having the videos up and available for public viewing soon.
An exclusive wave of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft beta invites went out Wednesday night. Check your email if you meet the requirements!
While the usual wave of beta invites have been going out for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a very special wave went out for those who had participated in the closed beta for the Battle.net desktop application on Wednesday night (November 13, 2013). Community Manager Aratil explained on the forums.
Everyone who participated in the closed beta test phase of the Battle.net desktop app should have received their Hearthstone beta invites last night. If you are one of these participants, then I recommend you double check your spam folders or Promotions tab to find the beta invite. Please note that the closed beta test phase of the Battle.net desktop app is a very specific period of time and does not include everybody that has downloaded the Battle.net desktop app. – Aratil (Source)
Again, please be aware that it does not include everyone who downloaded the Battle.net desktop application during the open beta phase. These invites were strictly during the closed beta for the desktop application.
If you were part of the exclusive group that was allowed to test the application before it went into open beta, now is the time to check your emails for a Hearthstone beta invite. If you use Google mail, you’ll want to look in the promotions folder just in case it was filtered there.
Conspiracy Craft: Time Travel In Warlords Of Draenor
Conspiracy Craft clears the confusion on how and when Warlords of Draenor happens. Journey from pre-launch to the final boss of the next World of Warcraft expansion.
The next World of Warcraft expansion has finally been announced at BlizzCon. The dust has settled after the whirlwind of news, but this wind devil has left chaos in its wake. Never fear, Conspiracy Craft will do its best to bring order, but leave you with a mind blowing revelation that was left out of the big announcements for Warlords of Draenor.