This is too important not to share. For those of you who came to WOW late in Wrath of the Lich King or later, this event marked a piviotal turning point in the war against Arthas. Perhaps, as you're leveling through Northrend, you skip this. It's not really required in the grand scheme of getting to max level. But this event changed how we viewed the war and what was going on behind the scenes.
After the red dragons, and the eye belongs to Alexstraza, flowers sprouted in the areas where plague had been. I was tasked with finding Bolvar's shield and taking it back to Varian. Alexstraza comes back and directs you towards the shield. I remember reading the quest text, picking up the shield, and logging off. I couldn't do it. I was sitting at my computer, crying.
Bolvar was Anduin's guardian in Classic WOW. Varian had been kidnapped and Bolvar was charged with keeping Anduin safe. Also charged with his safety was Lady Katrina Prestor who was Onyxia in disguise. One of the best events in Classic was getting someone attuned to Onyxia's Lair and having Prestor's disguise removed. "Dragons in the Keep!" I used to make fun of Bolvar. "Dude, you want me to talk to her? She's just to your right. You talk to her. Don't you know she's a dragon? How dumb can you be?" (Dragons are very good at disguise and convincing you not to believe what you think, i.e. Chromie and company.) And then, Wrathgate.
How could I be affected like this? It's just a video game. It's just pixels. And yet, the storytelling of this one event, and the subsequent attached scenario -- which has been removed -- got to me. I wish those of you who missed the original scenario could do it. So much lore. So much of what we are experiencing right now was foreshadowed with this event. Turn off any other noise you have in your house. Watch this full screen and listen -- really listen -- to what Arthas says.
I didn't do the scenario horde side. Heilandcoo was not high enough level to do the scenario and when she got there, they had removed it. I think, if there's one thing I'd like to come back -- even for a brief time -- it's the Wrathgate full scenario. I think you could pick it up at level 73/74. With scaling technology, we could all be level 75 to run it. I guarantee you won't look at Sylvanas the same afterwards.
I am thrilled someone took the time to remaster this. It is truly amazing. It also exemplifies the ability of those on World of Warcraft to tell stories -- ongoing stories.