World of Warcraft opens up pre-orders for the Sylvanas novel

    
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Mean elf.

Are you a World of Warcraft fan eager to get some more Sylvanas content? Really? Well, you’re an odd one, but you’re going to get what you want with the next tie-in novel for the game that’s now available for pre-order. World of Warcraft: Sylvanas is written by Christie Golden and as the title implies explores Sylvanas’ history from her early life up through her current state in the Shadowlands. Or more accurately, her state as of this writing; since the book releases November 9th, there will likely be more development as she sits as the final boss of the game’s next major raid.

Speaking of the game’s next major patch, we still don’t know much about the promised fight for the players against the Banshee Queen; what we do know now is that flying appears to be locked behind Chapter 3 of the patch’s covenant campaign, which should mean only two or three weeks to unlock flight across the Shadowlands when the patch finally goes live.

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cannotweep

MY QUEEN there is no desire in my heart that makes it burn with more urgency than the desire to lick your feet clean and consume your urine

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IronSalamander8 .

I actually liked her story arc and how she was portrayed back in WC3 and early on in WoW when she was the least trusted horde leader and came off well, even when she had that NE model for a long time so looked off. Then we got all this ‘undead waifu’ crap about her and things have really gone downhill.

She’s become one of my least favorite characters in a game where the story is at best forgettable and at worst, hot garbage. As others have pointed out, Christie Golden is a great author and her Ravenloft novels are among my favorites, but not even she can really improve the Sylvanas situation.

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KoboldWhite

When I look at the character of Sylvanas now, and think about what she used to be in WC3 and early WoW, I just can’t bring myself to hate her. But I can easily bring myself to hate the hack writers who systematically butchered her character over the years.

Oh, and I also hate the ‘lol she was always like that’ crowd who have either the memory of a minnow or don’t have two brain cells to rub together.

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Hurbster

And is this another example of having to buy a book to explain stuff that should be in the game?

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DJ Meowth

I’m expecting this novel to ‘humanize’ Sylvanas’s latest actions. When it comes to Warcraft lore, they tend to leave all the nuance out of the games themselves and leave the characterization for the novels.

Then when there’s some insane asspull at the end of Shadowlands and Sylvanas turns out to have been playing six-dimensional chess this entire time, most of the playerbase will be told that it makes perfect sense if you had bothered to read the Sylvanas novel.

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Katzvariak

As a player, I dont like the game.
BUT Boy Blizzard’s world building and story telling is great.
I still have the old Starcraft book (somewhere) as well as the WC3 Book.

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Sarah Cushaway

Great if you’ve never read an actual book with cohesive plot and well-written characters, I guess.

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Nate Woodard

Early on they had a better grasp of storytelling than they do today. To say they are great at storytelling is far too embellishing.

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Loopy

I would strongly disagree with that. Blizzard lacks nuance and flair when it comes to storytelling, and their writing style is filled with on-the-nose plot devices.

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Neurotic

Don’t love Windrunner, do love Golden.

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zoward

This. Part of me wishes she’d go back to writing D&D novels, the other part wishes she’d write her own stuff. No part of me wants a Sylvanas novel.

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Hurbster

More Jander, please.

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Neurotic

That will be a great day indeed!

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SmiteDoctor

I don’t know why you’re surprised, there are a lot of simps for the Dark Lady.

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cursedseishi

Only one reason to base a book off as a ‘biography’ exploring her whole life–and that’s to try to endear the character to readers and earn sympathy for them. Let me summarize this book up nice and quick.

Eager young High Elf out to prove her worth and be a hero, High Elf promises herself to save every last Elf in desperate last stand, fails and falls, Not-So-Eager Banshee Elf struggles against her chains, breaks free and rises up–from the grave. A good chapter or so is spent on her ruminating and brooding on what she wants to do now, decides to try and lead life for the better for those Forsaken in Undeath (see what they’ll do there?) by their peers and once allies. Handwave an Umbrella-level bioweapon and Raccoon-City-level disaster away, instead focus on the growth of the city and her as a leader as well as the ‘betrayal’ of a Demon against her, yadda yadda angry Orc Man smash things and gets kicked out afterwards–no one cares about this part.
Then troubled Dead-Elf curses and probably gets told (early) that bad things happening in DeadLand Themepark where the Maw ride is busted by some book-only force. She takes the Horde, intends to prepare them for the war to come but finds herself going down a bad path… etc. etc.., more mindless Garroshing about…

Theeeeen… something about ‘chosen for greatness’ when she tests us (this raid), leads a Rebellion from within the Maw against big-badtagonist and nearly sacrifices herself–revealing she had to play the Green Hornet role to make the heroes needed and…

… Please don’t let me be right writing that. Do not validate my snark and distrust, ye who names starts with the same letter as ioware. Especially the snark, its insufferable enough as is for me right now–it doesn’t need to feel validated further.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah if they really try to asspull her out of going down as a villain to appeal to the romanticized views of her being a tragic fallen heroine, screw that.

I fully expect them to do that though and then try to forcefully wedge Sylvanas back into the Horde to keep the Alliance vs Horde crap going even though Blizzard should have every reason to push cross-faction cooperation.

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Sorenthaz

I really hope Sylvanas doesn’t get a free pass and somehow comes back to be part of the Horde. She’s thrown aside the Garrosh parallels and gone full Lich King, even turning Anduin into apparently Arthas 2.0. There is no explanation or reasoning for justifying her actions, simple as that. If they dare try to brute force some sort of justification to excuse her and make her suddenly look like a tragic hero, that’s not who she’s been for a long, long time.

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Danny Smith

I 99% expect “all those deaths were a moments pain, better than an eternity in the maw, i saw that after my cordless bungie jump and had to let you all hate me to make me strong enough to be the hero reality deserved” level horseshit right out of code geass.

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Sarah Cushaway

Literally No one:
Blizzrard: HERE’S MORE SLYVANAS LORE FOR YOU!!!!11111

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Danny Smith

You mean you don’t want to hear about the protagonist of the Warcraft IP?

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Bruno Brito

protagonist

?

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Danny Smith

Clearly she’s the main character who did nothing wrong and is going to defeat the jailor forever with an anime flash step katana to the back before becoming the new kyrian leader and replacement arbiter. All that genocide was merely pretending. Everyone love Sylvanas. She is the most beautiful and powerful character ever created in fiction. Dissenting voices don’t belong in the dojo.

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Bruno Brito

Oh, thank god that was sarcasm.

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Danny Smith

But some players out there it isn’t i’ve seen that sentiment along with “teldrassil was a preemptive strike”.

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Bruno Brito

Fuck’em. There’s no way anyone can polish the turd that is WoW story right now.

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Sarah Cushaway

Yeah I wasn’t sure at first either.