Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The resistance starts here

Massive spoiler alert

If what I'm about to discuss is true, this is a massive spoiler for Cataclysm, so I'm going to hide it away behind the "read more" link below. Please don't continue if you want Cataclysm to be a surprise.

Still with me? OK, we'll start with a screenshot. I originally found out about this via the Scrolls of Lore forums, although a spot of Googling led to further discussion on WOWhead and MMO Champion. Now in this case, I don't think we have true multiple sources for the same information, just one source that's been repeated. However, it's so interesting that I've decided to go with it, even though it may prove to be a fake, because it raises important issues about the direction the Horde is taking.

What we can see in the picture appears to be the big secret that Vol'jin reveals to the players in the new troll starter zone, which I discussed recently. According to the leak/hoax, the full dialogue is as follows:
Garrosh Hellscream: Don't talk back to me, troll. You know who was left in charge here. Have you not stopped to ask yourself why Thrall chose me instead of you?
Vol'Jin: Dere's no question why, Garrosh. He gave ya the title because he needed ta see once and for all if ya could overcome the pride and bloodlust dat have long run in ya family. I t'ink he did not expect de answer to be apparent so soon.
Garrosh Hellscream: You're lucky I don't gut you right here, whelp. You are foolish to think you can speak to your Warchief in such ways.
Vol'Jin: You're no Warchief of mine. Ya've not earned my respect, and I'll not see the Horde destroyed by ya thirst for war.
Garrosh Hellscream: And what exactly do you think that you are going to do about it? Your threats are hollow. Go slink away with the rest of your kind to the slums; I will endure your filth in my throne room no longer.
Vol'Jin: I know exactly what I am going to do about it, son of Hellscream. I will watch and wait as ya people slowly become aware of ya ineptitude. I will laugh as dey grow to despise ya as I do.
Vol'Jin: And when da time comes dat ya failure is complete and ya "power" is meaningless, I will be dere to end ya rule swiftly and silently.
Vol'Jin: Ya will spend ya reign glancin' over ya shoulder and fearin' the shadows, for when da time comes and ya blood slowly drains out, ya will know exactly who fired da arrow dat pierced ya heart.
Garrosh Hellscream: You have sealed your fate, troll.
Garrosh spits at Vol'Jin.
Vol'Jin: And you yours, "Warchief."
Assuming it's true (and this is a big assumption at this stage), this suggests that Vol'jin will be at the core of the resistance to Warchief Dumberer's rule. I'm overjoyed at this - those of us who loathe Garrosh as he's currently written will have somewhere to go in RP terms if Cataclysm pans out as expected. It also suggests that this rule will be short, which lends support to the second option I discussed earlier, with the possible twist that it may be Vol'jin who rides to the rescue, rather than Thrall.

So, should we believe it? I'm really not sure. The writing of Vol'jin's speech is a little clumsy - he drops some consonants, but says "and" in full. That could be because it's fan-made, or an early unpolished piece of alpha dialogue. It fits pretty well with lore and will be popular with the Garrosh haters (like me), but that's also what you'd expect from a skilled piece of trolling. I want this to be true, but it's that very longing that makes me wary.

Still, my heart is saying "Vol'jin! Vol'jin! Vol'jin!". I'll see you in the Echo Isles, along with 90% of the Horde. Let's leave Garrosh alone in his fortress. We don't need him.

Both Scrolls of Lore and MMO Champion have now removed the content I am referring to, as Blizzard have objected. Make of that what you will.


  1. Thank you for giving me the option to not read spoilers!! /curtsey

  2. This is awesome. <3 Vol'jin.

  3. http://www.korusuu.net/wow/Halpa/General%20Discussion/The%20Cairne%20dies%20Rumor...%2001.png