I want to be sure I mention a few things to start off the week with.
First, thank for all the wonderful questions lately! The variety and in depth thought being put into them makes this column much more fun to write. If you do have a question for us, just leave a comment or send us a tip and we'll try to answer it. If we don't answer it, leave it again. We can get upwards of 60 or so questions a day, and we obviously can't answer all of them.
Secondly, I know we've mentioned this before, but I just wanted to reiterate. Ask A Lore Nerd has become part of the Queue, so we'll answer a couple lore questions each week. The take quite a bit longer to research and fact check, so the answers won't be as often as normal gameplay and theory questions, but we'll still get to them!
In fact, let's start off with a lore-ish question now.
"What's with all these dragons and their consorts?"
Mythology, the Bible, etc... it's all about sex. Back in the day procreation was a very important thing, it was a motivating factor for humanity (it still is, arguably), and the priests and clerics of all the religions of old pushed this on people. Make babies and be fruitful! Begat and be begotten! Have good morals and have good families! Yay!
The dragons are, in an overly simplistic view, representative of that idea in mythology. The Greek gods slept around a lot. Zeus was the classical era's Hugh Hefner, and everyone wanted to be like Zeus, just like every guy (at least secretly) wants to be like Hugh Hefner. The dragons in WoW can be seen in the same light. They sleep around and get numerous mates and consorts, and thus encourage the lesser races to sleep around and get mates and consorts.
One of the neat things about WoW is that the lore follows the classical mythos pretty well. The basic outline of the stories are not anything really new, we've been hearing about them for thousands of years. But the ability to play out the stories on a personal level, or at least by a fly on the wall as Krasus pines over Alexstrasza, is something new and quite cool. It could be considered one of the fundemental reasons why Warcraft's lore pulls so many people in.
"Is there any whispers of buffing the flight path speeds?"
No. In addition, Blizzard has stated numerous times they want 310% speed mounts to be something special, so I don't see any increase coming in either flight path speed or 280% speed epic flying mounts.
Al in SoCal asked...
"Do you think in Cataclysm - or before that - there will be any attempt to nerf the reputation grind from classic (Zandalar, etc) and / or BC (Sha'tari Skyguard, Ogri'la, etc) factions?"
I doubt it. Blizzard has said a few times that they're really only looking at moving forward in reputation grinds, and that they don't want to mess with the old reps too much. It's not something I agree with entirely, and I think Cataclysm would be the perfect place to make the old world reps go by faster. But we'll have to wait and see if they change their mind on that.
The BC reps, in particular the Skyguard and Ogri'la, I do not see changing at all in the foreseeable future. There are daily quests to complete those, just like there are for WotLK factions.
"Why can't hunters use throwing weapons?"
Hunters can use throwing weapons. Just don't be that hunter using a throwing weapon. Please.
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