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The Queue: Quelling subversion

Alex Ziebart

Welcome back to The Queue,'s daily Q&A column where the team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

You may or may not remember my poll from the other day. You know, Taco Bell vs. KFC? I was impressed with how many people yelled at me to learn how to cook so I don't need to eat fast food. Come on, guys. Give me some credit here! I know how to cook. I cook all the time. Sometimes you just want some fast food! Seriously, I can cook. I promise. Tell you what, if any of you magically fall down my chimney one day, I'll whip up a nice spinach quiche for dinner. Unless you'd prefer a pot of chili or some shrimp scampi? Maybe even potato pancakes if you're that kind of guy or gal. We can have a piece of old-fashioned slab apple cake for dessert. Family recipe!

Zulix asked ...

"Just rolled a BE, and In Silvermoon City by the entrance, there is a 'harassed citizen' surrounded by guards, and you talk to the guards they say it doesn't concern you. What's the lore behind that?"

The government of Silvermoon is stifling dissension by force and mind control. Not everybody supports the current leadership, not everybody agrees with the direction their race is taking. Free speech is not a right the citizens of Silvermoon have, and "troublemakers" are put down in rather harsh ways.

Look around the city, there's more things like that. The Arcane Guardians spread propaganda, things like that.

Zayd asked ...

"Have any of the team ever deleted a max level character?"

I can't speak for the entire team, but I don't think I've ever deleted a max-level character. I've come close, though. I deleted a level 65 warrior in the Burning Crusade because he was a night elf male, which I'm pretty sure is the most hideous race/gender combination possible in the game. I got tired of seeing his flipper/oar hands and watching him slap monsters with his one-handed swords rather than cutting or stabbing them. It was so bad I could not play the character anymore, and they didn't have race changes implemented yet. I just got rid of him.

I only just recently decided to get a new warrior up to the level cap, and I'm glad I did. I think protection warriors are incredibly fun, moreso than almost any other class/spec combination in the game.

MaDaBr14 asked ...

"Why is Highlord Tirion Fordring almost twice the size of players inside of ICC? I don't believe he was this large in the Light's Hope Chapel event. He has to be at least 11 feet tall!"

Notable NPCs in raid zones are always significantly larger than player characters so they can be picked out easily. Not only does it give them a clear vibe of importance, it makes sure they don't blend in with the 10 or 25 players in the room with them. In the case of Tirion Fordring, it's also the matter that he goes toe to toe with the Lich King briefly at the end of Icecrown Citadel. The Lich King needs to be raid boss size. Tirion facing him down as a regularly sized human would be visually laughable.

Tom asked ...

"My account was recently hacked, but in the restoration process 12 Eternal Earths became 6 Primordial Saronites. I submitted a ticket about it and the reply I received was a short message saying, 'Sorry we weren't able to talk to you personally - we're trying to cut down the wait time.' The message didn't address the Primordial Saronite but it did say that sometimes during the item restoration process things don't get updated until you zone or log out.

My ticket was responded to but didn't specifically address the issue. I've zoned plenty of times and logged several times as well, and yet the Saronites remain. Am I free to do what I will with them? If not, what might happen to me if I were to sell them?"

I recommend that you do not use them or sell them, and try filing a ticket again. Blizzard is perfectly capable of banning you for their errors if you take advantage of it. That might seem strange/unfair, but it's perfectly within their power. Chances that they'll care about something like Primordial Saronite are low, but you'd much rather be safe than sorry. There's also a chance a GM will just tell you can keep them because they were a crazy gift from an account thief, so just ticket again.

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