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Cataclysm Spoiler: Sylvanas' plans no one saw coming


With all of the awesome Cataclysm news coming out about skills and talents and spells, it might be easy to miss the immense lore moments and motivations of the faction leaders. We have Sylvanas news, and it's big and very much a spoiler.

Want to know what the Forsaken Queen is up to in Cataclysm, and why this expansion is going to rock the Horde and the Alliance even moreso?

Again, we are warning you: there are spoilers here that are quite huge in the world of lore. The big part of the spoiler is in red. After the break.

The quest begins in Brill early on in the leveling experience of a new forsaken. Eventually, your travels lead you to Silverpine Forest, and the quest "Warchief's Command: Silverpine Forest," where Garrosh and friends arrive to meet with Sylvanas and her new allies in the fight against and invasion of Gilneas. Below is a transcription of the events that take place.

Warchief's Command: Silverpine Forest!

Objective: Report to Grand Executor Mortuus at Forsaken High Command in Silverpine Forest

All able bodied members of the Horde are hereby ordered to report to Grand Executor Mortuus at Forsaken High Command in Silverpine Forest. Now, more than ever, your help is needed in routing the enemy infestation of the region and conquering the port of Gilneas!

To reach Forsaken High Command you must travel south through Tirisfal Glades and enter Silverpine Forest. From there, follow the road south until you reach Forsaken High Command.

Onward, sister! Destiny calls!

Upon Completion: Most excellent! A new recruit has arrived. There is much to do... much to do I say.

The Warchief Cometh

You're just in time, *******. It is ******, right?

<Grand Executor Mortuus looks at a sheet of paper.>

Yes, that's what the paperwork says: "*****"

<Grand Executor Mortuus points to your name on the sheet of paper.>

Where was I? Oh yes, you're just in time! The Warchief should be arriving at any moment to meet our leader and savior, the Dark Lady herself. Just stand by and be at your best behavior. I expect that when this demonstration is over we will all receive commendations!

Quest Objectives: Stand by for Warchief Garrosh Hellscream's arrival.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Where is that Orge headed buffoon?
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner Ah, speak of the devil ...
*Portals from Ogrimmar arrive with Hellscream, Hellscream's elite, and High Warlord Cromush*
*Hellscream jumps from the portal down to Sylvanas*
Garrosh Hellscream: This better be important, Sylvanas. You know how I detest this place and its foul stench. Why have you called for me?
Garrosh Hellscream: And more importantly, what are those Scourge fiends doing here?

*Garrosh makes a gesture at the Val'kyr*

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Warchief, so glad you could make it.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: With the death of the Lich King, many of the more intelligent Scourge became...unemployed. Those 'friends,' as you so delicately put it, are called val'kyr. They are under my command now...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: ...and they are part of the reason that I asked to see you.
Garrosh Hellscream: Get on with it Sylvanas.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Very well, Warchief. I have solved the plight of the Forsaken!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: As a race, we Forsaken are unable to procreate.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: With the aid of the val'kyr, we are now able to take the corpses of the fallen and create new Forsaken.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Agatha, show the Warchief!

*The Val'kyr Agatha proceeds to resurrect fallen corpses as Undead*

High Warlord Cromush: ABERRATION!
Garrosh Hellscream: What you have done here, Sylvanas... it goes against the laws of nature. Disgusting is the only word I have to describe it.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Warchief, without these new Forsaken my people would die out ... Our hold upon Gilneas and northern Lordaeron would crumble.
Garrosh Hellscream: Have you given any thought to what this means, Sylvanas.
Garrosh Hellscream: What difference is there between you and the Lich King now?
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Isn't it obvious, Warchief? I serve the Horde. (She does the Female Blood Elf emote /salute, which is downright hysterical because it's such a condescending salute to begin with.)
Garrosh Hellscream: Watch your clever mouth, *@*!*. (Yes he really called her a *@*!*)
Garrosh Hellscream: Cromush, you stay behind and make sure the Banshee Queen is well "guarded." I will be expecting a full report when next we meet.
High Warlord Cromush: As you command, Warchief!
Garrosh Hellscream: Remember, Sylvanas, eventually we all have to stand before our maker and face judgment. Your day may come sooner than others...

The Warchief Cometh: Well that was unexpected. I am not one to doubt our Warchief, but...

Nevermind! We have work to do. I'm sure the Dark Lady and the Warchief will get this all worked out.

So what have we learned? Sylvanas, seizing another opportunity to bolster her ranks by taking command of some of the Lich King's most powerful allies, much like she originally did when she was released from his influence, has solved the plight of the Forsaken. By bringing people back from the dead.

Things just got very, very interesting for the Horde, for the undead and for the future of this alliance.

Thanks to Emeraude on the Cataclysm closed-beta forums for this excellent, awesome, awe-inspiriting lore moment.

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