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Welcome back to The Queue,'s daily Q&A column in which the team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky will be your host today.

Now Rossi, that's a beard. If you can do that, I'll be impressed.

Deadlysteve asked:

"Is there any lore reason that the sentinals (guards) around Teldrassil are all female? I don't know why, but it's been bugging me for some reason."

The night elf men mainly went on patrols and excursions outside of the night elf homeland, and the females stayed back and protected it. Men were also (more traditionally) druids and females were (more traditionally) priests/healers/everything else. You can surmise this by reading the books, and it's obviously carried over at least somewhat into the current Warcraft lore.

I also really like Oni Stardust's side note about the night elves' similarities to the drow of the Dungeons and Dragons universe. While I'm a big WoW fan, I'm perhaps an even bigger fan of the D&D lore, and Oni pretty much hits the nail right on the head:

As a side note, the night elves take a fair amount of inspiration from the drow of Dungeons and Dragons.

In drow culture, females are considered to be superior to men, and because of such, females have greater rights and opportunities than males. This is mostly due to the influence of their goddess, Lolith, who isn't particularly fond of men.

Although in the case of the drow, the females tend to be casters and the males are usually warriors, while it's the other way around with night elves. Although in both cases, the priesthood is run by females.

Basically, if you take the good alignment and nature-loving aspect of traditional elves, add the dark, goddess-worshiping, female-dominant aspects of the drow, and throw in the female warrior culture of the Amazons, you'll have night elf society in a nutshell.
Hal asked:

"Are there any new (or updates to existing) weather effects in Cataclysm? I love coming into a zone to find rain/snow, but I'm curious if the unbalancing of the world will bring wilder weather."

There's a gigantic tornado out in Darkshore (and not the mob kind that roams around Westfall). If you consider that a weather effect, then that's new. But other than that, there have been no new "snow" or "rain" types of weather. Neat idea, though -- maybe they could implement some weather where it rains down fire and brimstone or something.

Hakiadara asked:

"What are the chances that a 'triple spec' will ever be made available? I'd gladly pay 10k+ for it, as would others, I assume, so if Blizzard ever needs a gold sink in Cata ... triple spec, here I come!"

None. Blizzard has said a few times that this is something it won't allow. Dual specs allow for the game to be played when you have to "sacrifice" your spec for the greater good (like a tank or a healer). Triple specs would allow the game to be played without making any choices about your overall playstyle, which wouldn't be very much fun.

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column. Leave your questions in the comments, and we'll do our best to answer 'em!

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