This is one of the issues with Cataclysm timeline stuff -- Moira as you know her in the earlier levels is the Moira of the present. The Moira in Blackrock Depths is from a time long past. You are just going to have to have a little suspension of disbelief for gameplay's sake to enjoy this one.
I wasn't playing WoW back during Classic, but I was wondering, back when Ironforge was the defacto capital of the Alliance, was Magni regarded as the overall leader of the Alliance, the way the warchiefs are for the Horde or Varian is now? Or was the Alliance more decentralized?
Shocker of shockers: I started my first character in World of Warcraft in May of 2004 on the Alliance side of things. In beta, Ironforge was the capital of the Alliance, and that continued on for a good, long while. It wasn't so much that Magni was regarded as the leader but more that the Alliance itself felt more decentralized, at least to me. Stormwind felt self-sustained; the dwarves and gnomes were doing their own thing, and the night elves were far away on the other continent and would come over to help on occasion. It just felt very separated.
Over time, though, the story coalesced, things changed, and Stormwind got its king back.
Why are the trolls of Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman acting up now, of all times? Was it just bad timing that they finally got all their ducks in a row after Deathwing decided to be Azeroth's interior decorator, or did they specifically wait for this moment to start doing... whatever it is their doing now?
The short version of the story is this: the Zandalari tribe requested the aid of the Horde and the Alliance to beat down the Gurubashi of Zul'Gurub and the Amani of Zul'Aman. After these two tribes were brought to their knees, the Zandalari played their hand, offering to help them out of turmoil and become the leaders of a new, world-spanning troll empire, much like the one that existed before the Sundering and before the devastating War of the Aqir. Vol'jin and the Darkspears were asked to join but aren't happy with the power grab. So it's up to us to put a stop to it.
For the long version, check out our Know Your Lore: Current Horde politics, the trolls.
Now that WPL isn't so Plague-landish, do you think Blizzard will change the name to something else? Was that area referred to by another name before the Plague swept through there?
It used to be part of Lordaeron, but I don't think the name will change because the area is still undergoing transformation. It is still plague lands and probably won't change -- not for a while, at least.
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