Speaking of Dalaran and the Sunreavers, did anyone catch the suspicious emote Aethas does when Lor'themar says he knew nothing? Could they be they setting up a boss for siege of Org?
I doubt that -- but it seems as though Aethas knows something he's not telling. Either Lor'themar knows, and he's flat-out lying to Jaina, or Aethas knows something he hasn't told his boss. It may come up later, it may not -- but I don't think it'll have anything to do with the Siege of Orgrimmar.
Do you think they will ever make the market in Halfhill an "auto-dismount" similar to the Org VP/JP vendors area on top of the Hold? I purposely dismount myself when I head to the market just because it drives me nuts trying to go about my business with afkr's on massive ground/flying mounts squatting on the vendors/quest givers.
You know, I don't know if they'd ever do that, but they have the technology to do so. When you go to speak to people hidden in the bubbles on the Isle of Thunder, it'll auto-dismount you. I'm not sure why they haven't applied that to Halfhill. It'd certainly make it easier to pick up daily quests. For that matter, I wish picking a plant on your farm would auto-dismount you. Every time I go to harvest my crops, I get that annoying "You are mounted" message, and then I have to dismount and try again. Every. Single. Time. You'd think I'd remember by now!
So, what happened to King Rastakhan? AFAIK he's nowhere to be seen on the Isle of Thunder. So, even after we handle the Thunder King there seems to be some Zandalari threat left in the world. Any thoughts on this?
He's still out there, we just don't know where he is, or what he's doing. Zandalar Isle was in the midst of sinking into the sea when Zul left, but the fleet on the Isle of Thunder aren't every Zandalari in existence -- they are just the trolls that chose to follow Zul. In patch 5.3, the Blood in the Snow scenario features a troll who is apparently a herald of Rastakhan, rather than a herald of Zul. So we might see King Rastakhan at some point. It's doubtful his plans are over, but it took the destruction of his homeland for him to apparently make any moves.
How come there is no portal from the Shrine to the Thunder Isle?
Lore-wise, because the Golden Lotus have nothing to do with the assault on the Isle -- that's all Shado-pan out there. They've been working on figuring out what's been going on with both the mantid and the mogu out in Townlong as part of the Shado-pan daily quests. The Isle of Thunder is natural progression from that exploration. Since both the Sunreavers and the Kirin Tor are trying to make nice with the Shado-pan and figure out what's so amazing about the island and the power contained on it, they're camped out there too.
Game-wise, I suspect they wanted to avoid that whole thing in Cataclysm where having a portal to everywhere located in one capital city meant that people camped in that capital city without actually going anywhere. A couple minutes of travel time isn't going to kill anyone, really.
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