Because Ji is, at heart, a good dude. A really good dude. And he knows that just because Hellscream decided to run things one way, it doesn't mean the entirety of the rest of the Horde is that way. He's likely had more than enough time in Orgrimmar, talking to various Horde members of every species, to understand that not everyone was on the same page with Garrosh. I doubt that Ji expected the situation in Orgrimmar to backfire in his face, but let's look at it this way: Ji came to the Horde to see what it was like, to observe, learn and teach. He didn't really get to do that with Garrosh's Horde. He's learned a great deal, but he's learned nothing of the true spirit of the Horde, and Vol'jin would likely be more than happy to teach him.
Today, I had my sound up higher than normal and noticed some weird whispering in the new Vale music. Any idea what it's saying?
You have to remember that the Vale housed the heart of an Old God long thought dead, and the sha were the last breath of that Old God. Given that, I think the whispers are likely the last murmurings of Y'shaarj, or something equally creepy along those lines. Gave me goosebumps the first time I heard it!
Is there even the lightest chance that Blizzard will loosen faction restrictions in WoW? I'd love to see cross faction communication at least.
Imagine all of the nasty things you hear from players of your own faction on a regular basis. Now multiply that by 10 and add faction loyalty to the mix. It would be ... bad.
@IRONF0RGED asked via Twitter:
I missed the lore at the end of BC, but as story moved into Wrath was dark portal "closed"? Still open in Pandaria times?
No, the Dark Portal was never closed. We defeated all the bad stuff on the other side of it, and discovered a lot of pretty cool people in the process -- why cut them off? The Dark Portal isn't really doing anything to Azeroth at this point, and it can't really hurt Outland, either. When Warlords comes out, the Dark Portal will apparently turn red and link to Draenor instead -- we'll still be able to get to Outland via other methods, however. We just don't quite know exactly what those methods are just yet.
@beam19 asked via Twitter:
How do you think Orgim will react to Durotan and the Azeroth Horde? I mean he can't align w/blackhand and Grom now can he?
That's an excellent question. Orgrim was Blackhand's second-in-command, and although he had his misgivings about the war with the draenei, he followed Blackhand's orders. But he grew to trust Blackhand less and less, and grew more and more suspicious of Gul'dan. He eventually killed Blackhand and took over the Horde. Keep in mind that Orgrim was one of the orcs who originally declined the Blood of Mannoroth -- he said he wasn't worthy to drink it, which was a flimsy excuse at best. Really, he didn't trust what was going on. So in the original history, Orgrim wasn't really a fan of fel anything -- and the green skin of Azeroth's Horde is a direct indicator that they were touched by fel magic at some point.
Which leaves Orgrim in an interesting position. Siding with the Azeroth Horde would be the "good" thing to do, as far as we're concerned -- but siding with them in his eyes might look about as shady as that whole Blood of Mannoroth deal that they never actually had come to pass. To Orgrim, fighting against the Azeroth Horde might be what he thinks is the "right" thing to do, because that Horde is obviously tainted somehow. It's a pretty cool moral conflict to think about, although we don't know how much we'll actually see of Orgrim, because he's not one of the Warlords in this changed history, he's still Blackhand's second.
Completely unrelated to WoW: what was your favorite toy growing up?
My Little Ponies. Not the ones that are on the market now, the old school ones that came out in the 80's. My sister and I were addicted to the little buggers, and the fact that they were pretty cheap as far as toys went meant that my mother could afford to indulge our pony habit. I think by the time we finally hit the age in which we were too old for ponies, we had over 200 between the two of us.
Of course I don't think our grand epic gritty dramas in which the ponies were in constant, dire peril were really the thing the toy companies had in mind when they pictured little girls playing with the things. Our brother would play with us too, but he had his own toys -- my favorite was when we incorporated a fleet of Daleks he'd built out of Legos and a giant K-9 made with Construx. Either that or the one where we came up with the story about the super friendly smiley face hacky sack that was actually a demonic entity from an alternate reality seeking souls for his dimension to feast on.
... we were weird kids.
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