Q: How do you pronounce Ashkandi? I've got a couple of guildies who say it's ash-candy. That can't be right.
I don't know if there's an official pronunciation out there -- which is pretty standard for all of the really huge names for things in Warcraft, sadly. However, I always pronounced it Ash-kahn-dee. Keep in mind I also pronounce the word pecan as "pi-kahn" rather than "pee-can," and take that for what it's worth.
From a lore/rp perspective, who do warlocks look up to or admire/strive to be like? Mages have people like Jaina or Khadgar, Paladins have Bolvar or Tirion, so what npc can locks use as a role model? I can't imagine too many people wanting to be like Gul'dan...
I don't think warlocks are really in the habit of looking up to anyone so much as they are in the habit of suspiciously keeping an eye out for anyone that might steal their power or otherwise meddle with all the delicious dark magics they have in their possession. I think they might admire the more powerful warlocks of the world, but not in a "when I grow up, I want to be just like you!" kind of way so much as a "That guy there knows how to do some terrifying stuff. I must have his secrets for myself." kind of way.
What good does bonus valor do when it starts so late in the week that most raiders are already capped, and there's a valor cap anyway so who cares?
Well, it's good through next week, so we'll be able to cap really quickly after the reset. Personally, I still haven't capped my valor on my alts, so this is as good a chance as any to get it done really, really fast.
Q4tQ: Why is the Alliance bike so ugly?
The Alliance bike is not ugly. The Alliance bike just needed a proper wheel on the back end, one that elevated the armored plate in the back so that the profile was more "eagle swooping down to snatch its kill from the ground like a deadly predator" and less "armored ant on a hike." The individual pieces on the bike are absolutely gorgeous -- that lack of a back wheel was literally the only reason I did not vote for the Alliance bike over the Horde one.
QftQ: If something ever happens to Sylvanas, who is next in line to lead the Forsaken and take charge of the Undercity?
That is an excellent question! Currently, there isn't really anyone suited to lead. This very topic was addressed in the leader short story Edge of Night. It's available for free on the website, I highly suggest giving it a read if you're interested in the Dark Lady and her subjects.
So I recently purchased the Visual Guide, and while it's truly an incredible collection (and something I'd highly recommend) there was a bit in the "timeline" that I got tripped up on. Originally, I had heard somewhere that that the events of "Wrath of the Lich King" took place over the course of 3 years. "Cataclysm" served to confirm this, with the Westfall quest line (a quest line taking place very early in the game and concluding before even the rise of the Zandalari) dealing with events that took place "5 years ago" (1 WoW + 1 BC + 3 Wrath = 5 years ago).
However, the Visual Guide timeline states that all the events of Wrath, from the initial expedition into Northrend to the Nexus War to the Ulduar expedition to the preparations for and finally the assault on Icecrown Citadel all took place over the course of a single year. If that's the case, than suddenly the math doesn't work: 1 WoW + 1 BC + 1 Wrath = 3 Years ago. Am I missing something or is there a snafu in the timeline?
I'm glad you liked the book, I had a lot of fun working on it! The timeline was actually one of the things I worked with directly, and the information in that timeline came straight from Blizzard. The things you are pointing out are pretty much the exact reason that hammering down exact dates for events or expansions is something that is generally avoided -- once you lock something down, you can't change it. Part of the reason writing an ongoing story like the one presented in Warcraft works is because those dates and that history are both malleable -- new events can be tacked on as time progresses, or past events and history can be further clarified and expanded if the story warrants that clarification. While it may seem odd, or might seemingly contradict what you're seeing in game, that timeline is absolutely correct, canon, and current -- until it's revised in the future, if necessary.
See what I mean? Timelines. They're headaches best left avoided, I promise you.
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