World of Warcraft has finally concluded the Sylvanas story – and it still didn’t work

It’s finally over. The story of Sylvanas Wanderer who has dominated for years and is winding World CansThe narrative has come to an end. The story, which began in 2018, is filled with the most controversial decisions in Warcraft history – all centered around one of the most popular characters in the franchise.

Sylvanas Windrunner has become a kind of narrative black hole. Many good aspects Battle of Azeroth And Shadowlands She is overshadowed by her increasingly complex and conflicting story. Until the end of the tale, Blizzard asked fans to “wait and see. Now, with the release of the novel Sylvanas on March 29th and world of cansPatch 9.2, Eternity’s End We know the whole story begins to come to an end – sort of – and we can finally make a post-mortem report on how the Sylvanas and their backlog plans have pulled the Warcraft franchise so far off the beaten path.

How did things get so bad?

In 2018, with the launch of Battle of Azeroth Expansion, Horde Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner has done something that forever changed the Warcraft franchise: it committed genocide by burning down the Night Elf’s capital at Teldrassil, full of civilians the Alliance could not evacuate.

The game’s novel said it did so because of the war between the Allies and the Horde; She was trying to defend her people with a preemptive strike. This led to the start of the war, and Silvanas escalates with cartoonish vicious war crimes at every step. Many players in the crowd hated this; Why were they suddenly made complicit in killing civilians, burning homes and raising people to death as Manchurian candidates?

We won’t find out for a while; In 2019, the crowd slipped into the Civil War and Sylvanas wore out. The biggest explanation we got was via players from the crowd who chose to stay loyal to her; She explained that she had a bigger plan and “nothing lasts.”

But then we got an explanation, kind of. The Sylvanas were actually starting the war because, for some reason, everyone who dies their soul flows into the worst possible hell in order to kindle the warden. why? Who is the jailer? Why does he need all these souls? Why are there such theological concerns as scattered spirits, double deaths, and the automated rendition of Mao?

It took until 2020, after Shadowlands Campaign launch and update, for a big picture explanation. And in 2022, with the release of Sylvanas, we finally got answers to all the little questions, too. The content drip-feed is suboptimal for any story, but especially for one that feels flawed; Players have sat for months with serious questions about the fundamental integrity of the place and the characters in it.

even from he is Silvana at this point, and why are players so shocked at what they see as her character assassination?

Back to the start

Sylvanas first appeared in 3 . cans, which was released in 2002. She is a great heritage character; She’s been on the move for two decades. She is a high elf guard who protects the kingdom of Quel’Thalas, when the Knight of Death and the fallen Prince Arthas comes to knock on the gates of the kingdom with an army of the undead. Sylvanas fights valiantly to save her people, but in the end, it’s all in vain – Arthas kills her and raises her as a villain and uses her as a weapon of war against the High Elves. She’s an incredibly sympathetic start to the character, and fans immediately connect with her, especially after she’s grown up in a panic-slave state.

It’s an unspeakable shock, and it’s one that Silvanas survives. She recovers her body, hunts it down, and creates her own kingdom from the zombies Forsaken, the rotting survivors of the Arthas Wars. Hotheads are hated and dreaded, but they are Free. Whether they use this freedom for good, such as helping their new allies rally, or evil, such as creating an epidemic that destroys the living And The armies of the undead are alike – up to them.

This was the status quo until 2008 world of cans expansion King’s anger, where Arthas served as the main antagonist. Silvana can never swing Arthas in person; Instead, in the middle of the expansion period, the Horde and the Alliance team up to launch an attack on the Lich King’s Wrathgate. A sect of Forsaken betrays everyone and bombards the entire battle with a blight, almost killing Arthas – but also eliminating friendly forces. Silvana reclaims her city, expels the traitors, and plays a supporting role for the remainder of the war.

Hence the agreed objective facts of Silvanas’ history. The rest is unclear, either due to fan disagreements or due to the blizzard’s constant retreat. What makes things significantly more complicated is that Silvanas’ writer after-King’s anger It was Alex Avrasyaby, a developer who was allegedly “involved”.[d] in egregious sexual harassment with little or no repercussions,” according to a statement made by Kotaku. Afrasiabi was launched in the summer of 2020.

Then things get more messy

Sylvanas is a heroic hero and an enabler for many fans. She survived a genocide against her own people. Arthas’ murder of her, his imprisonment of both her body and soul, reads to some as a metaphor for rape. However, it brings a kingdom of similarly traumatized people together under one banner and makes them strong.

short story edge of the night By Dave Cusack, published in 2011, explores Silvanas’ feelings after the death of Arthas. She also begins her new character Sagittarius; Now that the Lich King is dead, she needs a new primary incentive.

At first, she didn’t care what was happening to the world or anyone in it. She has her revenge. It has achieved its goal. She can now rest. Thus, Sylvanas goes to the Icecrown Citadel and commits suicide. She succeeds at first, then returns from a horrific world of eternal torment via the ghostly Val’kyr, winged virgins who transport spirits and lift fallen ones to death. She started her new lease on lifeless with two motivating goals: One, to survive at all costs and avoid the super hell where her soul ended. Second, Forsaken protection.

This morally questionable character who does bad things for a “good” cause like standing up for his people, persisted in the post-Arthas Sylvanas era, until 2018. This was the character that fans of the character understood all along. DisasterAnd pandaria fog Warlords in DraenorAnd corps.

At the beginning corps, Sylvanas made Warchief after the sudden death of her predecessor. She goes from a mysterious manipulator to a leader at the front, and that doesn’t really pay off until the end of the events corps. next expansion, Battle of AzerothWeave that character on her head and take us on a hilarious dance for four years through the current story.

Things went off track quickly. Silvanas began a war against the alliance, committed genocide against the night of the night, made her forces burn the settlements of Kol Tiran and killed the inhabitants, imprisoned and tortured her political enemies, inspired a civil war, declared the Horde “nothing” to her, and then delivered to the Land of Death to complete it fact plan. She then proceeded to kidnap and control the supreme king of the alliance to be Abd the warden. (Why this newfound loyalty to the jailer? Once again, the story took months between movie scenes to really articulate.) It became a direct parallel to Artas in every sense of the word; Even the story admits this later.

Silvanas eventually realizes that she cannot trust the warden. This seemed pretty obvious to everyone from the start, considering that all the guy does is say individual words like “Death comes to the soul of your world” and “You can’t stop death!”

In the end, Sylvanas betrays him, and recovers a part of her soul that was torn apart when Frostmorn killed her – her soul shattering was absolutely news for fans, not to mention an integral part of her story. After the warden stops us, Silvanas faces the punishment of roaming Mao, a world of eternal torment, to save the souls she has committed to her deepest. It’s not the worst possible ending, but the path to it was so rocky that it pollutes the entire character.

Where the final novel leaves us

sylvanas Written by Kristi Golden, published in March 2022, is doing its best to create a coherent story out of this mess. There are times when it is really a lot of fun to read. But it doesn’t feel like a story to be told for its own sake, more like an attempt to make the events in the game have some sort of coherent meaning.

The book begins when Silvanas was just a child, and traces her growth to become Quel’Thalas’ ranger general. He details her death, the torment she faced at the hands of Arthas, and the long journey she took on the road to revenge. It gives us a lot of good context for Silvanas, her thoughts, and her relationships with the people closest to her. There are some great scenes, but the entire book shares the same flaw – it’s forced to retroactively change the way people view Sylvanas and their actions. Her entire life story is now being redirected to explain why she committed so many war crimes and genocide.

When the jailer appears in sylvanasHe talks more on one page than he does in all the time he spent on screen in the game. We learned that he met Silvanas again during the events of edge of the night She did not appear in the short story, at the time, or at any time during the decade that followed. Warden and Valkyr Silvanas show countless subsequent lives, and craft a story that the death system is cruel and unfair, dividing families and loved ones. at ShadowlandsSometimes we meet people in life who meet after death; The warden is portrayed as a cunning liar to only show Sylvanas the afterlife that confirms her worst fears.

We also learn that Silvanas’ brother, who was marginal in tradition, was in fact crucial to her current character and motivation.

during launch ShadowlandsSylvanas has kidnapped the supreme king of the alliance, Anduin Wren, and her sympathy for him is the ultimate key that leads her to the warden’s betrayal. Is this because she and Anduin somehow share a special bond? Well, sort of–really, it’s that Silvanas saw her brother, whom she had failed to save from war and death, in Anduin. It’s a link that doesn’t feel learned or justified, and instead reads like a past machine that writers need in order for the story to work. The novel brought her brother forward to explain why she did it all of this.

sylvanas It is an attempt to find a compromise from the wreckage of her story line, and while it has been somewhat successful at some points, it was never necessary. Her story has spiraled out of control over the past four years, and the intricate tale almost brought down the entire story. The following expansions of the Warcraft franchise will need to account for this damage if there is any chance of it being undone.