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WoW Lore: Turalyon vs. Greymane - the future of the alliance

March 15, 2022

In the battle against the Dungeon Master, we are running out of time in Shadowlands. After the lost battle for Oribos, the fate of the entire universe is in our hands. Whether we will succeed in stopping Zovaal and saving the creation of the First is written in the stars.

The story of Sylvanas, Anduin and the Dungeon Master will continue with Patch 9.2: The End of Eternity. After the sexism scandal at Blizzard and the noticeable loss of developers, the continuation of the Shadowlands story is a long way off. While we wait for patch 9.2, the rumor mill is bubbling on the net. The WoW community is currently speculating about what adventure awaits us after Shadowlands.

The end of Shadowlands

Will we return to Azeroth as victors after Shadowlands? Or will Zovaal's diabolical plan work out and we will be caught between the fronts in the new cosmic war for absolute domination? The story of Shadowlands makes it hard for us to speculate about the future of WoW at the moment. It seems that not even the developers themselves know in which direction WoW should develop in the future. Prominent NPCs and locations are being renamed, all sexually offensive references are being removed from the game. For example, portraits of permissive ladies were recently censored or even completely replaced by still lifes.

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In all the hullabaloo that is currently going on in the Californian game studio, Patch 9.3 will probably also fall victim to the red pencil. Blizzard simply lacks the time and resources for this. According to an insider, the development team would like to take off again with Patch 10.0 and redesign World of Warcraft (buy now ) from the ground up. This includes not only graphical updates, but also a story that should inspire both new players and Warcraft veterans.

A new Azeroth

Mathias Shaw notices during his travels that the contaminated land of Lordaeron is beginning to heal. How long will it be before the Alliance claims Lordaeron again? Source: buffed

In order to accomplish this Herculean task, Blizzard will have to return to WoW's origins and return to Azeroth. Some exciting concept images recently surfaced on the web that may give us a hint at the next WoW expansion.

At the center of all discussions at the moment are a couple of simple screenshots showing reworked versions of classic human buildings from the Eastern Kingdoms. These buildings were certainly not reworked without a reason. It is possible that the WoW team is already secretly working on giving Azeroth a new look.

According to an insider, the update of the classic world will be bigger than that of Cataclysm. The majority of all areas in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms will be adapted to the current story. For example, Turalyon and the Alliance recapture the fallen human kingdoms of Gilneas, the entire Arathi Highlands, and the vast portions of Lordaeron.

The druids manage to heal Undercity and the land that Sylvanas poisoned with the plague in Battle for Azeroth. The traces that Deathwing left in the classic world are largely removed. However, the areas that came into play with Cataclysm will remain untouched. Quel'thalas and Azurmythos Island will also be reworked and adapted to the current storyline. On the whole, no stone will be left unturned in Azeroth. Those who want to experience the reworked areas in their original form can do so on Classic servers of World of Warcraft.

Symbolic new beginning

We have speculated several times in recent months that our heroes will return to Azeroth after Shadowlands and find a new world there. The question at hand with this scenario is what the big hook for the story should be. Most players agree that the story of Battle before Azeroth was not the hit. Sylvanas' dubious scheming caused plenty of confusion and the lukewarm faction war was a joke. The return of Queen Azshara and the final battle against the Old God N'Zoth also didn't really fit the concept of a WoW expansion, which is supposed to focus on the war between the Horde and Alliance.

With the next expansion, the developers can make up for these mistakes and return to the roots of WoW. The team could also use this symbolic new beginning to help the Alliance regain its former glory. In recent years, the blue faction has degenerated into a supporting actor on the big stage of World of Warcraft, only reacting to events but not initiating them themselves. It's high time for the Alliance to catch up with the Horde in terms of story. Blizzard doesn't even need to conjure up a new story out of the hat. All of the important characters for a true story thriller have already been established.

Alliance needs a strong leader again

The jailer enslaves Anduin Wrynn and forces the young king to commit crimes. Source: buffed

After the death of Varian Wrynn in Legion, we were hoping for a new standout hero in Anduin who would, in one way or another, bring the Alliance out of irrelevance. However, it took two WoW expansions for Anduin to step out of his charismatic father's shadow as the new king.

Can you still remember the return of Varian in Wrath of the Lich King? Everywhere the Alliance king appeared, there was a huge crash! His heated argument with Garrosh Hellscream on the Argent Tournament field is legendary. Varian simply radiated so much authority that you bought every word he spoke. His son Anduin also has a certain charisma. However, his charisma is not so direct for most players, but rather subtle.

Not that we misunderstand each other. The story of a young man searching for himself certainly has its appeal. In an MMO called Warcraft, which is all about hard-hitting conflicts, a determined leader is more likely to be remembered than a tender youth who doesn't quite know where he's going. And this is where Turalyon comes in! He is in no way inferior to Varian Wrynn as a leader. He is an experienced warrior and champion of light. Thus, he fulfills all the requirements to literally make the alliance shine again in new light.

The power of nobility

The influential nobles of Stormwind support Turalyon and endow the High Exarch with all sorts of privileges and titles. Source: buffed

Turalyon could become the new story hub in the next WoW expansion. Let's assume that Anduin disappears from the scene for quite a while after Shadowlands. Yes, it is important for the future story that he disappears.

Because only then can Anduin go through the same or at least a similar metamorphosis as his father did before. After that, Anduin can return to Stormwind as the rightful king. In hard times, during the absence of the king, the alliance always reshaped itself. At the moment, there are so many unresolved conflicts within the Alliance in Azeroth.

To explain the current state of the Alliance in Azeroth, it seems that the nobles of Stormwind were just waiting for Anduin to disappear from the scene. In his absence, the noble houses established a new powerful manor (similar to the British House of Lords aka House of Lords). Stormwind already had a manor before. However, the council had little power as long as a king ruled Stormwind. Since Anduin's abduction, the nobles have claimed power over the kingdom.

In these turbulent times, the High Exarch Turalyon comes just in time for the Council. He is a true warrior who shows no interest in politics. Turalyon's loyalty is to the Light. However, his role as the Alliance's commander is anything but solid. He is a regent. Anduin's official deputy is and remains his advisor Genn Greymane, King of Gilneas. This small but subtle detail offers plenty of explosives for the story of WoW. It's a shame that Blizzard is withholding this important story puzzle piece from the majority of players.

Genn Greymane vs. Turalyon

Mathias Shaw discussed the future of Stormwind and the Alliance with Genn Greymane before he left. Shaw feared that Turalyon might abuse the power he had been given. Source: buffed

What makes the story so explosive is that Anduin chose his deputy not for political but for personal reasons. Genn Greymane is a kind of father figure for Anduin after Varian's death. However, the old wolf is anything but popular among the nobles of Stormwind.

He is considered a traitor and a failure. Most people see him as an old waverer who gambled away his kingdom recklessly to Sylvanas and the Forsaken. That he is a worgen is another point that puts Genn in a false light. Can a monster rule a kingdom? Genn can't even answer that question himself right now. The despair that is written all over Genn's face after the kidnapping of Anduin speaks volumes.

The fate of young Wrynn reminds him of the death of his own son, Liam Greymane. This loss was a heavy blow from which Genn has not recovered to this day. No matter what happens to Anduin in Shadowlands, Genn Greymane will have to decide whether to jump over his own shadow and finally emerge as king, or leave the leadership of the Alliance to the guileful nobility and Turalyon.

The uncertain future of the Alliance

To win the favor of the citizens and soldiers of the Alliance, Genn will have to take the initiative and recapture Gilneas. But even if he succeeds in wresting Gilneas from the Forsaken, the old wolf in Stormwind will have a hard time trumping Turalyon's legend. The High Exarch's reputation is impeccable, and the manor endowed Turalyon with further privileges after Anduin's abduction.

However, the rapid change of power in Stormwind is not only worrying Genn Greymane at the moment. Master Mathias Shaw, the head of SI:7, also expressed concerns before his great journey through the Eastern Kingdoms. Shaw is critical of Turalyon's rise, saying that no person, hero or king, should have that much power. Are Shaw's doubts justified? And how much will the High Exarch change the Alliance and Azeroth?

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