Thanks to MMO Champion’s tireless efforts, we can now anticipate with pleasure one of the most wonderful events the Alliance can bear witness to;
The actual reclaiming of Gnomeregan!
And now, time for the obligatory disclaimer.
We don’t know, really know, what the listed achievements really mean when they mention the retaking of Gnomeregan. Not in the long term.
Blizzard’s writers and artists don’t rest on their laurels. They continuously strive for a deeper game, and they have also shown some annoyance in the past at our finding out things too far in advance, ‘ruining’ the key moments. They may have trickses up their sleeves.
What would we normally leap to conclude from such achievements? From the quests we of the Alliance have done in the past? From the very concept of time passing and the story moving forward a few years?
We would think, that here, at last, was the reclamation of Gnomeregan as the restored capital city of the Gnomes, a capital in the truest sense of the word going forward.
That, and that alone, would be awesome.
Heck with it, I’ll share a few moments with you in enjoyable contemplation of a Gnome capital.
Okay, you good?
Let’s get to having fun with some completely baseless speculation.
First, with some of the digging that MMO Champion revealed, will we also see a Troll Capital City? Perhaps a new one, risen from the jungles? Or even Sunken Temple, risen from the marshes of Swamp of Sorrows? It’s bloody well massive enough to rival Undercity, isn’t it?
Swamp of Sorrows made into a major zone, and Sunken Temple revived into a Troll capital? That would be mighty cool.
Or maybe even a reclaimed Zul’Gurub or Zul’Aman, purged and transformed?
One of my readers brought up an excellent point in an email that there is all sorts of hidden awesomeness in Gundrak, giant snake body and such, maybe something in there, expanded? The place often seems as though it was designed to be larger than we see, but there again, it’s in Northrend, and I’d certainly expect to see a capital in the old world… I only threw that one in because it’s fun. idea of Old Kingdom being fully fleshed out into a massive freaking raid excites me too.
If Gnomes get a city expansion, would it not seem reasonable to speculate on a Troll one as well? I sure as heck think so.
Okay, now let’s go further. Is there anything that says that, in the upoming Cataclysm, any new city for Gnomes or Trolls would survive?
What if the Cataclysm destroyed Gnomer soon after we had finally reclaimed it, making it a bittersweet victory indeed. The cleansing and freeing of all of those Gnomes, only to have it lost again, this time for good?
Even better… who is to say that Cataclysm would see the survival of all existing capital cities?
What if, shortly after helping the Gnomes seize and reclaim Gnomer… Ironforge was destroyed from lava erupting from the great forge area within it’s heart?
What if it were the Dwarves that became the refugees, living on the kindness and charity of the Gnomes?
What if, with the rising of a Troll capital in Swamp of Sorrows, Undercity was crushed under the weight of Lordaeron itself? Or was invaded and destroyed once and for all by a massive invasion spearheaded by Varian Wrynn himself?
Ahhhh, the joys of wondering what the future may bring.
See, this is where the imagination can go, once you have been shown a hint that a writer is willing to be brave enough to take something known, and safe, and approved, something comfortable that everyone is familiar with, and change it, shake it up, break it down and see what new directions we can take it.
We can say to ourselves, “If they’re willing to really change things so much that Gnomeregan might be reclaimed, if they are truly so brave, then where else might the story take us? Truly, what else might bring wonder and excitement to the game?”
Thank you, MMO Champion, for your diligent efforts. Once again, you put a smile on this Bear’s face.