IGNs Vorschau auf den Prequel-Roman World of Warcraft: Sylvanas
04.03.2022 um 12:20
IGN hat einen exklusiven Auszug
aus dem kommenden Prequel-Roman
World of Warcraft: Sylvanas
veröffentlicht. Wie zuvor
Arthas: Aufstieg des Lichkönigs
erzählt das Buch die Geschichte von Sylvanas, von ihrer Jugend in der Windläufer-Familie und ihrem Aufstieg zur Waldläufergeneralin von Quel'Thalas bis hin zu ihrem Tod durch Arthas und der anschließenden Gründung der Verlassenen, sowie ihrer schicksalhaften ersten Begegnung mit dem Schlund.
Christie Goldens neuester Roman erscheint in knapp vier Wochen, am 29. März, gedruckt, als E-Book und Hörbuch.
Achtung, es folgen Spoiler!
spielt zu Beginn des Romans und zeigt eine ganz andere Sylvanas als die, die wir heute kennen, und ihre erste Begegnung mit dem neugeborenen Lirath Windläufer, ihrem jüngeren Bruder. Außerdem tauchen einige andere bekannte Figuren auf, darunter ihr Vater Lord Verath, ihre Mutter Lady Lireesa, ihre Schwester Vereesa und der derzeitige Waldläufer-General Halduron Wolkenglanz.
In diesem Auszug sehen wir, wie Sylvanas ihren neuen Bruder als "Kleiner Lord Sonne" bezeichnet - ein Spitzname, der Ähnlichkeiten mit ihrem Spitznamen für Anduin, "Kleiner Löwe", aufweist. Der Spitzname, das goldene Haar, die tiefblauen Augen und der Zeitpunkt, indem dieser Ausschnitt direkt nach
Anduins Cinematic im Mausoleum
gezeigt wird, deuten vielleicht auf weitere Parallelen zwischen den beiden Charakteren hin, die im Roman weiter erforscht werden.
World of Warcraft: Sylvanas, via IGN
“Halduron!” her father called as Halduron, Jirri, and the dragonhawks approached. Although she was clearly trying to control her emotions, the normally smiling Jirri was pale and almost . . . frightened?
“My lord, you must return to the spire at once,” Jirri said “Lady Lireesa has gone into labor!”
Sylvanas had never seen her father look so distressed. “But the child isn’t due for several weeks—”
“Apparently, someone neglected to inform the child,” Halduron retorted. His effort at lightening the mood was received with worried silence as Verath handed Vereesa to him. He settled the girl safely in front of him while Jirri slipped off her dragonhawk and Verath and Sylvanas climbed atop it.
Sylvanas was not particularly interested in children other than her younger sister; nor had she given much thought to having children of her own. Alleria was the only one who needed to produce the future ranger-general. She sat behind her father, arms around his waist, resting her cheek on his back. Verath’s reaction had unsettled her, and she was doing her utmost not to worry. Her mother had doubtless summoned some of the finest healers in the land the moment it became apparent that the newest addition to the family was determined to join it ahead of schedule.
Sylvanas and her father leaped off the dragonhawks almost before the creatures were close enough to land. Halduron handed Vereesa back to her father, and Verath and Sylvanas raced up the stairs. A sensitive child, Vereesa had picked up on the tension and started crying the moment they departed, much to Halduron’s consternation, and she now was sobbing at full tilt. There was no sound from above, of another child crying its first breath. Sylvanas did not think she had ever been truly afraid of anything in her life, but suddenly fear locked her in its cold grasp. She was clumsy as she ran.
Despite his weeping burden, Verath reached the room before Sylvanas, vanishing into the quarters he and his wife shared. Sylvanas stumbled in a second after, bracing for the worst.
She saw instead a sight so beautiful it could have been a painting hung in Sunfury Spire. Warm sunlight streamed in through the open casement window, bathing her mother and the bundle she bore in white-gold. The transom at the top was made of stained glass, casting its own rainbow hues. Verath cupped Lireesa’s flushed face in his hands, and as Sylvanas stepped inside, relief making her weak, her parents kissed for a long, sweet moment, then pressed their foreheads together. Tears were on Verath’s cheeks, yet Sylvanas had never seen him smile with such joy.
Alleria leaned against the wall, smiling herself, and another worry Sylvanas hadn’t realized she’d been carrying fell away. The new arrival, it would seem, had already worked a minor miracle if Alleria’s test was all but forgotten. Lireesa pulled back from her husband’s embrace, her hand still on his cheek.
“Everything’s fine,” she reassured her children. “This little boy simply couldn’t wait any longer.”
A boy. A brother for the three sisters. Sylvanas realized she’d simply assumed the baby would be a girl, but she was glad he wasn’t. Four girls would have been boring.
Vereesa had stopped crying and now wedged her way between the parents. “Let me see, let me see!” Had only half a day passed since she’d said that to Sylvanas, wanting to see Alleria? It seemed like a lifetime ago.
Sylvanas stepped from the doorway quietly to stand at the foot of the bed, wondering if this giddy elation filling the room would extend to her. Lireesa turned her eyes toward Sylvanas, and her smile was warm and genuine. “Would you like to hold him, Sylvanas?”
Sylvanas nodded. The lump in her throat stopped her from speak- ing. She reached down as Lireesa reached up, and gathered the small, warm bundle in her arms.
The infant fidgeted, turning his head and dislodging part of the blanket that had been tucked around him. Sylvanas took a swift breath as she finally beheld his face, her eyes wide and suddenly stinging with tears.
He was perfect. Wisps of gold hair, bright as newly minted coins, adorned his head. His cheeks were pink as roses, and his deep blue eyes were fixated on her.
Joy and fierceness flooded her in a sudden burst as the world narrowed to this moment, this small being, and Sylvanas did not think she had ever cared about anything more than this confoundingly tiny bundle. Carefully, she shifted him so she could touch his face, his skin so soft, so perfect.
“What’s his name?” Her words came out in an awed, hushed whisper.
“Lirath,” Lireesa said.
“Lirath,” Sylvanas repeated, trying it out. As Vereesa’s was, so was the baby’s name an amalgam of his mother’s and father’s. It rolled pleasingly off the tongue, and though it was of course impossible, Lirath gurgled as if responding to it. “Lirath, one day, I’m going to show you our favorite spot. You can splash in the water, or dance with us, or just sit and watch the world like Father does. I can’t wait to show you fireflies.”
She leaned over and kissed his smooth forehead, unmarred as yet by sun or sorrow. As she drew back, the baby waved a chubby arm and tiny fingers grasped a few strands of her hair.
“He likes your hair, Lady Moon,” Alleria said. Her voice was warm and soft. Everything, Sylvanas thought, was warm and soft right here, right now.
“Well,” Sylvanas replied, her voice still low and tinged with won- der, watching the infant’s fascination with a simple lock of hair, “he is golden-haired, like you, Lady Sun, so I think he should be Little Lord Sun.”
“Two suns, two moons!” Vereesa crowed, bouncing slightly. “Hold him carefully, Sylvanas,” Lireesa said. “You don’t want to hurt him.”
Sylvanas recalled her father’s words.
I will never hurt you. Ever. And no one else will, either. With love and courage, I will keep you safe.
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