It made me guess the plot twist that the Maw's going to get destroyed, because its stupid wrong.
Uther’s soul not fully getting claimed by Frostmourne and splitting into two was probably my favorite part out of the whole short. This reminds me of when Varian got split into two and one was stronger than the other, so I’m wondering if maybe we will see a similar situation happen with Uther in Bastion.
I am excited for alliance players to learn that they are the cause of every war on azeroth.
Personally what excites me the most in terms of Lore for the Shadowlands is thstArdenweald is being invaded by the forces of Thros, and personally, I think the Drust are really interesting and I would hope to find more about their origins (possibly even visit Thros maybe?) Ardenweald in general is something I like, beside it's stunningly beautiful visuals from the little I've seen of it, the Realm for those attuned with nature, the world in which the Wild Gods come after their Death to embrace their rebirth, I can't wait to read all the little details about Ardenweald
I'm really excited to learn about the connections between the Lich King, the Scourge, and the Shadowlands themselves. All this deep cosmic level lore really intrigues me.
im keen to see more lore about sylvanas im curious to see what route they go with her and to see if shes gonna have a redemption arc
What got me excited after they throw Arthas into the Maw, made me wonder what will happen next! What will Uther and Devos do next! What will happen to Uther's half soul? Would there be an evil side of him? Would finding his half soul cure his injury? Who knows! I am also excited to see Sylvannas in The Maw while Arthas is in it! Soo many things gonna happen when we visit the Maw! Thanks to Bastion lore, this made me reconsider joining Bastion! Soo many adventures awaits!
I'm interested to see where they go with Arthas's and Uther's story and that it makes sense. For example, they need to explain the whole Uther soul situation. We have interacted with his spirit form MANY times in the past, he was even present after the LK was defeated in ICC, I don't think the community will take the whole 'that's just water under the bridge now'.Also, I'm pretty excited to see if Arthas has changed after spending so much time in the maw and the reaction he would have if (probably) he meets Jaina and Sylvanas. I just can't wait to see the patch cinematics to see if there's one with a snarky dialogue between him and Sylvanas!
Im really interested in Arthas story line.
I'm interested in the potential moral complexities going on with the Jailor. We know he's stuck in the maw, we know no one from the rest of the Shadowlands thinks he can break free and that he's in there for a good reason but there's this real vibe that the Eternals/Pantheon of Death are keeping something from us as to why he's locked up in there? Maybe he was the original "king" of the Shadowlands and they just showed up and took over his spot. We know he's Titan++ level, which means there was definitely something going on that made them powerful enough to contend with him.I'm also super interested about what the Jailer says. He and the Herald in the Pre-patch both say that "Death comes for the soul of our world", and Sylvanas' "this world is a prison" makes me think that maybe the Titan soul in Azeroth.. isn't Azeroth's originally? Maybe the Jailer is the dead soul of Azeroth and seeks to reclaim its rightful place after the Titans imprisoned its body and laid their own agent in there, as we tend to see that the different "pantheons" or primordial forces seem to like going up against each other with Light and Void, Light and Fel and now maybe Order and Death? Every group seems to want to put their place in the world and I wanna see how that develops as Ion's been going on about how we're going to be seeing some more fancy universal concepts with Shadowlands. Might be a bit of a reach but it's an interesting theory non-the-less
I think that the thing I'm most excited about with Shadowlands' lore is the way that it allows us as players to finally get insight into something that we've been dealing with since day one of WoW: dying. Between Spirit healers, resurrection (in lore), souls, it has always been mysterious and unclear exactly how the so called "machine of death" works.For example, Afterlives: Bastion, brings up several questions when looked at alongside the rest of the WoW lore as we understand create some interesting scenarios.First, according to the lore we know, Souls killed by Frostmourne were trapped inside the blade. In the animation, we see Uther's soul split into a blue and gold form at the moment of his death and wounding. Does this create two Uthers, the one trapped in the blade and the one that was taken and raised as a Kyrian by Devos?If souls can be split, what does this mean for other characters? Could the child form of Arthas' that we see in Icecrown quests, Matthias Lehner, actually be the "good" part of Arthas' soul, and is there a chance it wasn't sent to the Maw alongside the rest of him?Also, would Arthas have gone to Revendreth similar to Kael'thas if he had been judged by the Arbiter fairly? After all, the chronicles imply that even after becoming the Lich King, Arthas viewed the scourge as a necessary evil to combat the other threats to Azeroth. Arthas is just one example, there have been numerous other characters who we have seen as shades after their supposed deaths. I want to find out how these connect with the parts of them that were sent to the shadowlands, and do intelligent just undead get ripped from their afterlife? Jaina's brother Derek died during the second war, yet was forcibly brought back by the val'kyr. How does that work?
My excitement is not about simply seeing old, familiar faces, I'm excited to see how death itself changes these characters. How living on with their burdens, their faults, their failures, their downfalls etc for eternity has altered them if at all; how the various laws and cultures of the different Covenants - and the Maw itself perhaps - influences them likewise. Afterlives: Bastion illustrated a picture where even these forces of death have fundamental flaws, I'm really interested to see if we have more examples of Devos and Uther pushing against the laws of their Covenant, greater examples of familiar faces struggling to accept and conform to their Covenant's world within the Shadowlands.It's less about wanting redemption arcs or fan service by bringing back these characters, rather it's providing an epilogue to their stories.
When i saw it Uther come back to the story , i was so excitid . And im so curious what i will get this time from Shadowlands. The tewist and turns, epic moments , the little things what will be important at the end. CHaracter personality development. So yeah i wait it so much to continue our journey in this world.
For me the most exciting thing is the potential for Arthas to have redemption. Perhaps without the crown he will realize the error of his ways and maybe even feel remorse. I felt Uther hesitated at the last moment before he dropped him, so there could be a moment where Uther and Arthas meet again. Maybe there are still things Uther can teach him. Lich King or not, he at the very least deserved a chance to speak on his behalf before judgement was passed.We really have no idea what state Azeroth will be in when we do return. Will our allies still be our allies? Same with our enemies. My dream scenario is that Arthas somehow makes it back with us to find an Azeroth controlled by the light. Turalyon is King and will not vacate the throne. We (the players) become exiles to take on the light. Our former enemies are now the only hope to bring balance back to a planet in chains. We would eventually win ofc and then where would Arthas go? Would he stay with his sister? With Jaina? I truly believe in forgiveness and giving people that earn it a second chance, and there is no other character in WoW that I would love to see back more than Arthas Menethil!
Learning more about the background from frostmourne is great and makes one wonder, what other impacts the Jailer had on the lives in Azeroth aside from that, other thing is about Uther himself, will he walk in a path of "Justice" or will he come back to being the righteous one that is glorified, if he is lost what is going to happen with Arthas, or even Highlord Tirion Fordring that has a chance to appear (who hasn't).Will, Uther go out and start hunting down every undead under Calia/Lilian/Derek wing trying to exterminate the scourge. There are "N" possibilities for Uther and other characters that we will see in Shadowlands and that's what makes me excited on the next expansion.
I found it interesting that the runes on frostmourne don't line up with the actual runes and are in fact from the ebon greatsword model save for the very bottom rune. Aside from that i'm excited and curious if we end up saving Arthas, as his sould may have actually gone through Revendreth for redemption or even straight to bastion seeing how his soul "died" the moment he took up the blade so he may not be accountable for the acts the Lich King did
I'm most excited to learn more about The Maw and the Jailer of all things, and how exactly they're connected to things like the Lich King, Frostmourne and Icecrown Citadel. It'll be interesting to find out if there's more influences that the Shadowlands has on Azeroth, whether that be through the designs of armour or architecture etc.
I'm really not interested in another redemption story for Arthas, not so soon after Illidan in Legion. But I am interested to know what the ramifications are going to be for many characters going to the Shadowlands and coming across old enemies/friends/family. It seems that from the Afterlives video that in the Shadowlands one is expected to let go of their past life. For some people this will be easier than others, but certainly it's aided by the fact that you're no longer in direct contact with your past life. But with this expansion, many characters are entering the Shadowlands and will be interacting with figures form their past--meetings which have the potential to bring old forgotten feelings to the surface. How will those meetings go? In some it might bring a temptation to remain in the Shadowlands to be with your deceased loved ones. In some cases, citizens of the Shadowlands might be motivated to shirk their duties and get revenge on someone who killed them, or they might want to find a way free of the Shadowlands if we ourselves are able to go there and return. There's a lot of interesting interpersonal conflict which could grow from this, as the Afterlives short illustrates.
I want to know if Sylvanas’ soul is split like Uther’s was. Is she a half good soul stuck somewhere in Shadowlands cursed to be in pain waiting for her other soul to wreck havoc while looking for her vengeance
It made me wonder how Sylvanas would be effected by this since she her soul was taken in by frostmourne as well.