Monday, July 23, 2018

World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Jaina

Blizzard debuts the first animated short from World of Warcraft: Warbringers series with Jaina Proudmoore.

In spirit of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’s release on August 14, 2018 as forthcoming seventh expansion for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment decided to hype up the intensity of battle in advance with a series of animated short focusing on various characters from the franchise. Titled Warbringers, the very first video sets sail with Archmage Jaina Proudmoore in a journey to her past.

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World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Jaina

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After the neutral city-state of Theramore is destroyed by the Horde, her allegiance has shifted and the following is an animated clip featuring Lady Jaina, showcasing the buildup of her story and her motivations for this war.

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Archmage of Kul Tiran is returning to her homeland while still carrying guilt over the death of her father, Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore and also the ruler of Kul Tiras. When his son and her brother Derek were killed by Orcs during Second War, Daelin swore an oath to destroy all Orcs and carried his hatred towards the new Horde as well. Since she had a good relationship with many of them and notably with Warchief of the Horde, Thrall, she had to side against her stern father.

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She and Thrall tried their best to convince Daelin that this is not the Horde he knew of and they have changed but blinded by hatred, he refused to listen and continued fighting. He eventually dies proudly in battle as his daughter watched. Her people cuts tie with the Alliance and Kul Tiras harbored hatred against her for betraying her family. She later came back singing "Daughter of the Sea" to pay her respects to the fallen, she goes to the graveyard of swords in Theramore.

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Daughter of The Sea

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There, she took a silver Kul Tiran pendant hanging from one, which she then handed over to a hooded ferryman at docs as fare. As they were sailing though a canal full of corpses and ship wreckage, Jaina was recalling the past events that shattered her life. Upon raising a sunken Kul Tiran ship from the bottom of the ocean, Lady Jaina states that she has finally returned to avenge her father, referring to the ferryman who is then revealed to be spirit of Daelin as he fades away.

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Despite dedicated fans already figuring out many major parts of the story on Battle for Azeroth, there are so many gaps to fill. Warbringers series will focus on chronicles of three iconic female leaders from the franchise, who will become one of the major characters of this expansion. With one of them kick-starting the series, Blizzard will focus on Queen Azshara and Sylvanas Windrunner next. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is currently available for pre-order now on Mac and PC as it is coming up next month.