So far I have encountered very interesting content for level 90 players who decide to embark into this Patch 5.1 adventure.
This is not content you can just do in one go. There are daily quests involved. Once Patch 5.1 hits live servers, the first quest is triggered onscreen merely by entering The Shrine of the Two Moons (Horde), or the Shrine of Seven Stars (Alliance).
Scout Rokla can be found in Krasarang Wilds at coordinates (8.7,64.4) at the westernmost isle. The map has been updated to show Dominance Point (Horde) and Lion’s Landing (Alliance).
Speak with Scout Rokla at the Horde Landing Site in Krasarang Wilds.
It has been two months since the parting of the mists. Horde scouts, seeking a suitable landing site for the fleet, have engaged Alliance forces on a small island off the coast of Krasarang Wilds.
Meet with Scout Rokla and help secure the landing site.
Scout Rokla: You are just in time. The Warchief is about to land. Once this site passes his inspection, the fleet will follow.
(You are now friendly with the Dominance Offensive)
Garrosh Hellscream: Here! Stop the boats here.
This island will make a perfect coastal stronghold. Rokla! When the peons arrive, clear these trees and begin construction of the docks.
Champion, you have been here for many weeks, and know this land well. Come with me.
The Kor’kron elite guard, goblins and Forsaken scouts can be found holding positions at the shore of the westernmost isle of Krasarang Wilds. Humans and Night Elf sentinels have them cornered on the beach.
The arrival of Warchief Garrosh Hellscream and his champion (YOU) shift the balance of the ambush. The player must kill 25 Alliance mobs. Garrosh kills them really quick. I recommend to tag 1-2 mobs at a time, Garrosh is a bit slow on assisting. Sometimes stands still doing nothing unless the mob is a couple of feet close.
Warchief Garrosh: Come, (class)! I want to inspect this island and ensure that my landing team has done their job.
Let us crush this pitiful display and claim this land for the Horde!
Accompany Garrosh Hellscream to find Blood Guard Gro’tash, Grizzle Gearslip, and slay 25 Alliance.
- Alliance slain (25)
- Blood Guard Gro’tash found (10.4, 53.6 – north)
- Grizzle Gearslip found (15.7, 57.7 – northeast corner by the beach)
Find Blood Guard Gro’tash
Blood Guard Gro’tash: More elves to slaughter!
Garrosh Hellscream: A pitiful skirmish! The Alliance fights without conviction. Hold this ground, Blood Guard. Here is where we will build our keep. Expect peons within the hour, and be ready to motivate them.
**Video available in 720HD / 1080HD**
Grizzle Gearslip: Heads up, boys. More tin-men comin’ our way! There’s oil here alright, and we’re gonna need it!
Garrosh Hellscream: Well done. Our presence here will not be denied!
(This fire will signal the full might of the Horde invasion fleet to land on this beach, beginning Garrosh’s campaign in Pandaria.)
Note: Click the Signal Fire.
(Domination Point Achievement Progress appears onscreen)
(Screen goes black. Cinematic begins)
After the cinematic, the player enters a new phased area on the north of the isle. Domination Point has been built. Random Daily quests appear.
After the Domination Point cinematic, Vol’jin confronts Garrosh and the questline from World of Warcraft: Vol’jin, Shadows of the Horde begins. The Dagger in the Dark is part of “The Horde is Family” achievement progress for the Dominance Offensive Achievement.
After Vol’jin departs to his new mission, Garrosh summons a wyvern mount onscreen and flies away toward the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. A new core quest opens up:
- Voice of the Gods
- Blood for Blood
- The Korune
- Rise of the Blood Elves
- Secrets of the Past
- The Divine Bell
- The Darnassus Operation
- The Purge of Dalaran
- Breath of Darkest Shadow
The daily quests become available. Like in the Dread Wastes, the daily quests send players to sub-zones throughout the coast of Krasarang Wilds. Note: The links below open in a separate page, but this page stays static. Close the opening page after finishing, and return to this page to continue browsing through the Patch 5.1 content.
These quests can only be purchased from the Domination Point Collector of Commissions Ongrom Black Tooth.
- Beastmaster’s Hunt: The Crab
- Beastmaster’s Hunt: The Crane
- Beastmaster’s Hunt: The Tiger
There are two Horde vs Alliance Scenarios.
- Domination Point
- Assault of Zan’vess
The Brawler’s Guild is a new feature introduced in Patch 5.1 found in Orgrimmar and Stormwind. The Orgrimmar version is found at the Valley of Honor within the big arena building with the dungeon-like portal.
Walk to the opposite side of the building, and talk to the guard to queue. Players have to wait their turn and get to watch other players’ combat. It’s a solo encounter against creatures of Azeroth with unique abilities.
Each win grants experience, allowing players to grow from Rank 1 up to Rank 8. The Brawler’s Guild Quartermaster offers a variety of consumables which can only be used within the building to help win the encounter. Video available in 720HD and 1080HD.
The Glorious! Achievement requires players to kill 56 rare mobs spread around the continent of Pandaria. The Glorious! Achievement goes an extra mile from what players have experienced in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion (Frostbitten achievement) and the Burning Crusade expansion (Bloody Rare).
In contrast with previous expansions, these are divided by type: Pandaren, Jyniu, Mogu, Saurok, Yaungol, Hozen, and Mantid. Each type has a unique attack that causes over 50,000 damage or kills in one shot in some cases — forcing players to use their skills and to learn to move away from harm’s way. Sort of training players to survive a raid encounter, as some of these abilities are used in dungeons too.
There is a great World of Warcraft addon that helps a lot to find the rare mobs for this achievement. Download _NPCScan and its extension _NPCScan.Overlay. The first one alerts you with a loud sound that a rare NPC is near you, and displays onscreen a rotating hologram . Clicking the hologram’s name tag will auto-select the mob — allowing you to view on the mini-map the location and direction it is at.
The _NPCScan.Overlay, on the other hand, allows you to view on your map (pressing M) all the locations of each zone where you can find the rares NPCs at. This one is very useful, removing away the waste of time searching for them back and forth. You can simply go to where the colored overlay on the map is.
Sometimes the NPCs are death, or someone from the opposite faction (Alliance or Horde) is attacking it. The bad thing is that NPC_Scan marks it as found whether you killed it or someone else did. In this case, it is recommended to quit World of Warcraft. Go to the World of Warcraft folder. Open the Cache Folder. Open the WDB. Then open the enUS folder (depends what language and region you are). Delete the creaturecache.wdb file. Now launch World of Warcraft.
Doing this manual step clears the cache of creatures detected by the NPC_Scan addon. There is no automatic way to do this, so it has to be done manually, and World of Warcraft can’t be running at the moment the file is deleted. Below are the Pandaria maps with the layers that indicate where to find the rare NPCs for the Glorious! Achievement.
The Jade Forest
- Aethis (Jinyu)
- Ferdinand (Yaungol)
- Kor’nas Nightsavage (Mogu)
- Krax’ik (Mantid)
- Mister Ferocious (Hozen)
- Morgrinn Crackfang (Mogu)
- Sarnak (Saurok)
- Urobi the Walker (Pandaren)
- Ahone the Wanderer (Pandaren)
- Borginn Darkfist (Mogu)
- Havak (Mogu)
- Korda Torros (Yaungol)
- Nessos the Oracle (Saurok)
- Norlaxx (Mogu)
- Scritch (Hozen)
- Ski’thik (Mantid)
- Eshelon (Jinyu)
- Kah’tir (Mogu)
- Lith’ik the Stalker (Mantid)
- Lon the Bull (Yaungol)
- Norlaxx the Outcast (Jinyu)
- The Yowler (Hozen)
- Siltriss the Sharpener (Saurok)
- Yul Wildpaw (Pandaren)
- Ai-Li’s Skymirror (Pandaren)
- Dak the Breaker (Yaungol)
- Gar’lok (Mantid)
- Ik-Ik the Nimble (Hozen)
- Karr the Darkener (Mogu)
- Krol the Blade (Mogu)
- Nalash Verdantis (Jinyu)
- Omnis Grinlok (Saurok)
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
- Ai-Ran the Shifting Cloud (Pandaren)
- Kal’tik the Blight (Mantid)
- Kang the Soul Thief (Mogu)
- Major Nanners (Hozen)
- Moldo One-Eye (Saurok)
- Sahn Tidehunter (Jinyu)
- Urgolax (Mogu)
- Yorik Sharpeye (Yaungol)
Valley of the Four Winds
- Blackhoof (Yaungol)
- Bonobos (Hozen)
- Jonn-Dar (Mogu)
- Nal’lak the Ripper (Mantid)
- Nasra Spothide (Pandaren)
- Salyin Warscout (Saurok)
- Sele’na (Jinyu)
- Sulik’shor (Mogu)
- Arness the Scale (Saurok)
- Cournith Waterstrider (Jinyu)
- Gaarn the Toxic (Mogu)
- Go-Kan (Yaungol)
- Qu’nas (Mogu)
- Ruun Ghostpaw (Pandaren)
- Spriggin (Hozen)
- Torik-Ethis (Mantid)
King Varian Wrynn and the Alliance arrive to the shores of Pandaria and build the Lion’s Landing stronghold on the eastern coast of Krasarang Wilds.
Operation: Shieldwall Achievement Progress
The Alliance has a series of non-daily lore quests or core quests which progress the storyline toward the end-game dungeon encounter against Garrosh Hellscream.
- Lion’s Landing
- Scenario: A Little Patience
- The Man With a Thousand Faces
- The Voice of the Gods
- Jaina’s Hope
- The Korune
- Heart of the Alliance
- Secrets of the Past
- The Divine Bell
- The Purge of Dalaran
- An Ancient Ally
- In Search of Harmony
- Breath of Darkest Shadow
There are two Horde vs Alliance Scenarios.
I hit level 90 earlier today after completing quests left and right throughout the zones of Pandaria. First thing I did after reaching level 90 was to visit the flight trainer outside the capital city in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, and to grab the Lorewalkers quest intro at the bottom level of the capital city.
Once I completed the first quest with Lorewalker Cho at the Seat of Knowledge on the higher plateau of the Mogu’shan Palace, I was ready to visit all the locations throughout Pandaria which have a lore SCROLL to complete the achievements. The achievements grant reputation points with the Lorewalkers which quickly get you to Exalted in about two hours or less.
Once you get all the achievements, visit the mailbox. Lorewalker Cho will mail you items that trigger a new quest. Turning in those quests will give you extra reputation points to complete Exalted with the Lorewalkers. Check out our recent guide: How to Reach Exalted with the Lorewalkers.
The Quartermaster Tan Shin Tiao is near Lorewalker Cho. She will sell you this awesome Disc of the Flying Red Cloud to become … The Silver Surfer.
Ladies and Gentlemen! The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is now LIVE in Europe and United States live realms. Those who were not physically at the worldwide launch parties were treated with the live stream hosted by Machinima.com
As soon as the countdown toward Midnight (pacific time) was over, Blizzard emailed a press release to all subscribers to share the news:
IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– A new era of discovery and conquest has dawned on Azeroth! Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™, the highly anticipated fourth expansion to the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, is now live.
Starting today, gamers in the U.S., Canada , Europe , Russia , Southeast Asia , Australia , New Zealand , Mexico , Argentina , Chile , and Brazil can set sail for the newly discovered continent of Pandaria by purchasing the expansion in retail stores or digitally via the game’s official website (http://www.WorldofWarcraft.com). Mists of Pandaria will be available in South Korea and the regions of Taiwan , Hong Kong, and Macau on September 27 , and will launch in mainland China on October 2 .
“Mists of Pandaria takes players back to the roots of World of Warcraft — exploration, discovery, and the epic conflict between the Alliance and the Horde,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “It also contains the widest variety of content that we’ve ever added in an expansion, and we’re excited to be able to share it with players around the world this week in our first truly global launch.”
Standard Edition, Collector’s Edition, and Digital Deluxe Edition Contents
Mists of Pandaria is available now on DVD-ROM for Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 and Macintosh® at a suggested retail price of $39.99 USD . The expansion is also available digitally directly from Blizzard’s World of Warcraft website (www.WorldofWarcraft.com), also priced at $39.99 USD .
A special Collector’s Edition packed with bonus items is also now available exclusively in retail stores at a suggested retail price of $79.99 USD . In addition to the game disc, the Collector’s Edition contains:
- A World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray two-disc set including over an hour of developer interviews and commentary
- The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition soundtrack CD
- The Art of Mists of Pandaria, a 208-page hardback tome including never-before-seen artwork from the development process
- A special-edition World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria mouse pad featuring Chen Stormstout, the legendary pandaren brewmaster
- World of Warcraft Imperial Quilen flying mount and Lucky Quilen Cub pet, StarCraft® II Battle.net® portraits, and Diablo® III banner sigil and accent.
In addition, for the first time, World of Warcraft players have the option to purchase a special Digital Deluxe version of Mists of Pandaria (suggested retail price $59.99 USD ) via the World of Warcraft website (www.WorldofWarcraft.com) or by purchasing an activation code at select retailers. The Digital Deluxe edition includes a full digital copy of Mists of Pandaria as well as the digital items from the retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition. Players who purchase the standard edition digitally or at retail will have the option to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe version at any time (for as long as the standalone Digital Deluxe version remains available) for an additional $20 USD .
Mists of Pandaria Game Features
In World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, warships of the Alliance and Horde clash off the coast of a long-lost continent, signaling the start of a new era of discovery and conquest in the history of Azeroth. As players storm the shores of this exotic new frontier and begin to explore its mysteries, they’ll encounter brave new allies, unearth ancient secrets, and play their part in reigniting the long-brewing conflict between the Horde and Alliance on a strange battlefield far from home.
Mists of Pandaria offers a wide variety of content for new and returning World of Warcraft players. Features include a new playable race (the pandaren) with its own starting zone and quests, a new character class (the monk), and an expansive new continent for players to explore as they adventure to the new level cap of 90. The expansion also includes a host of new gameplay elements designed to give players even more ways to enjoy the game, including scenarios — a flexible new kind of cooperative PvE trial; challenge modes, which offer high-prestige rewards for mastering Mists of Pandaria’s 5-player dungeons; and an all-new pet battle system.
Mists of Pandaria has received a Teen rating from the ESRB. In addition to the English version, Mists of Pandaria is available fully localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Russian, Korean, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, and for the first time with a World of Warcraft expansion launch, Italian.
For more information about World of Warcraft and Mists of Pandaria, visit http://www.WorldofWarcraft.com. With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently open — visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.
Chris Metzen (SVP of Creative Development) just revealed live at the Mists of Pandaria Launch Party in Irvine they are currently developing a Warcraft encyclopedia akin of what they did with Diablo III: Book of Cain (by Insight Editions). This book was among the top Amazon best seller graphic novels.
He also revealed they have plans for Turalyon and Alleria in the next expansion after Mists of Pandaria. Sargeras plans somewhen in the future. Warcraft IV not in the foreseeable future, but Mists of Pandaria has sort of a spiritual feel — probably some of the plots might carry on in Warcraft IV?
Zarhym posted today the plans for the Mists of Pandaria North America Launch Party, and a video embed for the live stream.
Awesome-Nick Carpenter sent us, via Twitter, a photo of the launch party stage in Irvine. Photo at the bottom. That stage looks neat. On the left side one can distinguish King Varian Wrynn charging forth. I can bet on the right side should be Warchief Garrosh Hellscream.
For those QQ-ing this expansion is about cute pandas, the expansion will set you corrected in many misconceptions. This expansion = putting the WAR back into Warcraft with World PvP. What can happen when the Vale of Eternal Blossoms’ capital cities are just a few steps apart from each other in a PvP realm? Total Mayhem!!!
Nick Carpenter @FubarNick: @Warcraft @Blizzplanet The stage is set!!! Thanks for the photo @kathunter pic.twitter.com/59xIA2Dp
Blizzards @mikemorhaime being interviewed at the Mists of Pandaria press event. pic.twitter.com/IcsWx9Gx
TheLyns: A wild @robpsimpson appears! #MistsLaunch #warcraft pic.twitter.com/Rft6o4KL
@DJTyrant: Zomg got to meet @michelemorrow such a fun night so far!! http://pic.twitter.com/MsjF76tn
TheLyns: Samwise made friends with a troll! #MistsLaunch #warcraft pic.twitter.com/PXk2XfGr
@Rygarius: Check out the amazing cosplayers and their amazing costumed at the Mists of #Pandaria. #MistsLaunch http://pic.twitter.com/PSEYYdan
@michelemorrow: /YAY I’ve brought @CM_Zarhym into the #PandaArmy @spirithoods #MoPReleaseParty pic.twitter.com/i5MWJA5C
The awaited continuation for WORLD OF WARCRAFT: PEARL OF PANDARIA is finally here! During our interview with Micky Neilson and Sean “Cheeks” Galloway, Micky confirmed the QUEST FOR PANDARIA would be online a few days before the launch date of the expansion and the release date of WORLD OF WARCRAFT: PEARL OF PANDARIA.
Those who plan to read PEARL OF PANDARIA should read that first chronologically to prevent spoilers. Then read the short story: QUEST FOR PANDARIA.
Update: After reading the 10-pages of Part 1, I found there are indeed a few tiny spoilers of happenings from PEARL OF PANDARIA. The story of Wanyo and the Pearl continues in the short story. Wanyo’s adventures could have been elaborated more instead of constrained to where he has been all this time, but the story focuses more on Li Li. By page 10, I was hoping to read Part 2 already. It would be interesting to find out where the story goes, and if there’s any significant lore or purpose around the pearl itself. The QUEST OF PANDARIA gaps where Li Li and Chen have been and done since the final pages of the DC Comics PEARL OF PANDARIA graphic novel until we see them in-game at the Valley of the Four Winds.
Here is a collection of all the recent Mists of Pandaria interviews held a week before the launch of the expansion.
The Song of Liu Lang is one of the most thrilling in-game songs in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Not every World of Warcraft expansion has one of these thematic songs, but when they do — there’s usually an extensive lore attachment wrapped around them.
In Burning Crusade, there’s a quest that starts with The Lady’s Necklace, an item that drops from a Deatholme Acolyte in Windrunner Village (The Ghostlands). The quest leads you to Silvermoon City’s throne room where you have the delicate diplomatic mission to secure a friendship with Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, and eventually get her support to request Orgrimmar to accept the Blood Elves as new members of the Horde.
The necklace turns out to be an old gift given to Sylvanas by her sister Commander Ranger Alleria Windrunner. The end of the quest triggers The Lament of the Highborne (by Soprano singer Vangie Gunn) — nominated to the Best Original Vocal Song – Pop in the 6th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards. It was by far the best World of Warcraft in-game vocal song to date.
In World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, level 1-10 Pandaren players can experience a school scene by walking in into the Dawning Span’s lower room. Lorewalker Amai teaches the young Pandaren children the story of Liu Lang, while Lorewalker Ruolin sings The Song of Liu Lang in some asian-like language.
The amount of lore about Liu Lang is substantial, serving as a intro to low level players in the Pandaren starting zone: Shen-zin Su (The Wandering Isle). More of Liu Lang is learned later at level 90 through the Lorewalker faction‘s achievement system.
The lore surrounding Liu Lang is retold in the pages of Micky Neilson’s DC Comics World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria graphic novel.
The video below shows you Lorewalker Amai’s teachings while Lorewalker Ruolin sings The Song of Liu Lang.
Blizzard Entertainment sent a copy of World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria for review. I just opened the box, and got thrilled with the format of this DC Comics graphic novel product.
I haven’t seen anything like this before from DC Comics. The dimensions of the book resemble that of an iPad, thus comfortable to hold. An iPad is 9.50″ x 7.31″. The World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria Graphic Novel’s dimensions are approximately 11.25 x 7.37″.
The front cover artwork of World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria seen above is a book jacket you can remove and frame up if you wish to. This is how the book looks like without the book jacket.
The first chapter introduces the history of Liu Lang to set the background and starting point of this story for readers new to World of Warcraft and/or to the Mists of Pandaria expansion.
Liu Lang was the first Pandaren to leave Pandaria with the wanderlust of adventure. Originally, after the Sundering ten-thousand-years in the past the Pandaren thought the whole world had been destroyed, and because of the Mists none dared to explore thinking they wouldn’t find their way back home.
Liu Lang observed the dragon turtles would leave into the sea, but eventually returned to the shore they were born. Thus, with that wisdom, Liu Lang explored beyond the mists on top of Shen-zin Su.
The Pandaren laughed at Liu Lang and thought they would never see him again. Five years later, Liu Lang returned to Pandaria on a now grown turtle to share his adventures with fellow Pandaren. The turtle would return home every five years, and more Pandaren accompanied Liu Lang and as centuries went by the turtle became as big as an island.
Some of the lore in this graphic novel is exclusive and won’t be seen in the Mists of Pandaria expansion. However, the story of Liu Lang will be experienced by players who delve into the path of the Lorewalker. I recently shared my experiences in beta on where to find all the sites and achievements to reach exalted with the Lorewalker, and some videos that tell the lore of Liu Lang.
Micky Neilson joined Blizzard Entertainment in 1993. He’s got several video games story development experience under his belt, including: Warcraft III, The Lost Vikings II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft. He’s presently Lead Publishing at Blizzard with two graphic novels: WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CURSE OF THE WORGEN (co-written with James Waugh), WORLD OF WARCRAFT: ASHBRINGER (Number Two in New York Times Bestselling Graphic Novels List).
If you have read both graphic novels, you are in for a great story with PEARL OF PANDARIA. It’s written from the point of view of Li Li Stormstout, the niece of famous adventurer Chen Stormstout who we are acquainted with since his debut in the bonus orc campaign in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003).
There’s definitely a message to be found in the context of the story aimed both at young children and [why not] adults. Sometimes we celebrate holidays, study history in school but do not live what we celebrate and commemorate.
Li Li is a dreamer and loves the stories of Liu Lang, but sees that her father and even the Elders of Shen-zin Su have forgotten what it is to leave the Wandering Isle and explore the world and enjoy every day of their lives in a continuous adventure.
She’s young, but not a coward. She refuses to live in a pedestal, and decides to leave the Wandering Isle to go in search of her uncle Chen Stormstout. I liked very much Micky’s approach and direction in this story.
According to Licensing Manager Kat Hunter, in the DC Comics website, this is an independent story outside the Mists of Pandaria expansion. While you might recognize some elements that appear in-game, the story takes place before the events Pandaren level 1-10 players will experience in the Wandering Isle’s starting location in-game.
One of the scenes when Li Li goes to Stormwind gives a glimpse into where in the timeline the story takes place, and it’s definitely not Mists of Pandaria-time, nor even Cataclysm-time. One guard is asking for volunteers to go to Northrend for the ultimate fight against the Lich King. Another scene reveals the fight against the Emerald Nightmare — which took place during World of Warcraft: Stormrage — hasn’t happened yet.
Li Li Stormstout is not an NPC in the Wandering Isle for example. You get to meet her as an NPC later on at level 86 in the Valley of the Four Winds alongside Chen Stormstout.
Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
Sean Galloway is the artist of the interior pages and front cover. Not everyone is used to comic books or animation, so it’s normal for people to like or dislike the artwork style.
Personally, when I saw the front cover a few weeks ago I had no idea who the artist was, but recognized the style right away. The artwork and the coloring resembles that in TV animated series and even Disney animated films. Knowing how Blizzard Entertainment works they will get the best in the industry. We have seen Simon Furman (The Transformers) behind the StarCraft comics series, Walter Simonson (Mighty Thor) behind the World of Warcraft comics series. All the awesome writers and artists in the Tokyopop Manga. You know the drill. Blizzard Creative Team is passionate about their projects and fans themselves of writers and artists that are involved in their personal geeky hobbies: Tabletop, fantasy stories, SciFi, etc.
I won’t lie. I have rarely watched american TV in the past 12 years since playing Blizzard games — kinda odd for someone who lives in New York City. Sean Galloway is a name that caught my attention though.
In the animation front, Sean Galloway is the founder of Table Taffy Studios and lead character designer for The Spectacular Spiderman animated TV series. Sean has been involved in Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms, Blood and Iron, Disney’s Tron Animated, Dreamworks’ Mastermind, G.I. Joe Renegades, and Scoobie Doo Mystery Inc.
As a comics penciler/artist he’s been involved in TEEN TITANS GO and the Teen Titans stories in WEDNESDAY COMICS. He’s also done video game and toy design. Some fans know him for his creator-owned properties: Bastion’s 7, Gumshoes 4 Hire and Little Big Heads.
In terms of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, the artwork style sometimes might break what’s known as the “Warcraft Style” — which players are used to with Senior Art Director Samwise Didier, René Koiter, Glenn Rane, and other Sons of the Storm artists. However, considering the main character of this story is a little girl named Li Li, and the bulky shapes of the Pandaren — it made sense to go the TV animated series style which is welcomed by children, teens and adults in general, rather than one specific audience.
Some of us have been playing World of Warcraft since 2004-2006. Some might have by now a young kid at home which is ready to kick some indiscriminate justice at your side against the evils of Azeroth. World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria makes a perfect gift to a son/daughter, nephew/nice (etc.) as a background story prior to playing World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.
The coloring techniques are amazing and quickly you get to dig Sean Galloway and his team’s style. There are many landmarks and locations captured in this 128-pages graphic novel, including Booty Bay, Ironforge, Kharanos, Azshara, Westfall, Golshire, The Dark Portal, Stormwind, Stonetalon Mountains, and Orgrimmar — to name a few.
Wish to ask Micky Neilson or Sean Galloway a question? Post a comment below using your Facebook/Yahoo login. We will talk with them on Wednesday during an interview.
Pre-Order World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria now. Release Date: September 26, 2012.
- Chapter One: The Song of Liu Lang
- Chapter Two: Wanderlust
- Chapter Three: Thunderbrew
- Chapter Four: Kalimdor
- Chapter Five: Journey’s End
Li Li Stormstout
Zhahara Darksquall (Naga witch)
Elder Po Stormstout (Li Li’s father, Chen’s brother)
Shisai Stormstout (Li Li’s eldest brother)
Xiu Li (Long-lost Elder Po’s wife)
Rahjak (Fel orc blademaster)
Dark Iron Coren Direbrew
King Magni Bronzebeard
Rumblefitz (Goblin alchemist)
Fisherman Wanyo (pandaren)
Graphic Novel Credits
Written by: Micky Neilson (Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Lead)
Art and Cover: Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
Lettering: Saida Temofonte
Blizzard Special Thanks: Chris Metzen, Sam Didier, Cameron Dayton, Doug A. Gregory and Glenn Rane
Sean Galloway Special Thanks: Table Taffy Studio’s Derek Laufman, DJ Welch, Dario Brizuela, Caleb Sawyer, Hwang Nguyen and Ryan Odagawa.
Editors: Hank Kanalz& Sarah Gaydos
Design Director: Robbin Brosterman
Publication Design: Larry Berry
VP-Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
President: Diane Nelson
Co-Publishers: Dan DiDio & Jim Lee
Chief Creative Officer: Geoff Johns
Executive VP-Sales,Marketing and Business Development: John Rood
Senior VP – Business and Legal Affairs: Amy Genkins
Senior VP – Finance: Nairi Gardiner
VP-Publishing Operations: Jeff Boison
VP-Art Direction and Design: Mark Chiarello
VP-Marketing: John Cunningham
VP-Talent Relations and Services: Terri Cunningham
Senior VP-Manufacturing and Operations: Alison Gill
Senior VP-Digital: Hank Kanalz
VP-Business Affairs, Talent: Jack Mahan
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Here’s a sneak peek of the SteelSeries World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Mousepad.
I’m not certain this will be available as a standalone product, but it’s common knowledge this product comes within the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition.
I’ll alert visitors when this product becomes available as a standalone product, if it does.
The World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War is on sale now at local and online bookstores.
This novel tie-in features the Battle for Theramore which players will experience in-game on September 18th in World of Warcraft live realms.
I recommend everyone to get ahold of this book which serves as a prelude to the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Jaina Proudmoore does a 360 degrees drastic change from a diplomat seeking peace between the Alliance and the Horde into a revenge-driven warmonger toward Warchief Garrosh Hellscream.
“Nothing is free, Go’el,” Jaina Proudmoore said. “Your knowledge and skills were bought at a cost. The . . . orc you left behind in your place had done much harm in your absence. If I have heard about what is going on in Orgrimmar and Ashenvale, surely you must have!”
Go’el’s mien, which had been deeply peaceful, now looked troubled. “I have heard, of course.”
“And . . . you do nothing?”
“I have another path,” he said. “You have seen the results of that path. A threat that—”
“Go’el, I hear this, but now that task is over. Garrosh is stirring up trouble between the Alliance and the Horde—trouble that didn’t exist until he started it. I can understand if you don’t wish to undermine him publicly, but—perhaps you and I can work together. Form a summit of sorts. Ask Baine to join us; I know he has no love for what Garrosh is striving for. I could speak with Varian. As of late, he seems to be more reachable. Everyone respects you, even in the Alliance, Go’el. You have earned that respect because of your actions. Garrosh has earned nothing but mistrust and hatred because of his.”
She indicated her cloak, which had blown about with the wind he had sent to bear her to shore. “You can control the winds as a shaman. But the winds of war are blowing, and if we do not stop Garrosh now, many innocents will pay the price for our hesitation.”
The ashes of the Cataclysm have settled across Azeroth’s disparate kingdoms. As the broken world recovers from the disaster, the renowned sorceress Lady Jaina Proudmoore continues her long struggle to mend relations between the Horde and the Alliance. Yet of late, escalating tensions have pushed the two factions closer to open war, threatening to destroy what little stability remains in the . . .
Dark news arrives in Jaina’s beloved city, Theramore. One of the blue dragonflight’s most powerful artifacts—the Focusing Iris—has been stolen. To unravel the item’s mysterious whereabouts, Jaina works with the former blue Dragon Aspect Kalecgos. The two brilliant heroes forge an unlikely bond during their investigation, but another disastrous turn of events looms on the horizon. . . .
Garrosh Hellscream is mustering the Horde’s armies for an all-out invasion of Theramore. Despite mounting dissent within his faction, the brazen warchief aims to usher in a new era of Horde domination. His thirst for conquest leads him to take brutal measures against anyone who dares question his leadership.
Alliance forces converge on Theramore to repel the Horde onslaught, but the brave defenders are unprepared for the true scope of Garrosh’s cunning and deceptive strategy. His attack will irrevocably transform Jaina, engulfing the ardent peacekeeper in the chaotic and all-consuming . . . TIDES OF WAR
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The Lorewalkers is a faction in the continent of Pandaria. The initial quest is available at level 90 and requires a flying mount.
To start with the Lorewalkers talk to Lena Stonebrush (Shrine of the Two Moons, Horde) or to Scrollmaker Resshi (Shrine of the Seven Stars, Alliance). Both can be found at the lower level of the Pandaria capital cities in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
Personally, I wish this feature was applied to all the continents as an extra option for archaeology, for those who prefer to skip digsites. It's far more fun.
Lena Stonebrush: So you are interested in learning more of the lore of this land? Very well! You should speak to Lorewalker Cho at the Seat of Knowledge. He can be found in the room above the entrance to the Mogu'shan Palace. Speak with Mishi for a ride.
Lorewalker Cho: Who would ever guess how much knowledge was hidden behind these walls. And there is so much more we can add to it.
As you explore our land, keep and eye out for objects of interest that might help us learn more of our past. Piece together enough of our history, and I may be able to share a story or two with you.
Loremaster Cho: Ah yes, I can see by your face that you are an eager seeker of stories. You have come to the right place.
Your Private Collection
Pandaria is rich with history, legends, stories, and lore of every sort. While you are traveling throughout the world I would ask that you keep an eye open for artifacts and pieces of information that you feel would be pertinent to our work here.
When you accumulate enough knowledge we will compile it in to a volume for your personal collection here.
You can, of course, return whenever you like to review the volumes we are making for you.
Clean off the Empty Bookshelf.
Completing this quest unlocks the Lorewalker reputation at Neutral. At this point, players can now start traveling around Pandaria to click scrolls of lore. Each scroll updates an achievement. A completed achievement grants 2016 reputation with the Lorewalkers.
In addition, when the player completes all the scrolls of a specific achievement, Lorewalker Cho will send to your Mailbox an item that starts a quest. Turning in these quests will grant 2996 reputation.
When you turn in the quest of each completed book's achievement, Lorewalker Cho casts Storytime on the player and he plays a reenactment of the story via a hologram.
The following achievement links give you a transcript of the entire book collection, screenshots of the scrolls location, a video of the reenactment, and the coordinate/locations where to find each scroll throughout Pandaria to complete the achievements.
- What is Worth Fighting
- Ballad of Liu Lang
- Fish Tales
- The Dark Heart of the Mogu
- The Song of the Yaungol
- The Seven Burdens of Shaohao
- Heart of the Mantid Swarm
- Between a Saurok, and a hard place
- Hozen in the Mists
Lorewalkers Quartermaster Rewards
The Lorewalkers Quartermaster only offers four items to those who reach Exalted reputation with their faction.
A fan and her boyfriend created a video walkthrough for the quickest path to complete the achievements and to reach exalted with the Lorewalkers:
World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War takes place months after the Hour of Twilight and the defeat of Deathwing.
Prince Anduin continues his education in the Exodar with Velen and the draenei — in continuity with the Leader Short Stories: “Velen: Prophet’s Lesson” by Marc Hutcheson.
Kalecgos and the blue dragonflight continue to regret Malygos’ demise, the Nexus War and the Hour of Twilight which is their responsibility due to Arygos’ betrayal and the use of the Focusing Iris to give life to Chromatus — as seen in World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects.
Garrosh Hellscream recently set a plan in motion to invade Ashenvale — in the pages of World of Warcraft: Wolfheart by Richard A. Knaak. However, it backfired when the Alliance got word of it and reinforcements came in kind through Theramore marching toward Southern Barrens, Stonetalon Mountains and Ashenvale to respond to Garrosh’s atrocities.
Players have experienced this war in-game in the Cataclysm expansion’s low-level quests.
Garrosh has learned from his mistakes and came up with a master plan to now not only invade Ashenvale, but to take the entire Kalimdor continent for the Horde.
Christie Golden fully benefits from her years of hands-on experience playing World of Warcraft. She is played up to level 75, but still has plenty of material to work with. She used elements from each expansion to add to continuity. Garrosh uses elements from questlines seen in Terrokar Forest (Burning Crusade), Vash’jir (Cataclysm), Coldarra (Wrath of the Lich King) and fused them to mastermind Garrosh’s ultimate plan.
Tides of War is an epic battle between the Alliance and the Horde — rated M, with all the violence, blood and gore.
I was literally surprised by the large amount of characters that either take center stage in the story, or make a cameo. It shows Christie Golden and the Blizzard Creative Team worked really hard with each character that appears in the story and to keep track of continuity.
I’m still unsure about two characters who made a cameo, as they were supposed to be dead long ago, but in general I counted at least 84 characters. Some are established known NPCs who make a cameo, others were created by Christie Golden as they don’t even show up in WoWHead, and few are merely mentioned (i.e. Arthas and Admiral Daelin Proudmoore).
The story mainly focus on the point of view of Warchief Garrosh Hellscream, High-Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof, Lady Jaina Proudmoore, and Kalecgos the blue dragon. Supporting characters who get some relevant screen time in certain chapters are King Varian Wrynn and Thrall.
It’s no longer a spoiler to mention the focus of this book is to lay the groundwork for the destruction of Theramore — coming up in Patch 5.0.4 on August 28th.
This heinous crime is the trigger that starts the war that eventually causes the Alliance and the Horde naval fleets to get stranded within the Mists of Pandaria.
Thus, Tides of War novel serves as a prequel to the events of the upcoming World of Warcraft MMO expansion pack, which is expected to launch in September 25th.
Many changes are to come in the expansion, and I am not truly convinced some of these changes are currently seen in beta servers.
Not only Theramore, which will now become a crater, but even Dalaran might have some changes as well. Significant ones.
The events set in this novel will change Jaina Proudmoore in ways we have never expected, that will put her down the path of hatred and revenge her father Admiral Daelin Proudmoore and her former lover Prince Arthas walked. Will she come to her senses, or seek to return the atrocities of the Horde back at them in kind?
Whichever path she chooses, it will certainly change her forever.
I finished reading the novel. It shook me to the core at an emotion level no other Warcraft novel has at this magnitude. There will be countless loses of life — NPCs we have interacted with since 2004, and characters some players have grown fond with in past Warcraft novels.
I definitely recommend hardcore lore fans to pick up, and read World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War — available as hardcover, mass market paperback and eBook formats.
Got questions for Christie Golden? Blizzplanet’s Eldorian will have a live phone interview with Christie Golden on Wednesday, August 22. Share your questions for her here.
More comprehensive spoilers here.
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This page gathers all the Pet Battle critters by continent, and zone for players who wish to spend their time efficiently. Have a nice travel!
These are all the Battle Pets found throughout the Eastern Kingdoms continent, organized by zone.