I’m busy grinding out Loremaster on Gorn, it’s something to do while on summer leave anyway. So I’m farming all the newish quests in Dustwallow Marsh and get onto the conclusion of the Defias quest chain that revolved around King Varian Wrynn being kidnapped by the Defias as he travelled to Theramore for a secret meeting with Thrall, brokered by Lady Jaina Proudmore. Time for a quick history lesson…
Back in the good old days, there was no King in Stormwind. King Varian was missing, and Prince Anduin Wrynn was being fostered by Lady Katrana Prestor while Lord Bolvar Fordragon was Regent of the Kingdom in the Kings’ absence (which explains why Varian’s so incredibly pissed at the Horde when Bolvar is betrayed and apparently killed at the Wrathgate, the guy took care of Varian’s son after all!). An extremely long and amazing quest line had you discovering a Stormwind Marshal imprisoned in Blackrock Depths, a Marshal who had vital information about the Kings’ disappearance and the true power behind the throne in Stormwind. Once you’d freed Marshal Windsor from prison, you escorted him to Stormwind, exposed Lady Prestor as none other than Onyxia herself, and embarked upon another epic questline that culminated in and attack on Onyxia’s Lair and the defeat of the Brood Mother of the Black Dragonflight herself. It was truly epic stuff.
Of course, you can’t do the quest anymore because King Varian is back from his imprisonment on Alcaz Island and his time as a gladiator in the horde arenas. So now when you do the Defias quests in Dustwallow, you end up with a flyby scouting of Alcaz Island and when you hand in to Jaina Proudmore she babbles on for a minute about how it’s all okay now because King Varian escaped from Onyxia’s evil clutches, returned to Stormwind, exposed Lady Prestor and slew Onyxia.
Er.. no he didn’t, I did! I have the screenshots to prove it!
This has pissed me off more than it has any right to. Not just because I worked hard to complete that awesome questline (on 9 characters!), not just because Blizzard slapped such a godawful and hasty conclusion onto the end of it in Theramore which pretended I never existed, but mostly because they’ve turned Jaina Proudmore into a blithering idiot. Again.
Believe it or not, she actually used to be cool. People were actually in awe when they zoned into the Mount Hyjal raid instance and realised they’d be fighting with the legendary Jaina Proudmore at their side. In Wrath of the Lich King she’s turned into a love-struck moron who bursts into tears at the drop of a hat and can’t even get basic facts right.
After you defeat Deathbringer Saurfang in Icecrown Citadel (if you’re Alliance) , King Varian and Lady Jaina appear to grant Saurfang the Elder access to retrieve his son’s body. At which point Jaina bursts into tears (again) and blubbers about how she’s so proud of her King. Er.. he’s not your King you silly cow! You are the daughter of the ruler of Kul’Tiras, not Stormwind. And you rule the Island of Theramore, which is not part of Stormwind either. And don’t get me started about her mooning over Arthas and getting everyone around her killed every time we clap eyes on her. Most disturbing of all, she’s still wailing about how Arthas is just misunderstood and loves her really while he’s beating her to death with a Runesword! Miss Proudmore, get help. Now.
There’s a lot of this about in Wrath. Revered lore figures who kicked major butt in vanilla wow have become laughing stocks. Are the Night Elves even involved in Icecrown? I’ve not seen Tyrande Whisperwind or Fangdral Staghelm since I was doing the Ahn’Quiraj quests at level 60. At least Magni and the brothers Bronzebeard are getting stuck in, even if they reduced poor Muradin to yet another Varian Wrynn lackey. “Right away yer Majesty!” he says in Icecrown as Varian barks orders. Muradin, grow a pair, please. You’re the King of the Frostborn and Wrynn’s in YOUR house now. And look at poor Tirion Fordring. It all started so well with some major buttkicking at the Battle of Lights’ Hope Chapel and the Cathedral of Darkness, then by the time we reach the end of the expansion he’s nothing more than a pimp for the Entertainment Sports Network who doesn’t remember he got Hand of Freedom sixty-two levels earlier until after the Lich King has wiped the floor with his champions.
At least they didn’t fuck with Bolvar. He’s still a badass. Mostly dead and almost certainly consumed by hatred and evil, but you still wouldn’t spill his pint and get away with it.