One of the themes that Blizzard want to convey to their players in this expansion is that there is no big bad boss in Mist of Pandaria. If anything it’s starting to seems that the Alliance and the Horde are the antagonist, we are the ones that wash ashore and start disrupting the peaceful world of this isolated island.
An example of the Alliance and the Horde being the bad guys is shown in the Jade Forest with the two new factions we met the Jinyu and the Hozen.
The Jinyu are a race of calmer, intelligent race that look after all the waters of Pandaria, while the Hozen are more hostile and primitive race. These two factions have been fighting on the island before we arrived there, but because of our presence the conflict has escalated . I’ll give you a guess who aligns themselves with what Faction.
For the Alliance, you meet up with Jinyu when you are gathering members of the SI:17 and you learn that these people have been attacked by the Hozen and was exiled from their town.
Once the Jinyu agree to work with you, the Alliance start supplying these new people with weapons and the skills to fight better. You personally give some of the refugees swords, daggers and paladin hammers and you then go around with these new warriors teaching them how to master their new skills.
Through my adventure with the Jinyu, the Alliance was able to lead Jinyus into the Hozen camp and slay one of the power leaders. I’m going to let that sink in, the Alliance help lead a victory in Mist of Pandaria, it’s a refreshing change of pace from last expansion.
This whole thing reminds me of the Cold War, when both United Stats and the Soviet Union would fund other country’s organizations to fight each other for their beliefs, Vietnam, Greece and many part of Africa received aid for the name of Capitalism or Communism. ( Hey, gotta find a chance to use my Political Science degree at lest once)
Except now we will see the financial benefactors will get in and fight alongside the Jinyu and Hozen. I have yet to get to the other zone but I am interested in learning how our factions will destroy the beautiful new island and how our characters will have to go back and try to fix the problem, if we can.
On the topic of Cold War and other wars last night I received an email saying that I have been accepted into the Guild Wars 2 Beta weekend event, It just so happen to be the weekend before finals.
Looking through my goodie bags I got from PAXEast, I found some more Guild Wars 2 Beta Keys and I am going to be giving all three beta keys out to three lucky people who comment below.
One entry per person, and the I’ll be picking the winners 4/26 11:59 EST
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