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World of Warcraft Shadowlands Afterlives premiered at Gamescom 2020. The new four-part animated series will showcase each of the new Shadowlands zones and covenants. The animated series will delve deeper into iconic characters from WoW who’ve already died. We’ve also discovered that World of Warcraft Shadowlands will be released on October 26, 2020.
The Afterlives animated series is similar to Warbringers and Harbringers. Blizzard Entertainment has used animated series before to release new story material and create excitement for new expansions. The unique art style and voice over always compliments the story perfectly.
So, let’s discuss the first-part of the Afterlives series.
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World Of Warcraft Shadowlands Afterlives
How We Got Here
The animation starts when Uther the Lightbringer falls to the ground as the Death Knight, Arthas Menethil, delivers a fatal blow. We’re reliving the heartbreaking moment from Warcraft III when Uther’s student, Arthas, murdered him on the field of battle.
The complex events which led to that moment are both gut-wrenching and fascinating. Prince Arthas Menethil was one of Uther’s best students. Uther had trained the prince of Lordaeron in how to be a Paladin, a holy knight.
These holy knights swear an oath to protect the world of Azeroth from the darkness. Arthas began on the correct path, and the young prince had shown promise. So, when the plague of undeath began spreading through the Kingdom of Lordaeron the prince vowed to discover where it was coming from.
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How We Got Here Continued
At first, Prince Arthas Menethil was doing everything in his power to protect his kingdom. But, he ran into the Dreadlord Mal’Ganis in the city of Stratholme. The Dreadlord had plans for the young prince. Arthas realized that the plagued grain in the city had already infected it’s citizens.
Arthas wanted to purge the city. Uther disagreed with this decision and he along with Jaina Proudmoore walked away, because they refused to watch Arthas murder his own people.
After the Culling of Stratholme, Arthas chased Mal’Ganis to the frozen wastes of Northrend. On this barren waste land, he heard the call of the cursed blade Frostmourne. Arthas found the rune blade in a cave. He abandoned his friend and crew in the frozen wastes. The prince returned to Lordaeron and murdered his father King Terenas.
It wasn’t long before Arthas and Uther met in battle. The tragic blow Arthas delivers to Uther is where the Afterlives animation begins.
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Afterlives: Bastion: My Thoughts
World Of Warcraft Shadowlands Afterlives: Bastion is the first part of the animated series. The six minute animation grabs your attention immediately. Uther the Lightbringer is a well-known and well-respected WoW hero. When he wakes up in Bastion it’s fascinating to see what happens to him.
Devos is the Paragon that is training Uther to become an Ascended. She realizes his soul is wounded. The Archon waves away her concerns and Devos takes matters into her own hands.
So, Devos turns Uther into an Ascended and tells him he will have his revenge on Arthas. When Arthas is finally defeated at Icecrown Citadel, she and Uther take his soul to the Maw. Uther claims that justice has finally been served.
Afterlives is only six minutes but it feels larger than it’s run time. The story is a taste of how grand the scale of Shadowlands will be. Blizzard has opened the door to tell new and compelling stories. Afterlives is sure to amaze and delve deeper into the Warcraft treasure trove of lore. I’m excited to see what comes next.
If you’d like to check out Afterlives: Bastion for yourself, then please feel free to watch the video below.
World Of Warcraft Shadowlands Afterlives
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