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Old 10-30-2011, 11:21 PM
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Blizzcon is over and this year's was pretty great. Sorry for the late post, but better late than never Anyways, Mists of Pandaria was announced, a lot of new lore was revealed, and it was great to meet up with some Scrolls of Lore members!

So, panels of interest:
  • Mists of Pandaria Preview Panel - lots of great Pandaria lore, plus all kinds of expansion info
  • Blizzard Publishing, So What's the Story? - Of particular interest, the Pandaren graphic novel is finally a reality as "Pearl of Pandaria." Sarah Pine is also tapped to write a short Pandaren novella. And of course, some talk about Christie Golden's upcoming Tides of War novel, and a bunch of other great stuff.
  • WoW Lore Q&A - And of course, the main panel of interest. Some bad questions as always but great answers even to those, so definitely worth a listen.

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Old 10-30-2011, 11:22 PM
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If you guys who attended have photos to add to the gallery, let me know Maybe someone got a better version of the Metzen photo
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:29 PM
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:34 PM
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Sadly, I never bring cameras around with me. That and apparently I see the light every time I'm around one.
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Where'd you get the unedited version of that? That's better than the one Warlock linked.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:10 AM
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Where'd you get the unedited version of that? That's better than the one Warlock linked.
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To Cantus, Omacron and Warlock. Here you go:

HalfElf probably edited his one or something to get that quality.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:43 AM
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I took the liberty of using the burn tool a little bit. I didn't take that digital art class last year for nothing!
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:39 AM
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Can we have a vote on this page dictating that Omacron shall shave his head at next year's Blizzcon? Any other SoL members that attend will be responsible for enacting the verdict.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:13 AM
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I was just watching the Diablo 3 panel, when suddenly at the Q&A part, a wild Omacron appeared.

By the way it was a very nice question.
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By the way it was a very nice question.
Except they skipped half of it. I liked the mute conversation between Omacron and the guy holding the mic after the first half was answered.
Omacron obviously tried to ask about the other half, and the other dude was like "No more question from you"
"I'll kill you"-glare
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"okay then"
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Except they skipped half of it. I liked the mute conversation between Omacron and the guy holding the mic after the first half was answered.
Omacron obviously tried to ask about the other half, and the other dude was like "No more question from you"
"I'll kill you"-glare
"No more question from you"-stare
"okay then"
Yeah, I got a much better response at the SCII Q&A.
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:01 PM
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The Warcraft Q&As said the following to me: They care about the fans, they care about the game, but they have no idea what is going on. The answers were non-answers, "I don't know"s, and "we have nothing planned/written"s. There was hardly anything at all. Gallywix? Gilneas? Throne of the Tides? Nope.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:52 PM
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Forgot to mention you may also want to check the art panel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7SL8mscXA8

There was actually a bit of lore in there as well. In particular, the four cardinal directions are represented by animals - I believe it was the White Tiger of the West, Black Ox of the North, Jade Serpent of the East, and Red Crane of the South. Each animal is also represented by a clan - the white tigers are the military clan, the red cranes are the casters, the jade dragons are the monks/priests, and the Shado-pan represent the Black Ox for some reason (which was actually the only one that didn't make sense to me - an Ox is a large, lumbering animal... how does that say "ninja?"). But anyways, each zone is designed around these themes, so that's why you have the Jade Forest with a very jade-dragon-y theme, etc.

There is also an interesting bit during the prop discussion (which is quite possibly the funniest segement of any panel) that actually translates the Pandaren written language.

But seriously, if you watch it for nothing else, Eric Browning is freaking great. I had to watch his segement a few times because I was laughing so hard
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I'm pretty sure the tiger and ox are flipped.
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Forgot to mention you may also want to check the art panel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7SL8mscXA8

There was actually a bit of lore in there as well. In particular, the four cardinal directions are represented by animals - I believe it was the White Tiger of the West, Black Ox of the North, Jade Serpent of the East, and Red Crane of the South. Each animal is also represented by a clan - the white tigers are the military clan, the red cranes are the casters, the jade dragons are the monks/priests, and the Shado-pan represent the Black Ox for some reason (which was actually the only one that didn't make sense to me - an Ox is a large, lumbering animal... how does that say "ninja?"). But anyways, each zone is designed around these themes, so that's why you have the Jade Forest with a very jade-dragon-y theme, etc.

There is also an interesting bit during the prop discussion (which is quite possibly the funniest segement of any panel) that actually translates the Pandaren written language.

But seriously, if you watch it for nothing else, Eric Browning is freaking great. I had to watch his segement a few times because I was laughing so hard
When I was sitting there, pretty much the entire audience was close to tears. The art panel was by far my favorite of the event.
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I'm pretty sure the tiger and ox are flipped.
The art clearly shows the tiger as the military clan. I mean, they are wearing a tiger pelt....
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:24 AM
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They said they based it on the four animal aspects, not that they had to copy it entirely. Might be they just left out the ox entirely.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:06 AM
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Forgot to mention you may also want to check the art panel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7SL8mscXA8

There was actually a bit of lore in there as well. In particular, the four cardinal directions are represented by animals - I believe it was the White Tiger of the West, Black Ox of the North, Jade Serpent of the East, and Red Crane of the South. Each animal is also represented by a clan - the white tigers are the military clan, the red cranes are the casters, the jade dragons are the monks/priests, and the Shado-pan represent the Black Ox for some reason (which was actually the only one that didn't make sense to me - an Ox is a large, lumbering animal... how does that say "ninja?"). But anyways, each zone is designed around these themes, so that's why you have the Jade Forest with a very jade-dragon-y theme, etc.

There is also an interesting bit during the prop discussion (which is quite possibly the funniest segement of any panel) that actually translates the Pandaren written language.

But seriously, if you watch it for nothing else, Eric Browning is freaking great. I had to watch his segement a few times because I was laughing so hard
Another weird thing, the mockup map of Pandaria has the Ox clan in the west and the White Tiger clan in the north where the Shado-Pan live...

As for why they might be oxen, aside from being ninjas the Shado-Pan are supposed to be the guardians of Pandaria, searching out evil and either eliminating or imprisoning it. They could be using the ox to represent being sturdy guardians.
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Also the supposed zone of the Ox clan is behind the great wall where all the violent mantid are so they might have moved
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Yeah the whole thing is weird. I hope despite that concept art they swapped tiger and ox. Tiger makes more sense for the Shado-pan, and Ox makes sense for the military (because Oxen are strong )
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