Warcraft Radio's For Azeroth! Podcast Interviews Steve Danuser - Watcher Koranos, the Status of the Flights, New Adversaries
podcast had the opportunity to sit down and talk about the upcoming
expansion with Narrative Lead Designer Steven Danuser. Interviewer TruVillainManny asked plenty of excellent questions and we picked through a few of the more notable items to summarize.
Note: This article paraphrases the responses to various topics in the original interview. You can listen to the full interview at Warcraft Radio.
FOR AZEROTH! EP. 210 – STEVE DANUSER TALKS DRAGONFLIGHT
Timestamp 01:14: Watcher Koranos
Is Watcher Koranos going to be our kind of guide through this expansion, much like Bolvar or Magni were before him?
Watcher Koranos is the last survivor of the group that was charged to watch the shorelines. He was there when the Dragon Isles and Tyrhold were the pinnacle of the dragons’ kingdom so he will have insight and knowledge that we can get from him. He has a special place within the hearts of Alexstraza and some of the other dragons, and he’ll certainly be a presence. We will get to know him better, but he won't be directing everything like Khadgar did in Legion.
Timestamp 3:28: Other Dragon Flights
So the flights like the Chromatic, or Netherwing, are we going to see those in the expansion as well?
One of the big themes for Dragonflight that they fixed on right away was Legacy. When the dragons left there were only five flights of dragons and one was already splintering off and causing all kinds of chaos. In the time since they left there have been a lot of changes and a lot of new dragon flights. Alexstraza and the others will have to face the question of whether to reclaim the old Legacy and put things back the way they were, or think about a new kind of future and include more voices at the table. This will unfold in the story and quest lines of the expansion.
Timestamp 5:23: A Main Antagonist
Will we be dealing with a sort of main antagonist through , or is it going to be a sort of medley of different adversaries?
There is no shortage of adversaries in the dragon isles. There will be local threats like the gnolls. The Djaradin are a more widespread threat across multiple areas.
The history that was presented in Chronicle has huge gaps. When the first dragons were infused with the magic of the Titans and became the Aspects, not all of dragon kind that existed felt like this was a good idea. What started off as a philosophical difference long ago grew into hard feelings and resentments, and resentments led to conflict, and conflict led to war with the Aspects and their followers on one side, and primal dragons who turned back to the elements to infuse themselves with their strength on the other.
The leaders of this primalist movement were four dragons who were the incarnates of the elemental forces that they had embodied and they were on par with the Aspects. It took all the coordination and skill of the Aspects working together to defeat and imprison these Primal Incarnates in the past, and now that the Aspects have given up their power to defeat Deathwing they’re at a disadvantage. With the Dragon Isles awakening, these four Primal Incarnates are in danger of being released into the world. They’ll definitely need the help of their mortal allies.
Timestamp 11:31: The Status of the Current Dragon Flights
: Alexstraza still leads the red flight.
: Nozdormu still leads the bronze flight, but he faced many challenges during Cataclysm where we saw his future self turning into Murozond and becoming infinite. He knows that is coming at some point and that weighs heavily on his mind. He’s having trouble seeing the time ways clearly.
: The Blue Flight was almost wiped out and those that survived have scattered. Kalecgos was only an Aspect for a very short period of time. so how does he rebuild that flight? His Aspect and leader Malygos turned very dark and had to be struck down, so that’s also a legacy that haunts him.
: Ysera was killed in Legion and is now bound to Ardenweald in the Shadowlands. Her daughter, Merithra, has had to lead, but she faces questions about herself and her role. The Green Flight has a lot of things to answer and explore in their legacy.
: Wrathion had a very unusual origin and he’s made some choices that other dragons would find very questionable in terms of tactics. Ebonhorn/Ebyssian confined himself mostly to High Mountain and living amongst the High mountain Tauren, but now that he’s come out into more of the world, seeing that relationship between him and Wrathion build will be interesting. They both have things to learn from one another. The future of the Black Dragonflight is certainly the most tenuous of all the Dragonflights right now.
Timestamp 17:11: Azeroth
A lot has been happening in Azeroth while we've been absent in the Shadowlands. Are we going to see that story move ahead?
In Shadowlands Patch 9.2.5 we'll see some things happening back in Azeroth and learn of some events that have transpired. We’ll have pre-patch events where we find out what’s going on in Stormwind and Orgrimmar, how the Horde has been faring with their new counsel, how the Alliance has been faring with Turalyon at the helm, and what’s been different about that since then.
Definitely check out the full interview for all the details as well as more information about professions, the dungeon paradigm, and the new talent trees.
FOR AZEROTH! EP. 210 – STEVE DANUSER TALKS DRAGONFLIGHT
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