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The QueueDec 3, 2016 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: I am Ghost

Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A feature for all of Blizzard’s games! Have a question for the Blizzard Watch staff? Leave it in the comments!

Has anyone played through all the StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops packs? I wasn’t going to pick them up, but the comic they released earlier this week made me slightly more interested in checking it out.


Okay, I know rares are supposed to be rare and all, but I just trawled literally all of Northrend and didn’t see a one. Addon issue or has Blizzard taken this rare thing too far? I haven’t had that issue in Pandaria.

The Northrend rares are well and truly rare — they don’t show up very often at all. Rare mobs in Pandaria always felt odd to me, because they didn’t really feel “rare” in the least. It was even more ridiculous in Warlords, and now in Legion too. If you’re waiting for a rare mob to spawn, you have very little time to wait. I’m not sure why that changed. I mean, I guess for convenience’s sake I don’t mind, but with how quickly they show up, I don’t know if “rare” is really an accurate label anymore.


Purely subjective Q4tQ: When players die as a Night Elf, they become a wisp. Do you think this means all wisps are the ghosts of night elves? If so, shouldn’t we be more worried about sending them to tend to trees and potentially getting eaten by fish? If you think that, or if in game proves, that not all night elves become wisps, what do you believe to be the defining choice/act that determines whether you will be a regular ghost or a wisp?

Yes — there’s a quest in Val’sharah called Wisp in the Willows that mentions this point specifically. Wisps are Night Elf spirits that have become one with the forest. It is stated, however, that their minds and the way they perceive things are very different than they were in life. Sending them to tend to trees is pretty much exactly what they want to be doing — since they’ve become one with the forest, they’re also perfectly happy and capable of cultivating and protecting it. It’s not really clear whether all Night Elves become wisps when they die — but it would kind of make sense, given that Ysera’s original blessing tied the Night Elves to her domain. Maybe it’s the last shred of whatever Night Elf it happened to be, spending an eternity fulfilling its part of that ancient blessing.


The weird thing is, in the evolution of night elves to high elves, why’d they lose the ability to turn into a wisp? Also, there are a couple wisps you can get as pets (spirit of summer is one). We just capture a dead nelf and keep them as a pet?

This is part of the reason why I suggest it might be tied to Ysera’s blessing. High elves lost their immortality when they traveled too far from the World Tree — if being a wisp is also tied to the World Tree, then losing the wisp ability would naturally fall under the same umbrella. And…well, yes. If you look at both pet wisps, and the Spirit of Summer, you’ll notice they all have Night Elf faces and ears. Mind you, their minds aren’t quite the same as when they were alive. Maybe they just decided being your buddy was a good idea, and the best way to serve nature was to hang out with you, and beat the stuffing out of small, fuzzy animals at your discretion in exchange for pet biscuits.


QFTQ: Is there any lore that tells us how Prince Farondis and Queen Azshara are related, if at all? Is there a relation? Or is Azshara queen of all of Kalimdor and Farondis is Prince of Faronaar? Like how Baratheon was King of the Seven Kingdoms (a la Azshara) and Ned Stark was Lord of Winterfell (Farondis).

Queen Azshara was basically the ruler of the entire Kaldorei empire, and Farondis was merely the ruler of Azsuna. While he was Highborne, he was neither equal to Azshara, nor related to her. He did serve as one of her trusted advisors for a time, though — before he realized she and the Legion were both super bad news.


For lvl boosted characters, is there a way to get the updated Theramore? You know, for lore timeline reasons. Thanks!

Yes! Head over to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and the Lorewalker’s enclave above Mogu’shan Palace. You’ll find an NPC that will let you queue for all the old Pandaria scenarios, Theramore included. Just complete the scenario — easy to do at max level — and you’ll see the updated version of Theramore when you’re through, rather than the pre-scenario version.

That’s it for today’s Queue — if you have any questions you’d like to see answered, be sure to leave them in the comments below!

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