I just leveled my druid and went into the SL content. I remember always choosing the world quest option when the expansion was live. I used to think it was just due to world quest leveling was superior in every way, but I’ve historically enjoyed questing and revisiting the lore (I know, I’m one of those guys, weird right).
Anyway, now I understand why I avoided it. It’s absolutely awful.
First you have to sit through +10 minutes of NPC talk just to get started - When you finally enter Bastion, you are greeted with - You guessed it - MORE talking.
But hold, it’s not just the time wasting that makes it bad. The contents of the story is also incredibly uncomfortable.
I understand the Kyrians are supposed to be on a flawed path as we eventually arrive at the consesus together that they are in the wrong, but are we supposed to believe that these guys have been running a high-end cult for EONS ? As in millions of years? Then there’s the owlboys which we are made to believe get depressed when they can’t do slavework for prolonged periods of time. Oh wow, they really considered their needs.
Who wrote this stuff?
In Night ga- fae land, we are lead to believe that this realm of savage beings who lived, true to their nature, we are constantly met with fairies and happy-go-lucky beings that belong in a Disney movie rather than a realm of death.
Maldraxxus is just about the only interesting place, since it has that real pulp potential, but alas we are constantly greeted by raw and strong men and women who cannot help themselves from threatening you because of how much of a wimp you appear to be. Is it tongue-in-cheek? Is it a parody? Or are they seriously expecting anyone to find it cool?
Revendreth is aesthetically the most interesting zone, especially because it actually has TWO whole color schemes as opposed to the other 3 zones that runs in monochrome or acidic bright monocolor.
Here we are met with the absolute gigachad, Sire Denathrius. I honestly got excited at the idea that we would finally have a character that could portray some morally gray tonalities. Instead, he was made out to be - A VILLAIN IN DISGUISE. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at this revelation. Either way, it left me very disappointed and worse yet, we were left with his b-boy son that could not be less interesting if the writers tried.
As for the Maw, I mean… We escaped it within 10 minutes. SO much for being “hell of WoW” or limbo. Funnier still, an NPC asks of you to rate whether or not the place was spooky. It felt like a beta-build test to understand better how players reacted to it. Turns out, taking the player’s mount away from them made for a tedious and boring grind of an “adventure”.
I’ve never been more opposed to WoW lore than this. By far the most uninteresting, boring, bland and just outright forgettable content.
To add insult to injury, various characters we knew from pre-established lore, just randomly happen to be really important figures of the afterlife all at once. Again, let me remind you this is a reality that has been around for eons.
I also couldn’t appreciate that everything looked like humans. The afterlife should’ve been more alien for it to be an interesting concept. This was not it.
Turns out, The Maw was never hell - Rather, shadowlands as a reality as a whole, is hell itself of WoW. What a crazy expansion in all the wrong ways.