Last night the third animated short showcasing story beats heading into World of Warcraft Shadowlands was released, this time focusing on Ardenweald and gosh, does it hit my heartstrings something fierce.
This Afterlives short focuses on Ardenweald, the autumn and winter of the grand cycle of nature. Here caring shepherds look after the souls of great spirits of Nature. We watch the final moments of Ursoc, a demi-god and Ancient Guardian that falls to corruption during the events of Legion. I was never comfortable with our inability to cleanse the corruption that had taken root, and instead we were forced to kill this mighty Ancient Guardian.
His soul ends up in Ardenweald, where it will slumber and regenerate to be born anew many, many years in the future. But the Shadowlands are not working the way they should, and a severe drought means some tough choices need to be made.
The Winter Queen arrives, tears in her eyes. On her shoulders lies a heavy burden and for a moment, she shares that burden with Ara’lon, a keeper of the grove.
It might not involve big name characters like Uther and Arthas, but this short shows just how devastating the anima drought is on the Shadowlands.
World of Warcraft Shadowlands arrives on 27 October.