New Patch 9.1 Cinematic - Battle for Ardenweald Featuring Sylvanas and Tyrande
Patch 9.1 starts with an exciting cinematic featuring the Battle of Ardenweald and a showdown with Sylvanas and Tyrande.
This cinematic is visible early on in the 9.1 Covenant Campaign:
In the Chapter 1 - Battle for Ardenweald, you are summoned to Oribos to learn the dire news that Anduin has become The Jailer's pawn, and that he recently wounded Kyrestia the Firstborne and took her sigil of Bastion. Each of the Eternal Ones possesses a sigil that represents their Covenant and its purpose, but which can also act as keys to forbidden knowledge. The Jailer is after these sigils, and launches an assault on Ardenweald and Oribos in an attempt to gain the sigils belonging to the Winter Queen and The Arbiter. While the Ebon Blade protects Oribos, the player rushes to join in Ardenweald's defense against and assault lead by Sylvanas Windrunner herself. Though you do your best to defend Ardenweald, Anduin manages to get away with the Winter Queen's sigil. You return to Oribos with the news, to find the city has also just dealt with a Mawsworn assault.
What did you think of the reveal that Sylvanas didn't know of Nathanos' defeat? When he died in the pre-patch, he seemed very confident he'd simply join Sylvanas in the Shadowlands, but things have clearly not gone as planned.
And why did Elune appear to fail Tyrande at the moment of victory? We've seen how satisfying it was for Uther to fling Arthas into the Maw, as well as the long-term consequences. Perhaps Elune saw something similar in Tyrande's future, one consumed by vengeance, if she went down that path.
If you're watching the cinematic with subtitles off, you may think that Elune simply failed Tyrande and perhaps Sylvanas was right to say that Elune abandons her children. However, if you turn YouTube subtitles on, you'll see that Tyrande's warcry in Darnassian at 1:55 translates to "My life for hers," indicating she'd sacrifice herself to defeat Sylvanas. Previously, Tyrande seemed in-control of her actions--certainly angry, but cold and calculated. Now, with her warcry, we see how far Tyrande is willing to go to defeat Sylvanas, which could lead Elune to protect Tyrande from her own dark impulses. Tyrande is the leader of the Night Elves, and her death would leave her people abandoned.
There are several storylines in Shadowlands that highlight how characters with good intentions can confuse vengeance for justice, turning into that which they fear, as we've seen with Uther, Devos, and even Sylvanas. Now we have Tyrande, so focused on vengeance and defeating Sylvanas, essentially willing to abandon her duties to the Kaldorei--a sad circle considering her trip to the Shadowlands began from a need to learn why Elune abandoned the Night Elves.
Tyrande's story will find a resolution in a later chapter of the 9.1 campaign, and if you want to read what happens next, check out our
9.1 Covenant Campaign Recap
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