Jesus Christ. *puts on glasses*
I really would not call the first one of those a retcon. "Work for me or I will kill you" is pretty much enslavement.
a lot of these "changes" I feel were made to simply make the book smaller. Imagine trying to describe every moment in WC3, the novels, WoW etc. I would say it's safe to say the events in WC3 and novels are still canon, just simplified for sake of saving space. Considering the books and game exist now to go play, there is no need to go into such great detail like there was in the first 2 books where almost nothing was known.
Was hoping for some actual content, but most of this article is arguing about semantics.
Just some spelling errors, good read though.
I always thought the most interesting part of the Burning Legion is how nearly all of its members joined willingly. Sargeras would approach a world as he did Argus offering power and purpose and its denizens would join willingly. Only later learning how great a price they paid. Having them all be forced is boring. I'm also not much of a fan of the demonic resurrection in Antorus retcon. In one of the trailers Illidan says "every demon you kill here dies its final death" or something along those lines and that was really exciting to me. That we were finally making a real difference by taking such a huge risk and going to the Legion home world. The Burning Legion story is all done now so I guess it doesn't make much if a difference but a lot of the Burning Legion story felt very definitive for a very long time and then at the last minute it got all turned on its ear. Sometimes Blizzard tells amazing stories and sometimes it's the worst comic booky garbage there is.
The book also says "the dreadlord who had helped torment Ner'zhul..." implying that it wasn't only the dreadlords who tortured him, so Kil'jaeden still (and likely did) torture him as well.Also, "There is no mention of Jaina helping Thrall to cleanse Grom. Previously she was there in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne." Wat? First, Jaina was not there, ever, cleansing Grommash (why would a mage do that?), nor did Thrall cleanse him, it was the priest and shaman units. Second, it's Reign of Chaos, not The Frozen Throne. What the Chronicle says is actually correct.Since Blizz said that the Chronicles are high-up view of events, it is probably safe to assume that things like Tyrande's falling of a bridge (things that are left out) are not retcons.Examples of real retcons are Orgrim escaping from an interment camp (Chronicle), rather than Capital City's Undercity (Rise of the Lich King), or Jaina and Grommash fighting in Ashenvale instead of Stonetalon Mountains (as seen in War III), or moving events to a different year (especially the 10 - 18 years).Also, what's the source of "Balnazzar then entered into a pact with Kel'Thuzad" I'd imagine it's the Ashbringer comic, but I kinda don't remember a pact. Which part would that be mentioned in?
Oh jeez, I was hoping these books would set out all the lore once and for all (or at least the major parts), not contradict themselves.
Isn't Garithos canon anymore or is this an error? Would be so weird to remove such a crucial part in lore.
I have to agree with others, I don't think these are 'retcons' You can't hope to explain every single small detail in the books and Warcaft 3 because there is just too much to go on.They specifically stated that they were going to leave events out because they were already written down in guides, books, and other places that can be found easily. These are History Books of Wacraft. So just because you leave out parts of history in a history book, doesn't mean it is retconned. It just means there was to much to put in the history book.
I agree with most in saying most of these are not retcons, rather shorthands or rephrased. However I wonder if the attack on Shattrath is explained better to acknowledge Kael was the one who conducted it and that the naruu laying siege to the black temple later on had no contact with X’era and therefore do not know/sense Illidan’s true intentions. She is the prime being after all, and sensed him up close and personal when he was “spirit walking”.
I like the clarification about Kael'thas joining Kil'jaeden. And I like that Garrosh being his normal jerkish self is what started the duel. The Twilight's Hammer's involvement just seemed unneeded. They didn't really /have/ to do much to spark infighting in the Horde when it came to Garrosh, because at that point, Thrall was pretty much the only one willing to be like "lol but guys give him a chance, his dad was cool." Perhaps oversimplified, but really, the other Horde faction leaders all hated him (with the exception of the Goblins who only saw $$$), it wouldn't have taken much for people to be inspired to smack his nipple ring off his chest.
As long as Jaina and Sylvanas dont die im all good with any lore book and or game.
Not reading this, but me'dan was already retcon since at least Chronocles 2 ...