When I was doing Kamalia’s Order Hall Campaign, I frequently felt like I was not, really and truly, the leader of my class order. I felt like I was just a figurehead, a puppet running to and fro at the behest of my advisors, who knew what was going on in the world whereas I didn’t. It helped a little — but only a little — to try to think of it as a classic case of the RPG trope where the character can be assumed to know things that the player doesn’t.
Although every player character is told that they are the Chosen One for their Class, when Lore Events occur, of course no one individual player character can actually be the one to do the thing.
The Patch 7.2 trailer reveals who the real leaders of all the Order Halls are (clockwise from Khadgar, skipping over Velen):
High Priest Alonsus Faol
Huntmaster Emmarel Shadewarden
Netherlord Rittsyn Flamescowl
Grandmaster Iron-Body Ponshu
Slayer Kor’vas Bloodthorn
Highlord… umm… Tirion Fordring? I couldn’t find an NPC wearing the Pandaria Challenge Mode shoulders in the Sanctum of Light. Do we somehow rez Tirion during the 7.0 Paladin campaign? I guess I’ll have to complete it and find out.
Archmage Meryl Felstorm
Deathlord Darion Mograine
Archdruid Rensar Greathoof
Shadowblade Jorach Ravenholt
Of course, these are just the folks I’ve already recognized as the actual leaders of the class orders from my experiences with the class storylines so far. The only real surprise is the Paladin; I’d have thought it would be Tyrosus or Liadrin.
Well, anyhow, Patch 7.2 is coming tomorrow, and I am not “ready”. I have not completed Broken Isles Pathfinder Part 1. I haven’t finished the Suramar storyline. I haven’t run Emerald Nightmare, Trial of Valor, or the Nighthold, even on LFR. I don’t have 54 points in any Artifact weapons — I don’t even have 36 points in any of Kam’s weapons.
So I will not be jumping into the Return to the Broken Shore scenario, or starting up the Legionfall campaign. Instead, I will probably thoroughly examine the new Transmogrification sets UI and make lists of items I’d like to add to my collection. And then I’ll continue to do as I have been doing for the past few weeks, and spend my playtime running old raids and dungeons — there is still a rather shocking amount of stuff that I haven’t got out of the Burning Crusade dungeons — for Transmogrification shinies. That’s relatively easy to do with the limited hand availability caused by trying to play while holding a half-asleep baby…
Eventually, I still hope to finish all of the 7.0 Order Hall campaigns, and to explore Suramar with my Mage. And then, when it is the long doldrums before the next expansion and the rest of the playerbase is bored stiff, I will be just getting into the Legionfall campaigns. 😛
~*~*~ UPDATE ~*~*~
Interesting. In this lineup of the Order Hall leaders which appeared at Krasus’ Landing in Dalaran after Patch 7.2 launched, the Paladin leader is Liadrin, after all.