I really am just going to accept how horrible this was, that the more I think about it the more I hate it, and that I really just have to let it go.
There apparently was a cinematic to go with the scenario. I missed it because I have DBM set to skip cinematics because: 1) I needed the extra time for heroic Spine attempts, and 2) Cinematics occasionally locked up my computer for no discernable reason. If you want to go see the cinematic, feel free to do a search of YouTube. I refuse to link to it.
Here’s a summary: a pre-pubescent goblin boy pilots an unescorted zeppelin carrying a huge mana bomb toward Theramore, unopposed. He makes a comment only a pre-teen boy would be proud of, and then drops the bomb on a completely vacant Theramore. Explosion, cut.
I could go on and on and on about how horrible that cinematic was for any number of reasons, but the thing I think it demonstrates beyond all doubt is that the people who made the cinematic did not for once appreciate the gravity of the situation. Theramore was the fifth most populous city in the alliance, exceeded only by the capitals. For a U.S. equivalent, that’s Philadelphia. It got reduced to rubble and every single inhabitant died. Unescorted? Really? Unopposed? Really? No recognition that people were actually in Theramore when the bomb hit? Really?
It gets worse.
Alliance adventurers, when they complete the scenario, get a box of goodies similar to what you get for holiday bosses. Sometimes that box will contain a item level 384 item. Other times it will contain — wait for it — fireworks.
That’s right! The equivalent of Philadelphia has just been nuked and everyone in it has died and as a good alliance citizen I am going to celebrate with Theramore fireworks.
Tomorrow is Pirates’ Day. That’s when lots of alliance and horde adventurers are going to go down to Booty Bay and act like silly pirates. Theramore? Long forgotten!
On October 7 the Darkmoon Faire will come again. While there is a slight possibility that someone at Blizzard will wake up by then, I fully expect that the Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftains are going to get on stage and sing about “The Power of the Horde”. And groups of Alliance citizens, instead of carpet bombing the stage, will dance.
This really just sickens me.