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Chaos Lupus

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Some of my criticisms of the quest:

1.) The stakes never really felt as high as they should have despite an army looming just across the Salve. More of the quest should have focused on people scrambling to prepare for a desperate attempt to repel an undefeatable army, not Drezel and Ivan sending us to look for ways to prevent them from crossing the river. An actual battle could have been epic but instead we went on a weird headache-inducing LSD trip. This was especially disappointing as the impending sense of danger was handled so well in LoV when we were being hunted down by Lowerniel.

2.) This wyrd was not portrayed nearly as well as the one from the novels. In the novels she's an agent with a purpose, not an attack dog. She's mysterious and creepy and the threat feels more real because you never know who her next victim will be until the link between her targets is discovered. With Safalaan, he's just an out of control beast. That could have potentially been interesting if his internal struggle had felt more believable (which could totally be done with werewolves in the future). As it stands, he felt more one dimensional, just someone out of control who hates “creatures of light” until he finds out Efaritay is his mother at which point he just stops fighting and lets you have his blood no problem. He just keeps saying he’s going to lose control again and that’s it. I wasn't convinced of the back and forth. I'm also not a fan of the explanation for how wyrds are created, just having icyene blood is less interesting than, say, a unique and freakish science experiment. Also, the whole hybrid blood thing just seemed way too convenient/contrived as a way to prevent the vampyres from invading.

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The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

20-Sep-2016 21:37:29

Chaos Lupus

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3.) The ending wasn't nearly as dark as it should have been. We should have ultimately put a stop to Vanescula's plan, of course, but it should have been at a great cost that left an emotional impact. It just didn't fit with the dreary, hopeless tone that the rest of the series had, and even went so far as to undo a lot of the impact that LoV had with Safalaan’s death. Our victory was too clean cut. Hopefully we'll see some negative repercussions in future content (possibly with the werewolves).

4.) A lot of loose ends weren't properly tied up. Werewolves crossing the Salve and the splinter group were entirely irrelevant to the rest of the quest. And I know that Draynor has been kept pretty separate from the series, but it would have been nice to at least acknowledge him at some point. And on top of that, Ivan didn't do anything except for wave his hands around. He's been built up to be an extremely important individual, one would think that he'd accomplish something important other than just surviving.

5.) The world didn't feel the impact of Lowerniel's demise. It should have been a huge deal, he's been perceived to be one of the most dangerous potential threats on Gielinor with the absence of the gods. The only real result was that Vanescula had the freedom to invade Misthalin and that didn't even happen.
The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

20-Sep-2016 21:37:45

Chaos Lupus

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Wahisietel said:
Honestly, I liked River of Blood. I get some of you are disappointed it didn't have an angsty ending, but I think the previous quest fulfilled the Myreque series quota in that regard.

To me, it felt more like an epilogue than a true finale, with Lord of Vampyrium being the true climax of the story, and River of Blood tying up the loose ends.


It didn't tie up loose ends very well, a lot of things could have been completely left out.
The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

21-Sep-2016 15:07:02

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