Things Alleria’s gonna hear about for the first time
The orc leader she went to Draenor to fight escaped, was turned into the Lich King, and was sent back to Azeroth
90% of her race was wiped out within the span of a week by the Lich King
Sylvanas was turned into a terror weapon and was a slave to the Lich King for about a year
The forests of Quel’thalas are scarred to the point of it being irreparable
The Sunwell was corrupted with necromancy to the point where the only option was to destroy it
A significant portion of survivors began to devolve due to magical addiction
Kael’thas having to turn to Kil’jaeden so that he had something to keep people from devolving into Wretched
The blood elves had to ally themselves with undead and orcs to survive
Kael’thas then invaded Quel’thalas and we were forced to kill him, ending the only royal bloodline Quel’thalas ever had
The blood elves proceeded to be strong armed by their allies in the Horde at every given opportunity rather than being allowed to rebuild
One of the orc leaders she went into Draenor to stop had a son who then ruined Azeroth and killed her sister’s husband
The Purge of Dalaran, which her sister actively made worse
And that’s just off the top of my head.
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I need to tell you and your team something. I’ve played this game for 10 years with the same main. I’ve traveled to every city, every outpost, every broken down cliffside ledge with a flight path on it. There is not a nook or cranny I haven’t explored. I’ve tamed creatures from every continent, past and present, and every world that has touched Azeroth in some way.
Seeing Azeroth like this? When the cinematic ended and I walked to the front of the that viewing window to see this second home I’ve spent a decade of my life in spread out in all its beauty?
I burst into tears.
There’s just something about seeing her like this after all this time, all this conflict, all those raids, and bosses, and rares, and moments of exploration from ground and sky. Argus is broken, but even after everything she’s been through, Azeroth is still whole. Battered and a little bruised, but whole.
Thank you for that view. It may not have been all that important to you guys, maybe just a ‘this will be cool’ moment, but it is one of the best moments I’ve ever had in this game. Thank you.
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Earth from Afar
“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” - Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11
This week we're celebrating Earth Day 2018 with some of our favorite images of Earth from afar...
At 7.2 million Miles...and 4 Billion Miles
Voyager famously captured two unique views of our homeworld from afar. One image, taken in 1977 from a distance of 7.3 million miles (11.7 million kilometers) (above), showed the full Earth and full Moon in a single frame for the first time in history. The second (below), taken in 1990 as part of a “family portrait of our solar system from 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers), shows Earth as a tiny blue speck in a ray of sunlight.” This is the famous “Pale Blue Dot” image immortalized by Carl Sagan.
“This was our willingness to see the Earth as a one-pixel object in a far greater cosmos,” Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan said of the image. “It's that humility that science gives us. That weans us from our childhood need to be the center of things. And Voyager gave us that image of the Earth that is so heart tugging because you can't look at that image and not think of how fragile, how fragile our world is. How much we have in common with everyone with whom we share it; our relationship, our relatedness, to everyone on this tiny pixel."
A Bright Flashlight in a Dark Sea of Stars
Our Kepler mission captured Earth’s image as it slipped past at a distance of 94 million miles (151 million kilometers). The reflection was so extraordinarily bright that it created a saber-like saturation bleed across the instrument’s sensors, obscuring the neighboring Moon.
Hello and Goodbye
This beautiful shot of Earth as a dot beneath Saturn’s rings was taken in 2013 as thousands of humans on Earth waved at the exact moment the spacecraft pointed its cameras at our home world. Then, in 2017, Cassini caught this final view of Earth between Saturn’s rings as the spacecraft spiraled in for its Grand Finale at Saturn.
"The image is simply stunning. The image of the Earth evokes the famous 'Blue Marble' image taken by astronaut Harrison Schmitt during Apollo 17...which also showed Africa prominently in the picture." -Noah Petro, Deputy Project Scientist for our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
Goodbye—for now—at 19,000 mph
As part of an engineering test, our OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of Earth and the Moon in January 2018 from a distance of 39.5 million miles (63.6 million kilometers). When the camera acquired the image, the spacecraft was moving away from our home planet at a speed of 19,000 miles per hour (8.5 kilometers per second). Earth is the largest, brightest spot in the center of the image, with the smaller, dimmer Moon appearing to the right. Several constellations are also visible in the surrounding space.
The View from Mars
A human observer with normal vision, standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the Moon as two distinct, bright "evening stars."
"This image from the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the Moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth in 2015. It provides a view of the far side of the Moon, which is never directly visible to us here on Earth. “I found this perspective profoundly moving and only through our satellite views could this have been shared.” - Michael Freilich, Director of our Earth Science Division.
Eight Days Out
Eight days after its final encounter with Earth—the second of two gravitational assists from Earth that helped boost the spacecraft to Jupiter—the Galileo spacecraft looked back and captured this remarkable view of our planet and its Moon. The image was taken from a distance of about 3.9 million miles (6.2 million kilometers).
A Slice of Life
Earth from about 393,000 miles (633,000 kilometers) away, as seen by the European Space Agency’s comet-bound Rosetta spacecraft during its third and final swingby of our home planet in 2009.
So Long Earth
The Mercury-bound MESSENGER spacecraft captured several stunning images of Earth during a gravity assist swingby of our home planet on Aug. 2, 2005.
Earth Science: Taking a Closer Look
Our home planet is a beautiful, dynamic place. Our view from Earth orbit sees a planet at change. Check out more images of our beautiful Earth here.
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To celebrate Earth Day 2018, April 22, we are highlighting many of these innovative technologies and the amazing applications behind them.
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