I’ll warn you right now, this post has some theorizing and possible spoilers on the lore of Warlords of Draenor. You see, this whole thought process started when I was sent off to find Chromie after folks told me that Tumunzahar needed to venture to the Timeless Isle. Well, I first swore a bit when I tried to ride to her. Then after nearly dying, and then dying to poor Yorik, I realized that couldn’t happen and that I had to fly (though that isn’t entirely true). After that, I flew up to see her. Wait…she’s neutral again?
My brain immediately wondered why Chromie was suddenly neutral. She had always been prominent, and friendly, throughout the whole game. Heck, I think she popped up with a quest or more in every stage of the game. I remember first dealing with her when the Scourge was trampling Andorhal in the Western Plaguelands. Heck, took me a little while to even realize she was a dragon. But she was, and she was always friendly. So what’s happened? Well, I have a theory about that and it’s one that in its primitive form is actually disappointing. Saddening even.
Chromie sent Garrosh back.
Yes, this is an incredibly random conclusion to launch myself upon. Hear me out. Blizzard’s explanation for us going back to Draenor is that Hellscream Junior got loose and went back via an alternate timeline to try and play “Don’t Drink The Blood.” They have emphatically pointed out that he’s not alone in doing so and that someone is helping him. When it comes to time, the Bronze Dragonflight are the masters of said domain. The problem is, most of the prominent ones have either made huge sacrifice or been defeated. The rest seem to just focus on balancing the Caverns of Time. All except for one major one. One who is suddenly not “friendly” to us heroes. Why not? We’ve not done anything to upset her. All along she’s been the one guiding us to do a few things for her. It’s been a pretty one-sided relationship really, but we never complained because it was the right thing to do. Instead, it was she who changed. What did she do?
Well, something’s clearly at work here. I hope it isn’t the old “good gone mad” shtick. That’s played out a few too many times. If that isn’t the case, then what’s going on? The Bronze have always been focused on time and the effects of actions by others. We’ve been sent back plenty to write those trying to change it. Now Chromie has deliberately sent someone back in order to change things? Not just someone either. A power crazy former Warchief!
I know what you’re thinking. If you look around the good old internet you will see it appears to be Kairoz who’s responsible for Garrosh going splitsville in time. Based on his vested interest in the Timeless Isle, this absolutely makes sense. The same can be said for those who believe Wrathion is no doubt involved. But this doesn’t answer the question as to why Chromie is Neutral all of a sudden. That isn’t something the developers would just randomly change. So, are we to believe Kairoz is running the show and had Chromie send the players to him? Is she no longer friendly out of some strange remorse for taking part in whatever Kairoz has going on? It could very well be a case of “a little from column A and a little from column B.” Perhaps Kairoz is fully responsible for Garrosh going back. But what if it was the little Gnome dragon that sent us there to help him? Kairoz is doing her bidding and getting Garrosh to Draenor is just a small piece of the puzzle?
So what conclusion did I really come to after all of this fauxpiphany? The Bronze Dragonflight are going to play a little more prominently into the story in Warlords of Dreaenor. I think we’re going to be helping them, but not in the way we believe we are. Remember Wrath? Turns out Arthas let the heroes march up Icecrown just to build his own Death Knight army, and an incredibly powerful one at that. It just didn’t exactly work out as planned. I think something similar is going to happen in Warlords. Kairoz is going to help Garrosh and we’ll be under the impression (no doubt from Chromie herself) he broke off from the Dragonflight to some degree and we need to go back and undo what he’s done. However Garrosh is only going to be the cog in the wheel that gets us back there and us changing things. It will be more of a cause and effect. We’ll go back and get pulled into doing what we believe to be right; all the while the collateral damage will put in motion exactly what the dragons want done, but couldn’t do.
And in the end, I see that little Gnome laughing over all our corpses.