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Friday, January 12, 2007  

The Dark Portal Is Open.
8:30 AM EST | Brad Custer

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In the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade from Blizzard Entertainment the Blood Elves are not necessarily evil, however they may seem hateful, reckless, and arrogant. Much like the Forsaken, they are a race that have endured many accumulated tragedies in recent times and are trying, if by desperate measures, to find their place in the order of things once more. Their unorthodox practices, however, have earned them several enemies and many more critics.

The Blood Elves are at the very least cordial with the Forsaken, as a former High Elf, Sylvanas Windrunner, leads the sentient undead and likewise strives to attain a place for her people in Azeroth. The Orcs, having been slaves to warlock magic and demonic corruption themselves, are wary of their new allies but will give them the benefit of the doubt with hopes for their redemption (this is the same reason Thrall allowed the Forsaken to join the Horde). The Tauren, though appalled by the Blood Elves' magical addiction, share the Orcs' viewpoint. The Darkspear Trolls, despite their hatred of elves, remain loyal to Thrall. The playable Blood Elves in the expansion have no affiliation with the Broken or the Naga, as they are those who have not yet joined Kael'thas's forces in Outland; Instead, they have remained behind, to show others the way to their beloved leader, Kael'thas Sunstrider. In addition they seek to rebuild their former seat of power; their ancient capital; Quel'thelas.

The Horde's hesitant reception of the Blood Elves pales in comparison to the Alliance's outright rejection of them. The Humans, Dwarves, and Gnomes spurn their former allies as traitors to their cause, while the few remaining High Elves view them with both abhorrence and pity. The worst treatment of all, however, comes from the Night Elves, who are disgusted by the Blood Elves and view them as too dangerous to be left alive. The blood elves having lost their Sunwell now resort to demonic magics to achieve power.

The portal has opened and the world is about to change...forever. ;)

You'd have to be in a coma not to know that the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade from Blizzard Entertainment hits stores this Monday at midnight. It's a new year and I've returned from my holiday break with a renewed zest for honoring your requests so this week we return to the realm of Warcraft. From the email I've received, it seems the Blood Elves have a slight lead in popularity so they are the focus again of my desktop. I was able to make this wallpaper with the help of Blizzard Entertainment. I simply entitled this selection, "Sin'Dorei", which stands for "Children of the Blood" and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)

Everyone be sure to keep those requests coming in.

Until then...

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