Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Grizzleheim Expansion

First, before this post starts talking about random stuff, I would like to say that this theory was based off of no evidence whatsoever. This is mainly what I would like to see, should Grizzleheim be expanded once more.

Grizzleheim, in my sole opinion, is a world of unfinished business. This includes Wintertusk. Being a side world, it doesn't hold a significant place in the story line. Sure, Grandmother Raven has a part in creation, but she is an individual, not the entire world of Grizzleheim. But, this world has so much potential to becoming a main world in its expansion. Since KI is trying to change the game slightly, it would make sense if a side world was expanded, and the expansion became necessary in the story line.

A Brief History
Ragnarok is the impending doom that the gods will face at the end. They are destined to die. A large part of Viking culture is becoming a warrior. Warriors who die valiantly are hand picked by the Valkyrie, or female figures who choose the fate of warriors in battle. Warriors are sent to Valhalla, a sort of "holding place" for the god's armies. When Ragnarok is unleashed, they fight alongside the gods.

Yggdrasil is the tree of life. I think you step through a version of this when you come into Grizzleheim, but I also think the tree Grandmother Raven sits on is also this tree. The tree Grandmother Raven sits on is gnawed at by Nithogg, who could be the variant of Nidhog, the serpent that gnaws at Yggdrasil's roots. Yggdrasil connects all the Nine Worlds together. Bifrost is the rainbow bridge connecting Asgard to Midgard. The vast void of nothingness is ginnugagap.

The Plot
Players will come into the common area of Yggdrasil, which is also the name of the expansion. This common area will be chaotic. Branches will sprawl around, surrounded by Ginnugagap. Nine areas at the end of Nine various branches will be the questing areas. These Nine areas will be the nine worlds: Asgard, Vanaheim, Alfheim, Midgard, Jotunheim, Svartalfheim, Nidavellir, Nifleheim, and Muspelheim. 

This time, the goal will be to prevent Ragnarok. Players will visit with Odin and gain counsel from other gods. They will help a fallen warrior get to Valhalla. They will visit Valhalla, receive some viking-grade training, and promptly turn down a spot in Valhalla. They will join a legion of Valkyries and help fallen warriors cross Ginnugagap. 

The final dungeon will be a harrowing experience, and not for the faint of heart. But most prodigious wizards will be able to get through this dungeon with ease. They will help bind Fenrir the wolf and stop Nithogg (Nidhog) from gnawing Grandmother Raven's tree (Yggdrasil). Players will successfully prevent Ragnarok by a couple hundred thousand years. Odin will personally congratulate them at the conclusion of the dungeon.

Players will later find out that Old Cob tried to unravel Fenrir's rope, since Old Cob was a good weaver. At this point in the Third Arc, Old Cob will have been driven mad by his conquests and is no longer able to think rationally. Stopping Ragnarok only made him crazier, which is a failure equivalent to Azteca.

Cool Badge Ideas
  • Asgard Adherent: Visit and talk to all the gods: complete Asgard story line quests
  • Vanir: Complete all story line quests in Vanaheim
  • Alf-alfa: Defeat 250 elves in Alfheim
  • Lord/Lady of Midgard: Complete all story line quests in Midgard
  • Jotun Battler: Defeat 250 jotuns/giants in Jotunheim
  • Dark Alf-alfa: Defeat 250 dark elves in Svartalfheim
  • Dwarf Miner: Defeat 250 dwarves in Nidavellir
  • Nifleheim Explorer: Find Helheim (quest)
  • The Extinguisher: Defeat 250 fire giants and 250 demons in Muspelheim
  • Yggdrasil Explorer: Complete Zeke's quest
  • Ragnarocker: Complete all story line quests
  • Master of the Nine Worlds: Complete all quests in Ginnugap (excludes crafting and other hobby quests)
  • Runecaster: Decipher all Runes (quest)

What expansion would you like to see to an existing world? Would you like this expansion? Leave a comment below!

P.S. this is my 50th Post! Yay! :)

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