Join Nick and Katie as they celebrate 100 episodes. First, they take a moment to thank everyone for helping them get this far.

Nick and Katie both just finished the Shadowlands pre-expansion novel, Shadows Rising by Madeline Roux, and they are excited to talk about it. Nick talks about missing the various voice talents when reading the story, and Katie talks about Susan Wokoma, the voice actress for Talanji, reading the audio book.

They talk about Zekhan’s role in the book and the fact that Bwonsamdi calls him Zappy Boy. Nick suggests that Bwonsamdi has a loose relationship with the fourth wall like Deadpool. Katie talks about Zekhan’s large role in the book. They talk about his near death scene burning in the tar, and Nick says he wasn’t worried because all deaths are cheapened at the moment since we are about to head into the Shadowlands.

The pair point out that the climax of the story happens simultaneously with Sylvanas ripping the Helm of Domination apart in Icecrown and opening the hole in the sky.

They consider troll regeneration and look at what was wrong with Apari’s leg.

Then then talk about Anduin and Roux’s depiction of leadership, with many of the characters physically exhibiting signs of stress and rubbing their temples often.

They talk about the evolution of Tyrande as the Night Warrior and her brief but important role in the book.

Nick considers the Stockades where Sira is imprisoned and how they had a role at the start of the expansion and now again at the end.

They talk about the Horde and Alliance and how the Horde is at relative peace at the end, while the Alliance is still in turmoil.

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Nick Zielenkievicz

Host of WoW! Talk! and The Tauren & The Goblin. Sometimes known as the Video Games Public Defender. Wants to play more Destiny and Marvel Heroes but WoW is all-consuming. Decent F2P Hearthstone player. Sad that he lost the Wii that had Wrecking Crew on it. Would be happy if the only game ever made was M.U.L.E. Gragtharr on Skywall-US. Garresque on Ravencrest-US.

Katie Grace

Katie is a long time gamer who has fallen in love with multiple genres. She started young by playing Nintendo 64, Spyro, and Blizzard games such as Warcraft II with family, then eventually moved into playing games in both my leisure time and as a occupation. She loves being immersed in different universes and exploring the characters that live in them, as well as just playing games for a good time.

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