|Princess Aszune and Maiev Shadowsong the namesakes of our realms|
have approx 60,000 characters with an Alliance heavy faction bias. This means that it puts the realms into the same character population bracket as Magtheridon.
these characters about 20,000 on each realm are 90. So however you look
at it there will be double the number of characters around to raid/PVP
with which is bloody awesome. However, the physical trip to Aszune (OK it is virtual but I sent atoon there) revealed a realm that felt quiet just like Shadowsong. This isn’t what Magtheridon feels like and there the population is 60k per faction. The merged Aszune/Shadowsong will have almost 100k Alliance. I suspect therefore that many of the realms characters are inactive. So while it may be good it won’t feel very busy, but it will feel busier..
A look over at WoWProgress and Guild Ox shows that the
raiding is very similar on both servers although Aszune is rated
marginally higher than Shadowsong, this is good for my raid team even
though we will drop in the 10 man (from server 9th to server 21st) and
25 man rankings (from server 5th to server 9th).
Aszune is also ranked slightly higher than it is on Shadowsong, this is
again good news for my RBG team but will mean that we have more
competition. We will still be ranked no 1, but we’re only a few points
ahead of the top 3 RBGs teams there so we will need to keep focused and
work hard for our ranking from now on.
Aszune was a night elf
princess. Long ago she mocked the Oracle’s wisdom. As punishment, she
was transformed into living stone. Only the retrieval of her gemstone
heart could end the curse.
Thrall happened upon the statue in
the caverns of Stonetalon Peak during the Third War. The statue’s magic
created an impassable barrier, and the voice of Aszune spoke in
Thrall’s mind. The imprisoned spirit told him that she would not allow
passage to the Oracle’s domicile until her heart was returned to her.
found the heart in the possession of a red dragon. The dragon was
under attack and nearly killed by harpies that were after its treasure.
Thrall retrieved the dragon’s magical amulet and gave it to Aszune.
With this act, he ended the curse, allowing her spirit rest, and also
the barrier that denied him access to the Oracle was lowered.
essence of Aszune’s heart had come, through unknown means, into the
hands of the Kirin Tor of Dalaran (after the city was destroyed too, it
seems). They locked it away in the dungeons beneath the city, where it
was eventually found by Lady Vashj.
The Pillars of Aszune is
a series of arcs on the Broken Isles that lead to the open sea. When
Maiev Shadowsong was fighting off the Naga forces, her runner got
through the Pillars of Aszune to reach Malfurion Stormrage on
Kalimdor. The name of the pillars implies that Aszune lived before
the Great Sundering and was rather famous.
Nothing is known
about Aszune beyond the information revealed in the above missions of
Warcraft III. Her title suggests she might be related to Queen Azshara,
but no information on this has been established. She makes no
appearance in any document pertaining to the War of the Ancients – if
she was indeed related to Azshara then she was likely imprisoned some
time before the war, as no relations of Azshara would have gone
undocumented afterward. However, there are a few obscure highborne
princes featured in World of Warcraft, such as Prince Tortheldrin and
Prince Toreth (and possibly Lord Talendar in The Frozen Throne), and
she could have been their equivolent for the Kelani Magi, who had some
connection to the caverns and ruins beneath Stonetalon Peak. She was
also cursed for her arrogance, a trait typical of the Highborne. Her
name appears to be somewhat similar to Queen Azshara’s.”