Darkmoor: Next World in Wizard101?

Shortly after the release of Aquila, the August 2013 Producer's Letter brings some exciting news! We finally have some clues on what's to come next to the Spiral:

  1. Our 5th birthday will bring a major flashback for our earliest players, but with a twist – not to mention a lot of fun for everyone;
  2. Something new and spooky this way comes;
  3. What you find in the next major world after Azteca will rock Wizard101, and things will never be the same!

While all of these topics sound very exciting, I will only focus on the second and third topics in this post.

The picture on the right was posted as a special sneak peek of what's in store for us. That picture was obviously taken at the very end of Haunted Cave. While it most likely isn't the gateway to Darkmoor (since all major worlds are accessible through Bartleby), it may be the location where we get the spiral key to the next world expansion.

Why Darkmoor?
While this gloomy place has yet to be mentioned in the Wizard101 storyline, it was never entirely discarded as being a potential upcoming expansion, considering Wizard101 and Pirate101 worlds are intertwined.

As you know, we failed to stop Morganthe in Azteca and its inhabitants ultimately paid the price of our failure with their own life. Merle Ambrose tried comforting us, asking us to be ready for the final stand while he would rally the Forces of Light.

So far, we are the ones who've always been chasing Morganthe around the Spiral, and we've experienced both wins and losses. But considering we will have the Forces of Light's support in the upcoming final chapter, and taking into account the third topic I posted above, what if tables are about to turn and we will be the ones to be attacked by Morganthe this time around? I mean, wouldn't it be easier for her to just send her troops to Wizard City to keep us busy, while she's plotting her very last plan to take over the Spiral?

"Things will never be the same!"
What if Ravenwood becomes the battleground of the Shadow Queen's army and the Forces of Light? For some reason, I can't picture the curtain closing without an epic finale for us! This is our last chance to redeem ourselves and honor the memory of those who perished because of Morganthe's evil plans.

Darkmoor Prediction
By definition, Darkmoor is a "broad area of open land and having very little light, often poorly drained, that is characterized by low growing vegetation". That only makes me think about one thing: the Dead Marshes in Lord of the Rings!

Do you think we will face Morganthe in a similar scenery? What are your thoughts on this long anticipated world? What are you most excited about? Drop a comment below and let me know.

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