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10-02-2008 @ 10:59PM
You missed an archetype that I think is pretty vital: The Stalker. These hunters have one kind of game on their mind, to the point of fixation. Not the same as stalkers in the modern, creepy sense, this is a hunter who, often for reasons of vengeance, pursues a category of beings to annihilate or at least inconvenience them. Prime examples are blood elves who harry the Scourge, night elves who stalk orcs, orcs fixated on purging demons and centaur-hating tauren.A Stalker will of course have skills for hunting any prey, but they hone those that will help deal with their nemesis to the keenest. Stalkers can often be loners, but others revel in the glory and honour their people shower them with for what they do.Stalkers overlap well with other archetypes, in fact it's fairly rare to see a stalker that wasn't some other archetype first. An Outdoorsman Stalker is pretty standard, typically the loner type, often seeking vengeance against the core reason they're removed from society. A Big Game Stalker is more likely to seek glory than vengeance, but narrow their focus to one especially dangerous form of prey. Special Forces Stalkers largely come in two flavours: Those specifically trained to hunt something in particular, and those who have suffered military disaster at the hands of their targets. Mystic Stalkers often see it as their sacred duty to destroy their nemeses, perhaps even to the extent that they view what they do as a form of holy war.
10-02-2008 @ 11:06PM
That sounds like it takes a lot from the DND idea of giving a ranger a "favored enemy". WoW currently has a small mechanic for this to give the idea some hunters might like to do this, to pick a particular quarry, in the top tier of survival... but I think overall not enough hunters I know have a favored enemy to mention it. Not in any way to set them apart from any other class, especially once they take out that mechanic to replace the specific damage with tracking.I'm not saying it isn't lore supported at all, just that favored enemy for a hunter comes out of the DND lore instead of anything specific to lore that I know of for WoW.
(Afterthought)A Stalker who isn't something else as well almost certainly took up arms in vengeance, learning to fight and harass their foes from a safe distance, learning to track and ensnare them, learning to survive in whatever unwelcoming environment they can be found, on their own, over the course of pursuing their revenge. They can be the most dangerous of all hunters, if you're one of their targets, because all they've lived for is your destruction.
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