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4-12-2010 @ 2:53AM
A few things come to mind, flavor-wise, when I think of my priest (shadow/disc).WoW priests are *called* priests, and so very well might function as priests in the traditional sense of the term. In an RP scenario I can imagine the priest actually praying for the raid, for instance. They sometimes do very morally ambiguous things, like hurting others to heal their own party, and various mind-manipulation (Mind Blast, Mind Control), but then they can use their own strength of will to keep people alive (Pain Suppression, Power Word: Shield, etc).It all seemed like a confused jumble to me, too, until I thought about Shadow Word: Pain and Shadow Word: Death, and all I could think about was the Dune series, and how Paul's name became "a killing word." With just a word, someone could die. (Shadow Word: Death.) WoW priests are like the Bene Gesserit "witches" in the Dune series! I'm not sure they were the inspiration for the class, but they have a lot of similarities. (For those who don't know, the Bene Gesserit did seem to serve as actual priests, or "reverend mothers," but also did shady things like breed certain bloodlines of humans to create a messiah that they could then control. (Political intrigue and manipulation in a sci-fi epic = fun times!)I also imagine the priests in WoW might function like priests portrayed in movies about ancient Egypt. (I'm not saying anything about how Egyptian priests really were, but how I've seen them in film & TV.) The idea being you went to priests for healing, and for help with luck or conceiving a child or whatever. But then pissing a priest off might get you cursed or killed. So basically a priest wasn't just good or bad, but both sides of the coin. Egyptian priests were revered, very tight with the pharaoh, scholarly, etc, and knew the secrets of life and death. Very WoW priest-like, right? I like to think my priest is practical. That's what I like about the class. When I want to get some herbs on the way from Dalaran to the Tournament Grounds, there are some undead and some human mobs that get in the way. I bubble, Mind Soothe the human, Shackle the undead, get my herb, and kill the undead without touching the human at all. The undead can cast some annoying slowing spell on me, which I can then dispel. I can also heal myself if I need it. WAY more fun and intricate than just smacking everything til it stops moving, which I do on my destro warlock (my old main).tl;dr - WoW priests are Bene Gesserit/Egyptian priests/practical/scholars, and I'd like to add, I want someone at Blizzard to tell me what the hell it is my Blood Elf priest is actually worshipping (besides herself). (The sun, I hope.)
4-12-2010 @ 12:58PM
now you made me remember how disappointed i was when i started leveling my priest, embraced the idea of changing a world by magical words and then realized the blizz didnt play out the idea... instead of holy word: heal all we have is... heal. I always loved the concept of cantations and any kind of linguistic magic. I think it works well with priests. But then lets not stop halfway, plz!
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