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7-08-2010 @ 12:26PM
Some thoughts on Shadow Priests and the light...(note: this is from a lore-based perspective, not a player and/or player-behavior-based perspective)Mr. V-A, we don't FORSAKE the light as Shadow Priests. On the contrary, we embrace it. It seems to me throughout your columns, you think us merely Warlock-wannabe's who can heal on occasion, dealing shadowy death with the flick of the wrist. And while for the most part that's true (the damage-dealing part that is), the difference between us and warlocks is that we stay true to our roots...we are PRIESTS, children of the light (whatever source that light may be). We accept the light as the balance of ourselves. Life is about balance: pleasure and pain; good and evil; life and death; light and shadow. Why just look at our spells: Vampiric TouchShadow Word: PainMind FlayOurs are weapons that deal damage (and pain) through the use of anti-, or negative light. And "negative" is simply used here in the scientific sense of the word as in the opposite of light and not a "bad" (or "evil") use of it. As light shines down, the objects in its path cast shadows, and it's from there we draw our power. But as Priests we use light as our weapon, even if we use anti-light (shadow). We are not evil (well, an undead Priest, maybe...but that's debatable), moreover we use our light to damage the mind of our enemies and suck the very life from them to restore our own in retribution.Now, you ask, what about light wielders that actually use pure light spells to deal damage (a la Smite or Holy Fire), and why do we not use them and risk dropping the very form that allows us to do more shadow damage. Well, that's simple. I reiterate that our tools are those that deal in negative light, not pure light, BUT, we can still use pure light as our means of damage if we so choose. A warlock could never use light as his weapon because he's fail. Er, I mean FEL, as in he uses fel magic as the source of his power which in turn corrupts. We don't corrupt, ourselves or others. We punish, there's a difference. The damage we deal is seen as punishment, not as a sick twisted means to serve our own demonicly-rooted purpose as would be the case with a Warlock (again, this is from a lore-based perspective...not based on player behavior that would dictate people go Shadow to kill gnomes, funny as that may be). There is a line drawn between a holy priest and shadow priest (with Discipline priests being the fickle indecisive bunch who want to play both sides), the shadow priest only embraces his side to deal punishment, but that does not make him evil like a warlock any more than it would for a Retribution Paladin when compared to his Protection and Holy counterparts. When light can heal and deal pain, Shadow Priests focus solely on the pain aspect, but that also does not mean we forsake the existence of or occasional use of the other side. In essence, the light fights the battle from both sides. The side where light shines the brightest, and the side where said lit object casts its shadow. But in the end, we are all soldiers of the light as priests regardless of specialization.
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