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3-13-2011 @ 5:04PM
I'm confused. I thought that Deathwing used the power of the dragon soul and was nearly torn apart by it (during the War of the Ancients). If that's the case, how was he able to assume non-metal-jawed humanoid form during the *Second* War?When did Deathwing get so filled with Old God+Titan/Draconic energy that he needed the Twilight cult (team Edward or team Jacob, whichever) to weld adamantium plates to his hide? After *that* point, his humanoid form is pretty recognizable.And the Cataclysm opening cinematic seems to indicate that after the welding, Deathwing emerged and caused the Big C. So, when did the Second and Third War happen in this timeline?
3-13-2011 @ 5:29PM
In Beyond the Dark Portal, Deathwing has a face off with Khadgar in Outland. Khadgar casts a spell that rips the metal plates from Deathwing's body. The results are messy and unpleasant. It's presumed that after this event, that's when Deathwing hides out in Deepholm -- to recover from the mess that Khadgar made of his hide.
3-13-2011 @ 5:30PM
Oh, and Beyond the Dark Portal is just after the Second War -- it's also the same book in which Nefarian and Onyxia are charged with taking over Blackrock Mountain.
3-13-2011 @ 5:32PM
Deathwing was in bad shape after the Sundering and the misfire with the Demon Soul, but presumably still intact enough to impersonate a human if he wanted. But (and this is speculation), it's likely he was in even WORSE shape after the other Aspects ganged up on him at Grim Batol. He escaped them and headed to Deepholme for some R & R, during which time the Third War, Vanilla, BC, and Wrath took place. Now he's likely too damaged and corrupted to really disguise himself.Then again, it's also possible that he could still appear as a human if he wanted but just doesn't care to anymore.
3-13-2011 @ 5:35PM
There's nothing saying that Dragons can only pick one humanoid form to shapeshift into.iirc, Deathwing's been having those plates welded to him and replaced for a really long time now. Day of the Dragon (where Lord Prestor makes his main appearance) already makes mention of the fact that Deathwing's had the plates attached to him, I'm fairly certain. Either he's been needing to attach more and more as things have been getting worse for him, or he just needs them replaced every so often (due to the guy appearing to leak magma from the inside out, the plates probably take damage just from being on him).So, in other words, the cinematic isn't the first time he's been having the plates stuck to him.
3-13-2011 @ 5:53PM
I thought it was his clash with the four other aspects(who was at that time each about as strong as deathwing himself) in day of the dragon, that made him retreat?Either way it goes between the demons souls twisting of his organs, Khadgars messing with his hide and the clash with the other four aspects, we have a creature who truly knows the meaning of the word; Pain.
3-13-2011 @ 7:23PM
It could be that Deathwing doesn't care that his human form is that recognizable at the moment. He's not infiltrating anyone's kingdom at the moment. When he speaks to mortals, his goal is to inspire terror... Well, when he's not simply killing them out right.If he were trying to take over another human kingdom or something, yeah, he'd pick a human guise that didn't feature his massive metallic chin and molten lava oozing out of the cracks of his armor. But Deathwing isn't going for subtlety at the moment when it comes to his appearance. He has absolutely no reason to hide that he's anything other than the aspect of death.
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