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3-19-2011 @ 6:20PM
Interesting. I haven't actually read any of the books that star Rhonin; like many others, I read the summaries and saw what others said about the guy, which made it very easy to assume he was a Gary Stu on several levels. (Then again, with what a great many fictional characters accomplish, you could make the Sue/Stu argument for a lot of them, but I digress.) It helps to know that Rhonin was basically manipulated into all the stuff he's dealt with, and the fact that he's still willing to take up leadership because he thinks it's the right thing to do speaks well for him.However. He still comes off as kind of a jerkass who can do everything. Some of the things that Mr. Rossi covered in his article - including uniting races who'd never allied with each other before and teaching Sunwell-free magic to freakin' ILLIDAN - really make Rhonin seem like an author's favorite character, the type who can quite literally do no wrong. And in my opinion, characters like that are detrimental to a fictional world and also quite boring.In short: bah.
3-19-2011 @ 7:01PM
That style of writing ("golden boy can do no wrong") was always what irked me in much of the RPG/ Fantasy novels. It just gets tiresome after a while. And this is with the giant pill of "magic is real, one person can shake the world" already swallowed quite well!
3-20-2011 @ 2:15AM
My main problem is that the same can be said of thrall
3-20-2011 @ 10:20AM
Rhonin didn't unite the dwarves, tauren, Ancients, and Night Elves in the War of the Ancients....Jarod Shadowsong did. And Illidan wasn't the GREATEST CHARACTER EVER CREATED BY BLIZZARD when Rhonin tutored him...he was still a wet-behind-the-ears arrogant, although powerful, mage.Sue me (no pun intended) all you want, but I'll never understand this hate for Rhonin, the character.
3-22-2011 @ 2:28PM
I think it's the fact that every time he is given face-time, he's made to be this uber powerful being. Blizzard does a great job making there characters have flaws and seem like they can be defeated. Knaak makes Rhonin look so powerful that he could be an avatar of a titan.
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