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8-29-2011 @ 12:07AM
Dear Anne,I role play a Dark Iron dwarf and having investigated their History to the best of my ability I have found them to be perhaps the most interesting race on Azeroth. There is ample evidence that the Dark Irons of yore were revered craftsmen, powerful and knowledgeable wizards (who's to say they did not equal the famous Kirin Tor or elves of yore), even heros. They, as a people, practically worship the Thaurissan line, going so far as to follow their Emperor into exile and fight to the death against two other, larger dwarven Clans, attacking them simultaneously in a vicious counter attack. Then, their apparently beloved leader is killed by the same elemental that was to be their salvation. Then, with the aid of the famous Fanclorn Forgewright, they rebuild, carving out a grand home in Blackrock Mountain, one that dwarfs even Ironforge. Apparently they unite under Thaurissan's son, Dagran. But as the ghost of Forgewright relates, the new Dark Iron state grew evil, with Dagran likely acting as a puppet ruler for Ragnaros. Yet even then Dagran manages to win Moira's heart. Perhaps he was tormented by what he was forced to do, unable to rebel against the elemental lord dwelling beneath him.Then the orcs invade. In what must have been a battle to rival the fall of Moria in Tolkien's work, the Blackrock wrest nearly half of the mountain from the Dark Iron dwarves and wage a protracted battle with them that persists to this day.The Dark Irons take to using slave labor, and the people once known for their master craftsmen become members of a state in martial law. Cursed by Ragnaros, his fiery minions stalking the halls, they hatch plots to once again retake Ironforge (as well as the rest of Blackrock), destroying half of the Thandol Span and attempting to destroy the Stonewrought Dam (a Dam made by Fanclorn Forgewright himself). Now, they are brought back into the fold, and those who were cast out from the city they helped to build find themselves following the descendent of the very Thane who was responsible for centuries of suffering. As we see in game, the Dark Irons are split, with a large number continuing to serve Ragnaros and the Old Gods as members of the Twilight Cult. In fact, their very capitol of Shadowforge seems to have been overtaken by these cultists.And yet, despite all of this History (some of it admittedly implied) and all of these current events are practically ignored in game. The only friendly Dark Irons in the entire game are mage and warlock trainers, or members of third party, neutral factions. When we go into Blackrock Depths, we are net sent by Moira and the Council, but by some no name human who's popped out of nowhere.Anyway, I'd like to see you do a Know Your Lore on the Dark Irons. Maybe even a bit of tin-foil hatting. The Dark Irons really are the Orcs of the Alliance. Cursed by a dark power, they now fight against it, and though Ragnaros is ultimately dealt with without the Dark Irons . . . I just feel like they're being a bit ignored what with all of the many many connections to current events they have.Anyway, best regards.-WolfrunnerDark Iron Sorcerer
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