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11-26-2011 @ 12:09PM
Even if they do have that custom, many people in public office/celebrities keep the name everyone knows rather than change it
11-26-2011 @ 12:22PM
Yeah, could you imagine Malfurion's reaction to having to change all his stationery? "We must think of the trees, Tyrande. Plus that gold leaf embossing isn't cheap, you know."
11-26-2011 @ 1:16PM
My guess would be that the wife changing her last name is optional in Night Elven society, or that there was no name change in this case due to their political status/fame. (To avoid confusion.) I do recall seeing husband/wife pairs (as identified by the questgivers) in questing areas that shared the same last name, so it does happen, it's merely a question of whether it's traditional, optional, or unusual to change last names. Heck, for all we know it may be TRADITIONAL for the MEN to change their surnames in Night Elven society! (Malfurian Whisperwind, anybody?)
11-26-2011 @ 1:41PM
When you live for thousands of years, it's probably simpler for everyone if you stick with one name your whole life.
11-26-2011 @ 2:00PM
Night Elves are also matriarchal, so if anything Malfurion would likely be the one to change his name.
11-26-2011 @ 3:44PM
They probably just didn't want to cough up the RL money for a name change, with as much time they spend playing they can probably ill afford extras.
11-26-2011 @ 5:26PM
@NeirinGood point! I believe the lore is such a big part of this game, and the cultural aspects of the different races are certainly a portion of that.For me at least, the extra dimension to the characters that Blizzard brings out in lore is why this game is so enjoyable. Some argue that newer MMO games have better character rendering or mechanics - but without the superior lore we have in WoW, those games have as much appeal as playing "Adventure" on the Atari 2600.
11-26-2011 @ 8:52PM
Are we sure that those could even be considered last names, and not titles?
11-26-2011 @ 10:22PM
@Luke: Malfurion's brother Illidan is also a Stormrage, so at least there's a family element there. And Fandral Staghelm's son was named Valstann Staghelm, indicating that there's an element of inheritance to the names.
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