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12-14-2011 @ 4:32PM
I think you're over representing Tyr in the creation of the human/dwarven tradition of paladins. He's really only mentioned in one ask CDev as essentially being the source for the iconography of the silver hand and nothing else. There's no scripture that refers to him or anything of the sort, and the dwarves certainly didn't become paladins because of Tyr. Tyr is as important to Warcraft Paladins as Charlemagne is, which is to say, at best tangential.You also left out the Twilight Vindicators , who have interesting implications for the usage of the light what with their soul crushing nihilism and all.
12-14-2011 @ 4:45PM
I think Rossi's not going too far there; it's pretty minor extrapolation from the things explicitly mentioned in the Q&A: If they were using the name (Tyr's Hand), and the iconography, then the legend must have maintained a pretty significant hold on the imagination of the humans. As for the dwarves, we really don't know why they're paladins except for game mechanics and that they're pretty solidly devout to the Light, but it's not hard to see this as a more than reasonable explanation.As for the Twilight Vindicators, all we know about them is that there's a bunch of tauren and dwarves in purple Judgment over in Twilight Highlands. While it does raise interesting questions about how far extremists could take the philosophy, there isn't anything mentioning them in or out of game, so there's nothing to draw on.
12-14-2011 @ 5:38PM
Oh Oma why am I not surprised you're the one taking about Nihilism and talking down "religious" figures xD
12-14-2011 @ 10:58PM
So, Tyr is really unimportant and that's why Paladin Order is named after him. Yeah, I get it.
12-14-2011 @ 11:16PM
He was important to early humans but less important than the iconography he inspired which is not the same as he is, necessarily.It's a matter of semiotics. The symbol of Tyr and the connotations relating to him has become more important than him in actuality. A good real world parallel would be Nazi usage of the swastika. Originating as an Indian symbol of Ganesh the Hindu elephant god of wisdom, it was co-opted by the Nazis based on a tangential connection to India and a half-understood concept of "Aryanism".
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