Nov 24th 2008 8:05PM The Scarlet Crusade has been corrupt for a long time; Balnazzar and then Mal'Ganis have both infiltrated and used the Crusade for their own ends. The Raven Priests were at least partially explainable to the new Scarlet Onslaught, but the new toehold in northern Dragonblight was created specifically to create the Scarlet DKs; even the craziest of the crazy that the Scarlet Onslaught is wouldn't buy into it otherwise.
The player DKs were not killed and DKs are not killed in order to become DKs. Death Knights are willing servants of the Lich King. When you execute the prisoners (at least for my Orc DK) they explain it quite clearly. You're character was a beloved hero/heroine of the Horde/Alliance. Then you went off and sold your soul to the devil. You may have had some of your past erased, as is implied, but all that you have done has been done willingly. Whereas the Forsaken had no control over their actions and (thankfully) few have full memories of their deeds, the Death Knights that rejoin the Horde/Alliance have felt every sword stroke and reveled in each death. Though most have repented enough to return to their old allies, it is difficult to see them as heroes again.
Also the Argent Crusade is formed of the Scarlet Crusade as well, or the uncorrupted part of it anyway, in addition to the Argent Dawn and the new Knights of the Silver Hand.
Aug 22nd 2008 10:00AM I've always liked tha Barrens personally; my main is a Tauren and though by now I've done most of the quests far too often on my alts and such, I still feel at home there. I actually only did the Bael Modan quests recently but I have to say that they're a good series of quests. The Tauren aren't complete pacifists and the Dwarves aren't wholly good and though there are other later examples of this (though less on the Dwarven front) these quests are a nice early example.
As a sidenote Barrens Chat always picks me up when I'm down, but the quality of the inanity seems to have fallen lately.
Aug 17th 2008 3:40PM False; Shadow priests, as was relayed in this very column, is mental magic. Not evil, undead, or demonic, simply mental. Draenei, Blood Elves, Forsaken, Humans, Dwarves, Night Elves, and Trolls can all be Shadow priests, whether they worship the Forgotten Shadow, are pissed at the Light, honor dark Loa, respect the dark face of Elune, or are Death Priests in-training to replace the loss of Auchidon.
As for Forsaken wielding the Light, they can and do. Most utilize the Shadow to do so but if you do the related quests it is up to interpretation whether or not it is lack of faith or ability that prevents the majority of Forsaken priests from channeling the Light without reservations. In some cases it might be fear of their brethren... but the Forsaken are not by definition evil nor does being evil automatically revoke your connection to the Light.
Shadow Priests are not evil, as was addressed in the column.
Aug 17th 2008 3:34PM So the Garrosh Hellscream that wouldn't do jack to save his people in Nagrand is now on the other end of the spectrum; destroying his people by DOING something? I have to review Nagrand... but I hope Saurfang remains a staunch supporter of Thrall. All too often it seems the Orcs have gotten back on their feet and then I talk to Neeru Fireblade or the guys at Thrallmar that "reluctantly" instruct me to kill Kargath Bladefist.
My only consolation is schendfreude; at least the Alliance isn't better off.
Jul 21st 2008 8:53AM Alright first things first about the Forsaken:
1. There is a faction actively looking for a cure. You'll find these in the Pools of Vision as a group and others will be referred to, especially in conjunction with Magatha Grimtotem.
2. The Forsaken can channel the Light via the Forgotten Shadow. They use it to manipulate the Light as most feel they have lost it or that they are above using it in it's "pure" form. Of course, there is also the possibility of wielding the Light purely as though you were a normal priest as not all have forgotten the Light.
3. The Shadow can be used by any Priest; it just takes different forms. The Night Elves probably (though this is speculation) call upon the "dark face" of Elune, since moon gods usually have aspects. The Draenei have death priests and the Eastern Kingdom priests (minus the Forsaken) treat it as a mental discipline.
4. The Forsaken can and do fall back under the sway of the Lich King. When their will weakens, which usually happens when one's body begins to disintegrate or if one's mind was old to begin with, "the Cold" sets in. Forsaken under this condition slowly lose all feeling and mental acuity but they do feel its coming and usually report it to their superiors so that they may be destroyed before they are re-enslaved.
5.Sylvannas did authorize the RAS to create a plague to kill the Humans and the Scourge. The RAS have created a plague that kills everything. Only the RAS and the players who have done the quests know this.
6. The Forsaken, as a whole, are not insane. A nation of the insane would not hold for very long. They do all, for the most part, have a range of mental problems, varying from paranoia to obsessions with vengeance.
All but six are confirmed by in-game sources. The last is simply my take on the race's mental state and my opinion on its ruling government.
Jul 11th 2008 6:31PM My first character was a dwarf hunter I named Ozorne (which if anyone knows where that's from, I'm getting a hyena pet for him :). Currently, his pet is a boar named Okkoto as in Princess Monoke) but my friends were all Horde, so I've deleted him and moved him around.
Arram is my main, a lightning cow, from the same series as Ozorne although once again not quite on target with similar characteristics.
I had a troll mage named Numair, also from the same series and I have a feral druid named Saati, which was simply a cool word from the same author.
Author: Tamora Pierce
Arram: Arram Draper
Numair: Numair Saliman
Ozorne: The Emperor Mage
Saati: Trader word for non-Trader friend.
Then my Paladin is Mosrael, one of the seven bells used by necromancers in the Abhorsen Trilogy and my RP undead warlock is Marishke for one of Dracula's wives from Van Helsing. And I have a dwarf priest named Avriny, Elaida a'Rohain's middle name and a Draenei mage named Melkior (One of the three magi).
My only non-fan name is Sulwyn for my human disc/holy priest... but it's meaning is to do with light so it's one of THOSE names. Although I use Arram with lots of things and it isn't fantasy or series exclusive so it isn't necessarily themed just... habit.