Welcome back to what is, for the now, the final WoW edition of Five Things. This post will complete the final three Warcraft characters I had not yet done this series with. It’s only current as of Legion, as I have not really played alts with any degree of seriousness in BFA (thanks for that, Heart of Azeroth/Essense grind)
Expect that the series will return one day, as I’ve got plenty to say about my SWTOR and FF XIV characters. And I’ve very likely got a new main in WoW that hasn’t had an appearance in this series as well, but don’t expect that until sometime in the Shadowlands.
Let’s get it DONE!
First up in the hotseat is my troll rogue, Beskar!
1. Beskar isn’t the first troll rogue I’ve made.
When my current guild (alea iacta est on Earthen Ring) first formed, I was playing on another server with a not-quite-active guild, but I wasn’t quite ready to give up on them yet. So I made an alt to join up with AIE, and it happened to be a troll rogue. I had always wanted a troll rogue, because I loved how cool their stealth animation looked, so this seemed like a perfect time to create one.
One of the first “guild events” we held was a meeting in Sylvanas’ throne room while our then-GM turned in the necklace that started the Lament of the Highborne event. Most of the attendees were blood elves, but I was questing in Ghostlands on my troll, so I made the journey over as well. Practically everyone was kneeling in reverence, but not me, I had my troll dancing to the song.
I ended up not keeping that character around, choosing to focus on my old server and the characters there, but I did eventually make Beskar, who has stuck around.
2. His name is a Star Wars term
“Beskar” is a Mandalorian word for a metal known more commonly as Mandalorian iron that is incredibly durable and known to be resistant to Lightsabers. I’m a huge fan of the Mandalorian culture within the Star Wars universe, so I like referring to it for name choices. Beskar is one of my favorite choices.
3. He’s a (possibly) reformed Serial Killer
Beskar’s backstory is that he has a compulsion to kill things. It’s not known where or how it started, but he has indulged it many many times, even before the Darkspear joined the Horde. He also got incredibly good at avoiding detection. Joining the Horde made his life even easier, as he finally found other targets in the form of the Alliance to sate his bloodlust, and any Horde kills were easily attributed to casualties of the Third War. After Orgrimmar’s founding, he joined the new Shattered Hand, Orgrimmar’s intelligence and spy organization, but eventually he got too careless and was found out. Vol’jin, however, was loathe to simply execute an assassin of his caliber, so he sentenced him to be sealed inside a suit of hexed armor that prevented him from killing anyone without Vol’jin or his designated represenative’s direct authorization, under penalty of an incredibly debilitating illness. He then passed him on to Dahkar, trusting his judgement to use Beskar’s skills only when necessary. The armor’s enchantments died when Vol’jin fell at the Broken Shore, and Beskar vanished, only to later resurface as a Shadowblade of the Uncrowned. To his own amazement, he discovered that his impulses to kill were no longer overwhelming. He had control of his life for the first time since he could recall. He believes the armor “cured” him, but it’s unknown if this is truly the case.
4. His personality, since his “reformation”, is based on the Flash TV series version of Captain Cold.
I’m a pretty big fan of the Flash TV show on the CW, especially their take on the villain Captain Cold. His entire motivation is to pull off increasingly ridiculous crimes just to see if he can get away with them, especially since the Flash showed up on the scene. I ascribe that same personality trait to Beskar.
5. Since the Legion’s fall, he’s been adventuring alongside my druid.
The pair know of each other through their association with my mage, but since Vol’jin’s death Dahkar and the majority of his friends remain under the impression that Beskar wants them all dead for his…indentured servitude. The truth is that Beskar holds no ill will to them, having gained freedom from his condition to go along with the freedom from his punishment. Zenjulin discovered the truth of his situation and reached out to Beskar, offering to guide him into the next phase of his life. Beskar, not having any better ideas, accepted. Since then, he’s been helping the druid with his research, helping him seek new sources of information on Zandalari practices and customs, even if it must come from the dead hands of hostile Zandalari. What the pair will get up to once they make their way to the actual home of the Zandalari is anyone’s guess.
Next up, we take a look at my Tauren Paladin, Shadothar. What strangeness will we uncover about him? Let’s find out!
1. He is Grothar’s elder brother, and like him, a Grimtotem.
Like I mentioned on my entry for Grothar, my two tauren characters are reformed members of the Grimtotem tribe. While Grothar was never loyal to his tribe’s evil ways, Shadothar embraced them wholeheartedly, and could not even conceive of the idea that his younger brother, whom he loved dearly, would think otherwise. That is until his brother was sent on a mission to assassinate a Cairne-loyalist druid with two fellow tribe members…and chose to help her instead.
2. Because of Grothar’s betrayal, he was posted to guard duty outside of Razorfen Downs….where he died.
Pre-Cataclysm, when Thousand Needles was an arid canyon, the Grimtotem had an outpost just outside of the brambles that bordered Razorfen Downs, and as I recall it, you could encounter both Grimtotem and quillboar NPCs in that area. I came up with a story where Shadothar was disgraced among his tribe for his brother’s betrayal and posted to this outpost, where no one wanted to be thanks to the constant threat of undead and quillboar coming from Razorfen. One such attack claimed Shadothar’s life, and the quillboar dragged his corpse away, only for the servants of the Lich King which had already overtaken the city to claim the body for the Lich King’s use. He would later return to unlife as a Death Knight of Acherus, serving the Scourge loyally until the events at Light’s Hope. Being freed from the Lich King’s control gave him perspective on all of the horrible things that he had done and seen in his life, and when the Death Knights of the Horde came to Orgrimmar, he sought his brother out and asked for forgiveness.
But how is he a paladin now, you ask? We’ll get there.
3. Like Grothar, the character began life as a totally different one, in this case a Blood Elf.
Obviously, Tauren Paladins weren’t always a thing. Back in Burning Crusade, only Blood Elves had access to the paladin class, and the character that would become Shadothar started out life as a Blood Elf named Arandil. When the new race-class combos introduced in Cataclysm went live, the blood elf became a tauren. However, the character of Arandil wasn’t quite gone, unlike my priest’s previous identity. We’ll talk about him another time.
4. In the same story that cause his brother change from Druid to Priest, Shadothar went from Death Knight…to Paladin.
I’ve linked this story before in Grothar’s post, so hopefully you’ve all read it before now. Shadothar was chosen by the Tauren’s sun god to become one of the Sunwalkers, and in an apparently incredibly painful ritual, was returned to life. Shadothar has since been a fierce devotee to the order and his new God. The process also gave him something of a zest for life, and he takes great joy in experiencing seemingly simple things.
5. His name was originally chosen to reflect his opposition to his brother.
I never mentioned this in my post on Grothar, but his original name as a druid was Grothi, a name I adapted from a Final Fantasy X boss monster named Grothia. When coming up with my tauren death knight, I wanted a name that could have a vague allusion to my druid’s name, since they were family. I chose to retcon the druid’s name as being pronounced “GROW-thee” as opposed to “GRAH-thee” as I’d always pronounced it, because a druid character with the word “grow” in their name seemed thematically appropriate. From there, I tried to replace that word sound with something opposed to it. I initially tried out “Decay” but that resulted in the name Decathi, and I didn’t want the obvious connection to the female name “Cathy”. Instead, I opted for “Shadow”, resulting in Shadothi.
When I changed them to a priest and a paladin, I couldn’t use the same names, as Blizzard used to (and still might, I don’t know) have a three-month lockout on changed names. So I simply replaced the “-i” at the end of their names with an “-ar”.
And finally, to wrap this series up, let’s have a look at my Blood Elf Demon Hunter, Arandil. You all know how this works, let’s go!
1. This isn’t the first blood elf I’ve made named Arandil.
Way back before Tauren Paladins were a thing, I made a blood elf one just to try out the class. I did level him a bit before Tauren Paladins were released, at which point he got race changed. When Demon Hunters came out, I resurrected the idea of the character, adding on to the story that he abandoned the light after seeing some kind of horrific event when adventuring in Outland, which resulted in him joining the Illidari and accepting the mantle of a Demon Hunter.
2. His name is taken from a human Druid I played in D&D.
One of my characters I played in an old 3.5 edition game was a human druid named Arandil Venomfang. He was a high level druid that focused on summoning creatures and who had a massive cobra animal companion. He was a lot of fun, but sadly I didn’t get to play him very often before that game ended.
3. Like many of my other characters, he has a relationship with a character made by my wife.
My wife had a blood elf rogue, her first wow character actually, that was also based on an old D&D character she used to play. At some point, she decided to turn her rogue into a Pandaren with a different name. She brought back the character as a demon hunter.
4. He doesn’t believe in blind devotion to anyone, which is why he sided with Altruis.
Arandil knows that people are fallible and no one is perfect. Anyone who sets themselves up as a leader should be humble and willing to admit their mistakes. Illidan has demonstrated far too often that he does not fit that mold, and so Arandil distrusts him as much as he distrusts everyone else. Kayn Sunfury’s blind devotion is something he would never agree with, so picking Altruis was the obvious choice during the Demon Hunter starting experience.
5. He has no intention of getting the Illidari involved in anyone else’s wars.
As far as Arandil is concerned, while the individual Illidari may have joined the Horde and Alliance, but that was for the convenience of gaining their support in the war against the Legion. That war may be won with Illidan’s sacrifice, but there are still plenty of individual demons that pose a threat to Azeroth, and he will lead the Illidari in hunting them down. If any particular demon hunter wants to forswear their allegiance to battle on behalf of their former people, he will allow it, but the loyalist Illidari deserve a lifetime’s worth of celebration for their success, and he will see to them first. After that, demons.
I hope you all enjoyed this series! Comment down below with some random facts about your own characters, regardless of what MMO they’re from!