Hello everyone and welcome to day 9 of my 30 Day World of Warcraft Challenge that is counting down the days to the release of Shadowlands! Every day in November I will be posting about World of Warcraft based on the prompt list below. Today’s prompt is ‘dwarf’ and I’m nattering on about three awesome dwarves from World of Warcraft.
I’d love for you to join me in my countdown to Shadowlands and you can do so in any way you wish. I wanted this challenge to be open to all players whether they be raiders, casual, new to the game or veterans. It’s also completely open to interpretation as to how you respond to the challenge; write it, draw it, vlog it, post it on social media, whatever works for you.
Day 9 – Dwarf
I have always had a soft spot for the dwarves in World of Warcraft and it’s not just because they have Scottish accents (I’m engaged to a Scot and live in Scotland). They’re a fiery folk who rule with their hearts instead of their heads. They’re loyal to those they call a friend or who have earned their respect, and they’re passionate about so many different things. Those passions often get them into a whole load of trouble (looking at you Brann), but that’s half the fun! Let me tell you more about some of them as I tell you about three particularly awesome dwarves from World of Warcraft!
“Stand back, wizard! Would you like it in two neat halves or chopped into little fragments?”Day of the Dragon
Another character who’s adventures first began in the World of Warcraft novels, I was excited when Falstad Wildhammer became more than just a name on a statue in-game. Even more so when he became an important part of the Alliance war campaign and we got to fly into battle with him and Swiftwing. A dedicated gryphon rider before he became High Thane, he always says what is on his mind and can’t resist doing it with a bit of sass. When told about his role in a plan to confront a dragon in Day of the Dragon he quips, “Would he prefer I walk into the mouth of the dragon or just lie down in front of the beast and let it gnaw on me at its leisure?”
Despite being insulted and cast aside by his predecessor Kurdran when the other dwarf returned from the dead, Falstad chose not to with humility and his decision to do so led to a better outcome for all the dwarves. He has a wise head on his shoulders, and while he’s not perfect, he knows when to take a step back and consider his actions or when it’s time to take action. When the Alliance and the Horde sign a peace treaty at the end of Fourth War he is willing to give peace a chance but remains vigilant to the treaty failing and remarks that a Wildhammer never forgets.
If all that isn’t enough, his prowess at fighting dragons is so renowned that he’s known as Falstad Dragonreaver.
“How do you do? Gidwin Goldbraids, at your service. I’m in a bit of a hurry back to my caravan, but I was wondering if you might do me one last favor? My pal Fiona runs a small shop, and she could probably use some of these herbs that grow along the river shore.
I’m thinking if we give her some nice herbs, she’ll be MUCH less likely to murder me. That’s the plan, anyway.”
Remember what I said about dwarves getting into trouble? I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve gotten Gidwin and his Blood Elf companion Tarenar out of trouble. I think it’s only been a handful of times, but it feels like it’s been so many more! These two are one of my favourite duos in the game, and Gidwin is just such a loveable guy. When we first meet him he’s travelling across Eastern Plaguelands in a caravan with the worgen Fiona and fellow Argent Crusade aspirant Tarenar. Somehow the two of them passed the tests to become fully-fledged members of the Argent Crusade. However, the two men are constantly completing and bickering over who is the better paladin, eventually leading to Gidwin running off to fight the scourge on his own.
While he’s quite capable of holding his own he ends up getting captured, and players aid Tarenar in mounting a rescue mission. After being saved by Fiona and her companions, Gidwin informs players that they’re returning to Light’s Hope Chapel for some well-deserved rest. His ordeal has not done him much harm as he smugly announces that he’s travelling in style; he’s got the front seat.
The next time we interact with the duo is in Warlords of Draenor when once again Giwdin’s in a spot of bother. It seems that Tarenar is continuing to make a habit of saving his friend and players assist Fiona in helping to brew a potion to save the poisoned dwarf. Gidwin survives and he and Tarenar are next seen in the Paladin Order Hall in Legion as members of the Knights of the Silver Hand.
Gidwin would probably not be half as awesome without Tarenar, truth be told, as they are a comedy duo. Yet two separate parts are still needed to make a duo work and cheeky, hapless Gidwin is still an awesome character in my eyes. We may always have to save him from something, but that’s half the charm of him. He’s all heart and always rushing off to do something without thinking, and that’s just how I like him.
“No matter, li’l lion. Today was just about checkin’ yer strength an’ judging yer skills. Ye’ll be with us for a while. We’ll send ye back tae yer father all properly dwarf-tempered, ye’ll see!”The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
This character never featured in the game (hence the lack of an image) and was featured in the novel The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm. I’m going to be talking about spoilers for the book so if you don’t want direct spoilers then don’t look under the spoiler cut 😉
Aerin was a member of King Magni’s elite guard and given the task of watching over and training young Prince Anduin Wrynn when he stayed in Ironforge (after the events of Wrath of the Lich King and just before Cataclysm). The pair grew close and probably would have grown closer if Aerin had not died tragically during an earthquake aftershock in Kharanos. She had been trying to help survivors out of the rubble when it hit and Anduin witnessed her death.
She had a lasting impact on the Prince, not just in death but also in life. Aerin was an amazing dwarf who felt strongly for her people and her king, yet retained a realistic view of their shortcomings. She helped Anduin understand the dwarven people, widening his world view beyond that of just Stormwind which is pretty important since one day he would inherit his father’s throne and position as leader of the Alliance. She was willing to share her people’s ways with him, including training him as a warrior and he was grateful for her not pulling her punches, physically or verbally. At a point in his life where he was beginning to grow into the future king he would become, Aerin was the person he needed to be upfront and not bow to him just because he was royalty. Instead, she knocked him on his ass – multiple times.
She was an impressive and awesome character long before Anduin ever set forth in Ironforge, and it’s shown by the way she deftly handles the male dwarves talking about the last girl they were with. Then later when she protects Anduin during the aftershock and is intent on keeping him safe. It is Anduin that wants to head to Kharanos to help people rather than sit idle, and once there Aerin dashes to help. Unfortunately, we never get to see more of this awesome World of Warcraft dwarf as she dies so quickly in the novel. But we do get to see her legacy through Anduin’s actions as king.
Over to You
I feel that there is a fitting variety of dwarves from World of Warcraft in this post, with each one representing just how awesome they can be.
How about you; what World of Warcraft dwarf is your favourite?
Next up tomorrow is ‘draenei’ when I’ll be looking at some of the draenei characters that we never really got to know very well.
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