Hello everyone and welcome to day 11 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 ‘blood elf’ and I’m talking about brilliant blood elves that I’m always drawn to.
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 11 – Blood Elf
You might be wondering why ‘b’ has suddenly appeared after two ‘d’ prompts, well, the simple answer is that I momentarily failed at the alphabet when writing the prompts. I also apparently completely forgot a race… but more about that one tomorrow! Today is all about brilliant blood elves from World of Warcraft. Yesterday I talked about how difficult I found it to relate to draenei characters and their lack of character development. In comparison, I have zero difficulties with blood elves despite being a predominantly Alliance player. I’d suggest it was a problem with religious characters, however, some of my favourite characters in the game are paladins and priests. I also have no problem with Light-Forged draenei, quite the opposite actually, who are even more righteous than the original draenei.
I find blood elves to be such a fascinating race with so much personality. They have a vibrant racial history, and each character seems to have their own story that has always been really interesting to me. I struggled to narrow this one down to just three so a special shoutout to Tarenar Sunstrike who I spoke briefly about on day 9, the death knight Bloodrose Datura and demon hunter Allari the Souleater.
“But the Light showed me that I was not lost. It helped me to find the strength to survive in spite of all that had happened and all the evil I had wrought. It is a strength that we sin’dorei all share. It is a strength we will need to free ourselves of the addiction ravaging our people.”
Lady Liadrin has always intrigued me. From the moment she stepped forward and asked for a shelter for her people, while also pledging their arms to the Light, I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. Here was a woman who didn’t just sit by idly and follow the leaders of her people into destruction. She stood up for what needed to be done and was willing to find help even if that meant entering the enemy’s city at a complete disadvantage. Fortunately, her actions had been prophesied, but it took a lot of guts to do what she did.
She’s someone who has lost so much yet she keeps fighting. Ever since she appeared in The Burning Crusade Liadrin has been at the forefront of every big battle beginning with defeating Kil’jaeden. Each time she never shies away from allying herself with Alliance allies to get the job done. In Legion when she arrives in Suramar to meet with First Arcanist Thalyssra to discuss how the Horde can help defeat Elisande, Lidrain remarks to Alliance players that their leaders need to get “their heads in the game”. She offers a critical review of Vereesa and Tyrande’s weaknesses which while harsh is constructive, highlighting the danger of Vereesa’s vengeance and Tyrande’s lack of experience. Unlike other Horde leaders, it isn’t intended as a slight, and she reminds the player that the blood knights are prepared to help.
When Liadrin approaches Thalyssra she does it as an equal, as someone who understands what she is going through as a leader and a member of a race who is suffering addiction due to the actions of a tyrant. Her approach is a stark contrast to how Tyrande treats the Nightborne, and it’s no surprise that later Thalyssra chooses the Horde over the Alliance. It also highlights that Liadrin’s compassion for others is what drives her to fight for justice.
“With the death of the Lich King, all I have left is my duty. There is no family, there are no friends… there is only this.”
Many of the new death knight characters stood out in Wrath of the Lich King, one of which was Koltira Deathweaver. He grew even more interesting after I read Death Knight, learning how he became a death knight and the start of his relationship with fellow death knight Thassarian. While they were more like brothers instead of friends when the Knights of the Ebon Blade were freed from the Scourge they had to go their separate ways. As a human, it was a simple decision of rejoining the Alliance for Thassarian, but for Koltira a lot had changed for his people the blood elves since his death.
Although he chose to follow their footsteps and join the Horde, it was not a decision he took lightly nor one that felt right. The Horde was not his home. His home was long gone, obliterated by the scourge, and without the Lich King controlling him, Koltira struggled to find his place in the world. He found it for a while when the Knights of the Ebon Blade reformed to fight alongside the Argent Crusade. Then he was once again left to wander the world.
After the Cataclysm happened he had been given orders from the Banshee Queen to take control of Andorhal in Western Plaguelands in the name of the Forsaken. Likewise, his old friend Thassarian had similar orders from the Alliance. Both sides had suffered heavy losses fighting the remaining scourge in the town, and while they knew they could not go against orders they saw no sense in a battle while both armies were recovering. The truce is broken by a group of human rebelling against Thassarian’s orders, and Thassarian is forced to resume the battle.
Seeking help from a forsaken woman he had previously dismissed, Koltira found himself facing the Banshee Queen herself rather than his ally. In an elaborate game set to trap the death knight, Sylvanas reveals that she knew the depth of his relationship with the human Thassarian. Extremely unhappy about his compassion, a weakness that Arthas should have removed she states, she forces him through a portal to the Undercity with the aim of reminding him of his loyalties to the Forsaken.
It’s revealed to death knight players in Legion that Koltira is still being tortured by Sylvanas after all those years. The Knights of the Ebon Blade had tried to negotiate for his release and she had refused. Thassarian asks a personal request of the new Death Lord to help rescue Koltira once and for all, and the mission is successful. Koltira says little about his captivity, saying only that he knew that the Knights of the Ebon Blade would come for him. Instead, he put all his energy into focusing on Burning Legion’s invasion, becoming a champion for death knight players.
Koltira’s life has been one giant upheaval, and he’s been to hell and back multiple times. Just when he begins to feel settled it gets ripped away from him again. He has a strong force of will, persevering through being part of the scourge and then being tortured by Sylvanas. He’s driven by duty, using it to focus and steer his path. One day he may need to face up to his demons, but for now, as long as there is something to fight he’ll keep on fighting.
Small spoiler for Shadowlands beneath the cut:
We were levelling two of our allied race alts in Wrath of the Lich King a few weeks ago and upon seeing Thassarian and Koltira again I remarked to my fiance; “I miss these guys, I hope we get to see them again… maybe in Shadowlands…”
Then, literally, a week or so later it was ‘spoiled’ that they’re standing in the Maw in Shadowlands. I’ve not looked at any spoilers, but considering the Lich King is involved I hope we get to see more of these guys. I really missed their bromance and Koltira has a lot of unfinished business with Sylvanas.
“I heard the Horde is amassing its own army to head to Northrend. HOPEFULLY your Alliance and the Horde can focus their aggression on the real threat. You know, instead of each other? Somehow I think that’s unlikely to happen, if my experience here is any indication. Your people have been SO welcoming to me.“
The first thing that drew me to Valeera was her vulnerability. This stunningly beautiful and talented blood elf had been thrown together with Varian and Broll in the most unlikely of circumstances, and could easily hold her own, yet she was plagued with doubt. Not the usual doubt you’d expect a member of the Horde to have when surrounded by Alliance either. She was terrified of her addiction to mana, the curse of her people that had been passed onto her by her mother (“As a babe, I drank in magic with my mother’s milk. I didn’t ask to be dependent on it. And it helped me to survive! What right does Broll have to blame me for the choices of my people or the circumstance of my birth?”).
Valeera’s addition was triggered when she absorbed the arcane energies of a naga sea witch’s trident, and it only got worse when the warlock Vendellin Soulfire cursed her with Mark of Kathra’natir. The curse allowed the demon Kathra’natir to possess her, and the resulting fel energies made her mana addiction even worse. It was a difficult time for the young blood elf, who found herself left alone in a strange Alliance city as her friends continued their mission without her. Struggling with her addition and her possession, it was the archmage Aegwynn who was able to help her gain control and return to her friends.
It wouldn’t be the first time Valeera found herself alone. As a neutral party, she’s loyal to those who earn her loyalty, neither part of the Horde or the Alliance yet moves freely between both. I appreciate her frank assessments of both factions, seeing them for their strengths and their faults. She fights for what she believes in rather than ancient allegiances, putting aside grudges and is willing to trust people if they will do the same for her. There’s a lot to Valeera as a character and I hope that we get to see more of her than just a messenger from now on.
Over to You
I wish I could talk more about other blood elf characters, but alas, none of the rest of this prompt would get done if I let myself indulge! 😀
How about you; what World of Warcraft blood elf always catches your attention?
Next up tomorrow is ‘goblins AND worgen’, not just goblins as the prompt reads. Yes, I shamefully missed worgen off the list! Eeep! So it will be a double feature tomorrow as I talk about both.
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