Written by | Posted November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm Deconstruction

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

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Friday Five – First War Lore
comment 1 Written by on July 31, 2009 – 7:43 am

This is a slightly different Friday Five than the usual fare – but I liked it, and I think it’s an interesting thing to think about. If your character is one that wasn’t actually /there/ for the First War, treat this from the perspective of what they’ve heard about it. These were major events, and much like major events in the real world, people talk and learn about them. (If your Forsaken character doesn’t remember anything from before being undead, they STILL will have heard about this most likely.) And there’s no rule saying you’ve got to pick any one specific character to answer these!

Either way, I’ll hand the reins over to Gryph for this!

Hey there. I’m Gryphonheart from The Lion Guard. Since Anna seems to be fighting Writer’s Blah, I figured I’d offer to help out with this week’s Friday Five. Now, just to give you some forewarning, I’m not the kind of person who’s going to limit himself to five questions when I find something interesting. So, rather than five questions, what follows are five prompts that will hopefully get you thinking about your character’s perspective on past events.

Today, these questions are all about the events of the First War, which was the original conflict between the Human Kingdom of Stormwind and the Orcish Horde portrayed in the first WarCraft game WarCraft: Orcs & Humans. If you’re rusty on these events, feel free to check out the in-WoW book The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind, the First War page on WoWWiki, WarCraft: The Last Guardian by Jeff Grub, or the aforementioned WarCraft: Orcs & Humans game. With that out of the way, on with the fivery!

  1. How much do your characters know about the events of the First War? If they’ve only learned of them relatively recently (such as may be the case with Night Elves, Tauren, Draenei, Darkspear Trolls, etc.), what do they think or understand of their significance?
  2. Where were your characters or characters’ families during these events? Do they remember any of them personally? Do they remember hearing of them in the aftermath of the war?
  3. How do your characters see the actions of their preceding factions (the Human Kingdom of Stormwind before the founding of the Alliance, or the original Orcish Horde prior to Thrall’s new Horde)?
  4. Do your characters share the same ideals that their preceding faction did? (For Alliance, this could be the resolute determination to safeguard their homeland from a terrifying new threat. For the Horde, this could be the desire for the glory of conquest and the need to sate their ever-increasing bloodthirst.)
  5. What do your characters think of the actions of Medivh and/or Orgrim Doomhammer? Do their betrayals make their legends all the more impressive to your characters, or do they cast them in a less endearing light? Have they earned redemption in the eyes of your characters or will they now and forevermore be considered traitors to their kind?

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One Response to “Friday Five – First War Lore”

  1. 1. How much do your characters know about the events of the First War?
    Bricu knows a fair amount about the First War–mostly bits of military history and the exodus north.

    2. Where were your characters or characters’ families during these events? Do they remember any of them personally? Do they remember hearing of them in the aftermath of the war?</strong
    Bricu’s parents were killed by a Orc raiding party a few weeks before Stormwind fell. They were Arathi merchants who brought Bricu along to see the big city. His sister, who he only discovered recently, survived back in Tyr’s Hand. She remembers how her parents went away, never to come home again.

    3. How do your characters see the actions of their preceding factions (the Human Kingdom of Stormwind before the founding of the Alliance, or the original Orcish Horde prior to Thrall’s new Horde)?

    Bricu hasn’t given these actions a lot of thought. He never identified with Stormwind–he was there for a few short days–and he knows about the demon-run Horde. If pushed for an opinion, Bricu would say this: “Them southrons were weak, arrogant an’ full o’shite. Them Orcs were full o’hellfire. Doesn’t take a bloody wizard t’figure out the outcome, eh?”

    4. Do your characters share the same ideals that their preceding faction did? (For Alliance, this could be the resolute determination to safeguard their homeland from a terrifying new threat. For the Horde, this could be the desire for the glory of conquest and the need to sate their ever-increasing bloodthirst.)

    No. Bricu’s ideals are different. He came of age during the events of WC3. He doesn’t really have room for idealism.

    5. What do your characters think of the actions of Medivh and/or Orgrim Doomhammer? Do their betrayals make their legends all the more impressive to your characters, or do they cast them in a less endearing light? Have they earned redemption in the eyes of your characters or will they now and forevermore be considered traitors to their kind

    Bricu can see the nuances in Medivh’s and Doomhammer actions. But after witnessing the destruction of Stratholme and the fall of Lordaeron, it reaffirms a cynical belief in people of all races.
    .-= Bricu´s last blog ..Friday Fiction. =-.

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