So sparked by yesterdays comments, I’ve rerolled my warrior (who was previously a Draenei) as a little brown haired, green eyed gnome named Annie Mae Spursparkle.
Krizzly, from Frost is the New Black, has been helping me with gnome lore and is the “character concept” that started little Annie Mae as well. He’s got an excellent post about general Gnomish Lore today, and we’ve been having a discussion in the comments about gnomes, trying to iron out some of those pesky details for Annie Mae’s backstory.
One of the toughest things about Warcraft Lore is the timeline. Unfortunately, most of the dates are “approximations” – which isn’t such a problem if characters don’t know their exact ages, but can be both fun and frustrating for those of us creating characters to fit within the timeline appropriately. (That timeline is why Aelflaed is older than Annalira, and why Angoleth is a *really* old elf, for example)
Anyway – here’s a bit from our comment discussion – which highlights some of the things about WoW Lore that I really enjoy. It brings out the historian in me, and provides a really fun jumping-off-point for characters (particularly when done with a friend!)
Backstory (really brief) – Anni was born Annilee wheatsprinkle, named after her dad who designed mechanical harvesters for the farmers in Westfall. She grew up spending her summers on a westfall farm of one of her dad’s clients, playing “cowboys and bandits” with the human children. She was so enthralled by the experience that she even brought that personna back home.
After the invasion of gnomeregan, Annilee and her family emigrated to Ironforge, where Anni is now of age, and has taken up the art of the Warrior/Rogue, and renamed herself Anni Spursparkle, in hopes that one day she will not only take back Westfall from the Defias, but also go on adventures that she once dreamed of while playing “cowboys” with the farmchildren.
And then I later added some refining of the actual timeline, depending on when (exactly) the exodus of Gnomeregan actually happened in relation to now, which is about WoW 30. (She also became Annie Mae, when all variations of Annilee and Annibeth were already taken)
Assuming the Gnomeregan exodus happens in the Third War – when the Gnomes mysteriously disappeared from the Alliance forces against the Burning Legion…
That means, if the 3rd war was WoW 20-21 (Reign of Chaos/Frozen Throne), they could easily have already been working for Westfall Farmers – particularly if her parents were part of the Alliance engineers in the 2nd war, and retired to a “less chaotic” life, putting them far away from Gnomeregan at its irradiation and keeping them out of the 3rd war entirely as they helped to rebuild the area around Stormwind.
Westfall lay in waste after the 2nd war, so a contingent of farmers (and engineers perhaps?) have tried to reclaim it after the destruction of the Orcs – even in the face of the Defias.
Given the lifespan of gnomes (200ish years, on average), Annie Mae is probably somewhere between 25 and 30 years old – big enough to be on her own, but still a young’un to most (and young enough to be born after the 2nd war, in WoW 5-6). She’s decided not to bother going all the way up to Ironforge – a place she’s really only been once or twice – and is training in Northshire Abbey right now, since that’s where all her friends went anyway.
The Defias give her a pretty good reason to be learning how to be a warrior – given that between them and the bonkers harvest golems, “Westfall ain’t such a nice place no more, if’n yes know what I mean.” That, and she *really* wants her own horse. Which means she’s got to make “them stiffs up in Stormwind think she’s all-right folk”.
Somehow I think, when this is all said and done, she’ll end up with a Paint Horse. Just seems to fit. She’s not told me what kind of non-combat pet she wants though.
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