Role Play Roundtable: Death Knight

So since coming back to Warcraft and cleaning out my bank/bag space and getting ready for the expansion I decided to try my hand at a Death Knight. Now if you know me, you know that I don’t like melee and I’ve never had a Death Knight survive to level 60 before I hit the delete button or just walk away from leveling them.

However, the tank and a close friend issued me a challenge during this down time before an expansion.  They encouraged me to make a Death Knight, and to try and tank with her.  I accepted the challenge but quickly found myself bored with her, as I expect would happen.  However, my friend started talking to me about the Death Knight lore, and what my story would be.  This intrigued me greatly! I don’t claim to be a great role player, however I do like to have story outlines for each of my girls. Once I started thinking about it all it seemed role playing as a Death Knight would give a character great depth and a lot of good twists and turns in their story.  So I started to research Death Knights and wonder what exactly mine would have gone through and what she would be thinking right now.

The first thing I decided to do was to think about when my Death Knight fell and was risen. As you may or may not know Death Knights are individuals that were killed and that have been raised to, at one point, serve the Lich King.  If you remember anything from the starting area of a Death Knight you will know that you didn’t really do what you wanted, you did as the Lich King commanded.  You didn’t remember your past or who you were before, and in fact you killed a close friend in a quest to prove yourself to the Lich King.  At the battle of Light’s Hope Chapel Death Knights were freed from the Lich King when they realized he sent them to die so he could get what he really wanted, which was Tirion Fordring.  At this point the Death Knights, including Highlord Darion Mograine, turn on the Lich King, formed the Knights of Ebon Blade and agreed to work together with the factions to try and help defeat the Lich King.

Well that is all great and good when…well you know when the Lich King was around to kill and defeat.  What about now, since he has been dead for quite a while. What does your Death Knight think, feel and fight for now since their purpose has been served. These are great things to consider in developing your character!  Also, remember that before becoming a Death Knight your character had another life, do they remember it? If so, do they want to go back and try to make it work? If they can’t remember it, do they travel in constant searching for their past?  Or do they drink the past and future away to numb the pain?  Something else to consider is the culture of your character’s race, will they want a Death Knight among them?

One interesting statement that Blizzard made in a Q&A about Death Knights was that:

Q: Are blood elf death knights still afflicted by their racial addiction to magic?

A: No, though their new addiction, the one all Ebon Blade death knights possess, is arguably worse: the need to inflict pain. If death knights do not regularly inflict agony upon another creature, they begin to suffer wracking pains that could drive them into a mindless, blood-seeking hysteria — a far worse fate than that of those who suffer from arcane withdrawal.

As this is part of the Death Knight this trait wouldn’t disappear after the Lich King’s death, so how does your character deal with this addiction? Do they take it out on animals or do they try to hide it from others?  How affected are they by it?  Is it a minor addiction that they can control or do they struggle every second of every day from it?

I have to say as I continue to do my research on Death Knights I  am falling more and more in love with my character, Allyssia and I’m proud to say she has made it to level 60 and is enjoying her fast developing storyline!

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