I just want to discuss how some characters from DotA fit into the Warcraft universe. This has no gameplay value, nor any aesthetic value in-game, but it is nice to know this and say, "Aah, so that's who he is.." or "So that's why this happened..". Anyway, I'm going to start the discussion with a few of my favorite heroes. You can add your own info as well, so we can have healthy discussion regarding how each character fits into the world of Azeroth. Wowwiki.com and playdota.com are my sources, by the way.
Admiral Daelin Proudmoore: "Daelin Proudmoore was the "Lord Admiral" and king of Kul Tiras. As "Grand Admiral" of the Alliance, he was the supreme commander of the naval forces of the Alliance during the Second War. He was a staunch enemy of the Horde, refusing to believe that it could ever change its ways — he greatly hated the orcs and would have been more than willing to see them all dead. Eventually he was consumed by his own hatred, killed by the Horde led by Rexxar."
Knowing this, we can assume that these events have not yet come to pass in the DotA timeline, since both Proudmoore and Rexxar are well and alive, and are even allies as Sentinel! Daelin Proudmoore was, by the way the father of Jaina Proudmoore and her siblings.
Since I've mentioned
Rexxar, I might as well have him up next.
"Rexxar, Champion of the Horde, is a half-ogre, half-orc beastmaster of the Mok'Nathal clan, and may be one of the last half-ogres of the clan. He saved the city of Orgrimmar from the hatred of an enemy of the Horde. He was instrumental in assisting the Horde after the fall of the Burning Legion. Due to his mixed lineage, he is a towering and massively muscled warrior, and he wields his two huge axes with tremendous skill and ferocity. Rexxar is always seen with his loyal bear companion Misha."
Well, in DotA, Rexxar has not yet acquired Misha, it seems, as he can only summon a scout hawk and a quillbeast. Also, as mentioned above, he has no enmity with Daelin Proudmoore in DotA.
"Vol'jin is the son and former apprentice of the troll witchdoctor Sen'jin, leader of the exiled Darkspear Tribe that lived on a small island chain in Stranglethorn Vale. During this time period, the Darkspear trolls were almost wiped out by a human invasion, as well as constant murloc raids. Only through the timely intervention of Thrall and the orcs did any trolls survive. Sen'jin died bravely on the islands trying to save his people. With Sen'jin's death, Vol'jin became chief shadow hunter for the tribe. In order to repay Thrall for saving his people, Vol'jin pledged his loyalty and service to the Horde."
None of this is mentioned in his DotA background story. Instead, he is portrayed as "a risk-taker", his experiments "unstable" and "destructive". From a brave Horde leader, he is given a dark twist in DotA.
Another Horde classic is
Cairne Bloodhoof, the Tauren Chieftain.
"Cairne Bloodhoof is the Chief of the united tribes of the tauren, chieftain of the Bloodhoof, and leader of Thunder Bluff. Allying with the Horde upon its arrival on the shores of Kalimdor, Cairne stands today as one of its wisest and most venerated leaders. He wields the Bloodhoof Runespear. "
The Runespear is not mentioned in DotA, nor his accolades as Chieftain. Instead, Cairne is represented as merely becoming
the renowned leader he was meant to be.
Of the High Elves,
" Alleria Windrunner was the head scout of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor........ Alleria Windrunner is the eldest of the Windrunner sisters, all of whom have served Quel'Thalas and the Alliance with distinction. She also had a younger brother. Alleria always wore a necklace given to her by her parents, an exquisite piece containing an emerald, a ruby, and a sapphire...... After the damage that changed Draenor into Outland had been done, Alleria, Turalyon, Khadgar and the rest all returned to the orcs' homeworld. They set out to return to Honor Hold, which was still standing even after the chaos that had occurred on Draenor. However, although Khadgar, Danath Trollbane, and a few other heroes from this time are present in Outland, and players may interact with them, neither Alleria nor Turaylon are anywhere to be found, leaving their current whereabouts a mystery. "
None of this in the DotA story, instead it says that she "joined the Sentinel as a free agent shortly after the War of the Magi". Her disappearance has not been mentioned or has not happened yet.
From Azjol Nerub,
"The former king of Azjol-Nerub, Anub'arak was among the nerubians slaughtered in the War of the Spider. One of his most loyal commanders was Anub'Rekhan. Ner'zhul the Lich King raised the high lords of the Spider Kingdom as undead to do his bidding, Anub'arak among them.
Now as a malicious crypt lord, he is forced to use his powers to purge the snow swept landscape of any remaining resistance to the reign of the Lich King. Despite the pleas from his former subjects, he has been ordered to massacre many nerubians who tried to oppose the undead. "
His DotA story is consistent with this one, though his kingdom over Azjol Nerub is omitted.
The Blood Elf,
"Kael'thas "Kael" Sunstrider was a senior member of the Kirin Tor and the Prince of Quel'Thalas, the last of the Sunstrider dynasty. After the fall of Quel'Thalas, Kael'thas led what remained of his people in the service of the Alliance. Striving to placate his people's addiction to magic, he later covertly allied with Illidan Stormrage and the Burning Legion. He was branded a traitor after his allegiance with the Legion was revealed. Kael'thas plotted to summon Kil'jaeden the Deceiver through the Sunwell, but his plans were foiled by the Shattered Sun Offensive. He was defeated by their forces in Magisters' Terrace."
The DotA version of his story is similar, yet it has no mention of his princehood in Quel'Thalas, his alliance with Illidan, or his membership with the Kirin Tor. It instead says that he served Ner'zhul and not Illidan.
The undead Lich,
"Kel'Thuzad was the founder of the Cult of the Damned and one of the principal agents of the Lich King responsible for the spreading of the plague of undeath across Lordaeron.
Originally a human mage of the Kirin Tor, Kel'Thuzad was swayed under the influence of the Lich King. After bringing the plague to Lordaeron, he was slain by Arthas. Arthas (by then a death knight) resurrected him as a lich so he could summon Archimonde the Defiler into Azeroth. Following Arthas' departure for Northrend, Kel'Thuzad was left to command the Scourge of Lordaeron from his necropolis, Naxxramas. Following his first defeat, he and his necropolis moved to Northrend."
All that is mentioned of his origin in his DotA story is his ressurection. No mention of his alliance with Arthas, or any of the events he was responsible for in WC3.
"Malfurion Stormrage is the greatest archdruid of all time, and one of the most powerful mortals in the Warcraft universe. He is the twin brother of Illidan Stormrage, and the beloved of Tyrande Whisperwind. Malfurion started the practice of druidism among the night elves under the tutelage of the demigod Cenarius. Following the conclusion of the War of the Ancients, he became the Archdruid of the night elves. Often he is called shan'do, meaning "honored teacher". However, some close friends occasionally tend to call him "Furion" or "Mal", the shortened versions of Malfurion. "
Those who have played the WC3 Campaigns know the part Furion played as the leader of the Night Elves. His DotA story also mentions the defeat of Archimonde, thought there was something that caught my attention. "The land is never safe. Furion, therefore, never rests. " is inconsistent with his current state, since after Archimonde's fall, he hibernated to a spirit world called the Emerald Dream, but got stuck and, with Cenarius, battled the so-called Nightmare. Ergo, Furion appears in DotA when he should be trapped in his dreamstate.
"Azgalor was once the lieutenant to the mighty demon-king Mannoroth. Following Mannoroth's death at the hands of the orc Grom Hellscream, Azgalor took it upon himself to direct the Burning Legion's ground forces at the Battle of Mount Hyjal. Though he isn't as clever as his former master, he has an aptitude for chaos and violence that is legendary even among demonkind.
Following his master's death, Azgalor took control of the Burning Legion's ground forces and accompanied Archimonde as he made his ascension up Mount Hyjal towards Nordrassil, the World Tree. After various attacks, Azgalor invaded but was repelled; after some time he began to attack alongside Rage Winterchill but was still held back.During the battle he attacked the human base with undead and demons in his army; he managed to separate a small force led by Broll Bearmantle from the main army as he and other powerful demons were attracted by the Idol of Remulos. Though Broll called to the deep earth to protect his force so that they could reintegrate to the rest of the army, in the end the pit lord overwhelmed him. As Broll fell, Azgalor used his two-bladed sword, Spite, to smash the Idol of Remulos, corrupting it and killing Broll's daughter, Anessa. But just as Azgalor and the Burning Legion thought they had achieved victory, Malfurion set loose his wisps which imploded the Tree and incinerated Archimonde"
Azgalor plays a part in the battle of Mount Hyjal, and since his DotA story says he landed in Kalimdor, this, I believe is consistent with the campaign.
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