Other Names: Her full name is Avadriath but she’s always gone by Avada. Otherwise she’s called “scale-daughter” by her mentor turned motherly figure, Caliastrasza.
Universe They Exist In: World of Warcraft
Gender and Sexuality: Cis heterosexual female
Birthplace and Birthdate: She was born in Quel’thalas on June 21 (the summer solstice) 124 years ago.
Guilty Pleasures: She’s not guilty about things she likes!
Phobias: Scourge, undead, mind-control/possession
What They Would Be Famous For: She’d be famous for academic achievements probably, for papers published to Dalaran journals on magical creatures or pyromancy. But she doesn’t pursue fame!
What Have They / Would They Gotten Arrested For: Should be arrested for….ehh, she’s not a true lawbreaker. She only kills when war demands it, and even then hates to hurt or kill people/animals. Perhaps she’d be fined for disrupting black market operations beneath Dalaran…She’s got a habit of freeing illegal animals from the black market trade.
OC You Ship Them With: Nobody…yet ;)
Your Favorite OC Relationships: She and @kinari‘s Esheyn have a blossoming friendship that’s adorable!! @brothersemberfell‘s Felo’thore and @spiral-seeker‘s Synthiel are her magey friends who currently have a more professional relationship, but she’s quite fond of them. And then @rahveth‘s Basarann is her lil demon hunter buddy who she’d defend from anything!
OC Most Likely To Murder Them: I don’t think anyone would murder her…But she trusts very easily and could get herself into danger that way.
Favorite Book Genre: She loves folktales and legends from different cultures! But also enjoys scientific literature and research papers.
Least Favorite Book Cliche: Helpless women, princess that needs to be saved, etc
Talents and/or Powers: First and foremost, she’s a mage specialized in fire. And she’s very masterful of that craft. She takes a precision approach to flames, favoring the image of a cauterizing blade rather than a blistering wildfire.
She’s also decently versed in swordsmanship, but uses her spellblade to cast from a distance as well, only going into physical combat when necessary.
Why Someone Might Love Them: She’d be loved because she’s sincere, warm, and passionate about life and her interests. And because she loves in return, very easily. It can be a flaw of hers, but her sincerity and spirit make her a lovable person.
Why Someone Might Hate Them: She’s too trusting and kind for her own good. People who’ve seen a lot of hell might hate that she’s able to seem so mentally healthy/stable, or that she’ll try to help them.
How They Change: Avada’s grown a lot in terms of her mental stability and naivety. Studying in Dalaran for decades left her a bit sheltered, so the scourge invasion and Northrend campaign came as a massive shock. She had a rather fatalistic outlook on life following the fall of Quel’thalas (and death of both her parents) and was able to turn it around with the teachings of the Red Dragonflight.
She’s seen a lot more of the world following Northrend and is wiser for it. And somehow has still kept her kindness.
Why You Love Them: Ok I’m about to be sappy. But I love Avada because she gives me hope. Writing her and her outlook on life help me turn my thoughts toward positivity as well.
She’s not perfect and she’s not without flaw; honestly I think her strengths bite her in the ass sometimes. But the way she’s able to press on and find happiness in such little things? To have so much love for the world despite all the pain? I aspire to be like that too. <3
Why you Hate Them: Hate is such a strong word…I sometimes dislike her positivity (literally the same reason I listed for loving her). Sometimes when life is crushing you and someone with an overwhelmingly positive influence comes along, you want to shake them, make them feel like you do.
She can also tend to get too bogged down by other people’s negative feelings, which makes me want to shake her by the shoulders too.
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During the Third War, the wizards of the Kirin Tor battled against the undead armies of the Scourge. When the wizards of Dalaran died in battle, they would rise soon after - adding their former might to the growing Scourge. Frustrated by their lack of progress (and against the advice of his peers) the Archmage, Arugal elected to summon extra-dimensional entities to bolster Dalaran’s diminishing ranks. Arugal’s summoning brought the ravenous worgen into the world of Azeroth. The feral wolf-men slaughtered not only the Scourge, but quickly turned on the wizards themselves. The worgen sieged the keep of the noble, Baron Silverlaine. Situated above the tiny hamlet of Pyrewood, the keep quickly fell into shadow and ruin. Driven mad with guilt, Arugal adopted the worgen as his children and retreated to the newly dubbed ‘Shadowfang Keep’. It’s said he still resides there, protected by his massive pet, Fenrus - and haunted by the vengeful ghost of Baron Silverlaine.
“The New Plague is the Forsaken's altered version of the powerful Plague of Undeath that led to the creation of the Undead Scourge. The Plague of Undeath had the effect of transforming normal humans into mindless undead in the service of the tyrannical Lich King. Some members of the Forsaken, including their queen Sylvanas Windrunner, were once pawns of the Lich King, but were later freed. The Forsaken’s aim is to create a new plague that would annihilate the Scourge itself, and perhaps later their living enemies as well — and raise them to replenish and expand their own numbers.”
Do you think DKs would be more or less vulnerable to sha corruption/influence? They seem to be more resistant to old gods, seeing how they wear saronite no prob, but they are also walking bombs of negative emotions.
You have NO IDEA how much I wished that that they would have touched on the effects of the Sha on death knights.
Honestly, if I ever had the chance to ask a lore dev anything, this question would be near the top. Death knights are for the most part extremely negative, tormented, violent individuals. Even the ones good at “fitting in” have their desires for violence. I would think they would be ripe targets for Sha corruption, but no mention of it was ever made, and I was incredibly disappointed.
Their resistance to Yogg-Saron’s influence is possibly a circumstance unique to that particular Old God. Yogg’s domain was death, and the implication is that death knights (and the rest of the Scourge/undead) straddled the line between life and death in a place that Yogg couldn’t touch (giving it a particular hatred for the Scourge).
This could be untrue and it could be that death knights are immune to the whispers of every Old God— they’ve already known madness at the hands of the Lich King, and reflecting on this could be a powerful coping mechanism. Writing on the Old Gods also seems to specify their power over mortals, so it could be for that reason they do not fall victim. Their “minds” are kept functional by a magic that originates with the Burning Legion, so there also might be some sort of conflict that conveniently shields them.
But these don’t answer how Forsaken might be affected. Another possibility, and the answer I like the most, is that it affects those who have free will, which Forsaken do have but the Scourge don’t— and death knights are simply protected by their runeblades (or, more accurately, the whispers of the runeblades override the whispers of the Old Gods).
Since the emotions on which the Sha specifically prey are very powerful in most DKs, it’s possible that their power was able to overcome whatever magic made them immune to Yogg, because they may exist outside the realm of Death, but not outside the realms of Violence/Anger/Doubt/etc.
I personally played that my character did succumb to it, bad enough that he had to leave Pandaria shortly after arriving, never taking part in any of the events there. It was too good of a device to ignore.