Friday Top 5: Races

Azeroth has many races scattered about the lands (and Outland), with more to arrive on Pandaria.  Today’s Top 5 looks at my personal favourites…which was not quite as easy as I expected it to be.

5. Dwarves
The stout and hearty dwarves are one of the oldest races in the world. Their creation is well documented in a number of locations, including Uldaman and Halls of Stone. Just as in other fiction, the dwarves are a stubborn lot…though the stereotype is offset by much of the trouble Brann Bronzebeard tends to unearth.  Despite chasing his butt all over Azeroth and unearthing the negative history of the Titans and Old Gods, they still win me over…guess I’m as loyal as they are.

4. Dragonkin
Probably not much of a surprise here if you know my penchant for dragons. However, I went with the slightly more humanoid version (yes, I know dragons can take on humanoid forms, you know what I mean). I’m rather fond of Blizzard’s two main designs (two legs or four) as the latter is something different from most of what I’ve come upon in fantasy.

3. Ethereals
They just look cool. It didn’t hurt that they were all about the money either. Well, the key ones were. Money and gems (the Outland faction was called “The Consortium” for a reason. These days, it would appear the Alliance and Horde found some freelance ethereals with some fancy technology as they brought about Void Storage and Transmogrification (which still screams Gnome to me, if not for the whole never getting into Orgrimmar).

2. Vrykul
Ok, this is where the Amateur gets a bit neanderthal to some. Sure, when we landed on Howling Fjorde (Alliance), the males were a beastly lot charging upon the Vanguarde. We encounter a few different versions throughout Northrend, including the Utgarde instances and Storm Peaks…but it’s all moot. The Vrykul make the list for the sole reason I just find the female versions to be attractive, particularly the ice ones. It’s as simple as that.

1. Tauren
I’ve made it no secret the Tauren are my favourite race. Back when I did “20 Days of WoW” I came right out and said it. My explanation was: “At one point I rolled one of every class they had. I think it could be their ability to be gentle, yet violent and their respect for the lands and resources around them. They’re wise and think things through. Then again, it could just have to do with me falling under the Taurus Zodiac sign.”

So those are my five.  I had to debate on a couple as I’m also quite fond of the Naga and Tol’vir.  What about you?  What races are you most fond of in Azeroth?

10 thoughts on “Friday Top 5: Races

  1. mataokashaman April 6, 2012 / 8:33 am

    One of my favorite transformations is when I go into Brunnhildar Village and change into my beefy-chick self. Love those Vykrul girls! (Start singing California Girls by the Beach Boys…) Wish they all could be Vyrkrul girls! The Vyrkruls have the snow storms, and the girls all get so blue….take it away JD!

    • JD Kenada April 6, 2012 / 12:07 pm

      “Blizz’s bringin’ Vrykul back…most #@&$*&@^$ don’t know how to act…”

      Nope. I still hate Justin Timberlake’s music…

  2. Karegina April 6, 2012 / 11:20 am

    I would have to say my top five are:

    1. Tauren
    2. Goblin (complete opposite I know)
    3. Draenei
    4. Taunka (Shhh, shut it!)
    5. Forsaken (I love me some zombies, what I can I say?)

    I’m weird. But I do have a token Alliance in there 😀

    • JD Kenada April 6, 2012 / 12:05 pm

      I like the Forsaken, and I REALLY like their leader, but I just don’t know why I held back on them. And nothing wrong with Taunka!

  3. tomeoftheancient April 6, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    If I could pick a race to be playable it would be Vrykul, I’m not sure what the appeal is but I would love to play one.

  4. mataokashaman April 7, 2012 / 3:00 pm

    JD, this is neither here nor there, but wanted to tell you: yesterday I had time to sit and read your blog, damn near cover to cover, and I just want to tell you, I really like your writing style, your voice, and it was time very well spent. We often wonder what goes through our readers’ minds sometimes, and I just wanted to let you know this.

    Thank you.

    and PS You can forgive Justin Timberlake almost anything with his and Andy Samberg’s special “Christmas” gift song.

    • JD Kenada April 7, 2012 / 3:26 pm

      Your comments are very humbling Matty. I like to think I have a concise writing voice, as it’s something I’ve enjoyed doing for a long time. Having said that, to have someone take the time to read nearly the entire blog and also take the time to share such kind words is a bit hard for a modest person (silence Effy!) such as myself.

  5. Navimie April 9, 2012 / 4:36 am

    Hm. I think my top 5 races would be
    5 Harpy – I think reading Erinys’ blog has make me like them more
    4 Ethereal – I love their look and wish I could transform into one!
    3 Ogre – because their dance is epic and I would love to see a FEMALE one
    2 Forsaken – because I think they are the hated underdogs of the Horde
    1 Tauren – for the same reasons you wrote
    I am impressed with Matty reading you cover to cover. I have difficulty just catching up if I don’t read you for 2 days.

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