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All the World's a Stage
Hello everybody! So you wanna roleplay a human huh? Well I'll help you with that!
Basics and Traits
The Humans of Azeroth are a resilient race, and have fought their fair share of wars. While they are not as ancient as their elven brethren, they do have a rather diverse background. As such, humans are one of the most flexible races to roleplay with. Whether you want to be a grizzled veteran from the First War, or a proud champion from the Third War, or just a courageous young adventurer trying to make his/her mark on the world, humans allow you to forge your own unique character.
As many humans have grown up with war, they are naturally a very tough race. However, they have also forged powerful kingdoms over history and have battled numerous enemies, so they are also very intelligent and quick. While not as haughty as the Night Elves (who actually are more independent/self-sovereign and not very affiliated with the Alliance, the least so of all alliance races) they do have a sense of superiority in the political affairs of the Alliance, and a strong urge to bring peace and justice. The Alliance was their creation, and most take great pride in it, perhaps more than any other race.
There are 4 'basic' archetypes you can choose from, however since the goal is to have fun, these of course can be mixed somewhat to create a unique experience.
Varian Wrynn Personality Ready to fight the horde on sight! Not willing to be peaceful at all! You'd basically do the best in an RPPVP realm
Jaina Proudmoore Personality Willing to do anything for peace. But when attacked she's not afraid to harm her enemies at all! You'd do best on a regular RP realm.
Arthas Menethil Precorruption Personality Kind, great fighter and saves everybody he can. Before corruption of course. He has all the qualities a person could ever want! But he's easily corruptable! You'd do best on any realm!
Arthas Menethil Post corruption Personality Very dark. Also very evil. Will do anything he can to kill every person who opposes him. Will also send people on a suicide mission if he wants. You'd do good on any realm.
For all those personalities a class choice is wise!
Varian Wrynn personality: A warrior would do the best because Paladins only fight when necessary. Also a rogue would do just the same too!
Jaina Proudmoore Personality: A paladin or mage of course. Priests would do well here as well. I don't think a warlock would do good here. Possibly a warrior.
Arthas Menethil. Pre Corruption: A paladin, priest, or warrior for him.
Arthas Menethil Postcorruption: Death knight or warlock. Basically anything evil!
How to roleplay a class
Warrior: As a warrior, you can roleplay as one of the following:
- A guard, who is loyal to your nation and king, and will protect it from everything from wolves to orcs.
- A veteran of all 3 wars who wants to end all threats.
- An adventurer, who seeks glory and honor.
- Bounty hunter/mercenary.
Paladin: As a paladin, you are a former member of the Order of the Silver Hand. If you are a paladin, you are a lawful and righteous person who has got great faith. Also a great worshipper of the Light. You will hunt the evil to the world's end if neccesary. But if you roleplay as a paladin, remember that you are good to behave yourself, humble and not at all proud, but simply shows your devotion to the Light and goodness.
- NOTE: There is one group that paladins usually dislikes and/or doesn't respect as much as others: magi, since they think arcane as foul magic.
Rogue: Expect yourself to be looked down at. People will frown at you, since they believe you to be a bandit. one of the good choices if you wanna be a bad guy. However, another possibility is roleplaying as one of the good guys: the SI:7. They are King Varian's loyal servants, and usually spy for him. They have done great things in the name of Stormwind, such as reporting about the Forge of Souls and assisting in Assaulting Ironforge when they were dominated by Dark Iron Dwarves.
Warlock: This is the opportunity to roleplay as a foul guy! The Warlocks are the least trusted humans. Nobody really trust them, since they embrace the demonic magic openly. And the demons were also responsible for the fall of Lordaeron. However, if you wanna roleplay as a GOOD warlock, you can do that too. It can then mean that you have embraced the demonic magic to use the Legion's own weapon against them. So you can roleplay as both a sworn enemy of the Legion or a betrayer when you are warlock.
Priest: A true believer in the Light. Loyal to the Alliance and very selfless. That is how a priest is. You are a priest because you want to share the message of the Light's grace, and to do good in your life. Much like a paladin, but not so fond of direct battle. You can also roleplay as a cleric on the battlefield. But if you are a shadow priest, then you are the exact opposite. Greedy, selfish and ignorrant. Will do anything to get power. Exploit it, use it for your own good, let others suffer if it will grant you power. That pretty much describes a shadow priest. Much like a warlock, you are disliked and dismissed by many. Remember, if you are a Holy or Discipline priest, you are usually very patient and coolheaded. But as a shadow priest, you are impatient and hotheaded.
Mage: A mage is a great user of magic. You are usually loyal to the Alliance, though many non-mages have a bit less respect for them as they have to Paladins for instance. This is probably because of the fact that Kel'Thuzad and Medivh were of the Kirin Tor. But don't forget that both Antonidas, Rhonin and Khadgar all are great heroes, and have shown loyalty to the Alliance. So you are usually not a traitor, and you are well aware of that yourself, since the Kirin Tor were still loyal to the Alliance after the Second War. So just remember when you roleplay, that you have fought loyally with the Alliance. But just expect to be looked slightly down at.
Death Knight: As a Death Knight, you are one who have lost the Light's blessing, and you are a damned soul. But you are usually NOT a bad guy towards the Alliance. The reason for your use of dark magic is because that it is your way of fighting the undead. However, when you roleplay, it is a good idea to show a negative attitude towards other players, because you have lost the Light, your soul and should have been laid to rest, but instead you suffer the curse of undeath.
Hunter: This is a quite simple class to roleplay. It can either be:
- Someone who hunts for her own goods.
- Someone who reveres the animals.
- An archer, which can be roleplayed as a guard of Stormwind, like warriors can be roleplayed.
- A mercenary with a tamed beast.
How to roleplay from each kingdom
Stormwind:' If you roleplay as one from Stormwind, you must remember that your kingdom was once destroyed by the orcs, and your former king was killed by the Horde. It would be a good idea to RP as one who has little love for the Horde, since they invaded your kingdom. If you are from Stormwind, you have had refugee in Lordaeron, and thus you are loyal to the Alliance. Remember too, that this is the only kingdom you can RP to be from if you wanna have a char who remembers the days of the First War
- General tips: Dislike Horde, be friendly to those from Lordaeron, and act as a loyal member of the Alliance.
Lordaeron: As perhaps the largest and most powerful of all kingdoms, you probably wish to reclaim your kingdom from the Undead. You can either RP as a young man who has recently started training as any class, or a veteran. But if you choose the second choice, you clearly remember how the people of Stormwind came and asked King Terenas Menethil for help. The people from Lordaeron are perhaps those who despises the undead the most, as a large percent of the inhabitants were slaughtered by the Scourge and the Burning Legion. They are good friends with all kingdoms excepts for Gilneas and Alterac, who turned their backs on the Alliance
- General tips: Be very hostile to undead, friendly to people from Stormwind, but be hesitant to welcome worgens and people from Alterac.
Gilneas: As one of the strongest kingdoms, your leader was once very arrogant and selfish and didn't show much interest in the Alliance. The best way to roleplay as a gilnean is by playing as a worgen. But, if you are NOT recently from Gilneas, then you are perhaps one of the very very few who left your kingdom and didn't agree with Greymane's selfishness. See Worgen for more information. But, like Lordaeron, the undead has ruined their kingdom, so you probably despise them as well.
- General tips: Behave as a noble if you DIDN'T reside at Gilneas during the invasion, but if you did, then act with a positive view upon the Alliance.
Stromgarde: Not so many details are written about how the people of Stromgarde was. However, what is known is that they left the Alliance after Thoras Trollbane died. Recently, his son has also fallen and then risen as a forsaken. Trollbane and Terenas were close friends and admired each other, but they left when they felt that the taxes for the rebuilding of Stormwind was too high. Now their city is ruined. Stromgarde is perhaps the smallest kingdom. But if you are from this kingdom, you probably feel that the Alliance is your only remaining safety. Or perhaps you are still loyal to them after the Second War, since the Horde did raze your kingdom, and the Alliance together vanquished them.
- General tips: Be hostile towards the Horde, be loyal to the Alliance (since you may have fled after you realized Stromgarde was doomed), and rp as if you wish to rally troops and reclaim your kingdom.
Kul Tiras: This kingdom is on an island. They are specialized in navy combat, and were famous for their good use at the sea, where they shot down several Horde ships down. Not so many details here, either. All that can be said is that you must remember that Daelin Proudmoore lost his oldest son, Derek Proudmoore to the red dragons. Kul Tiras was never the great support in land combat, but more the firepower at the sea.
- General tips: Have more desire for navy combat than melee combat, and be a bit against Jaina Proudmoore's ways of creating peace with the orcs, since she choose them over her father.
Alterac: This one is a bit hard to roleplay, since most of them are now members of the Syndicate, and are hostile to the Alliance. But they were briefly affiliated with the Horde, so many others, especially from Lordaeron and Stormwind, have little love for those from Alterac. A Rogue is the best idea, because they are those who people despise and dismiss.
- General tips: Choose a rogue, be negative towards others, and be a bit ashamed of Perenolde's betrayal.
Dalaran: This is only for the magi. The city was destroyed by Archimonde, but was later rebuilt and moved to Northrend. However, some stayed in Stormwind after their city fell, but many has now returned to their rebuilt city. See the info about how to roleplay a human mage for more details.
- General tips: Only be a mage, be a member of the Kirin Tor, and stay loyal to the Alliance if you say that Stormwind is your new home.
Relation to other races
IRONFORGE DWARF: Humans and Ironforge dwarves are good friends, and have been so for long. Varian and Magni were good friends too. So it is a good idea to be kind to the dwarves, as they are perhaps your closest ally.
WILDHAMMER DWARF: They were a terrific aid in the Second War, and they swore allegiance to the Alliance. They later "left", though they are still friendly and appreciate your help. Now, with Kurdran Wildhammer's return, he has convinced them to rejoin the Alliance. If you RP as a veteran, it is a good idea to show respect for them, since they even shot down Red Dragons in the second war and saved the rest of Kul Tiras's navy. But the Wildhammers show slightly less respect for the humans as the dwarves do.
GNOMES: The gnomes were crucial to earn victory in the Second War with their inventions. They are friendly, and will gladly help humans in need. So you shouldn't be unfriendly to those small creatures, since they only wish to help.
NIGHT ELVES: Even though they remember what the humans did for them at Mount Hyjal, they are also aware that it was the humans from Theramore, not Stormwind. They show a bit more respect towards the humans of Theramore than they do towards the humans of Stormwind. But, a mage is a bad choice if you wanna RP as one with good relations to a night elf. They dislike mages, because they caused the War of the Ancients. However, humans ARE the masters of diplomacy, so show respect for them, and try to be kind towards them, since you know they ARE your allies.
DRAENEI: Not much is known about their relation towards humans. But they are exactly what the Alliance needs: noble, kind and Light-worshipping people, who are not at all bad. You should be kind to them, as they are new allies, and worship the Light as well. Besides, they have wandered around for so long, so hospiitality is the least you can offer to them.
HIGH ELVES: High elves are few and scattered, so their personality is individual. But you are probably most friendly to them if you are a mage. But, like the draenei, offer friendship and hospitality, since their homeland is gone and now retaken by the blood elves.
HALF-ELVES: Humans, like high elves, disrespect and dismiss Half-elves, and doesn't view them as worthyto join their ranks. Though there aren't many of them in-game, you can still snort a bit if someone mentions them.
ORC: This one can be a bit mixed; someone still despise them, while other people (like Jaina Proudmoore) know that they were cursed by the Blood of Mannoroth. This is one race that can be hard. But most veterans will probably still hate them, for razing both Stormwind and Lordaeron. However, if you RP as one who fought alongside them at Mount Hyjal, then you are maybe a bit more tolerant.
FORSAKEN: No, no and NO! No humans like the forsaken! They killed one of the last pockets of human resistance, took over Lordaeron and Gilneas, and were once your allies. They are your enemy if you are a human, one of the worst. Especially if you roleplay as a gilnean or as one from Lordaeron, there is no way you can like those monsters!
GOBLINS: While greedy, selfish and often a deceiver, you can still need them. They are creative, and wanna help you (for a price), and you know it. be a bit suspicious, but they are the perfect mercenaries when there is no gnome around.
TROLL: The Amani were allied with the orcs in the Second War. They helped them in their conquest of Lordaeron. They are cannibalistic, dangerous and very agile. You would probably only trust them if they were mercenaries. But in general, you should Rp as if you hate them, since they despise YOU. If you Rp as if you helped at Mount Hyjal, you probably know that the Horde, which also includes the Jungle Trolls, are not brutal and savage anymore. So as a veteran, you probably doesn't despise the Darkspear Tribe so much, but the other jungle trolls are still dangerous. Except for the Darkspears, you will probably feel the same way as you do about the Amani.
BLOOD ELVES: This one may also vary from person to person. You can either rp as disgusted by their service to the Horde, or rp with sympathy for them, since they were nearly decimated when the Scourge, lead by your own former prince, ravaged their sacred lands (which was already damaged after the Horde cut their way through the woods, slashing and burning everything in their path). Multiple choices.
WORGEN: Many veterans still remember Greymane's arrogance, and how he refused to send troops, but only sent token support to fight the Horde, despite leading one of the strongest kingdoms. But another rp possibility is to give them a second change, since their kingsom was taken by the undead just like Lordaeron was.
DRAGONS: If you are a veteran, you are probably not so happy to join the dragons, since both the black and red have helped the Horde, and now the Blue Dragonflight threatens to eliminate all magi on Azeroth not allied with them. However, the reds have shown their true colors after Rhonin freed Alexstrasza from the Dragonmaw Clan, and later also helped out against the Scourge, willingly lending aid to the humans. So you can either be suspicious or grateful towards the red dragons, but against the Blue and Black, and neutral to the Bronze Dragonflight and Green Dragonflight.
TAUREN: The same as orcs, probably. They are big, strong, but not as hostile towards the Alliance as other races of the Horde are. Still, you would do good to show respect towards the tauren, since they are much stronger and larger than you.
OGRES: They are big, dumb, and think only of killing and smashing. And some ogre magi have proven deadly foes. They are dangerous, so it is good to keep your distance!
DEMONS: They were responsible for both the coming of the Scourge and the Horde. Everyone but warlocks are ruthless and uses their strength and/or magic to their maximum against them. They wish only to see you dead, so you would do best to rp as if you despise them.
GNOLLS: They keep harassing settlements and farms in both Westfall, Redridge and Elwynn Forest, slaughter innocents on sight, and burn the houses after they have been razed. And they are dumb as bricks. They are the pestilence of your home! Rp as if you wanna get rid of them all!
Location and clothes
Your location is gonna influence clothes type a lot! I don't wanna see a human running around in no clothes in Icecrown! Or someone in the Badlands wearing clothes so thick that they could stay in Icecrown for a month before they start to feel cold!