As many of you have probably worked out by now, I like the Undead. I like them a lot. You can stop recoiling in horror now, I’m done with that line of thought.
I couldn’t think of any good posts for theme week (even though I was the one who suggested it to our administrator here at Blogatelle), except for the one that involves me raving about one particular race above all others – so, sorry, this is what you’re stuck with for now.
This is a thought that I’ve had for some time, and now I get to ramble about it at will; a simple question that I’m hoping to answer. Can the Forsaken feel love?
On the surface of things, this seems like a daft question. Why couldn’t they feel love? They can walk, talk, think, kill… why not love?
Well, really, I feel the question should be, “Why should they be able to love?”. We are, essentially, talking about a race of sentient corpses. Presumably, if love is something biologically defined (e.g. hormones), they shouldn’t be able to feel love at all. Their glands have presumably rotted along with their elbows and knees.
But, wait. This is assuming two things: one, that love is a purely biological, hormonal matter, and two, that the glands have rotted away and haven’t been replaced by some other force. The latter is certainly a plausible place for this to fall away: after all, they can think, or at least present a very good imitation of thought, and their brains should logically have rotted away as well. There’s obviously something keeping their brain intact, and performing the necessary functions for sentiency, but has the same thing happened to the glands?
To support that theory, that they do have some maintainance of glandular activity, I point to this quote from WowWiki:
Although undead, the Forsaken are still inherently human … Thus some of the Forsaken are still good beings, if no longer living … some individuals among them are capable of a tragic form of nobility.
This doesn’t explicitly suggest that they still have functioning glands, but I feel it points to one of two theories: one, that they do have glands and brains and all that, or something performing the same functions or two, that they are really good at thinking like they have fully functioning systems. In either situation, this comes back to the original thought: they can love, or act really well like they can love. (The latter of these two ideas steps in the way of my point about a biological/hormonal basis for love, and so I won’t go into too much detail about that point; essentially, I simply wish to note that while hormones may produce the sensations we have come to associate with love, presumably they could still think romance, if not feel love.)
So, this ends it all, right? My rambles have proven, or at least suggested, that the Undead can have romance!
Well, no, not quite. For starters, surely there are many amongst my readers who disagree with me entirely.
Secondarily, I would note that (and this is a favourite topic of mine – expect me to come back to this one sometime in the future!) the Undead are inherently psychologically screwed up. No, really. Yes, probably even yours. Think about it. They watched their loved ones die of the plague. They themselves died of the plague. They became a part of the Scourge, and it’s possible they still have some memories of that time. Now, they’re a part of a small, much-hated group fighting for their place in the world. No way are they psychologically healthy.
Having seen most of their loved ones die, or otherwise living with the knowledge that their loved ones are dead, part of the Scourge, or would kill them on sight if they saw them…
Most of them aren’t in a psychological state for any kind of romance – with the possible exception of rabid co-dependency.
Still want to roleplay a Forsaken in love? Sure, have at it – but I think I’ll be steering clear of that idea, and this is why.