This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about Death Knights here at Blogatelle, but I think that in light of Theme Week Classes, the issue needs to be revisited a little.
Many of you may remember that the title of this post is taken from Sean’s own ‘pop culture’ reference on the subject of Death Knights. I’d like to (belatedly) go on record saying that I don’t think a reference to the Vietnam War counts as a pop culture reference as much as a historical reference. But, that’s beside the point to a large degree.
The greater issue that I want to talk about is that Death Knights aren’t going to be exactly welcomed back into the fold by a lot of people. Think about when your Death Knight first entered a city, and had things thrown at them and people spit on them, and people shouting at them. Then it was announced that they were repentant and now an ally, and all that stopped.
Stop right there – that’s what I want to target.
Did the shouting and the throwing things stop? Sure, absolutely. But make no mistake – I certainly don’t think that they were adopted into the fold and now everyone is la-la-la happy with them. People are going to be suspicious of them. They aren’t going to be close and happy. By virtue of simply being a Death Knight, it’s going to be that little bit harder to get what you want out of people, because they’re going to remember that you used to work for the Lich King, and a great many of them aren’t going to be so quick to forgive and forget.
Maybe a number of them think that something’s going a bit wrong, and that maybe those in power are being a bit too quick to forgive and forget the Death Knights. After all, do they not remember what the Death Knights did?
Either way, this is going to become an issue whether you play a Death Knight or whether you play someone interacting with a Death Knight. Point number one is that I would really like to see more suspicion of Death Knights and more people who aren’t so keen to extend the hand of friendship to them. I’ve only encountered one of these people so far as my Undead Death Knight, and this is actually a bit disappointing. For the sake of roleplay, I’m assuming that there’s a lot of quite suspicious NPCs running around, but I’m surprised that this is coming out in so few players.
But, really. Step one, I think, is work out how all your characters stand on the subject of Death Knights. Race is going to come into this a lot – there will be a lot of Undead who will remember that the Death Knights were the ones who killed them, but there will also be a lot of Undead who may recall that they, themselves, were a part of the Scourge and mindless for a period of time, and may have some sympathy for the Death Knights on that basis. Maybe they’ll think that the Death Knights had more free will than they did, and so will be more suspicious on those grounds. But it’s something to take into account, whichever way you spin it.
Other races will have their own perspectives, too, but I’ll admit that I haven’t pursued anything in that area yet. When I do, I will try and write a couple of posts on the variation.
Additionally, I just want to make a call-out to the readers; I want to talk about the quests in the starting area for the Death Knights, because I’ve been playing my Death Knight a lot lately. Would people prefer I left it until others have a chance to pursue it at their leisure, discuss it behind a link, or discuss it openly? I know that some people prefer not to be spoiled about game developments if they can avoid it, so I thought I’d gauge the reaction here.