I find that studying abroad has many educational uses and overall it is a great experience! I mean, it isn't every day that I get to hop on a plane, fly to China, and then stay there for an entire fall semester. I've explored a great deal and have come across a vast amount of interesting experiences. However, there has been a serious lack of internet capability, which has made some "stay in the room" days (or nights) a bit, "BLAH." You see, most of China's educational facilities use proxy servers and ALAS they, to be quite honest, suck big time. It means I cannot play World of Warcraft or access many sites. Not to mention the internet is as slow as a snail.
However, it HAS allowed me to think of WotLK and my hobby as a RPer. Yes, I'm one of those girls that leaps into RP servers with glee. Don't get me wrong- I LOVE raiding and all the things that come with WoW, but I find in thoroughly enjoying to RP from time to time! I also do text based Rps and have since I was a wee middle schooler... and old habits die hard.
BUT I RAMBLE!
So, to get to the point! I've been thinking of what kind of Death Knight I want to create and how to role play them, and it has led me to two ideas. I'd greatly appreciate comments and imput, as right now I've only acquired three "so-so" opinions. Please, no flaming or negative comments as I'm not looking for those things and would appreciate if they weren't expressed. I'm just here to have fun and share my ideas and get some helpful imput so I can make a DECISION. Arrgh! I can't decide!
Oh and I'm being brief in my DK ideas (there are details thrown in each bio, but I'm trying to spare you the parts that don't matter a whole lot). I'm also not including much of their previous background, as what I'm more concerned about is the bit that surrounds the idea of a Death Knight. (I hope that makes sense!)
DEATH KNIGHT IDEA #1: Evanoire Silverwind
Evanoire Silverwind is a female Night Elf, sister to my main character named Gyvien Silverwind.
Evanoire was a free spirit, much like her elder sister Gyvien. She was skilled like her three elder brothers with the blade and seemed to be walking down the path of a warrior, much to the delight of the Silverwind family. Eventually however, Evanoire's spirited nature caused her to leave her Elven homeland and explore the Eastern Kingdom so that she could further her skills of the blade and satiate her craving for travel.
Years passed and through a series of unimportant events, Evanoire became a sort of 'mercenary' although the jobs that she took always were screened by her morals, so the sometimes "negative" connotation of a mercenary perhaps did not fit her quite accurately.
She was exploring the areas around Lordaeron about the time when Arthas, Uther and Jaina were dealing with the soon-to-be-undead townspeople of Stratholme. When Arthas went marching up to Northrend to deal with Mal'Ganis was when Evanoire was hired by [insert some person's name here, haven't really figured out if I should make it a nosey Lordaeron inhabitant or what. I don't want to make it an important figure, as that would make Evanoire seem more important than she really was.] So yes, as I was saying, Evanoire was hired to follow Arthas and to keep track of his where abouts, so that Terenas and Uther could find and deliver a message to him swiftly.
Her task having been completed, she left.
Long story short, eventually when Arthas shattered the Frozen Throne and joined with Ner'zhul to become the Lich King was where Evanoire made a wrong turn. Eager to stop the plague of undeath, she joined with a band of paladins to guide them into Northrend. Along the way the group fell into hardship and many died (details left out), so by the time they reached the Lich King, they were tired, defeated and changed. Evanoire, weak in spirit and mind, was drawn by the growing whispers that had grown in her mind. Promises of strength, of immorality, of freedom from her feeling of helplessness (along with other things, yadaya.) The seduction of the dark power of the Lich King won over her weakened heart and mind, and thus Evanoire became a Death Knight.
[She willed herself against the Lich King like the others... blah]
PHEW, sorry. This next idea is more... unique, which is why I'm having troubles deciding if I should try it or not. My character Lavielle is my other main who is a priest and I've developed her a lot with RP and such. I've already given her an inner "persona" that has caused her nothing but trouble, but it was never labeled and sort left on a cliff hanger when I went to China. So I thought maybe making that person a DK would be a nice tie-in. Bah! Read on! ****
DEATH KNIGHT IDEA #2: Lavielle DeFairore & Mathias Sortland
Mathias Sortland was a fallen paladin who sought out the Lich King willingly and became a Death Knight. In the battles that the Death Knights endured however, Mathias was slain, his body destroyed. However, much like the original Death Knights before him, his soul was still intact.
The Lich King, in his thirst for power, could be presumed to have tried many dealings with the creation of Death Knights and the like. And so, the Lich King took the essence or 'soul' of Mathias, still corrupted and in service to the Lich King, and bade him to find a suitable body in which to harness and take over for service of the Lich King. Perhaps for experimental purposes and/or reasons up for guess, Mathias was to find a current, living host.
So Mathias's soul wandered, trying to find a suitable host (and man, did he have bad luck in finding others). Some of the travelers he came across were too weak, while others were too strong for him to weasel his way in. Eventually however, he came upon a Draenei priest. The priest (my Lavielle) had been dabbling in the harnessing of darkness or shadow, trying her earnest to learn from it so that she could learn perhaps new ways in curing or aiding others that were bound by plagues or other curious ailments. She was brimming with potential but yet had not become strong enough to resist, let alone realize, the intrusion of Mathias.
Eventually as time progressed, Lavielle learned of Mathias and the two were at a constant power struggle. The more Lavielle learned and progressed, the strong Mathias grew as well. It was his desire and goal to strengthen Lavielle to the point at which she would be suitable for the Lich King, in which he would use all of his will to completely control her body and serve his King.
Lavielle sought the help of others to try to remove Mathias, but there was little to be done. He had melded to be apart of her to a point where separation was not only risky, but deemed impossible. So Lavielle believed strengthening herself mentally would allow herself to keep him from gaining control. She had yet to realize however, who or even what Mathias really was. To her, he was merely a dark presence- perhaps an old part of the Burning Legion or some unexplained creature of Azeroth.
So Lavielle grew and aided those who had become her friends and when they were to journey into Northrend, she agreed to go with them- unknowing that such an act would enable Mathias the strength to fully gain control.
At this point, I planned on Mathias slowly reverting against the Lich King. Having inhabited Lavielle's body, I assumed that her personality and relationships would have rubbed off on him and had a part in shaking him loose from the dark seduction. Through some sort of RP (Lavielle is a character I've RPed extensively, so I have some fun RPs already for me when I get back to WotLK with muh friends!) I was thinking eventually he'd agree to some sort of 'pact' or deal in which to share Lavielle's body.
So those are my ideas. As of right now, I'm more partial to the second idea because I think it is a little more creative and it'd be adding a little bit of 'oomph' to an already well-developed character of mine. However, that COULD be the plotting RPer of me. :3 I'd appreciate comments and your thoughts! Thanks so much in advance!