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    Priest lore

    Hi guys. I love the priest class, but know nothing about the lore. So what role does the priest have in warcraft and how strong and respected are they. Thx for replies and have a good day.

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    Human/Dwarf Priests

    The Clerics of Northshire were human priests who served the kingdom of Stormwind during the First War. The clerics served as healers on the battlefield, but were ill-prepared for the hazards of combat, and thus suffered heavy casualties. This order was largely destroyed, and the Second War saw fragile priests replaced on the battlefield by armored paladins, the Knights of the Silver Hand — established by the clerics' leader Archbishop Alonsus Faol and his apprentice Uther the Lightbringer.
    During events of the Third War, despite the high elves' official departure from the Alliance, some elves still remained true to their former human and dwarven allies. The altruistic priests of Quel'Thalas refused to abandon their roles as healers and agreed to remain in Lordaeron despite the edicts from their reclusive masters in Silvermoon. The high elven priests used their Light-given powers to heal the wounded and bolster the spirits of Lordaeron’s fighting elite. A holy field medic, these padres roam the battlefield curing the wounds of fallen comrades.

    Draenei Priests

    The Draenei have been worshipers of the Light for at least as long as they have known the Naaru, and draw their wisdom and power from them.

    Forsaken priests

    Forsaken who once followed the tenets of the Holy Light altered their philosophy upon their transformation. Most forsaken have abandoned religion, just as they believe it abandoned them. Some still adhere to their old faiths, such as the Holy Light.Priests of the Holy Light in particular struggle to reconcile the philosophy that guided their life with their unfortunate new condition. Some balance their old beliefs with their new forms, but most forsaken priests belong to The Cult of Forgotten Shadow. Lost and hurt, these priests founded a new religion based on a self-centered version of their former faith. This philosophy centers around self-empowerment and a desire to balance life with death. While they can no longer use the Holy Light, and have since learned how to use the shadow; the priests teach that there must be a balance between light and shadow, and members must learn the Light as well, but never forget they were born from the shadow.
    Troll priests
    The troll priesthoods are, much like the shamans and the witch doctors of the various troll tribes, spiritual advisers and caretakers. With trolls being naturally superstitious and spiritual, it allows the various troll priests to manipulate the spiritual energy of the world in order to either heal or harm their targets. The various energies that the troll priests draw can come from various sources, be it Loa spirits, voodoo magic or the target itself. Drawing upon these energies, the troll priests either mend or harm, depending on which blessing the spiritual entity bestows. Arguably, in World of Warcraft, troll priests can be considered witch doctors in a cultural perspective, in equal terms with the shamans

    Tauren priests

    This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
    In Cataclysm, the Tauren will have the ability to become priests. It is possible that they use the light of the Sun in their spells, as opposed to the Holy Light. This is similar to how the Night Elves use the power of the Moon, their goddess Elune, instead of the Holy Light.

    Gnome priests

    This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
    With the announcement of the Cataclysm expansion, Gnome healers will finally become playable. Gnome priest NPCs (such as the Holdout Medic in Gnomeregan and the North Fleet Medic in Howling Fjord) have existed in Azeroth for some time, but the destruction brought on by Deathwing will most likely inspire many more Gnomes to turn to their allies and adopt devotion to The Light.
    Most of them are healers, and leaders of their own religions, guiding with unending faith and devotion.

    Sometimes, their purposes are not that clear *cough* twilight father *cough*

    Shadow priest lore is a little bit more complicated.

    I like to believe that shadow priest are somewhat connected with the old gods[The Old forgotten shadow more than anything], with shadowfiend having tentacles, and the tendril from next xpac, many faceless having mindflay, and it being called OLD FORGOTTEN SHADOW! come on! Maybe they have forgotten the true origins of these shadow based spells? Eh, it still remains merely a speculation.
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    The race holding priests in the highest regards would be the Night Elves. Originally, the males became druids, while the females could become priestesses. WoW threw this lore around a bit, so it's a bit more complicated these days. But considering that Tyrande is the PVP faction boss of her people, while not strictly speaking holding any role of power says a lot.

    The humans had a priesthood - the clerics of northshire. They soon found that sending pre-vanilla priests out in PVP was a bad bad idea, and was virtually eradicated. The human paladins started out as a military faction originating from the remains of the priest order. Out of all races, the humans have the most history when it comes to priests. Also, Onyxia when she was controlling stornwind, was a priest. If you haven't seen the movie "Blind" yet, you should. That's how a priest is OP.

    The dwarves picked up both priests and paladins from the humans, but they're not really a notable part of the dwarven society - there are no named dwarf priests around as far as I know, and thus no organization surrounding them. So as a dwarf priest, you would probably have to make all this up. Dwarven shamans have way more lore attached to them than dwarven priests.

    Orcs can't be priests, so skipping those greenskinned bastards

    Gnomes are strictly speaking not really religious of nature. But they are curious, and have been observing those smelly dwarf priests for quite a while. I like to think of gnome priests as combat medics, using healing spells just as any other effective tools. Whether this leads to any enlightenment remains to be seen.

    And as far as the spacegoats go, Velen, their leader, is undeniably the most awesome priest in the world (tm). When the burning legion expansion pack comes, he will be there, facing down Sargeras. And probably win, with a little help from 25 random adventurers.

    I always liked the blood elves way of dealing with the holy light. It's less of a "use this force to spead good", and more about "use this force in any way that is awesome for ME!". To the point where the blood elves captured a Naruu, and started draining it of power just so that the priests and paladins had a stable source of power. Since the Sunwell incident, this has changed, but it just goes to show how twisted those blood elves really are.

    And speaking of twisted, the forsaken have their own interpretation of the light, that deals less with "holy" and more with "balance". My priest was shipped off to shadowpriest Allister back in TBC, where she learned all the fun facts about how to torture victims with negative holy light, and how this insight was meant to embrace and empower the holy aspects by understanding that any force can be used for both good and evil, and that the Yin is nothing without the Yang. Of course, in the forsaken vocabulary, "balance" means the evil parts are generally enhanced. It was a good lesson, except I don't think the gnome subject survived.

    Taurens recently picked up the fact that there are more powers than their earth mother around. So now you have sunwalkers, who more or less worship the sun - their intepretation of the holy light. But honestly, I am not sure it's a great lore addition. It feels a bit forced.

    And finally we have the trolls. Troll priests have ALL the good recipes for cooking other players. You should totally try the shrunken head barbecue. Mmmmm!
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    I like to think more along the line that the light is part of everything and cannot be created or destroyed (think about the life circle of the Naruu), but merely "rearranged/moved" or directed. Without a difference in the distribution of light nothing could change - living is change - just a a stone cannot fall on a flat surface. It would need a hole to fall into or an elevation to fall off of.
    So while the holy school is the collecting of light from everywhere and leading it to a specific place, the shadow school is the taking of light from somewhere and distributing it elsewhere. Its just the other side of the very same thing, like creating a heap and digging a hole would both be moving earth.
    This could also explain how there could be undead who are not living and get harmed by the light but still behave similar to the living. While the living would contain more light than their surroundings and would be healed by gaining more light and damaged when it is taken away from them the undead would contain less than their surroundings and thus be damaged by the light while getting stronger when it is taken away from them. (Like a hole in the ground cannot be destroyed when you take earth away from it but by filling it up.)
    Even the dangers but possibility of handling the shadow school for the living and holy school for the undead would become apparent. Only how holy spells can damage living and shadow spells undead is more difficult to explain (aside from atonement and vampiric embrance, which both could be the transfer of light from one source to another). Most likely its just the shock.

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    Well Im horde, and any kind of magic the blood elves use is just a tool to benifit themselves. That goes with holy magic as well, so if they are healing or damage priests they are just doing it because they feel it is the way to go to further thier own power =D

    same goes with forsaken, basically.

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