Anyway, the actual closest thing to a traditional wyvern in WoW is definitely not a proto-drake. It's Hakkar the Soulflayer, and wind serpents in general for the legless variety.
You came into a thread and pointed out how something incredibly trivial "annoys the hell out of you". Someone called you out for your nit picking and how silly it was and you respond with the oh so clever "u mad bro" then rant for 3 paragraphs to justify why it "annoys the hell out of you". If the hypocrisy of that isn't obvious to you by now then it never will be. I'm starting to feel bad for you so I'm gonna stop.
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Manticore? Kobold? Gnoll? Wyvern? Dryads? Not so much.
Even though there is a lot of variation within descriptions of mythical creatures there are certain traits that make a certain creature that creature. Vampires suck blood, werewolves have some extent of permanent or temporary wolf features, gryphons are part lion part eagle etc. Even in a fantasy setting you'd look pretty ridiculous calling an alligator a pony or a dog a jellyfish. The point is wyverns are so far off of the traits considered to be "wyvern" (and in fact gone straight to traits common with another mythical creature, the manticore) that for those that do know what a wyvern is it looks ridiculous. Basilisks and crocolisks are fine because they are close enough to their reference that the connection can be seen (the basilisks are reptilian and can petrify. the connection has been made. Croclisks are clearly a cross between real world crocodilians and wow's basilisks)
Wyverns are really manticores while protodrakes are wyvernlike.
Quilin's are really fu-dogs while the new datamined mount is what a quilin actually looks like
As far as I can figure, the only ACTUAL two legged, winged "dragons" in WoW are the chimeras, if the little tweedly proto drake hands are too "removed" from real wyverns for you. Hakkar and Wind serpents bear the closest resemblance to amphipteres.Anyway, the actual closest thing to a traditional wyvern in WoW is definitely not a proto-drake. It's Hakkar the Soulflayer, and wind serpents in general for the legless variety.
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I dunno I would say majority would described an elf as 'santas little helper'
Why is one fantasy setting more 'correct' than another?
Blizzard created a creature, called it a Wyvern. Other fantasy settings created other creatures, called them Wyverns. One is not more right than the other; they're just different.
Even though I do agree that they look like Manticores, I always referred to them as wind riders. Not going to let myself be bothered by it though.
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That said the wow Wyvern has more in common with the Mythical Chimera the only real difference being a Chimera generally has 2 or more heads.
Though Video games do tend to portray Wyvern differently from dragons but it is generally by making them much smaller and/or removing their legs.
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This is a reasonable complaint. They aren't calling bears "lions," the nomenclature has been pretty consistent with reality, so the wyvern is probably a mistake on their part.
For that matter, how about everybody gives a written list of what they consider to be the most important features to make something a wyvern. No, "not like a WoW wyvern" is not a legit feature.
I always hate these kinds of threads. It doesn't make any sense. I could understand if wyvern/dragons/etc. were real creatures, but they aren't. There is not some set standard that everybody has to follow because they're fantasy creatures. I'm normally not one to defend Blizzard, but nitpicking over something like this is just dumb.
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