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    Nihilius, a personification of Salandrin

    Once an ordinary child born into a wealthy family of authors, and lore keepers, the child's life would be tarnished when The Orcs raided Stormwind, killing his entire family, and burning down his cherished library, along with it's vast wealth of lore and knowledge. The child escaped Stormwind, but was not unscathed. His forehead and left face were burned all over from the raging flames that nearly took his life, and he was nearly blind as a result. With his remaining eyesight, the child vowed to kill every last Orc he would see from that day forth. Casting aside his innocence, and bellowing in a trembling fury, he bestowed upon himself the title Lorekeeper Nihilius.

    For many years, Nihilius spent his life wandering Azeroth in a deranged pursuit of slaying Orcs, mercilessly slaughtering those unfortunate Orcs who crossed his path. His infamy grew among the Orcs, and tales were told of how a phantom would seemingly appear in an instant, and taking the lives of unwitting Orcs. Nearing blindness, and his body beginning to fail, Nihilius knew he had little time left, and resolved to die bathed in the blood of his eternal enemies. As a result of his maddening bloodlust, he had disregarded the notion of discovering the Orc's past, and gain insight to their corruption. His title of Lorekeeper was now false, and he discarded it entirely; his fascination with lore and knowledge was blinded by his hatred for the Orcs.

    Boldly appearing before the Orcs, now blind, and weakened, he made one valiant attempt to kill as many as possible before his demise, but this ended in catastrophic failure; the Orcs prepared for the Phantom, and swiftly incapacitated Nihilius before his rampage. Reeling in defeat, Nihilius still managed to escape his attackers, though he wouldn't make it far. Drowning in his own blood, he cursed the Orcs, and died in undying rage, letting out a shriek of hate so bestial, it temporarily stunned his pursurers.

    Nihilius's corpse was desecrated by the Orcs; it's limbs torn off, and his head attached to a pike, while his torso was burnt and tossed aside. His vengeful spirit however, remained intact, and his decaying body would be discovered much later by the Cult of the Damned in their pursuit to find powerful forces for the Lich King. His soul still lingering due to his hate, he communed with the cultists, and agreed to come into the service of the Lich King, so long as his body is brought whole.

    Through Necromancy, and various experiments, Nihilius was reborn into undeath. However, his new body was weak, and decaying, much to his disgust. After completing his trials as a Death Knight, he would gain the freedom to do as he liked under the Lich King's grasp. He began to gain the unenthusiastic praise of his dark master, after he spread his terror by silently dispatching Orcs within Ashenvale, in a horrifyingly gruesome fashion, while making no effort to hide his deeds from the rest of the Orcs.

    Once again however, his body began to fail him, and something had to be done. He took the flesh of the Orcs he slaughtered, and began to create a new armor that would sustain him with unholy power, thus rendering his body state trivial. After many grotesque and abhorrent experiments, his armor was complete. A distinct, fleshy, violet-green armor that covered his entire body and head, while only leaving his mouth exposed, Nihilius resembled a demon more than a Death Knight. The power from this armor came at a cost however: should Nihilius fail to sustain the armor with the blood of Orcs, it would consume him, and he would become a mindless being subject to it's sentient will.

    For years, Nihilius enjoyed the thrill of constantly killing Orcs relentlessly, and the fact that very few could actually oppose him due to his strength and cunning. Nihilius's service to the Lich King was terminated after the Battle of Light's Hope Chapel, when he ironically realized that due to the Lich King's focus on his new war, he would not be free to do as he please, and sent on mundane missions, that did not involve terminating Orcs.

    Under the guise of his old Lorekeeper mantle, Nihilius was inducted into the Alliance with respect. While his public identity was a Lorekeeper, and author, he would use his identity as Nihilius to continue his endless conflict with the Orcs...

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    im confused what is this
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    Quote Originally Posted by GennGreymane View Post
    im confused what is this
    I realized there's a role play section. Requesting a move.

    But this is basically a character of myself I am building sketches upon, and am looking for feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GennGreymane View Post
    im confused what is this
    Salandrins war against the orcs, blaming them for his/hers personal problems IRL would be my most likely bet

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    Moved to RP section.

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    The character concept is relatively sound... my three biggest concerns are one, why you even put in the Lorekeeper title bit if you were going to discard it literally one paragraph after. It's not that big of an issue but it seems entirely unnecessary, at least to me. Two, flesh does not really make armor. You could probably infuse armor with blood but I don't think you'd be able to change flesh into proper armor.

    And last but not least, three: your character is nearly blind and it sounds like he was a child when he first started killing. You realize that this makes him incredibly overpowered, yes? A child who can barely see is not going to be able to fight against a healthy orc child, let alone a full-grown orc. If vengeance from the get-go was in fact what you wanted him to do, he would have died long before his last stand that you mentioned.

    On a smaller note, Nihilius isn't exactly a common human name. Some mentioning of how he got that name, whether it was after his death (which is quite plausible, as a lot of undead change their names after their reanimation), or if it was from birth, why his parents chose it. You could probably say that it was due to their knowledge of lore that they knew a good deal of elvish (as a lot of tomes, both arcane and otherwise are written in such) so they picked an elvish name, since Nihilius is a bit elfy.

    As well, depending on your timeframe, your character's corpse would only be a skeleton. If the orcs really dismembered your character like they did, it sounds like the Old Horde. The New Horde under Thrall would have killed your guy (assuming he attacked them first... they kinda just wanted to be left alone) but would not have dismembered him. It takes roughly a year for a corpse's flesh to rot away and leave behind only bone which means if orcs did in fact kill Nihilius and you want him to be reanimated in his original body, he wouldn't have been dismembered and they wouldn't have prepared specifically for him unless he was killed outside of Lordaeron (which means the Cult of the Damned wouldn't have found him since their operations were only in Lordaeron). They would have defenses against similar ambushes, because again, they just wanted to be left alone at that point. You're going to have to make some choices here.
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    When you actually read the paragraphs and you consider who wrote them it's pretty funny to notice just how many times the word 'Orcs' is used - usually after multiple adverbs surrounding a violent verb.

    Also "For years, Nihilius enjoyed the thrill of constantly killing Orcs relentlessly" is fairly enjoyable considering the author is Salandrin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackofwind View Post
    When you actually read the paragraphs and you consider who wrote them it's pretty funny to notice just how many times the word 'Orcs' is used - usually after multiple adverbs surrounding a violent verb.

    Also "For years, Nihilius enjoyed the thrill of constantly killing Orcs relentlessly" is fairly enjoyable considering the author is Salandrin.
    As long as his character's okay by the lore, I don't really care about his detailed past of prejudice. Prejudice in a roleplaying character's fine and it can lead to interesting conflicts.

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    Why did I read this in Uncle Ruckus' voice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbane View Post
    Why did I read this in Uncle Ruckus' voice?
    what if salandrin is in fact human-worshipping orc ? like he was dropped as baby or something ? That would actually make sense.

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