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    [Bio] Variastrasza

    Name: Variastrasza

    Age: Old. Very nearly as old as the Aspects.

    Status: Undead, eternal

    Race: Emberwyrm

    Gender: Female

    Alignment: Lawful good

    Personality: Warm, compassionate, sympathetic - a truly old soul in a literally ancient body. She is patient, kind, and wise, and happy to offer her wisdom to any seeker. She is a great pacifist and avoids conflict wherever possible. She never, ever advocates the loss of life, but will do what she must if it means the preservation of life as a whole. Despite having witnessed the many major mistakes of the mortal races, she is still quite comfortable among them, even if they are not comfortable among her. Variastrasza believes that it is very rare for anybody to be truly beyond redemption, and she is eager to believe the best in others. However, she is not naïve. She recognizes that the most logical way to purge the world of evil is to simply kill it. It is not something she is happy about, but she recognizes that some sacrifices must be made for the good of the whole.

    Though she still has the personality of a red dragon, she is very well aware of her condition and what it means for her. Being undead, she can no longer embrace the same powers as her living kin – she knows she no longer belongs to them. As a result, she does not actively seek out the company of other dragons, but welcomes it when it is available. She does occasionally express remorse about no longer belonging to the flight properly, but she doesn’t linger on it. She does still wholly respect Alexstrasza and would certainly act if called upon, but she doesn’t hold out hope for it.

    Likes: Cold weather, peace and quiet, people that don't immediately go "OH SHIT SCOURGE KILL IT" when they see her.

    Dislikes: Death, violence, necromancy, unfair judgment.

    Appearance: Variastrasza is a great leviathan with a huge body and a massive wingspan. Dragons never stop growing from when they are born to the day they die, and as she is ancient – truly ancient – her size reflects it enormously. It gets hard at times for her to find places to hang out at simply because of this size, and she has long outgrown the days of sharp turns and tight circles. She truly epitomizes the word ‘leviathan.’

    But she’s undead, so it’d be unfair to describe her actual anatomy without pointing this out. She’s not long-dead, so she hasn’t experienced an exceptionally advanced form of decay. She is not a walking (or flying) skeleton. She resembles something like a Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher, except significantly larger and with a little flesh, tendons, and ligaments. Her bones are a reddish black from the magic used to reanimate her, and what skin she’s got left is a dull crimson – there are no longer any scales. Her talons, horns, spikes, and teeth are all inky black.

    The way her spikes and horns and all that are set up makes her look extremely.. prickly. They run the length of her spine, from the center of her forehead to the tip of her tail, which is barbed – long, sharp barbs. She has a number of small spikes running along her lower jaw that progressively grow in size as they near the back of her head, facing slightly outward to frame the back of her skull in a pretty impressive fan of violent ouchies. The claws at the ends of her wing 'fingers' are perfectly capable of gouging out eyes.

    Strengths: Extremely tolerant to extreme climates of all kinds. Does not need to eat or sleep or breathe, which obviously gives her a great deal of survivability. She is generally very hardy, she can take quite a beating before she's had enough. She is very open-minded and patient. Variastrasza also usually has a huge size advantage over foes.

    Weaknesses: Holy magic is the biggest - as with all undead, she is greatly affected by the power of the Light. Because of her size, she isn't particularly agile - she maneuvers almost as terribly as a jumbo jet. Similarly, her size lends itself to clumsiness.. It just gets difficult for her to watch where she puts her feet or how much room she has to swing her tail around.

    History: It was when the world was relatively young and the dragonflights new that Variastrasza popped out of her shiny red egg at a roost occupied by the red dragonflight. The flight was small and shiny and brand spankin’ new, and every time an egg hatched, there was much joy to be had by all present - such was the case with Variastrasza, who was groomed and raised to epitomize all that the red dragonflight stood for.

    Right from the start, Variastrasza proved to be a bit of a diplomat. When the mortal races sprung forth from the loins of the world, Varia was there to watch them grow and find their place in it. She studied their habits and how they solved problems nature posed to them. She watched these fledgling races grow and evolve and split into separate tribes, or separate races altogether. She witnessed the natural extinction of races, as well, and the wars between tribes. Though Varia was always quick to impress upon these young mortals the importance of cooperating with their neighbors, they often chose the path of war rather than one of diplomatic negotiation. It pained the dragon to see them fight, but it was not her place to interfere with small-scale squabbles.

    Variastrasza was already rather old at the time of the War of the Ancients. By that point in her life, she had contributed much to the flight in the forms of wisdom, grace, protection, and production - Varia was not only one of the Reds' finest guardians, but a broodmother in her own right. Her maternal instinct was incredibly strong and extended not only to her own young, but to all of the flight's younglings; when danger arose in the form of War of the Ancients, Variastrasza was among the first to rise and protect the flight from the Burning Legion - and later, Neltharion. The red dragonflight suffered massive losses, including loss in the form of unhatched eggs - something Varia, to this day, deeply regrets not being able to better prevent. After the Sundering, she rarely roosted again; she, like many others of her flight, dedicated time to hunting down the mad black dragons that constantly threatened the existance not only of the red dragonflight, but of life itself.

    When the Demon Soul fell into the hands of the Dragonmaw Clan, the Red Dragonflight suffered hardest. Variastrasza was luckily spared from the fate that befell many of her kin; she evaded capture and enslavement well enough to stay with the scattered remnants of her flight. Those free of mind frequently fell victim to attacks by the black dragonflight, and so Varia made a point of seeking out as many reds as she could to stick together: safety in numbers. Wherever a stranded or wounded red was found, Varia swept in to take them away to safety. Being as ancient and wise as she was, Varia's presence provided some comfort and safety to younger lost and confused drakes. In the time before Alexstrasza was freed from Grim Batol, Varia played the part of guardian for a fairly sized group of reds.

    When Alexstrasza was freed and Deathwing was chased off, Varia spent a short time standing guard outside Grim Batol. She removed herself and retreated to a common roost the red dragonflight occupied about 8 years later, deciding that there was no longer a desperate need for her presence there. About six years after that - year 20 or so - she laid her final clutch of eggs at this roost she occupied as a guardian.

    When the young from those eggs were old enough to care for themselves with the support of the other dragons at the roost, Variastrasza flew to the frozen north to join a good chunk of the dragonflight in Northrend, just in time to join the Nexus War as it begun. She was not a major player; she mostly just protected Wyrmrest Temple and the surrounding dragonshrines from attack from the blues, but she participated nonetheless. Though it pained her to do so, she struck down as many blues as she had - as soon as they went to war with the mortals, they invoked the wrath of her claws. It was in this time that Varia, herself, met her longcoming demise. It was not, however, at the teeth and claws of the blue dragonflight.

    Nay, she provoked the wrath of frost wyrms, newly risen from the skeletons littering the Dragonblight. Her crime was simply that she existed - one moment she was flying about, and the next she was ambushed by at least three of 'em. They did not manage to bring her down before she shook them off, but they wounded her pretty gravely. She sought refuge and recovery at the ruby dragonshrine only to find it under siege from the Scourge - and it was not far from here that she was struck down by the reanimated body of one of her own flight. One of the attacking emberwyrms gave chase and landed the killing blow on poor, ancient old Variastrasza in the far north of the Dragonblight.

    Scourge reanimators discovered her body just a couple days later and decided to make use of it. A group of 'em used some super special necromancy on the fallen red, raising her as an emberwyrm herself. She, too, was sent briefly to antagonize the red flight at their shrine - hilarious irony, plain and simple, that Lich King had him a sense of humor - before retreating her back to Icecrown to offer gutsy adventurers a white-hot alternative to freezing ice breath. Varia patrolled the skies as Icecrown's equivalent of the Fel Reaver or the Whale Shark; she lit ablaze anyone dumb enough to AFK in the middle of the glacier and had a ton of fun having sorority parties with Sindragosa and her friends, gossipping about what a terrible lover Malygos was and about how much better off the world would be if the Lich King ruled it. Etc.

    She was rather fortunate, despite many, many attacks, to have survived long enough to witness - feel, really, she didn't see it - the death of Arthas. Now the question I'm sure you're wondering is this: how is she freed? Well.. You remember those intense minutes between the helm popped of Arthas' head and was put on Bolvar's? During that time, who d'you reckon was actually controlling the Scourge? Exactly. That moment was just long enough for Varia's true, sweet, light-hearted little self to be like fuck that and by the time the Scourge had a new master, she was already flying far, far away with massive metaphorical concrete walls protecting her will from the grabby mental hands of the new Lich King. Etc.

    Since then, she's kind of just been hanging around wherever she feels like, chillin'. She'll kill black dragons on occasion, Twilight ones too, but is part of no war effort since she isn't welcome. lulz.

    Powers: As you might expect, Variastrasza cannot properly command the regenerative properties of life anymore, since she isn't alive herself. The biggest and most predictable trick she knows is necromancy, a craft that she loathes with a passion and refuses to use unless it's a matter of saving the world from certain doom. She is capable of pretty impressive amounts of necromancy, but there is roughly a 99.9% chance you will never see her do it because she loathes it so. The point is, however, she can do it.

    She cannot heal flesh wounds or promote growth of anything. She can tend to deeper wounds - wounds of the soul. The deepest of hurts are the ones that scar a person's soul, be those injuries from deep emotional hurts or magical attack. Variastrasza is adept at soothing and mending the soul. She can also maim it if she wanted, but she doesn't want to do that, either. That is beneath her. The soul is a sacred thing to be protected, not destroyed. As far as she is concerned, it is her job to protect it.

    When someone dies within a certain range of her, she is acutely aware of it, and she can guide their soul to the afterlife – be it to the ancestral hunting grounds of the tauren, the battlefields of the orcs, or the sanctuary of the Light for those races devout to it. She can also temporarily store souls within her being, for safekeeping if she desires.

    She is good with fire and shadow magic.

    Shapeshifting: Everyone knows dragons do it. Variastrasza did it. She can still do it, and she does it often. She is perfectly at ease walking among mortals, no matter if they know she's a dragon or not. Typical of a red dragon, her preferred form is that of a high elf, but she will take another shape if necessary.

    Because she is undead in her dragon form, she winds up being undead in whatever mortal form she takes, but she is careful to never really look it - for the most part, her forms simply seem pale and a bit dull in the eyes and hair. They're cool to the touch and tend to breathe vveeeeeerrrrryyyy sloooooowwwllllyyy if they do at all.

    Notes:
    -Yes, Zirinax's mother.
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    Before you go further I must pop your bubble a bit...

    She's too big!

    (PS, next time you're in IRC, I'll explain my views. It's funner when you get immediate responses!)

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    Is no bubble-bursting at all, she's a big girl but there's no age -> size table for dragons, particularly of huge oldness. So I guestimated. ;c

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synaxis View Post
    Is no bubble-bursting at all, she's a big girl but there's no age -> size table for dragons, particularly of huge oldness. So I guestimated. ;c
    It's true that there is no limit... but what you're talking is a dragon of such massive size that she would hve to be much,much, MUCH older than even the aspects... almost as old as Azeroth itself. To shadow a city... well let's just say that's big. (Unless we're not talking about the same city, and yet, that's still big.)

    As for the age of the aspects, although there is no precise date, I am pretty comfortable to assume they are around 30000-50000 years of age at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Mage View Post
    As for the age of the aspects, although there is no precise date, I am pretty comfortable to assume they are around 30000-50000 years of age at the moment.
    As a matter of interest, wowpedia claims Eonar blessed Alexstrasza and Ysera approximately 64,000 years before the First War. Don't know how accurate that is, but it's somethin'.

    Also, I'm going to finish this bio rly.

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    You could shadow a city pretty easily if she flew at night. Its all I am saying n.n, Good read apart from the size thing, which I didn't really take too much notice of. Also if your undead, you might stink of death to some people/creatures with a good nose [worgen, other dragons, dogs.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarevok345 View Post
    You could shadow a city pretty easily if she flew at night. Its all I am saying n.n, Good read apart from the size thing, which I didn't really take too much notice of. Also if your undead, you might stink of death to some people/creatures with a good nose [worgen, other dragons, dogs.]
    A decomposing body ceases smelling foul after a certain point. She wouldn't really smell all that bad.

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    I don't even know where to begin with this.

    First. Why are you making a dragon thats as old as an Aspect? Thats kind of just trying to get attention if you ask me.

    Second. A lawful good Emberwyrm? WHAT. I can understand that MAYBE, on the -rare- off chance, The Knights of the Ebon Blade might free an Emberwyrm from the scourges grasp, but the Scourge was still under the helmets control when no one controlled it -.-..... the only thing that happened was, no one was commanding them, but they still belonged to the Lich king. But an Emberwyrm is BY NO MEANS Lawful good, maybe neutral good, but that'd be it, that'd be as far as it goes if they dont belong to the Scourge.

    Third. LIKES COLD WEATHER?! WHAAAAAT?? Emberwyrms are EXTREMELY WEAK to the Cold. I don't know what you were smoking when you made this, but I want some.

    Fourth. An undead dragon wouldn't have a mortal form. Nuff said.

    Five. Fact of the matter is, almost everyone SHOULD be like "OH SHIT, SCOURGE, KILL IT." And I can gaurentee the Red dragonflight would NEVER allow you in Wyrmrest or the Shrines again.

    Six. You are probably one of those Twilight fanboys/girls.

    So, if you decide not to take this advice from someone that knows Warcraft lore, fine by me. But you're a baddie, and a horrible Roleplayer if you don't.

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    lol infract'd

    I'll address it anyway. I am unfortunately not going to argue about this with someone who has 24 posts, zero in this section (which is as close to a lore section as you'll get), and whose last page of posts all read condescendingly. There is no point replying to this. I am almost certainly obliging a troll by responding at all, but for any other curious people..

    1. With age comes wisdom. I was going for an old, wise, peaceful character who's seen the best and worst of life. She is a mentor, a guide, a protector. She is the draconic equivalent to the village elder. If she were human she'd sit in a rocking chair and knit while telling her great-grandchildren stories about when she was a kid.

    2. There is no standard alignment for free emberwyrms. There are no noteworthy emberwyrms in lore at all, so I took advantage of the lack of standard and made her lawful good, in line with what I want of her. There is nothing saying anywhere that a free emberwyrm would definitely be X alignment. Just because you don't think it's possible doesn't mean it isn't.

    2 1/2. Nobody was wearing the hat. Nobody's head was in the hat. Nobody's thoughts were reaching out to say NO, YOU ARE WITH ME. It's not difficult to imagine that there was nobody actively suppressing whatever will the Scourge had. Dragons are powerful beasts and highly magical - I cannot bring myself to believe they are as easy to control than, say, a human. With nobody actively forcing Varia to act for the Scourge, is it truly difficult to imagine she might break loose of its grip? If you need help imagining, think in WC3:TFT when Ner'zhul was super-de-duper weak and Sylvanas and her buddies were like 'fuck that shit.' Yeah, it's kinda like that, except nobody was actively being the lich king and Variastrasza is a dragon.

    3. As with emberwyrm alignment, there is nothing anywhere saying they are weak to the cold/frost/etc. Sorry.

    4. See points 1 and 3.

    5. Everyone should be, but not everyone will be. And you can guarantee that, and I won't argue it. As I said in Varia's bio, she is aware she no longer belongs to the red dragonflight but does not linger on it and definitely does not force it. She knows she'd probably be torn up if she tried approaching any of the flight's sacred places or strongholds. That is why she does not go to them.

    6. I have never read Twilight or any of its sequels. I have never seen any of the movies. I do not like romantic literature, vampires, or characters that are basically just shells with no real development to 'em.

    If you think you are such a shining example of lore knowledge and such an awesome roleplayer, I encourage you to write up your own bio! I'd love to critique it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodyzan2 View Post
    I don't even know where to begin with this.

    First. Why are you making a dragon thats as old as an Aspect? Thats kind of just trying to get attention if you ask me.

    Second. A lawful good Emberwyrm? WHAT. I can understand that MAYBE, on the -rare- off chance, The Knights of the Ebon Blade might free an Emberwyrm from the scourges grasp, but the Scourge was still under the helmets control when no one controlled it -.-..... the only thing that happened was, no one was commanding them, but they still belonged to the Lich king. But an Emberwyrm is BY NO MEANS Lawful good, maybe neutral good, but that'd be it, that'd be as far as it goes if they dont belong to the Scourge.

    Third. LIKES COLD WEATHER?! WHAAAAAT?? Emberwyrms are EXTREMELY WEAK to the Cold. I don't know what you were smoking when you made this, but I want some.

    Fourth. An undead dragon wouldn't have a mortal form. Nuff said.

    Five. Fact of the matter is, almost everyone SHOULD be like "OH SHIT, SCOURGE, KILL IT." And I can gaurentee the Red dragonflight would NEVER allow you in Wyrmrest or the Shrines again.

    Six. You are probably one of those Twilight fanboys/girls.

    So, if you decide not to take this advice from someone that knows Warcraft lore, fine by me. But you're a baddie, and a horrible Roleplayer if you don't.

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    Just someone that never did rp himself before anyway he is already infracted for this post, anyway good and nice bio synaxis

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    Quote Originally Posted by sáfarie View Post
    Just someone that never did rp himself before anyway he is already infracted for this post, anyway good and nice bio synaxis
    I've RP'd before. I've RP'd for alot longer than your sorry ass has, i'm sure. Write myself a Bio Syn? My characters aren't attention whores. Their either citizens with no "SPEESHAL POWAZZ", or normal warriors, or a normal, non-Arch/prestige class, and they usually always have a personality flaw, unlike your character, who's apparently a mary sue, hating necromancy and unfair judgement isn't a personality flaw, neither is being an Emberwyrm. And, really? The only thing that you made your apparent "Point" with, was "I DOESN'T SEE NO WRITING ANYWHERE'S THAT SAYS I CAN'T DO THIS." Its COMMON SENSE.

    ...and by the way, 25 posts, yeah, woohoo, you're going to try to insult me for that? I don't waste my life making thousands of posts on a site where most of the threads are based on complaining about how their class got nerfed, and Mods who like to show off and make smart ass comments without punishment.

    But whatever. I don't play WoW anymore, and I really don't care if im banned from these forums lmao. The mods are idiots anyways, considering this trolling when i'm not attempting to troll. Apparently now-a-days trolls have made such an impact on society that anytime someone types something stupid/ignorant/angry, or heavy, its automatically trolling. Might aswell put "Trolling" in the friggin' dictionary, if it isn't already. I hate trollers, just an FYI.


    And if you're wondering why I came off offensive the first time and this time, its because I hate people who make characters like this just so they can have all the attention in roleplays.
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    ^ So glad he is banned, this was one of the reasons I liked the way to forum use to be, so trolls couldn't get on and disrupt things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vadoor View Post
    ^ So glad he is banned, this was one of the reasons I liked the way to forum use to be, so trolls couldn't get on and disrupt things.

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    Hey, i'm not banned. LOL, nice infraction, too. And for the last time im saying this, I'm not a troll, im saying my opinion because I wanted to tell the truth and stop terribad roleplayers. You idiots think everyone is trolling if they get on your specific nerves. So just shut up, i'm not a troll. -.-

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    lol at all the infractions in this boi

    OT: very nice bio! really liked it and its pretty awsome how you used emberwyrms unlike a typical frostwyrm!

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    Lol this thread is one big flamewar... On topic though, Nice read! Your bio has some fun aspects, I must say though, the size thing is a bit funny... I mean, seriously?
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    Yeah, I created a real shitstorm with this one, heh. Doesn't really bother me, to be honest, I totally understand that not everyone shares my affinity for filling in the gray areas in Warcraft lore. If there is nothing on a subject I am pursuing, like the emberwyrm, I will take total liberty to make shit up - after all, the best RP is done by characters that have substance and are written well. I decided on an emberwyrm instead of a frostwyrm because I prefer the red dragonflight to blue, and reds are typically the most benevolent, which is what I was going for. I could absolutely have gone with a living red dragon, but I love zombies and zombie dragons.

    And yes, seriously.. Dragons don't ever stop growing, and she is a walking fossil.

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