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    What is the origin of the warlock class?

    I can't seem to find it in any of the older DND manuals.

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    It’s based off of the original warlocks from the original Warcraft game as far as I know. Where they’re based off of is the common use of the word “warlock” to refer to a male practitioner of magical arts.

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    In earlier D&D a warlock would just be a wizard or arguably a cleric serving a dark master.

    From 3.5 on there has been a Warlock class, but it shares little with the WoW equivalent other than 'guy who wields dark magic'. It has a particular fondness for a spell called "Eldritch Blast" and usually involves having a pact with a patron from which you get your spells. Oh and it has curses to.

    These 'evil wizards' made their way into WC1 and built their own identity from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darsithis View Post
    It’s based off of the original warlocks from the original Warcraft game as far as I know. Where they’re based off of is the common use of the word “warlock” to refer to a male practitioner of magical arts.
    Yep, in Warcraft 2 Horde had warlocks and Alliance had mages. Acid Rain vs Blizzard.
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    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/warlock

    Warlocks are "truce-breakers" - so people are happy with their peaceful lives, and a "liar to war", "speaker to war", or "spell-caster to war" brings war and destruction, probably for personal ends. So we can consider a warlock a political version of a wizard - wizards are associated with removal from politics, sitting in their towers away from population centers, hoping to be left alone to their studies, while warlocks exploit humanity for their own ends.

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    Warlocks were where you would vigorously pump your hog and get spells in exchange
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    After many years of playing a warlock, and reading many quest texts, my general assessment is this: A maverick mage that makes deals with with demonic and void beings for mutual benefit. Orc warlocks learned such magics directly from demons when they worked on behalf of the Burning Legion,(I can't remember of this next part was retcon'd or not) in turn, human mages then studied the Orcish warlock magics so that they may better understand them and counter them. (Obviously some decided to use them for their own means.)

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    a mage looked at the succubus and knew what had to be done

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    In WoW? A warlock is just someone who uses Fel Magic.

    The oldest Warlocks are the demons themselves. The spellcasting ones.
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    In wow lore..... warlocks are old shamans, that got turned by Gul'dan and fel magic, i guess i should add, that's how orcs got warlocks
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