Worldbuilding fascinates me. When I dive into a new story, I’m always keeping an eye out for what the authors do with the belief systems within those worlds. It’s one of the things I consider during any kind of character creation, even if it might never come into play over the course of a game, and WoW is no exception.
Every race has its religion, and certain classes might lend more easily to a character being devout (or not!) As new content has been released, we find our PCs exposed to demons and demigods. There’s also plenty of room for embellishment — looking back at the lore, worship of the Light seems to be relatively new for humans. What came before that? A few of our Northerner-players have filled in the blanks with some very cool ideas.
Along the same lines, troll lore is hard to chase down — part of it is probably the sheer numbers of tribes, each having their own patron gods, or variations on one another’s gods. We got to see a bit more of it with Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman, but there is still much that is left to your imagination.
There are dragons and titans and spirits of all kinds. So much excellent fodder for RP.
Davien’s an atheist at heart. She doesn’t believe in gods, really, though she acknowledges that there are beings with powers that far surpass her own. She simply counts them as other races, their power worthy of respect (and, obviously, study), but not something to worship. The closest she comes to religion stems from her study of the arcane — she believes it connects everything, and holds things together, but it’s not sentient; it’s a power to be tapped into and harnessed. Malygos’ insanity and death have given her new things to ponder about magic and its nature.
Annalea felt that the Church of the Holy Light was far too stuffy for her tastes. She grew up mostly going through the motions at services, but not much liking what she heard. Then came the Kal’dorei and their moon goddess, and she headed off to the Temple of Elune to offer her services as an acolyte. It’s a much more comfortable fit for her, but she’s far from devout.
Threnn has the strongest faith of the three. She holds firm to the Light and its teachings, but unless someone else asks first, she keeps it to herself. Faith and prayer are very private and personal for her. When the Draenei came, and the Naaru with them, she suffered a minor crisis of faith. Here was the very thing she worshiped, spinning around and making windchime noises in the middle of Shattrath. She’s since decided that they’re creatures made from the Light, but they aren’t the Light itself. After A’dal appeared at the end of the Bridenbrad quest chain in Icecrown, she lost a huge chunk of respect for them, and any lingering doubts as to whether or not she should worship the Naaru the way she does the Light went away.
What do your characters believe? How has the lore that’s been revealed with new content affected or challenged those beliefs?