Ishnu-alah Shan’are. Thirty and seven moons ago a heavily tattooed and road worn night elf wandered into Karnum’s Glade accompanied by an azure whelpling. Here members of the Silver Circle and honored guests were celebrating the harvest festival of Lahassa. The courteous visitor appeared familiar with his people's custom only through books not experience. Wearing a bemused grin the monk-like traveler was defeated in the drinking contest and was pulled into a muddy pool by the Wolfrunner of Ashenvale during the tug of war. Such losses did not detract from his mirth during the festivities. During the final feast the tattooed pilgrim befriended the ranger Kelthos and offered belatedly to assist the Silver Circle’s Keeper with the dishes. He spoke briefly with Kelanthos, Celassa and Feydren before departing the Glade into the dusty plains of Desolace heading south. That stranger was Elurandir (known more commonly by the moniker “Rand”) and by Elune’s Grace that would not be his final encounter with the Silver Circle.
OOC:What about the kaldorei inspires you, and what is your favorite thing about them? The Night Elves were my introduction to Azeroth and the wider realms of Warcraft. I remember being not more than a decade old sitting at the desktop of my cousin in awe as he explored the length and depth of Shadowglen, Teldrassil and beyond. What inspires me most about the Night Elves is their cultural design and lore. They somehow capture this amazing blend of classical Tolkien, Norse and Japanese elements in a way that both heralds back to those original mythos while encapsulating this mystical art that is completely foreign to this world and uniquely their own.
IC:What memory has the most impact on your character's life, and does it drive them today? Elurandir is a highborne and a former member of House Shen’dralar. He was present for the treachery of Tortheldrin over a thousand years ago when the Prince thinned the population of his own people in order to bind the potent demonic energies of Immol’thar. His guilt and regret upon surviving that murderous culling only grew century upon century as his home, Eldre’Thalas, fell into disrepair. This painful memory drove him to choose a new path when he befriended a mortal wizard named Timolain. The sorcerer had proven himself worthy of the Shen’dralar and had been granted limited access to their great libraries. While Timolain did not return, others followed in his place and through a series of events they lost favor with the Highborne. When Elurandir defended the humans he was exiled. Cast out Eldre'Thalas he found himself suffering from mana withdrawals and felt his very life essence withering. This desperation set him upon a journey that would alter his perspective of magic as he would uncover the origins of a sustainable energy drawn from runes. The exact account of how he came to such a revelation is unclear. It has been said he stumbled into a vault of Highkeeper Ra-Den. Another story is how he took refuge with a mysterious tribe of rune-wielding Tauren settled within the cliffs between Un'goro and Thousand Needles. Yet another tale is that he was saved from an icy tomb in the far northern Winterspring while seeking arcane relics, his benefactor a member of the Blue Dragonflight disguised as a studious monk like Malygos did when he took mortal form. Whatever account or combination of events are true Elurandir seeks to never again be at the mercy of and compromise his humanity to an arcane hunger.
OOC:Describe your dream job or the hobbies you most enjoy and why. There are so many hobbies that I enjoy and projects that come from them. What a dream it would be if I could devote myself to them completely. I’ve loved storytelling since I was very young and over the years have found several avenues to share these stories. Whether writing or drawing, roleplaying with pen and paper or in video games stories are my life.
IC:What skills can your character teach and do they have any hidden talents? Elurandir is a Runemaster, a monk-like arcane spellcaster and close quarter fighter, empowered by the mystic emblems inscribed upon his own body. His backstory was inspired by a class from the old Warcraft role-playing game that predates the launch of the MMO we all know and love. In the netherworld of my own headcanon he resorted to these abilities after his banishment (or escape) from Eldre'Thalas, as he was cut off from the demonic energies the Highborne had been siphoning. The arcane runes tattooed on his body are patterned after the ley-lines of Azeroth herself. The monk seeks to strike a balance between the world of nature and magic. In this way he hopes to bridge the gap between the magi and druids as he sees the forces working together in harmonious union. Whether or not one wants to carve the symbols upon their own bodies as he has done, Elurandir would be eager to share what enlightenment upon the subject of ley-energy he has gained from any of his meditations or pilgrimages.
OOC:What personal strengths and weaknesses do you want to develop as a writer? Author Brandon Sanderson once sagely put it, “the writing and the storytelling are two distinct skills that often intertwine.” Alas as with most who are prone to the improvisation and randomness of the role playing scene I am much more accustomed to storytelling than story writing. Full transparency though I have no real ambition to spin some prose-filled yarn or become a very powerful wordsmith. That being said I would love to temper my ability and develop the discipline to sit down and get words on paper as procrastination has been the silent killer of all my stories that died without ever being born.
IC:Name one thing you love about your character, and one thing you'd like to improve for them. What I love about this character is that his concept, both in backstory and appearance, manages to embody my favorite aspects of the kaldorei culture while at the same time he maintains a distinctive silhouette. He's a free spirit, far more primal than other magocratic highborne but not to the extent that he’s just another druid. In this way he fulfilled my favorite character trope of the warrior-poet, similar to the romanticization of historical figures like samurai or the viking skalds. Despite a good concept though there is a lot to build out from here. One of the most glaring areas of improvement I need as a new roleplayer is that of his personality. I’m really all over the place in this regard as Elurandir doesn’t feel like he’s really come into his own person just yet. I’m sure to get some good advice from the RP veterans in the Warcraft sphere to help me spring-board off my basic ideas and mold his characteristics to be more consistent.
OOC:Describe your hopes and expectations for your ideal roleplay community. For me the ideal roleplay community is one that strikes a balance between an abiding passion for the established Warcraft Lore as well as an adherence to typical RPG mechanics and yet can maintain enough leeway for headcanon and the more narrative driven homebrew. More than anything I’d associate with a group who come together to appreciate art in video games but remember in the end we’re here to have fun and escape the pressures of the real world for a spell.
IC:Is your character spiritual, and what made them that way? Becoming a runemaster shaped Elurandir’s view of the arcane as less a science and more a spiritual journey. Dedicated to understanding the convergences of the Azeroth's ley lines he has traveled Kalimdor as a homeless monk spending his days seeking out runic sites where he meditates on the flows of power to gain enlightenment, refine his abilities and conquer his addictions. Runes are a manifestation of magical power that are arcane in nature, but purely benign and non-corrupting. They are a conduit to Azeroth's own unique flows of energy, and when accessed the night elf feels a synergy with the power of the earth and even the planets beyond.
OOC:Are you an introvert or extrovert, and what does your ideal get together consist of? I’ve been classified as an extrovert and I’ll take that because I have no real social inhibitions and do enjoy good company. Though I’d probably label myself a “vert” because I feel just as recharged sitting at my desk working on projects, reading or being immersed in a video game for hours at a time alone, as equally as I would a rowdy Nintendo Smash Bros party with my friends. Yet I digress, an ideal get together for me is around a tabletop where roleplayers are involved and invested in the theater of our minds.
IC: Does your character like going on adventures or would they prefer to stay home and relax, why? Having spent the better part of several lifetimes secluded within the great libraries of Dire Maul’s Atheneum indexing the extensive volumes of Azeroth’s past, the monk has since devoted himself to the present and preserving the future. For him that means not only grand adventures discovering the titanic secrets hidden within the length and breadth of the world but also being an active player and force for good among its many nations. He feels bound to take part in as a mortal what he neglected for thousands of immortal years. To use the relatively short span of years he has (in the eyes of an elf) to the fullest. That is not to say Elurandir is incapable of relaxing but would pursue even a moment of respite intentionally. Living life in every breath.
Our characters have met obviously. So I will keep this OOC 😂 We have a campaign this month that I think would pose as a great opportunity for Elurandir to tag along on to get to know the rest of the Silver Circle too! Luckily you got to meet quite a few during the holiday events last month, so you won't be like, super fresh trying to find an in!
Shaha lor'ma! I appreciate ya'll taking the time to respond so soon on my post. My apologies for not editing out the glaring typos before finalizing it. I'm rather new to the realm of Warcraft roleplaying outside the occasional walkup so Lahassa was certainly a great experience to truly break in and it was a pleasure to introduce Elurandir to Kelthos, Celassa and others.
Furthermore I'd love to join in on this month's campaign, I'd especially like to see how you host this adventure Kelthos! That would be the Parent's Plea which will take the Circle into the sprawling city of the shaldorei eh? Alas I've yet to unlock the Nightborne as I had a 2 year hiatus from Warcraft during the time of Legion and those achievements in Suramar always appeared a little daunting. Will entirety of the campaign require the allied race? If so I can get started on that in my free time but my friend who recently did the achievements said it can take a couple weeks.
In the meantime I'll reach out through Discord: Verzifier#3005