As has been discussed in this blog before, Mages are the closest equivalent the Azeroth landscape has to to nearly insane quantum scientists.
In the “real world”, there are scientists who’s life ambition is to accelerate a proton to the speed of light, and then smash it into another proton, also traveling at the speed of light, in a head on collision. Why? To see what happens, of course.
And so it is with mages. Sure, there are a few who do this arcaney stuff for the betterment of mankind (or trollkind, gnomekind, whatever), and some who do it for the sake of power. The former, however, usually find themselves becoming priests, and the latter, warlocks.
So what happens when mages get a little bit carried away?
Why, the end of everything!
Ever heard of the “Curse of Flesh”? I’ll give you a short run down. The Titans way, way back created dwarves and gnomes, but the dwarves were known as “Earthen” and were made of rock. The gnomes, originally, were essentially robots. The Old Gods, warring with the Titans, unleashed the Curse of Flesh, transforming these guys into flesh and blood beings, dooming them to mortality and so forth.
The mechagnomes have, currently, “returned”, in that some of the robots seem to have been inadvertantly recovered and repaired.
Don’t worry, you’ll get the full story when Wrath hits. For now, just picture a little robot gnome bent on the annihilation of all organic life.
Imagine if said little robot gnome managed to get a gnome mage on their side. We, the wiser races of Azeroth, already know that gnomes are inquisitive to a fault. That’s why their race is so damn good at engineering. Innovation and working with machines come naturally to them.
Wait wait wait. Hold up.
Dwarves were once known as “Earthen”, and now are excellent miners, excavators, and love to live underground.
Gnomes were once robots, and now are excellent engineers, are filled with insatiable curiosity, and are absolutely fantastic with machines of any kind…
So what happens when you cross a gnome engineer, and he’s a mage on top of that?
- Curious, even to his own death
- Excellent with machines
- Ability to control the very fabric of reality
If I were you, I would prepare for a calamity that only an army of psychotic gnome robots can bring about. ‘Cause you know, somewhere, somehow, brow furrowed in concentration, a gnome mage just discovered how to build a machine that can endlessly fabricate a gnome if given a machine.
And within a week from there, he will have built a robot gnome capable of self replication.
2. THE MAELSTROM
A long, long time ago, there was a War called the War of the Ancients. There are some rather good books written about that, you get to read about the “end” of Sargeras, the origins of the mighty Malfurion, how Illidan lost his eyes, how the Naga started… lots of good things.
Most important to this is the actual Sundering of the world, resulting in the land mass of the world irrevocably split apart, with the massive and insanely powerful Malestrom between them.
What happens when a mage gets it in his head that the Maelstrom could be a very useful source of power for… something? The thing is incredibly powerful capable of swallowing and destroying land masses whole.
It’s also where the naga and makrura decided to make their home. Friggin fish people.
The Maelstrom is by now means a normal whirlpool. Sailors who have been trapped in it’s currents have died in equal numbers from drowning, fright, and sheer painful agony.
So what happens if a mage figures out how to use that gigantic source of power?
A priest might seek to halt this impossibly powerful storm.
A warlock would attempt to either destroy a rival kingdom, maybe use it to enslave a sizeable chunk of the Burning Legion.
A mage would try and figure out if it could be used to create a new Well of Eternity. Maybe several! Maybe a way to manufacture tiny little ones, that you could put on your wrist like a watch.
Or try and transform all gnome kind back into robots!
Or maybe decide that ending Arthas’ power is too big a job to leave to wise leaders and rulers, and turn the Maelstrom into a death star style weapon to be used against Northrend.
Any which way, we’re all screwed.
3. NAGA PLEASE!
So it’s arguable that the night elves that were transformed into Naga are probably better off than they ever could have been, had they stayed night elves. The night elves themselves, ever since the loss of their beloved immortality, are a dying race. They’ve been going nowhere except downwards.
And come one. Cenarius killed by a bunch of grunting green dudes with axes? That has to sting.
The Naga, by comparison, are doing fairly well. They have their own kingdom, nigh impregnable thanks to the Maelstrom, they have massive armies, and a strong enough presence to warrant an entire Tier 5 instance devoted to their power, multiple other dungeons, and even a strong presence in both Illidan’s and the Burning Legions highest machinations.
Oh yeah. And they’re physically stronger and more magically powerful than your average night elf. And they can breathe underwater.
And guess what did that change to them? Was it… ARCANE MAGICS PERHAPS?
I’m surprised a mage hasn’t tried this before. Attempting to make a race of peoples more powerful by use of Arcane magics seems kinda like a natural thing to do. Not for any personal gain, mind you, but just because.
“Wouldn’t it be cool if I could make a race of trolls… IMMUNE TO FIRE?!”
“Ok, ok, look, I know Tauren are powerful and all, but what if I could increase your strength tenfold?! Just sign here, and here, and here. Excellent! Now all we need to do is build this machine here, so we can harness the power of the Maelstrom…”
4. UTTER STUPIDITY
“I bet if I tried to summon Ragnaros, I could keep him controlled long enough to make a giant fire/cyborg hybrid, and then we could… I don’t know, do… things!”
“Ok, ok, check this out. You know how gnomes lost their home city to giant leper werewolves?”
“Uhh… you mean troggs?”
“Yeah whatever. But listen, we could mark up the structure of whatever it’s called, all portal like. And then we could teleport the whole city to somewhere else! Like, I dunno, over there!”
“Woah… that’s so insane, it might just work! But wouldn’t Miltin’s theory of finite matter composition prevent us from moving anything bigger than a house?”
“I dunno, let’s find out!”
“I’ve given it some thought, and I think I’ve come up with a solution to the night elves isolation. I got the idea from the Draenei, actually.”
“Alright, let’s here it.:
“So you know how they came from Outlands in this spaceship type thing? Why don’t we do the same for the night elves? We could move their entire island from where it is, and have it hovering over Azeroth! Kinda like the old Scourge Necropoluses, but, you know, with elves rather than abominations.”
“… what? Why?”
“Why? What kind of question is that!”
“A valid one! You want to move the whole damn island across the damn PLANET, and then hover it?!”
“Yeah, we could hire out some goblins to get zepellins going back and forth, an-”
“YOUR UTTERLY INSANE! WHY DON’T WE JUST TELEPORT THE BOATS ACROSS HALF THE PLANET! THAT WOULD BE EASIER!”
“Hey, now that you mention it, that would work quite nicely. We could se up a permanent Portal Gate, and then when-”
“BY ELUNE! Do you even listen to yourself anymore?”
“I wonder if I can set the air on fire!”
5. THE SCOURGE
This is probably the most terrifying thing that could result from an out of control mage. We all know how devastating the Scourge can be under a thinking commander.
So what happens if a mage figures out how to counter-act the spells controlling the undead host, thus restoring self-awareness?
Imagine, an unstoppable horde of powerful warriors and mages, but perfectly capable of thinking for themselves.
If you’ll excuse me, I need to get my Undercity reputation to Exalted before it’s too late.