Stormrage Twins

Trying out the new Dungeons today after 4.3 hit left me wondering about the Stormrage twins, Malfurion and Illidan.

In the Well of Eternity, the second dungeon from the Hour of Twilight Patch, we travel back 10,000 years in the past as we attempt to retrieve the Dragon Soul. A nice little perk upon entering the dungeon is the transformation of everyone in the party, which is fun if you don’t normally play a NE. This brought me back to my early days of playing WoW when I started out as an Alliance NE priest. I do quite like how they cast too. Makes a nice change from my BE priest.

Well of Eternity

Well of Eternity dungeon (Blizzard website)

What I wondered about these two brothers was the fact that I knew they were twins but were they identical? From some illustrations I’ve seen it appears they could have been once upon a time, but looking at how they look in the Well of Eternity, there are distinct differences other than the colour of their skin. Malfurion has very distinct antlers while Illidan does not. What’s also interesting is the fact that it wasn’t just a bloodline they shared as they both loved Tyrande; however her heart early on belonged to Malfurion.

Over the years, Malfurion has taken on the traits of several forms. This includes the Hawk, Bear, Stag, and Cat. There are also glowing blue bolts along his arms, shoulders, chest and stomach. His beard has also grown much longer than before. Illidan on the other hand was transformed into a Demon Hunter once he had absorbed the powers of the dangerous arcane object known as the Skull of Gul’dan. This transformation included growing horns and the wings of a demon and burning the ground on which he walks. His eyes were also burnt out by Sargeras and replaced by orbs of mystic fire that allowed Illidan to see all forms of magic as well as arcane tattoos covering his body.

Image courtesy of the Blizzard website

Image courtesy of the Blizzard website

Identical or not, they are quite exceptional characters in their own right.

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