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 to the past as we attempt to retrieve the Dragon Soul. A nice little perk upon entering the dungeon is the Night Elf transformation for everyone in the party, which is fun if you don’t normally play one. This brought me back to my early memories of playing a Night Elf priest before I switched to Horde. I do quite like how they cast though, it makes a nice change from my Blood Elf priest.
I always wondered if they were fraternal twins or identical? From some illustrations, it appears they could have been at one stage but in the Well of Eternity, there are obvious differences apart from their skin colour. Malfurion has 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 belonged to Malfurion from a young age.
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. 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 the horns and wings of a demon and leaving a trail of flame as he moved. When he made a pact with Sargeras, Illidan’s eyes were burned out by Sargeras himself, and orbs of mystic fire set in their place that allowed Illidan to see all forms of magic, and arcane tattoos covered his body.
Identical or not, they are quite exceptional characters in their own right.