WoW Wednesday: Top 5 Female NPCs
By Meredith Watson, OnRPG WoW Specialist
It’s a man’s world is how the song goes and the World of Warcraft certainly is a man’s world. Male characters in WoW are portrayed as heroic, brave and full of conviction, and a few are simply evil. What of the female NPCs though? Blizzard takes several approaches to its portrayal of its female characters with the most notable being that of the fallen woman. However, there is a fair share of the simpering lovelorn fool as well. Regardless of how Blizzard portrays female NPCs, this list serves to find the most bad ass female NPCs in the World of Warcraft.
Alexstrasza is one of the five dragon aspects left by the titans to watch over Azeroth and its inhabitants. She is known as the Life Binder, Aspect of the red dragonflight and queen of all dragons. She has great power yet she is very gentle and nurturing. She is compassionate and rarely engages in battle but when she does her foes don’t often live to tell the tale. Her most hated enemy is Deathwing, a traitor, who also was once of the five dragon aspects.
Alexstrasza is on the list not only because she is one of the most powerful dragons but because she shows restraint from using her power making her, indeed, a bad ass. She can be found in her humanoid form at the top of Wyrmrest Temple with her prime consort Korialstrasz.
4. Lady Vashj
“I spit on you, surface filth!”
Lady Vashj was once a beautiful night elf and was the chief handmaiden to Queen Azshara during the War of the Ancients. While she was loyal to her Queen, she was angry over Queen Azshara’s decision to make Tyrande Whisperwind her majordomo and made several attempts on Tyrande’s life. During the great sundering, Queen Azshara was sent to the sea with her followers where they would become naga. Eventually, Lady Vashj would join forces with Illidan the Betrayer in a pact against the night elves.
Lady Vashj gets the number four spot not because she is heroic, though undoubtedly brave, passionate and loyal, but because she has flaws. She is a bit too fanatical in her loyalty as well as bitter and jealous. The reasons she does anything seem to be strictly her own. She knows her own mind and how to get the things she wants.
She is the final boss in Serpentshrine Cavern, a 25 man raid in The Burning Crusade expansion. Her dying words are an apology to Illidan.
3. Lady Katrana Prestor
Lady Katrana Prestor was a Lordaeron noble and a royal councillor in Stormwind from where she manipulated the kingdom. Along with Bolvar Fordragon she acted as advisor to the boy king Anduin Wyrnn while his father, Varian Wrynn, was missing. Later, she would be unmasked as Onyxia, brood mother of the black dragonflight, and daughter of Deathwing also known as Lord Daval Prestor. It was also revealed that not only was she Onyxia but that she had been manipulating Bolvar Fordragon with the Drakefire amulet.
Lady Prestor is in the number three spot for one reason. She was a bitch. Vanilla WoW players will remember her standing there next to the young king in the keep. When attempting to talk with her, she would just “glare” at the player. She never had anything nice to say and if she did say anything it was spiked with venom. But if she was a bitch in Stormwind, meeting her in her lair proved just how nasty she really was. Sadly, she is no longer in the game as Lady Prestor.
“What are we if not slaves to this torment?”
Once Sylvanas Windrunner was the Ranger General of Silvermoon. Now she is the Dark Lady, Queen of the Forsaken or the Banshee Queen. When Arthas marched towards Silvermoon on his path of destruction, Sylvanas resisted him at every turn. After she was captured by Arthas she asked for a quick death but Arthas would deny her this as she had been a powerful thorn in his side. Instead of an honourable death she was tortured and mutilated and ultimately killed. But it wasn’t to end there. He turned her into a banshee and his slave. Eventually she would break free and regain use of her physical body but she was no longer the ranger she once was. She found a way to master the new powers growing within her and the Dark Rangers were born.
Sylvanas Windrunner has the number two spot partly because her story is so tragic but also because her story is one of survival. She made the best of a bad situation and is now the leader of the Forsaken. Currently, Sylvanas is in the “dog house” with the horde after what transpired at Wrathgate, and she is using more and more unscrupulous tactics which have the other horde leaders frowning. It will be interesting to see how her story plays out. Will she ever lead the horde?
1. Maiev Shadowsong
“Their fury pales before mine, Illidan. We have some unsettled business between us.”
Maiev Shadowsong, once a high priestess of Elune, is also known as leader of the Watchers and Illidan’s jailor. As a warden of the Watchers she is a bounty hunter and assassin. When Malfurion Stormrage imprisoned his brother Illidan for his crimes against the night elves, Maiev offered to be his jailor. Illidan would later be released by Tyrande after 10,000 years of being imprisoned and watched by Maiev who was undoubtedly as much a prisoner as he was. He would in turn imprison Maeiv after she was captured by Lady Vashj’s naga and Kael’thas’ blood elves. She would eventually slay Illidan at the top of the Black Temple.
Maiev’s is a story of vengeance and, in a twisted way, a love story. She was Illidan’s jailor for ten thousand years; she relentlessly pursued him after he was released, ultimately taking his life when catching him. Illidan’s dying words to her were: "You have won... Maiev... But the huntress... isnothing... without the hunted... You... are nothing... without... me..." Maiev realizes Illidan is right. She is nothing without him. Rumour has it Maiev is dead but this has not been confirmed or denied. She is on the loading screen for Outlands with Akama but this could simply be due to her achievements and victory over Illidan. One can only hope she has found a purpose wherever she may be.
“It’s a man’s world but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl”
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