When it comes to Warcraft lore, I can’t get enough of it. I love the stuff. Great story arcs, gorgeous settings, cool and exciting characters. However there a few characters in the lore who I’m fond of. In fact I find them intensely annoying! The funny thing is, its not the usual suspects like Garrosh Hellscream or Varian Wrynn (despite what I did to his face), essentially because whilst they can be annoying, they are annoying because of the flaws written into their character, which is totally acceptable. No, the ones that really piss me off are often the “good guys”. You know the ones, the guys who aren’t content with just being a hero and have to go around highlighting how made of win they are. So, in my next few posts I’m going to release my well-deserved fury on my top 3 nice-guy jerks of Warcraft. To start us off, this week I’ll be looking at A’dal.
Yes, A’dal! I’m not buying all this serenity and ‘agents of the Light’ crap. The Naaru as a species are not to be trusted. Any Babylon 5 fan will tell you that a race of ancient beings that act all benevolent and take on angelic qualities are most definitely up to something. Sure the Naaru oppose the Burning Legion, but that doesn’t automatically make them the good guys. In fact, their actions seem more than a bit suspicious to me. For a race that is apparently so humble and spiritual, they really seem to like accumulating zealous followers. Not content with an army of Draenei, they’ve now effectively taken control of the Blood Elf military and have made connections within the Argent Dawn. This subtle expansion of their sphere of influence is highly suspect. Oh, and not to mention that Naaru have a shadow/dark element as part of their natural life cycle. That’s right, its part of their biology that half the time they turn evil. Remind me why they’re so great again?
But I digress. A’dal really pisses me off because he/she/it is the poster boy/girl/thing of the Naaru PR machine. Always at the centre of key events in Outland, he (I’m gonna stick with he from now on) is always droning on about the Light and being good and holding hands. When you talk to him in Shattrath he grants you a feeling of warmth and serenity inside your mind. Yeah…. inside your mind – not a place I want anyone poking around, especially not giant space crystals who turn evil on Tuesdays! Essentially A’dal is an expert manipulator. He took command of the Draenei, and managed to arrange the take-over of Blood Elf forces, not once but twice. I mean, that whole thing with the Scryers suddenly switching to A’dals team does seem awfully suspect. I guess he was giving them serenity in their minds too….
Even worse, A’dal is a massive bloody hypocrite. as can be seen with his little cameo in Wrath of the Lich King. During the Crusader Bridenbrad quest chain, you are dispatched by the Argent Crusade to try and find some help for the noble Paladin, who is dying from the Plague of Undeath. A’dal is happy to help, and in fact shows up with some other Naaru in Icecrown, apparently shepherding Bridenbrad’s soul into wherever good Paladins go to when they die. So, that proves A’dal is a good guy right? Well, no actually. Because this little visit shows something else rather important. A’dal is able to quickly teleport over to Azeroth, more importantly into the heart of Scourge territory, seemingly with very little effort. So why the hell hasn’t he done this before? We’ve been fighting the Scourge for months, millions of lives are at stake and he’s had the power to help us the whole time. Has he? Of course not. Oh he’ll beam over for a hug and a cup of tea when we specifically ask him for a small favour, it makes him look like a big shot. I didn’t see him when thousands of heroes were dying in Northrend. Didn’t see a big Naaru coming in to help with the Wrathgate, or the assault on Icecrown Citadel. So much for the benevolent beings of Light.
Long story short: A’dal is a massive jerk, who just uses his glowy peaceful image to further his own selfish agenda. Quite frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if he munched on Bridenbrad’s tasty soul as soon as nobody was looking. He’s evil, manipulative, and its about time we hit him with a Goblin-built nuclear device! A reckoning is coming A’dal, mark my words!