When “The Burning Crusade” was released, those two words were enough to send countless Alliance players into rabid frenzy.
Hit squads were formed.
No joke. For those of you newer to WoW, when “The Burning Crusade” was released, there were literally groups of Alliance players roaming as packs searching for Blood Elf Paladins to gank.
…And there were Horde players cheering them on.
When I posted “The People of Lordaeron” article, I was reminded by one of Loregy’s readers of another pet-peeve misnomer…
And it has to do with the Blood Knights.
To get through this, I’ll need to recap some lore. But I’ll do it fast. For those of you who want more: WoWWiki is that way ——>
Alright, for the newer WoW players: In “The Burning Crusade” the Blood Elves captured a Naaru named M’uru and forcibly syphoned its powers to create a new faction of Paladins with a much darker tint known as the “Blood Knights”.
Obviously these Blood Knights were seen as remarkably evil. The Naaru are beings of light, WoW’s equivalent of Angels. The Blood Elves were effectively torturing one.
The Blood Elves themselves, of course, are High Elves who became addicted to fel energy after the Sunwell was destroyed.
So– this is all old news. Why does it matter?
Because for most, it seems, this is where their Blood Elf knowledge stops. But even with this tidbit, there is a seed that should be noticed.
The Naaru are beings of light.
The Blood Elves are fel addicts.
By feeding off of M’uru, the Blood Knights were effectively drug addicts breaking into a health food store every night to gorge on healthy snacks.
The light is the light, whether stolen or not. Angelic beings are selfless. And… as it turned out, M’uru allowed himself to be captured so his essence could help purify the Blood Elves.
Alright, cut to the end of Burning Crusade. (Stick with me, we’re going someplace.)
M’uru is captured again, taken from the Blood Knights.
Lady Liadrin, leader of the Blood Knights, approaches the leader of the Naaru, A’dal, a veritable god.
A’dal forgives her. Admits that this was the plan all along, and…
*Lady Liadrin pledges the Blood Knights’ allegiance to A’dal’s forces and the restoration of Silvermoon.*
A battle is fought. M’uru dies, his sacrifice fully playing out. And in one final piece to bring the story full circle, M’uru’s life force reignites the Sunwell.
Cut to present day WoW. The most recent WotLK patch.
The Battered Hilt quest-line to reclaim Quel’Delar.
Minor spoiler… you end up seeing the restored Sunwell.
And who is there in the background? Lady Liadrin, preaching salvation and the hard work the Blood Elves now have ahead of them breaking their fel addiction. And how do the Blood Elf NPC’s react to her speech?
Long time readers will know I tend to point to answers somewhere in the gray area…
But in this case? No. At this point, the idea that the Blood Knights (and by extension, all Blood Elves) are evil is completely absurd.
Their power once again stems from the Sunwell. Their paladins are sanctioned by the Naaru, who also sanction the Draenei.
Sure, you can claim they’re former bad-guys now doing community service–
But consider this… in literature some of the most driven heroes are former villains desperate to prove their redemption.
The Blood Elves and their Blood Knights are not evil. Anyone who says otherwise is basing their point of view on out-dated lore.