TLDR: Healing magic. Is it a thing in the canon? We see Anduin use it in the BFA cinematic, as well as resurrect Calia Menethil. If it’s a canon magic, why isn’t it used more? Why do people even die in the Warcraft universe?
Is “The Light” more powerful than “Nature” healing magic?
What Shadow Priests are in the Lore that have a decent impact on the story? (Background characters like Natalie Seline don’t count. She doesn’t do anything. She’s just there to fill out the order hall roster of minions.)
Most of the Priests we see only ever use The Light, and don’t even touch their Shadow side. It’s the most polarizing class in the game. You’re either one side, or you’re the other. (Unlike Warrior’s, rogues, Druids, Shammies who use all three/four specs… Malfurion is seen using all of his abilities from all of his class’ specs. He’s a composite Druid. However, Anduin, Velen, Tyrande, Sally Whitemane, are strictly all Holy Priests. They only ever use The Light.)
Hey, I was doing some thinking and I have some questions about Priests in the lore.
First question; is healing magic canon? We see Anduin use what we can assume is Circle of Healing during the BFA cinematic, and we’ve seen actual, legit resurrections by Priests of the light. Non-game play related resurrections. (Calia Menethil)
If healing magic is canon, and it’s just a thing people can do; why don’t they? We see tons of camps where people are bandaged up, suffering lying on the ground/bed recovering. Why not just have a Priest/Pally heal them?
Is Holy healing magic better, or on par with Nature magic healing? We’ve only ever really see Nature magic heal the planet and nature itself, but never really other people.
One of the few times we see it used on a person in the lore, is the Crusader Bridenbrad questline in Icecrown, and even then, it just made him feel “rejuvenated, and full of energy” but it didn’t cure the plague within him. It took A’dal the Windchime from Shattrath to fully heal him, and carry his soul… To heaven? To be apart of the Light? To be a slave for the Windchimes outside of the universe? We don’t know, but we do know that the Light was able to cure the plague.
However, this might just be a case of Windchimes > Mortal Druids, seeing as how the Naaru are the physical manifestation of the living essence known as “The Light”, where mortal Druids are just mortals wielding the power of the living essence known as “Nature”, but aren’t actually beings of “Nature”. They’re just tapping into it’s power, where the Naaru are part of the power they wield.
So, back to the original question… Is healing magic canon, and if it is, why isn’t it used more? Why do people even die in the first place? How is it that losing a war is even a possibility?
Second question is about Shadow Priests. Are there any major Shadow Priests in the lore? And I’m not talking about the background npc’s like Natalie Seline who are just kind of there for game play, and not actually active in the lore.
We know of several Priests in the lore who have massive roles. Anduin, Velen, Sally Whitemane, Calia Menethil, Moira Thaurissan (Magni’s daughter.) Tyrande. (Maybe Talanji?)
But all of these people are Priests of the Holy Light. They’re all Holy Priests. And yes, Lore characters aren’t just one spec like we are, they’re technically the entire class composite. However, every other class in the game exhibits these traits, and shows us them using all of their class abilities. (Mages Excluded, because they seem to be more focused on one school. Jaina is Frost, Kael’Thas is Fire, Rhonin/Medivh are Arcane.)
Except the Priest. We’ve never seen; to my knowledge; Velen, Anduin, Tyrande, or Sally Whitemane using shadow powers. Tyrande is Elune’s vengeance now, but she still uses light based magic to fight. Anduin; even in his darkest times; still relies on the Light, and doesn’t dip into the Shadow.
So, are there any real Shadow Priests in the game that have any kind of major impact on the Lore/story? (No background characters that are only there for game play purposes like filling out the order hall follower roster with minions.)