I’m alright with it, though personally I wouldn’t roll one. Yes, this is going to sound blasphemy from the leader of a “vampire” thread, but I’m really interested in the San’layn itself and their lore. Plus, I really like regal vampires over Nosferatu-grade ones. I’m in the minority here though, so most of the community would want the vampire race itself as playable.
That being said, I’m really hoping that with the customization expanding, we get San’layn customization for Blood Elves. That’d be perfect with me, the best of both worlds, and getting that along with the vampire race itself would be sweet. I’d want a lore reason as to why San’layn joined the Horde, of course, but it could be as simple as “These used to be your enemies but have forged their own paths, different from their kin”.
I’m really hoping that this vampire race opens up more discussion lorewise about the blood curse and its origins. I love all of the vampire stuff suddenly springing up, it makes me so excited. I just don’t want the origins to be forgotten about either. Be it through the ancient curse starting with the Val’kyr which I have a suspicion might have originated from the Venthyr, or through the San’layn themselves & Lana’thel, which were the first time we saw vampires in WoW aside from Dreadlords.
All in all, it brings me hope and while I wouldn’t play one, the vampire theme is pretty sweet and I’m excited. I really hope the lore of the San’layn is now expanded as extension and we perhaps get them via customization, if they’re not meant to be an Allied Race ^^
Though… please please please let it be not just red eyes. I really would love fangs & claws too, at least!
(I’d roll the bat-monster concept art humanoids in a HEARTBEAT though.)