You know what? I’ve not really seen this talked about in more than a hushed whisper, and with all the other requests out there I figured I’d throw this metaphorical hat into the ring.
What are Saurok?
Saurok are a race of Lizard-men created by the Mogu in Pandaria. While many fought in service to those masters, a good number still managed to escape and, after toppling the Mogu empire, it’s likely that a good number of them are still running about in the world - potentially enough to justify a splinter faction, not dissimilar to the Forsaken in their concept of having free will.
Why should they be playable?
Good question! Saurok fill a unique niche, in that there are currently NO reptillian player-races. Everything we currently have is mammalian by nature (unless Trolls count as something different?)
In addition, Saurok already use the Worgen skeleton, so compared to building an entire new race, it shouldn’t be too difficult to rig them to use player gear models, especially since the Worgen model is getting a ton of love in 8.2.5.
What faction would they join?
I’m actually not sure about this one. The Horde seems to fit aesthetically with its monstrous appearance, as well as its theme of “banding together to survive in a world that reviles us,” although the Alliance may coax them over to fighting the Zandalari that once allied with their former chainholders.
It would seem that the Saurok are… relatively stupid. HOWEVER! The Goblins used to be null-brained dimwits until their contact with Kaja’Mite. It’s not unheard of, then, for a Warcraft race to gain intelligence rapidly.
Another issue might be that our Pandaren allies wouldn’t be eager to jump in bed with a race of what they perceive to be uncultured, barbarous destroyers. In fact, this could present an interesting story moment in their recruitment quest, as well as the inevitable Pandaren heritage armor quest line. I’d be more intrigued than anything to see how Blizzard writes this.
Anyways, that’s my wall of text. What do you think? Would you play as a Saurok? Would you support their addition as an allied race?