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Old 03-17-2017, 10:44 PM
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So, in WoW and lots of other games, we get pretty... stock animal appearances.

Vultures all look the same in pretty much every form of media, you might get a wolf "but on fire" or a skeletal version of an animal, but usually the artistic representation is pretty limited to the most recognizable breed or species.

But why do creators limit themselves this way when we could have things like THIS?


Imagine, Sporelings with one of these buggers as a living battering ram or siege beast, or even just milking them for plant-goop.



Let orcs ride these hellpigs alongside wolves!

Why didn't the Nightmare manifest Murder-Tapir to kill Green Dragons and hunt druids?



What are some badass animal variants or even combinations you'd like to see in WoW and other fiction?

I for one think mixing the stegodon/thunderlizards with a horned-toad would yield a fascinating looking mount.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:44 AM
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WoD gave us stone-flesh hippopotamuses. Now, it's time for stone-flesh rhinoceroses to make an appearance!

Blizzard should also introduce more strider variants. There are so many impressive looking flightless birds they could base them on, and they stick to that one, rather ugly model...
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WoD gave us stone-flesh hippopotamuses. Now, it's time for stone-flesh rhinoceroses to make an appearance!

Blizzard should also introduce more strider variants. There are so many impressive looking flightless birds they could base them on, and they stick to that one, rather ugly model...
That'd be fantastic, seems like a natural fit.


And agreed, though frankly I've never been a fan of the whole 'bird-horse' concept.

Actually... It works in Final Fantasy and Avatar so maybe it IS just that the hawkstriders and plainstrider's are ugly
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Actually, instead of rhinoceroses, which Azeroth already has, it's time for brontotheriums.

Considering Draenor's history, youth and the races that inhabit it, I think that it would've been fitting if most of its fauna were based on prehistoric animals.
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Actually, instead of rhinoceroses, which Azeroth already has, it's time for brontotheriums.

Considering Draenor's history, youth and the races that inhabit it, I think that it would've been fitting if most of its fauna were based on prehistoric animals.
I agree Draenor would've been better with more prehistoric mammals

though I will admit I wish there were more dinosaurs.

I still wish the way the animal gods worked allowed them to transport to other worlds that have wildlife on them explaining why different worlds have the same animals in some cases.
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I think if an expansion is set in another planet or in the Emerald Dream, it'd be cool to see flying marine life like manta rays, whales, and jellyfish.

Also I'd like these guys canonized because there's no such thing as too many elephants.
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I'm kind of hoping for chicken variants. It would be nice to mount something that isn't a plainstrider or a hawkstrider.

Or heck, just seeing big ol' chicken things not as mounts, but as a source of food or just a wild animal part of the scenery would be kinda fun.
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Those hideous mockeries don't count.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:38 AM
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How has no one said blobfish yet?
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You know what else I'd like to see? (More) Breakers and Primals that aren't humanoids.

Wouldn't it have been great to see Breaker smilodon hunting Primal giant deer? (Remember Blackhand's antlers!)
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You know what else I'd like to see? (More) Breakers and Primals that aren't humanoids.

Wouldn't it have been great to see Breaker smilodon hunting Primal giant deer? (Remember Blackhand's antlers!)
Plenty of the primals, like the mandragora, aren't humanoid. As for the breakers being humanoid, they were made by the titans. Pretty much all titan creations to date are humanoid.
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Plenty of the primals, like the mandragora, aren't humanoid. As for the breakers being humanoid, they were made by the titans. Pretty much all titan creations to date are humanoid.
That's why I said more.

The titans and their creations are also responsible for plenty of non-humanoids, and Draenor does have animals that look like they might have Breaker heritage. Just look at the hippos and pigs.
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You'd think the Titans wouldn't overwhelmingly choose humanoid appearances for the creatures they created, just because most creations require a different anatomy to be really functional in most spaces. For universe traversing entities with probably millions of recorded species in their database, each with their individual living spaces, they must have known there were better ways to carve out the world.

At the very least, insectoid styles shouldn't be relegated to only the Old Gods.
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You'd think the Titans wouldn't overwhelmingly choose humanoid appearances for the creatures they created, just because most creations require a different anatomy to be really functional in most spaces. For universe traversing entities with probably millions of recorded species in their database, each with their individual living spaces, they must have known there were better ways to carve out the world.

At the very least, insectoid styles shouldn't be relegated to only the Old Gods.
Eh, I kind of liked when Humanoid was the titans 'thing', Humans, Dwarves, Gnomes, Giants

Tol'vir I still wish were a joint Project between Elune and Eonar.
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At the very least, insectoid styles shouldn't be relegated to only the Old Gods.
The Titans actually have maintenance beetles that take care of their devices.
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:06 AM
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You'd think the Titans wouldn't overwhelmingly choose humanoid appearances for the creatures they created, just because most creations require a different anatomy to be really functional in most spaces. For universe traversing entities with probably millions of recorded species in their database, each with their individual living spaces, they must have known there were better ways to carve out the world.

At the very least, insectoid styles shouldn't be relegated to only the Old Gods.
"We" are created in Their image.

If you are a being that is obsessed with Order, then it only makes sense that they would use themselves as the base for creation because they are perfect and therefore beings created in their image would share that love for Order and the like, from their PoV.

Kinda like how man was created in the image of God type of thing.
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True enough, ego drive makes for stupid decisions.

And for a quick list of crazy ass animals (some of which already exist in the Warcraft universe)...
http://www.boredpanda.com/unusual-animals/

We've forgotten about seapigs. How could we?

Personally, I'm for Tenrecs, Poodle Moths, and Umbonia Spinosa.

The Aye Aye would be hilarious as a Void corrupted version of Azeroth. Just imagine its hands coming out of a portal, dragging its head through.
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Wasn't there a SoLer who was obssessed with seapigs?

Fun fact: The Saiga Antelope always gives birth to twins.
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Wasn't there a SoLer who was obssessed with seapigs?

Fun fact: The Saiga Antelope always gives birth to twins.
Do you mean most benevolent Revenant?

(It is a known fact that the Horde should have giraffe, zevra and/or antelope mounts.)

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That they got a scorpid, out of all possible local fauna that could have been chosen, never made sense to me.

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Do you mean most benevolent Revenant?

(It is a known fact that the Horde should have giraffe, zevra and/or antelope mounts.)

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That they got a scorpid, out of all possible local fauna that could have been chosen, never made sense to me.
That's pretty awesome to be fair.
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Where did the Horde get those giant scorpids?

Where did the Alliance get those lions?

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You'd think the Titans wouldn't overwhelmingly choose humanoid appearances for the creatures they created, just because most creations require a different anatomy to be really functional in most spaces. For universe traversing entities with probably millions of recorded species in their database, each with their individual living spaces, they must have known there were better ways to carve out the world.
To be fair, we've only seen their creations in Azeroth and Draenor - which could have been ideal for a humanoid shape. Since they ordered "countless" worlds no doubt many of them will have different creatures.

Indeed - the Tol'vir may have been created with a different lower body precisely accounting for variation in terrain.

Edit: I need a Glaucus Atlanticus immediately!

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That they got a scorpid, out of all possible local fauna that could have been chosen, never made sense to me.
Zhevra and Giraffes and such are food :|

While I'll agree a scorpid mount is a little weird I've felt scorpids should be the orc pet instead of boars (EMERGENCY RATIONS) for ages. It's the most common thing in the valley of trials and durotar.
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I thought the horde got scorpids as their mount because the horde symbol kinda resembles a scorpion's claw.
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I thought the horde got scorpids as their mount because the horde symbol kinda resembles a scorpion's claw.
Always seemed more like they represented the "harshness" of Horde life. That and the whole armor-plated monstrosity thing Garrosh seemed to be going for with his theme.
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