Topic [Guide] The Darkfallen, San'layn.
Edited by Eclectica on 07/08/12 06:16 (BST)
This has been asked by several people to be posted here.
First of all, they aren't vampires.
Second, they're undead. Not attractive and glitzy.
Third, they cannot create other Darkfallen.
Fourth, they're Scourge loyal.
Racial name: Darkfallen.
'Faction name': San'layn, Scourge.
Previous race: Blood elf ONLY.
The Darkfallen are the elite, immortal soldiers of the Scourge, high ranked and powerful. They act as ambassadors, commanders, warriors, manipulators and so forth. They even go as far as disguising themselves in the Alliance or Horde to weave either force down the wrong path.
- Eyes: White, green, blue or black. They glow in death like a Death Knight's. Not red.
- Skin: Paled, necrotic. Death has taken it's toll as blood does not flow around the body anymore. Nowhere near preserved or smooth - they are undead, not alive. They do not retain beauty like 'vampires' do, nor do they retain a healthy skin glow. Keep in mind the Darkfallen all died by injuries.
- Other: Few have indulged and 'mutated' to grow claws or claw-like nails, ears reshaped to look 'bat-like' rather than slender and long. No wings. See the Queen - Only her. There have been no sightings of horns!
- Note: They do not grow fangs or gain red eyes in the 'vampire' sense. Red eyes are not a Darkfallen colour. Fangs are subjective to personal evolution / if the Blood Elf had fangs in life somehow.
- Their clothing is generally in reds, greens and yellows.
- Known for Death Knight powers. The extent of which Death Knight spells they know is unknown. [Reference: Darkfallen NPCs's spells].
- Focused heavily in 'vampiric' spells - spells based on blood and energy stealing. Not to be mistaken for drinking / draining blood! They aren't vampires. Similar to a Warlock, they steal energy. [Reference: Darkfallen NPCs's spells].
*Infuse 'basic' spells with blood abilities; "Blood Sap" as opposed to "Sap". [Reference: Darkfallen NPC's spells such as in Icecrown Citadel].
- Seem to know what they did in life (barring Light abilities, of course).
- Note: Biting another creature cannot infect them. Ever. Never. Note: The Blood Queen's bite is temporary as to turn the enemy into an ally for the fight. She cannot bite and infect. There is no infection, nor virus etc. Darkfallen are simply resurrected elves on that one special occasion in Northrend.
- Taking on a guise has been seen once - Valanar took up a false appearence as a human to intercept the Alliance and sway their ways to benefit the Scourge. If others can do this it is unknown.
- Darkfallen Archmage - Like a mage. Fireball, 'blastwave' - an AoE fireball, polymorph into black and red spiders.
- Darkfallen Noble - Like a shadow priest. Shadowfiend, shadowbolt.
- Darkfallen Tactician - Like a rogue; blood sap - Stuns the target while draining blood.
-: Darkfallen Deathblade / Bloodbearer - Simply like a Death Knight. Death coil and Icy touch.
Going on this information it can be speculated the Darkfallen know the spells from before their deaths.
As we all know, after the Third War the blood elves were cut off from their source of magic – the Sunwell.
Desperate for assistance for his magic-addicted brethren, Kael'thas Sunstrider pledged allegiance to Illidan, who granted them a new source of magic. Together with Illidan, the elves made their way to Northrend, in order to defeat the Lich King together, in revenge for the carnage Arthas had brought down on the high elves.
They were easily defeated, however, and the most powerful of those that had been killed were raised again – as the San'layn. Most of the surviving elves returned with Kael'thas to old-Azeroth, however some remained, scattered across the continent. Arthas took it upon himself to hunt down every last one of the elves. One of these surviving blood elves was Lana'thel.
Lana'thel fought against Arthas, wielding the draconic blade of Quel'delar. However despite her own resilience and the blade, she was no match for Frostmourne. She was overwhelmed, and Arthas chose her to serve him as leader of the San'layn.
The Darkfallen appeared in various places such as En'kilah and Icecrown Citadel, too elsewhere not specified (see: unaccounted for Princes).
- Blood-Queen Lana'thel speaks on the past;
"As Quel'Serrar was forged by the dragons and give to the kaldorei, it's twin, Quel'Delarm was given to my people. The king bestowed the blade upon my friend, Thalorien Dawnseeker. But even Thalorien's skill and Quel'Delar's magic could not save Silvermoon from the might of the Scourge.Thalorien fell before the gates of the Sunwell, buying time for others to escape. After the battle, I recovered the sword from the field. I bore it to Northrend in service of my Prince, seeking to avenge our people's defeat. Arthas shattered out forces and took the most powerful of us into his service as the San'layn. My memories of Thalorien went cold and so did his blade. It was I who brought Quel'Delar here, to return it to it's makers. In breaking the weapon, so did I break it's power."
-Taken from the Battered Hilt quest chain.
- Their strongholds were in Borean Tundra's En'kilah and Icecrown Citadel. Others could have been in places related to the three main Princes - Utgarde, AQ Old Kingdom, and of course Naxxanar.
- It is unknown how many remain due to a couple of Princes, seen in a cinematic in Grizzly Hills, are still unaccounted for and were not killed off! This means that not all of the Darkfallen are dead.
- The two remaining Princes unaccounted for are Prince Atherann and Prince Theraldis whom took part in the resurrection of Arugal and since vanished.
- The Darkfallen race is not affected by a curse - any Blood Elves not risen at the assault upon the throne cannot be Darkfallen, nor can any other race. Again, it is not a curse - it was a one time resurrection upon the group of elves that died in Icecrown assaulting the throne. Not even the Queen can resurrect other Darkfallen, nor can the princes.
- The mainhold within Icecrown citadel held a great amount of Darkfallen, and too the Bloodqueen and the three defeated Princes - they were defeated at; Valanar: Naxxanar, Taldaram: Old Kingdom, Keleseth: Utgarde. The three Princes were defeated but not destroyed, and their corpses brought to the Citadel where they laid in rest until the assault upon Icecrown Citadel. It is not stated how long their rest in the Citadel was, nor when they fell in the first place.
- No Darkfallen were freed from the Lich King's grasp as far as it is known. They were created many years before the Death Knights were. They didn't participate in Light's Hope battle like the Death Knights did, so were not released from the Lich King's control. They continued to serve - see ingame, Icecrown citadel raid and so. They were still under his command after Light's Hope. There has been no indication to their freedom. Bolvar, the new Lich King, keeps the Scourge as Arthas did, this meaning any remaining Darkfallen are still under his command.
- Blood drinking. This is a heavily debated issue on if they drink blood in necessity or for their spells. Generally it is thought it is a favoured thing amongst them as something they enjoy and indulge in, along with eating flesh and eating souls on occasion; it is not needed, but rather something of a pleasure and 'cheers' to killing their enemy. Or something of the like. Yet, it can be assume they steal blood for their blood magics. Throughout Icecrown citadel, En'kilah and various other places are blood orbs that float upon a pillar - see En'kilah blood spire, a Darfallen toying with an orb there. It is unknown what these are for other than for magics.
- "Vial of Fresh Blood" drops from some specific Darkfallen whom lurk in En'kilah.
'The Orb', as it's so called, is a mystery. It looks like a powerful Blood Orb (see the blood orbs in various places like Icecrown Citadel, Fleshworks etc), but with the ability to restore the three Princes. Nothing is actually known on this orb, and if it was a one off orb to resurrect the three, or if it is an artifact - in tact or now destroyed. Other minor Blood orbs grant the person whom absorbs it a temporary boost in strength and overall power - see Icecrown Citadel trash room.
- This Orb could be a simplistic unrelated idea thrown in to the game so we may fight the princes again.
Having a Darkfallen
- It is a similar case to playing a Death Knight - A Darkfallen is dead; no body functions and so forth. Yes, they can drink blood, eat flesh, and some eat souls, but how it works is unknown (see a roleplaying guild to Death Knights and how they can eat). They cannot breed nor make love.
- It is unknown if the Darkfallen need to inflict harm to sate themselves, or if it is a crave for blood they need to sate themselves.
- After the Fall of the Lich King, as it is unknown where any remaining Darkfallen would have gone. But it is certain - Not to the Alliance nor Horde, nor any other group for that matter, as their loyalties are still to the Scourge [Note: The Scourge is lacking, but it is still there].
- Remember, they are not special sparkly characters. They are lethal. They are not beautiful vampiric people. They are dead. Their hearts do not pump blood around they body and they will never have sexual desires.
Darkfallen. Not vampires.
This was posted upon many requests to inform. It is just information to people interested, people unsure on the race, people against the race, and curious people.
Having witnessed so many roleplayers whom know near nothing of the race and it's history, of their abilities of what they can and can't do and so forth, the guide was made and asked to be posted here for roleplayers to read so they can be educated on this section of the lore :3
1 Blood Elf Warrior
One question, what is the difference between a Blood Specialized Blood Elf Death Knight, and a Darkfallen? Both are blood elves who were reanimated in to undeath, and specialize in the manipulation of vampiric powers / spells. One would think they are pretty much the same, species wise. Only that "San'layn" is a made-up rank given to them when they were in service to the scourge.
85 Human Priest
Probably very little. The only difference I could see is the purpose and time of resurrection. The San'layn (the faction of Darkfallen) are among the Lich King's most powerful followers, serving as leaders and ambassadors while Death Knights serve more as elite shock troops. It is possible that the Darkfallen retain more of their free will to give them the initiative to serve better as advisors and leaders.
And being generally more powerful; the 3rd gen DK's were cannon fodder for the Lich King - The San'layn were raised to be powerful troops in Northrend, given a lot of power to carry out important tasks.
This is a fantastic guide! Reported for sticky! There is so much delicious information conveniently placed in one thread. Even with sources!
This makes me a happy undead! I love the speculation, the bias is kept to a minimum. This is fantastic! Kudos to you!
This is good information, but shouldn't this be on the story forum then?
^However these comments makes me a sad undead. With so much objectivty and well planned information. It is a bit sad that there is found no opportunities through the information you provide for these two.
Darkfallen will make for controversial character. Perhaps take some heavy lore tweaking (if played badly). But it is more than plausible as with the provided information in this guide! It is a restricting race to play, but it is manageable.
However, I am sorry for ruining your post with my biased opinion. This post made my day and I hope people will use this for their Darkfallen RP!
On the subject of Blood Elf DK and San'layn;
The Darkfallen were risen as a one off to become the elite soldiers of the Scourge, who stand at the top overseeing operations, acting as ambassdors and commanders, whereas, as mentioned, Death Knights were weaker and cannon fodder. Think of them like... Draenei splitting into Broken and Man'ari. Draenei is the base race, like the Blood elf, but Man'ari are powerful, specially made to be almighty like the Darkfallen, whereas Broken aren't, like the Death Knights. Bad comparison, but it gets the point across.
If a deathknight comes up to me and says they are a san'layn, I ignore imediateley. Do not RP things so wideley out of playability they cannot even be scratched upon. The lore is vague. they are not RPable, its like saying RPing a draenei as an Eredar lord is okay.
The problem there is that they say they are - they shouldn't admit it like that, and in the first place wouldn't be near you anyway.
Roleplaying a Darkfallen requires huge committment in various places, one is being astray from common places with common people.
It is like roleplaying a second gen DK - They're undead risen by Arthas but before he sat upon the throne.
90 Undead Rogue
what i find annoying is when you RP with someone claiming to be *darkfallen* they instantly assume they are super OP and have every right to beat you every time...which is kinda B.S and frowned upon to rp like..some sort of big macho lord of all powers
which is why...i like to RP as an old crazy troll shaman or an undead gilnean that has a tendency to annoy peoplez
While Darkfallen are possibly one of the strongest races in the Scourge and have a good deal of abilities to fight with, people do need to remember they aren't simply over powered, and have been defeated in the past, as we can clearly see.
There's apparently two remaining, both whom are 'Princes' below the council rank whom resurrected Argual and vanished, and whom no doubt have retainers with them and the like.
We can't say there's only one or none, just as much as we can't say there's lots.