Colosos and the Can Opener

Nhani Moonfall: “Why hello there big boy. I found myself a can opener, what do you say?”
Colosos, Grand Champion of the Exodar: “Well, I.. uhm..”
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Yes, this image is totally random – I blame early morning Yelnenu chatter. Essentially, with us having had a Draenei male character around for a few Yelnenu raids (though no more) and with my random opinion that Draenei males look much better than the.. well.. let’s face it, apelike Night elven men, I’ve been off on my own little nutty tangent of What If ancient Priestess Nhani Moonfall would end up taking fancy for a Draenei rather than her own kin.

So back on track – I went through my morning routine of Argent Tournament daily quests as usual and took a momentary pause by particularely tall Exodar Grand Champion Colosos in full shining armour and randomly thought “Y’know.. she’d need a can opener for that one..”, and well. The image amused me enough that I decided to try to make a render out of it for giggles.


20 Responses to “Colosos and the Can Opener”

  1. 1 Tilanya
    May 5, 2009 at 15:02

    Hehi, that’s a nice one indeed. I like the “can opener” interpretation. ๐Ÿ˜›

    I agree with you on that, though! Draenei males are much more, eh… interesting than the Night Elven males.

  2. 2 Messai
    May 5, 2009 at 17:50

    if wow would be real-life, i’d be jealous of the colosos XD

    Great job on the outfit she’s wearing though, what robe did you use for it? :p

  3. 3 Nhani
    May 5, 2009 at 22:05

    The base is actually a Mooncloth robe, though the top part is from some armoured chestpeice (I think maybe Jouster’s or Field Plate..?) and I meticulously undrew all the fold lines from the skirt itself so it could fold on its own, and shrank it up to knee height. It’s one of my more significant texture edits and my main regret with it is that there’s nothing like it available in game, especially with the knee-cut skirt.

  4. 4 Messai
    May 5, 2009 at 22:59

    whow…sounds like alot of work ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    but the ends result is well sexy :p Blizzard should implent that robe for priests in-game ๐Ÿ™‚

    this is one of your best renders ^^ i like the fact that he’s blushing :p well who wouldn’t if some girl would talk to you like that

  5. 5 Iasion
    May 6, 2009 at 02:22

    Definitely not something I’d expect Nhani to do!

  6. 6 Nhani
    May 6, 2009 at 05:46

    I’m sure you’d find that old Moonfall can be full of surprises! Always liked how layered she is.

    For the dress, it actually came largely out of a desire to combine the martial and priestly natures of the Night elven clergy into a single outfit, and match it up to one particular character. It’s a dress because she’s a priestess, it sports armour because night elven priestesses are also warriors in various forms, and it’s knee-length because she’s an active woman who needs full use of her legs to run, jump, kick and climb.

    Essentially, I wanted a plain but radiant and stunning kind of ‘combat dress’ that could pass for formal attire while still permitting her to go Prince of Persia or Altaรฏr on someone if she chooses to, complete with runny-jumpy-climby freerunning madness.

  7. 7 Iasion
    May 6, 2009 at 05:51

    Also, I meant to mention that it seemed rather aggressive for NE behavior. In their lore the men were asleep for 10 thousand years, right? I always wondered how the females managed when they got ‘the itch’. Maybe they just don’t really view sex like people do? Maybe they don’t get the itch at all?

    Female NE: “No, we only procreate when our population numbers demand that we do. If there’s concern that it’s getting low then we conduct mating rituals.”

    Male NE: “If it’s short notice we sometimes draw straws.” *shrugs*


  8. 9 Nhani
    May 6, 2009 at 06:23

    All men couldn’t have been asleep – the game contradicts that. For one, night elven player characters are by default supposedly fairly young (for night elves), nevermind that young girl in Astranaar whose father seeks a cure for her.

    They’re all older than four-five years, but much younger than ten thousand, so Night elves have obviously had both genders around and been procreating during the long vigil. In fact, from the NPCs there’s a general impression that suprisingly few of the Night elves we meet actually saw the Sundering with their own eyes.

    Of course, then we also have the whirling storm of Continuity Snarl that is the war of the shifting sands.

    The Night elves have a working society, so not all women could’ve been warriors, nor all men could’ve been druids; not all women have stood on guard for ten thousand years, not all men (and possibly, not even all druids, in spite of the pact) have slept during that time. Seeing their nature, Night elves are actually described as a quite passionate people, and though the self-control I think Night elves simply have to learn as part of growing older sometimes curb that or turn it into something oddly distant, I’d say they’re perfectly capable of turning that passion towards someone they catch a fancy for; see the quest text for The Apple Falls.

    Of course, with their life spans, I also think Night elven pregnancies are quite rare.

    • 10 Iasion
      May 6, 2009 at 07:25

      That makes sense. Most of my NE knowledge comes from WarCraft III, as my WoW mains are Horde. I just remember they were immortal and that the females were the Sentinel warriors of the race, while the men were druids and helped maintain the Emerald Dream. Also, I remember it was important to wake them up, and the impression it gave me was that [i]all[/i] the men were asleep. But WoW has a way of communicating that the world was much broader than the RTS roots suggested.

      I’ll have to check out that quest text. My highest Alliance main is a 26 Dwarf pally, so I haven’t done a lot on that side of the game. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. 11 Nhani
    May 6, 2009 at 08:06

    That particular quest is a rogue only quest, unfortunately (and oddly), it’s actually the Night elven “Go to your Rogue Trainer” quest, which makes the text all the more odd. Still, it always amused me.

  10. 12 Ilyara
    May 6, 2009 at 14:20


    That picture is so much win and her outfit is very pretty ๐Ÿ˜€

    From a practical standpoint, even with a kneelength dress, the skirt would have to be pleated or have a slit up the thigh (or be magically stretchy) if you wanted full use of your legs but it looks so nice (a bit like a 20’s silk slip dress meet’s bucholic fantasy) I think you could overlook it ^^

    I completely agree with your take on the gender makeup of Night Elven society and how they have to channel their passions. I take a view that War3 is indicative of trends and that there may even be some societal/internalised discrimination against men taking the role of hunters/warriors (and of course the organisation of the Sentinels is entirely female and will inevitably bias that population). Equally, it seems implicit that a similar thing was going on with Druids and I see this as a parallel to hunter-gatherer societies, where men and women have separate “worlds” within the tribe.

    Childbirth and male physical strength is what essentially defines those roles, but you also see examples of outsider or cross gender roles in some tribal cultures: the shaman is a classic example, and often considered to be a transgendered embodiment of male/female duality. There are also socially isolated but respected roles, within such societies, for those who do not fit the normal gender divide: as scouts, traders, priests, bards or entertainers, for example. The stamp of these old tribal divisions is even still visible in western society.

    Anyhow, Night Elven women are clearly not as shackled by childbirth as human women, in our society, were before contraception became widely available (one assumes it is for the human women of Azeroth). They are also part of a highly religious matriarchy based on a goddess figure that gives them great political power (thanks to Elune, I doubt night Elven women ever had to fight for a political vote). Moreover, this goddess is palpably *real* so it’s not just a question of political power: her priestesses wield temporal power far in excess of anything men could claim over women in physical prowess. I don’t think that the Cenarion Circle is fundamentally gender biased, but I’d imagine that it’s male dominance could be an obvious reactionary product to a mainstream society centered around a female principle.

    The Circle has a very material, almost scientific, role in Night Elven society but for all that Malorne (and Cenarius) were male, they do not embody the male principality so much as that of nature spirits and Ysera, herself, is a maternal entity. So I think Night Elf males might catch a bit more of the flak in gender relationships, but that it would not be so extreme as the converse in our society, because of the “natural advantages” that males enjoy, when it comes to independence of action and physical accomplishment. At the same time, more men would also enjoy the greater freedom to express themselves in a manner that deviates from being defined by their physicality and the need to preserve social dominance, just as the females would have greater physical and social freedom.

    • 13 Nhani
      May 6, 2009 at 15:21

      I recall there was this once where old Nhani was called upon to explain to the young(er) what brought about the change in society from the very male-dominated army pre-Sundering and the largely female-only Sentinels post. We don’t have an answer, of course, but I kindof liked the one Nhani expressed – in her mind, it was largely a case of women being able to be mothers. As the Night elven society shifted from an expansive empire to a small and isolationist state, so did their army change from an expansive force of largely males to a protective force of women whom could essentially take on the entire populace as their children by proxy.

      I have no idea how well it actually works into events and the setting at large, but I always felt she had an interesting point, there.

  11. 14 Ilyara
    May 6, 2009 at 14:27

    P.S. you should start sending your “what if” pictures into Blizzard imo. When it comes to how they’ve let the Night Elven concept/image decline, I think they could use the inspiration. I’m sure something as witty and conceptually detailed as the image above would catch their attention.

    • 15 Nhani
      May 6, 2009 at 15:22

      eheh, well I have actually no idea where I’d even do that. It’s not a screenshot and it’s not a comic. Maybe submit it as fan art, I suppose?

  12. 16 Messai
    May 6, 2009 at 16:27

    yeah i think you can do it under Fan-art. you’d win the competition :p

  13. 17 Moltrazahn
    May 7, 2009 at 07:35

    Well, wouldnt be first time you got fanart would it? ;P

  14. 18 Gwaith
    May 8, 2009 at 00:13

    Go from ape to squid then eh? *grins* Though I do love that dress it looks truly awesome. I promise Iยดll spare you if I see you somewhere *nods* Wich is not likely due to I am in another dimension but thoughts do count no?

  15. 19 Pernille
    June 5, 2012 at 17:22

    I need to ask.. did you pose out the characters through a rig, or did you simply cutted out and adjusted everything in Photoshop? And how did you manage to make the hand rendering?

    I’m curious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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