02/08/2013 04:16 PMI'm tired of everyone using the Raptor Army as an excuse. All Rhonin did was use the mannerisms of the Raptors to try and establish a dominance. Which is basically whats done in every kind of wild animal encounter, usually not trying to dominate them but still establish some sort of connection. Honestly the only real thing he did was stare down the leader, not much else till Iridi helped out.
Posted by Haely
Didn't he also used magic to read the leaders minds or something?
02/08/2013 04:16 PMAlso it wasn't Rhonin only that was there, Iridi used her powers to form a mental connection to provide some images to their minds. The Raptor just so happened to remember Rhonin from before we he helped expel the Orcs, it's not that surprising.
Posted by Haely
It has been stated before that the Raptors in WoW are highly intelligent, much more then most Animals and even in Stormrage this is portrayed with many other animals pairing up with the Raptor in the Dream Battle.
So I don't understand why people keep blowing this out of proportion when all Rhonin did was use a tricky situation and turned it into a good situation.
People bring it up because:
1) It's really funny.
2) It's a symptom of a much larger problem.
See, in that book alone, it wasn't just the raptors. It was Iridi being able to brawl out a group of people effortlessly, and then move a boat on her own that would "normally take three full grown men to move". It's also the way he just takes the Warcraft franchise and strangles it into his own "epic vision", by creating a race of Dwarf hybrid monsters(among other things). It's how he wrote the one Blood Elf as being extremely cliche. It's his over-use of words. Also, his extremely stiff dialogue.
And then you get all his other works, and you see common trends like characters being made just to fit a logical flaw in his intended story(like that human "druid" in Stormrage who ended up only existing to teleport people around).
Thing is, my personal complaints with Knaak aren't even about these things I'm talking about. Those are just the real flaws. My actual disagreements(which have no bearing on his writing quality, as they are my opinions) are things like how the Dragons in Warcraft are completely stupid.
Edit: Also, after Night of the Dragon was released I remember there was an interview with Knaak that asked him about why he decided to go with raptors and he basically said something like, "I don't know! I just got to that point of the story and decided it would be really cool".
Might explain why some people just want to roll their eyes at the guy.