Who are these "Guardians" on the Dark Portal

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I've always been kind of confused who these human looking 'guardians' are on the Dark Portal that was built by Orcs and Demons that we've seen first on the Vanilla login screen on the iconic portal from WC2. Is there a purpose to them besides the rituality of the portal? Why do the demons insist on these human-lookin' fellas?
They're taken from another universe, specifically the 40k universe.

Google watchers in the dark.
IIRC, the Azeroth side of the Dark Portal was built by humans.
unless youre going by the warcraft movie. then orcs built the azeroth side.
To be honest I don't think there is any real lore behind it. I'm pretty sure its just something meant to look creepy/cool.

Though someone more versed in what little remains of the canon of warcraft might be able to point to someone or something they are meant to be.
11/12/2018 11:07 PMPosted by Essoka
more versed in what little remains of the canon of warcraft

I like how you worded that.
11/12/2018 11:10 PMPosted by Melaned
11/12/2018 11:07 PMPosted by Essoka
more versed in what little remains of the canon of warcraft

I like how you worded that.


How else could someone word it? Maybe

The shattered remains of the lore?
Or
The slowly burning vestiges of the story we used to love?
world of warcraft was originally a warhammer game

https://kotaku.com/5929161/how-warcraft-was-almost-a-warhammer-game-and-how-that-saved-wow
Have in mind, those guardians started to show up in Warcraft III, it's not a WoW thing:

http://i.imgur.com/I66EPiX.jpg

During Warcraft II they were like two skeletons carved in the sides:

https://wow.gamepedia.com/Dark_Portal#/media/File:Dark_Portal_WC2_cinematic.jpg

11/12/2018 10:59 PMPosted by Edorin
unless youre going by the warcraft movie. then orcs built the azeroth side.


Medivh did, as you can experience in the Opening of the Dark Portal dungeon. I mean, the orcs widened and secured it, but he opened it. The movie shows exactly this, not sure what you meant.
The same statues are in the north west side of Burning Steppes btw. Burning Steppes was the first zone the orcs lived in before spreading out throughout Azeroth.

Mind blown.
11/12/2018 08:37 PMPosted by Thundathys
They're taken from another universe, specifically the 40k universe.

Google watchers in the dark.
warcraft is a rip of warhammer to begin with
I've always assumed they are meant to depict generic warlocks as a form of decoration on the portal.

It could be either that or they are statues of the secret void lords who are hiding in the shadows pulling string and manipulating all the events of World of Warcraft for their own nefarious purposes. They will be the final raid bosses of wow.

Either choice depending on how epic you want it. I actually think my second option would be interesting.

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