So this is the reckoning which must be had with my Warcraft fanfics over on FanFiction dot net. Obviously, the situation as it stands is in great need of clarification, first and foremost for myself. I believe I’ve found the most ideal solution by adhering to Occam’s Razor.
basically, I went on a writing binge from December 2014 to January 2016, penning a number of tales revolving around original characters living in Ratchet. They were a mixed bunch, coming from races associated with the Alliance, Horde, and unaffiliated but all connected latently through the Steamwheedle Cartel. The writing process was fun, therapeutic, and yielded enough stories for me to continue postings chapter every week until 2020.
the obvious problem, of course, is that in January 2016, there was no way for me to have guessed what direction Blizzard would take things in. Because some of my later stories are set ~300 years ahead on Warcraft’s timeline, a number of important plot elements have rendered those stories non-canon-compliant.
I’m not salty about it or anything; that’s what I get for writing so far ahead in a product which is constantly changing. Hell, how many old school Warcraft fics were set in the future when written, but then were rendered non-compliant by Arthas dying or Pandaria being discovered? It’s fiction, it’s fun, it’s all contained in its own continuum and universe for each writer, and I still had so much fun. The characters are just as vivid to me now as when they were still compliant.
But the reckoning must take place. One day, I will write Little stories again because it’s fun, and I want those to be compliant. Without further ado, I’ll swallow the bitter pill and post a clarification for the reader regarding my stories on FanFiction (my AO3 profile is strictly non-Warcraft and this isn’t affected).
1. Cecilia and Khujand, as well as stories about their kids. I still get this magical feeling when thinking about that family, especially their grandkids, but it’s a thread which exists outside of the current official Warcraft storyline. For their children, Suramar is still a mere legend, Teldrassil and Astranaar weren’t destroyed, Undercity is normal, and the Alliance and Horde broke down and weakened into a stalemate. It’s a completely alternate freaking dimension compared to the story now.
2. Family and close friends of the above, such as Sonja and Erikur, Anula and Melas, and other neutral relations.
3. The women of Serenity, along with their children, grandchildren, and friends. This is painful for me because I had grand plans for them, I crafted them meticulously as a nod to my days playing Warcraft III as a teen, and I got attached. Then again, Teldrassil burning hurts even more and I’m still accepting of that.
4. My characters from Brill, who are distantly and indirectly connected to the above in always I haven’t explored since these AU threads are all completed and closed books as far as I’m concerned. Barghash, Zulgha, Khadijah, Rahotepa, even Ihsan himself are AU.
non-AU and canon-compliant
1. My cheesy, almost 80s metal style Horde nomads, the Killface Warband. None of the characters are dramatic and they’re more fun than anything. The lack of drama and depth makes keeping them canon-compliant super easy.
2. My “Suramar” characters from the Shadow Hunter vs. Demon Hunter series. Kenda, a forest troll and shadow hunter (a race and a class both not playable and probably never will be), her family and friends from the Hinterlands, and Neruda, my completely dysfunctional night elf DH. Their stories are extremely violent yet full of light hearted humor in a way that still tickles me. They’re also not very dramatic, lending themselves to short, canon-compliant stories.
Canon compliant and not AU, but formerly as such
1. Garamonde, my DK who’s been fighting since the First War And was involved in every conflict since. I ripped him away from his friends in Brill as a way of torturing the character, cutting all ties to make true drama for him. His stories have since all been canon-compliant, and since he never appeared directly with my Brill characters - his connection to them is only known from a letter he reads in a single chapter in a minor story I posted here on DA - I’ve decided to just keep him separate from them and pretend he’s merely an independent, if bitter and bereaved, death knight. This is a bit of a selfish decision because after Johan from my Cecilia-Khujand continuum, Garamonde is the closest of all my OCs to my real-life personality and behavior, so it’s super easy to write even detailed scenes with him. It’s not like Neruda or Khujand where planning their behavior took tons of work for consistency.
unclear even to me
1. My Horde-loyal Darkspear characters Kartina, Punchau, and Chaitama. All blurbs and stories they’ve appeared in since Legion have been canon compliant and minor, but they started with Kartina and her connection to the women of Serenity. They’re still fun characters, though, so where do they stand?