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Yeah, I know, I know. But I don't care. If you haven't played the events of Warcraft 3 and the expansion, the Frozen Throne, little said here will make sense. Blizzard may have cursed these characters, but I shall not.
In an attempt to escape Kil'jaeden's wrath upon his failure to destroy the Lich King, Lord Illidan Stormrage, accompanied by his comrade, Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider, infiltrated the Caverns of Time and delved deep into the secret hall of the lord of the Bronze Dragons. They took with them only their most trusted servants; a few Blood Elves, Lady Vashj and her Naga, and Akama and his most trusted Draenei; they abandoned the rest of Illidan's servitors in Outland. They finally found the path to the moment when portals were tearing Draenor apart. Using fel magic and sorcery, they divined of a portal that would take them far away from places in reach of the foul Burning Legion. In the chaos of Draenor's destruction, they were hardly missed...
They emerged on a verdant Eldar Maiden world, in the distant Milky Way Galaxy, from an ancient portal constructed by Chaotic forces to channel Daemons through. The Illidari found themselves able to tap into magic with greater power, but also with greater risk. The magic here worked differently- the daemons found it easier to attack magic-users here. Illidan ordered his forces to refrain from magic until further information was had.
Recon of the planet brought the Illidari into contact with the Eldar and also with the Chaotic forces seeking to defile the Maiden World in the name of Tzeentch. Kael'thas and his minions initially tried to make contact with the Eldar, who reminded them of their high elven brethren; however, Kael and his kind reeked of daemonacy, and a full half of the blood elves perished in the ensuing battle, and Kael's forces were forced to disengage.
Relations with the Chaos forces proved more fruitful. Illidan was seen as a mighty Daemon Prince, and all but worshipped by the prostrate human cultists. Listening to the cultists and their veneration of Tzeentch sparked Illidan's lust for power yet again. He and his forces pledged themselves to Tzeentch for their own dark means... the destruction of the Lich King, dominion of Azeroth, and the takeover of the Burning Legion. However, Tzeentch had, of course, other plans.
Swollen with new powers, Kael and Illidan led the cultists against the Eldar on the Maiden World, and soon victory was theirs. The defiled world soon shrieked with pain as it underwent the transformation into a Daemon World.
Illidan personally killed the Farseer, and with Tzeentch's vision, ripped from her vast store of knowledge the particulars of many things in the galaxy he was in. He gained knowledge of all the forces at war, thousands of years of history, legends and prophecies. One piece of knowledge stuck out in his mind.
The story of Luther of the Dark Angels was made known to him. Betraying his Legion, the Dark Angel had turned half his lord's men against themselves, as Illidan had done in the battle between the highborn and the fool druids. He had sworn himself to the darker powers, as Illidan himself had done. Only a small weakness had destroyed them both- a moment of regret for Luther, love for his brother's beloved, Tyrande, for Illidan.
Illidan felt in his dark soul that Luther had not broken in ten thousand years of imprisonment for one reason- the same reason he had- an unyielding hate for his captors and a desire for freedom and power. Disregarding Luther's continued prophecy of the Lion's return as the time of his redemption as mere lies to confuse his opponents, Illidan made a vow in his heart to free a man who he thought of as a kindred spirit, and unite these 'Fallen' under his banner to take dominion over this realm and reach out against all those who had betrayed and persecuted him, in Azeroth, Outland, and beyond...
He quickly gained in power and status in the eyes of Tzeentch, and did indeed gather a small warband of Fallen who sympathized with the imprisoned Luther yet. Other warbands flocked to him in recognition of his power, and Illidan soon found a following claiming him to be the Chosen to kill the False Emperor and assert the dominion of Chaos over the material realm, especially among those frustrated with Abbadon's seeming failures in his Black Crusades. Illidan and his followers willingly purported these rumors, as dominion over this realm was Illidan's goal.
Illidan also bent his energies to finding that famous Fallen Dark Angel, Cypher. He, too, could see that the Marine was protected from some higher power, and was slowly moving towards Terra, for reasons unknown. His hold over the Fallen would prove useful as well, as Illidan desired more of these powerful warriors at his side, for even his mighty powers had to respect the ten-thousand year old veterans and their skill at arms.
Hundreds of cultists and dozens of fallen Marines at his side, along with the ever present Kael, Vashj, and Akama, Illidan set out on his dark crusade...
I will likely model Illidan as Bel'akor with a lot of greenstuff, as that model is simply squatting down too much and lacks a certain.... elfyness that Illidan possesses; I will use the rules for a Daemon Prince with wings, Doombolt or Bolt of Change, and Warptime. Kael will be best represented by a converted one of the new High Elf mages, with rules as a Chaos Sorceror with Wind of Chaos and Doombolt. Akama will likely be a Lord with Lightning Claws, typically with MoT, but I may not model him; Vashj will be tough to model, and I may not do so, but I was thinking of using some sort of Farseer rules for her maybe.
Tell me what you think, first crossover I've ever done. Next: Sephiroth and Roland Deschain! 8Y
While the idea of using Illidan as the inspiration for a daemon prince is actually pretty much cool as hell, I have to say, drop the multi-universe craziness. You've taken two entirely, totally seperate created products, chucked them together literally and prayed for a smooth outcome, and suffice to say, it's my opinion you haven't got one.
I don't mean to be harsh.. But come on, it's like the writers of Sex and City suddenly teleporting in Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice because she'd make a cool character. ;P It's jarring, and outright metatextual.. Immersion is totally killed.
My advice.. Borrow Illidian as a character. Take the parts of his story, background and image which work for you, and write him into the 40k universe.
But hey, that whole two paragraphs you described is pretty much what a crossover is, right?
By the way, Pride and Prejudice and cool should never ever be in the same sentence. You feel that? That was the tremor of the fabric of reality from me doing it. We really should refrain. Things could get damaged. Or worse.
I shall speculate upon your suggestions...
Unfortunately, Blizzard do seem quite determined to reduce the key players of their good and detailed fantasy setting to a simple power creep for those bored lvl 60-70s, which is a pity, as the warcraft background and imagery is really pretty cool.Could work. Admit, I pretty much created the story as I typed. I get you here. It just bothers me that Illidan and Kael die in WoW... I wanted to work for them.
As a thought.. Maybe play out the whole Night Elf/Highborne split on a remote Exodite world. A group of exodites start studing psychic powers, perhaps, and become tainted by chaos. Their magical addiction is easily represented by the fact they need to suck out spiritual energy to prevent them being devoured by Slannesh. They try to draw on the world spirit (webway assembly for exodites) for more power, and end up rupturing the geomantic configurations of the planet, causing a massive cataclysm.
From then on, just play out Illidan and Kael's story as you see fit, borrowing the elements you need and discarding those you don't, with the loyalist Exodites playing out the role of the Night Elves.
Well, a big element of Illidan's character is a freaking long prison sentence... perhaps he's actually an Eldar who cooperated with the birthing of the god Slaanesh on an Exodite world, in secret, as a deal to make sure his soul wasn't consumed; of course power is also a factor... the Exodite Eldar find this out and imprison him for ten thousand years (ring a bell?). Now he's escaped, and (dun dun dun!) will wreak havoc on the material realm, especially his foolish brethren and the god who abandoned him when he was imprisoned... he seeks the power to do this through Tzeentch, and gathers followers to do so.
Not as fleshed out as it could be... but it's a start.
With regard to the original story, I don't really like the fact that you brought Luther and the Fallen into the picture when the whole point of the story was really to be about Illidan and Kael (as a side note, I was also sad about what happened to Kael, though I find it interesting they remembered to keep Ner'zhul from being pure evil...I think. He wasn't, anyway.) transporting themselves to the 40k universe. They just seem out of place, like they were put in "just because". So, when you write the new story, I would focus more on developing the backstories and ultimate fates of "Illidan" and "Kael", and finding a different kind of army for them to gather under their banner.
That said, I quite liked your writing style with the original story above so keep it up in the remake.