Canon refers to the actual events and characters that exist in a fictional world. Headcanon refers to any situations or characters that are imagined by fans of said fictional world. Sometimes they are silly, like the fact that Garrosh’s favorite treat is lemon squares. Sometimes they are serious, like positing that tauren store grief in the lungs. For my writing, I’ve come up with a lot of headcanon. Got a theory about a torrid romance between your favorite auctioneer and the patrolling guard? Given any thought to where mounts and pets go when they aren’t summoned? Do you know how your characters do their laundry, or what Baine Bloodhoof does in his free time? What are your headcanons, and where did you get the idea?
I’m not sure I have much headcanon about characters that aren’t mine. I suppose I have certain opinions on different characters. I probably think of Thrall more heroically than he actually deserves sometimes, but I don’t make up details about anyone.
Of course, things are different with Devee, my troll disc priest.
I have created a story for him. When he was young and still living on the islands pre-Horde, his mom was killed. The body was never found, but it didn’t seem to be an accident. Whether it was another troll tribe or murlocs, he never found out. His father was a hunter who believed in balance and considering things from all sides. His brother was a few years older than him and believed in Darkspear superiority. He was angry at the rival tribes, and he especially wanted blood for the death of his mother. He wanted rival trolls dead, and he wanted the murlocs dead. Devee began to be fascinated by the ways of the witch-doctor. He was fearful of many of their ways but liked the idea of communicating with spirits and healing the sick. He wanted to be able to protect his loved ones in the future so the fate of his mother wouldn’t fall upon anyone else about whom he cared.
Devee’s father looked up to Sen’jin and likewise followed Vol’jin when he entered the Horde. In Kalimdor, he continued hunting but specialized in taming raptors. Devee wanted to try taming and raising raptors as well, but his father said it was too dangerous for him at this point in his life. While his older brother began to learn some, Devee was sent to Orgrimmar quite often. His father wanted him to learn about the new culture. He thought times were changing, and it was time to learn to fit with the rest of civilization. While Devee was sad that he couldn’t learn with his father, he understood. Similarly, Devee’s brother was a bit jealous that his father tried to protect Devee and wanted Devee to better himself while he was perfectly fine exposing him (Devee’s brother) to danger.
Devee continued to be interested in spirits and healing, but in Orgrimmar he was exposed to shamans and considered the similarities between the elements and the Loa. He also heard whispering of the Light and the Church of the Forgotten Shadow from the Forsaken. His views slowly began to mix on spirituality, but his views on the Horde were solidifying. He was Horde as much as he was Darkspear. He believed in the culture and the society. His life was changed when his father was killed by the raptors with which he worked.
More than ever, Devee wanted to help people. His brother on the other hand was angry at the Horde, blaming them somehow. Devee continued to study healing and spirituality, regardless of the source. His brother rejected everything outside of Darkspear culture. When Zalazane took over the Echo Isles, Devee helped heal the wounded; His brother stayed with Zalazane.
It was soon after that Devee left Sen’jin Village to help others and learn more about spirituality. Over the course of his adventures, there were a couple events of note. First, raising a Venomhide Ravasaur felt like an important rite of passage because through it, he felt connected to his father. Next, he began to feel confused due to conflicting ideologies, but Grand Anchorite Almonen made him feel a bit better by saying ” inside each of us, the Light resides… it manifests itself as a feeling, small at first and easily ignored, that confirms truths and subtly prods one to do good.” He even said “Great is the healing and blessing power of the Light’s most diligent followers!” Devee might not worship the Light exclusively, but it’s definitely a part of him.
The next important event in his life was following the end of the War in Northrend. After defeating Arthas, he helped Vol’jin reclaim the Echo Isles, knowing that his brother was probably out there. Devee never saw him but knows he must have died in battle. Whether directly or indirectly, Devee contributed to the death of his only remaining family.
It would not be uncommon to hear about the initial release of World of Warcraft as Vanilla or Classic. In terms of ice cream or gelato (which is my preference), Vanilla was once considered the most popular flavour of it’s time. So if Vanilla represents Classic WoW, what flavours could represent the following expansions?