Crildor, Man of Mystery (and Wolverinesque Fist Weapons!)
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Not much going on in downtown Darnassus. Actually not much ever goes on there. Which is probably why Crildor (55 Elite) spends so much time sitting and waiting.
He'll sit here for some time, but eventually Crildor stands up, and then begins to walk his usual path around an area of the city.
And this is why I stopped and followed - you didn't see fist weapons like that in ye olden days (pre BC), and I was impressed. (I'm thinking Crildor is a Wolverine
fan.) I also was extremely curious to see fist weapons in action, which is another reason why I followed him.
But he does nothing - no exciting fights with those weapons - he just continued on his rounds, and then returned to his spot and sat down. And stared glumly into space.
So who is
Wowhead comments: "Oh, he is apparently placed in memory of a programmer who died just before the game's release."
Author: Viva on 04/03/2007
Thotbott comments: "This NPC was created/named as a tribute to Crildor AKA Mitchel who died at the age of 21. He was a big fan of World of Warcraft from the early days. I would just like to thank Blizzard again for this tribute to someone who is still dearly missed."
Author: AG_Froggy, 1.3 years ago
"ok i heard he was a tribute to a game programmer who died before the game was released...not a fan of warcraft"
Author: hyuugahinata21, 11.1 months ago
"The post about the guy being a tribute to a fan of WoW is correct i dont know much about it myself but he had died in a car crash and blizzard had created this NPC as a tribute-The End-"
Author: p0tm0nst3r, 2.2 months ago
Problem - both Wowhead and Thottbot have information shared by other gamers; it's not offical information from Blizzard, and there's always a lot
of misinformation in the comments. (Especially on Thottbot.) Plus the fact that if you look up any npc that doesn't seem to have a purpose (won't talk, no quests, etc.) there's usually a comment saying that the npc represents a real person, and is a tribute. (Yes, I suddenly realize I should now look up other npcs of this sort - I can think of a few.) There have
definitely been characters created that are tributes to people, both living and dead - but it's also become the standard answer for every mysterious npc. So unless I can find a source that gives me a bit more information...
For instance there's this bit on Allakhazam comments
"Placed in loving memory of a former blizzard programmer who died in a terriable car carsh 4 months before the release of the game.
LoL, im a jackass... JK"
Author: Tenetri, Posted: Apr 12th 2006
"Info about him is posted here." (link to alphagamer.net doesn't work)
Author: sandmanwr, Posted: Aug 17th 2006
That's pretty typical of the forum information I've found. All rumors.
Ah ha, but here is a classic example I've found of why you have to take these comments with a grain of salt.
Comments from Thottbot for npc Arantir:
The Hand of Chaos
Level 45 Elite Humanoid
"Arantir is an NPC plaed in tribute to either a gamer or Blizzard employee that past on as is Crildo in Darnassus. just look up Crildor on wowwiki and get the story on him. It is the same story with the this NPC in lakeshire.
This is quite common with MMORPGs. they will make an NPC tribute to a favored person that was loved or was a worker of theirs and has died.
Author: reapers1, 4.0 months ago
"[above comment quoted]
"Arantir (The Hand of Chaos) is a level 45 elite night elf Alliance NPC in the Lakeshire Docks, in the Redridge Mountains. He currently serves no purpose.
He once finished a rogue only quest, Horns of Nez'ra, that his shadow gave. However, the quest was removed and Arantir remained. The quest served as a way to gain reputation with Ravenholdt."
And there is no page for Crildor"
Author: Landrar, 2.6 months ago
So there we have the first comment confidently stating that both Arantir and Crildor are tributes, next comment refutes this with WowWiki info on Arantir. And then states that Crildor isn't in WowWiki.
So we can't trust every claim of "this npc is a tribute."
Call it an MMO Urban Legend
(Yes yes, I will post more on actual, documented tributes another time, really.)
Just double checked WowWiki
for Crildor...and commenter is right, there's nothing. Which is weird, I could have sworn I found Crildor there a while back...
I did find this when searching various forums:
World of Warcraft, Archived News for Jan 2004
Tuesday January 6 2004...
Forum Chatter, Community News - 11:44 AM PST | Posted By: OptikFusion
In the Official WoW Forums Katricia has stopped by to respond to some of the questions posted up by the community. Here are a couple:
...Official community member Zerul asks:
could a blizzard employee tell me anything about this new NPC? i would want to know what he is so i know where to look for him... please?
Katricia came by with this reply:
Crildor has been added to the game. I don't want to give up his race/class or location as there were many people who said they wanted to make their own "private quest" in finding him.
I think that all those who knew and cared about him will be very pleased with his placement.
Which sounds like I'm getting closer to an answer. Except for the small problem of not knowing if Katricia is a Blizzard employee, not to mention questions about the website that this is posted on. What is
wow.stratics.com? Offical Blizzard site? A guild site?
So, still reading over all that, trying to figure it out.
Meanwhile, this will just be a mystery until I can root up some more info.
Found that Katricia, aka Donna Anthony is World of Warcraft's Community Manager - or at least she was during Wow's beta phase. Here's an IRC Chat interview
with her from March 5, 2004. Humorously, she has an in game npc named after her - Donni Anthania
, also known as the crazy cat lady.
My brain is now mushy from having read too many forum threads for info. Will return when brain has solidified. And probably remove this paragraph, heh.
Thank you to commenter Sherlock - it looks as though Crildor is Mitchell Glorie
. The links cited are in Dutch (I think?) but I think that's possibly factual - and WowWiki now has a page for the npc:
Crildor: "...Crildor, or Mitchel, was a Dutch Warcraft fansite moderator who died in a car crash prior to the release of WoW."
So there's no "Blizzard Page of Stories Behind The NPCs for us to fact check any of this - but I think this is probably true.
I'm not sure how I'd show this in game but I wish all such memorials somehow had the ability to give the viewer detailed information about who they're in memory of - or at least a name. I like to know about the real people behind the game, and always find it touching when the designers memorialize their friends this way.
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