Anduin Wrynn

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Anduin Wrynn
Warcraft character
Anduin Wrynn by Erik Braddock.jpg
First appearanceWorld of Warcraft (2004)
Created byBlizzard Entertainment
Voiced byJosh Keaton
In-universe information
TitleKing of Stormwind
AffiliationAlliance
FamilyVarian Wrynn (father)
Tiffin Wrynn (mother)
Llane Wrynn (grandfather)

Anduin Llane Wrynn is a fictional character who appears in the Warcraft series of video games by Blizzard Entertainment. First appearing in the original launch of World of Warcraft in 2004, Anduin is the son of Tiffin and Varian Wrynn, and the king of the human kingdom of Stormwind. Following Varian's disappearance, young Anduin is crowned king of Stormwind. He succeeds his father following his death in World of Warcraft: Legion, as well as his position as leader of the Alliance. Anduin also appears as a playable character in the crossover multiplayer online battle arena game Heroes of the Storm. The character is voiced by Josh Keaton.

Critical reception to Anduin focused on his empathy as well as benevolent traits, which is often contrasted to his father's warrior impulses and hardline approach in dealing with the opposing Horde faction.

Development[edit]

Anduin Wrynn's is named after Anduin Lothar, a military leader and war hero of the Kingdom of Stormwind, and his grandfather, King Llane Wrynn of Stormwind.[1]

Josh Keaton noted that he found it surreal that he is the voice actor of an adult Anduin, "that kid I couldn't target in Stormwind", when he used to be a dedicated Horde player. He described Anduin as a moral compass, who is a highly educated royal and possesses a "big-picture perspective, that is unique to the game particularly for such a young character"., Keaton said he had to demonstrate "a certain regal bearing" for Anduin, given the character's heritage, that needs to come through in his voice.[2]

Appearances[edit]

Anduin first appeared in World of Warcraft as a child and the Crown Prince of Stormwind.[3] When his father King Varian Wrynn was abducted, he was named King of Stormwind but due to his young age, he was unable to rule, and the task of regency was given to Highlord Bolvar Fordragon, a venerated paladin of the Alliance.[4] Once King Varian returned to reclaim his throne, the prince began to focus his efforts on spiritual matters and diplomacy, traveling throughout Azeroth to understand how he might heal lands and souls ravaged by war.[5]

In World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, with the land of Pandaria revealed to the world, the young prince personally leads a campaign to unveil the region's secrets and cool the flames of war that threatened to consume the continent. Anduin was one of the main opposition to the Horde's Warchief, Garrosh Hellscream, in his fight to save the continent and its people. Anduin eventually succeeds, however Garrosh was able to escape and initiate the events of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.

In the Legion expansion for World of Warcraft, Anduin permanently assumes the throne after Varian was killed by Gul'Dan's forces on the Broken Shore. Doubtful of his abilities to be a good king, Anduin travels to the Broken Shore where his father died and meets with Genn Greymane and Velen. Anduin finds his father's sword and expresses that he cannot be the hero, nor the king his father was. Genn consoles him and a vision of his father appears before him, telling him he must do "What a King must do." Anduin, now filled with a new sense of purpose and courage, takes up his fathers sword and declares he is ready to lead his people against the Burning Legion. Anduin's preference for diplomacy and fostering understanding with others enabled him to form strong bonds with the Draenei Prophet Velen and even a few key members of the Horde.

Hearthstone[edit]

Anduin appears as the default player hero for the Priest class in Hearthstone.[6]

Heroes of the Storm[edit]

Anduin is a playable character in Heroes of the Storm as a ranged healer,[7] which is considered to be a unique class for players to master.[8] "Holy Word: Salvation", one of his two "heroic" abilities, is a reference to the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth cinematic trailer, in which Anduin heals his Alliance soldiers in an identical fashion.

Reception[edit]

As a major character in a video game franchise known for constant, total war between the various species of its universe, Anduin Wrynn has attracted commentary about his benevolent and pacifistic nature, which is the opposite of his father Varian Wrynn. Dawn Moore from Joystiq described Anduin as a physically attractive character who is "gentle, but tenacious", a patient character who is wise beyond his young age and has a similar force of will like his father Varian Wrynn.[9] Anne Stickney compared and contrasted the actions and traits of both father and son in an article, concluding that while Varian is "a leader of strength and steel against the harsh winter of war", Anduin is "strong in his own right, ready and willing to pick up and mend any heartbreak yet to come".[10] Mathew McCurley, also from Joystiq, said he liked Anduin's characterization in The Shattering, author Christie Golden's companion novel to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. He noted that while Anduin retained his father's caution in his dealings with the Horde, he comes across as more "open-minded, forgiving, and willing to compromise on things above and beyond him", and said that he had the potential to be a strong, compassionate leader for the humans of Azeroth.[11]

Cass Marshall from Polygon recounted Anduin's character arc in World of Warcraft and its expansions in a series of articles. In her criticism about Blizzard's handling of the in-universe political dynamics in the Warcraft universe, Marshall noted that in the promotional material released depicting the renewed hostilities between the Alliance and the Horde during the events of Battle for Azeroth, Anduin comes across as the presumable representation of "the good guy" faction as the Alliance's figurehead leader, but questioned his credibility and ability to run a kingdom and a multispecies coalition. Marshall drew attention to his youth, his close association with the allegedly racist werewolf King of Gilneas, and the fact that he assumes his current position because he is the scion of an absolutist hereditary monarchy as opposed to his merits as leader.[12] Marshall found Anduin's plight in the Shadowslands expansion to be particularly tragic, and "a little funny".[13] Mike Fahey from Kotaku opined that since the Warcraft universe's equivalent of the afterlife play a central role in Shadowslands, Anduin's late father Varian Wrynn could be brought back so that Anduin "can fulfil his destiny to become the human version of Thrall. A human Jesus to his orc Jesus, as it were."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stickney, Anne. "Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: The curious neutrality of Anduin Wrynn". Engadget.
  2. ^ "Blizzcon 2013: Iconic Characters of Warcraft". Engadget.
  3. ^ Wachowski, Elizabeth. "Know Your Lore: The Wrynn dynasty". Engadget. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  4. ^ Stickney, Anne (February 20, 2010). "Know Your Lore: Bolvar Fordragon". Engadget.
  5. ^ McCurley, Mathew (June 16, 2011). "Anduin Wrynn: Then and Now". Engadget. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Starr, Michelle. "Hands on with Hearthstone". CNET.
  7. ^ "Anduin Wrynn is Coming to Heroes of the Storm". GameSpace.com. 2019-04-23. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  8. ^ Hawkins, Josh (April 30, 2019). "April 30 Heroes of The Storm patch notes add Anduin Wrynn". Shacknews. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  9. ^ Moore, Dawn (November 15, 2012). "Anduin Wrynn broke my heart". Engadget. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Stickney, Anne (December 25, 2011). "Know Your Lore: Anduin Llane Wrynn, Prince of Stormwind". Engadget. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  11. ^ McCurley, Mathew (June 16, 2011). "Anduin Wrynn: Then and Now". Engadget. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  12. ^ Cass Marshall (June 14, 2019). "The World of Warcraft conspiracy Blizzard doesn't want you to know about". Polygon. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  13. ^ Cass Marshall (October 15, 2020). "World of Warcraft's nicest boy is sad, kidnapped to the death realms". Polygon. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  14. ^ Ash Parrish and Mike Fahey (November 25, 2020). "Bastion Might Be The Bad Place In World of Warcraft: Shadowlands". Kotaku. Retrieved December 10, 2020.

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