Logically speaking, inter-special sexual relations probably happens very frequently on Azeroth.
Even if you only consider the ten playable races, we all have *ahem* the same parts. This is obvious enough just from the character models. Humans, dwarves, draenei, tauren, orcs; functionally, all of them are the same. Some matchups (tauren and gnome, for instance) might be logistically impossible (or uncomfortable to think about), this is true. But most matchups are fair game.
Trolls and orcs? For sure that has happened. Humans and dwarves have been allies for a very long time. Why do you think gnomish engineers are so happy to provide devices that make you gnome sized?
Blizzard, obviously, can’t exactly put a ton of sex in game, nor really reference it at all, but it has to happen. Babies come from somewhere, after all. Which means the dudes possess equipment, and the females are quite obviously able to hold up their end of the deal.
Forsaken are about the only exception to the reproductive rule, though they all still have the parts. Well. Most of them. Fleshy bits don’t last too long. I mean, we have forsaken sans jaws. That’s a pretty sturdy body part.
This is getting a little squicky. Moving on.
Something that bothers me about a lot of fantasy genres are hybrids. Things like half elves and half orcs.
Those don’t make any sense at all! The very definition of a species is that it is impossible for it to reproduce with a member of another species. There is no such thing as half cats, half dogs, because it is completely impossible for cats and dogs to reproduce with each other.
Sure, a dog could hump a cat or vice versa, but that isn’t going to produce littly babby puttens or kippies.
By allowing things like half orcs or half elves, you imply that natural sexual reproduction is possible. Meaning, of humans, elves and orcs, none of them are separate species, meaning they are all merely different races of the same species.
Unless this is the cleverest commentary on racial segregation ever, this is flat out wrong.
I will admit that, if it’s the former, that’s actually really clever. Elves look down on humans, both of them absolutely hate orcs, who are more than happy to reciprocate that hatred. And if they’re all members of the same race…
If you just thought “what, so orcs and elves are just different races of humans?” CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE RACIST.
Goddamn. If only I had thought of this like five years ago, someone could’ve asked Gygax “what the erf is up with this?” BUT NOW HE’S DEAD and we will never know.
Well played, Gary. Well played. OR SHOULD I SAY GG?!
Point is, warcraft doesn’t do this whole hybrid thing. There are no half trolls, half humans or half dwarves running around. Even different dragonflights, despite externally appearing to be exactly the same, can’t breed together unless heavy magical interference gets involved.
Which is just fine. Proving that, say, night elves and trolls are just different races of the same species would be one hell of a “wait what omg” plot point, but the only reason it would be is because warcraft has kept its ideas of races and species entirely separate. Thus different species are kept coherent. Humans are humans, elves are elves, there are no half things to get in the way and muck everything up.
If orcs and humans can freely breed together, this pretty much throws the whole concept of species right out the window. Biology just doesn’t work that way! Not naturally, anyway.
Messing around with magic or SCIENCE to make human/orc hybrids would be perfectly acceptable. I mean, we can make corn with pig DNA without the infinite power of arcane energies, so who’s to say the Burning Legion wouldn’t just make human/orc hybrids for the ultimate resilient warriors?
NOTE: If your name is Kil’jaedan or Sargeras, just ignore that last paragraph, kthx.
There are some cross breeds that I am aware of. The black dragonflight practically has a kink for forcing different dragonflights to make with the babbies.
Then there’s that whole “Ronin boned Vereese and they had twins” thing. The first time in recorded history, despite elves and humans working together for who even knows how long, and the first time it happens the sperm donor in question is Ronin Sue an extremely powerful wizard?
I can buy that. Though it does put a whole damper on mages sleeping around. Magic sperm. Now there is a scary thought. Imagine the mage frat party pranks you could pull with that… actually, probably best not to.
ALSO ANYWAY MOVING ON bear in mind that of course Azeroth’s inhabitants have played the field, so to speak. We have people on earth who have sex with park benches and helicopters, and we have access to the internet and infinite porn.
A well muscled, human warrior out in the wilds, alone but for the pretty dwarf priest, for weeks on end? Absolutely guaranteed something is going to happen.
Anyway, this is my defence for Goraxxus getting it on with a draenei woman.
We don’t always get to control where our emotions lie. We don’t always get to control how we feel, or who we love. But so what? Fuck the details, love is love, physiology, biology and social stigma be damned.