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Karmaul Swiftblade [Orc Blademaster]
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This is a second application for Karmaul, filling in some holes in his character that were not present in the original application way back when. I have included this profile in the private discussion in hopes that he will be approved for leading troops, which I personally feel is relevant to his character and history.


Player: Morhana

Character Full Name: Karmaul

Character In-Game Name: Karmaul

Nickname(s): Kenchu, Blademaster of the Horde

Association(s): The Horde, Scarshield Vanguard

Race: Orc

Class: Blademaster

Skills and Abilities: Karmaul is expertly skilled with his large sword on the battlefield. He also has experience leading soldiers on and off the battlefield. Through his training with the shamans of the Horde, Karmaul has learned to move and strike swift and stealthy as the wind. He has learned to use the Blademaster abilities Windwalk, Mirror Image, and Bladestorm.

Age: 34

Sex: Male

Hair: Black

Eyes: Red

Weight: 435 lbs

Height: 7'

Usual Garments/Armor: Karmaul will most commonly wear a plated kilt made of thick hide and sandals. The Blademaster has a large belt bearing the emblem of the Horde over hid kilt. He wears heavily scarred vambraces on his wrists, and a leather harness, which he attaches his blade to when not in use. On his harness, when in battle, he will have attached his Sashimono.

Alignment: Lawful Good



Personality: Karmaul is typically a calm and levelheaded Orc. He is very friendly and enjoys his time relaxing in good company. His view on the other races of the world depend mostly on the faction they support. He is friendly to the loyal races of the Horde, and views the races of the Alliance as his foes. When he is called to duty, he is not hesitant, and will do what he must to complete his task quickly. On the battlefield, he is cool and calm, yet aggressive and appears nearly merciless. Karmaul doesn't partake in the temptation of alchohol, but to say he doesn't drink when he empties jugs of water so fast just seems wrong.



History:

Kenchu fought throughout the Third War, in various battles, big and small. This is but one of his experiences.

The clear dark sky clouded over suddenly and began to split and crackle with lightning as the armies of the horde and Alliance clashed on the fields of battle. The lightning struck and smash the ground with trembling force, blasting entire squads of soldiers apart, sending them flying in different directions. As the bodies twitched and jerked an Orc Shaman placed her heel onto the chest of a man and gazed into his eyes. Her hand began to pulse with energy as lightning charged in her finger tips and channel through his Maul. She gazed into the very soul of the man before whisper so that only they may hear; “May the spirits tear you asunder...”. She raised her weapon high above her head screaming “For the Horde!” as she brought it crashing down upon his skull, blood splattering her robes and face.

The shaman's eyes cleared as an honorless rogue silently stalked her from the trees. The would be assassin stepped on a twig that crunched loudly under foot. As he looked down at his foot, outraged at himself, a great cry rang into their ears. The shaman smiled as over the cliff leaped a figure, darkened to a shadow in front of the sun. Over its head, it held its blade high. As it dropped, so did the blade. It struck down upon the man and sliced into his shoulder and chest, stopping in the middle of his chest. As the sunlight revealed the figure, the shaman took in the features of this newcomer.

Before the shaman stood a tall Orcish man wearing a plated kilt with a long sword in his hands, and attached to his leather harness, he wore a Sashimono, bearing the emblem of the Horde. He pulled the sword from the human’s chest, letting him drop to the ground. He drew to his full height and gazed at the shaman. “Thank you, Blademaster. Tell me, what is your name?” asked the Shaman as she continued to take in the features of the Orc before him. “I am... Kenchu."

At his birth, Kenchu was known as Karmaul, and this name followed through most of his life. Karmaul war born among his fellow orcs on Draenor. His people were a race at war, if one could even call it that. From an early age, he began learning the ways of battle. Karmaul was raised a warrior. Very early, he learned techniques of battle, the mastery of the blade, the fury that must be harnessed and controlled on a battlefield.

Karmaul, being of an already corrupted race, learned this to be his only life. A life of massacre and battle was all he experienced. It wasn't long before he, along with others of his people, were captured and imprisoned in internment camps.

Karmaul lived for years in the human camps, his hunger for battle slowly dying as he was locked away from that which he craved most. After some years passed, the imprisoned orcs within the internment camps were freed, released by Thrall and the orcish forces following him. It was during this time that Karmaul swore his life to follow Thrall, serving under him until he could bear the weight of a blade no more.

After joining Thrall's Horde, Karmaul began to learn the ways of the shamans, specifically in the specialties of the element of wind. Karmaul was already swift, but after seeing the shamans manipulate the wind to be like lightning on the battlefield he did not hesitate to learn all he could to best serve the Horde.

As Karmaul took up his blade once more, bearing the banner of the Horde, he took on a new name. He swore an oath, to himself, to the Horde, and to his people, that he would from that day on be known as Kenchu, Blademaster of the Horde.

During the Third War, Karmaul was called on to fight frequently, and lead the charge into many battles. Most times, Karmaul was successful in leading his brothers-in-arms to victory, but this was not always the case. When the war was at its worst, and the Horde and Alliance clashed at an Alliance fortress, Karmaul was called to rally the warriors of the Horde and bring them to victory. Upon arriving to the sad example of a Horde war camp, Karmaul immediately jumped into action, calling the warriors to gather before him.

"My friends, before you stands Blademaster Kenchu of the Horde! What I see here is not the true, unchained might of the Horde! Stand, ready your weapons, it is time we bring the fight to the Alliance! It is time we make them crumble under the fist of the mighty Horde!"

Karmaul's short speech called a small cheer from the gathering of warriors. He stood tall and lifted a fist to his chest, and was followed by the gathering returning the salute. Karmaul feasted and prepared for the remainder of the night. After offering his aid and planning alongside the Lieutenant General in charge of the war camp, Karmaul was ready to initiate the attack. He gathered the warriors of the Horde, teaching them the strategy that was to be used to defeat the Alliance in the fortress. He knew from scout reports that the Humans had heavy fortification in the front with many guards posted on the fortress wall, but they left relatively weak points on both sides.

Karmaul instructed specific groups when to attack, what signals to watch for, and how to breach the walls. Goblin Sapper mercenaries were hired to destroy portions of the walls on both sides, while Karmaul lead the charge with a gathering of the warriors through the front gate of the Fortress. The sides were to be infiltrated by the remaining forces, striking the Alliance from their least defended positions. The Alliance may have better fortifications, but the Horde had numbers and the and skill of a Blademaster on their side.

The Horde waited long, ready to strike when karmaul gave his signal. When finally the hour came, Karmaul raised his sashimono and lead his charge to the front gate. The frontal strike was met with very defensive opposition, but it wasn't long before two loud explosions could be heard from either side, and just as Karmaul had expected, the unexpected explosions shook the humans just enough for his group to get the upper hand in the fight. Through the openings in the walls, the two side groups were able to easily infiltrate the fortress, and any forces they met were taken by surprise.

"For the Horde!" Karmaul charged through the gate, followed by his soldiers. As the Blademaster made his way through the fortress, the three forces reunited for a moment before continuing on to their next objectives. A small group of warriors returned to the Horde war camp, giving notice to the next phase of the plans.

Before Karmaul stood the the primary barracks, this was likely to house the commanding officer of the Alliance. Horde scouts were unable to get inside the walls, so intel was unsure at best. The gathering of Horde warriors remained together until entering the fortress, where they split into two groups, each taking a half of the first floor. At this point, the entire fortress was on guard and stealth was out of the question. Before long, the entire fortress was being shaken fromt he outside as slow strikes hammered the grounds outside the Barracks. Catapult fire from the Horde war camp was bombarding the fortress, and it was just the distraction Karmaul needed to further shake the Alliance troops.

The Horde warriors progressed through the large stone barracks until they reached the top level. The Catapult fire had since ceased, and Karmaul knew this was a bad sign. Reinforcements had struck the camp and were likely on their way to the Barracks. Before they could react, more Alliance soldiers rushed up the levels of the Barracks. Karmaul and a small number of his forces entered the room before them, while the rest remained to fight off the incoming Alliance. The warriors locked the door with an attached wooden bar after entering.

The imposing figure of the Commanding Officer of the Alliance forces stood before the warriors, with several guardsmen beside him. "Your charge ends here, Orc!" despite speaking common to a band of orcs, who likely didn't understand, the commander continued. "I am going to put you Horde scum down!" He lifted his sword, pointing it at the warriors, and soon the guardsmen were on them. The well-trained guardsmen easily bested the warriors while Karmaul charged forth to strike at the commander. The warriors put up a good fight, and even slayed some of the guardsmen, but were defeated in the end. Karmaul alone was left to combat the commander and his remaining guardsmen.

As the Alliance soldiers closed in on Karmaul, he called on the spirits of wind to grant him great swiftness, which he unleashed in the form of a flurry of strikes from his blade in all directions. most of the guardsmen were slain, but not all, though they were pushed back from his strikes. Karmaul turned his attention to the remaining guardsmen, charging one with his sword, impaling the human easily. The Commander and the remaining guardsman closed in on Karmaul, but in a flash where once there was one Blademaster, there were two. While the illusion held the Commander at bay, Karmaul tore into the final guardsman. A quick swing of his blade disarmed the human, who was quickly put down after. Karmaul turned to face the Commander, who was already charging for Karmaul. The illusion had faded, and Karmaul had only a short window of time to bring up his weapon defensively, blocking the oncoming strike. Karmaul called on the spirits of the wind once more to grant him speed, and his strike was swift. An open palm strike to the Commander's chest, bending the plate of his chestguard and knocking the breath from him. The Commander fell to a knee, his sword clashed to the ground, and he looked up at the deadly figure of Karmaul standing over him. He was unable to speak, but lifted a hand over his head, praying for mercy. Karmaul considered the human's plea, but mercy was not to be had. A quick slash of his sword sent the head of the Commander tumbling from his shoulders.

The battle outside the room had stopped, the Barracks was deadly silent for a moment. Karmaul gathered an insignia of the Alliance from the fallen Commander, stashing it in a pouch on his belt. The silence was broken by the sound of several fists slamming against the large wooden door separating Karmaul from whatever was outside. Karmaul steeled himself, prepared his sword, and cleaved the wooden bar holding the door in two. The door burst open, several Orc warriors pouring into the room. The Alliance had been defeated, and the Horde had claimed victory over the fortress. Karmaul returned to the war camp to find the scene of a bloody battle. Bodies of Orcs and Humans littered the ground, the catapult was a charred wreck, but not all was lost. As the surviving warriors, lead by Karmaul, neared the tent of the Horde Battlemaster, they found the injured survivors of the attack on the war camp. Karmaul explained the victory over the fortress, and showed the insignia of the Alliance Commander to the Lieutenant General.

Following the events at the Alliance fortress, Karmaul returned to the Horde with the recommendation for rank from the Lieutenant General in command of the operation.

Though his training with the shamans of the Horde began during the Third War, Karmaul has been sure to frequently train throughout the years to keep up his ability, always honing it to the best he could. Most recently, Karmaul has offered his services as a Blademaster of the Horde to serve with the Scarshield Vanguard in their two-headed efforts against the Demons and Elves of Ashenvale.
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Hey, Morhana! Nice to see you back.

It's important to note that, far more often than not, blademasters are not the battle planners, like Karmaul did. They don't orchestrate the strategies, they follow them, and make sure their fellow warriors do so in the field. They keep their own commanders alive, rally the soldiers at the thickest fighting, and challenge enemy champions. It's also quite unlikely that the commander of the forces Karmaul joined would simply give up the planning of his attack entirely, so I'd like you to add that in, if ya don't mind.

Also, battlemaster isn't a military rank the way you're using it. It's a title a couple of guilds have used (most recently, the Scarshield, which is where I imagine you got it from), but it's a method of identifying the battleground npcs in the game. They don't actually have the title. I'd suggest you change it to something of an official rank.

That's all for now!
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I have updated the profile to suggest that while Karmaul did offer assistance, the plan was not his but instead belonged to the Lieutenant General.
I changed the "Battlemaster" to Lieutenant General. I took the name for the rank from the Army Ranks section of the CoTH wiki. It seems to be a page regarding the PVP ranks and all, but I couldn't seem to find any better source for military rankings. I used the Horde title that ran alongside the title of the Alliance "Commander" since that it what I used for the Human in charge of the Fortress.

I haven't been able to find a good place to better research the military of either side, so I am making somewhat rough assumptions here. If possible, I would like to know how I can do it better.
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The PvP ranks are roughly equivalent to the Horde ranks as it is, so it's fine. No worries there.

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Second Approval (2/2)
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Wikified (as an edit to the old page, Kenchu)!
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