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Blasphemy is an insult that shows contempt, disrespect, or lack of reverence concerning a deity, a sacred object, a religion, or something considered inviolable, such as a form of authority, traditions, or a set of doctrines and teachings.

Blaspheme is not necessarily considered a crime, although it can draw animosity on those who utter or embody it. Those accused of blasphemy are called blasphemers, they are often associated or considered as heretics, and therefore, rejected or exiled by their people, the society, the organization, or the religion of which they were affiliated.

Fanatic religious cults, such as the Scarlet Crusade and the Twilight's Hammer, condemn to torture and death those who utter or embody what they deem blasphemous, making them examples for their enemies and their own followers.

War of the Ancients

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Rise of the Horde

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  • When the Prophet Velen tried to explain the true purpose of Oshu'gun to the Frostwolves, Durotan and his chief shaman, Drek'Thar, grew angered by what they perceived as blasphemy, as they considered it the home of their beloved dead and their spirits.[2]
  • Durotan considered Hellfire Citadel as blasphemous and a blight upon the land, out of harmony with everything the orcs were, and an offense to the eyes and the spirit.[3]

The Last Guardian

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  • The first time Khadgar heard orcs talking to each other, it was in an unfamiliar language that was both guttural and blasphemous to his ears.[4]
  • Medivh's willingness to not intervene against the orcs during the First War, and that he was ready to become their Guardian if they succeeded in their conquest, was considered treason, sacrilege, and even blasphemy.[5]

Second War

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Ruled by the benevolent King Terenas, the nation of Lordaeron stands as the last bastion of hope for humanity. The armies of Lordaeron were the first to heed the call to arms issued by Sir Lothar and the people of Azeroth. As patron of the Alliance, King Terenas has assumed the heavy mantle of leadership to protect all who abide in his domain. The armies of Lordaeron are deeply religious and are driven by the belief that humanity must stand steadfast against the blasphemous onslaught of the Horde.[6]

Created and formed by Gul'dan from the corpses of the fallen Knights of Azeroth, the death knights were once proud defenders of humanity who served the Old Horde in a blasphemous state of eternal undeath. Conjuring dark spells of necromantic horror upon their terrified foes, these death knights sought to unleash their wrath upon any foolish enough to stand in their way.[7]

Third War

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World of Warcraft

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  • Everburning furnaces are considered a blasphemy by both mages and tinkers. These devices meld magic and steam technology into one handy, portable device. Made by enchanting a phlogiston boiler to run purely on magic, an everburning furnace grants the same power as a boiler, without the need for refueling.[38]
  • The night elves view frostsabers as sacred, and treat them with more respect than almost any other creature. In recent years, with the coming of the goblins to Winterspring, frostsaber trainers have begun selling their trained mounts for the first time in history. Traditionalists view this as blasphemous, but many understand that the coin from such sales often goes to a worthy cause, and the frostsaber trainers are highly selective about just who they are willing to sell to.[39]
  • The animating force of an abomination is a blasphemous conglomeration of the souls incorporated into the corpses that make up the abomination's unliving flesh.

There are also several spells named blasphemy used by various races and individuals:

Notes and trivia

  • The term "blasphemy" can also be used comically and exaggeratedly, as it was employed by Flynn Fairwind when Taelia Fordragon asked him to ditch his ratty old coat.[46]
  • The mind-dominated Anduin Wrynn uses a blasphemy spell on his attackers in the Sanctum of Domination. It stuns targets while manifesting an unstable orb of raw Light, then shatters it, inflicting Holy damage to targets within several yards of each piece of Light that strikes the ground.

See also

References

 
  1. ^ The Demon Soul, chapter 1
  2. ^ Rise of the Horde, chapter 10
  3. ^ Rise of the Horde, chapter 17
  4. ^ The Last Guardian, chapter 4
  5. ^ The Last Guardian, chapter 12
  6. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Nations of the Alliance, Lordaeron
  7. ^ The Dead Rise as Quel'thalas Falls (WC2 Orc)#Mission briefing
  8. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter 17
  9. ^ Ashes to Ashes
  10. ^ A [60P] The Archbishop's Mercy
  11. ^ a b Before the Storm, chapter 11
  12. ^ a b Before the Storm, chapter 26
  13. ^ N [60D] The Archivist
  14. ^ N [15-30] Lunthistle's Tale
  15. ^ Ipfelkofer Ironkeg#Quotes
  16. ^ Farseer Nobundo#The Exodar
  17. ^ Draenei Artificer#Quotes
  18. ^ A [1-30G] Matis the Cruel
  19. ^ N [15-30] The Dread Relic
  20. ^ Dark Riders
  21. ^ A [15-30] Wisps of the Woods
  22. ^ A [30-35] Goldrinn's Ferocity
  23. ^ A [30-35] Eye Spy
  24. ^ H [30-35] Eye Spy
  25. ^ Armsmaster Harlan#Adventure Guide
  26. ^ N [30-35] The Empress' Gambit
  27. ^ N [30-35 Daily] Dark Skies
  28. ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, chapter 22
  29. ^ Muradin Bronzebeard#Legion 2
  30. ^ N Druid [45] You Can't Take the Sky from Me
  31. ^ N Druid [10-45D] Eye of Azshara: Essence of Balance
  32. ^ N Mage [10-45] Some Knowledge Shouldn't Be Shared
  33. ^ A [110 - 120] Eldritch Invocations
  34. ^ N [120] Indefatigable Purpose
  35. ^ H [110 - 120] In Every Dark Corner
  36. ^ A [50] Firelands
  37. ^ We Ride Forth, pg. 3
  38. ^ Monster Guide, pg. 183
  39. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 202
  40. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 270 - 271
  41. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 170
  42. ^ Monster Guide, pg. 38
  43. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 177
  44. ^ Shadows & Light
  45. ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 116
  46. ^ A [120D] Tol Dagor: The Fourth Key - Flynn Fairwind says: (Exaggerated outrage) Blasphemy!
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