Mechanostrider

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Mechanostrider
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Classification

Mechanical

Homeworld
Environment

Any

Area(s)
Organization(s)

Solitary or pair (with owner)

Alignment

Always neutral

The terradynamic exo-plotters are conjoined by hydraulic imaging to the equilibrium enhancers...
Binjy Featherwhistle[1]

The mechanostrider (or Mechano-strider[2]) is the mount used by the gnomes of the Alliance. They were invented by a young Gelbin Mekkatorque.[3]

Gnomes

Swift Mechanostriders from the TCG.

The gnomes' revolutionary mechanostrider represents yet another marvel of their engineering prowess. Each strider is specifically designed with the individual rider in mind. They are constructed using state-of-the-art steam compression, servo-motor dynamics, and duro-steel plating. This offers the rider a reliable and durable means of transportation. Some claim that the mechanostrider's lack of true sentience makes for a very dumb mount. However, the gnomes counter that under a skilled rider, the mechanostrider is more responsive than even the best trained live mount.[4]

History

A young Gelbin Mekkatorque envisioned the first mechanostrider in Sector 17, his Gnomeregan quarters, which had allowed his diminutive people to match pace with the mighty human chargers. This creation was the one that launched his fame and set him on the path to leadership and the position of High Tinker. Mekkatorque's first working prototype still exists, stored as the centerpiece of his trophy case in Sector 17. All end models still echo the avian gait and kettle-bellied form of the prototype.[3] These features are referred to as the Mekkatorque designs.

Mechagnomes

Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.

It is interesting to note that mechagnomes, some of whom would become progenitors of the gnomish race, have been found in Northrend, and riding what appears to be  [White Mechanostrider Mod B]'s. The enigmatic mechagnomes have adopted Gelbin Mekkatorque's invention for their own mysterious purposes. Mekkatorque considered it to be quite flattering that a race of machines would see fit to use his machine to get around.[3]

Notable

Mechanostrider mounts

Main article: Mechanostrider mounts
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Mechanostrider mounts are available to all Alliance races, while they're initially for gnomes, gaining exalted status with Gnomeregan will allow players to buy and use them. Most can be purchased at Steelgrill's Depot.

The following does not require exalted status with Gnomeregan and is sold at the Argent Tournament Grounds.

  • The original epic mount variants (Icy Blue Mechanostrider Mod A and White Mechanostrider Mod A) used the original art. These varieties are no longer offered. Even though there is a quest to replace an original epic mount with a current epic model at no charge, most owners choose to keep their original as a novelty.

Patch 3.0.8

In patch 3.0.8, the racial size restriction on mounts was lifted, with the mechanostrider becoming available to all Alliance races when exalted with Gnomeregan. Before this, only gnomes and dwarves were allowed to ride mechanostriders due to the physical size of these races.[5] The RPG information for these mounts was probably an inspiration for making such a restriction in the first place.

Quotes about mechanostriders

  • "When you absolutely, positively have to be there right now." -Rillie Spindlenut[6]
  • "The mirror's not so you can look back, but so your foes can see something besides your tailpipes." -Rillie Spindlenut[7]
  • "A properly accelerated gnome in battle is a thing of terrible beauty."-High Tinker Mekkatorque[8]
  • "We have made a lot of improvements, but they are still based on the Mekkatorque designs." -Milli Featherwhistle[9]

In the RPG

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The mechanostrider is a medium onstruct which vaguely resembles a mechanized tallstrider. Small oval lamps replace its eyes, while great mufflers extend where its tailfeathers should be.[10]

When gnomes set out to explore the world once again after their city's fall, they soon realized that they needed reliable mechanical mounts[10] because they were mocked for their short stature and slow land speed.[11] Tired of being mocked, the gnomes developed these revolutionary modes of travel.[11] One ingenious gnome spied a flock of tallstriders and remarked upon their grace and strength. Soon after was born the mechanostrider, which quickly became a favorite mount of all gnome-kind.[10] Using steam compression and duro-steel plating, the finest gnomish tinkers created these ostrich-like striders to use as mounts. The mechanostrider can move at speeds up to 30 mph.[11]

All gnome tinkers agree that the striders are only available for small humanoids. Although some goblins have purchased striders for themselves, most of these striders have only proud gnomish passengers.[11] This mechanostrider represents an older model and, while outdated, is a viable and cheaper vehicle. The current model is mechanostrider v. 2.0.[10]

They have a final build dimension of six feet and 300 pounds.[10]

Combat

A mechanostrider fights only when ordered to or threatened, lashing out with its sharp beak and claws, or simply hammering at the dnage with its heavy metallic head.[10]

Notes

References

  1. ^ Mount Journal entry for Blue, Red, Green and Unpainted Mechanostriders
  2. ^ Milli Featherwhistle
  3. ^ a b c Cut Short, pg 4-5
  4. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/race/gnome
  5. ^ Racial restrictions on mounts have now been lifted. Night elves on mechanostriders? Tauren on raptors? You’re not seeing things. - Patch notes of Patch 3.0.8
  6. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Gnomeregan Mechanostrider]
  7. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Turbostrider]
  8. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Black Battlestrider]
  9. ^ Mount Journal entry for Swift Yellow, Swift White and Swift Green Mechanostriders
  10. ^ a b c d e f Monster Guide, pg. 104
  11. ^ a b c d More Magic & Mayhem, pg. 194
  12. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Icy Blue Mechanostrider Mod A]
  13. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [White Mechanostrider Mod B]