Siege engine

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Dwarven siege engines (or siege tanks)[1] are tanks constructed and usually manned by dwarves.

Siege engines were replacements to the dwarven steam tanks of the Third War. The siege engine prototype was invented by Gelbin Mekkatorque, the current High Tinker of the gnomes.[2] The stalwart dwarven pilots have even been known to ram enemy structures at high speeds and reduce whole fortifications to dust under the siege engines' steel treads. Some Siege Engines were upgraded with anti-air rockets to take out enemy fliers.[3]

In Warcraft III

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Main article: Siege Engine (Warcraft III)

Siege engines were used as an upgraded replacement in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne replacing the older dwarven steam tank model in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. The new vehicle included upgraded weapons and rockets that could damage enemy air units.

In World of Warcraft

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In World of Warcraft, siege engines can be seen guarding Alliance lands and outposts. These vehicles were never seen firing or in motion. Steam Tonks were likely used to give players a taste of these vehicle's animations and controls. Steam Tonks are a remote-controlled toy version available at the Darkmoon Faire. Players can use them to fight other steam tonks.

Some siege engines that appear to belong to higher ranked individuals, like Pilot Stonegear of the Ironforge Siege Brigade, have more exhaust pipes, different pistons on the sides, and wolf heads in the place of the standard eagle. A "drag" version also exists which has wheels in place of the front roller and a sleeker body, though the removal of the crushing roller (which is the defining definition of a siege engine) on the "drag" type makes it a steam tank (which is odd, because in WoW there is normally a bigger visual difference between the two).

Wrath of the Lich King introduced playable siege engines, which quickly became some of the most common entities to be drivable using the mountable vehicle interface. The most common characteristics of these siege vehicles are that they are extraordinarily durable, have a front ramming plate featuring oversized bolts, and have a top mounted cannon, sometimes operated by someone other than the driver. Not all siege vehicles share these characteristics though. Some have, instead, quest specific abilities.

Abandoned Siege Engine can be found in Tol Barad.

As vehicles

Siege engines that can be operated by players appear in a number of locations:

In the RPG

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The sturdy dwarven siege engines were a new addition to the Alliance forces during their battle with the Scourge. Though many believe the siege engine is an unwieldy vehicle slowed by its thick layer of armor.[4]

It moves at 40 miles per hour and has a crew of 3 (1 pilot, 1 gunner, and 1 passenger).[5]

Known siege engine pilots

Notes

  • Generally, the name "siege engine" may also refer to any siege weapon, for example, Horde demolishers.[6]
  • Siege engines are sometimes referred to as steam tanks rather than as a separate vehicle type altogether.

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References

  1. ^ Captain Quarterflash#Quotes
  2. ^ Cut Short, pg. 2
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Arthaus. More Magic and Mayhem, 189. ISBN 9781588469458. 
  5. ^ Johnstone, Mike. Magic & Mayhem, 188. ISBN 9781588469540. 
  6. ^ A Good War