Virmen

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Virmen
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Classification

Small Humanoid

Faction/Affiliation
Racial leader(s)

Various warren-mothers

Homeworld
Environment

Grassy plains, farmlands

Area(s)
Primary language(s)
Organization(s)

Broods

Sources: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

The virmen are a race of primitive rabbit-like people that live in Pandaria akin to kobolds.[1] Commonly seen as little more than aggressive pests, they are obsessed with vegetables, mostly carrots, through they have little love for turnips.[2]

Background

The virmen are an annoyance with the potential to become a serious problem. Rabbit-like pests with rat-like tails and powerful hind legs that send them bounding across terrain, virmen typically live and scavenge out of sight in caves and burrows. But when the civilized races of Pandaria draw near their warrens, the virmen are a famine on legs.[3]

Virmen are inveterate lurkers, awaiting the opportunity to grab carrion, garbage, or actual food whenever they can. They'll steal and eat nearly anything, then scurry away, leaving behind overturned tables and ransacked trash piles. The menace of the virmen is only slightly increased by their propensity to wield stolen daggers (or, failing that, sharpened pieces of bamboo) in both hands. Though most virmen avoid direct conflict, they are not unwilling to attack others in pursuit of the sustenance that drives their every waking moment.[3]

Virmen love vegetables, especially carrots. Virmen will often steal any vegetable they can find and sometimes use them in unorthodox ways, such as turning watermelons into toy boats.[4] Virmen have surprisingly sharp teeth for creatures that mostly eat carrots.[5] However, there is one vegetable they have no love for; the turnip. For some odd reason, virmen hate turnips to the point that they will sometimes deliberately go out of the way to beat them up. This odd distaste has caused many pandaren children to find ways to trick them into accidentally eating a turnip, such as painting them orange to look like carrots; a prank that the virmen often fall prey to.[6]

An odd trait is that they see pandaren as the real problem; they often will yell at attackers that they have 'ruined their land' and will tell them that the virmen land is off limits (virmen land being any land the dig up and turn into a nest and surrounding areas).

Virmen (unsurprisingly) breed as fast as the rabbits they resemble.[7] They aren't very selective when it comes to breeding, but most broods will still have several alpha males and a single dominant mother figure. She's usually bigger, meaner, and tougher than anyone else in the brood.[8]

The Untamed Valley

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A group of virmen living in the Valley of the Four Winds led by Warren Mother tried to trade with and harassed Maraad and Lyalia but the arrival of local farmers forced them away. Later they encountered the dark shaman Zertin who killed the mother. Hooktooth then took the leadership of the group. The dark shaman attacked the farmstead of Haohan Mudclaw but the farmers tricked the virmen into attacking the orcs by stating that carrots would be killed.

Notable

Virmen in the Stormstout Brewery.

Broods

As a companion pet

Notes

Concept art of a virmen (note the lack of the naked, rat-like tail).
  • Originally, it was noted that the virmen would be the new kobold-like race in Mists of Pandaria. However, virmen that appear in game are generally larger, more dangerous and considerably more voracious than kobolds. They also seem to possess less intelligence.
  • While rabbit-like creatures in fantasy games generally appeal to players as harmless and/or cute things, virmen are intentionally made extremely annoying and quite disgusting, resembling rats more than rabbits (and, in a way, being more rat-like than kobolds). Having naked, coiled rat tails also adds to this feeling.
  • During BlizzCon and the beta, these creatures were known as Verming.
    • Both "Verming" and "Virmen" are slightly modified versions of the word "vermin".
  • "Vir" is Latin for "man, male adult", creating a likely unintended meaning of "man-men".
  • The virmen are voiced by Dave Mallow.
  • Virmen use gorloc animations.
  • The common virmen line "You no take carrot! You take turnip instead!" is, of course, a reference to the famous kobold line, "You no take candle!"
  • Their distaste for turnips is a trait apparently shared with an unrelated diminutive race: the goren of Draenor.[9]

References

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