Canon refers to the actual events and characters that exist in a fictional world. Headcanon refers to any situations or characters that are imagined by fans of said fictional world. Sometimes they are silly, like the fact that Garrosh's favorite treat is lemon squares. Sometimes they are serious, like positing that tauren store grief in the lungs. For my writing, I've come up with a lot of headcanon. Got a theory about a torrid romance between your favorite auctioneer and the patrolling guard? Given any thought to where mounts and pets go when they aren't summoned? Do you know how your characters do their laundry, or what Baine Bloodhoof does in his free time? What are your headcanons, and where did you get the idea?Since I do enjoy writing in the WoWverse, it's important to me to think about the weird details in Azeroth that will make my stories seem cozy and livable. Some of my ideas come from my own wild brain, but a lot of them come from listening to others' theories or reading others' fanfiction.
If possible, I like to tie together other fan-created characters and experiences with my own. Running into other bloggers is entirely something that could happen to my characters. I like writing cameos into my fiction, and I especially like appearing in that of others!
I learned about Aka's tauren culture thanks to Kamalia's investigation of tauren funerary rites. This story gave me inspiration to tie my Insane grind into Aka's plot, and the funeral scene is now part of my tauren headcanon. Apple showed a way to make even out-of-game things like race changes fit into in-game plot. Rades enriches Azeroth by reminding us that even the most minor NPCs can have engaging stories.
Despite game limitations, I think that most characters can speak multiple languages, including those of the opposing faction. Otherwise how would we be getting quests from certain factions? Because orcs and humans have the dominant languages and therefore don't need to learn other languages this has the potential to create some interesting conflicts.
I think goblins, dwarves, and pandaren privilege fat bodies over skinny ones. Goblins like the physical representation of luxury and wealth, and dwarves and pandaren like showing how much booze they can put away. Plus, who ever heard of a skinny dwarf?
Although the goblins seem happiest in their steam-punk-inspired engineering workshops, I think they might also have developed a taste for fancy blood elf leisure culture. It's fancy, it's imported, and it's extravagant.
Bosses drop loot in game, but I like to think that sometimes they drop materials rather than items. That way they can be crafted into outfits that fit the characters, and you don't have to break your brain wondering why dragons have size 6.5 human boots on their person. Tier gear is developed by class experts after studying the newest threats to Azeroth and designing the most suitable armor for it. Then, the design goes through a long list of checkpoints, from design to gathering to crafting to suiting up.
Boss Mida is the real power in the goblin world, and she has a secret something going on with her personal assistant Kazit. Also, she is a connoisseur of Steamy Romance Novels.
Since Cataclysm, druids have been unable to shift into tree form without serious strain, and as a result it is happening less and less.
Hmm, I guess I have less headcanons than I thought. And they are mostly on the Horde side. What do you think?