|In case you forgot what he looked like|
Although the exact circumstances and precise details are unknown, it's likely that Karl Franz was considered far too young and inexperienced. He himself did not believe that he would be elected and Boris Todbringer, the count of Middenland, was the other candidate. The first voting was 8 against and only 4 in Karl Franz's favour, the remaining 3 Electors presumably abstaining. Maximillian von Konigswald, who was an old friend and count of Ostland, managed to persuade all but one of the other electors to cast their vote for Karl Franz. The Church of Sigmar also supported him with 3 votes. In the end Karl Franz won the election.
So not much of interest there. The current army book doesnt add much. It mentions his griffon, Deathwing, and the bond they share. In my view he is a fairly shallow character without much of a character arc or development.
And its not just in depth of their characters that warhammer falls short of warcraft. In the warcarft universe the horde (a main faction) has, over the course of 2 expansions, gone through three different leaders. There is no race in warhammer that can claim that.
Now the reason why i call warhammer lore toothless is because it doesn't take risks, every special character is immortal, in that none of the die, they never loose the status they hold (Thorgrim is STILL high king of the dwarfs, where as warcraft's dwarf rulers are ever changing). And its not just special characters were warhammer lore falls short. Take the storm of chaos, not only did the empire win (which, while makes for good reading, is boring and predicable) but now GW has erased it from the lore, we are now in a pre storm era across all warhammer army books. Meanwhile, in warcraft, you have notable events like the wraithgate where notable characters in the warcraft world died.
Now the point of this post is to lament how bad warhammer lore is when compared to warcraft (or indeed any fantasy universe). Nothing interesting of exciting happens, no risks are taken with ANY of the races or characters. Its dull, boring and really just a poor excuse for lore. Which is sad given the potential for exciting things. Its a waste and i kinda wish Blizzard (warcrafts creator) would release a table top wargame. Until next time