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8-22-2008 @ 9:51AM
Re: A Dwarf Jedi's ClaimsWell, what you say might be true if you overlook the fact that there are a number of pointers that say that the Dwarves went a little further than "burning down their village", I'd even go so far as to say that were they not too drunk to competently have achieved the task, they would've engaged in full-scale genocide. Not to mention that you're overlooking what might have happened before they burned down the village, it isn't like the Tauren were the aggressors there, is it?Let's step away from that for a moment and also examine the fact that the Taurens are also really quite old, quite old indeed. I won't do all your research for you, but considering what's happened over the history of Azeroth, the Earthen abandoned that land and the Taurens came to have as much claim to it (by merit of time occupying it) as the Earthen did, and possibly more so. They thought of it as their ancestral homeland too.From my perspective; a bunch of imperialistic Dwarves tippity-topped up on their favourite poison decided that slaughtering some monsters who seemed to have pitched tent near where their ancestors once had an outpost eons ago would be a laugh, and wouldn't matter much to anyone. This involved the killing of innocents too, women and children, and without so much as a by-your-leave or any guilt felt. (And considering Nessingwary, is this particular vision of the everyday Dwarf that hard to see?)Once again, from my perspective, the Dwarves are imperialistic little terrors and the real monsters in this tale. Righteous actions? Those Dwarves? Aha... hahahahaha... hahaha... ha... heh... no. Just no. That's not a credible claim, not even in (to paraphrase Comic Book Guy) Bizarro Azeroth.Anyway, here's some reading, if it interests you and you care to take notice:http://www.wowhead.com/?quest=843http://www.wowwiki.com/TaurenI'll further go on to point out that the Dwarves had to dig to find those ruins, so it couldn't be known to the Tauren that their choice of location wasn't exactly the best place to set up shop. Furthermore, considering the location of Bloodhoof and Camp Taurajo, it would be sensible to think (and fairly obvious to realise) that the next sensible option for expansion was where they set up camp.They'd been hunting in the Barrens for generations, and they set up a camp on a spot of land not too far away from Camp Taurajo. There were no visible ruins there at that time, and as far as they could understand the situation they were the first to settle the area.Just to drive the nail into the coffin that little bit further, Gann pointed out that the Tauren had tried to engage in the honourable act of diplomacy with the Dwarves, and it was that effort of trying to talk with them and reach an agreement that lead to the Dwarves greedily siezing the land by force, commiting murder aplenty in the process.The general consensus here was; "Why bother considering any kind of mutually beneficial agreement when you have militaristic superiority, amirite?"I can't believe that anyone still tries to defend the Dwarves these days when it comes to this. This was a heinous act, and every race has their share of heinous acts (Cairne's Tauren have the Grimtotem to contend with). This was one of the really nice, meaty little ones that belonged to the Dwarves. Don't take it away from them, you'll insult their imperialistic pride by tarnishing their glory.
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